New: Diveliner-Electric Woman

Holy shit, Diveliner is the fucking re-incarantion of Jimi Hendrix!

That sentence might have overstepped the line just a tad, but damn, this song ‘Electric Woman’ is delicious in all the right ways, dripping over my brain like a chocolate fountain of goodness. There’s that awesome deep dark voice that wallows in the mire, and those eclectic little shuffles of guitar and synth are truly awesome. The combination of those two elements mean that you could listen to ‘Electric Woman’ when you’re ready to jump out of a moving car you’re so happy, or you want to curl up in an endless pit of darkness because you’re so sad. Either is good with Diveliner.

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New: East Brunswick All Girls Choir-Dirty Bird

What a fucking belter of a track! Like Nick Cave being throttled as some sort of funeral procession marches by, ‘Dirty Bird’ just fucking jumps at you with a deathly epic nature that hasn’t been seen ‘Murder Ballads’. However, instead of the usual Nick Cave ‘I’m-better-than-you-poetry’, East Brunswick All Girls Choir come at it with a pretty cool dirty vibe, like they were just unearthed from the bottom of the Yarra river.

‘Dirty Bird’ goes off in about a million diretions at once, warbled, pained vocals, ungodly screams, droning guitar and mass freakouts. But the whole time, badass remains a virtue. Fucking killer track.

New: Guided By Voices-Littlest League Possible

For the amount of time this I spend talking about bands that sound like Guided By Voices, I spend relatively little of my time actually talking about the band itself. At first, I had the excuse that they weren’t around anymore, but since re-forming in 2010, that excuse has been voided. And its not like they’re not prolific either, having released four albums in that time, three of them in 2012 alone.

I don’t know why I don’t talk about Robert Pollard’s merry band of slackers more because I do love them, but anyway, they’ve released a new song. It’s nothing especially out of the ballpark, but it reminds everyone why we love Guided By Voices so much. Pollard’s uniquer-than-a-sexy-Bill-Gates-impersonater voice, the constant theme of self-deprecation, and the awesome guitar, it all amounts to a big ol’ hard-on for GBV that never really left in the first place.

New: Trust Punks-Draag

First up, Trust Punks are a punk band. It says so in their name. We’re off to a good start. Secondly, they’re from New Zealand. That place is a punk rock breeding ground, so all looks pretty great. Thirdly, they can’t spell drag, so strike three, and these guys are awesome.

Taking a listen to the song itself, its not hard to see why Trust Punks are getting a lot of buzz. A slow, sticky beginning quickly shifts into a coarse, off-kilter punk track that jogs along at a Rocky montage pace. There’s something inherently off about that the song, but that’s what keeps pulling you in. If you don’t like it, you probably shouldn’t have clicked on a band that misspells drag.

New: Red Red Krovvy-EZ Video

Short. Sharp. Brutal as Fuck. These words describe Red Red Krovvy to completion. Listening to Red Red Krovvy is a fucking experience, because by the end of a single song, you’ll have your ears razed, your brain fried and your head an exploded mess. As your brain slowly drips off the walls, you’ll realise how much you love Australian punk music, and that Red Red Krovvy are at the forefront of that movement.

‘EZ Video’ is just one of the songs from an upcoming Red Red Krovvy 7″ that’s coming out on RIP Society. The song is like if The Slits were modernised and then disembowelled by a herd of banshees. But never fear, as they become Bruce Campbell-ised, gain a chainsaw arm and proceed to kick more ass than all three Evil Dead movies combined.

New: The Maryettas-Karoake Cowboy

Look, I’m not sure how you feel about country music, but I fucking hate it. Often, if someone asks me what I like, I say everything except for country music and Aussie hip-hop. But The Maryettas, they’re different. Sure, they’re singing about cowboys, harmonica is extensively involved and they are from the Great North, but it doesn’t feel like these guys are about to get racist any time soon. They’re simply singing along in this forlorn, amateur tune, a little bit hopeless and very, very endearing. Oh yeah, and ‘Karaoke Cowboy’ fucking rules as a track. Git R Done!

Video(s): Hockey Dad + Unity Floors + UBK + July Days

So, for the first time in quite a while, I’ve kind of caught up on the good music shit I need to spread to the people on the Internet who drunkenly stumble onto my website whilst looking for instrument-related porn. Hey, I don’t judge. But, instead of clicking back to the Google page so you can find a video of a bassoon going into a place it probably shouldn’t, check out these other awesome videos first, and then return to your quest of finding that rare copy of ‘Violinists Gone Wild Vol. 4: Uncut’.

Hockey Dad-Lull City

Hailing from the illustrious town of Illawarra, its the knights of fuzz and good-times, Hockey Dad. Y’know those fathers that stand on the sideline of five year old rugby games and scream, shout and fight with other like-minded dads until there’s at least a gallon of blood on the field? Well, Hockey Dad are the kids that had to put up with that shit, and grew up to make a badass band making awesome surf rock.

Their new single ‘Lull City’ sees the teenagers rock out in a room, as most up and coming bands are want to do. However, the difference between these dudes and your average stoners that own guitars, is that Hockey Dad know how to fucking shred, and that becomes very,very obvious on ‘Lull City’. Catchy as fuck hooks, a simple extended note, ‘wooo’ chorus, and enough fuzz to kill the average FIDLAR member, Hockey Dad are about to break onto very, very big things.

Don’t believe me? Check out/download previous single ‘Jump the Gun’ here, and wallow in a pit of surf rock-inspired despair, that you’ll never accomplish anything as great as this band.

Unity Floors-Once in a While

No prizes for knowing that I’m a big fan of Sydney slacker-duo Unity Floors. And you should be too, because they’re really fucking great. And if you even have a sliver of doubt, well check out the video for the single ‘Once In A While’. The song itself switches between catchy, head-bopping verses and a full-blown, self-doubting chorus that rings just a little bit too true for most of us.

As for the video…well the record is called ‘Exotic Goldfish Blues’, and these guys do play the best kind of slacker rock. What did you expect besides parades upon parades of goldfish?

UBK-I Got You

It might surprise you to know that UBK is actually a project from Isreal. Hell, I certainly didn’t expect that from the Franz Ferdinand-y pop/rock power riffs and damned delicious choruses that were made to strut to. But, the real gem here is the video. Beautiful women dressed in far-flung indigenous costumes, performing torturous rituals on our hero. Put that unique and captivating concept on top of a stark and post-apocalyptic background, then splash UBK’s riff-ready, Black Keys-inspired blues rock badassdom, and you’ve got a recipe for success.

July Days-Photos

The opening shot for the new video from July Days’ clip ‘Photos’ is of a phone booth, so its obviously taking place in Melbourne. I’m pretty sure that’s the last place in the world that still has public phone booths readily available. What follows is a long single shot following the band around the inner-North of Melbourne. Whilst the band mostly try to keep to themselves, it seems that the whole world is out to ensure they never reach their final destination, wherever that might be. There are more fights in this video than the average bout of WWE. Set to the pretty cool indie rock track of ‘Photos’ the video takes The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and Aussie-fies the fuck outta it.

New: Oisima-Everything About Her (Sweatson Klank Remix) (free download)

Okay, so we’ve heard the original, we’ve heard the Ta-ku remix, and now there’s the Sweaston Klank remix. And yet, we still wait and wait to tire of Oisimia’s ‘Everything About Her’. Surely, it will be a grave day in human history when we skip this song in our Itunes Shuffle.

This new remix from Sweaston Klank is subdued, and a little bit dangerous. It shuffles along like a Nicolas Jaar track, subtly clicking and grooving to its own beat. However, the remix also allows Annabel Weston’s vocals to shine through a bit more, and you can really appreciate how fucking great she sounds. Overall, an adept and different take on the stunning original track from Sweatson Klank, fantastic job.

Hand Games November Mixtape (free download)

 

Ohhh, yeahhhh! Do you feel that? A warm burn between your thighs? A dizzying spell penetrating your mind? An engulfing of your body in giddying excitement? That’s the bubbly need to party! But what the fuck are you going to soundtrack your days on the dance floor with? Well, luckily for you, there’s a new Hand Games mix, and it’s better than watching whatever shenanigans Kim and Kanye are up to now.

The new playlist is fucking killer, chock-full of tracks that will make your eyeballs pop out of your skull. Firstly, one of the best tracks of one of the best Australian releases of the year, TV Colours’ ‘Bad Dreams’. Try not to dance/headbang to this one. You’ll go Clockwork Orange, post-lobotmy levels insane. After that, there’s ‘Paranoid Video’ from Total Control. Yep, you read that write…the Total Control. Y’know, one of the best Aussie bands to surface in recent history. Disturbing and mind-fucking, it’s impossible not to enjoy this one.

Now after the assault of the brain, one needs to slow down and make way for the next couple tracks. Some shuffling electronica from the likes of Alba, seductive minimalism from Circular Keys and R&B sex soundtracking from Tincture/Hazel Brown are all eye-opening. Then, you need to prepare yourself for the greatness of Oscar Key Sung, and the track ‘All I Could Do’, as well as Nakagin’s ‘Bloom’, a sultry, natural beauty.

Halfway through the playlist, and no signs of slowing down, as Primitive Motion announce they’re post-punk ways with ‘Home of the Lone Coast’, a really fucking tortured track that has a subdued Sisters of Mercy/Rowland S Howard vibe. Slightly more upbeat, but no less twisted is You Beauty’s new track ‘Menal Mondays’, a song that twists with a heart-attack drum beat, gnarled guitar splashes and foreshadowing bass.

After those gloomy pearls, we head into the slacker rock territory, with two bands that regularly get mentioned here: Bitch Prefect and Food Court. BP’s ‘Shipped It’ actually has a bit of a Dischord vibe, like Fugazi got re-worked in Adelaide. Meanwhile, ‘By Your Side’, which I’ve posted about quite a bit before, rocks like a hurricane, fuzzy feel-good punk that is the cure for any melancholic work day.

Finally, we end this gem of a playlist with two tracks that take their queues from the recent downtempo electronica scenes that have been popping up all over the globe. Slum Sociable pout with a snaky, hissing track called ‘Watch Me Turn Colourful’, whilst Phondupe gets slinky and irresistible with the dripping-with-lust ‘Proxy’.

That’s all from this session of Hand Games Mixtapes. I’ve been your host, Ryan the Wanker. Enjoy this awesome Australian music with a complimentary side of Free Download. That’s right! This playlist can be all yours for nothing! FUCK YEAH!

New: The National Pool-Better

Firstly, can we just revel in the thought of a giant pool that would cover the nation? Sounds pretty cool and shit, until you realise how many people would piss in it, and then it just gets kinda gross.

However, this single from electronica duo The National Pool is pretty fucking great. Disco grit mixes with soulful samples and a little bit of tribal love. Imagine if Cut Copy got crossed with Daft Punk in some sort of The Fly contraption, all powered by a mad Nile Rodgers. Firstly, how fucking awesome would that be, and secondly, you’d have The National Pool’s ‘Better’.