New: Alternative Music from The Native Cats + House of Laurence + The Good Sports + Shiny Joe Ryan + Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

More new shit! Wowee, its like Christmas only better! Wow Yeah!

The Native Cats-51

Boom! Bet you didn’t fucking expect that right off the bat! Boom! New Native Cats, what are you even going to do about it? Huh? What? You scared? You scared by the greatness?

Man, ’51’ is an offcut from ‘Dallas’, the album The Native Cats released earlier this year, but listening to it begs the question of why the fuck they left it off!? This song is amazing! There’s so much shit happening!

The track starts out like a 1980’s platform gamer, only you control the character of Ian McKaye as he smashes barrels for coins, to fund his label Dischord Records and ensure that he doesn’t have to ever take money from The Man. However, the track then evolves into the sinister monologuing that was found on ‘I Remember Everyone’, a malicious combination of Gareth Liddiard and Kirin J Callinan. And then all of a sudden we’re floating in space to this programmed drum beat and drawn out keyboard soundscapes. Weird shit, but so good you’ll curse The Native Cats for not releasing this to the public sooner.

House of Laurence-Just Don’t Move Me

And bang, more good shit, straight from our backyard. This time, we’re south of the border in Melbourne, with indie rock band House of Laurence. I feel as though the clip for this song is basically a retelling of the band’s journey trying to find a place after Laurence kicked them out of his House for starting a fucking band in his flat. Regardless, at least House of Laurence can write a pretty cool indie rock track in the form of ‘Just Don’t Move Me’.

The Good Sports- Out of the Way

The Good Sports are a great band from Brisbane. Its kind of King Gizzard/Thee Oh Sees, but instead of going for the bat out of hell slaughter that those bands usually get up to, The Good Sports seem content to just wallow in their murky garage-psych jams for a while. ‘Out of the Way’ manages to be both incredibly chill and invigorating at the same time, kind of like if Unknown Mortal Orchestra were dragged out of a swamp.

Shiny Joe Ryan-The Cosmic Microwave Background Pt.1

In case you couldn’t figure it out already from the title, Shiny Joe Ryan is another offshoot of the Perth psych scene, this time from POND member, Joe Ryan. This one has a definitive Tame Impala feel to it, twangy space guitar littering a slowly escalating holy high note, a sound that’s like being raised into heaven whilst the Beatles go through their Indian phase around you. Its a weird amalgamation of sounds, but its pretty fucking cool.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks-Cinnamon and Lesbians

Isn’t that just the greatest title for a song? ‘Cinnamon and Lesbians’? And wouldn’t you fucking know, this song has the most delightful video clip since Winnie the Pooh made rap videos. Yep, this song pairs those usual Pavement riffs with Malkmus’ wry observations (…’I’ve been tripping my face off since breakfast…’) make for a fun fucking listen. And when the video can reflect the lyrics as accurately as a truth serum, well then its time to shut up, and watch a fucking video.

 

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August Playlist

Some crazy shit has occured within the last couple of days. HSC Trials have started, I’ve coincidentally started looking for careers that accept an ATAR of an asterix, and the Big Day Out launched a pretty fucking spectacular lineup. Blur, finally! Also, DIIV, The Naked and Famous, Mudhoney, Cosmic Psychos, Toro Y Moi, and Dillon Francis, with DZ Deathrays, Tame Impala, Flume and Peking Duk bringing the local contingent to mindblowing. Should be swell. Well for a bombastic announcement, there has to be an equally bombastic playlist, right? Fuck that sounded a lot better in my head. Anyway, here’s a bunch of shit I’ve been jamming to recently that you could enjoy. Like the BDO lineup it’s pretty diverse. You’ve got slacker-soul from Hebronix, addictive punk-pop from FIDLAR, some wub-wub from Tornado Fight, and some Tool-esque steel fuckery from France’s Oyster Reluctance. Speaking of Europe, there’s Plastic Bertrand’s classic ode to fucking with people that don’t speak French, and as always, plenty of the local Aussie contingent. TV Colours and Hayden James have especially been rubbing me the right way the past month. Anyway, enjoy the shit.

1. FIDLAR-Awkward

2. TV Colours-Beverly

3. Tornado Fight-Alleycat (free download)

4. Hayden James-Permission to Love

5. Wave Racer-Stoopid (free download)

6. Jerome LOL-Tell U

7. Plastic Bertrand-Ce Plane Pour Moi

8. Hebronix-Wild Whim

9. Opposite Sex-La Rat

10. Fuzz-Loose Sultres

11. Palace Brothers-Come In

12. The Cannanes-A Bigger Splash

13. Bruff Superior-All Alone

14. Shiny Joe Ryan-The Old Man and The Sea (free download)

15. Chicks Who Love Guns-Pencil Neck

16. Ghost Wave-Hippy (free download)

17. Shark Week-Get High (free download)

18. Oyster Reluctance-I Still Trust

19. Sepultura-Roots Bloody Roots

20. Constant Mongrel-Complete