Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Tale of 3 shows

So in these wild and wooley weeks, the silly season they call it, there is a massive amount of whiling away your time that you can spend at awesome shows. Thursday the 12th of December was the night most Sydney Meridith sideshows were on, and over The Bronx, That One Guy and Saul Williams, my friends and I tottled off to Holy Fuck @ The Annanadale.

We got there early enough to see local noise kids WOW doing their thing, now with added extra synth. I picked up a 7" of theirs a little while ago, called "Common Species/Pretend We're dead" and they played both songs off that, as well as a bunch more. Really worth checking out, and you can do that

Mountains In The Sky were a band I first saw at the Melbourne Big Day Out this year (one of the very few highlights), and since then they have added a member. Im not sure if its added to their music, but they are still pretty awesome. You can check them out at , and their new album Electron Suite is out now through Love & Mercy records.

I had been waiting for this ever since I first heard their name really. Then my good friend DJ Not You send me a text message from some festival in Belgium saying Holy Fuck were amongst his festival highlights. Then I got their EP. Then I got their LP. Then I started dropping Holy Fuck in my sets. And asking questions about them at trivia nights. And finally, as we were at the New Pornographers show, outside we saw the adorable poster announcing HF's impending tour. Amazing. They surpassed my expectations as to how a Holy Fuck show should be -- bass guitar, drums, and two old as fuck synths that they repatch live and occasionally scream a bit. Pretty much the best thing ever. Dont miss them. is their myspack, and Young Turks is their label.

The next night I went along to see some of my friends play. I got there just too late to have missed the live improv session between Kodama and Gentle Force, though apperantly that was a whole dose of wonderful awesomeness. The crowd was being lulled into a dubby state of security as some guy from melbourne played, but happily got kicked up a notch when Bec Paton came on and layed masses of bass down for us, happilly getting a bit grimier and hip hoppy by the end. Then Western Synthetics came on, and it was fabulous. On this wet and dreary night, a wonderful warm and cozy blanket surrounded everyone. Whilst I really could have done with a doona and a cup of hot chocolate and a window to push my face up against, watching the rain, it gave the effect of doing that inside me altogether. It was the launch of Western Synthetics 12", which you can check out on his myspace --, and the 12" and mp3's are available from Subcontinental Dub.

Finally, on the Saturday night, I tottled down to my second or third installment of "Triangles Sideshow Alley", which was a long running monthly night a few years back at the Landsdowne, but now only really crops up once every few months. I got inside to be nicely droned out by Meat Safe, a band that kind of goes post-hardcore in points, other points nods totally towards goth-rock... It was awesome. Next up were Black Lion, who I probably would have been totally in love with 10 years ago (thats a good thing) and then The Mansons, who were absolutely awesome in the way that I wasnt actually trying to pay attention to them, but kept getting distracted from my conversations by the strength of their songs... Awesome stuff kids.
But the band I was there to see mainly were a fair few people's New Favourite Band -- Bosom. 

Bosom are a three piece fronted by the vivacious, rude, charismatic and mega awesome Wiz, and an increasingly tight drums and guitar duo. Their songs range from flirting with high-school massacre gunmen to telling stalkers to fuck off, from pretend phone-sex lines to just how much better they are than coldplay... they are the greatest thing to happen to mankind of this generation of this decade, my friends so check em out

Monday, December 8, 2008

The New Pornographers, Live @ The Annandale, 12 October 2008

Everything is starting to quieten down for me for the summer. Ive just returned from my weekend down in Canberra for my birthday Ug Beats, and between now and Febuary I only have one DJ gig booked. Trivia will stop for the summer on December 16, and there is no Flunked til Feb 19.

So to tide us over, I might try and recap some of the best things about this year. And definately one of the best things I did was go see my favourite active band in the world, The New Pornographers. In joyous news, an incredible audio/visual recording by these dudes called "Moshcam" is available on the web, so for your listening and singing along pleasure my friends, CLICK HERE and stream one of the best shows I've been to this year.

I'll put some other links up over the summer, but for now, BOOK ME FOR STUFF -- get in touch via this blog, and I'll rock your summer shows!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Seasonal Beats, Xmas Eve. Transit Bar

Another Canberra gig... and again at Transit Bar.

This time, its a xmas eve party, featuring some of my favourite boys in the world. Firstly, the amazing D'opus & Roshambo (Website and MySpace), who's album The Switch is undeniably one of the hip hop releases of this year (the 12" is particularly hot if you can get you hands on a copy). They will be giving some good tidings, slick beats and special collabs on Xmas eve down the transit bar...

And then a band I was happy enough to support at their first ever gig, as well as their first album launch at a sold out show a few years back at the ANU Bar -- Casual Projects (MySpace) will be playing two sets, kind of as though the Transit Bar had turned into the Mac for the eve. I will be spinning tunes before, after and during, so come along and get boozy, funky and festive as we rock it, XMAS EVE party styles!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ug Beats presents::: Jaytech Mostly

UG Beats Entertainment is proud to announce the return of Jaytech for one special ‘Jaytech Mostly’ show in Canberra.

Jaytech Mostly is not just an event, it’s a 7 hour spectacle of sound, light and vision that features special intoxicating acts and surprise performers.

On the back of last weekend's massive festival performance, including ‘Foreshore’ at Commonweath Park and some afterparty in Dickson, Jaytech was voted by you as the ‘BEST DJ SLASH PRODUCER TO EVER WALK THE EARTH’ in our weekly "ZOMG What Rocked Your World This Week” poll.

And it seems the rest of the world agrees, with Jaytech also taking top spot for the first time in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll last year. This UG Beats date will mark the first time he has been here since taking out the prestigious top spot, which he won from Tiesto and John Digweed (ranked two and three respectively).

Other awards in 2008 included the most prestigious award in Dutch music, the Buma Cultuur Props Award, and at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMAs) in Miami, he took out Best Maker of Progressive Haus and Best and Most Soothing Album Title (for “Everything Is OK”).

The success of his Everything Is OK album has led to a signing session with ravenous fans everywhere he goes, often to the embarrassment of his friends.

Regardless, you too can come and experience the Jaytech fervor, this Friday December 5, at The Transit Bar, Akuna St, Civic.

For Free.

That’s right. FOR FREE.

No cover, just Jaytech.

Actually, mostly Jaytech.

Actually, Jaytech For A While, but it just didn't sound as good as Jaytech Mostly.

On the night there will be DJ sets from NOT YOU (Berlin), ALISTAIR ERSKINE (Syd), Jemist (USA-sounding), Pornstylus (Costa Rica), and local munchkin, DJ DFP (Ainslie).

But there is only to be one Jaytech Mostly party in the world! Be a part of history in the making! is the place to go to confirm your attendance :) DO IT!