Splendour in the grass took place on the weekend and all I saw were the photos. I had to included the flaming lips in homage to my lack of attendance. I have a fear of Byron bay after a stay at the arts factory one summer, and hence could not make it. There is no order this week, again?!
The flaming lips - Silver trembling hands
The XX - crystallised
Monsters of rock - Say Please
Ouch my face - Obscena Misdemeanour
Bibio - Jealous of roses
Gay Beast -2 borgs
Warpaint - Billie holiday
Killer whales - Only for money
Hot Guts - did you not go to the dance alone?
Diamond Head - Fickle woman
I have finally conceded to being on the reblogging bandwagon. I can’t beat this interview though. I mentioned Jessica early in the week, with the addictive twang of “I can’t lie to you, love”. Just in case you did believe me when I said she was young you can watch it here.
No Depression’s Kyla Fairchild talks to Jessica Lea Mayfield interview at the first ever No Depression Festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA, on 7/11/09.
Cast: KEXP RADIO
Conor and his big hat see his new song featuring a exposed head of hair
Tame impala at the corner
Junior psych rockers, Tame impala played there first of 3 sold out shows at the corner on Monday night. Tame impala are signed to the Aussie record label modular. A hipster showcase of bands has been signed - cut copy, the presets, ladyhawke, van she, and most relevant to tame impala is wolfmother. Wolfmother shot from obscurity in 2005 with the help of modular. They launched a mega album in 2005 that was initially played on community radio stations. It finished up becoming 51 minutes of empowering anthems for boguns. Still to this day, snippets of chords or Andrew Stockdale screaming are being used to accompany footy highlight packages. I remember big day out in 2006, the hurricane fencing was almost stomped down by country boguns when wolfmother enter the arena. There flannelette was flapping in the wind as they screamed “WOMON….get your WOMAN”. Tame impala just like wolfmother before them were signed and yet to release an album. Just two beautiful ep’s (self-titled one in 2008 and “Sundown Syndrome”/”Remember Me”2009) to date. I had this fear that the angelic voiced lead singer (Kevin Parker) may turn into a whiny Andrew Stockdale. These are my worries even before I went to the show! Does he have an ego? Can they play? Will there be pre-emptive flannelette?
The evening was surprisingly dreamy, the psych jams were the perfect length between chill out and agitation of watching a band do instrumental. Tame impala, didn’t really talk to the audience, until later in the evening when the drummer (Jay Watson) told us we had “the best weather on tour”. The shyness probably had to do with the new found fame. They blend guitars, bass and harmonies to allow effortless head swaying. Tame impala started with “Skelton tiger”, followed by “sunshine syndrome”, and yes the mysterious horn sound really is a kazoo. I saw it! The crowd was laid back and there was definitely no bouncing on Monday night at the corner. The boys that make are the band look quintessential surfie (there from Perth). Although, the band records as a three piece, the four on stage all had wornout t-shirts with matching long locks. Tame impala finished with the radio success, “remember me” a cover of the 90’s one hit wonderer blue boy. They give it their characteristic patchouli glow and slower BPM. It shows off the high notes that Kevin Parker is capable off. I walked away with a little more blissful, both for hearing Australia’s premier psychedelic rock band and knowing that they don’t have egos like wolfmother.
Yo, (my that is not a very punk or folky opening!) I have neglect you all to now. For those of you that don’t listen already listen to NPR, Bob Boilen introduced ‘the weather station’ from Toronto on his show this Monday past. I am addict to their banjo goodness and sweet harmonies. A aptly titled band to listen to in Melbourne. It will blow you away!
Conor Oberst and the Wasted Valley Band? Barely standing in cute girl boots but mostly brilliant. http://twitpic.com/bawir
THE HAT IS OFFICIAL. MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE THE BLOG TO CONOR PUNK?
I just want some honest music. Not written by 5+ composers in a starbucks fuelled recording studio, something with passion and feeling is all I need. Why I will go as far to say that I like a little bit of complexity…I swear to god right now I am not an elitist!
what kind of bands do u listen to?
the kind that make music that is relevant to their interests and not the fans or the demographic, so that when their style changes, it is because they want to not because it’s what is popular.
i also listen to acoustic folk songs.
whatever comes on the radio.
and anything i think ios britpop enough that it is more punk or indie and less pop.
NO COLDPLAY, FALL OUT BOY, PANIC AT THE DISCO, [INSERT POPULAR ALTERNATIVE TEEN ‘PUNK’/’ROCK’ BAND HERE]
WHEN THE VERONICA’S CLASSIFIED THEMSELVES AS ROCK… I FUCKING THROUGH MY SHOE AT THE TV.