Thursday, 13 Nov 2014

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Australian hip hop pioneers, 1200 TECHNIQUES break their decade of silence with the announcement of their new EP, Time Has Come, which will be released on Friday, 23 January 2015 through Rubber Records. The EP is their first new music since critically acclaimed 2004 album Consistency Theory.
The first single and title track to be released from the EP, Time Has Come, is about the journey of music and life within the music industry through their eyes. “We wanted to share a bit of our story, our ups and downs, for people who have been asking us on the street, and also for the young artists coming up who have no idea what to really expect,” says N’fa. Trap-free and classic 808 drums aside, founding member DJ Peril, who produced the original beat quips, "It hasn't come out of an instant sort of hip-hop pack – like, just add milk.” Fans can stream the new track on Soundcloud and download it on iTunes from Friday 14 November.

The EP Time Has Come is available for pre-order on their Pledge Music page.

The 1200’s long-awaited return sees the trio making their first live appearance playing a one-off show as part of the Rubber Records 25th Anniversary event - full details below. Don’t miss your chance to see 1200 Techniques reclaim the stage!

1200 TECHNIQUES - Time Has Come Launch Show with Special Guests
Wednesday 17 December @ Howler, Melbourne VIC (18+)
7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick  | Tickets on sale from Moshtix.com.au




Check out Angie Paice's video for her new song about Australian brumbies called 'The Tale of Mrs Gardiner.' It provides a solution to the "brumby problem" – that is, getting them heritage listed, providing brumby sanctuaries and obtaining funding for hay and carers. This model is currently in successful practice in North NSW - see the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horses Association site:




No strangers to Australian shores, New Zealand reggae-soul heavyweights The Black Seeds are excited to be returning in November to Melbourne to perform at the Prince Of Wales Hotel on Thursday 27 November and at The Metro in Sydney on Friday 28 November.

Renowned globally for their epic live shows, and having been invited to appear at various Australian festival such as Splendour In the Grass, Golden Plains etc., the six piece outfit always deliver very solid performances. Having formed in 1998, with five albums, a live album, and two remix albums later, The Black Seeds have been enjoying continued momentum ever since, winning over new fans’ hearts wherever they go.

Hitting Australia again in late November, The Black Seeds will have you dancing up a storm, and given the populartiy of previous tours don’t hesitate to get your tickets. Available via Oztix (www.oztix.com.au) for the Melbourne show and Ticketek for the Sydney gig (www.ticketek.com.au), tickets go on sale Wednesday 10 September at 9am.

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Bloods @ RAD November 27

Three kids who grew up on the sunny shores of Sydney, Australia, Bloods have been peddling their garage-punk-pop tunes since 2011, playing alongside bands like Dum Dum Girls, Redd Kross, Opossum, DZ Deathrays, Obits, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jeff the Brotherhood and a bunch more.

“Raucous, gritty and energetic…sort of like a 60s surf pop record that someone threw up on, put through a blender, melted back together again and then sprinkled some glitter over. Nice.” – Indie Shuffle

Tix $12+bf available HERE



Melbourne musician and writer, Cam Gilmour’s second EP, Anhedonia, has just been released.

The Anhedonia EP is available for purchase from CamGilmour.bandcamp.com. All orders come with an instant digital download and physical orders come with a limited bonus Zine, As Dire As Its Title, which features a collection of short and slightly unhinged essays on the daily scrapes of the creative artist.  

Cam has performed around Australia for the better part of the past decade. In 2006, he joined Melbourne rock band Behind Crimson Eyes, releasing two albums and touring extensively (Big Day Out, Soundwave, & Triple J One Night Stand), before teaming up with hip-hop artist Illy in 2010. 

Stream Anhedonia in full at https://soundcloud.com/camgilmour/sets/anhedonia-ep.





Casey Barnes will be supporting Mariah Carey for “A Day on the Green” on Sunday 16 November at the Sirromet Winery in Queensland. He also has a brand new single ‘Waiting on the Day’ out now. See the link to the video clip here.



Check out Cheynne Murphy’s debut release A Horse Called Freedom which originally launched last August at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby, Northern NSW. 

This is Cheynne’s first release in three years and one that has been quite a journey in the making considering he has five jobs, four children in a blended family, over 150 students and a litany of life aspects to manage.  Managing these many roles is par for the course for many of us. “Everyone is juggling work, passion, finance, lifestyle, family, technology – modern day life demands warrior like qualities. I believe we are ultimately on a quest for freedom and a more peaceful, fulfilled way of being,” says Cheynne.

Joining forces with ex-Studios 301 engineer and producer Paul Pilsneniks (Pete Murray, Angus Stone, Powderfinger, Jeff Martin), and with a new band to boot, Cheynne has recorded a rich, emotive folk rock album with hints of alt-country, largely the influence of long time guitarist Toby Andrews.

Purchase the new album on iTunes here.



From the artistically bountiful Blue Mountains comes Cooking with Caustic, a soul/hip hop/funk collective unlike any other. 

Consisting of core members Caustic (beats, keys and production), DJ Cost (turntables), Jarv Benaud (bass), Stephen Noble (saxophone), Marc Brown and Tim Coggins (trombones); Cooking with Caustic blends intricate, mood-driven instrumentals alongside tracks which showcase a variety of guest vocalists and MCs. 

CwC have just released their debut LP From Mercury to Pluto, distributed through Obese Records. The album pays homage to the classic sounds of 90’s hip hop, focusing on big beat, groove, and turntablism, and possesses a cohesiveness and maturity rarely found in a debut album.

As part of a month-long celebration of the release of the album, you can catch them live in Sydney and the Blue Mountains throughout November.






Songwriters Lorenzo Iannotti and Michelle Schembri-Lipscombe have written and recorded a song in memory of Teresa Mancuso - a friend, sister, daughter and mum that was murdered in Reservoir, Victoria in 2013.

The song 'Forever' was launched at a fundraising ball in October raising money for the fight against domestic violence. The song was written in consultation with Teresa's family, to ensure she was represented as the amazing woman they love and remember.  Writing, producing and singing the song has been a heart warming and touching experience - they hope each person that hears the song is as touched as they were writing it.

You can download FOREVER on ITunes now.


Typically, heady times attributed by the shifting local political sands coupled with ill-ease and social dissidence, results in creative types voicing their concern and protest via their art. The sixties were a particularly prevalent era for that, and since then artists and musicians have followed suit. McSherry O’Brien And The Lowlands self-titled album does just that - voices distaste at the current political times.

From the initial few guitar strums to the final lingering notes of the album you are taken on both a political and personal magical carpet ride, an outpouring over terrain very close to the collective hearts of Paul McSherry and Paul O’Brien, the two musical brain children behind McSherry O’Brien.

Recorded in a converted school in Denmark, Western Australia on band member Jim Blackwell’s farm property over seven days, the album is the perfect foil for McSherry O’Brien And The Lowlands to muddy up the waters and voice their concern via pointed and observational lyrics. And they do so with unabated conviction and passion.

This, their self-titled album, is their second release, and hopefully the continuation of many more musical collaborations, as they both clearly enjoy creating music together.



Millions @ RAD 28 November 

Brisbane four piece Millions, are hitting the road again on their ‘For Your Leisure & Pleasure’ tour. The band are bringing the swoonsome pop back to the stage nationally in November / December.

Tix $15+bf available HERE



Kicking off a career in the music industry is often a daunting task for up-and-coming musicians and entrepreneurs. Without the right business relationships, it can be difficult to know how to bridge the gap between aspiration and a successful career in the music industry. Now, there is a professional development resource – aptly named Music Industry Inside Out – specifically designed to answer those queries – from the inside out – unlocking the secrets of the Australian music industry one question at a time. 

The brainchild of long-time music industry professional Martine Cotton, Music Industry Inside Out is a members-based digital resource providing bite-sized video interviews with acclaimed artists and members of the music industry. Launched last month in October, members are privy to information such as how to book gigs, self-management techniques, tips on technology and preparing for an international tour. 

There are 350-plus videos online from 28 different speakers across 23 course modules. Every week a new course video unit is added from leading industry figures, eventually including more than 35 different topics at various levels ranging from beginner modules to masterclasses. There are also free resources such as the ‘Savvy Seven’ series, which provides local advice from some of Australia’s hottest young bands. Martine has spent the better part of 2014 cajoling her music industry peers to spend an hour in front of the camera sharing their advice and insights. 

There are a variety of membership options, starting from $25 for individual monthly memberships (or $250 per year), as well as a variety of tiers for small music communities (5-9 members) up to major organisations and universities (70-plus members).

To sign up for a membership or for more information, please visit www.musicindustryinsideout.com.au.


Music producers Ajay B and Tony Knucklez of NRG SOUNZ are proud to announce that their song "Running Man" by U.S recording artist Daze has just won The Akademia Music Awards October 2014 (Los Angeles) in the Best Hip Hop/Rap/Soul category. Mixed and mastered by Mr. Saga Legin (Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes) from Innovative Music Studios NYC, ‘Running Man’ is trending across radio stations worldwide.

Maxine Jones (formerly of En Vogue) debut solo hit single ‘DIDN'T I’ (produced by NRG SOUNZ) will feature on her soon to be released album alongside producers like DJ King Assassin (Tupac Shakur, MC Hammer), Glasses Malone (Lil Wayne, Akon) amongst others.

NRG SOUNZ is in the building!



It’s been a big 12 months for Brisbane singer songwriter/loop artist Richard Grewar. Since relocating to Las Vegas in October 2013, Grewar has taken the honour of being the first ever performer at the Life Is Beautiful Festival alongside The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Empire Of The Sun and Beck, showcased at SXSW V2V and opened for sElf, White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83), Sun Rai (Rai Thistlethwayte of Thirsty Merc), as well as performing an industry showcase at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles. Additionally, Richard has pioneered the Las Vegas chapter of Sofar Sounds – a secret house concert concept, now in 86 cities across the globe. 

 On 27 November, Thanksgiving in the US, he’ll release his first new track in three years ‘Bird On A Wire’ and celebrate with a pre-release show at The Mint in LA, Sunday 23 November. For more details head to www.facebook.com/RichardGrewarMusic


The Sunburnt Soul Choir performed their rework of Divinyls' 'Pleasure and Pain' in a new video launched recently on Double J's Divinyls special. Filmed on location at a stunning heritage-listed property in regional Victoria, the Sunburnt Soul Choir brings together 22 diverse singers from Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand.

Sunburnt Soul's rework of 'Pleasure and Pain', arranged by APRA/Hilltop Hoods Initiative 2012 winner Screamy (RUNFORYOURLIFE), will feature on the upcoming compilation album, Divinyls Reworked, due for release in March 2015.

Emerging Australian and New Zealand musicians are creating a loving tribute in honour of iconic singer and performer Chrissy Amphlett in Divinyls Reworked. Amphlett, known for her iconic performances as the Divinyls frontwoman, passed away last year at just 53, after a courageous battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.

For more details visit Divinyl’s Reworked website, Facebook page, Soundcloud and Pozible Campaign.


Hailing from the sleepy New South Wales township of Kiama, The Vanns have burst from the shadows of their garage to deliver their infectious mash of blues and indie rock to the people.

Armed with an arsenal of catchy melodies and a live show that is truly electrifying, The Vanns have continued to grab the attention of audiences and media outlets alike, securing regular rotation on Triple J Unearthed and FBi Radio as well as many other radio stations Australia wide.

Check out full tour details on Facebook.


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