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Squarehead – Diddy Kong by Chris
September 17, 2013, 1:15 AM
Filed under: Rock | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Squarehead have been hard at work on their new EP Fables and have released the intricate Diddy Kong as a taste. Enjoy.



Wafia & Japanese Wallpaper Show by Chris
March 14, 2013, 5:04 PM
Filed under: Live Show | Tags: , , , , , , ,

An exciting all-ages show is hard to come by. I don’t say this to complain about today’s tasteless youth (although the existence of One Direction proves that there is indeed an abundance of that), I say this because it was not very long ago that I too was an under-age music fan, desperately craving an event I could legally go to without some over-priced flavour of the month pop-headliner (whatever happened to Wynter Gordon?).

Brisbane-based indie-folk artist Wafia is being joined by Fuck the Radio favourite Japanese Wallpaper on the Melbourne leg of her short tour at 1000 pound Bend this Sunday and everyone (young and old) is invited.

If you are in Melbourne, why not go grab a beer/juice and kick back to some tunes in our extended summer.



ba. – Paklausyk by Chris
August 8, 2012, 9:43 PM
Filed under: Electronica, Experimental, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , ,

Getting exotic today with some goodness from Lithuania of all places. This unique breed of… experimental-indie-pop? I don’t know what you’d call it. Alternative electronica perhaps? I don’t know. My job isn’t to needle genres anyway.

Benas Aleksandravičius (+10 points for impossibly difficult surname) is a tricky one to write about due to my inability to speak Lithuanian. Even armed with Google translator, you’d have to do some pretty crazed Facebook stalking to find anything beyond the fact that ‘ba. is what he calls himself- assumably derived from his initials.

Now I’ve briefly spoken about my past love for German rock before on this blog (albeit in a hugely un-related context), and there’s just SOMETHING about ba.‘s music which tingles that little bit of my brain. That being said, the rock sound is only a subtle tinge in Paklauskyk compared to his other tracks like Tai nėra rimta (split) and Era. Worth a listen to all the same- something a little different for your ears today.



Squarehead + The Black Galaxy Experience Gig by Chris

Collingwood’s Gasometer Hotel is another punk rock fortress in the midst of Melbourne’s north-eastern inner suburbs…Lots of distortion-riddled power-chords and highly energetic performances can often be heard radiating from the top floor as you enter the venue or duck out with your mates for a smoke.

Downstairs however, there’s an intimate back-room there behind a ubiquitous closed door which has been playing host to the opposite; punks of a different breed… the downtempo/electronica/beat scene in Melbourne has it’s many branches, and climbing their way to the top of the tree one killer set at a time are Fuck the Radio faves, Squarehead. Also on the bill this particular night was The Black Galaxy Experience who were fresh off of the launch of their 3-track EP, an atmospheric and moody work of prog-rock/jazz sounds. The music in this room may not have been punk rock- but it certainly dared to be different.

Squarehead (above) create their songs in-front of you, live. And you can tell they love doing it. Tobi (on the right) fronts with a bass guitar hooked up to a pedal board bigger than Kanye West‘s ego. They opened their set with a new song which expanded dramatically into a room-filling climax of cymbal crashes and reverberation; and while there’s a subtle hint of underlying melancholy present in their music, it’s masked with a dash of velvety mystique. Tobi knows his way around the bass fret board, and as the tracks build in passion, his ability to rip out some pretty killer solos really comes to the fore-front. Playing through the rest of their ZZ Tunes  catalogue also made for a great show, King of Birds  absolutely rocks it live, there’s a-lot of energy in that breakdown section that translates to stage very well, as well as serving as a device for breaking up the more downtempo pieces.

Also I want to stress that when I say ‘down-tempo’ I do not want you to think I mean ‘boring’. There’s enough intricacies and rhythmic patterns that lie throughout all of Squarehead‘s music to keep you listening intently from start to finish. I Dream At Night, (the second last track of the set), is reminiscent of Ratatat‘s relaxing-yet-stimulating sound, and when translated to the live stage, it takes on another special element you miss out on if you just listen at home with your iTunes. I think perhaps the most fitting description I have for Squarehead‘s live-sets are ‘perfect for taking a girl to’.

After SquareheadThe Black Galaxy Experience set up all manner of synths and instruments that would make any music-geek drool. The drummer Andrew writes all the music and is quite adept at what he does; there’s an interesting prog-rock/psychedelic feel to the jazzy electronica he performs which fills the entire room and envelops you whole like a sonic cushion. It’s clear that as a musician, Andrew is a skilled artist- the dynamic levels and expressive drumming was a stand-out. With tunes that can fall close to the 10-minute mark in length, the constant evolution and flow of the music kept the room totally fixated. Whats’s Going On in-particular built and built with fluid smoothness into a swirling crescendo of drumming prowess which was just out of this world.

Definitely some of the most musically impressive bands in the underground electronica scene at the moment, if you live in Melbourne, check them out next time you see their name on a poster.

Squarehead:

The Black Galaxy Experience:



Squarehead – Raindrops by Chris

The gap between producers and musicians is a precarious one, especially when it comes to playing live. Squarehead played at Fuck the Radio‘s opening night just over a week ago and put on an amazing show.

Performing songs live as a trio, complete with bass guitar and 50 different effects pedals- if you have the chance, Squarehead are not an act you want to miss if you love music (and, if you read this blog- I assume you do).

Raindrops is a beautifully composed track with a multitude of evolving bits and pieces that in the right atmosphere just fill the room and take you in for a musical candlelit journey over forests and deserts on the back of a magical flying flamingo. The rest of the free album shares a similar feeling, only perhaps with different flying magical animals. It’s something I can’t really describe without sounding like a maniac, so don’t just take my word for it- grab the album, and catch them live in Melbourne on the 21st (link below)… I’ll be there with my flamingo.

SEE SQUAREHEAD LIVE

Download/Listen:

Squarehead – Raindrops



A Bliss Abyss – Moksha by Chris

AND we are back to regular posting schedule. What better way to kick off the week by welcoming all the new members of the Fuck the Radio family to an old favourite; A Bliss Abyss.

The North-Carolina based musician/psycho friend of mine has up and left his friends and family to hike the Appalachian trail solo with little resources to seek solitude. It’s some serious Into the Wild movie style shit, and standing at roughly 2,180 miles- the Appalachian trail passes through no less than 14 American states, and is one of the longest marked hiking trails in the world. Only one-quarter of those who attempt to hike the entire trail succeed. The journey typically takes six months to complete.

Anyway, enough of the geography lesson, you’re here for music; and A Bliss Abyss is one of the most talented and brilliant producers I have ever met. He released his EP for free download off of his website and is surviving entirely on the donations of fans.

The Moksha EP itself is one of the most beautifully crafted records of the year. I can’t recommend it more highly. An amazing blend of electronic music combined with guitar, topped off with brilliant production skills and an ear for incredible detail- this is something to have on repeat for quite a while. Grab it for free off of his website:

http://www.ablissabyss.com/



James Litherland – Where To Turn by Chris
March 4, 2012, 11:00 AM
Filed under: Rock, video, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

This weekend I’m going to hit you up with another video (perhaps I’ll do this regularly from now on):

The main focus is on the first minute or so- James Blake fans will get tingles. Funnily enough, it was James Blake‘s father who produced Where to Turn, released back in November ’06 before James Blake heavily re-worked it into the minimalist-electronica piece that it is now The Wilhelm Scream. Give the original a listen and see what you think- I must admit progressive rock is not usually my thing, and James Blake did such a magnificent job capturing the mournful emotion behind the lyrics in his version; but I’m a real sucker for talking about samples and the whole father/son thing makes for a neat story.

Of-course, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you simply must check out James Blake‘s The Whilhelm Scream which I coincidently included on this mixtape.

Also, if you think this sort of stuff is cool- I recently wrote an article with some more widely-known samples for Purple Sneakers right here: http://www.purplesneakers.com.au/2012/03/listen-where-does-that-sample-come-from/



Tal Ronen – Deep Thinking by Chris
February 1, 2012, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Chilled, Rock | Tags: , , ,

Tal Ronen‘s expressive guitar solo is accompanied by a smooth synth pad and deep kick drum to create the looming chillout piece Deep Thinking. When the drum kit rhythm kicks in, you are treated to 30 seconds of classical rock goodness- until it dissipates back into nothing. A great piece of relaxing work that yearns to last a little longer.

Tal Ronen – Deep Thinking

Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/tal-ronen



Gorilla Junk – Unknown Voyage So Far by Chris
January 30, 2012, 11:36 AM
Filed under: Jazz | Tags: , , , , ,

The sounds of Gorilla Junk are a mish-mash of familiar instrumentation and unique creativity, (I could swear there is a paper-rustling sample in Unkown Voyage So Far) something admirable and risky- yet pulled off very well in this case.

The melodic rock influence in Unkown Voyage is prevalent- there’s even some distorted backing guitar (something we don’t hear much of on FTR), award for most unique sound however goes to the use of the aussie didgeridoo during the track’s second half which serves as an interesting backing to a loud jazzy bass. Give it a listen!

Gorilla Junk – Unknown Voyage So Far

Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/gorillajunk



Gang Gang Dance – Thru and Thru by Chris
December 10, 2011, 12:00 PM
Filed under: Experimental, Psychadelic, Rock, Upbeat | Tags: , , , ,

Aside from having one of the coolest photos ever for the cover of their album Eye Contact, New York experimental/lo-fi electroclash outfit Gang Gang Dance recently stopped by my home city of Melbourne for a gig- and I’m ashamed to say I couldn’t make it 😦

Fans of Bjork, The Knife and perhaps even Animal Collective (especially those that have indulged in member Panda Bear‘s solo works) will find familiar-yet distinctly different sounds in Gang Gang Dance‘s work- across the whole Eye Contact record there’s a slight taste of Indian pop, African rhythms and even UK r&b, but only very subtly- the same way you get that odd metallic taste in your mouth before it rains.

For posting today I’ve picked the album’s closing track Thru and Thru. It’s very up-beat, what I can imagine Indian synth-pop would sound like if it was given a western re-hash. Quite an interesting listen, I must admit, it’s somewhat difficult to get into without the rest of the album to support it- but if you are a Bjork fan I’d say it’d be a little more accessible to you.

Also, is it just me or do they use the same samples as Infected Mushroom‘s Heavyweight at one point?

Gang Gang Dance – Thru and Thru



Sea Wolf – You’re a Wolf by Chris
November 5, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , , ,

I haven’t posted much indie/folk music on Fuck the Radio simply because I feel that it’s developed it’s own strongly established scene in its own right. Fans of the genre will most likely already be familiar with the more mainstream names like Bon Iver and Morissey (I don’t use the term ‘mainstream’ negatively here, unlike many hipsters that will abandon their favourite band once it’s Facebook page reaches over 1,000 likes in order to look ‘alternative’). Even the most indie-twee-of-twee such as Kimya Dawson (and her anti-folk duo The Moldy Peaches), Joanna Newsom and Antsy Pants enjoy their spot in the relatively ‘popular’ limelight (one only needs to listen to the soundtrack of the film Juno to discover this).

There was a time when I had a *whatever the latest iPod device was* chock-a-block full of indie punk-folk music. I’d spend weekends lying in bed listening to Noah and the Whale (I occasionally do still indulge in the odd listen on Five Years Time), My Little Pony, Laura Marling, Neutral Milk Hotel etc. This was the time that I learned to love music; when I discovered there was a world beyond the ubiquitous pop music that I never quite found accessible. Then came the whole indie-revolution, and suddenly everyone was trying to like the most edgy and obscure bands they could find.

Sea Wolf aren’t particularly edgy- The album Leaves in the River was released in 2007 and they play out much like a Death Cab for Cutie clone. As for obscurity, You’re a Wolf was in shows as popular as Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries… It even plays during a scene in Zombieland. But I think it deserves a more in-depth listen than being the backing track for a movie or television show can provide.

The melodic, dreamy mood shaped by the brilliant bowed strings and Church’s vocals fills your ears with a near euphoric indie-pop sound that has manage to retain it’s listening pleasure to me all these years since my indie-rock phase.

It may not be the most groundbreaking song you ever hear, but put simplistically, You’re a Wolf is a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

Sea Wolf – You’re a Wolf



Death in Vegas – Aladdin’s Story by Chris
September 7, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Psychadelic, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , ,

Death in Vegas’ sound spans across many genres, from grunge to electronica to acid-rock the list goes on and on. Typing their name into iTunes and playing through their stuff on shuffle can trick you into thinking you are listening to several different bands. I feel Aladdin’s Story is a good psychedelic rock track to show off their sound- and it’s been awhile since we had music like this on the blog.

I recommend you check out  Death In Vegas if you like a mix of Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Tame Impala and stuff like The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream and Unkle. A very eclectic band.

Death in Vegas – Aladdin’s Story

 



Secret Knives – Black Hole by Chris
September 1, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Acid, Chilled, Noise, Psychadelic, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Secret Knives are one of those amazing acid rock bands. A real pleasure to listen to. Really organic- if you love groups like Yeysayer, Tame Impala, Animal Collective and The XX then chances are you’ll love the sadly lesser known Secret Knives.

http://secretknives.bandcamp.com/

FTR download:

Secret Knives – Black Hole



Pretty Lights – Something’s Wrong by Chris
August 31, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Dance, Electronica, Rock, Upbeat, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Pretty Lights is easily one of my favourite artists of recent times, even though he’s been around for quite awhile, I discovered his music later than I would have liked to.

Another artist who I wish I could simply post the entire discography of, Pretty Light‘s production quality and sound is something even the creme de la creme of electronic artists could be envious of. I’m very excited to see him live in December. Not only is his music brilliant, but he is generous to give it away for free. I insist you visit the website:

http://www.prettylightsmusic.com/#/home

And of-course, a FTR download:

Pretty Lights – Something’s Wrong

 

 

 



The Leech Woman Mixtape by Chris

So Beyonce just released her new song called Run the World (Girls) and it is TERRIBLE.

Diplo & Switch re-using thier old Pon de Floor beat (seriously guys, I’ve heard you use it with La Roux, Afrojack and Major Lazer already, time to come up with something original!)

LUCKILY Fuck the Radio is here to do some radio FUCKING and together with b& has shown that girls can at the very least ROCK the world.

DOWNLOAD THE MIXTAPE HERE




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