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Besides Modular do you chaps know of any good aussie labels that put out indie/pop type stuff?
because australia is a cultural wasteland where no one has need to do anything but enjoy the Quality Of Life.
i'm not even sure an Australian has ever written a book, tbh.
if you don't know any labels any bands?
I can recommend heaps from the 80s and 90s. Less from the 00s. Not because nothing good came out in that decade, but more because I'm not as in touch with it as I used to be.
Most recent Australian releases that I've enjoyed:
The Naked and Famous — Passive Me, Aggressive You
Sherlock's Daughter — s/t EP
HTRK — Marry Me Tonight
Black Cab — Call Signs
Mess & Noise is a great Australian music site, if you want more:
Aren't they from New Zealand.
All NZ bands are just Australian bands waiting for their permanent residency to be granted.
Haven't listened to anything else on their label mind, and their about section is a bit eurgh http://massesmasses.com/about
(and they're not modern at all)
(useless post, sorry)
Some great records from Heather Woods Broderick, Oliver Mann, and Aaron Martin on there. Lovely paper sleeves too.
Aarght - http://aarghtrecords.com/
RIP Society - http://ripsocietyrecords.tumblr.com/
Chapter Music - http://www.chaptermusic.com.au/
Bedroom Sucks - http://bedroomsuckrecords.com/
Lost and Lonesome - http://www.lostandlonesome.com.au/
Remote Control - http://blogrc.remotecontrolrecords.com.au/
that should keep you busy
Lofly - http://www.lofly.com/
Ivy League - http://ivyleague.com.au/home
Mistletone - http://www.mistletone.net/
worth your while checking this out
greatest mood pop beat folk combo to come out of Shepparton, Victoria, well, ever...
and a lot might be considered too uninspired or Australian sounding (Josh Pyke, Angus and Julia Stone, Boy &Bear, etc.)
But The Middle East are a great folk/post-rock band - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSKrrMb9bnE
Last Dinosaur aren't too bad - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Dc9b-Etuc
Kate Martin - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR_TlANSC9g
The Medics - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vxuSian_VQ
The Panic - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_cK_cIydHY
plus the best Australian bands in the last ten years are Eddy Current Suppression Ring http://www.ecsr.com.au/ and The Drones http://thedrones.com.au/
anything made by or produced by nick huggins is pretty fantastic, be it the post rock of touch typist & seagull, the indie pop of otouto, the electro pop of hello satellites or his own warm singer songwriter stylings
Their new album 'For You' is worth checking out too.
I just can't name any recent (i.e. in the last 5 years) Australian bands that have really fired me up. Even the ones I mentioned up there are very good, as distinct from brilliant (although I'd very much like a Sherlock's Daughter album).
Probably the only Aust. albums over the last 5 years that I ranked in my top 5 albums of the year were Bumblebeez, Prince Umberto and the Sister of Ill, and The Presets, Apocalypso.
The first half of the decade is a different story, and the late-80s / early-90s was a veritable goldmine of great Aust. albums.
I think I need some of my compatriots to recommend me some great new releases too.
There used to be a saturday morning TV show called Recovery on ABC that had a lot of great indie bands on. There's quite a bit on youtube. Some of the bands i was into during that time:
Something For Kate (the early stuff)
The Mark Of Cain
The list goes on and on...
the national youth broadcaster (JJJ) has gone to shit, so you need to look at local independent radio like RRR, PBS, FBI and ZZZ
same with TV, there really isn't much to speak of that gives independent/underground/alternative music a go. Websites like messandnoise.com, smallnightin.com, fasterlouder.com.au and the vine.com.au are all really helpful
Over the past couple of years years its become pretty dire. Thats why i don't listen to Australian music as often as i'd like to, apart from some of the local acts (Though being from Townsville that only equates to about 3 decent bands).
I'm familiar with those sites, but i think i need to invest a bit more time in then.
I've become so used to treating Triple J as my main access to Australian releases that now they're doing such a shit job I'm missing everything. I should start listening to RTR but their complete lack of a playlist doesn't work for me either.
JJJ's become dire most of the time.
4ZZZ in Brisbane is usually prety good music wise. The presenting can get pretty tiresome, although I guess that's to be expected.
Sometimes it all gets a bit too hard to find things beyond the local stuff you see out and about, and in Brisbane at the moment a lot of the 'cool' younger bands are just obsessed with sounding like Foals, wearing oversized shirts and partyin
Agreed with the websites, they're all pretty useful
Teeth & Tongue, Belles Will Ring, Fabulous Diamonds, Boomgates, Naked on the vague, Per Purpose, Circle Pit, Ghoul, Dick Diver, Super Wild Horses, Lakes, Oh Mercy, Slug Guts, UV Race, the Twerps, Blank Realm, Royal Headache, Collarbones, Total Control...
this is a bit Melbourne-centric, just because it is where I live! bit of something for everyone there, loads more out there..
...Teeth & Tongue is!!
listen to tracks from the album here, with a neat little review track by track by the artist herself
bit of a PJ Harvey, Bat for Lashes vibe I guess, something in that ballpark. I love the track 'Rot on the Vine' in particular
Is Love of Diagrams due a new album? (not that I got round to getting the last one) Does soundslikesunset still exist?
they did a couple of gigs recently where they played stuff going right back, which was great
Panel of Judges is an offshoot from LoD, worth checking out
I'd definitely suggest checking out Boomgates as well, they are great, really getting quite the following (have members from Eddy Current, the Twerps and Dick Diver in there)
then there is that whole lo-fi, post-punk, noisey scen going on in Sydney at the moment, things like
Naked on the Vague - http://www.myspace.com/nakedonthevague
Royal Headache - http://www.myspace.com/royalheadache
I can't believe how out of touch I am nowadays. Part of it is not being able to go to gigs anymore, but the woefulness of Triple J of late is mostly to blame. I should stream the home and hosed shows, but I'm so sick of female singer-songwriters, and I fear I'd be constantly wanting to skip to the next song, which is very annoying via stream.
there really is no show i can think of that is worth following on JJJ anymore