Thursday, June 26, 2008

Little Pictures

Wellington duo Little Pictures are bringing their shiny Little Chief pop to Sydney next week, playing with Melbourne band Popolice at La Campagna.

I wanna watch this over and over and over until I learn every lyric so I can sing along in time

Little Pictures - This House Can Fit Us All from eep! productions on Vimeo.

The gig is a new weekly Wednesday night called Consolador De Dos Caras. I'm excited! A new weekly with interesting indie tunes in a great venue (that doesn't sell Coke!) near really yum Tapas bars. My smile is pretty big right now and my tummy is grumbling damn loudly.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


i returned to radio on FBi on Friday arvo. Here's a list of the songs I played:

3:00 whispers AEROPLANE
3:15 battlelines THE SHIPWRECKED
3:20 soldiers gun WOLF PARADE
3:26 letter from god to man DAN LE SAC V SCROOBIUS PIP
3:30 who wan test NFA
3:30 I like giants KIMYA DAWSON
3:38 everything fits WONS FREELY
3:48 day n night KID CUDI
3:53 the green sun RICHARD IN YOUR MIND
3:56 this aching deal SHOCKING PINKS
4:00 the lake MUSCLES
4:04 the king is dead THE HERD
4:10 magic powder MINITEL ROSE
4:16 fair weather friends DEADELUS
4:18 we are the plague SNOWMAN
4:20 monsters under the bed EUGENE MCGUINESS
4:27 she ra MISTINGUETT
4:31 chromes on it TELEPATHE
4:42 lights go down TELEPATHE
4:51 fresh CATCALL
4:57 air war CRYSTAL CASTLES
5:02 im good im gone LYKKE LI
5:07 same suburb different park FIREKITES
5:11 groupmegroup LIQUID LIQUID
5:17 break your social system PACIFIC!
5:20 givers LUCKY DRAGONS
5:28 so he wont break BLACK KEYS
5:32 eye of the storm BLISS AND ESSO
5:36 collapsing on your doorstep AIR FRANCE
5:40 morning light SPARKADIA
5:45 more champagne? CANYONS
5:50 the re-arranger MATES OF STATE
5:54 KC's in trouble SONGS
5:58 we know all about you EBONY BONES

Was weird but great. I used to host Breakfast 6-9am daily, so it was a nice change to be in the studio in the afternoon!

FBi is amazing. If you haven't had a listen, you don't know what all the fuss is about! Head to and hear for yourself (webstreaming is available for international listeners)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sexual Sportswear

Sebastian Tellier always makes me smile. I'm sure its a combination of his sugar pop disco, his wonderfully long blonde locks and his french 70s bistro attire

I really liked the Steak compilation/soundtrack he did last year, and when Divine dropped couldn't get enough! It seems my fave store (tees please) has jumped on board the love train and thinks Tellier has a certain je ne se qoi they believe they can market!

Last night they began broadcasting Sexuality through their stores to promote an upcoming fashion range he's designed called Sexual: IT! Think the world's hipsters will lose the skinny jeans and ray bans for thin scarves, chinos and aviators?

Divine (ZShare)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

fabby ds

Fabulous Diamonds were featured on the Pitchfork forkcast today! Awesome Stuff. Siltbreeze have just released Seven Songs, which is probably how they've come to Pitchfork's attention. They are so amazing. Love them. Love Pitchfork for loving them. Just having a big old love, really.

They're touring America at the moment, but they'll be back in Australia to support Beach House. You can buy tickets from Mistletone

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Jo Mistinguett

I'm currently putting together an article about emerging female bands and soloists for the GIRLS/BIRTHDAY issue of Groupie which will be out early August, and one of the chicks I think we'll be profiling is Brazillian artist Jo Mistinguett.

I'm not sure if her name is a homage to the French actress, or if its actually her name, or something else entirely... I'll let you know once I've asked her! Like many Brazilian dance acts, she layers quite heavy rock riffs under baile funk and electro sounds. I first came across her stuff when Database remixed her tune Personal Fuck a few months ago. You can download the original, along with a few other tunes, from her myspace page.

Below is the (very diy) video for the original track:


wow. no. other. words. necessary.

Monday, June 16, 2008

8 Bits

I was gonna write about this guy a while ago, then I forgot, but now I've been reminded (thanks Mad Decent!)

Fabric night promoter and Amiga devote Boy 8 Bit recently released his debut E.P. The Suspense Is Killing Me. You can (read: should) buy it through iTunes, Turntable Lab and a heap of other online stores. It's not yet available on vinyl, but I've been told that option isn't too far off if you're a mad keen collector.

He's just made a mix - with Dan Le Sac, (newly retired) MIA, Ladyhawke, Crookers blah blah - and has posted a new free track at Mad Decent! Head here for the goods.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Modular released this 3 days ago, and then it was mysteriously deleted from Muscle's Myspace, Modular's website and You Tube.

I love a good conspiracy theory! Any ideas...?

The clip was directed by Jaron Albertin, the man responsible for now defunct DFA 1979's Sexy Results film clip and the video for Future by Cut Copy (both of which I loved!)

Melbourne based Lifelounge are still hosting the video on their website. Click through to watch (promise I wont tell Pav).

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Last night I had trouble sleeping. If you ever have the same problem, play this. I put on the record, and can't really remember anything after that!

You can order their latest album The Bedtime Beat through someone good, and can also listen to and download a few songs from their myspace

Shawn James Seymour makes the melodies and Yoshimi Tomida contributes vocals. I cant think what else you would need to know. They make amazingly gentle, minimalist Japanese pop and if you ever have trouble sleeping, then they are your answer!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

peggy sue and the pirates

"I'm in love with Louis Lane, and she doesn't even know my real name"

'Superman' by peggy sue and the pirates is the cutest song I've heard in a long while. The duo is Rosa Rex and Katy Klaw, both from Brighton, who formed when Katy was offered a gig in 2006 and Rosa said she'd keep her company on stage.

If you haven't yet heard it you can download 'Superman' from their Myspace. (And if you're feeling particularly lazy today, here's a direct link: 'Superman' Zshare )

Their most recent release, 'Television', is downloadable from iTunes along with another single called 'The New Song.' Both have been available since November, and in between now and then the girls have kept themselves busy with limited edition EP releases (as their Myspace explains.)

Esau Mwamwaya

Two months ago Esau Mwamwaya was The Fader magazine's cover star for their Africa issue. If you read the interview, you'll be familiar with the East African born MC Producer. He relocated from Malawi to London in 1999 and opened a second-hand furniture store. It was here he met uber producers Radioclit - their studio is down the road from his store in London, and after buying a second-hand bike, Mwamwaya decided to invite them to a house party. Done and dusted.

Mwamwaya has been working on his debut release, collaborating with Ezra Koenig and Ryan McPhun among notable others, and has just released a 'making of' video on You Tube. Have a watch, you'll probably recognise his 'Paper Planes' cover along with a few other samples that have been floating around on the net for a while, and the wonderful Ezra moment.

And just because, here's his take on Architecture In Helsinki

'Kamphopo' Esau Mwamwaya (zshare)

Radioclit were in Sydney earlier in the year and gave Sydney Sounder a brief heads up on the Esau album. Read it here. They are also looking for a designer to create the entire Esau campaign! Sound like something you'd be interested in?

Monday, June 9, 2008

news tarts

So why the new blog?

I have always been a fan of the Maysles brothers' documentaries, Gimme Shelter one of my all-time favourite films, but it wasn't until three weeks ago that I watched Grey Gardens. It's as if I had always said Woody Allen was my favourite director, but I'd never seen Manhattan.

The 1975 doco is about Edith Beale and her daughter, aunt and first cousin of Jacqui Onassis. It's a remarkable rendering of the insanity these women develop in isolation, and is currently being made into a tv movie for HBO starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. That, I believe, considerably discredits the history of the original text, but perhaps Drew Barrymore is gonna get all Charlie's Angels, whip some sense into Big Eadie Lange, and the ending will be a happier one?

Seeing the film made me reassess whether or not I was happy with where I found myself.

Hence, the new blog.