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In Rico Glaciers . The words can conjure either a courageous Antarctic expedition, or, with a bit of imagination, a popular Latin music star. It was chosen as the title of Sons of Rico’s sophomore record not only for its pleasing sound but also its humour , which is perfect for an album that has been so scrupulously put together with fun being the ultimate goal.

Working with production guru Magoo (Regurgitator, Art vs Science, Midnight Oil), recording in an old converted church, regular car trips across a mountain, and the e lusive hunt for a small town’s best ‘croc’ pie, all traversed to inspire a breadth of sound ideas that shine through on the new record. Led by the infectious first single You Don’t Know What You’re Missin’ , In Rico Glaciers will follow on from Sons of Rico’s 2010 debut album, Reactions, and its two highly popular singles, This Madness and Miss Adventure .

New single I’m Not Thinkin’ About You is a perfect foretaste for the new album, blurring the line between indie and classic rock so much that you’ll just take it as a rock of its own. To celebrate the release of this new single and album the band are pleased to announce a national tour through April and May.

In Rico Glaciers is out March 29 through Firestarter Music and Inertia.

The In Rico Glaciers Album Tour proudly presented by Street Press Australia, Village Sounds and Firestarter Music.
FRI APRIL 5 AMPLIFIER BAR PERTH WA $12 + bf from tickets.amplifiercapitol.com.au

SAT APRIL 6 SETTLERS TAVERN MARGARET RIVER WA Free entry
THU APRIL 11 SOL BAR MAROOCHYDORE QLD Door sales only

FRI APRIL 12 HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN BYRON BAY NSW Free entry

SAT APRIL 13 ALHAMBRA BRISBANE QLD $12 + bf from oztix.com

FRI APRIL 26 REVOLUTION GEELONG VIC Door sales only

SAT APRIL 27 THE WORKERS CLUB MELBOURNE VIC $12 + bf from corner.ticketscout.com.au

THU MAY 2 GOOD GOD SYDNEY NSW $12 + bf from moshtix.com.au

FRI MAY 3 HOEY MOEY COFFS HARBOUR NSW Free entry

SAT  MAY 4  GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL  NEWCASTLE  NSW  $12  +  bf   from thegreatnorthern.oztix.com.au

Greenline Grooves

Greenline Grooves is a star studded Australian album in support of wildlife Park Rangers.  In many developing nations, the Park Ranger’s job is to protect endangered species, but Rangers often find themselves not only in gun battles but tracked instead by poachers who want them out of the way. Thousands of Rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Greenline Grooves and the Thin Green Line Foundation seeks to raise awareness of the obstacles faced by Park Rangers, provision of training and equipment for rangers, as well as support for the widows and children of a murdered Ranger.

This fundraiser CD package is a card wallet within an attractive all green design (both pigment and recycled cardboard).  Artist supporters of the Thin Green Line and the International Ranger Federation featured on the disc include Gotye, Tex Perkins, Mia Dyson, John Butler Trio, Shane Howard, Jordie Lane, Xavier Rudd, Dan Sultan, Clare Bowditch, Archie Roach, Nikki Bomba and Ash Grunwald amongst others.  The Tex Perkins track ‘One More For The Song’ is a new track exclusive to this album.

Sean Willmore the founder of Thin Green Line Foundation answers my questions.

http://www.thingreenline.org.au/

1. What is The Thin Green Line Foundation and what does it stand for?

We Protect Natures Protectors the Park rangers on the Frontline fo conservation. We are about protecting nature but through the people that do it. We equip and support rangers at the pointy end and also support their families if they killed in the line of duty( over 100 killed in the last 10 years)

2. What inspired you to put together a compilation CD?
Music has been an integral part of raising awareness but also keeping what we do inspiring and  light for our supporters. We don’t all have to facing armed poachers- some of us can support them by listening to good tunes. Nicky Bomba actually promoted me to do it after we talked about ti for years. All the artists on the cd have supported TGLF in way way shape or form before the cd came to fruition.

3. How were the artists chosen for the CD?

As Above

4. Were you happy with the end product?
Yes-0 it was  good mix of songs with 3 sections really- First 1/3 – Faster paced and bit questioning, 2/3 contemplative, last 3rd Sunday arvo

5. What do you hope the CD will do for your organization?

Raise awareness and important funds

6. What will the year be like for the organization?
Lots o fo work supporting rangers int he field  and , the widows and orphans of rangers killed. Lots of events to do that- even a tour to Uganda for  those that are keen!

7. How does social media and the internet help the organization?

Its another tool to use and gets messages out quickly, but its up to to the users of it to use the information to get active and involved- pressing like on facebook is one thing- getting involved is another

8. Has the media been supportive to what you guys are doing?

Yes mostly ABC in particular with 3 &30 reports, Australian Story and Foreign Correspondent, and a few spots on Jon Faine

9. What do you hope will happen in the next 10 years for your organization?

Thats we can give much more support to the ground – we’re doing well but we need to increase our output and impact 100 fold- there’s such a great need.

10. What does 2013 mean to you?

Taking the next important steps of the foundation and getting more support to the rangers and their communities on the frontline , where its needed

These guys are a great band from Melbourne. Good songs like this one. It’s good electronic music and I love it.

I reckon a bright future for these guys. They are doing good things indeed.

http://www.dejatheband.com/

Now this is a cool pop song, great songwriting and extremely catchy by Aussie band Lee’Mon.

The song is called Genetics, I dug it the moment I heard it and it’s worth checking out more.

It’s been released by Redcat Sounds/MGM

 

Jessika Alaura

What can I say, I think she is gorgeous, that is why my friend is getting a second beauty of the week spot. As she is simply one of the most beautiful all natural girls ever. She is switched on, taking acting classes. The sky is the limited for the gorgeous lady. Expected another interview with her on the site soon.

 

 

Davey Lane

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Davey Lane is an Australian rock legend, The guy can do no wrong. He just released his first single off his up coming solo album The Good Borne Of Bad Tymes. I wanted to know more from the great man about it all. So he kindly answered my questions. The guy rocks so read on.

http://www.facebook.com/daveylanemusic

1. What was the inspiration for the new song?

It’s really a song of contradiction, the great push ‘n pull and compromise. In any area of life I guess. I was feeling pretty maudlin about one thing or another and the whole thing poured out in half an hour. It shouldn’t really be that easy! I recorded a demo straight away and that demo became the record.

2. What will the new album be about?

The title, The Good Borne Of Bad Tymes, sums it up for the most part, the songs are of a joyous or positive nature generally, mostly a result of the fucked things in life that befall everyone. Making something uplifting of trying circumstances I guess.

3. How was the recording process different to previous releases?

Well it’s my first solo record, so the creative decisions fell on my shoulders. As much as I would have loved to work with a producer, I just couldn’t afford it, so for better or worse it’s self produced, and for the most part recorded on my lonesome at home. With help from some good mates of mine who played drums, keyboards and some bass.

4. How is going solo different to you from being in a band?

Freedom I guess, for better or for worse, no-one’s there to tell you your ideas are too ridiculous.

5. Who have you enjoyed playing with recently?

Two folks real close to me spring to mind – been playing a lot of music with Tim Rogers lately, mostly outside of You Am I. He always pushes things that one step further as a musician, writer and performer, and never shies away from a challenge. Also he’s my brother and I fuckin’ love the guy. And Brett Wolfenden from a local group called Dirty York, he played all the drums on my new record. We played together years ago, in an old carnation of The Pictures. We didn’t play music together for a good few years in between and it’s a joy to be playing with him again.

6. What do you hope the new release will do for you?

The same things most folks hope for when they put records out – for folks to hear it and hopefully like it, and the opportunity to get in a van or catch a plane to go play it to people all over the joint. Oh, and to sell enough to be able to make the next one.

7. What would we find you listening to?

I been diggin on Nick Lowe pretty consistently over the last year or so. The guy’s such a great songwriter, one of the all time greats. And Dr Feelgood, Wreckless Eric etc….I think a lot of that mid/late ’70’s will inform where my next record will head, no nonsense rock ‘n roll with cheeky lyrics. Another all time favourite is Todd Rundgren, I don’t love everything he’s done, but the good stuff is genius. I keep going back to his stuff. Also I find it hard to go past Paul Westerberg, whether with the Mats or solo. And Comets On Fire, Graham Coxon, Pretty Things, Queen’s first 3 records lately. Locally I love Sun God Replica’s record, as well as Link’s brother Ross McLennan’s. King Gizzard, Courtney Barnett and Fraser Gorman are all young ‘uns producing exemplary recorded works. The last record I listened to was The Rutles as I was doing the dishes this morning!

8. What has been your favorite gig recently?

Nick Lowe at the Forum last year, if you’re a songwriter, you have to see this guy. Clever but not at all smart-arse-y, funny and effortlessly cool. Dude in his mid ’60’s dressed sharp, white quiff and horn-rimmed glasses. I decided then that I wanna be Nick Lowe when I grow up.

9. What has been the crazy on tour experience?

On tour with You Am I in the States is always pretty fucking crazy. Just coz I don’t think we ever feel as much of a gang as we do there. We fall out of a van, load in, do the show (usually setting up in the corner of a bar), pack up, fill the van with liquor and drive through the night to the next show. It’s always exciting.

10. What next for yourself?

Puttin this freakin record out and making the next one. Go on tour with Bob Evans to play folks my new tunes. Put a single out April/May and get the record out in June or so. Tour myself sometime soon after.

11.  What does 2013 mean for you?

Hopefully my most productive and creatively fulfilling one yet. My optimism remains undiminished at this point anyways!

Emily Sandifer

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Photos copyright respected holders.

Emily Sandifer is one of we have interviewed a few times. As a friend and fan of her work, we think she is an extremely gorgeous and talented. She is an actor, director, screenwriter and also a photographer. I think she will go very far, with heaps of projects in the works. This talented lady is going places so read on.

http://www.emilysandifer.com/

1. How does it feel to have appeared on Castle?

Amazing! It was my first of hopefully many TV credits. Hard work pays off. I also just did a small co-star on “The Mentalist” in January. It airs March 10th.
 
2. What was it like working with the cast and crew of “Castle”?
The cast and crew have been together for so many seasons that they are definitely a well-oiled machine. They work so efficiently and so well together. It was inspiring to see and be apart of. The cast was wonderful, too. Nathan Fillion and Stana Kalic were so much fun to be around and I really appreciate them making me feel at home. Actually, every single person on set made me feel at home. 
 
3.What was it like working on an Asylum film?
Great cast and crew (40 Days and Nights). It was a low-budget feature film, and we had a lot of issues during filming, but the experience of working with such cool people made it totally worth it. 
 
4. What did you gain from working on the film? 
I learned how to scuba dive! That was really awesome. They trained us for 2 hours before we shot the scene with Christianna Carmine and myself diving into the water to save the ark. The other thing I gained: meeting Christianna. She’s become one of my closest friends and we were both just at the Idyllwild Cinemafest (each with our own films we’ve made), so it’s been really fun! She’s a unique soul with a lot of talent. 
 
5. What is the inspiration for the film “Salton”?
That’s a long answer, but basically my obsession with the Salton Sea area in Southern California started back in 2008. I wanted to make a film that was shot there and I started researching the history, the myths, etc. If you want to read more, we have a website for the film at www.saltonfilm.com that has a Tumblr link with a director’s statement, etc. Go to the “About” section.  Salton Sea holds a special place in my heart, so the film is very special to me, too. 
 
6. When will we expect to see that?
I had hoped to do more sound editing on the film after seeing it screen at the Idyllwild CinemaFest. But, since projects will never be perfect no matter how much you fiddle with them, I think it’ll be ready to view online in the next couple of months.
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7. What inspires you now as an actor?
We could be here all day if I went into that. Everything inspires me. The world around us, the people we see and interact everyday, the stories you read in the news or in books, photos I see, paintings, music, amazing performances. If you really pay attention to all your senses, it’s easy to find inspiration and then translate it into your work.
8. Who has been you favorite person to work with recently?
Oh, I can’t say I have one favorite person. But recently, I’d say a few people deserve some credit. I already put a shout-out to Christianna Carmine. I also really enjoy my collaborations with my dear friend Amanda Dow. She has been wonderful to work with in “Salton” and “Vacillate” whether it be acting alongside her or directing her, or vice versa, and I’m so excited about our current feature film we’re working on getting funding for: “Intrepid” (www.intrepidfilm.com). I see a lot in store for us with that project. I also have to say TJ Dalrymple, since we’ve worked together quite a bit in the past two years. He’s one of those actors I’ve felt safe with, and I grew so much through the projects we did together, both as an actor and a filmmaker/director. I’ve been lucky to work with a lot of great people in a short amount of time, but as far as people who challenge me and make the set a better place for all involved, those are my top three currently.
9. How does social networking help you as an actor?
Social networking. The dreaded phrase to many of us “artists.” You love it, you hate it, it seems completely vain, but it’s becoming somewhat necessary in today’s crazy social media driven world, especially to us “unknowns.” It definitely has helped me get my projects out there in the world. People have hired me just by seeing my reel online or seeing photos on my website. I’ve met wonderful people, such as yourself, who take an interest in the work we’re doing and it enables us to share our work with the whole world. That really became apparent when Nick Acosta posted our little “fake fan trailer” for 50 Shades of Grey. Suddenly people from Brazil, Ireland, Thailand, and numerous other countries were all becoming fans and supporters. It’s very cool. I think if you use it in a positive way, and don’t lead by the ego with it, then it’s very helpful indeed.
10. What have you got next in the pipeline?
Crossing my fingers to book something awesome here soon. Other than that, just finishing old projects, getting “Intrepid” funded and produced, and continuing to work on my craft, my writing, my photography, and my life in general.
11. What would find in your stereo at the moment?
Hmmmmm. A lot of 80’s music for whatever reason (Church’s “Under the Milky Way” — it’s been on repeat). Also, just a random collection of anything from Adele’s “Skyfall” to Stateless’ “Bloodstream” to Lana Del Rey to Citizen Cope. So… a mix of genres and decades. I’m pretty up and down with my moods, so it just depends on what I’m feeling at the current moment.
12. What have you seen recently you have enjoyed?
Most recently watched “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – loved it.
13. What inspires you when writing now?
Right now, I’d say my writing is being inspired by astrology, heartbreak, and comedy because of the current projects I’ve had cooking in my brain for the past few years. I love listening to people’s life experiences; it always inspires me. I write down any strange dreams I have, too, and I figure those will inspire something someday.
14. What do you like to do to unwind?
When I’m feeling stressed or need to think something through, I love going on walks. Or driving somewhere (usually some secluded desert). Also love watching movies, doing personal projects that are just for fun, and I’m currently reading 3 different books and a script (I should probably just try one at a time…).
15. What do you do to keep yourself looking so amazing always?
Ha, well, thank you. Photoshop! Okay, just kidding (sarcasm doesn’t translate well in writing, does it? Oh well).  I only say that because I’m a photographer who really loves natural “flaws” and “quirks” in everyone. I changed my eating habits back in May 2011 when I went Paleo (just google it). I dropped nearly 25 lbs and I feel amazing. But, looking healthy doesn’t mean losing weight (I’d just say for me, personally, losing weight made my energy levels skyrocket because I’ve been putting way better food into my body. I didn’t do it to lose weight, I did it to feel better). Exercise is always good, especially for the mind. I think when you take time to be mentally and emotionally self-aware, it shows in your overall appearance. Take time to reflect, take time for yourself, treat yourself right, and do things that make you happy. I always look my best when I’m simply that: happy.
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GREENLINE GROOVES PROTECTING NATURE’S PROTECTORS FEATURING GOTYE, TEX PERKINS, JOHN BUTLER TRIO, CLARE BOWDITCH, ASH GRUNWALD, XAVIER RUDD & MANY MORE

Greenline Grooves is a star studded Australian album in support of wildlife Park Rangers.  In many developing nations, the Park Ranger’s job is to protect endangered species, but Rangers often find themselves not only in gun battles but tracked instead by poachers who want them out of the way. Thousands of Rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Greenline Grooves and the Thin Green Line Foundation seeks to raise awareness of the obstacles faced by Park Rangers, provision of training and equipment for rangers, as well as support for the widows and children of a murdered Ranger.

This fundraiser CD package is a card wallet within an attractive all green design (both pigment and recycled cardboard).  Artist supporters of the Thin Green Line and the International Ranger Federation featured on the disc include Gotye, Tex Perkins, Mia Dyson, John Butler Trio, Shane Howard, Jordie Lane, Xavier Rudd, Dan Sultan, Clare Bowditch, Archie Roach, Nikki Bomba and Ash Grunwald amongst others.  The Tex Perkins track ‘One More For The Song’ is a new track exclusive to this album.

All songs have been supplied 100% royalty free.  All record company, distribution, and most retail profits go to the foundation.  Manufacture of covers and discs have been supplied at cost price.  Artwork, publicity and marketing assistance are all supplied at nil cost.  Now it’s your turn to join us to get involved.  We need your help.

The Thin Green Line Foundation along with our partners the International Ranger Federation are the only organisations dedicated to protecting these protectors.

Some facts:
Over 1,000 Park Rangers have been killed by commercial poachers and armed militia groups in the last 10 years….that we know of – the real figure is likely to be three times this.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo over 187 Rangers have been killed in one National park.
The elephant population in Tanzania has halved in the last three years.
In Chad, 11 Rangers in camp preparing for the day ahead were set upon by militiamen poachers and slaughtered.
Esnart Paundi a Ranger from Zambia left four children double orphaned when she was hacked to death by commercial poachers – her husband a ranger was killed two years earlier.
Many Rangers work in very serious conditions without basic human rights, such as shelter, food, clean water or any security measures whilst bravely protecting endangered species.
The Thin Green Line Foundation along with our partners the International Ranger Federation are the only organisations dedicated to protecting these protectors.

“Without Rangers, we would’ve lost the last 787 mountain gorillas 15 years ago.  But they go on eight-day patrols with no map, no proper boots and no mosquito nets, so they not only fight heavily armed poachers, they sometimes die of malaria.  They can go three months without getting paid.  They are outnumbered and outgunned.  But they are fighting the good fight” Sean Willmore – Founder of The Thin Green Line Federation and President of The International Rangers Foundation.
Greenline Grooves will be available in store on February 8th We are asking you, please support this important initiative www.thingreenline.org.au

Alexa Borden – Flares (Self Released)

Alexa Borden contacted me late last year wanting publicity for her music and I loved what I heard so I gave it a plug and this is her latest album, Flares. 14 tracks of good songs written by a good Canadian singer songwriter going places.  The first song Rule The World is mysterious layered with guitars and vocals shining.  Lungs is a beautiful song, the use of the synth mixed with her vocals is truly something good.  They just work well together.  I Want To Be Near To You, with the use of the organ at the start of the song, alongside the keys, her vocals is amazing.  Songs like Still Hold On, Idle are something really cool, catchy tunes, good vocals, good use of instruments, songwriting and production is excellent.  Take Me Higher is another well written tune, good use of instruments, love the use of keyboard, the drums, the lyrics and vocals just gel together.  It’s a beautiful song.  Seismic Sound is a haunting song, the uses of the instruments even if some are just lightly used.  a really nice touch.  Good vocals and lyrics are excellent.  Drift Astray is another cool tune well written, catchy and stays with you.  Give Up The Ship is another amazing song, love the use of piano and echo on the vocals, it’s a haunting song.  Nowhere To Run is another winner of a track, haunting, beautiful and lingers with you.  Alive has a cool intro, it’s a kind of trip pop song, the vocals just work well together with the song.  Everything is in place perfectly.  Don’t You Feel Bad is just Alexa and the piano, a gorgeous song with her vocals shining, great lyrics and the use of backing vocals is a good choice.  Flares the title track is another winner of a track.  The use of the instruments, vocals are used well here.  Love the use of the drum machine.  Bloom finishes off the album, it’s a great instrumental song that shows of Alexa songwriting.  Alexa Borden is one of the new breed of singer songwriters who use keyboards, synths, drum machines to add something unique, exciting and haunting to her music.  This is an album, that is haunting and beautiful.  Has something to says and also very exciting.  She is doing something amazing here and I know the world will stand up and take notice.  I did.

This will be a weekly thing, I give a few people who emailed or  sent in stuff a plug on my site who are independent.

Perth band The Date are launching their rocking new single Let Me Drive @ The Rosemount Hotel in Perth on March 7th. For more info visit http://www.thedate.com.au

These rocking cats FM Down http://fm-down.com

Have put out their latest EP White Noise and it’s pretty cool. It’s good rock music and you should give it a listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMvuj3l2hOs

Now here is a cool Hip Hop tune by Jay Dot Rain called You Already Know