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This is Lime Cordiale new track Bullshit Aside and it’s catchy and well written and these guys are going places so if you don’t know this Aussie band yet you are missing out.

 

 

Grizzly Jim Lawrie

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Grizzly Jim Lawrie is a talented Melbourne singer songwriter doing good things, He kindly answers my questions. He is a talent worth checking out. So read on.

http://www.grizzlyjimlawrie.com/

1. What was the inspiration behind the new single Midnight Run?

Last year seemed like a big year for rough patches(or is that every year? New Year’s Eve always echoes with “to the next being better than the last”). A few friends and I all had various situations in our lives that weren’t quite treating us right, all different but significant. It’s all about how, for some reason, it’s part of modern human nature to just stick it out rather than leave what you know isn’t good for you and its about the liberation of getting out.

2. What do you hope that will do for you?

This single is a lot more pop friendly, so I hope it’d be nice if it had a bit more of a reach than the folk country basket I’ve been put into in the past, but in the end it’s not about that, and I would just hope it gets to the people that need to hear it.

3. What has been the highlight so far?

Releasing the album last year. Our launch at the Curtin last year was heaps of fun. We had some great bands on the bill and everyone was having a great time. And we did an instore at Basement Discs in Melbourne CBD that ended up being pretty big too.

4. Why does the old bar rock so much and why should people support it?

I reckon it rocks because it’s an ‘anything goes’ kind of venue. You can be surrounded by a hundred sweaty punk kids packed to the brim and jumping around one night, and sitting on the floor listening to a line-up of great folk or acoustic songwriter stuff the next. They treat everyone with respect, and that’s why they deserve it back. It’s places like the old bar that keep Melbourne’s music scene going, by backing(sometimes at a loss) young bands who have no idea how to put on a show, that end up playing shows at the corner, or the forum or touring internationally. I reckon every band I’ve ever played in has done a show there.

5. What do you like about playing there?

I love the stage. It’s an awesome room to look at from the stage. Slightly tiered, narrow and cosy. You can see everyone who walks in and you can hear what people are ordering over the bar from the stage. It’s the sort of place you make friends in because you can’t escape just hanging out with everyone who’s there.

6. Were you happy to the responses to your album?

Yeah, I really was. I wrote a lot of the first album a long time ago, and it didn’t see the light of day until I recorded it. There’s a lot of nostalgia in it and I’m really happy with how it comes across as an album, so for it get good reviews and be popular in independent record stores, I was stoked.

7. What does it mean to connect with your fans?

For me it’s a live thing. I love it when strangers come up to me after a show and tell me they liked it… even if they don’t, sometimes you can tell if someone’s really enjoying it by how much they get lost in it. When you look up mid song and someone has lost all self-consciousness about the weird face they’re pulling at you, you know they’re engaged in what you’re doing.

8. If you could have anybody in a video clip who would it be?

My favourite film clip of all time is Paul Simon’s ‘You can call me Al.’ If DZ Deathrays hadn’t done that one with Arj Barker, I’d probably do a similar thing featuring Henry Wagons. Everybody is always wise crackin’ about how much I look like him, which, although I don’t believe this to be true, was backed up by a classic slap stick double take from a guy reading an Inpress with HW on the cover at the tram stop once… On the other hand, I’ve been a Jim Carey fan since Ace Ventura and he does awesome dramatic stuff, so he’d be pretty sweet to do some sort of heartbreaking over the top epic thing.

9. Who have you enjoyed playing with recently?

We’ve been doing this residency at the Old Bar this month, and all of the supports have been unreal. Some friends and some that we’d heard about in different ways… Big Smoke, Brave Face, Kashmere Club.really rocked out. Venice Music is an acoustic force to be reckoned with. Rob Muinos, who usually plays guitar in Saskwatch jumped up for a rare acoustic set of unreal songs in the second week and had the whole room dead silent. Another is Tully on Tully, who played our album launch last year and it was one of those “maybe we shouldn’t have booked such a good support” moment because they’re so good live. There’s so many in Melbourne at the moment that are great, it’s hard to stop…

10. What does 2013 mean to you?

I think growth and forward movement. Midnight Run is a bit of a change in direction in terms of songwriting for me and I think that’s naturally flowing into other aspects of the band and the direction we’re going in. I want to tick off a few things from the list this year, a couple of festivals I’d love the band to be a part of and recording another ablum, touring, all the good stuff.

The Evening Cast

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The Evening Cast are a great Geelong band doing good things.  Incredible songs and are making a name for themselves on the Aussie music scene, they kindly answer my questions so read on.

http://www.theeveningcast.com

1. Were you happy how everyone got behind you after the tragic house fire?
We were overwhelmed with the support. The way in which the music community got around us was incredible.. The benefit show was a night we will never forget, and everyone’s contribution was hugely helpful!
2. What do you hope the tour will do for the band?
Our aim is to play an amazing, captivating set, in new places, to new people! The response so far is pretty exciting..
3. Are you happy with how the media has received the band?
Definitely! Local and national media has been really supportive, the momentum in the build up to the tour launch last week was awesome.. We loved popping up on blogs, papers, radios and T.V.
4. What does it mean to connect with your fans?
Connecting with our audience is the most important thing for us, for they are the ones who will keep listening, talk about the music and keep us progressing. Every live set, interview, social media comment, we love engaging with those who are listening and following us.
5. How does social networking help the band?
The majority of people these days are on it, so its highly important and helpful for spreading the word about what we are doing. Its the way people connect and share what they love! Its not everything, but its very influential.
6. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Bon Iver.
7. What does 2013 mean to you?
New start. Amazing Shows. New Creativity. Honesty. Enjoyment.
8. What is next for the band?

We be paying all June/July around the Country. We release a new single and clip smack bang in the middle of that.. Then we plan to record! We are so excited for the days ahead.

Laura Stevenson – Wheel (Don Giovanni Records)

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Laura Stevenson latest album Wheel is amazing, good songwriting, good vocals and great musicianship makes it a winner. The opening track is Renee is a solid indie rock/alt country/70s rock tune that starts off with Laura and acoustic guitar and leads into the rest of the band. It shows off she can write a tune that delivers with solid songwriting, such passion and energy. Triangle is a straight up indie rock tune that is catchy energetic well written and has good use of backing vocals. Runner is a catchy tune that has good use of instruments including the keyboard. It’s also a song that I reckon radio could pick up and play. Every Tense has good use of strings and her vocals are on fire and is the songwriting and musicianship. It’s one of more slower songs on the album which lets the songwriting and vocals shine. Bells And Whistles is more a cruzy laid-back tune that has a real country edge to the tune. Sink, Swim is like Runner, another catchy tune that has good vocals, melodies and musicianship. The Hole is another little ditty, good use of the acoustic guitar, solid vocals, good lyrics. It’s a good song that has a real country feel to it. Eleonora is a good indie rock/alt country tune that has good melodies, musicianship, vocals and lyrics. The Move is just Laura and acoustic guitar and it shines, lets Laura voice really shine, good lyrics and her songwriting is excellent. Journey To The Center of The Earth is song that has good use of the use of lap steel, vocals are good as is the lyrics. Telluride has good use of the accordion, good well written song, solid melodies, vocals and lyrics. Musicianship is first rate. L’Dopa is the big anthem on the CD, it goes for over six minutes, well written performed and shows off the songwriting and vocals. The Wheel finishes off the album well with a well written and sung tune that has good use of the French Horn. This is a first class album by Laura Stevenson, solid songwriting, great musicianship, solid vocals and good production makes this album a winner. I hope one day she tours Australia.

The Solicitors – Made To Measure (Popboomerang Records/MGM Distribution)

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The Solicitors are a fun Melbourne pop power band and this is their debut ep Made To Measure, and this is a solid EP and shows off good this band is and why you need to check them out. Pretty Penny opens with a catchy pop tune that shows off the band in full, solid songwriting, vocals and musicianship. I Love Your Love follows it on with another catchy tune that shows off the vocals and musicianship of the band. DDT is more of a less catchy tune but some what laid back vibe to it. Back Of My Hand is a cover originally done by The Jags and it’s a good cover. Fleeting Is Believing finishes off the EP well with a pop tune that has the sensibilities of blues tune. The way the song is performed and structured. This is a solid debut EP, the songs are catchy and well written, production is the artwork is top notch. Love the way it was done. These guys have got some cool going on here and it’s worth checking out, get to the record store and discover this cool Aussie band.

Nick Van Breda

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Nick Van Breda is a fantastic Aussie singer songwriter who has been in bands and now doing the solo thing. I wanted to know more so he answered my questions so read on.

http://www.facebook.com/NickVanBredaMusic

1. How are things different for you now being solo and not being in a band?
The big difference is that all the decisions are mine now. This adds to the pressure of it all and means a lot more work for me but it’s also a really good thing. It also means I can get to a gig on public transport!

2. What did you learn from being in a band?
I suppose the big thing is interpersonal relationships with other people and how important they are. Playing music with someone else can be a very intimate thing and you are forced to spend a lot of time together. This brings out the best and worst in everyone.

3. Are you happy how people have received your music?
I guess so? It’s always hard to tell isn’t it. People keep asking me to play shows so i suppose you could say it’s been received well!

4. What inspires you now when writing music?
Inspiration can be anywhere and in anything. You just have to pay attention to what’s going on around you. Sadly, my guitar is all too often out of arms reach when inspiration strikes!

5. What does it mean to connect with your fans?
It means a lot. It’s always great to connect with someone who considers my music worth listening to. I’m always a little surprised when it happens as well. At my recent show at The Workers Club in Melbourne, a bunch of guys who had seen me play in New York nearly 2 years ago came and saw me and told me how they hadn’t stopped listening to my cd since that show. They braved a cold Melbourne sunday night, just to see me play and say hi.

6. How does social networking help you?
It’s a great way to get my music heard and to keep people up to date with my upcoming shows and releases. I get a lot of inspiration from listening to other music and social media has made it easier than ever before to find bands. The other day, I spent all morning listening to a band from Philadelphia called The Hundred Acre Woods i’d discovered that morning. This kind of thing wasn’t possible all that long ago. I still remember making mix tapes when there was no irony involved!

7. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Jen Buxton. She’s an amazing singer/songwriter from Newcastle who i’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a few times recently. We’re heading to Brisbane together so maybe something could happen!

8. What does 2013 mean to you?
Write, record, release, tour, repeat.

Seth Sentry

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ANNOUNCES THE ‘VACATION’ TOUR
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2013
NEW SINGLE RELEASED FROM THE DEBUT ALBUM!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – Australia’s acclaimed hip-hop artist, SETH SENTRY announces The Vacation Tour in support of his latest single of the same name. SETH will be joined by special guests, Grey Ghost and Mantra to help bring his standout live show to new audiences around the country, on an extensive run of 24 regional tour dates between August and September.

Since the release of his #6 ARIA debut album and critical success, ‘This Was Tomorrow’ in September last year, SETH SENTRY has been achieving milestones in big leaps from multiple high-rotation radio singles on Triple J to extensive national tours (including the completely sold out Dear Science Tour last month). He has appeared at festivals including Breath Of Life, Fat As Butter, Come Together, Sprung, Big Day Out (Melbourne) and Groovin The Moo, and spared a moment to make history in becoming the first Australian hip-hop artist to perform on US late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The announcement coincides with the release of SETH’s 5th single, “Vacation”. Following on from 2012 favorites “My Scene”, “Float Away”, “Dear Science” and “Room For Rent” – “Vacation” is all about raw rap and catchy hooks. Teaming up with the production of Styalz Fuego (360, Illy), “Vacation” is packed full of video game references and pop culture punch lines. Autobiography meets fiction fantasy, “Vacation” transitions from real life to make-believe and back again.

For the tour, SETH will be making stops in regional towns all across Australia including North Queensland, Coastal New South Wales and Country Victoria, taking in previously unvisited cities in Western Australia and Tasmania! All shows are 18+.

SETH SENTRY will also be making a special appearance at Sprung Festival in Brisbane and Melbourne this September and October. Full tour dates below.

“Vacation” is the fifth single taken from debut album ‘This Was Tomorrow’, out now via High Score Records. Catch SETH SENTRY as he performs in regional towns around the country this August and September.

SETH SENTRY
THE VACATION TOUR 2013
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GREY GHOST AND MANTRA

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 21 JUNE FROM WWW.SETHSENTRY.COM

THURSDAY 1 AUGUST – UNION JACK, CAIRNS QLD (18+)
FRIDAY 2 AUGUST – THE VENUE, TOWNSVILLE QLD (18+)
SATURDAY 3 AUGUST – MOVIDAS, MACKAY QLD (18+)
FRIDAY 9 AUGUST – SUGARLAND TAVERN, BUNDABERG QLD (18+)
SATURDAY 10 AUGUST – KINGS BEACH TAVERN, SUNSHINE COAST QLD (18+)
SUNDAY 11 AUGUST – SPOTTED COW, TOOWOOMBA QLD (18+)
THURSDAY 15 AUGUST – THE NORTHERN, BYRON BAY NSW (18+)
FRIDAY 16 AUGUST – COOLANGATTA HOTEL, GOLD COAST QLD (18+)
SATURDAY 17 AUGUST – HOEY MOEY, COFFS HARBOUR NSW (18+)
THURSDAY 22 AUGUST – CAMBRIDGE, NEWCASTLE NSW (18+)
FRIDAY 23 AUGUST – ENTRANCE LEAGUES CLUB, CENTRAL COAST NSW (18+)
SATURDAY 24 AUGUST – WAVES, WOLLONGONG NSW (18+)
WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST – THE STATION, JINDABYNE NSW (18+)
THURSDAY 29 AUGUST – ZIERHOLZ, CANBERRA ACT (18+)
FRIDAY 30 AUGUST – BLACK SWAN HOTEL, BENDIGO VIC (18+)
SATURDAY 31 AUGUST – KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT VIC (18+)
FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER – WESTERN PORT, SAN REMO VIC (18+)
SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER – WOOL EXCHANGE, GEELONG VIC (18+)
THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER – SPURS, DEVONPORT TAS (18+)
FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER – ALCHEMY, LAUNCESTON TAS (18+)
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER – HOTEL SOHO, HOBART TAS (18+)
SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER – SPRUNG FESTIVAL, BRISBANE QLD (LIC/AA)
WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER – JUDD’S HOTEL, KALGOORLIE WA (18+)
THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER – PIER HOTEL, ESPERANCE WA (18+)
FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER – STUDIO 146, ALBANY WA (18+)
SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER – PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY WA (18+)
SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER – SPRUNG FESTIVAL, MELBOURNE VIC (LIC/AA)

I love  Jonas & The Massive Attraction, I totally dig what the band does and here are two songs off the album which they put up.

Go buy the album it’s amazing

 

Hilary Kennedy

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Hilary Kennedy is my beauty of the week as she is an extremely talented tv host,actor and blogger. Plus the fact she is extremely beautiful and she has an Emmy to her name. This talented beauty lady is going places. You can find out more about her here http://hilarykennedy.com/

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Jonas & The Massive Attraction – Live Out Loud (Big Slice Records/Select Distribution)

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Jonas & The Massive Attraction are back with their latest album Live Out Loud and I reckon its one of the best rock album to come in out in ages. This rock band managed to make an album that mixes up the heavy tunes with soft melodic numbers with eaze. Solid songwriting, musicianship, production and Jonas amazing voice just all shine here. Songs like Ultimate Low which opens the album, shows the band can rock out like the best of them. Songs like Cover Up, Good Life show off the softer melodic balladest tracks off the album. Good Life is a radio hit if their ever was one. Songs like Breahting show off they can writing a catchy rock tune with a pop edge. Songs like Only Human show off the more serious side with almost a dark edge to the song. Jonas Tomalty is the perfect front man, he has got such a good voice. I just love this album, it’s got everything a perfect modern rock album should have. Good songs and songs that just never leave after you play. Everything about this album is so good. You Need To Hear This Now.