Lenka Wishes All A Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays Sweetypies.

Well well well, 2009 has almost come to a close…!
What a mega year it was for me. My music has taken me to 21 countries! And we’ve had many adventures along the way… So much love, so much music, so many highs and lows and in-betweens. Sniff sniff.
I wish all of you a GORGEOUS holiday season, full of romance and nostalgia i hope.
…and a rockin 2010 for all!
xoxox Lenka.


We love Lenka and cant’ wait to see her again here in Portland. (hint hint :)

In case you missed her great cover of Friendly Fires, or her amazing “Like A Song” with accompanying WWII radio waves in a cappella version she performs live.. check them out !!! She is just an amazing and vibrant artist!

Lenka – Like A Song

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The Black Ryder “Sweet Come Down”

The Black Ryder – Sweet Come Down

The Black Ryder – Burn and Fade (featuring Peter Hayes)

This Australian rock group released their debut album, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, last month. Here’s and excerpt from a recent interiew:

….. mean, our first gig was on the Black Rebel tour in Australia. When they asked us to do it, we didn’t even have a band to start with…[laughs]…I think we only had four songs, so we had to get our shit together pretty quick. It was a studio project, that’s how we dreamed it all up. We originally thought that we could play here and if we go overseas we could recruit some friends playing in other bands who happen to be on tour at the time…so yeah, we quickly grabbed a bunch of friends in this country, and we also had Wiki from Brian Jonestown staying with us, a big favour that he toured with us. It was good…we had to do it pretty quickly and of course we were very lucky that our first ever shows were pretty big shows…at the Corner Hotel you know. ” (read more)

 

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Down the Rabbit Hole with The Youth Group (Aussie YG Take Hiatus)

Yes, the news came out in October, same month Wolfmother called it quits last year.. Rocktober in Oz…. tough month!

From YG:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Youth Group are going to have a break from being Youth Group.
We are drawing a line through 2010, and plan to reconvene in 2011.

The band has been our lives for the last five years. Pretty much from the release of Skeleton Jar, through the recording/release of Casino Twilight Dogs and The Night Is Ours, to the accompanying tours it has been our furious, intense and fulfilling job.

We poured everything we had into The Night Is Ours. Maybe it wasn’t exhausting, but it was exhaustive and we are just not ready to venture into that again in a hurry. We’re a band that has always valued the process of making a record as much as the end product. We need some time before the next one.

And well, we are just looking forward to having a good slice of time to do other, non Youth Group things with our lives.

We would like to thank all those that have been to a show, bought a record, bought us a drink, shared their couches, floors and lives with us. Until the next chapter…

…an epilogue: those in New York have one more chance to see us play before the break. We are playing at Littlefields, Park Slope, on Sunday 25th October. Goodbye Brooklyn. Someone will cry.

Toby, Danny, Cam and Pat

We were able to not only catch them at MFNW this past September but Indy partied with them at the INCREDIBLE  Black Francis gig that weekend – it made a huge impression on the YG and Indy… as well they all went out to celebrate after the show at Portland’s infamous ‘Voodoo Donut’ shop (see photo)

We were all so impressed with Frank Black’s gig we were walking on a cloud afterwards.. or was it all the sugar in the Voodoos!!

Here’s some artwork and comment about the show from YG, click on their artwork below

Frank Black (Pixes) aka "Black Francis" @ Dantes Portland Oregon MFNW

We will miss them dearly and their music. Thanks for all the love guys and for covering “Forever Young” – the best cover ever!!!

Black Francis – Threshold Apprehension

Youth Group – Forever Young

YG @ Voodoo Donut Portland Oregon

and so that is how we rolled, first we were taken down the rabbit hole by the incredible set of Black Francis, totally out of body experience, and then, filled with all that Voodoo goodness, and, as the saying goes, The Magic is In the Hole… “

Cheers to Cam, Phoebe and the YG!!!!!

Youth Group – Daisychains

Youth Group – Shadowland

more photos courtesy of YATM here

Mama Kin “Tore My Heart Out”

“Tore My Heart Out”‘ is the first single from Mama Kin’s upcoming debut album release BEAT AND HOLLER. Recorded with Producer Tony Buchen (Andy Bull, Gin Wigmore, Tim Finn, Blue King Brown) this track has struck a chord with the folk at ITUNES, having been named SINGLE OF THE WEEK of November 3rd.

Mama Kin – Tore My Heart Out

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Australian Powderfinger Pay Homage to Thailand’s Festival Of Lights

Directed by Natasha Pincus.
One of our favorite singles, “Burn Your Name” now has a hot new video. The song is off their latest LP “Golden Rule“, out now.

For this video, in October 2009, Powderfinger headed to Thailand to film this clip during the Yi Peng Festival, which takes place annually in Chiang Mai. As part of the festival, people light a lantern that is kind of like a personal hot air balloon and set it adrift, sending all of their troubles away. The lanterns’ launching is a celebration. There is a lot of love in it, fun and joy. A further extension of the lantern festival is fireworks mayhem – all through the festival, people launch rockets, sparklers – anything that razzles and dazzles. All night long the city’s soundscape is filled with the the bangs and crackles of fireworks booming and erupting. To read a guest blog about the festival from Natasha Pincus, see Powderfinger’s blog

Powderfinger – Burn Your Name

(New) Angus & Julia Video and EP


Just last week we reported the brother and sister Stone had just premiered a brand new track from a forthcoming  album, and now they have released a video for the same, and, unbeknown to most of the outside bloggin world, they have a new EP out, check out the Aussie dynamic duo in this steaming hot new video of Julia as well the spankin new 3 track EP out on iTunes

Angus & Julia Stone – And The Boys

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Dirty Three Ft Nick Cave – Sea Above, Sky Below

more about “Pitchfork: TV“, posted with vodpod

Dirty Three are an instrumental trio consisting of Warren Ellis (violin), Mick Turner (electric guitar) and Jim White (drums), originating from Melbourne, Australia. Since the Dirty Three formed in 1992, they have spent a lot of time overseas. Mick Turner is currently based in Melbourne, drummer Jim White calls New York home, and Ellis lives in Paris.

Ellis since 1996 has been a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Ellis and Turner have both released solo albums. In addition, Turner and White have released several EPs as The Tren Brothers, and appear as backing musicians on albums by Cat Power, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and PJ Harvey (White drums).

Dirty Three – Sea Above, Sky Below

THE DIRTY THREE – JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2010 TOUR

Thursday, January 21 – Melbourne, Forum, Melbourne – A Don’t Look Back performance of Ocean Songs *
Friday, January 22 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide
Saturday, January 23 – MONA/FOMA Festival, Moorilla Winery, Hobart
Monday, January 25 – Tivoli, Brisbane – A Don’t Look Back performance of Ocean Songs *
Tuesday, January 26 – Sydney Festival, Enmore Theatre – A Don’t Look Back performance of Ocean Songs * (on-sale now)
Saturday, January 30 – Laneway Festival, Melbourne (on-sale now)
Thursday, February 11th – Perth International Arts Festival – A Don’t Look Back performance of Ocean Songs (on-sale now)

No official website or myspace.. ??

Temper Trap “Fader” Video


The Temper Trap – Fader (Adam Freeland Mix)

The new video from The Temper Trap for their latest single Fader. Released in the UK 4th January 2010. The band’s debut LP, Conditions, out now.

Recent news:

Coming off the back of a sold out UK tour, The Temper Trap have stormed up the UK Charts this week, with their debut single ‘Sweet Disposition’ currently placed at #7 and album ‘Conditions’ at #25.

The band are currently on the move with shows in North America and Europe scheduled in for the end of the year, before they return to the homeland – Australia. The Temper Trap have been announced to play Big Day Out across Australia and NZ in January, including two Sydney shows.


Their stellar “Sweet Disposition” performed live at 2009 Awards for ARIA in Sydney, Australia

And in other news – The Temper Trap have been nominated for four ARIA awards for their debut album ‘Conditions’ – Best Rock Album, Breakthrough Artist Album, Single of the Year and Album of the Year.
The ARIAs are broadcast live on Thursday November 26th around Australia.

The band are scheduled to be part of the biggest Ozzie summer music festival in January, BIG DAY OUT 2010

Buy album here.