THE CAT’S MEOW: COURTNEY BARNETT

April 16th, 2015

COURTNEY BARNETT

Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit courtney_albumI just love how Courtney Barnett feels like she’s given us two albums, but really this is her first. When those first two EPs of hers were combined onto one record/package, I knew she was going to make a killer debut album – those EPs feel like a lifetime ago, but are still so familiar.  Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit is new, it’s really fresh and familiar with a real 90s feel to it. She’s grown heaps, become more mature and more dark and serious, but somehow still manages to deliver those lyrics of hers with tongue planted firmly in cheek and very playfully.

It makes me really happy to see this, a young woman from Australia killing it overseas but is still someone we can all relate to some degree or another

FAVOURITE TRACKS:  ‘Dead Fox’, ‘An Illustration Of Loneliness (Sleepless In NY)’

 

3 MINS, 52 SECONDS WITH ASTA

March 30th, 2015

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triple j Unearthed High alumni Asta recently exploded back onto the scene with latest single ‘Dynamite (feat. Allday)’, so we sat down with her to chat outfits, river dancing, and of course, music.

We are absolutely loving ‘Dynamite’ at Mucho-Bravado. It’s been going gangbusters and getting some serious spins on triple J. What’s the inspiration behind the track?

I was inspired by taking a break from the big city smoke. It’s a track full of energy and soul. Something I had a lot of fun with!

‘Dynamite’ features everyone’s favourite hip-hop dude Allday, how did you guys meet and come to collaborate?

I met him at a show in Sydney when he was touring. The track was begging for a rap! As soon as I heard his voice on the radio I knew it would work really well with the the vibe of the song.

You just wrapped up your ‘Dynamite Tour’ – how did it go and can you give us one highlight?

It was very short and sweet! The biggest highlight would have been an 8 year old girl writing me a letter and making me a bracelet. I love being a role model to young aspiring singers!

Your onstage presence is incredible and the costumes that you wear are stunning. Would you say you have a favourite out of all of those amazing outfits?

I get my costumes made by friends and young local designers which is always so much fun. Hardly buy anything new and love to recyle by using vintage fabrics. When I wear a big jacket or cape it makes me feel safe and strong. I think my favourite outfit so far would have to be this peachy satin jacket I’m wearing now!

We are psyched to see you on the road again in May with Allday and Gill Bates. What other plans do you have in the pipeline for the near future?

I want to put out a record and i’m really excited with the team of people i have gathered around me from all corners. Lots more collaborations to come I hope!

What are some of your interests outside of music? We hear you wanted to be a river dancer when you were young – do you still enjoy the occasional ‘Lord of the Dance’ performance?

I actually heard the guy is a gross sleeze and slept with all the girls! So I’m glad I didn’t pursue that dream. I love doing bare body classes as well as cooking and learning a bit of French at the moment. Is online shopping a hobby? I’m good at that.

And finally, what would you spend your last $50 on? 

A good idea would go to the Casino and put it on red. But knowing me I’d really just spend it on some raw slice and a new handbag.

Catch Asta on Allday’s ‘I Should Be Working On My Album But I’m Doing A Tour National Tour’ throughout May and June. For dates and tickets, visit http://alldaytunes.com/

Mucho Mixtape – March 2015

March 10th, 2015

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A whole lot of music gets spun 24/7 in the Mucho office. Here’s some of the tracks that’ll be getting all the repeat listens this month!

FULL TRACKLIST

Jarryd James, ‘Do You Remember’
Vallis Alps, ‘Young’
Tkay Maidza, ‘M.O.B’
White Shadows, ‘Give Up Give Out Give In’
Ecca Vandal, ‘Battle Royal’
Rolls Bayce, ‘Mutate’
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, ‘Multi-Love’
Blur, ‘Go Out’
Alabama Shakes, ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’
Courtney Barnett, ‘Pedestrian At Best’
Everything Everything, ‘Distant Past’
Hot Chip, ‘Huarache Lights’
Pearls, ‘Big Shot’
Phony Ppl, ‘Why iii Love The Moon.’
BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah, ‘Sour Soul’
Drake, ‘Know Yourself’
Kendrick Lamar, ‘The Blacker The Berry’
Ibeyi, ‘Mama Says’
#1 Dads, ‘Nominal’
Jesse Davidson, ‘Laika’
Gordi, ‘Taken Blame’
Big Strong Brute, ‘Wedding Pages’
The Wombats, ‘Greek Tragedy’
Dick Diver, ‘Waste The Alphabet’
Dorsal Fins, ‘Mind Renovation’
Modest Mouse, ‘Lampshades On Fire’
Death Cab For Cutie, ‘Black Sun’
Father John Misty, ‘I Love You, Honeybear’
Kagu, ‘Shadow of the Wind’

THE CAT’S MEOW: THE TWERPS’ RANGE ANXIETY

January 22nd, 2015

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THE TWERPS – RANGE ANXIETY

I love this band and this is their second album. They were just signed to Merge Records in the States, home of Arcade Fire, but here in Australia they’re signed to Chapter Music, making them cousins of the likes of Dick Diver. Range Anxiety is awesome, power-pop, sometimes a little bit punky with lots of keyboards and harmonies from the guy/girl vocals. The first single ‘Back To You’ is killer, the perfect summer tune. Simply, a short sharp and hell-fun record – the proof is in the pudding, they supported The War On Drugs recently and Belle & Sebastian soon. (SL)

Shannon Logan is a local goldmine, arguably the utter heart and a whole lot of soul to the Brisbane music scene. Perched up at one of the greatest music shops in the country - Jet Black Cat Music (buy the t-shirt, use the tea towel) on Vulture Street, we kid you not, this women knows her shit. We’re dragging just one of her behind-the-counter empassioned music-rants to this here blog, so please, tune in each fornight as she shares her latest vinyl loves with The Cat’s Meow.

#TUNE Jarryd James ‘Do You Remember’

January 22nd, 2015

Here’s one we stumbled upon and loved instantly: a breath-taking collision of genres and sounds with a soul that just might be piped directly from the heavens themselves. Just try to resist.

TOP FIVE REASONS TO GO TO LANEWAY

January 22nd, 2015

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival has rolled around once again, and as in all years past, the lineup completely and utterly delivers. Like any good music fan, we love a good list or, in this case, a top five so here’s our  five solid reasons why we’re counting down the days:

RAURY
Named by BBC as one of the sounds of 2015 and holding an Outkast tick of approval, East Atlanta-born genre-hopper Raury Tullis has found himself on an upwards trajectory fueled by singles including ‘God’s Whisper’ and ‘Cigarette Song’, and his debut LP ‘Indigo Child’ (available for free download on SoundCloud). Bringing his social-conscience, honesty, and versatility to the Laneway stage, Raury is sure to justify the hype. (Ally)

FUTURE ISLANDS
Baltimore natives Future Islands are by no means the new kids on the blog, but it was a certain Letterman performance of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ that propelled them onto the international stage. Their fourth LP ‘Singles’ demonstrates their signature brand of synthpop in the finest form, and their live show is sure to demonstrate Samuel Herring’s dance moves in their finest form. (Viv)

FKA TWIGS
2014 was the year of FKA Twigs. Singles ‘Two Weeks’ and ‘Video Girl’ off her debut album LP1 – along with their accompanying videos – showcased Tahliah Barnett as one of the most creative and compelling acts in modern R&B. Her recent video for ‘Pendulum’ only supports this claim, and there’s no doubt that her Laneway set will glue eyes to the stage from start to finish. (Tom)

POND
With a new record fresh from receiving the triple j feature album treatment, Pond return to the touring circuit with songs from their latest LP, ‘Man it Feels Like Space Again’. Comprised of members from Tame Impala and The Growl, Pond sound like the untamed and overly bombastic relative of their Perth psych rocker brethren.  With a discography including titles such as Psychedelic Mango, Beards, Wives, Denim and Hobo Rocket you start to paint a picture of the weirdly wonderful show Pond will be performing this at this years Laneway 2015.  (Tom)

ST. VINCENT
What’s left unsaid about the majestic St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark? Australian audiences are probably still getting their head around her music, an unconventional regurgitation of pop music in general, but a remarkable sound that transcends the ordinary, much like the likes of a David Byrne or a Thom Yoke might look at the music world. But also, the show! The live show is something else entirely: a souped-up and schizophrenic affair complete with simple choreography and guitar badassery that is anything but simple. She shreds and remains completely dreamy while doing so.  God is a woman after all.  (Ben)