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)

#1 DADS IS THE CAT’S MEOW

August 11th, 2014

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Shannon Logan is a local goldmine, potentially the utter heart of the Brisbane music scene. Perched up at Jet Black Cat Music on Vulture Street, we kid you not, this women knows her shit. Tune in each fortnight as she shares her latest vinyl loves, and treats you to a new world of wonderful.

Anyone who is already a Big Scary fan won’t be surprised that Tom Iansek’s second album under the #1 Dads moniker is an absolute stunner. There are so many highlights and a couple of impeccable guests like Ainslie Wills and Tom Snowden (from Lowlakes) – both of which bring something beautiful to So Soldier and Return To respectively – but for me, it’s the ridiculously delicate and beautiful God Can Promise, featuring local lass Airling, that takes the cake. This one is easily a contender for one of the best come year’s end.

APRA’S IN REVIEW

July 4th, 2014

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Oh, what a night! We’re pretty sure Frankie Valli had APRA’s night of nights on his mind when he sang those words. Well, maybe not but they’re certainly fitting nonetheless. We at Mucho donned our good duds and headed to City Hall for Brisbane’s (and our) first APRA Awards. We dined, we danced and rubbed shoulders with the industry’s finest at, may we say, one of the funnest evenings we’ve experienced to date.

We made acquaintance Lyn Thorpe (#whattalady), gave cheek to Flume, flirted with Jane Gazzo and stood and cheered for  Big Scary/Lindy Morrison (OMG!), Wally De Backer (that acceptance speech!), Ben Salter/Melodie Pool (that cover!) and Jarryd Klapper (that voice!). We dined, we danced (mainly to MJ, like MJ might) and woke early the following morning with sore heads. Congrats, kudos and cheers APRA – that was tops!

THE CAT’S MEOW…THE BEST OF 2014 (SO FAR)

July 4th, 2014

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Shannon Logan is a local goldmine, potentially the utter heart of the Brisbane music scene. Perched up at Jet Black Cat Music on Vulture Street, we kid you not, this women knows her shit. Tune in each fortnight as she shares her latest vinyl  loves, and treats you to a new world of wonderful. 

We’re officially halfway through the year, and with a metric tonne of releases already wowing people, Shannon has decided to list her Top 10 of the year so far. If you don’t already have your mittens on the below, you best hop to it!

ANGEL OLSEN – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
THE ANTLERS – Familiars
TINY RUINS – Brightly Painted One
TEETH & TONGUE – Grids
CHAD VANGAALEN – Shrink Dust
WARPAINT – Warpaint
WAR ON DRUGS – Lost In A Dream
BECK – Morning Phase
SHARON VAN ETTEN – Are We There
WOODS – With Light And With Love