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Sierra

Sierra – ‘Reality Redefined’ EP Stream

Mount Gambier post-hardcore outfit Sierra have teamed up with KillYourStereo.com to stream their upcoming EP ‘Reality Redefined’ in preparation for its release on Friday.

A follow-up to their 2013 self-titled release, ‘Reality Redefined’ was again tracked at Sydney’s Electric Sun Studios with producer and friend Stevie Knight.

“What you’ll get from ‘Reality Redefined’ is five individual tracks, each with their own personality, but still with common threads that bind the record together.

“The recording process was unlike any other we have undertaken – there was a real sense of open-mindedness from everyone – and a desire to keep a true sound in the studio with little manipulation.” vocalist Brett Kennedy said.

Reality Redefined’ is available independently this Friday via the band’s Bandcamp page.

Bluesfest 2015

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015 Line-up Released

Among the bands announced for Bluesfest 2015 are The Black Keys, Train, Alabama Shakes, Paul Kelly, and Dan Sultan, and many more.

In addition, Rockwiz will be broadcasting live from the festival.

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Falls Festival 2014 Line-up

Falls Festival Adds New Bands To The Lineup

Falls Festival has added more bands to the line-up, with a surprise second announcement adding ÁsgeirDan SultanCloud Control and Megan Washington to the 2014/2015 festival.

KingswoodFishingThelma PlumNortheast Party House and Art Of Sleeping will also be joining the bill, already packed with big-names such as Alt-J, Cold War Kids, Röyksopp & Robyn and The Black Lips.

Officially announced back in July, Falls Festival’s dates and locations confirmed the return of the festival to Marion Bay, Lorne, and Byron Bay following last year’s success.

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The Return of the Sugababes, And All That is Good About Pop

Flashback to 2000 – Britney Spears was still a virgin (pfft), Christina Aguilera was not yet dirrrty and bands like Spice Girls and NSYNC ruled the airwaves. Pop music was formulaic, clean, wholesome and – let’s be honest – a little boring. Then three average looking, moody teenage girls from Kingsbury in London decided to give it a crack. Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy founded the Sugababes in 1998 and released their first single, ‘Overload’ in 2000. The song’s elegant fusion of pop and electronic influences over an R&B beat, paired with a simplistic video, separated the girl group from the pack and provided the foundation for a British pop institution that still exists today. Except for that the Sugababes today consist of three different members. Awkward.

In Australia they are probably best known for their 2005 summer hit, ‘Push the Button’, but in the UK they have survived seven albums, multiple tours, and three line-up changes. First to go was Siobhan. Originally pitched as the lead singer, jealousy and infighting between the girls lead to Siobhan leaving the group during a promotional tour through Asia. It was reported that during an interview she excused herself to the toilet, left the building and booked the first flight back to Britain. This is obviously a lesson in why you shouldn’t trust redheads. They quickly replaced her with the blonde Heidi Range and subsequently released their sophomore album, Angels with Dirty Faces.

This is when the ‘babes, if you will, truly hit the big time. Whilst their first album One Touch was a critical darling, it underperformed in the UK, and their next three singles all missed the top 10. Conversely, their first two singles with Heidi, the epic ‘Freak Like Me’ and ‘Round Round’ when straight to number 1. This all sounds good right? Except that Heidi brought very little to the table creatively. Whilst this allowed Mutya and Keisha to truly shine, it also allowed the music to become formulaic. Mutya would take the first verse, Keisha the second, and Heidi was let out of the cage every now and again to sing the final bridge. More than that, Heidi had the nerve to actually smile in interviews and not be difficult. This just made the others look like bitches, causing more infighting and Mutya later admitted that she simply pretended Heidi wasn’t there when she first joined the band.

Miraculously, this line-up survived two more albums, 2003’s Three and 2005’s Taller in More Ways before Mutya Buena called it a day. She claimed that she wanted to spend more time with her baby daughter but within 18 months she had a solo record out. Within a year she was a ‘celebrity’ on UK’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, illustrating why you shouldn’t lie to get out of pop groups. She was replaced with Amelle Berrabah, a sexy, rough-around-the-edges girl with similar heritage to Mutya. It soon became apparent that the Sugababes were turning into just another girl band, by being replaceable and relying on their looks and songs other people wrote in order to remain successful. Their 2007 album Change (geddit?) produced only one hit single, ‘About You Now’, written by hit-maker for hire Dr. Luke. Keisha, being the sole original member left, tried to take back control by writing the majority of the sixth album, Catfights and Spotlights without the other two girls, but could not produce a single megahit.

In 2009, their record label decided to outsource the writing and production of the babes’ 7th album Sweet 7 to Roc Nation, Jay Z’s record company. Now the girls had lost all say in their career, causing even more fractions to form within the destabilising pop group. Amelle started skipping gigs and eventually forced their managers to pick between herself and Keisha. Hmmm… the difficult sole original or the pliable, gracious newcomer? Clearly a hard choice. Keisha was booted out and replaced with Eurovision starlet Jade Ewen. To quote a current cultural fad, this is 50 shades of just wrong.

Fast forward three years, the Sugababes are without a record contract and are on “hiatus” until the “time is right” to release their eighth album. Sure. The good news is that the three original members have reformed under the new name Mutya Keisha Siobhan. Crap name, but they’re working on material with some of the best in the industry, including Xenomania, Emeli Sande and Cameron McVey, who helped pen ‘Overload’. Whilst no material has been released yet, NME writer and webmaster of the PopJustice website reports that it is “officially not shit”, which in PopJustice terms means “life-changing, epic pop music”.

The girls are now in their mid-late 20s, reasonably attractive without being supermodels, and all have had unsuccessful solo careers. This again separates them from most of the other girl groups around, a promising start to a career that will hopefully last more than one album and, thanks to that hideous name, not go through any line up changes. With the pop music world again looking formulaic, wholesome and bland thanks to the likes of Bieber and David Guetta, we again must look to these three girls to save the pop universe from itself.

Don’t fuck it up.

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The Return of the Sugababes, And All That is Good About Pop

Flashback to 2000 – Britney Spears was still a virgin (pfft), Christina Aguilera was not yet dirrrty and bands like Spice Girls and NSYNC ruled the airwaves. Pop music was formulaic, clean, wholesome and – let’s be honest – a little boring. Then three average looking, moody teenage girls from Kingsbury in London decided to give it a crack. Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy founded the Sugababes in 1998 and released their first single, ‘Overload’ in 2000. The song’s elegant fusion of pop and electronic influences over an R&B beat, paired with a simplistic video, separated the girl group from the pack and provided the foundation for a British pop institution that still exists today. Except for that the Sugababes today consist of three different members. Awkward.

In Australia they are probably best known for their 2005 summer hit, ‘Push the Button’, but in the UK they have survived seven albums, multiple tours, and three line-up changes. First to go was Siobhan. Originally pitched as the lead singer, jealousy and infighting between the girls lead to Siobhan leaving the group during a promotional tour through Asia. It was reported that during an interview she excused herself to the toilet, left the building and booked the first flight back to Britain. This is obviously a lesson in why you shouldn’t trust redheads. They quickly replaced her with the blonde Heidi Range and subsequently released their sophomore album, Angels with Dirty Faces.

This is when the ‘babes, if you will, truly hit the big time. Whilst their first album One Touch was a critical darling, it underperformed in the UK, and their next three singles all missed the top 10. Conversely, their first two singles with Heidi, the epic ‘Freak Like Me’ and ‘Round Round’ when straight to number 1. This all sounds good right? Except that Heidi brought very little to the table creatively. Whilst this allowed Mutya and Keisha to truly shine, it also allowed the music to become formulaic. Mutya would take the first verse, Keisha the second, and Heidi was let out of the cage every now and again to sing the final bridge. More than that, Heidi had the nerve to actually smile in interviews and not be difficult. This just made the others look like bitches, causing more infighting and Mutya later admitted that she simply pretended Heidi wasn’t there when she first joined the band.

Miraculously, this line-up survived two more albums, 2003’s Three and 2005’s Taller in More Ways before Mutya Buena called it a day. She claimed that she wanted to spend more time with her baby daughter but within 18 months she had a solo record out. Within a year she was a ‘celebrity’ on UK’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, illustrating why you shouldn’t lie to get out of pop groups. She was replaced with Amelle Berrabah, a sexy, rough-around-the-edges girl with similar heritage to Mutya. It soon became apparent that the Sugababes were turning into just another girl band, by being replaceable and relying on their looks and songs other people wrote in order to remain successful. Their 2007 album Change (geddit?) produced only one hit single, ‘About You Now’, written by hit-maker for hire Dr. Luke. Keisha, being the sole original member left, tried to take back control by writing the majority of the sixth album, Catfights and Spotlights without the other two girls, but could not produce a single megahit.

In 2009, their record label decided to outsource the writing and production of the babes’ 7th album Sweet 7 to Roc Nation, Jay Z’s record company. Now the girls had lost all say in their career, causing even more fractions to form within the destabilising pop group. Amelle started skipping gigs and eventually forced their managers to pick between herself and Keisha. Hmmm… the difficult sole original or the pliable, gracious newcomer? Clearly a hard choice. Keisha was booted out and replaced with Eurovision starlet Jade Ewen. To quote a current cultural fad, this is 50 shades of just wrong.

Fast forward three years, the Sugababes are without a record contract and are on “hiatus” until the “time is right” to release their eighth album. Sure. The good news is that the three original members have reformed under the new name Mutya Keisha Siobhan. Crap name, but they’re working on material with some of the best in the industry, including Xenomania, Emeli Sande and Cameron McVey, who helped pen ‘Overload’. Whilst no material has been released yet, NME writer and webmaster of the PopJustice website reports that it is “officially not shit”, which in PopJustice terms means “life-changing, epic pop music”.

The girls are now in their mid-late 20s, reasonably attractive without being supermodels, and all have had unsuccessful solo careers. This again separates them from most of the other girl groups around, a promising start to a career that will hopefully last more than one album and, thanks to that hideous name, not go through any line up changes. With the pop music world again looking formulaic, wholesome and bland thanks to the likes of Bieber and David Guetta, we again must look to these three girls to save the pop universe from itself.

Don’t fuck it up.

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Attack Decay Sustain Release: Issue 1

They say 2012 will herald the end of the world in December – if that’s true, we better make it a fuckin’ big one, huh? Here’s hoping you all managed to kick off the year in style, whether it was with mates at a houseparty knocking back beers or shaking your arses at one of the many clubs in Melbourne playing host to all manner of international superstars. Personally, I struggled for days after mine – Heavy Innit at Laundry on New Year’s Eve followed up by an all-day affair at Summadayze with the lure of Skream and Benga, Flying Lotus, JPS, Tiga, Pendulum and more proving undeniable. What a weekend!

Hey, before I go on, I’d best introduce myself first. Hi: I’m Miki, and I’m one of two music directors at Radio Monash during 2012, alongside longtime-contributor and show host Bill Murphy. This will be my third year of a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Criminology and Human Rights Theory, and my third year with the glorious institution that is Radio Monash. I like drinking tea, reading, and the television series Spooks. I’m always first to hit the dancefloor, and my heart beats to the thump of a kick-drum. I really, really like dance music. Bill and I used to run a show called Choose Life together and we used to joke about how our completely contrasting  tastes in music with weird crossovers could cover the whole music industry between us. Well, this year we’re looking to put that to the test in delivering Radio Monash readers with news, reviews and our own unique take on the glorious thing that is the music industry – and I’ll be taking you through the clubbier side of things.

So, what’s been happening? Oh, plenty. Andrew Weatherall, whose fingerprints are all over some of the nineties’ biggest releases as head of the famed Junior Boys Own, including albums by Underworld, the Chemical Brothers and Primal Scream, is slated for a string of shows across the country – no doubt showing off his perpetually-relevant and refined take on the dance music scene in the process.  Check out: his recent remix of fifteen-minute album-closing ‘Sun God‘ from Cut Copy’s Zonoscope, released last year – a sun-drenched throwback to the the sounds of nineties dance. Let’s get ravey: Andrew Weatherall plays New Guernica on January 13.

Daniel Martin-McCormick’s name is many things to different people – whether it’s as part of trip-hop outfit Mi Ami, as lone operative Sex Worker signed to Not Not Fun – or as Ital, his latest guise under his first singles demanded the attention of authorities on house everywhere, including the legendary Planet Mu, on which his debut album Hive Mind is set to be released. Incredible. Ital will be at Buffalo Club on January 25 – get on it!

Not to mention that Big Day Out 2012 is on its way, and with it a few sweet little sideshows to check out. Sample wild child Girl Talk hits the Palace on January 31, followed by Norwegian purveyors of hypercolour disco-pop Royksopp, who’ll have their turn on February 2.

Tickets for Golden Plains Sixxx have officially sold out, as was to be expected from one of Victoria’s most well-loved musical institutions, and with a lineup boasting Bon Iver, Roots Manuva, Seekae and more, who could possibly resist? We’re hoping a number of you have been lucky enough to secure tickets for what will be one of the best weekends of 2012 – and the beats fiends among us would be beyond foolish not to check out what Melbourne’s own defiantly uncategorisable Seekae will have at the ready. Need convincing? I doubt it, but if you do, check out this seriously stunning mix they put together for Beats and Pieces. Yesssssss!

So January’s looking like a pretty good month off uni for us at Radio Monash. In terms of music news, what’s been kicking? A perennial favourite of many a seasoned Radio Monash host, Hotflush Recordings head honcho and man of dubstep, techno and everything in between Scuba (or, to his parents, Paul Rose) has just announced the release of his third studio album titled Personality, set to drop on his own imprint in February. After a hectic but productive year that saw him touring relentlessly on top of releasing EPs Adrenalin (track of the year or what?) and a 12″ under his minimal-techno alias SCB, as well as a deliciously deep DJ-KiCKS compilation, there is no stopping this dude. With a snippet of lead single ‘The Hope’ available on YouTube sounding as deliciously harsh-edged and heavy-hitting as we’ve come to expect from the man, we’re definitely ready to get our hands on the latest Scuba LP.

Speaking of upcoming releases, we hear The xx are planning on dropping their sophomore effort rather soon. Took them long enough, hey! Judging by the sounds of this demo track Open Eyes that’s floating about on YouTube and SoundCloud, we can expect a similarly-mature and refined feel to their debut effort, from one of London’s most multitalented upcoming producers and crew.

A new EP from Burial titled ‘Kindred’ is also slated for release sometime this month. Looks like he’s been busy in the studio these past twelve months – we’ve been loving his collaborative efforts with everyone from Thom Yorke, Four Tet and Massive Attack over the past year, and given the four long years that have elapsed since the release of his last album, the hauntingly perfect Untrue, we’re just gagging to see what the mysterious South Londoner conjures up next.

Summer’s fever’s calling! Welcome to the year in dance – it’s going to be a biiiiiiiiiig one, and I’m sure as hell looking forward to what’s coming.