This year sees Splendour in the Grass reach its 10th Anniversary and to celebrate they have relocated the venue to the Woodford Folk Festival site (aka Woodfordia) just north of Brisbane, have doubled its capacity, and have spread it out over 3 glorious days. This year we have been treated to the best Splendour line-up anyone has ever seen. Acts include The Strokes, The Pixies, Yeasayer & LCD Soundsystem among other returning artists like the Scissor Sisters, Band of Horses, Goldfrapp and Hot Chip. Its rumored that Kylie Minogue will also be making her debut appearance this year on stage with the Scissor Sisters as she did at their performance in Melbourne earlier this week and at Glastonbury last month.
acid stag will be attending Splendour in the Grass this week to help celebrate their 10th year on the festival circuit, and alas this will be the last post from us until we return next week. So we thought what better way to get into the festival spirit then to bring you a set of some of our favourite artists playing this weekend.
Back in November 2008, Minneapolis 4-piece Solid Gold released their amazingly addictive debut album Bodies of Water, which to our disappointment didn’t receive much airplay here in Australia. The album was recorded on a budget of next to no money and they utilised any venue they could get their hands on such as city apartments, basements, cabins, and farms.
In the bands own words; “Bodies of Water is a sweeping epic that spans love, loss, redemption and the nature of the human experience”
This album deserves to be part of any music connoisseurs collection. You can purchase the album directly from Solid Goldor you can download it through iTunes.
The boys were finally recognised in Australia back in 2009 when the below track ‘Get Over It’scored a placing on Modular;Leave Them All Behind 3 compilation:
Check out the vid for another of the albums stand-out tracks, ‘Bible Thumper’:
Also, the band has more recently released an EP called Synchronize which includes a few new and previously unreleased tracks. The EP also includes a White Sea (akaM83)remix of the title track:
Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi is gracing our shores this month to promote his debut solo album Go. Since the album’s release and the begining of his world tour, his live shows have been said to be drop-dead amazing. His aim was to “bring together the worlds of theatre and music in a new and hopefully unique way, in order to create something other than the hoary old cliches that pass for innovation in rock’n’roll,” which from all reports seems he has succeeded in doing. Jónsi had a little help from his sisters Inga and Lilja, in the development of the album’s cover (below) among many of the other conceptual ideas for the artworks and videoclips. You can take a look at some of the breath-taking videoclips at Jónsi’s Vimeo page.
He is playing 3 SOLD OUT performances in Australia this month:
Splendour in the Grass, Woodford – 1st August
Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 2nd August
Palace Theatre, Melbourne – 4th August
The much anticipated Maximum Balloon is due for release on 24th August. In the meantime you can subscribe to the band’s official website where you can pre-order the album. There’s also new tracks, videos, photos & more being revealed each week leading up to the release date.
Heres the latest track from the upcoming album:
Maximum Balloon – Groove Me (ft. Theophilus London)
We all must have been really good this year. The Gorillaz will be gracing our shores with their full live experience for the very first time this December!
The band’s latest shows at Glastonbury and Coachella saw the full Gorillaz entourage onboard including De La Soul, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Mos Def, Gruff Rhys, Shaun Ryder and Bobby Womack.
Get your diaries out:
Monday 6th December Burswood Dome, Perth
Wednesday 8th December Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Saturday 11th December Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Thursday 16th December Entertainment Centre, Sydney
Sunday 19th December Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Check out their performance of ‘Stylo’ at Glastonbury just a few weeks ago:
Ross Birchard, AKA Hudson Mohawke released his album Butter back inOctober 2009 but since hasn’t had much airplay here in Australia. Since becoming the youngest ever UK DMC finalist at the age of 15, Hudson Mohawke has been keeping himself well busy with a load of producing projects & collaborations. Butter we think can be best described as a neon-infused-screaming guitar riff/pitch-tweaked sugar high. The energy that comes from this album is enough to get anyone ready for a weekend of mayhem & craziness.
Check out the track ‘Fuse’ from Hudson Mohawke’s Butter LP:
The super DJ combo of Diplo and Switch, AKA Major Lazer, have released a collection of tracks under a EP titled Lazers Never Die – a follow-up to last year’s Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do. The EP will have 2 new songs and 3 remixes. Notable guests include M.I.A. and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.
Since joining their musical forces in 2000, roommates Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear fame and Fred Nicolaus have released a string of EPs and LPs under the name Department of Eagles.
Their 2008 LP release In Ear Park had an ambitiously complex sound jammed with intense harmonies that lingered in your mind long after each listen. This month they are set to release their next installment which is a collection of unreleased material titled Archives 2003-2006. The first sinlge from the album ‘While We’re Young’doesn’t disappoint, sporting assortments of musical arrangements and harmonic sounds one comes to expect from this band.
2006 saw six 19-year-old North Carolinians release Be He Me, which in our mind was one of the best albums of that year. They followed up with Such Fun in 2008. This saw the band furthering their already expansive sound which some people found comparative to that of Arcade Fire. In early 2010, Annuals released Sweet Sister – a 5 track, 19 minute self-produced EP that was a natural progression of their previous two LP releases. The Annuals are now set to release Count The Rings, a collection of various band favourites and B-sides that up until now were un-released outside of the USA.
Dust off the deck chairs and slap on your sunnies as you bask in the warmth of ‘Eyes In The Darkness.’
Lately it seems that Sweden is reminding the world more and more that they have some of the best artists contributing to the world of music today.
CEO is the latest project by Eric Berglund of The Tough Alliance. Just last week Berglund released his best kept secret White Magic which is now beeing described as a choose-your-own-adventure/kaleidoscopic affair. While the album has only 8 tracks and comes in at a mere 28 minutes long, each song has at least two or three different hooks and all sorts of instrumental weirdness that makes this album almost impossible to not fall in love with…
Interpol are set to release their fourth studio album this September. The record will be the follow-up to 2007’s Our Love To Admire. The band’s drummer Sam Fogarino has revealed to Paste Magazine that the LP is a return to that of their 2002 debut album Turn On The Bright Lights. He added: “In trying to move forward, there was an unspoken realisation that you can’t let go of your sonic-defining tag.”
Here’s the first single off the album, titled ‘Barricade.’ Do you agree that the track represents a return to their roots?
Dave Sitek, of the undeniably awesome TV on the Radio, is soon set to release an album under the name Maximum Balloon. The album features other guest vocalists such as Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone (both of TVOTR) plus Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Here’s a taste of his first release ‘Tiger’, with help from the Dragons of Synth vocalist Aku Orraca-Tetteh.
Followed by ‘If You Return’ featuring Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon:
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