Monthly Archives: September 2012

Collarbones: Die Young [Album Review & Stream]

Words by Monica McClure.

Collarbones are off to a good start with new album Die Young, released on 28 September through Two Bright Lakes/Remote Control. And by a good start, I mean it in the most literal sense with their killer of an opening track ‘Hypothermia (ft. Guerre).’ It’s wistful but catchy, appropriately launching Die Young into its journey through teen nostalgia and heartbreak.

The press for the new album explains that Die Young is “inspired by recollections of teen crushes – the naïve, vulnerable yearning at the heart of adolescent experience – the songs emerged as a tribute to the modern mythology of youthful desire… Die Young joins with whole generations mourning for their fallen idols.”

The inset of their CD reads: “RIP River, Aaliyah, Lefteye… Thanks to all our teen crushes.” Sigh.

Die Young is the second album from Collarbones, following 2011’s Iconography. With Die Young, Collarbones’ Sydney/Adelaide duo Marcus Whale and Travis Cook have veered off in a different direction. Iconography was beats heavy and vocals light, where Die Young displays more of Young and Cook’s R&B influences. Die Young retains Collarbones’ restrained energy and chest-thudding bass but has framed the new tracks in a more accessible sound.

It’s a more commercial release from Collarbones but I mean that in a positive sense. They’ve refined their style and some of the standout tracks like singles ‘Hypothermia (ft. Guerre)’ and ‘Missing,’ title track ‘Die Young (ft HTML Flowers),’ and ‘Teenage Dream’ are exceptionally crafted examples of Australian indie music. Respect.

Stream Collarbones’ Die Young in full below:

If you love it as much as we do, buy a copy of Die Young now via iTunes.

Friday MixTape #111

This will be the soundtrack to a whole lot of sinning.


1. Ferris Mular – Every Night
2. Architecture In Helsinki – Desert Island (Dan Lissvik Remix)    
 Robin Thickle – Lost Without You (Dublin Aunts ‘Daytime Sex Mix’)
 Strange Talk – Roxanne (Julian Maverick Remix)
 Cut Copy – Lights and Music (Boys Noize Remix) 
 Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Disco Dictator (Luke Million Remix) 
 Late Nite Tuff Guy – Say U Love Me (LNTG Rework)
 Breakbot – Baby Im Yours (Aeroplane Remix)
 ROOM8 – Visions of You (ft. Electric Youth)
 Leonard Cohen – By The Rivers Dark (Philosophy Of Sound Rework)
 Escort – Starlight (RAC Remix)
 Philosophy Of Sound – Fragile Disco (Coupons Remix)
 Olympic Ayres – The View (DEJA Remix)
14. Chad Valley – Fall 4 U (ft. Glasser) (Lissvik Remix)
15. Figure of 8 – Bittersweet (The Penelopes Remix)
16. Moullinex – Take My Pain Away (Gigamesh Remix)
17. Jupiter – Juicy Lucy (Punks Jump Up Remix)
18. Treasure Fingers – Rooftop Revival (Bit Funk Remix)
19. Purple Sneakers DJs – Last One Standing (ft. Amy Pes)
20. St Lucia – September (Punks Jump Up ‘Funhouse’ Mix)
21. Shiny Toy Guns – Fading Listening (Treasure Fingers ‘Epicfadewave’ Mix)
22. Voxels – Everygirl
23. Flume – Sleepless (ft. Jezzabell Doran) (Midland Dub)
24. Childish Gambino – Heartbeat (Rogers Room Remix)

Carl Fox: King [Exclusive Stream]

Next week, indie pop-tronic muso Carl Fox will be unleashing a fresh set of songs from the depths of Perth. The collection is titled King.

Sporting a unique blend of analog and electronic instruments, multiple vocal layers and catchy drum loops, King is a sonic orgasm. Be dominated by this acid stag exclusive stream:

Here’s a neat, psychedelic promo video released a few months back:

Thinking the name Carl Fox sounds familiar? Well, since the release of his debut album back in 2010, he has appeared on line-ups for Parklife and St. Jerome’s Laneway. He’s also supported fellow Australians FlumeStrange Talk, Miami Horror and RÜFÜS on recent tours.

Yep, better keep an eye on this guy.

Buy Carl Fox’s King from iTunes and Bandcamp on October 5. |

Crystal Castles: Wrath Of God [New Single]

New single ‘Wrath Of God’ from Canadian duo Crystal Castles will deliver you to the footsteps of Hades. The psychotic electro anthem is the second sample from their forthcoming, third album III.

The music video for first single ‘Plague’ was originally released by a fan, sampling imagery from a 1980’s horror film. It was recently enlisted by Crystal Castles to become the official video accompaniment.

Crystal Castles will be back in Australia during January 2013 for the Big Day Out festival circuit, playing alongside Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, Vampire Weekend and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Casablanca Records will be setting free Crystal Castles’ III on November 5.

Flying Lotus: Until The Quiet Comes [Album Stream]

Next week, LA’s leading experimental producer Flying Lotus will unleash exciting, new material via latest record Until The Quiet Comes.

As previously reported, the album boasts appearances from notable musicians such as Erykah BaduLaura DarlingtonNiki RandaThundercat, and even Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke.

NPR have the whole album up for streaming ahead of its official release. So, if you feel like some sampled experimental listening on your Wednesday evening, then take a listen to this:

Here’s the downright adorable animation for ‘Putty Boy Strut,’ directed by Cyriak Harris:

Flying Lotus’ Until The Quiet Comes is out on October 2 via Warp RecordsOrder a copy now. |

Parklife 2012: Back Back Forward Punch MixTape

The 2012 Parklife festival circuit will kick off this weekend, with Brisbane and Sydney being served the first dose.

In lead up, Melbournian electro-pop crew Back Back Forward Punch have birthed a Parklife MixTape. We guarantee it’ll get you psyched up for the impending musical mayhem.

1. Justice – Civilization
2. Hermitude – Speak of the Devil
3. Tornado Wallace – Rainbow Road (Lewie’s Bowser Castle Remix)
4. The Presets – Fall
5. Willow Beats – Grom the Betrayer
6. Chiddy Bang – Truth
7. Jack Beats – Out of Body
8. Benga/Marlene – Pour Your Love
9. Robyn – Get Myself Together
10. The Cast of Cheers – Human Elevator (Citizens! Remix)
11. Passion Pit – Take a Walk (Gold Fields Remix)
12. Softwar – Eclipse
13. Rusko & Cypress Hill – Shots Go Off (Whiiite Remix)
14. Nero – Fugue State
15. Art Department – Tell Me Why (Brennan Green Version)
16. Parachute Youth – Awake Now
17. Jacques Lu Cont – Underground
18. Wiley (ft. Jodie Connor & J2K) – Electric Boogaloo (Find a Way)
19. Tame Impala – Elephant (Canyons ‘Wooly Mammoth’ Extension)
20. St. Lucia – Before the Drive

Check out all you need to know about this yea’rs Parklife festival right here.

Holy Ghost!: It Gets Dark [New Single Teaser]

It’s a great day when disco-funk duo Holy Ghost! unleash a teaser video for an upcoming single. ‘It Gets Dark’ is the track’s name, and the video captures the Brooklynites recording it.

The video fulfilled the brief; it’s a total cock-tease.

You can pre-order a limited edition 12″ at the DFA Records store now. ‘It Gets Dark’ is out on October 6.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival: 2013 Line-up

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival will return in 2013, and today they unveiled their most forward-thinking and eclectic line-up to date. With acts like Jessie WareYeasayer and Kings Of Convenience appearing on the bill, we are inclined to agree.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2013 line-up:

Kings Of  Convenience
Jessie Ware
Real Estate
Nicolas Jaar
Bat For Lashes
Divine Fits
The Neighbourhood
Perfume Genius
Cloud Nothings
High Highs
Nite Jewel
Of Monsters and Men
Chet Faker
Henry Wagons & The Unwelcome Company
Holy Other
Julia Holter
The Men
The Rubens

What: St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
How much: Pre-sale commences on Wednesday, October 3 @ 9AM. General public tickets are released on Friday, October 5 @ 9AM.
Where and when:
Singapore – Saturday, January 26
Auckland – Monday, January 28
Brisbane – Friday, February 1  – RNA Showgrounds
Sydney – Saturday, February 2 – Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle
Melbourne – Sunday, February 3 – Footscray Community Arts Centre
Adelaide – Friday, February 8 – Fowler’s Live and UniSA West Campus
Perth – Saturday, February 9 – Perth Cultural Centre

You must register to be eligible for pre-sale tickets, so head over to the website now to get things rolling.

Music + Video =

Jessie Ware – ‘Night Light’:   

Cat Power – ‘Cherokee’:   

Frank Ocean – ‘Pyramids’:   

CITIZENS! – ‘True Romance’:   

Miike Snow – ‘Pretender’:   

Northeast Party House – ‘Stand Tall’:   

Tame Impala – ‘Elephant’:   

Rush Midnight – ‘The Night Was Young Enough’:   

Breakbot – ‘One Out Of Two’ (ft. Irfane):   

Capracara – ‘Ronin’:   

KidsOf88 – ‘LaLa’:   

Style Of Eye  – ‘Ray Dee Oh’ (ft. Gina Turner):   

Picture Book – ‘In My Head’:   

Hortlax Cobra – ‘Berlin’:   

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – ‘Your Love’:   

Mock & Toof – ‘My Head’:   

Crystal Castles – ‘Plague’:   

Guerre VS Nakagin: Revels​ / ​Apathy [Split EP Stream]

Sydney-based producers Guerre and Nakagin have surrendered a new, split EP dubbed Revels/Apathy. The experiential albiet sensual and intricate release is the first physical offering from local, up-and-coming label The Finer Things.

It’s extraordinary to say the least.

Revels/Apathy 12″ is available now from The Finger Things Records. |

DIPLO: About That Life [New Single]

Major Lazer‘s main-man Diplo has announced the impending releasing of his first solo album in almost eight years, which he’s describing as a “psychedelic Southern gospel.”

‘About That Life’ is the latest single to fall out of the new record and as you will hear, he has taken a completely different direction, entering a world of acid-laced flowers. It features former Popo member Jahan Lennon on vocals:

Remember ‘Express Yourself’ from about 6 months ago? Surprisingly enough, it will also be making its way onto the new album, which makes us think that it’s going to be one hell of a roller-coaster.

Score Diplo’s ‘About That Life’ via Mad Decent imprint Jeffree’s.

Friday MixTape #110

Get on the disco train, and get off.


1. Kisses – Kisses
2. Clubfeet – Heartbreak (feat. Chela)     
 Breakbot – Make You Mine 
 Late Nite Tuff Guy – Dancefloor Baby (LNTG Rework) 
 Le Youth – COOL
 Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Viceroy Edit)  
 Herve – Night Turns Into Day (Mighty Mouse Remix) 
 Housse De Racket – Aquarium (Bufi Remix)
 Show Your Shoe – Summer In The City (SYS Remix) 
Mirror People – Kaleidoscope (Xinobi Remix)
 Parov Stelar – Oh Yeah (Remix)
 Luke Million – Dare You (Special Dub Mix)
 Barry Manilow – Everything’s Gonna Be All Right (Sohight Remix)
14. Galactik Knights – How I Feel (Blue Satellite Remix)
15. Kill The Hero – Surrender  (ft. M K de Monde)  (Lancelot Remix)
16. She’s The Queen – Talk To Me (ODahl Remix)
17. Leona Lewis – Trouble (Kreap’s ‘Deep Trouble’ Mix)
18. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way (Lane 8 Rework)
19. Years & Years – I Wish I Knew (James Fox Remix)
20. The Presets – Fall
21.  Madison – Lights Low (Wild Cub Remix)
22. Ladyhawke – Blue Eyes (Alison Wonderland Remix)
23. Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance (Miike Snow Remix)

Strange Talk: Cast Away [New Single]

My, how Strange Talk have matured. ‘Cast Away’ is the new, synth-heavy single from the Melbournites that sports a major M83 vibe. The single comes by way of a very nostalgic, visual accompaniment.

Inspired by cult 1980’s films, frontman Stephen Docker explains that: “movies that were talked about when making the film clip were The Goonies and Stand by Me. The idea was to tell a story that most people growing up in the suburbs could relate to…with a twist!” Director Phillip Sage nailed the brief.

Strange Talk are busy putting the final touches down to their debut album, pencilled-in for an early 2013 release.

Charli XCX: Interview

The other day, we talked shit with British electro-pop badass Charli XCX. The conversation was fun, insightful and really quite comfortable. So comfortable in fact, that we actually ended the discussion talking about her fascination with poo. Yep.

Where are you and what are you wearing? I am in my house in London for a few days, which feels strange because I don’t ever seem to be here anymore. I am wearing a black crop-top and some leggings. Nothing too exciting, really (laughs).

How would you describe Charli XCX? I would describe Charli XCX as a magical, glittery, emotional pop artist with a missed calling. Kind of a Black Knight. Some sort of fantasy, slash musical superhero? Yes, exactly like that (laughs).

How’s touring with Coldplay working out? Yeah, I’m currently doing the European leg of the tour with them. I also did a few of the US shows with them, which were amazing. They are undoubtedly one of the biggest bands in the world and their shows are just incredible. For me though, it’s just mind-blowing that I get to play to so many people. The other day I played a show to like 65,000 people! How does a Coldplay crowd respond to Charli XCX’s music? They seem to like it. I mean, a lot of them don’t know it, but they seem to like it. When I was up on the stage I could see all of these heads bopping to my music, so that’s a good sign, right? There’s been a really amazing vibe at all of the shows so far too.

A few months back you were on tour with Santigold. That must have been pretty fun! Yeah, that was really cool. She’s actually one of my favourite artists, so it was really cool to hang out with her on tour and stuff. I’m really into strong female musicians that do something different and put their ass on the line, and that’s definitely what she’s about and what I’m about for that matter. Did the two of you get up to any mischief on the road? (Laughs) Well, on the last night we all had dinner and a few drinks. Then we all started playing this game called Taboo. We were all really drunk and it just got really aggressive (laughs). It got so freaking heated; people were throwing shit, shouting at each other, and shit like that. So that was cool (laughs).

Did this venture give birth to a Santigold/Charli XCX collaboration by any chance? No, unfortunately (laughs). You know what? I didn’t even ask her. Like, I never even thought about that shit. What were you thinking? Yeah, I know, I know, I know. I totally should’ve asked, shouldn’t I? (Laughs) I am actually working on a collaboration mixtape at the moment, so maybe I’ll hit her up for that!

Are you getting pumped for the Parklife festival circuit? Yes, absolutely. I’ve never been to Australia before. So, I’m really excited but I’m also kind of scared because I know you guys have heaps of deadly spiders and snakes, and loads of crazy sharks and shit like that. So I’m a little bit worried I’m going to get there and basically die (laughs). My band has been freaking me out about it. They said that you couldn’t even go to the toilet in Australia without being attacked by spiders. I was like: “Fuck Off. Don’t even joke about that shit with me.” So I’m really worried now. Is it really that bad? No, it is nothing like that at all. Just stay out of the bush. The bush!? Okay, I’ll definitely be avoiding that (laughs).

Are there any other acts on the Parklife bill that you are looking forward to seeing? Yeah, one of my favourite bands ever is Justice. When I first heard this bass sound from them years ago I was like: “That is fucking awesome.” I’m pretty sure they don’t really do anything live on stage, except look really French and really cool of course, but I could be wrong (laughs). I do really love those guys and their music so much. I’m also really looking forward to seeing Plan B play as well. I’m a huge fan of his and I’ve never seen him play, so that is going to be awesome too.

Debut EP You’re the One will finally be out over here in a few weeks, and you’ve got a full-length album in the works as well, right? Yeah, the EP is out this week over here and will be with you guys in a few, but it’s been out in the US for a few months now. The album has actually been in the works for like 5 years, so I can’t fucking wait to get that out and have everyone hear it. I’m really excited for that.

Last question Charli. Can you tell us a secret? Oh, a secret. Wow. I think I’m really bad at keeping secrets. I just tell everyone, everything (laughs). How about I tell you something kind of gross that not many people know about? Yes please. Okay, okay, are you ready? I have this fascination with poo. I find that I talk about pooing to my boyfriend and my family, like all the time. They are always telling me to shut up. I know it’s really gross and all, but I just can’t help it (laughs). Isn’t poo just so weird? I mean, how does that thing even come out of you? And why are they all different? So, yeah. That’s something a little bit disgusting and weird about me (laughs). That was amazing, thank you. My pleasure!

Show your ears a bit of love with Charli XCX’s You’re The One EP:

Score a copy of You’re The One via iTunes on September 21 followed by the hard copy as of September 28, courtesy of Warner Music.

Catch Charli XCX on the stage in just a few weeks at this year’s Parklife festival. Get your tickets now.

We’ll leave you with the Robyn-esque music video for the EP’s title track:

Death From Above 1979: New Music + Tour

Woah. Legendary electro-punks Death From Above 1979 have unleashed a new website, new songs, and news of a Canadian tour.

Rather than record these songs for us to make babies to, they’ve decided to hit the road, stating that:

“the only way we feel like we can make them any good is to go out and play them for people. We’re going to throw our little muscle bound babies to the lions and see who survives. We tried just jumping into the studio, but the songs lacked spirit. They lacked life. This tour is song CPR.

There’s no way for us to do it anonymously anymore, so we’re inviting you to come along with us. Watch us Do It. The way we used to. The way everyone used to. We’re a band, and bands just work it out together.

See you soon.
Sebastien 1979″

If you didn’t get to see Death From Above 1979 play in Australia last year at the Parklife festivals, then we do feel very sorry for you. Fingers crossed you get another chance.

Here are the Canadian tour dates:

October 28 – Hamilton, Ontario – Studio Theatre
October 29 – Peterborough, Ontario – Venue
October 30 – London, Ontario – London Music Hall
November 1 – Kitchener, Ontario – Wax Nightclub
November 2 – Laval, Quebec – Studio Theatre
November 3 – Quebec City, Quebec – Union Commerciale
November 4 – Ottaway, Ontario – Ritual
November 5 – Kingston, Ontario – Alehouse
November 7 – Fredericton, New Brunswick – The Market
November 8 – Moncton, New Brunswick – Oxygen
November 9 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Olympic Hall
November 11 – St. Johns, Newfoundland – Club One

Let’s revisit the video they released last year ahead of their massive come-back tour:

Finally, in the words of CSS: “Let’s make love and listen to Death From Above.”