SLAMbassador Gotye has teamed up with acapella group Perfect Tripod (made up of Eddie Perfect and Tripod to create an enchanting version of The Reels classic song, 'Quasimodo's Dream'. It's part of Save Live Australia's Music (SLAM)'s series of limited edition 7" singles available on vinyl and digitally at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/slam. SLAM is a grassroots organisation that strives to keep Australia's live music scene alive and in order to keep SLAM operating, they need support! You can help by purchasing the Gotye and Perfect Tripod cover of 'Quasimodo's Dream'. Head to http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/slam to buy the song, with all proceeds going to SLAM, but pledges close on May 15th. In the meantime, listen to it below for a limited time!
Summer may be drawing to a close down here in the southern hemisphere but the tour circuit is still smoking hot. This week we've got news from Phoenix, Splendour, national event news, new music, and new labels.
Released early February this year Green Line Grooves is a collaboration of Australian artists. There’s a lot of love in this album and for good reason too. If you’re not clued in, The Thin Green Line Foundation’s mission is to “protect the protectors”. In creating this album, they aim to raise funds to support park rangers all over the globe. There are over thousands of rangers killed in action every year. Some attacked by poachers while others suffer some of Mother Nature’s nastier moments. The album has a bluesy rock vibe to its skeleton, with lots of little surprises in the body of the sound.
This is my last week for State of Affairs as we hand the writing duties for this column to both Priyam Chovhan and Ruby Niemann. On this week’s column though, we see a new artist on the ARIA singles chart finally, the Australian list for Europe’s answer to SXSW, The Great Escape grows, and Bigsound announces that registrations and applications are open for bands. Exciting stuff for conference loving musicians everywhere
Both bad and good news in this week's State of Affairs, with music venues not winning any awards by closing and Australian musicians winning actual awards overseas from a Prince. We also learn about Eskimo Joe's winning skills in fundraising and the industry's economic growth as a whole
Macklemore and & Ryan Lewis continue thier dominance on the charts, but Flume isn't too far behind. The Coopers Amp Prize rolls on with website content, and Josh Pyke giving you an opportunity to be mentored by him, all this in this weeks State of Affairs.
Pictured: Bat For Lashes.
This country on this far end of the world has it’s own little vibrant scene, and if you are reading this from overseas, then the below tours is one good ‘ol reason to come on down here. These gigs aren’t necessarily at your high-end billion dollar venues like Sydney’s Opera House or some seated entertainment centre, but in dark dank pubs to evocative art spaces (although we won’t dare diss those high-end places – the wine they serve in those places is exquisite).
Some artists believe you’re only as good as your last show. Gotye’s concert at the Entertainment Centre was his final one of the world tour in a year that has seen him win more hearts, minds and awards then ever. The music sounded perfect, the visuals were dazzling and he could retire tomorrow knowing that he’d offered something really wonderful and artistic.
It is so good to have the man of the hour back in the country. For last eight or so months, Gotye AKA Wally De Backer has been touring the world and being generally amazing. He's bringing the tour to a close in his home country. Making Mirrors is not even a year and a half old yet and it is still gaining critical acclaim at the Arias and now, The Grammys; a huge thing for this little Australian artist. This tour is a big step up from the last time he toured the country, and shows what a true musical genius this man is. Supporting him on this tour were the sensational Bertie Blackman and PVT.
Gotye packed up his 3 Grammy nominations and hit the road to Brisbane's Riverstage. Heath Carney went along to take some photos for us.
In this last State Of Affairs column of the year, we look back at a week where Gotye continues to be recognised for that song, Christmas albums attack the ARIA charts and awards aplenty are being handed out here at home for various things. Plus a bunch of awesome opportunities to get funding for your project through the Australia Council.
Choosing Adelaide to start his latest national tour, ARIA award winning artist Gotye wooed the crowd to a standing ovation with his percussion based brand of music.
Our photographer John Goodridge brings you some photo highlights.