That one last bastion of the music industry that refuses to die – the record store – is going through a bit of a revolution of late. Whether it be record stores that have embraced open artistic ventures like Melbourne’s Polyester, whose in-store performances are widely revered more than a bands night gig at a pub, or the likes of Poison City Records in Fitzroy, who have expanded their merchandise catalogue to skateboarding gear such as boards, wheels and t-shirts, the humble record store is now far more than a place to buy music.
But of course, they still are that gateway to the heaven of actual, tangible forms of music, the sort people are willing to pay for. In celebration of the tangible, this upcoming Record Store Day (RSD) will have record stores in your town chock full of many wonderful limited tangible musical goodies that you can get your hands on.
So here’s a quick list of some of the more anticipated finds around Australia this Saturday:
The hip hop duo Hermitude have taken away the 8th Coopers Australian Music Prize, winning $30,000 from the PPCA for their fourth feature album HyperParadise.
This afternoon, Hermitude took out the 8th Australian Music Prize for their album HyperParadise. The duo are now the recipients of the $30,000 prize, announced at Amped Up In Conversation today. Emerging from the shortlist of nine, Hermitude claimed their award in front of some the Australian industry's finest.
Sydney electronic/hip-hop duo Hermitude packed out the Corner Hotel for their last show on ‘The Villain Tour’. With two added Melbourne shows due to popular demand, if anything this third sold out show was proof indeed that Melbourne does indeed love the pair.
Down at Federation Square in Melbourne, the full shortlist for the 8th Coopers Australian Music Prize was revealed. The ceremony, hosted by Clare Bowditch and Kevin Mitchell, announced that the following Australian musicians were now in the running for the highly respected award.
FLUME - Flume
TAME IMPALA - Lonerism
THE PRESETS - Pacifica
GRAND SALVO - Slay Me in the Deep
Since 2001 Hermitude have been bringing killer beats to the airwaves and live sets. They've just come off a successful tour, The Villian, and are still enjoying the popularity of their latest record HyperParadise. the AU review caught up with one half of the duo, Angus Stuart, and spoke to him about the early days, being nominated for an AMP and why the hip-hop label just doesn't fit their job description.
Blue Mountain boys Hermitude supported by Jonti played the Oxford Art Factory over Australia Day long weekend. Daniel Bolt was there with his camera to capture the action.
In this issue: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announce new show, The Presets discounted tickets, From The Jam cancel Australian tour, Godspeed You! Black Emperor exclusive ticket release and more!
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announce new show
Plenty of news from the industry circles this week, mainly in the opportunity area, with a chance to get grants galores care of The Hilltop Hoods or The Australia Council for the Arts. Push Songs also are giving a chance to get songwriting tips and advice for aspiring musicians. Also, CMJ applications have opened and Simon Crean appoints a new director of Sounds Australia. All this, and a historic event in the ARIA charts on The State Of Affairs this week.
In this issue: Grand Salvo leads an excellent line up of acts to play at St. Philips Anglican Church in Sydney, Hermitude announced to perform at Coopers Alive and much more!
Grand Salvo, Heather Woods Broderick & Seaworthy at St. Philips Anglican Church, Sydney
This years Festival Of The Sun saw itself through with brilliant weather and plenty of crowd pleasers. Held at the Sundowner Tourist Park at Port Macquarie’s Breakwall Beach, the festival stage was about 50m from the shoreline and the ground full of sand – genius construction as feet on this terrain are able to dance wilder and stand stronger through performances.
Fresh off the stage at Festival Of The Sun, El caught up with the Angus and Luke of Hermitude - and they spilled a big secret.
In this issue:Kitty, Daisy & Lewis announce show at The Gov, Pete Murray adds Melbourne date, James Reyne plays The Espy, Hermitude adds two more shows, Area-7 and Barbariön rock a Burlesque NYE party and more!
Strangers' Persona Non Grata National Tour includes Workers Club stopover
Homebake 2012 was one of the most pleasant and courteous festival experiences I have ever had. Strange to describe it as courteous, sure, but crowd atmosphere is a big thing for me and this 'Global Edition' of Homebake held exactly that for its punters. Perhaps because the smaller turnout meant more grass area (suits me) or that the crowd seemed older... either way, the 'Global' aspect was definitely upheld by the fact that every single world cuisine was available, as well as of course the fact that from-the-other-side-of-the-globe Blondie was headlining; much of the assumed reason for an older crowd.
RüFüS are a DIY trio of lads who combine each of their own musical stylings to form a unique genre of independent dance music. The people of SOSUEME are putting shows on at Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel and they've rustled up some damn good acts, including these boys. El spoke to keyboardist Jon George of the gang about their 2012.