Songs of the Week: Community 4 – A Compilation of Hobart Music

As my high school economics teacher used to say, of the things he’d see in the wee hours of the morning on his two-hour walk from downtown Ottawa to our suburban high school, “There’s a whole world out there I know nothing about.” I feel the exact same way when I discover a new music scene. Closer to home, I understand that Moncton has a particularly vibrant scene – I’ll have to pay closer attention to that.

But Hobart! I never would’ve guessed that the capital of Tasmania would have such a vibrant music scene (which says more about me than them). Anyway, Rough Skies Records is here to put me straight with Community 4 – A Compilation of Hobart Music, a consistently excellent collection of songs from Hobart-based bands, from the punk rock stylings of Powernap to the odd pop of Filthy Little Star, and much else besides. Including, of course, late-of-Hobart and ATR favourite Heart Beach, who naturally do not disappoint. 

How vibrant is Hobart’s music scene right now? Well, you have someone like EWAH (of EWAH & the Vision of Paradise, another standout on this compilation) who’s relocated from Melbourne. Not sure if she did it for the music, but it’s definitely not a step down.

Check it out, drop them a few pennies. Viva local music!

Listen/purchase: Community 4 – a compilation of Hobart music by Various Artists

All the Rage no. 19: Legal in some provinces… and Hobart!

Another week, another 60 minutes of great under-the-radar tuneage (also: new Slowdive), mainly from Australia and Canada. Including a spotlight on a really superb collection of music from Hobart, put out by Rough Skies Records. Pick it up!

Your setlist:

Jack T Wotton and the Wünderz, The Böy
Slowdive, Star Roving
Slowly, Same Lines
Heart Beach, Teeth
Powernap, Some Nights
Foxy Morons, Ex
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise, Walk the Night
Filthy Little Star, White Bread
Phanosland, From a Different City, On a Lonely  Bus
Willaris. K, Alchemy
The Courtneys, Tour
Dream Whip, Hoosker Du
melrose, the frog croaks out songs that make no sense
Raeburn, Moonlights

All the Rage no. 18: The Inauguration Edition

So I recorded this on January 20, a day that will live on in … etc., etc. Don’t know if you watched the inauguration, but I didn’t bother. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, and we have four years to deal with it, so no need to catch the speech (I watched it later, for professional purposes. Verdict: I made the right call).

While the new US president was doing his thing, I spent my time putting together this podcast. Music and art: it’s a cliché, but they’re good for the soul. Lots of good tunes this week, as always, including a few political-leaning songs, cuz why not? Enjoy.

Your setlist:

Jetta, I’d Love to Change the World

Thievery Corporation, Letter to the Editor (f. Racquel Jones)

Albrecht La’Brooy, Hospital Road

AB Original, January 26

Reindeer, Shoot to Kill

Dragon Boy Suede, I Heal with My Steel

Kye Plant, The Gender Binary is a Jail Cell

Dorothea Paas, Meant 2

Consilience, Home Soon

Xarah Dion, Fugitive

No Goods, Stray

Wet Lips, Can’t Take It Anymore

Run the Jewels, A Report to the Shareholders

Songs of the week: No Goods, Stray; Wet Lips, Can’t Take It Anymore

Sometimes you need some straight-ahead, punk-tinged rock and roll. This is one of those times. For your consideration, Victoria’s No Goods, and Melbourne’s Wet Lips.

Song of the week: mi’ens, Dewey Decibel System

Vancouver’s mi’ens gets math rock right. Their latest release, Challenger (whose cover is a not-exactly-tasteful rendering of the explosion of the shuttle of the same name), is simultaneously soothing, unsettling and menacing in its use of repetition and, as they put it, odd time signatures (I was pleasantly pleased to find that they use this as a bandcamp tag, which yields a lot of other listening options).

Dewey Decibel System (great song title) leans toward the soothing side of their sound, which is probably why it’s my favourite track and has already garnered repeated listens – the world being what it is these days I can only take so much anxiety from my music. That said, Challenger’s definitely wormed its way into my life soundtrack.

All the Rage no. 17: Back to basics

New music. From Canada and Australia. Also, this week, from Spain and Mexico. Looking to Spanish-language music sites like Me Hace Ruido for inspiration. Sixty minutes. Let’s get to it.

Your setlist:

Forty Seven Teeth, Payphone
Triangulo de Amor Bizarro, O Salve Eris
Pagan, Wine and Lace
Mi’ens, Dewey Decibel System
Lovely Head, Show Up
Kimchi Princi, She’s That Princi (prod. Atro)
DIANA, Slipping Away (Bad Channels remix)
, Sueños de Amor
Self Talk, Untitled
Sandals, Polished
Morning TV, Don’t Call Me Back
Chocolat, On est meilleurs qu’REM
Black Springs, Slinky Day
Jons, Equistrean Form
Little Jesus, Mala Onda

Song of the week: Confidence Man, Boyfriend (Repeat)

Brisbane, Australia’s, Confidence Man has exactly one song to their name. But my god, what a song. I really can’t improve on Triple J Unearthed’s description of the song as “like Tom Tom Club partying with LCD Soundsystem.”

This is the party song to end all party songs. If I’d heard it before this week there’s no question that it would’ve been near the top of my year-end best-of list. Hilarious, deadpan vocals courtesy of Janet Planet detailing all of her boyfriend’s shortcomings (basically, he’s just sooooo sensitive) and an insanely infectious beat make this a keeper. I can only imagine how fabulous their live show must be. Shame they’re a 24-hour flight away…

All the Rage no. 16: Welcome to 2017

Enough with the year-end lists – let’s get to some great new music, from Australia, Canada, and – why not? – the United States.

Your first setlist of 2017:

Run the Jewels, Talk to Me
Man Made Mountain, Mutombo Finger
Forevr, Petrichor
Erich Mrak, Float
Expanda Fuzz, It’s Your Glow, UFO
Medicine Voice, Aham/Realm of the Wild Woman
Rag N Bone, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
WLMRT, Brainfeel
Pious Faults, Rentrer à Quatre
Saint-Jack, Je te déteste, Fredericton
friendships, When I feel Like Killing, I Murder
Pelada, No Hay
Reindeer, Smoke
Confidence Man, Boyfriend (Repeat)
Chromeo, Frequent Flyer
Linda Guilala, Accidente