ATTN: Update on On The Tune and other projects

I feel like I should post a bit of an apology and explanation.

On The Tune has been very quiet lately. In short, it’s been due to a few things.

– I lost a bit of my love for blogging. I got tired of seeing blogs and music publications pushing the same artists all the time. It’s boring and to be honest – kinda sad. As much as I love some of the artists they push, I’m not sure I’m comfortable trying to find a seat at what feels very much like a self-fulfilling cool table. I want to do something more. On top of that, there’s nothing worse than writing that offers nothing to an audience. I don’t want to post the same songs Pitchfork or Stereogum post, because although they cover their fair share of music I’m interested in – there’s almost no point. Most of you have already seen it. And of course, I can try and contribute something more to sharing such content. Share another critical insight into the art. But I’m not sure whether that’s what I want. Or maybe in some form, it is. I’m really not sure. I haven’t been sure about where I want to take On The Tune. I haven’t been sure about how I should be blogging in a world where so many blogs contribute fuck all to their readers and culture in general. I feel like there’s an opportunity out there to write and achieve special things, and I’m not quite sure where that lies just yet. I need to find out what I value in music journalism, and find out how that can fit into my writing. Simply sharing content is not the way to go.
If that doesn’t quite make sense, don’t worry. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it either. But I want something to change and right now, I’m not sure what that is.
Talks are in progress regarding a new project with a friend of mine. Hopefully they come to fruition soon, but we aren’t in a huge rush. We’ll plan it and do things properly. I will keep you updated.

– University has been busy, and even then I haven’t spent enough time studying or working. It’s difficult to write recreationally when I feel I should be spending my time more wisely.

– Press releases in my inbox that I’ve ignored. All the press releases. Disgusting. Even when I ignore them, they somehow seem to suck any enjoyment out of what I try to do here. My fault entirely of course, that they’ve been ignored. But I still hate them.

I’m not sure what’s going to happen to On The Tune. Maybe it will be back one day. For now though? It’s safe to say that it’s taking an indefinite break.

But, I have good news.

I do a weekly radio show now. Tuesday nights, from 9pm ’til midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time). We play heaps of new songs, and chat about things and give prizes away. We’d love you to join us. It’s called LOUD NOISES. Check out more details over here if you’re interested:

Will keep everyone updated as new things start happening. If you’ve read On The Tune over the years and enjoyed it, thank you for reading. We might be back one day.

Jeremy x

REVIEW: Yr Friends – “Yr Friends Am Shit At Poetry”


Alexei Berrow’s “press release” for his third Yr Friends EP isn’t like the hard sell drivel that clogs my inbox. Refreshingly honest, it lacks the braggadocio of artists and dull PR agents who really ought to know better. Which is great, but as a result you can’t help feel that Berrow doesn’t expect much to come out of this side project. You get the impression that it’s a bit rushed. Done not without love, but still out of “necessity”. Which as it turns out, isn’t always a bad thing.

The instrumentation and recordings presented easily surpass Yr Friends’ previous efforts, but don’t quite break free of the DIY bedroom aesthetic – which is just as well, because this time around, Berrow’s heartfelt spoken word stories thrive off it. Never once does he sound contrived, yet you can never quite tell whether these words were penned in an afternoon, or over extended months. But does that really matter? The lyrics and instrumentation complement each other perfectly, and those familiar with his work will attest to Berrow being an excellent story-teller more than capable of turning a phrase or two.

Lewes Herriot, Johnny Foreigner’s longtime artist and new guitarist, called these songs “plays”. After multiple listens, it seems like a more than apt description, because disregarding the cover of Modest Mouse’s “Third Planet”, that’s exactly what we’re presented with: a loose three-act structure. A set of narratives that fit together in the most unassuming, yet graceful manner.

The drunken tales of girls, parties, and relativistic fame of “My Summer in Ibeefa” develop a hazily bright start to the release. The sullen beats almost make you want to dance, in a shuffle-around-your-bedroom kind of way.

We’re then rather abruptly thrown into “Adults, At Last”, which deals with heartbreak in its most potent, perspective-ridden form. You’d be forgiven for thinking that a bedroom musician doing spoken word about romantic loss would be self-indulgent and clichéd, but you’d also be wrong. The ticking metronome in the background annoyingly grates, but as Berrow reaches his final verse, the song pays off, painting a nuanced and visceral picture of an adult life removed from its past.

“I swear, I’d rip out the tongue of each boy that you kissed, martyr myself in the hope that there’s something you’ve missed, but six years later, we can sit round the table, make small talk with no sparks and call ourselves adults at last.”

So many artists rely on their youth and oft-projected naivety to form a connection and justify their feelings. Here, we’re told a story that bundles similar emotions together, but concludes with a numbing sense of maturity and resignation. While everyone is guaranteed to take different things from these songs, this is a blunt reminder of change.

“Another Friday Night at the Chloro Party” (I’m not entirely sure what a chloro party is either, but don’t Google it while you’re at work) begins by telling the story of a woman’s wedding, and gradually moves through her life’s moments of celebration towards that inevitable conclusion we all share. There are a few dark undertones, but the bright guitars chime out and make it without a doubt the warmest track present. It’s in this melancholic afterglow that Berrow, for all intents and purposes, concludes the EP, forming a loose arc of narratives around growing up and getting older.

Despite the conviction of the love interest in “Adults” (‘convinced yr future was uni, and uni meant out’) and the ‘plans for life’, part of a ‘future scripted out’ by the woman in “Chloro Party”, it would be presumptuous to suppose any the characters overlap in these tales. It would be equally presumptuous to suppose that Berrow even features in them himself, especially given that numerous songs on Johnny Foreigner Vs Everything were penned about the lives of others (“200x“, “(Don’t) Show Us Your Fangs“). This is ultimately irrelevant though, as the emotional sentiment expressed is as convincing as ever, feeling both effortless and devastatingly honest – immersing us in someone else’s life, fictional or otherwise, that would have gone unnoticed.

Yr Friends has developed rapidly over a short time. Following a distinctly lo-fi debut, Berrow then put together a refined, pleasant, and aching second release. Which brings us to his third EP, Yr Friends Am Shit At Poetry – which is a leap ahead (and side-ways) of its predecessor. Berrow’s cover of “Third Planet” by Modest Mouse closes the EP nicely, despite feeling tacked on, and it begs the question – would three songs be too short for an EP? Not necessarily, and regardless of Isaac Brock’s song-writing ability, Berrow’s original material is much more alluring here.

Alluring enough to draw you in and not only make you think, but make you feel.

TOUR: Mumford & Sons Australian stopover

Mumford & Sons Miller 2

With a second album slated for release in September, Mumford & Sons have announced a set of 10 shows around Australia – which means we’ll be some of the first to hear a lot of their new material live! Sigh No More received largely positive reviews, with only a few outlets noticeably turning their noses up at it, and their previous live shows in Australia were lauded over by critics.

They’ll be supported by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (only for the first 7 shows, unfortunately) and American singer-songwriter Willy Mason (all dates).

Check out all of the details below, tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9am!

Presented by triple j, Channel [V] & Street Press Australia.

 Tickets to all shows on sale 9am Monday 9th July

Saturday 13th October – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth
With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason
Tickets from and 136 100

Monday 15th October – Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide
With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason
Tickets from and 132 849

Wednesday 17th October – Riverstage, Brisbane
With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason
Tickets from and 136 100

Thursday 18th October – Entertainment Centre, Sydney
With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason
Tickets from and 136 100

Tuesday 23rd October – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart
With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason
Tickets from and 136 100

Thursday 25th October – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason
Tickets from and 132 849

Friday 26th October – Royal Theatre, Canberra
With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason
Tickets from and 132 849

Sunday 28th October – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Cairns
With Special Guest & Willy Mason
Tickets from and 07 4050 7777

Monday 29th October – Convention Centre, Townsville
With Special Guest & Willy Mason
Tickets from and 07 4771 4000

Wednesday 31st October – Convention Centre, Gold Coast
With Special Guest & Willy Mason
Tickets from and 132 849

NEWS: Childish Gambino’s “Royalty” mixtape is out!

Childish Gambino - Royalty

Childish Gambino released his latest mixtape – Royalty – on the 4th of July. Considering it was announced in January, it’s been a long wait for fans, but I’m pretty sure most will agree that it was well worth it.

With features from Beck, Schoolboy Q, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Josh Osho, and Tina Fey (it’s as good as it sounds), Royalty wouldn’t have been easy to pull together, but he got there, and now you can get it for free. And yes, that’s a Britney Spears sample with Danny Brown.

Download the mixtape over here, or if for some reason that link is down, here’s a mirror. You can find the tracklist below.

Childish Gambino - Royalty back cover

VIDEO: Chance Waters – “Maybe Tomorrow”

Chance Waters - "Maybe Tomorrow" video

It’s been a while between posts. I have a mixtape or two in the pipes, and a big project that I’ll be starting work on soon. But I’ll still be taking time out to tell you all about my favourite new stuff. The best of the best. The music that really deserve your attention. (I completely forgot, but you should watch this later too).

If you’ve read On The Tune before, you should be no stranger to Chance Waters (formerly known as Phatchance). “Maybe Tomorrow” has been getting some regular plays on triple j, as well as some serious exposure through a National Geographic ad campaign, so it’s great that the summery, apocalyptic tune has a creative video to top it all off. Keep in mind, Chance is unsigned too. Shows just what you can do without a label’s backing.

Check it out below. The confused Dalai Lama and unicorn are the best.

VIDEO: The Griswolds – “Heart Of A Lion”

"Heart of a Lion" video clip

Sydney group The Griswolds have been on my radar ever since I saw them support Last Dinosaurs. It’s lucky, because they just released their video for “Heart Of A Lion”, which I’ve been holding my breath for, and it’s really quite good. It’s just under three minutes of bright, fluorescent, tropical pop – in short, it’s a bit of a summer jam. From that description, it could easily be stale and dull, but The Griswolds manage to balance all of those warm influences out, and focus it into something great.

Check it out below, and download it for free from their triple j Unearthed page if you like it.

VIDEO/BRAND NEW: Starcadian – “HE^RT” and “Home Away From Home (Starcadian Remix)”

Starcadian - "HE^RT"

Starcadian (or STΔRCΔDIΔN) is an unsigned musician from Brooklyn, who crafts these chilled-out, smooth, spacey 80s pop vibes. They’re irresistibly charming, and it comes as a genuine surprise that he has less than 100 fans on Facebook right now.

“HE^RT” is the lead single from Sunset Blood, the upcoming ‘motion picture soundtrack’. What exactly is that, you ask? Starcadian described it best in an e-mail to me:

“Essentially, it’s a conceptual album that serves as a soundtrack to the ultimate 80s movie that played out in your head when you looked at all those amazing hand-drawn VHS covers at the video club when you were a kid. Each song is a set-piece from the film and it serves as what I call an ‘ear movie’. My hope is that when people close their eyes, they can visualize the action playing out. Seeing bumbling Miami cops chasing Dan Aykroyd, when listening to “Sgt. Tagowski”. Don Johnson strutting into a bar to the sounds of “Ronnie”. Alex Rogan, the last starfighter, gazing at the stars while humming “HE^RT”. Every single song from the album is a movie in itself, a sentiment brought up by memories of John Carpenter, John Landis, Joe Dante, all those wonderful storytellers from way back when.”

Sunset Blood is tentatively slated for a late August release (it’s currently being mastered), but before then there will be a sampler released, so keep your eyes and ears peeled! In the meantime, check out the video for “HE^RT” below, and buy it on iTunes if you’re keen.

(video found via Pigeons & Planes)

If you’re looking for something that’s just as cool, and free, have a listen to Starcadian’s remix of Touch Tone’s “Home Away From Home” below too. I’d never heard the original until now, but they’re both worth checking out!

Above photo from the “HE^RT” video.