MIXTAPE: On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 5

On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 5

It’s certainly been a while between mixtapes, but hopefully this is a triumphant return to form! We’ve got something for everyone with this one. Guitar-based songs, softer tracks, a Talking Heads cover, sample-based electronic songs, hip-hop mash-ups, acoustic ditties, and some post-rock to finish everything up.

Plus, it’s all completely legal. I asked every single artist or their management if I could use the tracks. No guilty conscience for anyone involved. It feels nice, doesn’t it?

Enough of my ramblings though. Feel free to peruse this fine tracklisting and download the mixtape at your leisure. Happy listening!

P.S. Cover art is by the incredibly handsome Michael “Sea Monkeys” Forrest.

And don’t forget to like On The Tune on Facebook!


Size: 131.09 MB


1. Winter Street – A Little More

2. The Moniters – Lights Go Down

3. The Panda Band – The Fix

4. The Deer Republic – Feel Like Dancing

5. Millions – Those Girls

6. Udays Tiger – Machine

7. Tim Fitz – Disposable Youth

8. The Dead Leaves – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

9. Buckley Ward – So Pretend

10. Anton Franc – Letting Go

11. Air France – It Feels Good To Be Around You

12. Lion & the Lotus – Vistas De Oro

13. Gotye –  Somebody That I Used To Know (Phatchance Hip Hop Remix) Remixed by One Above

14. The Trouble With Templeton – Bleeders

15. Cheer Advisory Council – Coach

16. Solkyri – This Can’t Wait!

17. Tom Day – Home

Don’t know how to unzip stuff? Download 7zip here.
Don’t know which download link to click? I don’t know what .msi files are either. Do you use Windows? Try this one.


TOUR: The Panics and The Drones!

First up, The Panics have revealed that they’ll be heading around the country playing songs from their latest album, Rain On The Humming Wire. These guys have been fairly busy of late, but now they’re back out on the road, and they’re doing quite a few shows. Try and see them somewhere if you can.

Dates and venues:

Friday 26th August – Mess & Noise Lunchbox, Worker’s Club
Wednesday 14th September – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Thursday 15th September – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury
Friday 16th September – Astor Theatre, Perth
Saturday 17th September – Fly By Night, Fremantle
Wednesday 21st September – Anu Bar, Canberra
Thursday 22nd September – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Friday 23rd September – Level One, Leagues Club, Newcastle
Saturday 24th September – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 29th September – Saloon Bar, Launceston
Friday 30th September – Wrest Point Showroom
Thursday 6th October – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
Friday 7th October – Hi Fi, Brisbane
Saturday 8th October – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
Wednesday 12th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Thursday 13th October – Bended Elbow, Geelong
Friday 14th October – The Palace Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 15th October – The Gov, Hindmarsh

Looks like tickets go on sale at 9am on the 10th of August (that’s when Canberra goes on sale anyway), from, uh… all over the place really. Check out their blog post over here to see where you need to buy your tickets from (and check release dates too, just ’cause these will probably go pretty fast).

In slightly more exciting news (for me, personally), The Drones have announced a handful of shows as well! I’ve heard glowing reviews of The Drones’ live performances, so I will definitely not be missing them when they swing by Canberra. Adalita will be supporting all shows as well!

These shows will run alongside the release of their live DVD, entitled A Thousand Mistakes, which is released on the 16th of September, and if you’re a fan of The Drones you’re definitely going to want to pick it up.

Check out the trailer for it below these tour details:

Friday 7th October – ANU Bar, Canberra
Saturday 8th October – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Friday 14th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Friday 21st October – The Bakery, Perth
Saturday 22nd October – The Governor Hindmarsh , Adelaide
Friday 28th October – The Hi Fi, Brisbane
Saturday 29th October – The Metro, Sydney

Tickets go on sale on the 11th of August, from all over the place, again. The lovely folk at Tone Deaf have all the details if you’re interested! Over here!

TOUR/COMPETITION: Ben Sherman Big British Sound! + Win some CDs!

For those of you hanging around Sydney and Melbourne, early May is going to bring you some great live music. In fact you guys get access to pretty cool music most of the time. But especially now, because on the 11th and 12th of May is the Ben Sherman Big British Sound!

“What’s that?”, you might ask. Well, it’s a night filled with emerging artists from around Australia. It’s been pretty successful the past two years, and has seen artists like Art Vs Science, Tame Impala, Little Red, and Seabellies grace the stage.

The catch? Each artist performs one or two covers from British artists they like. So not only do you get to see some brilliant Aussie musicians play, but you get to hear some special covers as well.

Head down if you get the chance! Tickets are only about $10 each.

11th May (Wednesday), 2011 – 19:30-22:30
The Corner Hotel, 57 Swan St
Tickets – http://www.cornerhotel.com/
Ball Park Music
Strange Talk
Boy In A Box
Owl Eyes
DJs Simon Winkler & Jess McGuire (RRR)

12th May (Thursday), 2011 – 19:30-22:30
The Gaelic Club, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
Tickets – http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=46271
Ball Park Music
Strange Talk
Boy In A Box
DJs Sweetie & Shag (FBi)


Thanks to the folks organising the Ben Sherman Big British Sound, you can score copies of the latest releases from Ball Park Music and Boy In A Box!

All you have to do is comment and tell me who your favourite British artist is, and why! Easy, right? Get to it! Just leave an e-mail address somehow when you leave a comment, otherwise I can’t contact you.

I’ll pick the best entry and announce the winner on Saturday afternoon, so get your entries in early!

Competition is over! Congratulations to Benny Nitro!

BRAND NEW: Death Cab For Cutie – “You Are A Tourist (Phatchance Hip Hop Remix)”

You might have heard about Death Cab for Cutie’s new track “You Are A Tourist”. They did a film clip for it which was broadcast live on the internet (the first ever, I believe). It was a pretty impressive effort.

Well, Aussie hip-hop artist Phatchance recently stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to remix it. Throwing some amazing rhymes in-between Ben Gibbard’s lyrics, Chance manages to preserve the tone and themes of the original while putting a new spin on the song. The result? A remix that actually works incredibly well. As much as I love Death Cab, I think I find it a bit more interesting than the original. Sometimes Death Cab seem to have those spaces in songs where they just lose my attention a little bit, but this remix seems to take care of that altogether.

Take a listen below, download it, and share it around. It’s brilliant.

When SoundCloud runs out of downloads (which I’ve heard it will), you can grab the mp3 here.

If you like your music a bit less lossy, you can grab the wav here.

FEATURE: One last post: This is it.

This was originally going to be posted on my Optus Sound Scribe blog: To Kill A Harpsichord. However, posting closed early last night, and I didn’t get a chance to publish it. So here it is.

P.S. Normal service will resume at On The Tune in a few weeks. I’m taking a short break.

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The final post.

I’ll keep it short – if you haven’t read my open letter to everyone yet, it’s over here.

I’d like to say a few more things before this finishes up.

Thank you to everyone who has worked on this project, written alongside me, supported me, or encouraged me to do my best – I owe you one. Epsecially the media institutions like 99.7 Star FM and The Irrigator, who gave me some very helpful publicity.

This has been a fantastic experience – thank you to Optus for making it all possible. I’ve made new friends that I’m sure I’ll keep in touch with for a long time, and I’ve been lucky enough to read some brilliant work from a lot of you.

There are a huge amount people that are close to me I could namedrop to thank, although I can’t possibly list you all. If you have signed my petition, commented, shared the link to my blog, or helped me out in anyway – thank you. It means a lot to me.

That said, I would like to mention a few special people.

Firstly, my parents, for putting up with me constantly blogging and taking time off from study to work on this – thank you. It means a lot that you’ve supported me in being a Scribe, especially during my HSC.

Secondly, my close friends who helped with putting up posters, collecting photos, gathering petitions, and general online support – Alex Hingston, Katelyn Yeo, and Mykal Forrest (especially for Mykal’s artistic poster designs!).

Lastly, I’d like to thank Lian Drinan. She has shared the link to my blog on Facebook constantly since day one, commented on my posts, and helped make a lot of what we’ve all achieved possible. She was a huge help in the Capture Your Community competition, and came up the street with me to help out every time I needed a hand – whether it was putting up posters, or collecting votes. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a great friend like you helping me throughout this, and I don’t think this can be said enough – thank you.

Good luck to the rest of you in the competition, and in the future – I’m sure a lot of you will achieve some amazing things, whether they’re to do with journalism, music, or both!

All the best,


REVIEW: It’s Just Vanity – “Here’s What You Remember From A Coma”

It’s Just Vanity hail from the United States. They mix relaxing, ambient post-rock, with what sounds like early-wave emo guitar stylings, and their first full-length is going to be given away for free very soon.

Lyrically “Here’s What You Remember…” is nothing short of evocative. With an opening line like “And nothing is as sad as watching you lay latent, so desperate for a hand, and god, I hate this,” how could it be anything but? Moving between the subtler, softer lines, and the throaty emotional choruses, they paint a picture for anyone paying enough attention. Granted, it is easy to zone out at points, just letting it pass you buy, but if you pay attention to the poetic and sincere lyrics you’ll be drawn into something that’s difficult to let go of.

“You keep sucking me in, I feel the pull of a chicago wind. I’m not here to be there for you.”

“I want me to fix you, so you can fix me too.”

“In the future my life will be one sidewalk.”

It really is the massive contrast here that helps set the pace and keep the songs interesting. Instead of your traditional post-rock sound, one second the guitar melodies are floating along, and the next you’re being rushed at by a pounding vocal line and crushing guitars. It lends an air of excitement to the band. Instead of waiting for some crescendo to build up, waiting for beautiful orchestral string lines to explode and release the tension, you get something different. Something just as worthy, just as interesting, and just as musical, yet something different.

“Here’s What You Remember…” is definitely a refreshing change, and a different take on established styles. Though I won’t claim this type of music hasn’t been done before  (because it probably has), it’s certainly new to me. The lyricism, the tension, and the relaxing atmosphere blend together to create something that’s really pretty cool.

Verdict: Positive

You’ll be able to grab a free download of “Here’s What You Remember From A Coma” from here from the 2nd of July to the 8th of July. Make sure you give it a listen.

REVIEW: Celadore – “Distance Is A Gun”


Melbourne trio Celadore are touring their debut EP, “Distance Is A Gun”, at the moment.

“Distance Is A Gun”, the title track, is full of catchy hooks, and for a three-piece it sounds like these guys have some energy behind them.

Their unashamedly pop-rock influences show, and their embrace of these influences is really something to be proud of. Despite staying true to a style of music that’s been done time and time again, it’s a solid effort, and with the introduction of various off-beat guitar rhythms, it’s interesting enough for those of us who need a bit more in a song.

Lyrically, they feel a notch above their contemporaries, with lines like:

“closer to a stranger, than anyone i love.

the less space the better, distance is a gun.”

Celadore have crafted a solid song filled with catchy hooks. Keep an eye out for these guys, because once they get their break, they could be up there.

Verdict: Positive.

Grab a free download here.

Check out their clip for “Distance Is A Gun” here.

REVIEW: Tyrian Dawn – “A Mosaic of Memories and Musings”

Tyrian Dawn are a 5-piece from Melbourne, Australia, and considering “A Mosaic of Memories and Musings” was created completely by the band themselves (recording, mixing, and mastering) it’s really quite good.

I’m not going to go into some extensive description of every song. Instead, I’m going to tell you what this band is like as a whole. Tyrian Dawn make use of what seem like typical (yet at times effective) alternative rock guitar rhythms, but occasionally these seem to be burdened by an overly keen lead guitar. In moderation it works well, but some songs would be better without. This aside, the area they really excel in is the building up of atmospheric tension. Instrumental opener “Transient Daydream” is simply brilliant, it’s only fault being the fact it’s too short. I understand Tyrian Dawn aren’t a post-rock band, and that anything longer may be straying outside of their territory, but it’s really these moments that stand out.

Some songs see the band taking a different route, with the acoustic “A Ballad for Dubiety”, which contrasts excellently with the rest of the album. Other moments like the beginning of “Three Short Words” seem like they’re going to develop this aforementioned contrast, but then seem to swerve away entirely from any initial direction back to the typical alternative/punk rock style, which is a shame.

I’m not all whinging on this. Personally I might find the lead guitar a bit overwhelming, but I know plenty of people who wouldn’t. What remains to be said is that while they do these things that might not be entirely my cup of tea sometimes, they do them in a solid and consistent fashion. Which is more than can be said for a lot of other bands.

The material that Tyrian Dawn have managed to produce and create here, all by themselves, shows a few things. Firstly, it shows that Tyrian Dawn have the technical skills to do things on their own that a lot of other DIY bands can’t. Secondly, this material shows that they have the skills to craft songs to a level that gives them room to move, ensuing that provided they push their boundaries, their sound won’t stagnate or bore. Lastly, it shows that these guys are motivated. Without the pressure of a label, they worked at “A Mosaic…” till they were happy with it. And then gave it away for free.

I think what this album does seem to lack is a bit of direction and focus. Whilst the effort put into these songs shows, I get the feeling that Tyrian Dawn are yet to musically find their feet. They’re yet to find that creative niche, that instead of confining them will differentiate them from the pack and really help them break out and develop a larger fan base. I think a combination of time and experience, and the right producer for their next recorded effort, will set Tyrian Dawn on the path to finding a sound that will define them as musicians and artists.

Personally, for a record that runs close to an hour, I don’t think there’s enough diversity to keep it interesting and to warrant whole listens through. A shorter and more contrasting release will really see this band shine, and once they refine their sound and carve their own path musically (whether it’s by making more use of their brilliant atmospheric instrumentation or not) there’s every chance that they’ll get a lot of people talking.

Score: 6/10

You can download “A Mosaic of Memories and Musings” for free here.

If you feel like checking out some of the more stand-out tracks, try “Transient Daydream”, “Colours to the Mast”, “A Ballad for Dubiety”, “Shield of Lies”, “A Bittersweet Muse”, and “Of Grey and Sunset Skies”. They’re a pretty good indication of what Tyrian Dawn can do, so give them a go and make your own mind up.

If you’re in Melbourne on the 30th of June and can get yourself to The Ferntree Gully Hotel, I strongly recommend you do so. After winning a Battle of the Bands in late 2009 in Victoria, Tyrian Dawn landed a spot playing alongside The Butterfly Effect and Calling All Cars, so they clearly know what they’re doing as a live act. Go and check all 3 of them out and give them some support.

Other upcoming gigs include:

– ROOM six eight zero in Hawthorn, VIC, 7th May 2010 – doors at 9pm – $15 presale

– Ruby’s in Belgrave, VIC, 14th May 2010 – doors at 8pm – $10 presale

If you’re interested in either, contact: 0417 380 926 or band@tyriandawn.com.au

VIDEO: Birds of Tokyo – “Heard It Through The Grapevine”

I don’t normally post covers, in fact I think this is probably the first post I’ve done for a cover. But this is just too amazing to not share.

First recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, and subsequently many many other artists and bands, "Heard It Through The Grapevine" was covered by (2 members of) Birds of Tokyo a while back for triple j’s Like A Version. Ian Kenny’s voice is outstanding, as it usually is in most of his work, and it somehow suits this delicate acoustic cover as well as it suits Karnivool’s head-banging progressive rock. Adam Spark’s finger-picking weaves into Kenny’s vocal melodies creating something very special indeed.

I know it’s only a cover, but I can’t get enough of it. This is just beautiful.

Score: 8/10

REVIEW: Editors – "An End Has a Start"

Indie rock 4-piece Editors came out with their sophomore album "An End Has a Start" in 2007.

I heard "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors" around the time of its release and really liked it. There was something about it that really appealed to me. Though the song isn’t technically showy, it isn’t simplistic either. The rhythms expressed are paced nicely, nothing incredibly fast, but it doesn’t drag down and become boring. Unfortunately, I can’t say that for the rest of the album.

I’m not going to completely bag this out though. Maybe the whole stadium-rock vibe just gets a little worn-out for me, I’m not going to lie. As my musical tastes have grown, I’ve come to appreciate bands who are consistently excellent at what they do with their songs and what they’re trying to achieve, bands who are diverse over the course of a record in an appropriate manner and keep things interesting, and the few bands that manage to do both.

Editors are good at what they do, but it gets old for me. Tracks like "The Weight of the World" seem strained to me. The lyrical quality on some songs leaves something to be desired. It isn’t simply that they’re bad, I wouldn’t say that. But they just feel a little devoid of originality. I normally don’t like being this harsh, and this is the nicest way I can put it, but they don’t seem like something fresh! I generally try to judge a band based alone on it’s merits and my enjoyment, not relative to other releases from other bands, but that’s the only logical reason I can find for this feeling. Lyrically, the songs aren’t that enjoyable for me, and rhythmically, the vocals at times feel forced.

Negativity aside, I find that there are some very bright glimmers of songs. "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors", "An End Has a Start" (both singles, I know, I don’t normally cling to singles as the high-points of albums), "The Racing Rats", and "Escape The Nest" to a lesser extent than the others, are quite enjoyable on the whole. Melodically they’re interesting, and the lyrics seem quite good.

Basically, I find this album suffers from an over-done repetitive style and uninspiring lyrics, but, there are points where certain songs stand out as being quite fun and good.

Score: 3/10