VIDEO: Jumping Ships – “Talisman”

Jumping Ships

Alcopop are a brilliant label. C’mon – Johnny Foreigner, Screaming Maldini, Stagecoach – what more do you need? Nothing, right? I know, they’re so good. Well lucky you, because you’ve got more! Jumping Ships are a part of that extensive list of “more”, and boy have they got a huge sound.

It’s truly a crime that their latest clip for song “Talisman” has so few views (505 at current count). Like a parent that’s caught you coming home at 4 in the morning, the band explode at the most unexpected moments, and the surprising way that the drums and guitars unconventionally weave together in the final moments will make the song latch onto the awesome-sector of your brain.

You should still listen though! It’s not painful at all. You can grab a free download of “Talisman” at their BandCamp page over here!

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!

Download

Size: 131.09 MB

Tracklist:

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.

BRAND NEW: Bluejuice – “Cheap Trix”

Bluejuice

Everyone likes music with a bit of bite. Music that leans to the side and says “Well I’m a little bit different, but damn can you still dance to me!”. Well Bluejuice have delivered just that with the premiere of new track “Cheap Trix”! It’s taken from their third album Company, which is to be released on the 28th of October. Listening to it feels like you’ve wandered into some by-gone era’s nightclub, but it’s here that Bluejuice prove that they’ve nailed the art of creating singalong potential – this is going to be a huge one live!

“Cheap Trix” is available for four weeks, starting today, and you can download it from their Facebook page over here.

LIVE: The Panda Band, live at ANU Bar, Canberra (17-08-11)

Continuing my accidental streak of missing the opening support act, I didn’t catch Paryce’s set. Instead, Beth ‘N’ Ben (above) started the night for me with their brand of bluesy folk. It spread throughout the sparse onlooking crowd, and although there was a small turnout, it was offset by the band’s encouragement to get lost in the music – an offer which was all the encouragement most people needed to dance and cheer. It’s surprising how often a band’s attitude can affect the atmosphere of a gig, and the playful banter between a few members really proved to lighten the mood. Importantly, the band looked like they were having fun too.

Beth ‘N’ Ben don’t burden their music with cliched literary techniques, instead focusing more on simply telling a story. Unfortunately that’s where they seem to fall short. I feel like that writing style needs to be coupled with those special hooks that throw the song up in the air. That special moment that gets the whole crowd participating, almost anthemic in nature, and it just didn’t feel like there were many opportunities for that on Wednesday. They seem to be gradually nailing that musical niche they occupy, but it would bring so much more to their live show to see their song-writing grow with that in focus. That said, they were entertaining to watch, and let’s be honest, there aren’t many bands that sell g-strings and bibs as merchandise.

The Panda Band took the stage shortly afterwards, and I want to address an issue before I talk about their set.

I felt that in terms of acoustics or sound quality, their set suffered. Even standing as far back as possible due to the overbearing volume, it still felt uncomfortable, and although I should have remembered my earplugs, no band needs to be that loud. Whether it was the acoustics of ANU bar, or the sound set up, the band sounded clearer and more enjoyable when I blocked my ears. This was no fault of the band, but it did influence my enjoyment a bit.

Apart from that, I found their playing quite enjoyable, but their performance itself a little lacklustre. They looked a little bored, almost as if they didn’t want to be there, and although I can understand the disappointment with what was probably a smaller than expected turnout, it didn’t translate into a positive vibe. Rarely did lead singer and guitarist Damian Crosbie really let go and move around, and although their playing sounded quite solid, there does have to be an element of energy in a live performance.

That said, I felt their music did translate well live, and without the unfortunate sound issues it would’ve sounded even better. The combination of grandiose drumming patterns, which seemed to stay rhythmically interesting, and the band’s bright melodies, really had this sense of style about them. There’s no doubt about The Panda Band – they certainly know how to form their hooks into well-developed and mature songs, and if they can inject some more energy and atmosphere into their set, they’ll definitely be heading onto much bigger things.

The Panda Band are still touring around, and you can check out all of the dates over here.

VIDEO: The Dodos – “Good”

Californian indie duo The Dodos have just released their new clip for “Good”, from their latest album No Color. It’s one of the most interesting albums I’ve heard this year, and the video is a very cool take on the traditional “band playing their instruments together” clip. The Dodos really bring credit back to the idea of a duo (even if they do play live with an extra member), and it’s refreshing to be reminded once again (thanks Japandroids) that two people can create some brilliant music without a full band behind them.

Check it out over here at Pitchfork!

BRAND NEW: Holy Ghost! – “Some Children” [ft. Michael McDonald]

Holy Ghost! are an electro duo out of Brooklyn, New York. Hipster central, I know, but don’t judge it just yet, because this is some unpretentiously fun dance music, with a real groove behind it. And it’s not the kind of dance music you’d hear in some kind of normal pop nightclub either. You know that moment when you walk in and think “I’ve heard this before – a million times before. I don’t even know this song, but I’ve heard it because it sounds THE SAME AS EVERYTHING ELSE” – you know that moment? Well this isn’t like that moment at all.

The strong bass line helps carry the song’s momentum, and the choir in the background that eventually comes in really lifts it onto a new level. If the song wasn’t so groovy, the keyboard riff would sound cliched, like it was from some dodgy old-school hip-hop track. Fortunately, that’s not how it comes across at all, and it just kind of all works. Somehow.

Stream or grab a free download of “Some Children” over at Pitchfork! (Who are incidentally just celebrating their 15th birthday – happy birthday P4k!)

VIDEO: Fool’s Gold – “Wild Window”

Fool’s Gold are one of the most cheery pop outfits to have graced my lucky, lucky ears. They radiate this tropical vibe, similar to musicians like El Guincho, and welcome these infectious African rhythms into their music. The result is this pop with amazing guitar melodies, and it just makes you want to dance.

They recently released a new video for their song “Wild Window”, which you can find on their sophomore album Leave No Trace (which incidentally, came out today on August the 16th). Check it out below. The colours really match the song’s atmosphere quite well.

TOUR: Buckley Ward

Melbournian indie-popsters Buckley Ward have just returned from a year of working on their sophomore album, and with a new line up as well! They’ve just announced a couple of shows around the country in support of their latest single, “So Pretend”.

Thursday 8 September – Oh Hello, Brisbane, QLD (free show)
Friday 9 September – Lightspace, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10 September – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW supporting Winter People
Saturday 24 September – Melbourne, Yah Yahs with I, A Man

Take a listen to “So Pretend” below. Full of lush pop harmonies, they manage to craft this relaxing atmosphere around beautiful guitar melodies. Well worth checking out. You can download it for free over here too.

VIDEO: Jebediah – “Control”

How this video has so few views, especially after the huge popularity of “She’s Like A Comet”, really astounds me. It’s not a brand new video, but I feel obliged to share it in the hope that a few more people give it a listen. It’s a brilliant song and it deserves a bit more recognition.

Jebediah really manage to balance out the racing rock and poppy bites in this one, and Kevin Mitchell’s voice can change to suit accordingly. They’ve been around for quite a while, and I think they’ve well and truly earnt their place as one of Australia’s best modern rock bands that can consistently deliver good music.

TOUR: The Panda Band

A short while ago, Perth’s bright indie rockers known as The Panda Band released their sophomore effort Charisma Weapon. An even shorter while ago, they announced a whole range of tour dates in support of their new album. I’m a bit slow on this announcement, but there’s still quite a few dates left. You can expect a full review of their live show up after I see them at ANU!

Until then, grab free single “The Fix” over here at their BandCamp page. It’s a poppy, fun little track, and it’s free so you can’t really go wrong.

Check out the remaining dates and venues below:

Wed 10th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thu 11th August – The Vault, Windsor, NSW
Fri 12th August – Northern Star, Newcastle, NSW
Sat 13th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Wed 17th August – ANU, Canberra, ACT
Thu 18th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Fri 19th August – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Sat 20th August – Hotel Metro, Adelaide, SA
Fri 26th August – Rosemount Hotel, North Perth, WA
Fri 2nd September – Player’s Bar, Mandurah, WA