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.

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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

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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!

FEATURE: Lupe Fiasco and Modest Mouse

You’ve probably heard Lupe Fiasco’s new hit “The Show Goes On”. What you may or may not know, is that it samples the riff from Modest Mouse’s single “Float On”.

There are no doubt many devoted indie kids or Modest Mouse fans who are upset about this fact. I’m not upset Lupe sampled the track, however do feel strongly about other aspects of the situation.

Modest Mouse no doubt allowed Mr Fiasco to sample their song. If he had stolen it, there would have been a legal storm surrounding it all. The fact that Lupe Fiasco is using the sample is not an issue with me – all musicians involved have kept their integrity. If Isaac Brock and co are happy with the sampling of “Float On” and the outcome, then so should everyone else.

The issue I have is that the wider population who hear “The Show Goes On” on commercial radio, probably have no idea where that great riff came from. It would not be a widely known fact that Lupe borrowed the melody from other musicians. And this affects me because MM are, in general terms, an independent band. Yes, they’re much more popular now amongst the alternative scene, but they’re still independent and not being flogged by commercial radio.

So when a melody of theirs is used so prominently in a song, and so many people are completely oblivious to it, it annoys me.

It annoys me, because so many people absorbed by commercial radio and terrible auto-tuned pop (in all honesty I’m not having a swipe at Lupe here) are so intolerant towards any other music. I’ve met people, and when I try and introduce them to something new, they basically reject it in their minds before they’ve even heard it.

“I don’t know this band or song,” they think. “Therefore they/it can’t be that good.”

Their minds are closed off.

Except, of course, when it is played hundreds of times over by mainstream radio. “Oh! The new Lupe song! I love this song, it’s so catchy!”

I’d wager that if someone had introduced the people who like the new Lupe song to “Float On” when it was released, most people would have dismissed it. Maybe I’m too cynical, but I honestly think they would just pass it off as some other “unknown band who aren’t cool”. And that’s what irritates me.

It irritates me that as soon as it’s presented in a mass-marketed mainstream track, Modest Mouse’s melody becomes popular, whilst being attributed to another artist. It annoys me that people think “Wow, isn’t this great!”, yet have no idea that people have been loving that combination of notes for years beforehand.

What annoys me most, is that after being told this information, most people probably wouldn’t care one bit. They wouldn’t think to expand their musical tastes. They wouldn’t try to be more tolerant of independent music. They wouldn’t look for these amazing songs and riffs themselves.

Most people simply wouldn’t care.

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,

Jeremy

REVIEW: The Walk Ons – “We Did This On Purpose”

The Walk Ons radiate a confidence that, despite their easy-going rock sensibilities, feels raw and unrestrained. Their EP, “We Did This On Purpose”, feel anthemic, yet there are a couple of tracks that feel like they lag behind.

The Walk Ons are without a doubt one of those “fun” bands. One of those bands where you can just imagine them having fun playing this stuff live. So after opener “Forget You” launches the EP into a brilliant start, to see it drop back a notch and let up in terms of pace is a small disappointment. Those agile lead guitar hooks just don’t return until “State of Affairs”, and they should probably have returned much earlier.

Not to say that the songs on the EP are a disappointment in themselves, but after getting so excited and pumped up from an opening track, it takes a bit of adjustment.

Luckily the EP does pick itself up in these respects. “State of Affairs” feels like it brings back this hooky energy, and closer “Ready to Leave” races to finish it all up, without feeling rushed.

All up, it’s a solid EP, despite what seems like a drop in “fun factor” on a couple of tracks. A lot of bands try to expand their sound and move it about, and often fail at doing so. The Walk Ons stick to their guns, and it shows. Their brand of unashamedly fun rock is strong, and they know what they’re doing and where they’re going. I feel like if they just pick up the pace on a couple of songs, and refine their style, they’ll have nailed something special. And I’m more than sure that this will come with time.

Verdict: Positive.

Grab a free download of “Forget You” here.

MIXTAPE: On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 2

Hey. Got another mixtape for you here. This time it’s a mixture of bands from a few countries. You’ll also notice I decided to begin and end it with songs from Phatchance. I don’t normally put two songs from the one artist on a mixtape, but I thought it seemed appropriate. They’re both really good.

This one features a bit more hip-hop, some post-rock, some electronica, and some good ol’ fashioned indie-rock. One song has a particularly folky vibe, and another features a banjo! I’m hoping everyone can find something to enjoy in there.

Thanks again to all the great artists for the free mp3’s, and don’t forget to spread the word about the mix! Oh. And lastly, for frequent updates on mixtapes and music news/reviews, become a fan of my Facebook page here. Happy listening!

Tracklist:

1. Phatchance – Inkstains

2. MiniBoone – Cool Kids Cut Out of the Heart Itself

3. The Trivs – Survival Guide For Forgetful Friends

4. The Walk Ons – Forget You

5. Of the Red Sea – Easy

6. Washington – Clementine

7. Timothy Nelson & The Infidels – Sleeping Alone

8. Bang Bang Boss Kelly – Lone Rider

9. Mind Over Matter – It’s Not A Secret

10. Cults – Go Outside

11. Coptic Soldier & Miriam Waks – Why Suffer

12. Sensual Harassment – Fever

13. The Words – Got No Charm

14. Chase Nation – Come Home

15. sleepmakeswaves – One Day You Will Teach Me to Let Go of My Fears

16. The Shiny Brights – Not Too Old

17. Phatchance – Mountain Of Glass

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Size: 73.19 mb

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By the way, all these tracks are offered up with permission from the artists and their management. It’s all completely legal. Just so you know.

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Pretty much everyone uses Facebook these days, so I figured instead of sending off links to my blog through my personal account I’d create a page for my blog.

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