Month: June 2013

Free Stream: Dream On Dreamer’s latest ‘Loveless’ LP drops tomorrow! Listen now.

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Dream On Dreamer live at Pyramid Rock

Dream on Dreamer’s sophomore album ‘Loveless’ drops tomorrow & we’re giving you the chance to stream it in full a day early!

Press play, Crank that stereo… LOUD! 🙂 & Enjoy!

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Stream Big Scary’s latest album ‘Not Art’.. 5 days only!

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Big Scary live at CMJ Music Marathon New York

Big Scary are back!

Pieater and Inertia have announced Melbourne indie rockers Big Scary release of second album ‘Not Art’ this Friday 28th June in Australia/New Zealand & are streaming it live free for 5 days only!

“In a nutshell, it’s not that ‘Not Art’ isn’t art, it’s just that creating art wasn’t the goal of this album. Thoughts of creating something artful, even something original or catchy were removed from the process.” – Tom Iansek (Big Scary).

Stream Big Scary’s – ‘Not Art’ here:

Then go pre-order it here:

June 28th (Aus/NZ) via Pieater/Inertia
Sept 17th (US) via Barsuk.com

Pre-Order
iTunes (Aus/NZ) – itunes.apple.com/au/album/not-art/id638577930
12″ Vinyl (Aus/NZ) – www.jbhifionline.com.au/music/pop-roc…at-mp3/684866
CD (Aus/NZ) – www.jbhifionline.com.au/music/pop-roc…at-mp3/684767
Physical/Digital (US) – www.barsuk.com/shop/bark138

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Big Scary - 'Not Art'

Why I love The Toff feat. Ella Hooper & Texture Like Sun

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Ella Hooper live at The Toff

I love The Toff in Town.. ❤

This June has seen Ella Hooper and beautiful indie folk project Texture Like Sun performing a dual Tuesday residency at one of Melbourne’s top live venues, The Toff in Town. 3 weeks back, I had friends visiting Melbourne on consecutive Tuesday nights, so I took them down to The Toff to show-off Melbourne’s fantastic live music scene and a few cheeky beers.

Whether it be the club/bar area with dining for a few cocktails or the warm, boutique performance space with candle-lit tables, from the minute you walk in The Toff In Town there’s just a beautiful energy that just makes you feel right at home. Both weeks I headed straight to the bar, ordered myself a delicious pint of local craft beer Thunder Road Brewing Co Autumn Pale Ale and sat back to enjoy the show.

My first time live, I fell in love with Texture Like Sun immediately. Captivated from start to finish… Ella Hooper was showcasing most recent single ‘Häxan’ with boundless energy on stage and it was fantastic to be able to support one of my mates hittin’ the skins for Ella (wicked Melbourne-based drummer Ryan Mano – shameless plug 😃).

Just the perfect evening.. two weeks in a row.. bumping into familiar faces, making new friends, top-line music and a wonderful vibe… The Toff in Town is definitely up there as one of my favourite live entertainment venues in Australia’s music capital. If you’re after live music in Melbourne tonight, you now know where you’re heading.

Thank you Toff. Thank you Melbourne

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Article by Dan Wilkinson
Images by Dan Soderstrom

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The Toff gig guide.

Not only open 7 nights a week, The Toff features a killer, diverse array of local & international entertainment, from rock n roll soul to burlesque dancers to the Midnight Express every Thursday night, which could well see you knocking back cocktails ’til 5am on a Friday morning.. unless you’ve got a real job.. and even then.. 😉

The Toff In Town
Second Floor, Curtin House
252 Swanston St
Melbourne.

Exclusive Stream: Caity Fowler (ex Playwrite) solo EP ‘Whitelight Blackdog’.

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Exclusive Stream: Caity Fowler’s solo EP ‘Whitelight Blackdog’

A few short months back, Caity Fowler left inspiring Melbourne indie folk band Playwrite determined to launch a solo career in music. After smashing a pozible campaign to raise funds for recording, this VCA graduate has put together a stunning first release with woodwind, strings, electric/slide guitar and grand piano all in the mix. This lovely collection of 6 songs, recorded at Four4ty Studios, is a fire fueled by an on and off battle with depression ever since she was a teenager.

“The secrecy and taboo that surrounds mental illness even in this day and age create shame and embarrassment. I may never learn to be proud of my suffering but I am proud of my resilience.”
– Caity Fowler

‘Whitelight Blackdog’ creates awareness for subject matter that all of us should feel free to talk about.. It’s honest, stripped-back, raw, emotional & beautiful all at once.. And I love it..

Exclusive Stream: Caity Fowler – ‘Whitelight Blackdog’

The ‘Whitelight Blackdog’ EP launch is this weekend in Melbourne at Bar 303, Northcote deets here

Hit Caity up on social media:
Twitter & Facebook

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Rai Thistlethwayte’s in LA & got sunshine in his Pocket!

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“I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’m a white guy who sings soul music” – Sun Rai (Rai Thistlethwayte).

Where’s Rai been of late? LA.. that’s where baby! Yep, that’s right.. under the moniker of Sun Rai, Thirsty Merc frontman Rai Thistlethwayte is now living in California and embarking on the next stage of his career.

Blossoming from the cocoon like the butterfly of re-invention Sun Rai’s first foray into the international market is  ‘Pocket Music’. This collaboration with Aaron Sterling (Regina Spektor, John Mayer) sees Rai return to the piano (his first love) and a handful of beautiful, uplifting pop/soul jams which he is currently showcasing around America on a national USA tour.

With the release of launch single ‘San Francisco Street’ I fell in love with Sun Rai’s latest sound and I for one am looking forward to jetting back to California to see him perform live in L.A.

“I’d love for people to be able to take this with them and want to hear it over and over again,” Rai concludes. “And, if it happens to help someone on their journey in life, that would be truly amazing.”

Yes sir.. this EP made my week & I’m excited to share it with all of you..

Check out more Sun Rai music & social channels
Buy Sun Rai – ‘Berlin Wall’ here

Sun Rai - Pocket Music

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Instagram launch brand new video feature – Hot & Delicious trial it for you

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Instagram have launched their latest, exciting new feature to combat the likes of Vine, Snapchat & Cinegram.. video! Addicted to Instagram, Hot & Delicious remain at the cutting edge of social media tech, so bleary-eyed I rolled out of bed this morning to do some quick research for y’all. Here’s the skinny:

Facts:

  • 15 seconds per video.
  • 13 Instagram filters built specifically for video.
  • Cinema feature – built to combat shaky videos shot on the go (iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 only).

Positives:

  • Mini movies – you can record (incl. Stop/Start) consecutive mini-grabs of video content to make them into a short short film 🙂
  • Screen flip during recording – Win. Unlike Snapchat you can stop & flip the camera mid-video to switch from capturing yourself to shooting your surroundings.
  • Saved videos – yep, once you’ve shot your vid it automatically saves to your smartphone for use on other social channels incl. YouTube, Facebook, etc.

Negatives:

  • Instagram video only – you can’t upload your own videos shot outside of the Instagram App.
  • Glitches/distortion – at times when Instagram uploads your photos/video it uploads with distortion to the image quality which isn’t present in original photo/video content. Believe this is due to interruption to data flow via Wi-Fi. Check out our original version
  • Tagging – can’t tag your friends in vids on Instagram just yet, but no doubt it’s coming.
  • Cover Frame – can’t choose an image shot outside of video content as cover image for video like on YouTube.

A wanna-be Rockstar, a puppy & skyporn.. Hot & Delicious Group’s first attempt at Instagram video:

So where does a first-time user start? Instagram video FAQ

Instagram for iOS version 4.0 is currently available for download in Apple’s App Store and Instagram for Android version 4.0 is now available on Google Play.

More magic from Hot & Delicious on Instagram

What we’re hoping to see in the future from Instagram (not just in video format):

    • Scheduled posts – for those of us who work in social media strategy, content creation & community management we report news/post immediately as content comes to hand, but it’s also important to be able to schedule content at keys times when we’re not connected digitally.
    • Clickable URLs that enable us to direct Instagram user traffic to our website, blog and other URLs.

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Free Stream: Kanye West’s album ‘Yeezus’ leaks online

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Kanye West’s album ‘Yeezus’ has leaked online over the weekend & you can stream it right here

Launched at a New York listening party attended by Jay-Z, Beyonce and Timbaland, the 10-track LP features guest appearances from Kid Cudi, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and John Legend, with Def Jam music legend Rick Rubin joining West to finish off the album.

Kanye West’s sixth solo album ‘Yeesuz’ official release date is June 18th

Listen: Kanye West – ‘Yeezus’ Album Stream

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Kanye West - Yeezus