Bewilderbeast is a name associated with bruised shins and happy faces around Melbourne. Their layered beats seem to find a limb on even the most rigid body– forcing them into involuntary bone boogies.
At The Espy’s ‘Rock for Relief’ gig they transformed the empty dance floor into a good-vibed stampede of party people. And that’s why we love ‘em, Bewilderbeast can change the whole atmosphere of a space, of a festival, and bring people together to let loose and have fun. With their communal-style of performance it can be tricky to tell who’s band, who’s crowd at their gigs. We caught up with singer/ synth/ beatboxer Simon the other day to find out when we get to hear their new stuff…
In the daydreams of a Bewilderbeast… the lounge room would be stuck on the roof and the roads would be trampolines where we could double bounce strangers.
How would you describe your style? Fun hip hop party-core.
Posted 06-29-2010 by Tahnee Moore in Good Stuff, Music Stuff
Sleepover is a 10-hour musical lullaby designed to be experienced while drifting in and out of sleep. Bring your pillow, sleeping bag, teddy bear and sweets, and spend the night in the gallery while the work is performed.
Artist Kris Keogh will be performing this amazing musical experience as a part of the Next Wave festival happening in Melbourne now.
Who: Kris Keogh
What: Sleepovers plus a 10 hour lullaby
Where: Head Quarters, Rear 55 High St, Northcote. (Behind the Lupa store)
When: Saturday the 15 May. 9pm onwards.
Posted 05-13-2010 by Tahnee Moore in Events, Melbourne, Music Stuff
Eric Singer is the founder of the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR), an artists collective comprised of traditional artists and musicians as well as engineers, inventors and technologists. LEMUR’s main focus is on creating new and exciting musical instruments using robotic technology as well as motion sensor technology and other interactive elements that bring them to life.
Posted 05-03-2010 by Robert Hecimovic in Art stuff, Good Stuff, Music Stuff
Shave your sideburns in Japan and they’ll call it a Techno Cut. Rave down the street during Fuckparade listening to hardcore trance and you’re the Techno Viking. Get 8 friends and Jam the fuck out of a Jeep mic’ed up to a mixer and it’s the mother-licking Techno Jeep.
Julian Smith and a number of friends mic’ed up a Jeep, practiced for two weeks and recorded 7 hours of footage to bring you this beautiful piece of musique concrète. Not much else to say so just watch the video and revel in it’s amazingness.
Posted 04-21-2010 by Robert Hecimovic in Good Stuff, Music Stuff
Kid SAM have been stirring up a frenzy in the musical world. After a solid year of gigs around the town, a nomination for Triple J album of the year and scoring a spot in RRR’s feature album, these Kids are back on the road! Hot off the heels of Laneway festival shenanigans, Kid SAM serve up powerful and nostalgic tunes. Be sure to catch them in a town near you. While your at it check out there rad video clip , with a quirky outtake on human interactions and parallel lives mixed with suburban nostalgia…
Their debut LP is produced by Nick Huggins and is out now through new Melbourne indie collective Two Bright Lakes, well worth your time and hard earned dollars.
Posted 04-02-2010 by Omni Demarco in Events, Good Stuff, Melbourne, Music Stuff
Everyone loves a good old fashioned Sunday session at their local pub, and when there’s cheap beer, free food and wholesome music on offer who wouldn’t pop along, even if it isn’t your local.
The Bendigo Hotel on Johnson St will open up its doors every Sunday for an afternoon of music, snags and beer! Starting on Sunday 14 March from 1pm the BBQ will be fired up in the sunny beer garden with a selection of tasty FREE treats (catering for meat lovers and vegos) and $10 jugs of beer! A number of local musos will kick the day off from 4pm in true Sunday fashion, with sounds ranging from blues, folk, reggae to bluegrass…
Posted 03-14-2010 by Dilja Thorpe in Events, Melbourne, Music Stuff
It’s been a summer of music festivals, gigs and good vibes and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, along comes a free gig featuring three of our favorite local bands!
This Thursday night make sure you get yourselves to the dance floor of the world famous Espy for a night of soul, funk and reggae rock.
With the recent disappearance of Simon Wright and the Eclective from The Evelyn’s Monday night stage, this will be a great oppportunity to see these masters of soul grooves with the support of local reggae rockers The Reefs and El Moth and The Turbo Rads.
Guaranteed to get you up and boogying, see you there!
When: Thursday 11 March, 2010
The Reefs: 9:30–10:15
El Moth & The Turbo Rads: 10:45–11:30
Simon Wright and the Eclective: 12–1
Posted 03-10-2010 by Dilja Thorpe in Events, Melbourne, Music Stuff
Let yourself be swept away on the musical phenomenon known as Dirty Projectors, about to hit our shores for their inaugural tour.
Praised from the likes of Bjork to the Roots and David Byrne the Dirty Projectors are an experimental pop - rock or dare I say Indie act, pushing the boundaries of these genres as we know them.
Lead by Dave Longstreth and releasing eclectic pieces of music under the title of Dirty Projectors since 2003, with an ever evolving line up of band members and vocalists joining Dave along the journey this act is not to be missed.
Where: Golden Plains, the Hi-Fi (Melbourne), The Metro (Sydney), Lost Weekend (Brisvegas [CANCELLED]), Rosemount Hotel (Perth)
When: Sunday 7, Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10, Saturday 13 March
Damage: $46 + bf ( hi-fi) seek local press for the rest.
Posted 03-08-2010 by Omni Demarco in Events, Melbourne, Music Stuff
Yakks was born out of frustration, hostility towards the general public, and the mundane 9 to 5 life that was evaporating any form of creative juice attempting to flow.
Annoyed with the amount of garage bands and club music that was being played in Melbourne at the time, Yakks started jamming. In a bedroom where the roof was caving in and the cracks in the walls were so wide you could see outside, they stripped sound back to the basics, turned up the amp and bloody reverberated the crumbling plaster onto the floor, which had a rodent hole, but no cracks.
Encouraged by the late Jay Reatard to “just do it! just go crazy!”, synth player and vocalist Ezzy quit his day job as a screen printer and opted for a more scummy lifestyle of less is more. Drawing influences from bands such as Lost Sounds, Destruction Unit and The Screamers, Yakks began playing stripped down synth-based punk music, touching on subjects such as hardship, disease, the human condition and misunderstandings of everyday life.
Taking it to the streets mid 2009, Yakks have played alongside some of Melbourne’s greatest bands to be associated with the independent music scene, taken part in festival appearances – receiving positive feedback from both press and fans alike.
The bands current self-released cd-r is a 3 song demo, titled ‘The Dawn Fraser Demos’. Inspired by a Dawn Fraser look-alike who roams the streets and tram lines of Brunswick, gold medal around her neck and all.
Posted 03-05-2010 by Ezzzy in Melbourne, Music Stuff
Just when you may have thought you had Miss Natalie Portman all worked out as that sweet apple of all the guys and gal’s eyes BAM…she knocks you down and packs one hell off a punch with this feisty film clip. Brought to you by The Lonely Island comedy troupe of New York city. The group, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg, is best known for there musical parodies.
Watch Natalie Portman Uncensored Rap here
Posted 03-04-2010 by Omni Demarco in Music Stuff
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back with a new video clip, Skeletons, it will send shivers down your spine and take you spiraling head-first to darker Victorian times .
Filmed by long time associate Barney Clay, and inspired by artists such as Tony Oursler, along with the styling of the Adams Family, this is like nothing they have released yet.
Now classed as one of the decades most influential Indie Rock bands, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s new song shall take you back to New Yorks No-Wave days, when bands such as the Swans were huge.
If you’re left wanting more oh so fanciful somber music visuals, then embrace their Mescaline fueled short film, SNAKE SWEAT and continue the journey to the dark side of the stars…
Posted 03-03-2010 by Omni Demarco in Music Stuff