Archive for June, 2011

BUCHANAN Debut EP ‘No Photo’ out now…

Posted in Music with tags on June 27, 2011 by speakertv

With comparisons to Phoenix, Mumford & Sons and Band Of Horses, Buchanan is the coming together of the unabashed melodies of Josh Simons (vocals, keys) and the sweeping instrumentation of Jon Bara (guitars). The Melbourne based band burst on to the scene with a 5 star review for their debut single ‘Teachers’ from Triple J’s Richard Kingsmill, which in-turn earned Buchanan the winning spot on the Triple J Laneway Festival competition.


“Nice choice Triple J Unearthed” TWITTER @DoctortriplejPM. Independently released through Inertia, Buchanan’s debut EP ‘No Photo’ showcases the bands ability to weave classic pop melodies with progressive rock arrangements. Conceived from a song writing session in Victoria’s Safety Beach, the EP combines the talents of Simons and Bara, the pair proving the perfect songwriting compliment for one another. Simons bringing his ‘80’s inspired melodies to Bara’s progressive arrangements for a fresh take on melodic-rock. Having spent the first part of the year in good company with the likes of Gypsy & The Cat, Kimbra and Tim & Jean, Buchanan are showing no signs of slowing down as they get set to support Papa Vs Pretty and Jinja Safari on a run of Melbourne tour dates. Buchanan’s debut EP ‘No Photo’ is now available through all good record stores and iTunes. Catch Buchanan supporting Papa Vs Pretty, Saturday 25th June at The Northcote Social Club and Jinja Safari Saturday July 23rd at The Corner. Saturday June 25th with Papa Vs Pretty @ Northcote Social Club, VIC Saturday July 23rd with Jinja Safari @ The Corner, VIC You can check out Buchanan online at See Buchanan perform ‘Mr Keeperman’ Live at the Oxford Art Factory




Posted in Hip Hop channel with tags on June 20, 2011 by speakertv


It’s customary for an artist on the promo trail to talk up (or big note) how progressive their new album is. But in the two years since Clockwork floored the hip-hop world, Phrase — aka Melbourne MC Harley Webster — has completely ripped up his past by the roots. Babylon, his third album, throws down the gauntlet to any musician feeling hemmed in by a scene and longing to paint a bigger picture.

Accustomed to dropping his rhymes over loops and breaks, this time around Harley did way with all samples and penned songs from scratch on guitar. He found himself leaning to the raw, desperate delivery of Australian garage rock and British mod, and so enlisted a producer, Tony Buchen, with a similar aesthetic, to take the demos to the next level. The result is a soulful, edgy album that’s screaming to be heard with full live band.

First single ‘Apart’ (available digitally today), sets the stage for Babylon.  A garage stomper with rockabilly guitar twists and a chorus sung by You Am I’s Davey Lane, the track laments a chaotic, hungover relationship.

Rest assured, Babylon retains Phrase’s trademark acerbic insights. While he’s drawn on some vintage genres when structuring the songs, on the verses he’s re-imagined the vocalist as rapper back in the day, emerging with a flawlessly blended sound that’s startlingly unique. Artfully designed to jack up your adrenalin, these tracks hum with tremolo guitar, Farfisa and Hammond lines. The choruses (so epic they must be carved into the side of a mountain somewhere) feature gutsy vocals from an unlikely crew of special guests including Jimmy BarnesSparkadia’s Alex Burnett and Guineafowl— and Harley singing, for the first time, himself.

While Harley’s spin on life can be derisive, his delivery aggressive, there’s always a chink of light shining through that signals the possibility of redemption. “To me,” Harley concludes, “‘Babylon’ means a place of beauty and getting to a better point in life. That’s what the record represents.”

Phrase’s new album Babylon is out August 12, 2011, through Marlin Records/Universal Music Australia.

ANGELAS DISH debut album ‘War On Time’

Posted in Music with tags on June 20, 2011 by speakertv

June 25th: Blacktown Showdown, Sydney, NSW

July 1st: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW – free entry

July 23rd: Cure For Cancer, Wolloomooloo Bay Hotel, Woolloomoloo, NSW

August 14th: Bateau Hotel, Central Coast, NSW – free entry, afternoon Performance

Their debut album ‘War On Time’ heralded success that cemented Angelas Dish as a band to watch.  Track ‘Soft November’ taken from the album peaked at #17 on the ARIA singles chart and #1 on the AIR chart, with the video being #1 most requested on Channel [V].

They have toured heavily around the country taking in several festivals (Make Poverty History, Pushover, Soundwave, Cometogether, Strikeback) and supports for the likes of Jimmy Eat World, 30 Seconds to Mars, Anberlin and Copeland to name just a few. 2011 sees Angelas Dish return in force, with their brand new single ‘Crash’ and video clip in toe.


Hailing from Australia’s Central Coast, four piece Angelas Dish have delivered an album that is both intricate and expansive.  A brilliant mix of haunting lyrics and honest reflection, ‘Walk Into The Sky’ is comprised of tracks with intense build ups, a driving beat and guitar sounds that vary from dirty to soaring in a heartbeat

With two years between albums, Angelas Dish spent majority of 2009-2010 in the studio working on the new offering.  The break between albums reflects a new maturity in their songwriting, finding their own sound and owning it.    

“It’s honest to the point of being vulnerable, there’s a youthful edge. To me it captured the moments where we found ourselves as a band, as musicians and as songwriters”(Michael Harris).

Angelas Dish are brothers Mick Harris (lead vocal) and Josh Harris (guitar & vocals), Peter Clarke (bass) and Chris Allison (drums).

To produce the album the band looked to good friend Sonny Truelove, it was important for the band to have someone on board that understood where the band had been, but more importantly where they were going.  Teaming up with renowned US producer/mixer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Incubus’ Make Yourself, Story Of The Year’s The Black Swan and The Constant), the partnership delivered a new depth of soundscape to the Angelas Dish recordings.

Check out the Angelas Dish mixtape to see what all the fuss is about

Catch Angelas Dish touring New South Wales through July and August.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 20, 2011 by speakertv

Following the critical success of their second album Pala, Friendly Fires unleash brand new single ‘Hawaiian Air’. Produced by Friendly Fires and recorded in the band’s own St Albans studio, ‘Hawaiian Air’ is an undeniable album highlight and follows on from the brilliant first single ‘Live Those Days Tonight’. Says frontman Ed Macfarlane: “It’s about enduring a horrific flight to Hawaii. The verses are all about bad food, shit films, uncomfortable seats, and turbulence. The chorus is about smashing down on the ground and being free from the turmoil you have endured in the air. You walk off the plane and breath in the Hawaiian Air and the painful journey has been worth it.

” CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE This July, Friendly Fires are bringing their energetic and irresistibly punchy live performance back to Australian shores -this time armed with brand new grooves from their brilliant sophomore album Pala (Album Of The Week on triple j, Radar Radio, Red FM and WA FM).

Friendly Fires will perform at The Metro Theatre in Sydney Thursday 28 July and Billboard in Melbourne Friday 29 July. Friendly Fires will also be performing at this years Splendour In The Grass Festival. TOUR JULY 2011 Sydney Thursday 28 July – The Metro Theatre, Sydney Melbourne Friday 29 July – Billboard, Melbourne Friendly Fires will also be performing at the 2011 Splendour In The Grass Festival Friendly Fires’ Pala is out now XL Recordings / Remote Control

Lyrics Born 2011 Australian Tour Callin’ out to all area crew…

Posted in Music with tags , , on June 13, 2011 by speakertv


Soul City Productions Presents: Lyrics Born 2011 Australian Tour Callin’ out to all area crew… Lyrics Born is back with his unique brand of big bouncing party hip hop. After successfully touring the “As you were” album to packed houses across the USA, Lyrics Born and his 5 piece live band are ready to do their thing in Australia and promise a very funky show. It’s been a couple of years since LB has toured Australia and he comes armed with a new album, a new show, and some of the classics we know and love. He’s known internationally as one of the greatest performers in hip hop and right now he’s on top of his game.

Support Acts:

Dexter is Australias most accomplished turntablist and party DJ. After 20 years behind the wheels of steel, rocking clubs, festivals, representing Australia at the International DMC competition he’s still a crowd favourite. He has supported legends such as DJ Shadow and Grandmaster Flash and you can be assured of one thing… Dexter knows how to move the crowd. Catch Dexter at the Brisbane and Melbourne shows.

M-Phazes is renowned for his ability to craft the perfect beat, his skills in the studio, behind the mic and on the decks is second to none. Having worked with hip hop luminaries such as Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, Bliss N Eso and Phrase, M-Phazes’ is a heavyweight in the Aussie hip hop scene. Playing the Melbourne show.

and many more….


Posted in Music with tags on June 13, 2011 by speakertv

With a head full of steam and thousands of miles to travel, the BOY IN A BOX locomotive rolls on. This weekend sees Tobias Priddle and his gang of journeymen wrap up their touring duties with beloved rock kids BRITISH INDIA in Perth, but they won’t be sitting idle for long.

Instead, BOY IN A BOX are saddling up with Californian dance rockers FUNERAL PARTY and the new darlings of Australian indie ALPINE for their respective national tours in the coming months.

The support slots couldn’t come at a better time for BOY IN A BOX, whose song Glitter, Gold, Ruin is currently running amuck on airwaves across the nation. With radio ubiquity like that, it won’t be long before the Melbourne‐based troubadour is leading his band of merry men on a headline tour of his own.

And that time might be sooner than you think. With a new single out soon and plenty of insider kudos surrounding this unique talent, BOY IN A BOX’s time in the spotlight isn’t far away. For now, he’ll be wowing the early‐comers at the following venues:Supporting ALPINE:

Thursday 7 July NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB Melbourne

Friday 8 July NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB Melbourne

Thursday 14 July OXFORD ARTS FACTORY Sydney


Tuesday 2 August CAPITOL THEATRE Perth

Friday 5 August METRO THEATRE Sydney

Saturday 6 August THE HI FI Melbourne

Tuesday 9 August THE HI FI Brisbane

CALLING ALL CARS: Rolling on – new national tour, new album to drop soon

Posted in Music, Rock'en channel with tags , on June 13, 2011 by speakertv

CALLING ALL CARS currently find themselves in the middle of a blistering four-date tour to launch

new single ‘Reptile’, but before they come off the road the hard-rocking three-piece are jumping out of

their skins to announce their next run of dates. The new shows will coincide and launch the release of the

Melbourne band’s eagerly anticipated and as yet untitled second album, due out on Friday 5 August.

Joining Calling All Cars on the road will be two of the country’s most promising up-and-comers. Zeitgeist punk

rockers BOY IN A BOX, currently riding high on the back of their triple j powered hot single

‘Glitter, Gold, Ruin’ and recent Island Records signatories RED COATS will be warming up the crowds on this

lengthy national tour, promising it to be one of the loudest and sweatiest for the year.

Working once again alongside producer Tom Larkin from Shihad, Calling All Cars have created a

monster of a second album. Some taut and twisted sounds are emanating from the studio as the

band put the final touches on the follow-up to their highly acclaimed debut Hold, Hold, Fire.

Stay tuned for more news on this front as it eventuates.


For now, you can pencil the following live dates into your diary:


Thursday 11 August



Friday 12 August



Saturday 13 August



Thursday 18 August


Byron Bay

Friday 19 August



Saturday 20 August


Gold Coast

Wednesday 24 August



Thursday 25 August



Friday 26 August



Saturday 27 August


Ferntree Gully

Thursday 1 September



Friday 2 September



Saturday 3 September



Thursday 8 September



Friday 9 September



Saturday 10 September



Sunday 11 September







CALLING ALL CARS’ second album is due for release on Friday 5 August through Shock. First single ‘Reptile’ is out now.