It's difficult to recall the time when accessing music wasn't so easy. From November 1980-October 1982, Melbourne radio presenters Bruce Milne and Andrew Maine and graphic designer Michael Trudgeon published 'Fast Forward', an innovation on the fanzine format created to spread sounds and ideas among music communities. Housed in a screen printed softcase, the bi-monthly package contained a cassette tape of post-punk related interviews and music, with a corresponding fold out magazine.
Online archive Spill Label has lovingly scanned and ripped the 13 issue's contents, preserving an incredible point of access and reference to the era's local and overseas underground culture. The cassettes offer the only documents of Rowland S Howard's 'Shivers', performed by The Young Charlatans, and Pel Mel's demo of 'No Word From China', alongside interviews with The Fall, Pere Ubu, The Cramps, The Cure and Kraftwerk, arguably all at their prime and most eager to discuss their work, often accompanied by rare live recordings.
Admire excerpts of the astonishingly progressive design below.
Concluding with the newly released 'I Never Learn', Lykke Li's album trilogy has been like a series of open books, earnestly expressing the intense period of being a woman in her 20s. These melancholic admissions are told through incredibly gifted song-craft. Contributing this heart wrenching, nostalgic and epic 26 song playlist, the Swedish artist seems to reveal even more about her emotional makeup and experiences. The matured collection features unexpected cuts from some of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century and introduces a few new comers. Read on as we discuss the importance of the album format, transcendental mediation and her acting roles. 'I Never Learn' is now available worldwide via her online store.
This remix comes as part of the forthcoming club EP Nairobi / Savannah, out tomorrow (July 4) AUS, July 7 UK/EU, July 8 USA.
The Presets return with 'No Fun', a new single of pulsating, itchy dance, which comes with an incredible video - the world's first 6-sided, interactive music video, called the 'Cube'.
An experiment in storytelling from Google Play, the 'Cube' allows six full-length music videos, each with their own distinct narrative, to run on six sides of the 'Cube', allowing you to twist, turn and manipulate your own unique audiovisual experience of 'No Fun' in real time. The video was directed by Barnaby Roper (Banks, David Bowie, Kanye West) and can be viewed and embedded via the below link.
13 episodes in, High Maintenance delivers a subtly comedic web series that explores the habits and habitats of a cross section of New York who share the same weed dealer (played by co-creator Ben Sinclair, also the star of Cut Copy's latest video Meet Me In The House Of Love). Our nameless protagonist cycles the neighbourhood sedating his stressed out clientele who are struggling to deal with subletting nightmares, unsustainable diets, intolerable bosses and terminal cancer, forming well-written and relatable character portraits. Dial a pizza and press play.
While no photograph or video will ever translate the real experience of FOR Festival, these stills have us gripping to the blissful memories. Day 1 saw Kelela, Factory Floor and Klaxons kick off the live arena in dynamite style, with party goers burning on in Carpe Diem's island forrest, losing themselves to Erol Alkan and Ghost Culture.
Regrouping for Day 2, an afternoon of lounging on day beds and swimming in the crystal blue water was soundtracked by an unannounced encore set from Erol, Wordlife and Noise In My Head, while the previous night's acts hung out with punters and locals. Temples and Haim then took to the stage before being ferried across to Carpe Diem for more dawn raiding with Tiger and Woods, Mark Ronson and Tensnake.
LA's Stones Throw Records has always been a beacon of infallible excellence, with an enviable roster curated by founder and chief Peanut Butter Wolf, enviable artistic direction by the brilliant, elusive Jeff Jank, and a enigmatic MVP in the shape of Madlib the bad kid. It's a label that has not only endured but constantly evolved and surprised with their eclectic, endlessly creative output from a fertile, colourful family of musical misfits, fearlessly led by the Papa Wolf.
Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a documentary film that slips behind the curtain and recounts the history of the label as told by the often seen but rarely heard Wolf, his artists and their various admirers. It's a fascinating story full of revealing anecdotes, highlighting the label's two distinct phases pre and post-Dilla and exposing Wolf as an incredibly articulate, determined visionary behind a legendary label that's 18 years young with no signs of slowing. File under inspirational viewing.
Sydney dancefloor dreamweaver Beni drops a new track in the form of Protect. From the forthcoming Protect / Can't Hide EP (out July 11th Aus / 14th UK on Modular), the lead track features vocals by Antony & Cleopatra, the duo of Londoner Anita Blay and Alexander Burnett, known for his writing with Flight Facilities and Digitalism.
Following the recent premiere of their first new music in 3 years, Nairobi, Bag Raiders are sharing the second track from their forthcoming club-ready EP - Savannah.
Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, Australia
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia
Newtown Social Club, Sydney, Australia
Newtown Social Club, Sydney, Australia
Samsung Hall, Manila, Philippines
The Republik, Honolulu, HI
The Beacham Theatre, Orlando, FL, USA
Grand Central, Miami, FL, USA
Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN, USA
9:30 Club, Washington, DC, USA
Union, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA
Terminal 5, New York, NY, USA
Virgin Mobil Corona Theatre, Montreal, OC, USA
Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON, USA
St Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI, USA
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