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I know I know. You probably didn’t need another set of tours to add to your no doubt already gig-filled schedule but you can count this one on me. Together with the great folks over at Civil Society and Inertia, I have a double pass to both !!! sideshows below. In other words, free tickets to what will only be one hell of a party. So by !!! standards that means heaps of dance-funk beats, all sorts of stage antics and just a general good time. Do yourself a favour and leave a comment where ever you like on TWYE from now until February 7. Winner will be chosen at random. Tell your friends!

Feb 9 Metro Theatre, Sydney
Feb 10 Prince Bandroom, Melbourne

While you are it check out this Take Away Show, recently shot on the streets of Paris.

Photos: Kermath Davies

Between countries, records, band members, cigarettes and hair, Batrider have sure packed a lot in. Currently calling Adelaide home, the restless trio of Sarah Mary Chadwick (vocals/guitar), Steph Crase (drums) and Sam Featherstone (bass) have again packed their bags to coincide with the release a live recording from their US tour.

[MP3] Batrider – Chris Drab

The Batrider Beaks tour kicked off last weekend with shows in Melbourne and Adelaide but here are the dates for the rest of the country:

20 May The Cubbyhole, Brisbane w/ Kitchen’s Floor + Blank Realm
21 May The Croatian Club, Newcastle w/ Pets With Pets + Bare Grillz + Alps
22 May Red Rattler, Sydney w/ Brian Chase & Seth Misterka (USA) + Dead Farmers + Pets With Pets
23 May The Phoenix, Canberra w/ Pets With Pets + Teddy Trouble
3 Jun The Nash, Geelong w/ Ouch! My Face + Guests
5 Jun The Newmarket, Bendigo w/ East Brunswick All Girls Choir + Ouch My Face + ForceFed Smile

For those in Sydney, I have a double pass to give away for the Red Rattler show. To win, just email us here with the subject line: “To the bat cave” and I’ll email the winner. Batrider’s latest full-length, Why We Can’t Be Together, is out now on Low Transit Industries.

There is an ever-growing pile of new cds on my desk and even though I will eventually filter through them all, I’ve compiled a list of some of these new releases for you to keep an eye out for in the near future. I guarantee there’s something here for everyone!

Small Black are two friends curled up during one long winter and thawed out to release their catchy self-titled EP. Small Black are currently tucked away somewhere in Delaware recording their full-length. In the meantime, have a listen to “Despicable Dogs”.

[MP3] Small Black – Despicable Dogs

Small Black EP is out April 27 on Jagjaguwar.
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Canadian power group, The New Pornographers, are just about to release their fifth full-length titled Together. Expect appearances from St. Vincent, Zach Condon of Beirut and Will Sheff of Okkervil River to join the octet in Together.

[MP3] The New Pornographers – Your Hands (Together)

Together is out April 30 through Matador/Remote Control.
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The National are back with a follow-up to their highly acclaimed 2007 record, Boxer. High Violet is their forth-coming record and you’ll be in for a treat if you thought Boxer was great.

[MP3] The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

High Violet is out May 7 through 4AD.
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Photo: source

No longer calling Brooklyn home, the ever-wonderful duo High Places have moved west and are constantly expanding their experimental aesthetic with their latest full-length, High Places VS Mankind.

[MP3] High Places – On Giving Up

High Places VS Mankind out May 8th on Popfrenzy.
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Photo: Julien Bourgeois

Mr. Jeremy Jay has been a very busy man, producing almost an album a year. This year we will see a double release from Jeremy Jay – the first effort titled Splash is Jeremy Jay’s most infectious album to date, continuing his romanticised pop fantasy. Listen to the title track below.

[MP3] Jeremy Jay – Splash

Splash is out May 22 through K Records.
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As our answer to Camera Obscura, Perth’s Institut Polaire are adding the final touches to their upcoming record Make Your Own Mayflower. And if you’re Sydney next week, they’ll be previewing this release at World Bar.

[MP3] Institut Polaire – We Can’t Wait No More

The release date for Make Your Own Mayflower is yet to be confirmed but I’ll keep you posted. If you can’t wait, I have two double passes to their show at MUM, World Bar next Friday, April 23. Just email us here with the subject line ‘I Wanna Make a Mayflower’.

Monotonix is not your typical band. The Israeli garage rockers are brash, provoking and crude. This not only applies to their live shows but also manifests in their newest release, Where Were You When It Happened? – the follow up to their Body Language EP.

Photo: Eilon Paz

Sure, Where Were You is packed with all the Black Sabbath/Mudhoney references you can cram but who gives a shit. What we have is an album that acknowledges this, then tramples all over it in true Monotonix style: bottom-heavy riffs accented with crunchy solos and the shrill of Ami Shalev’s vocals. Delivered with such frenetic pace, blink and Where Were You might just be over – it’s a swift, sharp blow you probably wouldn’t see coming and it’s darn exhilarating too. Too put it simply, this is an album with balls and I can’t imagine this record without limbs being broken.

Key tracks include “Set Me Free” , “I Can’t Take It Anymore” and “Spit It On Your Face”.

[MP3] Monotonix – Set Me Free

Where Were You When It Happened? is out February 27 on Popfrenzy.

This release coincides with their March tour, so do yourself a massive favour, work up a sweat and see this band because chances are you’ll see more than just bodies flying through the air. Dates are as follows:

3 Mar Annandale Hotel, Sydney
4 Mar Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne
5 Mar The National Hotel, Geelong

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Thanks to the awesome people at Popfrenzy, I have a double pass to their Sydney show and a copy of Where Were You When It Happened? . To win, just leave a comment with your favourite gig moment below and that’s it! Too easy. The competition closes February 28 and the winner will be notified by email.

It almost that time of the year again where the kids are writing a list of things to send to the big man in red and the nerds are compiling their end-of-year lists. Personally, 2009 has been a big year in terms of music releases so I’m looking forward to sharing my year with you all. I am also keen to know what your favourite releases are this year.

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Thanks to the amazing people at Inertia, we have an awesome prize pack to end our birthday month. It includes some of our most loved albums of this year and it contains a copy of the following albums:

  • Girls – Album
  • El Perro Del Mar – Love Is Not Pop
  • Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
  • Bridezilla – The First Dance
  • Volcano Choir – Unmap
  • Bon Iver – Blood Bank (Signed Copy)

To win, simply leave a comment below with your favourite album of this year and why. The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced November 30. Good luck!

It almost that time of the year again where the kids are writing a list of things to send to the big man in red and the nerds are compiling their end-of-year lists. Personally, 2009 has been a big year in terms of music releases so I’m looking forward to sharing my year with you all. I am also keen to know what your favourite releases are this year.

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Thanks to the amazing people at Inertia, we have an awesome prize pack to end our birthday month. It includes some of our most loved albums of this year and it contains a copy of the following albums:

  • Girls – Album
  • El Perro Del Mar – Love Is Not Pop
  • Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
  • Bridezilla – The First Dance
  • Volcano Choir – Unmap
  • Bon Iver – Blood Bank (Signed Copy)

To win, simply leave a comment below with your favourite album of this year and why. The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced November 30. Good luck!

Photo: Sarah Cass

Grab a drink, some friends and spin Thee Oh Sees over your next party and you’re pretty much set for a rad time. Their garage tunes are hazy, jangly and melodic partly due to the dual-vocals present – drowned in reverb this is the sort that is rough and ready. Help is their fourth full-length and is another addition to their already extensive catalogue, continuing their true ruckus fashion.

From Help:
[MP3] Thee Oh Sees – Ruby Go Home

All the way from San Francisco, Thee Oh Sees will be sweating it out over our wide brown land this December with none other than fitting favourites, Eddy Current Suppression Ring. Yeah! Get into a spin!

2 Dec The Harp, Woolongong
3 Dec Annandale Hotel, Sydney *
4 Dec The Cambridge, Newcastle *
5 Dec Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
8 Dec The National Hotel, Geelong
10 Dec The Metro, Adelaide
12 Dec Meredith Music Festival (SOLD OUT)
13 Dec Martians Café, Deans Marsh/Lorne
Dec 17 The Clubhouse, Brisbane
Dec 18 Billboards, Melbourne *

* With Eddy Current Suppression Ring

Tickets from Moshtix and your usual outlets.

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Good thing it’s our birthday because we have one double pass to the Oxford Art Factory show and a 12″ copy of Help to give away to one of our readers. All you have to do leave a comment below with who you’d like to battle it out with on the dance floor and why. The winner will be randomly chosen on November 30.