New Weird Australia Podcast #4 – Tom Ellard (Severed Heads)

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

SEVERED HEADS are regarded as being one of the most influential experimental and electronic bands in Australia, pioneering the use of tape loops and samples in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and forging an innovative career that has stretched across three decades.

Returning for a special ‘grand finale’ show at the 2010 Sydney Festival, Severed Heads’ mainman TOM ELLARD joined Danny Jumpertz and I for a look back at their career, playing highlights and rarities, and finding out what was in store for the Sydney Festival gig.

img: test render from ‘Sevs In Space’ (via tomellard.com)

Disorientation Session (Disorient’s Mixtape For FBi)

In June 2009, I gave away a free mixtape to new subscribers of FBi Radio during my ‘Disorient’ show. The mixtape, titled ‘Disorientation Session’, features a few tracks that you can find on the first two Discontent mixtapes (Mixtape One and Two), with additions from various artists that appeared regularly on the show’s playlists, or as earlier single posts on the Discontent blog. As an aggregator of the sounds found on the (somewhat short-lived) Disorient radio show, this will more than likely remain the only existing audio document.

I’m particularly fond of this mixtape as its sensibility stretches back to the earlier days of the Fat Planet radio show – a focus on more innovative and often experimental music from around the world, before the beats and bass kicked in.  I particularly like the way that Salem’s screwed, slow-core can nestle near Villa Diamante’s warped take on South American cumbia and AGF’s truly distressing cover version of Rhianna’s ‘Disturbia’.  An eclectic and surprising session, I hope you agree.

DOWNLOAD: Disorientation Session: Disorient’s Mixtape For FBi (105MB)

  • 1. Dalt Wisney – Sci-Fi Dot Fiends [Pakistan] 2:03
  • 2. The Craters – Samba Party [U.S.] 2:40
  • 3. Ghoul – Fuck Math [Australia] 1:54
  • 4. Salem – Brustreet [U.S.] 5:02
  • 5. 7VWWVW – Mammal Theme [Scotland] 5:55
  • 6. Villa Diamante – Tonolec vs Kromestar [Argentina] 2:56
  • 7. Berrettaz – Pense A [Côte d’Ivoire] 2:44
  • 8. AGF aka Antye Greie – Disturbia [Germany] 4:07
  • 9. Filastine – B’talla (feat. Rabah) [U.S.] 3:10
  • 10. I Buried Paul – Favola [Brazil] 3:17
  • 11. Fletcher – Dreadlox Dub [South Africa] 6:17
  • 12. The Peronists – Cumbia Maligna [Argentina] 3:39
  • 13. Atomhead – Unsuspecting Broken Receiver [Belgium] 2:09
  • 14. Growing – Green Flag [U.S.] 6:16
  • 15. Sleepmakeswaves – Exits To Nowhere [Australia] 3:41
  • 16. Rothis Bournias – Last Days Part Two [Greece] 7:07
  • 17. Inverness – Bats [Brazil] 3:13
  • 18. Flica – Mid [Malaysia] 4:53

Note: All music on the mixtape is licenced via Creative Commons or has otherwise been made freely available by relevant artists & labels. If you like what you hear, please support the artists -visit their site, buy their music.

Cover image by Irving Liaw (under CC Licence).