New Weird Australia, Broadcast Four

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Sleeve Notes:

From 2009-2012, New Weird Australia broadcast a weekly show on Sydney’s FBi Radio – playing two hours of new, experimental and ecelctic Australian music. As well as covering off the best of the week’s new releases, the show also featured regular guest performances, playing exclusive in-studio sessions.

This free compilation is a selection of exclusive in-studio recordings in the final months of the show, which wound up in August 2012. It includes new material from Abortifacient, Cycle 400, Emily Grantham, Gold Model, Haunts, Kevin Purdy, Nadir, Oscar key Sung, Pollen Trio, Seaworthy, Secret Birds, Shisd, The Sydney Radio Orchestra, Thomas William vs Scissor Lock, Whale + Cheng and Yolke.


Tracklisting:

1. EMILY GRANTHAM – Soseeji (5:04)
2. POLLEN TRIO – Pollen Duo (6:23)
3. SECRET BIRDS – Laser Archipelago (9:28)
4. YOLKE – Free Sounds (4:06)
5. SEAWORTHY – Field Guide To Forest Birds (5:41)
6. HAUNTS – Felled (4:43)
7. WHALE + CHENG – Big Girl’s Don’t Cry [Fergie Cover] (7:35)
8. ABORTIFACIENT – Ripper (3:41)
9. GOLD MODEL – Beyond Belief (3:30)
10. SHISD – Charcoal 26th May (3:02)
11. THOMAS WILLIAM VS SCISSOR LOCK – Cadillic – Live Take (13:57)
12. CYCLE 440 – Variations On Shifting Planes V (excerpt) (7:42)
13. KEVIN PURDY – First Light Through Mist (7:46)
14. NADIR – The Hose Has Come Loose (7:03)
15. THE SYDNEY RADIO ORCHESTRA – Untitled (Detuned Radios) (2:20)
16. OSCAR KEY SUNG – It’s Gone (3:37)

All recordings previously unreleased. Originally performed & broadcast live on the New Weird Australia show on FBi Radio in 2011 and 2012. Listen to archive interviews and performances in our Podcast section.

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan.
Artwork by Dan Vaughan & Chris Martin, madewithlava.com.

Catalogue. NWAB004


Press.

“Though I’m sure the crew will be taking many heartfelt memories away with them and “friendships for a lifetime”, etc, the occasion of the two hour psych-show’s winding down was publicly marked last week with the issuance of Broadcast Four, an eccentric and thoughtful compilation carved from a selection of exclusive in-studio recordings from the final months of the show”
Decoder Magazine, January 2012

“a stellar set of live recordings”
Bandcamp Hunter, January 2012

“a very nice way to kick off 2013″
Life Is Noise, January 2012

New Weird Australia Podcast #31

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.

Episode #31 is the second of two podcast-only episodes with music from Mei Saraswati, Mental Powers, Kendall Francis, Hollow Press, The Atlas Room, Dora the Extruder, Chris Cobilis and Wooshie, plus an exclusive live collaborative set from Ambrose Chapel vs Anonymeye, recorded at the recent Vagrant show in Brisbane.

Playlist:
Mei Saraswati – Spiritual Landscape [unreleased]
Mental Powers – Hopus [from ‘Pro Bono‘]
Kendall Francis – 021 Objects (4.) [from ‘021 Objects‘]
Hollow Press – Fade Away [from ‘Fleeting Joy‘]
The Atlas Room – Severnya [from ‘UnderCurrents‘]
Dora the Extruder – Sarin Rap [from ‘Dora the Extruder EP‘]
Chris Cobilis – Stormwatch [from ‘Heritage Listed Skate Park‘]
Wooshie – Song For My Father [from ‘Boyfriend Material EP‘]
Ambrose Chapel vs Anonymeye – Live at Vagrant, July 2012 [unreleased]

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Photo by Tex Crick (from the New Weird Australia Flickr Pool)

New Weird Australia Podcast #30, Perth Special

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.

After finishing up a three year run on Sydney’s FBi Radio, this was the first of two podcast-only episodes of the New Weird Australia’s show, presented by Stu Buchanan.  Episode #30 is a PERTH SPECIAL, celebrating the New Weird Australia compilation ‘Western Schism‘, featuring music from Endless Paths, Kucka, James Ireland & Andrew Sinclair, FM Raster, Cat Hope, These Ship Wrecks and an interview with Kynan Tan.

Playlist:
Endless Paths – Path Two
Kučka – The Operation
James Ireland & Andrew Sinclair – Mary Weiss
FM Raster – Pattern 1
Cat Hope – My Own Private
These Ship Wrecks – Sicilian Defence
Kynan Tan – Interview (originally broadcast on Difficult Listening, RTRfm)

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Oscar Key Sung closes the final New Weird Australia Radio Show

When the last New Weird Australia radio show aired on FBi Radio a few weeks back, Oscar Key Sung closed proceedings with the first live performance of a new song, “It’s Gone”. A fitting way to end the chapter.

From Oscar: “This was the first live performance of this song. Done to a stripped back instrumental. For the last New Weird Australia radio show on Fbi 26th July 2012 at about 11pm presented by Stu Buchanan. Thank you to Stu Buchanan for having me, Jon Watts for mixing the effects, and Elliott Lauren for Filming.”

New Weird Australia – The Last FBi Broadcast

After a three-year run, this week sees the final FBi broadcast for New Weird Australia, which is moving to a weekly Podcast format as of next month. To celebrate the last live show, I will be joined in the studio by Melbourne artist OSCAR SLORACH-THORN (from OSCAR & MARTIN); HENSEN (from SEEKAE and CLIQUES); improvisor, musician and sound artist JONATHAN WATTS and Canberra-based producer SHISD.

Expect a mixture of live performances, mini-mixes and random debate, as well as the customary smashing of a few champagnes bottles as New Weird Australia sets sail for new waters. Tune in on Thursday 26th July at 9pm – live in Sydney on 94.5FM or stream online at www.fbiradio.com

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New Weird Australia Podcast #29, Wood & Wire – Label Feature

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.

In New Weird Australia Podcast #29, we highlight a new companion project called Wood & Wire – a digital record label which sets out to promote experimentation in Australian music across all genres.

Wood & Wire focusses on free, artist EPSs and albums, and it launched in June 2012 with four releases from PEON, EMILY GRANTHAM, BOK DARKLORD and MACHINE DEATH. This podcast episode features tracks from each of these releases, as well as exclusive tracks from the next two additions to the catalogue from SHISD and REGIONAL CURSE, due in July 2012.

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New Weird Australia Podcast #28, Gold Model – Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Episode #28 features a live set from new Sydney three-piece Gold Model. The members of the band are by no means new to music-making – lead vocalist Zed Female (otherwise known as Christina Harvey) can be found in a number of projects, most notably ‘Und’. Producer Stanislavski operates in the orbit of the renowned Clan Analogue collective, and guitarist Snakes also features in many local improvisational projects. In this live set-up Stanislavski takes a back-seat, allowing Zed and Snakes to perform the set as a duo.

The interview and live set was originally broadcast on FBi on 3rd May 2012.

Tracklisting: Morphina / Ondine / Kill Me / Sucker In Love / Beyond Belief / The Squeeze / Monkey / Flirting / Dum Dum

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NWA Podcast #27. Nadir, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Episode 27 looks at modular synthesis, off the back of a two-day Sydney festival that both celebrates and explores the concept, titled Moduluxxx.

The organisers described the event as somewhere between “a museum, a LAN party and a petting zoo”. To get the full meaning behind the analogies, we hear from artist and festival co-director, Pia Van Gelder, who also discusses the ideas and activities behind modular synthesis in more detail – and in particular, why it has undergone something of a renaissance in recent times.

The podcast also features an example of the artform in action with a 20 minute set from Nadir – a collaboration between Sydney artist Alex White and Melbourne’s Ben Byrne – and acting as something of a warm-up for their Moduluxxx experience.

The interview and live set was originally broadcast on 26th April 2012.

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NWA Podcast #26. Dale Gorfinkel, Profile

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.

Episode 26 was filed by contributors from New Weird Australia’s volunteer network, Matthew O’Shannessy and Michael Prior from Tape Projects, who talk to Melbourne-based improvisor, installation artist and instrument builder, DALE GORFINKEL.

Dale has previously curated the Now Now Festival in Sydney, and currently coordinates the Out Hear Festival, a Melbourne festival focused on outdoor performances and soundwalks. In this report, we hear about Dale’s study of ping pong balls, kinetics and the problem of invisible speakers. We also hear a live performance by Dale for prepared vibraphone recorded at Bouverie Studios in Melbourne.

Originally broadcast on 22nd March 2012.

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NWA Podcast #25. Emily Grantham, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Sydney’s EMILY GRANTHAM is a young producer who submitted a series of off-kilter electronic demos to New Weird Australia in 2011, and released her debut EP through Wood And Wire in 2012. In Episode 25 of our podcast series, she plays a special live set written exclusively for the radio show, and chats about her work and future plans.

The interview and live set was originally broadcast on 15th March 2012.

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NWA Podcast #24. Haunts, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Episode 24 of the Podcast series features the debut live radio performance from Haunts, recorded only a few days before their second ever show at Dirty Shirlows in Sydney. Haunts sees the coming together of two members of Sydney’s Underlapper with producer and musician Peter Hollo (Raven, Fourplay).

Underlapper are a well known fixture of the Sydney underground music scene – with three albums under their belt, ranging from the anticon-esque indie hip hop of their debut ‘What Came Forth From The Sea’ to the epic, post rock vocal of their 2011 release, ‘Softly Harboured’. With the band on hiatus, Greg and Matt teamed up with Peter Hollo to form Haunts, and in this podcast they discussed how it all came together and played an exclusive live set in the studio.

The interview and live set was originally broadcast on 23rd February 2012.

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img: Haunts, Live at the Dirty Shirlows, Sydney, February 2012. Photo by Paul Threthni.

NWA Podcast #23. Ian Rogers (No Anchor / Ambrose Chapel), Interview

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.

In Episode 23 of the NWA Podcast series, I talk to Ian Rogers, who performs and records as part of two Brisbane projects, No Anchor and Ambrose Chapel.

No Anchor formed in Brisbane in 2007, playing their own unique variation of ‘sludge doom’ with two bass guitarists and a drummer. To date they have recorded three albums, most recently the acclaimed ‘Real Pain Supernova’. Ambrose Chapel is Ian’s laptop doom solo project – the rare output to date includes appearances on two New Weird Australia compilations, Volume Six and Bleak Metal.

Ian was in Sydney as part of a a research project titled ‘Popular Music & Cultural Memory’, and I took the opportunity to have him in the studio to discuss his musical output and forthcoming projects. He also brought along new material from No Anchor as well as an exclusive unreleased track from Ambrose Chapel titled ‘A Small Return To A Big Nothing’.

The interview was originally broadcast on 16th February 2012.

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NWA Podcast #22. 10 Thousand Free Men And Their Families and Abortifacient, Live-to-air Sets & Interview

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.

In Episode 22 of the NWA Podcast series, we celebrate Australian chiptune with two artists who represented the city of Sydney at Australia’s first international chiptune festival, Blipfest which took place mid-February 2012 in Melbourne. 10 Thousand Free Men And Their Families and Abortifacient both came into the NWA studio to have a chat and play a live set ahead of the Festival event, and to give us an insight into how they found their way into chiptune in the first place.

Sean from Abortifacient has taken his work overseas, playing with the likes of Ove-Naxx, and touring to Japan, UK, Spain. He blends breakcore into his chiptune, and his seemingly relentless schedule of releases recently gave us the succinctly titled ‘my name is Abortifacient’. Tom from 10K describes himself as “a guy who yells at Game Boys” and – when you hear the live set he plays at the start of this session, you’ll know why.

This session originally aired on 9th February 2012.

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NWA Podcast #21. Thomas William vs Scissor Lock, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Thomas William vs Scissor Lock is a unique collaboration between two prolific Sydney producers. Thomas William is a fixture of Sydney’s experimental music scene, shapeshifting through many guises as a musician, teacher, and director of artist run initiative, Serial Space. His blend of shifting synths, broken percussion and unstable tunings has so far featured on three full-length releases, two as Cleptoclectics, and a third on Melbourne’s ‘This Thing’ imprint.

Marcus Whale’s relentless restlessness has seen him present a unique combination of manipulated voice, feedback and laptop processing under his Scissor Lock pseudonym, as well his much-lauded Collarbones project with Travis Cook (aka Cyst Impaled) and his debauched faux R&B boy band Black Vanilla (formed with Guerre and Marseilles).

The pair gave audiences a first glimpse of their project with a face-to-face match at New Weird Australia’s ‘Unpopular Music’ event in 2010, and then in March 2011 they visited New Weird Australia to play a short live live-to-air set and to talk about the genesis of their collaboration.

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NWA Podcast #20. Yolke, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Formed while field researching sound in 2008, Melbourne psych ambient four-piece Yolke released their debut album ‘Poppy Wash’ back in 2010, and it quickly drew references to shoe gaze, krautrock and folktronica, with some of the reviews citing the pop quirks of Caribou and Ariel Pink as influences.

In January 2012, Yolke embarked on an east-coast tour of Australia along with their ‘Fallopian Tunes’ label-mates Trjaeu, Wild Dog Creek, Document Swell and Red Hymns, which also saw them all and taking in an appearance at the inaugural Wormwoodstock Festival in NSW. The live-to-sir set – originally broadcast on FBi Radio on 26th January 2012 – includes three extended tracks from Yolke, including new and unreleased material – as well as a track from the ‘Poppy Wash’ album and from their road trip buddy, Document Swell.

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NWA Podcast #19. Pollen Trio, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

In January 2012, Canberra’s Pollen Trio were in Sydney for the Now Now annual festival of ‘exploratory music’ – a genuine feast for lovers of experimental, spontaneous and downright surprising music. The trio uncomfortably fit the genre of ‘avant jazz’, instead taking in a broad range of influences – most directly from their ‘day jobs’ as members of well-known Canberra bands, Spartak and Kasha. With a love of Flying Lotus and Autechre, blended with a reverence for non-trad jazz masters such as Morton Feldman and Ornette Coleman, there’s a lot to listen out for in this podcast, when the trio (masquerading as a duo) played a live-to-sir set in January 2012.

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NWA Podcast #18. Secret Birds, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Under the name Secret Birds, former Brisbane resident D. Black takes an astral-tinged journey through synth jams, float folk and fried psychedelia.  Although currently a solo project, Secret Birds has seen more than 30 musicians drafted as members of the experience over the years, supporting the likes as Ducktails, High Wolf, and Slug Guts.  In Sydney for an extended stopover before heading overseas, Secret Birds played an extended live-to-air set exclusively for New Weird Australia, on Thursday January 12th 2012.  This podcast features the full set from Secret Birds, plus an artist interview and tracks from his recent releases.

New Weird Australia, Broadcast Three

Title: New Weird Australia, Broadcast Three
Catalogue Number: NWAB003
Released: January 2012

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Sleeve Notes:

Since 2009, New Weird Australia has broadcast a weekly show on Sydney’s FBi Radio – playing two hours of new, experimental and eclectic Australian music. As well as covering off the best of the week’s new releases, the show also features regular guest performances, playing exclusive in-studio sessions. This free compilation is a selection of exclusive in-studio recordings from recent months, including material from Edwin Montgomery, Kirin J Callinan, Hacks, Simo Soo, Little A, Paneye, Mental Powers, The Deadly Nightshades, Pimmon, Peon, Scattered Order and Anonymeye.

Tracklisting:

1. EDWIN MONTGOMERY – Waterfalls / Flying (06:01)
2. KIRIN J CALLINAN – She (05:09)
3. HACKS – Between Hack and Buzzard (07:01)
4. SIMO SOO – OMGZ Lets Bomb The Moon (02:04)
5. LITTLE A – Neon (03:37)
6. PANEYE – Strange Tide (02:49)
7. MENTAL POWERS – Hamneck (04:36)
8. THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADES – Dobro 1 (04:56)
9. PIMMON – Rojak Soul (04:52)
10. PEON – Untitled (10:47)
11. SCATTERED ORDER – Heat (04:32)
12. ANONYMEYE – Untitled (09:59)

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan.
Artwork by Ryan Stannage.

All recordings previously unreleased.
Originally performed & broadcast live on the New Weird Australia show on FBi Radio.
Stream FBi Radio at fbiradio.com, or listen in Sydney in 94.5FM. ‘New Weird Australia’ broadcasts every Thursday at 9pm (Aus EST). Listen to archive shows at ondemand.fbiradio.com or download our podcasts.


Press:

“another stellar collection of music covering ambient, psychedelic, experimental and everything in between. 12 tracks, all free. What are you waiting for? Get your weird on.”
Bandcamp Hunter, February 2012

“The latest New Weird Australia compilation is a collection of live performances on Sydney community radio station FBi. As is usual with NWA releases, the quality is incredibly high, with the record featuring contributions from the likes of Pimmon, Kirin J Callinan, Mental Powers and Peon, plus many more.”
Life Is Noise, January 2012

NWA Podcast #17. Brain Drain, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Brain Drain is a Sydney based artist who straddles the divide between structure and improvisation, often revelling in the contrast between the two. His guitar-driven pieces centre around creating both mood and rhythm through loops, and using this repetition as a foundation on which to improvise.

This podcast features a full set from Brain Drain, broadcast live to air on New Weird Australia in May 2011, plus an artist interview and tracks from his first two releases. Live tracks featured in this podcast: Double Chocolate Stout, Black T, No-Hitter, Theme.

New Weird Australia Podcast #16, Severed Heads – Live-to-air Set & Interview

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 70s and early 80s, and forging an innovative career that stretched across three decades.  Retiring in 2010, Severed Heads nonetheless came together once again in May 2011 to play a series of shows with electro-pioneer Gary Numan, and, prior to the tour, gave their final live to air performance on New Weird Australia.

Over 50 minutes in length, this exclusive Severed Heads set is in two parts – a ‘pop’ set featuring well-known classic tracks from the back catalogue, and a shorter ‘weird’ set, with the band recreating early material with Ableton Live. In between, I discussed the legacy, ‘the retrospective era’ and upcoming solo activity with Severed Heads frontman, Tom Ellard.

Live tracks featured in this podcast: (Part One) Now, An Explosive New Movie / Pilot In Hell / Harold And Cindy Hospital / Kittenette / Petrol / Pilots Hate You / Choose Evil / Heart Of The Party / Dead Eyes Opened. (Part Two) Ken Burns Effect / Gashing The Old Mae West / Wonder Of All The World

NWA Podcast #15. Breathing Shrine, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Breathing Shrine are a psychedelic / noise / drone band from Melbourne. After touring the USA twice as a duo under the name of Grey Daturas, Bonnie Mercer (guitar) and Rob Mayson (bass & drums) decided to continue under the new name of Breathing Shrine. Ahead of one of their rare live appearances in Sydney in January 2011, Bonnie & Rob joined me to discuss the birth of Breathing Shrine, the freedom that it now affords them and what the future may, or may not, have in store. The podcast also includes a live-to-air performance titled ’27-01-2011′.