Broadcaster & Curator.

New Weird Australia – Axxonn National Tour

In January & February 2011, former Brisbane-based artist AXXONN (Tom Hall) gathered up his keyboards and subsonic fuzz for a trip around the country to support his album ‘Let’s Get It Straight’. The tour was presented by NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA, and as director of the project, I acted (somewhat sporadically) as the tour manager. The tour marked New Weird Australia’s inaugural national Australian excursion after a string of Sydney events and nearly two years of compilation ...

New Weird Australia – Scattered Order at The Excelsior

Scattered Order are one of the most unique bands in the history of Sydney’s experimental and electronic music scene – founders of the M Squared record label in the 1970s, a home for artists such as Systematics and Makers of the Dead Travel Fast, and a beacon for emerging underground artists around the country. Reforming their original line-up in 2009, I shot this video when Scattered Order played a set for New Weird Australia in January 2011 at the Excelsior in Sydney, in support of their ...

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 ...

BACK CATALOGUE. Sunday Night At The Movies – Soundtrack For An Imaginary Australia

Mix for FBi Radio’s ‘Sunday Night At The Movies’, first broadcast 12th December 2010. Growing up in Scotland, I spent the first 30 years of my life in ignorance of what truthfully represented Australian culture. However, some of the most cherished music that I listened to in my late teens and early 20s was, in fact, born of this country – and this mix compiles music from that time. Listening from a distance, halfway around the world, these artists (and particularly ...

New Weird Australia Podcast #14, Axxonn – 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.   AXXONN is the self-described “pop/synth/doom/electronic music project” from Brisbane’s Tom Hall. Originally exploring territories solely of doom and drone in his earlier EP releases, his debut album ‘Let’s Get It Straight’ deployed a barrage of wider influences ...

New Weird Australia Podcast #13. Spartak – 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 this podcast from September 2010, I talk to Canberra artist, label manager and promoter SHOEB AHMAD, and his regular collaborator EVAN DORRIAN. SHOEB has, for quite some time, been one of the key voice of dissent in the city of Canberra – single-handledly staging an inexhaustible series ...

New Weird Australia Podcast #12. Pimmon – 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.   PIMMON is arguably Australia’s most well known and most successful experimental music producers, having recorded for various labels around the world (including Tigerbeat6 and Fat Cat) and collaborating with the likes of FENNESZ and OREN AMBARCHI. Over the preceding eighteen months, PIMMON ...

New Weird Australia Podcast #11. Paneye – Live-to-air Performance & 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. PANEYE is the moniker of Sydney musician Will Treffry. Residing in Sydney,Will’s music combines elements of psych-folk, ambient electronica and dream pop. In this podcast episode, recorded on the NWA Radio show in September 2010, Stu Buchanan talks to Will about his work to date – which ...

Kusum Normoyle & Horse MacGyver at Refraction versus New Weird Australia

Here’s two videos I shot at the recent Refraction versus New Weird Australia event at Serial Space, which featured Tom Hall, Kusum Normoyle, Horse MacGyver and Jordan Dorjee. Refraction is dedicated to the support, mentorship and development of student projects as they take their practice from the classroom to the community. Special thanks to Emily McDaniel. Above: Kusum Normoyle / Below: Horse MacGyver

New Weird Australia Podcast #10. Danger Beach – Live-to-air Performance & 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.   As far as new, weird Australian music goes, Canberra fast established itself as 2010’s most interesting city – and in this July 2010 podcast I talk to one of its then emerging artists, DANGER BEACH. Leaving behind the lo-fi punk noise of his ASSASSINS 88 project, DANGER BEACH explores the ...

NWA Podcast #9. Collarbones, Live-to-air Performance & 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.   Well known experimental musicians in their own right, MARCUS WHALE (also known as SCISSOR LOCK) and TRAVIS COOK (who performs as CYST IMPALED) moved into unique territory in 2010, recording as alternative pop duo COLLARBONES. Marcus and Travis joined me in June 2010 to talk about their evolving ...

NWA Podcast #8. Clan Analogue & Actual Russian Brides, Live-to-air Performance & 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 almost twenty years ago, CLAN ANALOGUE remains one of the most prolific and interesting collectives in Australian electronic music. In this podcast episode, I was joined by ANT BANNISTER and ADRIAN ELMER (Telafonica) to talk about the Clan’s new career-spanning retrospective album, ...

Discontent – The End

If you’re still regularly checking back on the Discontent blog, then I commend you – it’s been quiet around these parts for some time, and it’s certainly showing some signs of neglect. This is not without good cause however – my focus has been almost entirely on developing the ‘New Weird Australia’ project, with the blog, netlabel, event series, radio show and podcasts all projecting a wide array of eclectic and experimental Australian music. ...