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[Powderworks] NMOC: Looking for new Aussie music

ALEXEI alexeis@usa.net
Sat, 27 Sep 2003 13:09:14 +0300

Hey Heidi,

Here are some suggestions for your program.  Since you didn’t mention the
station’s lean, I’ll give you something in several categories (not
necessarily just out of the box but certainly beyond the obvious):

--Pop (if you are into cult bands like Go-Betweens, The Apartments etc.): 
Barefoot is one suggestion, another one is Ashtray Boy.  The latter gravitates
at times toward Nick Cave and is very interesting.

--Alternative:  The Mutton Birds are a must, I’d say.

--Grunge/grunge pop:  Try Kitto.  I brought her recently to play in Belarus
and I can vouch for her studio as well as live work.  Fantastic low and
sensual female vocals, Cobain’s presence in her music obvious but never
overwhelming… she is truly individual and very good.  Her slower stuff like
Movement, Don’t Follow Me is a heart-stopper.  More energetic numbers like
Bus Drivers top Scandinavian charts (lives in Sweden now.)  

--Pub no-nonsense rock:  if Radio Birdman is too obvious, try Exploding White

--Melodic rock, more along the commercial vein: Bo-Weevils, Icecream Hands,
folks on the list also keep mentioning Vanilla Chainsaws to me, though I still
don’t have anything by them.

--Older stuff:  if you are going to play something from the beat era, see if
you can get hold of The Tol-Puddle Martyrs.  Great songs, Time Will Come is
one.  In my opinion, they were an inspiration for quite a few Australian
bands, admitted or not.

--Cow punk/rock, no-one plays it like Australians!  Forget Hoodoo Gurus for
the time being and put on The Johnnys or The Dubrovniks.  Your audience will
be sure to love them.

--On a very specific note, see what you can find on Rick Hammond of Loki. 
This guy has a future, at least I will never hesitate to give him one if I

That’s just off the top of my head.  If you insist on undiscovered talent,
in late October I will be able to ship to you a 4-CD collection of over 700
Australian artists in different genres (one track per each, mp3 of course)
downloaded over the years from a variety of Web sites.  

All the best with your endeavor,


"Heidi Shenk" <nedkellytheking@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hey guys,

The radio station that I'm a jock for wants me to do an Aussie Rock hour.  
I've already got quite a bit of material, but a lot of it isn't very new.  
Do any of you have any suggestions for any good Australian bands/artists 
(aside from the very obvious :) )?  I'll take suggestions for new or old, 
but I'm preferably wanting to know about new and upcoming artists in 
Australia.  Thanks in advance! :)


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