New Weird Australia – We Are After All Here

New Weird Australia, We Are After All Here, NWA008

1. CAMRYN ROTHENBURY, Racing Across The Void (3:37) from Patina (Grave New World)
2. THE CARNAGE VISORS, Ledge (3:15) from Wailing Walls EP (self-released)
3. RITES WILD, Rites Wild Theme (4:12) from Ill Health & Rites Wild Theme Cassingle (Faux Friends)
4. STITCHED VISION, Healing Pattern (5:38) previously unreleased
5. GUERRE, Travellers Home Blues (2:41) previously unreleased
6. NO ZU, Horoscope (7:02) from New Age EP (New Editions)
7. STRANGE FORCES, Soul Window (6:04) from forthcoming debut EP
8. COLOURS, I’ve Watched You Suffer (6:22) from s/t EP (Free Loving Anarchists)
9. JAVIER FRISCO, Mad Flutes of Strange Incensed Lands (Excerpt) (6:18) from Opiate Southern Gardens of Orchids C60/CD-r (Emerald Cabal)
10. PANEYE, Misery Portholes (2:30) from Lost In A Dark Aquarium (New Editions)
11. YOLKE, Sunrise Eyes / Western Star (7:32) from Poppy Wash EP (Fallopian Tunes)
12. MARK BARRAGE, Rubicon Drive (2:32) from Rubicon Drive EP (self-released)
13. ANDREW SINCLAIR, Ritual Beat / Stolen Drums (5:30) previously unreleased
14. DESFONTANE, Cannibal Cod (3:56) previously unreleased
15. MUNDARING WEIRD, So Hard (6:00) from So Hard (Grave New World)
16. ORBITS, Feel Burn It (3:39) previously unreleased
17. EDWIN MONTGOMERY, Alone In The Museum (2:17) from Travel Ideas (Lesstalk Records)

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan.
Artwork by Camryn Rothenbury, gravenewworld.net

All music donated by the artists for use in this compilation only, all rights reserved.

Sleeve Notes, February 2011:

Last year, we shifted the focus of the New Weird Australia compilation series away from a free-for-all approach to something that would have a sharper curatorial focus. Something you could put handles around (so to speak).  Something you could clearly identify as “a compilation about X or Y or Z”. “We Are After All Here”, volume eight in our compilation series, does have a theme and identity of sorts, but defining it becomes increasingly problematic. Let me explain:

Throughout 2009 and 2010, we were listening to a heap of bands and artists that were clearly starting to coalesce into some form of vague and abstract grouping. Either through sound, technique, image, a reverence for the past, or just a common, skewed take on a hauntalogical notion, there was a broad church emerging that would count these artists among their flock.

Fortunately, no one dared to define it. If you speak of the devil, he’s sure to appear, thus keeping quiet and refusing to conform to definition worked well for all concerned. Having no such definition, and thus having artists co-opted or excluded based solely on the whims of the individual listener, was the perfect scenario.

But, of course, someone had to define it, and in doing so, they killed it. Hipster Runoff dropped ‘chillwave’, The Wire started talking about ‘hypnogogic pop’.  Then followed glo-fi, witch house, drag, screw gaze and so on and so on. (Our favourite remains ‘crunk shoegaze’ – meaningless, yet somehow quite endearing).

The list of artists lumped together under these various microgenres was often contradictory and bafflingly random – they were subsumed to the will of the writer, desperate to force round pegs into square holes. And once this grouping was anointed with such dubious definitions, the scrutiny began – spotlights were shone in all manner of places, and backlashes naturally came thereafter. The edifice soon crumbled.

We, on the other hand, are (after all) here – ‘down under’ – doing our own thing, far removed from such recklessness. We have our own obliquely connected and amoebic group of similar artists, remaining unaffected by trend, hype or weak stylistic interpretation. And it is to this group that we turn for this compilation. If, by virtue of their geography, they had birthed their projects in North America, they might well have all been raped and pillaged by now – raked over the blogeratti coals for their part in an ill-defined ‘scene’.

Although our upside-down location can often be a curse, in this case it’s a blessing – all these artists survived unscathed, their mission no more or less impossible, living another day to ‘fight the good fight’. And we shall leave this group unnamed, for all our sakes. Suffice to say, it’s another new, weird slice through the unsung underground of abnormal Australian music.

Postscript: At the time that this compilation was looking for its own defining title, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Trish Keenan from Broadcast.  As a band that pursued its own unique investigation of such territory and no doubt inspired many of these artists in whole or in part, we chose to draw on a highly pertinent track title from their 2009 release ‘Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age’.  And it is to Trish that this release is respectfully dedicated.

New Weird Australia is a not-for-profit initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music. Our current projects include a series of artist releases on our ‘New Editions’ label, a free download compilation series, a weekly show on Sydney’s FBi Radio and an irregular program of live events. Contributions from Australian artists are welcomed and encouraged.

New Weird Australia:Broadcast Two

New Weird Australia broadcasts weekly on Sydney’s FBi Radio – playing two hours of new, experimental and ecelctic Australian music. The show features regular guest performances, playing exclusive in-studio sessions – many of which are previously unreleased. This free download collects together twelve of these exclusive tracks from Danger Beach, Collarbones, Ghost_, Blake Freele, Dual Uzis (feat, members of The Splinter Orchestra, Nhomea, Seeake and Ghoul), Raven, Nhomea, Kate Carr, Actual Russian Brides, Crab Smasher and Forenzics.

New Weird Australia, Broadcast Two, NWAB002

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1. DANGER BEACH, Lakes (feat. Tv Colours) (2:10)
2. COLLARBONES, I Sea A Wolf (Psuche Cover) (3:06)
3. GHOST_, Seqe (feat. Black Pyramid) (6:30)
4. BLAKE FREELE, Bitter Springs Formation (12:19)
5. DUAL UZIS, Quick Draw (11:53)
6. RAVEN, It’s Too Fucking Hot But We’ve Still Got Melody (5:10)
7. NHOMEA, Jam @ FBi (9:23)
8. KATE CARR, From These Dreams A Boat (5:09)
9. ACTUAL RUSSIAN BRIDES, Sun Shadow Analysis (4:42)
10. CRAB SMASHER, Card Shark (2:55)
11. FORENZICS, Untitled (Two) (6:25)
12. GHOST_, Outro (feat. Black Pyramid) (2:36)

All recordings previously unreleased.
Originally performed & broadcast live on New Weird Australia 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).

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan.
Artwork by Heath Killen, www.madebyhk.com.
All music donated by the artists for use in this compilation only, all rights reserved.

New Weird Australia is a not-for-profit initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music. Our current projects include a series of artist releases on our ‘New Editions’ label, a free download compilation series, a weekly show on Sydney’s FBi Radio and an irregular program of live events. Contributions from Australian artists are welcomed and encouraged.

New Weird Australia, Volume Five

The latest volume in the New Weird Australia compilation series is available now! Covering a vast range of sonic and geographical territory, Volume 5 includes new and unreleased tracks from Crab Smasher, Justice Yeldham, Gail Priest, Dot.AY, and heaps more. If you like what you hear, be sure to grab the first four releases in this series, they’re all awesome and completely free to download.

Tracks
1. Mookoid – Hex River Valley
2. Dot.AY -You Knight
3. Peace Out! – Running On Sand, Walking On Water
4. Burning Palms – Mockery
5. The Atlas Room – Iris
6. ///▲▲▲\\\ – Spit Shine
7. Kate Carr – Textopera
8. Red Plum & Snow – I Would Die 4 U
9. Duns – Bad Rythm (sic)
10. Vorad Fils – Temple Leak
11. Justice Yeldham – March Of The Bodypumpers
12. Gail Priest – Etchings
13. Caught Ship – BlackHole/SweatBeat
14. Crab Smasher – Skin Destruction
15. Ripples – False Mission
16. Blake Freele – Inside There’s Expectations

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan & Danny Jumpertz.
Artwork by Kris Keogh

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New Weird Australia, Volume Four

Volume four of the fantastic New Weird Australia compilation series is available now! Featuring a great selection of new, weird, Australian artists, including tracks from Scissor Lock, Automating, and Reunion Sacred Ibis, whose Antikythera CDR is due out on Monstera Deliciosa very soon.

Tracks
1. Textile Audio – Some Kind Of Mininova
2. Paint Your Golden Face – Television Is About Picture
3. Reunion Sacred Ibis – Sing It To The Mountains
4. Tantrums – Beat The Happy Pavement
5. Scattered Order Mk 1 – Ruined By Me
6. Alister Spence Trio– Two Halves Of The Moon
7. Scissor Lock – Codify
8. Gutter Parties – Sashi
9. No Zu – Lay Of The Land
10. The Townhouses – Jigsaws Under The Clouds
11. Seaworthy – They’re Cicadas You Know?
12. Gentleforce – Our Last Day Together
13. Gold Tango – Telescope
14. Alpen – A Meditation On Flight
15. Red_Robin – The Surveyor
16. Automating – When Use Becomes Abuse
17. Silver Bulletin – Minding Time

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan & Danny Jumpertz.
Artwork by Anna Vo

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New Weird Australia, Broadcast One

New Weird Australia have just released another great new free compilation, this time featuring  some of the great studio recordings from the NWA radio show every Thursday at 9pm on fBi. There’s 7 tracks, including appearances from our own Scissor Lock, and Go Genre Everything.

Since August 2009, New Weird Australia has been broadcasting weekly on Sydney’s FBi Radio – playing two hours of new, experimental and ecelctic Australian music, from over 300 artists to date. NWA also features regular guest performances, playing exclusive in-studio sessions – many of which are previously unreleased.

Tracks
1. Morning Stalker – The Bohemian Grove
2. Cleptoclectics – Mr Convex
3. Scissor Lock – Out By Holy Land (Scissor Lock vs Pimmon vs Scissor Lock Remix)
4.  Go Genre Everything – Livetoair17sep2009 (Showw)
5. Random Acts Of Elevator Music – Lunchtime Meditation Session
6. AFXJIM – The Chris Jericho Diaries
7. The Ghost Of 29 Megacycles – Leelo (Part 1)

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New Weird Australia, Volume Three

New Weird Australia Volume Three, November 2009, NWA003

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1. JEFF BURCH, Untitled 1 (The Western Hour) (3:44),
from ‘As I Remember, If I Remember Correctly, I Arrived Sweetly’
2. AFXJIM, Through The Woods (6:08), from ‘POWWOW Eight (Blackout Music)’
3. 48/4, Hlibt (3:39), previously unreleased
4. THE SINGING SKIES, September (2:52), from ‘September Sky’
5. K MASON, Of 2 Evils (7:15), from ‘2 (Evils)’
6. ALPS, Goosebeak Whale (2:21), from ‘Alps Of New South Whales’
7. DRIVE WEST TODAY, Anthropology (4:37), previously unreleased
8. ADAM TRAINER, Corrosion Party (4:22), previously unreleased
9. COMATONE, They Fall Freely (6:05), previously unreleased
10. ZEAL, Wasps (2:34), previously unreleased
11. NAMATOKE, A Mountain With A Secret (4:53), from ‘Chiaroscuro’
12. LECTER MACABRE, Granelli (New Version) (2:43), previously unreleased
13. BUM CREEK, Fast Forrest (5:13), from ‘Bum Creek’
14. ANON, Quiver Crura Quaker (13:46), previously unreleased
15. ERASERS, Lost///Found (4:26), from ‘Erasers’
16. POMPEY, Actual Locks (3:20), previously unreleased

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan & Danny Jumpertz
Artwork by Lee Tran Lam, www.leetranlam.com

New Weird Australia – Volume Two

The latest volume of the fantastic New Weird Australia free compilation series is now available, and once again it features a diverse selection of weird and wonderful tunes of the Australian underground musical landscape, this time around including unreleased tracks from our pals Lucia Draft (Morgan Cabot from The Night Of Love), Transmissions, and Cock Safari.

On one side, the world is sold on paradisal visions of Australian reefs and plains, care-free surfers racing down golden sands, and the classic long-shot of a sun-blemished Uluru. On the flip, with just as much fervour, we mythologise and peddle stories of perpetual gangland warfare, malevolent outback serial killers and dingoes eating babies for their morning snack.

If only the same warped duality could be brought to bear on the world’s vision of our musical worth. The exported track record is however largely one-sided – our place as the shiny, electro party-starter of the Southern Hemisphere is unrivalled, along with a seemingly endless passion for rock, culled from a 40-year old tombstone. Ask the world to identify a prominent Australian undercurrent and they will remain largely tight-lipped. Hence New Weird Australia – a project aimed as much at curating a contemporary library of alt-Australiana, as promoting that collection to the rest of the globe.

New Weird Australia Volume Two, September 2009, NWA002

1. OCEANS, 02 + 03 (5:11) From ‘Oceans’
2. GHOUL, Swimming Pool (Remix) (3:04) From ’Swimming Pool’
3. WILLIAM GARDINER, Sonance Arboreal (4:39) Previously unreleased
4. SAM PRICE, AutoHackney (5:28) From ‘Rand’
5. BROKEN CHIP, Summer Stars (5:06) From ‘POWWOW Seven’
6. KHARKOV, Crustacean (3:12) Previously unreleased
7. COCK SAFARI, 8MH (6:36) Previously unreleased
8. LUCIA DRAFT, Not Interested (1:16) Previously unreleased
9. MIELI, Hometime (3:34) Previously unreleased
10. KAROSHI, Re-Animate Me (2:44) Previously unreleased
11. NO ART, Fight In The Nocturnal House (3:56) Previously unreleased
12. TRANSMISSIONS, Staring At Lightning Strikes, Catching Every One (2:45) Previously unreleased
13. PANOPTIQUE ELECTRICAL, We Was Them (7:32) Previously unreleased
14. MADDEST KINGS ALIVE, Measels (4:05) Previously unreleased
15. SPLENDID FRIENDS, Holy Shears (1:42) From ‘Summer Moon Illusion’
16. PAUL FIOCOO, Torsions and Drifts (13:34) From ‘Torsions And Drifts’

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan & Danny Jumpertz
Artwork by Grant Hunter

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