Unpopular Music 2010

New Weird Australia presents:
Unpopular Music 2010, A Benefit for FBi Radio
Where: Red Rattler, 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville, NSW
When: Friday 3rd December 2010, Doors 7:30pm
Who: Scattered Order, Tantrums, Scissor Lock vs Cleptoclectics, Melodie Nelson, Stitched Vision, Mere Women
How Much: $12

New Weird Australia presents the second annual Unpopular Music event, a benefit for Sydney’s FBi Radio.  Since July 2009, the not-for-profit station has supported the New Weird Australia project by broadcasting its two-hour show every week.  Via this platform, New Weird Australia has given exposure to over 400 innovative and experimental artists from around the country, and Unpopular Music represents the chance to give something back.  All of the artists are donating their time, with all proceeds going directly to FBi, helping to ensure the ongoing survival of Sydney’s home of new music.

The six-act line-up is headlined by Scattered Order, one of the most unique players in the history of Sydney’s experimental and electronic music scene – founders of the M Squared record label in 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, Scattered Order play ‘Unpopular Music’ in support of their new album, ‘Adjust The Terminology’.

The bill also includes:
Tantrums – four-piece midi-evil disco outfit from Melbourne, whose debut release ‘Anomie’ is soon to be released via New Weird Australia’s label imprint, New Editions
Scissor Lock vs Cleptoclectics – two of Sydney’s best known experimental electronic producers going head-to-head for the first time at Unpopular Music
Melodie NelsonMoonmilk’s Lia Tsamoglou in warped, alt.pop mode
Stitched Vision – solo synth / noise / drone project from Newcastle’s Jason Campbell, founder of cassette-label Eternal Solitude
Mere Women – dark, minimalistic pop & post punk from recently formed Sydney trio, who previous projects include Ohana, Little A, The Thaw & Bare Arms

FBi Radio is a not-for-profit community radio station and is 100% independent  It relies on the generosity of its supporters to keep it on air and to thus maintain its support of innovative local music. Help support the cause by supporting Unpopular Music.


New Weird Australia Live At Sound Summit

Lucia Draft - Appearing at Sound Summit 2009

Lucia Draft - Appearing at Sound Summit 2009

On Sunday 4th October, New Weird Australia presents a one-day free, live showcase – in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Newcastle’s Sound Summit Festival. In borrowed terminology, NWA shrinks the notion of distance between genre, taste, Australia’s own vastness and the world. Neither popular nor alternative, one genre nor another, NWA represents a new breed that find refuge in the space between us, played out in realtime around a renewed Newcastle. Across three spaces and nine hours, eleven bands play live, representing a cross section of New Weird Australian music from New South Wales, Northern Territory, Victoria and Queensland.

FEATURING: Go Genre Everything, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, Brutal Hate Mosh, Lucia Draft, Alps, kyü, Moonmilk, Castings, Blastcorp, Gugg, Holy Balm, and DJ sets from Faux Pas & Stuart Buchanan

From 15:00 at ArtHive, Level 1/111 Hunter St

From 17:00 in the Renew Newcastle Church

From 19:00 at the Festival Club (Masons)

Plus DJs

Download a free Sound Summit mixtape, featuring NWA showcase bands Castings, Kyu, Holy Balm and Lucia Draft, plus music from other artists playing at the Festival – Ducktails, Vivian Girls, Tiny Vipers, Cleptoclectics, Crab Smasher and more at soundsummit.com.au.

We Come From Garageland

One of our favourite radio shows is We Come From Garageland on 2ser, it’s always had a focus on all the great music happening in garages, bedrooms, and warehouses in this country, and often played a lot of small press DIY stuff that really doesn’t get broadcast anywhere else.  It used to be hosted by Kurt and Dice from ultra maniacs Say Cheese And Die, who were always super swell to us and played our tunes often, even on one occasion playing Crab Smasher‘s non-event album The Picky Eater in it’s entirety. Kurt and Dice have moved on to other things but thankfully the show is being taken over by ace music writer Shaun Prescott, who always has something nice to say about us, and Lia Tsamoglou, who plays in luscious Sydney duo Moonmilk and is one of our favourite people in the world.

The new show starts tonight at 10:30pm and every Thursday from now on. If you’re in Sydney you can tune in to 107.3FM but if you’re not you can stream it at www.2ser.com/stream. We didn’t always get a chance to catch the show in the past, but made an effort to check out the playlists, so good news everyone! Playlists will be posted on the 2ser website each week.

Send music to  wecomefromgarageland@2ser.com.

Sound Summit 2009

Held annually as an integral part of This Is Not Art (TINA), Sound Summit will celebrate it’s 10th birthday in 2009 over the October longer weekend – October 1 – 5, in Newcastle, NSW. Traditionally an electronic and hip hop conference and festival, in 2009 Sound Summit will drop it’s genres and broaden it’s scope, inviting independent artists from around Australia and internationally to idea-share, skill-up and brain dump.

MusicNSW is thrilled to announce the first batch of artists performing at Sound Summit 2009. At this year’s festival see the raw pop collages of Ducktails (US), the loveable scuzzy surf punk of the Vivian Girls (US), beautifully rambunctuous lo-fi rock of Pumice (NZ) and Ripley – a Cali based dj/ academic who’s just come back from Jamaica. Think smart reggaeton party.

Locally we’ll be showcasing the finest independent and innovative artists throughout the festival, including a showcase event where Sound Summit teams up with New Weird Australia, exploring the spaces of Renew Newcastle and the sounds of a new breed of Australian musicians. Over the weekend hear Qua, Moonmilk, Free Choice Duo, Holy Balm, Aoi, The Abyss, Crab Smasher, Toecutter, kyü and many many many more.

And that’s just in the evening. Prepare for your mind to be blown as we explore every crevice of independent and innovative music in Australia and internationally with a series of panels designed to interrogate ideas, techniques and trends, facilitating the exchange of these over the ultimate arts weekender.

 Join us on the first weekend in October as we partner with Crack Theatre Festival, Critical Animals, Electrofringe and the National Young Writers Festival to bring you the most exciting emerging and innovative, multi-arts festival in Australia, TINA.

Polyfox and The Union Of The Most Ghosts at Locksmith Project Space

Moonmilk have been performing and releasing improvised music since 2004. The Duo are focused on allowing sounds to resonate within the spaces where they perform
Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts can be described as simple pop music created with a guitar, a keyboard and a loop station.
None Music is sub-voidal nothingness (Gosford + Dulwich Hill + Redfern).

6pm July 26
Locksmith Gallery
6 Botany Rd Alexandria


Static Age Festival 2009

Last year’s Static Age Festival was a wild success and this year is going to be great too. The event is to take place at the Dirty Shirlows warehouse in Marrickville on April 24 and will feature a diverse selection of challenging outsider punk/noise/drone/metal/pop/rock music, including No Anchor from Brisbane, Heil Spirits from Lismore, Aktion Unit, Cougar Flashy, and Walrora from Melbourne, Crab Smasher, and Brassskulls from Newcastle, and Moonmilk and Crux from Sydney.


Friday, April 24, 2009 at 7:00pm
Dirty Shirlows
32 Shirlow St Marrickville

More info at Last.FM