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

DOWNLOAD FREE at newweirdaustralia.bandcamp.com

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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This Is Not Art 2009

This Is Not Art is coming up in Newcastle this weekend, and this year seems to be jam packed with interesting things to do. There is so much stuff happening,  including gigs, performances, workshops, panels, art exhibitions, installations, discussions, and heaps more. If only this much activity could be stretched out over the full year. Below is a small sample of  just some of the stuff we’re going to try and check out, but you can check out the full programme HERE .

FRIDAY

2PM – 4PM / PANEL
TPI AUDITORIUM
CREATIVE COMMUNITIES
Using nothing but their bare hands and creative compulsions these folk build communities bonded by like minds and loud dreams. From Perth, NT, to the Sunshine Coast, Newcastle and New Zealand, to obscure production and Ladyfest, we explore how communities form around music, what sustains them and why they exist.
Facilitator: Andrew Tuttle
Featuring: blink, Kris Keogh, Nadia Mizner, Nick Senger, Will Stroud

6PM – 8PM / OPENING
LOOP SPACE
THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS OPENING
An exhibition drawing together notable historic and contemporary examples of videogames created by artists that push the bounds of the genre, and break the orthodox rules.
Curated by Neil Jenkins and co-presented by dLux Media Arts.
Artists: Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang, Tale of Tales, Jaron Lanier, Michael Nyman, Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, Anita Fontaine and Mike Pelletier, Andy Deck.

8PM – 3AM / GIG
CAMBRIDGE HOTEL
GIGS SHOWCASE (FRIDAY)
Premier local and international acts from Sound Summit and Electrofringe programs are showcased over two nights.
Featuring: Ducktails, Pumice, Rosy Parlane, Qua, Stalker, Aoi, Guarde Compartmente, Jim Cuomo

SATURDAY

11AM – 12:30PM / ROUNDTABLE
TOTORO’S TEA HOUSE
SPACE INVADERS: DIY AND ARTIST-RUN FESTIVALS AND SPACES
No budget is the way of the future. DIY spaces bring people together, creating an explosion of ideas and action: real social networking, people. Hear true stories and get valuable advice on setting up spaces and running whole festivals with just enough money to buy a shoestring.
Featuring: Ianto Ware, Natalie Aylward, Maddy Phelan, Susy Pow, Danielle Bentley, Guy Sterling.

4PM – 6PM / PANEL
TPI AUDITORIUM
ARTIST RUN INITIATIVES AND DIY SPACES – FOCUS ON MARRICKVILLE
Nestled between the factories of Marrickville, Sydney, you’ll find a range of independently run warehouse spaces offering a vibrant alternative to the doldrums of Sydney’s ‘official’ creative pastimes. We discuss the challenges in starting and sustaining an independent warehouse space in Marrickville factory land.
Facilitator: Eliza Sarlos
Featuring: Dirty Shirlows, Louie’s, Maggotville, Red Rattler

4:00PM – 5PM / PRESENTATION
TENT CITY
INTENSITY IN TENT CITY
Pure Being demonstrate their performance technique by staging a performance in This Is Not Art’s ‘Tent City’. An individual fort will be constructed for the performance with in-fort projection enhancements.
Featuring: Pure Being

6PM – 7:30PM / PERFORMANCE
ROYAL EXCHANGE
ACT ONE
Act One is a showcase of four short plays by the participants of Tantrum Theatre’s inaugural Emerging Writers Program. Mentored by four of the country’s finest playwrights, these young writers bring to you four bold and gutsy plays. This show includes Bivouac by Brad McDonald and Three Days by Sarah Gaul .

8PM – 3AM / GIG
CAMBRIDGE HOTEL
GIGS SHOWCASE
Premier local and international acts from Sound Summit and Electrofringe programs showcased over two nights.
Featuring: DJ Ripley, Vivian Girls, ILIOS, Bum Creek, Free Choice Duo, Toecutter, Ivan Lisyak, Crab Smasher, 10k Freemen.

SUNDAY

11:30 -12:30PM / SPECIAL EVENT
GHETTO – TOWN: KING STREET CAR PARK
FITNESS WORST
Fitness Worst promises to be the hair of the dog of physical exertion. A little bit wrong, but you’ll feel all the better for it! Encompassing everything from DDR Dance Mats to Gabberobix, you’d better be ready!
Featuring: Brutal Hate Mosh, Dot.AY, Gabberobix, Spatula City

2PM – 3:30PM / PANEL
TPI AUDITORIUM
THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILISATION
The music market is under threat and against it the DIY movement presents a beacon of light for those with passion,musical purpose and a pile of CDRs. In the age of myspace, facebook and twitter how are new networks and new worlds forming to take over the musical magnates of old? Is this DIY or die, MK II?
Facilitator: Eliza Sarlos
Featuring: Anna John, Guy Blackman, Kell Derrig Hall, Matt Mondanile, Stuart Buchanan

www.thisisnotart.org

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
LUCIA DRAFT
POLYFOX AND THE UNION OF THE MOST GHOSTS
BRUTAL HATE MOSH
GO GENRE EVERYTHING

From 17:00 in the Renew Newcastle Church
ALPS
KYU
MOONMILK

From 19:00 at the Festival Club (Masons)
CASTINGS
BLASTCORP
GUGG
HOLY BALM

Plus DJs
FAUX PAS
STU BUCHANAN (NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA)

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.

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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