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Listen Out Festival – Sydney Review


This Saturday we were lucky enough to head over to Centennial Park for Listen Out, the new dance music festival that is Fuzzy Entertainment’s replacement of the now-scrapped Parklife festival. The festival’s tagline of “Party. Redefined.”  was well reflected by the headliners of Disclosure and Azealia Banks, along with countless dance acts, both Aussie and from abroad.

We arrived just in time for Aussie electronic artist Hayden James, who started the day off with some heavy beats from his recently released five-track EP Permission to Love. Following Hayden James was Sydney-based trio RüFüS, whose debut album Atlas debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart on August 18th. Despite only having formed in 2010, this indie dance band has skyrocketed in popularity and managed to draw one of the largest crowds out of the early acts at Listen Out. Fans were well rewarded by their foot stomping set which ended on a fantastic, extended, upbeat version of their popular single ‘desert night’.

Next up was Touch Sensitive, who you may know as any of Arithmatix, a multi-instrumentalist band member of Van She, or by his actual name Michael Di Francesco. He delivered a synth-tastic set complete with hip shaking, a remix of Hayden James’ ‘Permission to Love’ and his current hit single ‘Pizza Guy’. Minutes afterwards, British duo AlunaGeorge hit the stage to keep the party going, with Aluna Francis capturing the attention of every man and woman alike with her alluring dance routine and awe-inspiring vocals.

Not so well received was headliner Azealia Banks from Harlem, New York. Ten minutes into her set she berated a crowd member for throwing a can onto the stage. A few songs later a not-so-impressed crowd member threw another can onto the stage during Azealia’s rendition of ‘Harlem Shake’, sending her storming off the stage in a fit of rage. The crowd booed and many crowd members were heard saying something along the lines of “she didn’t even do her main song!” Lucky for the few who were holding out for ‘212’, she came back on stage briefly to perform the debut single and then promptly left again. In stark contrast, UK house superstars Disclosure drew the largest crowd for the day and kept the crowd very pleased. Opening on huge dance numbers ‘F for you’ and ‘When a Fire Starts to Burn’, Disclosure had their fans dancing from the get go and never slowed down from there.

Overall, listen out was a solid day of dancing, great music and good times. Look out for it to become an annual shindig.

Rufus – Desert Night


Sydney beatmaker and DJ Rufus has returned with another dance infused number called ‘Desert Night‘.

Rufus has delivered the goods once more with ‘Desert Night’. Although it lacks the intensity of indie vibes seen in previous releases such as ‘This Summer’ and ‘Selena’, the house influences are more than clear to hear. Its a pretty low key bouncy number, but is sure to light up clubs around the country and become a favourite for remixing by those DJs who are indie inclined. A perfect tune to get a groove to both chill on a nightime and get psyched to for a night out, Rufus just keeps bringing the goods.

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Q & As with Tokyo Denmark Sweden

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Who are Tokyo Denmark Sweden? How did you meet?

Tom and Chris met at a Midnight Juggernauts show in a dingy Brisbane Pool Hall. Chris and Amy met via MySpace. It was like Facebook but way easier to creep on people. Your clichéd threeway love story, really.

The name: one city, two countries. Why that combo? And how did you come up with that?

We wanted something sleek, punchy, memorable and universal and Presidents of The United States Of America was already taken. Also, it’s a line in a song from one of our favourite bands, Gerling, a sick Australian band who combined guitars and electronics, just like us.

Did you have any musical projects before Tokyo Denmark Sweden?

We’ve all been involved in other bands, collaborations and musical projects in some form before TDS. None as fruitful as the current, but all fun nonetheless!

Where was your first ever live show?

Our first live show was at the Caxton Hotel in Brisbane, Easter Long Weekend. We’re good friends with the owners and they asked us to come up and play. Our set involved a power outage and multiple-level keyboard stands collapsing mid set!

You have been gigging around Sydney lately, supporting Nantes and Pluto Jonze to name a few, what have been your favourite gigs so far?

We loved playing the Select Music 7th Birthday show, playing alongside many of our favourite artists like Argentina, Pluto Jonze, and RÜFÜS. The whole night was just epic! We also had fun recently playing the FBi & Sony Headphone Amnesty at FBi Social with Elizabeth Rose. And the sold-out shows with RÜFÜS and Parachute Youth!

What is the strangest thing that has happened when you have been performing so far? Any random injuries?

Strangest thing? Um, people turning up to our shows other than our friends. Strange but really cool. Worst injuries? Just the damage to our pride when neither our friends nor ‘fans’ turn up to gigs, which is inevitably going to happen along the way when you’re first starting out in Sydney.

How do you go about making your music? What is the first thing you do when writing a new song, or does it vary?

It definitely varies. A song could be borne out of a melody Amy dreams up, or a cool beat we hear. There is no method to our madness! We all write, usually separately, and then bring songs at various stages of completion to the group and we finish them together.

What do your record collections look like? What are the albums you have always listened to, and the ones that never get old?

Combined, our musical tastes are broad. From Robert Johnson to LCD Soundsystem, Paul Kelly to Niki and the Dove, Santigold to Jonathon Boulet, Neil Young to Beyonce. We’ll give anything a whirl!

Although every band is different, what other acts have most influenced the sound you hear in Tokyo Denmark Sweden?

Passion Pit, Crystal Castles, you’d also hear a bit of Robyn, Kanye West and latter day Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

There have been rumours of a forthcoming EP, can you shed any more light on the matter?

We’re literally working on it as we speak. It will include our first single Little Quarters together with our next single, Lights Off, due out by the end of July. The EP will encapsulate our sound: fat beats, throbbing bass, dreamy synths and racy guitars. There are some sick chanting choruses to play sing-a-long to, as well!

2012 has seen you guys take some big steps, what does 2013 have in store for Tokyo Denmark Sweden?

Giant leaps! A lot more shows and touring, hopefully some festival slots, remixes & DJ sets. We would just love to keep this thing progressing to the point where we could get a bit of time to work on an album. We are the absolute masters of half writing songs so we have a lot of material that we can play with.

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Fat As Butter Festival Announce 2012 Line-Up


Newcastle’s premier music festival Fat As Butter as just released its line-up for 2012 with a couple of big name international and local acts.

Fat As Butter in 2012 is starting look like a festival that gives people a real chance to relive their teen punk phase. Headlining the festival are American punk rockers who need no introduction, Good Charlotte. Wheatus is another exciting act, and the chance to close out those years of teen angst by hearing ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ live being a big drawcard. Indie rockers the Mystery Jets fly the flag for the UK, whilst Yellowcard highlight the high level of punk at the festival.

The are several big names in Aussie music also making an appearance, with rapper 360, the iconic Phil Jamieson lead Grinspoon, a host of up and coming names. Among those is the bluesy swagger of The Rubens, the earthy atmospheric indie of Art of Sleeping and the psychedelic sound of Pond. There is still more though, with Rufus, Hungry Kids of Hungary and Hey Geronimo also playing.

In what is a pretty solid line-up, there is also a host of local and international DJs gracing the dance tent, including home grown lads Yacht Club DJs mixing a live set.

Fat As Butter hits The Foreshore in Newcastle on 22nd September, 2012. 


Good Charlotte
Mystery Jets
Marianas Trench
Hungry Kids Of Hungary
Seth Sentry
The Rubens
Hunting Grounds
Art Of Sleeping
Hey Geronimo
Kill City Creeps


Yacht Clubs Dj’s
Bombs Away
Rebecca And Fiona
Eiffel 65
Nick Thayer
The Only
Dr Don Don
Doctor Werewolf

and still more to be announced

Top 10 Aussie EPs of 2011 (part 1)


So as I mentioned in my Top 10 Albums of 2011, I was going to cover my favourite EPs for 2011 seperately. I imagine many of these bands will release full length albums in the coming 12 months, and I will ensure to update you guys as the bands release details. Anyway, here is the finished product and let me know what you think!

10) Summer Catalogue –  The Cairos.  Although Brisbane band, the Cairos, don’t tread any new ground with this indie rock album, it is very listenable. But as an indie rock fan, this did enough to scrape in at number 10. Unfortunately I was unable to find a quality youtube clip, there are a couple of live versions there, but you can download and listen to ‘Summer Catalogue’ here.

9) King Cannons EP (Self Titled) – King Cannons. Ok, so these guys are technically from across the ditch, hailing from Auckland to be precise, but have recently been calling Melbourne home, and have hence been included. They released a solid EP, that combined the deep powerful vocals of Luke Yeoward (complete with Kiwi accent), bongo drums, and the classic rock band sound, with great results. I’m looking forward to the release of their first full length album in early 2012.

8 ) We Left EP – Rufus. Now I’m not usually into dance music, but the Sydney trio known as Rufus has managed to blend my love for indie rock, with a bit of folk and a substantial chunk of electronica to make a really cool and unique sounding EP. Touted as the next Midnight Juggernauts, I’m sure Rufus will become more popular in 2012. As a side-note you can download most of the songs of the EP here at their Triple J unearthed page, what legends.

7) Golden Revolver EP – San Cisco. Arising from the Fremantle on the West Coast this four-piece released a pretty sexy number in their title track, Golden Revolver. The other songs maintain the same happy-go-lucky feel for listen that cannot help but leave you smiling.

6) Snakadaktal EP (Self Titled) - Snakadaktal. If you asked the five members of Snakadaktal where they would be this time last year, I doubt their reply would come any near current reality. They have released a very soothing EP with the vocals of lead songstress Phoebe Cockburn, and male counterpart Sean Kelly, mixing beautifully (particuarly in ‘Air’) along with the rest of the band that cannot help but leave you feeling stress free.