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Acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne, rhythm combo the PutBacks are releasing the LP “Dawn” on November 11.
Their label HopeStreet Recordings is premiering the new single, “Daddy,” with a video (below). This track is a psychadelic groove monster. The band are ferocious and restrained. Emma holds back until its time to freakout.
the first single from their album Dawn - an LP of hard hitting and heartfelt soul songs telling stories of grief, struggle and redemption. Dawn is a gritty, uniquely Australian record, simultaneously classic and contemporary. The songwriting is in turns optimistic, angry and melancholic, and on occasions bruisingly honest. The music is fluid, live and raw, recorded in one room on eight channels of analog tape and the electric connection between Emma and the band comes through in every beat.
With the AFL Grand Final upon us and all that Spring Carnival crap just around the corner, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will officially usher in the Melbourne ‘Silly Season’ this Saturday night. Helping them turn up the heat at Howler will be The Let Your Hair Down Girls, DJ Manchild + MC 1/6, and The House of Beige Crew (rumoured to be Remi, Sensible J, Dutch, N’Fa and friends???). No matter how you spend this Saturday afternoon – there is only one place to be on Saturday night; on the dancefloor at Howler shaking it to the sounds of afrobeat, hip hop, funk, boogaloo and tropical disco flavours. Get down to Howler early to ensure you get in before it sells out. Only $15.
POAO have been rehearsing – and are super excited about the show ( facebook.com/publicopinion ), the House of Beige Crew are on fire after their recent tour, TLYHDG always deliver and will be embracing footy (and beer) fever. And it goes without saying that Manchild & 1/6 are hyped and will rock the party from the outset.
Its great when there is a real language between local bands. Animaux got The Cactus Channel to remix one of their songs. “Alaska” gets the re-rub and Cactus do it SpoooOOOoooky styles…
Come down for the gig on Friday. It will be a funkadelic experience. Its pretty much 2 10 piece bands which will probably end up being a 20 piece funk extravaganza. Don’t quote me though…
Its time to DANCE like you want to….
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Give The People What They Want!
Australian Tour 2014
Billions Australia is chuffed to announce that Sharon Jones is back – better than ever – and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are coming back to Australia with the most monumental and explosive soul live show they have ever toured.
Last year, Daptone Records had just announced the August release of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ Give the People What They Want album when Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer. The scheduled release and touring were immediately put on hold and all efforts were quickly shifted to her treatment and recovery. Thanks to an extremely gifted medical staff, several months of recovery and the infinite love and support from friends, family and fans, Sharon is back, and was ready to once again join her Dap-Kings as they share their music with people around the globe.
“My fans are what kept me fighting, and kept me focused on getting better”, Jones says. “Everything I love can be summed up by the moment I get on stage, and start giving the people what they want. That’s real love. That’s real music.”
On this tour they’ll play some very special old school dancehall type shows in iconic theatres and town halls in major cities across the country where there’ll be some electrifying soul, deep dating and heavy gyrating on the dance floors with seats upstairs for those who like to watch. To make things even sweeter and to bring more heat to the dance floor the national tour will also feature Bollywood/Surf/Soul/Funk big band The Bombay Royale direct from Melbourne celebrating their new LP release “The Island of Dr Electrico” and right before the main act and with the aid of the Dap-Kings the debut Australian appearances for dynamic Dapettes soul duo Saun & Starr celebrating the release of their new 7” 45rpm single “Hot Shot b/w Gonna Make Time” out now on Daptone.
Feel free to dress funky and/or formal and be ready to get down at each and every one of these shows.
Hear the magic here and see it to believe it at the dates and venues below
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS “Stranger to my Happiness” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlPE1rEdAdI
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS “100 Days 100 Nights” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ouI5KcyHfE
SAUN & STARR “Hot Shot” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dJygJf0w28
THE BOMBAY ROYALE “You Me Bullets Love” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhePjBKX2wA
Wed 17 Sep | MEENIYAN TOWN HALL Meeniyan, VIC*
Fri 19 Sep | MELBOURNE TOWN HALL Melbourne, VIC
GENERAL ADMISSION/STANDING GROUND FLOOR DANCEHALL or RESERVED SEATING BALCONY SEATING TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE
DEBUT LP RELEASE
Hear Me Ror.
AT NORTHSIDE RECORDS this SATURDAY from 4:30pm, DJ support from MOTLEY (uk)
WHEN FOOTY GOT FUNKY
last weekend was the RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP. Thanks to all who came down it was an awesome day again with Reclink making heaps of money to help fund their programs for the upcoming year. The footy was fun, but the true victory on the day was the unearthing of the photo (seen at the top!) of Nicky “Elvis” Winmar and James Brown. This came from Paul Stewart (singer from the Painters and Dockers) who was working as a journalist at the time and helped persuade James to meet up with Nicky. After telling James about the stand Nicky took at Victoria Park in 1993 against racism he was more than happy to meet with him.