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FRESH new LPs that you SHOULD have in your rack.

Lots of great new records have dropped lately. While it might be cold and miserable in Melbourne town the other side of the world is bathed in summer and they are “putting it out”! Starting off with FAT FREDDYS DROP, these kiwi kids have come out with their Third and some say BEST LP yet – “Blackbird”. At $20 on CD or $32 for the DOUBLE LP, this is the ONLY place you’d get it at.  Then look out for the veteren BOOKER T who dropped a new one, Sound the Alarm”  with production help from Raphael Saadiq. Keep spinning with ERIC LAU “One of Many” is an other stone cold soul masterpiece. Also check the latest THUNDERCAT outing “apocalypse” along with a new comp of the MADLIB project QUASIMOTO “Yessir Whatever” – never stop diggin….

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Fat Freddys Drop "Blackbird"

Booker T "Sound the Alarm"

Booker T "Sound the Alarm"

Eric Lau "One of Many"

Eric Lau "One of Many"

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ANTIBALAS play the CORNER wed 9th March

yes, its true, its really TRUE!! Born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, 12-piece ensemble Antibalas is credited with introducing Afrobeat to a wider global audience, influencing countless musicians and developing a live show that is the stuff of legend.
The group has performed everywhere from Central Park to Carnegie Hall to Rikers Island Prison, and that’s just in New York. On the heels of the hit musical FELA!, which several members collaborated on, Antibalas has reunited with former member and producer Gabe Roth, who was at the helm for their first three albums. The world famous Daptone Records released the band’s first album in five years, self-titled, in late 2012.
Inspired by economic meltdowns and global uprisings, Antibalas piled into two rooms at Daptone’s House of Soul Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn to cut an explosive new set of afrobeat classics. “Dirty Money” launches the propulsive six-song LP with deep, pulsating rhythms, monstrous horns and tight funk. Lead singer Amayo – a native of Lagos, Nigeria and senior Kung Fu master – guides the band through cathartic workouts of call and response, dynamic instrumentals and eruptive solos.
Members of Antibalas served as musical directors and the house band in the Broadway hit FELA! and penned original music for the show. Members have also recently collaborated/performed with Iron and Wine, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Mark Ronson, TV on the Radio and The Roots.

Supported by our own BOMBAY ROYALE this is one NOT TO MISS!! and don’t forget DJ MANCHILD on the ones and two’s as well! image004

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WHEN MUSIC GETS THIS GOOD!!!

that is, if spiritual jazz butters your popcorn………..ARIA Award-winning funk-master Ross McHenry and the exciting pianist/DJ/producer Mark de Clive Lowe (USA) team up with four of the world’s foremost musical innovators to form Ross McHenry Future Ensemble.
 The band combines one of the most exciting and in demand producers and keyboardists in the world today, Mark de Clive Lowe (Tru Thoughts/LA), the rhythmic foundation of renowned New Zealand based ensemble Electric Wire Hustle, Myele Manzanza (NZ), multi-instrumentalist/composer Adam Page (NZ/AUS) leading instrumentalists Dylan Marshall and Jonathan Hunt (AUS) and composer/producer/bandleader, Ross McHenry (AUS). With a focus on new improvised music inspired by the Los Angeles beat scene and the worldwide new jazz movement, the Ross McHenry Future Ensemble traverse unique sonic landscapes, re-imagining the jazz age through the lens of contemporary music production.

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To get TICKETS click here

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New venue – NEW NIGHT – VOODOO SHAKE!

A new venue lurks in the inner North. Where once stood Baba, now glows a new animal – the B.EAST. It’s a licensed band venue that will be bringing the funk. Lauching this new monthly dirty funky soul night, VOODOO SHAKE!, are the local afrobeat magnates, THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA. I will be dj’ing alongside Mr Future Roots. The night looks like it might be free. DO NOT MISS THIS!
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if you can’t wait and need some more funk. Check out the legendary DJ DEXTER (of the Avalanches) Fridays in JULY and Thursdays in AUGUST

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NEW 45 – CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGING RACKETTES!!

LOVE LETTER / WHATTA MAN

$12!!!!!PINK VINYL!!!!!!!$12

!!OUT ON THURSDAY!!

this is THE SONG. This is the one! This is THE tune that is making Melbourne hips grind, making Melbourne’s bootys bounce. This baritone sax lead stomper is a real jam! Is is almost a perfectly written dance song. Its got swing and grind and a snarl that makes you HAVE to move. The second single released off the now sold out LP. These cats gonna make you dance!

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STEPKIDS THIS SATURDAY

This Saturday US band THE STEPKIDS come to Australia for the first time. nip0088-sk-eflyer-mel1

The Stepkids are three singer/songwriters. “A lot of what excites us about this band is this band itself,” says bassist and keyboardist Dan Edinberg. “It’s not either of us; it’s about creating an entity where the entity itself is what’s important.” As a result, every song on the Stepkids self-titled debut album is written with equal input from each member.

“All three of us write and all three of us sing,” says Jeff Gitelman, who resigned from touring as Alicia Keys’ guitarist to concentrate full-time on recording the Stepkids self-titled debut album. Drummer Tim Walsh continues, “There’s an equal split in the creative process. Any lyric, any melody, any idea could have been done by any of us.”

This approach comes from more than a decade of musical experimentation and experience.  Raised on the East Coast jazz and R&B circuit, individual band members went on to share stages with 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill, tour internationally with indie punk band Zox, score movies and commercials and produce solo albums.

The Stepkids groove is a fusion of punk and jazz, West African and 1960s folk, neo and classic soul, classic funk and 20th century classical. The band produce, engineer and record themselves on a reel-to-reel.

There’s no singular icon, no singular sound, and no singular way of making it happen for the Stepkids. It’s psychedelia for the 21st century, where the focus is on the whole.

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CHERRY BAR has got SOUL!!! (on Thursdays!)

One of the longest soul / funk residencies in the world is right on our doorstep as Vince “The Price” Peach and Pierre Baroni bring the soul sounds until 5 in the AM! every thursday at Cherry Bar. This Thursday is the last week for the SASKWATCH residency (which I can testify is SWEATY!) Next month begins the WOMEN OF SOUL residency at Cherry for February. With DEEP STREET SOUL providing the superheavygroove. Look out for our local soul sisters to get fonky.wos-feb-small1
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SOUL DROP @ BABA

Soul music pops up in the funniest places doesn’t it. UP in East Brunswick the restaurant BABA (80 Lygon St) has seen the light. They still do food, but they also do SOUL! Hosted by MISS GOLDIE, the 45 queen of downunder, THURSDAYS are becoming synonimus with good times! Last week Was FLORELIE AND THE BACKLASH BREW and coming up on FEB 2nd is the always superfine THE PUTBACKS, here’s a peek at Flo and her Brew Crew!

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SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS LP launch TONIGHT!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Incredible afro force that flies in from Adelaide will land at The Laundry Bar this friday to launch their incredible debut LP “Flight Of The Ancients”. Do yourself a favour and be there for the fantastic night that will blow your mind! afrolp2

The mysterious afro-soul of The Shaolin Afronauts first echoed across the dance floors of Australia in late early 2008. Heavily inspired by the sounds of 1970’s West Africa, Ethiopia and the pioneering avant-garde jazz artists of the same period the Shaolin Afronauts draw on the this highly innovative and sometimes volatile era in music, using it as inspiration to create music with the same fire and intensity. Their spirited performances have fast gained a reputation as some of the most exciting live shows around. Though there is something refreshing and original about the Afronauts, their music could be described as somewhere in between the heavy Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the Ethio-Jazz of Mulatu Astatke.

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supports on the night come from me, KANO, Tom Noonan and Melbourne funk sensations SASKWATCH. Now last time Saskwatch played there were no red cardigans! Is there a funk revolution or is Liam doing the dry cleaning? Do not miss this gig as it will blow your mind, my mind and potentially get you some fresh moves for the Syl Johnson show the next night! and then the TRANSATLANTICS show at BAR OPEN…its free and SYL will finish at midnight, so hurry over to Fitzroy!!

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SYL JOHNSON is OK but show is POSTPONED

SYL JOHNSON is OK, but has suffered a heart attack this week. He is OK. It was after the Brisbane show. See below for the full press release. He is happy and still funky! The show (and subsequent interviews and signings) have been postponed for a week. The show WILL go on! Syl and the Bamboos will perform NEXT SAT the 17th. Thoughts go out to our Soul Brother SYL, rest up!!!

PRESS RELEASE – 8 September 2011

SYL JOHNSON & THE BAMBOOS MELBOURNE CONCERT POSTPONED

On Monday night (5 September 2011) Chicago soul and funk legend Syl Johnson performed at The Spiegeltent as part of the Brisbane Festival.  It was the third sold-out show of an historic four-concert Australian tour backed by The Bamboos due to conclude in Melbourne at the Hi-Fi  on Saturday 10 September.

At approximately 8:30PM immediately after coming off stage Mr Johnson complained of feeling unwell.  On his request, an ambulance was immediately called which arrived within two minutes. While being attended to by Queensland Ambulance officers backstage, Mr Johnson suffered a heart attack.  The lead ambulance officer and two ambulance medics successfully steered Mr Johnson through the heart attack event.

Mr Johnson was then transported to the Royal Brisbane Hospital (10 minutes from the venue) where he was placed into immediate care.  Royal Brisbane Hospital doctors carried out an operation to clear one of Mr Johnson’s arteries which was achieved without the use of a stent.
Mr Johnson has made a remarkable recovery and is in full command of all his mental and physical capacities.  Within 24 hours of the event he was insisting that he continue with the Melbourne performance which had been scheduled for this Saturday 10 September.  However, on the insistence of his medical team, Mr Johnson has agreed to postpose his performance to the following Saturday (17 September) at the same venue (Hi-Fi  Melbourne) with the same line up.

Mr Johnson wants to express his gratitude to the Brisbane Festival team for their help, concern and professionalism as well as the Queensland Ambulance Service and the nurses and doctors at the Royal Brisbane Hospital for their fantastic care, attention and patience.
Mr Johnson says that he sincerely hopes that his Melbourne fans who have already purchased tickets will not be inconvenienced and that they will be able attend the Hi-Fi  on 17 September for what is sure to be a very emotional concert.

The tour promoters (Harlem Dukes and Straightup) have said that persons who bought tickets for the now-postponed 10 September concert should retain them for use on 17 September.  However, if any ticket-holders cannot attend the 17 September concert, refunds will be available until Monday 14th September 5.00pm by emailing info@thehifi.com.au.

Lloyd Dewar on behalf of Harlem Dukes

For some extra SYL information check out DJ SHEEPs interview he did recently here.

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SASKWATCH 2nd year birthday

This is what you missed out on. 2 year birthday of Saskwatch playing at Cherry. Check out the crazy party. The line went WAY around the corner. People were wearing out shoes and everything was sweaty. Vince and Pierre said it was one of the craziest nights  ever! Carbie Warbie caught the action..

Saskwatch – Opening Medley @ Cherry Bar, Melbourne (1st September 2011) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.

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THE MELBOURNE SCENE…..?! really….

Well it aint no secret now, Jemery Sole, a radio cat from KCRW radio in Los Angeles, scored (an awesome holiday) a trip to Australia as part of a sponsored travelogue (tourism Australia). The purpose was to document what he could in terms of culture and good times and talent. I think Jeremy had mild expectations of what might be in stall, but I think he got BLOWN AWAY!He says, “Instead I found bands, deejays and producers that draw influence from other regions of the world, just like anyone else, but cull their strongest inspirations from their own souls – which is always the makings of the best music, in my opinion.”

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He posted up a travel blog that you can access here…

http://tourismaustralia.tumblr.com/

It should be added to a little more, so keep checking…

It was great to speak with Jeremy and to sit back and actually look at what we have here in Melbourne. It is nice when an outsider (no Pony Boy jokes) comes in and opens you eyes a bit. Performances are by The Cactus Channel, Kylie Auldist, Monkey Mark, LOTEK & Morganics, Laneous, and loads more to come (I think).

To think this is just  a snapshot over one weekend…Pity we didn’t take him to the footy!

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