Category: 1/2/3/4

1/2/3/4 — #127 — King Hits and Goldfish Memories

Jamie Hutchings is a singer/songwriter/musician and sometime producer from Sydney, Australia. He formed and fronted rock band Bluebottle Kiss in the early ’90s before concentrating on his solo work after the band went on hiatus in 2007. He also formed the experimental rock ensemble Infinity Broke and a duo with Peter Fenton (Crow) as The Tall Grass. Jamie popped by off the back of his recent live solo album for a chat and performance.

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1/2/3/4 — #126 — Living In The Real World

For most musicians, there is no free ride, no pot of gold, no label holding you hand. It’s a tough slog in the real world, but it is fulfilling, doing something you love and sharing your talents. Sibling duo Charm of Finches have taken the DIY path since they started, releasing a wonderful debut album in 2016, Staring at the Starry Ceiling. Now they are nearly ready to share their follow up, Your Company. They’ve launched a Pozible campaign to get them over the line with associated costs. We’ll share a special track and details how you can help support them. As well, it’s so good to have Ups and Downs back with an old favourite tune, a cracking song about climate change from Theories of Everything, we’ll introduce you to a wonderful label out of British Columbia in Kingfisher Bluez plus Jamie Hutchings, Gena Rose Bruce and the AMAZING Coda Chroma.

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1/2/3/4 — #124 — Shadow Lovers

Lachlan X. Morris is an Uber Eats Driver by day in Newcastle, NSW. He listens to his local ‘Oldies’ Radio Station. They play artists like ELO, Wings and The Carpenters and he’s mystified by the music. So with his latest single, he wanted to try and write a quintessential song from that velveteen hit-machine era. I like it a lot! As well, the return of Philip B. Price with his first solo record in 15 years and an modern day troubador from the UK, James McArthur with his band, The Head Gardeners.

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1/2/3/4 — #123 — Stay Connected

Broads are Kelly Day and Jane Hendry, Melbourne queens of indie-noir. They are back with a wonderful new album, Stay Connected, that pushes their sound from their acoustic roots into a wider spectrum of colour – with hints at 60s pop, 70s folk, a little 80s new wave. They pop into the studio for a chat and perform some tracks as well. We also pay tribute to the late Leo Mullins (Benedicts/Welcome Mat/Small Knives) and brand new works from Josh Rennie-Hynes, Anna Cordell, Khristian Mizzi and more!

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1/2/3/4 — #122 — Playing Catchup

With 2019 hurtling to an end, time to dig deep into some releases that have been overlooked, my folders are overflowing so time to play catchup! One of my favourite sleeper albums is Toth’s amazing baroque pop release, Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary. If I could I’d put a copy in everyone’s intray! The album incorporates “lush, windswept sonics,” bebop trumpet solos and spare guitar lines, recalling the Beach Boys in one bar and Arthur Russell in the next. Just one of the gems we uncover in this episode.

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1/2/3/4 — #121 — The Fields Recordings of Blackbird FC

Field Recordings is the debut album from Glenhuntly #1 Alt. Country band Blackbirds FC . Featuring members of The Hollowmen, Helvelln, the Vanda’s and Flicker, BLACKBIRDS F.C. play their own brand of music inspired by the Go Betweens, Gillian Welch, Iron and Wine and Tom Petty. As well, the excellent new single from Yorta Yorta Man, Benny Walker and the return of pop noir duo Broads.

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1/2/3/4 — #120 — Power Pop From Home

Power pop legends The Rubinoos are known for turning bubblegum into gold with ridiculously catchy tunes. “From Home” is a homecoming recording of sorts. It reunites the original lineup of the band and was recorded in the same studio where they recorded their first single half a century ago and teams them up with long time fan Chuck Prophet, who not only produced the record but co-writes a lot of the material. We’ll explore other uplifting power pop from Tasmainian artist Mondo Quinn, the gentle shimmering pop of Matt Kivel and wholesome mystic folk from Pearla. Plus much more!

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1/2/3/4 — #118 — Love & The Dark

Jason Hawk Harris hit rock bottom during the writing and recording of his debut full-length Love & the Dark. In the last few years, the Houston-born-and-raised, Los Angeles-based musician endured life-altering hardships—illness, death, familial strife, and addiction—yet from these trials, a luxuriant and confident vision of art country emerged. This is an album I highly recommend. As well, we’ll explore new music from Stephen Grady, Esther Rose, RW Hedges, Nagillum and more! 

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1/2/3/4 — #117 — A Healthy Earth

Listening to Peaer is like watching someone swiftly solve a complicated math equation with grace. With A Healthy Earth, Peaer created a space where forward-thinking indie-rock, slowcore, and asymmetrical pop can thrive harmoniously. Just one of the new releases featured on this edition of 1/2/3/4.

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1/2/3/4 — #116 — Vale David Berman

Death is inevitable, but the passing of David Berman is so incredibly gut wrenching when you consider his immense talent, he left us far too soon. We pay tribute to him in this episode, his recent release Purple Mountains will be high on many end of year lists.

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