Friday, April 25, 2014


AT RETAIL ON FRIDAY APRIL 25, 2014

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Astronomy Class – Mekong Delta Sunrise
Michael Bublé – To Be Loved (Deluxe Australian Tour Edition)
Cameron Carpenter – If You Could Read My Mind
Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
Robert Davi – Davi Sings Sinatra
Melanie De Biasio – No Deal
Ghost Beach – Blonde
Harry Hookey – Misdiagnosed
Miss May I – Rise Of The Lion
Neon Trees – Pop Psychology
Pixies – Indie Cindy
Pixies – Indie Cindy (Deluxe Edition)
Rodrigo Y Gabriella – 9 Dead Alive
Joe Satriani – The Complete Studio Recordings
Sol3 Mio – Sol3 Mio
Curtis Stigers – Hooray For Love
The Vamps – Meet The Vamps
Various – Disney DConstructed
Mark Vincent – Best So Far

DIGITAL RELEASE
Glee Cast – Tested
Melly – Ironi
Remi – Tyson
Diana Rouvas – Heart Of Goodbye
Ed Sheeran – Sing

COUNTDOWN TO EUROVISION : Sweden

As you'll no doubt be aware by now, the time is fast ticking away 'til the eyes of Europe turn to Denmark for the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. There's guaranteed glitz, glamour, dud notes, key changes, amazing outfits, quirky staging and some of the best European/English accents and dodgy jokes you're likely to hear all year. Copenhagen is set to turn it all on and more across the two semi finals (May 06 and May 08) and the all-important Grand Final on May 10. Naturally, here in Australia we'll be seeing each of the concerts on SBS, with the Grand Final screened on Sunday May 11 from 7:30pm on the East Coast.

SANNA NIELSEN : Undo

The Swedes no doubt feel an immense amount of pressure at the Eurovision Song Contest. They've walked away with Eurovision glory five times since first competing in 1958 and have a reputation for producing some of the finest pop music not only on the continent, but globally. Their hopes this year rest on the shoulders of 29 year old Sanna Nielsen. Like many other competitors in this year's ESC, Sanna is no stranger to her national selection process, having competed at the Melodifestivalen an amazing seven times. Seven's her lucky number, obviously. And 'Undo' is spectacular.
A rousing piano pop ballad with big production, dramatic chorus and an intricate vocal line that would be extraordinarily challenging to pull off. But Sanna does it here beautifully. Sweden is among the favourites to lift this year's trophy - and it's not hard to see (and hear) why. Exceptional.


http://youtu.be/XdXXnX5BvGY

Thursday, April 24, 2014

AVRIL LAVIGNE : Hello Kitty

Canadian songstress Avril Lavigne has seemingly got the press in a bit of a flap with the video for her new single 'Hello Kitty'.
Filmed in Japan, the clip (and single) are specifically targeting the all-important Asian market, where Sanrio is still very big business.
As such, the video is filled with cute Japanese flourishes, like bright pastels, Asian backing dancers, a sushi meal, the latest technology, plenty of candy and a cupcake dress.
Avril purists will no doubt be up in arms. Her Asian fanbase may see 'Hello Kitty' in an entirely different light.


http://youtu.be/LiaYDPRedWQ

PHARRELL WILLIAMS : Marilyn Monroe

One tiny little song with a tiny five letter title has single-handedly resurrected Pharrell Williams' recording career. 'Happy' was (and continues to be) a global chart monster, selling millions across the globe, including more than a million in the UK, more than four million Stateside and notching up six times platinum sales here in Australia (over 420,000 copies and climbing).
But there IS a problem. 'Happy' was so big that anything that was to follow in its wake was never going to match its success. Its bridesmaid is 'Marilyn Monroe'.
On its own terms, the single is very likeable, with a good groove, polished beats and an aesthetically pleasing video clip (below) that features a bevy of beauties, along with a cameo appearance by none other than Ms Kelly Osbourne. Those qualities alone may keep Pharrell's booming fanbase... 'happy'.


http://youtu.be/nXXVMcyy_Ag

NEW RELEASE SCHEDULE



THE AUSTRALIAN CD NEW RELEASE SCHEDULE

May 02
Lily Allen – Sheezus
Lily Allen – Sheezus (Deluxe Edition)
The Angels – Vol.1 : 40 Greatest Studio Hits
The Angels – Vol.2 : 40 Greatest Hits Live
Frankie Ballard – Sunshine & Whiskey
Claire Browne & The Bangin’ Rockettes – Baby Caught The Bus
Jacob Cooper – Silver Threads
Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
DZ Deathrays – Black Rat
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde – Someday World
Epica – Nuclear Blast
Epica – Nuclear Blast (Deluxe Edition)
JD Fortune – Seven In 7
Ben & Ellen Harper – Childhood Home
The Horrors – Luminous
Hoy – Aquaslum
Kronos Quartet – A Thousand Thoughts
Little Hurricane – Gold Fever
Little Matador – Little Matador
Lostalone – Shapes Of Screams
Natalie Merchant – Natalie Merchant
The Middle Names – I Need Space
Movement – Movement EP
Nine Black Alps – Candy For The Clowns
Caitlin Park – The Sleeper
Gruff Rhys – American Interior
Dustin Tebbutt – Bones EP
Thievery Corporation – Saudade
Thundamentals – So We Can Remember
Marc Romboy – Shades
Tiny Ruins – Brightly Painted One
Tune Yards – Nikki Nack
Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust
Various – Drum & Bass Arena 2014
Various – Hed Kandi : Deep House 2014
Various – Ministry Of Sound : Electro House Sessions 7
Various – Pure Deep House 2
Various – Thank You For Everything
Winger – Better Days Comin’

DIGITAL RELEASE
Bleachers – Shadow
Bobby Fox ftg. Miranda Kerr – You’re The Boss
Foxes – Holding Onto Heaven (remixes)
Kid Ink – Main Chick (remix)
Monarchy – Living Without You
Our Man In Berlin – Is It Right EP
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
Ricki-Lee – All We Need Is Love
Jamie xx – Girl/Sleep Sound


May 09
Tori Amos – Unrepentant Geraldines
Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island
Anti Mortem – New Southern
Archive – Axiom
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
The Cairos – Dream Of Reason
Cherry Ghost – Herd Runners
Closure In Moscow – Pink Lemonade
Current Swell – Ulysses
Dan + Shay – Where It All Began
De Lux – Voyage
Down – Down IV : Part II EP
Foxes – Glorious (Deluxe Edition)
Kina Grannis – Elements
Mick Hart – Under A Vacant Sky
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – What Have We Become
Michael Jackson – Xscape * May 13
Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
Lykke Li – I Never Learn
Little Bastard – Little Bastard
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Sarah McLachlan – Shine On
Nick Mulvey – First Mind
Nine Sons Of Dan – Follow The Blood EP
Bo Ningen – Bo Ningen
OCR – Here Lies Love
Darren Percival – Lovelife
Quantic – Magnetica
Andre Rieu – Live In Brazil (DVD)
Schiller – Opus
Curtis Stigers – Hooray For Love
Swans – To Be Kind
Various – Hit Country : Ultimate Party
Various – Late Night Tales : Django Django
Various – NOW 2014 : Volume 1
Dan Webb – Sandstorm

DIGITAL RELEASE
Jezzabell Doran – Blank Page
Stereolove – Drive


May 16
Afrojack – Forget The World
Archie Bronson Outfit – Wild Crush
Kishi Bashi – Lightght
Chromeo – White Women
The Church – A Psychedelic Symphony
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Deep Purple – Made In Japan
Deep Purple – Made In Japan (Deluxe Edition)
Deep Purple – Made In Japan (Super Deluxe Box Set)
Flaming Lips – 7 Skies H3
Frente – Marvin The Album (21st Anniversary Edition)
Jeff Lang – I Live A Lot In My Head These Days
LCD Soundsystem : The Long Goodbye (Live At Madison Square Gardens)
Mr Scruff – Friendly Bacteria
Northeast Party House – Any Given Weekend
Oasis – Definitely Maybe (Chasing The Sun Edition)
Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
Wagons – Acid Rain And Sugar Cane

DIGITAL RELEASE
I Know Leopard – Illumina EP


May 23
Hercules & Love Affair – The Feast Of The Broken
Cher Lloyd – Sorry I’m Late
Austin Mahone – The Secret
OST – The Fault In Our Stars
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Plaid – Reachy Prints
Popstrangers – Fortuna
Powerman 5000 – Builders Of The Future
Jenny Queen – Small Town Misfits
Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

DIGITAL RELEASE
One Direction – You & I * May 25


May 30
50 Cent – Animal Ambition
The Acid – Liminal
Beaty Heart – Mixed Blessings
Dune Rats – Dune Rats
Kyla La Grange – Cut Your Teeth
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (2014 reissue)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (2014 reissue)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III (2014 reissue)
Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours
Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser
Mind Over Matter – This Way To Elsewhere
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
Soundgarden – Superunknown (20th Anniversary Edition)
Various – Studio Rio Presents : The Brazil Connection
Paul Weller – More Modern Classics

June 06
The Amity Affliction – Let The Ocean Take Me
Mia Dyson – Idyllwild
Glass Animals – Zaba
Chrissie Hynde – Stockholm
Klaxons – Love Frequency
Marcus Hook Roll Band – Tales Of Old Grand-Daddy
Martynas – Martynas
Morrissey – Vauxhall And I (20th Anniversary Edition)
Passenger – Whispers
Passenger – Whispers (Deluxe Edition)
Remi – Raw X Infinity
Alexis Taylor – Await Barbarians
Tom Vek – Luck

June 13
360 – Utopia
Lower – Seek Warmer Climbs
Martyn – The Air Between Words
Andre Rieu – Magic Of The Musicals
Lewis Watson – The Morning
White Lung – Deep Fantasy

June 20
David Gray – Mutineers
How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart?
Ed Sheeran – X
Ed Sheeran – X (Deluxe Edition)

July 04
Something For Kate – Beautiful Sharks (Deluxe Edition)
Something For Kate – Desert Lights (Deluxe Edition)
Something For Kate – Echolalia (Deluxe Edition)
Something For Kate – Elsewhere For 8 Minutes (Deluxe Edition)
Something For Kate – Leave Your Soul To Science (Deluxe Edition)
Something For Kate – The Official Fiction (Deluxe Edition)

July 11
Fink – Hard Believer
Theory Of A Deadman – SaVages
Woman’s Hour – Conversations

August 01
Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone

All release dates subject to change & list is updated weekly.

RICKY MARTIN : Vida

Ricky Martin's Supersong single 'Vida' has finally made it to the global retail marketplace this week and has subsequently seen its official video (below) premiere online.
Supersong was a project launched across the Sony group of companies late last year to find a song that would encompass the exhilaration, participation and competition of the upcoming FIFA Soccer World Cup, to be held in cities throughout Brazil from mid-June.
Ricky is no stranger to World Cup anthems, obviously, having previous released 'The Cup Of Life' ('La Copa De La Vida') as the official song of the 1998 edition in France. It was a No.1 hit here in Australia at a time when Ricky fever was peaking.
Produced by Salaam Remi (Fergie, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys), 'Vida' is incredibly infectious and plays heavily to Ricky's Latin roots and while it's likeable, bright and fresh - everything organisers hope the World Cup to be - we can't help but feel that it pales in comparison to the 1998 track.


http://youtu.be/a3I7wBck0e4

COUNTDOWN TO EUROVISION : Latvia

We're now in the home stretch when it comes to our Countdown To Eurovision series this year. The 59th edition of the planet's favourite song contest kicks off in the Danish capital Copenhagen on May 06 with the first of the semi finals. The second semi hits just two days later, with ten countries from each making their way through to the big Grand Final on May 10, where they'll compete against the "big five" countries of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, along with the host nation Denmark for Eurovision glory.
In part 25 of our Countdown To Eurovision series, we're having a little look at Latvia's entry.

AARZAMNIEKI : Cake To Bake

After winning their way through to Eurovision this year through their national selection process 'Dziesma', Aarzamnieki hopes to make it all the way through from the first semi final to the Grand Final with their single 'Cake To Bake'. Lead singer Joran Steinhauer is no stranger to the selection process, having competed in the national selection process back in 2008 with his previous band Axlina. So will Aarzamnieki's 'Cake To Bake' be enough to entice the rest of Europe to vote for them?
No. We have no idea what the people who voted in 'Dziesma' were thinking, but this is no Eurovision winning song, despite how quirky and out there it is. Perhaps they were high on a sugar hit? Perhaps on something else entirely? But given 'Cake To Bake' is currently a 126 to 1 chance of winning, we'd say it's highly likely you'll only be hearing this once during this year's competition.


http://youtu.be/L7CL8anA1hQ

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LILY ALLEN : Sheezus

Doesn't Lily Allen look spectacular in the still image from her latest video below!? The clip is, of course, for the title track from Lily's upcoming album 'Sheezus' which lands with us a week on Friday and it comes with a warning that it includes "explicit content" (language is the issue here).
The clip itself is rather simple, but it's clear that it's in the post-production process where the video has obviously been treated with layers of interesting - particularly in the latter stages.
The track, meanwhile, is all about Lily dealing with her haters and those who would seek to compare her to some of the planet's other pop vixens, some of whom she name-checks in the song. It ain't no 'Hard Out Here', but then again, we guess 'Sheezus' the single will serve as a headline-grabber in preparedness for the album's release.


http://youtu.be/9kPQiAJv4fo

SPLENDOURED LINEUP

Lily Allen, Foster The People, Outkast and Two Door Cinema Club are among the big names who've been named as part of the line-up for this year's Splendour In The Grass.
The big reveal took place this morning and though some of the aforementioned would be enough to get many screaming through the gates, there's a bundle more who'll join them on the stage at the North Byron Parklands for this year's event.
Angus & Julia Stone are in; so too London Grammar, Vance Joy, Rüfüs, Kelis, Metronomy, Chvrches, Grouplove, 360, Art vs Science, Illy, Ball Park Music, Sky Ferreira, Gossling and many more.
The 14th Annual Splendour In The Grass will take over the North Byron Parklands in Wooyung for three big days - on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 25, 26 and 27. Once again, there'll be multiple stages, onsite camping, as well as the ability to purchase tickets for one or three days.
Speaking of tickets, they're on sale on Friday May 02 from 9am.
Further details are available from www.splendourinthegrass.com.

July 25 - 27 : Byron Bay (North Byron Parklands)

TOURING : Rick Springfield

And with just one little wave of the Aussie flag, Rick Springfield has announced that he'll return home in October this year for a full national tour.
The singer's back catalogue stretches back in excess of 40 years and includes his top ten debut single 'Speak To The Sky' (1971), 'Don't Talk To Strangers' (1982) and the song that sent him soaring into the stratosphere not only here, but around the globe (including No.1 Stateside), 'Jessie's Girl' (1981).
Lennard Promotions will bring Rick to Australia for the series of nine concerts; the run including stops on the Gold Coast, in Canberra and Hobart. But it all kicks off in Perth on Tuesday October 07.
Tickets for all shows are on sale on Tuesday May 06.

October 07 : Perth (Crown Theatre)
October 09 : Brisbane (Eatons Hill Hotel)
October 10 : Tweed Heads (Twin Towns)
October 11 : Revesby (Whitlam Theatre)
October 13 : Canberra (Royal Theatre)
October 14 : Sydney (Enmore Theatre)
October 16 : Hobart (Wrestpoint Entertainment Centre)
October 17 : Melbourne (Palais Theatre)
October 18 : Adelaide (Thebarton Theatre)