Starlifter Radio in the 3051… Melbourne!

Shocking Pinks - Dance the Dance Electric

Howdy there! Dr Hitchcock here.

So it’s like the something of March 2011 and I’ve finally got round to posting something here in the blog for Starlifter Radio. Man it’s been a hectic couple of months. I guess it always gonna be moving countries and over a great body of water. Well, we finally made the big move back to Melbourne from Christchurch. And just in time as it turned out. Late in February Christchurch was hit by another massive earthquake, more destructive than the one in September. Although our immediate families and loved ones are alive we do know of people who are not. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all who lost people in the quake. It sucks, it’s hard and we really do feel for you. Believe it or not but almost 80,000 people have temporarily moved out of the city… 80,000, that’s almost a fifth of the city. Freakin’ woah! If you do want to help the people of Christchurch recovery from this traumatic event please try and help where you can or donate to the NZ Red Cross [].

Now on to the tunes, there are a few Christchurch gems in there, a new track from Muzai Records signed Sherpa, an oldie from Blonde Redhead, a remix of the original earthquake track by Circuit Bent, a new one from the new Siriusmo album and a dirty ole demo from Shocking Pinks first album, Dance the Dance Electric. Oh, and we have the latest podcast from Indie Slut, host o f Human Pleasure at Hourly Rates on RDU 98.5 FM. Jah bless you uncle!

So much love and peace,
Dr H

New songs just added to the Starlifter playlist
Song – Artist – Misc
Crazy Love – Colder
Us Against The City (Demo) – Shocking Pinks
Turn – My Disco
Batman Through A Telescope – Sherpa
Futurism Vs Passeism – Blonde Redhead
It’s A Wilderness… – APTEKA –
How Ye – Die! Die! Die!
NROB BMUD – Regurgitator –
Streetlighter – Golden Glow
Oh No – Mother & Father
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Karazzee – !!!
Corner Of The Sky – Cut Copy
CHCH Earthquake Tune (Circuit Bent Remix) – Tom Cosm –
Mosaik – Siriusmo
Vanilla Minus – Gold Panda
Pepperland – The Beatles
Light Pattern – Bonobo
Hannibal – Caribou
Give Up The Ghost – Radiohead
Pedestal – Portishead
Protection – Massive Attack
Rovor – Bop
Unsolved Remained – Masha Qrella

With extra an extra special podcast from Indie Slut!!!
‘Human Pleasure at Hourly Rates’ Podcast – Monday, March 7th 2011
Artist – Song – Release
Lumerians – Burning Mirrors [Transmalinnia LP]
That Ghost – After Passing [Songs Out Here LP]
Xray Eyeballs – Crystal [Crystal 7″]
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Iluminomi [Iluminomi single]
Televised Crimewave – Objects of Desire [Different Times LP]freedownload
thee spivs – Radio [Taped Up LP]
Exlovers – Blowing Kisses [single]
Cats Eyes – Cats Eyes [Cats Eyes EP]
Remodel – Situational Tragedy Pt 2 [Statues LP]
The Sorry Kisses – Sunstorms [Keep Smiling LP]
Colleen Green – Dance the Night Away [Green One EP]
The Two Koreas – Midnight Brown [Science Island LP]
The Sunday Reeds – Get Nothing Done [Dark Rainbows EP]
Beach Fossils – Fall Right In [What a Pleasure EP]
Craft Spells – The Fog Rose High [Idle Labor LP]
Bass Drum of Death – Get Found [GB City LP]
First Love, Last Rites – Slow Wind [S/T LP]
The Chapman Family – Anxiety [Burn Your Town LP]
Low – Witches [C’mon LP]
Wye Oak – Dog Eyes [Civilian LP]
Davila 666 – Los Cruces [Tan Bajo LP]
Frankie And The Heartstrings – Possibilities [Hunger LP]
Chixdiggit! – Found Love [Safeways Here We Come LP]
Cold Cave – Underworld USA [Cherish The Light Years LP]
Noah And The Whale – Give It All Back [Last Night On Earth LP]
Martial Canterel – You Today [You Today LP]
Tim Cohen – Hey Little One [Magic Trick LP]
Kurt Vile – Peeping Tomboy [Smoke Ring For My Halo LP]
Ride – Vapour Trail [Nowhere 20th Anniversary reissue LP]
Banjo Or Freakout – Black Scratches [Banjo Or Freakout LP
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong [Belong 7″]
Foot Village – Lovers With Iraqis [Lovers With Iraqis 7″]
Girls Names – Seánce on a Wet Afternoon [Dead To Me LP]
Hunters – Brat Mouth [Hunters Ep]
Muncie Girls – First Things First [Muncie Girls LP]
Rafter – Oh No [Quiet Storm LP]
The Lovely Eggs – Why Don’t You Like Me? [Cob Dominos LP]
The Sky Drops – Explain it to me [Making Mountains EP]

Die! Die! Die! – Form

Die! Die! Die! - Form

Review by Andrew Barry

On their recently released third full length album ‘Form” Die! Die! Die! has created possibly their best record to date, and one of immense scope.

“Form” is their first album on Flying Nun Records, and it is a fitting new beginning for the heartily welcomed back, and revitalized label, one for whom terms such as seminal and legendary, only really scratch the surface in a time where they are thrown about with such comfort by many.

On “Form” Die! Die! Die! remains the same, uncompromising and challenging band who gave us their self-titled debut in 2005 and 2007’s excellent Shayne Carter produced “Promises, Promises”. Yet, they have stretched themselves into different musical places, and sonic colours. This is an album which while still evoking the post-punk influences which drive the 3-piece, reaches for new territory, and while remaining a beast of an LP, it is a melodic, beautiful beast.

Perhaps most importantly, this is an album in the original sense of the word, like the songs themselves, there’s no fat on these bones- at just under 40 minutes running time, there is not a weak track here, nor many moments of let up. If the band aren’t at one point, startlingly inventive within the traditional framework of the 3 piece post rock and roll band, then they are at the next returning to thrash elements of their past.

However “Form”, while providing an accessibility (if that isn’t considered a dirty word) for new listeners to discover the band, is not a sea change which should worry long-term fans. It is an album of contrast, and one where the band, rather than bludgeon the listener with their music, lure them in with swirling textures, and melodies emerging from what on previous records may have been impenetrable walls of sound.

Frontman Andrew Wilson, while, this reviewer doesn’t wish to discount the meritorious efforts of Michael Prain (Drums), and Lachlan Anderson (Bass) is the star throughout “Form” both in his angered, yet yearning vocals, and his guitar playing- which is often at the front of the mix, be it with swathes of noise or with his jangly, yet jagged riffs which bump up against the rhythm section in a memorable way.

Across the album, stand out tracks abound. Worthy of note is the opening “Caseman” which lays down the manifesto in style, for what is to follow, the pairing of b.Net hits “How Ye” and “We Built Our Own Oppressors” and a personal favorite, “Daze” which dips its toes into shoegaze territory, and features the superb military beat drumming of Prain throughout.

“Form” evokes many other artists, the likes of My Bloody Valentine in general, on “Paquin” the warped pop of Wavves or on “Wastelands” The Mint Chicks; however it is a triumph of Die! Die! Die!’s skill and ability that these influences and others morph into something very much their own.

This is a band at an exciting stage of their career, and these new songs deserve to be heard on a larger stage – their recent and upcoming big ticket support slots for such forebears as the Pixies and Peter Hook are testament to this. On the back of an outstanding record, the chance to see Die! Die! Die! at Lyttelton’s tiny, El Santo Porteno on December 17th is a veritable treat, where their huge sonic nature and trademark live electricity will be on show in a unique venue.

‘Wasted Lands’ is currently on the Starlifter Radio playlist.

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Die! Die! Die! – We Built Our Own Oppressors, and on the Nun!

Totz radness folks. Fresh from a raucous wee set at Chartfest 2010 is Die! Die! Die! with a new song and the announcement that they’ve be signed to the recently revived Flying Nun records, choice! It’s just been added to the Starlifter Radio playlist and you can download it for free by clicking on the cover art above.