Monthly Archives: July 2015

Cobaw 7″ Out Today


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The new 45 from The Cactus Channel, Cobaw, takes its name from a small town in the gold rush end of the Macedon Ranges. Scrubby forests, disused mine shafts and quiet dark lagoons border the grazing land and history hides in all the shadows. Straight out, The Cactus Channel’s heavy, ominous drums and reverb-drenched guitars take this record into soundtrack land. It’s not clear whether it’s a road movie or a horror movie. The B-side, Fool’s Gold, a warning that all is not what it seems, is a slower, thicker tune on the same tip.

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Watch The Cactus Channels new spooky video

The Cactus Channel’s new single will officially be out on July 24th, but before then you can still pre-order the 7″ and watch their spooky video filmed in the depths of the Victorian forests.

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Emma Donovan nominated for 2 NIMAs!

Congratulations to Emma Donovan who has made it as a finalist in the National Indigenous Music Awards for her album with The Putbacks, Dawn. She’s in the running for Best Song with “Black Woman” and Best Album! Read the full list of finalist in the Sydney Morning Herald.  Winners will be announced on July 25th!

Meanwhile Emma and the band have just returned from a big show at Hyde Park in Sydney as part of NAIDOC Week and while they were up there the team at Double J Radio caught up with them to film an intimate live performance in the Golden Age Theatre.

For full tour dates see Emma Donovan’s gig guide.

The album Dawn  is available now, direct from HopeStreet Recordings.


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Quarter Street – Heavy Duty Salsa


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From the first few notes, it sounds like the real thing. Piano and bass riff hard. Percussion enters. ¡Oiga Papa! Listen up! The trombones come in thick and strong. Fantasia, the first song on Quarter Street’s self-titled LP is authentic ‘salsa dura’ from the old school. Hard salsa. It’s not shiny, it’s not clean and poppy or unduly jazzy. It’s tough, it’s gritty and ballsy, and in terms of musicianship, writing and production, it straight up cooks.