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Mar 14, 2017

So how's about this? Ed Sheeran gives the world a 16-song album called ÷, and what do the charts do? They give us a top 20 that includes all 16 songs! Fabulous huh?  

Well, actually, the domination of the bigger artists is causing indie music to be spat out of the charts like a kid who just ate broccoli for the first time. 

How is this happening? The Official Singles Chart began including streaming in their rankings in June 2014, and since then, fewer and fewer new acts have been able to break through. According to BBC, in the first six months of 2016, there were 86 new entries in the UK singles chart. Ten years ago, that figure was 230. 

So what does that mean for indie music? Right now there are two thoughts floating amidst industry leaders. One is that the charts' stagnation excludes up-and-coming artists. And the other, is that the quality of newer artists doesn't contend with the bigger, more well-known guys.  

More importantly, what does this say about charts in general? Well, perhaps that they're just not that relevant anymore. Dare we say, archaic? The way charts are constructed reward mindless streaming made up of repeat listens rather than the discovery of fresh new music. Let this sink in: ÷ has generated 79,000 album streams.

With all this in mind, maybe it's best we look to blogs as the authorities on new music...

...but we already do that. 

Jami Selikow

Jami Selikow

Jun 28, 2017

The National are teasing fans with a 9 second clip of their new song "Guilty Party." Sleep Well Beast, their new album, will be released in September 2017 and they've been taunting fans about it with short clips on Social Media. The band have also released their first single off the album "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness," which you can listen to below. 

The National Tease New Song "Guilty Party"

The latest teaser arrived June 27th and it's pretty awesome...as far as 9 second clips go. We've got some rolling skies, a house in the corner that hints at their new logo with some visuals thrown onto it. Instrumentally, there's some percussion and an electronic sound for maybe a second or two. Check it out:


So while that's pretty exciting and all, 9 seconds just isn't enough don't you think? So how about something more? 

The National at Glastonbury 

The National performed at Glastonbury 2017 which was streamed live via BBC iPlayer. You can watch it on the BBC site. They played the two tracks from Sleep Well Beast–"The System Only Dreams in Darkness" and "Guilty Party"–as well as solid favorites like "Fake Empire" and "Bloodbuzz Ohio." You can have a look at the full setlist for The National's Glastonbury show below. 


Sea of Love
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Fake Empire
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The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
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Walk It Back
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Guilty Party
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Day I Die
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I Need My Girl
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Bloodbuzz Ohio
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Mr. November
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Terrible Love
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Delia Bartle

Delia Bartle

Jun 26, 2017

BIGSOUND is one of Australia’s biggest music festivals, and the 2017 event is set to be one of the best in the event’s 16-year history. More than 60 artists and speakers will take to the stage at 17 venues over four days in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley from September 5–8.

It’s not just the artist line-up that’s exciting; the festival is packed with a stellar list of speakers, A&R reps and talent scouts from all around the globe. Quentin Tarantino’s music supervisor Mary Ramos – responsible for iconic soundtracks including Pulp Fiction and From Dusk Till Dawn – will be in attendance, alongside American publicist Adel Hattem (BIGSOUND 2014 alumni and Flume’s South American promotional representative), and many more. Australian icons Tina Arena and Archie Roach have been announced as the first keynote speakers on this year’s line-up.

A panel of international delegates will face the tricky task of determining winners of the $100,000 Levi’s Music Prize – the largest music prize pool in Australian history. The prize serves to provide up-and-coming artists with the financial support they need to enable them to pursue a successful international trajectory.

"The Levi’s Music Prize creates an important new link in the support chain, enabling artists to capitalise on the opportunities created by showcasing in front of over a hundred international industry players at BIGSOUND,” QMusic Executive Officer Joel Edmonson said, “This partnership with the Levi’s brand is a game-changer for Australian music export.”

Tickets are available through the BIGSOUND website here, starting from AUD$45 for a single-night pass.

The current line-up is already bursting at the seams with talented acts, with more names to be announced in the coming months:

Alex The Astronaut
Alexander Biggs
Baker Boy Bespin (NZ)
Body Type
Daggy Man
Dobby Donny Benét
Dream Rimmy
Endless Heights
Fanny Lumsden
Good Morning
Haiku Hands
Hayden Calnin
Hockey Dad
Horace Bones
IV League
Jess Locke
Jim Lawrie
Kirridarra (Sandhill Women)
Kylie Auldist
Maddy Jane
Mama Kin spender
Maribelle Merk (NZ)
Obscura Hail
Pagan Pandamic
Party Dozen
Peter Bibby
POW! Negro
Sloan Peterson
Spirit Bunny Splashh (UK)
The Cactus Channel
The Creases
The Teskey Brothers
Willaris. K
Winston Surfshirt
Ziggy Ramo

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