Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tiger Choir - Ghosties by Noise Etc
Here's a track from Tiger Choir, who launched their debut album Unicycles on Sunday night in Hobart. "Ghosties" is the second song on the album, which features some electro indie-pop vibes held down by some summery/strummy guitar. (Is that cliché enough? I'm new to this style of blogging.) I think its fun.
Monday, April 11, 2011
This space is changing.
This blog was originally called Noise & Words & Things & Shit, and at first mostly featured live reviews and CD reviews. This was all local content, focusing on musicians and bands from Hobart, Australia. This was a pretty easy task to do because I knew nobody in the Hobart music scene. I knew of them, of course, but nobody knew me. I was the shy kid in the corner with a camera or a phone.
Today, I'm still that same shy kid, but I'm no longer (or, as much of) an outsider. (I even had a nearly completed Hobart music overview/opinion article, tentatively titled 'The Perennial Outsider'.) And while this can be satisfying on a personal level, it means that this space must change. In the interest of integrity, you'll probably see less CD reviews here, simply because I won't be reviewing anything from friends. If I feel like I can't write an honest review of a band due to a conflict of interest, there won't be one (unless I can find an impartial guest writer to contribute a review). No nepotism, thanks.
If I feel like I have something genuine to offer/criticise through a live review, I have no qualms of writing these thoughts down and publishing them. But, if I skip over your band completely in a live review, its probably because I like you enough already and don't want to feel guilty for writing about my friends in the public eye. Sorry for being overly cautious. I might end up reverting this back to another informal, transparently biased blog, but we'll see how it goes.
This doesn't mean I'm giving up my boner for local music and/or certain bands. I am not adverse to featuring music, videos, previews, etc here from bands I feel conflicted about otherwise reviewing.
The plan for Noise, Etc. in 2011 is to feature much more video content (starting with buying a video camera
in the next two weeks... soon), so it can serve as a space to both document and comment on the contemporary Hobart music scene. Plus, promoting local music is a given, starting with a free digital compilation in the coming months probably November or December.
I'll endeavour to publish more interviews and articles this year, too. If you're in a band and are releasing an album, touring, or just plain wanna shoot the breeze, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and if you hadn't already noticed, yeah, I've shortened the name and given it a proper URL. The old URL will still link back here, so all is good.