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News : Laura Jean launches Eden Land at The Corner

Lenglert writes"Supported by Sly Hats, luluc and Biddy Connor.
Date: March 2nd
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $15 or $12 pre-sale through http://www.cornerhotel.com

Sydney-born, Melbourne-based songwriter Laura Jean first came to national attention in 2006 with the release of her debut album Our Swan Song. Lush and pastoral, adorned with strings, woodwind and Laura’s beautiful modal harmonies, Our Swan Song was a critical and popular favourite, gaining Triple J high rotation and introducing Laura Jean as a powerful, exotic new voice in Australian music.

Our Swan Song also made waves overseas, most notably reaching the ears of Gary Lightbody, leader of Scottish pop stars Snow Patrol, who raved about the album on the BBC and then invited Laura to join his band onstage for two successive Australian tours in 2007. Each night, Laura sang Martha Wainwright’s part of the duet Set The Fire To The Third Bar, and in doing so reached a whole new fanbase.
Laura also found herself asked to support other international bands such as M Ward, Midlake, Okkervil River and Richard Buckner, as well as homegrown stars of the likes of New Buffalo and Darren Hanlon. This attention culminated in her signing a deal with UK label Co-Operative/V2, who will release Eden Land later this year, after bringing British listeners up to speed with a condensed EP version of Our Swan Song.
After this kind of reception, Laura Jean felt confident enough to aim for the stars on her next album. An unashamed concept record, Eden Land explores ideas of self-discovery, sexual awakening and loss of innocence through a suite of nine interconnected songs.
“On one level it’s a breakup album,” she says. “On another level it’s about leaving a safe situation to experience life. And on another level this album is about becoming aware of my sexuality. And that all ties in with the concept of Eden, someone leaving an idyllic place, kind of pre-awareness, to experience life, which is bound by physicality.”
As opposed to Our Swan Song, which was a three year labour of love, Eden Land came effortlessly, the songs written in seemingly direct communication with Laura’s subconscious, and recorded in just five days with Sydney producer Chris Townend (whose credits stretch all the way from The Sleepy Jackson to Natalie Imbruglia) at his BJB Studios.
Additional vocals and overdubs were completed back in Melbourne with Simon Grounds, producer of Our Swan Song, at Bakehouse Studios. But compared to her debut, Eden Land was born almost fully-formed. “It came together very naturally,” says Laura. “It’s very hard to explain, but it was just there.”
Unlike the arm-long list of musicians on her debut, Laura assembled a core band for Eden Land, featuring Biddy Connor (viola), Jen Sholakis (drums, percussion), Geoff Dunbar (bass) and Martin Mackerras (clarinet). The Eden Land Choir, whose massed vocals grace tracks like Yellow Moon and Love Is Going To Lead Us, is made up of Laura and her bandmembers, plus guests such as Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo), Oliver Mann, blues performer Liz Stringer and Lehmann Smith (Kes Band).
Singularly assured and strikingly beautiful, Eden Land is a powerful, ambitious record, suffused with an otherworldly atmosphere which struck even Laura as she was writing it. “I realised that I was speaking about a reality that wasn’t necessarily earthly, but could be from a parallel place,” she says. “I decided about halfway through that I could hear a land called Eden Land.”


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News : St Kilda Festival, New Music Stage

plum writes"

Local Melbander Jessica Paige is playing on the AIR New Music Stage in the St Kilda Festival on Sunday, Feb 10 ( 12.45 p.m.) with her band of Paige Boys. This follows Jess's successful appearance solo in 2007 in the Live & Local Program.
You can vote for Jess & the Paige Boys to win a coveted spot on the Beach Stage in 2009 plus a $5,000 contribution to the bands coffers. Just go to the St Kilda Festival site via the link below.
If you want to enter your band in for a spot next year, keep your eyes peeled for the Submit your Demo instructions from the St Kilda Festival organisers.

www.stkildafestival.com.au/vote

Check out www.myspace.com/jessicapaigemuso
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News : News from Deluxe Mastering

Ad writes"Music Awards, ARIA nomination, 5 star reviews...

Congrats to Joe Chindamo and Graeme Lyall for their 2007 Best Jazz Album ARIA AWARD nomination, mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering.

Congrats also to Plastic Palace Alice - one of the five nominees in the 'Alternative' category of the MusicOz 2007 awards. You can vote here. The album's due out in March.

Recent projects include new albums for Sime Nugent - truly one of the country's best singer/songwriters, Plastic Palace Alice (listen out for 'em on radio JJJ), acoustic punk outfit Fear Like Us, debut albums for Tess Henderson and Bridget A'Beckett, new album for the talented and classy sound of Kate Vigo & the Melbourne Underground Orchestra and the latest for improv jazz maestros Way Out West with Old Grooves for New Streets and 5 STAR REVIEWS:

Laurence Donahue-Greene Editor All About Jazz New York
"Certainly a candidate for Best Release of the Year - I hope lots of ears hear this one!"

ABC Limelight Magazine October 2007
Peter Wockner, Rating 5 stars

"A mixed marriage of unprecedented success! While the thought of fusing African and Vietnamese music may appear unusual, the result is one of the most compelling releases of 2007."

Owen McKern, 3RRR Radio
"It's an absolute stunner - one of the really fine new releases I've heard this year."

Peter Jordan, Editor Jazz Australia
"Eschews travel book exotica in favour of an approach that integrates the instruments into a cohesive whole."


Adam
Deluxe Mastering
Melbourne

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News : Junior Bands @ Astor Theatre, St Kilda, Nov 17th @ 2pm

voodoochild2 writes"voodoo child music proudly presents.......One Eyed Cat & Moon Child at the Astor Theatre @ 2pm Sat 17th November, Cnr Chapel St & Dandenong Rd, St Kilda ------------------------------------------------------ Two bands from the voodoo child music band program have been working hard all year, this is their time to show you what they've got! | One Eyed Cat is Melbourne’s coolest Rockabilly band, they are sure to get the crowd rock’n along. The average band member is 13 years old, but these guys are not to be underestimated. | Moon Child are virtual veterans at 16 years of age. Their play list pays tribute to 70’s Rock legends Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Rock at it’s best. | Come down and check out the Cat and the Kid with Vintage Gear at one of Melbourne's old Rock Venues. | Tickets are available at the door on the day: $20 Adult/$15 Child or Student Concession | voodoo child music | Individual tuition and Melbourne's premier band program | www.voodoochildmusic.com.au | James 9486 1203 "

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News : Bliss n Eso team up with Oaktree foundation to raise funds for international aid

alfie writes"

$5 is all it takes!

One of Australia's best hip hop acts has teamed up with the Oaktree Foundation to produce the hottest track of the year.

The single, "Bullet and a Target" features the Connections Zulu Choir, a 21-piece choir from South Africa which toured Australia in June this year. It was recorded at Jimmy Barnes's home studio in Sydney.

All proceeds raised from the sale of the single goes to the Oaktree Foundation and the funding of projects in developing regions of South Africa in the hope of creating awareness and a brighter future for those in need. The Oaktree Foundation is Australia's only international aid and development organisation which is run entirely by volunteers under the age of 26.

But we need your help!! In order for this to be a success we need to pre-sell the single – 10,000 copies will take the single platinum and raise funds for the Oaktree Foundation and the work it does in developing countries.

You can pre-order a copy through the following websites:

Credit card order: http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/music/id/1087131
Paypal Order: www.myspace.com/blissneso
(Please note that additional postage charges will apply)


And make sure you check out the amazing video clip at http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=18278152

You can also find out more about the amazing work of the Oaktree Foundation at www.theoaktree.org, in particular the organisation's most exciting new project, Schools 4 Schools at www.schools4schools.org.

Bullet And A Target Hits Stores October 27 Stand up – Listen – Make A Difference!
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