FBi turns 10: A music and art festival at Carriageworks

I’ve mentioned FBi Radio before; I believe it’s the best radio station for anyone who wants to learn about new music, especially new music coming from Australia. I’ve been a supporting member ever since I moved to Sydney.

FBi is having its 10th anniversary this year. One of the ways they’re celebrating is with a music festival day on Sunday September 8th atCarriageworks in Eveleigh.


I got my ticket today. It’s pretty cheap, less than $50 even for non-supporters. Get yours here and support good, local, new music. These are some of the 35 acts playing on the day:

The Presets – Hermitude
Urthboy – Seekae – Decoder Ring
Spit Syndicate – The Laurels – Thundamentals
The Preatures – Sampology (AV show)
World’s End Press – Straight Arrows – Collarbones
Naysayer & Gilsun (AV show) – Zeahorse
Movement – Citizen Kay – HOOPS
Ro Sham Bo – Joyride – Simon Caldwell
Kato – Shantan Wantan Ichiban
Mike Who – Mealo & Space Junk
plus more FBi favourites to be announced

Free the Beats

Free the Beats is an effort to compile and release Sydney-based “bedroom artists”; that is, up-and-coming music producers who are DIY and small-scale. Many probably still are making tunes from their bedrooms. If you like chilled, funky, jazzy, glitchy electronica then check out – and download for free – the three compilations to date. There are some very cool tracks in there.

The Maladies

I heard “This Wood & This Wire”, a song by Sydney act The Maladies, on FBi radio the other morning, and I was intrigued. It was rock, but with some country roots, stoner jam sounds, and frequent Bob Dylan references.

I liked it, and I sought out their MySpace. That song and a few others are there, and they’re all good. They’re not playing it safe. They’re gutsy and intelligent and soulful and rough. This review of their first album – With You Right By My Side Baby, The Deal Just Can’t Go Down – spells it out pretty well. I’m going to get it, right now.

I know that bands often name-drop cool influences, but their list is a pretty good one:

Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Don Walker, Hank Williams, Paul Kelly, The Triffids, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, Dr Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, The Drones, Dan Kelly, Sam Cooke, The Soul Stirrers, The Louvin Brothers, Karen Dalton, The Black Eyed Susans, Elvis, Dirty Three, Leadbelly, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, X (Australia), Dean Martin, Louis Prima, The White Stripes, Bluebottle Kiss, Suicide, The Supremes, Django Reinhardt, Bo Diddley, Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith, Professor Ratbaggy, Gillian Welch, Edith Piaf, King Curly, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, The Stanley Brothers, Jonathan Richman, Louis Armstrong, Roy Orbisson, The Ronettes, The Birthday Party…

They’re playing next week at the Annandale Hotel, with some other bands, for only a tenner.