Thursday, 31 January 2008

Hottest 100 and more madness

Howdy cyberland, just a quick update on a few things.

Firstly, congratulations to bluejuice for picking up Legs 11 in the Triple J Hottest 100. The guys are obviously still riding high on the news, and express their thanks to all those who voted for 'Vitriol'. While we're on the topic, Skipping Girl Vinegar just missed out on a spot, but considering the competition (Radiohead finished at #94, what's with that!) the guys aren't disapointed.

Secondly, those lucky enough to score tickets to the Sydney BDO were treated to a top live set from bluejuice. Despite technical problems, bass strings breaking, and stage invasions, all reports point to a great gig. For those looking for proof there are some telling photos floating around the internet, get Googleing and check 'em out.

What's coming up? well the good news for bluejuice keeps rolling in - Vitriol is currently iTunes 'Single Of The Week', which means once again you can get your hands on the track for free. That's right, FREE, nada, nothing, so what are you waiting for. Also, the new clip for 'The Reductionist' debuted on Rage last week, and is currenly being featured as their 'indie clip of the week'. Stop by their MySpace to check out the clip, and while you're they're check out their gig guide, they've got some great support slots coming up.

Plenty more is going on around the country, Kate's off to Perth soon, Skipping Girl Vinegar are jamming the festival circuit, and Matt Ellis is packing his bags in anticipation of his quickly approaching hometown gig at the Hopetoun. So what are you waiting for? Get along to some gigs and support some Australian music.

Till next time.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

2008 Shaping Up

Hey there everyone and welcome to the Heapsaflash Heapsablog!

2008 is already shaping up to be a big year here at Heapsaflash. With the summer sun high in the Brisbane sky and collaborations scheduled with a host of new talent it’s sure to be an exciting and formative year!

With the holidays well and truly over we’ve hit the ground running with action all over the country:

Kate Miller-Heidke continues her busy tour schedule, hitting Western Australia in February.

On the Sydney side of things, Matt Ellis is returning to Australia from his new base in Venice Beach, CA, for a one night only show at the Hopetown Hotel in Surry Hills on the 27th of February. Following the great response to his current album ‘Tell the People,’ he’ll be playing a mix up of songs old and new - the mans a gem and well worth checking out for all alt country fans. Unquestionably his finest yet, ‘Tell the People’ was recorded and mixed by Ronan Chris Murphy at Veneto West Studios and attracted a eminent line-up of artists, the credits of whom speak entirely for themselves: Nels Cline (Wilco, Banyan), Tim Young (David Sylvian, The Youngs), Greg Leisz (KD Lang, Beck, Joni Mitchell), Tim Luntzel (Bright Eyes, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris) and Dave Palmer (Fiona Apple, AIR).

Still in Sydney, as Australians across the country warm up their BBQs in preparation for Australia Day, bluejuice are gearing up for the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown and a performance at the Sydney Big Day Out. With ‘Vitriol’, the 1st single from their debut album Problems (4 Stars – Rolling Stone Magazine) the 2nd most played song on JJJ in 2007, the stats are looking good for some serious top 100 contention on Jan 26th. Regardless of the outcome, with endorsements like the Rolling Stone Magazine including ‘Vitriol’ in their top 100 tracks of 2007, 2008 is going to be another explosive year for the juice.

In Melbourne, come the 26th Skipping Girl Vinegar will also be listening intently to the Hottest 100 countdown results for their own massive single ‘One Chance.’ Whilst ‘One Chance’ is still enjoying regular airplay on Triple J, the band is putting the final touches on their debut long player ‘Sift the Noise’ - due out in April.

So 2008 is shaping up to be as busy and efficacious as ever - we’ll keep you posted!