Congratulations Rebecca Neary! She’s won tickets to The Vines’ exclusive upcoming show at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, and a whole bunch of other prizes, courtesy of Sounds of Oz’s recent Live at The Chapel Russian Standard competition.
Rebecca impressed all of the judges with her clever entry, which read:
Make me a Vodka VIP,
Rocking quietly in the vestry!
WINNING DAYS it would be,
The Vines in the pulpit in front of me!
We saw the effort she put in, and thought we just had to reward her. A true Vines fan, Rebecca will be travelling from the Queensland suburb of Fitzgibbon to attend the Sydney show later this week. Now that’s dedication. I hope you have a blast Rebecca!
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Remember when I told you about The Vines show for Russian Standard Vodka Live at the Chapel, and added that you could only win your way in through the Live at the Chapel website? Well, that wasn’t entirely true. I have a very special The Vines Live at the Chapel prize pack to give away to one of my readers!
The prize pack includes a double pass to the invite-only show at Sydney’s St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Sydney on May 26, a copy of The Vines brand new album Future Primitive, Russian Standard Original and a four-pack of the new Russian Standard Vodka Citrus RTD, and some free music downloads. This is a money-can’t-buy prize, and I’m thrilled to be able to offer it to one of my readers.
To enter just tell me in 25 words or less why you’d like to see The Vines play at the first Russian Standard Vodka Live at the Chapel show of 2011. Too easy! Remember to leave your e-mail address in the comment so I can let you know if you’re our lucky winner!
Entrants must be over 18. The prize does not include transport or cover any associated costs. Competition closes at noon AEST on 19/05/11. Judging will take place on 20/05/11. Winners will be notified on 23/05/11. Prize packs will be distributed on or before 26/05/11.
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Canadian rockers The Trews are enjoying an extended holiday in our fair land as they take up residency at pubs and clubs in Sydney and Melbourne. I’m giving two lucky Sounds of Oz readers the chance to catch the band in the flesh, plus a whole lot more.
I have two prize packs to give away which are jampacked with Trews goodness. The winners will each get a double pass to The Trews show of their choice, a copy of the band’s album Friends and Total Strangers, a Trews sticker, and a badge.
Simply leave your details in the comments below, including the show you want to see and your e-mail address so I can tell you if you’ve won (no one else will see it, I promise!). Entries close at 5 pm AEDST on Sunday March 6, and I’ll announce the winners next Monday. Here is the list of remaining shows so you can choose the one which suits you best!
9 March 2011 – Excelsior Hotel, Surry Hills
10 March 2011 – Sandringham Hotel, Newtown
11 March 2011 – Old Manly Boatshed, Manly
12 March 2011 – Bridge Hotel, Rozelle
13 March 2011 – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla
17 March 2011 – The National, Geelong
18 March 2011 – Cherry Bar, Melbourne
19 March 2011 – Cherry Bar, Melbourne
20 March 2011 – Cherry Bar, Melbourne
23 March 2011 – Annandale Hotel, Annandale
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Grinderman are offering budding photographers access-all-areas passes to their upcoming Big Day Out sideshows thanks to a very cool competition.
If you want to win one, simply show the band you’re worthy by sending a link to on online portfolio of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include the show you’d like to capture in the subject line, and your full name and mobile phone number in the e-mail’s body.
You’ll need to be quick though, especially if you’re in Melbourne. Entries close 48 hours before each show. As a reminder, Nick Cave’s crew will play The Palace in Melbourne on January 17 and 18, Brisbane’s Tivoli on January 24, and The Enmore in Sydney on January 28. Good luck!
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I don’t ordinarily promote other people’s competitions on this blog, but this one was so cool that I just couldn’t resist. It’s also pretty timely with most of us gazing at empty wallets after all that Christmas shopping.
Warner Music Australia is giving one lucky person a copy of every single album released in 2011. That’s a whole lot of CDs, more than many people probably have in their entire collections!
To be in with a shot just head to Warner’s Facebook page, click on the “win” tab and leave your details. If only winning the thing was that simple! Entry is open to Aussie residents who get their entry in before the end of January 14. Best of luck everybody!
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Congratulations to Renee Hermansen and Stephen Fairbank. They’re the lucky winners of a copy of Juke Kartel’s new album Levolution. Keep an eye on your mail box guys, because the CDs will be heading your way really soon.
I’ve been listening to my copy this morning, and it’s really good stuff which takes me back to the golden age of rock. You know what I mean; the kind of music that makes you want to put your lighters in the air and pound your fists in time with the beat.
I was initially concerned that the disc may sound a bit pieced together, with tracks from previous album Nowhere Left to Hide sitting alongside newer material. Instead it just allows Juke Kartel to showcase their very best material, making it a great introduction for anyone that wasn’t familiar with their music.
I must admit, I only knew bits and pieces myself. When “Save Me” started though I cranked it up, remembering how much it revved me a few years ago. How wonderful to hear it still sounding fresh after all this time.
A lot of Levolution kicks along at a rocking pace. Juke Kartel are very good at these kinds of songs; they give them just enough attitude and aggression without every sacrificing the melodies. But for me the standouts were the quieter moments, “If Only” and “Soul Shaper.” They remind us of a different side of the band, and give the disc the right amount of light and shade. We all know this band can rock, but these tracks prove that there’s so much more to them.
Supernova definitely missed out when they passed on Toby Rand, but something tells me he’s having the last laugh. At the helm of his own original rock act, he’s proving himself to be a real star.
The line-up for Brisbane’s youth festival On The Pulse is starting to take shape, with just two slots left. And if you’re in a band, you could take one of them.
If you want to play on the same stage as Finabah, Flicks, Burning Brooklyn, and Words Versing Verses just head to the On the Pulse festival website to register your interest. All you need to do is to submit a MySpace page link, and the judges will check you out. Six bands will become finalists, and then the final two will be decided with a public vote.
Submissions close on Wednesday September 22 so don’t procrastinate; head to the website for a chance to take your music to the Brisbane masses on October 23!
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The inaugural Telstra Road to Tamworth is winding its way around Australia, and there’s still time to get involved. This exciting initiative helped to launch the careers of Kirsty Lee Akers, Luke Webb, and even Jessica Mauboy. This year’s competition has just kicked off in the Northern Territory, and will make stops in all other states and territories before the year is out.
The competition is open to undiscovered country singers and songwriters around the country who are Telstra customers, or who have family that are. The lucky winners will get some great opportunities, including the chance to rub shoulders with a veritable who’s who of the country music industry, perform here in Oz and abroad, and get into a studio to lay their tracks down.
These sort of competitions provide such great exposure and experience. If you’ve always thought about entering, why not make this your year? Head to the Telstra website to learn what’s required and get involved!
Have you ever read my blog and thought “I could do better?” Perhaps that’s a question best left unanswered, but if you do fancy yourself as an online music journalist Optus might just be able to make your dreams come true.
The telecommunications company is looking for aspiring music writers living in regional Australia to be known as Optus Sound Scribes.
Applicants should be aged between 16 and 24 and passionate about the music in their local area. Up to 40 Optus Sound Scribes will be selected to write a blog about music in their town for a period of three months. During this time they’ll be mentored by industry leaders and able to interview top local and international musicians. These finalists will then compete for the title of Australia’s first Optus Sound Scribe of the Year.
If you think you’ve got what it takes, head to the Optus Sound Scribe website and get your entry in before July 23.
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I’ve been waiting with bated breath to see what would come of Danimals’ dream recording sessions in New York courtesy of The Lab, and now I can hear for myself.
“Fox” is the result of a week spent writing in the Dap Kings’ Dunham Studios in Brooklyn and another week recording at the legendary Electric Lady Studios. Mark Ronson and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek added the finishing touches on the tune. If you want to learn more about the process, check out the behind-the-scenes videos at TEDthelab.com.
You can have a listen to the track below and if you love it, download it. If you’re one of the first 5000 to download the song, you’ll go in the draw to win one of 20 Numark PT01 Portable Turntables and an autographed 7 inch Danimals single. Free music and the chance to win some great prizes sounds like awesome incentive to me!
Image source: TED The Lab