30th August 2010 – How To Dress Well

Tonight we talked about Emilie Simon‘s upcoming tour around Australia (details on her Myspace), and played her track Flowers (video after the jump).

We also played Ready For the World, by How to Dress Well. Check out their blog, or buy their single on iTunes!

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Drowned By Our Country

Again, without David around the show is a little more quiet. A beautiful mix of shoegaze, dreampop and electro tonight.

  1. Electric President – Nightmare No. 5 or 6
  2. Tame Impala – It Is Not Meant to Be
  3. Secrets of the Third Planet – Bits and Pieces
  4. Junior Boys – Bits & Pieces
  5. Crash City Saints – Memory Song [Song for Ava]
  6. Crocodiles – Sleep Forever
  7. Unkle – Natural Selection feat. The Black Angels
  8. Sigur Rós – Með suð í eyrum
  9. Autolux – The Science of Imaginary Solutions
  10. Mogwai – Travel is Dangerous.

Thanks for listening.

Image credit: duncan creamer

A mixtape from me to you.

With David MIA this week, I put together a beautiful and shimmering, sometimes sombre mixtape to help keep warm.

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19th July 2010 – The Hub, new music and Owl+Moth

Tonight we featured two tracks by Oliver Hunter, performing under the moniker of Owl+Moth. The tracks – Then I Hyperventilated, and Sojourn are both from his haunting record Other Oceans..

Owl+Moth’s two albums are available for free at Last.FM or from his own site, A Cupful of Oliver. Owl+Moth is playing residency shows at the Empress Hotel every Sunday of August.

  • Pedals – The Lova Language
  • Cutest – Yellow Fever
  • Then I Hyperventilated – Owl+Moth
  • Sojourn – Owl+Moth
  • You Are My Sister – Antony and the Johnsons
  • The Suburbs – The Arcade Fire
  • Get Up And Go – Broadcast 2000

We also talked about the formation of The Hub in Melbourne, at Donkey Wheel House. Donkey Wheel House is taking part in Open House Melbourne – check it out this weekend!

This is An Awkward Pause.

12th July 2010 – Shoegaze and HIV

Tonight we were talking about the recent news about antibodies for HIV found in the blood of one ‘Donor 45’. For more information, check out News-Medical.net, the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times or US News.

We also heard lots of awesome music, courtesy of Cade – in particular, the new School of Seven Bells record and a track by Thom Yorke from Ciao, My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy.

As always, if you’re interested in getting involved with the show, drop us an email at apply@anawkwardpause.org, or, if you’ve got feedback, email us at feedback@anawkwardpause.org!

5th July 2010 – Randomness Central

Tonight we were talking about George Prochnik’s book In Pursuit of Silence; Listening for Meaning in a world of Noise, and reading his blog about soldiers with hearing loss.

We also, live on radio, registered our new domain name – anawkwardpause.org!

The Astor Theatre, in Melbourne’s St Kilda, are putting on The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday 9th June, at 8pm. If you’re coming, email david@anawkwardpause.org and come say hi!

We’re looking for people to help us out on the show – email apply@anawkwardpause.org if you’re interested in getting involved! Tell a story, do some research, be a reporter, design artwork, whatever!

Image: Silence, by CRASH:candy

Perfume Genius

21st June 2010 – david byrne talks architecture and music, beautiful new track by perfume genius

last night was cade’s first show in nearly four months.

the show opened with a haunting track entitled Mr. Petersen by Seattle’s Mike Genius, aka Perfume Genius.

he’s described by The Guardian’s Tim Jonze as:

A 26-year-old bedroom balladeer whose ­intimate, crackle-laden piano pieces sound like Anthony Hegarty getting a glo-fi makeover.

to me, Perfume Genius sounds more like Daniel Johnston smashed together with Sufjan Stevens, and that’s not a bad thing.

due to copyright, i can’t point you to an Awkward-Pause podcast of this song, but here it is on Youtube.

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David Byrne in 1991.
also featured in the show was David Byrne’s riveting 2010 TED talk entitled How architecture helped music evolve. Byrne was a founding member and principal songwriter for the band Talking Heads, and since they broke up has worked on some incredible projects with equally incredible people including Fatboy Slim, Dirty Projectors and Brian Eno.

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on a personal note, it’s good to be back. david and i have some really exciting things lined up for the winter season and beyond. stay tuned.

14th June 2010 – On The Shoulders of Giants

Tonight’s show was all about cover versions and reinventions. We heard:

  • ABC News Theme – Pendulum
  • Tainted Love – Max Raabe und das Palast Orchester
  • Puttin’ On The Ritz – Shiny Toy Guns
  • Crazy – Alanis Morisette
  • Our House – Angie Hart
  • I Will Follow You Into The Dark – Amanda Palmer
  • High & Dry – Jamie Cullum

Image: Compositing the Creative Commons by qthomasbower

7th June 2010 – On balance…

Tonight, we talked about mental illness, beginning with Bad Habit by The Dresden Dolls and thinking about Childhood Depression and Daniel’s Story.

After listening to I Miss The Mountains, from Next To Normal, we discussed the new Australian invention EVestG, or Electrovestibulography, coming out of Monash University. Check them out on ABC’s The New Inventors!

Finally, after hearing Brian Wilson, by Barenaked Ladies, we chatted about OCD, OCPD and Obsessive-Compulsive Confessions – what are yours?

If you need to talk to someone, check out Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636)

Image: 10:20 am by Simon Pais