Jul 252013

While politicians try to outdo each other in a race to see who can be the toughest on asylum seekers, Melbourne singer-songwriter Les Thomas’s “Song for Selva” poses a more humane question: Can Australia offer compassion and see these people as worthwhile human beings?

Originally commissioned by Trevor Grant, a long time sports journalist and refugee advocate, the lyrics to “Song for Selva” are based on a letter from a Tamil asylum who had been detained for 37 months at Broadmeadows Detention Centre.

Thomas recorded the song in early April with help from three time Aria winner Jeff Lang in April and has received excellent support by Melbourne community radio stations 3CR, 3PBS and 3RRR.

The film clip that accompanies this song was made by Snowgum Films (directed by Daniel Knight) and includes a group of people from refugees backgrounds, Tamils, West Papuans, Hazaras as well as Collingwood Footballer and human rights advocate Harry O’Brien, whose father fled war and persecution in The Congo.

You can view it here:

Radio announcer Forrister Jenot of Southern FM was so moved by the power of this song that he felt compelled to read out all of the lyrics on air before playing the track. Other musicians have already started covering the song, but, most impressively, Selva’s supporters believe the song was decisive in him being released into community detention after 37 months in detention. Les is humbled and heartened to know that “Song for Selva” is also listened to regularly by detainees at Broadmeadows Detention Centre to boost morale.

While Selva is no longer in detention, like many others he is still facing great challenges in community detention with no right to work and his future is not certain. It’s hoped this song will help tell the real stories of asylum seekers and give the issue a human face. It begs the Australian public to see them as the worthwhile human beings.

Les Thomas launched These Machines Cut Razor Wire in 2011, holding music fundraisers in support of asylum seekers. Proceeds from the sale of the song go directly to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.


Les will be launching his debut CD in September.lesMARIBYRNONG

Jul 242013


Thursday 25 July Brothers Hand Mirror bring their notoriously wild live exploits to upstairs @ The Tote to celebrate the launch
of their new ep!

Nothing under the moons glow will make you want to dance more than the duo’s forthcoming EP “Picture Tape!”

The EP has been personally selected by Paul “PBDY” Young (who works on alongside Flying Lotus on his label Brainfeeder) to hold the honor of being the first release on his up & coming record label TAR!

And now you’re feeling giddy & glitterish, we can assure you that supports for the launch will be fulfilled only by the gnarliest of musical creatures/friends. It goes without saying such an extravaganza would not be the same without BHM’s sibling dance troupes The Sissies & Always Crew in effect! That’s nine, count e’m NINE amazing entities pliant like a new born saplings and shimmered out like a mirror ball mid-make out with candy colored strobe light!

Brothers Hand Mirror is the team-up of Oscar Slorach-Thorn (Psuche, Oscar + Martin and solo project Oscar Key Sung) & Grant Gronewold (previously known as Cougar Flashy, Fulton Girls Club and currently making music & illustrations under the name HTMLFlowers). The Melbourne based duo have built a reputation for bombastic performances (with the help of the afore mentioned dance squads!) equally known for their poetic wordplay and their ability to invoke dance from even the most stagnant of crowd. Applying traditional hip hop philosophies with thrashing tape loop beats and fast mouth tricks.

Since the release of their first e.p. in 2010 Brothers Hand Mirror has made leaps forward in their sound; releasing several ‘name your price’ EP’s such as 2012’s Muddy Now & 2011 Our Will along with a string of other one track free to internet exhaltations. Oscar’s new breed of beatmaking rooted firmly in the practice of tape loops offers fresh colours in the refractions cast through the diamond that is Hip Hop while Grant searches for his own gentle equilibrium between his organically electric cadence and the craft of storytelling through song.

$10 on the door

Thurs 25 July w/
Fox & Sui

The Tote
71 Johnston Street (Cnr Johnston & Wellington St), Collingwood

Jul 152013

If only the walls of some of our venues could talk! Melbourne’s unique and robust live music scene is world renowned. So many great talents have been nurtured in our small venues before making it big on the world stage. As part of the inaugural Leaps and Bounds Music Festival there will be a series [more]

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Anna Smyrk & The Appetites launching brand new single 'Apocalypse' 4, 6 & 7 July in Maroochydore and Brisbane!

Anna Smyrk and the Appetites are pleased to present their latest musical offering unto you. Please find enclosed their latest single “Apocalypse”, the first single to be lifted from their forthcoming debut album of the same name. a·poc·a·lypse n. 1. Great or total devastation; doom 2. A prophetic disclosure; a revelation. “Apocalypse was written on [more]