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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Aussie Synth Pop Band Strange Talk

Posted by Amoebite, November 13, 2013 10:43am | Post a Comment

Strange Talk

After hitting #1 on Australia's Billboard charts, Strange Talk gear up for the US release of their debut, Cast Away (Wind-Up Records). The band has been hard at work touring major festivals and opening for the likes of The Rapture, Neon Indian and Marina and the Diamonds.Strange Talk

Amoeba caught up with Strange Talk on a recent visit to the Hollywood store for another cool episode of What's In My Bag?. Some might be surprised to learn the Australian synth-pop band is super into Hip Hop and Soul. From Bill Withers' classic, Just As I Am,  to James Brown's Live At The Apollo, these guys dig it all. They also pick up some very cool books to help pass the time while bored on tour: Mo' Betta Blues: The World According To Questlove by Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Pharrell: Places And Spaces I've Been by producer Pharrell Williams. It's not all Hip Hop and funk either. See who picks up Queen: Days Of Our Lives on DVD and The Cure's Disintegration on CD. These guys have a lot of great picks! Be sure to check out their new album, Cast Away, when it comes out 1/7/2014.

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Strange Talk Shops with Lucky Winners at Amoeba SF & LA

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 23, 2013 01:30pm | Post a Comment

The Australian electro-pop group Strange Talk is currently on tour in anticipation of the release of their strange talk amoeba elyseupcoming album, Cast Away. [Pre-order the album HERE!]

A contest was held in both the Hollywood and San Francisco Amoeba stores with a dream prize for any Strange Talk fan – a $100 Amoeba gift certificate to spend while shopping with the charming members of Strange Talk!

On Thursday, August 22nd, the San Francisco lucky winner Elyse got to browse that stacks and chat with Strange Talk front man Stephen Docker and producer/DJ/bassist Gerard Sidhu. As an avid electronica fan and a veteran shopper, Elyse was thrilled to win. As you can see in the video below, Stephen promised to set her up with some “sweet beats” and Gerard recommended one of his favorite collections, the Ed Banger Records compilation.
 

 

Strange Talk Live in SF and LA This Week

Posted by Rachael McGovern, October 11, 2012 12:10am | Post a Comment

Strange Talk

My favorite new Aussie dance-pop band Strange Talk is doing a small US tour this week, with two dates in California and a few dates in New York around CMJ.

The band, which formed after a former classical violinist (Stephen Docker) and a DJ/Producer (Gerard Sidhu) met at a house party in Melbourne, released their self-titled debut EP on Neon Gold in 2011 and is working on their full-length album which is due out in 2013. In the meantime, they have released a few singles, most recently "Cast Away," and have been busy remixing tracks for other artists, including Foster the People, The Naked and Famous, and The Temper Trap. They also found time to record a pretty amazing version of "Roxanne" by The Police (listen here).

If you're in San Francisco, you can catch Strange Talk tonight at Rickshaw Stop (get tickets here). Or join me tomorrow in Los Angeles at The Echo (get tickets here). Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!

They'll be in New York for a few dates too:

October 17 - Mercury Lounge (CMJ Windish Showcase)

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My Favorite 2011 Discoveries in the Free Downloads Section on Amoeba.com

Posted by Amoebite, December 30, 2011 05:23pm | Post a Comment
I love being in a song's clutches, whether it's a new single by an established band or the first track from a new artist I've never heard. I know a song has grabbed me when I hit repeat immediately after its final notes wafted through my ears. I especially love it when this happens with artists with whom I wasn't familiar before. It makes me want to dig into the rest of their music, learn a bit about their history, find out where they've been all this time and why haven't I heard of them until now?

This happened with quite a few tracks I first discovered this year in the Free Downloads section of Amoeba.com. Since it's the season of "Best Of" lists and looking back at 2011, I wanted to share some of my favorite discoveries (in alphabetical order):

2 Hearts and Chemicals
2 Hearts and Chemicals - "Coming Home"

2 Hearts and Chemicals is a bi-coastal band featuring childhood friends Eli Lhymn (who is based in LA) and Stephen Biebel (who is based in NYC). Through the magic of the Internet they exchanged tracks created in their individual studios to produce the Coming Home EP. The title track is an ‘80s synth meets ‘90s shoegaze pop soundscape featuring female background vocals by Iameve.

XD Records released Coming Home on November 11, 2011. Download "Coming Home" by 2 Hearts and Chemicals.




Aeroc
Aeroc
- "For Sake"

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New Video by Strange Talk First to Feature Interactive Rewards

Posted by Amoebite, August 19, 2011 01:15pm | Post a Comment
Strange Talk EPAustralian electro-pop band Strange Talk only just released their debut self-titled EP (on Neon Gold Records) in May, but they're making a name for themselves with their innovative, interactive, and product-tied music video for the single, "Climbing Walls."

Cheer detergent sponsored the Strange Talk video as part of their "We Dig Color" campaign, creating a “Dig It, Get It” interactive music video that lets you click out of YouTube and into Facebook in order to win various prizes. This is the first time someone has created a video using Google Annotations technology to create embedded "clickable hotspots" in a YouTube video.

So what does that mean exactly? Click on something colorful in the video (Get the connection? Cheer keeps your clothes colorful) and you are taken to the Cheer Facebook page where you can register to win prizes ranging from flip flops to guitars to iPods. The prizes are apparently going fast (as of this posting they were gone for the day already). 

Facebook - Cheer Page


I first heard Strange Talk when we got their Free Download for "Climbing Walls" back in June. It's dancey, poppy, electro summer fun, satisfying my Cut Copy (another Aussie electro-pop band) meets Friendly Fires meets Phoenix cravings. (If you knew me, you'd know those cravings were pretty strong.)

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