Mon 23 Nov 2015 to Sun 29 Nov 2015

by King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard and The Lizard WizardPaper Mache Dream Balloon (PBS feature record)
There’s always a palpable sense of anticipation ahead of any new release from Melbourne’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. So varied and eclectic is their back-catalogue that only the most dedicated of fans could possibly predict what might come next. This unpredictability is perhaps best illustrated by the band’s recent nominations, in different industry awards, for ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album’. While perhaps this says something about the fraught nature of music awards, it also points to a band that musically refuses to stand still.

On Paper Mâché Dream Balloon we hear trippy psych pop and rock that pays loving homage to an era in popular music that was seemingly less complicated, less corporate and a hell of a lot more fun. True, the album is overtly retro in its songwriting, instrumentation and production, but the infectious and accessible nature of the 12 songs helps this record rise above the pack of nostalgic wannabes trying to mine the aesthetic of an era most have no genuine connection to.

Only time will tell if Paper Mâché Dream Balloon will also pick up award nominations like its immediate predecessors. If it does, it will certainly not be in categories that feature the genre descriptors ‘jazz’, ‘hard rock’ or ‘punk’. However when the ARIAs introduce a ‘Best Use of Flute on a Contemporary Recording’ category King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are certainties.

From start to finish Paper Mâché Dream Balloon by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard paints a psychedelic picture of a band who seem to be immersed in their own bubble of good karma.
PBS 106.7FM

You Am I Porridge & Hotsauce (Featured on The Breakfast Spread)
Finally, You Am I's first album in five years is here. It doesn't mean that the band have been resting on their laurels during that time though. Both Tim Rogers and Davey Lane have released solo albums and they played several sold out shows at the Forum in 2013 to coincide with their first three albums being reissued. Given the long break between albums, it was always going to be interesting to see what direction their new album would take. It turns out to be one of their more rocking albums in the vein of Hi Fi Way or Convicts. Of course there's a couple of detours, such as the gospel flavour of Two Hands (arguably the best song on the album) or the acoustic Daemons. However overall, the album is dominated by the rock of Good Advices, Bon Vivants and She Said Goodbye. It's also great to hear Davey sing lead vocals on Buzz The Boss too. All in all, You Am I sound positively reinvigorated on this album and it's great to have them back!
By Crispi – The Breakfast Spread

This week's Top 10:

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Paper Mache Dream Balloon
You Am I - Porridge & Hotsauce
Sampa The Great - Weapon Chosen
David Ades - A Life in a Day
Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt
Leah Senior - Summers On The Ground
WLSN - Don't Give It Up
MKO Sun - Opus Opalus
A Tribe Called Quest- People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Reissue)
Various Artists - So Frenchy So Chic–%20Porridge%20&%20Hotsauce%20PBS%20FM.jpg