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Tash Parker’s Top Five

Most of the time I call this section of the blog the ‘Mid-week Mixtape’ but alas, it’s Friday, so I’m a little late off the blocks…

Tash Parker writes tender, sweet folk ballads inspired by singers like Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega and Feist. With this in mind, it would make more sense to say I first met her at the Woodford Folk Festival or Peats Ridge, but no, we met at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. We were watching a rollicking good country covers band playing classic tunes on the back of a truck. I liked her instantly.

Raised in WA but now living and making music in Victoria, Tash will venture to Sydney this weekend to launch her sophisticated debut alongside Ed Deer, Cogels and Jess Chalker at the Vanguard. It promises to be a great show and y’all should come down for some fine Sunday evening serenading. In the meantime though, check out her fine taste in tunes as she presents this week’s mix.

Kings of Convenience – 24-25
The album Declaration of Dependence is my standout record for the last two years. This song is the opening track and it reminds me of my Christmas holidays in Broome when I was a child because it has this somewhat sleepy tropical feel. It’s an absolutely divine recording and the songwriting and performances are so inspiring.

Suzanne Vega – Song Of Sand
Suzanne Vega has been a huge inspiration for me for the last two years. I discovered 99.9 F in a friend’s collection when I was house sitting and I now listen to it once a week. Her songs are intricate tales poetically poignant and timeless. The more I listen to her the more I feel inspired to write simple melancholy melodies but she also has some really quirky production on this record, even though it’s not on this track, that encouraged me to think outside the square when I was recording mine.

The Cars – Drive

There are so many great eighties pop classics in our record collection but this band in particular reminds me of raiding my Dad’s collection as a child. I recently re-discovered Heartbeat City when a friend was shocked that I had The Cars on my iPod and bought me the cd. This track is just a great pop song. Everything is epic and emotional and covered in massive reverb. I can’t get enough of it.

The Flaming Lips – One More Robot Sympathy 3000-21

I only discovered the Flaming Lips on this album, I know a late starter. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots is now a staple in my house when I’m at home doing admin for my music, oh and when I’m spring cleaning. This song has all the right elements – a really hooky synth bass line, space ship noises, double time high hats in the chorus… and it’s about a robot with feelings. What more could you ask for?

Dolly Parton – Here You Come Again
The most incredible female vocalist of all time. A total inspiration. I used to put this song on when I was a teenager and sing my little heart out. Of course everyone knows Jolene but this song really summed up my life as a young woman who fell in love too easily with the wrong kinds of guys. Here You Come Again is also the title of the album and it is 15 songs of pure country gorgeousness. a must have in everyone’s collection.

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Promises Unbroken: In The Pines expanded edition

If you tuned in to In The Pines on FBi 94.5 tonight, you might recall I promised to put some of the music featured on the show up on the web in a more embellished way than the usual playlist format. So here it is, the expanded In The Pines! I’d promise to do this every week, but I think we all know I’m not the most prolific blogger, so let’s see how we roll from one week to the next, eh?

Canadian trio Elliott Brood joined me live in the studio to kick the show off in spectacular harmony soaked fashion, complete with duelling ukeleles. I almost melted behind the mic. Now, I don’t have the resources yet to video our in studio performances and post them online (anyone want to volunteer?!) but the boys played ‘The Valley Town’ from their latest release Mountain Meadows, and it sounded a lot like this:

Casey, Mark and Stephen have been on a month-long tour of Australia, including playing the One Movement industry showcase in Perth. If you want to check them out in Sydney, they are playing on Friday October 22 at the Brass Monkey in Cronulla and on Saturday at Notes in Newtown.

But they’re not the only Canadians in town! Juno nominated Matt Barber has been touring nationally with Angie ‘Frente’ Hart. He played a great show in Sydney a couple of weeks back, where he was backed by Sydney-based folksters Dead Letter Chorus. This Thursday, Matt will return to the stage in Sydney playing at Camelot in Marrickville.

Okay, enough of the Canadians… On a local level we heard from Mark Moldre and Emma Davis. Mark released his album The Waiting Room earlier this year and was sweet enough to send me his new single ‘This Romantic Day’ this week, alongside a link to accompanying video. It’s enough to break a little spinsters heart! Have a listen, have a waltz, let the tears roll in 3/4 time.

I’ve been anticipating Emma Davis’ debut release since being charmed by her gentle humour and fragile vocals at a live show at Raval earlier this year. She’s sweet and tender but without being naff about it (this is harder than it seems, trust me). Her self-titled album will be launched at the Red Rattler in Marrickville on Friday October 29. You can have a sneaky listen to some of the tracks here.

Another highlight from tonight’s show was a live performance/ guest programming stint from former Go Betweens, Adele & Glenn. Rather than riff here, I will endeavour to stream their live performance when I battle with pro-tools a little later this week. But don’t hold out for my lazy editing, you can catch them playing at Low Bar in Surry Hills this Wednesday.

And never one to leave it on a light note, and being the former newshound that I am, I couldn’t resist a nod to war, given that the Prime Minister Julia Gillard today said it was likely that Australian troops would be entrenched in Afghanistan for another 10 years. And so it goes. So we heard a lament from Joe Whyte called ‘Off To War’. Oh, the harmonica. You can download his latest EP, When The Day Breaks for free here.

We also heard Suzanne Vega’s ‘The Queen & The Soldier’, which has been re-released on her new record, Close- Up Volume 2: People & Places. The album features stripped down and re-recorded versions of her earlier hits including ‘Luka’ and ‘Tom’s Diner’. But, where were we? ‘The Queen & The Soldier’. Sublime.

And that’s it for the moment. But feel free to shoot through any program questions on email – emmaswift@fbiradio.com.

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