The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group formed in Melbourne in 1997. They are known for their studio albums Since I Left You (2000), Wildflower (2016), and We Will Always Love You (2020), as well as their live and recorded DJ sets. The group currently consists of Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi.
OK – now that we have that accounted for let’s dive into our third and final episode about the most recent triumph, We Will Always Love You. Click below to listen now.
|Rush||Big Audio Dynamite||1991|
|Ghost Story||The Avalanches / Orono||2020|
|The Divine Chord||The Avalanches / Johnny Marr / MGMT||2020|
|New Town Velocity||Johnny Marr||2013|
|Interstellar Love||The Avalanches / Leon Bridges||2020|
|Eye in the Sky||Alan Parsons Project||1982|
|Gold Sky||The Avalanches / Kurt Vile||2020|
|Last Train Home||Pat Metheny Group||1987|
|Oh The Sunn!||Perry Farrell||2020|
|Pets||Perry Ferrell / Porno for Pyros||1993|
|We Go On||The Avalanches /Cola Boyy, Mick Jones||2020|
|Hurting Each Other||The Carpenters||1972|
|Running Red Lights||The Avalancehes / Rivers Cuomo, Pink Siifu||2020|
|Wherever You Go||The Avalanches / Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry, CLYPSO||2020|
As I worked on this third Avalanches episode my appreciation for their work continued to grow. And I found so much that I have in common with their musical interests. They were early Smiths fans for instance. Somehow they found one of my favorite instrumentals of all time (The Last Train Home by Pat Metheny). The are entranced by the Voyager missions and our journeys beyond the boundaries of our planet. And maybe most of all they long to capture tiny and fleeting moments of young life, everyday small things that just happened to us all.
What I admire is the tenacity the have demonstrated over the course of 20 years in putting together three brilliant collections each able to stand on its own as a minor or even major work of art.
From my audio edits (Adobe Audition) this is what those signals to M13 as featured in the final track, Weightless look like. I see the dots and dashes clear as a bell in this audio wave – and this information is headed to far away stars right now – tell whoever may be listening about… us.
- The Avalanches
- The Golden Record (Voyager Mission)
- Carl Sagan / Annie Druyan
- E! True Hollywood Story: Karen Carpenter
- Pitchfork Album Review
- The Guardian: The Avalanches We Will Always Love You
- Johnny Marr
- Perry Farrell
And of particular importance for my dear listeners… here is that FABULOUS BBC THREE HOUR MIX – that you can enjoy right here and right now.
And Some Video For You
Tony Di Blasi on The Smiths
Published in The Guardian
People may think: “Oh whatever, it’s just British music.” But to me the Smiths were this strange, mysterious music from this faraway place. This was pre-internet, remember. NME used to arrive in Australia a month late, so I would read the old issues and see all these British bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain. But I’d never heard music with such atmosphere and gloom and just that sad teenage melancholy. As a kid in this country town I felt quite disconnected from life there, and felt like I didn’t fit in. The Smiths made me dream about what England would be like, and think: “I want to go there one day and be a musician.” I remember thinking: get me out of this country. And I just wanted to go there, where all this great music comes from, and where people will appreciate music. I didn’t get to see the Smiths growing up but I did see Morrissey play at Summer Sonic in Japan in 2002. He was on stage after us – we were performing to 10,000 kids in this hot sweaty shed at the height of the Japanese summer. We finished and the crowd cleared out completely. Morrissey then started to play, but no one was there. I was standing at the side of the stage and I felt terrible. He looked a bit upset. What had happened was there was a mixup with scheduling, and for some reason they were stopping the Morrissey fans coming in until every last person had left our set. Morrissey was about two songs in at this point. The festival management clocked on what was happening and soon let everybody in. There were thousands of kids screaming, running towards the stage, holding daffodils and throwing them. The whole mood lifted and Morrissey must have realised: “No, these people were really waiting there to see me.” It was just this beautiful moment for everybody; he breathed a big sigh of relief and played quite a beautiful sunset.