BRAND FEATURE: CROSLEY

Vintage never sounded so good.

Crosley first started out manufacturing radios in the 1920s and now in 2014 Crosley Radio continues to expand its product line creating vintage-inspired electronics incorporating the latest technologies such as iPod docks, Bluetooth and MP3 capabilities.

Transport and listen to the soundtrack of your life with rich warm sounding vinyl and Crosley’s epic fully transportable turntables.

With cute retro styling and at an affordable price Crosley turntables are perfect for the beginner audiophile.

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Red

Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable

Black

Crosley Ranchero MP3 Player + Radio

Blue

Crosley Collegiate Portbale USB Turntable

Some of our favorite vinyl records on SurfStitch. We also asked around the office for staff opinions on what records just sound better on vinyl.

  • Hotel California – The Eagles
  • The Wall – Pink Floyd
  • Naturally – JJ Cale
  • Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin
  • Blue – Joni Mitchell
  • Mezzanine – Massive Attack

LPs

 The Beatles – Abbey Road | The Natinal – High Violet | Rodriguez – Searching for Sugarman | Tame Impala – Innerspeaker | Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made The Radio | Bon Iver – Bon Iver | Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros | Haim – Days Are Gone | Cat Power – Moon Pix

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Up and Coming Artists: Ryan Keen

The latest up and coming artist on our radar is English born and bred singer songwriter Ryan Keen. Hailing from South Devon he picked up his first guitar on his 8th birthday and has never looked back. Combining emotionally driven lyrics, warm vocals and his rhythmic percussive style of guitar playing he truly stands out from the crowd.

Ryan Keen

Over the past two years Ryan has toured around the UK building up his fan base. He has found himself part of an exciting circle of young musicians all carving a name out for themselves. He has played and toured with Lucy Rose, Ben Howard, Delilah, Emily & The Woods, Newton Faulkner and has toured twice with his friend Ed Sheeran.

Ryan is currently in our neck of the woods, touring Australia and enjoying his time being a tourist.

Aus Zoo

As an intro, you can download his track Winter Rain for free via SoundCloud! Check it out.

If you like what you hear, check out some of his upcoming Australian gigs:

Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014
Name This Bar, Sydney NSW
Buy tickets here.

Thursday, 23 Jan 2014
Workers Club, Melbourne VIC
Buy tickets here.

Find Ryan Keen on Facebook.

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Nothing was the Same

With the new release of his Album, “Nothing was the Same”  in September 2013, Drake has been killing it yet again selling 1,029,000 copies in just the U.S. alone.

I always wondered where I recognized Drake from when he released his very first album and realized he use to star as Jimmy Brooks in the hit Canadian TV show, ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ before his real fame came about in his music.

My new favorite from Drake is his latest hit, Worst Behavior.

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Nat Young’s Silver Linings

Photo by ASP / Kirstin.

Wanna know what Nat Young had bouncing around in his headphones before every heat, en route to the final of the Rip Curl Pro? Imagine it: Listening to Wiz Khalifa’s The Plan while he devised heat strategies. Vibing to It’s Cool by The Presets while he composed himself. Visualising a win to Money Trees by Kendrick Lamar. Blocking out distractions with Kendrick’s B****, Don’t Kill My Vibe. Firing up Crunch Time by J. Cole just before paddling out. And you better believe he had One Of Those Nights (The Weekend x Juicy J) after scooping the little bell. Relive it all, through sound.

Nat Young’s Silver Lining Mix by Stabfm on Mixcloud

Nat Young's Silver Lining Mix by Stabfm on Mixcloud

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JAY DAVIES’ SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL MIX

Welcome back, Mr Davies, for your second drop at Stab FM. As we mentioned last time, clips on Jay and his bro Wyatt’s online portal, Elsegood Productions, have some of the best soundtracks in the game. Hence why we dig on his Stab FM mixes so much. This is thrash, punk, new wave and rock all rolled into 45 minutes of good times. Blast this when you’re pre-gaming on a friday or saturday afternoon. You won’t be disappointed.

For Jay’s Afternoon At The Treehouse Mix, jump back here

Jay Davies' Sympathy For The Devil Mix by Stabfm on Mixcloud

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Obsession: Festive Season Of A Different Kind.

With the festive season out of the way we can now move on to our latest obsession, the festi-VAL season!

With so many great gigs coming up and such an array of different acts and sounds, we thought we’d give you a hand deciding a fundamental element to making sure you have the best day possible….your outfit! The vibe, the crowd, the sound and the weather are all key things to keep in mind when deciding what you are going to wear to a festival so we thought we’d give you a quick break down of each and put together the perfect ensemble for both guys and girls. Obsessed? Us? Just a little bit….

BIG DAY OUT:

First up on the line up we have Big Day Out. Hitting Sydney on Friday the 18th of Jan, Gold Coast on Sunday the 20th, Adelaide on Friday the 25th, Melbourne on Saturday the 26th and Perth on Monday the 28th. The line up includes the like of…

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Alabama Skakes, Bloody Beetroots, Sleigh Bells, Band Of Horse…

And much, much more. The mood is hyped, the weather is hot as hell and it’s a long day full of colourful acts and side shows so here’s what to wear if you want to be prepared.

Girls:

Shorts, Singlet, Sandals, SunglassesHat.

Guys:

Singlet, Shorts, Shoes, Cap, Sunglasses.

ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL:

Next up is Laneway Festival! Starting in Brisbane on Friday the 1st of Feb then moving on to Sydney on Saturday the second, Melbourne on Sunday the 3rd, Adelaide on Friday the 8th and finishing up in Perth on Saturday the 9th. A few of the featured acts are….

Alpine, Bat For Lashes, Alt-J, Flume, Monsters And Men, The Rubens, Yeasayer.

This is a festival for those who truly love their music so you better know your stuff. Accompanied by some cute vintage and second hand markets as well as some scorching weather it’s best to go light and breezy for your outfit of choice.

Girls:

Dress, Bag, Sandals, Watch, Bracelets.

Guys:

Shirt, Shorts, Shoes, Sunglasses, Bracelets.

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL:

The home of heavy metal, punk and hardcore Soundwave festival hits Brisbane on Saturday the 23rd of Feb, Sydney on Sunday the 24th of Feb, Melbourne on Friday March the 1st, Adelaide on Saturday March the 2nd and Perth on Monday March the 4th. The lineup includes…

METALLICA, LINKIN PARK, BLINK 182, A PERFECT CIRCLE, THE OFFSPRING,  PARAMORE , SLAYER , GARBAGE , CYPRESS HILL , BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE.

A festival not for the light-hearted, Soundwave is a head banging, elbow throwing, epic display of all things hardcore. A day involving a bunch of screaming and a little something called the ‘Wall Of Death’ (look it up.) You’re going to want to wear closed in shoes for this one!

Girls:

Shorts, Singlet, Bracelets, Shoes.

Guys:

Shorts, Tank, Shoes, Sunglasses, Cuff.

FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL:

Future Music hits us next. Shows begin in Brisbane on Saturday the 2nd of March then continue on to Perth on Sunday the 3rd, Sydney on Saturday the 9th, Melbourne on Sunday the 10th and ending in Adelaide on Monday the 11th. Here you’ll see acts such as…

The Prodigy, Psy, Dizzee Rascal, Azealia Banks, Block Party, Boys Noize, Rita Ora, Steve Aoki.

This festival is a mash of pop, electro, dance with a little bit of pop rock on the side. Bring out your bright colour, put on your dance shoes and get unpredictable!

Girls:

Playsuit, Sandals, Sunglasses, Bracelet, Rope Bracelet.

Guys:

Shorts, Tee, Shoes, Cap, Phone Case.

BYRON BAY BLUES AND ROOTS:

And finally, for a change of pace, we have Blues And Roots. The festival plays in Byron Bay from Thursday the 28th of March till Monday the 1st of April. The lineup includes…

Iggy And The Stooges, Ben Harper, Santana, Counting Crows, Rodriguez, Chris Isaak,

The festival is a folke festival that is all about earthy vibes, jazz, funk and the blues. It’s a camping festival so you’re going to have to be a little more prepared but to give you an idea…

Girls:

Skirt, Top, Necklace, Ring, Sandals.

Guys:

Shirt, Shorts, Camera, Bracelet, Thongs.

Happy Festival Season!!

 

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Oh, we’ve got Vinyl!

Here at Surfstitch, we appreciate.  We appreciate all that .mp3′s have done for us.  Those little digital audio’s providing us with immediacy.  The inherent compression aiding in storage.  The freedom!  The glamour, and fun!  That said, we also enjoy tracing our roots.  Visiting times past, where physicality is the only.  There are now Kindles and eReaders, does that replace books?  No!  Ain’t nothing better than putting your feet up and turning pages (with a little reading in between).

This is a roundabout way of saying, we now stock records!  You know those big disks that spin?  So, if you will, perhaps escape the digital, and get your hands on something alive.  From Adele (James Bond’s Skyfall?  Y’seen it?  Its good!), to Cat Power, Bon Iver, to Fleet Foxes.  Grimes, Gotye, Radiohead, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.  Even The XX and The White Stripes, and Vampire Weekend!  The list goes on.  So, there is something for everyone!  So float in through this link, and see if they inspires you.  Don’t be scared, it’s soft, and real!

Oh, and did we mention that records make a kinda, really perfect present for your father?  (Or mother, or grandfather, or grandmother.  Anyone really!).  Dive in, and get your hands on some!

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Panama’s It’s Not Over Mixtape

Heartbeat would’ve enjoyed high rotation at the Hacienda 20 years ago. The business end of It’s Not Over, with Jim from Hot Chip’s tribal beat, is hard not to dig. One Piece should be played by your water taxi captain, complimented by bubbly. Stop The Fire drives like an Italo but handles like an Australian. Actually, the early-2000s Modular influence is payed respects (Cut Copy and Van She, especially) in We Have Love and Magic. You’ve gotta know where you came from to know where you’re going, right? And Panama are headed north. Below is a playlist they crafted for Stab. It’s all kinds of excellent.

CHECK OUT THE “IT’S NOT OVER” EP FROM PANAMA, HERE.

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Kelly Slater’s Off the Wall Mix

You ask, what does the world’s best-ever surfer listen to? ”A quick selection,” says Kelly Slater, 11x world champion and, quite possibly, the most adored man in our sport. “This and that, and a couple Aussie choices I’ve always loved. Midnight Oil – my first concert! (INXS-my second). It’s slightly hitty, but mostly pleasant. Just had to run through the old ones for some fun.” Punch play and swim around in the mind of Kelly Slater, just for a minute.

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