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IT will be a crying shame if external forces prevent Natalie Portman from winning this year’s Oscar for best female performance for her stunning portrayal of an obsessed ballerina in Black Swan. Various media sources are suggesting that her private life involvement with a colleague from the film, and a graphic lesbian sex scene in the movie, will prevent her moral high ground American peers from voting for her. If this scenario plays out next month, then the Oscars will lose credibility as Portman’s work in the psychological thriller film is outstanding. If it occurs, it would be impossible to prove as voters will hide their prejudices behind the anonymity of the voting process. Portman’s character, Nina Sayers, is complex and requires a multitude of intense skills to pull it off. Sayers is a perfectionist who has languished in the corps of a major New York ballet

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company. The dream duel role of playing the white and black swan in a contemporary version of Swan Lake seduces Sayers as the opportunity of her career. However, while she is perfectly cast as the white swan she has to compete with Mila Kunis’s (That 70s Show) role of Lily, who outwardly appears ideal as the black swan. The casting is left up to the vile ballet director Thomas Leroy (played menacingly by Vincent Cassel) who initially cannot see the double role fitting Sayers’ skill base. Black Swan follows Sayers’ journey in discovering the dark side of her personality so she can win the prized casting. Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin’s engrossing screenplay also concentrates on Sayer’s relationship with her mother Erica (stoically played by Barbara Hershey). The psychological forces that drive Sayers’ character are frightening and the film’s director, Darren Aronofky, graphically depicts her driving obsession so realistically that the audience is on their edge of their seats

watching her personality unravel. This horror of the mind is played against an amazing black backdrop that has been meticulously dressed by Tora Peterson. Multiple viewings would be necessary to see the extent that Peterson has used black objects in an incredible variety of props. Therese DePrez’s production design and David Stein’s art direction ably back-up Peterson’s dark work. It is so bleak; it is not a stretch to imagine all the keys on the piano being black. As with any good thriller or horror movie, Clint Mansell’s original music is an integral part of the suspense build as is Andrew Weisblum’s tight editing. As a bonus to Portman and Kunis’ top shelf acting work, Winona Ryder is almost unrecognisable in a much smaller part that is just as scary as the lead. Black Swan deserves praise for its bravado in presenting such jolting subject matter. If I could vote, it is obvious who I would pick for best actress at the 2011 Academy Awards.

robert’s rating 9/10

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b.entertained 03|Friday, January 21, 2011

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ben cameron While it’s not quite earned the super tag just yet, it comes from mighty fine stock. Like a good chef, Bendigo musician Steve Lane has taken some of the freshest available produce to form his new band, Steve Lane and the Autocrats. After a few jams in the lounge room, Lane got sticky fingers. Poaching Paul Kelly’s guitarist (Jimmy Williams) was a handy start. Borrowing the drummer (Dave Williams) and bassist (Edmondo Amendola) from Augie March was equally inspired. And with long time friend and rhythmix axeman Pete Slater from Dalriada, it makes for a more than tidy alalgamation. b.entertained caught up with Lane at his Emu Creek property last week amid a deluge. Which is ironic, as Lane is the type of songwriter who likens lyrics to falling rain. “I see songwriting a bit like a watertank,” he said. “You allow yourself to turn the tap on every now and then... sometimes the tank gets so full, you’ve got to let it out.” Lane is undeniably multi talented, in the sense he’s both gifted in the art of self expression, and releasing it in others. His company, Realtone helps young people tell their stories through music, which has happily taken him all over the globe, from the outback, Fiji to Timor-Leste. “My job is to basically work in communities and help people tell their stories,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where I go, people appreciate the

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Co-writer for the Autocrats John Holton firlmy believes the “Aha” moments in life have been the catalyst for many of his poems, which have become tunes. Nothing to do with Swedish pop bands, Holton assures. “Aha moments are those seemingly insignificant occurances that for some reason have great resonance,” he said. “The Aha moment is like a tipping point for exploring bigger issues or themes. “For example ‘Same Square Metre’ starts with a woman accidently brushing past a man in a secondhand bookshop and becomes an exploration of relationships...and more.” Melancholy can also be a useful fillip. “I think people often mistake melancholy for sadness or

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We’re living in the era of the supergroup. From the well intentioned coupling of Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine that produced Audioslave, to the slightly less effective hybird of Velvet Revolver, spawned by Guns N’ Roses and Stone Temple Pilots. So it only seems natural that Bendigo has one of its own on the circuit.

opportunity to write songs and record.” He’s not only inspired creation, but earned trust. “One young woman chose to talk about how she was sexually abused when she was five,” he said. “It was the first time she’d talked about it. It just blew me away. It was an honour to be trusted like that.” Now though, he’s telling his own stories through the Autocrats, with a lyrical hand from local author and colloborator, John Holton. Holton felt deep personal connections with the songs of Lane’s former band, VoicePopFoible and together, they’ve strived to reflect the “conflicted nature of every day life, from memory, longing and the ‘Aha moments’”. Many of the band’s songs have evolved from Holton’s poems , to which has Lane has added his own experience and interpretation. “To see the songs performed live for the first time was quite emotionally overwhelming,” Holton said. “Most of my poems are very short, seemingly absurd or humorous pieces, but with a serious intent. Steve ‘got’ them straight away. “It was a case of handing Steve the poems and saying, ‘see what you can do with these’. “For me, as a non-muso, it’s been a fascinating process to be part of. I feel very lucky. “He has this uncanny ability to take my words and turn them into something else, but still retaining the spirit of the original words. “So much so, that there are songs now that I honestly can’t remember who wrote which bits. For me, that’s the collaborative process at its best. “I totally trust Steve with my words and there’s never been any sense of this is mine and this is yours. I love that. “I hope I’ll always be lurking around in the background as a sometimes co-writer.” The Autocrats play Newstead Live! festival this weekend, which is a skewed homecoming for Lane. It was at the Maldon Music Festival, in Newstead Live! chief coordinator Andrew Pattison’s Troubador Wine Bar tent, where VoicePopFoible first got its festival wings. The Autocrats will their blend indie pop-rock with a tinge of roots in the Troubador on Saturday night. “A good song can be portrayed in any kind of style,” Lane said. Which is good, because they’ve got plenty.

LEFT: Steve Lane (second from right) with the rest of his Autocrats. BELOW: The lads in action.


b.entertained 04|Friday, January 21, 2011

Summer

town hall

in the parks

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THOSE who ventured out to the revenued Summer in the Parks last Friday were privy to a special event. It was the second last gig for the Tyson Hodges Trio. Headliners TH3 were stalwarts of the Bendigo and Melbourne scene and chose to bow out in the mildest of manners. There was no lack of punch in the performance, and it was stunning to be there... but with no announcement before or during the event Tyson and the gang left the stage for almost the last time with no fuss.

There is no doubt we will see all again in a different guise. Talisa Jobe kicked off proceedings by the way, I quite got ahead of myself. TJ, as she is known, showed an amazingly skilled twist as singer/guitarist/songwriter and is a definite “watch out” for the future. She’s already a Triple J-played artist, and has a self-cut CD... mind you, she forgot to mention they were for sale. Buy one next chance you get. Man in the middle Tom Teuna played an emotional set on guitar and vocals and it’s clear he puts heart and soul into his work. Another one to find the CD for if you missed the set. It has to be said numbers were down because of the rain and venue change, but it’s back to the park, weather permitting, tonight.


b.entertained 05|Friday, January 21, 2011

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Jess s and d r a w d Bec E Hourigan

David and De bbie Lambert

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Andrew Higgs is no stranger to Bendigo music, last year he played a couple of ripper shows at the Newmarket hotel with his electrifying blues-rock three-piece. He returns tonight as part of Summer In The Parks, but this time he will be taking to the Rosalind Park stage alone to express his incredibly virtuosic style as a soloist. “I’m looking forward to playing in the park” Andrew said. “It’s nice to be able to get out of the pubs every once and a while, we are only a reasonably new band and haven’t had many opportunities to play in an outdoor setting.” Higgsy will also be back in a few short weeks for the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival fundraiser at the Golden Vine on February 5, and will be bringing his drummer and bassist to the show as well. It was with great pleasure that Higgsy could announce that his drummer won’t actually have too far to travel. “Our old drummer Matt has just left us to go live in Byron Bay, and our current solution is your local drumming superstar Colin Thompson,” Andrew said. “We haven’t had a jam yet, but he’s a madman on drums so I’m pretty sure it will work out well.” The Andrew Higgs Band released their debut

hompson TH3’s Colin T e kit th smashes

Jake Schatz, Ingrid Thom son and JJ Miles

higgs and tully jake schatz

Tom Tuena works his ma gic

album ‘Stomp’ earlier this year and Andrew hopes to follow it up this year with a new release. “That’s one of the big goals for this year,” he said. “We’d also love to embark on a national tour, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.” Higgsy also has a slot lined up for the famous St Kilda music festival on February 11. “I’m really looking forward to that one as well.” Andrew said. “We haven’t done too much in the last month so it’s nice to get back into the swing of things.” Watch Andrew Higgs tonight in the park and be sure to come to The Golden Vine on the 5th if you like what you hear. Andrew Higgs and Colin Thompson is a combination that should not be missed. Following Higgs on the bill is talented vocalist and songwriter, Tully Sumner, who has carved out a fair name for himself during a 17 year career. Summer In The Parks talent liason said Sumner’s gig at The Newmarket Hotel in October was something else. “Those of us who were fortunate enough to catch Tully’s set, when he travelled up from Melbourne to donate his time and talents to a Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival fundraiser gig, were aptly blown away,” he said. “Tully is one of those musos who loves to share his music with a wider audience – as humble and tight-lipped about his own talents and accomplishments as he may be. “If people are not moved by Tully’s music and performance tonight, they might want to check themselves for a pulse.”

Musician photos: Brett Jones Audience photos: Kitty Hanzl

Andrew Higgs and band. Below: Tully Sumner.


b.entertained 06|Friday, January 21, 2011

food fossickers

sausagesizzle

review.

words rosmary sorensen

rosemary sorensen

Do not, whatever you do, prick the skin. When you fire up the barbie for Australia Day this year, you may feel the need to burn a few sausages. There are many of us who still think there is no finer aroma than that of a singed snag. However, Australia has changed since the times when pizza was considered exotic and the only sauce available was tomato. Now, you will find even your local butcher purses his lips at the very idea of a burnt banger. The way to cook a sausage, says David Dargaville of Flora Hill Quality Meats, is “on a warm hotplate with a little olive oil”. And then he delivers that gobsmacking challenge to one of the truisms of Australian cuisine: “Don’t prick ‘em.” David says the only reason we were brought up thinking you had to jab the fat and thin little bags of mince and whatever else the butcher found to stuff in was to let it all out again. The revolution happened in the 1980s

FRESH: David Dargaville and his sons Tom and Jackson. and 90s, when sausage quality improved. Now, you’re less likely to find that mythic rat’s foot in your sausage and more likely to savour a hint of sun-dried tomato and oregano. David knows his sausages. In his immaculate display cabinet there’s a whole array of succulent snags, from exotic varieties with Italian or Chinese influence, to his pride and joy, the “Best Australian”. He’s not skiting about that moniker: David’s sausages were National Winner for Gourmet Sausages in 2007. It’s that recipe, developed through trial and error (tastetested on clients) that is available for your Australia Day barbecue. What’s the secret of a good sausage? Simple, says David. “Fresh and local.” If your lamb, which is what goes into David’s “best Australian”, is sourced locally, there’s a good chance it will get into the sausage fast, and that ensures the quality.

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Judy Collins

David is also rather fond of a plain beef sausage, although those have been somewhat supplanted by such variations as his feta, basil and chicken sausage. He winces just a little at the mention of a vegetarian sausage, but says he does create one for those who so desire. The secret of that is to chop the vegetables very fine. He eschews any “fake meat” additives, such as soy or nut protein. David works with a team of focused young men, including his sons Tom and Jackson. He’s been in abattoirs all his life, and took over the famous “Friswell’s” Flora Hill shop seven years ago from the family who had run it for 40 years. It was tough. Loyal customers, appalled to see new faces behind the cleavers, were, in some cases, literally in tears. Now, he is once more representing the region on February 5 in Launceston, vying again for the title of National Sausage King.

ben cameron You’re a New Yorker, how long has Manhattan been home for you? I’ve lived in New York since 1963. Almost a local (laughs). How has it changed over the years? Oh boy, tremendously. When I first got here nobody really cared about money. It was a very, very different time and people only cared about art and music and the next songwriter. It was very exciting to be part of it. There were singers and songwriters around every street corner. I’m a New Yorker and I love it. It gets better and better. Even though capitalism inevitably shaped the New York music scene into something else? Oh sure it has but I have a certain amount of distance from that because I love what I do and I work like I don’t need the money, which is terribly important to me. I love what I do thank goodness . It’s not easy, I do about 100 shows a year and I travel all over the world and I sing sing sing for my supper and I love it. If I didn’t love it, it would be hard, it would be work (laughs). But because I love it it’s play, it’s adventure and discovery. I’m touring with Chris Bailey (from The Saints) and it’s great fun, I like him a lot.

Judy Collins is a folk legend with a string of hits including Send In The Clowns, which snared her a Grammy Award for Song of the Year back in 1975. The lady with the voice described as “liquid silver” talks about her long battle with alcoholism that nearly claimed her life and what it feels like to become somebody’s muse.

The Saints were a punk band. That’s an interesting double act. They were the Sex Pistols of Australia from 1977 to 1987. They also became more than local, internationally they have a very good rep. Did you ever think you would collaborate with somebody from that genre? Yeah, why not. I had an affair with Steve Stills when he played on a album of mine called Who Knows Where The Time Goes, and he was putting together Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at the time. It wasn’t quite a punk band but it was certainly rock ‘n’ roll. You had an affair in the intimate sense? Oh yes, we had an affair and he wrote a song called “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes” for me.

DETAILS: David Dargaville’s Flora Quality Meats is at 15 Retreat Road, Bendigo. The Australian Meat Industry Council presents the 13th National Sausage Competition in Launceston’s Grand Chancellor Hotel on February 5. COMING UP: Vegemite toast will be served at the Australia Day community celebration in High Street organised by Axedale Our Town Our Future. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “To participate in Australian culture you can do it right here. All you need is a Ute, a girl in a wet t-shirt and know how to burn a sausage on the barbie and you’re a cultural hero and a Great Aussie Bloke.” (On the satirical website, Australian Values.)

How does it feel to be immortalised in song? Yeah that wasn’t bad (laughs). On my new album Paradise I do a duet with Steve Stills. We came full circle; we recorded it right in the apartment I live in now. But you’re married now though? Yeah I’ve been with the same guy for 32 years which is a record don’t you think? Good work. I see you’ve turned other people’s songs into big hits; is there any particular person or style you like to cover? Well I’ve had wonderful success with a number of different artists’ songs. I’ve found them and recorded them before they got famous and so I’ve had a chance to help them get recognised and get their record contracts. Joni Mitchell is one, Leonard Cohen another, even Randy Newman before he made his first record.

Devils Brigade (self titled) Label: Hellcat Records Punk rock, psychobilly Reviewer: Jeff Else

jeff else Devil’s Brigade, released by Hellcat Records, is an American punk rock / psychobilly album fronted by Rancid’s Bassist Matt Freeman on double bass and rough and ready, Tom Waits-esque vocals and accompanied by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong on guitar and legendary X and the Knitters drummer DJ Bonebrake. Fans of Rancid, punk, psychobilly or just good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll should thoroughly appreciate Devil’s Brigade’s first LP since forming in 2000; they having only released a couple of singles in the decade since. Even fellow Rancid member Lars Frederickson guests on the song “Bridge of Gold”, but Devil’s Brigade is easily the best Rancid side project since Frederickson’s debut in 2001. At 28 minutes and 17 seconds and containing 12 songs, this is a short and straight-to-the-point punk classic for the many who have been waiting.

Was that person your husband? No, although I met him four days before I got sober. I knew a person through a dance class whose husband was a famous drunk. A fantastic actor but a really in-your-face, falling down, beating people up in bars kind of drunk. He used to show up in the newspapers all the time. But then that stopped, which really disappointed me (laughs). So I called her up and said ‘what happened to Patrick?’ And she said ‘Patrick doesn’t drink anymore’. So I was wasted, I could barely sing anymore, I could barely get up and I’d had a year (1977) of cancelling shows, I was really down. I had top ten hits, Send In The Clowns was going on, I had a Grammy, all the stuff you call success. But I was dying, so she said ‘would you like his phone number?’ and for some reason I said yes. And I talked to him and he said he knew what was wrong with me. He said you have to get some help or you’re going to die.

Are you excited about being in Australia. This will be my third trip to Australia. The audiences are wonderful and very hip and musical. Also Australia seems to be a country that is fresh, optimistic, interested and there is something wonderful about the energy in Australia.

So your real true self began to emerge after this time? Oh yeah, you can’t operate like that. You’re not your true self when you’re engaged with the illness and the illness had me by the throat and nothing else counts. I had tremendous success, but the main thing I was concerned about was ‘how do I get enough to drink today?’ That was my main concern. I remember being in Australia in 1965 and I was throwing the shandies down my throat and a friend said to me ‘you know young lady, I would watch that drinking if I were you’. It was like somebody plunged a sword into my heart because I felt like I was nailed, this guy knows. And he did. I don’t know how he did, but I drank heavily from the beginning. I never tried to hide it, there was no point.

Are there are any aspects you find strange? Well now I don’t drink anymore I probably will be able to be clearer about my assessment. The last time I was there I was deep into your shandies, I loved the shandies. I had major major problems with alcohol, it almost killed me. I haven’t had a drink for 32 years but I’ll tell you one thing, I drank more than you drank. When I was drinking I had a terrible time.

What started your drinking? It’s in my family, the illness is in my family. I was born with the gene (laughs). Anyway life is a whole lot better now that I don’t have to deal with it. However, I will say nothing ever slowed me down which is really kind of remarkable. Last year I was a bit flaky but every other year, every project and tour I was on time and did my work.

What did that stem from? Did it help your creativity? No, it didn’t help anything, it was a terrible mistake. Once I got the help I needed it wasn’t hard to give up but it was a very long time before I was willing to get help, I wasn’t willing. 32 years ago nobody was talking about recovering from alcoholism. You didn’t see people showing up on Oprah talking about how they just got out of rehab. It was a very different time. But I was lucky because I found somebody in New York finally who put me into treatment in 1978 and I’ve been sober ever since. I can have a life now, this is my real life now.

What would be the highlight of your career then? Getting up this morning wasn’t bad (laughs). That was a highlight for my day. I really think that some of the most beautiful things have happened to me with my audiences, being able to be part of the ‘60s, that was pretty hot. I didn’t really know what was going on but in retrospect that was amazing to have been there.

You must be on a lot of Christmas card lists then Judy? Right, right, exactly (laughs). They don’t write, they don’t call. They might not know it but I know (laughs). They can’t take that away from me, and I did it my way, and I did the songs my way too (laughs).

Judy Collins plays The Corner Hotel in Richmond on January 21 and the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine on January 22.


b.entertained 07|Friday, January 21, 2011

street

sounds of the megan spencer

HE has opened for Carlos Santana, U2 and Peter Gabriel, and played didjeridoo for the Dalai Lama in front of 5000 people at ‘Jeff ’s Shed’. Not bad for a humble busker… I’m speaking of Alan Harris, aka ‘Big Al’. We first met when I heard Alan, 50, and son Tristan, 27, singing sweet harmonies in Hargreaves Mall. It stopped me in my tracks. A ‘didj’ was by Tristan’s side, Big Al was playing guitar, and people were dropping coins in their guitar case with alarming regularity. These guys were pros. I bought what turned out to be the last copy of their excellent first album, Sounds of the Street’ Big Al and Tristan live in Ballarat, but make the four-hour round trip as often as they can to Bendigo. Frequently Alan’s wife Leonie accompanies them (she also helps run their other business, ‘Aboriginal For A Dae’, an Indigenous education and culture program they have performed all over the world and Australia.) You’ll find them in Bendigo up to three times a week under the name ‘Western Creation’. “If it wasn’t for Bendigo,” says Big Al, “we might

not still be busking – we would have chucked it in”, such is the support their music receives here. “‘Bendigo loves us!’ you always say,” Leonie smiles at her husband. Originally from Margaret River, WA – “Noongar country” – Big Al has lived all over Australia. He tells me that he has a diploma in sociology from the University of WA, worked in Canberra in immigration (“fancy putting a blackfella in charge of citizenship”, says with a wink), as a journalist at ABC Radio in Port Lincoln, and in Alice Springs at CAAMA radio, where he also helped set up training at Imparja Television. “Crikey mate, a fair while,” he answers when I ask how long Alan’s been singing for. A member of Australia’s Stolen Generation, Al was “in and out of boys homes” and learned to sing with friends. His family finally settled in Ballarat in 1997. Struggling a bit financially when they arrived and “not wanting to take any government hand outs”, it was around then Big Al first took up busking professionally. He hasn’t looked back. Leonie tells me that Big Al and Tristan won the National Duo title at the 2008 Tamworth Country Music Festival, and three major awards at the 2007 Whittlesea Country Music Festival. “Singing has honestly taken me all over the world,” Al tells me, “China, South Dakota, Oklahoma

Tristan and Big Al in the Bendigo Mall. Photos: ANDREW PERRYMAN

City”. It was in Oklahoma City that, by chance, Al was asked to play didjeridoo at a fundraiser for victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, opening for U2 and Peter Gabriel. Chance plays a big part in any musician’s life, and Western Creation are no exception. About to go into the studio, to “finish off four more albums”, Alan and Tristan happened to meet British musician Robin Lumley, when they were busking in South Melbourne, around the corner from where the ex-keyboard player for David Bowie now lives. “He’s going to play with us,” says Big Al, “and so’s Matthew Fagan,” another high-profile recruit, “one of the world’s best guitarists.” Name-dropping aside, Big Al and Tristan love busking. “The people” is why they do it. “We love choosing songs people like to hear – usually the ones we hear over a beer at the pub,” he laughs. “People do understand that Aboriginal people are approachable – that’s why we do it, for the yarns, contacts the relationships we’ve picked up over the years.” And how long will he keep busking? “They stop givin’, we stop singin’”… Contact Western Creation at westerncreation@ yahoo.com.au or phone 0408 065 037 Bookings for the Aboriginal For A Dae program: 0408 065 037

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Jayden Edwards So what’s your number one this year? Well you know what, as a Triple J employee I don’t want to speculate, but I seriously reckon it could be an Australian song. We’ve had some amazing tunes from Australian bands this year, stuff like Washington, Angus and Julia, Birds of Toyko and smaller bands like The Jezabels. They’ve really just ripped it up around the country. It’s been a couple of years since an Australian band took it out, so it would be good to see one come up front.

Lindsay “The Doctor” McDougall is a Hottest 100 Countdown veteran.

FACTS Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” won the first Hottest 100 in 1989. Powderfinger has appeared more than any other band in the Hottest 100, with 22 songs between 1996 and 2009. Dave Grohl has appeared 29 times: four with Nirvana, 19 with Foo Fighters, five with Queens of The Stone Age and once with Them Crooked Vultures.

Any personal faves you’d love to see up there? Who got your votes? I actually voted all Australian, funnily enough. I voted for stuff like Alpine, a great band from Victoria, Abby May from Western Australia – her song ‘Mammalian Locomotion’ (Australia Day). A band from Canberra called Crash the Curb who we unearthed and sent to Perth for the One Movement Festival. They are a two-piece and played their fifth gig at Perth, they’re just great. I voted for their song ‘Don’t Lock Your Elbow’. Hungry Kids of Hungary’s ‘Coming around’, I love that song so much. So what are the Triple J offices like in the lead-up to the Hottest 100 day? Hectic? Exciting? It’s funny because I got back a few weeks ago and ‘Hack’ (Triple J current affairs program) hadn’t started yet, Tom (Ballard) and Alex (Dyson) weren’t back, so our area of the office was quite quiet. But then you go over to the web team and they’re going nuts, because they’re building the website for the Hottest 100 and all that stuff. Over in the music library, where Richard Kingsmill and his crew are, their job doesn’t really start until after the 16th when voting closes and the counting begins. So it’s this slow gradual thing where everyone starts to get busier. Then we start working out how we’re going to do the Hottest 100, how we’re going to present it and stuff. As winners become more apparent, we have to start working out who we’re going

gigfest Lee Rosser will play Gigfest, the brainchild of Bendigo musician Don Webb (right).

to speak to, are we going to talk to these people on the phone? Are these people in the country for the Big Day Out? Can we get them in (the studio)? Just before midday on Australia Day is when stuff gets really busy, that’s when people start punching people in the back of the head out of sheer frustration! You’ve been in the studio the last couple of years for the countdown haven’t you? Yeah, just last year when we decided to go back to basics. The year before we were in Parramatta, NSW. It was cool, but it was just so big. Because it’s Australia Day there’s a chance that some of the people at the event may not be there to celebrate Australian music, they may be there just to get really smashed. So we realised if we bring it back into the studio, it’s less about us putting on a big show, and it’s more about you, and where you are having your parties, because parties that people have at home are better than anything we can put on anyway, ‘cause they can do it their way. Rather than get everyone to come to us, we just go to everyone else – and occasionally we turn up at their parties. That’s great, make it more about everyone else. Yeah, otherwise you’ve got this small group of people in Parramatta, or the Big Day Out or wherever we are, and everyone else is feeling left out of it. This is about the music, and about you, so you guys party, and we’ll be in the studio having a few sly drinks and we’ll all party together, it’ll be great. Sounds good! I’ll meet you there. Absolutely, I’m sure Bendigo’s no different. We get the party venue map up and running every year, and Victoria loves the Hottest 100! Yeah we do love it! I’ve actually missed out the last few years because of the Big Day Out in Melbourne being on the same day, but this year it isn’t! So it’s all about the Hottest 100 for me! How good is it?! The Big Day Out isn’t on. Hottest 100 is on Wednesday and the Big Day Out is on the Sunday. I remember when I was a kid and we’d go the Big Day Out and they’d

ben cameron The Newmarket Hotel will be jampacked with live and local music when the sixth Gigfest takes off tomorrow from midday. After beginning on the Queen’s Birthday weekend back in 2008, under the original name of Benderfest, Gigfest has grown into a ripping festival for homegrown tunes, where musicians and punters are one and the same. “It was a way to help a struggling local original music scene,” festival coordinator Don Webb said earlier this week. “I had watched the local scenes ebb and flow for many years and noticed that when it was thriving, there was lots of interaction and networking between the bands and musicians. “Gigfest is really about a sense of a ‘music community’, it’s not a profit objective, it’s more like a working bee for the music community and every one comes and chips in.” Jumping onboard is rock and roots musician Lee Rosser, who knows Bendigo well through his work with former band Rambunctious. “There are a lot of great musicians in and from Bendigo. Half our audience seems to be musicians which is great!” he said.

Triple J’s Hottest 100 has become an Australian institution, and is one of the biggest public-voted countdowns in the world. Now in its 18th year, loyal Triple J listeners around the country, and the world, have been busy trawling through their favourite songs of the year and submitting their votes, ready for the countdown next Wednesday. So what will be this year’s number one? Which artist will feature the most? Who will miss out? I spoke to Triple J’s Drive host and Frenzal Rhomb guitarist Lindsay “The Doctor” McDougall, for his opinion on this year’s poll, asked him what happens behind the scenes before the Hottest 100 day, and used the excuse to chat about all things Triple J and Frenzal Rhomb. have the Hottest 100 on the big screen. Has the poll ever had any attempted hijackings, you know, a bunch of 13-yearold girls voting en-masse for Justin Beiber or Katy Perry? Ah, not 13-year-olds, it’s all me! A couple of years ago I tried to get Rick Astley in and tried to Rick-Roll the Hottest 100. Nah, the thing is, we’ve got a fairly good system these days. Before it was all webbased people used to mail in their votes. I guess a record company could have paid a bunch of starving children to write in and vote. These days I think the only flaw is that for every email address, that’s how many votes you get. So if you had three email addresses you could have three top tens. Apart from that, it’s pretty hard. People are pretty precious about their votes, so I don’t think people are going to sell them. But stuff gets in that we don’t play, like U2 got in last year and Green Day and stuff like that, but that’s cool. It just shows that the Hottest 100, while it’s a Triple J thing, is so much bigger than just the people that listen to Triple J. Or maybe there are people that do listen to Triple J that, for some reason, like U2. You know, maybe they fell over mid-year, hurt their head a bit so they want to vote for U2, they can’t help that. I have to admit, I do like a bit of U2. I haven’t voted for them though. (Laughs) Did they put out anything last year? Did you go see their show last year with Jay Z? No, I’m not that big a fan. (Laughs) Good, that’s the right level of U2fan-ness. Do you think songs released early in the year are at a disadvantage and maybe don’t poll as high as they should? Absolutely, because you know, we all have short memories. That’s why at this time of year we mix up the playlist, look for songs that came out at the start of the year, and throw them on again. We also run little promos, reminding people of songs we loved. The order of the list isn’t chronological, it’s alphabetical, so you’ll see stuff you forgot.

Rosser will be busy this weekend, headlining both Gigfest and The Summer In The Parks tonight. “I like to put as many shows as I can into a weekend with different settings. A large part of the show is improvisation which means we never do the same thing twice,” he said. “I’ve played many festivals and to larger crowds but the ones that stick in my head are often smaller on an unsuspecting audience. “One of the more creative and favourite gigs I’ve done was a little busking tour of regional Victoria where we appeared at ATM machines and played to people trying to get cash out.” Rosser suits the original flavour of Gigfest to a tee. “Even though music now is such big business and is just another product in a lot of ways, the live aspect of it still is unpredictable and real no matter how it is packaged,” he said. Don Webb wants to feel the love of all local music followers. “By attending you are demonstrating that you love local music, and just by doing that you will inspire people to give 110% to their music and being mostly original music you are encouraging the future of music,” he said. “Nearly every hit song ever released started its life in a loungeroom somewhere, back of a bus, a garage, etc. Original music is the keystone of a healthy music industry.”

How is the radio gig going, must be nice having a sleep-in these days? The sleep-ins are pretty cool. It’s interesting doing a show by myself, there is heaps more work, just me and a producer. I don’t get to just sit there and say stupid stuff while Marieke Hardy and Robbie Buck (former Triple J Breakfast co-hosts) do the bulk of it. It’s been cool because I get to do the interviews I want to do. The good thing about my first week back was that I got first dibbs on all the interviews because Tom and Alex weren’t back yet. They are long days though, nine hour days, which for someone who started out doing one hour days on stage, is a little bit unexpected. Taking about the stage, how’s Frenzal Rhomb going? You recently did the No Sleep Till Festival? Yeah, it was great, really good. I had such a ball playing six gigs in a row in about eight days, we haven’t done that for a while. Just hanging out with some cool dudes. It was freaking awesome. Do the other guys get a bit frustrated with you being tied down with the radio? Nah, we got over being frustrated a long time ago. Jason (Whalley) and Gordy (Foreman) both have a kid each, so they’re doing that, and Tom (Crease) is a kid. We’re all just really enjoying now that it just doesn’t matter, there’s no one tapping on their watch going “Come on, time for another album”. We did play one new song at No Sleep Till and we will be recording some this year we hope, but that will revolve around what holidays I can get. You got some holidays to go over to Japan last year with the band didn’t you? Yeah, we went to Japan in February last year, that was fun, about five gigs in a row. Japan’s one of those places where you can be really rude and Australian and people still come to your shows, which is lucky because Gordy, our drummer, is really rude and really Australian.

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BEER GARDEN STAGE: 1pm-1.45pm Fuhrer 2pm-2.45pm Bridget Robertson and Lance Hillier 3pm-3.45pm Louie and the Pride 4pm-4.45pm Jasmine Eyes 5pm-5.45pm Lee Rosser 6pm-6.45pm Tysons Hodges Trio 7pm-7.45pm 12 Inch Clocks 8pm-8.45pm Tim McMillan Band’ 9pm-9.45pm Colonel Vipers Whipstick Band IN THE BAR Noon-6pm Old Buzzard Medicine Show 6pm-midnight Deano LOUNGE STAGE 1.30pm-2.15pm Talisa Jobe 2.30pm-3.15pm Jacob McGuffie 3.30pm-4.15pm Skip 4.30pm-5.15pm Master of None 5.30pm-6.15pm The Blister Transistor 6.30pm-7.15pm My Left Boot 7.30pm-8.15pm Sister Ray 8.30-9.15pm Artililah 9.30pm-10.15pm La Bastard 10.30pm-11.15pm Soundhole 11.30pm-12.15pm Made In China


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