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IN THIS ISSUE...

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HOT TALK

26

TOURING

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JB SMOOVE

30

ARTS GUIDE, BERBERIAN

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ART OF THE CITY, COMIC STRIP

34

SARAH SILVERMAN

51

REGINA SPEKTOR

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INDUSTIAL, ALLANS BILLY HYDE

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THE LIVING END

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EVAN DANDO & JULIANA HATFIELD

56

ALEXISONFIRE, SAM SPARRO,

58

THE NEXT TO NOTHING

REVOLVER AESTHETIC, DJ KENTARO, OMAR SOULEYMAN

QUARRY MOUNTAIN DEAD RATS PG 62

60

LAGWAGON PG 64

SPIRITUALIZED, NEW GODS, WILLY MASON

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QUARRY MOUNTAIN DEAD RATS,

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THE KEY OF THE SEA

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LAGWAGON, OFF!,

SHAUN KIRK, JUDE PERL

MAYDAY PARADE 65

CORE/ CRUNCH!

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FREE SHIT Plenty of rad tickets to get your hands on this week including giveaways to The Key Of Sea at Hamer Hall, Blood Red Shoes at The Hi-Fi, Albert Salt and Wintercoats at Chapel Off Chapel, Lagwagon at The Corner, Jeff Martin solo tickets with bonus DVD and 2 Hot 2 Handle roller derby taking place this weekend. Head to beat.com. au/freeshit and get clickin’.

After crushing their headline performance at this year’s Parklife festivals, The Presets have announced their longawaited return to the touring circuit in 2013. The premier electro two-piece this year released the critically-lauded Pacifica, following on from the all-conquering album Apocalypso. The Presets will be joined nationally by local dance luminaries Parachute Youth and Light Year. The Presets perform at The Palace on Wednesday February 6. Tickets on sale Friday December 7 from Ticketmaster.

DEERHOOF Deerhoof will be returning to Australia next year. Deerhoof were pioneers for the indie rock genre in the ‘90s, known for their unclassifiable noise-rock that sounded like pop mixed with ecstasy. Despite all of this, they’ve had a successful career, influencing the sounds of fellow bands The Flaming Lips, Xiu Xiu and Dirty Projectors. They’re known for their dynamic, unruly shows where Satomi flicks her to tunes from Breakup Song, their latest LP. Deerhoof will be playing at Schoolhouse Studios on Sunday March 3. Tickets can be purchased through Moshtix.

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH Already announced on the breathtaking Golden Plains Lucky Seven lineup, Swedish troubadour The Tallest Man On Earth has announced a Melbourne sideshow. Last here for a hugely successful sold-out 2011 tour, Kristian Matsson has since released his acclaimed third LP There’s No Leaving Now. The Melbourne show will take place in the suitably grand surrounds of Melbourne Recital Hall. The Tallest Man On Earth performs at Melbourne Recital Hall on Thursday February 28. Tickets go on sale via the Melbourne Recital Hall website on Thursday December 6.

Already announced as headliner of the freakin’ massive 2013 Bluesfest, legendary rock vocalist Robert Plant has announced a headline Melbourne arena show. Plant will be bringing his Sensational Shape Shifters project to Australia, performing material from his lauded solo projects as well as iconic selections from the Led Zeppelin canon. Robert Plant Presents Sensational Shape Shifters perform at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday April 3. Tickets on sale Monday December 10 through Ticketek.

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Fresh from announcing their upcoming LP Push The Sky Away, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds will hit the road for a massive Australian tour next year. Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos, Thomas Wydler, Martyn Casey, Ed Kuepper and Conway Savage will return to the fold with a tour of some of the country’s most iconic venues, performing well-loved selections from the Bad Seeds body of work plus material from the brand new album. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds perform at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday March 2. Tickets on sale Thursday December 6 from Ticketmaster.

DEATH GRIPS Comprised of vocalist Stefan Burnett and drummer Zach Hill (Hella, Boredoms), experimental hip hop crew Death Grips have announced a headline show in Melbourne. Defying both genre and convention, the Sacramento duo will showcase their hardcore, innovative tracks from their latest record, No Love Deep Web. The album is famous not only for its musical brilliance, but because the band self-released it online apparently to try and bypass their label’s insistence on releasing it in 2013. The band were subsequently dropped by the label. Death Grips play Ding Dong Lounge on Tuesday January 22. Tickets on sale Friday December 7 from Oztix.

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Summer’s Biggest Party heats up with Sneaky Sound System, Zoe Badwi and Sarah De Bono joining the fun, the headline acts named by Cricket Australia to perform at this summer’s Commonwealth Bank Series. This follows Cricket Australia’s recent announcement that Grammy award-winning Basement Jaxx would be coming Down Under to play a DJ set during the Series on Friday January 11. The introduction of live music to the Commonwealth Bank Series for the first time is to ensure that Summer’s Biggest Party continues both on-and-off the pitch, also promising big prizes for dress ups and a raft of other exciting entertainment. For a look at who will be performing at what match during the series, head to the Cricket Australia website, cricket.com.au.

BLACK SABBATH After swiftly selling out their first performance, the legendary Black Sabbath have added a second Melbourne show. Original band members – the Prince of Darkness himself: Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi will make a thunderous return to Australia in April 2013 in their first Aussie shows since 1974. Black Sabbath play Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday May 1 (sold out) and a second show on Monday April 29. Tickets will go on sale through Ticketek on Friday December 7.

BLUESFEST With headliners Paul Simon and Robert Plant already announced, you would think that Bluesfest 2013 couldn’t get any bigger. You were wrong. The latest announcement brings Counting Crows, Ben Harper, The Lumineers, Taj Mahal, Shuggie Otis, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Ben Howard, Tav Falco & The Panther Burns, JD McPherson, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Soja, Jake Shimabukuro and Damien Dempsey. Also hitting Bluesfest will be a huge batch of local artists, including The Cat Empire, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Xavier Rudd, Rockwiz Live, The Break, Beasts Of Bourbon, Karise Eden, The Bamboos, The Beards, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The Snowdroppers, King Cannons, Grey Ghost, Busby Marou, Saskwatch, The Wilson Pickers, Round Mountain Girls, Hat Fitz & Cara, Mason Rack Band, The Songs Of The Haight Ashbury Stage Show, Lil Fi & The Dirty Rascals, Wards Xpress. Absolutely massive. The 2013 Byron Bay Bluesfest takes place Thursday March 28 until Monday April 1. Ticket details at the Bluesfest website.

LIMP WRIST Having played extensively on a few continents and recording a second LP since last in the country, Limp Wrist are back to call out every hardcore freak, punk arse queen, and genderbending crossdresser to come together for a night of in-your-face, queer hardcore punk that you will wish you could forget. Limp Wrist will be in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve at The Bendigo Hotel, with an awesome support cast of Shit Weather, Infinite Void, Red Red Krovvy and Ratsak. Tickets for Limp Wrist at The Bendigo Hotel on Monday December 31 are available now via Oztix.

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BRING ME THE HORIZON, PIERCE THE VEIL The 2013 Soundwave Festival sidewaves just keep on rollin’ in, with Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce The Veil teaming up for a Melbourne headline show. It’s not often scene kids, screamo fans and metal-heads can agree on a band, but after their explosive rise in popularity, Bring Me The Horizon have cemented themselves as the dominant force in the scene. Whether they’re screaming their hearts out or gently bearing their souls proves Pierce The Veil are seemingly still one step ahead of everyone else when it comes to concocting energetic slices of post-hardcore. Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce The Veil perform at Billboard on Thursday February 28. Tickets on sale via the venue website at 9am, Thursday December 6.


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BOOGIE 2013 Start craving those Bloody Marys and planning your pilgrimage to Tallarook, as Victoria’s finest boutique experience will return in 2013. Boogie 7 has announced a very tasty roster of talent for the upcoming Easter weekend. The first lineup brings us Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Tony Joe White, Henry Wagons & His Grand Ole Boogvegas Spectacle, Velociraptor, Don Walker & The Suave Fucks, Good Heavens, Little Bastard, Jeremy Neale, Super Wild Horses, The Preatures, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Mother & Son, Dirt Farmer, plus more good shit to come. Stay tuned for more announcements. Boogie 7 takes place at Bruzzy’s Farm, Tallarook from Friday March 29 until Sunday March 31. Tickets on sale now from boogie.net.au.

MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS Seattle-based hip hop group Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Melbourne show on Wednesday February 13 has had a change of venue to from The Corner Hotel to The Palace, to keep up with the demand for tickets. Their second show at the Corner Hotel on Saturday February 16 however, will remain at the Corner. Tickets for the Palace show are on sale now from Ticketmaster.

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COLLISION AT THE CORNER The creators of Rock The Bay, Creepshow Halloween Festival and Showdown have announced their newest even – Collision At The Corner. Featuring ten of Melbourne’s best live rock acts sweating it out across The Corner Hotel’s two stages. Catch Barbarion, King Of The North, Ten Thousand, Bugdust, Empra, The Deep End, The Charge, Riot In Toytown, Voodoocain and Thick Line Thin Line on Saturday January 12, all for a mere 20 bucks. Check out saltarhype.com.au for more info.

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Australia is a big fan of Justin Townes Earle, and with the announcement of a 2013 return, it looks like the love is very much reciprocated. Earlier in 2012, Justin performed barnstorming sets at Bluesfest and Boogie hot on the heels of the release of latest LP Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now. The Corner show will also feature Elizabeth Cook and Robert Ellis. Justin Townes Earle performs at Castlemaine Theatre Royal on Saturday February 2 and a matinee show at The Corner on Sunday February 3. Tickets available through venue websites.

The inaugural Trevor Music Festival has announced the bands appearing on the main stage alongside the first round lineup of Icehouse, The Bamboos, Ash Grunwald, The Brow Horn Orchestra, The Pierce Brothers and Sweet Jean. To satisfy your soul and have you groovin’ on the grass, Trevor has invited Oh! Pep, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Dave Prideaux & The Bum, Crooked Saint, Jacqui Sterling, Rudely Interrupted and DJ Ndorse to join the lineup on Churchill Island, Phillip Island, on Saturday January 12. For more venue and ticketing information, head to whoistrevor.com.au.

MICK TAYLOR Former Bluesbreaker and Rolling Stones guitar legend Mick Taylor returns to Australia for the first time in over 40 years next year. The man, whose guitar lines have featured on some of the most important songs in rock history, will play the Ferntree Gully Hotel on Friday April 19 (tickets through Ticketmaster) and The Corner Hotel on Saturday April 20 and Sunday 21 (tickets through the venue).

ROBERT CRAY It’s been seven long years since Robert Cray has toured Australia, but he and his long-serving band still shred the blues like never before and now the ‘Strong Persuader’ is returning for this series of Bluesfest sideshows around Easter 2013. Joining him will be two-time-grammy winner Taj Mahal and Shuggie Otis, son of legendary R&B bandleader Johnny Otis. All three acts will play Hamer Hall, Sunday March 24. Tickets on sale through Ticketek.

Ten bands everyone should know about: Aesop Rock, El-P, Mantra, B-Two, The Funkoars, Beethoven, Horrorshow, Celine Dion, Grey Ghost, Julian Clapmouth and The Incredible Cheese Wheel Of Life. Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party: Brown Flour, Eggs, Buckwheat, Corn Starch, four scoops of rice, Bran, Goatmeal, Bay Leaf, Locally caught PantherEels and a glass of room temperature water. Kick arse!  Eight possessions that define you: I try not to let objects define me, but some of my favourite things are my Xbox, bobble head collection, Star Wars bounty hunter series figurine set, my comics, my Call Of Duty KD, Bryan the shoplifted Lego Man, My DJ B-Two (not really a possession, more of a person that I like) and my extra long rollie papers. Seven favourite movies/TV shows that go on your mixtape: Fight Club, Reservoir Dogs, No Country For Old Men, Aliens, Blade Runner, Terminator 2 & Empire Strikes Back Six bad habits you can’t escape:   Toothpick chewing, freestyling when I’m drunk, gaming (not really a bad habit though), fuckin’ swearing, staying up late and burning plants. Five people who inspire you: My Mum, Aesop Rock, Anderson Silva,  Leonard Coen and Wes Anderson. Four things that turn you on: Short skirts, confidence, driving down a bumpy road, Dame Judy Dench. Three goals for your music: Make music that I’m happy with, to travel overseas, to do a “best of” album as my second release featuring only one or two songs. Two live gigs you’ll never forget and why: Sprung Festival! All Australian hip hop line up in Brisbane this year. I got to be on stage in front of thousands of kids, accompanied by Stormtroopers, Tie Fighter pilots and Darth Vader himself! The show at The Corner in Melbourne this year was a big one for me, first time selling out a venue that big and having all my friends and family there with me. One day left before the apocalypse and you…: Tell Melbourne Metro that I’ll pay that tram fine tomorrow. When’s the gig / release?  The new album This Was Tomorrow is out now through High Score Records. SETH SENTRY is a finalist for Channel [V] Oz Artist 2012. The winner is announced Saturday December 8 live on The Riff at 10.30am on Channel [V]. CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU

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Iconic Australian artists Tim Rogers (of You Am I) and The Bamboos will share a stage for a series of performances titled The Rock ‘n’ Soul Medicine Show. With a collaboration on one of 2012’s biggest songs, I Got Burned, it was only natural that a national tour was to follow with Rogers and Lance Ferguson’s Bamboos. The full ten-piece onstage lineup for these special shows will be led by Tim Rogers on vocals, bandleader Lance Ferguson on guitar, and will of course feature the stunning resident Bamboos vocalists Kylie Auldist and Ella Thompson. They play at Melbourne Zoo Twilights on Friday March 1. For more information check out the Melbourne Zoo website.

CHERRY BAR BEST OF 2012 ROCK THE BAY ARIA nominees sleepmakeswaves plus locals Engine Three Seven and The Khyber Belt have just been added to the fifth instalment of the Rock The Bay Festival, rounding out what is no doubt the biggest and best lineup yet. They join The Beards, Electric Mary, Bellusira, Tim McMillan Band, King Of The North, Sleep Parade, Breaking Orbit, New Skinn, Moroccan Kings, Manatarms, One, Hailmary, Holliava, Sons Of Abraham, High Side Driver, Lung, Apsis and heaps more! It all happens across The Espy’s three stages on Saturday February 16. Tickets just $29+bf on sale this Friday December 7 via Oztix, The Espy, Polyester, Greville Records, Fist 2 Face, The Nash and Karova Lounge. Check out rockthebayfestival.com for all the info.

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The first artist off the rank to join the Heavenly Sounds banner in 2013 is Julia Stone, who will bring her haunting vocals to churches and cathedrals around the country including a show at St Michael’s Church on Wednesday February 20. Julia’s solo album By The Horns has received rave reviews and her captivating live show was sold out here in Australia. Melbourne indie pop outfit Vance Joy will support on this tour. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketek.

In support of their recently released single When It Breaks, Tokyo Denmark Sweden have released a dreamy new film clip and announced a Melbourne show to coincide. Formed in late 2011 and heavily influenced by a shared interest in all things dance, pop and electronic, Tokyo Denmark Sweden are rising fast from newcomers to indie dance favourites. The When It Breaks tour will reach Melbourne on Friday February 1, at the Esplanade Hotel with tickets available on the door.

Wednesdays in December, Cherry Bar celebrates its favourite artists of the year with a special Best Of 2012 series featuring encore performances from the year’s best live acts. Tonight it’s River of Snakes with The Kremlins, Wednesday December 12 is Strangers, Wednesday December 19 is Jackson Firebird and Sun God Replica headline on Wednesday December 26. Entry is always free but if you can’t rock’n’roll, don’t fucken go!

BIRDY Following the incredible success of her beautifully crafted debut album, Birdy will fly south in April for her debut Australian tour. Reflecting Birdy’s evergrowing popularity and appreciation around the world, her self-titled album hit the number one spot on the ARIA chart and now nears double Platinum sales. One of the finest, new young talents to emerge from the UK, Birdy will perform at the Palais Theatre Monday April 8. Tickets for the all ages show go on sale at 9am Wednesday December 12. Tour and ticketing information at livenation.com.au.

NORTON RECORDS BENEFIT Local label Off The Hip records is throwing a benefit party on Saturday December 15 at The Old Bar to help get Norton back above water! Featuring live sets from Midnight Woolf, Mesa Cosa, The Reprobettes and Wrong Turn. Plus DJs Wet Wax, Packed Jetty and Atlantis spinning Norton records all night. Brooklyn record label Norton Records lost its warehouse to floods following hurricane Sandy. Most of the entire catalogue was destroyed. Norton Records is home to many artists, including Link Wray, The Sonics, The Real Kids, Hasil Adkins, Esquerita, A-Bones, Untamed Youth, The Flamin’ Groovies, The Dictators, Andre Williams, Nathaniel Mayer, Roky Erickson and literally hundreds more. It’s just $10 on the door and all proceeds go to saving the mighty Norton Records.

SABRINA & THE RED VANS Yep, it’s another elfing Christmas show with a mix of Chanukah! Come celebrate the holiday season with only a few sleeps ‘til Christmas and the last night of Chanukah on Sunday December 16 at The Spotted Mallard. Santa may even come if you’ve been good. Playing will be Sabrina & The Red Vans, Little Wise, Damon Smith And The Quality Lightweights and some very special guests. From 6.30pm, entry is $8 on the door.

THE SMITH STREET BAND Local lads The Smith Street Band won a lot of hearts this year with much-loved sophomore album Sunshine & Technology and some seriously extensive touring. Next, they’ll celebrate summer with buddies Bomb The Music Industry and Melbourne bros The Bennies by visiting a whole bunch of fun new places, as well as some familiar favourites throughout February and March as part of the enormous 15-date Young Drunks Tour. It stops in at The Reverence Hotel on Saturday February 23.

STAN RIDGWAY The truly original Stan Ridgway has carved an impressive career through his early days with artpunks Wall Of Voodoo through to his even more intriguing solo career. His neo-noir music has given him a reputation as one of America’s greatest storytellers, melding his dark and twisted songwriting style with his interest in cinematic musical styles. The mad scientist of sound and vision plays The Corner Hotel on Saturday May 18 and The Caravan Club on Sunday May 19. Tickets are from the venue websites.

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Ding Dong was rammed for the Money For Rope album launch and following on from an encore at Queenscliff Music Festival the week before, the lads are on a roll. Next up they play The Corner with The Living End on Wednesday December 12, plus the Roslyn New Year’s Eve party with The Vasco Era, The Pretty Littles and more.

This Saturday December 8 would have been the 69th birthday for the Lizard King Jim Morrison. To honour the date and the man Cherry Bar in ACDC Lane Melbourne is hosting a night celebrating the music of The Doors with a live performance from The Doors Of Perception with support from Who AU. Tickets are $13, only from the Cherry door.

HOME BREW Due to unforeseen circumstances, Home Brew’s The Bender Tour of Australia is now postponed until the New Year, with the band originally set to play Melbourne at Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday December 13. Those requiring ticket refunds can do so from the point of purchase.

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Now in its eighth year, Mornington Peninsula’s spectacular Between The Bays festival is entering the twilight zone in 2013 with a brand new 4pm starting time. As well as that, a stellar cast of Australian icons have been announced on the first lineup. The 2013 lineup so far reads Hoodoo Gurus, Tim Finn, James Reyne and Band, Troy Casser-Daley and Combo La Revelacion., with more announcements to come. Between The Bays takes place Saturday February 23 at Moorooduc, Mornington Peninsula. Tickets on sale now via the official Between The Bays website, betweenthebays.com.


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INTERNATIONAL NICKI MINAJ, TYGA Rod Laver Arena December 5 GRIMES Corner Hotel December 5, 6 SPIRITUALIZED The Hi-Fi December 6 JOHN C. REILLY Northcote Social Club December 6 HOT SNAKES Corner Hotel December 7 MEREDITH MUSIC FESTIVAL Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre December 7 - 9 PRIMAL SCREAM The Palace December 7 TURBONEGRO The Hi-Fi December 7 MAYDAY PARADE Billboard December 8 LAGWAGON Bended Elbow December 8, Corner Hotel December 9 JLO Rod Laver Arena December 11, 12 ALEXISONFIRE Festival Hall December 12 THE PRETTY THINGS Caravan Club December 13, 14 REGINA SPEKTOR The Plenary December 14 JB SMOOVE The Thornbury Theatre December 15 EARTHLESS Northcote Social Club December 15, 16 EVAN DANDO AND JULIANA HATFIELD Corner Hotel December 18, 19 MORRISSEY Festival Hall December 19 FALLS MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL Lorne December 28, Marion Bay December 29 PYRAMID ROCK FESTIVAL Phillip Island December 29 January 1 PEATS RIDGE Glenworth Valley December 28 - January 1 TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB Festival Hall December 29 SHARON VAN ETTEN Corner Hotel December 30 LIMP WRIST The Bendigo Hotel December 31 SUMMADAYZE Sidney Myer Music Bowl January 1 MAXIMO PARK Corner Hotel January 2 FIRST AID KIT The Forum January 2 BEST COAST The Hi-Fi January 2 WILLIS EARL BEAL Northcote Social Club January 2 BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB Regal Ballroom January 1 BLOOD RED SHOES The Hi-Fi January 3 COSMO JARVIS Corner Hotel January 3 65DAYDOFSTATIC Corner Hotel January 4 THE CUBAN BROTHERS The Espy January 4 THE HIVES The Forum January 6 SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS Corner Hotel January 8 BEACH HOUSE The Forum January 9 HOT CHIP The Palace January 9 THE VENGABOYS The Espy January 10 GARY JULES Corner Hotel January 12 DJANGO DJANGO The Hi-Fi January 12 NIGHTWISH The Palace January 14, 15 DAVID BYRNE & ST VINCENT Hamer Hall January 14, 15

WEEZER Sidney Myer Music Bowl January 16, The Palais January 17 SUGAR MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL The Forum January 19 HUNX AND HIS PUNX The Tote January 20 A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Corner Hotel January 20 SO FRENCHY SO CHIC Werribee Park January 20 THE KILLERS The Palace January 22 GARY CLARK JR Corner Hotel January 22 DEATH GRIPS Ding Dong Lounge January 22 CRYSTAL CASTLES Billboard January 22 OFF! Corner Hotel January 23 SLEIGH BELLS Billboard January 23 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE The Palace January 23 BAND OF HORSES The Palais January 23 CHILDISH GAMBINO The Hi-Fi January 23 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD Corner Hotel January 24 THE BLOODY BEETROOTS The Palace January 24 ALABAMA SHAKES The Forum January 24 ELVIS COSTELLO The Palais January 25 A DAY ON THE GREEN Yarra Valley January 26 BIG DAY OUT Flemington Racecourse January 26 PERFUME GENIUS Northcote Social Club January 30 HIGH HIGHS The Toff January 30 JESSIE WARE Prince Bandroom January 30 THEE OH SEES The Hi-Fi January 31 AMANDA PALMER AND THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA The Forum February 1 SLEEP ∞ OVER The Liberty Social February 1 JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE Castlemaine Theatre Royal February 2, Corner Hotel February 3 ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL Footscray Community Arts Centre February 3 DIVINE FITS Corner Hotel February 4 POLICA Northcote Social Club February 4 NITE JEWEL The Workers Club February 4 BAT FOR LASHES The Palais February 5 KINGS OF CONVENIENCE Hamer Hall February 5 CLOUD NOTHINGS Ding Dong Lounge February 5 THE MEN Northcote Social Club February 6 JULIA HOLTER The Toff February 6 YEASAYER The Hi-Fi February 6 MS MR Northcote Social Club February 7 GIN BLOSSOMS The Hi-Fi February 7 DEER TICK, TWO GALLANTS Northcote Social Club February 9 DESCENDENTS Festival Hall February 9 DIRTY BEACHES February 10 DAVID HASSELHOFF Corner Hotel February 14 SWANS Corner Hotel February 15 CONVERGE Billboard The Venue February 15 RINGO STARR Festival Hall February 16, 17

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NATIONAL BIRDS OF TOKYO Ormond Hall December 5 TAME IMPALA The Forum December 5, 6 JEFF MARTIN Cherry Bar December 7, The Northcote Social Club December 8 The Night Terrors Liberty Social December 8 JOE ROBINSON The Toff December 8 GOTYE Sidney Myer Music Bowl December 8 SUNNYBOYS Corner Hotel December 8 THE LIVING END Corner Hotel December 11 – 22 CATCALL The Toff December 13 HARD-ONS Northcote Social Club December 14 THE VANDAS The Spotted Mallard December 14 I, A MAN The Espy December 14 SPAZZYS Northcote Social Club December 14, Evelyn Rooftop December 16 WINTERCOATS/ALBERT SALT The Fly On The Wall Theatre December 14, 15 NORTON RECORDS BENEFIT The Old Bar December 15 JONNY TELAFONE Gasometer Hotel December 21 POISON CITY XMAS The Reverence Hotel December 21 PARKWAY DRIVE Festival Hall December 22 EVEN The Hi-Fi December 22 CHILDREN COLLIDE The Espy December 28 CLAIRY BROWNE & BANGIN’ RACKETTES/SASKWATCH The Hi-Fi December 29 SPIDERBAIT, SOMETHING FOR KATE The Espy December 31 NEW GODS Northcote Social Club January 11 COLLISION AT THE CORNER Corner Hotel January 12 TREVOR. A MUSIC FESTIVAL Churchill Island Nature Park January 12 JIMMY BARNES Trak Bar January 16 STICKY FINGERS Northcote Social Club January 18 BONJAH The Espy January 18, 19 TWELVE FOOT NINJA Corner Hotel January 18, Ferntree Gully Hotel January 19 THE NECKS Corner Hotel January 29, 30, 31 TOKYO DENMARK SWEDEN The Espy February 1 DEAD CAN DANCE Palais Theatre February 6 THE PRESETS The Palace February 6 SARAH BLASKO Hamer Hall February 14 RIVERBOATS MUSIC FESTIVAL Echuca-Moama February 15 – 17 ROCK THE BAY FESTIVAL The Espy February 16 JULIA STONE St Michael’s Church February 20 THE SMITH STREET BAND Reverence Hotel Saturday February 23 BETWEEN THE BAYS Moorooduc, Mornington Peninsula February 23 TIM ROGERS/THE BAMBOOS Melbourne Zoo March 1 THE CAT EMPIRE Prince Bandroom March 20, 21 GRINSPOON The Hi-Fi March 22 BOOGIE 7 Bruzzy’s Farm, Tallarook March 29-31 THE SEEKERS Hamer Hall May 14

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JB SMOOVE BY LACHLAN KANONIUK

Despite only appearing in the most recent three of Curb Your Enthusiasm’s eight (so far) seasons, few supporting characters in the history of television have managed to generate the level of impact as one Leon Black – the wise foil to Larry David’s uninhibited onscreen persona. As it turns out, the man behind the character is equally as captivating. JB Smoove is dissimilar to his Leon Black character in a lot of ways, both have a penchant for philosophical insight – albeit delivered via divergent paths. Speaking from his LA home, Smoove dissects the undeniable appeal of Leon Black and lets us in on what’s instore for the future of Curb, as well as what we can expect from his Australian stand-up tour. “Leon’s a very particular guy, man,” Smoove assesses. “You have no idea what he’s been through. He says things in the moment that make sense, I call it stupidsense,” he laughs. “The character is so funny, and you can’t help but have a little bit of that guy in you. I think we share a lot of stuff, but there are certain things that he says that are ridiculous, but so innate. Like I said, it’s stupid-sense. Even when I get to the set to shoot, I speak about him in the third person. It’s me, but it’s not me. On Curb, we get an outline for the show. I don’t like reading the outline of the show, because I feel I would over think it. So what I’ll do is get to the set, go to my trailer and get dressed in my Leon clothes. We are two different people – me, I like to dress. I can wear shades, I can look cool. But Leon doesn’t have a lot of clothes. He has a certain kind of outfit, he’s not the most well-dressed person. He gets by on his hustle, his confidence. He gets by. He gets the women, all this stuff. He could start a fire with his voice – he’s that guy. But I’m totally different,” Smoove reasons. “But in order for me to get into the character of Leon, I have to get dressed as him, go to the set, find out from a writer or Larry what exactly we’re doing today. I’m better off the cuff. After I shoot all day and I’m driving home, I call my wife and she’ll ask, ‘How did today go?’ And I’ll say ‘Leon is crazy’. I’m JB and I play Leon, but I’ll speak about Leon as though it’s not me. That’s the only way I can process what he says. I step out of myself to become Leon. I go blank, I literally go blank. When I watch the show, because it’s improvised, it’s new to me. It’s a weird thing to say, but I honestly don’t remember half of the stuff Leon says. I’ll watch the show like a new viewer. I motormouth sometimes as Leon. I see it and I’ll be laughing my arse off, thinking, ‘Oh shit, I don’t remember that’.” Seasons six through eight of Curb are rife with some of the series’ most definitive moments – from the Seinfeld reunion narrative arc to Larry David’s Michael J Foxinstigated eviction from New York. As is the case with many of the show’s fans, Smoove struggles to narrow

his favourite moment down to a singular episode. “I like the one where Larry and Rosie O’Donnell are competing for the same woman. I can tell you all of my favourites, but every one of those favourites has at least five different versions. Larry picks the one which works best. But that one, where Leon is giving Larry the Viagra to beat Rosie O’Donnell – ‘You want me to juice?’ ‘I want you to win’ – I love that one,” he recalls while laughing as if it was the first time viewing the episode. “I love the Michael J Fox episode, I think that is classic Curb Your Enthusiasm. There is one bit I think is so damn funny, where Larry gets a soda from Michael J Fox and it sprays up in his face, then Leon says ‘good thing it wasn’t a dick, because it would have shot sperm in your face’. Just ridiculous. That’s the thing with Leon, he’ll give you a stupid example. It’s so silly, but it makes stupid sense. That’s what Leon does.” With the finale of each season of Curb comes the question, ‘Will it return?’. Each of the late seasons’ arc concludes with a satisfactory wrap, barely leaving the door ajar for a follow-on run of episodes. As for whether we will see a season nine, Smoove remains optimistic. “That, I don’t know. Right now, I just finished my last day on a movie I’m doing with Larry called Clear History. We shot that in Boston. They’re still shooting, but I’ve finished my parts. It’s not a Curb movie, but it’s improvised. It’s as loose as Curb. Jon Hamm is in it, Eva Mendes is in it, Danny McBride is in it. A lot of cool people are in the movie. I’ve been asking Larry what he plans on doing, but there is no answer as of yet. Here’s what I think will happen. I think he’s gonna get this movie out of the way, edit it, give it to HBO, then he’s gonna get bored, then he’s gonna think about how he wants to come back. I think he’s gonna come back late 2013. You might not see anything until 2014, but I think he’s coming back. We only do ten episodes [per season], but it’s hard. Here’s what I will say, I did put a bug in Larry’s ear. I said, ‘Look Larry, I like your work, but if we don’t come back, why

“MY STYLE IS VERY DIFFERENT AND VERY UNIQUE. AS A STAND-UP COMEDIAN, I’VE BEEN DOING IT FOR A WHILE. BUT LET ME TELL YOU MAN, I’M ONE OF THE COMEDIANS THAT BREAKS EVERY RULE IN COMEDY.”

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don’t we spin-off Leon and do a TV show called The Ruckus. Come on man, what the hell. Let’s do a spinoff, let’s do this baby’,” he reveals. “I’d watch The Ruckus my damn self. But here’s what I don’t know, whether it would be a prequel to Curb saying where Leon came from, or the first episode is Leon at the door saying ‘thanks for everything, Larry’ and walking away. What sounds better to you?.” Long before his breakthrough as Leon Black, Smoove honed his craft as an onstage performer. “You know what, my style is very different and very unique. As a stand-up comedian, I’ve been doing it for a while. But let me tell you man, I’m one of the comedians that breaks every rule in comedy. I don’t consider myself a stand-up comedian, I consider myself a comedic performer. I’m not a one-liner guy, I dive into a topic – no matter what it is – I stay in that little pocket until I get the most laughs I can get and move on. I improv a lot onstage, so I’m entertaining myself as well as the audience. There are no rules. I think as a performer, you have to perform for that particular audience. I don’t like doing the same show over and over again, I like opening my brain onstage,” he muses. “I hate robotic, I bore myself. It’s kind of like doing Curb, there’s no script. If you see me laughing onstage, it means I’ve never said that before in my life. It’s like making love to your lady – out of the clear blue, you pull a new position. They’ll be like, ‘Wow, where did that come from?’ That makes a good night. That’s what I do.” Where Leon Black is a proponent of stupid-sense, Smoove is philosophical when it comes to his own success and motivation as a performer. “We aren’t just comedians, we are therapists, we are counsellors, we are all these different things,” he ponders. “When we’re on stage, there’s someone in that audience feeling bad about themselves, someone that’s been through a whole lot – if we can even touch one of those topics that they’ve been through and make them laugh at it, make them think ‘damn, I never thought about it that way’, that to me is something. No-one can say what it is that makes it special to someone else. No comedian writes a joke for themselves, these are given away to the people. We don’t hold onto them. I’ve always felt like success is how it translates to other people. You could write jokes and tell bits forever, but anyone can tell a joke. It’s what’s behind the joke that is special. Is it the joke, your presence, the things you say to motivate people – what is it? We are sort of like motivational speakers in a way. But depending on who you are, what you’re going through, it’s going to reach you in a different way. Which is always fine with me.” While in the country for his stand-up tour, Smoove will also make the trek to Meredith Music Festival to perform commentary duties for the venerable Meredith Gift. “I did hear there’s gonna be some naked folks runnin’ around,” Smoove exclaims. “That’s gonna be fun, man. If there’s anyone that can judge and speak about naked people, it’s myself. It’s gonna be beautiful. I’m gonna be bringin’ the ruckus man. Hell, I could get naked my own damn self, who knows.” JB SMOOVE performs two stand-up shows at the The Thornbury Theatre on Saturday December 15, with tickets on sale now for the 5pm show (the 8.30pm show is sold out). He will also be calling the Meredith Gift at the sold-out Meredith Music Festival, taking place from Friday December 7 to Sunday December 9.


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With summer comes the return of the Opel Moonlight Cinema to Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens, with plenty of special screenings for the next three or so months including advance previews, contemporary film, cult favourites and many classic flicks in the mix. The Moonlight Cinema program begins tomorrow, this Thursday December 7, with the Dustin Hoffman-directed Quartet featuring Maggie Smith. For the whole summer program and all ticketing, head to moonlight.com.au

ON STAGE It’s midsummer in Edinburgh; wet, foggy and miserable. Medium Bob, a failing car salesman and petty cash criminal meets Helena, a high powered divorce lawyer, in a classy wine bar and an unlikely romance unfolds. After a drunken one night stand, they find themselves on a wild weekend, burning a hole through someone else’s cash. Absorbing, lyrical and irresistibly funny, Midsummer is a quirky, charming love story by one of Scotland’s leading playwrights David Greig and top Edinburgh singer/songwriter Gordon McIntyre, and being presented by the Red Stitch Actors Theatre until Saturday December 15. All ticketing is through redstitch.net

ON DISPLAY For their first exhibition together, And Then There Were Five is a group exhibition of painting, photography and installation from artists from different backgrounds and which employ diverse mediums. Billinge paints with oils and inks on paper and timber, Chandler’s oils on canvas are often composed from an autobiographical perspective, Gofton’s work explores the maternal bond and the fragility of that connection, and Nelson’s practice sees her examine identity of self and society predominately with photography. Although these women have seemingly contrasting practices, they are all mothers to young children and their work is unified by the presence of time. And Then There Were Five is on display at Forthyfivedownstairs until Saturday December 15. While admission is free, be sure to head to fortyfivedownstairs.com for gallery times,

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Uninhibited and completely eccentric, returning to Australia for his first national tour is British comedian Russell Brand and his show I Am A Walrus. The show follows Brand’s journey leading up to his performance at the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony, including ‘celebrity death rumours, the nature of sexuality’ and much pondering on whether the Olympics is a ‘secret satanic ritual run by an Illuminati sect.’ Over the years he’s been plastered across gossip tabloids, however, hear what Russell Brand has to say for himself in I Am A Walrus, happening at Rod Laver Arena on Friday December 7. Tickets are available from Ticketek.

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BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO BY CHRIS HARMS

A middle-aged Englishman sits in a darkened room, eyes wide in a mixture of bemusement and horror as he watches action – unseen to us – being projected on a movie screen. “What’s he doing to her?” he stammers to a colleague. Nearby two men begin methodically hacking up watermelons under studio microphones, each splattering slice lovingly committed to rotating reels of audiotape. Welcome to the disturbing, vertiginous and darkly humourous world of Berberian Sound Studio. Set in an Italian post-production studio circa 1976, this inventive film by British writer-director Peter Strickland is going to delight an array of audiences. Horror fans, film buffs and audiophiles are all catered for in its creepy, self-contained world. The excellent Toby Jones leads us inwards as Gilderoy, a meek documentary sound effects mixer hired by the eponymous studio to work on The Equestrian Vortex – a stupendously titled exploitation film from the Italian giallo mystery/horror genre, of which Dario Argento’s Suspiria is perhaps the best known. Stuck between a choleric producer and a priapic director, Gilderoy is forced to mutilate vegetables and record the endless screams of actresses to soundtrack scenes featuring witches, torture, and, at one point, “a dangerously aroused goblin”. As the environment begins to take on a sinister, Lynchian quality, Gilderoy’s psyche slowly unravels against the film’s immaculate soundscape (which also features music by pop experimentalists Broadcast, recorded before the passing of Trish Keenan).

FREE SHIT BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO Berberian Sound Studio follows mild-mannered sound engineer Gilderoy, as he leaves the serenity of the English countryside to work on an Italian film, The Equestrian Vortex. Unbeknownst to him, this is no subdued nature documentary but a gore-splattered horror from maestro

By the time Strickland’s offbeat hymn to sound effects opens at ACMI, we’ll know if it succeeded in its seven nominations at the British Independent Film Awards. Given that his first film Katalin Varga, a revenge drama set in rural Romania, sat on the shelf for years after filming, Strickland is relieved to admit that luck has been onside for his follow-up. “When I made my first film it was just impossible … That film took five years to get out,” he recalls. “It took two years to get all the funding in place for Berberian, which for me was very fast.” Hopeful that Berberian’s wider success will make realising his next project easier, Strickland remains cautious. “The problem with filmmaking as opposed to literature or even music, is that you’re only as good as your last film … In your early days you’re just terrified of making a film that doesn’t do well either critically or commercially, because then that’s it, you’re out.” The cinematic realm of Berberian Sound Studio feels at once dreamlike and authentic, unreal and yet lived in. As Strickland says, “Something quite immersive … director Santini (an obvious nod to Dario Argento and Mario Bava). A reluctant participant, Gilderoy is soon recording blood-curdling screams, stabbing cabbages, mutilating marrows and pulling radish tops to create the gut-wrenching sounds required on screen. Thanks to ACMI, we have a few double passes to give away. Grab a duck and head to beat.com.au/freeshit to win.

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that exists in its own world; that’s the cinema I enjoy watching and making.” Its mise en scene is peppered with the kind of vintage, analogue equipment that makes gearheads weep, and the studio itself looks like could well have existed somewhere in the backstreets of ‘70s Rome. “Yes and no,” he explains. “There were two types of studios: the musique concrete electro-acoustic studios that people like [modern composers] Stockhausen and Luicano Berio would be using – lots of valve technology, very equipment-based. The actual film post-production studios didn’t have that much valve technology … I wanted to cheat and have the best of both worlds; this big auditorium coupled with a mixing room full of all that gear. I was creating this fantasy studio that I always wanted to exist.” Fantasy or not, Strickland was careful to ensure that what the audience hears appeared to be created onscreen. “We took a very specific list of equipment from Berio Studios – his wife, Cathy Berberian, she did a piece of this very intense howling which inspired the whole film – [but] it’s just so hard to get that gear now! That generation, they died or they retired and didn’t have the nostalgia for that equipment. A lot of it ended up in skips … We got some, which was great, and we actually use those machines at times to make those exact sounds.” Another example of the film’s almost obsessive attention to detail comes in its inclusion of “Screamers” and “Special Guest Screamer Suzy Kendall” in the credits. Be forewarned, there is a lot of screaming in Berberian Sound Studio. Just how much did Strickland listen to while doing his own post-sound? “It wasn’t just post, it was even a year before shooting. Screams were being done all the way through,” he tells. “I wanted to have a lot of that stuff to play to the actors on set. It was a mix of friends doing it, the actors doing it … the woman who played Claudia (Eugenia Caruso) did a lot because she had this phenomenal voice for screaming. We’d then manipulate them and put on more aggressive distortion or tape delay … Suzy Kendall, she came after we shot the film, which is surreal for me because her film The Bird With The Crystal Plumage [by Dario Argento] is the first giallo film I ever saw. She did all the screams in post-production for that film – so it got a bit meta to see her in this glass booth, screaming for a film that we’d just done.” And did so much screaming have any effect on Strickland, as sound so fearfully does for Jones’s Gilderoy? “It does get into your head after a while,” he admits. “It’s weird because you’re in the studio in a comfortable atmosphere, biscuits on the table … screaming always seems ridiculous in the studio. But I think once you’ve manipulated it, it just transforms itself – and that’s what the film evokes really, the idea of innocent sounds becoming corrupted and becoming very dark. “The sound of someone stabbing a cabbage, we don’t normally associate that with a horror film. It’s just what we hear when we’re cooking dinner. But when that sound becomes corrupted by association, it messes with your head. Even though everything is artifice, even though we know it’s all fake, it still gets to you.” Berberian Sound Studio screens exclusively at ACMI from Thursday December 27 December to Sunday January 13.


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20 YEARS OF HELLFIRE CALLS 16.12.2012

A collection of tattoo artists works from not only Melbourne but also international big names such as Chad Koeplinger will be hitting the Reverence Hotel this Saturday December 8. Chad Koeplinger quit school at the age of 15 and has been tattooing since 1997, participating in group art shows in England, Spain, Italy and all around the U.S. He has tattooed on every continent except Antarctica, in more than 80 different tattoo studios, and all kinds of other locations. The show will also be exhibiting some of Melbourne’s best tattoo shops and artists including Dynamic Tattoo, Rock of Ages, Westside Tattoo, Chaple Tattoo, Hunter and Fox and The Sweet Life Along. This showcase of amazing talent will be on at the Reverence Hotel this Saturday December 8 from 8pm.

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LATE 1992 A NIGHTCLUB BURST ON TO THE MELBOURNE SCENE THAT WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT : THE HELLFIRE CLUB

An S&M club for the Masses! Hellfire was the beautiful and transgressive side of S&M: The fashion, the image, the attitude, the people of every bent straight, gay, BDSM – the edge. Young people looking good who wanted something new in club entertainment, something with teeth. In 2012 the number one best seller book is about Spanking and S&M. The times is right for Hellfire to Rise like the Phoenix and come back to celebrate 20 years of the glamorous playfully kinky side of S&M. We have an amazing Tiki Lounge venue in The LuWow and we have a great line up of performances from top Burlesque acts like Vesper White, Kerryx and many others. We have our famous PLAY AREA where you can ACTUALLY get spanked, whipped, slapped, flogged, tied up, nipple clamped, tickled, candle waxed and abused to your consensual hearts content by sexy women in High Heels and Dominant Men in Uniform. Discs will be spun by Hellfire DJ stalwart David Thrussell (Snog, Black Lung) joining Digital Primate’s Chris Coe for a unique sonic assault. Dress for pleasure. Dress kinky. Dress Sexy. Dress Dirty. Dress for Power. Dress for Excess. Get your kink on at Hellfire – for the new to the scene to the experienced Sub/Dom – or to the just plain curious. The Hellfire Club is back for a wild December Party. Expect old and new faces – but expect style. A milestone clubbing event not to be missed! Tickets : $25 on the door. $20 for old Hellfire members. More : helfireclub7.wordpress.com Bookings / Res : 9417 5447

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NIDA CALLS FOR AUDITIONS

RED STITCH 2013 SEASON Red Stitch Artistic Director, David Whiteley has announced the companys first half season of 2013, featuring a diverse variety of internationally acclaimed works, including four Australian premieres. The winner of two Obie awards for Best New Play, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles will kick of the season with its exploration of a prickly relationship between grandmother and grandson. Drawing inspiration from Homer’s Odyssey, Enda Walsh’s contemporary tragicomedy Penelope will follow, along with Thor Bjorn Krebs’ haunting piece About Tommy in April. The final play in the season will be Lucinda Coxon’s chillingly funny Herding Cats, which was short listed for the Best New Play award at the 2011 Theatre Awards in the UK. The season will commence on Friday February 8 and wrap up on Saturday July 6. Information on all shows can be found through redstitch.net

DRAWING AS BECOMING Emerging artist Kristina Hanson will be debuting her artwork, Drawing as Becoming, at the Gasworks Arts Park this December. It is the first solo exhibition that displays her penchant for displacement, line and development. Inspired by the “rhythms of nature” Hanson will showcase a body that undulates from the sea, and migration of nature through a pencil drawings. The fine artist will also fly down to Melbourne this December to launch the show on Tuesday December 11. Here she will discuss her work, followed by a mingle afterward. Drawing as Becoming will be exhibited at Gasworks Arts Park from Tuesday December 11 – Sunday December 23. Opening night will be held on Tuesday December 11 from 6 – 8pm. Admission is free.

LAURENCE ALWAYS On his 30th birthday, a man turned to his partner and said that he was a woman trapped in a man’s body. This is the pretense of Laurence Always, a new film by prodigy director Xavier Dolan. Screening at the ACMI theatre this summer, the film illustrates the precarious relationship between Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) and Fred (Suzanne Clément) after Laurence expresses his gender crisis. Enter relationship calamity, embroiled with familial expectations and societal stigma. It’s a body of work that explores identity, sexuality and when to let go. It’s based off a true story, too. A wardrobe assistant who worked on set during Dolan’s first feature, I Killed My Mother, told him the story. Since then, Dolan spent hours creating the elaborate world of the movie, liaising with designers and producers. Consider it the more dramatic, artistic (and much better) version of Becoming Chaz; that documentary when Cher’s daughter becomes a man. Laurence Always will screen at the ACMI theatre from Monday Janaury 14 – Sunday February 3. Tickets, including further information, can be uncovered through ACMI.

HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS Alongside the City of Melbourne, North Melbourne residents will be opening theirs doors to the public in a special project called Home is where the Art is. Held over a December weekend, walking tours will guide the public through North Melbourne as a collection artists exhibit their work at home. Centred around the theme of sustainability, the artists’ will use their homes as the exhibition space for sets, costumes, props and performances. Artists included are poet Michelle Dabrowski playwright, director and political commenter Michael Gurr, David Bridle (musician), Alison Croggon (writer), dancer Stephenie Lake, Gideon Obarzanek (choreographer) and Rose Turtle Ertler (musician). Home is where the Art is will be held from Saturday December 1 – Sunday December 2 in North Melbourne. Local guides will lead the public to the artists’ homes.

The National Institution of Dramatic Art are offering places at their Actors Studio and Young Actors Studio courses in Melbourne next year. Recently relaunched, the course gives aspiring actors the opportunity to study on weekends. Designed to help budding actors develop their skills quickly, the course provides emerging artists the chance to reach their full potential. Industry professionals will frequent the course, allowing opportunities for advice, guidance and networking. Actors Studio and Young Actors Studio are particularly helpful for people with ambitions for film or television. Previous graduates include Chris Hemsworth (Home and Away, Thor, The Avengers) and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Damages, Two Hands). Auditions for NIDA will take place on Sunday December 2 and Sunday January 20 as The Australian Ballet School.

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Considered the Sexpo equivalent of violence, Lucha VaVoom will be next year’s entertainment at Big Day Out. Dynamic, quick and energetic, the wrestlers will engage in breathtaking acrobatics, flamboyant flips and shit, while still offering girls in bikinis. Lucha VaVoom draw their inspiration from the ‘60s Mexican Lucha Cinema, incorporating its vibrancy into their extravagant wrestling costumes. The troupe have appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, Attack of the Show and dubious A Current Affair. The Los Angeles Times said it had “the pacing of a prison break”, which is pretty damn fantastic. Lucha VaVoom will be performing at all Big Day Out venues next year. Big Day Out will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds on Saturday January 26.

Due to popular demand, Cirque Du Soleil are offering 25 new opportunities to explore a teeming world of insects with the critically acclaimed and family friendly OVO, as it expands its Melbourne season. Since its world premiere in 2009, OVO has visited more than 20 cities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia. Written and directed by Deborah Colker, OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese is a unique exploration of an entomological ecosystem, characterised by colourful creepy crawlies. It will commence its Melbourne season from Thursday January 17, but has announced additional performances from Wednesday March 6 until Sunday March 24. Tickets for the new performances will go on sale to the public this Saturday December 1 from cirquedusoleil.com/ovo

THE COMIC STRIP THE VARIETY COLLECTIVE This week at The Variety Collective they’ve got a super sweet selection of Melbourne’s best variety performers to tickle even the most jaded of tastes. Come along and see burlesque beauty Adelaide Everheart, magnificent marionettes by Danny Miller, crazy clowning and sideshow stunts by Wimbo, mind-bending magic by Patrick McCullagh, classy comedy by Marcus Ryan, and the hosting brilliance of Michael Connell. Show starts 8pm at The Brunswick Green (313 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) tonight. Tickets are just $10 at the door. They regularly sell out and as this is the second last show of the year it’s gonna be a big one! Get in early for a seat, earlier for a meal.

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE COMEDY: EUROTRASH Charlie has a special treat tonight with one of Australia’s finest, Sammy J, making his Eurotrash debut! Sammy’s been on Spicks and Specks, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Good News Week and won rave reviews and awards worldwide. And joining Sammy will be a host of Melbourne’s finest comics. Don’t miss this. It’s just $5. You’re welcome. So come fill yourself with cheap piss and put your continence to the ultimate test as one of the country’s best comedians spits funnies into the business end of a loud stick. Check in 8pm tonight at Eurotrash Bar, 18 Corrs Lane, Melbourne. Get down early for a seat.

LOL COMEDY This week at LOL Comedy we have Graham Elwood fresh off the plane from the USA to bring his unique brand of high octane comedy to The Portland Hotel. His previous appearances include The Late Late Show and the Sarah Silverman Program not to mention his death defying Live From Afghanistan shows. With him this week we have local legend, Corinne Grant (Rove, Good News Week, Spicks and Specks) who will be sure to get you laughing louder than ever. It all kicks off at 7.30pm Wednesday December 5 at The Portland Hotel.

COMEDY AT SPLEEN Mondays at Spleen are always a full house and a great night! This Monday, we’ve got Adam Rozenbachs as host! Plus Rob Hunter, Steele Saunders, Mark Trenwith, Ryan Coffey and more! It’s this Monday, December 10, 41 Bourke St, in the city, at 8.30pm It may be free, but we appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door!

LOL COMEDY This week at LOL Comedy we have Graham Elwood fresh off the plane from the USA to bring his unique brand of high octane comedy to The Portland Hotel. His previous appearances include The Late Late Show and the Sarah Silverman Program not to mention his death defying Live From Afghanistan shows. With him this week we have local legend, Corinne Grant (Rove, Good News Week, Spicks and Specks) who will be sure to get you laughing louder than ever. It all kicks off at 7.30pm Wednesday December 5 at The Portland Hotel.

JOEL CREASEY

What’s the worst sex story you’ve ever had happen to you or have heard about? My friend heard it was really sexy to chew some mints before performing some favours on her boyfriends. Turns out it didn’t “tingle” like promised and more “burned”. What’s the funniest heckle you’ve heard? If the heckle is funny I ignore it. How dare they try and upstage me. What’s the deal with politics? Ask Twitter on a Monday evening during Q&A. Everybody there seems to know. What’s the best advice you’ve gotten from another comic? Fiona O’Loughlin always tells me “not to suck”. Very helpful to hear seconds before walking on stage. You’ve just been made Prime Minister of Australia after a bizarre, yet strangely believable, series of events. What’s do you do first? I make Kerri-Anne my Foreign Minister. That way when I send her overseas I can say I’m sending a KAK-attack! Who in the world could you never make laugh? An audience in Colac it turns out. I imagine Helen Keller would’ve been pretty hard to crack also. Some rad Melbourne restaurant is naming a dish after you. What is it? Well a bar in Melbourne actually named a cocktail after me. It was pretty much just straight alcohol with a bit of lemon. Boozy and bitter. Where can we see you perform? Tuesday December 4 at Checkpoint Charlie Comedy at Lucky Coq. Great new room! Where can we follow/stalk/find out more about you? Twitter.com/joelcreasey or facebook.com/ joelcreasey. Give me a tweet or a poke. I don’t mind.

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COMMEDIA DELL PARTE Commedia Dell Parte kicks off summer with a red hot line-up of comics. This week Karl Woodberry makes his Commedia Dell Parte MC debut with Mark Trenwith, Ben Stevenson, Doug Gordon, Neil Sinclair, Dilruk Jayasinha, Jason Chatfield, Lisa Fineberg and John Conway. Get down early for $5 Happy Hour drinks, 7pm till 9pm. The room runs on a ‘pay as you like’ basis, so come along and have a great laugh, then pay what you believe the show is worth on the way out. Commedia Dell Parte runs every Thursday 8.30pm, George Lane Bar, 1 George Lane, St Kilda.

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE COMEDY: LUCKY COQ Packed crowds and amazing comics – it’s the new room everyone is whispering about. Next Tuesday, Melbourne’s best comedians will head south-side and make it rain at Lucky Coq. Starring Joel Creasey, David Quirk, Luke McGregor, Brendan Maloney, Mark Conway and a super surprise guest they can’t reveal. Plus The Coq’s famous $4 pizzas. Want more? Free entry. Done. Check in next Tuesday at Lucky Coq. Cnr High St & Chapel St. Kicks off 9pm.

CHRISTMAS COMEDY INVASION The Flying Saucer Club is having its first ever Stand Up Comedy Invasion on Friday December 7. For a night of memorable laughter, head to the south-side of town. The night of comedy will feature a stellar lineup of Australia’s finest comic talent including host Dave O’Neil, Aussie comedy legend Glenn Robbins, popular comedian and mother of five Fiona O’Loughlin, and the very talented Paul Calleja. The Comedy Invasion will include much great stand-up, a special live quiz and absolutely no audience participation! Doors open 8pm, show starts at 8.40pm. It’s on at The Flying Saucer Club, 4 St Georges Rd, Elsternwick.


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SARAH SILVERMAN BY KIT O’CONNOR

Sarah Silverman flies into Australia this week for the premiere of Disney’s WreckIt Ralph – and to do her first ever Melbourne show, at the Palais Theatre. Those familiar with The Sarah Silverman Program and her cult-hit concert film Jesus Is Magic will know to expect a taboo-busting set from the New York-based comedian, whose memorable moments include wearing blackface and joking about the Holocaust and 9/11. She’s known for material that doesn’t just push but actually explodes the politically-correct boundary – but her candid 2010 autobiography The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, and her role in Sarah Polley’s relationship drama Take This Waltz, show a different side. And of course, a lot of what she says is funny precisely because it’s both true and un-sayable. Given her preference for email interviews (“because I can think for a second. I can craft a sentence,” she has said) we allowed her to respond to our questions in her own time…Possibly naked. You have quite a few days between your Sydney show and your Melbourne show – what’s on your hitlist? The days I have off I’ll want to go to the beach probably, and see some key Aussie places, find some vegetarian-friendly restaurants... What compelled you to write The Bedwetter  and share such personal stories? I remember watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson when I was little and an actress came on and mentioned that she was a bedwetter as a kid and I couldn’t believe it. I was sure I was the only one and that it would be my shame forever, and to see this grown lady – a beautiful actress – expose that about herself made me feel so much less alone. I always wanted to do that. I don’t have shame anymore about anything in my life and it’s very freeing, and I want kids to feel that same relief. Wow that was not a very funny answer at all.... In your book you talk about going through depression and therapy in your teens. How do you handle it now? Therapy and perspective and observation, and being able to be quiet and just exist through the hard times. To know no matter how dark it gets that it does pass. My mom said, “Sometimes ALL you have to do is be brave,” and I think it’s true. Sometimes you just have to exist through stuff.

Do you think the best (or the most) comedy comes from a dark or humiliating place? Yep. I do. Though there are plenty of amazing comics that don’t expose themselves or use their pain as a source of their comedy – Seinfeld for instance: you can watch him do an hour of brilliant material and never learn a single thing about him. It’s interesting. Who have been some of your greatest role models in comedy? Garry Shandling is a big one – I got to experience him personally and he is a real mentor for me (and many voices in comedy today). He is so generous with his own life lessons and experience. So funny, so vital. Growing up, Albert Brooks – who I first saw on SNL making short films and his movies – I had never seen that kind of realness in comedy. Woody Allen of course. My mother had his double album and was always playing it. There was a summer when we watched Sleeper every day. Steve Martin was my first major crush – also first saw him on SNL and then his specials and books and movies – I worshipped him. Loved how smart he was in contrast to how silly and absurd he chose to be. At the 2010 TED conference you were talking about excess and the world’s population; you said you wanted to adopt a child who is mentally challenged, but that you were concerned that they don’t leave the nest at 18, and how if you die, god-willing at 80, you would worry about who’s going to take care of your 60-year-old retarded child. So the solution was to adopt a retarded child who is terminally ill. What is your main goal in saying things like that? It’s funny because I wrote this material for TED and the topic that year and it was all very scrappy – I’ve

now honed it and it’s become part of a greater chunk of material. What is my goal? I don’t know. Laughs, thought provocation, discussion, impact? I don’t really have a master plan. I’m just this thing, you know? I shit things out and you take it or leave it or get mad or delight in it or hate me for it – it’s not in my control anymore. It’s yours to decide what it means mixed with the context of your life experience. What kind of comedic material offends you? Nothing offends me really but I don’t respond to material that is dark hearted – when nothing transcends past the hardness of it. You know what I mean? It just doesn’t go into my brain. There are some comics I’ve known for years whose material just bounces off my head – couldn’t tell you one of their jokes. You occasionally take a lot of heat because of what you say; how hard is that to deal with? It’s fine with me. I know that I’m not for everyone. I can’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay I don’t fight it.

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How did the part in Take This Waltz come about? Sarah Polley just gave it to me. She had seen my TV show and said she wrote the part for me. Can you believe it? She’s so cool. To me, I’m always doing drama – it’s the same – just playing the words and the moment honestly. But people usually don’t see that. They think that comedy is this whole separate thing. But to me it’s the same and I was so grateful and happy and LUCKY that Sarah saw something in me. Wreck-It Ralph has a message about wanting to break out of society’s perceptions of you; how do you relate to that? I totally relate to that. People, especially in this business, love to think of you as one thing. It’s always the directors that think outside of that box who breakout actors in new ways. Someone saw Robin Williams as Mork and thought he’d be right for Good Morning Vietnam, you know? Sarah Silverman plays The Palais Theatre on Saturday December 8.


REGINA SPEKTOR BY BENJAMIN COOPER

“I don’t even know what the fuck ‘slashies’ are – why would anyone say I hate ‘slashies’?” It’s a question Regina Spektor delivers with a fair amount of passion, understandably outraged at having been misquoted in an article. Worse still, the article’s reference pertained to a close friend and fellow musician. “Karen O is such a star. She’s got that – I don’t know – that particular quality that sets someone apart. I’ve seen the Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform a billion times, and there really aren’t very many charismatic performers like her. Then I look at this article and there’s this thing that has me bashing Karen O, because she’s a ‘slashie’… and I don’t even know what that is! I should be used to it, though,” she laughs. “Recently I was interviewed by this New York journalist who managed to print that I hate my favourite baseball team. I guess people just need to have a narrative.” Fans of the Russian-born American folk-pop musician have gotten caught up in the New Yorker’s own narrative, the remarkable events and characters of which require no embellishment. After initially stalling their planned migration from Communist Russia due to concerns about the effects on a young Regina’s musical development, the Spektor family finally sought the assistance of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 1989 during Perestroika, a period of reform and openness within the regime that allowed Soviet citizens to emigrate. After six months in the strange and surreal environment of a refugee processing centre in Italy, the Spektors finally immigrated to America. Thanks to the close-knit and supportive Jewish community of Riverdale in The Bronx, Regina was able to recommence her musical tutelage, albeit on a loaned piano in the basement of her local synagogue, which she had to bash at to get any noise. She was ten-years-old. Fast-forward two decades, and the daughter of Bella and Ilya Spektor has released six albums, including this year’s critically and commercially successful What We Saw From The Cheap Seats. Produced by Mike Elizondo (50 Cent, Eminem), the record entered the Billboard charts at #3, and has seen Spektor hailed by no less an authority than Rolling Stone as her generation’s Joni Mitchell. Does she pay any heed to the swell of superlatives in

recent years? “I just do my own thing,” she says, “which might sound tired, but it’s absolutely the truth. I understand that my music is going to be critically appraised, and that someone will say my album is the best thing ever, and someone else will say it is the worst thing ever. Then there will be the person who just doesn’t care… All I can control is doing the right thing by my art. If I can get that bit right, the rest will happen.” The live show, however, is an entirely different matter: Spektor confesses that the larger-scale gigs required by her new fame can occasionally be overwhelming. “When you’re playing songs for anyone, there’s an exchange of energy – so obviously when there’s a lot more people you just feel that there’s a lot more going on,” Spektor says. “When I’m in front of thousands of people there are so many life stories, so many various problems people are experiencing, and all of these different backgrounds and degrees of happiness just come together. “When you’re on that stage you can’t help but feel all of that, within a particular moment. It just feels – it’s such a huge experience for me. Sometimes it’s just too much…” she trails off. “[But] everybody works hard. If it gets too much after a performance I’ll just put myself in a dark room. I’ll just lock myself in there, and not talk to any-

“ALL I CAN CONTROL IS DOING THE RIGHT THING BY MY ART. IF I CAN GET THAT BIT RIGHT, THE REST WILL HAPPEN.”

one for a day. It’s always been like this for me. I think it’s probably like this for most people like me: if you’re really open and social and engaged and free with the world, then you have to be a bit careful.” Australia has been passionately fixated on Spektor since she debuted here in 2007, on the back of her astounding breakthrough LP, Begin To Hope. Despite it being her first visit to the country, she still managed to sell out large theatres, with locals holding aloft ‘Queen Reggie’ signs as Spektor walked onto stages with a walking stick, arriving in Australia days after a car accident back home in New York. Local fans will be treated to a rested and rejuvenated Spektor this time around; she’ll be enjoying her “first decent break in months” before she leaves for Australia. “Not that I’m complaining – that’s just how things are. We get to see all these places around the world, and there

are spots I’ve discovered purely because we accidentally stopped there for a day. It means that there’s a lot of time to reflect, and think about everything we get to see. I mean, so much of it is up to chance, and we still seem to be able to experience the best of all these different worlds. It’s kind of a bit like a swinging clock; sometimes the pendulum swings and I get to be on the road surrounded by people, and sometimes it swings and I’m somewhere else,” she says. “Either way, it’s pretty awesome.”

REGINA SPEKTOR plays The Plenary on Friday December 14. What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is out through Warner.

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INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS & GOSSIP

with Christie Eliezer * Stuff for this column to be emailed to <celiezer@netspace.net.au> by Friday 5pm MELBOURNE DOMINATES ARIA WINS Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s music capital was underscored when its acts took the major wins for last week’s ARIAs. Gotye had four gongs, accompanied each time with eloquent and humble acceptance speeches. He got best live act (“I’m genuinely surprised”), best pop release (he felt “weird” about mass success “but I grew up listening to pop”) best male performer (for the second consecutive year) and album of the year. “It’s cool that the last award of the night is for an album,” he said, given albums are considered uncool these days. “I still love albums, so keep listening to records, keep buying records.” He also urged fans to discover the great music coming out of the Australian underground. Other Melbourne wins were The Temper Trap (best group, best rock album), Kimbra (best female performer), Missy Higgins (adult contemporary), 360 (breakthrough album), Ivan Gough & Feenixpaul feat. Georgie Kay (dance) and Natasha Pincus (video). The rest of the winners were Matt Corby (song of the year), Hilltop Hoods (urban; they thanked Keith Urban for lending his name to the category), The Jezabels (independent release), DZ Deathrays (rock/metal), The McClymonts (country), The Wiggles (children), Buddy Goode (comedy), Jeff Lang (blues & roots) and One Direction (international). Inevitably, the imports Taylor Swift, Russell Brand (and his mum) and Nicki Minaj provided the glamour for the telecast. But there were also memorable live sets from The Temper Trap, (who kept celebrations low-key: they left for London next day to continue work on their album), Hilltops with brass section and girl singers), Missy, a theatrical Kimbra channeling Bjork, The Jezabels (who’d arrived from Amsterdam night before), 360 & Gossling, and Guy Sebastian & Lupe Fiasco. The emotional high was when Paul Kelly, Peter Garrett, Jessica Mauboy, Gurrumul, Andrew Farriss and Dan Sultan joined Yothu Yindi for Treaty before Garrett and Kelly inducted them into the Hall of Fame to a resounding standing ovation. An ailing Mandawuy Yunupingu who stated “we’ve been about messages” went on to urge Australia to support the recognition of indigenous people in the constitution and “come together for a better tomorrow” and close the gap for the indigenous community’s battle with kidney disease and diabetes. In the gossip section, Joel Madden revealed Ricky Martin as the new mentor for The Voice days before Nine officially announced it, Molly Meldrum accidentally referred to Guy Sebastian as Gay Sebastian, 360 got a “motherfucker” through in the telecast, Hilltops’ Suffa lost a $1,000 bet with their manager Dylan Liddy over their win, Minaj’s security was accused of being overbearing backstage, and one of the McClymonts (Brooke) was expecting her baby that night.

THINGS WE HEAR

* Tame Impala’s Lonerism won the NME Album Of The Year, beating the likes of Jack White and Frank Ocean. It’s #14 on the UK charts. Spotify reveals Gotye’s Somebody I Used To Know as is most streamed track in 2012. * ARIA is launching its new streaming charts on Sunday December 9. * ABC-TV is bringing back Spicks And Specks with a new host and team leaders. It was the original host Adam Hills who pulled the plug on the show. * The jailed members of Pussy Riot are nominated for Time magazine’s influential Person Of The Year Award for “[paying] a particularly steep price for provocative political expression.” 38 are nominated, including Barack Obama, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Fifty Shades Of Grey author EL James, Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Higgs Boson particle list, Jay-Z and PSY. * Brisbane music fan Kristen Famularo, 23, was all set to see The Temper Trap open for Coldplay at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, but needed emergency heart surgery just before. Her family asked if the Tempers would send a care package to the hospital: instead they delivered it personally. * Two nanoseconds after KFC announced that Good

Charlotte are fronting their new campaign in Oz, social media was letting everyone know of the Madden brudders’ distant past as vegans and anti-KFC activists. * The Australian Financial Review estimates that music downloads will this year rise 30%, thus overtaking CD sales in Australia in 2013, similar to what happened in the US this January and the UK in May. * Boyzone manager Louis Walsh called Ronan Keating “talentless” and “spoiled” and so struck by fame he thinks he is a great songwriter. * Sydney’s Parades called it a day, with drummer/vocalist Jonathon Boulet focusing more on his solo career. * Black Sabbath is the most important British hard rock act of all time, said a poll by the BPI of more than 3,600 metalheads in conjunction with Kerrang! and Metal Hammer. Sabbaff grabbed 45% of votes, while Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin were #2 tied. 75% of voters reckon Britain is the home of metal.

ALLANS BILLY HYDE LIVES ON WITH NEW OWNER… The Allans Billy Hyde instruments chain has had a last minute reprieve. Rival retailer Con Gallin, managing director of Australian Musical Imports (AMI) and Musician’s Pro Shop retail stores bought the business from receivers, Ferrier Hodgson. The deal includes the trading names Allans Music and Billy Hyde, Australian Music Group, Musiclink and Intermusic together with their associated domain names and websites. Gallin, a guitarist who got his first part-time job at Allans while at school, says most of the staff will retain their jobs. The news was applauded by instrument makers Gibson and Roland. The current liquidation sale taking place in the Allans Billy Hyde stores will continue with AMI/Gallin’s adding extra stock from their warehouse and suppliers to give consumers additional discounted items for Christmas. See story below.

…GARRY HYDE RETURNS TO FLEMINGTON … “Call me crazy, but I still think there is room for a family owned music business,” says Garry Hyde, son of iconic drummer Billy Hyde. Garry is opening a music store on the original Billy Hyde Music site in Flemington. Fifty years ago, Billy opened his first store at 100 Mt Alexander Rd later expanding it into a chain. Visitors to the store included the Stones’ Charlie Watts, Peter Erskine, Carlos Santana and his skinsman Graham Lear, Don Henley of the Eagles, Chad Smiths of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mickey Curry of the Hall & Oates band. Garry Hyde also founded musical instrument distribution company Musiclink. He sold the Billy Hyde Music stores in 2007 to pursue other business ventures, prior to its merger with Allans Music. The Flemington store relaunches as GH Music on Thursday December 13. The team includes Les Brazil (store manager), Pete McDonald (drum manager), Alex Stojevski (guitar manager) and Bernie ‘the mo’ Hojski (tech and keys manager). Says McDonald, “I am excited that we have the chance to continue the legacy of drummers helping drummers.”

…BUT SONG OVER FOR JACKSONS RARE GUITARS Jacksons Rare Guitars in Sydney and owner Boutique Music Wholesale went into voluntary administration. Stock was confiscated, leading to panic as many rare valuable instruments were bought on consignment. Administrator Deloitte claims those with proof of purchase will have no problems claiming their axes.

MUSIC TO BONK TO Condom brand SKYN has an online campaign with Spotify to find which music Aussies like to bonk to. So far heading the ‘hide the sausage’ list are Barry White’s Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe, Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing, Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game and Lionel Richie’s All Night Long.

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THE ALLANS BILLY HYDE STORYCONTINUES BY KRISSI WEISS Between them, Allans and Billy Hyde had defined Australian music retail for decades – a combined 210 years’ worth of history, to be exact – and when they went into voluntary administration earlier this year amid continuing losses it looked like the story was about to end. There had been rumours of financial struggles as far back as the merger between the two companies in 2010, and by the time receivers moved in back in August, parent company Australian Music Group Holdings (AMG) were heavily in debt. The final straw was the decision of London-based Revere Capital to pull the plug right before the Christmas trading period. They were owed $27 million. But last week, mere days after the last Allans Billy Hyde store closed its doors, Con Gallin’s Australian Musical Imports (AMI) bought the Allans Music and Billy Hyde brands as well as Australian Music Group, musical instrument distributors Musiclink and Intermusic, their associated domain names and websites. So the flagship stores at Southport in Queensland, the NSW stores in Sydney, Alexandria and Parramatta, the Adelaide outlet and Melbourne’s Blackburn and Bourke Street stores will continue to trade. “This is probably the most important thing that’s happened in our industry,” Gallin says. “Allans and Billy Hyde were the two most substantial companies in the history of Australian musical instrument retail. Some of the consumers think, ‘Oh that music store ripped me off’ – y’know, whatever – they think people that sell something at a store are rip-offs. The Beat Magazine Page 52

fact is, you’ve got to make some kind of money to pay the rent and the wages of the people that work there. And in our industry, nobody gets rich. You can see these Allans and Billy Hyde guys have been losing enormous amounts of money for years. Over $150 million. The consumer wasn’t being ripped off. The company was losing money hand over fist. So the question was, do we let it all disappear? Or do we take the risk and do all the hard work to get them going quickly, within about a week? That was the challenge. Did we need it? Certainly not. We were comfortable as we were. We liked the business as it was. But in six months, 12 months time, you’re going to regret not doing anything. If you’re going to do something, do it now.” The receivers had turned down a previous offer by AMI for AMG. But AMI wouldn’t give up, and had already secured the leases for the buildings the stores were in. “Right at the

THIRD SWEDISH MAFIA MELBOURNE SHOW

So much for Sydney to get the sole farewell show by Swedish House Mafia. Melbourne is now up to three shows! According to promoter Totem Onelove Group, the first Melbourne date on Thursday January 31 sold out in 30 seconds. The second on Friday February 1 went in three minutes. So did the third on Wednesday January 30.

WILLIS WINS PBS ‘YOUNG ELDER OF JAZZ’

PBS FM’s Young Elder of Jazz Commission – which promotes innovation and excellence in jazz composition – went to Timothy Willis. He gets $10,000 to create and present new work. His composition Night & Day will be broadcast on PBS and premiered at the 2013 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. The Commission is supported by Mark Newman of K2 Asset Management.

CRANK, CLOCK END, TO COLLABORATE Production houses Crank Films and Clock End Films have a new partnership to collaborate across projects including film, television, music videos and commercials. The two will share and post-production space in Northcote.

APRA ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT AWARDS APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association)’s bi-annual Professional Development Awards are back in 2013. They offer eight winners $30,000 each worth of songwriting support including cash, airlines, publicity, mentoring, distribution deals and instruments as well as one-on-one sessions. See apraamcos.com.au/pda for full details. Of past recipients Gotye went on to write a hit album, Laura Jean studied songwriting in Spain, Caitlin Yeo attended a film and TV scoring workshop in Hollywood, and Sean Foran excelled at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

MATERA NOMINATED

Guitarist and songwriter Joe Matera has been nominated for Best New Artist of the Year on US station SRRocks: srrocks. com/awards.html.

FESTIVALS #1: MTV GIVING BIG DAY OUT GLOBAL EXPOSURE MTV is filming the Sydney show of Big Day Out for a two-hour special to air on its global World Stage program on January 18. MTV’s Sydney GM Rebecca Batties said, “Big Day Out deserves a global platform and MTV World Stage is going to show music fans everywhere that Australians can do a music festival like no one else.” BDO’s Ken West added, “To be able to show what the Big Day Out experience is really about to music fans all over the world is a dream come true. Great audiences, great music, Australian summer; what’s not to like!”

FESTIVALS #2: MOO ANNOUNCED; TEE COMP Catttleyard Promotions announced that Groovin The Moo 2013 will kick off at Maitland Showground NSW on Saturday April 27. It goes to University of Canberra (28), Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showground (May 4), Townsville’s Murray Sports Complex (5) and Bunbury’s Hay Park (11). The acts won’t be announced until January 30. In the meantime, GTM is inviting local artists, graphic designers, students, professionals and amateurs to submit work for the annual cotton and ink muster – GTM TEE. The 2013 theme is “Homegrown”, see gtm. net.au for more details. Local caterers and stall holders can also download an application form from there.

very end, when they liquidated the stock, they said they would tender out the names,” Gallin says. “So we had to make a choice: do we give them a stupid offer, something ridiculous to make sure we get it, or do we put a cheap offer in? We decided to put our best foot forward. We already had the leases and people and we could trade under Gallin’s Musicians Pro Shop but that wasn’t the point. The point was that Allans and Billy Hyde would disappear. And the databases and the websites and all the history and all the rest of it. So we made them a phenomenal offer and were successful. The idea is, it’s going to be musician’s stores where musicians work there for the benefit of the customers.” Gallin’s link to Allans goes back to his early teens, initially as a student taking lessons, then as a part-time employee dusting guitars and cleaning the floors. Through determination and a strong customer service ethic he’d moved his way up to a management position by the time he was 19. “I didn’t know anything about sales. I was just keen. I just loved instruments.” From there he struck out on his own, making weekend trips overseas to source vintage instruments to bring back home. Eventually AMI secured the Australian distributorship of the iconic Gibson brand and associated companies Kramer, Epiphone and Trace Elliot, as well as Orange Amplification. Through extensive networking and research (including reading virtually every business-related biography on the market), Gallin has a unique understanding of both sides of the musical instrument retail industry: the music and the business. A few weeks ago, Gallin said in an interview that AMG didn’t understand the culture of musical instrument sales. So what did they get wrong? “They weren’t from our industry. They had a lot of ideas and they knew how to run companies, they were very professional and their back-end office was

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LIFELINES Engaged: English rapper Example and MTV Australia’s Erin McNaught used the ARIAs to announce their move, after being together for a year. Reunited: Kate Perry and John Mayer reunited and house hunting in L.A. Engaged: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and longtime girlfriend, model Courtney Bingham. Injured: Muse had to cancel some European dates after Matt Bellamy broke two bones in his foot. Hospitalised: Bjork underwent laser surgery to remove a vocal cord polyp which she tried to get rid off with diet and exercise. She wrote: “Surgery rocks! ... It’s been very satisfying to sing all them clear notes again.” Recovered: Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton reveals he is now cancer-free. Investigated: Drake and Chris Brown won’t face charges over the infamous New York nightclub brawl in June. Investigators found video footage blurred and witness statements weak. Sued: Limp Bizkit’s DJ Lethal by a woman in LA, for physical injuries, loss of wages and damages to her car after he ran into her car on a freeway. Died: Chris Stamp, 70, from cancer. He co-managed The Who and Jimi Hendrix in the ‘60s and set up Track Records which also signed The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Golden Earring and Labelle. Died: US booking agent who revolutionized the American concert business, Frank Barsalona, 78, from Alzheimer’s disease. He set up Premier Talent in New York which represented U2, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Tom Petty and Van Halen. He changed the rules so artists got more money from gigs, and upgraded concerts to a better live experience for fans.

FESTIVALS #3: NEW ROCKABILLY FEST FOR BALLARAT 10,000 are expected to attend the inaugural Ballarat Rockabilly Beat Festival (ballaratbeat.com.au) held over three days in February with 36 acts (four internationals), car, fashion and burlesque.

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Even’s semi-legendary Christmas party returns for the 13th time, at The Hi-Fi on Saturday December 22. It includes Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos, The Bedroom Philosopher and DJ Francis Leach.

38 PROMOTED AT SYN As part of its brief to get young broadcasters a foothold in the biz, SYN FM appointed 38 young volunteers to leadership positions. Through 2013, they will be responsible for programming SYN’s radio, television and online platforms. Programming will change every three months.

OWEN ORFORD JOINS NEW WORLD ARTISTS

Veteran booking agent Owen Orford joined New World Artists as managing agent. Orford, who set up Trading Post Agency/TPA with clients as Midnight Oil, Silverchair, Hunters & Collectors, Icehouse, Savage Garden, Hoodoo Gurus, Grinspoon, Sneaky Sound System and The Living End. In January, 21-year-old Tom Johanessen, who ran his own Fetch agency for four years will also be joining NWA specialising in regional touring.

INERTIA PARTNERS WITH PLEDGEMUSIC In a first for Australia, indie label Inertia has pacted with direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic to become a retail and fundraising channel for its local artists. Its managing director Colin Daniels explained, “In addition to valuable retail and digital channels, direct-to-fan platforms have become an important part of the commerce strategy for many artists. Partnering with PledgeMusic enables our Australian artists to engage global fan support early in their release plans.”

Con Gallin Director of AMI unbelievably organised and professional. But the problem was nobody knew what anybody was doing. The computer programs were the best and most expensive you could get, but it didn’t work. They tried but they hadn’t been in the industry long enough. Sure, they had colossal turnover, but they couldn’t make any money. And it’s not me saying it, it’s just what the outcome shows.” Gallin already has plans for the revived Allans: “We’ve only just got the keys. And our first promotion is, we’re offering customers free tickets to the KISS/Motley Crue concert. Come in and buy a guitar and you get two free tickets. We’re trying to link the stores to live performance. It’s going to be a feel-good music business. It’s not about the money. You need another business if you’re in this for the money! It’s great for us because we’re probably now the biggest music company in Australia, but that’s not the point. We’ll be able to build a much nicer, better business more focused on music than money and accountants.” For store locations head to gibsonami.com.


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THE LIVING END BY ZOË RADAS

Towards the end of the ‘90s, the Antipodes was good to guitar-heavy Australian music with Jebediah, Regurgitator and The Whitlams hauling arse up the indie charts. When Melbourne trio The Living End unleashed their double A-side release Second Solution/ Prisoner Of Society, it promptly collected jewels across genres when it was the only Australian single to get up there in the sales charts, standing out in a sea of Ricky Martins and Shania Twains. Its success signalled the start of Australia’s long, respectful admiration for The Living End and beginning Tuesday December 11, the band will play a run of 11 shows at The Corner Hotel, each featuring one of the rockers’ six studio albums. “Yeah I know, far out man: time is money, I believe,” says double bassist Scott Owen when the operator informs me we only have ten minutes to speak and I express dismay. It’s Owen’s first interview for the day and the coffee-head has undoubtedly already ingested his share of the devil’s brew, as photos on the band’s site attest to his addiction. For the record, he has the procedure down pat. “Before midday I’ll have a double shot latte with one sugar, but after midday I’ll have what’s called a double shot piccolo which is basically two shots of coffee and just half the amount of milk... you get the good stuff, but you don’t need that much milk after the clock strikes noon.” Owen will need the extra kick over the coming weeks as he and bandmates Chris Cheney and Andy Strachan thrash out multiple shows including some for the kids. “We used to do tons of [under 18s shows],” he says thoughtfully. “It was always on the cards to do over 18s and under 18s shows. I guess a lot of our fans are under the age of 18. It’s unfair to play all those shows and deny them!” My intro to the band came when they played at my high school in 1998, something I couldn’t believe our uppity teachers had allowed. I couldn’t recall Owen doing his now-famous move that heady day. “Maybe the show was a little bit toned down for the high school performance,” he laughs. “When the adrenaline kicks in it seems like anything is possible on stage, and I guess it is, if balancing on a double bass is possible then anything’s possible. I blame adrenaline,” he says decidedly.

“WHEN THE ADRENALINE KICKS IN IT SEEMS LIKE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE ON STAGE, AND I GUESS IT IS, IF BALANCING ON A DOUBLE BASS IS POSSIBLE THEN ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE.”

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The under 18s show will see folk-punk-rock foursome The Smith Street Band supporting, while other shows feature a mix of all kinds of acts including The Meanies, Money For Rope and Something For Kate. “We just sort of put the word out to try and get as many bands as possible,” explains Owen. “We figured there’d be quite a few people who’d come to more than one gig so I guess it’s good for them to have a bit of variety as well.” There’s also a pretty marvellous list of one-time DJs slated to appear in between bands at each show. “We just went to friends of ours that were in bands and asked them if they would do it,” he chortles. Fans can expect to see Johnny Mackay from Children Collide, Hamish Rosser of Wolfmother, two of the Gyroscope dudes, and Phil Jamieson from Grinspoon (using his inspired DJ moniker 2manyPJs) behind the decks. “There’s going to be a long changeover between and the first band and us,” Owen says. “They’re not huge stages, so we need to get all our shit off stage, have [it] off stage when the first band plays so they have room. You know, we don’t want to do that mean-spirited thing where you make bands set up in front of your own shit on a tiny stage so they have six square feet of room to perform in,” he says drily. “So that being the case, the crew have to set up all our shit after this poor band plays so there’s going to be a big gap. We thought we’d provide some sort of entertainment between.” With Cheney arguably one of the country’s best guitarists and Strachan a master at thumping the skins in that perfectly simple punk style (“It’s not a massive kit, it’s pretty standard – there’s no friggin’ Virgil Donati or Lars Ulrich set up going on there” Owen states), it seems useless to bother layering on the superlatives about how good these shows are going to be. Despite not winning the Best Live Act ARIA this year, The Living End have already got six of the pointy statues and clearly don’t need another in order to sell out several of their shows in our city. If you haven’t yet got yourself a ticket there’s still time, but if you count to three (‘one two three’), you could miss out on these legendary dates. THE LIVING END play The Corner Hotel on Tuesday December 11 (sold-out), Wednesday December 12 (selling fast), Thursday December 13 (sold-out), Friday December 14 (sold-out), Saturday December 15 (selling fast), Sunday December 16 (sold-out), Monday December 17 (sold-out), Thursday December 20 (selling fast), Friday December 21 (sold-out), Saturday December 22 (under 18s matinee show), and again on December 22 in the evening (sold-out). It’s highly recommended you check cornerhotel.com for up-to-date details on ticket purchase.


EVAN DANDO AND JULIANA HATFIELD BY PATRICK EMERY

The last time I’d spoken to Evan Dando, the interview had ended prematurely, with barely 12 minutes elapsed. Dando, at that stage slumped on an ill-defined point on the spectrum between addiction, sobriety and relapse, had offered cursory answers to every question I’d ask. When I’d asked him about Juliana Hatfield’s influence on the composition and recording of It’s A Shame About Ray, Dando was barely perfunctory in response. “I dunno,” he offered. Minutes later, Dando ended the interview, citing another competing commitment that compromised his availability. Given that recent context, it wasn’t entirely surprised that initial attempts to speak to Dando about his forthcoming tour with Hatfield proved unsuccessful as well. The first two attempts met with enigmatic failure – on the second occasion, calls to each of the three alternative telephone numbers provided went unanswered – until finally, both a joint interview with Dando and Hatfield was scheduled. And, surprise, surprise, it went all perfectly to plan. According to legend, Dando and Hatfield met a gig in Boston, when Hatfield and her then band, the Black Babies went to see Dando in The Lemonheads. “Me and my first band, we went to see The Lemonheads – we had the first Lemonheads single, and we listened to it, and it was really great,” begins Hatfield. Dando remembers encountering the members of the Black Babies, albeit with the odd skewed image. “The drummer had a really nice rack,” adds Dando, to Hatfield’s amusement. “She did, she had a really nice rack,” Hatfield laughs. “Yeah, it was a great rack of toms,” Dando clarifies. “Actually, she didn’t have a rack of toms at all,” Hatfield counters. Double entendre or not, Dando was sufficiently impressed by the Black Babies cassette he subsequently procured to go and see Hatfield on stage. “My mom saw them play before I did,” Dando says. “My mom?,” quizzes Hatfield. “Yeah, I think our moms knew each other already,” Dando says. While Hatfield has previously cited X’s Exene Cervenka and Olivia Newton-John as formative influences on her musical style, Dando sees influences closer to home. “I like Peter Allen as well,” Dando says, indulging his wellknown affection for all things Australian. “But as for Exene Cervenka – I don’t really hear that, at least not in the vocals. I can hear more The Replacements in her singing than X, I suppose,” he muses. Hatfield and Dando went on to become good friends and strong musical collaborators. In the early ‘90s, Hatfield leant her skills as a bass player on The Lemonheads’ now classic It’s A Shame About Ray. “I was just playing bass and I think Evan had a pretty clear idea of the bass lines he wanted,” Hatfield says. Dando may have been the artistic director, but he recognises Hatfield’s significant contribution to the album. “You made some pretty good bass lines. Turnpike Down – that’s all you,” he says. “I really felt that I was helping out with something that was Evan’s vision,” Hatfield says. “I’m so glad you played on that record,” Dando says. Both Dando and Hatfield have experienced the highs and lows of fame. In Dando’s case, the peak came with The Lemonheads’ popular and commercial success in the wake of It’s A Shame About Ray and C’mon Feel The Lemonheads; in the aftermath, Dando plunged into years of drug and alcohol addiction, culminating with a number of stints at rehabilitation facilities. With Hatfield, fame came with the release of Become What You Are with the Juliana Hatfield Three; as the dream of alt-rock stardom began to fade, Hatfield retreated from the spotlight, uninterested in pursuing a career in the popular limelight. “We didn’t really help each other, but when the press started picking up on us together, it was a way of deflecting the attention away from me,” Hatfield says. “We were easy targets, too,” Dando says. Dando recalls one particular event in the early ‘90s when he stepped in to help his friend and musical collaborator. “One time I did try and help you out – you remember on the David Letterman Show, you were a bit freaked out. That was one time when I consciously tried to help out,” Dando says. “Yeah, I was booked on Letterman at the last minute, just myself with the house band, and I got really nervous, so I called Evan to come and play me,” Hatfield recalls. “That was very nice of you, thanks Evan.” Hatfield acknowledges that the attention bestowed upon her 20 years ago was magnified due to her gender. “A lot of the commentary I got was gender-based, or gender-flavoured, and that really annoyed me, because I didn’t think of myself as a female artist, but just as an artist,” Hatfield says. “You can’t win with that one, because the more they notice it, the more it becomes about that,” Dando observes. “I didn’t want to talk about it – I just wanted to get on with making music,” Hatfield says. This month sees Dando and Hatfield returning to Australia for a series of shows in which the pair will play a mixture of classic Dando and Hatfield compositions, punctuated with the odd cover. “It’ll be two guitars, two singers – that’s all I know at the moment. Evan, what do you think?” Hatfield enquires. “What songs? I don’t know yet. We’ll both sing, electric guitars, maybe some guests as well,” Dando says. “There’s certain songs I’ll want to do, and certain songs he’ll want to do,” Hatfield says.

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ALEXISONFIRE

BY JOSHUA KLOKE

Time heals all wounds, or so they say. When vocalist George Pettit of Canadian hardcore outfit Alexisonfire announced in August of 2011 that the band was calling it quits, fans took the news harshly. Pettit soon offered a statement on the band’s website, revealing that breakup indeed wasn’t amicable. The biggest question that plagued the breakup was a simple one: why? Why would this band, who’d amassed loyal followers and favourable critical reception, decide to throw in the towel? Pettit didn’t provide further explanation afterwards and for months, there were more questions than answers. It took time for the band to gain perspective on the split, which Pettit is now able to offer. “I think when you spend ten years doing any sort of job, you need a break,” says the 30-year-old, reached on the phone from his Toronto-area home. “There are a lot of things that we did which were enjoyable at first, but they eventually became stresses in our lives. Not to mention the success Dallas (Green) was having with City And Colour, which was eclipsing anything we’d done. So when Dallas announced that he was going to focus solely on that, there was the initial twinge of resentment and anger. But once you let the dust settle on that, you can see why he’s doing what he’s doing. Simply put, it was done,” he continues. “It may have taken Dallas and Wade saying it out loud for us to understand it, but it was certainly necessary.” A year after the split, rumblings of one last tour began to surface. Fans were hesitant to buy into the rumours, until the band announced a string of farewell shows. Pettit admits feeling guarded about announcing the tour, wondering if the band’s once-devastated fans would be ready to accept the band for one last tour. Yet it turns out the response, including the first show

in London having sold out in a matter of minutes, has given Pettit a keen understanding of just how important Alexisonfire was to their fans. “It’s actually been amazing,” he says, sounding incredibly touched. “I didn’t know what to expect; it’d been a year and a half since we announced we were done. We wondered if no-one would give a shit. We’d played Brixton Academy in London once before. It didn’t sell out, but it was a great show. And now we’re able to sell out two nights, it’s a great feeling. There’s a lot of messages being passed around through various social media sites, and we’re getting a real sense of what this band meant to our fans. It’s very humbling. It makes me feel like we did something worthwhile. You stop thinking about the little mistakes you made here and there on records.” All mistakes aside, while the purpose of a farewell tour is to allow fans one last opportunity to say goodbye, the very nature of Alexisonfire’s breakup can’t come as a huge surprise to the more keen observers. Formed out of the ashes of other Southern Ontario bands

that split, including Helicon Blue and Condemning Salem, there has always been a volatile intensity to the aesthetic of Alexisonfire. At times, that intensity could be mistaken for vulnerability, especially when Dallas Green began finding success with City & Colour. So was the breakup of Alexisonfire an inevitability? Pettit takes a long pause, considering the question. “It’s tough to say,” he concedes. “There were some moments throughout the band that came out of left field, and it was entirely possible that we could’ve continued on with this band but have been very unhappy. Maybe it wasn’t an inevitability, but maybe it should be that way with every band,” he continues. “There’s only a certain amount of creative juice you can squeeze. We probably could have made another record, but I also think we did everything we needed to do.” With the farewell tour booked across four continents, culminating with a run of shows throughout their native Canada, the only thing left to do now is look back at the career of one of the most impassioned and fervent hardcore bands of the 21st Century. How the pundits frame Alexisonfire and their legacy remains to be seen. For Pettit, continuing to be collaborative was always important.

“I think when you’re in a band with five people making equal amount of creative decisions, you get used to coming to compromises. That’s important. Because the band was a collaborative effort, I feel good about what we achieved. “ten years from now, who knows what people will think of the band. Hopefully they think we did something worthwhile. In a lot of ways, we probably inspired a lot of bad music,” he laughs. That Pettit can finally find humour in the break-up is incredibly telling. Their best days may be behind them, yet there’s no reason for fans not to enjoy their last kick at the can. “Sometimes I think we did as much harm as we did good, but I don’t have a lot regrets. If people look back on us ten years from now and think we were a good live band and we made some records that stood the test of time, that’s all I can really hope for.”

Garage. Lavan’s residency at the club touched each tip of a decade, and he’s one of six DJs in the Dance Music Hall of Fame. “He was disco, and then post disco,” Sparro says contemplatively. “He kind of transitioned into house music. He was there in the really early stages of that, but he also played a lot of funk and soul and you know, basically everything that I’m into, he played.” For more info on the era including plenty of tidbits about Lavan’s colleaguesin-cuts Frankie Knuckles and David Mancuso, readers are encouraged to check out the online film Maestro, which you can stream for free. Meanwhile admirers

can look forward to the upcoming show at the Prince Bandroom, and speculate on the stylin’ threads Sparro might be sporting.

as just the three of us before we started to play in big clubs and venues. We had just the cello and the guitars so we didn’t even need electricity – playing in friends’ apartments and in gardens – that was the performance, we didn’t have to do much. “Then we discovered real concerts and bigger crowds and a louder sound, which was very new for us. We were very excited and when I see videos of the first tour, sometimes I’m very ashamed because I jump everywhere and I feel like I’m a child. There is a big gap between the quiet, acoustic, and almost religious atmosphere of our first concerts and now.” The quality of Revolver’s rich, harmony-driven music was always going to find a home and an appreciative audience but the journey to that point was a long one. With no real networks in Paris, the band found breaking into the live music scene of their city of love a huge hurdle. They’re not quite folk, not quite pop and a far cry from classical yet they are all three of those genres at the same time – theirs is truly a unique sound. Combing the collective influences of Revolver’s members – where classical

precision meets pop appeal – the band have found their every growing audience to be as diverse as their music. With years of solid touring behind them, it seems there is now no question about their place within the modern Parisian music scene. “You can find people from any age at our shows now,” he says. “There are people around 50 or 60 who love our music because it reminds them of the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s – Simon & Garfunkel – there are also now a lot of younger people who’ve been listening to us on the radio. Two of us come from a classical background so we also find there are people who mainly listen to classical music and not pop music who really enjoy what we do. It is hard for me to describe our audience but the best way is simply the more you get close to the stage, the younger the audience gets.”

ALEXISONFIRE say goodbye with one last show at Festival Hall on Wednesday December 12.

SAM SPARRO

BY ZOË RADAS

Please do make way, ladies and gentlemen, for 2012’s Man of Style. And that’s not some cute nickname – Sam Sparro’s got the GQ award to prove it. “Yeah, they had a gala thing at The Ivy [Ballroom, in Sydney],” the prodigious singer says smoothly over the phone from LA. “I wore a white [Maison Martin] Margiela suit, like a kind of white tuxedo from their next summer collection.” The unflappable Sparro is releasing ReReturn To Paradise – a special digital-only repackage of his second album – on Friday of this week, and will be bringing his groove to Melbourne the week following. By his own admission Sparro has been travelling his heart out over the last few months. The GQ awards were held last week but he jammed several more commitments into that short trip. “I did an event for Samsung with Ricki-Lee, we did a collaboration, and then I did a photoshoot with Kimbra and Daniel Merriweather in Melbourne. [I’ll be back in] a few weeks. I’m going to New York, doing some US shows, and then I’m coming to Australia,” he explains. “I live on a plane a lot, I live out of a suitcase a lot.” Sparro is a coveted performer in Europe as well, and one of the bonus tracks on Re-Return To Paradise recently sat in the number one position on the Belgian charts for six weeks straight. There’s a great video up of the man performing the track Happiness (The Magician Remix) at a big outdoor party in Brussels, and you can practically hear the waffles being crushed underfoot as the crowd pinball around

to its beats. A portion of the material on the release isn’t completely new. “They’re the B-sides that basically came out on different versions of the album, but they’re going to be together,” Sparro says. “You know, you had to buy something to get them, or they were only at a certain store. They’re already out there, but now you can get them in a collection.” However, fans will be getting some fresh fruit, as there are a couple of mixes that are not yet out. “I just got those mastered a couple of weeks ago, and they’re some of my favourite ones on the record,” the singer says. “There’s like a nine minute Tiger and Woods remix of Let The Love In which I really love. And Mike Simonetti, and Plastic Plates. Really different from the originals.” The original album was inspired by Sparro’s fascination with New York nightlife in the early ‘80s, and particularly DJ Larry Lavan from Paradise

SAM SPARRO plays the Prince Bandroom on Sunday December 9 as part of the Moon And The Stars tour. Re-Return To Paradise will be released digitally on Friday November 30.

REVOLVER

BY KRISSI WEISS

Vocalist and guitarist, Ambroise Willaume, and cellist and vocalist, Jeremie Arcache united over their love of classical music during their training at France’s prestigious Maitrise Notre Dame de Paris music school. Vocalist and guitarist Christophe Musset grew up immersed in English pop music with a healthy love of artists ranging from The Beatles to Elliott Smith. In the early days they played their concerto-style, French pop for birthday parties and at friend’s houses, but in a short time Revolver quickly grew out of their humble, acoustic beginnings and into a bona fide pop band, albeit with strong classical sensibilities. Their sound has morphed into a new creature with the trio embracing some electronic elements in the studio setting and adding of two more live players. “On the first album, there was a big difference between the live versions and the studio versions of the songs,” Ambroise Willaume says. “When we recorded the first album we didn’t know anything about playing live – we hadn’t done any concerts – so we discovered all of that on the first tour. At the end of two years after the first tour, the songs had changed so much that people could have come to our concerts and not even recognised the songs. We didn’t want such a gap for the second album so we thought a lot about playing the songs live when we recorded them. It’s a little closer now but still, after spending weeks and weeks playing the songs, you want to change them up so we keep evolving all the time. We’re rehearsing a lot right now with a drum machine and a lot more keyboards, we didn’t expect to be doing that, so Beat Magazine Page 56

that’s a different sound. We’ve been touring for pretty much the last three years but we wanted to change a lot of our live show so we’ve spent a few weeks in the studio rehearsing again.” The first tour saw Arcache tackling bass lines on his cello and although that seems like a unique approach, Willaume concedes that it was simply too much for Arcache to take on and that the addition of a live drummer and bass player has brought their latest album to life in a much more accurate way. As well as the sound of Revolver changing shape over the past few years, the three-piece needed to find their feet as performers too. “In the beginning, we didn’t have to force ourselves to be very dramatic or anything like that, we had a very weird formula,” he says. “We were playing in very unusual places

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THE NEXT TO NOTHING AESTHETIC

BY THOMAS BAILEY

It’s a simple idiom, but it bears repeating: a world-class city deserves a world-class music scene. No one understands this more than Don Nadi, who has high hopes for Melbourne’s cultured, music-savvy crowd when he and his partner-in-crime Freddie Hemara (who’d performed with Nadi in old-school pub bands Patois and Cat) launch The Next To Nothing Aesthetic at FOG in Prahran. With the partnership of FOG owner Sam Frantzeskos (who’d formerly run The Metro Nightclub), the idea behind this new caper is to push new musical boundaries and to introduce a live show that is innovative, different, and entertaining as all hell. Nadi certainly knows what constitutes a world-class musical experience. Feeling a bit let down and disappointed by what the live scene had become in Melbourne, he packed his bags over a decade ago and left for the warmer climes of the Gold Coast in Queensland, where he made a name for himself promoting bands, performing as a session musician, running a weekly radio show, and becoming a titan of the nightclub scene, opening the legendary club The Berlin Bar. His prowess behind the decks is unrivaled, and his knowledge of music borders on the encyclopaedic. Speaking by phone on a sweltering afternoon, Nadi waxes poetic about this new venture and about how he intends on giving this world-class city a new destination club experience through The Next To Nothing Aesthetic, a live band and DJ extravaganza on Sunday afternoons in the heart of Prahran. “It’s not really a ‘club’ idea,” he explains, “it’s more an opportunity to get back to doing something a bit more organic and earthy and alive; more interaction with the crowd, really.

I think [the scene] has gotten a bit too one-dimensional with the way the club culture has evolved; it’s become more like a conveyor belt of shit!” Nadi laughs loudly at this. “You know, like every second person is a DJ – and the bar’s really been lowered. As much as I love DJing – and I appreciate all the great DJs in the world – it’s been completely barraged with all the corporate crap and all the narcissism and all the false confidence, marketing and hype and bullshit, you know? “I’ve always chosen to go left-of-centre in whatever I do; I used to play in live bands before I ever DJed,” he concludes. Which brings us to The Next To Nothing Aesthetic. Though it could be filed under the indie/soul label, Nadi is quick to point out that it’s so much more than that. “As far as the band goes, it’s Freddie and myself – we haven’t worked together in quite a while, and we’ve been toying with this idea for some time. We spoke to Sam, and he really is a unique and wonderful human being … without a doubt the nicest person I’ve ever met in this business in the last 20 years. He’s the real

DJ KENTARO

ANDREW HICKEY

Joy is a pervasive emotion throughout the work and career of DJ Kentaro. Whether he’s putting together a mix of obscure reggae cuts, performing for a live audience or chatting to a stranger on the other end of the line, he exudes positive energy. The native of Tokyo, Japan, real name Kentaro Okamoto, his mission has always been to erase the lines between musical genres as much as he can. “Genres and categories are always good to organise tunes but I just divide music by the feeling, of whether it’s good or bad.” A battle-tested DJ extraordinaire, he is fresh from unleashing his second studio album, Contrast, released through the always avantgarde Ninja Tune label. For the project he opted for a more body-rocking sound. “I tried more for the dancefloor like tunes that I can play for the crowds.” Over the course of his career as a recording artist, Kentaro has experimented with a variety of genres, going from the hip hop and trip hop vibes of earlier efforts to the dubstep and electro inspired Contrast. Collaborating with a number of artists has helped with that expansion, including DJ Krush. Playing an important part in his musical development, Krush and Kentaro most recently worked on the track Kikkake. The stand-out collabo for him so far however was with the UK’s Foreign Beggars on the epic Step In. “Foreign Beggars would be the one that is memorable as far as the production of the tunes, and we have known each other for ages.” First hitting the decks at age 13, the prodigious

Kentaro has amassed cult-like status among fellow artists and listeners and is ready to bring his expansive music collection and party rocking attitude to Aussie shores, including a show at The Espy this Thursday. “I am super excited. I usually come to Australia at least once a year and I like to be back for the summer time for sure.” Providing a full audio-visual experience, he will be playing selections from Contrast and will be accompanied by his video crew. Harnessing the power of digital technology to his creative advantage, he sees the digital influence on music as an overall positive. “It’s definitely easier now for both artists and fans to reach out.” While he appreciates the expanded reach of music, Kentaro does mourn the loss of the intimacy

deal, you know? He ‘gets it’ and knows all the references … The Smiths, The Roots, SBTRKT; and he’s just unbelievable! “So he was really hip to it, and he trusts us and so we’ve sort of jumped back into the deep end!” he says with a laugh. When I mention to him that he seems pretty optimistic about the good folks in Melbourne “getting it”, he agrees wholeheartedly. “Yeah, it’s Melbourne, you know?” he says. “Living in the Gold Coast was a different story. There’s not that cultural layer that’s in Melbourne – Melbourne is truly an international city. Everybody comes and plays there, there’s a lot going on, there’s an amazing creative energy, and the best thing about it for me is the whole multicultural melting pot. Which is great, because it opens people up for a lot of different things and experiences!” But what’s really got Nadi excited is the changing face of the entertainment industry in general. “[There’s been] a changing of the guard in the last five years in the entertainment industry and in club culture,” he explains. “I think a lot of the old-school people are in denial, and they’re still trying to do things the old way – there’s a kind of mundane conservatism that permeates throughout a lot of the industry. “The meat and potatoes thing for me is what the ‘kids’ are doing, with the blogs; they have no fear or hang-ups, they don’t have any baggage, they’re just excited about doing stuff – they’re embracing technology and the internet, they make music and just go for it! There’s a great confidence that comes from that side of things […] and that’s where I draw all of collecting albums and have a unique story as to where and when they were purchased. “As far as the meaning of receiving music, there’s no 12” cover artwork, or you don’t actually visit record shops. People get or listen to music but that’s just about it. There’s less feelings about music culture almost.” A DJ who was brought up on old school tradition, he still enjoys sifting through records if he has the chance. “I get my tunes via online most of the time, but when I need to dig for sampling, I dig [through] my collection for hours.” Despite the lack of that warm fuzzy feeling, Kentaro sees an emphasis on the live show as a positive. “I feel that more people visit the gigs nowadays, so events are more powerful and effective. I have been feeling this [the] past couple of years.” Earning his reputation in the DJ and hip hop community as the first Asian winner in the history of the prestigious DMC World DJ Championships, winning in 2002, he has fond memories of his origins but couldn’t see himself going through the gruelling routine today. “I do not have much time for practising routines for entering [a] battle. It has been ten years since my DMC title, can you believe it? I am getting old,” he chuckles. “For a competition set, you have to think about stories, selection of music and more technical issues at the same time. Performing a set, I always think about the crowds.” Continuing to hone his crowd inciting skills over the past decade, Kentaro has had the chance to perform in Europe, America, Asia and Australasia, playing to intimate venues and large festival gatherings. He has learned to make the most out of both scenarios. “Smaller venues are always fun and up close. [With] festivals, you can always get the energy of a large amount of people.”

my roots from!” And one group in particular seems to be ignored by the entertainment industry at large, and that’s the over-25s. “No one’s really catering to that age group – there’s not really much progressive or eclectic stuff going on. You’ve got your gallery openings, you’ve got your theatre show, you’ve got your concert venue … but what about a culture that bubbles and feeds on itself in Melbourne? There’s not really a lot of that stuff going on. “This show, it doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 65,” he concludes, a smile in his voice. “You can get it. It’s where you’re at, not how old you are!” Come and get your Sunday arvo dancing shoes on when THE NEXT TO NOTHING AESTHETIC happens at FOG in Prahran every week at 4pm. Entry is free, so what are you waiting for? Besides performing in the band, Nadi will also be spinning the decks between sets.

DJ KENTARO [JPN] plays The Espy on Thursday December 6.

OMAR SOULEYMAN

BY CHRIS MARTIN

Omar Souleyman is something of a challenge to contemporary music fans in the Western world. It’s not just because of the foreign languages, Kurdish and Arabic, in which he sings; nor is it the trance-like Middle Eastern energy of his music, too unfamiliar a sound to penetrate. The real challenge for the everyday inner-city altmusic fan is how to explain to one’s friends a newfound passion for the traditional Syrian dabke scene without sounding like a complete snob. Souleyman, who’s been a hugely popular folk performer in Syria since he started out in the mid-‘90s, first ventured from his Arab homeland in 2009, and was astounded by the response he received from trendy young festivalgoing types across the UK, Europe and United States. “I thought that only those who can also understand my words could appreciate the music,” Souleyman says. “Now I know that there are things the audience understands even without understanding the words, because people respond instinctively to the feeling, to the emotion I convey. [Feelings] are the same in every language.” Souleyman’s onstage manner seems perfectly geared to the simplicities of cross-cultural musical communication. With the backing of multi-instrumentalist Razid Sa’id, Souleyman warbles repetitive melodies through the microphone, employing that characteristically Arab vocalisation technique that seems to access a place far

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different than Western crooners and wailers know. In the downtime between his otherwise tireless verses, Souleyman simply stands over the monitors and lifts his hands high to clap along with Sa’id’s tempo. The audience, of course, joins in. “When I manage to get a big audience to move, I am overwhelmed with joy and pride,” he says. So how do Souleyman’s festival and club shows abroad differ from those he gives at home? “In Syria, I very often perform at weddings … they usually last much longer. I sometimes go for hours during a wedding. We all dance, sing, [take] a break, eat, sing, and dance some more. It is a festivity.” Over the last few years, Souleyman has convinced some pretty influential Western music identities of his talents. He’s recorded collaborations with Björk and Damon Albarn, and appeared at Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Montreal Jazz Festival. With unexpected success on this level, however,

comes an inevitable pocket of cynicism: a suspicion about Souleyman’s authenticity, and the arguably exploitative intentions of his Western management representatives. Have Souleyman’s achievements been made possible via reduction? Has his version of Syrian folk-dance been sanitised for Western consumption? A more likely factor behind his popularity is the nature of dabke itself. Souleyman says his style “belongs to the traditional, popular category” of Syrian music, and this description is revealing. For this is a musical practice passed down through generations – it has the longevity and history of communal folk music, but also the explicitly popular appeal of a soundtrack that defines the Arabic wedding, street party or football celebration. An Omar Souleyman show, then, carries with it the potential for an eruption of emotional energy, in whatever form that may take. And while onlookers might judge Souleymaniacs as snobbish

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hipsters who cynically trawl all corners of the human universe for something the mainstream has missed, well, the man himself has no patience for such judgement – for him, it’s all about individuality. “What I really like about being in the West is that people leave each other alone,” he says. “In my culture, everybody has something to say about everything. People interfere in each other’s lives very much. I was fascinated when I discovered that there are other ways of dealing with each other, too.” OMAR SOULEYMAN plays alongside Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Tame Impala, Turbonegro and more as part of Meredith Music Festival at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre from Friday December 7 – Sunday December 9. He also plays The Hi-Fi tonight.


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SPIRITUALIZED

BY KRISSI WEISS

Jason Pierce, of seminal British space rock band Spiritualized, is not the sort of artist you simply go through the motions with during an interview. He is a musician – yes, selling a product – but he’s a true artist who gives great thought to everything he says and considers his words carefully. His latest album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, has been one of this year’s most talked about alternative records and yet due to some harsh but lifesaving medical treatment for hepatitis, Pierce says he’s never felt more estrange from an album in his 20-odd year career. “I felt really disconnected to the album; it feels like it was made by someone else,” Pierce says. “I wanted to make what I call a pop album and what I meant by that is I wanted the tracks to be succinct songs, traditional in their form. I feel so much better playing them live because I finally feel a part of them now. When you’re making a record you’re trying to pin the thing down, you’re trying to say, ‘This is how these songs are gonna last forever’ and that’s such a tall order at any rate.” Essentially staying true to the psychedelic, space rock sound that he has honed over the many years since his first band, Spacemen 3, (Pierce is famous for the motto “Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to”) he is brutally honest about the flawed idea of musicians thinking they’re constantly breaking new artistic ground. “When you make music it’s almost impossible to make completely new music and you end up creating something that sounds similar to the things you love,” he says. “I’m very, very wary of radical stylistic changes; when a band suddenly does that I always think it’s a fashion-led decision and not a creative one. The evolution of music is a slow one. You don’t get great, giant steps in any evolution, you get small growth. Sometimes for me it’s frustrating because any one song on my albums feels like it could fit on any other one of my albums but there still are these slow steps towards the future.”

With nostalgia-led revivals and reformations occurring everywhere at the moment, moving forward has never seemed more important. “Rock’n’roll seems to be folding back on itself and there seems to be a trend towards reliving the great moment,” he says. “I’m slightly guilty myself in a way. Last time I was in Australia I was playing Ladies & Gentlemen… so I’ve had a taste of that world to make me want to really stay away from it. The most exciting shows I’ve seen lately have been with people like Thurston Moore that are abstract and improvised shows. Sometimes, because it’s improvised, you have to wait a long time for the great moment but when those moments happen it feels like people are really trying to push the edge.” Given his own recent brush with health issues, does Pierce feel like this nostalgia is motivated by a desire to hold onto youth or simply the need to make a buck? “I think most of it is just to do with money. I see bands that are reforming that aren’t interested in music at all but there’s money in it so they do it.” Still, artists often struggle with the idea that their best days are behind them, that they will never be able to recreate, or better yet surpass, their greatest achievements. Is Pierce immune to this sort of self-doubt? “I have that doubt always,” he says frankly. “But I feel like this last album is transitional

and the strange thing is that a lot of people seem to really like it. Sometimes what you perceive as your finest moment is really just fashion-led. Also, people’s favourite experience of something is usually their first contact with it, but at the end of the day what’s not important when you’re a kid makes more sense when you’re older.” Within all of the disconnectedness of making the last album, Pierce acknowledges the bitter irony of being so affected by medication designed to save him that he felt more detached during the creation and touring of SHSL than at any other point in his life, a life punctuated by the drug taking and experimentation that contributed to his illness. “Ah ha ha ha yeeeeah,” he says laughing. “I certainly wouldn’t recommend those drugs to people as a source of pleasure…The irony

wasn’t lost on me at all but that medication wasn’t conducive to making music. Actually, the worst thing was that the last time I came to Sydney I played the Opera House – which was a big thrill for me – but I was in the middle of my treatment and I think all of the shows in Australia suffered for it. I’m coming back and this time I’m fully fit so for that reason, I think the shows will be really huge.”

have recently discovered. “On one song, Razorblades, I’ve been playing sax,” he says gladly. “You know, possibly more in the future but at this stage it’s just the one track.” New Gods’ debut self-titled release is out now, and Packard was pleased with the general turnaround time. “It seems like bands these days tend to spend quite a long time between records, and working on them. I feel like we worked pretty quickly,” he says. “Dom is so prolific and writes so many songs, we’ve got a lot of material to work with.” Byrne’s fertile brain meant the record didn’t have to be an EP, but the choice was made with reasons. “Initially we thought we might do an album, and recorded more songs than we needed,” Packard explains. “But because we’re a new band we thought we might start with an EP as a bit of an introduction to the band. It came together in a few months.” While New Gods are certainly new, the frothing masses anticipating the EP are totally aware of the circumstances

behind the band’s configuration. New Gods have repeatedly been dubbed an ‘indie supergroup’. “Oh, I feel terrible about that,” Packard laughs and I can see him cringing in my mind’s eye. His next few sentences are sprinkled with halts as he responds kind of abashedly. “I don’t know how that managed to be the thing that everyone is saying. I can’t imagine how anyone would interpret it as a supergroup. I mean you know, we’ve all played in bands before but it’s not like it’s five guys from the biggest bands in the world coming together! It’s just Melbourne; everyone’s played in bands before! I wish that wasn’t what was being said. It feels pretty irrelevant to me.”

arrive by glorious accident. Making a concerted effort to produce something is a necessary component of any creative practice. “There’s a quote by a writer that says, ‘if you can’t write, work,’ and that’s sort of how it is with the songwriting. There are times when songs come out like a flash of inspiration and you can’t move the pen fast enough to keep up with it. But that’s a very rare occurrence and the rest of the time it’s pretty hard work.” There is a romantic fallacy that all great art is conceived in a magic moment, but simply waiting for such a grand interaction with the muse isn’t a reliable creative method. Mason stresses that it’s important

to be prepared to forcibly retrieve ideas from the unknown. “It’s sort of essential to keep in practise as a writer. You have to practise writing like you practise scales on the guitar. A lot of times the process is sort of excruciating. You can’t be afraid to make shitty work. A writer friend of mine says ‘don’t ever let the great get in the way of the good’. The essential thing is to keep writing...and you can’t discount the validity of hard work. You can’t say just because you tried so hard that it’s not inspired.”

SPIRITUALIZED will be at The Hi-Fi on Thursday December 6. They also play Meredith Music Festival at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre from Friday December 7 – Sunday December 9 alongside Primal Scream, Omar Souleyman and more (sold-out). Sweet Heart Sweet Light is out through Domino/EMI.

NEW GODS

BY ZOË RADAS

“The name kind of felt appropriate for the current climate,” Dale Packard says, and after a pause, he stresses to add, “I guess the main point I need to make is that it’s not saying we are the new Gods. It’s about the idea of new Gods.” The keys player and ex-Ground Components member goes into an eloquent explanation of how New Gods – formed through mateships spanning The Greasers, Little Red, Ground Components and Eagle & The Worm – came to find a title for their new musical venture. It’s important to pinpoint for Packard and the group, because although a lot of our conversation revolves around the shifts away from those bands, a message of newness laps behind everything. “[It’s about] new Gods really being the individual these days. You talk to people about religion and everyone always [says], ‘I’ve got my own personal relationship [with] what I like to call God.’ You’ve probably heard people say things like that. It seems to be the modern way of experiencing spirituality,” Packard elucidates. Singer Dominic Byrne (Little Red) has written an EP which feels far more soundscapey and meaningful than his previous work, with sweeping, elysian harmonies. “I think it’s definitely an outlet for music that he could make that wasn’t necessarily good time party tunes, as Little Red were more known for,” say Packard. “I feel like the kind of more soundscapey aspect comes from Adrian (Beltrame, also Little Red) on guitar and me on keys. Bringing that kind of tonal quality, because we’re both really into sound.” Packard’s keys are far thicker and more atmospheric than those we’ve heard in Ground Components. “You’re

right, they are pretty different,” he agrees. “In Ground Components it was all about electric piano and organ, and kind of bashing away. I mean it really came from a more punk rock background. Since [then] I’ve developed lots of love and appreciation for dance music and electronic music, which I wasn’t really that into before. Before I just really liked guitars! I just wanted songs to rock,” he laughs. “I feel like since then I’m a lot more open and into electronic sounds, synths, that kind of stuff.” Known for primarily playing a Roland, Packard has branched out with his hardware. “On the record I use a whole bunch of different stuff,” he says. “The one I’m using live is just a Nord Electro – it’s quite versatile. On the record I mess around with synths. I have friends who have ridiculous synths collections. I don’t have that many myself, so I just kind of went around to their houses before the recording and said, ‘Give me everything you’ve got.’” Packard is also a pretty talented saxophone player (actually he’s something of a multi-instrumentalist, counting clarinet, drums, guitar and accordion in his arsenal), as audiences

NEW GODS play the Northcote Social Club on Friday January 11. Their self-titled debut EP is out now on Liberation.

WILLY MASON

BY AUGUSTUS WELBY

Massachusetts’ folky blues-man Willy Mason’s first two records consisted primarily of live takes, seeking to document a specific moment in time. His new album Carry On was recorded with British producer Dan Carey, whose credentials (Bat For Lashes, Hot Chip, Chairlift) may signify a more mediated studio approach. However, Mason insists imperfections and accidents were just as welcome when constructing this record. “The whole album was still based on the philosophy of accidents. We did most of this album in one take as well and, though it doesn’t sound it, it was mostly live recordings.” Willy Mason’s songs are often an intimate personal discussion. He reveals that his songs commonly develop unexpected and elucidating significance. “I learn from the songs that I write. Carry On is an example of that. When I started out writing that song I thought I was writing a love song but it took on a life of its own. By the end I was writing about old guys thinking back on their lives. Almost every song ends up having a touch of that. A lot of times I don’t really know what the songs are about until a couple of years down the road; an event happens and suddenly the song makes sense.” A benefit of being a solo artist is total creative control. Mason’s songs do receive input from another source, but this regular collaborator is psychologically located.

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“Because you’re forced into a metre where you have to fit only so many words into such a small space with certain rhymes, it leaves a lot of room for the subconscious to come out and tell you things you weren’t thinking about. You think you’re just picking the best word that rhymes, but it takes the song in another direction. It’s a crazy collaboration with the subconscious and the unknown.” Acknowledging the influence of the subconscious coalesces with Mason’s emphasis on spontaneity, following the direction of impulse can uncover ideas that would be precluded by chasing perfection. “Like with performance, if you’re put on the spot and you don’t know what you’re going to do, either you totally freeze up or you might let a little bit of truth out that you didn’t even know yourself that you knew.” Proclaiming the significance of spontaneity isn’t equivalent to suggesting that all great ideas ought to

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WILLY MASON’s new album Carry On is out now non Fiction Records/Universal.


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QUARRY MOUNTAIN DEAD RATS

BY ZOË RADAS

Since the release of their debut album Bloodhound Killed My Squeezebox several months ago, the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats have garnered a steady slew of fresh fans which have propelled the five-piece around the country into ever larger venues. When I spoke to mandolin player Wishy six months ago, the energetic folk/bluegrass boys were newly on the road to tour the release. This time, the sounds of the highway still pulse in the backdrop of the conversation, but it’s with guitarist Locky Alcorn that I speak. “We’re 90 k’s out of Benalla, apparently,” Alcorn says after a quick consultation with the rest of the vehicle. “We’re going to Mount Beauty to play a wedding. We’ve actually got [washboard player] Ben [Clements]’s brother driving us this time, so we’ve got a driver. We’re moving up in the world.” The gradual accumulation of praise for Bloodhound has been pretty special, in that it seems to suggest many listeners were not originally fans of – or indeed aware of – the genre. “Everyone seems to like [the album] and we sell a fair few every time we play,” Alcorn says amiably. “We get messages on Facebook from people saying they haven’t taken it out of their car, running on two weeks now, so I suppose that can only be a good thing.” I wonder aloud whether the rapid shuffle of the washboard and chugging banjo might prompt a few drivers to excessive speeds, and Alcorn gives his agreement. “It does, actually, I’ve noticed it does that,” he laughs. The guitarist was touted as the ‘harmonies king’ in my interview with Wishy, and Alcorn sniggers but confirms he’s

been working on songs for the new album. “Yeah I’ve been giving it a bit of a crack,” he says. “I don’t really consider myself much of a songwriter, it seems to take me about seven times longer than it takes any of the other guys to be able to pump ‘em out. Maybe I’m way too over-critical of myself. But yeah, getting there.” Alcorn admits that harmonies are definitely his arena however, and the wicked three-part choruses created by himself, Wishy and banjo player Daniel ‘Sudsy’ Sudholz are one of the stand-out attractions of the band. “I just sort of do them,” he says. “They’re not written as such. We’ll jam a song for the first time and... I find learning the words the hard part, over the harmony. I’ve got to remember all [the other guys’] crazy words,” he laughs. “I don’t know, they just sort of pop out.” A clip for single Coat Tails has just been released online and it’s weird as hell, in the simplest possible way. Filmed in the gorgeous Scrap Museum room at Bakehouse Studios in Richmond, the band bash out the sly cracking track as they drip with sweat, but they’re standing almost motionless,

staring directly forward with hard eyes. It must have been tough to do. “Yeah! Really hard,” Alcorn bemoans. “Although I seem to stand the stillest out of anyone. I think I took it too literally, the whole ‘don’t move’ thing, I actually didn’t move. But everyone else managed to get some sort of little swagger of little bop-along going on in there.” Double bassist Davin McDonald is the most jaunty, although admittedly it’d be difficult to play the massive instrument without some sort of counter-movement. “Dav, yeah, he’s full-time wiggle,” Alcorn says. “Too stiff and you’d fall over.” Having played a number of shows in New South Wales a few weeks ago – the highlight of which was The Steyne in Manly, which Alcorn touts as one of the band’s favourites to play – the Dead Rats will shortly be putting on a show in our town at Pier Live. It’s a big venue, and coming along to support will be two of the band’s favourite acts: Merri Creek Pickers and Ramshackle Army. “[We] pretty much

didn’t even think twice,” says Alcorn. “[Merri Creek Pickers] are a Melbourne band, and they’re pretty much protégés of The Grateful Dead. Oh yeah, we love their music. They’re dead set out of the ‘70s, the lot of them. Ramshackle Army we came across at Illawarra Folk Festival which is weird because they’re like a Celtic punk band.” Clements (AKA ‘Johnny Washboard’) used to play in a punk band, and Alcorn says the guy fell head over heels immediately. “I think [Clements] had his first band love affair, he’s so in love with them all. [He] used to be a punk drummer so seeing a bit of Celtic punk at a folk festival, he had a little stiffy going on.” Maybe don’t bring mum to this gig.

mum took me to an Eric Clapton gig. Shortly after that I think I went to an Ash Grunwald and... There were young people everywhere! I was amazed that there were so many young people at a blues gig. And the switch just flicked and that was it.” Kirk’s warm, genuine nature is reflected in how he treats the style. “Blues is all feel. The 12 bar thing… man, all the greatest bluesmen break the rules. It wouldn’t be strictly 12 bar, every now and then they’d jump up to the fifth out of nowhere and their band members just had to be switched on. People forget that it’s about feeling, the seem to think it’s just a structure, and a rule that you have to stick to these twelve bars.” The live setup includes stompboxes, tambourines and an array of other percussive bits and pieces. He explains that it’s far more than just finances which led to the choice to tour as a one man band. “It started because I wanted to be a full-time artist and I didn’t want to work nine to five. I just couldn’t afford a

band. [The solo thing] was just a vision in my head and I’ve sort of added one thing at a time until I’ve now ended up with this massive mess in front of me of six different things at my feet, and before I knew it, people were up and dancing exactly as I imagined they would if I had a band. The advantage of it just being me is that I don’t write setlists or anything like that, I mean I literally turn up to the gig and it’s all spirit of the moment, and if I want to stop a song and crack and joke then I can. I think it makes it a lot more real for people, you know? It’s not over-rehearsed, and it’s different every time.”

Perl lists Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire and Michael Jackson as her major influences, which indicates a clear attraction to the groove-based sounds of Motown. “I just love stuff that makes me want to dance. I remember really distinctly when I first heard Stevie Wonder. I just lost my mind and thought, ‘How have I ever not listened to this stuff before?!’ It’s just so infectious, making you want to dance.” When Perl started writing the songs that comprise 3am she wasn’t yet thinking about making funky dance music. “All of the songs, except for Girls & Boys, I wrote about two years ago. I was at Uni studying jazz and I was trying to make them all jazzy and clever so people would listen to them and be like ‘oh wow that’s really clever how she did that.’ Then I was playing them and it was not very good for me. I ended up realising that

it made more sense for them to be less complicated and more funky, because that’s what I really like.” Taking cues from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, Perl seeks to make the live show more than merely a re-enactment of what happens in the studio. “I think it is important, especially if you’re playing dance-based music, to have a bit of that ‘show’ aspect. If it’s more introspective music, something a bit more folky, it’s so much about the story. Whereas I think funk music by nature is very much an ‘expressing yourself by moving’ kind of music.”

QUARRY MOUNTAIN DEAD RATS play Trevor: A Music Festival at Churchill Island, Phillip Island on Saturday January 12 alongside Icehouse, Ash Grunwald, The Bamboos and heaps more.

SHAUN KIRK

BY MAX PFEIFER

Artists like Seasick Steve and Dr. John would have you believe that you can’t legitimately wear the “master bluesman” title unless you’ve got the scars of bar fights, failed marriages and broken homes to prove it. Melbourne troubadour Shaun Kirk hasn’t stowed away on any freight trains, hasn’t slept on the street and hasn’t had any fingers shot off, but he is proof that the spirit of the blues runs far deeper than that. “Obviously there aren’t a huge number of Australians out there picking cotton and living in a tiny shack on the Mississippi delta,” he jokes, “so you know, I don’t think blues is entirely about your situation, it’s more just about feeling, and expressing those often negative emotions, but being able to make people smile and dance through that. That’s what I see blues as anyway.” Despite their geographical differences, Kirk’s humanistic approach to music is surprisingly similar to the blues players of old, and the story of his blossoming love affair with his guitar is like something out of a fairy tale. “I was loosely into lots of bad American hip hop. I guess that was kind of due to the crowd that I was hanging out with back then. I was probably hanging out with the wrong people, and then when music came along and that was when life really changed. I got away from the bad crowd and started to kind of… do what I wanted to do. My mum just randomly put this old crap nylon string guitar in my room one day, as a motherly instinct to get me

a creative outlet to express myself, I guess… and get some of the grit that was inside of me in my teenage years out into the open.” The guitar sat there for about a year, and then when Kirk broke his ankle and had to sit around in bed for three months, learning to play suddenly became more appealing. “I had a few lessons at the start, but that was it. Once my mum wouldn’t pay for them anymore ‘cause I was 18 and had to start paying bills, I just went, ‘Well I’m not paying for guitar lessons, I’ll just teach myself’. That kind of makes you come up with your own little style I think. You can’t really teach someone how to paint a picture, you know?” Blues was never the original appeal either. “I’d been playing at open mic nights all over Melbourne, and most of these open mic nights were blues-based, and the only blues I really heard there was terrible.” At this point Kirk starts singing his impression of bad blues down the phone. “You know? Repetitive, long boring guitar solos and that kind of thing, so I hated blues until I got to about 21 and then once again my

Thursday December 4, Grind n Groove in Healesville on Friday December 7, The Workers SHAUN KIRK playsonKazbah Lounge in Sale on Club in Melbourne Saturday December 8 and Diamond House on Friday December 14.

JUDE PERL

BY AUGUSTUS WELBY

“I definitely would replace myself with an elephant. I have big ears, and I did get called Dumbo when I was in grade three,” says the sprightly chanteuse, Jude Perl, as she explains her dream assemblage of animal band members. “I think a monkey would be a really good drummer, because they’ve got a lot of energy and long arms. I reckon a duck would be a good bass player. I can imagine a duck wearing sunglasses and looking really cool. Then on guitar it would have to be something really loud, like a hyena or one of those dogs that doesn’t stop barking.” Jude Perl is preparing to release her debut EP 3am, which is the culmination of a few years of songwriting experiments and working with different musicians. Fantasising about the supreme animal ensemble is no reflection on the Melbourne funk-pop singer’s satisfaction with her current band. “We haven’t been playing for that long but it is a tight knit group of people who see each other all the time.” There are, however, some fairly precise conditions for who can join Jude Perl’s band. “They just have to be not douchebags, basically. I played in funk bands for a couple of years and I learned the very, very hard way that it’s all about gut feeling. If you meet someone and you get a crappy feeling it’s probably not worth pursuing that relationship. If you get a really good feeling usually something really good comes out of it. So, that’s my main barometer.” Girls And Boys, the first online single from the EP, Beat Magazine Page 62

lyrically looks at the foolish hypocrisy of love games. Perl elaborates on some basic things she thinks girls and boys need to learn. “It’s mainly just the double standard thing. You know when girls are out in a group and a guy makes a move or something and they’re like, ‘Ew! What a creep’, but if another guy that they liked did exactly the same thing they’d be like, ‘Oh my god, he’s so cool.’” Perl believes that people who frequently complain of being mistreated may need to learn from their past mistakes and stop putting themselves in vulnerable situations. “When people think that sex is just about meeting people and having a good time – even people who are really sure that’s what they want – they end up getting hurt. It’s like, ‘Well, yeah maybe you shouldn’t do that all the time’. That’s kind of what I’m trying to say. I’m much better at saying it in a song!”

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JUDE PERL and band will launch the 3am EP at Northcote Social Club on Wednesday December 12.


THE KEY OF SEA BY AUGUSTUS WELBY

Released in October this year, The Key of Sea Volume 2 compilation brought together a number of Australian artists with musicians from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to compose original music. On Friday December 14 the impressive album contributions from The Tim Rogers Polyxeni, Jinja Safari with Kinfe Gershu, Brous with Awaz, Chet Faker with The Royal Swazi Spa and The Tiger & Me with Murtaza Jafari, will be reprised on stage at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Melbourne soulful pop singer Sophia Brous (better known to the public as just ‘Brous’) and Turkish artist Awaz wrote and recorded the song Come Along for the album. Sophia’s reflections upon the process indicate that her interaction with Awaz went well beyond simply playing some tunes together. “For quite a large chunk of the time, leading up to recording, the process for me wasn’t so much working on music or even playing music together. It was just talking with him and getting him to play different Kurdish music. He took me through different folk songs and different songs of defiance and they all had this beautiful and very sad lamenting quality about them.” In order to reach a level of understanding conducive to collaborative chemistry, both artists were required to depart from their usual mode of functioning. “You have to unsheathe your ego and the different controls you usually place over your music and just let go. We all work by languages in everything and I think it took some getting used to for both of us. Different harmonies, different scales – just stuff that we take for granted sometimes – exists between different music. I would write a part of the song where there’d be some sort of rhythmic thing change and he would say ‘no, no, no, you’ve missed a beat there.’ I’d say ‘no, no, that’s intentional.’ It was about us trusting this space and letting go of those rules that we apply to ourselves.” The foundations of everyone’s musical thinking are contingent upon the traditions they’re familiar with. To organically unite their abilities Sophia and Awaz adopted an intuitive approach. “I felt like the best way for us to try to connect would be through very open, explorative playing together. I was very mindful of not wanting to just transpose a song onto him or just put my stamp onto him. I wanted to let whatever this thing that could be between the two of us develop itself, which was challenging at times.” The challenges that the project posed for Sophia and Awaz ultimately led them both into new musical territory. “He sings on the track and that’s the first time he’s ever sung in Kurdish. In fact it’s the first time he’s ever sung in a recording. I really insisted that he sang on it because I didn’t want it just to be me, I wanted it to be both of our voices, and he’s got a beautiful voice.”

“YOU HAVE TO UNSHEATHE YOUR EGO AND THE DIFFERENT CONTROLS YOU USUALLY PLACE OVER YOUR MUSIC AND JUST LET GO.” Awaz was initially reluctant to sing, which Sophia explains as an outcome of the oppressive governance in his homeland that had hitherto prohibited him from fully expressing himself. “In Turkey the Kurdish minority aren’t really allowed to practice their culture and they can be the subject of a lot of really terrible treatment and prejudice. So it wouldn’t have been safe for him to do that over there. That just highlights what an amazing project this can be,” she says. Brous and Awaz certainly succeeded in the studio but performing the song live, and putting together a whole set, leaves a lot open to chance. With the concert performance they’ll further explore their collaborative relationship and will be joined by some noteworthy musicians, who appear on the recording of Come Along.“We’ll be bringing that ensemble together; Mick Harvey (The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey) and Shags Chamberlain (Lost Animal, Pikelet), and a few other people I play with, and we’ll do that song and then we’ll do some music of mine and some music of Awaz’s. It will be really fun.” Sophia agrees that, in addition to highlighting the vast talents and rich musical heritage of the migrant musicians, The Key of Sea Concert is a rare opportunity to witness well established artists in a new domain. “I imagine it’s going to be a really interesting night because you’re going to see people playing the music that they developed together and then playing their own music, but with those people. We’re so used to seeing people who have put things out – you’re so used to hearing them do their thing. It doesn’t happen enough you get to see people in more of a disarmed light. I mean, every show is disarming in its own way but this is on a musical ground that is different and is shared with someone else.” THE KEY OF SEA concert, featuring The Tim Rogers Polyxeni, Jinja Safari with Kinfe Gershu, Brous with Awaz, Chet Faker with The Royal Swazi Spa and The Tiger & Me with Murtaza Jafari, will take place on Friday December 14 at Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre. Key Of Sea Vol 2 is now out via MGM, with all proceeds going to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and SAIL (Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning program). DISCUSS WHAT? BEAT.COM.AU/DISCUSSION

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LAGWAGON BY ADAM ROBERTSHAW

It’s clear as soon as you start chatting to Joey Cape that he is a man who loves what he does. To begin with the interview itself was delayed by over half an hour due to the fact his previous phone interview overran. It’s easy to see why. When it comes to the subject of his band Lagwagon, the man can talk for hours with passion, enthusiasm and humour. He has good reason for being so enthusiastic at the moment. Lagwagon, like any band that has lasted over 20 years on an independent label like Fat Wreck Chords, have had their fair share of ups and downs. Right now though, Lagwagon and the label they helped create are in a strong position. “We’re just having a rad year. There’s good and bad years with a band and sometimes you almost feel like you’re just struggling to have this unified kind of drive. That’s not happening at all right now. Right now we’re all getting along and we’re playing better than we’ve played in I don’t know how long. We’re kinda on fire right now. I don’t know why but it’s really quite amazing. “I think Fat Wreck Chords has really balanced out too. They kinda know where they are now. They’ve gone through all the trials and tribulations and they just have a really solid thing going now and it’s very cool. I think it’s pretty relaxed now. I don’t think anybody has any high expectations anymore. Everybody’s doing it because of love, which is what it was always about.” One thing that really has Joey excited is his latest Lagwagon project, which he and Chad Williams (Fat Wreck Chords) have been working on over the last couple of years. It is

the remastering, and re-releasing of the first five Lagwagon albums as a complete package. Joey explains, “The idea was we’d do it in lieu of doing a ‘best of’ or an anthology, greatest hits kind of thing. We agreed that we just don’t like the idea of those things because it gives people a one-off way to discover a band. If someone’s going to look for a Lagwagon record and we have a greatest hits, that’s what they’re going to do. Those songs that have been deemed ‘good enough’ are going to be the songs they get to hear. By doing that you sort of bury the history, the era, the evolution of the band, the deep cuts on those records. I’m not into that. From the point of view of a fan, by listening to a band that I love that has a more involved history, I like to celebrate different parts of the history of the band at different times you know? I like to listen to the entire record to see what they were doing at that time.” As well as the benefit of the records being re-mastered (he admits they didn’t really know what they were doing when the original records were created) another benefit for fans and newcomers to Lagwagon alike is the fact that during the arduous project, Joey and co. discovered a whole wealth of undiscovered and often completely forgotten tracks.

“Totally!” agrees Joey. “It was amazing. There was so much that happened where you’d find something then you realise, ‘Oh’ and you start to talk to guys in the band about it and you remember an old engineer you worked with and you call that guy and somehow and I found guys that were living on farms back east that I hadn’t talked to in 15 years and said, ‘We recorded this thing with you, I totally forgot’ and he’d be like, ‘Yeah I got the whole thing’ you know? It was really cool. It was great. We just forgot. Plain, simply forgot about a lot of the music that we had done.” The whole process also offered Joey a bittersweet chance at reflection when it comes to his career in one of American punk’s best loved yet often overlooked bands. “What it did for me is it really put everything into perspective in terms of the whole evolution, which is a good and bad thing. Obviously nobody likes to look at their lives closely for that long a period of time, but on the other hand it kind of renewed my passion for my band in a lot of ways because I was like, ‘Wow, you know I’ve really put a lot of work into this. This matters’.”

Australian fans will get the chance to revisit those first five seminal Lagwagon records when the band hits these shores to tour this month. Despite the fact that the band – and by all accounts their diehard fans that have been with them since day one – are much older and wiser these days, you can still expect a killer show. “The shows are pretty crazy still. When play I look out in the crowd and I see a bunch of people that I’ve been looking at for 20 years. I dunno what it is about our band but there’s a lot of people who like [Lagwagon] that don’t move on from our band. I’m not bragging, and I honestly don’t understand it but we have some pretty loyal people. And they’re older now. Like a lot older. But we’ll play a show and people are still slam dancing. We are lucky. We always have a nice audience and we’re just one of those bands that are really fortunate.

getting any satisfaction from the music. “The world is full of bands who compete these days, which in some ways is really sad,” he says. “To compete, the older bands need to run laps around the younger bands. In The Circle Jerks we were milking it: that became our reality. I’d be three months behind in my rent and think ‘we’d better do a bunch of shows.’ “For years I’d been in a band that was basically a side project to one of the other members. I didn’t have the intelligence or my testicles weren’t large enough to say, ‘Hey, you know what Keith, this is over, you’ve got to figure out what your next thing in life is going to be.’ Was I going to keep putting out music, go work for a record label, wash dishes at the local restaurant, pump gas at the local gas station, go to college and get a degree?” It was his friendship with Dimitri Coats, the guitar player for Burning Brides, which gave Morris the yearning for a new beginning. When Coats offered to produce a Circle Jerks album and the pair began rehearsing some of their own material, Morris knew that the time had

come to jump ship. “Everything that I knew was going to happen happened,” he recalls. “In the process leading up to that, Dimitri and I were working in my living room every day, writing songs. We were volunteering ideas to the rest of the band and we were getting back ideas which were just not inspiring.” After three years together and a blistering debut album – true to form, more tracks than there minutes of songtime – Morris says he’s “never been happier.” “Granted, everyone’s older, everyone’s grouchy, three have kids, two of the guys play in other bands – but I enjoy their presence, they’re all really good guys. There’s not a whole lot of bullshit.”

releases. Does Sanders every look back on their first EP with frustration or embarrassment or is it all viewed through the romantic lens of nostalgia? “It’s mostly positive, I’m very proud of everything we’ve done and with that first EP there really is a lot of nostalgia there,” he says. “I was 19 when we wrote that EP so there’s a lot of good memories but there are a few things that make me cringe when I listen back. I’m mostly referring to the way we recorded a few things and also my voice back then, yeah.” The thing that sets Mayday Parade apart from their pop-punk contemporaries and that helps them break free from the shackles of a fairly restrictive genre is Sanders powerful and textured voice and the harmonic complexity of the band’s music. Given that it is his voice he is noticing the most in those past recordings, it is important to note it’s also one of the band’s strongest qualities. He’s humble as he receives this compliment, seeming genuinely surprised while offering up a possible reason. “I think playing close to 200 shows a year for years has helped my voice build up and become a lot stronger,” he says. “When I started out, Jason Gleason from Further Seems

Forever was one of my favourite vocalists and is still one of my favourite singers; he has such a strong and powerful voice and I wanted to have that as well.” Taking part in the Punk Goes Pop compilations, Mayday Parade chose none other than our own indieanthem-gone-global Somebody That I Used To Know. Surely Gotye’s penultimate hit song must be close to surpassing Hallelujah as the most covered song of all time? “It’s just such an awesome song,” he says. “When we were asked to do that compilation, we thought we’d do a really good job of that one. We nearly changed our mind because of how popular that song is and how many covers there already are of it but we stuck to it and I’m glad we did.” Hey, they might even pull it out down here.

LAGWAGON play The Corner Hotel on Sunday December 9. (Sold-out) and Monday December 10 with The Smith St Band.

OFF!

BY SEAN SANDY DEVOTIONAL For a man who sits at the top of the pantheon of punk rock heroes, Keith Morris doesn’t have much time for the genre’s sacred cows. The founding member of Black Flag and former Circle Jerks frontman finds the audience for his current band a lot more appealing than the crowds he used to pull, who usually seemed to devote most of their energy to the time-tested ritual of hardcore one-upmanship. “Here’s the beauty of the situation: having been playing music for as long as I’ve been playing, I’ve watched a lot of things happen,” he says. “There happens to be a lot more girls coming to shows. It’s not just your typical hardcore punk rock crowd anymore, where everybody’s trying to be a contestant in the Sid Vicious lookalike contest. Crowds are getting younger, and now they’re a lot more open-minded.” A few years shy of 60, Morris hasn’t lost any of the infectious passion that marked his contribution to Black Flag’s genre-defining Nervous Breakdown EP, recorded in 1978 when the singer was 22. Having devoted more than half his life to his own immediately recognisable blend of the addled and the angry, Morris speaks with more enthusiasm and more authority than just about everyone still kicking about from the era – with the possible exception of Henry Rollins, his Black Flag successor. In the time he’s been flailing about on the front of the stage, he’s found it worth sticking by the principles with which he began his career. “When we started this band, we didn’t have any rules,

except that we were going out to play,” he says, “and like Black Flag, we’re not going to limit ourselves to the sort of people that we play to. We were very fortunate in that we didn’t want to limit ourselves, and we’re enjoying ourselves and having a great time. “Creating this rule where we can’t play with certain bands because they look like that or because they have keyboards or synthesisers – I grew up around a lot of that, the whole hardcore mentality became this very boxlike thing of who’s cool and who’s not. At Big Day Out we’re playing with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. And The Killers, who I can’t stand – but who knows, maybe we’ll play in front of some of their people and they’ll be excited?” The opportunity for a new outlet with Off! proved to be timely for Morris, who formed The Circle Jerks in ’79 after parting ways with Black Flag and churning out six albums before the band’s second hiatus in 1995. Despite reforming and performing for most of the last decade, The Circle Jerks didn’t put out any new material in that time, and Morris belatedly realised that he wasn’t

OFF! will be tearing up The Corner Hotel on Wednesday January 23 and the Melbourne leg of the Big Day Out at Flemington Racecourse alongside Crystal Castles, The Killers, Sleigh Bells and more on Saturday January 26.

MAYDAY PARADE BY KRISSI WEISS

Tallahassee-based pop-punk band Mayday Parade had such an awesome time during their last Soundwave tour in Australia that they simply had to come back for a headline tour. They might be ultra-crisp, slightly Christian, and eternally polite punk rockers, but their love of touring, and particularly playing here, seems genuine. Cynicism can creep in when you hear an artist proclaim your country is the greatest country to play in – whether you’re in Slovenia or Sydney – and although front man Derek Sanders says all the right things at all the right times, it doesn’t seem like total bullshit. Since their first EP Tales Told By Dead Friends, was released in 2005 when they were only 19-year-olds, Mayday Parade have toured relentlessly ever since. They’ve supported everyone from All Time Low, Plain White T’s and You Me At Six while being regulars on the Vans Warped Tour. Averaging 200 shows a year, Sanders sounds just as in love with being on the road as he’s ever been. “We’re not home super often but every now and then we get a break, it all works out,” Sanders says with his enthusiastic tone. “It is tough to say how we’ll handle it in the future though; we pretty much went full steam ahead from the beginning. What started this band, or the idea behind it, was the notion that we wanted to push ourselves and take this band as far as we can. That’s been the mindset the whole time, but I do think that maybe we’re at a point where we could slow down a little bit.” There have been persistent mutters about when their fourth studio album will appear and Sanders seems to think they’ll manage to get into the studio sometime after the Christmas break. “We all enjoy writing and the time we spend writing is very productive,” he says.

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“We’ve got a whole bunch of ideas that are coming together well and we’re at a point where we’re really excited about getting things going for the new album. We’ll start getting that going when we return after the Australian tour, we’ll spend maybe a month writing and then we’ll go into to record and keep things right on track.” With a growing back catalogue of CDs, there’s the dilemma of what to play and what to omit with every world tour. First World problems, yes, but it’s still something Mayday Parade need to tackle to keep their live set interesting. “It does make it hard now because there are some songs that we’ve never played and there are the staple songs that people expect to hear every tour. We try to mix it up so we’re not just playing the same set over and over. It’ll get more and more difficult as we keep putting out new music,” he says. Despite the rhetoric that every band’s latest release is, without question, their best, Sanders genuinely feels that Mayday Parade have grown with every recording. The problem that can arise from this, however, is the cringe-factor that comes with listening to previous

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MAYDAY PARADE will be at Billboard for two shows on Saturday December 8 with We Are In The Crowd and Heroes For Hire. The afternoon show is under 18 and the evening show is 18+. Both shows are sold out.


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I’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming Alexisonfire shows this week, and wondering why it DESCENDENTS hasn’t been done more often (or perhaps it has and I’ve been totally oblivious to it?). I really appreciate that the band have decided to do a brief, but spectacular farewell tour and that it’s clearly going to culminate in one fitting final fling for the band. I love that they’re selling out Festival Halls and that we get a definitive and chaotic moment to actually say farewell. So many bands just implode or fade into obscurity and leave us peddling their catalogue like lost little souls. Why do more bands not make one spectacular (and fucking profitable) outing out of their disintegration and discontent? I guess the thought of an exhaustive world tour sounds like torture to a band who have clearly tired of one another (or touring itself) to the point where they’re throwing in the towel. Either way, let us all bask in the fact that they’re sick of each other and sick of their songs! HOORAH! Hope to see ya’ll at Festival Hall next week. I’ll be the one having a little teary down the front. Street Dogs will go on hiatus following the departure of Tobe Bean from their fold. “We need to reconnect with our families and take care of ourselves better as well,” singer Mike McColgan said recently.

CRUNCH! HEAVEN THE AXE HAVE AN ENEMY

Check out the video for the song Enemy by Heaven The Axe (from their album Sex, Chugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll). Parts of it were filmed at Smythesdale Courthouse, ten minutes outside of Ballarat, back in March with an army of extras (some of which I hope found out about it here in Crunch! earlier this year).

STONES LEGEND TAYLOR TO TOUR Fresh from a few gigs sitting in with his former bandmates over the last few weeks, ex-Rolling Stones guitar legend Mick Taylor is touring Australia for the first time in 40 years in 2013. In addition to his work with the Stones and with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Taylor has worked on soundtracks and film scores, including Nicholas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth, appeared with Mike Oldfield for performances of Tubular Bells, recorded with Gong, Jack Bruce, Little Feat, Stones associates Nicky Hopkins and Billy Preston and played a major role in the careers of many other musicians. He’s playing three Melbourne shows: the Ferntree Gully Hotel in April 19 (tickets from Ticketmaster), and the Corner Hotel on April 20 and 21 (tickets from the venue).

ELUVEITIE FOLKED YOU UP Metropolis Touring and Tombowler presents Swiss octet Eluveitie, self-described purveyors of the ‘new wave of folk metal.’ They’ll be at Billboard on Friday May 24. Tickets are $5+bf, available from Friday December 7 from metropolistouring.com and the venues. VIP meet and greet packages are available for each show too.

FOZZY

BY ADAM ROBERTSHAW

My first encounter with the music of Fozzy was at the UK’s biggest metal festival Download in June 2005. I’d just watched a bunch of masked Finnish ghouls called Lordi open the Snickers Stage, the smallest of Download’s three stages, with a set of bombastic, highcamp shock rock anthems and a stage set-up that included horrific costumes and a midget getting chased around with an axe shaped guitar. Lordi would go on to win the Eurovision song contest that year and headline the same stage the following Download. The second band on that stage in 2005 was a little known American hard-rock outfit named Fozzy. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in the audience that looked on with surprise as the identity of the highly energetic and built like-a-brickshit-house frontman dawned on them. “Holy shit!” I thought. “That’s Chris Jericho.” It’s not every day you go to check out a band to find their frontmen is one of the most highly decorated athletes in the WWE.

Blueline Medic The Reverence have announced their New Year’s Eve lineup and it’s a banger! Blueline Medic, The Smith Street Band, The Bennies and Initials will be joined by guest DJs in the beer garden for one ripping celebration of the year past and the good times to come. It’s fancy dress and there’s Mexican food available alllll night. Oh yeah! The Smith Street Band will head off on yet another national tour this summer, this time with Bomb The Music Industry (full band this time) and Melbourne’s The Bennies. The guys are smashing out stacks of regional dates as well as a Reverence show on Saturday February 23 and a Karova Lounge show at Ballarat on Thursday February 28. Tickets are available tomorrow. Brissy band Headaches and Sydney favourites Milhouse will release a split 7” Subwoofer next January through Midnight Funeral Records. Stream the tracks on the bands’ respective bandcamp pages now. Vinyl will be limited to 300 copies.

Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce The Veil have announced sideshows to the upcoming Soundwave Festival. They’ll play a relatively cosy venue in Melbourne’s Billboard The Venue on Thursday February 28. Tickets are up for grabs as of Thursday December 6.

Thursday December 6: Mindsnare, Iron Mind, Crowned Kings, Outsiders Code at Next Chasing Ghosts, Asleep At Last, The Statics at Next Friday December 7 : Hot Snakes, SixFtHick, River Of Snakes at The Corner Hotel After The Fall, Mere Theory, Jonesez at The Workers Club Endless Heights, Civil War, Frozen Over, Outlines, Proclaim at Phoenix Youth Center Turbonegro at HiFi Bar Saturday December 8: Lagwagon, The Smith Street Band, Japan For at The Bended Elbow, Geelong Hawthorn Heights, Sienna Skies, Empire Of Dirt at Bang Mayday Parade, We Are The In Crowd, Heroes For Hire at Billboard Zoophyte at Ding Dong Coveleski, Born Lion, Bateman at The Old Bar Messrs at Grace Darling Endless Heights, Civil War, Thorns, Reincarnation at The Gasometer Transience, Dailysis, Apsis, Citizen at The Bendigo Sunday December 9: Lagwagon, The Smith Street Band, Cavalcade at The Corner Hotel Hawthorne Heights, Sienna Skies, Summerset Avenue, Ocean To Athena at Pelly Bar, Frankston Brad Vincent, Initials, Lachlan Hicks at The Brunswick Hotel Scorcher Fest at Noise Bar

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EXTREME & KOTZEN TOUR

Tickets are selling fast for the Extreme/Richie Kotzen tour. I had a chat with Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt the other day and he’s super excited about finally brining Extreme back to Oz. And he’s in writing mode for a new Extreme album. Anyone remember Nuno’s solo tour back in about 2005 or 2006? It was billed as guitar clinics for Washburn, the guitar company that Nuno endorses, but it ended up being a full gig by his band Dramagods instead. Nuno said that was a little sneaky trick: calling it a clinic was the only way he could dupe Washburn to paying for a concert tour. Hehe. Extreme and Richie Kotzen are at the Palace Theatre on April 19. Tickets from ticketmaster.com.au, or phone 136 100.

NEWIE FROM CRASHDÏET

Sweden’s Crashdïet return with their brand new album The Savage Playground. A leading force in the Swedish ‘sleaze rock’ scene, a revival of the glam metal of the 1980s, but with a more pronounced punk element, Crashdïet formed in 2000, taking inspiration from Skid Row, Guns N’ Roses, Kiss and G.G. Allin, and vowing to bring back the big shows and big songs of “unpredictable and dangerous” rock and roll. And it totally worked. The Savage Playground is out on January 25.

ENSIFERUM RETURN

Ensiferum return to Australia for the second time - and for the first time since their ground breaking shows of 2010. On that occasion Ensiferum are said to have swept all before them and literally left their audience speechless and overwhelmed with emotion. So that’s good. They’ll be performing tracks off their latest smashing album Unsung Heroes along with fan favourites. They’re at the Espy on Saturday March 16 with Bane of Isildur (love the name) and other supports yet to be announced. Tickets from metalmassacre.com.au or oztix.com.au.

Twelve Foot Ninja have released one of the greatest Australian albums of the year in Silent Machine, and they’re hitting the road in January to explode your brains about it. The video for Coming For You has passed 100,000 YouTube views (aided I’m sure by some tweeting by Periphery) and the rest of the album is just as good. The mighty Circles will emerge from the studio to join TFN at the Corner Hotel on Friday January 18 and Ferntree Gully on Saturday January 19. Expect some mind-blowing surprise guests at The Corner show, while locals The Diecasts and Jekhyl open the Ferntree Gully show.

THE SMITH STREET BAND GET DRUNK

Check out the song The Moments by Albury band Neon City. It’s an extremely well-crafted chunk of modern rock with killer production and performances. The song is available on iTunes and they’ve just released a video on YouTube.

Melbourne’s The Smith Street Band won a lot of hearts this year with much-loved sophomore album Sunshine & Technology and some seriously extensive touring. Next, they’ll celebrate summer with American buddies Bomb The Music Industry and Melbourne bros The Bennies by visiting a whole bunch of fun new places, as well as some familiar favourites, throughout February and March as part of the enormous Young Drunks Tour. Victorian dates are: Saturday February 23 – The Reverence Hotel, Melbourne Thursday February 28 - Karova Lounge, Ballarat (with Bomb The Music Industry) Saturday March 02 - The Loft, Warrnambool (with Bomb The Music Industry)

Since then, the wrestler’s ‘other job’ became his priority as the band have gone from strength to strength, releasing five albums of anthemic and hard hitting heavy metal, doing numerous intercontinental tours and tag teaming with the likes of Metallica at festivals such as this year’s Soundwave. Sin And Bones, the band’s latest release, is their fastest selling to date, and the lead single Sandpaper has been rising up through the billboard singles chart like Mankind Mick Foley climbing a ladder in a no-holds barred cage match. “It’s been amazing man,” beams Jericho. “All across the board people have gotten behind it and we’re really proud of it. It’s cool to know that something that we’ve spent so much time on and believed in so much is getting that type of reaction.” Jericho spoke to me on the phone from the road as the band are currently part way though a string of US tour dates that saw them playing the East Coast. It’s a testament to their will and determination, seeing as the same time Fozzy were planning to lay waste to venues across the state of New York a super storm named Sandy had the same idea. Luckily for the band and fans alike the hurricane that left so much destruction in its wake that it was even blamed for Mitt Romney’s election loss didn’t cause Fozzy too much bother. “It kinda did for the last couple of shows last night and the night before but hopefully all that’s over now. We’re in Albany in upstate New York and it left this place alone so it’s all good,” explains Jericho. Apart from relentless and potentially life threatening touring habits, Fozzy must be doing something right. I enquire as to whether Chris and the rest of the band did anything differently this time round that he can attribute

to Sin And Bones being received the way it has. “We’ve just streamlined our sound, we just really concentrated on the very heavy riffs and very melodic choruses, a lot of singing, a lot of harmonies. We really wanted to create a certain vibe throughout the record, that all ten songs fit this certain vibe that you can listen to all the way through. It’s almost like it’s telling a story, not that it’s concept record, but just in vibe and in tone and in mood. It’s the best of what we have to offer and it really shows people who we are and what we sound like as a band.” It goes without saying that Fozzy owe a lot of their success solely to the fact they have Chris Jericho as their frontman. Not only does his already immense profile as a WWE wrestler attract a certain amount of attention to the band, but there are skills Chris has honed through wrestling that are easily transferred to making music. It becomes clear after talking to Chris that he is not a singer, or a wrestler, or an actor, or a comedian. First and foremost, he’s an entertainer. “I’ve been playing in bands since I was 12 years old. I always wanted to be the David Lee Roth or the Paul Stanley of Wrestling. To bring the rock and roll frontman image to wrestling. You get to make a connection with the crowd and make sure they have a great time. It doesn’t matter if it’s music or wrestling or being in a play or whatever. When you’re performing in front of a live crowd your only goal is to make sure that they’re as loud as they can possibly be and are having the best time they could possibly have.” There’s also the connection between wrestling and rock n roll that is spandex, I suggest. “Well yeah, I think spandex in rock and roll went out in like 1989,” jokes Jericho.

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The Sonic Forge festival returns on Saturday December 15 with a killer line-up including - deep breath - NE OBLIVISCARIS, BE’LAKOR, Death Audio (it’s their album launch), Dreadnaught, The Schoenberg Automaton, Eye Of The Enemy, Alarum, A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Myraeth, Subjektive, The Levitation Hex, Orpheus, Arbrynth, Gods Of Eden, Decimatus, Naberus, The Plague Black, Hours In Exile, Envenomed, Whoretopsy, Adamus Exul, Akaname, The Empire, Create|Destroy, Hybrid Nightmares, Myridian and Krematorium Defiled. The carnage rips apart the Espy on Saturday December 15. Doors open at 3pm and tickets are $22 plus booking fee, available now from the Espy and all Oztix outlets.

Australian Audiences will be able to see the man in action in February and March next year as they body-slam Soundwave Festival, which Chris is stoked to be a part of. “Yeah, we’ve had a great history in Australia," he exclaims. “We released our last record through an Australian label and we’ve been to Australia a couple of times. Great fans, great rock and roll country. We’re excited to play for all of our fans and make thousands of new ones. Our goal is to kick everybody’s ass and be the most talked about band of the night. That’s what we wanna do.” FOZZY are part of the enormous Soundwave 2013, sharing a bill with Metallica, Blink 182, Linkin Park and The Offspring, taking place at Flemington Racecourse on Friday March 1. It’s sold-out. Beat Magazine Page 65


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JUDE PERL Singer, songwriter and pianist Jude Perl is fast becoming a name synonymous with the word “wow”. Her infectious blend of catchy pop sensibilities and funk-driven soul combined with mouth watering vocals sends her audience into a retro-flavoured spin. Her debut EP 3am features the single Girls & Boys which is currently at #4 on the triple j Unearthed pop chart. Appearing on the EP are Tony Floyd (Things of Stone and Wood, The Black Sorrows) and emerging talent’s Timur Togacay and Jeremy Badcock. Aaron Silver (Francolin) and Will Morrissey from uber-cool Saskwatch also make a special guest appearance. Perl launchers her EP Launch, along with Tommy Rando and Dru Chen on Wednesday 12 December at the Northcote Social Club. Doors 7.30pm.

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RIVER OF SNAKES For a midweek night of noise, rock and mayhem, River Of Snakes are returning to Cherry Bar as part of the 2012 Best Of The Wednesday Residencies month throughout December. They’ll be joined by Geelong’s newest sludge punks The Kremlings. Head down to Cherry Bar tonight, bands start at 9pm, free entry (and $4 Jagers).

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SUZUKI NIGHT MARKET

This Friday December 7 at The Retreat sees the launch of Thin Green Line’s fundraising album Green Line Grooves featuring artists Gotye, Tex Perkins, Bomba, John Butler Trio, Mia Dyson, Archie Roach, Clare Bowditch, Xavier Rudd and many more. Some of the featured artists will be doing signings from 7pm. DJ and live performance by Jam Roots (featuring Sean Thomas from Kisschasy). The Thin Green Line raises money to protect nature’s protectors. Over 1,000 Park Rangers have lost their lives across the globe in the last ten years. The Thin Green Line Foundation along with their strong partners the International Ranger Federation are the only organisations dedicated to protecting these protectors. 100% of your donations go to supporting projects on the ground, and are fully tax deductable. $10 entry on the door or $25 including the CD.

Now in its 15th year, the Suzuki Night Market attracts over 200 stall holders and showcases some of Melbourne’s finest artisans, producing locally made clothing, jewellery, prints and an array of cultural goods. The hawker-style food stalls offer everything from traditional African curries through to the sweetest of honey dumplings. Don’t stop at one stall; take a trip around the world one dish at a time. If your legs tire from all that shopping, settle in with your favourite beer, wine or sangria and listen to some of Melbourne’s finest musicians. No matter if you are a jazz enthusiast, country music fan, folk fanatic or world music aficionado, the Suzuki Night Market gig guide has you covered. Open every Wednesday night ‘til Wednesday February 27 at the Queen Victoria Market.

Moosejaw Rifle Club are a three-piece folk/country/ bluegrass band from Melbourne. Layered three-part harmonies over mandolin, guitcho and guitar has their vast and stylish sound crammed into a nutshell. Their original song-smithery melds effortlessly with their more traditional influences appealing to a diverse audience of music lovers. The band have been honing their chops for a few years now and look forward to hitting the stage at the Retreat Hotel on Wednesdays in December.

ALL WE NEED All We Need will be taking over the Public Bar this Saturday December 8 and will get the place jumping with their energetic live show. Playing alongside some awesome bands such as Too Soon! who will be kicking off the night with their unique combination of biographical songs and satirical banter, Del Lago with their melody laden catchy pop-punk songs and Fortnight Jumbo who will unleash their catalogue of anathematic punk tunes.

For two and a half years, Chris Russell‘s Chicken Walk was just Chris playing solo with just an open tuned sea foam green Danelectro and a Goldentone reverb master for company on stage. His annual pilgrimages with his wife to the Mississippi Delta facilitated his evolution from sitting in with the local living masters, to performing the prized Juke Joints with The Corn Lickers, Cameron Kimbrough, Cadillac John Nolden and Lightnin’ Malcolm. In December 2011, Chicken Walk grew to a ‘two-piece feed’, adding Dean Muller (Hoss, Cosmic Psychos) on drums and this newly evolved duo’s live sound begun filling rooms with hypnotic boogie and pulsating Northern Mississippi Hill Country Blues. Catch them when they play The Retreat this Saturday December 8 from 10pm, with Major Tom And The Atoms. Free entry.

LEECHES Leeches are regulars on the Perth thrash-punk scene and are touring Melbourne for the release of their debut 7” vinyl ROTT (with artwork from the legendary Ray Ahn of Hard-ons and Nunchukka Superfly). They play short and fast songs inspired by early punk and ‘80s skate punk like Bad Religion & Minor Threat among others. Check them out at the following shows as part of their Melbourne tour: The Public Bar on Friday December 14 with Firearms and Street Fangs; The Gasometer Hotel on Saturday December 15 with Damn The Torpedoes, Bad Vision and Spermaids; and The Tote on Sunday December 16 with Sons Of Lee Marvin, La Bastard, Harvest Smoke and more.

THE VANDAS Two EPs, one LP (yes, there should have been more by now), two Big Day Outs, and countless shows with the likes of Elvis Costello, The Beasts Of Bourbon and You Am I, and all of a sudden they’re about to turn ten! To celebrate, The Vandas are playing a rare live show – their first in nearly two years – at Melbourne’s newest live venue, the Spotted Mallard in Brunswick. Special birthday guests are The Gung Hoes (feat. Tim Rogers and Davey Lane) and newcomers Cold Irons Bound. Tickets are only from the venue on the night so make sure you get down for doors at 8.30pm on Friday December 14, $12 entry.

CARLA LIPPIS Carla Lippis brings her country noir troupe The Martial Hearts to The Spotted Mallard on Saturday December 15 with Howl At The Moon and Second Hand Heart. Music starts at 9pm, entry is $10. They then plays The Vic Hotel on Friday December 14 with Cookie Baker and Miles and Simone.

CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS Santa Claus has been busy making a list (and checking it twice) of the naughtiest bands from this year, so you’d better watch out, cause it’s your shout and they’re all coming to town. Featuring Cash Savage And The Last Drinks, Cherrywood, Heel Toe Express and Eaten By Dogs its gonna be a toe tapping, whiskey swillin’ Christmas party for all you naughty girls and boys out there. Saturday December 22 at the brand new Spotted Mallard in Brunswick.

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JACK CARTY Jack Carty failed in love. The result is his second studio album Break Your Own Heart. Fresh from standout sets at Woodford Folk Festival, a solid year of national and international touring and his debut album One Thousand Origami Birds being named in a slew of ‘Best of’ 2011 lists, Jack is on the road again touring his most ambitious, eloquent, moving and accomplished release to date. Break Your Own Heart is a stunningly unified, moving and thoughtful collection of songs that effortlessly captures a time and place in a young man’s life. A time and place most of us can relate to. Catch Jack this Sunday December 9 as he starts his December beer garden Sunday afternoon residency at the Retreat Hotel from 4pm, followed by Luke Sinclair at 6pm. Free entry.


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YESYOU Brisbane-based production duo YesYou will perform on Thursday December  6 at The Toff.  YesYou, the authors of last year’s gorgeously buoyant track Half Of It  have been taking the slow and steady approach, collaborating with members of Jinja Safari, DZ Deathrays and Cub Scouts amongst others. Performing live as a four-piece, the band have honed their show supporting Oscar & Martin, Neon Indian, Ball Park Music and Electric Guest, culminating in a stand out performance at this year’s Big Sound conference.  Their debut EP, featuring latest single Frivolous Life (feat. Marcus Azon) is out now.

SONS OF LEE MARVIN Melbourne’s garage and gonzo elders Sons Of Lee Marvin have just released their third album Cutthroats & Conjurers with some fairly fucked up and loose launch shows that resulted in broken bones and busted instruments. Having recovered slightly, they’ll be hosting a Shakedown Party on Sunday December 16 at The Tote from 3pm with guests La Bastard, Damn The Torpedoes, Uptown Ace, Harvest Smoke, Nici Blue Eyes, Leeches and The Mockingbird. $12 entry.

MIDNIGHT WOOLF On Saturday December 8 Midnight Woolf serve up an amazing feast of garage fuelled rock’n’roll antics for you to twist your night away to, with support from Daylesford’s hillbilly jungle punks Humbug and Ballarat’s ethereal folkstress Freya Hollick. Come down and devour a night of funfuelled madness at Tago Mago, get in quick to avoid disappointment, bands start at 8.30pm.

ATOMIC BLISS

TIMOTHY NELSON & THE INFIDELS

Atomic Bliss, Melbourne’s own purveyors of atomic psychedelic pop-rock follow up the successful launch of their Radio single with huge front bar show this Friday December 7 at the iconic Espy front bar. The Bliss will have hard copy versions of the Radio EP available for sale at the show. The first five punters who approach the band at the show will receive a free copy of the disc. The Espy show will be the debut performance of the bands new bass player Dan Hall, an original member of Taxi - ride and Airway Lanes.

Before they bunker down to record the follow-up to their award-winning debut album, I Know This Now, Perth’s Timothy Nelson And The Infidels will hit the road for a national tour this month. Simply titled Talk, the first single from his sophomore album finds Timothy Nelson in a delightfully strange new universe, with manic mood swings and tempo changes creating an almost Beatles-esque musical adventure, while the dexterous singer turns the altogether unlikely phrase ‘son of a bitch’ into an unforgettable hook. Catch Timothy And The Infidels on Sunday December 9 at The Retreat.

HOLA VICTORIA

PALM SPRINGS

Victoria’s live music scene is pretty special, and so are the venues that support it. The latest exhibition by Hola Holga looks at the architecture of the bars, pubs and clubs that put on local bands. So many iconic venues have been lost over the years; this collection captures the unfortunate lifecycle of these lost spaces as they stand now. Goddamn pizza bars. Using her piece of shit Holga and some rippin’ woodwork skills, Hola has photographed the places that mean something to her. A few special pieces feature Melbourne bands with their favourite venues. You can’t really over-think this stuff. It’s just cool venues and great music. Exhibition opens on Tuesday December 11 at The Old Bar 7pm with Ali E, Mightiest Of Guns and Rich Davies playing too.

For the first three sweaty Wednesdays nights in December  the Tote welcomes Palm Springs. This new endeavour is a collaboration between Erica Dunn (Harmony) and Raquel Solier (Fatti Frances) and takes inspiration from minimal blues/folk in the vein of Jessie Mae Hemphill, Karen Dalton and Scout Niblett. The project is a celebration of all things solitary, deserted and  waiting for revival; ghostly suburbs, decayed estates and  empty tables. Stories told of bummed afternoons, sold cars and lost loves  are set upon  backdrop of minimal finger picking, erratic chords and tough,  tempered drums. Support come from Big Tobacco and Sarah Mary Chadwick. 6 clams at the door from 8pm, tonight.

UNPAVED SONGWRITER SESSIONS Unpaved presents songwriter sessions at The Old Bar every Monday night from 8pm but this isn’t any regular gig. You’ll be hearing songs the way they’re presented at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe with the artists sharing new and original work in an intimate setting. Don’t miss the first of a series of very special events. Over the following weeks we’ll be hearing from new and established songwriters including Charles Jenkins, Van Walker, Liz Stringer, Tracy McNeil, Luke Sinclair and many more. This Monday December 10 includes Dan Waters, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Ben Melonie and Kinch Kinski. There’ll be cheap jugs all night and they’ll be cranking up the BBQ each week. Starts at 8pm. Entry is only $7 at the door.

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MIKE NOGA & BEN SALTER Mike Noga and Ben Salter, two friends who happen to be members of two of Australia’s most acclaimed bands, The Drones and The Gin Club, and who also happen to have two of 2011’s most critically lauded solo albums under their respective belts in The Balladeer Hunter (Noga) and The Cat (Salter) have decided to join forces for the first time in a co-headline tour. Taking inspiration from '70s cult comedy heroes Derek And Clive, Salter and Noga promise a night of side splitters, heartbreakers, belly achers, tear jerkers, foot tappers, knee slappers, head hangers and hip shakers. There’ll be talking. There’ll be songs. There’ll be love in the air. And let’s face it, there’ll be drinking. Playing songs from their respective band and solo careers, as well as some of their favourite covers, the duo will help each other out on stage in what promises to be one fun night on the tiles. Don’t miss out. Friday December 14 at The Old Bar.

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THE RAY MANN THREE Direct from Berlin, Ray Mann brings his Three to Melbourne to celebrate the release of new album Sketches. After supporting the likes of Al Green, Tori Amos, Jamie Lidell and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and tours of Australia, Japan and New Caledonia, Sydney-born soul musician and visual artist Ray Mann relocated to Berlin and began work on an innovative, online audience collaboration called The Sketches Project. Catch Ray Mann Three at The ToďŹ&#x20AC; tonight.

TOM BUDGE

THE PRETTY THINGS

After roaming the corners of the Earth for two years Tom Budge returns to the Great Britain Hotel in Richmond to play solo for one night only. If you enjoy lyric driven Australian folk music with a darkly humorous bent this is sure to please. Live performances are rare so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out, it could be another two years. He will be gracing the stage Sunday December 9 at 7.30pm, it would be both foolish and unwise to miss this one.

As one of the ďŹ rst ever â&#x20AC;&#x153;garageâ&#x20AC;? rock bands, The Pretty Things raw sound inďŹ&#x201A;uenced everyone from likes of Iggy Pop to Nirvana and The Ramones. Psychedelic, leering and completely untamed, their music is back by pure energy. As a band that make The Rolling Stones look tame their live shows this December will be nothing short of a brilliant loud hot mess. Catch The Pretty Things playing at The Caravan Club on Thursday December 13 and Friday December 14.

ALEX WATTS Three ďŹ ne, songwriter-y bands for 8 bucks? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crazy! Did you know Alex Watts writes jangly pop songs that are actually really dark? And did you know that Jamloveproof are a sweaty, gospel, indie rock freak-out with tonnes of people singing at the same time and tonnes of guitars? And Crystal Thomas is dangerous. Did you know that? Well you can witness it all ďŹ rst hand at The Old Bar this Thursday December 6.

THE WIKIMEN The Wikimen have played forever and a day since 1908. Mostly at kindergartens and art galleries in Melbourne. Throughout their daily toils and tribulations they always ďŹ nd a time to sting up the double bass and polish the vibraphone for a new sonic adventure in the realms of early 20th century pop jazz. The Wikimen are performing special matinee shows at The Spotted Mallard on Sunday December 9, starting at 4pm and entry is free.

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Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Livingstone Daisies (Van and Cal Walker, Liz Stringer and Michael Barclay) will launch their debut single Solitude/Keep Searching Sunday December 9 at The Tote, which on this occasion will be very kid and baby friendly. The lineup starts at 3pm with Grizzle Jim Lawrie, a much admired young songwriter whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grizzly as a teddy bear, followed by the psych-pop wunderkind Jacky Winter followed by The Daisies in stripped back acoustic form.

After more than a year break, Josh Owen Band return to the front bar of the world famous Espy for four beautiful summer Monday nights by the bay. Honed in the musical melting pot of Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brunswick Street, Joshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern day spin on spiritual soul, a melange of funk, jazz, soul and reggae creates a smooth and sensual urban soundscape that stretches the bounds of roots music. Catch Josh Owen Band every Monday in December in the Espy Front Bar.

ROXY LAVISH Roxy Lavish gets a bit raucous at times and God knows we love him for it, and with his newly formed Suicide Cult in toe things are shifting up a gear. His lyrically drive acoustic folk has turned into an untamed beast with the addition of newly acquired members. But if all of that sounds a bit too intense then easing you into the night we have the acoustic funk of super fat fruit, the soothing tones of Charlie Zulu and laid-back swagger of Your Humble Narrator. Catch this epic lineup at the Great Britain Hotel on Thursday December 6 at 8pm.

COPIA AND FREESTATE Melbourne acts Copia and Freestate are here to tear down the walls in a night ďŹ lled with hard-hitting rock mayhem. Copia will be introducing their brand of symphonic-alternative, head-bopping thunder grooves in a showcase of songs from their upcoming album due early next year. Having recently launched a new record, Freestate will also turn the heat up as high as it can go with their powerhouse rock sounds. With special guests Riot In Toytown and Voodoocain. If you like it loud, you will like this. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss Copia and Freestate playing at The Evelyn on Saturday December 8

REDX When WAMI award winning Perth band The Joe Kings imploded dramatically a few months back in true rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll fashion, RedX was born. Incorporating half of the Joe Kingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lineup, RedX has similar respect for blues and rock and virtuoso musicianship. Joining them on the night are Skyscraper Stan and The Commission Flats, Les Thomas and The Blackbirds. See RedX on Thursday December 6 at 8.30pm for just $8 at The Tote.

MYRIDIAN After performing countless live shows with just a three track demo under their belts, melodic death/ doom band Myridian are ďŹ nally set to release their debut full length Under The Fading Light. Produced by The Eternalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mark Kelson, the album is a must-hear for fans of Opeth, Swallow The Sun, and the whole Scandinavian metal sound in general. Helping celebrate the launch on the night will be fellow doomers Okera, the corpse-paint wearing Hybrid Nightmares, and melodic death metallers Catacombs. See Myridian playing at The Evelyn Friday December 7 at 8pm.

PIONEERS OF GOOD SCIENCE Melbourne fuzz-punk kids Pioneers Of Good Science are ready and excited to be releasing their new EP Two Worlds on limited edition white vinyl. Recorded by the band and Drew Jones (guitarist of Melbourne band The Sunday Reeds), with mastering carefully provided by Joe Lambert at JLM (Animal Collective, Deerhunter). Two Worlds captures the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wall of sound massiveness and post-rock qualities while revealing a catchy, poprock side of the pair. Catch the duo on launch night at Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Saturday December 8, with special guests Lunaire, Little Killing and The Enclosures.

On Friday December 7 Melbourne rockers Jericco will be hosting a sausage sizzle and auction at The Tote to help raise the last few dollars they need to ďŹ nish oďŹ&#x20AC; what they say has been a long and eventful year full of highs and lows recording their debut album. Also hitting the stage and the grill will be Black Devil Yard Boss, The Volatiles and Indian Mynah. Jericco also have some big names ďŹ&#x201A;ipping burgers and frying onions to help the cause, for what promises to be powerful back yard BBQ full of rock. Pop down for a beer and snag. 7pm, $15.

Brandon (Ten Thousand) questions Sanny (Empra)â&#x20AC;Ś Give us your best tour story There was the time when, after ten hours of driving on the way to Newcastle, Cattanachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (drummer) car had a tire blowout and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the correct size wheel brace for his mag wheels. We were stranded in the middle of nowhere trying to ďŹ&#x201A;ag down a car for ages and arrived at the venue less than an hour before we were due to play.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favourite guilty pleasure? Hmmmm, One Direction or the Spice Girls? Both iconic legends with maximum artistic integrity. Just too hard to decide. Which song do you wish you wrote? Gangnam Style! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been our lifelong dream to have the most viewed clip on YouTube. Your music as a cocktail? A Screaming Multiple Orgasm on the Beach Sanny (Empra) questions Brandon (Ten Thousand)â&#x20AC;Ś So howâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d you ďŹ nd the new drummer? We went on a mystic journey, scouring the globe, Well, maybe the Melways. And all of a sudden in walked Jason from New Zealand, he had just moved to Melbourne looking to make music his life so we knew he was the guy.

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Four times ARIA award winner Katie Noonanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technical mastery and pure voice make her one of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most versatile and beloved vocalists. By Request will see Katie exploring material from throughout her career including songs from George, Katie Noonan and the Captains, Elixir, Skin and some of her favourite covers in this unique and intimate performance. See Katie playing at The ToďŹ&#x20AC; on Sunday December 9.

THE NEXT TO NOTHING AESTHETIC The Next To Nothing Aesthetic is a new Melbourne based indie-soul ensemble, although any labelling of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style is pointless,as they have a tendency to blur the lines between musical genres. The two core members Freddie Hemara and Don Nadi (from the now-legendary Melbourne club bands Patois and Cat) come from an elite group of Melbourne musicians that have no real interest in resting on the laurels of their past successes. But what they deďŹ nitely do share is a common desire to push new musical boundaries. They play a Sunday residency at Fog on Sundays from 4pm.

Why is the band called Ten Thousand? We get this question a lot! But there are already a few rumours out there, some of which are pretty crazy, so like a ďŹ ne wine weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just let them get better and better.  Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the new single When I Get You about? Its about really wanting to be with someone from afar and where the lightness of love at ďŹ rst sight crosses over into the darkness of obsession. What was it like recording with Lindsay Gravina at Birdland? In a word, amazing. Excellent studio, excellent producer, great experience. It was great to sit with someone with his knowledge and ďŹ ne tune your art.  What can we expect from that documentary and single package? The single When I Get You and two live tracks for your listening pleasure and a great insight of a band taking to the studio with a legendary producer and making some songs they are really proud of. And some other assorted presents. But only if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good. Catch TEN THOUSAND and EMPRA on Saturday December 8 at Revolver for Ten Thousandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single launch. Both bands also playing COLLISION AT THE CORNER Festival on Saturday January 12 at The Corner Hotel alongside Barbarion, King Of The North, Bugdust, The Charge and heaps more.

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What band would be your dream headliner for you to support? Weezer would be a dream support of the whole band. Hopefully we can get on board next time they tour. We will be there front and centre at their shows in January.

JERICCO

Steeped in tradition with a hint of urban spice Dead Water City bring their brand of country to The Public Bar in North Melbourne tonight. Featuring Tim Murphy (Mojo Juju) on acoustic and Niko Downey (The Decoys) on electric guitar and lap steel Dead Water City deliver their smokey crooning tunes based on the age old themes of living, loving and losing. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be joined on the night by the ever talented guitarist and songwriter Matty Green with his band and the hauntingly beautiful songstress Alysia Manceau. Doors start at 8pm.

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The Death Rattles herald in the summer with a Sunday Residency at The Old Bar this December. A bittersweet soup brewed from a  love of the delta blues and swamp stomp, lurking somewhere on the road to nowhere are haunted guitars, train tracking drums and bass, and crooning vocals. A ticket to the summer heat wave, this will be their last performances before the release of their debut album in 2013. The Death Rattles invite you to dress to the nines, or sixes and sevens and join them for a Sunday soiree under the blue lights ‘til dawn. Old Bar Beer Soaked Sundays from 8pm.

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THE BOMBAY ROYALE The magic and mayhem of vintage Bollywood collides in spectacular fashion with a dizzying blend of Tarantino-esque surf, wild disco, flamboyant theatrics, swirls of kaleidoscopic colour, outrageous costumes and utterly irresistible dance moves that sweep entire crowds off their feet. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when The Bombay Royale – one of the most utterly unique bands to emerge from the cultural melting pot of the Melbourne music community – hits the stage. Don’t miss Bombay Royale playing at The Evelyn on Thursday December 6.

RAINSHADOW Helping you get over the Wednesday hump tonight at The Bendigo are three unique and dynamic artists presenting their passionate, engaging music. Rainshadow is a band that combines the melodies of dark rock with doom and gothic metal influences to create catchy yet atmospheric music. They’ll be playing tracks from the End Songs and Waters Imperium albums, and have just released an EP of darkly experimental versions of tracks with the Cold Years EP, all of which will be available on the night. Knightmare are an intense, atmospheric metal band that crafts epic, melodic music.  Knightmare  has already released a widely acclaimed EP titled Unhol’ establishing their identity with positive reviews globally.  Heisenberg are a   new progressive metal band. More time signature changes than you can wag a finger at. They all play tonight at The Bendigo.

LORRAINE Combining pop and soul for an old school sound with modern licks, Melbourne-based singer/ songwriter Lorraine will not only bring you to your feet, she will take you to the dance floor where you will be shaking all night long. Recorded at Sing Sing South Lorraine will be launching her single Over on Sunday December 9 at The Evelyn Hotel, with the pending release of her EP in 2013. After months of planning and writing, Lorraine is ready to kick off.

LOUNGE Lounge go loud and live with garage rock bands and DJs on Thursday nights. Northside fashionistas and musos rejoice. Think The Dom NYC circa 1967. Head down and drink cheap booze and get your sweat on to the grit of garage-punk-DIY bands. Free entry. From 10pm at Lounge.

CRASS! The carpet-tunnel madness of CRASS! gets set to crash your gash on Saturday December 8 at The Tote. Featuring a live set by handsome dudes The Blow Waves, coming to you fully armed with a parliament of brand-flanking new musical offerings by which to prance and romance. Imported all the way from Sydney, Ghetto Pussy will be making a medium-rare appearance and promise to deliver the snail trail goodness that you’ve come to know and love. Electro tone-stress Baby Lemondae Lamarr will be sporting her trademark gravel-marries-lozenge fair de jour and bringing up the bejewelled rear of the evening will be queen of the dark decks, DJ Kiti. Only $12, doors at 9pm.

SHE SAID YOU SAID She Said You is a four-piece jangle rock outfit based in Melbourne, Victoria. In 2011, She Said You released their second EP, Faces. European Skin was the first single released from Faces, and again the band received international attention with the song reaching #1 in October 2012 on Jamsterdam Radio in Toronto, Canada. After continuously touring throughout the eastern states of Australia, She Said You have set up camp in Melbourne. This Saturday December 8, She Said You are set for another ripping show, this time at The Brunswick Hotel supported by Cooper Street, Citrus Jam and Tequila Mockingbyrd. Free entry. Doors at 8.30pm.

RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood doesn’t sound like a one-man-band. Defying the appearance of his set-up, and with the stamina of three men, he tears through raucous rhythm and blues, boogie, rockabilly and vintage rock’n’roll like his hair’s on fire. From humble acoustic beginnings in dank Tennessee bars and the occasional street corner, Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood is in essence a live show that has grown into an electric monster, whether it be on an outdoor festival stage or jammed in the corner of a small bar. Catch him play two blistering sets at the Great Britain Hotel on Saturday December 8 from 9pm.

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ABBIE CARDWELL & THE CHICANO ROCKERS Hold onto your maracas, gringas and gringos – Melbourne’s most intoxicating live Mexican rock’n’roll act, Abbie Cardwell and the Chicano Rockers are set to spark this Christmas season into a full-blown piñata party. The Chicano Rockers are a ten-piece tequila-soaked party starter, dressed to the nines in authentic mariachi suits that guarantee to get your cans shaking and whistles wet with ecstatic margarita infused madness. Tuesdays at The Toff In Town will be where the Mexican Christmas vibes emanate from as vintage Mexican hip-shaking DJ’ng spins and Abbie Cardwell And The Chicano Rockers (plus surprise special guests each week) rock your inner-city world.

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AMP’D Amp’d is the newest rock night in the CBD. It’s opening on Saturday December 15 with the very gutsy Heaven The Axe, supported by Bugdust and 180 Proof. This night will certainly blast your head off with these awesome Local Melbourne acts. Amp’d will be spinning all the good tunes and supporting local live acts. Saturdays at The Exchange Hotel, 120 King Street, Melbourne. 9pm ‘til late, $15 entry. For more information, check the website at ampdnightclub.net.au.

LAKE PALMER Six-piece folk rock band Lake Palmer will round out a busy year by throwing a party in the beer garden at The Victoria Hotel on Sunday December 9 from 5pm. On the verge of hitting the studio to record their debut album, they’ll be belting out a couple of hours worth of songs to drink pints to. Guitars, mandolins, squeezbox, fiddle, drums, slide and harmonies wrapped up in a neat but loose package that will satisfy any wasted afternoon in the sun.

JANE DUST AND THE GIANT HOOPOES Jane Dust and the Giant Hoopoes join Ally Oop and the Hoopsters at Yah Yah’s for the Spazzys’ launch after party on Sunday December 16 at 8pm. Head on over to Yah Yah’s after the Spazzys’ launch at the Evelyn Hotel to hear the best off the hip from the hop of Ally and the best of space from the pop of Janey. High-heel sneakers, asteroid collisions and basketball references aplenty.

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SHANGRI LA It’s the relaunch of the world famous Shangri La. Everyone’s been searching for it and now it’s been found at The Gasometer. Each and every Wednesday they’ll have DJs and bands and to kick it all off tonight, Ladydreams will play a special set of songs to make you make it. With DJs Chairman Meow (Pearls), Kreme Extreme (Bum Creek) and Damn Ackroyd, it’s free entry and good times guaranteed.

GOLD TANGO Gold Tango, Tender Bones and Trade will be hosting a fine night of entertainment at the Reverence Hotel on Thursday December 6. Surrender yourself to Tender Bones’ tender serenades after watching Trade stubbornly yet gracefully plod their way through a solid set of ‘74 Berlin via ‘74 Melbourne inspired psych-jams. At the culmination of proceedings Gold Tango will be presenting their unique pop nuggets for all to bear witness to. If you don’t attend you are a fool. And nobody pities the fool. $5 entry.

TURBOJUGEND Melbourne’s Turbojugend chapter are having a BBQ and show at the Reverence Hotel on Sunday December 9. These fanatical Turbonegro fans shall be celebrating in style the arrival of their favourite band to Australian shores with The Apocalypse Dudes, The Dukes of Deliciousness, Sex Street, Uptown Ace and Levitating Churches. The party starts at 4pm with a guest DJ set from Turbonegro themselves. $5 entry.

BASTARD SQUARE Bastard Squad have become a punk-rock institution in Melbourne after 25 years as a band. This Saturday December 8 they will play Melbourne’s newest home of punk rock, The Reverence Hotel, for the first time. Supporting them will be Public Liability, Leprosy and Common Thread. Doors at 8pm. $10 entry.

NORTHSIDE ROLLER DERBY The temperature is rising and the competition is heating up for the two home teams of Darebin’s Northside Rollers roller derby league. You won’t want to miss 2 Hot to Handle, as the Pulp Vixens fight to remain undefeated as they hit the battlefield against friendly foes the Sisters of Anarchy this Saturday December 8. The 2 Hot to Handle summer derby showdown is at Puckhandlers Stadium, corner of Blakle and Davis St, Reservoir. Doors will open at 5pm, with skates down at 6pm. Tickets are adults $12, children $5 (kids under 5 free), available at northsiderollers.com or at the door.

FAHRENHEIT 43 Underneath The Overtuned LP is the debut offering from Australian band Fahrenheit 43. What’s immediately apparent is the enormous growth that the band has shown both musically and lyrically since the release of their very first EP, The Six Degrees. Since the four years the band have been together, they’ve suffered two lineup changes, loss of love, relationships and no shortage of the drama that comes with being in a band. Therefore Underneath The Overturned is a musical summary of Fahrenheit 43’s life as a band. The good, the bad and the ugly. They launch it at Spensers Live on Friday December 7 with Grand Perceptor, Aerials, Red Attraction and The Sunsleepers.

WINTERCOATS & ALBERT SALT A master of ethereal delicacies, Melbourne’s Wintercoats aka James Wallace combines his chameleonic compositional talents and profound arrangement dexterity to create aural artworks of fragility and grandeur. His debut self released EP Cathedral adventured through sweeping and idyllic vocal harmonies underpinned by brash and heavily reverbed string loops. Joining him, fresh, exciting and dynamic Albert Salt is fast emerging as one of the most promising young musicians in the country. Melding jazz, alt-rock and electro/acoustic influences with pop sensibilities, Salt has already enjoyed generous airplay on triple j and a continuing residency at Melbourne’s The Toff In Town wowing audiences with his breathtaking performances. Catch both these guys at Chapel Off Chapel, Friday December 14 and Saturday December 15 from 8pm. Tickets available through chapeloffchapel.com.au.

A self taught singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Adam learnt his craft after spending quality time in the inspirational Ballarat music scene. An old stage performer, Adam found a love for the guitar and expressing himself through song. In the early ‘00s, Adam formed The Bullwinkles and had a nice run supporting many of the lands great acts. Playing this Sunday December 9 at the Eureka Hotel, Richmond.

SKYWAYS ARE HIGHWAYS Punk drenched ‘60s inspired sunshine pop band Skyways Are Highways headline their first hometown show. Stemming from the coastal region of Byron Bay, and with an upbringing surrounded by the sounds of The Beach Boys and The Get Up Kids, Skyways Are Highways’ sound combines a flood of sunshine pop upon thick bass lines, twisting an optimistic energy and bright drive around a somber story. Friday December 14 will see Skyways Are Highways headline The Noise Bar, to celebrate Western Australian indie hero’s Mezzanine’s EP launch. Supported by Columbia Buffet and The Sunsleepers.

MO SESTO After a sell out gig in August this year, with the release of her first solo EP, Mo Sesto is back at The Paris Cat Thursday December 13. Taking pleasure in performing jazz standards and her own songs, Mo’s unique blend of jazz and alternative pop will be on full display. Accompanied by some of Melbourne and Australia’s best up-and-coming jazz musicians: Adrian Montagnese, Ben Teniswood, Jessica Carlton, Joshua Kelly plus established jazz musician Jon Chidgey; you’ll be hard pressed to find a better way to kick off summer. The show starts at 8pm and you can book your tickets online at pariscat.com.au or purchase at the door for $15.

MOMENTS APART As the silly season fast approaches, and for their last show of the year, StruttA PR has one mother of a rock show in the works for you that will definitely get you in the spirit to be jolly rockin’ good. Moments Apart play their first headline show. Joining them, and rocking you all night, are Artilah, Fields Of Reign, The Soulenikoes and Spykite. Friday December 7 at 8pm. Entry is $10 presale or $12 at the door.

JEFF MARTIN Following a hugely successful Australian and Canadian tour with The Tea Party, Jeff Martin will top the year off by touring solo this month. The Tea Party’s Australian tour in July had the fans out in droves to capture the magic of the band that once was, and still remains. After seven years apart, the resurrection of the band saw Jeff Martin completely in his element, with a fire in his belly performing at his absolute finest alongside his fellow band mates. His solo show reaches Karova Lounge on Wednesday december 5, Ruby’s lounge on Thursday December 6, Cherry Bar on Friday December 7 and Northcote Social Club on Saturday December 8.

THE TWOKS Electric violin and drums duo, The Twoks bring their arty-pop to Yah Yah’s for a celebratory party gig after a month of extensive national touring. The Twoks have just launched their new album, Two and took the new recording all over the country. Back on home ground, The Twoks share the stage with Better Than Wizards and Achoo! Bless You on Friday December 7.

OL’ TIMEY WEEKLY BLUEGRASS SESSIONS THE STRESS OF LEISURE Brisbane’s The Stress Of Leisure are finally making the trek to Melbourne, playing at Yah Yah’s on Thursday December 6. This time around they will be in duo mode, with Ian Powne (the main songwriter, guitar) and Pascalle Burton (synth/keys) making the journey sans rhythm section. The band’s sub-tropical post punk attitude is well represented on their album Cassowary, a sound which ranges from laidback strums to uptight wig-outs and dance moves. Joining The Stress Of Leisure on the night will be Dave Graney and Clare Moore, fresh from the You’ve Been In My Mind tour, as well as Go Go Sapien’s Will Hindmarsh in solo electro mode.

Craig Westwood (ex-Headbelly Buzzard, among other bands) brings his weekly ol’ timey music jam session across from The Lomond Hotel, it’s home for the past five years. BYO instrument or just hang out and enjoy the music in the beer garden. Every Saturday afternoon at The Vic Hotel from 4.30pm.

THE PRIMARY With their unique brand of dreamy gritty noise-rock, The Primary take up residence in their spiritual home of The Evelyn Hotel every Wednesday in December. Prone to viewing life in monochrome, The Primary are sharing stage space with three super bands each night plus a DJ to fill your silence with music. Entry is $2 and for one month only there will be $12 jugs on the bandroom side. Cheap booze and a tantilising array of bands and the possibility of more cats.

Q&A JERICCO Where’s the gig? We are putting on a little fundraiser to raise some money so we can finish our debut record. Friday  December 7th at The Tote supported by Black Devil Yard Boss, The Volatiles and Indian Myna. Rock city. Favorite song? Art Of Illusion. It rocks, man. Fun to play high energy and the chorus. – “it all sounds the same”. Five words to describe your band? Alt rock with a difference. What do you love about making music? The connection with the people with our songs/lyrics. What makes a good musician? Hard work and practice..honing your craft and knowing your instrument back to front.

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Last song we wrote? Beautiful In Danger, title track of the album a lot of Oud (Egyptian lute), percussion and a sweet melody. Anything else to add? Did I mention the gig? The December 7 at The Tote, we are having a sausage sizzle. Doors at 7pm, no presales, first in best dressed, get down early.


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BOBBY ALU

BOBBY ALU When you’re Bobby Alu, a year whips past in moments, across innumerable miles. Since February 2012, Bobby has taken his music across the world, starting with a single tour in WA, a smashing performance at Byron Blues & Roots Festival and ending in Alice Springs. Then onto Oka on an intense 80-show 50-day tour of Canada before going to Samoa for some much needed inspiration and relaxation. His band of Brisbane musician heavyweights have been working hard on a new record slated for release in 2013 and you can catch some of the new material at his show at The Workers Club on Sunday December 9 supported by Saritah. $10 entry, doors at 1.30pm.

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What can a punter expect from your live show? Kickin’ live band of Brisbane’s best island, soul, reggae, juju beats, ukulele, log drums, coconuts, sunshine, smiles, pocket and an afro. How long have you been gigging and writing? My mum taught me the ukulele when I was five. I’ve been a drummer touring internationally for five years and have been a music lover since inside the womb. Bobby Alu and band have been playing for just over two years. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? I have Samoan heritage and have been greatly influenced by Polynesian music. Although I love reggae, soul, Afrobeat and some hip hop, I can’t seem to shake the Polynesian feel that runs deep. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Bobbyalu.com will direct you to all your needs. My debut album Bobby Alu was released a few years ago. In anticipation of my new album next year there is a current single Love You More available on iTunes.  When are you releasing your  new album? We are trialling all new sounds and grooves this weekend in Melbourne. The new album will be dropping October 2013. Lots of good times ahead for sure. How do you stop your pre-gig jitters? Coconut water with a splash Sailor Jerry’s rum – try it. BOBBY ALU & BAND plays Sunday December 9 at The Workers Club at 2pm, supported by Saritah (solo).

Opening the night are new young Melbourne band, Oedipus Rex, with their penchant for math-infused hardcore. Having recently supported Touche Amore, Disasters will tear you apart with their heavy droning noise, as featured on their recently released demo. Next up are Culprits, showcasing their chaotic, metaltinged hardcore and frantic stage presence. Closing the night are Term Four, fresh off their recent East Coast tour, bringing back their brand of honed heavy hardcore that left interstate fans wanting more. This Thursday December 6 at The Bendigo.

COLD IRONS BOUND Cold Irons Bound are a Melbourne four-piece who recall the tuneful distortion of the best indie-rock bands of the last 25 years. The band offers the freedom of no expectations, and utterly no concessions to fashion. The band’s focus is on writing classic songs with threepart harmonies; an approach which has yielded a steady stream of quality live bills and an album’s worth of material already being recorded. Cold Irons Bound play the Vic Hotel Brunswick with support from The Ravines. 9pm, free, Saturday December 8.

TRANSIENCE Saturday December 8 sees Transience celebrating the launch of their first single Memory with a night of tunes and good times at The Bendigo Hotel. Having a spent a year locked down in rehearsals, Transience are set for a big year in 2013 with the upcoming release of their debut EP and a run of shows which will see the band cement their place in the live circuit. Joining Transience are Dialysis, Apsis and Citizen. Doors are from 8pm, $10, or you can contact the bands directly for cheaper entry.

THE PERFECTIONS Emerging from Melbourne’s thriving soul scene are the unmistakable sounds of six piece garage/soul outfit, The Perfections. Pinned as a rock’n’roll band playing soul music, their live shows are notoriously loose, with less polish and more grit, The Perfections create a raw energy on stage, fronted by the fiery vocals of lead singer Christina Arnold and backed by a wild and punchy horn and rhythm section. Having warmed up crowds in venues all across Melbourne and supporting the likes of Deep Street Soul, Transatlantics and King Salami and the Cumberland 3, The Perfections are proud to announce the release of their debut self-titled 10” EP. It is ready to launch at the Grace Darling on Saturday December 15 for what will be a raucous co-headliner party with Major Tom and The Atoms, The Charlies and The 7ups.

TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD

NYE AT THE REV

This weekend is sure to be a big one for the girls of Tequila Mockingbyrd. Having spent the last few weeks in the studio recording their debut EP, they’re looking forward to blowing off some steam at their last gig for 2012 this weekend. This show will also be the first release of their limited edition merch. If you’re a fan of hard rock, a lover of upbeat piss take songs, or just looking for a good time on Saturday night, this is a show for you. Saturday December 8 at The Brunswick Hotel supporting She Said You, Cooper Street and Citrus Jam. Set starts 9pm. For further information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/tequilamockingbyrd.

After a mere six months since the Reverence Hotel started operating, the time has come to celebrate the first New Year's Eve shindig at Melbourne’s best new pub. For this very special occasion they have put together a lineup full of both old and new favourites. Blueline Medic and The Smith Street Band are teaming up to ring in the new year alongside The Bennies and Initials. The night will feature guest D’s in the front bar all night and stacks of Mexican cuisine to snack on. The night will also be fancy dress. So get your thinking caps on and get dressed up. Tickets are on sale now from the venue website.

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK THE UV RACE

3RRR SOUNDSCAPE

Racism (Independent/Fuse Group)

WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER RESIDENCY – OPENING NIGHT

THE PRIMARY THE CALL UP SOOKY LA LA SEA LEGS TITLE MUSIC DJS

ENTRY $2, 8.30PM $12 JUGS IN THE BANDROOM!

THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER RESIDENCY – OPENING NIGHT

THE BOMBAY ROYALE DJ MANCHILD

ENTRY $10 DOOR, $12 THRU MOSHTIX, 9PM $2.50 POTS, $5 VODKAS!

FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER ALBUM LAUNCH

MYRIDIAN

OKERA HYBRID NIGHTMARES CATACOMBS ENTRY $12, 8PM

SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER DOUBLE HEADLINER

COPIA FREESTATE RIOT IN TOYTOWN VOODOOCAIN

ENTRY $15 DOOR, $10 THRU MOSHTIX, 8.30PM

SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER SINGLE LAUNCH

LORRAINE

BETTER THAN THE WIZARDS JEN KNIGHT AND THE CAVALIERS PIPER PACKSHAW

ENTRY $15 DOOR, $10 THRU MOSHTIX, 8PM

MONDAY 10 DECEMBER RESIDENCY

PSYCHODASIES THE EUPHORIACS DAIMARU CASSIUS CLAY MAX IMPACT ENTRY $2, 8PM $10 JUGS!

TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER RESIDENCY

SEX ON TOAST

ECHO DRAMA THE VAUDEVILLE SMASH DJS ENTRY $5, 8.00PM $10 JUGS!

COMING UP

TIX AVAILABLE THRU MOSHTIX: PSYCHODASIES (MONDAYS IN DECEMBER) SEX ON TOAST (TUESDAYS IN DECEMBER) THE PRIMARY (WEDNESDAYS IN DECEMBER) THE BOMBAY ROYALE (THURSDAYS IN DECEMBER) THAT GOLD STREET SOUND 7” LAUNCH (DEC 14) BOOMGATES – ROOFTOP SHOW (DEC 15) BINARY SOLO #1 (DEC 15) OTOUTO – ROOFTOP SHOW (DEC 22) HOLY SOUND UNDERGROUND (DEC 23) EVELYN END OF YEAR SHINDIG (DEC 28)

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Racism – an affront to that which is intrinsic to identity. Racism, the third LP from affable miscreants The UV Race, is an exploration of identity, a celebration of frontman Marcus Rechsteiner’s self-assuredness. Be Yourself, as the uplifting opening track commands. It’s been a banner year for the Melbourne-based collective, recently venturing into the celluloid realm with Autonomy & Deliberation plus accompanying soundtrack. Racism was recorded in mid-2011 by garage Midas producer Mikey Young, with producer and band both venturing into new territory. Punk scorchers are balanced out by downtempo compositions replete with synth, handclaps, xylophones and acoustic guitar. The cohesion on Racism is perfect. Garnished with callbacks both lyrical and musical, the record is a rich, enveloping package. The downtrodden Bad Egg riff blends seamlessly into the surprisingly resplendent horn-line of Gypsy King, the cry of “Ain’t life a pig” recalls the earlier proclamation of I’m A Pig. The bounding Life Park could well function as the fabled Catcher In The Rye, with the protagonist leaving his wife and kids to take up a life in the park protecting the “ancient old” trees. Family, or at least the traditional family form, is abhorred throughout. The simple word association of Nuclear Family – “I wanna drop a bomb on the nuclear family” – builds into the delightfully crass – “I wanna wipe my chode on the nuclear family, I wanna blow my load on the nuclear family”. Raw Balls is a venomous belter that tears itself apart while pointing out that your mum “looks like Spock”. The subject of Unknown Pleasures is a cool motherfucker, an outlaw suckin’ on ciggies while pulling chicks, compounded by guitarist Al Mountford’s effortless vocal delivery. Album closer Memenonome is an experimental exploration, a climax of the album’s psychedelic guitar flourishes.

1. World Music GOAT 2. Chapter Music: 20 Big Ones VARIOUS ARTISTS 3. Bastards BJÖRK 4. Weapon Of Choice AIRILEKE 5. Dumb Is Forever SPAZZYS 6. New Gods NEW GODS 7. Some Kind Of Eden DEAR TIME’S WASTE 8. Grrr! THE ROLLING STONES 9. Kaleidoscope Dream MIGUEL 10. Instrumental Tourist TIM HECKER & DANIEL LOPATIN

SYN SWEET SIXTEEN

Sophie Says is a breakup song of sorts, but Rechsteiner deftly navigates the subject to introspection rather than admonishment, all with a backup chorus of reason. There is a moment of resolution during the film Autonomy & Deliberation, where after a nonstop barrage of in-jokes, bad dubbing, and fanciful idiocy, the fourth wall is broken as Marcus candidly expresses what The UV Race means to him. It’s an escape from the mundane – in his case, the confines of his hometown of Warragul. It’s explicit sincerity, a strain of which is found throughout everything The UV Race produce. The UV Race are not normal. They’re better than normal. LACHLAN KANONIUK Best Track: Life Park If You Like These, You’ll Like This: High Voltage AC/DC, Henge Beat TOTAL CONTROL In A Word: Genius

SINGLES BY SIMONE I was going to make a joke about the ARIAs but nobody would read it.

VILLAGERS

Nothing Arrived (Domino/EMI) Lifted from Villagers’ sophomore album Awayland, Nothing Arrived is a hearty and romantic tune, a simple vocal line carried by great slabs of piano and the occasional peak of strings and guitar. The cyclical melody is easy to follow, but in looping over and over upon itself it never really manages to take flight. It has all the trembling pomp of great UK folk, but doesn’t compel any emotional response. So yeah, per the lyrics, I waited for nothing and nothing arrived.

DIVINE FITS

Flaggin’ A Ride (EMI) Fronted by Spoon’s Britt Daniel and featuring Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), Divine Fits formed in early 2012 and recorded their album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, about two seconds later. This indie supergroup is cooking with gas, mind, and Flaggin’ A Ride is a hip and jagged little number. The guitar and drums sync up for a meaty, swinging rhythm and Britt’s voice peals and rips with an effortless kind of style. Excellent.

RAT & CO

Seawind/Vision (Independent) Rat & Co is a recently conceived ambient/electro act out of Melbourne with some link to Chet Faker – the genealogy isn’t clear, but songwriter Joshua Delaney might play in Chet Faker’s band. Delaney’s tracks are the elevator musak of the future; dripping, bubbling, beige slices of wallpaper for sleek and airless rooms, where humanish androids touch palms rather than rub genitals and emotional experiences are synthesised and sold in packs with bubblegum. Stylish but cold.

JONNY TELAFONE

Spirit Man (Chapter Music) ‘Bedroom auteur’ Jonny Telefone ends five years’ worth of cassette and digital-only transmissions with the release of an actual CD – a ‘Best of’, no less, which will delight the pants off of his 12 devoted fans (one of whom is my editor). For the rest of us, Spirit Man is a head-turning debut, a delicate sort of tribal psychedelic pop anthem with a ridiculous but captivating refrain, pan pipes and a wicked rhythmic break down. The grim, theatrical bent and distinctive songcraft is reminiscent of Snowman.

TOP TENS

WOLF & CUB

Salao (Independent) The Black Keys are present in Wolf & Cub’s new single, which has their usual epic distortion and (but also) an overly familiar bluesy swing. Aside from that, the production is almost funny, with guitars buried deep in the mud and vocals echoing mightily through the chorus, the only thing you can hear properly is that thin, slapping tom beat and the woo-ooo-oh-oh-ooo that are generic to psychedelic

LOWRIDER

Days Of Boredom (Illusive/Mushroom) Grimy funk with cowbells from the Adelaidian alt-soul collective. The hefty, snarling vocals make it almost bearable, though funk is hands-down my most hated genre. I struggle to picture the funk fan. What does funk fan look like? Does funk fan love this single? I think he must. I think he has dreadlocks and reckons Lowrider are sick.

THE STAFFORDS

Love Your Job (Independent) Melbourne act The Staffords deliver a Fitter Happier for the mosh-happy crowd, a tongue-in-cheek serve of advice about how to live pleasantly before you die. Get a good education, grow up strong, procreate for King and country and love your job they advise, but bitterly: “You try and try and try, but it’s a nothing kind of life.” Musically, there’s more than a little Elvis Costello haunting their exuberant pop-punk.

RYAN FRANCESCONI & MIRABAI PEART

Road To Palios Excerpt (Bella Union) This luscious instrumental duet on guitar and violin was made by Francesconi and Peart after a holiday in Greece, inspired by the sound of Balkan folk music. Multiinstrumentalist Francesconi was the principle arranger on Joanna Newsom’s Have One On Me and Mirabai Peart is his partner – their lovely composition forms part of The Road To Palios album, out now.

SINGLE OF THE WEEK ALICIA KEYS

Brand New Me (Sony) Alicia follows chart smash Girl On Fire with this oddly tempered piano ballad. There is a strange and lovely dynamic between the smooth vocal melody and the tripping piano notes; the submerged rumble of bass drum is also kind of beautiful. The tune peaks in a latter-day-Michael Jackson fashion, which sounds much better than it sounds – a remarkable work of production and arrangement that transforms a pretty ordinary song and all-too-cheesy singer into something really remarkable.

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White Walls (Poison City Records) With an unabashed respect for ‘90s guitar-based rock, White Walls manage to pummel through their self-titled debut full-length with a grace and maturity that one wouldn’t necessarily assume from three young dudes. Sure, there’s a charm in the way they abide by the principles set by Sonic Youth. Tracks like the six-minute bruiser Hey or the rolling There’s Nothing Left do sound cooler-than-thou. But that’s only because all three members (who share vocal duties) never sound like they’re breaking a sweat. In truth, with repeated spins of White Walls, the sweat will indeed begin to pour out. White Walls is not a record to converse to, or share with a few buddies over beers at sunset. It might not align perfectly with the rest of Poison City’s good-time-buddy punk rock, yet there are elements of the album that will certainly unify. Transmission, like many of the tracks, rises and falls with particular abandon. So much so that it never collects dust of any kind. If you get caught early on, like in the sonic vortex that is the opener For The Time Being, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to escape it. There’s an incredible cohesive build throughout White Walls that again, speaks to the band’s maturity. This owes in part to the shared vocal duties, sure. But never do they blow the roof off any of their tracks, though you can be sure they had opportunities, such as on Vacant Vessels, Best Track: Transmission the quickest track on the record. White Walls’ ability to If You Like These, You’ll Like This: DINOSAUR JR., exercise restraint while still keeping a maintained sonic SONIC YOUTH fury is what’s most impressive about their debut. In A Word: Sweaty JOSHUA KLOKE

KENDRICK LAMAR

good kid, m.A.A.d city (Top Dawg/Universal) Kendrick Lamar is the shining star of new school hip hop. With the critical acclaim of his debut and independently released album, Section.80, stylistic comparisons were drawn between Lamar to Jay-Z, Tupac, Nas and Eminem. good kid, m.A.A.d city is his first major label record and it satisfies the high expectations surrounding its release to the umpteenth degree. Featuring iconic collaborations with Dr. Dre, MC Eiht and Drake, his ear for bold, yet left-of-centre beats has not faltered. Lyrically, he has become one of the best fresh faces in the industry due to his reliance on powerful storylines and ability to show and not tell. His capacity to flesh out imagery and rhyme through action is superb on this album. Weaving listeners through detailed and well constructed narratives, his unique and raspy voice and excellent flow provides him with an idiosyncratic style. While most tracks on the album are above standard, the highlight song would be Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe. Reconnecting with an often explored theme, he delves into his conflicted views on sin and faith. Reflecting on his career, he describes (though somewhat abstractly) the effects of being in the spotlight and its poison. His flow in this song is particularly well rounded, complimenting the beats. Poetic Justice, Swimming Pools (Drank), The Art Of Peer Pressure and Backseat Freestyle are other stand out tracks (and that’s half the album). All killers, no fillers, Best Track: Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe Lamar is a lyrical force to be reckoned with. If You Like These, You’ll Like This: A$AP Rocky, Drake, Frank Ocean TAMARA VOGL In A Word: Profound

It’s been a long time since I lived in a share house, but the memories live on. Fridges housing rancid milk containers, mouldy tomatoes and other assorted science experiments. Pantries stuffed full of two-minute noodles, baked beans and prawn crackers. Pizza boxes and empty six-pack cartons piled high like a shrine to dishevelled living. Post-it notes, overdue utilities bills, mismatching crockery and stolen beer glasses. ‘Twas the best of times, ‘twas the most festering of times. Close your eyes, and Woollen Kits provide a glimpse into that world, warts, noxious odours and all. Four Girls is the band’s second release for 2012, and it’s just as invigorating. You can’t help but get fired up with the manic bass lines, frenzied beats and plaintive adolescent pleadings of Back To You; when you get to Be You, you’re sitting in the overgrown and unkempt backyard nestling a beer on a bright summer’s day. So Cold is triangulated between the Velvet Underground, The Go-Betweens and Eddy Current Suppression Ring; Please doesn’t need to plead, ‘cause you’re gazing fondly into its eyes like a love-struck teenager. The four girls are represented by four songs on the record: Cheryl, Sandra, Susannah and Shelley. Cheryl is bashful and whimsical, Sandra wants to get everything on the table and open up the clogged lines of emotional communication, Susannah is a million-dollar love story and Shelley has its tongue down your throat quicker than you can fall through the proverbial bedroom door with inebriated abandon. The album ends with On The Move, a lazy, meandering journey across six minutes. Maybe this is the moment of blunt realisation that it’s time to move out of the house, and to take the quantum leap into genuine adulthood. I hope not – Woollen Kits have got a good thing going, and we need Best Track: Back To You more of it. If You Like These, You’ll Like This: TWERPS, EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING PATRICK EMERY In A Word: Charming

MILK TEDDY

Zingers (Lost & Lonesome/Knock Yr Socks Off) Having been accustomed to Milk Teddy’s ragged live shows, the wafting psychfolk production applied to their debut album for the Lost & Lonesome label initially seemed a bit at odds with their previous recordings. After a few spins, the production reveals itself to be a nice fit with the majority of the songs, with flanging, reverb and other studio jiggery-pokery in effect, while the lo-fi charm is thankfully retained. It only works slightly against Going To Sri Lanka, the production’s muffling layers hampering the song’s gently building hooks. As you’d imagine with a band who opt for a name like Milk Teddy, we’re not about to get too deep and meaningful here, but we are gifted with a bunch of great tunes. If there’s a theme creeping in after the first couple of songs, it appears to be ‘burgers’. The wide-eyed escapism of Going To Sri Lanka feels more like the celebration of a new state of mind than anticipation of a holiday; like the rest of the album, it feels very housebound and broke. There are self-esteem issues too, with an object of affection put on a pedestal on Porcelain Skin, while vocalist Thomas Mendelovits laments “I suck like a vacuum cleaner”. The album starts to build in its efforts to connect emotionally in its second half, though often the message gets obscured by endearing uncertainty. Michael is a wet-eyed, yearning song, but we don’t get a strong sense of who Micheal is, where he’s been or why we’re trying to get his attention. The laid-back, oddball feel of Milk Teddy is best summed up by the hidden coda at the end of the album: a tinkering piano blending into a buzzing casio while housemates tinker about making cups of tea and talk Best Track: Suburbs Mystery about their day. If You Like These, You’ll Like This: ...And Don’t The Kids Just Love It TELEVISION PERSONALITIES, CHRIS GIRDLER Twerps TWERPS In A Word: Zingy

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PEARLS

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Pearls EP (Independent) “I came here for two reasons: to kick some ass and chew some bubblegum. And I’m all out of bubblegum.” These wise words were uttered by the one and only Rowdy Roddy Piper in John Carpenter’s science fiction dystopia classic They Live!. I have no idea why, but this delicious quote was the first thing that popped into mind upon my first listen to Melbourne noise-pop trio Pearls, and their debut self-titled EP. They would seem to have come here for two reasons as well: to kick some arse and deliver some seriously wicked jams. And I’m here to tell you that, boy-oh-boy, are they full of some seriously unhinged, hypnotic and entrancing guitar-heavy music. Fans of classic noise-pop outfits The Jesus And Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine will have much to celebrate in this offering. Guitarist Ryan Caesar, organist Cassandra Kiely and drummer Ellice Blakeney know what they’re doing, and they do it quite well. The four tracks on Pearls are sublimely crafted gems that resonate thoughtfully with a sound that balances perfectly twixt order and chaos. Opening track Wait & See ushers the listener into a wash of distorted surf-rock, full of banging drums, muddled vocals and a ghostly, lurching organ permeating the background in a delicate embrace. Hey enters that weird universe inhabited by the likes of David Lynch – the brooding guitar licks and lazy hazy rhythm wouldn’t be out of place on Twin Peaks. Into Your Arms moves at a steady clip and reminds one of a spaced-out and gothic twist on The Beach Boys’ classic LP Pet Sounds, and then closing number I Will Never Know, with its militaristic beats and fetching vocal harmonies, is a dark star of bundled-up energy, ready and frothing at the leash to go out and fuck some shit up. This is a brilliant debut, from an exciting band that’s ready to mix genres up and deliver unto this world a stylish, dangerous, and truly engaging listening experience. Highly, highly Best Track: I Will Never Know recommended. If You Like These, You’ll Like This: MY BLOODY VALENTINE, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, BEACH BOYS THOMAS BAILEY In A Word: Fuzzy

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Over two decades ago, Beth Orton attracted a fervent fan base off the back of sporadic commercial exposure and they’ve not budged an inch as the years raged on. An enduring crossover spirit in the indie folk scene, it’s often been hard to simply pigeonhole Orton’s music and in new release, Sugaring Season, it doesn’t get any easier. Through the album, there is a definite Irish influence and in tracks such as upbeat album opener Magpie and Poison Tree violins carry Orton’s voice through a layered, traditional arrangement. Generally, however, there is a distinctly ‘Orton’ sound kept true release upon release, and it’s on the strength of this musicianship that people keep coming back for more. One of the highlights of Sugaring Season and a shining example of what Orton does best, Candles skulks along a bed of guitars and piano, strings lifting the forlorn hook: “Morning comes, what’s done is done, you just found another way to cry”. Not generally the most positive album – Orton specialises in depression – it’s still amazing how seductively she gets you down. Proving she’s not just a one-trick pony, tracks like Call Me the Breeze explore her more poppy, indie folk side, while See Through Blue comes close to polka territory with its feature accordion and happy-go-lucky old school rhythm. It’s typically Orton to throw something in there, something as charming as it is disarming. Perhaps that’s how Orton translates happiness – all a bit fantastical. Overall, Sugaring Season certainly doesn’t push any boundaries or offer a particularly new side to that we’ve already seen from Orton. It does, however, serve to concrete her as a light that refuses to fade or fawn in today’s music business, and as long as people keep recognising her true abilities, she’ll Best Track: Candle not be tossed to into the ‘has-been’ pile anytime soon. If You Like These, You’ll Like This: FIONA APPLE, CAT POWER, THE AUDREYS JEN WILSON In A Word: Orton

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GIG GUIDE WEDNESDAY DEC 5 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS BEN WELLS & THE MIDDLE NAMES + BUCHANAN + TOM MILEK + WINTER YORK DJS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $13. BIRDS OF TOKYO Ormond Hall, Melbourne. 8:00pm. COLLAGE - FEAT: HOUSE OF LAURENCE + DEGREES OF SEPARATION + MUSHROOM GIANT Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. COTANGENT + HOUNDSTEETH + THE ROLLING PERPETUAL GROOVE SHOW Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5. FIFTH FRIEND + BAD ANIMAL + PENNY BOHAN John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. FRASER A GORMAN & BIG HARVEST + SINGLE TWIN Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. GRIMES Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $45. JAMES KENYON (ALBUM LAUNCH) + THE NYMPHS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $15. LADYDREAMS + CHAIRMAN MEOW + DAMN ACKROYD + KREME EXTREME Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. MISSY HIGGINS + EMMA LOUISE + GURRUMUL Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 7:00pm. NICKI MINAJ + TYGA Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne. 8:00pm. OMAR SOULEYMAN The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 7:30pm. PALM SPRINGS + BIG TOBACCO + SARAH MARY CHADWICK Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. RAINSHADOW + HEISENBERG + KNIGHTMARE + TIM LOCK Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. RIVER OF SNAKES + THE KREMLINS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TAME IMPALA Forum Theatre, Melbourne. 8:00pm. THE BB-SPLITS Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 7:00pm. THE JAMES OSBORNE COLLECTIVE Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. THE PRIMARY + SEA LEGS + SOOKY LA LA + THE CALL UP Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE RAY MANN THREE (SKETCHES TOUR) Toff In

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JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN &WORLD MUSIC BEN CARR TRIO + PAUL CAREY & JULIAN SCHEFFER + TIM PLEDGERS PRODUCT 303, Northcote. 6:30pm. $5. BYRON & THE GYPSY CATS Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. DIZZY’S BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $14. LOUNGE WEDNESDAYS - FEAT: MIDNIGHT SOUL ENSEMBLE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. REBECCA BARNARD & BILL MEYERS SINGALONG + BILL MEYERS + REBECCA BARNARD Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 7:00pm. $15. THE JOE CHINDAMO TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ACAPELLAGO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. BATTLE OF THE BANDS Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. CHRIS ALTMANN Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne. 6:00pm. DEAD WATER CITY + ALYSIA MANCEAU + THE MATTY GREEN BAND Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:30pm. DUNCAN PHILLIPS & THE LONG STAND Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. HAND MADE MUSIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. KOOKIE KARAOKE - FEAT: FRED NEGRO & EDDIE Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. MARISA YEAMAN Clifton Hill Hotel, Clifton Hill. 8:30pm. MATTY GREEN BAND + ALYSIA MANCEAU + DEAD WATER CITY The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:00pm. MIKE RUDD & BILL PUTT Clifton Hill Hotel, Clifton

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SPIRITUALIZED Seminal space kings Spiritualized are ďŹ&#x201A;oating into Australia to blow some minds. Along with their appearance at Meredith they will play The Hi-Fi on Thursday December 6. Prepare yourself for a dirty chin, because from the ďŹ rst sound J. Spaceman and co make it will be dragging along the ground in awe. Apparently there are lazers too, so you know... that's epic.

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60 SECONDS WITH… MONIQUE SESTO When’s the gig and with who? The gig is Thursday December 13 at the Paris Cat, Melbourne (underground jazz club). I have the pleasure of playing with some awesome young jazz musicians: Adrian Montagnese, Joshua Kelly, Jessica Carlton, Ben Teniswood plus Jon Chidgey who has been on the jazz scene for a while. They are a really energetic and crazy band (good crazy). I directed and participated in a play with them recently, Con-nec-tion, which combined bebop music and experimental theatre, so we already have a great on stage relationship. What can a punter expect from your live show? Party poppers, improvisation, crazy scat solos,

JEFF MARTIN + ROB WALKER (WA) Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00am. $45. JEFF MARTIN + ROB WALKER Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $45. JERICCO + BLACK DEVIL YARD BOSS + INDIAN MINOR + THE VOLATILES Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $15. KROMOSOM + BLOODRULE + GUTTER GODS + RORT + SPLIT TEETH Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8. LISA MILLER (ALBUM LAUNCH) + TENIELLE NEDA & DAN LETHBRIDGE Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $18. LOTEK + FLORELIE ESCANO + HIT THE FAN Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. MOMENTS APART + ARTILAH + FIELDS OF REIGN + SPYKITE + THE SOULENIKOES Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $12. MYRIDIAN (UNDER THE FADING LIGHT LAUNCH) + CATACOMBS + HYBRID NIGHTMARES + OKERA Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $12. PENNY IKINGER + DJ MATT STABS + MICHAEL PLATER & THE EXIT KEYS + TENDERBONES + WARPIGS The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:00pm. PLASTIC SPACEMAN + MIDNIGHT DRIVE + THE EYEBALL KICKS + TWO HEADED DOG Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. PRIMAL SCREAM Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SONS OF ABRAHAM + ATOMIC BLISS + MARCH IN MOSCOW + SONS OF JERICO Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. SUMMER OF CLASSICS - FEAT: JEFF LANG Pure Pop Courtyard, St Kilda. 4:00pm. THE HIGH LEARY’S + THE NAYSAYERS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. THE SHANGHAI TIMES + GOODBYE GALAXY + MUCK FONDAYS AND RABID ZULU Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 1:00pm. THE TWOKS + ACHOO! BLESS YOU + BETTER THAN THE WIZARDS Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. TRALALA BLIP & MUTTBOY + MAD NANNA Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray. 7:30pm. $10. TURBONEGRO + EPICS The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $50.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC CHRISTINE ANU Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $37. DEL BARRIO The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. FEM BELLING & THE ROGER CLARK QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. MELBOURNE COMPOSERS BIG BAND Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $15. MOSE & THE FMLY + GMC + MARCUS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.

TAMARA KULDIN’S DIRTY MARTINI Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20. THE FOURFRONT + DIVINA PROVIDENCIA + MONIQUE & ANDY + THE D.Y.E 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. THE HOODANGERS Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE THIN GREEN LINE - FEAT: GREEN LINE GROOVES + DJ XANDER 11PM-3AM Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 6:30pm. VIKINGO’S PENA Open Studio, Northcote. 9:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK AINTREE SWEET Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. CASTLEMAINE FRINGE FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:00pm. CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd. 12:45pm. FLYING ENGINE STRINGBAND Railway Hotel, Fitzroy North. 8:00pm. JASON SEEMAN + BROOKE TAYLOR Balaclava Hotel, Balaclava. 8:00pm. JIMI HOCKINGS BLUES MACHINE Brycees Tavern, Mooroolbark. 9:00pm. JULITHA RYAN Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $10. PAPERCRANE + AL PARKINSON + ELK & WHALE + KATE WALKER + TIM WOODZ Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. PHIL PARA One Fourteen Bar, Mentone. 8:30pm. SALT LAKE CITY MELBOURNE BAND Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 7:00pm. SHAUN KIRK Grind N Groove, Healesville. 8:00pm. ST. ANDREWS OPEN MIC & JAMM NIGHT St Andrews Hotel, St Andrews. 8:00pm. STEPHEN CUMMINGS + THE TARANTULAS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $25. TANGRAMS + CABBAGES & KINGS + SEEDY REED Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE 4-PEACE BAND Beaumaris Rsl, Beaumaris. 8:00pm. THE CHRIS ALTMANN REVUE John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. THE QUARRY MOUNTAIN DEAD RATS Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 9:00pm. THE RECHORDS Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. TIM GUY Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS - FEAT: DAN BOURKE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm.

drinks and maybe some music if we have time. What part of making music excites you the most? I love a great melody, a great bass line and above all, telling a story for the audience, I get very excited when an audience gets sucked into a song. What’s your favourite song at the moment, and why? I’m really into Bom Bom by Sam And The Womp at the moment. The first time I listened to it I thought it was Bjork making a comeback! But it was some equally crazy, bizarre and awesome chick. I love the sound of brass instruments, and the hornline in this song is so infectious. I’m going to try and convince my band to do a cover of this song at the gig. Name an interview question you wish someone would ask you, and answer it.

SATURDAY DEC 8 JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC CHRISTINE ANU Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $37. CONTINENTAL ROBERT Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $23. SAM KEEVERS TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SWING PATROL - FEAT: ANDREW SWANN & THE SWINGING ASSASSINS Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $25. TRACY BARTRAM Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20.

INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK &COVERS ABSOLUTELY LIVE THE DOORS SHOW + FORTUNATE SONS + PHIL PARA + ZEPPELIN ALIVE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. AFROBIOTICS + DJ CHRIS GILL + DJ FUTURE ROOTS + ELF TRANZPORTER + MR MONK The B.east, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. $5. ALL WE NEED + DEL LAGO + DJ CISCO ROSE + FORTNIGHT JUMBO + TOO SOON! The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. AMBER FERARO + CRUEL TO BE KIND + FRONTLINE + HUGE KIRNE Idgaff Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 4:00pm. BANG - FEAT: HAWTHORN HEIGHTS + EMPIRE OF

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DIRT + SIENNA SKIES Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. BASTARD SQUAD + COMMON THREAD + LEPROSY + PUBLIC LIABILITY Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $5. BLAKE SABAN 3 + JESS PORTER Baha Tacos & Tapas Bar, Rye. 8:00pm. $10. CITY VS COUNTRY + MAX GOES TO HOLLYWOOD + THE ELLIOTTS Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. $10. CLAMPDOWN Rochester Castle Hotel, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. COCO VELU Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. COPIA & FREESTATE + COPIA + FREESTATE + RIOTS IN TOYTOWN + VOODOOCAIN Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. CRASS! - FEAT: THE BLOW WAVES + BABY LEMONADE LAMARR + DJ KITI + GHETTO PUSSY Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $12. CROSSROADS + 4 PETE’S SAKE + AURORA + DEAR STALKER + TYO Edwards Place, Reservoir. 8:00pm. DANE CERTIFICATE + RED BEARD + THE ARCHETYPALS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. DESTINYS GRANDCHILD Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 10:00pm. DROPBUNNY + MOTH + PYRéNE Club Voltaire, North Melbourne. 7:00pm. ENDLESS HEIGHTS + CIVIL WAR + REINCARNATION + THORNS Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. FINAL AXCENT Ruby’s Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. FREAKS & GEEKS PARTY (U18) - FEAT: FRANCOLIN + AGRESS + FRANCOLIN + SEVEN YEAR ITCH + THE MCQUEENS + THE RIMS Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 1:00pm. $5. GABRIEL LYNCH & DAVID DOWER + STRANGE AWAKENINGS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5.

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Define your genre in five words or less? Sub-tropical antipodean pop Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? People will gravitate depending on what song they focus on. We tend to sprawl all over the place. My voice is often compared to Roberts Smith and Forster, sometimes a bit Malkmus, sometimes a bit Mark E Smith. I wish I sounded like Loaded era Lou, but I don’t. When’s the gig and with who? We’re playing as a duo (Pascalle Burton and myself) on Thursday December 6 at Yah Yah’s with Dave Graney and Clare Moore, and Will Hindmarsh of Go-Go Sapien. It’s gonna be excellent. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Mostly I’m consumed by the geography of where I am. Being from Brisbane, well, it can be volatile. It’s mostly sunny though. But, the more I write and perform; I wonder if I really understand my Beat Magazine Page 76

If someone could write a song about you, who would it be and why? Oh great question! It would probably be Louis Prima, most amazing jazz/Italian singer. You may recognise his voice/music from the cartoon film The Jungle Book (he plays the swingin’ orangutan).

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surroundings at all. Anyone that readily describes themselves as a true Queenslander, I’m genuinely concerned by. What’s your favourite song, and why? Lately I’ve been re-visiting the Stop Making Sense period of Talking Heads. I keep coming back to the song Once In A Lifetime. Apart from the great momentum of the song and all its details, the lyrics are transcendent. Byrne the preacher. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? We’ve just released a fourth album called Cassowary. It’s 11 tracks centred around fitness boot camps, nightclubs, species deceases and sex. I’ve enjoyed listening to it. Name an interview question you wish someone would ask you, and answer it. Q: Do you have any video clips on YouTube and Vimeo? A: Yes.


MAYDAY PARADE JOHN C. REILLY AND FRIENDS Movie-ly inclined music star – wait – musically inclined movie star (that’s better) John C. Reilly is bringing a few mates to town for a pretty special show this Thursday December 6 at The Northcote Social Club. He’s that dude from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. He is also Dr Steve Brule. And he plays a mean acoustic. Check it out. GLAMTASTIC Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $10. GOTYE Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne. 6:30pm. $80. GUNN MUSIC CHRISTMAS PARTY - FEAT: ANNA SALEN + ANY LAST WORDS + CITY SHARPS + I RAN ELEVENTH + LONG HOLIDAY + PORTRAITS OF AUGUST + ROOM WITH A VIEW Espy, St Kilda. 7:00pm. $15. HARLOTT + INVOLUNTARY CONVULSION + KEYS TO PERDITION + PARTY VIBEZ + SEPPUKU Central Club Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $10. INTERNAL ROT + DIPLOID + HANS HARMS + HEADLESS DEATH + UMBILICAL TENTACLE Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. JEFF MARTIN + ROB WALKER Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $39. JOE ROBINSON (COMIN’ HOME TOUR) + CROOKED SAINT Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $20. JUDGE PINO & THE RULING MOTIONS Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. KROMOSOM + DEBACLE AND EXTINCT EXIST Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. MARICOPA WELLS + BATEMAN + BORN LION + COVELESKI + DJ SLOVENLY Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. MAYDAY PARADE + HEROES FOR HIRE + WE ARE IN THE CROWD Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm. $44. MESSRS + SEARCHES + THE MCQUEENS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $12. NIGHT TERRORS + CUNTZ + MATTHEW BROWN + REPTILES + ZOND The Liberty Social, Melbourne. 9:00pm. $12. PHANTOM HITMEN + HIT THE FAN Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. PIONEERS OF GOOD SCIENCE + LITTLE KILLING + LUNAIRE + THE ENCLOSURES Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. REIGNING MEN + D.D.DUMBO Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. SHAUN KIRK + CHRIS CAVILL + HALFWAY TO FOURTH Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15. SHE SAID YOU + CITRUS JAM + COOPER STREET + TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. SUMMER OF CLASSICS - FEAT: SHANNON BOURNE Pure Pop Courtyard, St Kilda. 8:00pm. SUNNYBOYS + EVEN + FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $50. TEN THOUSAND + DARCEE FOX + EMPRA Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $12. THE B.EAST GARAGE SALE - FEAT: FOX ROAD The B.east, Brunswick East. 2:00pm. THE CHARLIES The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. THE UNDERHANDED + STREET FANGS + THE ART OF LATER + THE BALLS Idgaff Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. UNIFIED GECKO Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. ZOOPHYTE (ALBUM LAUNCH) Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $20.

Day-parades in May are great. No one can dispute that. A few lads outta Florida dig on ‘em so hard they named their band after them. Then their band did super well and now people are advocating Mayday Parades all over the world. Bands using music as a medium to raise awareness for things the feel passionate about is fantastic. Enjoy yourself if you were lucky enough to snaggle a ticket! Yeah – snaggle. Both Billboard shows on Saturday December 8 are sold out.

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GIA FIELDS + REBECCA BARNARD Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 1:30pm. $12. DIANA MAY CLARK & THE SUNNY SET + GREG ARNOLD The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 3:00pm. EMERGENZA FESTIVAL FINAL The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 5:30pm. EYAL & THE SKELETON CREW + BLOOD RED BIRDS Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. GOO GOO MUCK Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. GUNN MUSIC ESPY SHOWDOWN GRAND FINAL FEAT: BELLUSIRA Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $20. HAWTHORN HEIGHTS + SIENNA SKIES Pier Live, Frankston. 8:00pm. $25. HOLY LOTUS + PETER BIDDY + SARAH MARY CHADWICK Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. KATIE NOONAN (SOLO & BY REQUEST) + JACK CARTY Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $35. KOOYEH + DJ MADCAP Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 3:30pm. L BURN ILLUMINATI + TIGERMOTH Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. LAGWAGON + CAVALCADE + KILL THE MATADOR + THE SMITH STREET BAND Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $40. LORRAINE (OVER LAUNCH) + BETTER THAN THE WIZARDS + JEN KNIGHT & THE CAVALIERS + PIPER PACKSHAW Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. MILES BROWN + DANIEL JENATSCH + HAMBURGER LADY Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. MU-THEORY + BRUCE PUMPA & THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. $10. SLEEPING BAG Open Studio, Northcote. 9:00pm. SUPER XX MAN + COURTNEY BARNETT + DJ JENNY O’KEEFE + KIKUYU + LEHMANN B. SMITH Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $5. THE APOCALYPSE DUDES + LEVITATING CHURCHES + SEX STREET + THE DUKES OF DELICIOUSNESS + UPTOWN ACE Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 4:00pm. $5. THE DEATH RATTLES + DJ MARTYN + SKYSCRAPER STAN TRIO + THE STILSONS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $6. THE DETONATORS CAR SHOW DAY St Andrews Hotel, St Andrews. 3:00pm. THE MORNINGS + PORCELAIN PILL + TANYA BATT + WINTER YORK John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. THE TOTE, BABY! - FEAT: LIVINGSTONE DAISIES + GRIZZLY JIM LAURIE + JACKY WINTER Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 3:00pm. $5. THE WHORLS + FIERCE MILD + WARTOOTH Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. TILLEY + AROWE + JANE MCARTHUR Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. TIMOTHY NELSON & THE INFIDELS + TRISTEN BIRD & THE HIGH COUNTRY OWLS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK CHRIS ALTMANN + SHACKLETON Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. CHRIS ALTMANN Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK + DEAN MULLER + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00pm. COLLARD GREENS & GRAVY Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm.

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CONTINENTAL ROBERT Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 4:00pm. $30. FESTIVAL HALL Noise Bar, Brunswick. 2:00pm. JOE CHRONROY Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 6:00pm. JULES BOULT & THE REDEEMERS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. LAKE PALMER Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. LUKE SINCLAIR + JACK CARTY Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 4:02pm. MATT MALONE Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 6:00pm. MICK TURNER Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. MIKKI MICHELLE + CARLY FERN + CRAIG WILLIAMS + DOM ITALIANO Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 3:30pm. OPA 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5. PHIL PARA DUO Ontop In Ormond, Ormond. 4:00pm. SEAN MCMAHON’S WESTERN UNION Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. SHANAKEE Bay Hotel, Mornington. 3:00pm. SIME NUGENT Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND Wesley Anne, Northcote. 2:00pm. $8. SUMMER OF CLASSICS - FEAT: SAM BUCKINGHAM Pure Pop Courtyard, St Kilda. 4:00pm. $10. SUNDAY SINGER-SONGWRITER SESSIONS - FEAT: GREG KEW + JESSIE LEE MAGRO Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 4:00pm. SYSTEM UNKNOWN DUBWISE CREW 303, Northcote. 1:00pm. THE CARTRIDGE FAMILY Carringbush Hotel, Abbotsford. 4:00pm. THE DUKES OF DESPAIR The Hillz Bar, Monbulk. 2:30pm. THE JOE GALEA BAND Wheelers Hill Hotel, Wheelers Hill. 8:00pm. THE TERRY MCCARTHY SPECIAL Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. THE WIKIMEN Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm. TOM BUDGE Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. ULTRAFOX + KEN MAHER + TONY HARGREAVES Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm.

MONDAY DEC 10 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ACOUSTIC SESSIONS - FEAT: GLENN PATRICK Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 7:30pm. CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. FROM BESSIE, LIL & BILLIE TO THE FUTURE Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. JOSH OWEN BAND Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. LAGWAGON + CAVALCADE + KILL THE MATADOR + THE SMITH STREET BAND Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $40. MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: INTERNAL ROT + PNEUMATIC SLAUGHTER + WORLD GRIND DOMINATION Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 6:00pm. THE FURBELOWS Open Studio, Northcote. 9:00pm. UNPAVED PRESENTS SONGWRITER SESSIONS - FEAT: DAN WATERS + BEN MELONIE + BETH + GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE + KINCH KINSKI Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $7.

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Panty droppin’, cherry poppin’, heart stoppin’ mother lickin’ garage soul. What can a punter expect from your live show? Wild dancing and a crazy horn section. And free drinks. And hot ladies everywhere.

So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say? Nothing, they are in a soul coma . What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Quality garage soul and R&B – Dirtbombs, MC5, The Stooges, The Small Faces. And some Otis Redding, Gil Scott Heron and Betty Davis thrown in for good measure.   Where would you like to be in five years? All of our records will be in the Coburg Library, a Perfections mosaic will be installed at the bottom of the Coburg Olympic Pool and we’ll get keys to the city. And we will have made a fuck-tonne of amazing vinyls.

What’s your favourite song, and why? We are loving JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound, Baltimore is the New Brooklyn. It’s a rockin’ garage tune with an awesome video clip – you know it’s a good clip when there are dancing bananas/Fidel Castros.

What is the highlight of your set? The crazy eight minute, dance frenzied, drum and guitar solo in our German-spoken version of Hendrix’s Fire or our epic horn section blasting the shit out of Know Your Product.

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TUESDAY DEC 11 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ABBIE CARDWELL & CHICANO ROCKERS + MEXICALI MAMMA + VINTAGE MEXICAN DJS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $15. ACOUSTIC SESSIONS - FEAT: JOSH BLAU + SINGER Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 7:30pm. COLLAGE - FEAT: LEADLIGHT + DAVE GILLAN + IAIN ARCHIBALD + JOHN LILLIS + JULY DAYS Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. JLO (DANCE AGAIN TOUR) + KATE ALEXA Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 8:00pm. LOS NEUTRINOS Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. RED X Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE ANTI-FALL MOVEMENT & KIM BEALES Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $20. THE BRUNSWICK DISCOVERY - FEAT: UNECCESARY TENSION + JOE GUITON + WARTOOTH Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE LIVING END (THE RETROSPECTIVE TOUR) + DJ COSMIC DOLPHIN + THE MEANIES Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN &WORLD MUSIC ANDREA KELLER QUARTET + THE JULIUS SCHWING TRIO 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $8. CAPTAIN KITKWOOD Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. MAKE IT UP CLUB Bar Open, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MONASH JAZZ ORCHESTRA Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14.

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ALI E + MIGHTIEST OF GUNS + RICH DAVIES Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. DRESSED TO CHILL + PALACE OF THE KING Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $18. JVG GUITAR METHOD Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. LOUNGE TUESDAYS - FEAT: BOB STAMOS Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. OPEN MIC Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:30pm. OPEN MIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 7:00pm. OPEN MIC NIGHT Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 7:00pm. SUZANNAH ESPIE + CHRIS ALTMANN + LIZ STRINGER Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.

When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/ single/etc? We’ve got a stack of sweet 10” EPs pressed and ready for our launch on Saturday December 15 at The Grace Darling (perfections.bandcamp.com). We are playing with Major Tom and The Atoms, The Charlies and The 7Ups. Don’t even bother wearing shoes, y’all wear them out from the insane dancing! Not bad for $12.

what type of bands you’ve booked, where, contacts you have and how long you have been in the game and importantly what you may be able to bring. Be quick. Send email to: shimgapi@gmail.com.

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Wednesday August 1st, 2012 With Ruth Mihelcic

There are a ridiculous number of massive gigs happening this week. We’ve got Missy Higgins, Nicki Minaj, Reece Mastin, Gotye and Jennifer Lopez alongside some rad FReeZA gigs. If you’re looking for something fun and creative to do over the summer, check out Signal 37. It’s a free summer creative arts program for young people 13 to 20 years and its jam packed with workshops, mentoring opportunities, conversations, exhibitions and performances. You get to choose what you focus on, from making animations, street art mentoring, building robots, writing poetry, and learning about the curatorial process. Registrations close December 14 and the ten day program kicks off in January. Grab a registration form from their website www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ Signal or contact Signal on 8696 5400. Laneway Festival is back in February next year with 30 acts and an eclectic mix of some of the most interesting acts from across the globe. Triple J is looking for a band from each mainland state to open the proceedings. Have your tracks uploaded on triplejunearthed.com by Sunday to be in the running! Lastly, National Youth Week 2013 grants are open until December 7. If you’ve got an idea for an event, project or celebration then you can apply for up to $2000 in funding. Check out youthcentral.vic.gov.au for more details. ALL AGES TIMETABLE Wednesday December 5 Paul Colman w/ Scott Darlow and Adam Agee, Gateway CoC, 186 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool, 6:30pm, $15 concession or $22.50 adult, oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545, AA Missy Higgins w/ Emma Louise, and Gurrumul, Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St.Kilda, 7pm – 11:50pm, $82.22, ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100, AA Nicki Minaj, Rod Laver Arena, Batman Avenue, Melbourne, 7:30pm, $99.90, ticketek.com.au or 132 849, AA Thursday December 6 Reece Mastin w/ Justice Crew and The Janoskians, Hisense Arena, Batman Avenue, Melbourne, $72 - $199, ticketek.com.au or 132 849, AA Rock-A-Bye Baby - The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Fitzroy Town Hall, Napier Street, Fitzroy, 11am – 12pm, $5, facebook.com/rockabyebaby.pbs, AA Friday December 7 Endless Heights w/ Civil War, Frozen Over, Outlines, and Proclaim, Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray, facebook.com/endlessheights, AA Battallangatta w/ Insert Memory, DL Candy B, and more, Tallangatta Triangles, Towong Street, Tallangatta, 6pm – 10pm, Free, Renee Carkeek on (02) 6071 5100, U18 Saturday December 8 Righteous w/ hip hop, slam poetry and dancehall, SIGNAL, Flinders Walk, Northbank, Melbourne, melbourne.vic.gov.au/Signal or phone (03) 8696 5400, AA Combination Music Festival, Sound Shell, Victoria Park, Taralgon, 11am – 7pm, Free, phone 5136 8300, AA Phoenix Skate Park Jam w/ Big Sounds, skate comp and DJ, free barbeque, arcade games, jumping castle, free giveaways and prizes, Phoenix Skate Park, 22 Rob Roy Road, Malvern East, 11am – 3:30pm, Free, www. stonnington.vic.gov.au/gwusportrec, AA Mayday Parade w/ We Are The In Crowd and Heroes For Hire, Billboard The Venue, 170 Russell St, Melbourne, 12:30pm, $50.75, oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545, U18 All Ages Hip Hop w/ Mantra, Dylan Joel, The Fourfront, and Raw Elements (Hip Hop Collective – CD Launch), Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray, 5pm – 9pm, $12 presale or $15 door, oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545, AA Freaks and Geeks Party w/ Francolin, The McQueens, Seven Year Itch, The Rims, and Agress, Thornbury Theatre, 859 High St, Thornbury, 1pm, $8.20, Kate Duncan on 8470 8001, AA Gotye, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, King Domain Gardens, Melbourne, 6:30pm, $79.90, ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100, AA Monday December 10 Spectrum, St Andrews Hotel, St Andrews Rd (Cnr Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Rd), St Andrews, 1pm, Free Tuesday December 11 JLO, Rod Laver Arena, Batman Avenue, Melbourne, 7pm, $101.60 – $795.25, ticketek.com.au or 132 849, AA


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Your favorite sound or lighting package: The best value hire package is the medium iPod Party Package that caters for up to 100 people and includes RCF speakers, lights and costs $253 if picked up from our store. Also, if you “check in” at Pro Light & Sound on Facebook when you pick it up, we’ll further discount the package to only $240, which is even better value.

Artists and companies you have worked with: Kiss My Grass Festivals, Good Life Music Festivals, LMFAO and literally hundreds of other well known Australian and international artists and event companies.

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CHELSEA WOLFE Northcote Social Club, Friday November 9 Mercy. The most exhilarating moments come when the tempo is at its most intense: it’s spiritual, in a dark rock’n’roll sort of way and it’s as enchanting as a collective of goblins whipping up spells in a forest. There’s the occasional flash of metal – it’s neither heavy nor hard, but it holds the set together. Mid-way through the gig there’s some sampling of what could have been dialogue from an obscure ‘50s movie; or maybe it had been conceived and constructed specifically for Wolfe’s stage show. At the time the quotations seemed philosophical and profound; in the cold light of day, it might have just been bad poetry. When Wolfe winds back the tempo, the atmosphere suffers commensurately. But it’s only a temporary respite. A brief interlude at the end of the set, and Wolfe and her band are back on stage. It’s dark, and it’s natural; together at last in perfect harmony.

LOVED: The intensity. HATED: The lulls. DRANK: White Rabbit stout.

The last time I saw Money For Rope the highs of their show totally destroyed any chance of that night’s headliners making a strong impression. When they took the stage tonight the room was full and filthy, just as destiny designed. The influx of bodies shortly before Money For Rope took the stage indicated the strong local buzz for the six-piece gargantuan force. Tonight, each member was giving everything they have and every movement was an expression of gut-felt commitment. The two drummers were a pair of bashing atoms that fused to remove any fragile irregularities. The guitarist and bass player moved like deviant worker bees with huge amounts of stolen honey running through their veins. The keys player was dripping wet and possessed. Singer Jules Mackenzie’s voice was assertively announced through the Ding Dong PA. He screamed, chanted, sloganeered, grumbled and melodiously enforced everything he did. There’s an anger evoked by his vocals but it’s not encroaching, nor is he bemoaning. He knows something is amiss and the plastic expectations can no longer be obliged. The default term ‘tight’ does not appropriately describe their playing. Tight connotes strict regimen, but Money For Rope’s six way synchronisation doesn’t reduce the personality of each player. It’s not ‘hard’ work, it’s essential activity. They believe in what they’re doing and tonight the impact was menacingly striking. AUGUSTUS WELBY LOVED: Fraser A. Gorman’s harmonica and vocal work on You’ll Be Gone. HATED: What, no encore? DRANK: Money For Rum (Sailor Jerry and Ginger Ale).

TIM SWEENEY, TEENGIRL FANTASY National Gallery of Victoria Friday November 23 The ornate technicolour ceiling of NGV’s grand hall is a sight to behold when emboldened by sunlight, which perhaps provides some explanation as to why tonight’s event started so damn early. Criminally, co-headlining US duo Teengirl Fantasy performed, rather incredibly, at a far too premature o’clock. Their set belied their timeslot, however, managing to pull off what could well have functioned as a ecstatic crescendo to the evening. Everything came together with the splendour of Cheaters, with the geometric balloon sculptures placed around the dancefloor somehow managing to prolong their fate for the time being. Teengirl Fantasy’s timeslot would have benefitted from a switch with Cut Copy bassist Ben Browning’s penultimate running time placement. The fully live setup askewed the night’s narrative, though it was a serviceable bout of dance pop. Some sonic characteristics of Browning’s full-time band were present. Also present was Shags Chamberlain. Not present were Shags’ pants. It was a big stage for irrepressible R&B duo Collarbones, and they more than rose to the occasion. Performing material primarily from Die Young, their superb release of this year, the outfit triggered the explosive demise of the balloon sculptures. The crowd’s rampant balloon toying and popping was a little overbearing, yet it strangely complementing the nostalgic themes of Collarbones’ recent output. Beatsmith Travis Cook’s sampler was apparently out Beat Magazine Page 82

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QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL Queenscliff, Friday November 23 - Sunday Novemvber 25

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MONEY FOR ROPE Ding Dong Lounge, Saturday December 1 For the hometown launch of their debut album, Money For Rope brought a titanic lineup to the swanked up Ding Dong Lounge and took everyone on a transgressive ride. Mother & Son are from the coastal NSW city of Wollongong and the outer city origins give the band an individuality mightn’t flourish. amidst the homogenizing of a big city. The two-piece are a wild circus sideshow. Frontman Bodie is one of the most abrasively dazzling guitarists in the country. His tremolo-heavy playing sounds scrappy but it includes much deceptive melody, proving his chops surpass mere chance. It’s as if the only way to abate inner demonic urges is to pillage the realms of 12-bar surfer twang and consequently debauch the ears of all who bear witness. His voice is a croaking rusted gate and his yelping of “I was born in a mental asylum” (complemented by the drummers simultaneous gawking enthusiasm) revealed that madness allows for uninhibited fun. The last time I saw Fraser A. Gorman and Big Harvest Gorman it was a headline show and the expectation for something large, befitting headline status, wasn’t quite met. But tonight, in a support slot, their place on stage was more than vindicated. They’re a roots country/ western outfit with a really nice Nashville sound. It’s the Nashville of dapper marginal characters, people with an amount of charisma that could lead them left of the lord, into social disturbance and ultimately to the bottle. The well-dressed yet slightly unkempt quintet played a set of considered rustic Americana with a few departures into doo-wop. Their oeuvre flowed between fragile slow burning laments to flirtatious barn dances. A cover of Elvis Presley’s Burning Love provided one of many fine demonstrations of Gorman’s adept croon.

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It was a simple phrase – doom-folk – that drew us to see Chelsea Wolfe tonight. Music is obviously all about just that: the music, but intriguing semantics can certainly play a part. Folk goes with doom like French champagne goes with a 3am souvlaki. In its post-hippie incarnation, folk music purports to celebrate the beautiful and the natural; doom is dark, a reminder that disappointment, not elation, is the simplest psychological state. But a closer examination is warranted: folk music is arguably the oldest musical form in existence, the direct descendant of an era when music was the vehicle through which stories of humanity – good, bad and violently evil – were conveyed. Doom is merely the dark end of the narrative. On stage Wolfe is flanked by guitar, keyboard, bass and drums. The stage is engulfed periodically by smoke, and the prevailing visual aesthetic is reminiscent of the gothic-punk scene of mid-’80s England. Wolfe is enigmatic, but never brusque. The band is tight as the proverbial religious metaphor. There’s ne’er a gap to be seen in the rhythm section; with such a solid foundation, there’s plenty to play with. We hear moments of early The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Sisters Of

of action tonight, yet it didn’t noticeably diminish the performance. Missing was a euphoric triumph. The set concluded with a ‘90s rave throwback throwdown, as Collarbones are prone to instigate. Immediately after Browning’s set wound up, man of the hour Tim Sweeney took to the decks. Last in town for a flawless early-AM Meredith set, there was an air of victory lap as Sweeney gleefully ran through his disco oriented set – featuring the likes of Earth Wind & Fire. The PA was punishingly loud at the forefront, and dissipated exponentially towards the back. There was a generous sweet spot, resulting in a delightfully packed region of the dancefloor. There were fleeting bursts of strobe, too fleeting to truly take things to the next level. The night concluded with Cutters Records honcho and Cut Copy frontman Dan Whitford goaded a wanting crowd into a cheer for encore at the night’s conclusion. However, Sweeney’s turntables were left impotent by a prudent power-cutter. Maybe it was just as well – we wanted this thing to go all night. LACHLAN KANONIUK LOVED: Dance, dance, dancing. HATED: Lighting was a tad underwhelming. DRANK: Beers while waiting in line to buy beers.

Our entrée to this year’s excellent Queenscliff Music Festival was provided by Howlin’ Steam Train who served up Southern fried country, swamp-infested blues and butt-shakin’ boogie rock with a ‘60s garage twist. The mind-bending King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard proved to be masters of controlled mayhem. The band’s Theremin-spiked echo-laden madness transported us to another galaxy and pummelled us into puddles of awe. Their frenetic assault, mastery of unexpected time changes and fraternal approach to chewing up the stage was nothing short of entrancing. Amidst the brainmelting wall-of-sound it was possible to detect faint echoes of The Strokes, The Wipers, Pere Ubu, New York Dolls, The Telescopes and even Clinic, yet these intergalactic sonic magicians managed to sound fresh and fiercely original. Legendary Australian hard rock hit-makers Baby Animals rolled out all the classics plus an unlikely yet effective cover of Michael Jackson’s Beat It. The Cat Empire was embraced by a huge, swaying audience that ecstatically absorbed the band’s sunny rhythms. One of the many highlights of the band’s well-received set was the rich and playful vocal presence of the nattily attired Harry James Angus. When Lily and King unleashed a thunderous trombone in the regal surrounds of the Vue Grand, all of Saturday morning’s cobwebs were cheerfully annihilated. Lily’s dextrous multiinstrumentalism was a glorious highlight while the duo’s ragged New Orlean’s stomp was impossible to resist. The Harlots, who brought a literary flourish to proceedings with their clever wordplay, featured the visceral talents of frontman Tom Pitts, positively buzzing with primal energy. King Cannons, inked to the max, were a tight and anthemic powerhouse led by a charismatic singer sporting a large black hat and an admirable set of vocal cords. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes brought glamorous star power, sassy dance moves and sexy soul to a large and electrified

audience, while the funky, groove-machine that is Deep Street Soul pumped out incendiary covers of the MC5’s Kick Out The Jams and Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love. Jordie Lane’s rich and resonant vocals, warm stage presence and natural professionalism shone through as he treated a Sunday lunchtime audience to his creative take on country music. The gracious, humble and talented Mia Dyson received a warm welcome from the huge crowd which she proceeded to impress with smokey vocals and luscious liquid guitar licks. The Tom Richardson Project moved effortlessly from buoyant reggae rhythms to punchy funk rock and managed to inspire a mass sing-along. When I first experienced the joys of British India years ago, they were supporting a reformed Huxton Creepers at The Tote. They were an incredibly youthful ‘60s tinged garage punk band who rocked the small stage as if they were headlining an arena. At QMF they appeared to be equally youthful yet their sound has clearly expanded and developed to reflect the fact that they actually are playing now to enormous audiences. Their unaffected command of the stage and melodic yet hard edged indie rock looks set to propel them ever upwards. Our wonderful weekend drew to an energetic close with Money For Rope featuring a guest appearance from the always entertaining Fraser A. Gorman. GRAHAM BLACKLEY LOVED: The full-throttle performance of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. HATED: Missing out on the rockin’ steam train due to a large queue. DRANK: Southern Bay Draught at Lombardys On Hesse and Southern Ocean Ale and Jamieson Beast IPA at the Vue Grand.

JORDIE LANE Northcote Social Club, Thursday November 29 In an emerald green suede blazer and polka-dot shirt, tonight Jordie Lane was in high definition. The first of three shows in his hometown of Northcote was characterised by clarity. Lane’s very audible in between song banter was casually conversational and humourous, particularly his recount of seeking a sandwich in LA only finding himself thrust into an AA meeting, where he had no choice but to fabricate repentance. He’s a dexterous guitar master and he picked his big bodied Gibson like a relentless banjo player, creating a sound of cigarettes and honey. His well enunciated lyrics are refreshingly concrete. During the 90-odd minutes of wandering storytelling he name checked everywhere from Saigon to Hollywood to Bulli. He makes some familiar statements (such as the titular refrain of new single “I’m a fool for love”) but these are entwined with opinion-piece specificity. His everyday talk of sharing drinks and craving food sits beside heartfelt admissions of a lovers shattering gaze or third world desperation. He discloses the romance in the everyday without the slightest hint of sap. Sentiments such as “it’s funny where your feet fall, it’s funny who you meet,” could be rendered clichéd, but Lane lets you acknowledge the literal lucidity. Without trying too hard, his voice eloquently bends with the stylistic variations he employs. The sound ranged from back-deck folk tales to more concerted AM radio rock and also encompassed turbulent blues numbers, complete with leading electric guitar, pounding drums and choral vocal sweeps. One of his most straightforward ‘rock band’ excursions even bore strong resemblance to Tom Petty. The Appalachian and bluegrass tenets of the setlist were the most affecting. In these environs

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greater emphasis was given to the portraits Jordie painted. The broader arrangements inevitably detracted from the camp fire intimacy and when the blues rock took centre stage it dampened the distinct personality that makes Jordie Lane so endearing. Duet partner and keyboard player Clare Reynolds (a solo artist in her own right) was on stage for roughly half of the set and she was a delightful vocal counterpart. Reynolds and Lane’s voices matched like Emmylou and Ryan Adams and their cover of Gram Parons’ Grievous Angel could have lingered in the air all night. The rest of his backing band are all very good players but they are just that; a backing band. They stood back subordinate to Jordie and, while you didn’t get the impression he was trying to rule the room, everyone happily acquiesced to his charismatic lead. Jordie Lane makes you want to make friends. There weren’t really any clamouring guests, but it was certainly a relaxed jovial atmosphere. In tune with the essence of ‘folk’, and in contrast to the hushed politeness instituted by the prevalent nu-folk scene, the folks at Northcote tonight were a familial throng. Everyone was united under Jordie’s presidency and rather than him actively administering obedience, it was an occasion of mutual constituency. AUGUSTUS WELBY LOVED: A crowd completely willing to follow sing-along cues. HATED: No Jordie Lane vinyl. DRANK: The early summer sunlight, held together by water.


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