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ith ‘Skyfall’ currently shaking and stirring cinemagoers everywhere, why not go back to where it all began with this 1962 classic? 007’s first filmic adventure takes him to the sultry island of Jamaica to investigate the murder of a fellow operative. Before you can say “license to kill”, Bond uncovers a plot to derail the US space program while fighting a slew of deadly assassins, sexy femme fatales and tarantulas. With the help of CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jack Lord) and the beautiful Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), 007 goes on the hunt for the evil Dr No - a megalomaniacal scientist bent on world domination. ‘Dr No’ made a star of Sean Connery, who went on to appear in seven films in the iconic franchise. While there is much argument as to who should hold the title of ‘best Bond’, Connery’s compelling mix of suave sophistication and an almost brutish cold heartedness is pretty hard to top.

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f you have a penchant for the super ridiculous and like your films caked in buckets of stylised gore, then ‘Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter’ should be right up your alley. We first meet honest Abe as a nine-year-old who witnesses his mother’s death at the hands of the vampire, Jack Barts. Growing up with revenge on the mind, Lincoln meets Henry Sturgess, who teaches him how to hunt and kill vampires. Lincoln’s lust for revenge and vampire slaying continues into his Presidency when, during the Civil War, he realises that Nosferatu and co are fighting with the Conferderate forces in a plot to take over the good ol’ US of A. Lincoln is having none of it and he mounts a bloody campaign to put paid to the bloodsucker blight once and for all. You know exactly what you’re going to get with this film as soon as you read the title - a big, ridiculous, over-the-top flick with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek.

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here is no doubt that our fair city has always been a seething hotbed of all things metal. Now, the good folks at Full Force N Dirty Promotions are hosting a celebration of everything that is musically heavy in Newcastle over the past 30 years with one hell of a bill. Dubbed the Steel Ball, the event will showcase twelve Newcastle bands that run the gamut of heavy metal genres with some acts reforming especially for the event. “The whole idea started out as a reunion concert for some of the bands from the 1980s and 90s but we soon realised that there was still a lot of really good metal bands in the area now, so we decided to make it a celebration of all things Newcastle metal,” organiser

Valerie Johnston said. So, without further ado, coming from the eighties we have the metal madness of Warning, Osmium Grid, The PFJ and Animist will be representing the 1990s, while the likes of Headbutt, Purenvy, Grannyfist, The Very Metal Show, Virus Crawl (pictured), Balescream, Sabretung and Legion of the Horn will be belting out the brutal sounds of today. “It’s a really great opportunity for metal fans from all over to come together and meet one another because one thing that we’ve found really interesting about organising this is just how wide the metal community in Newcastle is,” Ms Johnston said. The Steel Ball will be on at Newcastle District Tennis Club on Saturday, December 22.

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ith Groovin’ the Moo 2012 still fresh in the mind, the boffins at Moo HQ are working harder than Santa’s elves to bring you what promises to be one of the hottest Moo fests yet. Signalling a return to its roots, the festival will kick off at Maitland Showground on Saturday, April 27 before moving around the country to Canberra, Bendigo, Townsville and Bunbury. While all the good news can’t be shared just yet (the line-up will be announced on January 30), organisers are giving you the chance to get all the news and festival updates by signing up for the Moos Flash at gtm.net.au. If you sign up by 5pm, December 31, by the time you’ve seen in the new year you could have won yourself tickets for you

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fter reforming earlier this year for a one-off show at the Lass O’Gowrie, seminal Novocastrian post-punk outfit,

pel mel, have reignited the fire in their collective belly as you will soon see when they (now known as the pel mel organisation), rip into a set of classics and a few newies at the Terrace Bar this weekend. “To be honest, we decided to get the band back together for a special tribute

at the Lass O’Gowrie for a friend of ours who had died,” singer, synth and sax player, Jude McGee, told TE. “We had such a great time playing all of those old songs so we thought we’d just run with it and see where it went.” For those not in the know, pel mel started life in the heady Newcastle music scene of the late 1970s as essentially an antidote to the proliferation of cover bands in the area. “One of the reasons the band started in the first place was that we were discovering all of this new music coming out of New York and the UK and there were a lot of cover bands at the time in Newcastle playing all of that late 70s radio stuff and we basically wanted to make our own fun,” McGee said. “We ended up snaring a residency at the Grand Hotel in Bolton Street where we played every Friday night for about 9 months - it

was a brilliant time.” Before too long, word spread about the band and they picked up stumps and moved to Sydney where they soon became a fixture in the inner-city music scene at venues like the Rock Garden and the Trade Union Club. The band’s first single ‘No Word From China’ was a Triple J hit and subsequent albums ‘Out of Reason’ and ‘Persuasion’ cemented their reputation as one of the Aussie underground’s most formidable acts. McGee said punters could expect a slew of tracks from the first two albums such as ‘Water’, ‘Pandemonium’, and ‘Shoes Should Fit’ as well as some early gems that never made it to vinyl including ‘Son of Sam’, ‘Clever Move’ and ‘Continuing Imprisonment’. There’s also talk that there might be a few freshly-minted numbers that will be given an airing at the show. Does this mean we can expect some new pel mel in the near future? “Quite possibly,” McGee said. “Now that recording is so much easier than back when we were doing it – when you needed like a million dollars to make a record – that’s definitely something that could be a possibility in the near future.” Catch the pel mel organisation when they play at the Terrace Bar on Saturday December 8. Joining them will be fellow old schoolers, Swami Binton, The Limp and the new school freshness of Leather Feather.

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he last time we caught up with Morgan Evans, it seemed like he barely had time to scratch himself, with a newly minted contract from Warner Music and two EPs released in the previous 12 months – not to mention countless hours on the road. In a case of not resting on his laurels, Evans has been hunkered down in the songwriting mecca of Nashville for the past five weeks, knocking around some ideas for his debut long-player which we are likely to see in the not-too-distant future. “The last time we spoke I believe I had just released ‘While We’re Young’ and since then I have been pretty busy,” Evans told TE down the line from Nashville. “I spent a fair bit of time travelling around Australia and getting the word out about ‘While We’re Young’ and then I headed over to Nashville where I’ve been for the past five weeks. “I essentially came over here to write songs and I’ve been extremely lucky to work with some amazing people over here – so the plan is now to head back over in April next year to record the album. It’s a pretty exciting time.” When it comes to amazing people, Evans isn’t just blowing smoke, either. During his time in Nashville, the Novocastrian has written with the likes of Brett James (who has penned hits for

Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride), Bob DiPiero (Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Faith Hill and Etta James) and singer Victoria Shaw who produced Lady Antebellum’s debut record and wrote the track ‘The River’ made famous by Garth Brooks. “Working with these people is just amazing,” Evans said. “I mean, I can remember singing that song ‘The River’ by Garth Brooks in the car when I was a kid, so it’s a bit of a spin-out to be meeting the person that wrote it.” While Evans said it was a dream come true to be knocking out tunes with such country music heavy hitters, the idea of collaboration took some getting used to. “It really is a crazy thing to sit in a room with someone, often someone you have never met before and just delve straight into each other’s souls,” he said. “Sometimes it just clicks right off the bat and you know then and there if it’s going to work or not. Thankfully, I think most of what I’ve been doing over here has worked quite well.” Evans’ Nashville trip hasn’t been all work and no play, mind you. He said he was fortunate enough to experience his very first Halloween and Thanksgiving while Stateside. “Yeah, my first Halloween was just crazy – it was so much fun. “Although, Thanksgiving was just awesome. It really was just like Christmas in Australia – lots of eating and lazing around, but I’ve been staying with two families while here so I got to have two Thanksgivings. I was basically

in a food coma for a week.” As we go to press, Evans will be winging his way back to Oz and there won’t be much time to reflect as he will be hitting the ground running with a run of dates in Tamworth as well as slots on the Inverell Ute Muster, CMC Rocks The Hunter and the Deni Blues and Roots festival alongside the likes of the Steve Miller Band, Santana, Jimmy Cliff and Bonnie Raitt. “Dude, that bill is so amazing,” he enthused. “I mean, when we play covers, chances are we’re going to be covering one of those bands on the bill, so it’s gonna be awesome to be able to do my thing and then kick back and watch some of the world’s best musos. I can’t wait.”

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fter 12 years of serving up their raucous brand of punk-infused rock and roll, Newcastle outfit, Bitchcraft, are calling it a day, but not before a special swansong show at the Lass that will double as the launch for their long-awaited sophomore longplayer, ‘Ladies Choice’. Guitarist Nardia Collyer told TE that while the final show would be bittersweet, people could expect the same level of unashamed energy, unpretentious fun and breakneck all-girl rock that is more Runaways than riot grrl. “There will definitely be some mixed emotions on the night, because we have been together for so long,� she said. “That said, there will still be a lot of immaturity at the show and we’ll all be showing off a lot more, as well. “It’s going to be fun.� Collyer said the band formed in 2000 after she wanted to experience some of the fun her partner, a drummer, was

having with his band. “After the birth of my first child, my partner, who was drumming in a band, was going off to band practice and gigs and, basically, I wanted to get out of the house, so I got a couple of girlfriends together and we started jamming on Friday nights,� she said. Before too long, Bitchcraft were opening for Collyer’s partners’ band at the now-defunct Hunter on Hunter. A rough-as-guts, yet totally infectious long player, suitably titled ‘Rough As Guts’ soon followed, yet it was a long time between drinks until the latest, more polished album. “It did take a few years to get the album done, mainly because everyone in the band kept having babies or getting uni degrees,� Collyer said. Retaining the same punk energy and flavour as the debut, ‘Ladies Choice’ bristles with a punchy, well-developed sound (helped in part from some great production from Geoff Mullard) that is a testament to how far the band had come since ‘Rough As Guts’. Collyer said that while the upcoming show would be the bands’ last for the foreseeable future, she didn’t want to say never again. “We might end up being one of those dodgy old bands that get together once a year at Christmas – we’ll just have to wait and see.� Catch Bitchcraft, alongside Glory Meat and Errol JM, when they play at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel this Saturday, December 8.

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he Wicko is going to be chock-a-block with rock and roll swagger this weekend when the Ride Ons get the lead out for their last gig of 2012 and the boys will be looking to get the room rocking with their high-energy brand of swampy rock and roll. Hailing from Sydney, the Ride Ons came together in 2004 with three core members Ben Nightingale (Sleepy Jackson, Don Walker, The Clouds), Murray Shepherd (The Monarchs, The Screaming Tribesmen) and Matty Stokes (The Chevrons, Great Dividing Range) before Newcastle bass-ace

Leith Tisdell (Great Dividing Range, Jacuzzi Suit) was recruited into the fold in 2009. In case you’re not already a fan, think toe-tappin’ rhythms that can’t help but get everyone jumping out of their seats, effortlessly stylish guitar chops and hard hitting vocals. The Ride Ons deliver true classic rock and roll with three sets of footstomping original songs reminiscent of the Black Keys, AC/DC, Kings of Leon and the Rolling Stones. Get your dose of unpretentious rock and roll with the Ride Ons at the Wickham Park Hotel on Saturday, December 8.

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n a city that is overwhelmed with masses of bands and artists, many musical outfits fight to gain the respect and admiration from a discerning public. Newcastle muso, Jerome O’Connor, however, tenaciously holds a significant resonance as an artist who steps up to the mark and raises the bar for professional standards in live entertainment in our fair city. This guy has the uncanny knack for ripping through a repertoire that reads like a veritable who’s who of popular music, yet all the while making every note his own. If the likes of Chuck Berry, Cee Lo Green, George Benson, Crowded House, The Darkness and Wolfmother float your boat, then you’d do well to check this guy out. Catch Jerome when he plays at the Clarendon Hotel on Friday, December 7.

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in spades. Mills is an accomplished guitarist and whips out both the electric and acoustic during a set that covers songs from the 1960s right through to today – think the likes of The Angels, Blink 182, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Styx and Red Hot Chili Peppers and you’re in the right ball park. Mills has had many highlights in his career, including a four-year stint at the Red Garter in Florence Italy, as well as two-years of playing the Aussie pub circuit in Austria and Germany. Memories of those times include having eight people from a Contiki tour do a striptease during a rendition of ‘Leave Your Hat On’. Famous audience members throughout his career include Sting, David Bowie, Roberto Benigni, Dave Lambert (The Strawbs) as well as many Australian celebrities. Check out Michael Mills when he plays at Bar 121 on Friday, December 7.

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nyone that is familiar with Melbourne singer-songwriter Cilla Jane’s previous two albums – ‘When Night Falls’ and ‘When Morning Comes’ – and their sweetly meandering, almost dreamy folk-pop sound, might be in for a little bit of a surprise with her latest single, ‘Riverside’. “I guess I’ve spread my wings a bit and the new single represents a bit of a new direction for me,” she told TE. “Previously, I’d played as a duo but recently I started working with a new band and, as a result, there is a much bigger, more layered sound with the new stuff – more electric sounds and there is also a little bit of darkness that has crept in as well.” A successful recipient of the John Butler Seed Grants music program, Jane started her musical life in the ultra-competitive Melbourne singersongwriter scene and she said she soon realised that she would have to change her approach to stay ahead of the seemingly never-ending glut of male and female solo artists. “I was always inspired by the whole singer-songwriter thing, but in Melbourne it’s really quite competitive, so I decided to branch out, first of all playing as a duo and now with a full setup and I haven’t looked back since.” While she certainly has developed her sound since ‘When Night Falls’, there’s no doubt that the foundation of emotive folk-pop – juxtaposed brilliantly with

Jane’s soaring vocals, is still present on ‘Riverside’. The single, which drops on December 12, should keep Jane pretty busy for the remainder of 2012 and she plans to kick into overdrive when album number three is out in May next year. “There’s quite a bit going on for me – there’s a bunch of touring to be done, and, in the new year, I’ll be pretty flat out with the album, which is great. “I will say, though, that I’m really looking forward to playing Newcastle as I’ve also been collaborating with a beautiful Newcastle artist, Jo Dyer, who has made all of my merch for me.” Catch Cilla Jane when she plays at the Great Northern Hotel on Saturday, December 8.

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alling all Francophiles! A beautiful era of French cuisine has dawned in the heart of Newcastle. Named after the period of peace and optimism France experienced between 1890 and the beginning of World War I in 1914, the recently established La Belle Epoque on Bolton Street offers fancy French fare in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. My dining partner and I were greeted enthusiastically upon arrival at La Belle Epoque by Frenchman, Dominique (one half of the husband and wife team who own and operate the restaurant) and shown to our table where a pleasant French waitress took our order before the French chefs in the kitchen began preparing our food. One thing you will notice when dining at La Belle Epoque is that almost everyone there is French! bl iin no time. i The entrées arrived on our table I ordered the quintessential French starter, Escargot – a dozen remarkably fresh snails served piping hot with flavoursome garlic butter. While enjoying the meal, my thoughts wandered to where the nearest

supplier of snails would be in the Hunter region. When I quizzed Dominique about this, he replied that they bred their own snails, just like any good restaurant in France would. No wonder they tasted so fresh! For main, I ordered Ballotine de Poulet au Thym, organic chicken breast stuffed with creamy sweet potato and ricotta cheese, served on a bed of ratatouille with thyme. My dining partner opted for another French classic, duck leg confit served with pan fired duck breast, lentils and potato gratin. Both were delicious, generous and beautifully presented. Leaving just enough room for dessert, my dining partner and I c could not go past the crème brûlée, velvety smooth and sweet with a hint of vanilla bean, served with fresh fruit and a bite-sized pastry: the perfect ending to our evening. Bon Appétit! Looking to sample even more d delectable French cuisine? Be ssure to book your table now for tthe restaurant’s French Foreign R Region Nights, which begin in th the New Year. La Belle Epoque’s chefs will create menus inspired by the various gastronomic regions of France, beginning in January with Provence, an area known for its seafood dishes, as well as aïoli, tapenade and ratatouille. Call to reserve your place.

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and Cory Blight (ex-Dukes Of Windsor) are currently on the road to promote their new single ‘The Throne’ – the second cut from their latest long-playing slab of intense grooviness, ‘Mouth of the Ghetto’. It’s been a pretty wild ride for Over Reactor since their inception in January 2010. By the end of the following month, the pair had already worked up enough demos for an album and by March, they had released their first track ‘F**k You Myspace’ which was, ironically,

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espite being eliminated before the finals in the televised singing competition X-Factor, Taree-born singer-songwriter, Morgan Sheather, hasn’t looked back. “I’ve been insanely busy,� she said. “In fact, it’s kind of hard to remember everything because it’s all kind of just becoming one big blur. I have the [self-titled] EP out now – it’s four of my original tracks – on iTunes and its going really great. “Apart from that, I’ve been doing heaps of gigs and really trying to find myself as a performer. I’m also really keen to head back into the studio as soon as possible to record another EP – I mean, I’ve got enough stuff to put out an album, but I really want to wait until the time is right.� Sheather, who said her time on XFactor proved invaluable, added she almost missed out on the audition process altogether. “It was a bit funny actually – I was living above a pub in Redfern at the time, just chilling out – I’d had a pretty bad run up to that point and things weren’t really going to plan,� she explained. “I got an email from a casting agency that was a reminder to audition so I thought, ‘It can’t hurt,’ so I filmed a video audition and I didn’t hear back from them for ages but I finally got an email – they had to track me down as I’d changed my phone number and I’m really glad they did.� While Sheather said she received much valuable advice during her time on the show, it was perhaps the piece

of advice she didn’t follow that proved most effective. “Mel B told us not to make friends with anybody and that was basically the first thing I did,� she said. “I became really great friends with Bella [Ferraro] and we really hit it off. In fact, we put up a cover of The Killers’ ‘Mr Brightside’ on YouTube recently and it’s received more than 150,000 hits. It was all done in one take, too.� Catch Morgan Sheather when she performs at Bar Petitie on Wednesday, December 12.

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