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Editor’s Note// Back in the dark ages of 2007 when Triple J was still fawning over twats such as Faker and Bluejuice, a gritty Melbourne band emerged with little interest in colourful jeans, retro synths or dicking about for the cameras. Hungry to shirk fads and simply deliver the tunes, British India kept their heads down and stuck to a stringent ‘60s recording ethic that saw them dispatch three pithy albums in three years. It was little wonder their manager had links to the Easybeats – British India had a similar dexterity to their pop tunes without losing their underdog grit. Hungry and literate like a new generation’s Tim Rogers, Declan Melia’s lyrics were filled with suburban insight tarnished by a tinge of desperation. His braggadocio as a live frontman disguised a more cautious and autodidactic personality off-stage. Away from the Governor Hindmarsh spotlights and the groupies, the vocalist even admitted to Rip It Up five years ago that he was a dedicated bird watching enthusiast. More a gang than your average bunch of American Apparel poseurs, the members of British India keep each other grounded and have avoided flavour-ofthe-month pitfalls. “We’re not the darlings of the inner city,” Melia once told me. “That’s fucking fine with us as far as I’m concerned.” Following the transfixing threat of their Summer Forgive Me single, fourth album Controller finds British India back on form. Conversely, I can’t say the same for the likes of Faker and Bluejuice.
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Kicking off their 2013 season with a bout between Road Train Rollers and Salty Dolls, the two teams who competed in last year’s grand final, at Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, on Sat Apr 6 with doors open from 6pm.
Coming all the way from Brisbane to play their catchy indie pop at Rhino Room on Fri Apr 5 and the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh on Sat Apr 6 before concluding with a gig at Cavern Club on Fri Apr 12.
See Melbourne’s eclectic, violin-driven, Adelaide Fringe 2008 award winning duo at Thebarton’s Wheatsheaf Hotel on Fri Apr 5 when they launch their new album, Two, with Adelaide folk rockers The Timbers lending support.
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Witness the former member of Aussie indie folk band The Velvet Janes when she returns home from the US to play a special show at Clarence Pk’s Church Of The Trinity on Sat Apr 6 with some special guests.
Heading down from Brisbane town to hit Adelaide Uni Bar with some high energy metal on Sat Apr 6 with Sydneybased progressive rock band Breaking Orbit and Adelaide’s Quiet Child as special guests.
A little birdy tells us that the WA songstress will be dropping into Jive with her new band on Fri Apr 5 to launch new single, Fire Me Up, and also play songs from a new album to be released later this year.
Speeding along this week... BIRDY – experience the young UK sensation when she tours Australia for the first time and brings some skinny love to Thebarton Theatre on Wed Apr 10 with special guest Lewis Watson.
THE DEEP END – be sure to catch the heavily AC/DC-influenced Melbourne outfit when they hit Hindley St’s Enigma Bar on Sat Apr 6 with some special guests.
BLACK BREATH – catch the American punk and garage rockers at Hindley St’s Enigma Bar on Wed Apr 10 with I Exist as their very special guests.
NIGEL WEARNE – heading over from Melbourne to play some country-tinged folk rock at Thebarton’s Wheatsheaf Hotel from around 4pm on Sun Apr 6 with local boy AP D’Antonio as opening act.
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That moment you realise you've been using someone else's toothbrush. Accidentally calling your mum “babe”. When people ask if they can 'borrow' a tissue. Warnings on packets of nuts that say 'this product may contain traces of nuts'. Missing the straw and getting it up your nose. Strangers who cough all over you. Comb overs. Whistlers. Nose hairs. Nose hairs that whistle. Not being your parents' favourite when you clearly should be. When the bloke next to you at the urinal sneaks a peak. Accidentally swallowing a ﬂy. Men who shave in public. Not having another word for thesaurus. Finding a short curly hair in your food and wondering where it came from (and how?). Disclaimers. Paper cuts. Expiry dates. Moustaches on women. G-strings on men. Why strangers have the best candy. Trying to walk past someone in the street but you end up doing the left-right-left-right shufﬂe. Constantly spotting 2 for 1 meal deals when you've recently broken up. Not being able to pronounce anything on the wine list so you point to it instead. You're at the movies and someone sits directly in front of you despite the fact there are over a gazillion spare seats. Exaggerators. Thinking someone's waving to you so you instinctively wave back only to realise they were shooing away a ﬂy. Mistaking plastic decorative fruit as real fruit. Bogan names. The excessive use of exclamation marks!!!!!!!!! Old people texting. Walking through a spider web in the dark then ﬂapping your arms around like a crazy person convinced there's something crawling on you. Making it compulsory to wear helmets when skydiving. Man colds. People who use the expression 'willy nilly', willy nilly. Not having a meat option at vegetarian restaurants. Accidentally sending your boss a dirty text. Why Eminem isn't the spokesperson for M&Ms? Man boobs. Being told that texting on the toilet isn't considered multi-tasking. Asking someone how many weeks to go when they're not pregnant. Getting stuck in a bean bag. Trying to take a discreet photo but your ﬂash goes off. Not knowing which armrest is yours at the cinema. Mistaking your haemorrhoid cream for toothpaste. Changing your Facebook status to 'single' and your ex 'likes' it. Making unintentional eye contact with a stranger who's licking the sauce off their hot dog. Having a Wiggles song stuck in your head. Accidentally farting while doing sit-ups at the gym. Couples who sit on the same side of the booth when there is no one on the other side. Noisy eaters. Women who wear jewellery that clinks and clanks every time they move like they're some kind of walking wind chime. When people take 20 napkins, use one, then throw them all away. Hairy backs. Running out of paper in a public toilet. Gunts. The creepy guy who sits next to you on public transport. Whenever anyone says “ya know what I'm sayin”. Using speakerphones in public places. The very moment you think you've accidentally sent an inappropriate all-staff email. Vegemite in the butter. Butter in the vegemite. On your way to work you realise you're still wearing your slippers. When you're introduced to someone and can't work out whether they're male or female. Finger tapping. Morning people. Couples that own a dog together and call themselves mummy and daddy. The person next
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Om My God Buddhist themes and metal music go hand in hand with Om, who celebrate the ‘natural vibration of the universe’ in their particular brand of rock. Laidback metal fans who want to escape the frenzied crush at Black Sabbath’s concert on the same night should head to Jive on Tue May 7. Tickets are available through Moshtix.
Holy Foaly Indie’s favourite baby horses Foals will be prancing back to a stage near you in time for spring. Bearded beauty Yannis Philippakis
has said of his band’s latest record, Holy Fire, “We wanted a record that was all gut”. Flaming celestial horse innards sound surprisingly good. Foals will bring their pre-pubescent equine party to HQ Complex on Tue Sep 24. Tickets are available through OzTix.
Both have just completed new records, and both are hitting the city on the same night. Sat Apr 20 will see THE DRONES at The Governor Hindmarsh and Big Scary at Jive. Audiences will be torn between which Triple J favourite to support. Tickets for both performances are available at moshtix.com.au.
Dreaming Of A Night Mango With an album title to draw question marks and novelty purchases, Tim Guy already seems like a character. Add to that a fruity splash of acoustic talent and it’s time
for a national tour. Dreaming Of A Night Mango is Guy’s fourth studio album; see him perform it live at the Grace Emily Hotel on Thu Apr 18.
Singer For Hire
Delicate, gorgeous and wispy-voiced in the tradition of Australian female vocalists Sarah Blasko and Clare Bowditch, EMMA LOUISE is working hard to wear her own groove into the music market. Writing and releasing music steadily over the last few years, her debut record Vs Head Vs Heart has finally arrived. The accompanying 20-date album tour indicates the impression she has made nation-wide. Shake off the autumn chill at Fowler’s Live on Sat May 4 in the company of Emma Louise and supports Thelma Plum and Patrick James.
Kate MillerHeavenly Hark! Kate Miller-Heidke is coming to town. Her Heavenly Sounds tour is one of the more protracted ventures around the country, with an ambitious 21-date schedule. Taking in the country one Christian house of worship at a time – as well as regional venues across Australia - Miller-Heidke will feel right at home when she arrives in the city of churches. Playing at the Flinders St Baptist Church on Fri Jun 14, the impish bombshell with the big voice will be joined by Frankie Walnut. Tickets are $62.50+bf and are available at ticketek.com.au.
Pop punk group Heroes For Hire dumped singer Brad Smith in early March, replacing him with guitarist Duane Hazell. The decision was never explained and reactions from fans have been mixed. Judge the new, streamlined line-up for yourself at Fowler’s Live on Sat May 18.
Ho Nothing Panther Bane Of Your Existence Feel-good hardcore group Bane are coming to town in less than a month, and they’ve just announced their supports. Melodic metal men Hopeless will tour the nation as main support, bringing tracks from their new
record Dear World. Machete will be the local flair in Adelaide. The Light Square gig on Fri Apr 26 is the first spot on the tour. You’ll have to turn up early to snag a ticket, as they’re only available at the door.
They may have asked Are You Old Enough? in 1978 and celebrated their Young Years way back in ’89, but Australian rock lizards DRAGON are roaring for more. Although the last few decades have seen the death of a number of Dragon members, the surviving musicians will celebrate 40 years of banded bliss this year. In Adelaide on Sat May 18, tickets are available now through Moshtix.
Catch the best in up-and-coming Australian acts in one fell swoop on Fri May 10. Gung Ho, Bored Nothing and Step-Panther are doing a quick Triple Threat tour down the east coast and in Adelaide. They are alternating who gets to ‘headline’ each night, although they haven’t yet worked out who is going to take Adelaide’s spot at Rocket Bar. If it gets physical, my money’s on the panther. Grab a ticket to the trio of talent from Moshtix.
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Taking Control “In many ways this feels like our second album because everything on the previous albums was made in such a blur of partying and drinking,” Declan Melia of British India says. “With this one we really took stock and worked out what the band wants and what it needs.” his isn’t surprising considering Controller, British India’s fourth studio album, took three years to come to fruition, with the band losing their distributor and studio space when their former label Shock Records went into administration. Rip It Up finds out how British India rose above their adversity to create what may be their most accomplished work yet. “Things were looking pretty dark,” Melia admits. “I had horrible writer’s block to make things worse, which was something I’d never experienced before.” British India approached this potentially fatal situation methodically. “It was a problem and then that problem became a challenge. So far we’ve been pretty good with challenges. We were also pretty lucky, courting Liberation to get them on board, even though it took over 12 months, making it feel like the longest, most drawn out signing process in the history of the world.” Once they had snared Liberation things immediately kicked back into action. “Once we were signed the floodgates opened as far as writing goes. We made I Can Make You Love Me, which really set
the bar for writing and gave us direction for the album. The rest was just trying to pull ourselves out of a tough situation. We were well aware that if we didn’t step up it would be goodbye British India.” I Can Make You Love Me is definitely a point of difference to the fodder that filled British India’s past three albums, marking a more poignant and emotional imprint. “We didn’t expect I Can Make You Love Me to have as strong of a reaction as what it has,” admits Melia. “It’s a strange one for us. It’s in B-minor and it’s sad and long. It’s not what you expect from a winning single.” Melia reveals that the decision to lead Controller with a sad, long single was the decision of their new label, Liberation. “It’s ironic that signing to a label has helped us to take more risks. It turned out to be just the right medicine.” However, Controller doesn’t stray too far away from the usual British India sound or traditions, having a one word title and 10 tracks just like its predecessors Guillotine, Thieves and Avalanche. “We were a bit keen to get away from the one word titles because we thought it was just getting a bit naff. It was Phil Jamieson from Grinspoon actually who convinced me that it was worth keeping these things up. He noted that there are these traditions and interesting sparks that tie a band to their past and that it’s worth it to hang on to them, for better or worse. It actually makes naming the album a lot harder.” Before Jamieson’s intervention, Controller was to be named Another Christmas In The Trenches, the title of one of the album’s key tracks. “It was our credo for the album,” Melia emphasises. “It’s about battening down the
hatches and getting shit done because it took nearly not having another album to realise just how much we wanted one.” Besides feelings of desperation, Controller’s emotional depth transcends British India’s entire journey over the past three years, Melia summing it up as a “greatest hits of the last few years”. “I think Controller is a bit more of a conquest and statement. With the first records we were a bit like ‘How about a bit of this? And what about a bit of this?’ This time we were just giving it to you. We had to be like ‘This is what it is. This is where our music is at. This is what you kids are going to love’ – well, we think.” It is clear that this confidence with Controller’s new perception to making music is shared by Melia’s view of the band, even if he is backhanded in the way he delivers it. “It was kind of like we gave up trying to be cool and just accepted that we are cool - or that we aren’t cool - whichever one it is. In that regard Controller is a lot more accomplished, confident and assured.” Cool or not, Controller benefits from this new direction, even if it wasn’t deliberate. “We never said that we would make a new direction for the band, it was just a creation of its geography and situation,” Melia assures. “Controller was born with our backs against the wall – we didn’t have time for posturing and second guessing, we just had to be as direct as we could. Its best songs are definitely borne out of the situation we were in which was one of hopelessness and desperation for a while.” While it may seem odd to dwell on the doom and gloom that was simply an unfortunate circumstance, given British India’s one album per year roll they had from 2007 to 2010, with all three performing steadily in the ARIA Album Charts, this gap saw a complete loss of momentum. Even though they’ve come out on the other side stronger for it, Melia still laments this loss of time considering speed was one of the band’s
“Send Us To The Guillotine!” Next year will mark the 10th year of British India functioning as a band. What does Declan Melia think of that? “It seems so fast and I’m not sure whether to be proud, ashamed, think ‘What have I done with my life?’ or reflect on how great it has been. On one hand I think we’re really proud to have been here for this long. Maybe we’re daring ourselves to think that there might be a reason why we’re still here and maybe that reason is because we’re bloody awesome. “Urgh! Ten years! I wish you didn’t say that! It’s true! It’s true! Send us to the guillotine!”
key strengths. “The momentum thing is a real bummer for me. I would have loved for people to have heard this album a little earlier. We always wanted to have an album out each year, which is the way that albums used to be released before life and machinations of the music industry got in the way.” Melia is keen to pick up the momentum again, now that British India’s troubles appear to be behind them. Is that their key to success? “It may be a part of our success in a way, as a matter of not letting the fish off the line and making music while everyone’s still interested, while I still have hair and while we’re all still relatively good looking.”
WHO: British India WHAT: Controller (Liberation) WHERE: Governor Hindmarsh WHEN: Wed Apr 24
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He’s Bloody Well Right “I sometimes feel a bit like Roger Waters from Pink Floyd,” Roger Hodgson, the voice of UK band Supertramp, says when interviewed about his upcoming Australian tour. And that would be because, like Waters with Pink Floyd, Hodgson is no longer welcome in Supertramp, the band he helped form in 1970. uring the ‘70s Supertramp enjoyed great success around the world with albums such as Crime Of The Century and Breakfast In America. Hodgson had answered an ad in a music paper in 1970 asking for a bass player, which then led to his association with Rick Davies. “Rick and I met and really hit it off,” Hodgson remembers. “So that was the beginning of Supertramp, although it took us
a while to develop. For the first two albums [1970’s self-titled debut and 1971’s Indelibly Stamped] we were just feeling each other out as songwriters and musicians and didn’t really have a clear idea of where we were going. “But, by the time [1974’s hugely successful] Crime Of The Century came along, Rick and I had already begun to write separately. So the songs became much more personal but we were also writing much better songs. We’d matured a lot and our record company [A&M] recognised that and put us in the studio with [producer] Ken Scott and told us we could take as long as we wanted to record Crime Of The Century. And working with Ken at Trident Studios also meant we learnt a lot about making really good-sounding records.” Hodgson toured some parts of Australia a couple of years ago, but on this occasion it will be with a full band for the first time to present the songs he penned while with Supertramp. “So audiences are in for a real treat,” he says, “because I’ve got a great band. There
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Argosy Roger Hodgson had fronted shortlived pop group People Like Us in 1969, but was then offered a recording deal with Island Records. He formed studio group Argosy which recorded a single flop single, Mr Boyd, despite the band featuring Hodgson alongside Reginald Dwight (who later became Elton John), Caleb Quaye and Nigel Olsson. “I’d been signed to a publishing company called Blue Mountain Music and they had heard my demos and helped me put together an amazing band to go into the studio to record for Island,” Hodgson recalls. “And you can imagine how I felt because I was 19 at the time and it was my very first time in a recording studio. There I was alongside all these great musicians, so I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.”
are two Canadians and two musicians from California. I’ve tried different musicians over the years but this band is just fantastic. We all click together and I now have the best vocal harmonies I’ve had in any band I’ve ever worked with. And I really didn’t want to put a band together using session musicians with long pedigrees because I wanted a group of hungry musicians who, if given a chance, would shine. “And I’ve heard people say after the shows, ‘Wow! I saw Supertramp in 1979 and this band is even better’,” Hodgson chuckles. “You can’t get a better compliment than that. And the songs we do are all my songs – the songs that I wrote and Supertramp then recorded – so they have been with me for many years. And a lot of them were with me before Supertramp had even formed. I’d written a lot of them before I had even met Rick [Davies] and we put the band together. “But I do realise that a lot of people hear The Logical Song or Dreamer or whatever and just associate them with Supertramp rather than me,” Hodgson sighs. “So the hardest thing to get across is that if people come to a Roger Hodgson show, they are going to get all those songs. They are going to hear Breakfast In America, Fool’s Overture and Take The Long Way Home along with all the others. “And they’re songs that have stood the test of time. Not only for the audience but also for me because I know that I am enjoying playing them now even more than I did when I was with Supertramp. And it’s funny because I now have a much greater appreciation for them as songs. “But maybe that’s because I’m now older and wiser and have much more to give,” the lifelong vegetarian then concludes with a laugh. “I’m also singing so much better now. And people have been quite astonished at how fresh all those old songs still sound.”
WHO: Roger Hodgson Band WHERE: Thebarton Theatre WHEN: Fri Apr 5
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Identity Thief Jason Bateman, speaking by phone from a publicity tour in London, is all systems go and ready to talk about his latest comedy as star/producer, Identity Thief. The veteran of hit films including Juno, Hancock and Horrible Bosses launches straight into a discussion of how his latest project came to be. It was a script that was sent to me,” he begins, “and it was written by a firsttimer, a schoolteacher in Florida, actually, and I thought that it did need some reworking. But the concept was really exciting to me, and so I called up my friend Scott Stuber and said, ‘How do you feel about helping me produce a comedy about an identity thief ?’. While it was being rewritten and it was coming together I went and saw the premiere of Bridesmaids, and I just fell in love with Melissa McCarthy and her talents. And so I called Scott and my partners at the studio and said, ‘Well, what if we change the thief from a man to a woman so that we can put this incredible lady in the film?’. I contacted Melissa and asked if she’d like to be involved and she said yes. And at this time I was working on Horrible Bosses, and so I asked [director] Seth Gordon if he’d like to do this and he liked the idea.” Bateman is quite happy to play the ‘straight man’ to Melissa’s wilder ‘villain’, and this is certainly something he specialises in (see Horrible Bosses and The Change-Up, for example). But is it because he really enjoys playing that sort of role? Or has it just worked out that way? Or is it maybe because he’s such a nice guy?
“That’s really the sort of part that I played that reignited my career - the sort of part that I played on [TV’s] Arrested Development. The ‘straight man’, the ‘man in the middle’, just seems to be the part that keeps coming my way, and I don’t run away from it as I love the responsibility of it, being the audience [identification] figure, being the most relatable person in it. And that means that all the eccentricities and all the craziness can then circle around me and it can be so much more powerful, because if you have a ‘straight man’ that’s believable then you can keep things grounded, and the writers can then make things a bit bigger and broader too… And I don’t think that it’s my strength, you know, the wild and crazy part. I might try it sometime but, for now, I’m in for the responsibility of being the ‘straight man’.” Referring to the supporting cast, including Amanda Peet, Robert Patrick, John Cho, Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks and others, as a “really nice group of people who are also very comedically talented”, Bateman also rather bitingly notes that “it’s hard to make good comedy when you’ve got a bunch of jerks on the set”. “I don’t think that people really appreciate how important that is, having the right people in the cast all the way. It’s absolutely crucial.” But that’s it for Identity Thief, as Bateman now wants to discuss the slate of projects that he’s got coming up, particularly “the 14 new episodes of Arrested Development which will be available on Netflix in May” and his début as a director/star. “It’s a movie called Bad Words, which I hope will be out late this year or early next year. We’re editing it now, and that’s taking most of my time… It takes place at a kids’ spelling bee. It’ll have the flavour of a film like Bad Santa, and it’s something that I’ve been working on
Couldn’t Get Arrested
Moving Target (1988): A TV movie in which muso JB is chased by seriously unscary killers.
Jason Bateman admits that Arrested Development changed his career, and it’s worth pointing out that he really needed the break after these endless duds…
Breaking The Rules (1992): An embarrassingly queasy ‘comedy’ where buds enjoy a road-trip with a dying pal. Yeesh…
Teen Wolf Too (1987): A spurious, cheesy sequel featuring JB with freaky big hair.
for a couple of years now and I finally found the opportunity to do.” And you don’t actually play the nice ‘straight man’ in this one then? “No, not this time.”
And Confessions: Two Faces Of Evil (1994): JB’s sorely miscast in this ‘hard-hitting’ TV movie, and it’s lucky he didn’t shoot the director.
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RSD Legendary dubstep/jungle DJ/producer RSD (AKA Rob Smith) is heading to Adelaide for a massive night of roots reggae bassweight dubstep, with support from locals Gunda-G, Jayar, Counterpart, Preiss, Josh Warry, Beau Numerik and the winner of Spin DJ comp, Dubrat. Under the RSD moniker, Smith produces fresh, innovative bass music that simultaneously pays dues to his deep soundsystem roots while pushing things ever forward, the producer having firmly remained at the forefront of Bristol’s music scene. With a staggering discography and a range of projects encompassing dub, jungle, D&B, 2-step and dubstep, Smith has released on respected labels including Punch Drunk, Earwax, Tectonic, Black Box and Moonshine. Also catch Jayar, who will be playing his last club set after 15 years behind the decks in Adelaide and having co-founded and cohosted The Bassbin on Fresh 92.7 in 2007.
RSD plays at Ghost Ships Bar @ Crown & Anchor on Fri Apr 19.
Q+A With Dune
Toronto based production duo of Mike ‘Digits’ Gonek and Evan ‘Yo Ev’ Norton are responsible for creating an identifiable brand of contemporary party tracks that are influenced by hip hop, EDM and tropical rhythms all in one big mix. Their remixes and original productions have landed them the highest acclaim from their peers over the last decade, the duo having supported the likes of Knife Party, Annie Mac, Congorock, Crookers, Steve Aoki and Drop The Lime just to name a handful. Torro Torro are no strangers to playing the biggest parties around the world, all the way down to the intimate tastemaker clubs nurturing the growth of global bass – don’t miss them at Apple Bar this month.
Sydney R&B singer Jade MacRae reinvented herself as the avant – and mysterious – electro-popster Dune with last year’s Shoestring. Now she’s promoting an EP, Oh Innocence. Next she’ll play next month’s Great Escape Festival in the UK. You moved from Sydney to Melbourne to be with your boyfriend (now husband) Phrase. How is it?
Torro Torro play at Apple Bar on Thu Apr 18.
Nari & Milani Kicking off their DJing career in 1996, Maurizio Nari and Ronnie Milani played Italy’s top clubs (including Milan’s Hollywood and Rome’s Vogue) and made their mark thanks to productions such as Gnor, Gnuk and Sunshine And Happiness featuring Darryl Pandy, going on to officially launch themselves as Nari & Milani in 2003. It didn’t take long for the pair to conquer clubs like We Are Family in Moscow, Quantum in Dubai and Club Maktum in Korea, while remixing dance tracks for luminaries such as Roger Sanchez, Laidback Luke and Axwell. Their club bomb Kendo gained early support from Swedish House Mafia, Pete Tong, Tiesto and Fat Boy Slim. Following on from the huge 2012 track Atom, they’re heading to Australia this month to show us how versatile they really are.
Nari & Milani play at Apple Bar on Wed Apr 24.
I’ve been here for four years and [I’m] loving it – really love it, actually. I don’t know that I’ll move back to Sydney... I also was in a place where I felt like I was ready for a change – and I feel like it was the best thing for me, just to move somewhere else and have a bit of a fresh start. With Dune you have a new sound – and image. What was its genesis?
I obviously took a bit of time out from releasing any music after I had put the last Jade [MacRae] album [2008’s Get Me Home] out. That hadn’t gone very well. I’d just become a little bit lost. I was doing lots of TV stuff [the reality programme It Takes Two] and wasn’t very happy with where I was at with things... I decided that, with the music, I was just gonna go into it without putting these kind of boundaries on myself or expectations of trying to make something for radio or to please a certain audience or anything like that. I just wanted to go in there and make music and be really free with it – which is how I started out in music when I was young. I was always really into quite experimental music and improvising and stuff like that. I hadn’t really used any of that side of my brain for a long time. In some ways, you could be compared to Solange Knowles – are you rebelling?
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Once More From The Bottom
Moda Black Vol II
Seven years since their official split, and even longer since their last album back in 2004 (Eleven), Once More From The Bottom marks Sonic Animation’s comeback to Australia’s electronic scene. Right off the bat it gets interesting as the pair (Rupert Keiller and Adrian Cartwright) kick things off with an acoustic/D&B cover of Grandmaster Flash’s The Message which you’ll either think is brilliant or you’ll utterly despise – could go either way, really. Then there are the downright weird numbers like the electronic hoedown of (Hey Lady) I Just Wanna Dance and the WTFwas-that yodelling moment on Twins. Although there’s plenty of odd-ball tracks on Once More From The Bottom there is some quality too like the hip hop/dubstep Punk On The Dance Floor (which sounds better than the title may suggest) and Take It From Me which features guest vocals from Canadian songstress Sexton Blake. Dub, techno, funk, house... You’ll find all of it on here. Simone Keenan
The English young guns follow their successful mix of upbeat deep house (is that an oxymoron?) Moda Black with the second in the series that mixes exclusive deep house with fresh UK house and classic ‘90s sounds. The Moda Black label owners (and the youngest ever DJs to compile an Essential Mix) pump out energetic house from their peers and label mates that showcase their youthful zeal. Beginning on a soulful tip with Ben Pearce’s Pale Ale and the duo’s own Remember, Eat Everything’s Jazz Hands brings the modern UK sound to the fore allowing the mix to kick it up a notch. Huxley’s Diesel is the compilation’s highlight with a great vocal grab and bodyrockin’ bassline while Shadow Child Vs Karin Park’s Bending Alberts Law is a schizophrenic beast that fuses UK bass with trance and ambient sounds. Does it work? Unbelievably – yes. As does Moda Black Vol II. Jeff Spicoli
Yep, Gold Fields are one of those... Are they rock? Are they dance? Well, judging from their debut album Black Sun they’re both, and equally. Although the crossover factor is far from new for most acts coming out at the moment, the difference with Gold Fields is that this Ballarat five-piece have a knack for catchy, energetic ‘80s and’90s disco beats that would go down better on the dancefloor as opposed to a pair of headphones (as is the case for most of their contemporaries). Black Sun is mostly upbeat electronica (check out Meet My Friends and Moves) but it shows off a darker side occasionally too (the Depeche Mode-esque Ice is actually one of the best tracks on here). Fresh from their South By Southwest jaunt and sitting pretty on Rolling Stone and MTV’s ‘To Watch’ list – believe it or not – Gold Fields are actually worthy of the hype. Fans of Miami Horror and Cut Copy, get on it. Simone Keenan
I wouldn’t say that I was angry at anything from the past, but I do feel like I had become very frustrated with trying to tick all these boxes... So I guess in a way, yeah – I just wanted to take that pressure off myself... But I’m feeling great about it now. Oh Innocence is out independently.
Calendar/ Thu Apr 4 Sinden & Brenmar (Electric Circus) Thu Apr 4 Strange Talk (Electric Circus) Thu Apr 4 Partysquad (Apple Bar) Sat Apr 6 Allday (Ed Castle) Sat Apr 13 The Twins (HQ) Thu Apr 18 Torro Torro (Apple Bar) Thu Apr 18 Pharoahe Monch (Rocket Bar) Thu Apr 18 Spit Syndicate (Jive) Sat Apr 20 Diafrix (Rocket Bar) Sat Apr 20 MOS Electro House Sessions (HQ)
with Nina Bertok
Hot on the heels of the pre-release EP It’s Done, Fodera’s just dropped his first fulllength offering with the help of some high profile friends, including Chicago’s premier house label Cajual Records. Keeping up the momentum, he’s also recently set his sights on the larger international market, starting with a relocation to Europe where Fodera claims his music has the potential to reach a much wider audience. “But I’m never going to lose my Australianness!” he quickly adds. “I always want to keep in touch with what’s going on in Australia and, obviously, the plan is to keep coming back every year, maybe for at least three months. The basic reason for me moving is because I’ve been overseas before and there is just so much more happening in Europe for the kind of sound that I’m making. If you’re serious about your music you’ve got to look at things that way. Australia has a really great house scene, the problem is that it’s small, though. There are so many good spots for it in Sydney and Melbourne, also in Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide, but it’s just obviously a lot smaller.” To demonstrate his point, Fodera claims that while Melbourne may attract some 300 people to a single deep house night, at the same time a city in Europe will attract a crowd of up to 2000. It comes down to numbers, pure and simple, according to Fodera. “You’ll have like three or four house parties going on in just one city in Europe whereas there will only be one house night on in one of the Australian cities,” he explains. “The differences is that you’ll get guys playing deep house to like 2000 people in a club somewhere in Europe whereas over in Australia you’ll only get about 300 people at the club. So that’s pretty much the main reason for the
He’s already established himself as one of our own premier deep house DJs/ producers but in 2013 Sonny Fodera is good and ready to be Moving Forward. A decision that’s made for an apt title for his debut album, too.
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move. I love Australia, though, it’s amazing, it’s still home, there is so much good music coming out of there... But I’m kind of at a stage where I have to move forward.” So why not call your debut album – an “introduction” to the world stage, as Fodera agrees – the same name? Not that he’s a complete unknown internationally, if the list of collaborations on the full-length is anything to go by. Featuring collaborations with Dajae, Amber Jolene, Russoul, Ari Lourdes, Cajmere, Walter Phillips and Justin Chalice, as well as Cajmere of Cajual Records. “Amber – she’s from England – is someone whose stuff I’ve always loved, so I just got onto her manager and made it happen. There’s a track [You’re The One] on the album that
I’ve done with Cajmere who’s been doing this forever, so it was good to have something with him as well. Dajae as well – she’s real old school classic house so it was amazing to get to do a track [My Heart Is Singing] with her. Cajmere hooked up a lot of them for me, he helped a lot with getting the Chicago-based artists on the album.” In fact, Fodera claims it was thanks to Cajmere’s influence that the release is a fulllength rather than an EP or a bunch of singles. Having first met each other in Miami last year at the Traxsource party WMC, and after remixing Gene Farris and Russoul track Dance Warriors for Cajual Records, Cajmere invited Fodera to do work on additional tracks for the label. Two EPs later, both agreed the time had
b DJs Yacht Clu rtok by Nina Be Yacht Club DJs’ mayhem-inducing duo Gareth Harrison and Guy ChappellLawrence are on a mission to dispel the popular myth that they’re “just mash-up DJs”. They may be one of Australia’s best but this was never their intention, according to Chappell-Lawrence, who claims the endless party kind of got in the way of letting their more creative light shine. In 2013, the time has come for the pair to show us the full extent of their talent. “We’re working really hard to change people’s view of us as being just mash-up DJs
and nothing else,” he states. “We never tried or aimed to just do mash-ups, it’s just that people really took to that side of us and it kind of fanned the flame. Essentially, our goal was always to make music that makes people party and ever since we started we found that the mash-ups and edits really did that! People really seem to love it, so that’s how that reputation started. The great thing about mash-ups is that they really are a lot of fun to do and you can create a really interesting sound, but that was never our intention from the beginning and it’s not our intention to stick to just that either.” Prior to their current national tour, the duo recently dropped a new mixtape, Find Me A Macchiato Pronto, the follow-up to the fairly comprehensive 2012 mixtape They Mostly Come At Night. What comes after this is going to be
a bit of a surprise to those who think they know Yacht Club DJs, warns Chappell-Lawrence. “It’s totally important to us to make original productions,” he reveals. “We don’t plan on stopping until we’re completely happy with what we come up with. Gaz and I have tried to do original stuff since we started out and so many times we’ve come up with something and gone, ‘Yeah, this is a great idea, we could really make something of this’, you have to go out on stage or you’re about to go on tour and it gets put on the backburner. Now that we’ve released this new mixtape we’re definitely going to focus on originals. Actually, we’ve already started working on stuff in the last week. The thing that gets in the way is that you’ll have a really big weekend and then you’re just buggered after that and you don’t get very far with your plans. We’re
come for a full-length album. “He told me to put all these tracks together that I had and make it a full record, so that’s how it happened. I’d been thinking about doing an album for the last two years, so to have someone else think it’s a good idea too just proved that it was the right timing. It’s not easy to make an album in this genre – people in house music lose patience really easily so it’s hard. I’m happy to say, though, that I think this album has something for everybody. Well, everybody that likes house, anyway.” WHO: Sonny Fodera WHAT: Moving Forward (Cajual) WHEN: Out now
definitely serious about this, though.” With both Chappell-Lawrence and Harrison also keeping very busy with their own separate projects, including Twinsy and Them 9s, there’s been no shortage of inspiration which the pair hope to inject in their forthcoming EP. Rather than taking away from Yacht Club DJs, other musical interests have been a major bonus overall. “I’ve found that doing Twinsy at the same time has really upped the creativity,” Chappell-Lawrence says. “It’s like doing something new feeds back into Yacht Club and Gaz has said that he’s found the same thing. Being in other bands gives you a fresh perspective on your own band. Sometimes when you’re starting out it sucks doing gigs because you’re quite new, so then when you have the chance to go back to something that’s more established, you get a new-found appreciation for it.” It’s just that you have to pay for it with even less sleep, Chappell-Lawrence jokes. “We’ve already done one whole week of touring with Yacht Club and I just finished a tour with Twinsy right before that, so this is the first time I’ve done gigs back-to-back. Sleep would be nice, but y’know. We’re going to be doing some international touring later in the year, too, which is going to be fun. I haven’t been to Europe yet but people tell me Berlin is ridiculously good for dance music. I’ve been in the US though and I’d like to get back to San Diego, I had the best time there. We met these skaters and they took us to this club called Booty Basement. Me and my friend Matt were the only white people in there out of 300 and it was hilarious because we got so many angry looks at first, it was really confronting, but by the end of it people were great and seemed to have a good time making fun of us white guys dancing to hip hop.” WHO: Yacht Club DJs WHERE: Cats @ Rocket Bar WHEN: Fri Apr 5
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Tour Guide/ THU APR 4
THU APR 25
FINBAR FUREY (Ire) @ Governor Hindmarsh
THE BLACK SEEDS (NZ) @ Governor Hindmarsh THE MORNINGS (Tas) @ The Cavern HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY (Vic), THE PREATURES & THEM SWOOPS @ Jive
FRI APR 5 ROGER HODGSON BAND (UK) @ Thebarton Theatre THE ROSHAMBOS (Bris) @ Rhino Room KATY STEELE (WA) @ Jive THE TWOKS (Vic) & THE TIMBERS @ Wheatsheaf YATCH CLUB DJS (Vic) @ Rocket Bar
SAT APR 6 MARTINE LOCKE (WA/US) @ Church Of The Trinity JAKE SHIMABUKURO (Hawaii) @ Governor Hindmarsh COUNTING CROWS (US) & JACKSON MCLAREN (Vic) @ Her Majesty’s Theatre THE ROSHAMBOS (Bris) @ Governor Hindmarsh (front bar) DEAD LETTER CIRCUS (Bris), BREAKING ORBIT (Syd) & QUIET CHILD @ Adelaide Uni Bar THE DEEP END (Vic) @ Enigma
SUN APR 7 EUGENE ‘HIDEAWAY’ BRIDGES (US) @ Governor Hindmarsh NIGEL WEARNE (Vic) & AP D’ANTONIO @ Wheatsheaf
TUE APR 9
GUY SEBASTIAN (Syd) @ Thebarton Theatre (sold out) MIDGE URE (UK) @ Governor Hindmarsh BANE (US), HOPELESS (WA) & MACHETE @ Light Sq
SAT APR 27 KING TUFF (US) @ Tuxedo Cat GUY SEBASTIAN (Syd) @ Thebarton Theatre (sold out) BOB EVANS (WA), TIGERTOWN & DAVEY LANE @ Fowler’s Live THE GRISWOLDS (Syd) @ Ed Castle
SUN APR 28 ADRIAN EDMONDSON & THE BAD SHEPHERDS (UK) @ Governor Hindmarsh THE MORNINGS (Tas) @ Raglans Backpackers TIMOTHY NELSON & THE INFIDELS (WA), AMANDA MERDZAN & THE BAKER’S DIGEST @ Wheatsheaf
TUE APR 30
WED APR 10
THU MAY 2
BIRDY (UK) & LEWIS WATSON (UK) @ Thebarton Theatre BLACK BREATH (US) & I EXIST @ Enigma Bar
THE BRONX (US), DZ DEATHRAYS (Vic) & HIGHTIME @ Fowler’s Live
THE ROSHAMBOS (Bris) @ Cavern Club DZ DEATHRAYS (Bris) @ Rocket HAYWARD WILLIAMS (US) & THE YEARLINGS @ Wirra Creek (Willunga)
SAT APR 13 THE ROSHAMBOS (Bris) @ Cavern Club THE LIVINGSTONE DAISIES (Vic) @ Wheatsheaf HAYWARD WILLIAMS (US) & THE YEARLINGS @ Barossa Regional Gallery (Tanunda) SLEEP PARADE (Vic), SAN MARCOS, FILTHY LUCERE & FELL AT TEN @ Enigma Bar
SUN APR 14 JON ANDERSON (UK) & HEATHER FRAHN @ Governor Hindmarsh RORY ELLIS (Vic) @ Church Of The Trinity HAYWARD WILLIAMS (US) & THE YEARLINGS @ Wheatsheaf
TUE APR 16 SILVERSTEIN (Can), SIENNA SKIES (Syd), A GHOST ORCHESTRA & SECONDS BEFORE SUNRISE @ Fowler’s Live (licensed all-ages) TEEN RUSH: TITANIUM (NZ), AT SUNSET, KRISTINA & DJ LAVRAX @ Governor Hindmarsh
WED APR 17 THE ANGELS, JIMMY BARNES, DIESEL, IAN MOSS, GANGAJANG, JAMES REYNE, DON WALKER, PHIL SMALL & SWANEE @ Thebarton Theatre
THU APR 18 ZUCCHERO (Italy) @ Thebarton Theatre JOSH GROBAN (US) @ Festival Theatre STU LARSEN (Qld) & SAM BRITTAIN @ The Promethean TIM GUY (Vic) @ Grace Emily SPIT SYNDICATE (Syd) @ Jive PHAROAHE MONCH (US), DIALECT & DJ SANCHEZ @ Rocket Bar
FRI APR 19 THE DELTA RIGGS (Vic) & STILLWATER GIANTS (WA) @ Rocket ALUKA (Vic) @ Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre HEATH CULLEN (Vic) @ Wheatsheaf
SAT APR 20 EXTREME (US) & RICHIE KOTZEN (US) @ Thebarton Theatre THE DRONES (Vic) & KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (Vic) @ Governor Hindmarsh JORDIE LANE (Vic), ALUKA (Vic) & TIMBERWOLF @ A Band On Boat (Sold Out) NANTES (Syd) @ Ed Castle DIAFRIX (Vic) & MIRACLE (Syd) @ Rocket BIG SCARY (Vic), CAITLIN PARK (Syd) & SWIMMING @ Jive SHAUN KIRK (Vic) & AP D’ANTONIO @ Wheatsheaf
SUN APR 21 JORDIE LANE (Vic), MYLES MAYO & AP D’ANTONIO @ Wheatsheaf
WED APR 24 BRYAN ADAMS (Can) & AMY MACDONALD (UK) @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre BUZZCOCKS (UK) & MOLTING VULTURES @ Fowler’s Live BRITISH INDIA (Vic) @ Governor Hindmarsh RÜFÜS (Syd) @ Jive
TOOL (US) @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
FRI MAY 3 AINSLIE WILLS (Vic) @ Hotel Metro BONJAH (Vic) @ Governor Hindmarsh
Back in late 2009 when vocalist Jim Lindberg left Pennywise, the punk rock world reacted with shock. Pennywise were a band that had always prided themselves on brotherhood, and apart from the tragic death of bassist Jason Thirsk, had managed to keep a stable line-up for their entire career.
SAT MAY 4 OWL EYES (NSW), COLLARBONES & MAMMALS (Syd) @ Governor Hindmarsh
SUN MAY 5 D AT SEA (Vic), CHASING GHOSTS & MILLIE TIZZARD @ Enigma (all-ages)
TUE MAY 7 NORMA JEAN (US), VANNA (US) & SAFE HANDS @ Fowler’s Live TEGAN & SARA (Can) @ Thebarton Theatre BLACK SABBATH (UK) & SHIHAD (Vic) @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre OM (US) @ Jive
THU MAY 9 YACHT (US) @ Rocket Bar TAME IMPALA (WA) @ Thebarton Theatre
Pennywise drafted in Ignite frontman Zoli Teglas, eventually releasing the solid All Or Nothing album. Fast-forward to late 2012 and the impossible happened – Teglas was out, Lindberg was back in. What the hell happened? “A few things led to Jim coming back to Pennywise,” guitarist Fletcher Dragge explains. “I guess the first step was me getting back in touch with Jim to settle some of our unresolved issues. And I should say at this stage there was no intention of Jim coming
back, it’s just we hadn’t talked for three years and it needed to be done. So we got together and talked – for my part I realised that I perhaps had been too stubborn and pissed off about everything – and we were able to resolve some issues. I did say to him that we missed him and it wasn’t the same without him but it didn’t go any further than that. “This happened at the same time as Zoli injured his back, which meant we had to cancel a heap of tours including Australia,” Dragge continues. “Zoli’s back was actually already injured, then he re-injured it again while he was rehabbing. We took him to the best doctor in America, who told him that he would have him fixed and back on stage within five weeks. But Zoli didn’t want anything to do with it and wanted to try do it on his own – which the doctor told him was risky for his health and which would have meant over a year off the road for Pennywise. Obviously that wasn’t going to happen. At this point he suggested that we get Jim to fill in for him. And we were like ‘If Jim comes
back you know you’ll be out of a job?’. Zoli was actually pretty instrumental in the whole thing – he’d talked to Jim and I guess this strange sequence of events shows that it was meant to be.” Looking to the future, Pennywise are determined to make up for lost time. “Our first order of business is trying to put together a cool box set to celebrate our 25th anniversary as a band,” Dragge says. “It’s going to be really comprehensive and has a bunch of songs that didn’t make past albums as well as outtakes and randomly recorded stuff that we think is cool as well other stuff that’s never been heard. Things are now moving pretty fast for us so we hope all our fans stick with us and get ready for some great stuff in the future.” WHO: Pennywise WHERE: HQ WHEN: Tue Apr 9
WED MAY 8 TURIN BRAKES (UK) @ Governor Hindmarsh FLUME (Syd) @ Thebarton Theatre
THU MAY 9 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS (US) @ Governor Hindmarsh
COMING UP FRI MAY 10 THE KOOKS (UK) @ Thebarton Theatre STICKY FINGERS (Vic) @ Governor Hindmarsh APIA TIME OF MY LIFE: DARYL BRAITHWAITE (Vic), JOE CAMILLERI (Vic), JAMES REYNE (Vic) & ROSS WILSON (Vic) @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre SANDY THOM (Scot) @ Church Of The Trinity JELLO BIAFRA & THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE (US), GRONG GRONG & CENTRAL DELI BAND @ Fowler’s Live BUZZ CAMPBELL (US) @ Port Dock Brewery
Jak Shimab e ukuro by Michael Smith
SAT MAY 11 MASKETTA FALL (Vic) & CALL THE SHOTS (Bris) @ Fowler’s Live (from 2pm and licensed all-ages) TUE MAY 14 TENACIOUS D (US), BARRY MORGAN (Vic) & SASQUATCH (US) @ Thebarton Theatre WED MAY 15 EVERMORE (Vic) @ Governor Hindmarsh THU MAY 16 FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND (Wales) @ Fowler’s Live SETH SENTRY (Vic) @ Governor Hindmarsh THE RUBENS (Vic), WALK THE MOON (US) & ALI BARTER @ HQ FRI MAY 17 THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM (US) @ HQ GAY PARIS @ Enigma SAT MAY 18 DRAGON (Syd) @ Governor Hindmarsh KRISTA POLVERE (Vic) @ Jive GAY PARIS (Syd) @ Jetty Bar (Glenelg) HEROES FOR HIRE (Syd), NINE SONS OF DAN & FOREVER ENDS @ Fowler’s Live DANIEL CHAMPAGNE (Vic) @ The Singing Gallery (McLaren Vale)
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by Mark H ebblewhite
FRI APR 26
PENNYWISE (US), FACE TO FACE (US) & THE MENZINGERS (US) @ HQ
FRI APR 12
What Jimi Hendrix did for the electric guitar and Bela Fleck for the banjo, Hawaiian Jake Shimabukuro has done for the ukulele, taking the playing of the humble four-string into places undreamt. The 36-year-old is currently touring Grand Ukulele, which was produced by no less than Alan Parsons, whose credits include The Beatles, Pink Floyd and his own The Alan Parsons Project. “It was such an honour working with Alan,” Shimabukuro admits humbly. “He’s such an icon and been one of my heroes forever, so being able to work with him was incredible – I learned so much about the recording studio, about arrangements. He brought in an amazing cast of artists, people, like Kip Winger
[who did the orchestrations], Simon Phillips, one of my favourite drummers, [bass player] Randy Chico, the 30-piece National Orchestra – for me it was truly a great, great experience.” Best of all, the invitation to record with Parsons came completely out of the blue. “He actually came to a couple of my shows when I was touring in the States and at the second show I actually got to talk to him after my soundcheck. He’s like, ‘Hey, ya wanna go grab a bite to eat?’ and I said, ‘Oh, sure’. So we went out to dinner and while we were having sushi, he leaned over and said, ‘Hey, if you’re interested, I would love to produce your next record’. So I wanted to take up his offer before he changed his mind!” Shimabukuro has been fervently committed to the ukulele since he was given one at the age of four. On this album, he tested his mettle by composing a piece to be played on a three-string uke.
“That song [Missing Three], it’s funny,” he laughs. “I really stumbled upon that situation completely by accident. Changing my ukulele strings one day I was missing the third string in that pack, so I just put on the other three strings and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to write a song with the three strings?’. So I started playing and noodling around and came up with that piece, and it was the first song that I sent to Alan and he thought it was absolutely beautiful – ‘We need to record that with an orchestra’. It’s funny because I tell people that I was so proud of the fact that I could play the whole song with just three strings, but now there’s a 30-piece orchestra on it, there’s over a hundred strings on the song!” WHO: Jake Shimabukuro WHERE: The Governor Hindmarsh WHEN: Sat Apr 6
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Thursday 4th ARKABA HOTEL – Lounge Bar: Bill Parton Trio (8.30pm) BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Quizmeisters Trivia (7.30pm) BOTANIC BAR – Big Bubba & Betty CAVERN CLUB – band night CLOVERCREST HOTEL – Complete Trivia CROWN & ANCHOR – Band Room: Fell At Ten, Tomorrow Rising and Born Of Dust. Front Bar: DJ Antface DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Trivia Night (7.30pm) DUBLIN HOTEL – Quizmeisters Trivia (7.30pm) DUKE OF YORK – Beer Garden: DJ Mitchy Burnz. Front Room: Speakerboxx and DJ Skinny B ED CASTLE – Band Room: live bands (9pm) ELECTRIC CIRCUS – The Proj3cts (9pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – The Hushes GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Finbar Furey. Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Sleepless GRAND BAR – OMG MARION HOTEL – 888 Poker (6.30pm) NORWOOD HOTEL – Open Mic Night PJ O’BRIENS – DJ G-Rillz PRINCE ALBERT HOTEL – Thirsty Thursday with DJ Tango ROCKET BAR – 8 Bit Kidz featuring resident DJs Stubanger, Hank & Osk and the Powderoom Posse SUGAR – ITDE Deejays and interstate/international guests THE LION HOTEL – Clearway TONSLEY HOTEL – Lucas Day
WHITMORE HOTEL – RAINBOW JAM SESSIONS (7.30PM) WORLDSEND HOTEL – live music
Friday 5th ALMA TAVERN – Fresh Fridays with DJs ARCHER HOTEL – Upstairs: Jaki J (10pm) ARKABA HOTEL – Lounge Bar: Johnny G (6pm) AUSSIE INN HOTEL – karaoke (8pm)
AUSTRAL – The Austral House Band (7pm) BEERGARDEN: BRICKWORKS – Brickstock featuring The Borderers and guests BLACKSMITHS INN – Lily & The Drum (8pm) BLACKWOOD COMMUNITY CENTRE – Generator Unplugged featuring Cal Williams Jr, Georgia Moore, Jordan & Jamie Carling, Harry Baulderstone & Lincoln Bennett, Georgia Carey, Crossing Red Lines, Deep Sea Diving Squad, Nic Hutton, Alex Miller & Amy Davidson and Injustice (6pm) BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Dave Hunt (7pm) BOTANIC BAR – Troy J Been, Prince Aaronak and Suckerpunch BRAHMA LODGE HOTEL – Cherry Grind (8pm) BUSHMAN HOTEL: GAWLER – DJ CAMEO BAR – After Hours with DJs DrDamage and guests CAVERN CLUB – Rock Night with Lipsmack, Blackwater, Icyu and Causing Hammock (8pm) CROWN & ANCHOR – Front Bar: Carla Lippis (5pm) Ride Into The Sun DJs. Band Room: Raccoon City Police Dept, Dick Wolf, Starscream and The Rescue DOCKSIDE TAVERN – Jordan & Brendan (7pm) DRAGONFLY BAR & DINING – Downtown with DJs Derek Lang, Eric Falcon and Lukky K DUCK INN: COROMANDEL VALLEY – Corey Stewart ED CASTLE – Full Tilt live bands and party DJs ELECTRIC CIRCUS – Trashbags with resident DJs Capt N Cook, Mangie and Terror Terror plus guests ELYSIUM LOUNGE – DJs EMPIRE POOL LOUNGE – DJ (8pm) EMU HOTEL – Drive ENIGMA – Storm The Sky, Wake The Giants, Graveyards, The Broadside, Homeland and At Fates Mercy ESPLANADE HOTEL – E’nuf Said EXETER HOTEL – Undercover Duo EXETER ON RUNDLE – Avenue FINDON HOTEL – karaoke FINSBURY HOTEL – Rock The Boss
FORRESTERS & SQUATTERS ARMS HOTEL – BLOCKADE, HELLBOUND & PROUD AND MURDERGRIN GLYNDE HOTEL – karaoke (9pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Max Savage, The Bearded Gypsy Band and Daniel Champagne. Front Bar: Nigel Wearne
GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Green Circles with Wild Rocket GRAND BAR – Flashback Fridays GRAND JUNCTION TAVERN – Dale Roberts (6pm) HAMPSTEAD HOTEL – Blush (7pm) HIGHLANDER HOTEL – Troy Harrison n (5pm) Midnight Specials (9.30pm) HILTON HOTEL: MYBAR – DJ Chaps and DJ Lumeire HOTEL METRO – Grong Grong, Pigasus and Centrelink HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – Dimitra (7.30pm) HOTEL TIVOLI – Honey with DJs IRISH CLUB – Shamrocks ‘n’ Shenanigans Live Acoustic Sessions (7pm) JIVE – Katy Steele LADY DALY HOTEL – SideFX (9pm) LIMBO – DJs LONDON TAVERN – Live Acoustic Weekly (5pm) Rewind Fridays with DJ Wolfman LORD MELBOURNE – karaoke with Laura Lee MARBLE BAR – Uni Night with DJs MARINA SUNSET BAR – live acoustic music MARION HOTEL – Graham Lawrence (6.30pm) MARS BAR – DJ VJBeeJay and guests (9pm) drag show (2am) MAWSON LAKES HOTEL – The Bizarre Gazzard Stage Hypnotist MICK O’SHEA’S – Viotar OAKS PLAZA PIER – Pier One Bar: Unknown To Man OFFICE ON PIRIE – DJ Jess (4.30pm) ORIENTAL – Michael Venner Duo PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – Redline RAMSGATE HOTEL – DJ Snake & DJ Rupheo (9pm) RED SQUARE – DJs REX HOTEL – karaoke ROB ROY HOTEL – Point 05 (6pm) DJ Smiley (8pm) ROCKET BAR – Abracadabra featuring resident DJs The Shiny Brights DJs SAILMASTER TAVERN – Slyde
SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – DJ (8PM) SEMAPHORE WORKERS CLUB – The Streamliners SETTLERS TAVERN – Iris (8pm) SMITHFIELD HOTEL – Van Demons Band (8pm) SOUTH ADELAIDE FOOTBALL CLUB – Justin Parker
STAG – Upstairs: DJs play urban and dance. Downstairs: DJs play retro SUGAR – TGI Funky with Ben Alibi and HMC SWISH: STAMFORD PLAZA – Nothing But ‘90s with DJs TALBOT HOTEL – DJ playing requests TAPAS ON HINDLEY – flamenco shows by Studio Flamenco (7.30pm) TEA TREE GULLY HOTEL – Funky Monks The Red Hot Chili Peppers Show (9pm) THE COMMERICAL HOTEL: TWO WELLS – Urban Cover (8pm) THE COVE TAVERN – UK Blitz THE ELEPHANT – Kinetik and DJ G-Rillz THE GOODY – Ch@t Room THE LION HOTEL – live entertainment TONSLEY HOTEL – Tavern Bar: Georgy K Acoustic (4.45pm) One Planet (9pm) Chrysler Bar: Clearway (9.30pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – Acoustic Reign (7.30pm) VICTORIA HOTEL: O’HALLORAN HILL – DJs VILLAGE TAVERN – The Buzz WINDSOR HOTEL – karaoke (9pm) WOODCROFT TAVERN – Three Humped Camel ZHIVAGO – Skream DJs
Saturday 6th ALMA TAVERN – MetroRetro ARCHER HOTEL – Downstairs: Jaki J. Upstairs: Bongo Madness with DJs Ed Law and Scotty (10pm) ARKABA HOTEL – Lounge Bar: Heidy De Ruyter (6pm) Sportys Bar + Arena: Unknown To Man (9pm) BACCHUS BAR – Dino Jag Duo (8.30pm) BEERGARDEN: BRICKWORKS – Brickstock all day festival (12pm)
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The Guide // BOTANIC BAR â€“ Sanji, Brad Sawyer and Tom Wilson BRIDGEPORT HOTEL â€“ karaoke with Gemma BUSHMAN HOTEL: GAWLER â€“ DJ CAMEO BAR â€“ After Hours with DJs DrDamage and guests CAVERN CLUB â€“ Chaos At The Cavern featuring Octanic, Oath Of Damnation, Art In Exile and Blood Covered Shovel (8pm) CROWN & ANCHOR â€“ Initials, Ben David & The Banned, Secondhand Squad and Japan For plus DJ Azz CUMBERLAND HOTEL: GLANVILLE â€“ karaoke with Nicole (8pm) DRAGONFLY â€“ rotating DJs playing techno, house, disco and everything in between DUKE OF YORK â€“ DJ Mitchy Burnz, DJ Parry, DJ Skinny B and MC Scotty ED CASTLE â€“ Plus One Saturdays with live bands and party DJs (9pm) ELECTRIC CIRCUS â€“ Arcade Disco with resident DJs Junior, Dancespace and friends ENIGMA â€“ The Deep End CD launch, Laced In Lust, Cherry Grind and E*F*F
EXETER HOTEL â€“ Jonny Star Family Entertainment EXETER ON RUNDLE â€“ Thomas Pynchon
FORRESTERS & SQUATTERS ARMS HOTEL â€“ CRACKWHORE, PSYCHO GREEN ALBUM LAUNCH AND KAMIKAZE GARAGE BAR â€“ DJs (10pm)
GILBERT STREET HOTEL â€“ DJ MARKY POLO (8PM) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH â€“ Main Room: Jake Shimabukuro. Front Bar: The Roshambos GRACE EMILY HOTEL â€“ Ride Into The Sun CD launch with Sister Rose GRAND BAR â€“ Destination Saturdays with DJs and MCs GRAND JUNCTION TAVERN â€“ Panic Switch (7.30pm) GREENOCK CREEK TAVERN â€“ Lily & The Drum (8pm)
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GRENFELL 110 â€“ Triumvirate Ents presents: Weekly Summer Sessions featuring DJs Ragz, Jesse Proverbs and John Spencer and Daly (10pm) HACKNEY HOTEL â€“ DJ HIGHLANDER HOTEL â€“ Kopy Catz HIGHWAY â€“ DJ Griff (9pm) HOPE INN â€“ karaoke (7pm) HOTEL RICHMOND â€“ DJ Sly HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE â€“ Bar 180: Acoustic Reign (7.30pm) The Front: Tempus Vex (8.30pm) HOTEL TIVOLI â€“ Exotica with DJs Sleepy Hips, Tinker and Bangwel (8pm) KINGSFORD HOTEL: GAWLER â€“ karaoke LAKES RESORT HOTEL â€“ Acoustik LIGHT HOTEL â€“ Scorcher Fest: 40 acts on three stages (3pm) LONDON TAVERN â€“ DJs Captiv8, Justice, Soundflex, AJ and MC Renard (10pm) MARBLE BAR â€“ I <3 MB with DJs and MCs plus national and international guests MARINA SUNSET BAR â€“ DJs playing the best in house and electro MARION HOTEL â€“ Franky F (5.30pm) Three Star General (8.30pm) MARS BAR â€“ VJ Beejay and guest (9pm) drag show (2am) MICK Oâ€™SHEAâ€™S â€“ One Planet OLD SPOT HOTEL â€“ Emerald (9pm) ORIENTAL â€“ Craig James PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB â€“ Dance On PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB â€“ Harvest PJ Oâ€™BRIENS â€“ Full Circle RAMSGATE HOTEL â€“ Adelaideâ€™s best cover bands RED SQUARE â€“ DJs Marek, Law, Dub Drop DJs, Decker, Bollocks, Krispy, Shawty, Capital D, DV8 and Jazz plus MCs Skippy and Dylan REX HOTEL â€“ DJ TKA ROCKET BAR â€“ Bananas: Track Team and Japeye SANDBAR â€“ requests with DJs
SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL â€“ ACOUSTIC SESSIONS SEAFORD HOTEL â€“ Ex-men (9pm) SEBEL PLAYFORD â€“ Black Caviar SLUG â€˜N LETTUCE BRITISH PUB â€“ Crazy Knites
SUGAR â€“ Prince Aaronak, Driller, Derek Lang plus a host of international guests SWISH: STAMFORD PLAZA â€“ Shuffle TALBOT HOTEL â€“ DJ playing retro and requests TEQUILA REA â€“ Bongo Madness with guest DJs THE ELEPHANT â€“ Tube Steaks and DJ G-Rillz THE LION HOTEL â€“ live entertainment TONSLEY HOTEL â€“ Swapsides (8.30pm) VALLEY INN â€“ karaoke VICTORIA HOTEL: Oâ€™HALLORAN HILL â€“ Rumours WALKERS ARMS HOTEL â€“ DJ Sessions (9pm) WINDSOR HOTEL â€“ Jump â€˜Nâ€™ Jive WOODCROFT TAVERN â€“ karaoke (8pm) ZHIVAGO â€“ High Heels DJs
Sunday 7th ALMA TAVERN â€“ Sunday School BEERGARDEN: BRICKWORKS â€“ Brickstock all day festival (12pm) BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB â€“ Dave Hunt BOTANIC BAR â€“ Eric The Falcon BRAHMA LODGE HOTEL â€“ Smokinâ€™ Crocs (4pm) CROWN & ANCHOR â€“ Sunday Rubdown DOG & DUCK â€“ Sneaky Sundays with Jak Morris DUCK INN: COROMANDEL VALLEY â€“ Cry Wolf ED CASTLE â€“ Beer Garden: Acoustic Sundays (2pm) ESPLANADE HOTEL â€“ Dino Jag Acoustic Duo (4pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE â€“ The Faction
FORRESTERS & SQUATTERS ARMS HOTEL â€“ TRENCH EFFECT, SKYNGORE AND NEW PARADIGM GLENELG SURF CLUB â€“ La Mar Sundays featuring Daniel Champagne (3pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH â€“ Main Room: Eugene Hideaway Bridges sings Sam Cooke â€“ 30th Anniversary Tour. Front Bar: Vaudeville Vibes At The Gov featuring Dr Sketchyâ€™s Fools â€˜nâ€™ Folly: Slapstick Sketching GRACE EMILY HOTEL â€“ The Red Sparrows GRAND BAR â€“ bands, DJs and MCs HIGHBURY HOTEL â€“ 2 Up Duo HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE â€“ NPL Poker (6.30pm) LORD MELBOURNE HOTEL â€“ Three Star General
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The Guide // MARINA SUNSET BAR – Sunset Sessions featuring live acoustic music MARS BAR – VJK classic video hits MICK O’SHEA’S – Killkenny OAKS PLAZA PIER – Pier One Bar: Undercover Duo PALATE TO PALLETTE – Sweet Baby James Solo (2pm) PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – One Planet RAMSGATE HOTEL – acoustic session (4pm) Tom Kurzel & Ed Trainor fortnightly rotation (7.30pm) SAILMASTER TAVERN – Troy Harrison
SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – ACOUSTIC SOLOISTS SEAFORD HOTEL – Justin Parker (4pm) SEMAPHORE PALAIS – Sarah Lloyde & Ash Gale SEMAPHORE RSL – Urban Cover (3pm) SEMAPHORE WORKERS CLUB – The Flyers SUGAR – Mods, Driller and Nu Jeans TAP INN HOTEL: KENT TOWN – Acoustic Sessions THE FRANKLIN HOTEL – DJ Annie (1pm) THE LION HOTEL – Andrew Hayes (2.30pm) DJ Junior (5.45pm) Fast Love (7pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – Ella & Friends (2pm) WELLINGTON HOTEL: WELLINGTON – Sunday Sessions: live music on the banks of the Murray (3pm) WEST THEBBY HOTEL – karaoke with Margi & Shaggy (8.30pm) ZHIVAGO – Black Cherry DJs
Monday 8th CROWN & ANCHOR – Hello Lover EXETER ON RUNDLE – Ben David & The Banned GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Balcony Bar: Lord Stompy’s Tin Sandwich advanced class GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – Ultimate Quiz with Graham Lawrence (7pm) PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Complete Trivia
RHINO ROOM – One Mic Stand open mic comedy ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Jam Night (8pm) SUGAR – Big Bubba and Eric The Falcon THE LION HOTEL – Brian Ruiz with Troy Loakes and Paul Vallen
Tuesday 9th ARKABA HOTEL – Top Room: Adelaide Comedy featuring Titty Bar Haha (8pm) AUSSIE INN HOTEL – Complete Trivia BOTANIC BAR – Ash Wilson CROWN & ANCHOR – DJs Stevie & Duncan DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Irish Sessions (8pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Bitches Of Zeus DJs GASLIGHT TAVERN – The Blues Lounge hosted by Ron Davidson & Trevor Graham (8pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Random Drinking HILTON HOTEL – KG’s Complete Trivia MARION HOTEL – 888 Poker (6.30pm) PJ O’BRIENS – Davy T’s Music Trivia (7.30pm) SEAFORD HOTEL – Quizmeisters Trivia (7pm) SUGAR – CU Next Tuesday with Sonny Side-Up and Driller THE GOODY – Complete Trivia THE LION HOTEL – Acoustic Sessions TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – DJ Ryley (8pm)
WHITMORE HOTEL – ACOUSTIC RAW JAM WINDSOR HOTEL – Complete Trivia WORLDSEND HOTEL – live music
CENTRAL DISTRICTS FOOTBALL CLUB – Complete mplete Trivia CHALLA GARDENS HOTEL – Complete Trivia CHRISTIES BEACH HOTEL – Complete Trivia CROWN & ANCHOR – Geek with DJ Tr!p DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Dan’s Open Mic Night (7.30pm) DRAGONFLY BAR & DINING – Bento (What’s in Yo’ Box?!) ENIGMA BAR – Black Breath, I Exist and Starvation on EXCHANGE HOTEL: GAWLER – Live Music Exchange (7.30pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Curtis FINDON HOTEL – Muso’s Jam hosted by Streaker er FIRST COMMERCIAL HOTEL – Complete Trivia
FORRESTERS & SQUATTERS ARMS HOTEL – WEDNESDAY NITE DYNAMITE TE WITH DJ DYNAMITE GLENELG FOOTBALL CLUB – KG’s Complete Trivia GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: Open Mic c Night GRACE EMILY HOTEL – John Sutherland with Swimsuit, Shea Wilcox, Mike Radz and Glamour Lakes HIGHWAY – The Combi Room HQ – Flashdance KENSINGTON HOTEL – Uke ‘n’ Play (7pm) MARION HOTEL – Adelaide Comedy featuring Titty tty Bar Haha (8pm) MICK O’SHEA’S – Celtic Connection PORTLAND HOTEL – karaoke with Shaggy (9pm)) SEAFORD HOTEL – karaoke with Suzanne (8.30pm) pm) SLUG ‘N LETTUCE BRITISH PUB – karaoke with h Margi (7.30pm) SUGAR – Mixed Tape with Lauren Rose, Ferris Mular ular and Mr Whiskas THE LION HOTEL – Proton Pill TONSLEY HOTEL – quiz night (7pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – Trivia Wednesday (7pm) pm) WORLDSEND HOTEL – live music
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Adelaide Cabaret Festival Dismissing its numeric omen, the 13th Adelaide Cabaret Festival is set to drag Adelaide out of its post-festival slump with a diverse line-up Artistic Director Kate Ceberano describes as “bursting at the seams”. Ahead of this weekend’s full program announcement, Rip It Up speaks to Melbourne’s Mojo Juju about the event. ollowing in the tradition of bluesy hollerers and tale-spinning hucksters such as Tom Waits and Jack White, Juju is excited to be returning to South Australia for her second Adelaide Cabaret Festival. “What an amazing celebration of all forms of entertainment,” Juju says of the June Festival Centre event. “This kind of festival finds you becoming friends with the opera singers, the burlesque dancers, trumpet players or varied artists. The lines between different schools of entertainment has really become blurred and it’s all become a lot more intertwined with the resurgence of cabaret, vaudeville, sideshows, circus and burlesque. Everything goes and it all fits together quite wonderfully under the banner of Adelaide
Cabaret Festival.” Previous Cabaret Festival line-ups have included a lot of acts that might be deemed ‘safe’, so does Juju bring a satisfying edge to proceedings? “Possibly!” she laughs heartily. “I do tend to get myself into trouble, if that’s what you mean! I won’t be throwing any TVs out of windows as I’m very respectable in that regard, but there’s a lot of riff-raff at these festivals. You put a group of people in a room together and who knows what’s going to happen? I have been talking to my friend Simone Page Jones who will also be appearing at the festival and we’ve been dreaming up some possible mischief.” Mojo Juju’s eponymous album of last year consolidated her character – a nattily dressed juke joint crooner with a love for bygone eras – but is this construct a fantasy world or a sincere reality? “It’s all real,” Juju assures. So you’re a gin-swilling hustler who’s more concerned about your alligator shoes looking good than your guitar being in tune? “You know, that’s probably quite an accurate description! If only you could see the shoes I’m wearing right now – they’re ridiculous! They’re a super high Cuban heel that ensures I have to walk super slow! That’s part of it, isn’t it? I’m not in a hurry to get anywhere – I’ve got Cuban
heels on! I guess people look at me funny, but I just stopped looking back.” A former record store employee, Juju listens to relics such as The Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller and Al Jolson on her old 78rpm gramophone. Considering rights activist Al Jolson’s history of donning blackface, does it make it politically incorrect to listen to his music these days? “It’s an interesting one. I think it’s still possibly offensive in a lot of ways but it’s culturally significant time in American entertainment – a lot of the minstrel shows were performed by African Americans who were satirising themselves. I find it fascinating. One of the first steps in moving on from that is acknowledging it happened. I think our own Australian history still has a bit more healing to do and we need to properly take responsibility.” More than a showcase of her album, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival program cover star says she’s written new material for her performances. “I wanted to do something a little different from the usual and I’m a big fan of Raymond Chandler, Chester Himes, Walter Mosley, [Charles] Bukowski, so it was more of a literary influence than a musical influence. I wanted to tell stories. Tom Waits is one of my greatest influences and I’ve never been shy of repeating that – the same way people feel about Bob Dylan, to me Waits is a brilliant storyteller and the language and characters
Good Golly Rip It Up naughtily reveals to Mojo Juju that a cult ‘80s film star will be performing a jazz show at the Cabaret Festival. “Oh my God! I think my heart just skipped a beat. I love ‘80s films and popular culture in general. I couldn’t say there is one ‘80s film that has had more of an effect on me than another, but I am a huge fan of John Hughes and David Lynch films. The Indiana Jones trilogy, Back To Future, Big… There are a lot of great films from the ‘80s – don’t get me started!”
really resonate for me. I wanted to do something a little hard-boiled, that told the stories between the stories and we’ve written a few songs to flesh that out. The album has a large component of that but I wanted to explore more of the noir influences – and it gives me a good excuse to drink on stage every night. Don’t tell anyone, but it’s actually simulated drinking – until I get off stage!” WHO: Mojo Juju WHAT: Adelaide Cabaret Festival WHERE & WHEN: Space Theatre from Fri Jun 7 until Sun Jun 9 (Adelaide Cabaret Festival runs from Fri Jun 7 until Sat Jun 22)
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Hyde Park On Hudson (M) Director Roger Michell’s follow-up to the underrated Morning Glory is drawn from the long-hidden diaries of Daisy Suckley, a distant cousin of 32nd US President Franklin D Roosevelt who lifted his spirits - in more ways than one - during times of crisis. The poor Daisy (Laura Linney) is summoned to cheer up FDR (Bill Murray as ‘Teddy’) in the ‘30s, and the pair, in subtle scenes, become lovers, and she remains close at times of stress and, crucially, as ‘Hyde Park On Hudson’, New York, awaits the arrival of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth for
an important meeting (and they’re played by Samuel West and Olivia Colman, who certainly equal the performances of Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech). Despite the familiarity of the drama surrounding the King’s stammer, this handsomely staged biopic (with sweet comedic moments) is nevertheless most enjoyable, with Murray offering a characterisation of great warmth and crackerbarrel humour. If only he’d actually act more often. Mad Dog Bradley
Alliance Française French Film Festival 2013 Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
The Host (M) The human race faces extinction in an unspecified future, where aliens have taken over Earth, and the bodies of those who once inhabited it. When one such invader finds that her host body, Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), is unwilling to give up her life, ‘Wanda’ sets out to find Melanie’s boyfriend, Jared, a member of the resistance fighting against her species. A film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s follow up to the Twilight saga was an inevitable occurrence, but also a risky one considering the book was not well received upon its release. Luckily screenwriter/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) has done a lot with very little, focussing less on Melanie/Wanda’s romantic dilemmas, and placing more emphasis on the humanity of the situation, creating a tweentacular sci-fi romance, in many ways just as formulaic as the Twilight saga, but in many other ways far more intricate. And no one sparkles - or grows fur. Kat McCarthy
The 2013 FFF continues at the PN until Sun Apr 7, so you still have a few days to check out the latest French flicks. Details: affrenchfilmfestival.org and palacecinemas.com.au.
Jurassic Park 3D For One Week Only Event Cinemas Marion And Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza
Steven Spielberg’s trailblazing, FX-crammed 1993 classic gets the 3D treatment. Raptorous.
Opening But Unrated Identity Thief (MA), director Seth Gordon’s raunchy comedy, stars Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Genesis Rodriguez, John Cho, Morris Chestnut and Robert Patrick. Director Gus Van Sant’s dark socialconscience drama Promised Land (M) stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski (who both worked on the script) alongside Frances McDormand. Co-writer/co-director/narrator/ star Mike Birbiglia’s autobiographical dramatic comedy Sleepwalk With Me (M) has him alongside Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Loudon Wainwright III and former Conchords groupie Kristen Schaal.
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (M)
Hara Kiri: Death Of A Samurai (MA)
Writer/co-producer/director Alex Gibney’s doco follows the inexhaustible attempts of former students at St John’s School For The Deaf, sexually abused by one Father Murphy, to be heard by the Vatican, which refused to listen. Given voices (by Ethan Hawke and others) in contemporary interviews, this flashes back with sometimes disturbing archival footage and depicts the plight of these children, as Murphy exploited the fact that they “couldn’t talk” and were (he said) “slow”, and how, in one of the first cases of its type, the facts should have come to light when the victims, in 1974, first began protesting. But their claims fell, naturally, on deaf ears, especially when the Vatican imposed its ‘deny, minimise, blame’ rule and Murphy’s apologists wheeled out the ‘Catholic Forgiveness’ card, while sheltering the priest and allowing him to keep on abusing kids. Made before the recent stepping-down of Pope Benedict but losing nothing because of it, this deeply angering study has been branded anti-religion by some, but it sure as hell is not: it’s pro-justice. Mad Dog Bradley
Feverish director Takashi Miike’s follow-up to 13 Assassins is another historical drama, albeit a far slower and more ominous one, and about as far from psychotic contemporary outings like Audition and Visitor Q as possible. Adapting Yasuhiko Takiguchi’s novel (already filmed in 1962), this has a down-and-out samurai (Ebizô Ichikawa) approaching a feudal lord for permission to commit ritual suicide on his estate. And while the samurai contemplates the blade before him he, at great length, is warned that this had better not be a ‘suicide bluff ’, as we then shift to a past timeframe wherein a former wannabeseppuku practitioner tried to use a promise of killing himself as a means to elicit money and employment. And rather regretted it. Miike’s first film in 3D, although he does little with it, this should bore fans weaned on Ichi The Killer-type shockers and yet, if you have patience (and, perhaps, a PhD in Japanese history), there’s no doubt that it has real guts. Mad Dog Bradley
The Croods (PG) Co-writers/co-directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders’ animated epic offers gorgeous visuals, a pleasing vocal cast - and a subversive undercurrent. The Croods, a prehistoric family including dad Grug (Nicolas Cage), mom Ugga (Catherine Keener), daughter Eep (Emma Stone), son Thunk (Clark Duke), gran (Cloris Leachman) and feral baby Sandy, live mostly in a cave in perpetual fear, but Grug’s attempts to maintain unity via scary stories no longer work on willful Eep. When she steals out one night and meets the fire-brandishing Guy (Ryan Reynolds), he eventually joins the unit as ‘the end of the world’ approaches, and seismic upheavals push them into a strange new world of gaudy colours, improbable creatures and glorious risks. Infectiously likeable, this offers rich themes about curiosity and daring, while there’s also, if you like, a sneaky bit of satire about 9/11, as the sky fills with dust and Grug shifts from discussing fear to promoting terror. Not what you’d expect from a politically primitive family flick. Mad Dog Bradley
And director Danny Boyle’s Trance (MA), his first film since 127 Hours (and last year’s London Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies), is a dark thriller with James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson and Tuppence Middleton (and yep, that’s her real name, it seems).
Seniors On Screen Commences Mercury Cinema
2013’s Seniors On Screen kicks off at the Merc on Fri Apr 5 at 11am with the Adelaide premiere of No (M), starring Gael García Bernal. All details: mercurycinema.org.au.
Underground: The Julian Assange Story For One Night Only Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
Director Robert Connolly’s study of JA’s early career in controversy screens for one night only at the Palace Nova on Thu Apr 11, with Connolly, star Alex Williams and Christine Assange all there in person for a Q+A afterwards. All details: palacecinemas.com.au.
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When you walk into a burger joint with a wall lined with hot sauces you know they mean business. While there are plenty of patty-flipping venues opening up around town, the recently-opened Chuckwagon has added some Tex Mex flavour to theirs to spice things up a bit. This former ice creamery on O’Connell St in North Adelaide has been given a makeover with the lot – from bright, white and frosty, to warm and rustic with a touch of ‘80s movie poster nostalgia thrown in to keep things interesting. The Chuckwagon chefs keep the burgers moving and the menu changing with weekly specials and sides to excite. Starters include the expected nachos, upgraded with cheddar cheese sauce and jalapeños. Burgers may seem smaller than others, but they are loaded with flavour and priced to suit. After drooling over a list of options including buffalo wild wings, chilli cheese fries and a Cajun chicken burger, we settled on the ‘Little Piggy’ burger featuring pulled pork in a spicy sauce and ‘The Mexican’, which is stacked with a house-ground chuck steak patty cooked medium rare, the usual salad fillings and an extra large dollop of fresh guacamole and jalapeños. The portabello chips were also rather tasty, and I can certainly recommend the battered pickles if you’re usually a fan. The Chuckwagon staff are casual and friendly as well as pretty knowledgeable on the ingredients used in the kitchen. They apologised that the liquor licence hadn’t quite cleared, with the beers still under lock and key and the sangria pot empty an unavoidable shame, as the only thing better than a side of deliciously crunchy onion rings to complement the burgers would have been a cold Mexican cerveza or two.
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Food Review d by Paul Woo
WHAT: Chuckwagon WHERE: 175 O’Connell St, North Adelaide WHEN: Tue – Sun 11.30am – 9pm INFO: 8276 4070
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School Of Vodka Ever wanted to know the difference between Starka and Krupnik? On Fri Apr 5 the ‘School Of Vodka’ will grace Adelaide for one night only for two master classes in Polish vodka. Guided by spirit aficionado Benny Roff, punters will assemble at Cushdy Cocktail Bar at 2pm and 7.30pm to learn the complexities, composition and manufacture of varying vodkas and how to recognise different styles. Signed copies of Roff ’s vodka manual Borsch, Vodka And Tears will be available for sale on the day. WHAT: School Of Vodka Master Class WHERE: Cushdy Cocktail Bar, 279 Hindley St, Adelaide WHEN: Fri Apr 5 from 2pm and 7.30pm TICKETS: $80 from Moshtix
Whet Your Appetite Dinner Whet Your Appetite is a celebration of the next generation of Australian culinary elite, and this April will be Adelaide’s turn to feast on the laboured fruits of our most promising kitchen up-and-comers. For one night only on Mon Apr 29, some of South Australia’s most talented hospitality professionals will come together for a collaborative degustation dinner at Public CBD. A line-up of talented chefs, waiters and restaurateurs including Utopia’s Justin Markos, Connect Vines’ Mark Reginato, Public CBD’s head chef (and 2012 Australian Young Chef winner) Stewart Wesson, Adelaide Convention Centre’s
Melanie Gowers and Richard Ousby will create a seasonally inspired three-course menu with beverages to match, all of which you can enjoy for $80 a head (includes drinks). Tickets are available now. WHAT: Whet Your Appetite Adelaide Dinner WHERE: Public CBD, 12 Franklin St, Adelaide WHEN: Mon Apr 29 from 7pm-10pm TICKETS: $80 per person INFO: whetyourappetiteadelaide. eventbrite.com.au
After a very long and unhealthy weekend of trips away with the in-laws, staff parties and too many mammal shaped chocolate treats I can understand your hesitation in taking on a tipple of this nature. Well to that I suggest that your palate has merely been primed for the decadent deliciousness that is the Lobethal Bierhaus Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Whilst strangely not containing any actual chocolate in the recipe the name derives from the defining chocolate smack that the oatmeal brings to this malty and toasted party. Cleverly selected English hops give a clean bitterness and sit nicely alongside coffee and caramel flavours. The finish is typically stylistic. Long and silky with depth and structure. Grab six, add one to your slow cooker of cow, drink the rest. Cheers.
TH E K INGS B A R D INING. C O M
Stars // Aries 21.03/20.04 The week begins with a Scorpio moon. There is emotion as well as action. Either be aware of the emotional impact of your actions, or life will make you aware. Having triggered various feelings, the next step is to figure out how to be with them in a clear and creative way.
Scorpio 24.10/21.11 The moon begins her week in Scorpio. She charges you up with her soft reflective light. This soft reflective light is full of power, mind you. If you don’t bring your hard-earned wisdom out of your lounge room, your experience of love will suffer. To expand, sharing is vital.
Sagittarius 22.11/21.12 You may well find yourself the arbiter in some kind of dispute. Life is insisting on change – and there is bound to be a lot of hot-headedness on display. Being a fire sign, capable of a light touch and plenty of reflection, you may be able to talk the appropriate healing language.
Cancer 22.06/22.07 The Scorpio moon at the beginning of the week helps you to sit well with all the challenges and changes that are making their presence felt. It is appropriate to acknowledge and feel your emotions. Emotional intelligence is a hugely important ally to have in difficult times.
Capricorn 22.12/19.01 Communication is the key. The more you can express, the more the river flows - express with awareness, that is. It’s not OK to be cathartic. This is a powerful time for regeneration and your part in the play is significant. If others are at loggerheads with you, talk it through.
Leo 23.07/22.08 Life is putting the need for action and the need for significance together. It’s not enough to repeat old destructive behaviours just for the sake of being seen to be doing something. Courage and innovation are required. It take a lion’s heart to make such moves. Offer yours.
Virgo 23.08/22.09 Mercury remains in the vast watery expanses of oceanic Pisces. Still, no matter what you think you should be doing, you can’t get a foothold. Though you feel like you are dog-paddling, when you think you should be power-boating, it’s right to have to wait. Don’t fight it.
Venus is in Aries, hopefully being inspired by Mars, who is also in Aries. This moment is one for testing the courage of one’s convictions in action. Procrastination would be existentially wrong. Careful consideration is right up to a point and then it’s not. This is a turning point.
Gemini 21.05/21.06 Having taken the time to stop and contemplate the difficult things that have surfaced, these thorny things have become easy. Where others are struggling with major issues, you are dancing. Obstacles and changes aren’t addling your psyche, they are enthusing you.
Taurus 21.04/20.05 There’s no going anywhere without considering the impact of your actions. Pluto is ruling the roost this week and he is about regeneration. Old skin has to go. Whether one struggles to keep it on or not, it still has to go. That said, it’s much better to co-operate openheartedly.
Aquarius 20.01/18.02 Though there is an extraordinary amount of action in and around you, the overwhelming sense is that of expansion and playfulness. Jupiter dances with Uranus. Liberation and empowerment are waltzing through the heavens and your life. All that is required is balance and trust.
Pisces 19.02/20.03 Life is flowing. Go with it. The moment you over-think things is when it goes awry. There really is no need to intellectualise or philosophise. Don’t be put off by ease. Just because you aren’t struggling doesn’t mean nothing is happening. The lightness of life’s touch is therapeutic.
Vera Ada: Shivers Shivers is the debut photographic exhibition by talented Adelaide artist Vera Ada. Vera’s love affair with photography began six years ago after picking up a point and shoot digital camera, nowadays documenting her fascination with recording people, transport and candid moments on a daily basis. Shivers demonstrates the artist’s eye for fragile moments, her interpersonal connections and interactions with local surroundings giving the viewer a sense of nostalgia. Multiple and long exposures feature in many of her works, as well as experiments with light and chemical leaks, expired film, cross processing and other alternative processes. All works will be for sale. WHAT: The Light Gallery WHERE: 138 Richmond Rd, Marleston WHEN: Fri Apr 5 – Sun May 3 OPENING: Fri Apr 5 from 6pm – 8pm
Waterhouse Youth Prize Call For Entrants The Waterhouse Youth Art Prize is calling all emerging artists aged 16 – 25 years old for the chance to win $5000 prize money and have their work displayed in the prestigious 2013 Waterhouse Exhibition. Entrants are asked to craft their own artistic interpretation of the scientific and natural world inspired by ideas about the current environmental debates. The Waterhouse Youth Art Prize is one of the categories within the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize that aims to support emerging artists. Now in its 11th year, the Waterhouse is a valuable fixture in the Australian art world and offers a platform for young creatives to respond to the world around them through pencil, brush, sculpture or multimedia. The Waterhouse Exhibition will take place at the South Australian Museum on North Terrace from Sat Jul 20 - Sun Sep 8. Entries close on Fri May 10 at 5pm (ACST). See the competition rules and enter online at thewaterhouse. com.au.
with Miranda Freeman
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Nudie Jeans Pay Living Wages After transferring all of their denim to 100 percent organic cotton last year, Nudie Jeans Co are yet again making steps towards a more ethical and humane approach to producing fashion. This initiative includes the decision to pay the living wage rate for the workers at the Armstrong Knitting Mills in India, which is Nudie’s only Asian supplier since they joined partnership in 2011. The living wage rate is a 17 percent increase above the current minimum wage, which ensures workers receive enough income to support themselves and their family. Nudie are the only company that use the supplier to pay this wage increase, so are setting the example for other companies to match. Sadly, since these companies haven’t been named they can’t be shamed into submission, so instead Nudie can only be exonerated for the path they’re making towards a more ethical, environmentally friendly future. nudiejeans.com
Opening Ceremony X Spring Breakers To celebrate the film where Disney’s Wizard Of Oz, James Franco, corrupts post-tween Disney starlets into committing arson to fund their spring break (because yes, that does need celebrating) Opening Ceremony have run an exclusive capsule collection. The brand have teamed up with Spring Breakers’ costume designer Heidi Bivens to create this very colourful, very offensive, very tacky and overall awesome collection. With unicorns, marijuana leaves, aliens (a nod to Franco’s character’s name) featured on basketball jerseys, trackpants, bandanas and silicone bracelets, this may just be one of the most extravagant attempts on movie merch we’ve seen in a while… And so far it’s working. To see the full collection visit openingceremony.us.
Street Style With Ula Blocksage
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Name: Kaya What gets you out of bed in the morning? Coffee. What song gets you going? The Rugrats theme tune. What was the last thing you bought? A subscription to tap dancing classes. Favourite item of clothing in your wardrobe? My knackered leather boots… they have holes and I wear them anyway. What do you do with your time? I read scripts, do cartwheels and cross streets to be on the sunny side. Tell me something random? Evol is love spelt backwards.
Rundle Place VIP Launch Night Just before the likes of Oxford, David Lawrence, Swatch, Ted Baker and Kookai’s new homes at Rundle Place were revealed, guests were invited to enjoy the surroundings of the $385 million retail development before it was filled with shoppers. With 70 specialty outlets, four retail levels and free Wifi throughout the building, it looks like the impact that Rundle Place has on Adelaide’s retail and fashion industry will only continue. Rundle Place VIP Launch Night / Photos by Sia Duff
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Sound City – Real To Reel
End Of Watch Roadshow / MA / 104/108 Mins
Sony / M / 152 Mins
Foo Fighters maestro Dave Grohl’s tribute to defunct, scunge-encrusted LA studio Sound City finds its former musical guests differing in their opinions of the grimy recording facility – Mick Fleetwood calls it “a church”, Butch Vig calls it “a dump” – but the star power behind this project ensures it’s a winner. Despite its faults (the Nirvana drummer’s opening monologue elicits a cringe when he recalls his first Sound City visit with the clichéd line “We were just kids with nowhere to call home”), the lovingly curated doco includes fantastic archival footage, memorable interviews with rock icons (including Neil Young, Metallica, Tom Petty) and freshly recorded collaborations involving Stevie Nicks, the super lungs of Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and even Paul McCartney (his links to Sound City seem non-existent, but why would Grohl say no to jamming with Macca through Sound City’s Neve 8028 mixing desk he now has installed in his home studio?). While the McCartney tune Cut Me Some Slack is a bona fide rocker, it’s the Dave Grohl/Joshua Homme/Trent Reznor opus Mantra that’s the real jaw-dropper: an It Might Get Loud-style doco on this trio would be a cracker. Scott McLennan
AC/DC - Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be Mick Wall / Orion Books / 437pgs / $32.99
AC/DC have proven to be reclusive over the years, rarely allowing outsiders within their inner sanctum - such was the problem faced by former Classic Rock editor turned rock biographer Mick Wall. Much of this book is sourced from Wall’s previous research for his interviews with band members Malcolm and Angus Young, Brian Johnson and Bon Scott, coupled alongside new interviews with Mark Evans, Simon Wright, Molly Meldrum and more. From the formative years of the Young brothers in Glasgow through their time with Bon Scott and worldwide success, cemented by their smash album Back In Black with Brian Johnson, Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be delivers one of the most definitive works on the early years of AC/DC to date. The only drawback is that the lavish attention paid to the years prior to 1980 comes at the cost of the 33 years since - subsequent events, albums and tours receive cursory coverage in the final quarter of the book. Pete Lanyon
Doctor Who: The Ark In Space
Casa De Mi Padre Madman / M / 84 Mins
Roadshow/ABC / G / 364 Mins
Street Kings director David Ayer wrote, directed and co-produced this police drama, and it’s no James Ellroy-type tale but a violent outing with mockumentary tricks hopefully making you feel like it’s ‘real’. LA cops Brian Taylor ( Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) are shown doing what they do day and night, as Brian videos what happens on and off the job for a doco (although the way his colleagues freak when they realise they’re being filmed makes you wonder how he gets away with it). They break up a gangsta party; they chase suspicious vehicles; they rescue shockingly abused kids; back home, Brian gets closer to girlfriend Janet (Anna Kendrick), and they socialise with Mike and his pregnant missus Gabby (Natalie Martinez); and, as they make things difficult for a drug cartel, the tone gets scarier and nastier, with one sequence pushing that MA rating. There’s no doubt that Ayer’s pic has a somewhat odd structure, but Gyllenhaal and Peña are excellent as dedicated officers who rarely bend the rules - which is a bit of a relief after one too many irksome bent-cop sagas. The standard disc has Ayer commentary and deleted scenes, while the Blu-ray offers that and featurettes. Mad Dog Bradley
Only the second adventure for beloved fourth Doctor Tom Baker, this still surprisingly effective 1975 classic has The Doc, Sarah (late lamented Elisabeth Sladen) and popular buffoon Harry (Ian Marter, also RIP) materialising in a space station and, after a strong first episode with just the three of them, realising that the thing holds the survivors of a destroyed Earth, and that they’ve overslept by millennia due to interference by parasitic, insectoid Wirrn (which we first see at the end of Part One in a cliffhanger that’s, at once, a great scare sequence and a complete cheat). The Ark’s leader Lazar/‘Noah’ (Kenton Moore) is then infected by the Wirrn, and this leads to much cool running-around in corridors and warnings of doom, which is all very entertaining due to strong work from Baker (not oozing with contempt yet) and Moore, and despite the fact that the green alien growths that take over Noah’s hand, and then entire body, are obviously spray-painted bubble-wrap (a little fact much-loved by fans and joked about in another wonderful package of Special Features, which include commentary by Baker, Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe, a Making-Of featurette, another cool text track, and plenty more on top). Mad Dog Bradley
Mr McGee And The Biting Flea
Why exactly star/co-producer Will Ferrell decided to make this bizarre comedy is anyone’s guess, although chances are he simply ran out of genres to parody and decided that a send-up of Mexican horse operas was just the thing. Director Matt Piedmont’s laborious outing has WF, speaking fluent Spanish throughout (after a month’s worth of intensive lessons), as Armando, dim-witted son of a tough rancher (the since-late Pedro Armendariz Jr) and sulkily living in the shadow of favoured son Raul (Diego Luna). However, shonky Raul is in with a drug lord (played by Gael García Bernal, no less), and soon Dad’s dead, Armando’s bonding with Raul’s girlfriend Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez) and elaborately dire jokes are coming thick and fast in between some truly awful Mariachi music. With director Piedmont going for a needless ‘Grindhouse’ look, a role for Efren Ramirez (Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite), unfunny subtitles that inform the viewer of scenes the budget couldn’t afford and lengthy close-ups of Will’s and Genesis’ bums (or at least their body doubles’ bums), this mystifying head-scratcher failed to realise one crucial point before production: the star’s fans simply will not - or maybe cannot - read subtitles! This release includes featurettes, fake commercials and more. Mad Dog Bradley
With school holidays almost upon us, Patch Theatre Company and the Adelaide Festival Centre are presenting a fabulous opportunity for children aged 3+ years to get their giggle on and their imaginations running wild with six whimsical stories woven into one fun-filled hour of storytelling with Mr McGee And The Biting Flea. Having performed in previous awardwinning incarnations – this being his fifth Patch Theatre production – Tim Overton happily tells us of the fun audiences can expect from the show. “Each story is derived from Pamela Allen’s children’s books and told in a different style,” he begins. “For example, Mr McGee And The Apple Tree is an a cappella song with beautiful three-way harmonies performed by myself, Rory Walker and Steph Rossi while using some really simple puppets, gadgets and gizmos to help enact the story as we sing. “Alexander’s Outing is about a family of ducks who go on a big adventure where Alexander, the youngest little duckling, gets into trouble and they’ve got to rescue him. Then there’s Belinda, Mary Elizabeth’s House and of course Mr McGee And The Biting Flea. “Brown Bread And Honey is about a king who eats too much, grows very large, gets ill, his chef leaves and there’s a big kerfuffle in the castle,” Overton adds. “This one has
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flour and water going everywhere. We make little figurines like the king, the crown, the boy, the horse and all the other characters to help tell that story.” And, of course, the kids would enjoy the messiness of it all. “They love the flour and water going everywhere,” he laughs. “The smacking of the dough onto the table makes a big noise and they enjoy the element of cooking; the idea of making a cake and lighting a candle on top of it is something that they recognise but without an actual cake on stage.” Patch have always allowed for the imagination of children in their performances by using minimal staging and simple props. “It’s one of Patch’s really strong messages,” Overton enthuses. “Their artistic statement is a quote by Pablo Picasso which says that ‘Every child is an artist; the challenge is to keep them so’ by encouraging them to use their imagination in any way that they like to
continue the use of creativity throughout their lives.” With the typical short attention span of children, having six stories in one would certainly keep their focus as the show quickly changes from one story to the next. “It’s perfect really,” Overton agrees. “Apart from all being fantastic stories, the change of style that comes with each story – the change in music from a cappella to backing tracks to live instruments – it keeps the kids reinvesting in the show over and over again. The stores and ideas progress and build to a point that’s exciting, lots of fun and really interesting for both children and adult audiences.” WHAT: Mr McGee And The Biting Flea WHERE: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre WHEN: Tue Apr 16 until Sat Apr 20 at 10am and 1pm
Your guide to the student experience. So you’re no doubt living this week entirely on heavily reduced chocolate as you exhausted all available funds making the most of your Easter weekend. Just me then? Well however you celebrated, Easter is always that tricky time of the first semester when assignment due dates that seemed to be so far off all those weeks ago now start to creep up. But what have you possibly learnt so far that could be tested on? That was always a big issue for me, as I didn’t feel any smarter this far into the semester than I did at the beginning. Really, you should have learnt a fair bit by now, you just haven’t taken the time to appreciate it (and watch out, it may bite you). Considering that the TAFE Regency students have acquired enough skills so far to run an operating restaurant for the public, maybe it’s time to self-assess. And remember, if you have any student info, campus event or deal coming up email lachlanaird@ ripitup.com.au, Tweet @ FastTimesRIU or Poke facebook. com/fasttimesriptiupmag and I’ll do the rest. Peace, Lachie
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Hey! Hive Production Fund The Hive Production Fund is an $800,000 piggybank to help fund ambitious arts films with bold and imaginative cross-platform ideas and strategies. Basically, the more batshit your idea, the better chance you have of seeing it become a reality. For all the great directors, and all their flaws, they’re renowned for their groundbreaking concepts and execution. Essentially, they are artists. The fund wants artists to explore their work on screen and is designed to support one-off stand-alone films for production and post-production and can be fiction or documentary and whatever time length is required. Successful projects will premiere at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival and have their work screen on ABC TV. If you make Warhol look like a Disney dreamboat or Kubrick look like a lazy corner-cutter, be sure to submit your proposal to have your vision broadcast on both small and silver screen. For more info on the HIVE Production Fund and how to get involved, visit adelaidefilmfestival.org. Applications close Mon May 13.
Student Vox Pop Michelle, On Dit Launch I study: Medicine at Adelaide Uni. My favourite book is: Catch 22 – Joseph Heller. The last movie I saw was: Easy A. The last thing I bought was: a cake dish in the shape of a penis. My dream job would be: a doctor of some kind.
This Is Club 5082 It may surprise you but even people who aren’t your best buds or your mum can also listen to your music and attend your gigs. It’s a tantalising concept, but one that is difficult with the limited resources of new bands, no matter how talented. Promotion is a necessary evil in the music industry and finding the right kind mix of processes to get your music out there without shoving it down people’s throats or having it rejected completely is tricky. It’s even trickier to find someone who knows what they’re doing teach you for free. Club 5082, an initiative from the City Of Prospect, are holding free training programs for young bands on
how to get noticed and sell music online. Their upcoming session will cover how to effectively use website promotion, YouTube channels, Facebook, iTunes and email databases. Participants will need a song track, brief video of the band and images of the band to utilise throughout these areas and then expand on after the workshop. Only real bands need apply. The next Music Online Workshop will be held at the Prospect Library on Mon Apr 15 from 9am-4pm. Entry is free. For more info and booking details visit Facebook. com/club5082
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Teach A Student To Fish… …And they could very well become the next rising star of the culinary world (a few more won’t hurt). TAFE SA Regency Campus boasts their own $3.5 million state-of-theart student training restaurant, TIROS @ Regency, and it is now open for 2013. The current patisserie and cookery students have been trained to a level to provide food for human consumption, which is good news for the public as it is both delicious and inexpensive to eat there. Considering the level of expertise required to make an impression with today’s food culture, you
can be assured that the frequently changing menu is as impressive to the tastebuds as it is challenging on the students. And if you’re sick of being given the stink eye every time to call a waitress over at your local café, the restaurant is staffed by TAFE’s hospitality students, so you can be sure that your meal will be serviced ‘tude free. TIROS @ Regency is located at 137 Days Rd, Regency Pk and is open from Tue – Fri from 12pm and Wed – Fri from 6pm. For bookings call 8348 4348.
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CD Of The Week
Head In The Noose (Broken Stone/Remote Control)
On celluloid it seems that strangulation victims often pull a face as if they’re enjoying a dangerously gratifying orgasm. Kelly Dance appears to have tapped into that same idea of ‘la petite mort’, with her shadowy cover portrait positioned somewhere between death and desire. Like a weary yet driven Natalie Merchant covering the downbeat poetry of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Push The Sky Away, this is haunting, deadly stuff that proves you don’t need a chorus to be a killer. Care for a swing, Dance?
Vance Joy Riptide (Liberation)
I thought we’d just about had our fill of wearysounding acoustic blokes in scuffed boots and checked shirts, but Vance Joy does a fine job of invigorating folk on his own terms. Already warming stages for Of Monsters & Men and Julia Stone, there’s a truth and honesty to his rough-hewn spree that suggests Mr Joy might be this year’s Matt Corby. Get some Vance in your pants.
Georgi Kay Ipswich (Ivy League)
She’s around half the age of Sarah Blasko, but this Perth teen is certainly not half the talent. Splitting her time between music and film (three of her songs feature on the soundtrack to the youngster’s new Jane Campion-directed series Top Of The Lake), this is a very, very exciting introduction indeed. In spite of the initial spark for Ipswich arriving during a spot of vacuuming, this neither sucks nor blows.
Kurt Vile Air Bud (Matador/Remote Control)
I’ve always found Kurt Vile’s output a little like one of those endlessly repeated Katherine Heigl rom-coms: it’s not until I find myself back in the middle of the unmemorable stodge that I remember I’ve been here before and I’m not a fan. Anyone who names their single after a craptastic ‘90s flick about a basketball-playing golden retriever deserves a second chance, but Vile’s latest uninspired guitar skulk is another barker’s egg. Woof.
Flo Rida Feat Jennifer Lopez Sweet Spot (Warner)
Blech. More like wet spot.
The Bloody Beetroots Spank (UMA)
Selling dumb-arse kids the sound of a shortcircuiting skill tester? You better believe that’s a paddlin’.
Bad Religion True North (Epitaph)
There are many jokes that Bad Religion have just recorded the same album over and over for most of their 34-year career. Fans without a sense of humour are quick to point out that this is an inaccurate generalisation, but the sextet’s 16th studio full-length initially
seems designed to prove the comedians right. The first five tracks are classic BR: melodic skate punk with powerful riffs and literate lyrics from singer Greg Graffin (even on the unsophisticatedly titled Fuck You). Great songs, but almost formulaic in their familiarity. But then the veterans start throwing curveballs, with Dharma And The Bomb not only featuring an uncharacteristically gritty riff and menacing mood, but also surprisingly finding Graffin handing lead vocal duties to guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Hello Cruel World adopts a slow, deliberate pace, and In Their Hearts Is Right contrasts a typical BR track with an unexpected half-time pre-chorus. However, it’s not the curveballs that deserve the most attention. Note that when people accuse BR of remaking the same album, they never claim it’s a bad one. The band fires on all cylinders on Nothing To Dismay and The Island, and it’s a sign of their confidence that they can put the strongest material on the back half of the album. The best tracks here stand proud alongside their established oeuvre. Owen Heitmann
British India return with a vengeance with their fourth studio album Controller, reclaiming the power and intensity that was lacking on their last record, 2010’s Avalanche. The trademark British India sound is there, with this batch of tunes packing plenty of punch and being catchy as all hell. Frontman Declan Melia is in fine form on I Can Make You Love Me and I think the band is sending a few subtle messages and a one fingered salute in We Don’t Need Anyone. Standout Twice In A Lifetime proves to be another catchy moment, planting one right between the eyes. There are plenty of great incentives to get in early when buying this one, with signed versions and bonus guitar picks in the offing. There’s no disputing the fact that as a live band British India are as good as any other Aussie act, with an armoury of favourites at their disposal such as Black And White Radio, Tie Up My Hands and Run The Red Light now being joined by plenty more dynamic offerings with album number four. British India’s work ethic of touring, writing, recording and touring again is impressive, so their upcoming tour that sees them return to their Adelaide home of the Governor Hindmarsh looks like it will be a ripper. Thumbs up for Controller, a welcome return to form. Rob Lyon
Iggy & The Stooges and Beasts Of Bourbon Thebarton Theatre, Mon Mar 25 Review by Scott McLennan Pics by Andreas Heuer
“Soon you will see the reason I exist, ladies and gentlemen,” a bearded Tex Perkins announces near the close of Beasts Of Bourbon’s ceiling shuddering set. It’s easy to see the link between this howling tower of pub rock and the headliners; Beasts Of Bourbon’s music is similarly caught between the cell bars and dive bars, a gang of back alley cowboys playing fulsome prison blues. Tonight Beasts tunes and covers including I Don’t Care ‘Bout Nothing Anymore, Cocksucker Blues, I Told You So and Quittin’ Time are filled with the perfect blend of spittle, sludge and switchblade swagger to catch the attention of Third Man Records. To the rousing sounds of O Fortuna, the weary soldiers of The Stooges arrive and kick into Raw Power. The imitable Iggy Pop rushes to the front of the stage wearing a long-sleeved brown shirt and… no, that’s actually just his topless roadkill hide, writhing in front of us like desperate rats caught in a sack. The 65-year-old’s warped, shirtless flesh is as transfixing as the music, his over-tanned form punching, swinging and fauxejaculating at the lip of the stage as he sings the 40-year-old opening tune and commands his audience to ‘dance to the beat of the living dead’.
Reviews // Quick Ones
Memory Lane: The Best Of McFly
(The Thin Green Line Foundation)
Everything Everything Arc (Sony)
Just open the cover and take a whiff of all the trees you’re saving after purchasing this bad boy. Ahhh, I’m always up for a cause-worthy album and this Greenline Grooves compilation makes the rather selfless task a delight. Raising some pennies for the tireless rangers of wildlife parks across Australia, The Thin Green Line Foundation are giving more than a little back to these amazing humans. This release finds plenty of old-time greenies getting involved, including John Butler Trio, Xavier Rudd, Archie Roach and Ash Grunwald. In addition we have some newer environment-loving types pulling their green thumbs out to lend a hand, with Jordie Lane, Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento and oh so many more. The real beauty of a collaborative album is its diversity, with each track here meandering to a different place in terms of genre, lyricism and general style. Every track from each artist brings environmental themes, with a pleasant mix of old and new. The sleeve is even printed on recycled cardboard - just think of the trees! Oh the glorious trees! Put on your good Samaritan hat and grab a copy at once. Sharni Honor
Like a great aunt on the verge of senility, Pop’s flamboyant flapping waves to the crowd and between-song outbursts are wayward yet warm. Hoisting up his rhinestoned ‘Iggy’ belt, Pop throws a mic stand towards unruffled guitarist James Williamson before the demented rockabilly of 1970, while the ensuing Search And Destroy finds Williamson unleashing a terrific solo and bassist Mike Watt humping the speaker like a randy Quasimodo. Watt and Pop both seem to be suffering terribly from hip dramas, yet the frontman never lets his awkward gait prevent him from patrolling the stage like a plucked yet cocksure rooster. His fearless presence lives on, too: pulled like a drowning victim from the audience after multiple stage dives, it’s obvious there’s still a forgotten boy inside the body of the rubbery baby boomer. New songs Gun and Dirty Deal suggest upcoming album Ready To Die has the same inspiringly crude markings of the band’s initial output, but it’s the original insurgencies that draw the biggest whoops. The junkie jazz of Fun House finds sax maniac Steve Mackay in his element, while he’s also tasked with the hypnotic single note keyboard solo of the libidinous I Wanna Be Your Dog. “Thanks for having us in this fucking beautiful place,” Pop drawls before the finale of Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell and Open Up And Bleed. He now resembles an art installation involving Chris Cunningham overhauling ET, but by the time he drags his cock in his pocket off the stage he’s reconfirmed his place in the rock pantheon. Home, James, and don’t spare the raw power.
Imagine Green Day wearing Hawaiian shirts and sipping on raspberry cola out of candy-coloured straws and you’ve pretty much got McFly’s second greatest hits album, Memory Lane: The Best Of McFly. The 22-track collection rides a fine line between bubblegum pop and pop rock and it appears McFly are a little genreconfused as to which major band they are trying to emulate. All About You evokes The Beatles, while the surfer dude vibe in That Girl is almost identical to The Beach Boys, yet Do Ya and One For The Radio has growling guitars and Americanised vocals that reek of Green Day. If that’s not enough variety, cheesy new release Cherry Cola is a mixture between I Want Candy and something from the Grease soundtrack. Despite McFly producing nothing utterly groundbreaking, their music is undeniably infectious. Radio-flogged single Love Is Easy is highly catchy. The boppy melody and crooning ‘ You want the moon?’ reference to 1946 classic It’s A Wonderful Life will have you grinning and bouncing your knee in no time. Despite the sparkle in McFly’s eye somewhat absent, kudos to them for staying afloat during the evolution of fellow Brits One Direction and Ed Sheeran. Melissa Keogh
When Manchester duo Hurts arrived in 2010, it was almost as if they’d been sculpted from a block of blue steel in a Northern England refinery. With slicked hair, tailored suits and cheekbones as sharp as a diamond knife, Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson delivered music as brooding and classy as a black Mercedes CLA. Somewhat predictably, their debut Happiness proved a big winner in Germany, but the cold and calculated affair was more an effective calling card than a memorable blockbuster. Despite Happiness’ tone suggesting the duo would soon be amassing fortunes writing big choruses for divas rather than sweating it out in the footlights, Exile finds Hutchcraft and Anderson barely altering their formula. Cupid sounds like a sequel to Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus and finale Help even features Sir Elton John at the old Joanna, but the lyrics are often excruciatingly po-faced: ‘Cut out my eyes and leave me blind’, Hutchcraft comically pleads on Blind. The bombast might have been raised a level on Exile (the title track sounds like the missing hit from Muse’s The 2nd Law misfire, while Sandman brazenly throws in a children’s choir), but these tin men are sadly lacking a heart. Scott McLennan
The words that are added to esteemed dictionaries around the world are getting more and more ridiculous as the general population forgoes the written language for smiley faces and picture messages of one’s genitals. I was really hoping that there would be a cool, hip new word to describe this album but, alas, nothing jumps out at me, and I am not enough of a hipster to really know the colloquialisms that happen to be popular this week. There is one word though, that I think fits the bill: garish adjective \’ger-ish\ 1: clothed in vivid colours 2a: excessively or disturbingly vivid 2b: offensively or distressingly bright 3: tastelessly showy Ryan Lynch
Johnny Marr The Messenger (Warner)
Eternally cursed/blessed by the band he formed with Steven Morrissey as a teenager, stellar guitarist Johnny Marr’s new album appears to have enjoyed less media coverage than the recent unearthing of an early demo tape of The Smiths from 1983. While brilliant in a sidekick role to Morrissey, Bernard Sumner (Electronic) and Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Marr’s own output has been limited, with 2003’s Boomslang now all but erased from his bio. How abstruse that The Smiths could sound so ornate and beautifully realised, yet new Marr songs like I Want The Heartbeat are closer to punk garage. The title track owes a lot to Interpol’s Obstacle 1 and the epic swells of Say Dumesne prove a highlight, but the lack of truly striking tunes suggests Marr’s started something he couldn’t finish. Scott McLennan RIPITUPMAGAZINE//RIPITUP.COM.AU
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Festivals This Weekend Heston D rop by Lachlan A ird
The last time Rip It Up spoke with rock band Heston Drop they had just won the Australasian finals of the Battle Of The Bands competition in Sydney and were on their way to the world final in London. Out of over 3000 entrants worldwide, Heston Drop finished the competition in fourth place. Ahead of their upcoming Scorcher Fest appearance, Rip It Up catch up with Jimmy Miles from the band to find out how their experience in London has altered the band’s game plan. “We’re definitely looking at heading back overseas by the end of this year or early next year,” Miles says. “We’ve been invited back by some of the bands we met at the competition and will definitely be looking to tour there again.” Heston Drop may just be one example of the
growing trend of Australian bands finding that their sound gels better with audiences overseas. “Yeah, I can see that to an extent,” Miles agrees. “We seem to pull different crowds at our Australian shows to our shows in London. I think the London audience just appreciate our heavier rock style a bit more, but we enjoy playing both.” Indeed, Miles boils down the band’s success in the competition to the fact that their music is relatable to a wide range of audiences. “The judges came up to us after the set and while we didn’t come first, they said we should keep doing what we’re doing because they liked our style, so that was encouraging.” This experience has just reinforced Heston Drop’s attitude towards music, but brought it to a grander scale. “We’ve always been serious about our music, but this experience was just a great opportunity. Being onstage at the Scala for our 10-minute set - the same stage where bands like the Foo Fighters have played was just incredible.” Any other notable highlights?
“None that I can really say here...” Fair enough, then. Settling back down in Adelaide, the band have their sights on recording the new material for an EP, some interstate shows and hopefully a single before heading back overseas. This follows a highly sought-after appearance supporting The Angels and Ian Moss at the Clipsal 500. Their next show at Scorcher Fest is an opportunity to hear some of their new material they’re recording being played live. “We’re playing a lot of the material that will make it to the EP live now,” Miles says. “We’re really looking forward to it as it’s always a great event, with about 40 bands from a whole range of music. We’re on a little later in the night which is great for us. We’ll definitely be bringing our highenergy rock set.” WHAT: Scorcher Fest (featuring Heston Drop, Red Leather Riot, Georgia Carey and more) WHERE: The Light Hotel WHEN: Sat Apr 6
The Easter long weekend action has also spilled over into this weekend. Here are two festivals that are championing some fine local music acts for you to check out this weekend, with something on the line-up to tickle the fancy whatever music genre you enjoy.
Scorcher Fest To celebrate its 10th year, Scorcher Fest is bringing together one of the most impressive line-ups, with over 170 acts billed nationally and more than 40 on the Adelaide line-up. Across three stages, there will be over 80 percent local acts and 20 percent touring acts covering a range of musical genres from metal and rock to acoustic and ska. It’s an experience for lovers of live music and those who want to support some of the best up-andcoming local acts, this time being housed in Scorcher Fest’s new home, the Light Hotel. Apart from Sydney funk visitors Crossing Red Lines, local outfits include Asylum Butchery, Azzurra, Georgia Carey, Escapism and Pink Noise Generator plus many more. Scorcher Fest happens at the Light Hotel on Sat Apr 6 with tickets for the full day at $25, which across over 40 bands makes it approximately $1.60 per band. Value.
Atlas Gen ius by Ilona Walla ce
Colorado Springs, USA: found here, against the backdrop of Pikes Peak and the Garden Of The Gods is Atlas Genius, an Adelaide band making it big. Sitting pretty on 1.2 million YouTube views for their single Trojans, the three Jeffrey brothers and English bandmate Darren Sell are enjoying success they never expected. Keith, eldest of the brothers, had taken up architecture when their music took off. “My thoughts were, I need to get real, and start something a bit more sensible,” he admits. But then Trojans began getting airplay in the USA, and now he and his youngest sibling Michael are touring North America. If you haven’t heard of Atlas Genius, then don’t feel too out of the loop. The gentlemen have taken a roundabout trip to
get recognised at home, with a lot of notice coming off the back of their overseas success. “There’s always that thing, especially in Australia, that people don’t often take you seriously until another country has embraced you,” Keith says. American labels were willing to “put their money where their mouth is” and support Atlas Genius’ indie alt-rock when Australian radio hadn’t even picked up the tunes. They snagged a worldwide deal with Warner for their debut album, When It Was Now. The record was released in the land of the free back in February, but Australians have to wait until Fri Apr 5 and still have a while to go for a tour. The wait will be worth it, though, if audiences across North America are reliable sources. Even though only half the band is performing (bass-playing bro Steven and drummer Sell both had commitments), they’ve been making an impression, including a remarkable eight appearances at SXSW. “It’s a great experience,” Keith says, “but it’s so intense in that you do so many shows, so many interviews, all at once. And for
us, the difficult thing was we were right in the middle of doing the Imagine Dragons tour, and so we were up in Canada and had to fly down and do three days in Austin. We went from -15 degrees in Canada to 28 or 30 degrees in Austin, on very little sleep. You’ve got to be prepared, mentally and physically, to do it. It’s almost like an endurance test.” For all their American success, Keith is no stranger to homesickness, and feels that for Atlas Genius, “Adelaide will always be our home”. Responding with mock-horror at the thought of Flugelman’s Spheres being moved (“Not the Mall’s Balls!?”), you can tell his heart is still in the city famous for churches, murder and silly sculptures. Atlas Genius are popping off to Europe next, but expect to catch When It Was Now played live in Adelaide in July. WHO: Atlas Genius WHAT: When It Was Now (Warner) out Fri Apr 5
Brickstock The Down For The Cause Beer Garden at the Brickworks Market will host a three-day music festival from Fri Apr 5 to Sun Apr 7. Over 30 local bands, including Oliver Henry, Five Ten, Repeat Offenders and The Lizards will be featured covering acoustic, alternative, rock and heavy genres. There will also be special guests Celtic band The Borderers playing an exclusive set at 7pm on Friday. The event will also raise money for MOSH (Minimisation Of Suicide Harm) a charity dedicated to suicide prevention, by donating the $10 per person cover charge to their projects. Barbecues, drink specials and stalls will be active all weekend, creating a family-friendly vibe infused with some local tunes.
EXCLUSIVE Q&A SCREENING!
To celebrate the theatrical release of his latest creation, director Robert Connolly will be coming to Adelaide to host a preview of UNDERGROUND: THE JULIAN ASSANGE STORY on Thursday April 11 at 7:00pm. Following the special preview screening, Robert Connolly will open the floor for a Q&A discussion with actor Alex Williams, Christine Assange and the lucky cinema audience!
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