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It’s December? When did that happen? 2013 is well and truly on its way out, and as always, the swan song of every year is the beginning of the festival season. Summer festivals are starting off strong, with the return of the Vans Warped Tour to Australia as well as a supersized Stereosonic, making a greater dent in Adelaide’s December calendar then there has been for years. For those travelling east next weekend, there’s also Meredith on the horizon. We caught up with one of the headliners, Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, before their sideshow at the Gov this week. Newcombe had some interesting things to say about our new Prime Minister, as well as an update on whether a new BJM album is in the works. This week we also caught up with another ‘90s troublemaker and Warped Tour headliners, The Offspring, French gypsy band Babylon Circus, who will be here as a part of the Sessions program during January at the Adelaide Festival Centre, and Kiwi post-punk revivalists The Naked And Famous, who will return to the Southern Hemisphere for the Big Day Out. The festival/’90s nostalgia theme continues with interviews with Warped Tour’s New Found Glory and Millencolin and a chat with Billy Birmingham, the comedian behind The 12th Man, who celebrates his greatest hits compilation during The Ashes tour. I mean, The Ashes is like a music festival for sport, right?
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The booty-shaking, room-rattling, funked up big band will arrive at the Gov on Fri Dec 6 to show off their latest album Fever In The Road.
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The local hip hop/soul group will perform their latest single In My Arms at the Gov with Luke Carlino on Sat Dec 7.
Speeding along this week... JONESEZ The Melbourne group will launch their new single P-90 at Rhino Room alongside World's End Press on Sat Dec 7.
TOUCH SENSITIVE Michael Di Francesco, otherwise known as the bassist in Van She, will bring solo tunes like Pizza Guy to the Cats @ Rocket party this Fri Dec 6.
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Born in the Adelaide Hills, LIAM GERNER left for London to seek his fame and fortune. Having toured with Elton John, Paul Weller, Alanis Morrissette, Drive-By Truckers and more, Gerner is now based in Melbourne, where he continues his successful career as a folk singer-songwriter. On Thu Dec 19, Gerner will return to Adelaide for a show at the Grace Emily.
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If you are looking for a country music hit, but can’t abide T-Swift’s modern pop shenanigans, look no further than American legend KRIS KRISTOFFERSON. At 77, Kristofferson has just completed a new record, Feeling Mortal, and has announced a 2014 tour to match. Half music, half chat session, Kristofferson will tour Australia in a bus, sharing his music and stories from his life. Celebrating his 28th record, Kristofferson is pleased to be coming down under. “I am very much looking forward to heading down under to play to all of my Australian fans and taking in the beauty of the country as we tour far and wide. To be able to play songs from my new album to my Aussie fans is a great privilege, along with all of my classics of course!” South Australia will host the country gentleman on two occasions: firstly at Thebarton Theatre on Tue Apr 1 and secondly in Renmark on Thu Apr 3. Tickets to the shows are available through Venuetix and countryarts.org.au. They travelled, they borrowed money from friends and they finished some tertiary education—and THE PRETTY LITTLES also managed to record their debut album (hence the money-borrowing). They also played 113 gigs last year, so they’re pretty well-practiced. To celebrate the release—and do more gigs, more!—The Pretty Littles will be in town on Fri Dec 20 at the Ed Castle.
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The Berlin Wall It seems like Anton Newcombe has spent the past 10 years of his life trying to debunk the image of himself represented in Dig!, the controversial documentary which traced the careers of The Dandy Warhols and Newcombe’s band The Brian Jonestown Massacre over a seven-year period. The loud-mouthed, over-effusive Newcombe depicted in that film could not be further from the extremely polite and knowledgeable person that connects to Rip It Up from his Berlin studio.
n our half-hour together, Newcombe philosophises on such varied ground as global overpopulation, spirituality and Iceland’s economic meltdown with as much consideration and intelligence as a modern-day Socrates. Nobody is safe, as the Los Angeles native targets everyone from Simon Cowell, Prince, even Sir David Attenborough. He also has some choice words about our new Prime Minister. “I think it’s interesting,” he begins. “When there was the snap election where Kevin Rudd got [the leadership] back from Julia [Gillard], it seemed like Tony Abbott’s whole personality just changed. He became so mellow. It was like, ‘You guys are over now.’ I could never understand it because for the last six years following from the sidelines he seemed like such an aggressive prick. “A lot of the issues [of that election] were so big. Rudd kept bringing up, ‘Look, the rest of the world’s been suffering since 2008 and we’ve done reasonably well.’ That just didn’t hold any water. That’s the thing I hate about politics, when people swing so radically. They did it with Labour in the UK and they do it in America all the time. They just completely throw the baby out with the bath water.” For much of his career Newcombe has been somewhat of an outsider. Though The Brian Jonestown Massacre built significant hype in the ‘90s due to their prolific output and the
commercialisation of indie music at the time, Newcombe was never able to reconcile his artistry within the music industry system, as he explains. “There’s a story about why I put out five or six albums in basically a chronicle year. When I was dealing with record companies and they were saying, ‘This is fantastic, we want to sign you,’ I was saying, ‘Look, just give me a recording studio and I’ll make crazy records and we’ll do good work.’ And
“It seemed like Tony Abbott’s whole personality just changed. He became so mellow. I could never understand it because from the sidelines he seemed like such an aggressive prick.” then they were like, ‘No, you need to focus on one thing, we’re not going to do that.’ And I would tell them, ‘Okay, I’m just going to put out another record so you can never own the rights to it, ever, while you’re thinking about it. I’m just going to show that you’re making a poor business decision and it’s not going to harm me.’ So I kept doing that. I kept telling these labels, ‘This is the sound of money going
down the drain.’ Newcombe’s frustrations with modernday American society also prompted his move from New York to Berlin in 2007: “I was living in Manhattan and you know that slogan, ‘If you can make it here you can make it anywhere?’ So I was like, ‘Cool, this place is a rat-race. I’m gonna go take them up on that.’” The move has been a productive one for Newcombe. He treats music like it was his job, going into the studio every day “to see what I stumble across. If it’s not happening then I go home.” This work ethic has so far proved successful, spawning three Brian Jonestown Massacre albums and one EP since 2007. But right now it looks as though Newcombe has hit a creative wall. “I have enough songs – they’re all good on their own – the thing is I can’t visualise it as a record. It’s so strange, if there was a group and they put out a compilation of all their hits or something, you could accept it because you’re already familiar with the group and their music. But for me, an album experience is something that flows together but you don’t really think about it; you’re basically just caught up in whatever you’re doing. I can’t visualise that right now and I also can’t visualise what it needs. So that’s what’s holding me back from releasing the record. “Having said all that, it’s some of my best work. I’m just at a loss to see how they all fit together.” And while he’s struggled to keep up with the pace of album releases he set for himself in the ‘90s, he maintains that that was never his intention. “There’s no reason to do that, necessarily, unless you’re Prince and you think that for some reason you should put out records as you feel like it. And then there’s the way the record industry does it – pre-planned obsolescence of every single group. Most bands have their album, which is the best songs the band
Nature Boy Anton Newcombe is well versed in a number of issues and highly opinionated about many of them. When discussing the implications of a tumultuous global economy, however, the Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman surprisingly takes aim the world’s most famous naturalist. “If you listen to David Attenborough,” he says, “he goes on and on about overpopulation. Meanwhile, in every single western nation there’s not enough babies born to take care of the old people’s pensions. What the fuck is going on with that? He’s not learning Swahili or Haitian Creole and going, ‘You need to consider birth control.’ He’s on television saying that people that are alive right now are going to regret their lifestyle in 50 years. I don’t know where it’s going.”
has, and the second album is the songs that were left over, and the third one they find impossible to write. That’s like everybody’s story. “Me, I like to create music and make records as conceptual art; playing live as performance art. I try to push that to a crescendo. It’s all a demonstration of creativity, trying to create something – a sound space, a spiritual space, whatever – as a concept. That’s the way I look at it.” With his superior intellect and unbounded creative capacities, the task of accurately representing Anton Newcombe at all seems like an impossible one. Or perhaps we just need to dig a little deeper. WHO: The Brian Jonestown Massacre WHERE: Governor Hindmarsh WHEN: Wed Dec 11
Escape To Babylon It may be late and cold in France, and Dave Baruchel may be suffering from a cold, but he promises that come January his disposition will be flipped. He is bringing his nine-piece world music big band, Babylon Circus along for Sessions at Adelaide Festival Centre – and can’t wait to get back on the road.
abylon Circus were last in Adelaide in 2010 for WOMADelaide. Having played over 1,000 shows in 35 countries, he is impressed by our world music festival – but diplomatically maintains to Rip It Up that every show is equally important. “There is no favourite festival, like there is no favourite audience,” Baruchel says. “We have to be unique every day. We go on stage with the attitude
that it is our first time and our last time. We can never know how life is going to [pan out]. We want to feel the moment and get in touch with the people in front of us to make the moments that we’re going to share with the audience a huge memory.” Since their 2010 appearance, Babylon Circus have released their sixth album, the aptly-titled Never Stop. Baruchel explains that reactions to the album’s rough rock’n’roll sound and deeper emotional content has been mixed from fans, as some prefer the more traditional big band sounds of their previous albums. Baruchel is just thankful that people have an opinion on their music and that at least “everyone has been touched by [Never Stop]”. “The most important thing is that the people have an idea of what it [Never Stop] is, even if they don’t like it. We are very proud of this album as we surprised ourselves while doing it. We needed to do [something different]. I don’t know yet how we are
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going to do the next one, but with this album we reached our goal. It’s not easy when you’re an 18-year-old band to surprise yourself and be proud of the product. Every time is a new challenge.” Eighteen years is an impressive innings for any band, let alone one so large. Baruchel started the band back in high school with friend Manuel Nectoux, who has continued in the band with Baruchel since. While the band has continued to gain and lose members throughout the years, the spirit of Babylon Circus has survived. In fact, it’s this gypsy-esque mantra that inspired the band’s namesake. “We [Baruchel and Nectoux] first connected because we had the same dream, which was, and still is, to play music and travel with music and make the people dream and travel with us. Music is a universal language and [acts] as a universal passport. Even in the beginning when we were in high school we would spend nights on the border of the highway watching the vans and trucks leaving town. We were saying that one day we would have our own van to carry our band from one city to another like a circus. Going from town-to-town; from Babylong-to-Babylon. Just like a circus.” Moreover, the number of band members has fluctuated over the years, especially in the last eight, welcoming new members with different talents to the ‘circus’, while bidding farewell to others once their priorities shift from travelling the world playing music. “We have been 10, we have been 13, but now we are nine. Being an 18-year-old band [means] there are so many people coming in to our family, so sometimes we can say it’s more of a company Babylon Circus than a band Babylon Circus.” While Babylon Circus has taken up a large portion of his life and allowed him to see most of the world, he is excited that when they play in Adelaide there may be some audience members who are not familiar with his work. “We hope to catch them and bring them into our world!” Baruchel exclaims excitedly. “It’s really exciting to thiml that some people are going to discover us. For me going on stage is like meeting a new person; it’s a seduction game. You have to find the right key to open the door of the heart of the people. The words, the music, the dance, all these expressions are important. Sometimes you can get in touch with just a smile, sometimes you have to adapt yourself and try a little harder.” WHO: Babylon Circus WHAT: Sessions WHERE: Adelaide Festival Centre WHEN: Fri Jan 10
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Americana Pie The boys from Huntington Beach are back in Australia to headline the Vans Warped Tour. Rip It Up talks with The Offspring’s bassist Greg Kriesel to find out what keeps them coming back to our shores and if there is any more left to give after 30 years together, nine albums and 40 million records sold.
iesel looks back on the last few decades and reveals the band have plenty left in the tank. “Things have always seemed like they’re moving forward for us. Everything feels fresh. We’ve always gone month to month and it’s usually as far as we think ahead. There’s never really been time where we have said ‘this is it’. “We’ve done a big shift with what we’ve done and we try to stay true to the same sound. Right now, we’ve been touring a lot and some of it has actually gotten better. There is so much more excitement at the shows and it seems more younger fans are discovering us in different ways, maybe through the internet or something, but that’s been really cool for us.” The band saw success with the 1994 album Smash and hit singles like Self Esteem and Come Out And Play. Kiesel and Holland created their own label Nitro records, released Ixnay On The Hombre and then came the critical mass of 1998’s Americana. Yes, we are talking about Pretty Fly (For A White Guy). “We didn’t ever think, ‘Okay let’s do a pop song’. A couple of the guys didn’t like that song, including me, and it just happened to be on the album. We weren’t talking about radio at the point, but we put it out and radio gravitated towards it.” And the response? “We kind of got put in that category of a punk band doing pop hits, even though that wasn’t the intention of that song; it was just a song on the album. Everybody focused on that song though. Would things have been better if Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) was left off ? I don’t know.” Love it or hate it, Americana produced three of the bands biggest hits to date: Why Don’t You Get A Job, Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) and The Kids Aren’t Alright. With all the money and success from Americana, Kiesel admits there were times when the band would adapt a Keith Moon-type behaviour during hotel room stays on tour. “Once we started doing a regular tour and we started staying in nice hotels, people starting saying that you need to thrash the hotel room, so we did that. I think Noodles [Kevin Wasserman, lead guitarist] has the record of the highest hotel bill. I don’t really want to say how much it was, though.” Kiesel says the band have grown up a lot over the years and are much more laid back, whether on tour or in the studio. “It’s changed over the years but basically now we are just playing a song and just trying to do it right. There’s not a whole lot of writing in the studio anymore. Dexter [Holland] writes the songs and then we come into the studio and lay it down.” How does that work? “It really depends on the song. The last album [Days Gone By] we started to get a little more technical. With so many things computerised now, it’s so easy to get caught up and keep changing things and now we just do it with a push of a button.”
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Speaking of computers, Kiesel says digital music is a “reality” now as the online market grows. He hints at the band possible releasing new material for online only purchase. “We’ve been working on a few songs; I’m not really sure what we are going to do with those yet. At the moment, it’s just individual recordings, so perhaps just the internet or something.” Kiesel concludes by explaining what it is about Australia that The Offspring enjoy so much. Not only are they headlining the return of the Vans Warped Tour this year, but were here at the start of the year for the Soundwave Festival. “Australian crowds have always been great; it’s just always great there. It’s one of the more fun trips, with not that many shows and there are days off where I can see the sites and chill out.” WHO: The Offsrping WHAT: Vans Warped Tour WHERE: Ellis Park WHEN: Sun Dec 8
Keep Rollin’ When Rip It Up speak with Aaron Short, the keyboardist for New Zealand’s The Naked And Famous, they were deep within a routine of “sleep, eat and practise” to perfect the live sound for their new album In Rolling Waves before their return to Australia for the Big Day Out tour.
ig Day Out will also see them returning home to Auckland, as the band relocated to Los Angeles over a year ago after the success of their 2010 debut Passive Me, Aggressive You. “We’re all pretty set up here, we have a nice rehearsal studio set up with all our gear in it, so yeah, it’s been what we’ve been calling home for the past year or so,” Short explains, although for the young band there truly is no place like home. “We’re always counting down the days until its Christmas time again and we can get back for the New Zealand summer. It’s definitely something we all long for.” Considering the band have practically been touring the world non-stop since Passive Me, Aggressive You’s release – or trying to work on its follow-up – it’s understandable that factions and riffs within the band could occur. Short is quick to ensure that the Naked And Famous family are coping. “When we decided to move over here [to LA] last year we discussed whether we should get separate houses or if we should all live together in one big house. We made the call to go for something quite big so we could all live under the same roof. It’s been amazing. We have ourselves set up really nicely; it absorbs the culture of LA.” Short is quick to explain how to resist the parts of LA culture that are best left unabsorbed. “It’s crucial at the same time to also laugh at how ridiculous LA is! Although there are certain charms about this place that we almost relate back to living in New Zealand. Like how everything is quite spread out and you don’t rely on public transport. The beach is there if you want to go, but at the same time, it’s just a short drive to take a massive hike in the canyons.” The resulting product from the homesickness and hard work is
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In Rolling Waves, which Short hopes is a more cohesive and polished effort than Passive Me, Aggressive You. “We had a ‘less is more’ aspect in the core of writing the music. With the last album we were thinking more about having fun and discovering things and going, ‘Oh, this noise is cool; let’s layer it up’. We threw all the layers into these mixes that were really aggressive sounding tracks. This time, instead of putting five layers together to make a specific thing happen, we thought about how we could concentrate on writing behind the music instead to achieve the same thing. I think that resulted in a more refined sound.” Nevertheless, In Rolling Waves has a lot to live up to in terms of successful singles. Passive Me, Aggressive You spawned five singles, many of which being featured in soundtracks across various mediums and genres. Lead single Punching In A Dream alone has featured in everything from The Vampire Diaries and Pitch Perfect, to video game FIFA ’12 and YouTube viral documentary phenomenon Kony 2012. Short is nervous to nominate any contenders to rival Punching In A Dream off
In Rolling Waves, but admits that there are three to four songs that have always been contenders as singles, beginning with first single Hearts Like Ours. However, In Rolling Waves is designed to be about the experience as a whole, rather than an album driven by radio-friendly hits. “The way that the album was put together, it’s not intended to just be focused on a few tracks. I know how people like to use Spotify now to the point where they just listen to a song here or song there and no one really cares about the album, but there has been a lot of thought into the how the album has been sequenced and where the high and low points are to make it an enjoyable journey from start to finish.”
WHO: The Naked And Famous WHAT: In Rolling Waves (Universal) & Big Day Out WHEN: Fri Jan 31 WHERE: Bonython Park
Booka Shade nearly quit while making their fifth album. But the German electrohousers found their groove — and "vision" — in the distant Northern English city of Manchester. And Eve could be their definitive work.
Surprisingly, Eve — led by the stunning Love Inc, which borrows from Lil Louis' lost Chicago house anthem Club Lonely — has surfaced hastily with minimal media hype. Yet Arno Kammermeier's dedication to the project is obvious. He's conducting interviews from Berlin on a Sunday evening after playing weekend gigs with ally Walter Merziger in the UK. "Only a couple of months ago we didn't really know whether we had an album finished and whether there would actually ever be an album — because for Walter and myself the production was sometimes quite difficult," Kammermeier reveals. When Eve finally clicked, Booka Shade didn't want to sit on it until 2014. They'll soon release another single — the sublime electro-soul Crossing Borders, featuring Paul Kalkbrenner's brother Fritz. Kammermeier, a sometime drummer, was collaborating with Merziger well before Booka Shade. Then based in Frankfurt, they were members of the synth-pop outfit Planet Claire. The pair segued into pop production. "We produced the German Spice Girls in the '90s — all these TV production-kind of stars, we did the music for them." However, the pals craved an outlet for their own ideas. They'd devise Booka Shade, recording "essentially underground music" — clubby electro-house. In 2002 Booka Shade teamed with MANDY (Patrick Bodmer and Philipp Jung) and DJ T to launch Berlin's Get Physical Music — where the veterans were the main engineers/
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producers. They'd put out their debut album, Memento. Booka Shade likewise developed an acclaimed live show (they lately opened for Depeche Mode). Will.i.am sampled the bassline from 2005's 'versus' with MANDY, Body Language, for Get Your Money. "It helped us a lot, for sure," says Kammermeier of the financial dividends. Nevertheless, he had no desire in becoming an (urban) pop producer again. "I just don't feel the need to be played on pop radio all the time." Prior to their last album, 2010's More!, Booka Shade discreetly sold their stake in Get Physical (as did T). The imprint's success meant that they were under increasing pressure to assist their labelmates in cutting music. "Much more politics came in," Kammermeier rues. Get Physical had a huge staff — and overheads. "It just all came to the point where we said, `This has nothing to do with music any more — it's only business." Booka Shade bailed
Like a fine cognac over time, the taste which propels the imaginations of these vets of the DJ game just gets deeper and more refined. Danny Howells’ mix does not try to cater to the brash disposability of a lot of the club tunes the kiddies go for, but explores the realms of tech house and progressive styles without becoming trancey or losing its organic quality with tracks from diverse artists like Four Tet, Rompante, Robot Needs Oil, The Mole, Durerstuben and old mate Ian Pooley. Disc one has a ghostly aura for its first four tracks before settling into a pulsing stride over its 16-track duration. Disc two again starts off on an ethereal tip, and gains momentum with each passing moment, however has a slightly more house-tipped, sexy and drugged-out vibe (which would not be out of order in the wee smalls when sharp focus is but a memory). Balance has added another great moment to their series. Double Bacon Heisenburger
It’s been intriguing to listen to the evolution of Sven Vath’s annual Ibiza wrap. The series has moved from banging techno to minimal and plodding tech house before a recent twist saw the Cocoon head honcho dig deeper for a more experimental and eclectic flavour, beginning with last year’s mix. This year’s wrap is as mind-bending as the last. Disc one begins with Isolee’s magical Allowance before the club tune of the year, Sprinkles’ Crossfaderama mix of The Mole’s Lockdown Party, brings the true house vibe early in the piece, which is followed by some soothing techno to plateau the mix. Disc two reaches an early high with the vocally-charged No One Gets Left Behind before taking a brief tribal excursion. But the magic is saved for the last third, as Vath throws down some seriously pounding techno to finish – quality stuff. This, along with Vath’s Resident Advisor mix earlier in the year, shows that the old man of German techno has still got it. David Knight
WHO: Booka Shade WHAT:Eve (Onelove Recordings)
its cache of analogue gear. Named after its birthplace, Eve is alluringly dark, even dramatic, for Booka Shade — being comparable to John Talabot's fin. The LP has a conspicuous "live element" — though it's "cut-up" digitally. Booka Shade also recruited guests aside from Kalkbrenner: Azari & III's vocalist Fritz Helder and, on Balearic trombone, Groove Armada's Andy Cato. "We didn't try to do a 'Manchester sound' album," Kammermeier stresses. Still, Eve is different… And Booka Shade are content — as they should be. At any rate, the musos, recently in Australia for a sold-out DJ tour, will return next year with their live set. Assures Kammermeier, "We're working on dates."
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so as to preserve their friendship with MANDY. They still talk. But, even without the demands of Get Physical, Booka Shade "struggled" creatively. "We didn't feel secure — and feel good — about the music." Their old alliance proved a problem — they'd spent too much time together, especially on the road. Inspiration wasn't forthcoming. "We felt, Okay, can we create music that is interesting enough for us — and I say 'us' because, of course, music is all just a big ego trip, isn't it?," Kammermeier quips. Indeed, Booka Shade would have to tour behind any album for two long years. The duo hoped to "move forward" sonically, but still produce music recognisably theirs. "We didn't want to repeat ourselves." Things turned around when Booka Shade transplanted to the residential Eve Studios in Manchester, the spiritual home of New Order. In fact, that was a "coincidence". Merziger had read about Eve in a magazine, his curiosity piqued by
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Cuckoo may have trumped Adelaide’s last New Year’s Eve – where clubbers were spoiled for choice as three underground legends (Kerri Chandler, Theo Parrish and Mathew Jonson) appeared in separate venues across town – by booking DJ Koze for NYE. High on the release of his Amygdala album this year, which included the stunning single Nices Wolkchen (featuring Apparat), Koze has been at the forefront of gorgeous experimental house for many years. Kompakt’s resident micro soulster was one of the brightest stars on arguably the most consistently brilliant club label of them all – Kompakt, before launching his own label Pampa. Supports: Sanjii, Lenin, Tom Martin and Phildo Vs Ben Smith.
Oneman Last here in 2012 as part of the national Laneway Festival circuit, British DJ Oneman will return to Adelaide this December to play an exclusive set at Sugar on Thu Dec 5. While DJing, remixing and collaborating with contemporaries such as Jamie XX, Ben UFO and Four Tet, Oneman is one of very few DJs to submit compilations for both the highly respected Fabric LIVE and Rinse.FM mix series. Supports: Faint One and Fourwords DJs.
G A R D E N of U N E A RT H LY D E L I G H T S 13 FEB - 16 MAR 2014 R U N D L E PA R K • E AST T E R R AC E • A D E L A I D E
LIMBO. KATIE NOONAN AND CIRCA’S LOVE-SONG-CIRCUS EDDIE IFFT (USA) • DAVE HUGHES THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE (UK) THE MAGNETS (UK) • WIL ANDERSON CAROUSEL & CLOTHESLINE - VAGUE DE CIRQUE (CAN)
Mane -Tamed, Amy Herrmann, giclée print of photogragh, 40 x 51cm, 2013
Full Circle UniSA 2013 Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition Awards Presentation 6-7pm, Opening drinks 7-9pm 11th December 2013 UniSA Kaurna Building Fenn Place, City West Campus
KATE MILLER HEIDKE • SAMMY J AND RANDY ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO • CHARLIE PICKERING THE WAU WAU SISTERS (USA) • GLORY BOX JOSH PYKE • SAM SIMMONS • ABANDOMAN (UK) HOT DUB TIME MACHINE • THE AUDREYS CHOPPER’S BIG F*CKEN LATE SHOW - GARDEN THE F*CK UP! THE BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER • JAMES REYNE THE VAUDEVILLIANS • SWAMP JUICE • THE FAUVES LORDS OF STRUT • LOREN KATE • DAN SULTAN A STORM IN A D CUP • ASHER TRELEAVEN CRAIG HILL (UK) • WOMEN IN DOCS and that’s just the start of it!
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Open: 10am -4pm, 12-18 December 2013
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Tour Guide/ THU DEC 5
JUSTIN BIEBER @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
FRI DEC 6
TODD TERRY @ Garage Bar THE BAMBOOS @ Governor Hindmarsh ENGINE @ Enigma Bar
SAT DEC 7
WORLD’S END PRESS & JONESEZ @ Rhino Room GUITAR WOLF @ Enigma Bar LOWRIDER & LUKE CARLINO @ Governor Hindmarsh
SUN DEC 8
VANS WARPED TOUR: THE OFFSPRING, PARKWAY DRIVE, THE USED, SIMPLE PLAN, NEW FOUND GLORY & MORE @ Ellis Park KODALINE @ Governor Hindmarsh
MON DEC 9
ALICIA KEYS & JOHN LEGEND @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
TUE DEC 10
CITY AND COLOUR @ Thebarton Theatre STEEL PANTHER & BUCKCHERRY @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
WED DEC 11
BON JOVI & KID ROCK @ AAMI Stadium LEONARD COHEN @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
THU DEC 12
CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES @ Governor Hindmarsh
FRI JAN 10
BABYLON CIRCUS @ Adelaide Festival Centre
SAT JAN 11
SCUMFEST: HIGHTIME, HYDROMEDUSA, GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT, A SECRET DEATH & more @ Old Queen’s Theatre THE APE @ Governor Hindmarsh PARAMORE @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre YELLOW BLUE BUS @ Adelaide Festival Centre
THU JAN 16
LOU DOILLON @ Adelaide Festival Centre
FRI JAN 17
THE BOYS OF SUMMER TOUR: BLESS THE FALL, LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES & THE COLOR MORALE @ Fowler’s Live JOHN GRANT @ Adelaide Festival Centre SAT JAN 18 FLAMENCO ARETI @ Adelaide Festival Centre HALF MOON RUN @ Governor Hindmarsh
THU JAN 23
WE ARE SCIENTISTS @ Governor Hindmarsh VINCENT’S CHAIR @ Adelaide Festival Centre
FRI JAN 24
SARAH BLASKO @ Flinders St Baptist Church PILOTFEST @ Adelaide Festival Centre
FRI JAN 31
POND & DOCTOPUS @ Governor Hindmarsh
SAT DEC 14
TUE FEB 4
SUN DEC 17
THU FEB 6
THU DEC 19
HUMAN NATURE @ Festival Theatre THE GIN CLUB, THE WILD THINGS & SPARKSPITTER @ Hotel Metropolitan LIAM GERNER @ Grace Emily Hotel YOUNG LIONS @ Blue Bee Room
FRI DEC 20
MUTINY @ Crown & Anchor SEABELLIES @ Jive
SAT DEC 21
CLUBFEET @ Rhino Room BENI @ Mr Kim’s
SUN DEC 22
I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN @ Governor Hindmarsh
WED JAN 1
PLAY NEW YEARS DAY: DEORRO, MORGAN PAGE, WILL SPARKS, JACK BEATS & more @ Thebarton Oval
THU JAN 2
THE BASICS @ Adelaide Festival Centre
FRI JAN 3
LEE FIELDS AND THE EXPRESSIONS @ Adelaide Festival Centre
SAT JAN 4
SELENA GOMEZ @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
After looking back at their most successful career stretch last year via the The Melancholy Connection, an album that revisited a whole bunch of passed over gems that have been recorded since their landmark 2000 release Pennybridge Pioneers, Millencolin are once again focused on the future. No surprise then that their first stop is Australia, the quartet signed up as one of the headline acts at Vans Warped Tour 2014. “I think it’s some kind of culture thing,” explains Sarcevic, discussing the mutual affection that Millencolin and Australia have shared for two decades. “We come from some kind of skateboard/snowboard culture that goes pretty much hand in hand with the Californian and Australian lifestyle. That’s how we started out playing music was listening to music that was on all the skateboard videos in the late-‘80s and ‘90s, so for us I think we’re quite close in culture.” Millencolin first appeared on the radar Down
Under with their 1995 sophomore album Life On A Plate. Although they put a debut out before that in their native Sweden, this was the first record that saw a worldwide release, their musical mixture of punk speed, rock muscle and whimsical, relatable lyrics generating the band a global audience following their signing to iconic Cali imprint Epitaph. “I was surprised [that people were listening],” remarks Sarcevic, “especially famous names within the genre like Fat Mike [NOFX] and Mr Brett [Gurewitz – Bad Religion] y’know, people like that were actually liking our music, I was a bit sceptical like, ‘No, are they really?’, because we thought they were on a completely different level, gods or whatever. But step by step our confidence and awareness of actually having people liking our stuff has grown, and now it’s something natural for us. We don’t take it for granted but now we’re used to it.” The Örebro foursome’s popularity in Oz peaked between 2000 and 2002. During that time Millencolin received solid national airplay via triple j, played the main stages of both Livid and Big Day Out, and their two albums released within that period – Pennybridge Pioneers and 2002’s Home From Home – both went on to be
certified gold. Since then things have slowed down considerably on the recording front, with only two more studio full-lengths, but now after taking time out for family and solo endeavours, it feels right that the next thing to come will be an eighth record. “We’re at an interesting point where we have good ideas so let’s just see what they will turn into. There’s a plan for something in the future. We’ve taken a good time now off – it was a long time since the last full-length studio album – but we needed that time, and as you can see maybe we need more and more a longer time period between the albums. In a way it can be a bit stressful because you realise, ‘Shit, it’s been a long time’, but you have to have patience and wait because you need to live your life away from the band to get decent input into yourself to be able to come up with actual output of songs. We’ll see, I’m looking at the future in a positive way with the band.” WHO: Millencolin WHAT: Vans Warped Tour WHERE: Ellis Park WHEN: Sun Dec 8
FRI FEB 7
ED KOWALCZYK @ Her Majesty’s Theatre
SAT FEB 8
THE LOCUST @ Enigma Bar
SUN FEB 9
THE NECKS @ Governor Hindmarsh
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TUE FEB 11
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E-STREET BAND @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Doyle by Benny
WED FEB 12
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E-STREET BAND @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
SAT FEB 15
PETE MURRAY @ Bird In Hand Winery
FRI FEB 21
THE ASHTON SHUFFLE & THIEF @ Royal Croquet Club
SAT FEB 22
A DAY ON THE GREEN: HUNTERS & COLLECTORS, YOU AM I, SOMETHING FOR KATE & BRITISH INDIA @ Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale THE WIRE @ Jive
TUE FEB 25
WED JAN 8
BLISS N ESO & HORROSHOW @ Clipsal 500
DOLLY PARTON @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
FRI FEB 28
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Ride culture is at the heart of the love affair between Australia and Millencolin. Yet as frontman Nikola Sarcevic tells Rip It Up, he can’t wait to get Down Under and play some chess.
THE NATIONAL @ Thebarton Theatre ROSIE O’DONNELL @ Festival Theatre
THE SCREAMING BELIEVERS @ Governor Hindmarsh THE CORRESPONDENTS @ Adelaide Festival Centre BONOBO @ Governor Hindmarsh
FEFE @ Adelaide Festival Centre
BIG DAY OUT: PEARL JAM, SNOOP DOGG, ARCADE FIRE, MAJOR LAZER & more @ Bonython Park
LOOPTROOP ROCKERS & SAGE FRANCIS @ Governor Hindmarsh
WED JAN 15
FRI DEC 13
WARNING BIRDS @ Grace Emily Hotel KID MAC @ UniBar
TUE JAN 14
Not even mild electrocution could derail New Found Glory from recording their first live album, a proud Cyrus Bolooki tells Rip It Up. Getting married, touring with Alkaline Trio and then venturing to Australia for Vans Warped Tour – Bolooki has a busy few months ahead. But as he beams, they’re “all great things”. The New Found Glory drummer is in a talkative mood, discussing the band’s new LP Kill It Live. It’s the first time the Florida pop punk mainstays have released a live record and it sees the quintet in fine form, taking control of a loud and sweaty room at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. “Chain Reaction has a special place in our hearts,” explains Bolooki of their choice. “We’ve played there a lot, and coming from Florida, the goal was always like, ‘We want to get to California’, cause that’s so far away from Florida, it’s almost as far away [in America] as you can get. But I think Chain Reaction is just that kind of place for us that’s so special and we knew we were
going to get true New Found Glory fans, we were going to get kids that knew every word to every song and that were going to be just as excited to be there as we were and wanting to make it special, and that’s exactly what happened.” The band performed over two nights in March this year and have put together a veritable best-of collection from those shows. In addition, fans also get a late bonus in the way of three cracking new studio cuts. “We didn’t want to just release a three-song EP or something,” says Bolooki, “and we’d been trying to find a way to put out these new songs. So I think what you have [here] is a great setlist – a nice little summary of our career – but also you have these three songs that a lot of people are reacting well to, and I think all in all it’s just a great release for us.” But the making of Kill It Live wasn’t without some drama. Guitarist Chad Gilbert was electrocuted on stage by a metal microphone stand about twenty minutes into the first night’s set. “It was just out of the blue, no one expected
it,” Bolooki remembers. “And he hits the ground and obviously couldn’t return to the show, he had to go to hospital; he was alright and everything but he couldn’t play the show that night. All of a sudden the first night just has this weird vibe going on, and I have no idea how Chad was able to, the next day, just put on another show. But we did the second show and luckily that went off without a hitch. “It’s just funny because for us, that’s just what seems to happen,” he chuckles, still in disbelief. “We say we’re going to do a live thing and actually try and plan it, and then something goes wrong, but you’ve always got to be ready for little curveballs like that. Luckily our crowds are awesome no matter what night it is or what we’re playing or who’s playing or any of that kinda stuff.” WHO: New Found Glory WHAT: Vans Warped Tour WHERE: Ellis Park WHEN: Sun Dec 8
The Guide// THURSDAY 5TH BELAIR COUNTRY CLUB – Linda McCarthy (12pm) BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Quizmeisters Trivia (7.30pm) BOTANIC BAR – Big Bubba & Betty BRECKNOCK HOTEL – Breakaway Sing-A-Long Session (8.30pm) CAMEO BAR – Cameoke with Andy CROWN & ANCHOR – Front Bar: Ashtray with Spear and Magic Helmet. Front Bar: DJ Antface DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Trivia Night (7.30pm) DUBLIN HOTEL – Quizmeisters Trivia (7.30pm) DUKE OF YORK – Downstairs: DJ Jon E (9pm) DJ Skinny B (1am) Beer Garden: band of the week + DJ Dave Parry (9pm) ED CASTLE – Band Room: live bands (9pm) ELECTRIC CIRCUS – The Proj3cts (9pm) EXETER: ON RUNDLE – Sonatine, XY, Clinic and B.O.S. GILBERT STREET HOTEL – 8 Ball Aitken (7pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam, Bluecasters and Special Harmonica Jam Night
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FRIDAY 6TH ALMA TAVERN – Fresh Fridays with DJs ARCHER HOTEL – Downstairs: DJ Jaki J (9.30pm) ARKABA HOTEL – Lounge Bar: Dino Jag (8pm)
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AUSTRAL – The Austral House Band (7pm) BAROSSA WEINTAL HOTEL – JR Acoustic (7.30pm) BLACKSMITH’S INN – Eight Ball Aitken BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Dave Hunt (7pm) BOTANIC BAR – Troy J Been, Prince Aaronak & Suckerpunch BRAHMA LODGE HOTEL – Ice On Mercury BUSHMAN HOTEL: GAWLER – DJ CAMEO BAR – DJs Lars, Lenny and guests COOPERS ALEHOUSE: WALLAROO – Alien 8 (9pm) CROWN & ANCHOR – Front Bar: Carla Lippis (from 5pm) Band Room: The Secondhand Squad, Hug Therapist (Vic), Dillantes, Tim Hampshire, Lachlan Hicks. Then DJ Adam DRAGONFLY BAR & DINING – Downtown with DJs DUBLIN HOTEL – Theo (7pm) DUCK INN: COROMANDEL VALLEY – Mascara (7pm) DUKE OF YORK – Tom & Rose (7pm) 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 EMU HOTEL – Full Circle ENFIELD HOTEL – Jonny Star Family Entertainment (6pm) ENIGMA – Bar 2: Engine, Inwoods and Priority Orange. Bar 3: All That I’m Asking, Temporal, At Fates Mercy, I, Valiance and One Foul Swoop ESPLANADE HOTEL – E’nuf Said (8pm) EXETER: ON RUNDLE – Jungle City FINDON HOTEL – Karaoke (8.30pm) GENTLE HUMAN – Vorn Doolette (7pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Bar: The Bamboos. Front Bar: Friday Night Acoustic Sessions featuring Applachian String Band Fiddle Sessions & Irish Sessions GRACE EMILY HOTEL – The Aves with St Morris Sinners GRAND JUNCTION TAVERN – Andrea Dawson HIGHLANDER HOTEL – Frenzy (9.30pm) HILTON HOTEL: MYBAR – DJ Chaps and DJ Lumeire HOTEL TIVOLI – Honey with DJs IRISH CLUB – Shamrocks ‘n’ Shenanigans Live Acoustic Sessions (7pm) LIGHT HOTEL – Black Market (9pm) LIMBO – DJs LONDON TAVERN – Live Acoustic Weekly (5pm) Rewind Fridays with DJ Wolfman LORD MELBOURNE – Karaoke with Laura Lee (9pm) MARINA SUNSET BAR – live acoustic music MARION HOTEL – Paul Smith (5.30pm) Night Moves (8.30pm) MARS BAR – guests DJs plus drag shows
MICK O’SHEA’S – Utopia Duo (7pm) OFFICE ON PIRIE – DJ Jess (4.30pm) PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – 2Up Duo (7.30pm) PLAYFORD TAVERN – Two Hard Basket (8pm) PRINCE ALBERT HOTEL – Acoustic Session (6pm) DJ (9pm) PRODUCERS HOTEL – After Four Fridays Garden Grooves with DJs Justice and DrDamage plus special guests (4pm) RACQUETS SA – 60/40 with DJ Lee (8pm)
RAMSGATE HOTEL – DJ SNAKE & DJ RUPHEO (9PM) RED SQUARE – DJs REX HOTEL – karaoke (8pm) RHINO ROOM – Comedy featuring Elbow Skin & Greg Fleet (7.30pm) Transmission: Adelaide Premier Indie Night (9pm) ROB ROY HOTEL – Zkye & Damo (6pm) DJ Smiley (8pm) ROCKET BAR – Cats @ Rocket (9pm) ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Acoustic Sessions (7.30pm) SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – DJ (8pm) SEMAPHORE WORKERS CLUB – Blues Katz (8pm) SETTLERS TAVERN – Flight 69 SINGING GALLERY – Spirit of Alondary, Billy February and Dead Cat Field (8pm) STAG – Upstairs: DJs play urban and dance. Downstairs: DJs play retro SUGAR – SHGZ: Fridays at Sugar SWISH: STAMFORD PLAZA – Nothing But ‘90s with DJs TALBOT HOTEL – DJ playing requests Flamenco (7.30pm) TEA TREE GULLY HOTEL – Ex Men (9pm) THE ELEPHANT – Kinetik (9.30pm) DJ G-Rillz (9pm) THE GOODY – Ch@t Room THE LION HOTEL – live entertainment TONSLEY HOTEL – Katrina Caton (4.45pm) and One VICTORIA HOTEL: O’HALLORAN HILL – DJs VILLAGE TAVERN – Agent 99 (8.30pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – Don Morrison Album Launch (9pm)
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ARCHER HOTEL – Downstairs: Jaki J plus Bongo Madness with Alex Bishop. Upstairs: DJ Ed Law (9.30pm) ARKABA HOTEL – Top of the Ark: The Incredibles. Sportys Bar + Arena: Unknown To Man (10pm) BOTANIC BAR – Sanji, Brad Sawyer and Tom Wilson BRIDGEPORT HOTEL: MURRAY BRIDGE – karaoke (9pm) BUSHMAN HOTEL: GAWLER – DJ CAVAN HOTEL – Karnival with live bands (9pm) CLOVERCREST HOTEL – Cornsey’s All Star Rock Band (9pm) COOPERS ALEHOUSE: WALLAROO – Point 05 (9pm) CROWN & ANCHOR – Tabula Rose, Woe and Aphelion CUMBERLAND HOTEL: GLANVILLE – karaoke with Nicole DRAGONFLY – rotating DJs playing techno, house, disco and everything in between DUKE OF YORK – Front Room: DJ Mitchy B. Beer Garden: DJ Parry. Upstairs: DJ Skinny B, MC Scotty and guest DJs ED CASTLE – Live bands and party DJs (9pm) ELECTRIC CIRCUS – Arcade Disco with resident DJs Junior, Dancespace and friends EMU HOTEL – Bon N All and AC/DC Tribute ENCORE NIGHTCLUB – resident DJs and guests (9pm) ENIGMA – Bar 2: Tribute to Dimebag II featuring The Great Northern Trendkill (Pantera Tribute), Se Bon Ki Ra, Ghosts Of Black River, Beyond The Oblivion and From Birth To Burial. Bar 3: Guitar Wolf, The Pro-Tools, Bad Blood and Broken Bones EXETER ON RUNDLE – Rin McArdle GALER ARMS HOTEL – Rush Hour (8pm) GARAGE BAR – DJs (10pm) GILBERT STREET HOTEL – DJ Marky Polo (8pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Lowrider, Gemini Downs and Luke Carlino. Front Bar: Trent Worley GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Green Circles with Little Murders GRAND BAR – Destination Saturdays with DJs and MCs HIGHLANDER HOTEL – New Romantics (9pm) HIGHWAY – Smarty Boys (8pm) HOPE INN – karaoke (7pm) HOTEL RICHMOND – DJ Sly HOTEL TIVOLI – Exotica with DJs Sleepy Hips & guests (8pm) JACK RUBY – Soul Social – live band and vinyl DJs (8pm) JADE MONKEY – The Dunes, Menagerie and The Sunbirds KERSBROOK TAVERN – Van Demons Band
KINGSFORD HOTEL: GAWLER – karaoke LAKES RESORT HOTEL – Acoustik (9pm) LONDON TAVERN – DJs Captiv8, Justice, Soundﬂex, AJ and MC Renard (10pm) MARINA SUNSET BAR – DJs playing the best in house and electro MARION HOTEL – Franky F (6pm) Daze Gone By (9pm) MARS BAR – guest DJs plus a drag show MICK O’SHEA’S – One Planet (9pm) OLD SPOT HOTEL – Rock The Boss PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Wild Ones (8pm) PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – Good Company (8pm) PJ O’BRIENS – Triple X (10.30pm) PORT NOARLUNGA FOOTBALL CLUB – Rawfest 2013 (11am)
RAMSGATE HOTEL – ADELAIDE’S BEST COVER BANDS RED SQUARE – DJs Marek, Law, Dub Drop DJs, Decker, Bollocks, Krispy, Shawty, Capital D, DV8 and Jazz plus MCs Skippy and Dylan REX HOTEL – Two Hard Basket (8pm) RHINO ROOM – Comedy featuring Elbow Skin and Greg Fleet (7pm) Plus One featuring Worlds End Press, Osloh and Jonesz (9pm) ROCKET BAR – Rocket Saturdays (9pm) SANDBAR – requests with DJs SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – acoustic sessions SEBEL PLAYFORD – Misjif (8pm) SETTLERS TAVERN – The Remnants SINGING GALLERY – Eight Ball Aitken and Chris Finnen SOUTH ADELAIDE FOOTBALL CLUB – Let It Be Beatles (7.30pm) SUGAR – ITDE DJs & interstate & international guests SWISH: STAMFORD PLAZA – Shufﬂe TALBOT HOTEL – DJ playing retro and requests TAP INN HOTEL: KENT TOWN – Craig James (7.30pm) TEQUILA REA – Bongo Madness with guest DJs THE ELEPHANT – DJ G-Rillz and Kopy Catz THE LION HOTEL – Absolut Saturdays: Wasabi (9pm) THE VINES GOLF CLUB: REYNELLA – Linda McCarthy (7pm) TOTTNESS INN: MT PLEASANT – Moss (9pm) VALLEY INN – karaoke VICTORIA HOTEL: O’HALLORAN HILL – Rumours VINE INN: NURIOOTPA – Men In Black (9.15pm) WALKERS ARMS HOTEL – DJ Sessions (9pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – The Satellites (9pm) WINDSOR HOTEL – Jump ‘n’ Jive (8.45pm)
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SUNDAY 8TH ALMA TAVERN – Sunday School ARKABA HOTEL – Top of the Ark: Schnitz & Giggles Comedy featuring Greg Fleet (4.30pm) BACCHUS BAR – The Harmonics (5pm) BENJAMIN ON FRANKLIN – Souled Out Sessions with DJs Dave Collins and Jason Lee BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Dave Hunt BOTANIC BAR – Eric The Falcon CLOVERCREST HOTEL – Paul Stubbings (3pm) DOG & DUCK – Sneaky Sundays with Jak Morris DOCKSIDE TAVERN – Melt DUCK INN: COROMANDEL VALLEY – Marcus (3pm) ED CASTLE – Beer Garden: Acoustic Sundays (2pm) EMU HOTEL – Emily Smith ENIGMA – Warped Tour After Party ESPLANADE HOTEL – Black Caviar (4pm) EUREKA TAVERN – Jonny Star Family Entertainment (11.30am) EXETER: ON RUNDLE – Magnetic Garden FED ON SEMAPHORE – Big Smoke (4pm) GILBERT STREET HOTEL – Zyke & Damo (2pm) GLENELG SURF CLUB – La Mar Sundays (3pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Weekend Warriors Round 36 Concert. Front Bar: Jay Jaxson GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Shit Disco with Smarty & EvanAndy GRAND BAR – bands, DJs and MCs HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – The Front: 888 Poker (6.30pm) JOINERS ARMS HOTEL – UK Blitz (3pm) LIGHT HOTEL – Vonni’s Big Arvo LORD MELBOURNE HOTEL – Let It Roll MARINA SUNSET BAR – Sunset Sessions featuring live acoustic music MARS BAR – VJK classic video hits MICK O’SHEA’S – E’nuf Said (2pm) OAKS PLAZA PIER – Pier One Bar: Acoustik (2pm) PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Two Hard Basket (2.30pm) PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – One Planet (4pm)
PJ O’BRIENS – UK Blitz (9.30pm)
RAMSGATE HOTEL – ACOUSTIC SESSION (4PM) TOM KURZEL & ED TRAINOR FORTNIGHTLY ROTATION (7.30PM) ROYAL HOTEL: KENT TOWN – Viotar ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Funk & Soul Sessions (7.30pm) SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – acoustic soloists SEMAPHORE PALAIS – Mr Buzzy (4pm) SEMAPHORE WORKERS CLUB – 8 Ball Aitken (4pm) SUGAR – Mods, Driller and Nu Jeans TAP INN HOTEL: KENT TOWN – Acoustic Sessions THE LION HOTEL – Andrew Hayes (2.30pm) Quinny, Parko & Friends (6pm) WELLINGTON HOTEL: WELLINGTON – Sunday Sessions: live music on the banks of the Murray (3pm) WEST THEBBY HOTEL – karaoke with Margi & Shaggy (8.30pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – Melanie Horsnell & Loren Kate (4pm)
WHITMORE HOTEL – BONFIRE TRIO (4:30PM) ZHIVAGO – Black Cherry DJs: Zooma, Skot & Gumshoe
MONDAY 9TH EXETER: ON RUNDLE – Tom West Band GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: Rear Admiral Stand Up Comedy GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – Bar 180: Ultimate Quiz with Graham Lawrence (7pm) PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Complete Trivia (7pm) RHINO ROOM – Open Mic Comedy (7.30pm) SUGAR – Big Bubba and Eric The Falcon THE LION HOTEL – Brian Ruiz,Troy Loakes & Paul Vallen
TUESDAY 10TH ARKABA HOTEL – Top of the Ark: Tom Gleeson and Damien Power (8pm) AUSSIE INN HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7pm) BOTANIC BAR – Ash Wilson CROWN & ANCHOR – Front Bar: DJs Stevie & Duncan DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Irish Sessions (8pm) ENIGMA – Steel Panther After Concert Party EXETER: ON RUNDLE – Bitches Of Zeus DJ’s GASLIGHT TAVERN – The Blues Lounge hosted by Ron Davidson & Trevor Graham (8pm) GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7.30pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society GRACE EMILY HOTEL – On the Fly: Sherlock Holmes & The Naughty Noel MARION HOTEL – 888 Poker (6.30pm) PJ O’BRIENS – Davy T’s Music Trivia (7.30pm) ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – cover band (8.30pm) SUGAR – CU Next Tuesday with Sonny Side-Up & Driller THE LION HOTEL – Zkye & Damo (7.30pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – DJs Ryley & Apex (8pm) WHITMORE HOTEL – Acoustic Raw Jam WINDSOR HOTEL – Compete Trivia (7.30pm)
WEDNESDAY 11TH ARKABA HOTEL – Latino Grooves Salsa Classes (6pm) BOTANIC BAR – Gemma CENTRAL DISTRICTS FOOTBALL CLUB – Quiz Wiz Trivia (7.45pm) CHALLA GARDENS HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7pm) CHRISTIES BEACH HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7.30pm) CROWN & ANCHOR – Geek with DJ Tr!p DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Dan’s Open Mic Night (7.30pm) DRAGONFLY BAR & DINING – ENIGMA – Bon Jovi After Concert Party
EXCHANGE HOTEL: GAWLER – Live Music Exchange (7.30pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Curtis FED ON SEMAPHORE – Jammin & Juggin with Rockafellas (8pm) FINSBURY HOTEL – karaoke (8pm) FINDON HOTEL – Muso’s Jam hosted by Streaker FIRST COMMERCIAL HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The KVB. Front Bar: Open Mic Night GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Brendan Lines with Andy & Marta HIGHWAY – The Combi Room: Georgia Carey Solo Acoustic HQ – Flashdance Trafﬁc Light Singles Party featuring DJs Jaki J, VIP, Bock, Bliss and MC Stylez KENSINGTON HOTEL – Uke ‘n’ Play (7pm) LIGHT HOTEL – Open Mic Night (8pm) MARION HOTEL – Adelaide Comedy featuring Tom Gleeson and Damien Power (8pm) MICK O’SHEA’S – Celtic Connection (7.30pm) PORTLAND HOTEL – karaoke with Shaggy (9pm) ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Jazz Sessions (7.30pm) SEAFORD HOTEL – karaoke with Suzanne (8.30pm) SLUG ‘N LETTUCE BRITISH PUB – karaoke with Margi (7pm) SUGAR – Mixed Tape with Lauren Rose, Ferris Mular and Mr Whiskas THE LION HOTEL – Proton Pill (9pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – Trivia Wednesday (7pm)
WHITMORE HOTEL – BAKER BOYS (6PM) WORLDSEND HOTEL – live music
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Culture// Still The 12th Man Billy Birmingham has a problem. It’s day two of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane and English wickets are tumbling. While ordinarily this would be a good thing for a man that’s profited from Australian cricket as much as Birmingham has, he has other things to consider.
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I’m supposed to be getting interviewed on Sunday (day four) during the tea interval,” he exclaims while watching the cricket live in Sydney. “That’s the closest I’ve ever been to Channel 9’s cricket, so you can imagine how excited I am about it. Then yesterday happens and I’m thinking, ‘Fuck me, this won’t go for four days!’ The thing is I was worried because I thought Australia would crumble, now I’m worried because England are going to crumble… is that another one? Oh bullshit! Tell me it’s a replay… it’s okay, it was a replay.” After nearly 30 years of impersonating cricket commentators as The 12th Man, it’s odd to hear Birmingham talk about cricket in his own voice. It doesn’t take long for his much-loved characters to take over, however, and throughout the interview he flits between Tony Greig (“Hoaaard and foaaarst”), Bill Lawry (“Got him, yes, gone!”) and, of course, Richie Benaud (“Here at the ‘Gabba Australia are three for one hundred and twenty tcheeew”). Having officially “hung up the microphone” in 2010, Birmingham has returned to release Willy Nilly: The 12th Man’s Biggest Hits. Filtering through his cherished canon of work, Birmingham relied heavily on fan feedback to help him pick out and arrange The 12th Man’s greatest moments. “People love ‘typical stinking fucking hot day here in Bombay,’” he begins. “That’s a track and a line that has been often quoted back to me over the years and it’s one that people are always keen to talk about. I was mainly relying on my own recollections of what the fans liked, and then I put in a couple that I particularly liked, but I was mainly steered by the fans.” The title of the compilation itself comes from another of The 12th Man’s more revered segments, and in a moment of life imitating art, was brought to life during Australia’s recent tour of India, when young all-rounder
“You could get some fantastic English comedian to do a piss-take on the soccer, or you could get some fantastic American comedian doing a piss-take on the baseball, and whilst they might get some sort of an audience for it if they did a good job, would it be top of the Billboard charts knocking off U2 and Katy Perry? I don’t think so.” James Faulkner got a little overzealous in celebrating a wicket with Brad Haddin. “When it happened on TV in India, Warnie said, ‘Oh no, he’s thrown one of those willy nilly high fives!’” Birmingham recalls. “I knew he was quoting my script but I didn’t know that he actually called it a willy nilly high five. “I remember the line. I had Bill Lawry going, ‘Well this is just ridiculous play by Pakistan. They lack the experience to throw them properly, the high fives. If you’re gonna go around throwing them willy nilly, accidents are bound to happen’. I had created that scene [years ago] and all of a sudden Fox Sports and
Howzat? Though he’s made a career from satirising the iconic voices of Channel 9’s sports commentary team, it may come as a surprise that Billy Birmingham isn’t a massive sports fan himself. “I’m not actually sports mad,” he shrugs. “I’m just a satirist, and a piss-taker, and cynic, and schoolboy. I was sucked back into cricket by the Kerry Packer revolution [and] I couldn’t believe this triumvirate of voices that was leading the commentary. When it came to doing the voices I knew the cricket so well that I didn’t need to watch any tapes; I could just close my eyes and see Richie Benaud, and it was like, ‘There was a thick black cloud that threatened to disrupt the start of play, but fuck me if it didn’t just disappear.’”
everyone were putting my audio up against the video of Brad Haddin copping an eyeful of fingers. I was in the throes of putting the album together and I just thought, ‘Willy Nilly’.” The 12th Man’s enduring popularity has seen Birmingham claim a staggering number of awards and records over the years – as well as his many ARIAs, he is the only artist with eight consecutive number one albums in Australian chart history. “There are two things that we really, really love, and that’s watching sport and taking the piss,” Birmingham suggests about why The 12th Man has resonated so strongly with the Australian public. “Not only do we participate in piss-taking virtually everyone – it’s just a national trait – but when someone does it professionally it’s just a style of humour that Australians naturally gravitate to. “I honestly don’t think anywhere else in the world would a 12th Man character have the level of success that I’ve had. You could get some fantastic English comedian to do a piss-take on the soccer, or you could get some fantastic American comedian doing a pisstake on the baseball, and whilst they might get some sort of an audience for it if they did a good job, would it be top of the Billboard charts knocking off U2 and Katy Perry? I don’t think so. I’ve knocked off the Barnseys and the Farnsys and the Kylies and The Midnight Oils and the Crowded Houses with this shit. I think only in Australia would the public allow this type of record to achieve that type of success.” With a long summer of intense Ashes cricket ahead of us, Birmingham remains tight-lipped on how he thinks it will pan out (“In the words of the great Johnny Capp, ‘This series is harder to pick than a broken nose,’” he offers). Right now he seems far more concerned with England’s crumbling lower order. “Is that another wicket?” he bursts out midsentence. “Oh no, it’s 8/91! Seriously, what the fuck? I’ve got to cancel my flight.” Looks like Billy’s boned.
WHO: The 12th Man WHAT: Willy Nilly: The 12th Man’s Biggest Hits (Universal)
Film // How I Live Now (MA) AAAa This latest from director Kevin Macdonald (of pics like The Last King Of Scotland and State Of Play) is drawn from a ‘young adult’ novel by Meg Rosoff but, surprisingly, proves rather more adult than expected. American Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) is an angry late-teen who feels cursed: her mum died giving birth to her and her dad’s sent her to the English countryside for the summer to stay at Brackendale, a farmhouse owned by her Aunt (Anna Chancellor) and home to 17-year-old Eddie (George Mackay), 14-year-old Isaac (Tom Holland) and eight-year-old Piper (Harley Bird), cousins she barely knows and initially can’t stand. When a nuclear device is
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detonated in London, the country is plunged into chaos and Daisy elects to stay put at the homestead, partially to protect the two youngest but also as she’s fallen for Eddie, and soon the group are facing a complete blackout, food and water shortages, forced relocation by the military and attacks by enemies they can’t identify (probably a good thing, as making them faceless helps us feel the kids’ fear while also removing the chance that anyone might be offended). While the underlying romantic stuff ’s a little off here, Macdonald’s effort is still tense and distinctly unnerving, with the stillmysterious Ronan very strong as a difficult character who learns to live at the precise moment that she might very well be about to die.
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On My Way (Elle S’en Va) (MA)
One Chance (PG)
Co-writer/director Emmanuelle Bercot (also an actor in films like Polisse) coaxes a lovely, nuanced performance from the great Catherine Deneuve in this character-driven ‘road movie’ that’s sad and sweetly charming without really going anywhere truly special. Bettie (Deneuve), a former beauty queen now in her 60s, running a failing restaurant and forced to live with her grumpy mum (they even share a bed in curious shades of Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher!), one evening learns that her younger beau has jilted her and, the next day, hops into her Merc for a supposed trip round the block. However, soon she’s miles away in the French countryside, spending the night with a randy young guy (funny Paul Hamy), pouring out her woes to a friendly security guard, being threatened by strangers and, eventually, helping out her angrily estranged daughter Muriel (Camille) by taking grandson Charly (Nemo Schiffman) to stay with his paternal grandfather (Gerard Garouste), an odd sort who loathes women who paint their toenails. All a bit too episodic, and with perhaps one too many colourful characters who barely get a line in, Bercot’s melancholy, sometimes amusing and agreeably tough drama is held together by Deneuve, who’s 70 this year (if playing somewhat younger here) and rather glorious, despite the film she’s in and its very French problems.
This remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 filming of Stephen King’s breakthrough novel is given a modern makeover and a female director (Kimberly Peirce of Boys Don’t Cry), as if, perhaps, to take the pervy edge out of the material, and yet it’s actually even pervier. Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz, an actual teenager, unlike the original’s Sissy Spacek) is a bullied, naïve ‘freak’ who gets her first period after gym class and is viciously taunted by the other girls, much to the horror of her religious fanatic, selfharming mum ( Julianne Moore as you’ve never seen her before). Bad girl Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday) is kept from attending prom as punishment, and Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde) feels so guilty about it all that she has her popular boyfriend Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort) take Carrie to the event, little knowing that Chris’ revenge will humiliate Carrie before the whole school in infamous fashion and set about the powerfully telekinetic wallflower’s lethal FX wrath. Surprisingly faithful and well-played, and still pretty disturbing, this classic worm-turns tale rights a few of the original’s wrongs and offers a sad and scary performance by Moretz, although she’s almost upstaged by Moore, whose misogynist Bible-bashing’s more extreme than Piper Laurie’s in the original, but now no longer seems so bloody unreal.
As One Direction took over the world and Susan Boyle went insane, the story of Paul Potts’ rise to fame was somewhat overshadowed by his more fame-friendly reality TV successors, until now. In 2007 Potts was a mild-mannered Welsh car phone salesman with zero confidence and a booming operatic singing voice. Auditioning for the first season of Britain’s Got Talent on a whim, Potts eventually won the competition and has since gone on to perform for the Queen, release three albums and sing his way around the world. Having been born from reality TV, it becomes both tragic and somehow fitting to take a true underdog story and turn it into a formulaic feel-good film, but predictable though it may be, the focus should be on ‘underdog’ and ‘feel-good’. As Paul, James Corden provides us with a readily sympathetic, slightly more pathetic than average everyman with an undeniable talent, but with luck and confidence against him for much of his life. Potts does the singing though. With a fabulous British cast including Colm Meaney, Julie Walters and Mackenzie Crook, and showing a saner than usual side of Wales, this is not the next Billy Elliot, as the film’s advertising would have you believe, but it does fit in alongside it.
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Closed Circuit (M): English lawyer thriller. Director: John Crowley. Stars: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciarán Hinds, Jim Broadbent. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (G): Animated family-flick sequel. Voices: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, James Caan. Delivery Man (M): Co-writer/director Ken Scott remakes his own French Canadian Starbuck. With Vince Vaughn and Chris Pratt. Ender’s Game (M): Gavin Hood adapts and directs Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi-er. With Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin and Ben Kingsley.
Kill Your Darlings (MA): John Krokidas helms this ‘beat’ drama with Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Jack Huston, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael C Hall. Night Train To Lisbon (M): Director Bille August’s bookish drama has Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Tom Courtenay, Jack Huston, Charlotte Rampling and Christopher Lee. The Spectacular Now (M): Director James Ponsoldt’s filming of Tim Tharp’s young ‘uns relationship-drama features Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kyle Chandler.
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Gin Long Canteen
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Mexican was the popular food trend of 2012, yet in 2013 dishes have been peppered with ingredients like lemongrass and shallots (as opposed to chilli) as part of a massive reemergence of Asian food. Following the opening of new eateries like Golden Boy in the city and Oo’s Kitchen in Fullarton, North Adelaide is the latest suburb to embrace oriental flavours in the form of the brand new Gin Long Canteen on O’Connell St. Gin Long’s menu focuses on Asian street food with Thai influences, put together by the former Concubine chef. The menu set-up is simple, with dishes divided into ‘small’ and ‘big’, or the banquet for $39 a head. More bite-sized eats include the crispy winglets with pandan leaves and hot Thai sauce, smoked trout lettuce cups, chicken larb and betel leaf cigars, whereas more sizeable morsels include the dragon beef curry with eggplant, red curry and lime, the ‘nom nom’ barramundi or the lychee duck curry. While not really pertaining to the Asian theme, there’s also a handful of desserts to wash down the mains including crème caramel and chocolate mousse. Once you’ve finished your meal there’s a whole heap of cocktails to tuck into, which are quirkily served in tins or bubble tea cups, complete with straws. The Tamarind Gin Long gin cocktail is a winner, or for a twist on a modern classic, the Thai Queen Mojito also goes down a treat with the traditional mint and raw sugar recipe replaced with Thai basil and palm sugar syrup.
WHAT: Gin Long Canteen WHERE: 42 O’Connell St, North Adelaide WHEN: Tue, Wed & Thu 12pm – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 9.30pm, Fri 12pm – 2.30pm & 5.30pm 11.30pm & Sat 5.30pm – 11.30pm
Food Truck Fridays at La Boheme La Boheme on Grote St is teaming up with some of Adelaide’s most notorious food trucks this summer for ‘Food Truck Fridays’. Each Friday, patrons will be able to sip exclusively crafted cocktails in the openair beer garden while having delicious eats dished up by a featured food truck each week. Fri Dec 6 will feature meatball connoisseurs Delectaballs, while Fri Dec 13 will feature the delicious Argentinian aromas of Chimichurri Grill. Doors will open from 5pm, with food starting service shortly afterwards. DJ Zooma will be spinning retro funk beats out the back from 9pm. Entry is free. WHAT: La Boheme WHERE: 36 Grote St, Adelaide WHEN: Fridays from 5pm
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As much as you would like to settle, life isn’t letting you. The Sagittarian sun is invoking adventure, whether you consciously want it or not. Venus in Capricorn is pushing you to build, to finish what you’ve started. Unravel old habits that prevent you from seeing things through.
Though the challenges of relationships are still strong, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is becoming possible to focus on other things. Issues provoked by intimacy, or its absence, will now slowly become less of an obsession. As work becomes joyful, know you are on track.
The week starts with various planetary cards, seemingly stacked against you. It’s only seemingly, because the actual effect of this is to open you up and make you more vulnerable. Though this is uncomfortable, it drives you deeper in your quest for authentic peace. Doors are opening.
Though this is supposed to be a time of rest, life isn’t offering you much respite. If you weren’t such a fan of intensity, this would be a bad thing. The moon passes through in a day or two. She makes all your feelings make perfect sense. She crystallises integrity. She deepens love.
The waning of the lunar tide, does nothing to inhibit your enthusiasm. The week begins with a wave of inspiration, energy and positive intent. If you meet any obstacles, they are likely to come in the form of feelings, rather than as tangible objects. Navigate emotions with awareness.
The moon is waning and passing through Scorpio over the next few days. This is an emotional ebb tide. If you are possessed by the desire to be alone, you are in tune with the life force. Allowing yourself a rich period of selfreflection, will strengthen all your relationships.
Venus is easing off. She’s challenged you as to whether you have been living your joy. She has inspired you to truly ponder the need for delight in your life. Now she is encouraging you to put any changes you need to make, into place. As we shift on the inside, so we shift outside.
In the light of the generous, jovial and generally favourable Sagittarian sun, troubles that have been grumbling along under the surface, lose their bite. In fact they now seem positively benign. How could you have created such drama over such small things? Shift your perspective.
In the body, Virgo rules the small intestine. The function of the small intestine is to sift and sort nutrients. One of your great skills, is your ability, like the small intestine, to sift that which is essential from that which is not. This skill is a very handy managerial talent. Show it off.
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Full Circle More than 100 graduating students from UniSA’s School of Art, Architecture and Design will present their final works for 2013 this Wed Dec 11 in an end-of-year group exhibition titled Full Circle. The exhibition will include artworks across a range of creative disciplines such as painting, drawing, photography, new media, metal smithing, jewellery, printmaking, textiles, glass, ceramics, installations and sculpture. “This end-of-year exhibition is the culmination of many years of arts training and research for all of the graduating artists, so is in a very real sense a full circle,” explains emerging artist Nikki Marcel in a press release. A full-colour exhibition catalogue and event website will be produced with the support of a Helpmann Academy grant, profiling the work and conceptual motivation of each of the exhibiting graduates.
Helen Sherriff, Fishstew 2013
Life is offering you plenty of insight to go with your actions. This insight will come from deep in the silent recesses of your belly. It won’t in any way feel like the perception or vision of anybody else. It will be entirely your own. If you are being defensive – then stop and take stock.
Nikki Marcel, 2013
WHERE: SASA Gallery, Level 2, Kaurna Building, UniSA City West WHEN: Wed Dec 11 – Wed Dec 18 OPENING: Wed Dec 11 from 6pm
Vaein Vaein is an insight into a culture and environment that rejects injustice and celebrates diversity. Featuring a range of artists, the exhibition supports prickly areas of the art world, deliberately choosing tense or serious subjects and juxtaposing them with light-hearted messages of positivity. For the exhibition, the gallery space at Salad Days Inc will be transformed into a three-dimensional “magazine” that allows installation pieces, writing and art to exist together. Vaein will serve as Salad Days Inc’s last exhibition for the year, so make sure you head on down for a cold one to round off 2013.
Ariane Jaccarini 2013 (detail)
WHERE: Salad Days Inc, 21 Gilbert Plc, Adelaide WHEN: Fri Dec 6pm – Thu Jan 9 OPENING: Fri Dec 6 from 6pm
The fire of the Sagittarian sun ignites your passion for action. Add that to your idealism and you are going to want to get on your horse and tilt at every windmill on the furthest horizon. Keep all your sensitivity intact as you act, or your actions will bounce off in the wrong direction.
The Sagittarian sun is keeping you honest. It’s all too easy to drift from one’s essential intent. The siren lure of existential sleep is hard to resist, especially when others reinforce it. Watch that you don’t complain, or react against your alarm clock. A little discontent is important.
Print Cult Pop-Up Book Shop Fresh from being in Melbourne, this Fri Dec 6 the Print Cult artist collective will return to Adelaide to launch their official book in an intimate, one-off pop-up exhibition at Tooth & Nail Gallery. The 40-page Print Cult essay book, which sets you back just $35, is the culmination of essays, work-in-progress sketches
and glossy images of seven emerging artists, printed on 118gsm soft white fine paper complete with a hand-printed copper ink cover. In celebration of the book, on the night there will also be live screen printing by Red Tomato Design of the latest Print Cult designs, live printing on ‘Peter’ – Tooth & Nail’s small yet loveable etching press – and brand new artworks from emerging, contemporary printmakers. WHAT: Print Cult book WHERE: Tooth & Nail Gallery, 22 – 28 Coromandel Plc, Adelaide WHEN: Fri Dec 6 from 6pm – 9pm
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Cubik Cloth Summer Pop-Up Local label for party guys Cubik Cloth have opened the doors of their very own pop-up shop in the heart of the city. Taking up residency in Adelaide Central Plaza (beneath David Jones in Rundle Mall) until the end of December, Cubik Cloth will be able to deck out the boys – and the girls through local ladies’ label, Orbin – for all their summer festival needs with tiedye prints, baggy tees, skull details, geometric patterns and drop crotch shorts. They’ll also be stocking a selection from local men’s label Estivle Lane, who specialise in nautical stripes, embellished pockets and simple cuts as well as a range of accessories to complete the look.
Julie White Rip It Up caught up with Adelaide textile expert and fashion designer Julie White about her latest collection Alter Native, how she finds her inspiration and what her time in Scotland taught her. Tell me a bit about Alter Native? The collection is all about feeling homesick. I’ve always taken inspiration from nature but living in the UK made me miss the Australian wilderness in a way that really shook me up. For me, sugar gliders and waratahs are a part of home, but people in the UK think of them as exotic. Realising that really changed the way I thought about Australia. You design your own prints. Tell us about your process from idea to the finished piece? I start by getting obsessed with something. If I can’t shake it off, I’ll start using it in my designs. Then I’ll do a lot of research, drawing as I go. Gradually a theme emerges. Sometimes it’s on the first day but more often it takes weeks. All my prints are original so there’s a lot of work put in before I even choose a fabric. How have your designs changed over the years? I’ve refined my ability to make exactly what I want. When I started I had to compromise all the time. I don’t do that anymore. I’ve always wanted to create one of a kind, collectible pieces that are treasured beyond the seasons. Those are the types of garments that made me fall in love with fashion. Not the trends, but the limited editions. You were recently in Glasgow - what were you doing there and what did you learn? I was completing my Masters in textile print at the Glasgow School Of Art. It was inspiring living in a place responsible for some of the world’s most iconic textiles.
WHAT: Cubik Cloth Summer Pop-Up Shop WHERE: Shop 13/14 Lower Ground Adelaide Central Plaza, Rundle Mall WHEN: Until Sun Dec 29
Scottish textile designers are hardcore about their craft; it’s as if they have centuries of tradition to live up to. Scotland also taught me that you can deep fry a pizza. Three words to describe Julie White the brand? Collectable, wearable art Three words to describe Julie White the person? Short, sweet and tenacious What advice would you give to other emerging designers? For me, designing is a need, not a want. If you can admit that, the rest is simple. Where can we find your products? At my online store: juliewhite.bigcartel.com.
Pride Models International Search The annual search for Pride Models’ next model superstar is on again at Westfield West Lakes. The competition will see one girl – aged 13 to 21 and at least 173cm tall – win a contract with Pride Models and be flown to Paris to meet with some of the world’s leading model agencies. The last two winners Emily and Madsion have already been signed to IMG models, the world’s leading agency that represent the likes of Miranda Kerr, Montana Cox and Lara Stone. So if you think you’re in with a chance, head along and show your face – it may just be the one they’ve been waiting for. WHAT: Pride Models International Model Search WHERE: Westfield West Lakes WHEN: Sat Dec 7 from 1pm
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The Doors: R-Evolution
Warner / MA / 112 mins
Shock / PG / 154 mins
Made almost back-to-back with Aussie director James Wan’s somewhat sillier ghosty sequel Insidious: Chapter 2, this superior ‘true story’ spooker is drawn from the files of famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (here played Patrick Wilson, also in the Insidious movies, and Vera Farmiga). It concerns a pre-Amityville Horror case supposedly so scary they kept it under wraps for decades. In 1971, Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) and their five daughters move into a Rhode Island farmhouse and increasingly strange and freaky phenomena commence until they’re forced to contact the Warrens, who at first turn up to merely humour the family and then, of course, find themselves embroiled in the damn frightening events, with the gifted medium Lorraine able to see the powerful parasitic evil that lurks in the place. The best-cast and played pic by Wan ever, this is also, at times, most unnerving, and the much-discussed sequences involving the game ‘hide and clap’ are just about terrifying. MDB
AAAA Available in several DVD sets (with varying special features), this offers a 19-strong collection of clips of those Doors, from promotional videos to live performances to TV appearances to ‘80s cash-in turns after the death of Jim Morrison (and sorry but yes, like Elvis, he’s dead!). Highlights include: the 1967 video for Break On Through (To The Other Side) and their miming of the song on Shebang; Light My Fire on American Bandstand and Malibu U; People Are Strange, both on Murray The K In New York (awkwardly) and in a later clip put together for one of their anniversaries; Hello, I Love You for German TV; Touch Me from The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (and the Smothers’ seem pretty embarrassed by it); a 1970 music video of Roadhouse Blues; a montage of chaotic onstage images set to their take on Gloria; and a ‘music film’ of Ghost Song from 1995 in which the surviving members perform to a track of Jim singing and his phantom-like image joins them in the studio, an effect that’s as tacky as it sounds. MDB
Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story Of Modern Pop Bob Stanley / Faber
Stanley, an acclaimed author and muso, reveals himself as an awesome musical expert with this formidable tome, which might offend some as it considers everything, from Dylan to Lennon to Duran Duran to Oasis to Tupac to Bieber, as pop music. And even if this does irk you, his confident tone and witty, sometimes hilarious turns of phrase keep you reading, with fresh perspectives offered on subjects as hoary as Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Monkees, and chapters devoted to nearly every musical genre and movement there is: skiffle, doo-wop, folk, soul, glam, boy bands, punk, two tone and mod, electro pop, early rap (sorry, hip hop), metal, indie, techno, dance, grunge, Brit pop and yes, both kinds: country and western. MDB
Only God Forgives
Accent / R / 85 mins
Icon / MA / 90 mins
Original creator Adam Green turns the directing reins over to cinematographer BJ McDonnell for yet another installment in this ridiculously gory series. Another bunch of brain-dead dickheads march into the Louisiana swamp to get messily slain by the impossibly undead and weirdly overall-wearing Victor Crowley (played yet again by Kane Hodder under a ton of rubbery prosthetics). Picking up where the second chapter ended, with Crowley ‘dead’ and dismembered and Marybeth (the tiny Danielle Harris) understandably traumatised, this has her locked up under suspicion of mass murder by Sheriff Fowler (Zach Galligan of the original Gremlins) until the usual procession of cops, medics and SWAT members begin being done in by a magically stitched-back-together Victor, who still likes to roar and grunt a lot. Marybeth is eventually freed by a disgraced, Crowley-believing journo (who also happens to be Fowler’s ex-wife), Amanda (Caroline Williams from the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), and the pair set about trying to complicatedly end the Crowley curse once and for all. Or, you know, at least until the next sequel.
Writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to Drive features that one’s star Ryan Gosling in emotionally constipated form, and offers the same existential ponderousness taken to absurd extremes. Julian (RG) is a drug-smuggler in Bangkok’s underworld of murderers, corrupt cops and the like, and when his sadistic brother Billy (Tom Burke) is killed after carving up a prostitute, Julian is called into vengeful action by his visiting mum Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas as you’ve never seen her before - and might never want to again). Wandering dark hallways in tiresomely David-Lynch fashion, beating up strangers and trying to save kids, Julian eventually gets close to the feared Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm), and if you think that this can’t end then you’d be bloody well right. Featuring a view of Thailand so negative you can’t believe that he was allowed to film there, Refn’s preposterously violent effort intercuts torture with karaoke in a fashion that’s funny when it should be shocking, and ends with perhaps the most ludicrously gross moment seen in arthouse cinema in years. MDB
Award winning singer and actress Christine Anu has just stepped into the role of Bloody Mary in the stage musical South Pacific. She replaced the ever-busy Kate Ceberano in the role and is looking forward to the musical’s run in Adelaide at the end of the year.
“I’d initially auditioned for the Bloody Mary role a couple of years ago but it ended up going to Kate,” Anu says from Perth just ahead of the musical’s opening night in that city. “So when Kate had to leave to go on the road to promote her new album, Opera Australia asked me to step in. “It’s been a fun role to step into because I remember how much fun I had during the original auditions. The musical, based on James A Michener’s Pulitzer prize winning 1947 novel and which tells of on an American nurse (played by Lisa McClune) who is stationed on a South Pacific island during WW2 and who falls in love with a expatriate French plantation owner (Teddy Tahu Rhodes), is being staged by Opera Australia and based on a new version by America’s Lincoln Center Theater. “Bloody Mary is now a much different character to what she was in the original stage version,” Anu announces. “So this new version, which has won a few Tony awards,
Anu Christine tan by Robert Duns
is very different to the school production of South Pacific I was in back in Year 12. “Bloody Mary is now a much, much darker character and much more desperate,” she adds. ‘So it’s a really, really good role to play. And I think because it’s one of those roles that’s really meaty, it’s one I can have a bit of fun with.” Anu goes on to say that she’s also having fun with the other cast members. “Lisa McClune is quite extraordinary,” she announces. “She’s got a million Logie awards and has so many bows to her string. Lisa also has such an incredible work ethic. Teddy Tahu Rhodes has an amazing baritone voice and to
hear that booming through the theatre every night is just amazing. And the ensemble cast and understudies are great too. “It’s wonderful to be working with Mitchell Butell again because I worked with him many years ago on The Little Shop Of Horrors. So it’s great to have a reunion of sorts,” Anu concludes. WHO: Opera Australia WHAT: South Pacific WHERE: Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre WHEN: From Sat Dec 29
with Claire Foord
Your guide to the student experience
With Honours So you’re finishing uni and aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into the real world? Lauren Abineri knows just how you feel. Abineri grew up in Adelaide, and after high school decided to study UniSA’s Bachelor of Visual Arts. “I was interested in both the academic side of art, arts writing and curatorial theory as well as fostering my arts practice,” Abineri says. After finishing the undergraduate degree last year, she says she “needed one more year before getting my feet wet”. She decided to go into Honours. It has given her an opportunity to consolidate her sculptural practice, as well as the prospect to exhibit her work in the South Australian School of Art Gallery with other honours graduates at the end of this year. She is combining her ceramics specialisation with sculpture. “I love the freedom in Honours as well as the self-direction. The Honours year has given me the freedom to work with other materials and synthesise my ceramics and abstraction practice,” she says. When asked what advice she could give those thinking Honours might be for them, Abineri suggests, “Go for it,” adding the fact that working hard never goes astray. In her field, Abineri believes doing an additional year of honours gave her “more confidence”. You can see the work of all the honours students at the upcoming UniSA Bachelor of Visual Arts Graduate exhibition Full Circle. It opens Wed Dec 11 from 6pm – 9pm at SASA Gallery, Level 2, Kaurna Building, UniSA City West Campus.
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What’s On There’s a cafe and bar at the AC Arts Bazaar! With over 30 stalls from independent Adelaide artists, craftspeople and makers, the market will feature a range of things including glass, ceramics, jewellery, T-shirts, art, fashion and more. The AC Arts Bazaar is a great opportunity to purchase some unique Christmas gifts and stylish items for yourself and home. It’s on Fri Dec 6 from 1pm – 8pm at the AC Arts building, 39 Light Square, Adelaide.
By Josh Basford
ABRA-CA- DRAB-RA The Liberals have put on a bit of a magic show this week ‘disappearing’ several of Tony Abbott’s speeches from their official databases. Of course, if you were to read those speeches you couldn’t really blame them. “A carbon tax is the choice for intelligent people,” is a bit of an awkward turn-of-phrase to just have hanging around, right Tony? Speaking of pulling a rabbit out of a hat, Labor has managed to cut Abbott and Bishop’s honeymoon with the public short already. With bitchy-opinion-poll-bridesmaids predicting a rocky future for the new Government, it looks like a “traditional, no surprises” marriage isn’t quite what Australian’s thought it was going to be after all. To be honest though, it’s not all Tony and Julie’s fault. Things probably aren’t helped by them having installed an incompetent, arrogant, entitled and out of touch ninny as their Education groomsman. Christopher Pyne effectively gave the world’s worst wedding speech this week by ‘pulling a Gillard’, breaking a core promise by tearing up all funding agreements made with respect to Education. Of course he doesn’t have any policies to replace them with, but don’t worry, we are in safe hands. This is the guy that thinks teaching kids about anything other than our proud, white Westminster tradition is a waste of time. Who really cares about Asia or our Indigenous people, right? It appears the Abbott government really is going to be the dubious gift that just keeps on giving, especially in terms of incompetent, middle-aged men who blame everyone else for their own policy blunders. In the last few weeks we’ve seen the Indonesian Government, Labor, the Greens, the ABC, unions, teachers, refugees, fat women, foreign investors, boats, the press and three Liberal state governments blamed for... Well, everything really. I hope Abbott had a prenup signed, because the ever-popular Malcolm Turnbull is waiting in the wings and a divorce could be messy.
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José González has always been an understated musician, to the point of being left severely wanting by his minimalist acoustic leanings. On Step Out, the lead single from The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty soundtrack, José takes some of his own titular advice, stepping out of his comfort zone to create easily the grandest thing he has ever put his name to. The thundering crescendos, crashing percussion and big vocal refrain are all in the mould of Arcade Fire’s Wake Up, although he still manages to retreat and slot in a few quieter moments.
Kingswood Sucker Punch (Dew Process/Universal)
The name ‘Kingswood’ sums it up really rather nicely – this Melbourne four-piece deal in vintage sounds. Sucker Punch takes their trademark Black Sabbath riffage and Robert Plant-like wailing, and ups the ante with a Queens Of The Stone Age rumble. It’s little wonder they’ve teamed up with fellow motoring enthusiasts Calling All Cars for a joint national tour kicking off at the end of this month. Gentlemen, start your engines.
East India Youth Looking For Someone (Stolen/Remote Control)
It’s getting harder and harder to create something truly original. And yet, somehow London newcomer East India Youth – AKA William Doyle – finds a way. The nagging synth line and looped vocals of Looking For Someone call to mind Animal Collective, but Doyle manages to craft something in very much his own voice. Unconventional and wayward as it is, there’s a beginning, middle and end here that’s neatly pieced together in a radio-friendly timeframe. It’s unlikely to be rewarded with airplay, however.
Beady Eye Soul Love (Sony)
You’re right to be sceptical of anything that comes with Liam Gallagher’s name attached to it. Unfortunately though, the rascally Mancunian is apt to occasionally upset the applecart and produce something worth listening to. Soul Love falls into that rare category. In it the ex-Oasis frontman downplays the brain dead nostalgia of earlier Beady Eye in favour of some simple, stark melodies. He’s of course doing his best John Lennon impersonation, but, minus the twominute fade out, ends up sounding like one of Gomez’s better efforts.
Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe (Domino/EMI)
AAAA As accomplished a musician, producer and collaborater as Dev Hynes is, it’s impossible not to consider one of his most recent works – Solange’s True EP – as having the most direct influence on the second album under his Blood Orange moniker. Whatever epiphany he had not only brought out his very best work while producing that EP, but continues to bear
fruit on Cupid Deluxe. In his Test Icicles, Lightspeed Champion and Blood Orange guises, Hynes has always had an ear for unconventional sounds weaving their way through pop frameworks. Unsurprisingly, this technique is mirrored in some of Cupid Deluxe’s greatest highlights – the whirling instrumental fade-out in Uncle Ace, the surprise rap verses in Clipped On and High Street, the skittish synth beat in On The Line. But where Hynes really excels on Cupid Deluxe is in crafting many and more of those pop moments that shred the line between experimental and mainstream. While eclipsing the five minute mark, It Is What It Is channels Losing You to produce the album’s best pop chorus, sung by Friends frontwoman and Hynes’ girlfriend, Samantha Urbani, and echoed excellently by Hynes himself in album closer Time Will Tell. Chamakay is sedate, but it adroitly blends distinctive production with lovelorn lyricism that is universally resonant. After years of stylistic musical chairs, Dev Hynes has finally become that tour de force of alternative pop that many predicted he would. Jimmy Byzantine
To the surprise of no one, AFI’s ninth album isn’t a return to the band’s roots of East Bay hardcore with song titles like I Wanna Get A Mohawk (But Mom Won’t Let Me Get One). Rather, it logically sees the four-piece continue the goth-influenced alternative rock that they’ve increasingly explored since 1999’s Black Sails In The Sunset. Moody opener The Sinking Night evokes Depeche Mode’s atmosphere and vocals, minus their pop ethos. However, that’s not to say that Burials lacks hooks. A Deep Slow Panic may be the jangliest and most musically upbeat track in their canon. Vocalist Davey Havok does contradict its music with dark romantic lyrics, but the sentiments are far bleaker on the vicious, industrial I Hope You Suffer. Both tracks, although poles apart, are typically infectious. Missteps such as the formless No Resurrection or the overly processed Heart Stops are outweighed by gems like 17 Crimes or Wild (which takes a riff not a million miles removed from Refused’s Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine and buries it under dancefloor-oriented electronic flourishes). None are likely to replicate the commercial success of 2006’s Miss Murder, but they warrant regular rotation. Owen Heitmann
Passenger & Stu Larsen Thebarton Theatre (Photos by Andreas Heuer) (Review by Sharni Honor)
AAAAA From four o’clock in the afternoon when the footpath of Henley Beach Road was overflowing with 12-year-olds with homemade shirts and already blushing cheeks, expectations for the evening began to decline. Boy, was I the fool. This was the most magnificent night of the year with Stu Larsen and Mike Rosenburg (AKA Passenger) singing to a room of 2,000 people to feel like they were singing only to you. It’s not just a matter of ‘going to see Passenger’ anymore. Stu Larsen makes up his well earned half of the two-man wolf pack. These two have combined to form a peanut butter and jelly sandwich whose ingredients complement each other beautifully and leave a jolly good taste on your tongue. Stu Larsen, the humble vagabond that he is, continues to amaze and surprise. He makes it all look so easy up there with his memorising lyrics and whispering falsetto. Every ear hole in the room was tuned to this man’s superb musical presence, hanging off of every word.
Reviews // Quick Ones
You Gots 2 Chill
Sounds From The Other Side
Into The Mouths Of Hungry Giants
Since the 2008 release of his first solo album Something For All Of Us, Brendan Canning has certainly been keeping himself busy; working with his main outfit Broken Social Scene, scoring a number of indie flicks, as well as working on an intriguing multimedia venture alongside director David Cronenberg. So it’s no surprise that his approach to You Gots 2 Chill is, as is so poignantly suggested in the title, an extremely calm one. It’s a huge contrast to the sprawling, dramatic baroque rock of Broken Social Scene, instead treating audiences to simple, low-key acoustic songs. Each of the 14 tracks rely on hushed, Elliott Smith-style vocals and serene finger-picked guitars, inviting you to sit back, relax and just chill. But there’s nothing worse than someone telling you to chill when you’d rather not. The album almost forces you into a state of submission by teasing you with the false promise of something more upbeat later on, with lacklustre results. That said, the sweet-yet-clumsy However Long has an undeniable charm to it, as does the Thom Yorke-esque Makes You Motor and adorable duet Lightfoot Returns. Overall this album comes across just a bit too washy, but maybe I just gots 2 chill. Bella Fowler
Thank God for Tumbleweed! They’re back in a big way. Surviving more ups and downs than a rollercoaster, they’ve delivered a cracking album which begs the question why they couldn’t resolve their shit that led to them disbanding in 2003. Tumbleweed for 2013 is essentially an early line-up boasting the fire power of Jason Curley (bass), his brother Lenny (guitar), Paul Hausmeister (guitar), Richie Lewis (vocals) and Steve O’Brien (drums). Tumbleweed haven’t reinvented the wheel on Sounds From The Other Side but haven’t done a rehash of their earlier works either, proving yet again that they are just as relevant now as they were back in the ‘90s. Mandlebrot packs plenty of punch as the opener and Richie Lewis’s distinctive vocals hit the mark. Mountain is an epic moment on the album clocking in at seven minutes, with big guitars and a howlin’ chorus to get the fists pumping. There are plenty of great moments on offer, such Hillbilly Headbanger, which is a good descriptor for it, and the psychedelic rocker Birds Of Prey. Closer ESP is a ripper and more like the Tumbleweed rock opera full of distorted guitars. Sounds From The Other Side is a great album and an exciting new chapter in the Tumbleweed journey. Rob Lyon
I have never heard a more quiet, receptive sold out audience. Everyone in the room could feel the love for the sound of silence dripping off that stage. Wide-eyed appreciators stood in awe of this unbelievable songwriter and musician with the beauty of each lyric, echoing off the sound of only itself. Rosenburg proceeded to play the favourites off All The Little Lights, with a few whispers of his latest songs and memories of his earlier tunes that started it all. If the whole music thing doesn’t work out he has the fall back option of being a professional in the art of banter. Seriously, this man’s quick wit and way with words is enough to make your belly ache with giggles. Each of these lads has the ability to absolutely command the stage, even as nothing more than men with guitars — and a crushed velvet hat in Stu’s case. The sound was phenomenal. The lighting rig was beautiful, casting beams of moonlight across the enchanting room, shading Rosenburg’s face ever so slightly, tucking his humbled smile beneath his nose. There were moments where he was a complete silhouette against a wall of white, as singular beads of sweat leapt off his nose and into the darkness. Times have definitely changed since busking on the roadside, trying to convince passerby’s to stay a while, to lend an ear and dollar.
The Barons Of Tang AAAA You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is the work of a long-established act. There’s a sense of maturity, of knowing and wisdom, and a cohesiveness of sound that exudes superior musical experience. However, Into The Mouths Of Hungry Giants is actually the debut long-player for Melbourne septet The Barons Of Tang, and a damn fine piece of work it is too! Musically, these guys are kind of like an entire WOMAD festival, encompassing sounds from all around the world, from France, to the Balkans, New York, Turkey and back. However, sporting an impressive woodwind section lends them particularly nicely to the music of the Orient (think gypsy meets Middle East), with healthy doses of jazz and ample experimentalism. The musicianship is highly polished, demonstrating the talents of the players, with a sensational raw edge lending a feeling of dirty underground to the whole thing. While I’d heard of the band prior to listening, I hadn’t experienced much of their sound, though after substantial rotation, I’m pleased to call myself a fan. If tunes like Pocket Full Of Sand, Octopus or the raucous opener Three Piece Lawsuit don’t win you over in an instant, then you probably don’t like music! Luke Balzan
Mikhael Paskalev I Spy EP (Dew Process/Universal)
AAAAa It’s worth spell checking that name three times just to have this beautiful creature’s existence in these very pages. Mikhael Paskalev, the European cocktail of Norwegian and Bulgarian, is doing things not yet heard before. His tunes move in directions that you’d never expect, the unpredictable nature of his songwriting and instrumentation keeps you guessing. His platinum selling single I Spy is everything you ever needed in a song: a simmered beginning, a momentum build and a super energetic chorus that makes it okay to dance with no pants on, something Paskalev appears to be down with. Have a cheeky Google of the film clip and he is doing exactly that! Sharni Honor
Oliver Tank Slow Motion Music EP (Create/Control)
AAAA Flying under the radar for most of 2013, Oliver Tank makes a breathtaking return to form on second EP Slow Motion Music. Perfectly epitomising the EP’s title, Tank’s ethereal soundscapes drift into alternate dimensions of time and space, seamlessly integrating organic instrumentation with synthetic, and never failing to intoxicate the listener throughout the seven tracks. Although boasting collaborations with underground hit makers like Ta-Ku and Hayden Calnin, Slow Motion Music’s most euphoric moment is Stay. The powerful opening track eschews any sense of trendy pretension and embraces Tank’s deeply emotive side with heartfelt honesty. Jimmy Byzantine
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‘Closer each day, home and away’ are the Adelaide boys from Lowrider. The foursome, amid celebrating their 10 years of lowriding ladship, have been frolicking on set for the finale of Home And Away, headlining a festival in Summer Bay. A surprised Paul Bartlett on drums speaks of life on set.
“We have certainly found out just how many of our fans watch Home And Away, that’s for sure!” he laughs. “They did a remarkable job of building this set that truly felt like you were at a festival, apart from the aspect that everyone was dressed in tank tops and shorts and it was about four degrees outside! It’s an extremely professional hive of activity they run, we just tried to not get in the way, but everyone we dealt with from cast to crew were all fantastic.” This is definitely not the first time these guys have heard themselves on the show either. “Home And Away has been a great supporter of our music for a long time now. Our music has always featured heavily, so when the opportunity to actually be on the show came up, we jumped at it. Hopefully this exposes us to an audience that may not have necessarily checked out what we do in the past.” Soap stardom aside, the local lads are gearing up big time for their show at the Gov claiming it as ‘The Big Finale’ of their tour. We can all rest assured there will be no covers of the Home And Away theme song, although Bartlett has an idea for the replacement, by substituting ‘Riverside’ for ‘Oceanside’. Jokes aside, this show is going to be a big one. “It’s going to be a massive party! It’s 10 years pretty much to the day that we played our first ever gig, so we will be making this one a night to remember for sure. We will be playing the whole show chronologically and, as always, we’ll be throwing in a few surprises for all the OG fans.” Their latest video clip for Golden Sun is a corker, consisting of four lads, running around the desert playing their instruments in vintage suits. “It was north of Adelaide on the Lochiel salt flats; 40 degrees and windy as hell, which added to the effect of the clip.” How did the instruments hold up? “We actually left the piano there,” he laughs. “The rest we just tied behind the car on the drive home; the sand all jiggled out by the time we reached Adelaide”.
The Jade Grand Re-Opening Featuring Alpha Beta Fox and Swimsuit. Free entry! Fri Dec 6 from 8pm. 160 Flinders St, Adelaide. Welcome back, Jade!
Movers & Shakers
Erin and Tess Fowler started out as a soulful sister duo—but their band Sitara is now a smooth and sultry five-piece. Following their EP release earlier this year, the swamp-soul group are launching their single On The Ground at the Metro on Thu Dec 5. Supporting Sitara on the night are Adelaide folk-man Tim Moore and Juno—the indie-roots brainchild of Gloria Jung and Lucie Vano. The music will start at 9pm. If you can’t make it to the Metro— Sitara are pleased to announce they’ve been added to the WOMADelaide lineup in March 2014. Beyond that, plans for a European tour are in the making, so try to catch the Fowlers and friends before they head off on their international adventure.
This Fri Dec 6, the Ed Castle will welcome Move To Strike and their third EP, Iron Sharpens Iron. Although recorded in Adelaide, the EP has had some international behind-the-scenes attention. James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, The Getaway Plan) mixed the EP, before handing it on to absolute legend Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley) for mastering. As well as Iron Sharpens Iron, Move To Strike have been working on an extraordinary clip for single Kitchen (Searchlight). Frontman Ben Green compiled the video from shots taken all around the world— mountain-climbing in northern Norway, cruising Ocean Drive in Miami’s South Beach, exploring cliff-top Mayan Ruins, snorkelling with whale sharks in Mexico, followed by super-heroes in Times Square NYC, among many more. Iron Sharpens Iron is available as a digital download, CD or limited addition ‘Coke bottle green’ vinyl.
Merry Maxmas Max Tulysewski (Bearded Gypsy Band, Ellipsis) is responsible for Max Madman & The Heck Yeahs—a band that counts ukulele, organ, synthesiser and saxophone among its many, many instruments. Max and his band are having a jaunty Christmas party at The Jade on Thu Dec 12. Helping the Heck Yeahs celebrate Jesus’ birthday are wordyband-name-four-piece Hi, I’m Reclusive Author Thomas Pynchon, plus William Street Strikers and Mountain Stranger. Bring your friends and have a merry evening. Take your ‘significant other’. Invite your family! Rest easy, Nelly NoMates—lonely people are welcome too. Tickets at the door, which opens at 8pm.
Sound Dunes Adelaide dreamers The Dunes are back with another EP, due to be launched this Sat Dec 7 at the freshly re-opened Jade (Monkey) at 160 Flinders St. La Musique Nouveau, recorded with Matt Hills at Hillside Studios earlier this year, is five gentle and absorbing songs to send you off into the night. The Sunbirds and Menagerie will join The Dunes in support.
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