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CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL STORE! New South Wales ALBION PARK RAIL

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Unit 2/22 Durgadin Drive, Central Business Park

02 4256 0088

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ALBURY

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631 Dean Street

02 6041 1765

ALEXANDRIA

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108 Botany Road

02 9318 2255

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

ANNANDALE

Gallin’s Musician’s Pro Shop

55 Parramatta Road

02 9517 1901

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AUBURN

The Music Man

27 / 191 Parramatta Road (Entrance via Adderly Street)

02 9648 1199

www.themusicmansydney.com.au

BALLINA

Planet Music

83 River Street

02 6681 1125

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BOWRAL

Powerpoint Music Centre

409 Bong Bong Street

02 4862 5344

www.powerpointmusic.com.au

BROOKVALE

Mall Music

Shop 430, Warringah Mall

02 9905 6966

www.mallmusic.com.au

BURWOOD

Logans Pianos

250 Burwood Road

02 9744 2400

www.loganspianos.com.au

BYRON BAY

Byron Music

Shops 1 & 2 South Plaza, Jonson Street

02 6685 7333

www.byronmusic.com.au

CAMPERDOWN

Allans Music + Billy Hyde

128 - 130 Pyrmont Bridge Road

02 9557 7500

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

CHATSWOOD

Dickson’s Music Complex

Shop 6, 3-9 Spring Street

02 9419 2144

www.dicksonsmusic.com.au

COFFS HARBOUR

Park Beach Music and HiFi

Shop 57, Park Beach Plaza

02 6652 3725

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CROWS NEST

Big Music

85 Alexander Street

02 8622 6555

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ENGADINE

Engadine Music Education Centre

25 Station Street

02 9520 3044

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GLADESVILLE

Guitar Factory

280 Victoria Road

02 9817 2173

www.guitarfactory.net

GREENHILLS

Lathams Music

3a/11 Molly Morgan Drive

02 4934 4661

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KOTARA

Lathams Music

4/6 Bradford Close

02 4952 4311

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LISMORE

Planet Music

25 Molesworth Street

02 6621 7784

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LIVERPOOL

Bavas Music City

252 Macquarie Street

02 9824 2211

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MONA VALE

Allans Music + Billy Hyde

55 Bassett Street

02 9986 0589

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Muso’s Corner

1 National Park Street

02 4929 2829

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NEWCASTLE WEST

The Drum Shop Newcastle

1 National Park Street

02 4925 3155

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Shops 7-10 Shoalhaven Arcade, 19 Kinghorne Street

02 4421 8688

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ORANGE

Lander’s Music

286 Summer Street

02 6362 6588

www.landersmusic.com

PARRAMATTA

Guitar Factory

255 Church Street

02 9635 5552

www.guitarfactory.com.au

PARRAMATTA

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Level 1/197 Church Street (Corner Macquarie Street)

02 9689 2438

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

PENRITH

High Street Music

491 High Street

02 4722 8608

www.highstreetmusic.com.au

PORT MACQUARIE

Coastal Music

5/ 148 Lake Road

02 6581 3016

www.coastalmusic.com.au

SURRY HILLS

Allans Music + Billy Hyde Drumcraft

100 Commonwealth Street

02 9211 1700

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

SYDNEY

Allans Music + Billy Hyde

222 Clarence Street

02 9269 9600

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

SYDNEY

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228 Pitt Street

02 9283 7711

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TAREE

Bass ‘n’ Blues Mega Store

Shop 10/20 Albert Street

02 6551 5067

www.bassnbluesmusic.com.au

TAREN POINT

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1 Koonya Circuit

02 9589 7100

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Turramurra Music

1267 Pacific Highway

02 9449 8487

www.turramusic.com.au

TWEED HEADS

Revolution Music

121 Wharf Street

07 5536 4093

www.revolutionmusic.com.au

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Allison Music

114 Baylis Street

02 6921 2696

www.allisonmusic.com.au

WAGGA WAGGA

Allans Music + Billy Hyde

114 Baylis Street

02 6921 2696

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

WILLOUGHBY

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65 Penshurst Street

02 9967 3777

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

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390 Crown Street

02 4228 9286

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YOUNG

M & M’s Music & HiFi

Shop 2, 50 - 66 Boorowa Street

02 6382 2836

www.mmmusicstudio.com.au

FYSHWICK

Pro Audio Supplies

87-89 Gladstone Street

02 6249 7766

www.proaudio.com.au

PHILLIP

Better Music

29 - 31 Colbee Court

02 6282 3199

www.bettermusic.com.au

PHILLIP

DW Music

27 Altree Court

02 6260 5626

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THE NOMADICS

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COMING SOON THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER

MATT ANDERSEN (CANADA) + Claude Hay

Friday 16 December Are you experienced- Jimi Hendrix Tribute Mental As Anything Sunday 18 December

FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER

JOHNNY G AND THE E TYPES + The Memphis Soul Revue SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER

CLASSIC ROCK SHOW (EAGLES, DOOBIE BROTHERS & BEST OF WEST COAST ROCK) - Featuring: Barry Leef Band

SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER

BOATS OF BERLIN + In Measures + Snowale

The Louisiana Roadshow Wednesday 21 December Rose Of York Thursday 22 December Abby Dobson Friday 23 December King Tide Saturday 24 December King Tide Friday 30 December

FRANK FAIRFIELD (USA) + The Singing Skies + SpookyLand (Solo)

Saturday 31 December Ray Beadle Thursday 5 January

ENGLISH AND THE DOC + The Blondettes (Kimba & Sharnee)

THURS 8 7PM

Friday 6 January Steve Flack’s Guitar Heroes Camille and Stuie Monday 9 January Joe Robinson

“ELLIPHANT”

PROG ROCK SHOW WITH SUPPORT FROM “GODSWOUNDS” , “HINTERLANDT” , “MAROSI DI BURIANA” AND GUESTS

NEW SOUND SHOWCASE

FEAT: “SOUND THEORY” WITH SUPPORT FROM “IBIS NIXON AND THE COWBOY ZEALOTS” , “STRAY PIXELS” , “LITTLE VOICE” , “THE JEFF CHINKY FAN CLUB”

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FOLK ROCK SHOW WITH SUPPORT FROM “WENZEL”, “HUNTER ADAMS” AND “LIMITED HEADSPACE”

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FEAT: “DECONSTRUCTIVIST” , “THE TORMENTOR” , “DANEJER” , “CALMITY HAWKINS” , “FREAKSHOW THE CLOWN” DJ’S AND MANY MORE

Hawksley Workman SUN 11 12PM SUN 11 4PM

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VIBRATIONS AT VALVE

LAUNCH OF BAND COMPETITION FEAT: “THE CORRIDORS” , “SLAM DANCE” , “MASTA GRAVITY” , “THE MANKOOS” , “SINNISTER VALLEY” , “WHERE’S RACHEL”

Friday 13 January Rumjacks

THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER

WED 7 7PM

Johnny Cash Tribute

Saturday 7 January

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Saturday 14 January Emma Pask Sunday 15 January Tom Ugly

COMING UP: Tue 13 Dec: Australian Singer Songwriters Association Christmas Party/Showcase: Wed 14 Dec: Punk Rock Show with “Luke Hoskins Inexperience”, “Intel Outside”, “Elephant”, “Jess Locke”; Thu 15 Dec: Rock Show feat: “Briscoe”, “Heart Attack Machines” and guests ; Fri 16 Dec: Grindhead presents Christmas Show feat: “Mish”, “NKTWR”, “Rock’n’Roll Weapon”, “Damarill”, “Not Like Horse” ; Sat 17 Dec: 2pm-12am Rock/Funk/Soul Show feat 10 band Christmas parade; Sun 11 Dec: 12pm: Vibrations Band Competition feat: “3rd Axle” , “When Thoughts Fail”, “Rubix”, “City Of Ghosts”, “Angharad Yeo”, “Lines Of Charlie”; 5pm: Indie Rock Show with “Midnightman”, “The Stringsmith’s” , “Psyberia” , “Kirrakamere” For band bookings please email valvebar@gmail.com

Bistro open Lunch and Dinner !!

TUESDAY 6TH DECEMBER

Noah Taylor and the Sloppy Boys Launch the album ‘Live Free or Die’

THUR 8TH DECEMBER

Geoff Achison’s ‘Classically Blue’ With Violinist Adrian K

FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER

Penny and The Mystics + Tess Hathaway

SAT 10TH DECEMBER

Paradise Motel + The Aerial Maps

THU 15TH DECEMBER

Jo Meares and The Honeyriders + Charles Jenkins + A Casual End Mile

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Fri 16/12 Bob Evans + Adalita Sat 17/12 A Memphis Soul Xmas – Johnny G & The E Types Fri 23/12 9th Annual Cabaret Showcase Grand Final Thu 29/12 Sean Wayland + guests Sat 31/12 NEW YEARS’S EVE With Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band + Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson & A special menu and free bubbly! ……tix selling fast! Fri 6/01 Hawksley Workman (Can) + 49 Goodbyes + Leroy Lee Sat 14/01 Alfredo Malabello Tues 17/01 Peggy Seeger (US/UK) Only Sydney Show! ….tix selling fast! Sat 20/01 Tim Edey (Ire) & Brendan Power (UK/US) + Jim Conway’s Little Wheel Sat 11/02 First Ladies Of Soul


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This was Reno’s original band from the early 80’s in the independent scene and they do a special brand of garage rock and cool covers by the likes of Dave Edmonds, Nick Low, Dr Feelgood, Flaming Groovy’s and their own chart busting originals. With special guest guitarist Jed Corben from the Lime Spiders

FRI 23RD DEC

Michael Wheatley has been a mainstay in Sydney’s live funk and dance scene. With his favorite line up trio of Josh Wermut on bass, Ben Isackson on drums and himself (Michael) on vocals and keys, they have an original flavour that leans toward the funky, rootsy and soulful sounds and he has captivated audiences in many venues including The Basement, Opera Bar and various festivals. He has appeared live with a huge array of amazing artists either accompanying them or as the support act including Jimmy Barnes, Shauna Jensen, Jack McCord, Jackie Orszacsky, Gabby Millgate, to name but a few.

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SPURS FOR JESUS SPURS FOR JESUS have been kickin up dust around town since 1994, they’ve shared a stage with numerous kindred-spirits. They’re a little bit country, a little bit rock’n’roll & spiced with a few surprise flavours such as Rockabilly, Gospel, Swing, Tex-Mex, Pop, Murder Ballads & even a dose Spaghetti Western in the mix. Nevertheless, the invitation is extended to all & sundry to saddle up & wallow in a fistful of tunes guaranteed to put a tear in your beer.


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The church are currently touring three of their most cherished albums, one each from the ‘80s, ‘90s and noughties. They’ll perform Starfish, Aura=Priest and Untitled #23 in their entirety at the Enmore Theatre Saturday 17 December. We have five double passes to the show to give away. For more giveaways this week head to facebook. com/drummedia and click on the giveaways tab.

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Racecourse, who has just announced the second lot of artists performing, among them New Order, Friendly Fires, Mark Ronson & Zane Lowe and Professor Green, who join the already announced Fat Boy Slim, The Wombats and too many more to mention here.

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ROSIE AND HAUGY RETIRE FROM TRIPLE J Two veteran triple j hosts Rosie Beaton and Andrew Haug have left the station in a presenter shake-up. Super Request host Beaton has been hosting the staple show since 2001 and held other roles prior to that, while Haug has hosted specialist metal program The Racket for a decade (a role that, for a period, included him writing a weekly column for this paper). Announced through personal social media accounts, Beaton wrote, “I am stepping down as host of super request - thanks for all the love”. Haug wrote, “This show has never been about me, I’m just the lucky messenger spreading the word... And I’ll continue to do so. I salute you! ‘Til then stay metal, see you in the crowd!” Former triple j presenter Scott Dooley Tweeted, “Big ups to Rosie Beaton and everyone at @triplejsr for over a decade of talking to stoned blokes asking for Tool.” In an official statement Beaton added, “I think the success of Super Request is thanks to the amazing music lovers who requested songs over the years. I’ve always made the show about the listeners - their stories and requests – and I really enjoy the daily interaction and programming.” Station Manager Chris Scaddan said, “We’re sad but proud to farewell two genuine triple j icons. Both presenters have made an invaluable contribution to triple j in their time at the station. Haugy has served the metal masses with incredible enthusiasm over the years and he has set a high standard for future Racket hosts. Rosie Beaton has been a loyal radio friend to so many and helped tens of

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thousands of people get their favourite song on the airwaves every weeknight. Their final shows are set to be a huge radio party.” The statement said that Beaton will return after a break next year, but it was not clear to what part of the ABC she will be returning. New hosts for both shows will be announced January next year. There will be a Super Request Super Farewell show Friday at the Manning Bar, while Haugy’s last show will be Tuesday 6. As of Friday 9 all regular presenters will taking summer breaks, returning Monday 9 January. In other ABC news, Managing Director Mark Scott has expressed his frustration at the commercial networks’ slow response to embrace online catch-up services like ABC’s iview and SBS On Demand. Speaking at the Walkley conference last week he said, “I think it’s disappointing that to date, Australian free-to-air television networks have not been able to work together to create a local version of Hulu – a place where so much of what is on television is available for catch-up and personalised programming where it is available. With free–to–air currently holding a market share of more than 80 per cent of primetime TV viewing – and with the example of iview – this could have been a blockbuster in terms of positioning for a fast broadband world... And it would have been a great defensive play for when a Hulu actually lands here to offer seamless broadband viewing with fresh and archival global content. And defensive against the deep-pocketed ambitions of a Foxtel, backed by Telstra and a few other significant household names in Australia’s media.” He also announced that iview will be launching an iPhone app to accompany the iPad one “this summer”.

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decided before listeners call in. In an opinion piece for Mumbrella that examined the reasons behind high presenter turnover, Davis said, “Each night I would urge the show’s young fanbase to ‘call now and vote for your favourite song’. Of course the playlist was determined at 4pm that afternoon.” He added “I didn’t feel I would ever go anywhere in the organisation, I was uncomfortable with my on-air partnership and I couldn’t take the repetition of turning up for work every day to deceive an audience who were barely listening in the first place… My musical tastes and credibility were being corrupted.” Davis left Nova in 2008, who did not return The Front Line’s call for comment.

FRESKY INKED Golden Guitar nominee Harmony James has signed with Warner Music Australia ahead of the release of her second album. From the emerging to the legends, John Williamson has also moved to Warner. Shock Records also had a busy week, signing Townsville’s Kate Martin and Melbourne’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, while their new artist development imprint Permanent Records picked up its first name, Steve Smyth. Sydney-via-London production duo The Slips have signed to EMI Music. Soundwave’s 3Wise Records have picked up UK punk rock outfit The Smoking Hearts. Electric Guest have signed with Dew Process. Also, Melbourne rapper 360 has signed with Crucial Music, with the management company beginning representation immediately.

ARIAS GIVE SALES BOOST There seems to still be a sale bump effect for ARIA Awards exposure after Boy & Bear, who won five this year, saw their album, Moonfire, jump from 45 to 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Gotye also had a bit of a turnaround, with Making Mirrors landing at 12 from 16 last week. Moonfire went to the top of the Digital Albums Chart, where locals continue to have better success. Snakadaktal debuted there at 26 with their EP.

HOMEBAKE CURATOR’S FILM ACCEPTED TO SUNDANCE Kieran Darcy-Smith, who along with his company Blue Tongue films have curated the film element of Homebake for ten years, has had his directorial debut, Wish You Were Here, accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. Part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, it will be the world premiere of the film. In a statement Darcy-Smith said, “To have been given the opportunity to make the film in the first place was an immeasurable gift – and it has been, quite truthfully, a wild and wonderful ride from start to finish.”

GOTYE WINS J AWARD Continuing a stellar year of sales and acclaim, Gotye’s Making Mirrors won triple j’s Australian album of the year award, the J Award last week. Presented at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory and broadcast live, Ball Park Music won the Unearthed Artist Of The Year and Music Video Of The Year was the Emma Tomelty-directed Speak Of The Devil for Hermitude.

DEF FX CONFIRMED TO REFORM Def FX frontwoman Fiona Horne has confirmed to daily newsletter Your Daily SPA that the band will be reforming and touring next year with a ‘greatest hits’ set. Although details were not yet finalised – and the lineup is not yet known – she told Your Daily SPA, “I can say it is a nostalgia tour – we are playing all the old faves – no reinventing the wheel or new songs, just sticking to the best ofs!” She added, “On our Facebook fanpage people have been putting up pictures of original setlists and other memorabilia and we are choosing the songs to play from requests posted there from our fans… I am even getting some of my original outfits out of storage to wear.” She insisted that they’ll be touring big venues in major cities with “great” supports.

ARTIST VOICE TO TAP ASIA Booking agency Artist Voice have announced a deal with Hong Kong’s Untitled Entertainment as part of an Asian expansion which will see them add offices in Hong Kong and Singapore to existing Auckland and

Sydney bases. In a press release, Artist Voice said the move will extend the agency’s reach “at a time when the live music scene in Asia is the fastest-growing live music market in the world. This is also the first time an Australian music agency has launched into the Asia market and Artist Voice are proud to be the pioneer in this exciting and buoyant music region.” Artist Voice CEO Brett Murrihy said, “It is amazing to be collaborating with a partner with such strong experience in the Asian territory with a wide range of relationships in many of the key markets in the region.”

NEW SYDNEY VENUE BLUE BEAT Looking to launch officially next year, new late-night Blue Beat has been set up by The Basement veteran Chris Richards and Bar Broadway/The Marquee’s Nick Rice. The Double Bay venue has a capacity of 440 in a number of configurations, with upcoming gigs from Jimmy Vargas & The Black Dahlia, James Morrison and UK’s Eddi Reader amongst others. Production-wise, the sound gear has been customised for the room and a Steinway grand piano and restored Hammond organ are permanently available. The website bluebeat.com.au is currently being developed.

JABBA TAKES AIM AT COMMERCIAL RADIO Former commercial radio host Jason ‘Jabba’ Davis has taken a swing at commercial radio this week, claiming that radio playlists for request and chart shows are

HUMAN CENTIPEDE BANNED UPON REVIEW Controversial film The Human Centipede 2 was refused classification upon review. Already shown in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne it had originally been granted an R18+ rating but under review, likely due to complaint, on Tuesday last week it was rejected. The film’s distributors Monster Pictures blasted the decision and spokesperson Neil Foley said that the company “rejects the notion that three middleclass women – two lawyers and a family therapist – who supposedly ‘broadly represent the Australian community’, have the ability or credentials to read or understand a film such as The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence.” The classifications board could not comment to The Front Line late last week due to the branch’s Christmas party, which was involving all staff. Foley said, “We presented a great deal of evidence… to support our notion that this film was produced with significant artistic credentials and with its contentious elements justified within the context of story and genre. Unfortunately this was rejected by the Classification Review Board.” In the official media release from the Classification Review Board, they say the review was held “in response to an application from the Minister For Justice, the Hon Brendan O’Connor”.

CUT COPY, NICK CAVE IN GRAMMY NOMS Cut Copy have been nominations for Best Dance/Electronica Album for next year’s Grammy Awards, with their album Zonoscope set to go up against Deadmau5, David Guetta, Robyn and Skrillex. Nick Cave was also included in the nominations, thanks to the soundtrack True Blood: Volume 3. Cave features on the album duetting with Neko Case on Zombies cover, She’s Not There, which was commissioned for the release. Sneaky Sound System’s Connie Mitchell also features on Jay-Z/Kanye West’s Watch The Throne album, where she sings backing vocals on That’s My Bitch. It’s up for Best Recording Package and Best Rap Performance. The awards will be held 12 February in Los Angeles.

SLAM DAY GOES BEYOND VENUES The first ever National SLAM Day has been announced, with organisers now accepting expressions of interest for the awareness campaign. To be held on the anniversary of Melbourne’s SLAM Rally, which saw thousands of people take to the street to protest liquor licensing laws that resulted in the temporary closure of The Tote, SLAM co-founder Helen Marcou told The Front Line the day wouldn’t just be about venues. “We’ve had so much interest and people willing to help out. It’s not just about venues, it’s really an awareness campaign for the community to appreciate grass-roots live music... local musicians

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At last, the hereto toothless Garrett finally stood on his hind legs and defied the Gillard line on selling uranium to India, as he once did before the folly of attempting to “change the ALP from within”.

Of course, no one listened to Garrett or anyone else disagreeing with the uranium for India policy.

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We’re officially in summer now, so we’ve officially kicked off our summer festival season with Homebake. Tops day, with both the new kids and old hands showing what depth and breadth of local talent we have here.

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in local venues… Since the SLAM Rally we’ve made a lot of inroads into communication with the government,” but she admitted “there hasn’t been any answers... [there’s] no protection or management of residential expectations around them.” Encouraging venues and individuals to host local gigs Thursday 23 February, you can register at slamrally.org.

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SUMMER FESTIVALS ARE GO (THE FALSE START)

You might not have thought it was summer at Homebake what with the chill wind that was circling. The tally of the number of jackets and jumpers sighted would have made more sense at a midwinter festival. Thankfully it didn’t dampen spirits at all.


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TOUR NEWS

OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ The Festival Of The Sun, happening Friday and Saturday up at Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park in Port Macquarie, has completely sold out, as has Shore Thing NYE at Bondi Beach, plus the Foster The People BDO sideshow at the Enmore Theatre. Adelaide’s Coerce open for Mars Volta alumnus, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, with that band’s rhythm section, as well as LA-based Mexicans Le Butcherettes in the Manning Bar Saturday night.

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Singer/songwriter Adam Cohen will be heading our way to play a series of intimate shows in Australia next March. The son of legendary poet-balladeer Leonard Cohen, this will be his first tour in our country and the first chance for fans to witness Cohen as he lives up to his famous family legacy. He will play The Basement in Circular Quay on Wednesday 14 March, with support from Gossling.

Over here in January for the 2012 BDO, the Sydney sideshow by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Monday 23 at the Enmore Theatre has completely sold out and no further Sydney sideshows will be added. Friday 6 January, Canadian singer songwriter David Myles, whose latest album, Into The Sun, was released last Friday, comes to the Basement, then heads to the Brass Monkey Saturday 7 and the Vault in Windsor Sunday 8. Veteran American folk artist and activist Peggy Seeger returns to Australia in January with shows at the Gallipoli Club in Newcastle Saturday 7, the Clarendon Guesthouse in Katoomba Sunday 8, the Merry Muse Folk Club Canberra Thursday 12, the Illawarra Folk Festival Friday 13 through Sunday 15, and Notes in Enmore Tuesday 17. Melbourne power trio Contrive have been invited to open for Cavalera Conspiracy Friday 27 January in the ANU Bar Canberra and Saturday 28 at the Metro Theatre. Coming to Australia as part of Soundwave 2012 and playing the Sydney Showground Sunday 26 February, UK band The Smoking Hearts are releasing their second album, Victory!, just over a week before, on Friday 17.

Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle returns to Australia for the first time since 2004. The man responsible for such melancholic classic as The Crystal Lake, Hewlett’s Daughter and Now It’s On, has kept a low profile in recent years, but he’ll be taking the spotlight once more on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February at The Vanguard.

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AUSTRALIA AT THE ROCKS

Festival of the Voice is a free festival taking place in the laneways of The Rocks on Australia Day. With three open air stages, market stalls and mini-discos afoot, there’ll be plenty to do and see on the day, with the music lineup including Melbourne urban-roots outfit Blue King Brown, Indigenous performers Archie Roach and Busby Marou, indie pop from Ernest Ellis and the jazzed-up notes of The Harry James Angus Band, along with much more. The event will run from 11.30am to 8.30pm on Thursday 26 January.

Melissa Etheridge has announced a second Sydney Opera House concert for Thursday 12 July.

NSW South Coast singer/songwriter Steve Smyth, currently on tour with Howling Bells, who play the ANU Bar Canberra Thursday, Level One Leagues Club Newcastle Friday, the Standard Saturday and the Patch in Wollongong Sunday, releases his debut album, Release, Friday 27 January. Brisbane four-piece Tape/Off introduce themselves to Sydneysiders at the Annandale Thursday 15 December and The Cambridge in Newcastle Friday 16, showcasing their new EP, …And Sometimes Gladness, and opening for Kellie Lloyd of Screamfeeder and Sounds Like Sunset.

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Katie Noonan’s jazz trio of 14 years, Elixir will be heading around town in support of their second record, First Seed Ripening, released earlier this year and debuting at #1 on the ARIA Jazz charts. The group will be hitting Lizotte’s Kincumber on Thursday 2 February, Lizotte’s Dee Why Friday 3, Lizotte’s Newcastle Saturday 4, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Thursday 1 March, Ravensthorpe Guesthouse & Restaurant on Thursday 19 April and finally Saturday 21 at The Basement in Circular Quay. They also make an appearance at the National Folk Festival over Easter.

ONE SUMMER LOVE

Summer 2012 is upon us and it’s time to pump a new soundtrack. International electro pop producer and DJ Benny Bennassi, along with Helena and Acid Jack have created three discs of the freshest club and crossover mixes called Sonic Boom Box. The compilation features tracks from Avicii, Calvin Harris, Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso and more. In celebration, DJs Helena and Acid Jack will play a show at Soho on Saturday 14 January.

Taking the opportunity to launch their first live album, Alive, a cut-down version of the Brisbane collective, The Gin Club Trio, will be playing the Hong Kong Rock Club, upstairs at the Annandale Tuesday 20 December with No Through Road’s Matt Banham and The Maladies.

DIDN’T YOU EVER LEARN MANNERS English ska legends Bad Manners will be hitting our city this summer, fresh from a European tour. Larger than life frontman Buster Bloodvessel and his band will be bringing their exciting and lively shows with hits such as My Girl Lollipop and Walking On Sunshine to town at The Metro Thursday 5 January.

BACK IN THE GAME

It’s been over three years since rock group Antiskeptic called it quits, after a ten-year career that saw them play 1000 shows worldwide. Now the much-loved Melbourne band are returning to the scene, bringing their optimistic alternative music to the stage in their Back In The Game tour. The band will play The Lair at The Metro on Saturday 25 February, with special guests Move To Strike.

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WA punk rockers The Decline will be stopping in our town during their national tour launching their latest album, Are You Gonna Eat That? The Decline have brought their punk-meets-social awareness songs to audiences whilst supporting everyone from Frenzal Rhomb to Unwritten Law. The band will play an all ages show at Popsgood Indoor Skate Park in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday 7, Cambridge Hotel on Wednesday 8 and Hot Damn on Thursday 9 February.

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As everyone begins to make their New Year’s Eve plans, the Ivy has thrown its hat in the ring with a huge lineup sure to impress any dance music fan. The night will be headlined by infamous DJ Erick Morillo, with Dimitri From Paris, Ian Carey, Timmy Trumpet, Mo Funk, Alley Oop and more. First release tickets have already sold out.

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WAKE UP

The Stillsons are kicking off the new year with a summer tour, visiting regional towns on the east coast with their second album, Earnest, released earlier this year. The band will play The Wickham Park Hotel on Sunday 8 January, Lizotte’s Newcastle on Wednesday 11 and Sunday 29 at The Grand Junction Hotel.

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Since winning Australia’s Got Talent at the age of 16, Joe Robinson has recorded two albums. He’s cut his third in Nashville and Detroit. Named Best New Talent by Guitar Player Magazine USA, Robinson will be playing songs from that album, Let Me Introduce You, out on Friday 20 January, with a new live lineup in an East Coast tour. Thursday 5 January he’s at Lizotte’s Newcastle, Friday 6 at The Vault, Saturday 7 at The Basement Circular Quay, Sunday 8 at Lizotte’s Kincumber and Monday 9 at the Brass Monkey.

One of the world’s biggest festival headliners, Laidback Luke will be performing in a rare club show on Australia Day eve. The Dutch dynamo behind hits such as Natural Disaster, Show Me Love and Turbulence, he’s considered one of the most in demand DJs in the world. A limited number of special price tickets are available in first release for the show, which takes place on Wednesday 25 January at Ivy.

Sydney native Andy Clockwise will finally be returning to Australia after spending the year in the US promoting his record, The Socialite. Having performed at SXSW with Cloud Control and The Jezabels and teaming up with fellow Aussies INXS for a show in Las Vegas, Clockwise returns to play songs old and new in three shows in Sydney. The mini-tour kicks off at Rock Lily at The Star Casino on Friday, followed by Kings Cross Hotel on Sunday 15 December and Upstairs Beresford with The Checks on Tuesday 17.

Sydney metal band Recoil v.o.r have been picked to support California’s (Hed)p.e. on their forthcoming east coast Australian tour, which takes over the Manning Bar Friday 3 February.

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Jo Meares & The Honeyriders will play their one and only full band show in Sydney for this year at Notes on Thursday 15 December. Meares’ songs of love, hate, heartbreak and horror are accompanied by a violin and guitar-driven show, which will be complimented by a rare appearance from Melbourne-based Charles Jenkins in support.

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Before heading off to Japan for their second tour there for the year, The Spitfires are launching the debut single, Smile, the title track of their forthcoming album, at the Lansdowne Friday 16 December.

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Laura and sleepmakeswaves have been invited to open for Japanese four-piece Boris at the Metro Thursday 22 March.

It’ll be seven years since they released their last album, but Dirty Three finally break the drought with a new album due February that they’re following up with a national tour that sees them perform for the first time in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House Wednesday 21 March.

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One of the world’s most iconic bands, hitmakers Duran Duran will return to Australian shores in support of their Mark Ronson-produced album, All You Need Is Now. Featuring everyone from Kelis to Owen Pallet, the latest record saw the band harking back to their days of classic synth pop and there’ll be plenty of that on show when they hit town. Simon Le Bon and co. will be at Sydney Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 27 March and Tempus Two Winery in the Hunter Valley on Saturday 31. Tickets on sale Thursday 15 December.

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Comafest 2012 is planning to be a day to remember, bringing the instrumental legends Karma To Burn to Australia for the first time. Forming in 1997 and described as one of the most powerful instrumental trios in rock, their latest album, V, has been enjoying critical acclaim. The band will play as part of Comafest at the Sandringham Hotel on Saturday 2 January and at the Patch in Wollongong on Friday 27.

LUXURY ON NYE

The Luminale Supperclub is presenting an eclectic entertainment lineup featuring some of Australia’s most well-known and award-winning performers under the Sydney Opera House roof this New Year’s Eve. Actor, singer and all-round entertainment powerhouse Paul Capsis will curate the evening’s entertainment that features renowned rock’n’roll chanteuse and cabaret star Christa Hughes, opera superstar Dimity Shepherd and musical theatre star Michael McCormick. At the stroke of midnight Marcia Hines will transform the cabaret lounge into a midnight discotheque.

TROY BRINGS THE COUNTRY

Nationally loved country musician Troy CassarDaley is embarking on a mammoth tour that takes in national capitals and regional areas, and he’ll be sure to perform his new single, Country Is, lifted from his forthcoming eighth studio album, Home. Cassar-Daley will be performing at Lizotte’s Dee Why on Friday 2 March, Lizotte’s Newcastle on Saturday 3 and Lizotte’s Kincumber on Sunday 4.


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deSiGn oUr CoVer And win BiG

Our Big Day Art competition is back. all you have to do is send us your impression of an artist on the current Big day Out schedule and upload your entry in the Festivals section of themusic.com.au (then click onto Big day art page). the competition is now open and entries close Friday 6 January. the prize? Not only will your entry appear on the front cover of The Drum Media, but the lucky winner will also win a pass to the Big day Out plus Cds by Big day Out artists. But it gets Bigger and artier than that! to celebrate the BdO festival’s twentieth anniversary, we are also giving the winner exclusive prints of heritage BdO poster art. Feel free to take influence from the handicraft theme BdO are using for this year’s festival artwork – as long as it’s uploadable: a Kanye doily design, Frenzal rhomb string art, a sock monkey Noel Gallagher… and, of course, our editorial and art team will select an entry to grace our annual Big day art cover. here’s a pic of the last winner to give an idea of what to aim for.

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For the last few years, one-man band Lewis Floyd Henry has performed on street corners around London, armed with a pram carrying a battery-operated amplifier and a custom-made drum kit, bashing out covers of Jimi hendrix, t-rex, the Stooges and more. in addition to his covers, Lewis is also an accomplished solo artist and returns to australia this summer for Falls Festival and Sydney Festival. he will also be playing a sideshow at the Vanguard on Friday 6 January, with support from The Dad Horse Experience, Made For Chickens By Robots, Kirk Special and Blackbear.

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hope Out West Festival has announced their 2012 lineup, following on from a successful debut earlier this year. interstate and international bands get a look in this time including Tonight Alive, Confession, Dream On, Dreamer, 50 Lions, The Mission In Motion, Hand Of Mercy, Shinto Katana, Northlane, The Bride, For All Eternity, Backtrack (USA), The Storm Picturesque, Built On Secrets, Feed Her To The Sharks and many more. the festival will be held in Bathurst again next year.

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and folklore in creative ways such as mixing throat singing with rock instruments and dressing like men of the steppes even though they live in a churning metropolis. the band’s third visit will include performing at Woodford and Peats ridge Festivals, with headlines shows at the Basement Circular Quay on tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 January and thursday 5 at Lizotte’s Kincumber.

acclaimed Full Collapse, alongside a selection of tracks from their 13-year career as a band. Supporting the band on both dates will be fellow Soundwavers Saves The Day and Circa Survive. the show, which is all ages, takes place monday 27 February at the metro.

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Johnny Clegg is one of South africa’s most celebrated sons. a singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist, his infectious crossover music is a vibrant blend of Western pop and african Zulu rhythms. already coming to our shores to play WOmadelaide, he’ll now be stopping in Sydney for a show at the enmore theatre on thursday 15 march.

Fresh out of the Japanese ghetto-funk scene, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (try saying that ten times fast), are making a triumphant return to australia with their second album of modern classic soul and groove, Uhuru Peak, which will be released early January 2012. the band will be playing at Sydney Festival, Peats ridge Festival and Woodford Folk Festival, with a few stops along the way, including thursday 5 at Great Northern hotel Newcastle, thursday 12 at Clarendon Guesthouse, Friday 13 at Kantara house and Saturday 14 at heritage hotel.

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due to popular demand, mercury Prize-nominated uK dance act Metronomy will be playing an exclusive Sydney sideshow to coincide with their Field day visit. mixing languid funk with irresistible melodies, the band will bring their third record, The English Riviera, to manning Bar on thursday 5 January, with support from melbourne’s Oscar + Martin.

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Singer, songwriter, actor, author, political activist, producer – Steve Earle has quite a few names attached to him, and he’s considered to be one of the world’s greatest troubadours. it’s been three albums and three Grammy awards since we last saw him touring australia and the master storyteller returns to play a few shows around town. See earle on Wednesday 4 april at Lizotte’s Newcastle, Sunday 8 at Factory theatre and Chatswood Concourse on monday 9.

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GrooVin’ AGAin

it seems like only yesterday that Groovin’ the moo thrilled over 75,000 music lovers across the country in five shows jammed with international and local acts that pleased every musical tastebud. in good news for lovers of the festival, Gtm will return to maitland Showground on Saturday 12 may and university of Canberra on Sunday 13 next year.

PeATS ridGe needS YoU

the Children’s Festival returns to Peats ridge this year, with the rainbow Garden providing a labyrinth of trees, open mic and dJ sets with Joel Smith and headlining are the ever fabulous Amazing Drumming Monkeys, featuring furry friends Bongo & Congo banging away on african drums in a puppetry display of song, dance and magic tricks. Of course, none of this is possible without the help of volunteers and Peats ridge are in need of just that. the festival is looking for dedicated volunteers to join their team in a variety of roles. a great opportunity for people looking to kick start a career in promotion, you get a free ticket to the festival for your hard work. roles include being part of the packdown crew post-festival, being involved in designing the feel of the festival in the decor crew, the green team, the set-up and construction crews and the hospitality crew, which requires everyone from kitchen hands to dish pigs. Check out the Peats ridge website for more info on requirements and how to apply.

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ViBrAnT PoP

having recently announced that they will be going on hiatus following their Soundwave touring commitments in 2012, post hardcore stalwarts Thursday will be playing a Sydney sideshow to say goodbye for now more intimately. this could very well be one of the last opportunities to catch the band live. at both shows thursday will be playing their most recent album, the

the Kanye West news just keeps getting bigger and better. already headlining the massive summer festival that is Big day Out, the prolific rapper and part-time fashion designer recently announced a headline show in Sydney. Now it’s been announced that his support act will be local band Sneaky Sound System, riding high on their third album, From Here To Anywhere. You can catch them both at Sydney entertainment Centre on Friday 27 January.

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it’s been ten years since the mask-wearing, percussionheavy, metal-toting Slipknot took the world by storm with the follow-up to their self-titled debut, Iowa. When they went on hiatus in 2009 (their third as a band) it seemed like it may be the end but 2010 saw Slipknot bringing their chaotic live show back to the stage. a headliner for Soundwave, the band has announced a Sidewave at Sydney entertainment Centre, playing on monday 27 February.

THiS iS JiM wArd

Jim Ward, founding member of seminal post-hardcore band at the drive-in and lead guitarist/vocalist of Sparta, has announced melbourne’s The Smith Street Band as supports for his intimate show at the Sandringham hotel on Friday 6 January. he will also be appearing at the Peats ridge and Pyramid rock festivals.

MoUnTAin lAdieS

Vermont band Mountain Man will support Feist in her Sydney Laneway Festival sideshows this February. the deceptively titled all female trio offer gimmick-free folk music with a distinct american tinge. they will open Feist’s Sydney show on tuesday 7 February at enmore theatre.

Blood, SweAT And Beer

into their sixth incarnation, Blood, Sweat & Beers #6 will take over the annandale with an awesome variety of local and national music to get your blood pumping and beer flying out of your hand. Wagons will be heading up the day, along with I Exist, Luca Brasi, Isaac Graham, Paper Arms, Harmony, Glitter Canyon, Army Of Champions, Stolen Youth, Frank Rizzo, La Mancha Negra and Milhouse. the festival takes place on Saturday 4 February.

A new feSTiVAl order

Future music Festival is quickly becoming the not to be missed summer event, with a second announcement featuring the newly reformed New Order. Other bands that will tour the nation as part of the festival are mercury Prize-nominated funksters Friendly Fires, hip hop act Gym Class Heroes, uK grime rapper Professor Green, Knife Party and 2011 FmF faves Mark Ronson and Zane Lowe teaming up to unveil their super secret new collaboration. Other acts announced include Dubfire, John O’Callaghan, Oliver Huntemann, Flux Pavilion, Orjan Nilsen, Porter Robinson, Kill The Noise, TyDi, Ruby Rose and Timmy Trumpet. they join already announced stars like Swedish house mafia, Fatboy Slim and aphex twin performing at royal randwick racecourse on Saturday 10 march.

BlUeSfeST BonAnZA

the Bluesfest sideshow bonanza continues in spectacular fashion with shows announced for the Who’s Roger Daltrey, Yes, Earth Wind & Fire and Lucinda Williams. roger daltrey, the iconic lead singer of the Who, will perform the Who’s legendary rock opera, Tommy, from start to finish, a feat never attempted nor achieved by the band originally. Fans can witness it at the enmore theatre in Sydney on tuesday 12 april and Canberra’s royal theatre on Sunday 15. Prog rock heroes Yes return for the first time since 2005, with a special theatre show to go alongside their Bluesfest performance. the Grammy award-winning band will be playing at the State theatre on Friday 13. One of pop’s unsung heroes, the influential funk/jazz/ disco group earth Wind & Fire will be bringing their boogie wonderland of soul and r’n’b to the hordern Pavilion on thursday 5. With a recording career that is now in its fourth decade, Lucinda Williams continues to receive rave reviews worldwide for her music and live performances. the Louisiana bred singer/ songwriter has a natural affinity for roots music that has been honed over her extensive career. Williams will play a show at the State theatre on tuesday 3.

All ABoArd THe MUSiC TrAin

illawarra Folk Festival has partnered with Cityrail to bring festival fans south by Green music trains, with commuters being entertained by some of the festival stars as the train travels down the South Coast Line. musicians who will be performing on the trains include american husband and wife act Rick & Donna Nestler, and the Gypsy/Balkan stylings of The Con Artists. Check out the festival website for the full program and train times.

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DRIVING INLAND

Passenger, the brainchild of Mike Rosenberg, heads out on his first-ever regional run through New South Wales ahead of his new album in February next year. Known for his lilting lyricism and jocular jaunts, he’s playing a slew of shows in January, beginning with Wednesday 11 at The Clarendon, Thursday 12 at Lizotte’s Kincumber, Friday 13 at Lizotte’s Newcastle, Saturday 14 at Lizotte’s Dee Why and Sunday 15 at Yours & Owls Wollongong. Supports during the tour will be Tim Hart of Boy & Bear and Stu Larsen.

ASH GRUNWALD

GOING IT SOLO AGAIN

Gearing up for the release of his impending new album, Ash Grunwald has some never before heard tunes in store for audiences at a few special shows. Grunwald will be playing at Lizotte’s Newcastle on Wednesday 28 December and Lizotte’s Dee Why on Thursday 29. This is the last chance fans will have to catch Grunwald’s special live shows in local venues before he heads off to Europe and Canada.

LEGENDS OF PROG

For the first time ever, Scott Kelly of Neurosis and his beloved friend John Baizley of Baroness will be banding together and hitting the road in a join tour. Known as legendary pioneers of all things progressive, metal and doom, Kelly will be making his mark with nothing other than an acoustic guitar and songbook in hand, and Baizley will be privy to solo material that has no physical manifestation, making it a special show indeed. The pair will be playing Manning Bar on Saturday 11 February.

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Marlow are wrapping up the year with a flurry of hometown shows to send off their current single, I Can Breathe. The band will be headlining The Square on Saturday 17 December with The Wire and Mercury Sky. You can get a dose of Christmas with the band at the Burdekin Hotel when they play with Closure In Moscow on Friday 23.

IN BRIEF Out now courtesy a decision to fast track its release is the second album, At Your Inconvenience, from UK rapper Professor Green, whose Facebook army has just past the 1.3 million friends mark. Fronted by former WWE star Chris Jericho, American hard rockers Fozzy have released their first live album, Remains Alive, recorded at their 2005 Brisbane concert, digitally via Riot Entertainment. Now living in Berlin, Ray Mann has released the first of three EPs he plans to release over the next few months, Sketches #1, digitally. Meanwhile, having decided to remake themselves as a four-piece, in which form they’re currently recording their fourth album, the two-piece plus guests version of Faker are giving away the album they made together, Get Love, available from their website.

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Out today is the first single, Barkhammer, from the forthcoming album, Songs Of The Third And Fifth, from Adelaide stalwarts The Mark Of Cain. The self-titled debut album from the 2011 winner of The X Factor, Reece Mastin, hits stores Friday, while Melbourne-based singer, songwriter and pianist Monique diMattina has just released her solo album, Sun Signs. The four Detroit denizens who go by the collective sobriquet Visionquest are the next production collective to contribute to the Fabric compilation series, theirs, Fabric 61: Visionquest, dropping Monday 12 December. Canadian shred-metal crew Blessed By A Broken Heart release their new album, Feel The Power, Tuesday 24 January, while Australian folk icon John Williamson releases his next album, The Big Red, his 48th, Friday 27, as does the debut album, Release, from south coast New South Welshman Steve Smyth. Debuted at Cannes in May this year, the soundtrack created by Air for the classic 1902 14-minute black and white silent film, La Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon), by Georges Méliès, with a bonus DVD of the restored colourised film, will be released Friday 3 February, as is the first studio album, Old Ideas, from Leonard Cohen. Gemma Ray, currently touring the nation with Grinderman as well as playing Peats Ridge and the Vanguard in her own right, releases her new album, Island Fire, Friday 17 February.

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MAPPING YOUR OWN DREAMS

YOUR HAND IN MINE Explosions In The Sky are in the enviable position to create evocative, otherworldly music that creates a narrative that is both allencompassing and yet bound to the individual, with no one sharing the same experience. Such a strong instinctual notion inherent in their sound means that the band has touched others in a myriad of different, yet predominantly life-affirming ways. This means that the band hears about how their music has affected others in profound and often awe-inspiring ways, which never ceases to humble James.

TEXAN INSTRUMENTAL GODS EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY EVOKE POWERFULLY INTENSE SUITES OF SOUND WHOSE BEAUTY CAN IGNITE INTO CATHARTIC NOISE AT THE DROP OF A HAT. BUT AS MICHAEL JAMES TELLS DEVOUT ACOLYTE BRENDAN TELFORD, NOTHING IS LEFT TO CHANCE; EVERYTHING IS ON THE LINE; THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS GOODBYE.

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hilst the idea of instrumental rock is a beguiling one, it seems to be an incredibly difficult path to traverse if you want to create anything that can be deemed unique. The express individuality of the vocal chords can pitch a thousand similar-sounding acts into a thousand different directions. Yet there are many bands that have managed to forgo the vocalist and craft a musical plateau all of their own. Explosions In The Sky is one such band, wielding their brand of devastatingly beautiful sonic narratives for over a decade. The fourpiece is iconic in itself – three guitarists with a penchant for reverb-heavy intricacy and a drummer whose simple dynamism is the centrifugal force that keeps the cogs from flying off the wheel – yet the sound is untouchable, alternating between abject beauty and quaking fear, delicate layering and powerful, seismic shifts. These songs are spiritual, capable of stopping breath, or starting a heart. Their esteemed career has been understated due to the band’s quiet modesty, but the music speaks for itself, most recently culminating in their latest, the longwinded Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. Despite its repetitive nature, guitarist/bass player Michael James iterates that the title is indicative of the dual nature of saying goodbye. “We really liked the sentiment of the term ‘take care’. Especially in the US, it is used as a sort of goodbye, yet there is such an emotional component to any goodbye, you know, to say ‘take care’ to anyone is to bid goodbye for a while, or possible even forever; a definitive end to something. So the term seemed to fit with the sounds of the songs we were writing. Then we discovered that when you say the words over and over again, they seem to blend together into the term ‘caretake’, a term that is almost the inverse – a warmer, caring notion. That was such a sweet sentiment to us, the duality of it. It suited the music perfectly.” Rather than the album be a departure or a swansong, though, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care opens up new realms for the quartet to explore, with the most notable change being the track, Trembling Hands, both because of its brevity and the use of vocals (although heavily distorted by effects) as opposed to sampled dialogue as has been utilised in the past. Rather than alienate a hardcore fanbase, however, the band are inviting their fans along for the ride. “As far as writing for the album this time around it was much more about the experimentation,” James concedes. “We tried a lot of things that we hadn’t tried before – for example the vocals elements, different samples – but with the overarching idea of creating different sound textures. So we tried dozens of different ideas, all with the express purpose to find new ways to create the sounds we could hear in our own heads. The experiments that worked are the ones that made it onto the album, but there were so many more… they were called experiments for a reason!” Trembling Hands was the first cut off the album and for many it was confronting because of its punch and verve in such a short time-span, with the multi-layered slowburners of yore passed over for something more immediate. While this is not entirely new (their impromptu “concept album” The Return is made up of eight tracks of shorter duration), it creates an effect that at first glance would not be deemed a part of Explosions In The Sky’s modus operandi. The fact that this track is the only one of its kind on the album seemed like a deliberate ruse. “We feel that the track serves a definite purpose on the album, but it wasn’t 36 • THE DRUM MEDIA

always in such a form. It originally was a part of a much longer song composition and for some reason the whole thing just wasn’t working the way we felt it should. We feel that each and every song, regardless of its length, its trajectory, always has an end point, yet this one seemed to meander and never quite get there. We kinda stepped back from it and we realised that if we cut all the fat from it, whittled it down to half its size, the end result seemed to distil everything we intended to say, or wanted to express, in just that short space. It proved to be a controlled burst of energy, so the attempt to create this really short song is not true. We never thought like that; we never think like that.” Such admissions highlights the organic nature of the band, intimating that it isn’t just the music that coalesces into other spheres but that the entire process is driven by searching realms hitherto unexplored in order to discover what lies on the other side. Again this is underlined by another first, an official music video for Last Known Surroundings; a decidedly weird, ethereal animated journey that, whilst it evokes many emotions, could wreck the delicate soundscapes that the music renders on its own. James concedes that while it was something they have always dreamt of doing, the prospect of actively altering people’s perceptions of what to take from their music has always been a daunting one. “We always hear from people that with our music they hear it and make up their own stories; their own movies in their head when listening to it. With that in mind we were always hesitant to go out and potentially wreck that magical experience in many ways. Eventually though we had to decide what was it that we wanted – and the truth

lines because the music speaks for itself, yet we see it as our one chance to tell people what the songs mean to us. The difficulty lies in not making it too pointed, so that the listener can make up their own minds.” It would appear that the creation of all things Explosions In The Sky is democratic, yet James shirks from such a notion, intimating that there have been a lot of discarded soundscapes over the past decade. “I guess it could be referred to as democratic, but that’s not entirely true, because that would mean a majority rules and that’s just not the case for us. It has to be everybody voting the same way, it can’t be three out of four people liking something. We either all love a part or a song, or it goes away. That was something we established a long time ago – we wanted everyone to love and feel passionate about every aspect of the music. It can be incredibly frustrating – that’s for sure – and it happens all the time. Especially if there’s something you really love and wanna fight for and someone else doesn’t, then you have to let it go and that is a very hard thing to do. That said, despite the hard parts, I think [our process] really is the perfect example of quality control. We have thrown out way more material than we have put on tape. It is a great filter – nothing is left half-hearted, nothing is left to chance.” The gratitude for the band’s unique take on the instrumental rock sound filters through also, via the myriad acts attributing their own aspirations to their discovery of and immediate love for the band, to inspirational soundtracks for the likes of unlikely gridiron drama, Friday Night Lights. Yet this year the fans have taken it a step further, with Take Care, Take Care, Take

OUR MUSIC, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO REALLY COMMIT TO AND INVEST IN TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT.”

was we wanted to see it happen, see for ourselves what one of these stories or movies might look like. Last Known Surroundings seemed destined to have animation; it seems the best medium to go about ’experiencing’ the song.” While seeing their work interpreted from another’s perspective was exciting for James, it is a vastly different realisation when conceiving their own world. The creation process for any Explosions In The Sky track is one rather removed from most of their contemporaries. “We often have incredibly detailed narratives that go along with the music that can even inform the music after we’ve started writing. However there are moments where things prove to be a little more… ambiguous. The true beauty of what we do is that there is no blueprint. The only constant is that by the end of the writing process we as a group have a clearly defined notion of what a song means for us. It’s something that we discuss a lot in the writing process and sometimes the discussions will take longer than the writing of the song actually took. Being an instrumental band, though, there is one way to perfectly illustrate that before hearing the song, or to inform when you hear the song – and that is in the song titles. We get why some bands write throwaway

Care being the first Explosions album to make the top 20 of the US Billboard charts debuting at #16. For a band that fails to fit the demographic for almost all radio airwave templates, such an achievement says a lot about the band’s evolution. “It’s incredibly encouraging, because in the States you don’t hear us on the radio at all,” James attests. “To get radio play here you have to have short songs and spend a tonne of money and we clearly do not have either. Yet despite, or maybe because of this, we have managed to develop a pretty great fanbase that have been very supportive and loyal over the years. So to see these people voting with their hard earned to actually buy our record, especially in the first days after it came out, says so much about you guys, the fans. This isn’t about throwaway purchases either – our music, for better or worse, is something you have to really commit to and invest in to get the most out of it. We are blessed, that’s for sure.” WHO: Explosions In The Sky WHAT: Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Spunk/EMI) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday, Metro Theatre

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Weddings – “The most common thing we hear is the wedding song, like the bridal waltz, the song chosen being one of our songs. And that is a moment that marks a massive step in two people’s lives; that point where you become one and the rest of your lives from that point forward, you have chosen to do it together. A lot of thought has gone into this selection. We have all gone on and have had similar experiences and choosing the songs for a wedding is a really big deal.” Sporting Events – “This has a natural run-on from [scoring] Friday Night Lights. We often hear about how athletes, coaches, teams will use aspects of our music to help them get into the right frame of mind before a really big game. Which to me is pretty great, because we are about positivity and about making a difference, yet it never gets old when someone comes up and says that our music inspires them, you know? It inspires them to go and do great things in their lives. To be a part of people’s lives in that way, even indirectly, is a huge compliment and a humbling one.” Birthing – “I think the most beautiful thing that I have ever heard in terms people will play our music while they are having a child. We have had women – and men – tell us that whilst the woman is giving birth to their child, they have had our music playing in the room in order to set the right atmosphere for that. For someone to want to score that beautiful moment of their lives with our music? That blows me away. Even now, just thinking about it, I get goosebumps.”


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COOL DUAL YULE ON THE EVE OF THEIR UPCOMING FESTIVE SHOWS, BRYGET CHRISFIELD LEARNS THAT ADALITA NEVER BELIEVED IN SANTA AND KEVIN MITCHELL WAS HORRIFIED BY THE PROSPECT OF THE JOLLY BEARDED FELLOW MAKING OUT WITH HIS MUM.

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A CHRISTMAS SHOW... IT’S JUST A LITTLE BOX TO TICK IN A WEIRD WAY.”

et Adalita and Kevin Mitchell (AKA Bob Evans) in the same room together and it’s immediately apparent they share a long history of band room banter and after-party shenanigans. Despite admitting he feels constantly sleep-deprived since the arrival of his baby daughter, Mitchell grins constantly and his hair is just-the-right-amount tousled. “I remember the first time Jebediah played with Magic Dirt, because it was the first time that we’d ever had our name on a proper poster,” says Mitchell, recalling sharing a stage with Adalita’s band. “It was The Meanies, Magic Dirt, Even and it was… must’ve been 1996.” “Yeah, oh, I remember that,” Adalita adds. “I reckon that would be my first memory of you guys too.” The consummate rock chick is clad in black-on-black and looks as incredible as always. Mitchell remembers touring in 2000 as part of a bill featuring “Magic Dirt and The Sleepy Jackson and Jebediah... It’s still one of my favourite tours. Bloody good lineup, that one,” he chuckles, coaxing Adalita down memory lane. “I had to write this thing for a friend of mine the other day about tour memories and I wrote about the time when we dressed up…” Mitchell explodes into laughter remembering Adalita’s get-up, “And you were dressed up as like a Pinocchio?” “Yeah, a German toy with plaits,” she confesses. “I think I ate fruit off Raúl [Sánchez, Magic Dirt guitarist]’s naked body!” adds Mitchell. “Yeah, I think I did. That was really bizarre. He was completely naked, but he was covered in bits of fruit from the rider and he was just wheeled out or, you know, carried out onstage and I saw the fruit and I believe I popped some fruit from his loins and ate it [laughs].” After catching Jebediah in action earlier this year, a thought popped into Adalita’s head. “It was such a great show and I was kinda standing there thinking, ‘Wow, I’d really like to do something with Kevin, we should do something,’” she explains of how the spirit of Christmas infiltrated their schedules. Mitchell continues, “And it just so happened that I was thinking about doing these Christmas shows and so I was like, ‘Well, if you want to do something together, I’ve got these shows that I’m thinking about doing and they’re the perfect opportunity.’ Fortunately Ads said yes so, yeah! I’ve kinda had the idea of doing Christmas shows for a little while – oh, ever since I started doing them, like, taking part in other ones and they were always so much fun. So I kinda thought maybe it was time to do one of my own. And it’s almost like a singer/songwriter thing; it’s like you gotta be able to put on a Christmas show. It’s just a little box to tick in a weird sort of way. It’s like making a double album or a concept record.” Mitchell remembers a particular Christmas carol he found disturbing as a youngster. “I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus – it totally freaked me out! It disturbed me. I thought it was strange, because I just took it on face value; I was too young to read into what was really going on and so basically I pretty much thought it was a song about a total stranger, you know, getting it on with my mum. And I just thought, ‘This has no place on a Christmas album!’” There’s not really a deeper meaning to it though, is there? “I think what happened was, dad was dressed as Santa – dad was wearing the Santa costume and mum was kissing dad!” There’s not really a deeper meaning to it though, is there? “I think what happened was, dad was dressed as Santa – dad was wearing the Santa costume and mum was kissing dad! The kid obviously believes in Santa, just like I did when I heard the song, and didn’t even think that it could be dad dressed up. Yeah, that was just dad wearing the costume and the beard, kissing mum under the mistletoe.” A self-confessed “Christmas Grinch”, Adalita “always knew Santa wasn’t real”, much to Mitchell’s amusement. “I don’t know why, it was just always out there.” She does remember being stoked to receive Barbies for Christmas, however, particularly “the big Barbie head” designed for experimenting with hair and makeup. Mitchell sounds concerned: “So it was just a head? Wow, I didn’t even know that existed!” Adalita gushes, “Oh, God! It was such a great present.” For Mitchell, a winning Christmas present from yesteryear that springs to mind is a cricket-themed board game called Test Match. “It was like all my dreams come true. I mean, to kids these days it would just be the lamest thing in the world. [Pauses] This is really sad – I used to play it by myself.” Laughter from all in the room. “It was supposed to be a two-player game, you know. One person bowling, like, rolls the ball down and you have this little batsman thing. I used to roll it down the thing and then quickly get back and I did it for hours ‘cause my older brothers weren’t interested in playing it with me!” [Adalita offers a sympathetic, “Aw”.] “I’ve still got [the game]. It’s one of the few toys that I kept from my childhood.” At the time of our chat, the pair hadn’t really discussed the logistics of their Christmas shows, titled Good Evans, It’s Xmas (A Not So Silent Night). “I’ve got a couple of ideas,” Mitchell says, “but, like the true professionals we are, we’ll get to the night before the first show and put together a night to remember [laughs].” Are there any Christmas carols either of them hates? Mitchell: “Up until recently, the drummer one used to annoy the shit outta me. [Starts thumping out a tempo on the table] ‘I bought a drum for you, Parrupupumpum.’ Growing up I always hated that song, but now I’ve kind of got a soft spot for it because I was watching – this was last Christmas, actually – I was watching RocKwiz Christmas [Special] and Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins, they sang it. And that kind of changed it for me. It was just so funny: it was the funniest version of the song.” “I think We Wish You A Merry Christmas just grinds on my nerves,” Adalita confesses. Mitchell agrees, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s kind of just so…” Adalita completes his sentence: “Obvious!” “Yeah, it’s got no feeling, it’s…” Adalita goes there: “It’s soulless.” Mitchell agrees. “It IS soulless, yeah. It’s carols-by-numbers, isn’t it! It’s just really naff.” WHO: Bob Evans & Adalita WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 15 December, Lizotte’s Kincumber; Friday 16, Notes; Saturday 17, Lizotte’s Newcastle; Sunday 18, Lizotte’s Dee Why

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LET’S GET LOUD HOWLING BELLS FRONTWOMAN JUANITA STEIN TALKS TO ROB TOWNSEND ABOUT TOURING, EXPLORING AND NEVER-BEFORE-MENTIONED SOLO PROJECTS.

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feel like, were the world to blow up tomorrow, then I’d be very happy to leave on this album.”

Juanita Stein is a little jet-lagged, having just flown into Sydney from her adopted home of London. However, as she sits in the Drum office, her eyes light up as she discusses her band’s new album, The Loudest Engine and, specifically, whether it represents the definitive Howling Bells sound. “It feels very definitive,” she nods. “You can’t do much better than being as honest as you possibly can.” Honesty is a word that continues to crop up as we further dissect the band’s third longplayer and the fact that it’s more folky, rocky and psychedelic than anything they have offered previously. Its wide-reaching sound, it seems, came about pretty naturally. “I guess if you’re an honest musician and you’re staying true to your art and your music, then you don’t do anything too deliberately; you don’t try anything too contrived. The only rule we had for this record was that we didn’t want to do anything that we couldn’t replicate live. As long as we stuck to that, the rest came about very naturally. This record felt like the four of us coming together at a very confident and formed period of our lives.” Having spent the past year or so touring their own shows, as well as with the likes of Coldplay and The Killers, much of this latest album was written on the road and it was recorded in Las Vegas with The Killers’ Mark Stoermer as producer. “I’ve always thought that your environment profoundly affects you, sonically. We were in America, touring the backwater towns. That was very interesting and I think the journey informed the sound greatly. You don’t realise the progress taking place, but you find yourself sitting in the back of the bus writing and thinking in certain ways.” So, with new material in their arsenal, the good news for their Australian fans is that Howling Bells are heading back to the home at the end of the year for a national tour. It is something that Stein and her three bandmates – guitarist Joel Stein, drummer Glenn Moule and bass player Brendan Picchio – are very much looking forward to. “It’s really important

to us to come back to Australia to play a tour. When we were recording this, I had an instinct that it would connect with Australia because I feel like we got back to that place where we started, which was embracing a sparse landscape. There were a lot of similarities in my mind between Las Vegas and parts of Australia. It might sound funny, but they kind of look the same in some parts.” It’s been seven years since the band packed their bags and headed for London and, while the country has warmly embraced the quartet, there are still certain things that only Australia can offer. “I miss the space, the weather and the ocean. I desperately miss the ocean.” But, while Stein is unlikely to be dipping her toes in the freezing English water any time soon, the UK remains home for now. Having moved there simply because a lot of her favourite bands were English (“It sounds naïve now, but it really was that simple”), the bustling old city of London continues to offer constant inspiration. “When you’re walking through London and you look up – which is a great thing to do in London because the buildings are phenomenal – you get a sense of the grandeur and, in some funny way, it affects your ambition. All of a sudden you become aware of how much greater the world is and your expectations become greater. It’s an interesting cause-and-effect and I feel like that process has affected me as a songwriter. I want things to be as grand and epic as possible because that’s what I’m looking at every day.” Such inspiration isn’t confined to Stein either. Her bandmate and brother Joel, who has recently moved to Berlin, is “bubbling with music right now” according to his sibling. Having contributed more in terms of songwriting to this record than either of their others, he has also recorded his own album. This begs the question, would Howling Bells’ frontwoman ever work on her own solo record? The slightly glazed look of someone exhausted through jet lag and non-stop media commitments is instantly replaced by a beaming smile. “I’ve started already,” she enthuses. “Obviously I don’t want to interrupt the flow of Howling Bells

right now, but I would love to release it. This is the first time I’ve ever talked about this. It’s cool. I’d love to [tour on my own] and explore that side of it. I’ve been in bands for so long and you get used to sharing in a certain way. It’s nice to be selfish for a minute.” Fear not though – while it turns out that all four band members have been busy doing their own thing, there is no danger of the bell tolling for one of Sydney’s finest exports. Solo projects or not, Howling Bells will be around for a long while yet. “There’s no reason we can’t do it all. Why not? Other bands manage it,” she shrugs. “Kanye West has, like, eight different projects. So if he can do it, why can’t we? Minus the millions and billions of dollars in support, of course.” Another word, along with “honesty”, used repeatedly during the course of our chat is “explore”. Music and life, it seems, are ever expanding adventures for Juanita Stein. “I think, as an artist, you have to explore everything. It’s dangerous to stay committed to one space and time. You need to

gain as many different perspectives and explore as many territories as you can. You really flourish. Or at least we have. Sonically, artistically, emotionally. You breathe different air, meet different people.” So, having spent the last seven years on a path of constant exploration, what advice would she give to anyone seeking inspiration and adventure? “Just go. Go and see stuff. Climb Red Rock in Vegas. Live in London for a while. Get in a van and travel America. Listen to some stories.” Sage advice indeed. After all, it’s worked out pretty well for Howling Bells. WHO: Howling Bells WHAT: The Loudest Engine (Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, ANU Bar; Friday, Newcastle Leagues; Saturday, The Standard; Sunday, The Patch

POPPING UP HAVING SPENT THE PAST YEAR SIGNIFICANTLY STEPPING UP THEIR PROFILE, NEW YORK EXPERIMENTALISTS GANG GANG DANCE ARE NOW ON THEIR WAY TO AUSTRALIA. MATT O’NEILL CATCHES UP WITH VOCALIST LIZZI BOUGATSOS TO DISCUSS THE ALBUM THAT MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE.

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ang Gang Dance seemed to appear out of nowhere earlier this year. The release of breakthrough album, Eye Contact, saw the New York quintet rocketed to the forefront of the global indie/alternative consciousness. Released in May on the legendary 4AD imprint, Eye Contact’s strange, eclectic brand of pop would go on to secure glowing reviews from underground bibles (Pitchfork, Drowned In Sound) and mainstream institutions (The Guardian, Rolling Stone) alike. “Oh, you’re probably being a little romantic about it putting it like that – but it is kind of true,” vocalist Lizzi Bougatsos suggests, commenting on the band’s expanded profile. “I think putting it out on 4AD attracted a lot younger crowd. We’re playing a lot more festivals. You know, all these new fans came from a Pitchfork show we did and, I don’t know, it’s kind of crazy. I’ve never really seen so many people at Gang Gang Dance shows. “You know, it was always kind of like the older musicians and artists or people who went to art school or were already involved in kind of music or whatever. It was never like… young kids. I thought we might sell more records because we knew 4AD were going to promote the record in a way that our other labels hadn’t done before – they have a really good promotions department – but those were my only expectations.” It wasn’t an entirely surprising response. Fusing aspects of experimental electronica, worldbeat, noise and UK’s breakbeat bass culture together with Bougatsos’ soulful, otherworldly vocal work, Eye Contact was not only a refreshingly well-crafted and innovative record, it was also startlingly contemporary. It seemed to stitch together the sounds of Florence + The Machine, Animal Collective and post-dubstep producers like Joker and Rustie into one dazzlingly accessible package. “I like that umbrella term of experimental pop. I think it’s really open-minded. We think that word experimental is really important. I think people should always be experimenting with music – trying to find new, unconventional ways to make music. It’s actually really inspiring to be lumped in with some of our contemporaries 40 • THE DRUM MEDIA

because they’re really pursuing that experimental approach to music-making that I admire so much. “Some bands might get upset by being called experimental pop but I have no problem with it at all,” the singer laughs. “You know, we’re in the same kind of arena as bands like Animal Collective and Black Dice. We all kind of grew up together and got called experimental at the same time and it’s great to be associated with those guys. I still think those two bands are probably the greatest experimental bands there are at the moment.” Unfortunately, the spontaneous acclaim afforded the record following its release somewhat obscured several details of the band’s history. Namely, that Gang Gang Dance had actually been plying their trade across the globe for the better part of a decade – and that they were formerly a very different ensemble. Formed in 2001 by keyboardist Brian DeGraw and drummer Tim DeWitt, Gang Gang Dance – like their peers in Animal Collective and Black Dice – were less concerned with swirling pop-inflected soundscapes than they were cacophonous, Dadaist noise-collages. “I was really aware of our kind of relationship to New York when I first started making music with the band. You know, it was music of the streets. We were kind of making beats out of hitting chairs and other random things we found around town. It was really raw. Ironically, though, as we play bigger shows, I’m kind of more and more aware of our connection to that history of experimental music. “You know, having met and performed with musicians of so many different genres and different backgrounds I’ve kind of come to realise that most musicians simply don’t have that grime or that grit of the city,” the vocalist elaborates. “I actually feel like we still have it, though. You know, we still have that kind of raunchy kind of outlook; that kind of New York City attitude in our music. I think it’s still there.” That is the most interesting aspect of Gang Gang Dance’s surprising breakthrough. The band hasn’t actually altered their fundamental outlook. While elements of the band’s discography (particularly their 2008 album, Saint Dymphna) have always suggested an eventual permanent transition into more commercially-friendly

areas, Eye Contact – despite receiving the acclaim and popularity to suggest otherwise – was apparently not it. “I’ve never had any massive intentions for this record, really,” Bougatsos explains. “I just really wanted to really focus on my vocals for this album, so I went to my own little studio and worked on them with a producer away from the band. When I brought what I’d done back to the guys, they just had no idea. I don’t think they’d ever really listened to what I was doing before – my writing, my melodies – and, because of that, my vocals were kind of more prominent on this record.” Indeed, if Bougatsos is to be believed, the band’s next record could veer off into entirely different directions. Discussing some of the ideas for the band’s future material, the vocalist references Jamaican music, folk singers, early rave outfits, breakbeat, grime and electronica. Their more accessible material may have taken them to a greater level of exposure, but Gang Gang Dance clearly feel no real loyalty to the breakthrough sound of Eye Contact. “Oh, God. I mean, we’re listening to the most eclectic group of things,” the singer laughs. “I don’t even know.

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We’ve written two new songs for the tour and, well, they’re crazy. We’ve been listening to a lot of juke, folk singers again, weird stuff like psych-rock bands from the ‘70s, ‘80s bands. Even stuff like KLF. KLF’s The White Room was actually just a massive influence on where we went on Eye Contact. It’s just such a beautiful record. “I think, when I look back at Eye Contact and what I was going through in making that record, I was really absorbing Jamaican kind of singing – that kind of crying style of vocal – and stuff like Alice Coltrane.” Taking stock, the vocalist elaborates on where the band is today. “Now? I don’t know. We’ve been listening to stuff from Somalia, some really amazing stuff from Mexico. Honestly, though, I have no idea what we’ll do next. All I really know is that it’s going to be crazy.” WHO: Gang Gang Dance WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, The Studio Sydney Opera House


Keystone Festival Bar Hyde Park Barracks Museum. January 8-28. 14 nights | The hottest live bands and DJs January 8

MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO & ELECTRIC EMPIRE January 9

DEERHOOF & DJ YAMANTAKA EYE (THE BOREDOMS) January 11

DAN DEACON ENSEMBLE & JOHN MAUS January 12

SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SONGS & THE LAURELS January 13

FBi NIGHT: SHABAZZ PALACES, TAYLOR MCFERRIN & SHANGAAN ELECTRO January 14

PICNIC: ANDREW WEATHERALL & NEVILLE WATSON January 18

SO FRENCHY SO CHIC: ASA & FEFE January 19

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FBi NIGHT: TUNE-YARDS & JONTI January 21

THE WHITEST BOY ALIVE & NEW NAVY January 25

MAD RACKET: PEVEN EVERETT January 26

THE PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP & WATUSSI January 27

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TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE LAST IN THESE PARTS TO PLAY SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS, BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS ARE RACKING UP THE FREQUENT FLYER POINTS WITH A SECOND VISIT IN SIX MONTHS. MICHAEL SMITH TALKS TO JOE LEWIS.

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ronted by lead guitarist and singer Joe Lewis, Austin, Texas-based seven-piece Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are about as old school authentic dirty soul/blues/rock as you’re going get in this day and age. It’s all there in the two albums they’ve released to date, 2009’s Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! and this year’s Scandalous, sitting in there between the cross hairs of bluesman Howlin’ Wolf and soul godfather James Brown, complete with pumping three-part horn section. “I guess it’s because I started playin’ guitar,” Lewis explains of his passion for that old school sound. After all, he’s only just entered his 30s so he could easily have gone for the contemporary take on all this. “The music I was listening to at the time, I kinda got all pumped up and I thought I gotta do somethin’ like this just ‘cause I like the music so much and felt like I wanted to play the kind of music I like listening to. “Right now I play a Telecaster, with a P90 pickup in it. That’s just what I’ve always played, is Telecasters. It’s what I learned on and that’s my thing so... I like a bunch of different guitar players – Lightnin’ Hopkins, Ron Asheton from The Stooges, Jimi Hendrix… there’s a ton of great guitar players. Then once I actually started tryin’ to write songs they kinda came pretty quickly. They don’t come as quickly as they used to now; that’s weird. Like the more I do, the harder it is to come up with good ideas, you know what I mean?” It was pure happenstance really that Lewis ended up a guitarist. In his late teens he was working at a pawnshop in Austin and just decided to pick up one of the guitars in the shop in an idle moment. So enamoured of the sound was he that he was soon hitting the open mic nights around town, eventually pulling together a blues trio before he met rhythm guitarist Zach Ernst, who’d booked him for a University of Texas gig and they formed The Honeybears. “Yeah, Zach I met first and then Bill [Stevenson, bass/keyboards] and Matt [Strmiska, drums].

We started off just bein’ friends and listenin’ to records and stuff and it grew from there.” Within a month of forming they played their first gig and a few months on, after, of all things, opening for Barack Obama at a rally in Austin – though the organisers asked that he not perform a song for which he’d gained a certain local notoriety, Bitch, I Love You – Lewis and The Honeybears lucked out when Spoon frontman Britt Daniel caught them playing at a local bar and invited them to open for them on the west coast leg of their 2008 tour. Not only did that get them out in front of a wider national audience but, as it turned out, it got them their producer in Spoon’s drummer Jim Eno. “That tour with Spoon was like our first tour as a band and it was a buzz; everything was like new and fresh and that’s how we met Jim. Live is where our band is strongest, so I guess naturally that’s what he wants us to do in the studio.” Signing to Americana label Lost Highway, they released a self-titled debut EP, their debut album then spawning a college radio hit in Sugarfoot, described by one critic as “the best song James Brown never wrote”. Since then Lewis and the Honeybears have toured with The New York Dolls at one end of the musical spectrum – “They’re like legends to us so it was good to go on the road with ‘em for a month. They were, like, cool guys” – and bluesmen Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm at the other – “Those two types of music are connected, you know? So they’re really not so different,” Lewis reminds us. “It’s inspiring to get to see the people that are great makin’ the music that you like.” With that much touring, which saw them opening for a few local Austin heroes including Okkervil River, a lot of the material, though not all, for the Scandalous album inevitably came from experiences on the road. Some were from Lewis, some were written collectively with the band, but they were always real, gritty and for the most part stream of consciousness.

“We had the first couple of songs done early on, but it took like another six months or so to come up with the last half of the record and I feel like the band has just grown a lot. A lot of the songs on Scandalous… like I read a book or a story in the newspaper or like stuff off the news; just things that happen.” Apart from Australia, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears have toured the UK and have done four tours through Europe, most recently in September/October. As for America, Lewis and the band have become part of a recent resurgence that includes the likes of Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and recent visitors The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, reintroducing younger audiences to the music from which contemporary rap, hip hop and R&B was

spawned, but which they don’t necessarily hear anymore – and certainly not live. “It’s catchin’ on,” Lewis suggests. “We’ve got fans and we have great shows over here. It just depends on where you’re at. We’re on the west coast right now and done some really good shows out there. I guess people just want somethin’ different to listen to again now. Trends and styles come back from the past, so things come and go. I definitely enjoy seeing people actually play their instruments rather than, uh, just electronics, but everybody’s entitled to like what they want, I guess.” WHO: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears WHEN & WHERE: Friday, Factory Theatre

DESTROYFALCO.COM THE IRASCIBLE FRONTMAN OF RAUCOUS RACONTEURS FUTURE OF THE LEFT, ANDY “FALCO” FALKOUS, HAS SHOWN HE HAS NO “OFF” BUTTON. HE REGALES BRENDAN TELFORD IN HIS THOUGHTS ON THE APOCALYPSE AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE BAND.

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t’s late at night on a typically brisk London autumn evening and Andy Falkous, frontman for Future Of The Left – one of the most acerbic, angular, vitriol-infused “pop” bands to grace this planet – is afraid of the end of all things. “This is the first conversation I have had for a while,” he accedes in his iconic dry brogue. “The last three interviews I was supposed to have haven’t bothered to call. Everyone is asleep except for me and the cat. I thought that I might have been in a bizarre ‘Excel attachment to email error’ world, where the phone is the last connection to the real world. I’m pretty sure that Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon splitting up is one of the ten signs of the apocalypse, isn’t it?” Falkous may jest, yet the climate in the UK over the past year has not been one filled with cheer and goodwill. The usual conservative stance of sitting on hands and hoping things wash over has not worked this time, as disaffected youths and a suddenly burgeoning criminal underclass have stormed onto the global stage. Such economic and societal unease has indirectly led to FOTL laying low and biding their time before rearing their ugly heads. “It’s not like it’s unsafe to walk the streets at night, I feel the same as I ever have. The same disgruntled fool... And before I start sounding like a retired colonel, spouting a weary tirade about the state of the nation, I will say that we are in a band, you know? And frankly, we haven’t been able to just be a band enough; it’s been a very quiet past couple of years. We have had a line-up change, so that has affected matters, but then it has been problematic between jobs, and then there has been the job searches, trying to put a record together on a relatively low budget... yet here we are, living beyond our wildest dreams...” It’s always difficult to cut through the thick rind of Falkous’ razor-sharp sarcasm, but there is method in the madness. The hard slog has brought about not one but two releases. “We have one vocal, one bassline and two mixes to go [to complete the album],” he enthuses. “It’s basically all there now, and it sounds magnificent. We are very proud 42 • THE DRUM MEDIA

of it as a band, as there were several facets to it. I finally have been given the freedom to write the way that I’ve always wanted, with a lot of the responsibility taken off our shoulders just by pure inspiration, excitement and ability there that Jim [Watkins, guitar] and Julia [Ruzicka, bass/keys] bring to the whole thing. I mean, Jack [Egglestone, drums] is always the same. He is the reliable, bear-like constant that emerges from the cave for nourishment, usually in the form of nachos... It always sounds a bit fruity when a band talks about how wonderful their new record is, but [to] anybody who has any trust in what we do, and in what an absolute bastard I am in terms of the standards I apply to the process, it really does sound incredible.” Huge accolades coming from the man whose past credits include the criminally underrated Welsh maelstrom Mclusky. The new FOTL release, The Plot Against Common Sense, isn’t hitting shelves until early next year, yet the off-cuts of these sessions come in the form of an EP, Polymers Are Forever, which gives an indication as to why the normally morose Falkous is so openly excited. “The new EP is something of a sidestep, but it is also chronological in what we chose for the songs. Polymers Are Forever is on the actual record, then the next two songs were recorded for the album, which didn’t quite fit, and the final three songs were demos that felt like something from another time, something that has now been lost. For example, destroywhitchurch.com is a demo recorded by me, Jim and Jack before Julia even joined the band, so there isn’t even bass on it. We’ve probably played it five-or-so times live, but there’s something about the spirit of the track that is impossible to replicate. I absolutely love the song, but we have been ruthless when choosing what to try for the record. So the EP essentially is for people to think, ‘If these five didn’t make it, then imagine how fucking good the real stuff is!’” Self-adulation aside, this newfound enthusiasm comes from coming to terms with some home truths. “It’s been about coming to the realisation of who we are – a pop band,” Falkous continues. “There is this band in Manchester called Kong, this amazingly dark

band. We had their bass player Steve Hodgson play with us before Julia came aboard. A really good dark band that needs to write some more fucking songs, they’ve been riding on one album for years! Such an incredible band, lovely people too, but you’re never going to go home and spin their tunes, unless you are going on a knife-throwing spree. So they’re great to play alongside because they push and challenge you, but they aren’t really about the same aesthetic, and it’s been more of a focus of mine. At the end of the day we are a pop band, albeit a pop band who deliver it very loudly. “But that hasn’t been the end of it, because we are now a four-piece, and it becomes problematic, as there is a certain strength that a three-piece has, and the complexities that makes it what it is. Think of You Need Satan More Than He Needs You – it doesn’t really suit anything more than three people, unless you

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have backing vocals or something, anything else just feels crowbarred in there. Whereas songs like Arming Eritrea or Small Bones Small Bodies, an extra guitar makes it sound 24.8% bigger, and not in a ‘Night of the Living Bassists’ kind of way. And Lapsed Catholics was impossible as a three-piece, but now it’s kind of the de rigueur finale. It just sounds ridiculous. And we kind of tie the end of it into Andy Kaufman’s I Trusted You, one of my and Jim’s favourite songs. Classic Kaufman, very straight-faced and contrary.” WHO: Future Of The Left WHAT: Polymers Are Forever (Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, Annandale Hotel


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THE BIG SIS OF BOUNCE BOUNCE MUSIC, SISSY BOUNCE – CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT, NEW ORLEANS MC BIG FREEDIA WILL HAVE YOUR ASS IN THE AIR WHEN SHE PLAYS SYDNEY THIS WEEK. ADAM CURLEY GETS TIPS ON WORKING WITH WHAT HE’S GOT.

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sses. Lots of asses. Jiggling vigorously, held high in the air with their owners’ hands on the floor or the wall or their ankles. Asses in skin-tight short shorts, asses in G-strings, asses in jeans. Big asses, flat asses. So many asses. That’s what you’ll find if you watch online clips of Big Freedia’s shows. The New Orleans bounce MC – or, as the worldwide media has now irreversibly labelled her, the premier rep for the bounce subgenre of ‘sissy bounce’ – is surrounded at her gigs by a fevered crowd of people (mostly women) bent at the waist, trying to keep up the rapid pace of Freedia’s beats as she hollers short, repetitive raps into the mic in her powerful and deep voice. It would be an understatement to say that Big Freedia’s story has captured the music world’s attention in recent years. A towering gay man, she (Freedia – pronounced ‘Free-da’ – goes by feminine pronouns) came up in the ghettos of a city known for its nightlife and street parties as well as its poverty. In the late ‘90s, Freedia was singing back-up for her friend Katey Red, a transsexual male working in the bounce genre, which was then primarily populated by heterosexual men. It wasn’t long, however, before Freedia too went solo and made a name as one of the hardest working and most frequently booked MCs in town. Then Hurricane Katrina happened and bounce music was taken to other parts of the USA and the globe, not only by the musicians – including Freedia, who were physically displaced for months or even years – but by a news media hunting stories of the city’s culture and its people in order to reveal the human side of the devastation. Freedia (who was born Freddie Ross) was a symbol of the city’s colourful, fun-loving spirit as well as a sign of its strength: a proud, hard-working man taking every opportunity as it presented itself, represented by the fact that Freedia was performing at sports bars, birthday parties and gay clubs two or three times a night, most days of the week. The New York Times published a story on Freedia, Katey Red and ‘sissy bounce’ in June 2010 and

the opportunities continued to multiply. In 2011, Freedia’s shows at South By Southwest were some of the most covered and talked about of the festival. Her recent self-titled EP, sponsored by the Toyota Motor Sales music arm Scion A/V, as well as her Hitz Vol 1 1999-2010 album, have found a wide online audience. A new album is in the works, being recorded in New Orleans, San Francisco and New York City. Freedia has this year toured Europe and is now in Australia to play shows in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as the Meredith Music Festival. Yet it’s testament to how local-level and in control of her career Freedia continues to be that when calling her home in New Orleans and, on first attempt going through to voicemail, the message heard is an instruction on how to book Freedia for both local and “out of town” shows. “You’ve called Big Freedia, you best-a believe-a. If this is for an in-town show…” the message goes. Eventually getting through, Freedia is equally straight-up and humble when talking about taking her show to foreign audiences – and yes, she’s seen “lots of asses”. “For the most part, everybody’s doing their homework and researching bounce music when they hear that I’m coming to a place, so they’re trying to get the same moves and they’re trying to do the bounce moves or whatever,” she tells politely. “So it’s been exciting to see people from all around the world trying to bounce their ass up and down like we do in New Orleans and they’re letting me know that I’m doing an honest job of spreading the culture and the background of New Orleans bounce music.”

music. I was definitely supportive of him in a major way and backing him in support of not just being the first gay artist to come out with bounce music, but as well, from the standpoint of the gay community locally, it was very important for me to step up to that point and help out with that. There were definitely artists I looked up to before that: MC Jubilee, Cheeky Black, Partners-N-Crime – there was many of them. That’s who we grew up listening to back in the days of the high school dances before we started.”

Prior to taking to the mic, Freedia directed a highschool choir for five years. She still runs an interior decorating business, which she operates during the day, before the parties and clubs begin at night. Freedia thinks of all her work, past and current, as an influence on her music, but she’ll happily give credit to Katey Red as, of sorts, a teacher of the MC trade. “I did have a mentor. My friend Katey Red was the first transsexual male to come out [playing] bounce

That history of bounce music is part of the reason Freedia doesn’t connect with the term ‘sissy bounce’ – and certainly her reasons for not embracing the tag give pause for thought. “It’s not something we embrace here in New Orleans. We only call it bounce music,” she explains. “We don’t separate it and call it, you know, ‘straight bounce’ and ‘sissy bounce’. It’s all bounce music. The artists are individuals themselves and sexual preference… we don’t

separate the titles of the music because of sexual preference. I’m fine with the title because I am who I am and I’m proud of who I am, but it’s just something that we don’t separate here at home.” Neither should anyone feel excluded from bounce music. With a DJ and two dancers in tow for her Australian shows, Freedia says everybody can get involved regardless of their booty size. “Come loose, come comfortable – you know, high booty shorts or just feel free to [wear] whatever you can dance in. A tip on how to bounce that ass is definitely practice in the mirror and watch the videos on YouTube. Everybody has an ass, no matter what size it is. You can make it work.” WHO: Big Freedia WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, GoodGod

BREAKING BEATS DOM BUTLER OF MUCH-LOVED DJ/PRODUCER DUO STANTON WARRIORS DISCUSSES THE KEY TO THEIR LONGEVITY. TROY MUTTON LEARNS FRESH TUNES AND GENRE-SMASHING ARE A GOOD START.

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reakbeat kids are a fickle lot – perhaps a harsh generalisation, but not one based without its merits. Nor is it in any way meant to be slanderous either; they just love a good broken beat. They hold their artists dear and proud, which might make it a little strange to think that the Bristol, UK-based duo of Dom Butler and Mark Yardley, a.k.a Stanton Warriors, have made a decade-plus career out of straying from what’s generally considered the traditional form of the genre. Running around Bristol’s streets happily doing an interview he wasn’t even aware he was meant to have, Butler knows what he loves in terms of music – and so far so good. “We just like to remind people that a good beat is a good beat and a good sound is a good sound. You know, all these new tracks that we’re making, for example, we’re working with people like Hervé and,” he says, before repeating, “a good beat is just a good beat.” The new beats Butler speaks of are part of their followup to their successful The Warriors album from earlier this year, but more officially a follow-up to their 2008 Stanton Sessions Vol. 3 release. “What we’ve been working on is the new mix album Stanton Sessions Vol. 4, which is trying to showcase our more clubbier side… Last album, The Warriors, it was actually like an album album – like proper songs and stuff. “Obviously we’re still DJing and making tracks for our mix albums to show our DJ mix kinda format. It’s all about the work ethic; we just keep doing stuff. It gives us more ammunition for when we DJ. We DJ all over the world and I guess we take quite a unique sound and it’s great to have unique records in the armory for these sets, so we’re constantly working on new bits.” The Warriors, as Butler stresses, was much more a traditional album filled with vocal collaborations and individual tracks destined for single-dom and one that as usual divided fans; not enough of this, too much of that. Butler is relishing the opportunity to get back into their club side. “It’s far harder to make a song than it is to make a killer club track, you know what I mean? Maybe they wouldn’t go on an album. So DJs make an album and they’ve got like ten club tracks, which would all go 44 • THE DRUM MEDIA

well and sound better if you actually mixed them all, but to get that kind of balance of something that can stand alone, it’s quite hard. You got some people on one side saying, ‘Oh you got vocals in it, it’s too commercial…’ and they get all stressed out about it. So it’s trying to find that equilibrium and keep everyone happy.” While that may be the case, Stanton Warriors have made a career out of refusing to be tied down to any one genre and, while obviously breakbeat is their home, they don’t always stay around for long. “You know we’re finding some samples, like some Polish funk from the 1950s and these early records from some sort of weird band on a record we picked up at a second hand shop in China,” Butler begins on some of their current obsessions. “We thought it was a really weird sound so we looped it and put a beat under it – sort of a phat bass line and a little hook. I dunno what genres these would fall into and we don’t care really. It’s a good bass line, that sound, like some confession bell shit, sounds wicked, let’s drop it in the crowd and, bang, there we go. People prefer their prisms of music, like dubstep, electro, house, that sort of thing… It’s each person’s opinion. We never want to be restricted in genres though and we never have been. You know, like DJs from different genres can drop our stuff, which suits us because we’re into fresh music and that’s foremost in our minds.” Butler is of the firm belief that there-in lies Stanton Warriors’ success. “It’s helped our longevity… Because we’re so non-genre specific lately, we’ve done things like a drum’n’bass rave in Czechoslovakia, where every DJ is a drum’n’bass DJ and I’m in the middle of it all. We’ve just done Global Gathering in England where we were sandwiched between Skrillex, Chase & Status and Nero all live and we’re like, ‘Oh, shit’. “But it still worked because our basslines and our beats still made those crowds appreciate what we do,” Butler continues, before citing their highly influential hometown for inspiration. “Also, we’re from Bristol. If you look at the old Bristol acts, they didn’t look at rule books; ‘Oh you can’t do this you can’t do that’. Look at Daddy G who was like, ‘We just got a hip hop beat and soul and put an

acid line through it.’ And people would be like, ‘You can’t do that, you can’t put a soul tune with a hip hop beat and an acid line’. And [they] just played it on a sound system and everyone loved it. That’s how we think.” It’s that willingness and openness to sonic exploration that so far has kept them well popular since the early 2000s, but it’s also what keeps them excited each and every day in the studio. “Yeah that’s what drives us. We get bored otherwise. I’d sample absolutely anything, you know? I’d sample anything and work with anyone, whether it’s a punk singer, wedding singer, rapper… Anything with a beat that’s gotta be phat and it’s got bounce and it’s gotta get people dancing, you know what I mean? Obviously we’re not gonna start making some cheap trance music or anything, we’re gonna keep it phat and warm. We’re open-minded enough to put literally anything in the mix.” Being open to genres is one thing, but combining them within a festival or club set to a crowd of either breaks aficionados or just general beatbrokers is something Stanton Warriors have down pat. And while it’s easy enough to just slam down the latest hot tracks,

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refreshingly it’s their use of new and unreleased material that Butler believes to be the foundation to a rocking good time. “If we’re gonna come all the way to Australia to DJ, for example, we wanna have shit no one’s got. You know, the DJ up the road he’s got the latest tunes off Beatport. We like to have that; ‘Yeah guys check this one, check that out, look at this remix, you know this tune but it’s a different version of it’. And it’s quite important to have all these exclusives…it makes your DJ sets go off more and be more special. A lot of DJs might just turn up and play the latest big house tune, which most of the DJs play anyway so it’s not that special; it’s just a name. We’re quite obsessed with our DJ sets and the work we put into it and the ingredients we have.” WHO: Stanton Warriors WHEN & WHERE: Friday 23 December, Chinese Laundry; Saturday 24, Trinity Canberra; Saturday 31, Peats Ridge Festival


ELECTRONIC FOUNDATION

THE BIG FISH

INTERRUPTING REHEARSALS OF WAVE-MAKING WESTERN AUSTRALIAN FUSION OUTFIT THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA, NIC OWEN TELLS TYLER MCLOUGHLAN THAT THEIR LIVE SHOW TRUMPS THEIR DEBUT EP, AT LEAST UNTIL HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGERY COMES STANDARD WITH ALL CDS.

CHALI 2NA SPEAKS TO ROB BROWNE ABOUT BEING AT AN EXPERIMENTAL STAGE OF HIS MUSICAL CAREER.

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hali 2na is best known as the unbelievably tall, baritone-voiced MC for one of the most prominent hip hop groups of the new millennium, Jurassic 5. Born in Chicago, Chali 2na moved to California’s Silver Lake at a young age and cites The Good Life Café as one of his biggest influences to date. The Good Life Café was a live music venue that nurtured and trained a lot of the area’s up and coming MCs, singers and spoken word poets. On certain nights, artists were allowed to perform a freestyle or one of their own songs to try and entertain the café audience. However, if the artist failed to connect with the crowd, the audience would shout “please pass the microphone” and their performance would be cut short. “The Good Life was almost like my college years when it comes to comparing the learning that I did at that place to what I’ve accomplished in my career. It taught me a lot; it taught me how to be a performer, not just a rap dude or an MC. You know, somebody who could control the crowd for real, who could actually command an audience and take it past just like spitting sixteen-bar verses. The Good Life definitely provided a safe haven for all of us to learn how to do that. “If you run into any MC that comes from that era and that time and that place, you know, from cats like The Pharcyde, us, all these different people, you’ll see… If you’ve ever seen them perform you’ll see that we have a certain etiquette that we learnt from there because of how it was set up. You couldn’t curse, you had to be creative with how you performed because you only had one song to do and you really had to captivate the crowd. Within that a lot of people really hold their skills and I think I was one of them.” When J5 split in 2007, it allowed Chali 2na to become a complete individual and create tracks covering a plethora of personal issues that he felt he couldn’t properly address as part of a group. “For me, I have a painter’s mentality, meaning I always try to create something new and something fresh and challenge myself with the art. And I think the solo thing came out of just chasing after the next thing, you know? When I was dealing

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nyone who recalls the days of ABC’s Recovery will have great difficulty getting their tongue around The Brow Horn Orchestra, such is the similarity to program host Dylan Lewis’ recently reunified funkadelic outfit The Brown Hornet. Unsurprisingly, the Perth seven-piece had never heard of them before, until being interviewed by Lewis himself for Video Hits earlier this year upon a West Australian Music Industry (WAMi) Award win for their video clip Don’t You Wanna Sing Forever? Aside from both having a “quintessential horn section” and a love of genre fusion (evidenced by a further WAMi win for Best Funk Act plus a Perth Dance Music Award for Best Hip Hop Act in 2010), the similarities end there. “The central premise of the band is an electronic foundation, so you’ve got all the intricacies of a prearranged concept, but instead of just being a laptop type performance, we wanted to create this really great spectacle of live instruments; if you can mesh them together, you get the best part of both worlds. You get the big, party, phat beats, but at the same time I guess the rawness and the exhilaration of live instrumentation,” vocalist and keyboardist Nic Owen explains. “Our music is quite diverse really; one song will be a very soulful hip hop song, but then we’ll suddenly be doing an Afro number and then a real house kind of track, but I think that hopefully we’ve been able to find a bit of a signature that you can stamp across all of that – something that identifies all those different types of music as our own and that’s probably like the string that ties it all together,” he says, noting ongoing experimentation since the outfit’s humble beginnings for their ability to seamlessly combine diverse influences. “We just started off as two poor cats wanting a bit of coin and status, shits and giggles,” he says breezily. “It evolved from these kind of jams we

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were just doing on the street and then eventually we became a fully certified band with enough members… We kind of had 15 [members] at one point but we’ve just been scaling back down.” After a run of singles, The Brow Horn Orchestra released their debut EP Can’t Afford This Way Of Life in September and though very proud of the effort, Owen is a realist in terms of where the band’s strengths lie. “I guess we’re more renowned for being a live band, so it’s been a long time coming really, because we’ve always just been about playing live and building up our fanbase that way. We tried to capture that on record and I think we didn’t quite achieve it, because obviously when you play live there’s that visual element, but it’s our best effort to capture the vibe with everything about our stage show and then kind of squash it into a little package you can take home in your hands,” he laughs. “We like to jump around and be a bit ridonkulous,” Owen admits of their live performance. “We try and be a bit infectious and make people really happy; it’s kind of all about losing your inhibitions and hopefully that translates to people in the audience so everyone can feel not afraid to dance so it feels really happy and fun to be in the room. I guess on record you don’t have the physicality of people jumping around and being a bit ridiculous… unless we skip 20 years into the future and we’ll appear as holographic images in your lounge room!” Very smoothly, he adds, “It might be our next EP. We’ll team up with rocket scientists or something.” WHO: The Brow Horn Orchestra WHAT: Can’t Afford This Way Of Life (Independent) (SYD) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 14 December, Annandale Hotel

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LET ‘EM SWING

STEPPIN’ OUT

FORMER PISTOL GLEN MATLOCK DISCUSSES NEW PROJECT THE INTERNATIONAL SWINGERS WITH STEVE BELL AND LOOKS OVER HIS SHOULDER A LITTLE IN THE PROCESS.

THE FIELD BROTHERS, PAUL AND JOHN, WHO ONCE WERE COCKROACHES AND HAVE AN INTIMATE CONNECTION TO THE WIGGLES, FINALLY STEP OUT IN A COUNTRY KIND OF WAY, AS MICHAEL SMITH DISCOVERS.

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o one likes the term supergroup, but sometimes you’ve just got to call a spade a spade. The International Swingers are a punk rock supergroup par excellence, featuring Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Clem Burke (Blondie), James Stevenson (Generation X) and Gary Twin (Supernaut) playing the most recognisable hits from the bands that they’ve been associated with over the years. It’s really just an excuse for a group of mates with amazing backgrounds getting together for a bit of a lark and Australian audiences are the fortunate beneficiaries. “It’s just kind of a fun thing,” Matlock explains. “We’re all kind of chums with each other in different ways. I’m mates with Clem and I’m mates with James Stephenson, plus I’ve been mates with Gary for years – we did a project a long time ago – and he does an annual pilgrimage to Australia and he asked us to come. We thought we’d do it and see what happens, really. What we’re doing is a bit of everybody’s more known material and slot a few other things in and we should be rockin’. Most times when you play with people of your own breed you know you’re on the same page musically and I always love coming to Australia, so on paper it should be a pretty good thing really. We’ll rock out – we were all born to rock.” Matlock has kept himself heavily involved in music and in recent times has had some incredible experiences, playing bass in the reformation of The Faces as well as slotting in some festival appearances for Primal Scream. “Yeah, I like to keep into it,” he shrugs. “It’s funny, although I’ve been quite busy it hasn’t always been like that – there’s a lot of hanging around in the music business, so if an interesting project comes up I say ‘yes’ – but playing with The Faces this year and last year was incredible. I’m playing bass with the band which was the reason that I picked up the bass guitar in the first place. It’s really come full circle for me.”

T Of course it’s impossible to talk to Matlock without discussing his founding role in the Sex Pistols – after all he played a crucial role in one of the pivotal bands in the most talked about era of rock’n’roll history, the ‘70s punk explosion in the UK that irrevocably changed the face of music. “It was a watershed between what had come before and what came afterwards, everything was ripe for a change,” Matlock recalls. “You can’t divorce it from the time period and the socio-political thing that was going on; we seemed to have the weight of the world on our shoulders. England was in a real state back then and something had to give. The music didn’t reflect that and when we came along and stuck our heads above the parapet so many people were ripe for a change they just picked up on it overnight, especially when we made that infamous appearance on the Bill Grundy show and leapt from being on the front page of the music papers to being on the front page of the Fleet Street daily press thing – the kids really picked up on what we were doing just because they were ready for it. “It was a laugh at first, but ultimately it led to the demise of the proper band, when I was in it anyway – even [guitarist] Steve Jones has said that. It wasn’t the most pleasant experience; I don’t think we were that equipped for it at that time and it sort of played right into [manager] Malcolm McLaren’s hands – the whole thing became a media exercise and got divorced from being a rock’n’roll band by the kids for the kids.” WHO: The International Swingers WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, Metro Theatre

“It’s just vernacular music,” Fairfield explains. “You have to kinda look for it for the most part but there certainly are people who continue to play this. You know, I collect old gramophone records and some of the most interesting and valuable are ethnic records. Some of the most difficult to find and that collectors love to find are Albanian 78s and a friend of mine found it so amusing and said, ‘You can just go to Albania and hear it; they’re still playing it’.” And the same, Fairfield reckons, goes for this music he first discovered on those old gramophone records and “found so much more fulfilling than what a lot of people consider to be music now that bears very little resemblance to what people have called music for thousands of years”. And he certainly refuses to categorise as Americana or Old Timey, folk/blues or, God forbid, Appalachian music. “There really is no such thing as traditional American music,” is how Fairfield sees it. “There are a lot of traditions that ended up in America because a bunch of Europeans and Africans ended up here. Even the Anglo-American music, we’re playing guitars from the Spanish cowboys, violins are an Italian concoction and banjos are a bastardisation of West African instruments, so it’s a big mess [laughs]. “There are plenty of people that play this stuff. If anything I feel kinda privileged there’s a bit of a resurgence in I guess what people now call Americana, so I don’t really consider this to be a unique thing.” 46 • THE DRUM MEDIA

Though the Cockroaches, in Field’s words, limped on for a couple of more years, Anthony Field quit to finish a degree in early childhood education, which led to the aforementioned Wiggles, but the musical legacy of the Cockroaches was never too far away, even for that band in the early years. John Field reworked various of his Cockroaches compositions into Wiggles hits like Mashed Potato and continues to write for them, while Paul Field took on the task of directing their videos and TV programs. After 20 years of Wiggling however, the thought crossed John and Paul’s minds that it might be nice to work together again on some “grown up” music.

Inevitably the brothers called in a lot of the musical friends they’d made over the past three decades to add a little of their own magic to the mix, among them Greedy Smith from Mental As Anything on harmonica on one track, country artists Troy Cassar-Daley, Dianna Corcoran, Amber Lawrence, Shane Nicholson and Bill Chambers either adding a vocal duet here, backing harmonies there or, in Chambers’ case, guitar tracks wherever. And among the 15 tracks on 1964, which are very much in a contemporary country vein, there are three reworked Cockroaches tracks. “When the Cockroaches first started, we were actually known as a rockabilly band at first. Once we started doing our own stuff – and we were huge Beatles, huge Stones fans – and we found our style, which was pop, absolutely, and catchy. But being fans of the Stones, you get introduced to other artists – Gram Parsons, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell and so on – so it’s been something we’ve always loved and the really good country music, the roots stuff, it’s storytelling where you’ve lived a life and it’s actually really appropriate for us.” WHO: The Field Brothers WHAT: 1964 (ABC/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, The Vanguard

LAST YEAR SAW THE RELEASE OF A NEW ALBUM FROM THE PARADISE MOTEL, THEIR FIRST SINCE REFORMING IN 2007. NOW THEY’RE RELEASING THE ALBUM THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE RELEASED LAST YEAR, AS THEY TELL MICHAEL SMITH.

THE CRITICS MIGHT BE CALLING HIM THE “TORCHBEARER FOR THE SONGS OF YESTERYEAR”, BUT FOR FRANK FAIRFIELD, IT’S ALL JUST MUSIC, AS HE EXPLAINS TO MICHAEL SMITH.

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“Obviously John and I, since teenagers, have been making music, writing music and recording and performing it,” Paul Field, who covers the lead vocals in the duo, explains. “So we cut our teeth in those venues in those days and it was a great baptism of fire ‘cause you really engaged your audience [laughs]. Cockroaches were the first band we were in and that was very successful and went really well ‘til the late ‘80s, but we had a family tragedy – one of my daughters, a baby called Bernadette, died while we were touring – and that really was kind of the final straw for us; it took the fun out of things.”

“John writes and records so much,” Field continues, “and one time he said, ‘Actually, why don’t you drop in and sing these songs I’ve just written?’ And then once we started there was no holding back. I’ve come to describe it as being like seeing those crazy uncles up the street building a boat in the front yard and you think, ‘When’s that gonna get finished?’ [laughs]. But again, if it had never come out, we just had a ball doing it.”

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WHAT’S OLD IS NEW ump onto any track on either Frank Fairfield’s eponymous 2009 debut album or this year’s follow-up Out On The Open West and you could be listening to an album cut in 1930, without, of course, the crackling of those old 78s. Tell Fairfield that and his self-effacing “Aw shucks” voice will thank you for the compliment, his shuffling feet almost audible along with a chuckle down the line from his home.

here was a certain aptness in conducting an interview about the debut album, 1964, from John and Paul Field, as The Field Brothers, in a café across the road from the once iconic rock pub The Strawberry Hills Hotel. Back in the ‘80s, when the brothers were, with brother Anthony, the core of indie popsters The Cockroaches, they learned their craft playing a couple of nights a week at said pub. Some 20 years or so after the original demise of that band, The Field Brothers have finally got around to working together again on something that isn’t bound up in that other enterprise that has taken up a lot of their time, Anthony’s quite successful early childhood project The Wiggles.

Playing acoustic guitar, banjo and fiddle, it was on the streets of Los Angeles back in 2008 that Fairfield was spotted playing his vernacular music and ended up becoming a supporting act on a Fleet Foxes tour. “Those people were very, very sweet to me,” he admits. “I feel that that was a weird time for me ‘cause I was still figuring a lot of things out about myself. I just played music at home and at one point I guess I was playin’ some music on the streets, but I guess I felt funny about the whole establishment of that kind of youth era shows and things like that, but anyhow I think it was an interesting learning experience in the sense of if this was something I wanted to do with my life and so far, I dunno, it’s been an interesting thing I guess. I’ll just do whatever shows up.” For his first album Fairfield drew on that vast traditional catalogue of tunes, but for Out On The Open Road, he’s written all but the instrumental fiddle tunes, though again, he doesn’t necessarily see it that way. “I don’t know if I even write songs. I don’t really consider it that way; I think I just kinda mash things up, just like everybody else. Real songs, nobody ever wrote those songs, they’ve just kind of always been around. They’re just expressions that have been around forever. I wouldn’t really give myself a great amount of credit for some kind of originality or self-expression or any nonsense like that; I just kinda make ‘em up to have somethin’ new to sing.” WHO: Frank Fairfield WHAT: Out On The Open West (Tompkins Square/Fuse) WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 13 December, Brass Monkey, Wednesday 14, The Basement Circular Quay

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he Paradise Motel’s second album, 1999’s Flight Paths, took them to the UK, though in the end, like many bands before them, it was relocating to London that saw the band fall apart the following year, with four members opting to stay in the UK.

By 2008 however, things looked right to reconvene as songwriter, acoustic guitarist and organist Charles Bickford, returning to Australia, found once more that the band had something to say. As such. the recording of what was meant to be the third Paradise Motel album, I Still Hear Your Voice At Night, began. Last year saw, however, the release of a completely different album, Australian Ghost Story, the writing of which was tragically triggered by the untimely death of their drummer, Damien Hill. A year on, the band felt they could finally release I Still Hear Your Voice At Night. “This is an accrued collection of songs,” Bickford explains. “Some of these songs are over ten years old and they were just in the back of various band members’ minds while we were not making music together – basically they were good companions that found each other in the end. Like our other releases, though unlike Australian Ghost Story, this was quite a considered record in that the music was quite considered and layered. “As a band we’ve really grown up together, not just in Tasmania but living in various places both in Australia and in Europe and England. I think when we came back, because we were all here again and wanting to make music together again, these stories were really concerned with tying up loose ends with various characters from our young lives. So there are a lot of songs that are very concerned with people that had been in our lives in the ‘90s and who, often, were no longer there but still had this sort of influence in our lives.”

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Not that, with a band like The Paradise Motel, where the emphasis is on creating these extraordinarily intense and evocative soundscapes, the stories of these characters were ever likely to be presented other than through the prism of layers taken from other times and places that might add a little more mystery to the telling. Take for instance two songs, Shipped As Ballast and Memory Of Leonski. “Superimposed on a number of these songs are events outside the nucleus of the band I guess, so Memory Of Leonski is a pretty straightforward telling of the story of this really famous painting from which we take the name that concerns this American sailor, who murdered some women in St Kilda just after World War One. It’s a pretty typical kind of a narrative I guess for us, for me, thinking about people in that situation, we’ve often been addressing the listener from the grave. It was just a news story I’d read, which I think was valid for this album. “Again there are these recurring motifs on the record of pressure points on people who have intense experiences in their lives and the reaction in the aftermath. The record is about… yeah, events after the moment and how we deal with it really. It’s my favourite subject in many ways. But I think the thing that really asserted itself for us when we were all together again in Australia was how interested we are in Australia and how unable we are to express ourselves in any other way than through Australian stories.” WHO: The Paradise Motel WHAT: I Still Hear Your Voice At Night (Left Over Life To Kill/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, Notes


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SINGLES/EPS WITH ROSS CLELLAND

NOAH TAYLOR & THE SLOPPY BOYS

ON THE RECORD

Live Free Or Die!!! Z-Man/Fuse The only review that would count to well-known thespian Mr Taylor are the kind words from St Nicholas Cave at the bottom of the press release. For - if you hadn’t guessed – the chaos of The Birthday Party and that ilk is what he plainly adores. It’s a little more than a fanboy vanity project though, with properly improper musicians Ed Clayton-Jones (The Wreckery and so on) and Cec Condon (The Mess Hall and so on) involved. Balance that with this being writ and recorded in a week and deal with accordingly.

OLIVER TANK Up All Night Yes Please

Carried along on its slow aquatic breathing, this both lulls and compels you to come closer. It also seems to change depending on your mood when listening. One moment it sounds like bedroom reflection with the sadness that she/he/it/they has/ have just left, where another listen might have a feeling of a postcard from Twin Peaks, or that liquid sound being an acceptance that the waves are washing over you and reflecting the calm of a final acceptance of a life’s defeat. Yes, all that in three minutes ten. Possibly very special.

JOSH PYKE (FEAT. KATY STEELE) Punch In The Heart Ivy League

That’s what this country needs, a quality duet of real feeling between two distinctive voices. Oh. Although no doubt bound to garner comparisons to that other one, this is a grand thing for a number of reasons, not least in that it shows the Little Birdy in her actually more expressive restrained mode rather than the nails-on-blackboard mode she can sometimes fall into. And then there’s the Pykemeister’s conversations, which always seem to tell the story in a simple, honest and right way. Which he does again here.

BONNIE PRINCE BILLY

CROOKERS

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

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Will Oldham, aka Bonnie Prince Billy, returns with his 21st solo album and with it takes a step away from the jokier side of his persona (example: he appeared in R. Kelly’s Trapped In The Closet) and instead back towards his seminal record, I See A Darkness. Indeed, not only is Wolfroy Goes To Town incredibly sparse and hushed, there is an almost reverential feel to it.

Since Italians Phra and Bot dropped their decent debut album, Tons Of Friends, Crookers have been riding high and hitting the festival circuit harder than a teenager on happy pills. Despite a modicum of criticism flung in the duo’s direction over the past few years, largely relating to their ever-altering musical style, the Italians have been busily plugging away and gradually refining their beats.

American metlacore act The Devil Wears Prada has had unparallel success in the industry and their fourth studio album, Dead Throne, is a step up from their old work, showing exactly what they are now capable of with their music.

Opener, I’m No Match, sums up the tone of the record. Over gentle guitar, Oldham states, “I’m no match for those who love the Lord and they are no match for me.” Thematically, Wolfroy... intelligently deals with questions of faith, humanity, love and sadness. The album proves just what a skilled craftsman Oldham is. He has always been lyrically interesting and challenging. Remember, this is a man who once wrote a really pretty song called You Have Cum In Your Hair And Your Dick Is Hanging Out. But here, Oldham has no intention of shocking. When New Tibet starts with the lyrics, “As boys, we fucked each other/As men, we lie and smile,” it doesn’t feel remotely crass, but actually strangely tender because it is delivered with such delicacy.

Since the Dr Gonzo project was originally announced, the whole shebang has had a certain level of vagueness about it. Actually, since the project’s initial announcement, with Bust ‘Em Up and Dr. Gonzo’s Anthem EP, not much has been known about this secretive project.

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In We Are Unhappy, Oldham has created a song of heartbreaking beauty. “We are unfelt/We are unseen,” he sings while Angel Olsen warbles tenderly alongside him over acoustic guitar so soft it is barely even there. It is stunning, stark, sad and the best thing that the man has come up with in many a year. It nicely represents what is a beautiful and understated record.

Anyway, from secrecy stemmed anticipation, and it turns out that the new venture features production assistance and influence from some of the most progressive and unique names in electronic music, including Savage Skulls, Neoteric and Wax Motif. But let’s get to the point. Whilst Dr. Gonzo is a return to form for the duo, the album isn’t Gonzo. It is not rebellious or innovative nor can it really be considered a new approach. It is, however, a nutty techno journey that deviates from tribal electro to pretty much everything else. Opening track, Dushi, is pulsating and rammed full of style – a great opener and start to the album. Dr. Gonzo’s Anthem is geared towards the rave side of things while Woh A Do, which features Keith & Supabeatz, is more of the traditional Crookers style. Hummus, the standout track, is reminiscent of early Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. Dr. Gonzo is an enjoyable outing and it is clear that the boys are having fun throughout. For you, Dear Listener, the enjoyment factor does not last long and chances are, after one or two listens, you won’t come back.

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MATT CORBY

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Dead Throne

The album starts with title track, Dead Throne, which shows that (vocalist) Mike Hranica wasn’t lying when he said that this would be their heaviest album to date, the sinister intro woven perfectly into his already improved tone and showing some amazing improvement from their earlier albums in the way of guitar work. Even with the style of their always entertaining breakdowns, the band has progressed proficiently, placing them more strategically throughout songs and creating some of the heaviest, most brutal metalcore on the scene at the moment. Mammoth is definitely a standout track, with some harrowing screams and some catchy verses that will be a crowd favorite on tour. Even the sometimes ‘overproduced vocals’ have become more constructive and easier to listen to and this is evident throughout Dead Throne and again reveals their progress. Surprisingly enough, the most original and memorable track on the album is the instrumental, Kansas, which presents some amazing guitar work from both Chris Rubey and Jeremy DePoyster. It’s a fairly eerie tune but unfortunately around halfway through has a incredibly corny sample that kind of kills it. The Devil Wears Prada have defiantly delivered with Dead Throne and surpassed the rest of this year’s metalcore albums with crazy bass drops, chunky breakdowns and the improved screams. This is sure to be a favorite. Jimmy Sloan

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Is there life after the three minutes Idol/X/generic talent show gives you – other than appearing in RSL Buddy Holly tribute shows as third Cricket or being Guy Sebastian? The Corby approach was to disappear entirely, have his voice break, get some experience in the real world and otherwise behave as an artist developing in a natural way might. Time in London has got him signed to Mumford’s label and started making music with some actual charm and individuality to it. Perhaps he should have changed his name?

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With former bandmate Sally Seltmann being a Seeker, Lover or Keeper, with an odd tangent of taking a couple of Architecture In Helsinki tunes as jaunty piano pop, Jessica’s working on giving cellobased pop a lighter touch. Which she manages here very well. It veritably swings and it seems she’s found a balance in her own songs, which has made her art a little more approachable. There’s enough of a pop sense as well, which should garner it airplay across a broad enough range to raise her profile.

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Deadhand/MGM The rattling piano forward momentum - with underlying ringing sleighbells, no less – of the opening Fly has a nice mix of the modern and the olde new wave pop to it, in a manner that you’d think would have some of them olde world record companies getting all excited about their stripey shirts and ‘I didn’t shave yesterday, and might not shave tomorrow’ devil-may-care dishevelment. If they have a sense of humour about themselves – and they may well – they could be fun to watch as they play the game - or not.

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Long-time fans of American producer RJD2 have watched as he’s evolved over ten years from building alternative hip-hop albums out of samples and old soul to playing every instrument and singing on his 2007 album, The Third Hand. This time around, RJD2 has teamed up with fellow Philadelphian Aaron Livingston under the moniker Icebird. It’s Livingston who has been given the job on vocals, while RJ builds odd, electronic soul all around him.

A fixture on the west coast hip hop underground for ten years now, M.E.D. (nee Medaphoar) has carved out a solid, if unspectacular career, fortuitously backed by genius producer Madlib and the legendary Stones Throw Records. Throughout, M.E.D. has stuck, for the most part, to his version of the timeless funk-souljazz-based East Coast sound, a sound he describes as ‘classic’, and on his latest album, he takes the time to have a little fun with it. Prime examples of this are the Westside-spruiking Where I’m From, with the great Aloe Blacc providing the sunny, soulful hook, and the title track, on which he and Talib Kweli trade verses over a supremely mellow jazz guitar lick. Though tracks like these, Flying High and Mystical Magical, play with lush, soulful sounds there lurks a darker, harder side to Classic. War & Love with OhNo rides The Alchemist’s tense, cold strings; Get That rocks to huge dark drums that would suit Mobb Deep; Outta Control with OFWGKTA man Hodgy Beats sports a neck-snappingly raw break while Roll Out, featuring Planet Asia and Kurupt, wrestles with a vicious 808 thump. Lyrically, aside from the requisite shit-talking, M.E.D touches on themes including weed (Medical Card), no-strings sex (JWF) and race (Blaxican), leaving heads in no doubt about his lyrical dexterity, in the traditional sense. So while Californian hip hop goes through an incredible resurgence thanks to MCs like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies and Dom Kennedy, M.E.D. comes off like the unassuming player who helped carry the team through its tough years. He may never garner a huge amount of attention yet his back catalogue, now with the addition of Classic, is solid indeed.

Great music often comes to the fore during times of social and/or political unrest – that’s why so much incredible music came out of the ‘60s. Fast forward to the modern day and another shitstorm has unfolded with the GFC and the contentious wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and just like Woody Guthrie during the Great Depression, Ry Cooder is here to keep the bastards honest with his 14th studio album, Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down. With passion and a keen, wry sense of humour not seen since Guthrie and early Dylan, Cooder intelligently rails against modern corporate greed, political corruption and the emotional and physical casualties of war.

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Justin Grey

The Abandoned Lullaby

Though Gun For Hire sounds like it wants to be on the next Classic Rock: Hits Of Today compilation, most of the songs on this album are subtle and quietly rewarding. They make good use of Livingston’s smooth, though not particularly distinctive vocals, but unlike similar neo-soul vocalists such as Aloe Blacc or Raphael Saadiq, Livingston’s voice isn’t the key into this album. Instead it’s the deft hand RJD2 applies to the production. He’s great at throwing quirky little elements into the musical mix. It’s his way of keeping your attention, because with the understated nature of The Abandoned Lullaby it would be easy to press play and then let it disappear into the background. In fact, The Abandoned Lullaby is the perfect name for this collection of songs. There’s something incredibly wistful and timeless going on here. Though this album doesn’t quite have the thrills and surprises of RJD2’s best work, it’s still an interesting part of the puzzle that is this eclectic producer. And for anyone not familiar with RJD2’s work, just pop that Mad Men DVD into your player and listen to that marvellous opening titles song. Danielle O’Donohue

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Cooder flits wildly between styles on Pull Up Some…. There’s a Mexican-flavoured waltz that flourishes with an insistent horn section (Dreamer), rollicking, rousing Neil Young-esque rock (Quick Sand); bouncy, reggaetinged rock (If There’s A God), and solitary, rambling blues (Baby Joined The Army); broke-down ballads (Dirty Chateau), and that’s just a start. In amongst the many winning tracks here, opener, No Banker Left Behind, leaves a lasting impression. With a hard-hitting message, in this case railing against the US Government bailing out bankrupt companies during the recent GFC, it’s here more than anywhere else on the album that Cooder is Woody Guthrie. The other standout on Pull Up Some…, John Lee Hooker For President, is as good as its title suggests and has Cooder name-checking various Hooker standards as he makes his titular case. Pull Up Some… is essential; quality and quantity from front to back, with important messages in every lyric and more than enough stylistic variation to keep even the most casual listener coming back for more.


his now ubiquitous Yonkers. On My God Pusha’s controlled mania keeps you so captivated you don’t notice the fact that the beat doesn’t drop until the track passes the one minute mark. And then there’s Alone In Vegas, a perfect would-be album closer for a flawed young man struggling to define success. The title says most of it, Pusha’s delivery and Nottz’s plinky-plink beat says the rest. It’s interesting that an artist partially responsible for an album that was definitive five years ago can make something that sounds so immediate and so current. Wonderful.

MARKETA IRGLOVA

PLAID

Anti

Warp/Inertia

Hidden within these musical landscapes is an artist still finding her way, with a little help from her band mates and a sympathetic producer. The strengths of the album lie in the ambiance between players and the hypnotic nature of these songs. Irglova is a wonderful dramatist on the miniscule of insights in the world at large, even if this may get lost on some who listen to this music.

Plaid are one of the survivors of the electronic music scene since founding The Black Dog in the late ‘80s and becoming one of the cornerstones of the burgeoning IDM sound coming out of the UK in the early ‘90s. Their ninth album (including a couple of soundtracks) finds them in fine health, still forging their own unique digital path. The most noticeable aspect of Scintilli is the sound of the album. It possesses a real clarity and lightness across all 13 tracks that gives it a scientific, perfectionist quality. The percussion is sharp and economical, the rhythms defined and taut and melodies are extracted from dancing, effervescent collections of notes rather than dark ominous drones that seem to be the ‘go to’ sound for many current producers in the IDM and bass music world. The closest Plaid get to that is the malevolent crunch of Eye Robot. There are few flirtations with current trends like dubstep though there is the occasional nod on tracks like the propulsive Upgrade and Somnl with its bass wobble. The influence of acts like fellow Warp alumni Flying Lotus and Squarepusher emerges on the hyper, cut-up bleepfest of Talk To Us while African Woods is but one track displaying a strong connection to the electro chatter of people like Dave Clarke. Diversity while retaining their own identity is what makes Scintilli such a fascinating listen. They tease and stretch their sound into different places but do so with caution rather than abandon. There’s weight to the suggestion that they are too clinical in their delivery but the intricate and detailed programming at work here justifies the microscopic attention given to all dimensions of this record.

With her new husband, producer Tim Iseler, she does bring on board some new sounds and direction. There is an Iranian influence on the strangely titled Dokhtar Goochani, which captures the understated spirit of the album. For some listeners this album will not have enough flair to stand out in the crowd, but for others it could provide a fruitful relationship. Sebastian Skeet

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FACT FILE Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray Decon/Fuse The spiritual successor to The Clipse’s 2006 classic Hell Hath No Fury, Pusha’s Fear of God II is a masterpiece, all cocaine raps, impossible beats and wild charisma. Having left his Clipse partner Malice behind for the moment, Pusha is at his peak here. Of course there’s no reality to the drug-dealing braggadocio (and there hasn’t been for years) but this is the most perfect realisation of Pusha’s rich, young, arrogant coke baron character we’ve heard yet: the process on one hand, the proceeds on the other. Raid is wild. It’s the clearest combination of midnaughties mixtape culture and mid-naughties Neptunes wizardry there’s been. Remarkably, there’s also a nod to mid-’90s boom bap thrown in. It’s at once ambitious and oh-so-cool dismissive. It is The Neptunes back to their genre-defining, genre-defying best. Plus it helps that 50 Cent’s guest spot shines. Trouble On My Mind sees Odd Future man-of-the-moment-a-fewmoments-ago Tyler the Creator meshing with Pusha’s style adroitly, though his presence comes along with a slightly unwelcome reference to the opening line from

Length: 12 tracks, 45 minutes. Moods: Charistmatic, ambitious and fresh.

DID YOU KNOW

• The first Fear Of VDGod was Pusha’s debut solo release, a mixtape released through Kanye West’s GOOD Music label. The first single from the mix, My God, caused a stir and resulted in a beef with fellow rapper Consequence, who claimed Pusha stole ideas for the song from one of his own tracks, The Last Supper, on which Pusha was meant to guest.

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Having become a success through her performance in Once, Anar sees Irglova strike out on her own without Irish song writer Glen Hansard, who was central to the success of that superb independent film. Apart from Marketa’s piano overwhelming many of these songs, the best description of songs like Wings Of Desire would have to be ethereal. The quiet opener, Your Company, sets the mood of the album and there are barely any other forays that come close to her previous recording with The Swell Season. The closest Irglova comes to the strength of Falling Slowly on this album is the single, Go Back. Ultimately the same heights are not reached, so perhaps this first solo outing is best described as tentative.

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• All the fictional drug peddling on display in Fear Of God II isn’t reserved just for raps. Pusha T (born Terrence Thornton) appears in four episodes of the HBO series, How To Make It In America, playing the role of a drug dealer. • The second single from the album, Amen, was originally written for Young Jeezy, from the USDA rap crew, by producer Shawty Redd. The version that appears on Fear Of God II pays homage, featuring verses from Young Jeezy and Kanye West. With Jeezy and Yeezy it’s not surprising it was chosen to follow the Tyler-featuring Trouble On My Mind.

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ON THE RECORD

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A side project from members of Hungry Kids Of Hungary and The Paper And The Plane, Spring Skier’s We Were Astronomers is a departure for both. Well structured and very well produced, it feels sometimes that tracks not suitable for the day jobs have been squeezed too hard to fit this mould. Sydney’s Jeremy Harrison has always done things the natural way and on Two By Two (Independent) he stays true to that course. More singer/songwriter than folk, his use of backing instrumentation is employed with just enough restraint. Now a New York lad, the big city influence can be heard on Scott Matthew’s Gallantry’s Favourite Son (Vitamin). Polished and tense, it’s more immediate in asking for an emotional response. More typically American, Jace Everett has found new life after penning the True Blood theme gave him notoriety. Mr. Good Times (Hump Head) has upbeat country licks that are hot to the ear and pub-worthy storytelling, but it’s also slightly anonymous.

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The Epitaph-signed side project from Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Big Talk, is very much that. Mostly written by Vannucci, recorded as a duo, the tracks don’t really lend themselves to the raucous indie rock sound that he’s looking to create. Especially when Killers influences creep in. No influences from them in Taberah’s The Light Of Which I Dream (independent), Tasmania’s fantasy metal four-piece. There are folk-metal, battle-metal and drinking-metal influences here, all delivered with raw intensity that’s not quite where their live show is at – and not the greatest of production. Made up from a bunch of angry-ish bands around Sydney, Epics are masters of getting intensity down now. Knife Skills (DIY Or Die) is an apt title for their furious guitars-to-the-floor punk rock offering. Recorded quickly, played quickly, it’s listened to quickly too. From mellow Danish producer Ganga and recorded in Copenhagen and India’s Goa, Forget Gravity (One World Music) does indeed transcends national borders. More Euro than Indian (particularly when vocals are concerned), too much of this is obviously Buddha Bar comp-fodder than it ought to be, because when he’s focused Ganga has enough to stand on his own. There’s a fair bit of cut and paste on Valley Forge’s Artificial Heart (Clan Analogue), an understated record that throws up the odd surprise like Kamahl-featuring track, Wayfaring Stranger. Listen close enough and it’ll move you. And now for two legends, the first being actor Jeff Bridges. With a few self-compositions, the selftitled record (Blue Note) was produced by master T Bone Burnett. This doesn’t have the allure or talent of, say, Elton John/Leon Russell’s The Union, but it’s endearing enough. However Dolly Parton’s Better Day (Dolly Records) is all good. Writing all 12 songs on the record, she sounds as good as ever – as those who’ve seen her live recently will attest – in a true reminder of her ongoing genius.

Mark Hebblewhite

JOHN BUTLER TRIO

Live At Red Rocks Jarrah It’s hard to decide whether it’s the band or the venue that is really the most amazing part of this live recording. As you would expect, John Butler puts the foot down with his fellow band mates and makes this an incredible demonstration of their hits. The production of this live album includes a full DVD, which looks great. The show peaks with a performance by Denver March Powwow Dance Troup, an indigenous American dance group, indicative of the fact that no expense was spared in the production. There are the obvious hits in Betterman and Funky Tonight and there are some of the cuter moments like Peaches & Cream that are still crowd favourites. Sebastian Skeet

Independent Live albums tend to be aimed directly at dedicated fans so with that said, Brisbane band Nikko’s Live At The Tote recording should be warmly greeted by those who like to indulge in the darker, more morbid side of life. For the uninitiated their heavy morose sound can be self-indulgent at times, particularly The Miner which went on quite monotonously for over seven minutes. However the addition of violins and trumpet on The Trial created a nice eerie touch to break the sometimes hollow sound. It is hard to understand why Nikko chose this album to showcase their live show as the recording makes it sound as though there are five people in the room but perhaps that is part of their intrigue.

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Recorded live at the band’s 20th anniversary show played last year at the Islington Academy, London, the aptly monikered Anniversary release is split into two sets. The first features the entire Forest Of Equilibrium LP played in running order by the original lineup of the band. This is something special and the band doesn’t disappoint, bringing a gritty energy to the relentless waves of doom they churn out to an obviously enraptured audience. The second disc sees the current lineup work their way through a best of set culled from the band’s illustrious career. Anniversary stands as a lasting monument to Cathedral’s greatness and will be the LP that Cathedral fans will reach for when they are mourning their fallen heroes.

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It’s hard to pin down where The Sun Blindness are coming from on their second album, Far Arden (independent). On one hand there are too many influences and ideas for the mellow psych-rock to settle. On the other you feel that when the ideas are stripped away there’s not enough at the record’s core. Alternatively, an album based essentially on the forces and moulds of distortion – Lawrence English’s vinyl-only The Peregrine (Experimedia) is completely focused. Based on J.A. Baker’s book, the undercurrents and sonic forms are good enough without you needing to read more into it.

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Starting with something undeniably Australian, and probably Sydney, Jessamine’s self-titled record (Rish), is a solid rock release, if a bit ‘90s. Not particularly definitive or diverse, the femalefronted band has a subtle touch when they need to, especially when it would have been so easy to let guitars get too loose. Less aggravated is Loren on his sixth album, Listening To The Moon (independent). Revered among other roots songwriters, he is obviously a talented songwriter, but this record veers into that inoffensive Jack Johnson zone so easily, it’s almost offensive in itself. Canada’s Temporary Cities have far more get up and go on their record, Temporary Resident (Shock). Tracks like Hummingbird have the right amount of urgency in their indie/altrock approach to make them stand out from the endless waves, however tracks like the grating Don’t Cry throw them right back in the surf.

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SIGUR RÓS Inni

Inertia Inni, the second live album from Iceland post-rock group Sigur Rós, is the soundtrack to a live concert film of the same name. The setlist draws fairly heavily from their last album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, much to Inni’s benefit, as it’s these newer songs that are the highlights as they offer a much more intimate glimpse at the band. Here, Sigur Rós are just the four main members and the overall experience is much more personal and much more off-the-cuff. All of their imperfections humanise them and the album’s all the better because of this. We might not’ve been graced with their presence in 2011, but Inni all but makes up for it. DCR

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NUCLEAR SUNSHINE METAL

Brisbane act Nuclear Summer have just dropped their debut, self-titled album and are hitting the road in support playing Wednesday at Bar 32, Canberra, Thursday at Hot Damn and Thursday 15 December at Jura Books. Drum squeezed in a few quick questions with frontman Lochlan Watt. What on earth is sunshine metal? In the formative days of the band, when the right members found their place and the sound really started to come together, there was some confusion or even perhaps debate about what genre we were creating. While technically you could call it post-hardcore if you wanted to, all my previous bands have been metal and thus my vocal and hair styles have been heavily influenced by metal. One of our friends Jade apparently coined the term in regards to us, and we really liked how it was a bit silly and cheeky but still felt like such a fresh and perfect description. Also, at our third show a drunk metalhead came up to me after the set and said we sounded like a metal version of Minus The Bear, who have made some very sunny albums. There’s experience in the band from previous musical endeavours like The Surrogate and Ryu Vs Ken; how has that influenced your current sound? Ryu Vs Ken was basically the foundation for the style of Nuclear Summer’s complex and noodling guitar work. Brendan and Jackson grew into their instruments by playing together in that band from a young age before they went their separate ways. Jackson moved onto a band called Willows for a while, which is where our drummer Nathan came into the picture, and expanded the horizons into slower, more post-rock styles. The two shredders were reunited with a bit of extra experience under their belts by Nuclear Summer. The Surrogate was the first band where I really got to start exploring my capacity for melodic vocals, and the sludgy nature of that band definitely influenced the tone of my singing, though it has grown a lot further since. While he didn’t play on the album, Scotty, the bass player from Ryu Vs Ken recently filled that position, and things have kind of come full circle. How will you be compensating for the absence of guitarist Jackson Oberle on the upcoming tour? The guy who tracked our album, Chris Brownbill, is a killer guitarist and has had no trouble stepping up to the plate. I recently had a large picture of Jackson framed, which was included in our new photos and video clip, and he’ll be coming with us on tour and will be on stage every night. When he gets back we’re going to see how having three guitarists goes.

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METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC

They’ve told me to keep an eye out for some tour dates soon too.

Alrighty, I have a bunch of housekeeping to get through this week, lots of industry news and info to report as, for once, the gig action is a little light on, well compared to the usual onslaught it is. The biggest news, probably of the year even, is my predecessor and longtime old friend, Andrew Haug is wrapping up his ten-year stint at Triple J as the host of The Racket. It has come as a shock to everyone as evidenced by both the show’s and his own personal Farcebook page melting down last week once the word got out. No word on the future of the show for next year or a new host but it’s definitely the end of an era. Horns up Haugy! \m/ Finally after what seems like so many false starts, the legendary Iced Earth will be making their way here in April for their first ever Aussie tour! Jon Schaffer has managed to crank out nine albums of astonishing quality. You don’t need me to crap on about them; you’re either a fan or you’re not. Their new album, Dystopia, is a monster and it, along with their vast back cat, will be on display at the newly-christened Hi-Fi (which used to be The Forum) on Thursday 5 April. Another Soundwave sideshow has been announced. This time it’s the epic System Of A Down, who will be bringing their own bombs like it was 2002 to the Entertainment Centre in an all ages display on Tuesday 28 February. Two undisputed legends of prog metal have joined forces for a very unique tour this coming February. Scott Kelly from the massively heavy Neurosis, and John Baizley, artist extraordinaire and mainman for Baroness, will tour together but play separately, if that makes sense. Both will respectfully present material from their vast back catalogues and future releases. Canberra gets their fix on Wednesday 8 February at the ANU and after a run to Brisbane they hit the Manning Bar on Saturday 11 February. Next year is set to be a busy one for local rockers RECOIL v.o.r, who have been confirmed to support Californian g-punk legends (Hed)p.e. on their upcoming tour with Mushroomhead vocalist and solo artist Jeffrey Nothing at the Manning Bar on Friday 3 February. Capping off the year in the studio recording their followup to 2010’s The Will To Sin, Recoil v.o.r recently returned from North America where the four-piece had toured the west coast in October. The band has also secured endorsement deals with Aquarian Drum Heads and Ibanez Guitars. Nice going!

ICED EARTH What an incredible year it’s been for Perth prog metal masters Voyager too! Having supported nationally the huge Alestorm tour in May, completed their first US trip taking part in the prestigious Prog Power Festival USA in September and then been the nationwide support for Finnish metal act Children Of Bodom last month, the band has gathered a legion of new fans with every performance. To cap off their most successful year to date, they recently launched their highly anticipated fourth full-length album, The Meaning Of I. The guys, and girl, are set to ride the wave well into next year with tours on the horizon for Europe, the US and here at home. The lads from Nekrofeist will hit the studio in January with the man in demand, Darren Jenk Jenkins, to record their album! Bring that one on! For Leif Ssnake Sixx, it really is all about the riff! He’s got something brewing here that will be totally kick arse when it’s ready to be unleashed. He’s managed to pull off the ultimate in all-star collaborations for his soon to be released project, which is a great bunch of metallised covers and called, funnily enough, Itz All About The Riff. The clip for the latest track has just been put on YouTube and features John and Leeno from Melody Black, Adam Agius and the one and only Steve Hughes putting a very cool spin on the Icehouse classic, Great Southern Land. Do yourself a favour. Melodic death metallers BerserkerfoX are very excited to announce Anthony Von Grim has joined the band as lead vocalist. Tony’s range, roars and brutal screams, demonstrated on his work with BloodWitch, Birdmouth and Fattura Della Morte, made him the ideal replacement for former vocalist, Daniel Mozumder. The guys have a new sticksman too in Oscar Schiesser. The band has had an enormous year but rather than sit back and rest for a bit, they’re diving straight into writing their second album.

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FUGAZI FROM A-Z

Between 1987 and 2003, Fugazi played over 1000 concerts in all 50 states of the USA aas well as all around the world. The band’s sound engineers recorded over 800 of those shows and the recordings are now being made available to fans to download in what is surely the most comprehensive Fugazi live archive in existence. The project has begun with 130 shows and more being released monthly until they’re all available to download for a small fee. A searchable archive lists each show along with available photos, flyers and general show info. There’s also a streaming preview of material for sound quality, and fans can discuss the shows and the recordings in the comments section of the website. Visitors to the site are being encouraged to contribute photos, recordings, corrections and any additional info that might be missing from specific shows. There is a ’set your own price’ element to the download fee, but there is a standard suggested rate of $5 a show. The archive is online now at http:// www.dischord.com/fugazi_live_series.

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In weird random merch news, Vannen Watches are releasing a limited edition Descendents ‘Cool Watch’ this Friday. The Descendents released their last record in 2004 and have begun playing shows again this year after reuniting. The exclusive Descendents watches are US$85 and are limited to 300 pieces. The packaging is numbered and signed by the entire band. Each watch also comes with a load of Descendents and Vannen stickers. Not to mention, six fans will be pretty damn pleased when they find their watches come with an autographed card from artist Brian Ewing that’s redeemable for a limited edition Descendents print that he created for their New York City show back in September. The watches will be available via the official Descendents and Vannen Watches websites. 52 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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Blackened deathsters Sanctum, featuring Mat Sorrensen (ex Syphilis, Infernal Method) and Anthony Delvecchio (Ex switchblade), David Pietersz (ex Bane of Isildur) and Karl Ebing from Myraeth, have just recorded their debut album, engineered by Jenk and mixed and mastered by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus). Road hitting will be happening soon in support.

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New club, Sleaze, will be rocking the Impy in Erskinville on a fortnightly basis starting tonight. Their aim is to bring you glam rock, hair metal, psychobilly, heavy rock,Ssouthern rock, Gothic rock and traditional rock’n’roll. For their opening night they’ve scored Platinum Brunette and Kill Appeal to play from 8pm with Audri Medicate and Blake taking turns spinning the tunes until 3am. It’s also the official launch of the new album from Virginia Killstyxx. Blink is back in a big way. Good old 77 William Street will be there till the end of time I reckon! This week catch Screaming Bikini (featuring Sarah Mcleod of Superjesus and KJ of The Art) with special guest Babyroll. Down at the Stag tonight you can catch Central Coast thrashers Assaulter along with Hellbringer from Canberra and Demonreich from Brissy, which feature memebers of Gospel Of The Horns and Vomitor. The guys from The Coffins Slave will have a merch stall on site with stacks of vinyl and CDs for you to check out too.

SATURDAY

The Town and Country Hotel will play host to Birdmouth’s album launch this evening. The guys plan to play the whole album and apparently offend lots of women who don’t cook or clean – whatever that means? Ten bucks to get in and supports are Arrowhead, Last Trip and Glory Meat. Up at the Lewisham the nice people at Grindhead Records are putting on a show featuring Perth’s tech death titans, Entrails Eradicated. They’re joined by bands with other such charming names as New Blood, Burial Chamber, Festering Drippage and Infest Entrails. heavy@drummedia.com.au

PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH SARAH PETCHALL

First up, if you were listening to triple j and Stu Harvey’s Short.Fast.Loud you would know that the rumours are false (THANK GOD!) and that Fucked Up are not going on hiatus. I for one am very thankful for this news and furthermore cannot wait to see them on Tuesday night at The Standard. Especially now that the excellent I Exist from Canberra have been added to the bill. At the time of writing there were limited tickets left for the show, so I’m not sure if there will still be tickets available on the night. But a band that is going on hiatus (as discussed last week) is New Jersey’s Thursday. Arguably one of the most important post-hardcore bands as a pioneer in the genre, the band’s shows as part of their stint on Soundwave will be their last. To top it off, Soundwave have announced that the New Jersey band will be playing two Sidewaves that will be “a celebration of their influential career”. So what Thursday will be doing at these shows is playing their most influential album, Full Collapse, in its entirety as well as tracks from their extensive back catalogue. Joining Thursday on these shows will be Saves The Day (who Thursday played their first ever show alongside in a New Jersey basement) and Circa Survive. Tickets are on sale now for the Sydney show on Monday 27 February 2012, at the Metro Theatre. After releasing their cracking Extended Family debut album back in September, those wild men from Tasmania that make up Luca Brasi are finally taking their punk rock carnival on the road this January and February. While a bunch of shows have already been organised, the band have stated that they plan to add some last minute all ages and DIY shows along the way. So keep checking the band’s Facebook page (or this column) for details. In the meantime, you can catch the band in Sydney when they play as a part of the lineup for the Blood, Sweat & Beers Festival at the Annandale on Saturday 4 February 2012. While we’re talking about Luca Brasi and Blood, Sweat & Beers, the second wave of bands to be featured on the lineup has been announced and the additions have pitched my anticipation for the festival even higher. Fresh from a massive European tour, Adelaide’s Stolen Youth will be joining the lineup, along with Queensland’s Army Of Champions, a swampy band from the lower inner western end of Sydney called Glitter Canyon, the thrastastic Frank Rizzo, La Mancha Negra, Wagons and, due to overwhelming Internet pressure, Sydney’s newcomers Milhouse. Annandale Hotel – Saturday 4 February. Be there!

OFF! This week is a massive week for gigs, so I’m going to go through a couple of things now that you definitely should not miss out on. I’ve already mentioned the Fucked Up sideshow but the other one that you really can’t miss out on is OFF!, hitting the country for the very first time. And the announcement of who exactly will be supporting has made the excitement all the more palpable, so Wednesday at the Annandale, head on down and check out this supergroup of Californian hardcore punk, as supported by Epics and the incredible The Hard-Ons. Limited tickets are still available. While arguably not punk or hardcore, I’m putting this in anyway because I love this band! The Snowdroppers are currently on the road in support of the release of their new 7” single, I’ve Been So Lonely Now Since You’ve Been Gone. It’s backstreet blues with a punk rock vibe and it’s all good. You can catch them at The Metro on Friday. Pulled Apart By Horses released their self-titled debut in 2010 and it was a sonic maelstrom of screamo with some epic riffage that makes their sound heavy, music that you could definitely shake a tail feather to. So the news that the Leeds quartet are set to release the follow-up should be met with great excitement by, well, everyone! Called Tough Love, it’s much more muscular than its predecessor and with Gil Norton in the production chair (The Pixies, Foo Fighters) you know that this album is going to have big balls. I don’t have exact release dates yet, but keep an eye on this space and on the music news sites, because this album and this band won’t stay quiet for long.

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It has been over three years since Antiskeptic decided to call it quits after a career that spanned ten years and a massive 1000 shows worldwide. Now, in the great tradition of the reformation and reunion tour, this much loved Melbourne band is set to return to the world of punk music, kicking off their resumption of duties with a return to the live stage that earned them a legion of fans across the country to begin with. Called the Back In The Game Tour, it will hit three major cities, including Sydney, and will be bringing Adelaide’s Move To Strike (with further supports to be announced) along for the ride. You can catch them on Saturday 25 February at The Lair at The Metro Theatre. Last thing this week, in a recent interview English singersongwriter Frank Turner has revealed that a lineup has formed for his new hardcore side project. The band has decided upon ideas for their musical direction, but have yet to select a name for themselves. Said Turner, “It’s gonna happen, we’ve got a lineup, we’ve got an idea, we don’t have a name yet. I’m so used to be being a solo artist and therefore in total control of what’s happening and I had a name for the project but some people weren’t into it and I forgot I couldn’t just overrule everyone all of the time. The main thing is it’s going to be a side project, it’s going to be in downtime from what I’m doing now and I don’t know when the next time I’m going to have downtime is. As soon as I do, we’ll get cracking on it. Hopefully we’re going to put out a record next year.” wakethedead@drummedia.com.au


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HIP HOP WITH VIKTOR KRUM

Just so you know: Purpose is one of the best rappers in this country. He runs around with other rappers whose monikers begin with the letter “p” (Prime, Pohetikut…) and he looks like a 12 year old wearing his cool older brother’s clothes. Also, crucially, he still doesn’t have a solo release out. This means he’s easy to lose track of and easy to miss. Don’t make that mistake though. He really is one of the best we have. He’s also very productive. He’s currently in the middle of a series of mixtapes called If The City Had A Voice. Head to ifthecityhadavoice.com to catch the third, free instalment he put out recently. We can expect to hear Purp’s debut album (a “debut” that will arrive after at least seven mixtapes. So, you know…), Where It Starts, in 2012. For those unfamiliar, the time has come for you to get familiar. For those already familiar, we can rest easy: our long wait is nearly over. True story: in 2005 we went to a Jean Grae show at The Basement and she made this great joke that went something like, “if anyone ever asks me about what collaborations I’ve done that they might have heard I turn it around. I ask them if they’ve ever heard a female rapper. If they say ‘yes’ I explain to them that that woman was probably me. I’m the only one doing it.” Six and a half years on that is no longer true and, indeed, was a bit of an exaggeration at the time. These days we tend to have rappers of the fairer sex making (small but significant) headway in every type of rap music around from bubblegum pop guest verse gabblers to yawn-inducing conscious emcees to cuss-slinging battle rappers. That doesn’t mean that Jean wasn’t significant. And that doesn’t mean that she’s lost all significance now either. On 4 January you’ve got the chance to catch Jean up close and personal at GoodGod. The venue’s small and the tickets will sell out. Hurry! One of our old neighbours used to say that a train with bubbly spray paint writing on it was a train with a tattoo. He was six. It was cute. Well, we recently lost one of our greatest train tattooists Lotus and we all wish her friends and family the very best. On 16 December the Bald Faced Stag will be playing host to a memorial jam for Lotus. There’ll be a raffle involving Lotus artworks and merchandise. All of the proceeds will go to her family. It’s an opportunity for giving thanks and paying our respects. Get there. On 11 December Chali 2na will be playing the Oxford Art Factory. The show’s been moved from the Upstairs

There’s a small history lesson below, but before you get there head over to www.soya.com.au. It’s not a soybean site, it’s the Qantas Spirit Of Youth Awards. For young Australians under 30 it’s a chance to excel in a creative field – everything from gaming and writing to music and visual arts – with the cash to support your dreams. Applications for the fashion award close this Friday, so get on it! A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away, before your My Chemical Romances and your Hot Lies and your The Used, things were simpler. Emo was not yet a dirty word and there were bands like, well, those below in the first response, which led the pack. Now bands like Arrows and In Sepia fly the flag and do a wonderful job of it. We got Paul and Dave from In Sepia to have a quick chat before they fly the flag at two all ages shows this weekend.

JEAN GRAE Beresford. All Beresford tix are now valid for OAF, though. Don’t sweat it. Big Village’s True Vibenation got the support, too. We know there are those who don’t have the patience for Chali. Despite his magnificent – impossible! glorious! – voice there’s a school of thought that says he’s a little too preachy, a little too college, a little too what-white-guys-with-dreadlocks-listen-toon-their-iPods. Each to their own but at least we can all agree that this quote, where he addresses this issue in a roundabout way, is a classic: “I want to enlighten, but I ain’t trying to be a bumper sticker.” Mike G’s new, free EP called Award Tour is OFWGKTA’s best release since we first heard Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia/Ultra. Hodgy Beats and Syd tha Kid do the production. The release is timely too. Cynical columnists with short attention spans were probably just at that point where the Wolf Gang were seeming a little tiresome; a little 2011, if you know what we mean. Danny Brown has a track up called Blunt After Blunt and it’s directed by A$AP Rocky. The song is very, very good. The clip is OK. Watch it, love it and catch a little déjà vu while you’re there. getittogether@gmail.com

BREAKDOWN Inside the Tiger Airways terminal, it was like a scene not out of Skins but perhaps a prequel to the sex-crazed Aussie tribute to that series, SLiDE. There were no signs of the groups of teenagers having been up all night on E-fuelled benders, no lingerie worn as clothing, not even a blurted word their mothers wouldn’t approve of. Instead, those lounging on the benches waiting for the gate to open for the 11am flight to the Gold Coast were dressed casually in shorts and Ts, sipping on soft drinks and, when not doing that, making out with each other. A lot. Sociologists take note: the PDA aversion has not yet reached those under 20. It was an absent-minded plan to sit on the beach for a couple of days that had me clashing with the school-leavers in transit. I was a Schoolies crasher. A ‘Toolie’. Thankfully the beach I was heading for was far from the police-monitored vomit of Surfer’s Paradise. On the plane, the pashing was paused in order to free up hands and mouths needed to call out names across the rows of seats and to drink – or just talk about drinking. The two guys sitting next to me clearly didn’t know each other but were aboard for the same reason. “You going to Schoolies?” the bigger one, who had patches randomly shaved into his matted hair and a large scar on his forehead, asked the other. “Yeah,” the reply came, the softer-looking kid checking his expensive watch and playing with his nose ring. “You like football?” the big one immediately followed up. “No.” And that was the beginning and end of it. It’s nice to know nothing’s changed. And then something strange happened. It wasn’t at all unexpected, but the way it happened was eerie, akin to a Stephen King scenario – a great, sweeping hush caused by something not of this world. The introductions and the conversations stopped and now the majority of those onboard had their earphones in, their leads plugged into – almost exclusively – iPhones. Now they were each experiencing the flight to their end-of-school holiday to a privately chosen soundtrack. Some were smiling out the window, others had their eyes closed and a handful were angling their phones in the air to make a car or character turn in a game. Not a week earlier, a similar fictional scenario had caused a snide remark from a friend. In the final episode of the ABC adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ novel, The Slap, the teenage characters Richie (played by Blake 54 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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POP CULTURE THERAPY WITH ADAM CURLEY

For the uninitiated, how would you describe In Sepia’s sound? In Sepia sounds reminiscent of something that may have come out of the mid-‘90s. There is a strong mid-west indieemo feel, with twinkling inter-winding parts, large shifts in dynamics from soft drifting vocal melodies to loud spiralling end of the world guitars. Fans of Mineral, Christie Front Drive, The Appleseed Cast as well as newer bands like Joie de Vivre would feel at home listening to this. You’ve played Jura Books on more than one occasion visiting Sydney, so what keeps you coming back to that all ages venue? Jura Books takes a welcoming approach to holding shows for bands that like to do it themselves. Shows include a great vegan meal cooked by volunteers for a small donation and you play in a cosy space surrounded by books. The team running Jura Books are also great people and are supporters of social change, being actively involved across a variety of current social issues and causes. Your other show in Sydney is also all ages. How important is playing all ages shows to the band? Coming from Brisbane where all ages shows are getting harder to play, having two AA shows is a luxury. Though In Sepia doesn’t attract a strong under-age crowd, playing at small venues or spaces that are inclusive of everyone is ideal where possible. We felt that both Jura Books and Blackwire Records are excellent spaces that align with many of our beliefs and support the DIY music scene.

ALL AGES WITH DAVE DRAYTON

IN SEPIA IN JURA BOOKS

What’s the best all ages venue in your opinion? ON SIERRA Our favourite AA venues we’ve played would have to be Burst City in Brisbane, which has since closed its doors – it was run by our good friend Will and was a great sounding open room with a nice area out back for refreshments; or Jura Books in Sydney for the reasons mentioned above. Tom and everyone involved with Blackwire records need to be mentioned for the constant support of DIY music and holding shows every week! This is your last tour, so what can you tell us about the reasons for breaking up and future plans for In Sepia? The band was started a few years back as a creative outlet for playing music we liked for some fun and we’ve achieved that. Throughout the course of the band, we’ve all been busy working, studying, touring with other acts, on holidays and at one point living up to four hours apart. Next year we’ll be living further apart as Dave, our drummer, is moving overseas, so it will be impossible to continue with the current lineup. Having started as friends, we decided to end it as the same group of friends. The floor is yours to sell us the weekend’s gigs... Go! Saturday we are playing Jura Books, with Intentions, Thorax and Zita Grimm. It’s the debut of Zita Grimm, which features members of Intentions, Thylacine and Bare Arms. We’ll be backing up Sunday to play Blackwire with F’Tang, Making and Blenheim, the latter being Vindan from Intentions’ solo project. allages@drummedia.com.au

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URBAN AND R&B NEWS BY CYCLONE

Did anyone really expect Rihanna to present a classic urban-pop album so soon after the generic Loud? The Bajan Robyn Fenty has dropped six albums in seven years, the latest, Talk That Talk, led by Calvin Harris’ euphoric We Found Love. We..., which underscores house music’s ongoing fascination with the ‘90s, isn’t Fenty’s (or Harris’), most obvious song, but it sure gets under the skin. Harris is a master of simplicity, the line “We found love in a hopeless place” saying so much. Unfortunately, it’s the pinnacle of TTT.

THE TWERPS Davis) and Connie (Sophie Lowe) get to live out their hormonal ups and downs in montages set to semiup-to-date ‘atmospheric dance’ music – montages of dancing and laughing at festivals and running and crying on suburban streets. When Connie is having a hard time, she goes home and jumps on her bed and puts her earphones in. My friend had seen enough: why, he asked, did representations of teendom all have to be naff, angst-ridden stereotypes? Why did every show or film have to resort to crappy soundtracked montages or have its character reach for an iPod whenever there was the hint of an emotion? It’s patronising and unrealistic, my friend said. I’d thought a similar thing but come to a different conclusion. Though The Slap was heavy-handed in its treatment of its youngest characters, it’s remarkable, I thought, how sometimes the most obvious, overused device can also be the most appropriate. It’s also remarkable how little changes, not just across generations of teenagers but as they become adults. Many adults might not want to admit it, but there are plenty of us who buy records or concert tickets or simply reach for the earphones in emotional circumstances, be it the excitement of summer or the stomach-turning sadness of a break-up or an infatuation gone wrong. And so, as the plane lifted above the clouds, I too put my earphones in and turned on my chosen soundtrack to a beach holiday – the debut self-titled album from Melbourne slacker-pop The Twerps (Chapter Music); dreamy, a little off-kilter, a bit angsty and entirely perfect. breakdown@drummedia.com.au

Princess RiRi sees herself as a game-changing female pop artiste like Madonna with her sexually-empowered image and constant reinventions but, also like Madge, she’s a singles, not album, artist. Fenty, 23, already has sufficient memorable ‘hits’ for her own Immaculate Collection. She came close to a great album with Good Girl Gone Bad. However, in 2009’s gothic Rated R, Fenty finally unveiled her Like A Prayer. She purged herself of troubled ex-boyfriend Chris Brown – and the music felt personal and connected. But on last year’s disjointed Loud she embraced the ubiquitous Euro-trance pop fad and vague, clichéd lyrics. Songs like Only Girl (In The World) are but part of a cultural ‘girl power’ masquerade. Sadly, TTT is Loud II. Madonna’s albums have often lacked cohesion, but the Queen of Pop can pick a tune as well as a trend – plus she’s hands-on. Fenty is essentially a song stylist. The star may relate to the lyrics of We..., but she didn’t write ‘em. Fenty hasn’t had the time to gather decent material for TTT either. She actually recorded it while on the road. The tracks have been ordered – and dispatched – like after-hours room service. Fenty has also had distracting extracurricular commitments. Indeed, she’s a brand now, similarly to Beyoncé. Fenty – who, as a blonde, just graced the cover of British Vogue – is marketing her own perfume, Reb’l Fleur, and will appear in the action movie, Battleship, alongside Alexander Skarsgård and Liam Neeson. The irony? She has cut rad songs for other albums lately. Ignoring David Guetta’s pedestrian Who’s That Chick?, Fenty duets on Coldplay’s Princess Of China and Drake’s Take Care (co-produced by Jamie “XX” Smith!). Despite reports that Fenty would delve deeper into dubstep on TTT, she even plays it safe with producers, hiring Dr Luke, her friend Katy Perry’s regular cohort, and, again, StarGate. As such, TTT is possibly Fenty’s least rebellious (read: edgy) album. Its ‘theme’ is the pleasure principle, this ‘anti’ role model moving on from Brown and the

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RIHANNA vengeful Man Down. In fact, TTT is more Janet Jackson than Madonna. Fenty, never convincing as the artful postmodernist, co-opts but doesn’t subvert pornographic tropes. TTT is no pop Story Of O as Erotica was. Dr Luke’s You Da One, Fenty’s current single, might be a number off Jessie J’s repackaged Who You Are. It’s formulaic (not bespoke) beat-driven future pop with a subliminal dubstep influence – Fenty’s lilting reggae vocal verges on self-parody. There are more Ibiza ‘anthems’ in Where Have You Been, with Balearic guitar flourishes – alas, that acid squelching destroys the ‘heady’ vibe – and the dancefloor ballad, Drunk On Love, with a poignantly vulnerable opener, “I feel like I’m a hopeless romantic, I can’t help falling in love,” and ultra-cred sample of The XX. Much has been made of Fenty’s overtly sexual lyrics on TTT (yo, did ya’ll miss S&M?), but not her desire for romance. Fenty’s RocNation boss (and mentor) Jay-Z offers some suitably flossy – and throwaway – bits on StarGate’s forgettable Notorious BIG-sampling electro titletrack. Cockiness (Love It) is a dirty minimal urban dancehall banger from Jessica Mauboy producer Bangladesh – we’ve heard way too many of these tuneless ‘tunes’. And, because Fenty likes to cover all bases, two tracks hark back to Loud’s self-consciously alt-rock California King Bed – No ID’s We All Want Love (has the Chi-towner been listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers?) and Alex da Kid’s Farewell, cousin to Bruno Mars’ emo It Will Rain. Next time, RiRi?... ogflavas@drummedia.com.au


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GIMME A GRAMMY

BLUES AND ROOTS WITH DAN CONDON

Robicheaux was a sculpter, a painter and an actor (you may have seen him sacrifice a chicken in HBO’s Treme; but it was always music and his spirituality that he was renowned for. He worked as a musician for much of his life, but purely as a session player or live performer – his debut record, 1994’s Spiritland, wasn’t released until he was 47 years old. Before that most people outside of the areas he would tour knew him from the Dr John classic, I Walk On Gilded Splinters, where an almost possessed sounding Mac Rebennack chants Robicheaux’s name over and over. When the wider world did get to hear Coco’s music, it was clear we’d been missing something very special. His gravelly voice, deemed Waitsian by many, and soulful bluesy compositions are absolutely breathtaking and he remains one of the many incredible, relatively unsung talents in the world of New Orleans music.

One of the great things about this loosely termed blues music and the culture that surrounds it is the characters who make it so rich. The tragic thing about this is that many of these characters are living on borrowed time and are taken away from us all too often. Whether it just be their time or whether a life of excess has taken its ultimate toll, it’s a fact of life that everyone has to go sometime and this year we’ve sadly lost many of the great characters of this music. The week before last added another name to the list of those who’ve passed this year. News came through over the weekend that Coco Robicheaux had passed while waiting for a drink at his regular New Orleans haunt, the Apple Barrel, one Friday night just following Thanksgiving. He’s not a household name, far from it in fact, but in New Orleans he was a renowned character; it’s said that if you didn’t know him then you at least knew plenty of stories about him. The wonderful thing about the internet is that many people have taken to posting their experiences with Robicheaux. My first connection with him came through the great musician and musicologist Ned Sublette, who wrote a story about the artist in an article published on the website for non-profit writer’s publication Bomb magazine. The story featured Sublette in conversation with Robicheaux not long after the devastation of Katrina and it revealed that Coco was one of the last to leave the Louisianan city and one of the first to return. “Everybody saying, “Get out! Get out!” I left about five days afterwards, when the big levee started breakin’. I got all

COCO ROBICHEAUX ready to go, I packed up my guitars and my amps and my songs and stuff like that. I was almost out of town, and I thought about my friends out there in the Ninth Ward. So I drove out through the deep water and had to pull my gun on this guy that wanted my truck. He come up with a big piece of steel. I said, “Look at this one!” “Whoop, be cool, be cool, man!” Went backin’ away in the water.

His spiritual side is almost as frequently spoken of as his music; a mish mash of voodoo, Christianity, Hinduism and and the teachings of his Native American ancestors. There were certain powers he professed to having as well as powers that others professed him to have, all of which he credits as getting from his grandmother, who he described as a gris-gris healer.

“I came back to New Orleans the day afterwards. I couldn’t stand it down here. Everything smelled like death and crap. You’d be tryin’ to talk to somebody and you’d have flies tryin’ to get in your mouth while you’re speakin’, or in your ear. Flies. Millions of ‘em. And mosquitoes. All kinds of stuff.”

The story of Coco Robicheaux is such a rich and fascinating one, there are plenty of articles to read online and his website streams a whole heap of his fantastic music, while YouTube is full of videos of him speaking and performing. I urge you, if you have any interest in New Orleans, to check him out. May he rest in peace.

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JAZZ/WORLD WITH MICHAEL SMITH

Gadjo Guitars – Ravesi’s Bondi Beach

Wednesdays in December, new venue Blue Beat in Double Bay hosts the “off-kilter conceptual jazz noir for the striptease cocktail lounge” that is Jimmy Vargas & The Black Dahlias, featuring Argentinean vixen, Liliana Scarlatta. Christmas means Carols by the Tree down in the Convention Centre Forecourt at Darling Harbour, with some of this city’s finest a cappella groups performing free Thursdays through Sundays till Christmas eve from 7pm, kicking off Thursday with Sway, who return on Sunday, then Heartbeat on Friday and Sorelle on Saturday.

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Declan Kelly – 505 James Morrison – The Basement Kim Sanders & Friends: Elphick’s Last Stand Part Two – Sound Lounge FIONA JOY HAWKINS & TRYSETTE

Saturday night, Sydney Conservatorium’s Recital Hall East hosts an evening with a difference – Film Of Sound – where a film will be composed in immediate relation to the sound structure created by Australia’s leading experimental ensemble austraLYSIS, rather than the other way round.

James Valentine Quartet + Daniel Weltlinger – Golden Sheaf

Saturday also sees the Strelitza Trio – Eleanor Betts on cello, Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich on violin and Evgeny Ukhanov on piano – presenting a one-off concert at the Seymour Centre titled Aural Hallucinations.

Alister Spence Trio – 505

Elixir featuring Katie Noonan have announced a tour kicking off in February that will see them play Lizotte’s Kincumber Thursday 2, Lizotte’s Dee Why Friday 3 and Lizotte’s Newcastle Saturday 4.

TUESDAY 6 The Denominators + Judy Bailey Trio – 505

Samba Mundi – Camelot Lounge

SATURDAY 10

Paul Sun Trio – Riverside Girls High, Gladesville (morning) Wanderlust – Sound Lounge

Paul Sun & Monique Lysiak – Jazushi

Tina Harrod – 505

WEDNESDAY 7

Michael Griffin Quintet – Summer Hill Hotel Yuki Kumagai & John Mackie – Wellco Café Leichhardt

Will Henderson – Kudu Lounge

Rapskallion + Emma Dean – Camelot Lounge

THURSDAY 8

Susan Gai Dowling – Jazushi

MONDAY 12

Andrew Dickeson Trio – Colbourne Ave Glebe Eastside Radio presents Mucho Mambo – 505

James Muller Trio – 505

The D1 Orchestra – Blue Beat Double Bay Tablao Flamenco – Lizotte’s Dee Why

Fiona Joy Hawkins + Trysette – Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium

Evan Lohning – Hernandez Café Glebe

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THE SWAMP SHACK Lucy Desoto began her musical career back in the heady days of the Sydney blues and r’n’b scene of the 1970s, singing out front of The Living Daylights along with guitarist Rob Lucky. Since then Lucy has applied her talents as both a singer, songwriter and keyboardist to become one of this country’s leading blues rockers perhaps best known for her longtime collaboration with the late Pete Wells, with whom she co-wrote some 200 songs and recorded over 20 CDs. Lucy and her current band The Handsome Devils play the Sandringham Hotel this coming Sunday from 4pm. Friday Marrickville Bowling Club is throwing open the doors to a night of unbridled psychobilly with gothically-charged Captain Reckless & The Lost Souls cutting loose with their rock’n’ghoul. Evolving from the much-loved Zombie Ghost Train of a few years back and are guaranteed to take you to a new dimension! Exciting to see Louisiana’s Rosie Ledet on the bill for the upcoming Byron Bluesfest. Zydeco hasn’t had much of a look in recently as far as international visitors are concerned despite the fact the genre is as strong as ever in the American South with artists such as Chris Ardoin giving the music a very contemporary slant. Billed as the “Zydeco Sweetheart” Rosie is renowned for her “tell it like it is” and at times sexually suggestive lyrics, all delivered with a driving, highly contagious beat.

ROCKABILLY/PSYCOBILLY/ALT.COUNTRY WITH PEDRO MANOY

THURSDAY

The Musos Club Jam Night rocks the Carousel Inn.

FRIDAY

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are back in Australia to play the Factory along with Smitty and B Goode. Jim Conway’s Big Wheel have a huge night in store at the Empire Hotel and Johnny G & The E-Types serve up that Memphis soul stew at the Brass Monkey. CAPTAIN RECKLESS

Wards Express have an end of the year Christmas get together at Club Cronulla featuring Ross Ward, Bruce Stephens, Al Britton and Martin Davison. At the Matraville RSL it’s rockabilly with the Road Runners.

TUESDAY

SATURDAY

Adam Pringle and friends get jiggy with the the blues at the Sandringham Hotel.

WEDNESDAY Night At The Crossroads is a tribute to the immortal Robert Johnson featuring Dom Turner, Ian Collard, Suzannah Espie, The Blues Preachers, Nick Rheinberger, Kevin Bennett, Jeremy Edwards, John Cass, Syd Green and John Haselwood. It’s been touring the clubs with great success and on Wednesday plays Lizotte’s in Newcastle. You can celebrate Tom Waits’ birthday with a special “bash” featuring Abby Dobson, Jeff Duff, Lloyd Spiegel, Pugsley Buzzard and Yaron Hall & The Sluggs at the atmospheric Camelot Lounge.

Dave Tice & Mark Evans are back at their favourite haunt at the Sandringham Hotel from 4pm. The Steve Edmonds Band play the Hornsby Inn and Stormcellar get rootsy at the Bald Rock Hotel.

SUNDAY

The Chris Mawer Band start 2pm at the Heathcote Hotel, while American Wolf Mail plays the Towradgi Beach Hotel from 3pm. The Leanne Paris Band get soulful at the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel from 5pm, Ray Beadle launches his new CD at Vault 146 while Hunter & Suzy Owens play the Marrickville Bowlo. swampshack@drummedia.com.au

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The Grammy nominations are out and there are some stellar acts competing in the roots categories. Lynda Chorney, Ry Cooder and Lucinda Williams will be up against legends Emmylou Harris, for her record, Hard Bargain, and Levon Helm for Ramble At The Ryman, all in the Americana category. Best Bluegrass includes Alison Krauss & Union State, Jim Lauderdale, Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Del McCoury Band and Ralph Stanley. Best Blues Album features excellent records such as Greg Allman’s Low Country Blues, Marcia Ball’s Roadside Attractions, Man In Motion by Warren Haynes, Keb Mo’s The Reflection and Revelator by Tedeschi Trucks Band. Best Folk is full of familiar names, ranging from stalwarts like Steve Earl and Gillian Welch to relative newcomers Fleet Foxes for their second album, Helplessness Blues, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and The Civil Wars. Last but not least, Best Regional Roots Album nominees include C.J. Chenier, George Kahumoku Jr., Rebirth Brass Band, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys and Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra. The 54th Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday 12 February.

THE JOLLY BOYS

Probably best described as Buena Vista Social Club meets Bob Marley meets Tony Bennett, Jamaican six-piece The Jolly Boys are perhaps the unlikeliest of national musical treasures, but they’ve obviously got something pretty magical going because they’ve been invited to perform at the Hoan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in PenrithFriday 6 January.

TWO GRAND I’M YOURS

Two of Australia’s finest contemporary pianists, Fiona Joy Hawkins, showcasing her new album, Christmas Joy, and most recent one, Blue Dream, both with ABC Music, and Trysette, showcasing her latest, Le Café Ancien, have been on tour together and finish it at the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium, Monday 12 December. Drum asked Hawkins about it. How did you two come to be travelling together in the first place? I’d just arranged a tour in the US and was having a conversation with my publisher about touring Australia. Literally that same day I received an email from Trysette asking if I wanted to tour. I fell in love with her music, her idea of playing only grand pianos and the combination of her folk/pop style with my classical/New Age piano and vocals. The similarities were amazing, Trysette was touring the US at the same time and we both had albums recorded on a Stuart & Sons piano. I said yes instantly. You’ve got a Christmas album, so will you be playing a lot of that for this show? What else will you both be playing in a festive mode? I tried to avoid the usual clichés in the recording of Christmas Joy and did Walking In The Air in Gaelic, Still Still Still with Paraguayan harp and Jingle Bells with didge and African talking drum. I perform a selection of these along with tracks from [previous album] Blue Dream. Trysette has a different take on the Christmas theme that needs to be seen to be appreciated! There’s plenty of humour and we’re having a great time. The tour’s opened doors beyond Christmas with international bookings taking it overseas next year and both our albums getting US releases.

OH MY SWEET LAURA

Alt-country posterboy Ryan Adams may have given the impression that he’s not so keen on collaborations recently after he refused to partake in a scripted collaboration, performing Fall At Your Feet with Neil Finn and Janis Ian on BBC program, The Songwriter’s Circle, but it seems he’s taken a shine to a fellow young folk musician. Adams invited Laura Marling to join him in the Abbey Road studios when taping a session for Live From Abbey Road, to sing Oh My Sweet Carolina, adlibbing on vocals that were originally recorded by Emmylou Harris no less. Adams had mentioned his admiration for Marling’s work via Twitter last year, saying her latest record “made me feel rather insignificant at songwriting.”

LUCKY LANIE

Local musician Lanie Lane has got herself a slot opening for Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot tour heading to our fair shores early next year. Lane has come a long way since being Unearthed by Triple J with her song, What Do I Do, earlier this year. Her debut record, To The Horses, a heady mix of rockabilly and early rock’n’roll, reached #12 on the charts on its first week. Having completed a sold-out headline tour a month or so ago, she’ll be gearing up for the Setzer shows come March 2012.

THE VIETNAMESE CONNECTION

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DANCE MOVES While people spend the final month of the year frenziedly reading and compiling lists of the year’s best albums and (occasionally) songs, it’s still too-often overlooked that dance music remains best experienced in the mix. These days, many of the best mixes are unofficial Internet affairs usually forgotten about by year’s end. Here’s my take on the best 2011 had to offer (most of these should be easily located via google). On their January 2011 mix for FACT magazine German deep house duo Âme ascended to new levels of dreamy psychedelia, crafting a hypnotic, deliquescing, vocalheavy mix that unexpectedly reminded me of Can’s Future Days. So good was it they later released the mix officially under the name Primary Structures. Brilliant UK funky act Ill Blu offered a guest mix for BBC 1xtra’s Mistajam on 8 February 2011, largely comprised of their own, mostly still unreleased 2011 masterpieces, by far the most consistently banging display of brilliance you’ll hear this year. That day Nicolas Jaar offered to XLR8R a mix of his own lovingly crafted house productions and edits, all decrepit soul vocals, lachrymose synth chords, pointillist rhythm tracks, culminating in the charming, rousing (and still unreleased) piano “anthem” (for souls in purgatory), Encore. Primitive house revivalism remained a big deal in 2011 and maybe my favourite practitioners are the Future Times label. In February in-house DJs Mondo and Max assembled a label overview for Resident Advisor which reimagined early house as a refined, even aristocratic world of fluorescent spandex, all shiny textures and rubbery beats. In March the mysterious (and mysteriously named) duo Nguzunguzu offered The Perfect Lullaby to Drowned in Sound, a scintillating collection of their signature fusion of R&B, house and kuduro as soothing as it was energising, and as eerie as it was soothing. In May Dillon Francis dropped his Hard Summer 2011 mixtape, my favourite summary of moombahton this year, not hurt at all by the liberal inclusion of Francis’ own explosive productions. Loud, slothful, squelchy and clattering, as you’d expect, but also filled with unexpected curveballs and surprises. UK funky’s reigning DJ Marcus Nasty had a less brilliant year than the three preceding, but his 20 April

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It has certainly been the year of Abel Tesfaye. Better known as The Weeknd, the 21 year old Canadian artist has released two critically acclaimed mixtape albums, House Of Balloons and Thursday, which have made him one of the most talked about artists online and off; and he’s even managed time to write with/produce for/guest on Drake’s new album, Take Care.

2011 set for Rinse FM was one of his absolute best ever, a spellbinding collision of hard-edged syncopated grooves and, in particular, the inspired interplay of MCs Rankin and Shantie. Instrumental grime expert Royal-T’s June mix for FACT is so massive it’s actually exhausting to listen to, as the producer brings stadium-rock largesse to the expected apocalyptic grime and garage grooves – my favourite moment being the cheesy-but-still-huge vibes of opener, Sax On The Beach. DJ E1D’s It’s A Lot! The UKG Sessions, Vol. 2 from July remains the best encapsulation of post-bassline 2-step revivalism, an unabashedly populist selection that careens from bassline to 2-step and from unlikely anthem to unlikely anthem with a refreshing lack of self-consciousness. At the end of July Matthew Kyle put out Live @ Rhythm & Brunch, a devastatingly gorgeous collection of slo-mo house and disco revivalism that put me onto more amazing individual releases than any other mix this year; but the best thing about this set is its sustained mood of floating in zero-gravity. The second half of my year was dominated by a mix released officially but not in Australia: Boy Better Know’s Tropical 2, a five years on sequel to UK grime artist JME’s original vision of helium-voiced rave transcendence. This edition was deeper, more lustrous and more unsettling than its predecessor, shifting from stabs at peak-time house anthems to haunting syncopated grooves that could soundtrack alien ballet performances on Venus. dancemoves@drummedia.com.au

Tesfaye’s albums as The Weeknd so far are the first two-thirds of a trilogy – the last part of which surely dropping this month, or next at the very latest (House Of Balloons being released in March, and Thursday in August). In the meantime, an epic music video has just been released for House Of Balloons’ closing track, The Knowing, which has been making the rounds on the interwebs this week in all its seven-minute glory, and it’s a spectacular fusion of Andrei Tarkovsky and Alejandro Jodorowsky (taking cues from Stalker and The Holy Mountain, respectively), and adding lots of metaphysical, spiritual and sexual imagery that results in a video that’s equal parts 1970s/1980s psychedelic trip, educational video and perfume ad. It’s all very artfilm, but not in the way Kanye West’s Runaway video tried (and somewhat succeeded) to be; The Knowing’s no vanity project. Director Mikael Colombu has a love of rich blues and intensely warm reds that hasn’t been seen since Wong Kar-wai last picked up the camera, something that’s also notable in a promo for Janelle Monae. Here’s hoping that the third album, Echoes Of Silence, as it’s apparently called, will come complete with music videos for each track, a la what Bon Iver’s just done. The year began with another excellent free “mixtape”, by Swedish duo jj, who spent 2010 receiving the sort of hype and words that The Weeknd has had this year, although they quickly slipped into the abyss. Where did they go? Their Kills album was spectacular, a mashing up of great tracks from the hipster end of the hip hop spectrum – think M.I.A., Kanye West and Notorious B.I.G. – overlain with ice-cool vocals. It was the soundtrack to the beginning of our year and, whilst the middle of 2011 has seen the flogging of James Blake, The Horrors, Blanck Mass and others, we’ve come back to The Weeknd to play the year off. Speaking of Drake, Florence + The Machine recently covered the artist’s new album title track, Take Care. In a video of the band’s performance of the song for BBC

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Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Florence Welch reveals that Drake and the song’s co-writer Rihanna and producer Jamie xx are three of her favourite artists, and it’s evident through her take on the song, which the band keeps close to the original, albeit dominated by Florence’s almighty voice. It’s quite surreal because at once it’s completely Drake and Florence. You can watch the video on YouTube and remixes are already popping up on various blogs. Back on the topic of “art” (sort of), we stumbled upon a masterpiece of contemporary sound art whilst writing this column called All Together Now – Everything The Beatles Ever Did. The title is literal; a guy on Soundcloud called Ramjac (real name: Paul Chivers) has overlain every song (presumably meaning every song released on an album) by The Beatles into one single track, starting with the longest (Revolution 9) and gradually bringing in each and every song at the point that allows them all to end together. Honestly, nothing prepares you for the assault that comes at the five-minute mark, as the songs become a singular mass, completely unrecognisable, at first sounding like a room full of people talking over each other and eventually becoming on par with torrential rain and hail hitting your tin roof. It’s absolute genius and the only gripe that can be had is that it doesn’t end with the final chord from A Day In The Life, which, whilst perhaps a cheap ending (since it’d merely replicate the original’s climactic build), would allow for a slight relief.


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THURSDAY 8 Backyard Play – street artists Teem, Cam Wall, Sprinkles, Mr. Sweet and King of Nothing spent an afternoon with some snags, beer and canvases, and set about creating a series of artworks. The results are on display. Opening night, 6pm. Plump Gallery until 14 December. Beastman: Cosmic Nature – the first solo exhibition from Beastman in 18 months, bringing together works that he’s done in that time. The night also launches the artist’s first foray into a publishing, a 60-page zine called Suburban Nature. Opening night, 7pm. Kind Of Gallery, Darlinghurst until 18 December.

SATURDAY 10 Story Of A Rabbit – Hugh Hughes, who finds his neighbour’s rabbit lying dead in his garden, decides the only sensible thing to do is to put it in a box. But it doesn’t fit. As he puzzles over what to do with the body he starts to wonder how much of life disappears once we die. Final day. Playhouse, Sydney Opera House.

SUNDAY 11 Cath Robinson: Thought Noise/ wave form preludes (if played simultaneously) – an exhibition of sound sculptures that explores the wave forms of noises in audio software. Also exhibiting at the same venue: Phoebe McDonald’s Rise and fall, again; Peter Thorn’s Interlacing; Kenzie Larsen, William Mansfield and Eddie Sharp’s Grand Chasm. Final day. Firstdraft Gallery, Surry Hills. No Man’s Land – written by Harold Pinter, directed by Michael Gow. Two unlikely drinking buddies, Mr Hirst, a well-heeled but fading London literatus who’s in the last lap of a race he has long forgotten how to run, and Mr Spooner, a scruffy booze-hound poet bent on ingratiating himself with his superiors. An STC production. Final day. Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House.

MONDAY 12 Pauline At The Beach – the third of Eric Rohmer’s Comedies et Proverbes series is prefaced by a medieval motto ‘Who talks o’ermuch, himself doth harm.’ At the

centre of what has been described as ‘an airy comedy of manners, encompassing ‘genuine pain’ is 15 year old Pauline. Her ideals are put to a severe test when, during a holiday in Normandy, she is caught up in an emotional triangle which attendant hypocrisies transforms into an even more fraught hexagon. Chauvel Cinémathèque at Chauvel Cinema, 6:30pm.

A FINAL ASSEMBLY

ONGOING As You Like It – directed by Eamon Flack, written by William Shakespeare. One of his great comedies, this is the tale of a mixed bag of ordinary human beings on a tremendous voyage of discovery. Upstairs, Belvoir St Theatre until 24 December. Connections: Brazil and Australia – curated by Georgia Wallace, an exhibition that presents the connections between Brazil and Australia. In the geological past, we were part of the same supercontinent, Gondwana, which has lead to our countries sharing many plants and, oddly enough, distinctive architecture. Customs House until 20 January. Julian Meagher: The Blue Ribbon Series – an exhibition by Sydneybased artist/painter Julian Meagher, who was behind the series, Strong Men Also Cry, again explores ideas of Australian masculinity. Chalk Horse, Surry Hills until 23 December. Gross Und Klein – directed by Benedict Andrews, written by Botho Strauss, English translation by Martin Crimp. A journey down a rabbit hole and into a Wonderlandlike world, where Lotte sits alone, all dressed up with nowhere to go. First staged in 1978, this delicately surreal play stars Cate Blanchett. Sydney Theatre until 23 December. Nothing Like Performance – group exhibition featuring Matthew Bradley, Lauren Brincat, Brown Council, Paul Donald, Will French and Yiorgos Zafiriou. Including moments of liveness, it presents the artist at work through performance. Artspace until 22 December. Outpost: Art From The Streets – Cockatoo Island is transformed into a huge canvas for street artists to take over, with the likes of Anthony Lister, Banksy, Beastman, Ben Frost, Ears, Kid Zoo, Max Berry, Meggs, Numskull, Paste Modernism and the Secret Wars crew. Cockatoo Island until 11 December.

IN HIS FINAL PRODUCTION AS HEAD OF CHUNKY MOVE GIDEON OBARZANEK ASSEMBLES HUMANITY. THE CHOREOGRAPHER SPEAKS TO DAVE DRAYTON. Since forming Chunky Move in 1995 artistic director Gideon Obarzanek has earned acclaim for his enigmatic vision and cross-disciplinary works, often incorporating technology and unique stagecraft in highly collaborative work. In his final production with the company Obarzanek returns to a rawer, more stripped back approach as he examines the seething, heaving mass that is a crowd, with Assembly, which debuted at the Melbourne Festival earlier this year. “I took some time off in 2009 and had a couple of ideas, one of them – this one – was spectacularly big,” Obarzanek says in a tone that matches the scale, “and one of them, Faker, was spectacularly small, a solo just for me. This one is more abstract, it’s more

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Sydney Theatre It begins with Lotte, a slightly unrefined and excitable woman, inner child threatening to break the surface, eavesdropping on a conversation. This where she exists for the rest of Martin Crimp’s beautifully bizarre translation of Botho Strauss’ existential tale Gross Und Klein; on the peripheries. As Lotte Cate Blanchett is quaintly curious, an observer with foot more often than crammed endearingly in mouth. Scenes float by, in and out of existence, with a dream-like quality. Visually unreal, the world contains characters that represent the worst of human nature – our greed, selfishness, lack of empathy, material desire – with an all to real resignation and general acceptance of such flaws. Johannes Schütz’s design casts this malleable and disorientating world brilliantly, teasing perception and bending space and Nick Schlieper’s lighting frames it superbly. In this world we are as bereft of bearings as Lotte. A large cast of characters perform incredibly well across the board; Josh McConville’s taciturn guitar player and Chris Ryan’s awkwardly affable man in a parker two standouts. This cast

about form, movement and sound, even voice, and the movement and behaviour of crowds.” Assembly was devised in partnership with Victorian Opera’s music director Richard Gill, integrating elements of opera and theatre into the dance performance and making use of over 60 performers – a veritable crowd’s worth – on stage. “I think what’s interesting about crowds – and more so in this work, looking at crowds – you see through this piece that a crowd is made of individuals and the individual reveals him or herself continuously within a larger group and then dissolves back in. It happens in sound as well, so it happens visually but it also happens with many voices.

REVIEWS constantly push Lotte away and, to no avail, feel it necessary to try and wring Lotte of the beauty she sees in the world. They try to strip her of her ability to find wonder and her sense of intrigue. She is resilient but increasingly alien. Until 23 December Dave Drayton

HEAVEN Old 505 Theatre ‘What do you know about summoning the dead?’ Premiering as part of the NovemberISM festival at 505 Kit Brookman’s Heaven is an absolute pleasure. A small cast of four need nothing more than the makeshift space they have to transport you into a world – beautifully crafted by slick dialogue and splashes of prose – of teenage uncertainty, dark magic and death (sides both light and heavy). As quirky protagonist Max, Thomas Conroy shoulders a lot of transitions with ease and skill as Brookman’s seamless scenes float through an almost-magic realism plot with an admirable lack of pomp and melodrama and balance of highly intelligent teenage comedy and

When many people harmonise out of dissonance, or when things break up from harmony into a rabble there is a transformation from something that works almost like a single organism, or works as a single entity, to that breaking up into many people,” Obarzanek explains. “Often in life we look for a greater meaning than our individual self and sometimes that appears when singing with a group of people or cheering at a football match or dancing with surrender on a dance floor amongst this many people; there is this sense of leaving one’s own self and becoming part of something bigger. I think in this piece that certainly happens quite a bit, and that’s wonderful.” There is certainly a sense of wonder in the scale of Assembly, and an optimism not often seen in Obarzanek’s work in the affirming vision it portrays of the individual as part of something larger. “This is a much more positive piece than some of my other works,” he says. “A lot of my work is often

concerned with the individual, or being alone in the world amongst many people. Not necessarily lonely, but the fact that you are kind of alone. But I think there are really – I almost feel ashamed to say it – exquisite moments in this; how we respond to many voices and the power that a lot of people can have.”

sentimental, existential observation.

a strange professional distance kept from a very human issue, already things are uncomfortable and inevitable sense of the crime looms over the entire production. We return to the courtroom and it’s surrounds (impressively created by Lisa Mimmocchi’s sadly underutilised design) sporadically throughout the performance; these scenes provides wider context for the very real story we witness elsewhere in the production and although the courtroom jargon accurately depicts legal lexicon it is engaging, clearly established and easy to follow. Disappointing then that scene changes are labouriously slow and detract from impact.

Casting is superb, Akos Armont already proved he can do ‘cool’ as rock god Hoss in Tooth Of Crime earlier in the year at ATYP, here cocky but human, a teenager with a reputation to uphold; unlikely companion (when no one else is around) Max is played brilliantly by Conroy, kooky and meek, a goofy misfit mature in mind beyond his years; Julia Billington lends her melodramatic and equally kooky schoolgirl character a perfect balance of apathy and surprisingly thing skin and Geraldine Hakewill deftly manages the daunting task of being, well, dead, kind of. Season finished Dave Drayton

GAMES IN THE BACKYARD atyp Studio 1, The Wharf Telling the real life story of 14-yearold girl gang raped by teenagers in Kibbutz Shomrat, Israel, that consequently reshaped legal protocol surrounding consent in Israeli courts, Edna Mayza’s Games In The Backyard finally gets a Sydney production courtesy of atyp and director Netta Yaschin. It begins in a courtroom, there is

Following Assembly Obarzanek is looking forward to being a freelancer without the added stress of running a company. “I’m going to do some work with Sydney Theatre Company over the next couple of years, get involved still in performance, but not necessarily purely in dance. And also hopefully a little bit of film work as well. I still very much want to make work and I’m going to work with different artists as a I usually do, but not run a company.” WHAT: Assembly WHERE & WHEN: City Recital Hall, Angel Place Wednesday 11 January to Saturday 14 as part of Sydney Festival

The story unfolds near a reservoir on a set of stairs, steel and chains. Dvori (Jessica Palyga) seeks to prove herself as one of the boys, or at least worthy of their time, and is put through a series of increasingly humiliating initiations. The male cast evoke a frightening sense of masculinity, gang mentality and dangerous curiosity. Carl Batchelor impresses with a confronting performance as the most finitely constructed character in the script; a chip on the shoulder, the runt of the pack, Batchelor is injured but full of menace. Season finished Dave Drayton


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with Jamelle Wells After his recent high profile publicity tour, Koko, the star of the hit film Red Dog, is retiring. Producer Nelson Woss says the seven-year-old kelpie he adopted after the film was made has toured all capital and regional cities for three months. Woss says he knew the dog had enough when Koko panicked at an awards ceremony and almost ran off stage. He’s apparently going to spend his old age eating and sleeping in Perth. Red Dog has made it into the best film nominations for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards. The awards, which replace the AFI Awards, will be announced in January. Red Dog is up against The Hunter for best film, along with The Eye Of The Storm, Mad Bastards, Snowtown, and Oranges And Sunshine. An adaptation of Patrick White’s novel, The Eye Of The Storm has 12 nominations. In the television categories, Foxtel’s Cloudstreet and the ABC’s The Slap have eight nominations each. The Redlands Westpac Art Prize will have a new venue and exhibition dates to mark its 16th anniversary. The Prize, open to Australian and New Zealand artists, will be presented at the National Art School in Darlinghurst in May. It offers a prize pool of more than $30,000 covering two main categories of established and emerging artists. The Prize, presented in recent years at Mosman Art Gallery, will be curated by contemporary artist Lindy Lee. Best show title of the week would have to be Naked Boys Singing.

After 11 years Off-Broadway in packed theatres, the musical apparently kicks down the taboo of the male body. With songs like Gratuitous Nudity, Fight the Urge, Perky Little Porn Star, and Jack’s Song producer/director Jonathan Worsley tells us it’s about awkward moments we’ve all been in or can empathise with. Naked Boys Singing will tour NSW and the ACT after a Sydney season in March. The Biennale of Sydney has appointed Anthony Hayward and Emily McDaniel as part of an Aboriginal Professional Development Program. Over the next two years, they’ll develop their skills with an internationally recognised arts organisation. The new positions are jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments. Local actor Rachel Griffiths has made her Broadway debut in Other Desert Cities, which had rave reviews. Griffiths plays a writer home for the holidays with her political family. Her parents are played by Stockard Channing and Stacy Keach. Other Desert Cities is written by Jon Robin Baitz, who also created the television series Brothers And Sisters, in which Griffiths starred between 2006 and 2011. Before that, she was in the television series Six Feet Under. Described as a ‘performative walking tour’ House Work is being presented in and around houses in Redfern in partnership with Performance Space on 10 December. Curated by Diana Smith (from the performance group Brown Council) it takes audiences on a voyeuristic journey into the private lives of five artists living in Redfern.

GIVEAWAYS

DEFINITELY MORE GIVEAWAYS THAN NOT It’s a giveaways extravaganza! Head over to facebook.com/drummedia for your chance to grab a copy of the comedy TV series detailing Julia Gillard’s personal life, At Home With Julia (ABC/Roadshow); the brilliant British cop series, Ashes To Ashes: The Complete Series Three (BBC/ Roadshow), the successful spin-off from Life On Mars that’s taken on a life of its own; and the first official book from Lady Gaga, a collaboration with renowned and notorious photographer Terry Richardson, called, simply, Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson, which boasts over 400 photos of the performance artist (Hodder & Stoughton).

MATCH POINT Liza Dezfouli plays with fire in the company of diva and cabaret darling Meow Meow, who is bringing the story of The Little Match Girl to SYDNEY FESTIVAL. Hans Christian Andersen’s story of the Little Match Girl is an ‘agitprop’ fairy tale, according to the cabaret artist Meow Meow – and that is why she likes it. “The story is not just about one individual’s journey,” she explains. “It’s much more directly political; it’s a condemnation of society stepping over children.” The Little Match Girl tells of an impoverished match seller striking one of her matches to keep warm on a freezing night whereupon she has a vision of her kindly grandmother. To keep the vision alive she strikes all the matches and by morning has succumbed to the cold and perished. Meow Meow has made the tale her own in a performance she describes as “engaging with the moral of the story in a showbiz context”. “A political diatribe is best served up while doing the splits,” she quips. “Little Match Girl is essentially cabaret in its form – it’s a Christmas show that has got to be entertainment yet is grappling with issues. It’s about the little match girl in contemporary society, a reflection of that little girl on the street who can’t go home until she has sold all the matches otherwise she’ll be beaten, so there’s that hint of child abuse. The challenge is how do you do responsible show biz? But not in a boring, tame way. I don’t want to be flippant but it is still hilarious.” How does such a sensual and powerful performer as Meow inhabit a character so downtrodden? “I like her fragility,” Meow answers. “Andersen’s match girl is a nameless frail little thing with golden curls, absolutely guiltless. But she does dare to strike a match. And this is Meow Meow’s little match girl so I let her have a hint of pyromania. In the story she’s having hallucinations so there’s the freedom of madness in the theatricality.”

The show contains three or so cover songs and the rest are originals penned by Meow and her long-time collaborator Iain Grandage plus songs by Megan Washington, both good friends of hers. “I like writing the apocalyptic songs,” she continues. “Iain Grandage puts my maudlin poetry to music.” Meow Meow counts Washington amongst her inspirations (“she’s thrilling; a dangerous performer”) along with Nina Simone and photographer Bill Henson, but by far the most powerful influence on her work is the late dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch, with whom Meow Meow was lucky enough to collaborate on a show before the dancer’s death. “She makes me gasp,” Meow Meow notes. “She had a lifetime of creativity; there’s beauty and pain in all her work.” Meow Meow isn’t sure how much of the message of The Little Match Girl will resonate with Australian audiences in summertime, whether or not the politics will come through. “My brief wasn’t to write about my concern for the poor and homeless in Australia. But I can’t ignore what I know, she adds.” First and foremost for Meow Meow, however, is the stage. “My life is sequins; I can’t hide it,” she admits. “I let myself go too much but there’s no point putting a lid on it. ‘Outside of cabaret …?’ I start but she answers before I finish the question. “There is no world. What’s that new age saying? ‘Dance like no one is watching?’ What is the fucking point of that?!” WHAT: Meow Meow: The Little Match Girl WHERE & WHEN: The Famous Spiegeltent at Hyde Park Thursday 5 January to Sunday 29 as part of Sydney Festival

ALIEN VS PREDATOR The Alien and Predator series of films are two of the most beloved franchises in cinema, as equally terrifying as they are thrilling, and ones that fans (such as us) come back to over and over again. Well, thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment do we have a prize for you! Alien vs Predator: The Ultimate Annihilation, a Bluray behemoth that contains all four Alien films, the three Predator films, the two Alien vs Predator films, and two more discs containing additional features. As there are only 5,000 of these sets available in Australia, they’ll be snapped up quickly, so here’s your chance to grab one. With more than 35 hours of exclusive

content, including behind-the-scenes features, extended and deleted scenes, and picture-in-picture interactivity, the collection will take you on an incredible journey through four decades of cinema. The release also includes the groundbreaking MU-TH-UR Mode, a fully interactive companion that takes the extensive materials in the Alien films in the collector’s set and puts them in the user’s hand – connecting you to special features on six discs and instantly providing an index

of all available content. As well as the films, the package comes in a ten-page book housed in holographic packaging, which also contains ten collector cards and a limited edition Giger print collector card. But, wait, there’s more! In addition to this, the winner of the competition will also score a Panasonic Blu-ray player, so you can watch the films in all their high def. glory! Head to facebook.com/ drummedia for your chance to win. Winner must be available to collect prize from our office.

Girl to mum JEANETTE CRONIN WAS ONCE A GIRLFRIEND; NOW PLAYING A MOTHER, SHE TELLS DAVE DRAYTON IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BOYS. Griffin Theatre Company’s 2011 season opened with Speaking In Tongues, a play that premiered at Griffin in 1996 and was later adapted to the critically acclaimed film, Lantana. Their 2012 season opens in a similar way. Gordon Graham’s The Boys, a distinctly and disturbingly Australian tale of familial life and violence, which runs as part of the Sydney Festival, premiered at Griffin 21 years ago and, like Speaking In Tongues, was later adapted for the big screen. Jeanette Cronin played the role of Jackie, a girlfriend of one of The Boys, in the 1998 film version, directed by Rowan Woods. Ten years earlier, she had been reading the role of Michelle, girlfriend of main man Brett Sprague, at the National Playwriting Conference. “It was the very first reading of it ever. Robyn Nevin played mum in that reading. And David Fields played Brett. I played Michelle, then he went on to do the play playing Glen,” Cronin recalls of the reading, staged at NIDA’s Parade Theatre. “It was very explosive. There was a big fight, a big brawl in the auditorium afterwards that raged for quite some time. I think one of the objections was that there’s the thing where people say, ‘You can’t do that, you can’t talk for these people.’ You can’t play a lesbian unless you are a lesbian, you can’t write a play about a certain group of people unless you have some ownership of that; then it’s cultural appropriation. The big argument was, ‘You’ve put words in these people’s mouths that aren’t the way these people would think.” Now working on The Boys once again, more than two decades after that conflict, Cronin has moved from playing one girlfriend, to another, to playing the mother. “Once you’ve done things, they belong to the next people. I never

really thought about someone doing The Boys again. When I saw that it was on the programme I went, ‘Oh, I’m probably old enough to play mum now, that’d be nice!’ [laughs] It did pique my interest. I did think of this role for myself, I thought, ‘I wouldn’t mind doing that!’” As mentioned, Sandra Sprague, the mother of the boys at the centre of the violent drama, once belonged to Robyn Nevin, it’s once belonged to Lynette Curran, and, for now, Sandra belongs to Cronin. “I’m intrigued by her; how she got to where she got to. Who she is and what she thinks about it. You often think about that when you see things in the press about someone who’s committed a terrible crime and you see their parents and they’re outside the court and you think how must they be feeling? How conflicted must they be? How responsible do they feel and how responsible are they? That old chestnut; can you give birth to someone who does that and that’s just the way the cookie crumbles, or are you responsible for creating that. It’s a terrible position to be in, but Sandra’s quite possibly been in a terrible position all her life.” Despite witnessing firsthand others building and embodying the character of Sandra, this time around she is very much Cronin’s, “I suppose there’s always a chance of sort of copying people, but I think once you start working on something and once you start searching it and really investigating, it’s going to take you where it takes you if you’re listening to it.” WHAT: The Boys WHERE & WHEN: SBW Stables Theatre Friday 6 January to Saturday 3 March as part of Sydney Festival THE DRUM MEDIA • 59


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COMFORTABLY FUN BEFORE EMBARJING UPON HIS UPTEENTH TOUR IN AUSTRALIA, ARJ BARKER TAKES SOME TIME OFF FROM A MORNING OF COFFEE AND “NOT MUCH ELSE, REALLY” TO CHAT WITH SAM HOBSON ABOUT KEEPING THINGS UNIVERSAL, AND UNINTENTIONAL.

Arj Barker, it could easily be argued, is a real people’s comic. It sounds bizarre to say, as surely all comics are at some fundamental level there to appease their crowd, and to make them happy. But what Arj does different from other comedians, is that he feigns no distance, nor difference between him and the audience. His comedic fixations are universal; and he does what he does for the fun of it, and not for catharsis, nor to exorcise some internal torment. His style is always warm, and all-encompassing, and he makes no grand claims to having intentions larger than simply, ‘please laugh with me, find this as funny and ridiculous as I do.’ There are no greater truths, says he, in his sets, just fun, and some small, wonderful moments of mindless revelation. “I suppose [comedy] is always changing,” he begins, addressing a series of questions he says he gets a lot. Where do you fit into all this, Arj? Do you feel the pressure to compete? But to him, he insists, these queries are moot; they really don’t apply to him. “I’m so involved in it,” he continues, “I’m so lost in what I do sometimes, [that] it’s pretty hard to really notice. And I’m not a typical comedy fan, [either.] I don’t really follow a lot of other people’s comedy.” He repeats the second question to further aid his point, making a long thinking noise as he does. “I’ve never tried to make my comedy more this way or that way,” he insists. “I’ve always just tried to make some hilarious jokes. That’s all I’ve ever done.

STC OF GOLD Sydney theatre company ARTISTIC DIRECTORS ANDREW UPTON AND CATE BLANCHETT TALK TO DAVE DRAYTON ABOUT THE ROLE OF A YOUNG AUDIENCE IN THEATRE.

STREET ARTISTS GATHER FOR BACKYARD PLAY Street culture magazine, Primo!, and The Outsiders (Teem and Mr Sweet) supplied street artists KON, Sprinkles and Cam Wall with paint and beer and BBQ action for an afternoon and set them to work. The session was filmed and the resulting artworks and film will be available to view at Backyard Play at Plump Gallery, Enmore, opening Thursday 8 December and continuing to Wednesday 14.

BEASTMAN’S 1ST SOLO EXHIBITION IN 18 MONTHS Renowned Sydney street artist Beastman opens his new show, Cosmic Nature – the artist’s first solo exhibition in 18 months – at Kind Of Gallery, Darlinghurst Thursday 8 December. In the exhibition, Beastman explores “the futuristic and overwhelming idea of nature coming to life in a way we could have never imagined. A new colour palette and further development of his distinctive style reflects the different elements of our young world, organic lines and the often symmetrical geometric patterns found in nature.” The night also marks the launch of a limited edition zine, Suburban Nature – Beastman’s first publication – which features 60 pages of “street art, murals and collaborations created by the artist over two years throughout ten different countries, documenting the journey and development of the artist’s distinct style.” Head to kindofgallery.com or beastman.com.au for further information. Cosmic Nature will continue to 18 December. 60 • THE DRUM MEDIA

“That’s a lot of chewing gum!” says Cate Blanchett, co-artistic director of Sydney Theatre Company. $215 is a lot of chewing gum, as Blanchett and fellow co-artistic director Andrew Upton will later confirm, it is also around 16 sacks of goon, or half a pair of very expensive shoes, and enough for someone under the age of 30 to get a season ticket, which enables you

to watch six shows in STC’s 2012 season. “What we try and do, and what we’ve tried to do since we’ve been here, is to express the diversity that this company is capable of,” explains Blanchett, “It’s not an hauteur’s company; we do have quite a nascent, diverse audience and we just want to expand on that because you don’t want to always be speaking to the same people.” Bums on seats is obviously an important concern for theatres, but as Blanchett hints at, there are other reasons for a young audience to be at the theatre, too. “I think the most important measure of vitality, to be frank, is range,” Upton elaborates. “A range that co-exists in a healthy dialogue is a really huge measure of vitality. So a show that could get

“But nothing’s intentional in any other regard,” he says, laughing. “[With time I’ve become] more able to get my point across, which is a big part of what comedians do. Everyone can think of something funny, but the trick with comedy is to communicate that successfully with an audience, and not lose the vision of why it’s funny.” Which, you’d imagine, must limit in some growing capacity what he can talk about; surely he runs the risk of becoming too broad? “They might not [initially] know it’s universal, you see,” he replies, slyly. “[I often] do the kind of jokes about things you may never notice. A few years ago I did a joke about [how] guys will, if there’s a little bit of poo on the toilet – just a little dot – we’ll aim at it while we’re having a slash. I said that, and I never knew, I just threw it out there…and I noticed the audience just erupted. They loved it. It’s about the discovery of the universal [comedy] for me. And that’s where a lot of the simple joy comes in. ‘OMG, that’s totally what I do. Ha-ha!’ “So I’m always goldmining for these little revelations that are universal. But communication is important, especially on the weirder jokes. If I’m sure something’s funny, I’ve have to try to make it universal, by wording it correctly; and timing it correctly, and tonally, and [have] it all come together to create something where people just ‘get’ it.” WHAT: Arj Barker: Eleven WHERE & WHEN: State Theatre Friday 9 December young people talking and old people talking and talking to each other, even if they’re fighting – perhaps preferably if they’re fighting – to me that’s a healthy outcome, a healthy show. Keeping that range alive is vital.” With everything from sex (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), to politics (Australia Day), to sex (Sex With Strangers), to history (A History Of Everything), to sex (Midsummer) – “There’s quite a lot of sex in next year, though there’s sex in everything,” Blanchett observes – on display in the season, both Blanchett and Upton believe it’s important to steer away from negative preconceptions associated with theatre. “I think there is a misconception about theatre that it’s a polite space where we have to shut up and listen,” says Blanchett. “And whilst it’s nice if an audience does listen to you, you have to make them listen. Theatre is not worthy, and it’s not medicinal, and it’s not precious. I think that if the trappings around it seem like it’s slightly precious and cold then it does influence your relationship to the evening. I think at its best theatre is really provocative and dangerous and relatively rude and…” Upton interjects here, “So are young people,” deadpan, before breaking into a laugh. “I think there’s an energy they bring,” continues Blanchett in all seriousness. “It’s not a passive space. And often people sort of don’t realise how much they are a part of the evening. “The theatre isn’t just about going to the theatre and then politely walking down the rest of the wharf and going home. It’s part of your evening. If you go to the opera you talk about opera; if you go to the ballet you talk about ballet; but if you go to theatre, because it’s a bastard form, you talk about politics, you talk about ideas, you talk about sex, you talk about family. And if you’re in a foyer where there’s a mixed bunch of people then the conversation is more diverse.” WHAT: STC Under 30s 2012 season pass WHERE: sydneytheatre.com.au

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WITH BETHANY SMALL Recently I was speaking to this girl and everything seemed normal given that I often speak to girls, but then I said something about the MCA and she was all ‘Aaaaah, what’s the MCA, sorry?’ and I was all [dude be cool and pretend your jaw has not just hit the ground play nice you’ve got this] ‘The, um, the Museum of Contemporary Art? In Circular Quay? The big stone one that is not Customs House?’ (BTW, PRO TIP: if you feel like maybe you are being a dick by imparting information, embrace that. And awkwardly inflect your sentences upward. It makes you read as irritatingly endearingly vulnerable and also pretty much turns you into a Popular Girl from a Teen Film. But basically you are wrong to have facts at your disposal. Go not eat something, ‘kay? xoxo) But she was all like ‘Yeah, yeah, sure,’ in the way where you’ve decided that you understand something for the purposes of the conversation but really have deemed the essentials of it to be surplus to your human existence and not surplus in a fun exploitable Marxist way even either(!). But yeah sometimes you realise that you are in the art void. Yeah it’s a place. It’s like a K-hole but you are actually staring at stuff intently rather than just being super-fucking-glazed-over and immovable. I was reminded of the place I am in (which, grossly, I’ve just realised that I’ve set up to call the A-hole, but

let’s not do that? Thank you) again recently by doing an end-of-year survey wherein I was heaps ‘How can they expect me to remember five things that’ve been on television this year? And also I don’t very much remember about movies except for how homeboy who played Hemingway in Midnight In Paris is dateable?’ then moments later whatthe-hecked about the impossibility of a top five art shows so hard that I had to express myself about it on Twitter. I KNOW. But at least I said a question mark at the end. A recent show also reminded me of how art is not actually usual by setting an questionnaire. Thanks heaps Dara Gill for reminding me of my dissatisfactions in life! No but actually it was good. But it was taken from some kind of sociological self-help book that first-up kept presuming that I was married and second of all did a long line in ‘your job’ questions that were productive of existential crisis because apparently you all have schools or offices to which you go? And hang out at them for the day and get your shit done there? Weirdos. But anyway I was thinking uneasily of these things and walking from that gallery to a dinner, but then my train of thought and enjoyment of the horrifyingly naïve, probably nowhere near as misogynistic as his lyrics would imply ex-deathmetallist dubstep producer Borgore in order to say hi to my friend who is just back from doing art things in Paris. As one, you know, does.

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BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY Rocksteady/Warner Bros. A wise man once said that the night is darkest before the dawn, and this reviewer can’t deny the truth in that, clocking up nine hours straight of gameplay, immersed in the world that is Batman: Arkham City, on the title’s release night. If you are familiar with the previous game (Batman: Arkham Asylum) you’re in for a real treat – the obvious stand-out is the new and improved gliding techniques; the dive-bomb is a revolutionary addition to this franchise, allowing you to move at high speeds through Arkham City, taking out the army of thugs and super villains one by one. Armed once again with all the predator techniques you will truly get the full

Batman experience. You’ll certainly be familiar with some of the items in your utility belt, but many upgrades and new gadgets are available as the game progresses – not to mention the massive amount of DLC. There is an estimated “story time” of about 20 hours, so this will not be over quickly – and if that’s not enough, be sure to check out the many challenge maps and Riddler campaigns that are also available at the main menu, with both online and offline features. A myriad of things awaits you in Arkham City – some of the most extreme gameplay you will ever experience, a massive gaming area and a vibe similar to Grand Theft Auto. Next time around we vote to get behind the wheel of the Batmobile. AUDRI MEDICATE


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Kurt Vile has steadily ascended from the American underground thanks to his relentless touring and four incredible records. This year’s release, Smoke Ring For My Halo, showcased his impressive range, going from tender and evocative to tough and elusive. Constantly changing, ever emotive, Kurt Vile & The Violators will be playing a couple of shows locally with special guests Royal Headache and Step-Panther. See him Tuesday night at Oxford Art Factory, or Wednesday at Red Rattler.

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HOMEBAKE THE DOMAIN: 03/12/11

From shirtless boys to some who looked they were hoping they could use their Seniors’ Cards for a discount on the typically overpriced booze, the ‘Classic Edition’ Homebake was a range of entertainments in one. Let’s call it Year Lotto – and while there was plenty of 2011, there were many other eras represented. The early risers got some future, too, with Bleeding Knees Club and Owl Eyes making an impression. Although 360 proved the kids still love it when you yell “Dick!”. Skip Hop has apparently replaced guitar boogie as Bogan’s choice. Although later, Drapht did it big and well. Avalanche City were more polite, in that folkie style that also seems something of the rage at the moment. More flat haircuts and accordion wheeze. Down in the Rowland S. Howard tent there were a range of alternative and a range of quality. Like Damndogs, being half of Jet doesn’t guarantee you an audience. Even with the decks loud, it just doesn’t happen. Ditto The Sloppy Boys. Even having The Mess Hall centring the band, it was still well-down-the-bill quality. But it’s Noah Taylor; he has an expensive guitar and he can do whatever the hell he likes. Back up the hill, C.W. Stoneking. It was 1936. Trombone and trumpet blurts, he is jazz, he is blues, he is bluegrass. He is genuine. A nice night at the crossroads had by all. Then, from somewhere else in the last 30,000 years, Gurrumul. When this man – so cut off, yet so connected – opened his mouth, that voice went through you. The Vines won’t see 2002 again. But frontman Craig Nicholls looked healthy, yet animal screaming doesn’t prove you rock. This is Kimbra’s time. The Big Top was packed and pulsing for her brightly coloured and movement-ed musings. Architecture In Helsinki’s pastel look is more muted, but music like Wow! can still catch you. Even if Cameron Bird now has resembles The B-52’s Fred Schneider sometimes.

The idea of a bit of air-conditioned comfort to witness Lanie Lane (c.1953, or maybe 1962, or 2050) tempted (too) many, but those lucky enough to get through the crush got treated. With bonus Kram for a duet of Nick Cave’s Henry Lee. A live-on-stage Rockwiz was another tangent. Hard lines to the Drum’s contest winner – and my mate Tom – who didn’t quite make the final cut to sit next to Josh Pyke or The Grates’ Patience Hodgson. Comedy is variable and a tent dedicated to it in this context an odd thing. But compliments to the marvellously haired and teethed Barry Morgan, who – minus his fabulous organ – graciously smiled and posed when pestered for photos even when just trying to watch a band. Want to see 2012? May we offer The Jezabels. Hayley Mary and the band she fronts are stars – or are going to be. They have the songs, they have the look. This might have been a moment too early to try and run the big stage, but next year, they will own it. In the Big Top, it’s 1980. Icehouse play Icehouse, by Flowers. Frontman Iva Davies’ grey eminence now accessorises that white Stratocaster perfectly. Even the drum noise was right from the atmospheric title track to a huge We Can Get Together singalong that echoed round the fields. Throw in Iggy and T.Rex covers and good fun was had. Meantime, The Triffids channel 1985 and the masterpiece that is Born Sandy Devotional. Not quite the event of the reunion of a couple of years ago, but with Mick Harvey, Mark Snarski, Englishman Simon Breed and Oh Mercy’s Alexander Gow doing the vocals there was generational respect. And if Wide Open Road doesn’t get to you, you have no soul. As the traditional bats began circling above the Moreton Bay Figs, the church – representing 1982, 1988 and 2009 among others – ran a bit late, got

MUDHONEY: Dec 6 Manning Bar KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS: Dec 6 Oxford Art Factory, Dec 7 Red Rattler FESTIVAL OF THE SUN: Dec 9 & 10 Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park SUMMER RHYTHM: Dec 9 – 11 Goolabri Resort EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY: Dec 11 The Metro BROW HORN ORCHESTRA: Dec 14 Annandale Hotel BOB EVANS & ADALITA: Dec 15 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Dec 16 Notes, Dec 17 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Dec 18 Lizotte’s Dee Why THE DEATH SET: Dec 29 The Standard PEATS RIDGE: Dec 29 – Jan 1 Glenworth Valley GROUPLOVE: Jan 3 The Factory ALOE BLACC: Jan 4 Enmore Theatre THE JIM JONES REVUE: Jan 5 Annandale Hotel THE KOOKS: Jan 6 Hordern Pavilion ARCTIC MONKEYS: Jan 12 Hordern Pavilion, Jan 13 Enmore Theatre THE DAMNED: Jan 21 The Metro NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS: Jan 23 Enmore Theatre KASABIAN: Jan 24 Hordern Pavilion ROYKSOPP: Jan 27 Enmore Theatre KANYE WEST: Jan 27 Sydney Entertainment Centre GIRL TALK: Jan 28 Enmore Theatre SEETHER: Feb 5 The Metro JESSIE J: Mar 8 Hordern Pavilion FUTURE MUSIC: Mar 10 Royal Randwick Racecourse WILD FLAG: Mar 13 Manning Bar BLUE MOUNTAINS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Mar 16 – 18 Katoomba JOHN HIATT: Apr 3 The Metro BUDDY GUY: Apr 4 Enmore Theatre FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS: Apr 7 Factory Theatre JAY & SILENT BOB: Apr 20 Enmore Theatre

NATIONAL NOAH TAYLOR & THE SLOPPY BOYS: Dec 6 Notes A NIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS feat. DOM TURNER, IAN COLLARD, SUZANNAH ESPIE and more: Dec 7 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Dec 9 Lizotte’s Dee Why, Dec 10 Lizotte’s Kincumber THY ART IS MURDER: Dec 7 Cambridge Hotel, Dec 8 Unanderra Community Centre BEN WELLS & THE MIDDLE NAMES: Dec 7 Kings Cross Hotel, Dec 8 Great Northern Newcastle ENDLESS HEIGHTS: Dec 7 Great Northern Newcastle, Dec 14 Bar 32, Dec 16 Chatswood Youth Centre, Dec 17 St James Hotel, Dec 18 Unanderra Community Centre ENDLESS HEIGHTS: Dec 7 Great Northern Newcastle, Dec 14 Bar 32, Dec 16 Chatswood Youth Centre RAPSKALLION: Dec 8 The Front, Dec 9 Clarendon Guesthouse, Dec 10 Camelot Lounge HOWLING BELLS: Dec 8 ANU Bar, Dec 9 Newcastle

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Leagues, Dec 10 The Standard, Dec 11 The Patch THE CHURCH: Dec 8 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Dec 11 Waves, Dec 15 & 16 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Dec 17 Enmore Theatre THE ASTHMATIX: Dec 8 FBI Social THE APARTMENTS: Dec 9 The Factory ANDY CLOCKWISE*: Dec 9 Rock Lily, Dec 15 Kings Cross Hotel, Dec 17 Upstairs Beresford THE ANGELS: Dec 9 Penrith Panthers BLEEDING KNEES CLUB: Dec 9 World Bar BUSBY MAROU: Dec 9 The Gaelic TOUCAN: Dec 9 Spectrum, Dec 10 Transit Bar KOBRA KAI: Dec 9 The Patch, Dec 17 The Gaelic, Dec 18 Clubhouse HERMITUDE: Dec 9 The Standard ROSE TATTOO: Dec 9 & 10 Annandale Hotel THE SNOWDROPPERS: Dec 9 The Metro THE PARADISE MOTEL: Dec 10 Notes THE SIREN TOWER: Dec 10 The Square SKYWAY: Dec 10 St James Hotel, Dec 11 Bald Faced Stag TIM FREEDMAN: Dec 13 & 14 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Dec 17 The Metro BROW HORN ORCHESTRA: Dec 14 Annandale Hotel SNAKADAKTAL: Dec 14 GoodGod DARREN HANLON: Dec 14 Street Theatre, Dec 21 Clarendon Guesthouse, Dec 22 St Stephen’s Uniting Church Sydney LACHY DOLEY: Dec 15 Old Manly Boatshed, Dec 18 Vault 146 SET SAIL: Dec 15 Oxford Art Factory OSCAR + MARTIN: Dec 15 Yours & Owls, Dec 16 Oxford Art Factory HOLLAND: Dec 15 Oxford Art Factory CANYONS: Dec 15 Civic Hotel Underground BOB EVANS & ADALITA: Dec 15 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Dec 16 Notes, Dec 17 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Dec 18 Lizotte’s Dee Why JO MEARES & THE HONEYRIDERS*: Dec 15 Notes JAMIE HUTCHINGS: Dec 16 Clarendon Guesthouse EXPATRIATE: Dec 17 Kings Cross Hotel BLACKEYED SUSANS: Dec 17 The Vanguard FLAP!: Dec 17 Camelot MARLOW*: Dec 17 The Square, Dec 23 Burdekin Hotel EMILY BARKER: Dec 20 Supper Club THE DEEP END*: Dec 23 The Venue ASH GRUNWALD*: Dec 28 Lizottes Newcastle, Dec 29 Lizottes Dee Why THE IMMIGRANT*: Dec 31 Chinese Laundry BRITISH INDIA: Dec 31 Annandale Hotel BLUEJUICE: Jan 5 Entrance Leagues, Jan 6 Newcastle Panthers THE HONDAS: Jan 7 Spectrum THE STILLSONS*: Jan 8 Wickham Park Hotel, Jan 11 Lizottes Newcastle, Jan 29 The Grand Junction Hotel THE BAREFOOT DIVAS: Jan 8, 9, 10 & 11 Carriageworks THE RED PAINTINGS: Jan 8 Entrance Leagues, Jan 9 The Factory, Jan 12 Tuggeranong Alliance Church PASSENGER*: Jan 11 The Clarendon, Jan 12 THE DRUM MEDIA • 63


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TOUR GUIDE Lizottes Kincumber, Jan 13 Lizottes Newcastle, Jan 14 Lizottes Dee Why, Jan 15 Yours & Owls, Jan 25 Byron Bay Brewery HOLLY THROSBY presents SEE!: Jan 12 & 13 The Famous Spiegeltent CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES: Jan 13 Idolize Spiegeltent HELENA & ACID JACK*: Jan 14 Soho FRANK YAMMA: Jan 15 Idolize Spiegeltent

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FUCKED UP: Dec 6 The Standard MUDHONEY: Dec 6 Manning Bar KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS: Dec 6 Oxford Art Factory, Dec 7 Red Rattler OFF!: Dec 7 Annandale Hotel FUTURE OF THE LEFT: Dec 8 Annandale Hotel JEDI MIND TRICKS: Dec 8 The Factory BIG FREEDIA: Dec 8 Goodgod FOO FIGHTERS, TENACIOUS D: Dec 8 Sydney Football Stadium THE INTERNATIONAL SWINGERS: Dec 8 The Metro SIGHTS & SOUNDS: Dec 8 Spectrum, Dec 9 Cambridge Hotel BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS: Dec 9 The Factory OLIVER $: Dec 9 Trinity K-CI & JOJO: Dec 9 Enmore Theatre OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ GROUP: Dec 9 ANU Bar, Dec 10 Manning Bar SADE: Dec 9 & 10 Sydney Entertainment Centre XZIBIT: Dec 10 The Factory GUITAR WOLF: Dec 10 Sandringham Hotel GANG GANG DANCE: Dec 10 Sydney Opera House Studio EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY: Dec 11 The Metro CHALI 2NA: Dec 11 Oxford Art Factory FRANK FAIRFIELD: Dec 13 Brass Monkey, Dec 14 The Basement Circular Quay AXEMEN: Dec 15 Red Rattler, Dec 16 Black Wire Records OPETH: Dec 16 Enmore Theatre FRITZ KALKBRENNER: Dec 17 Chinese Laundry ROUND TABLE KNIGHTS: Dec 17 Cream Tangerine, Dec 22 Trinity Bar GEMMA RAY: Dec 20 The Vanguard HANNI EL KHATIB: Dec 29 Kings Cross Hotel THE DEATH SET: Dec 29 The Standard SCRATCH PERVERTS: Dec 30 Oxford Art Factory ERICK MORILLO: Dec 31 Ivy SPACE IBIZA PRESENTS: KEHAKUMA feat. SETH TROXLER, RADIOSLAVE and more: Jan 1 Greenwood SASHA: Jan 1 The Metro FLEET FOXES: Jan 2, 3 & 4 Sydney Opera House Concert Hall DUM DUM GIRLS: Jan 2 Oxford Art Factory CSS: Jan 3 The Standard GROUPLOVE: Jan 3 The Factory HANGGAI*: Jan 3 & 4 The Basement, Jan 5 Lizottes Kincumber ALOE BLACC: Jan 4 Enmore Theatre JEAN GRAE: Jan 4 Goodgod EASY STAR ALL STARS: Jan 4 Factory Theatre TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS: Jan 4 Trinity Bar HAWKSLEY WORKMAN: Jan 4 Clarendon Guesthouse, Jan 5 Brass Monkey, Jan 6 Notes THE JIM JONES REVUE: Jan 5 Annandale Hotel BEIRUT: Jan 5 Sydney Opera House Concert Hall PETE ROCK: Jan 5 Upstairs Beresford YUKON BLONDE: Jan 5 Kings Cross Hotel THE DAD HORSE EXPERIENCE: Jan 5 Phoenix Bar, Jan 6 The Vanguard, Jan 7 The Junkyard MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO*: Jan 5 Great Northern Hotel, Jan 8 Keystone Festival Bar, Jan 12 Clarendon Guesthouse, Jan 13 Kantara House, Jan 14 Heritage Hotel METRONOMY*: Jan 5 Manning Bar BAD MANNERS*: Jan 5 The Metro THE KOOKS: Jan 6 Hordern Pavilion JIM WARD: Jan 6 Sandringham Hotel FLYING LOTUS: Jan 6 The Metro JOHN DAHLBÄCK: Jan 6 Home, Jan 8 Beachcomber Hotel THE JOLLY BOYS: Jan 6 Joan Sutherland Performing 64 • THE DRUM MEDIA

Arts Centre, Jan 8 & 10 The Famous Spiegeltent DAVID MYLES: Jan 6 The Basement, Jan 7 The Brass Monkey, Jan 8 The Vault LEWIS FLOYD HENRY*: Jan 6 The Vanguard DJ FALCON: Jan 7 Home DOUGIE MACLEAN: Jan 7 Clarendon Guesthouse GZA: Jan 7 The Metro THE DRESDEN DOLLS: Jan 7 Enmore Theatre LYDIA: Jan 8 The Brewery, Jan 11 Rock Lily, Jan 12 Cambridge Hotel, Jan 13 The Patch DEERHOOF: Jan 9 Keystone Festival Bar DAN DEACON ENSEMBLE & JOHN MAUS: Jan 11 Keystone Festival Bar J MASCIS: Jan 11, 12 & 13 The Famous Spiegeltent SONS & DAUGHTERS: Jan 12 Keystone Festival Bar TARAF DE HAIDOUKS & KOCANI ORKESTAR: Jan 12 Enmore Theatre, Jan 13 The Concourse Chatswood ARCTIC MONKEYS: Jan 12 Hordern Pavilion, Jan 13 Enmore Theatre ABSU: Jan 13 Sandringham Hotel VENGABOYS: Jan 13 Selina’s SHABAZZ PALACES: Jan 13 Keystone Festival Bar COMBICHRIST: Jan 13 Manning Bar DJ YODA: Jan 14 Oxford Art Factory ANDREW WEATHERALL & NEVILLE WATSON: Jan 14 Keystone Festival Bar ROKY ERICKSON: Jan 14 The Factory CANT: Jan 14 & 15 The Famous Spiegeltent MIKE PATTON’S MONDO CANE: Jan 14 The Domain, Jan 16 & 17 State Theatre JULIANNA BARWICK: Jan 15 & 17 The Famous Spiegeltent ASA & FEFE: Jan 17 Riverside Theatre, Jan 18 Keystone Festival Bar BETH ORTON: Jan 17 & 18 City Recital Hall FATOUMATA DIAWARE: Jan 18 & 19 Idolize Spiegeltent, Jan 20 & 21 The Famous Spiegeltent, Jan 22 Sutherland Entertainment Centre NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS: Jan 23 Enmore Theatre KASABIAN: Jan 24 Hordern Pavilion ROYKSOPP: Jan 27 Enmore Theatre KANYE WEST*: Jan 27 Sydney Entertainment Centre GIRL TALK: Jan 28 Enmore Theatre SEETHER: Feb 5 The Metro JESSIE J: Mar 8 Hordern Pavilion WILD FLAG: Mar 13 Manning Bar JOHN HIATT: Apr 3 The Metro STEVE EARLE*: Apr 4 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Apr 8 Factory Theatre, Apr 9 Concourse Chatswood BUDDY GUY: Apr 4 Enmore Theatre FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS*: Apr 7 Factory Theatre

FESTIVALS

FESTIVAL OF THE SUN: Dec 9 & 10 Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park SUMMER RHYTHM: Dec 9 – 11 Goolabri Resort PEATS RIDGE: Dec 29 – Jan 1 Glenworth Valley HARBOUR PARTY: Dec 31 Luna Park SHORE THING: Dec 31 Bondi Park FIELD DAY: Jan 1 The Domain ILLAWARRA FOLK FESTIVAL: Jan 12 – 15 Bulli Showground JAZZGROOVE SUMMER FESTIVAL: Jan 13 – 15 various venues, Surry Hills and Redfern NEW BEGINNINGS: Jan 14 Morriset Showground BIG DAY OUT: Jan 26 Sydney Showground BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS*: Feb 4 The Annandale Hotel LANEWAY: Feb 5 Sydney College Of The Arts SOUNDWAVE: Feb 26 Sydney Showground PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER: Mar 2 – 4 Del Rio Riverside Resort A DAY ON THE GREEN: Mar 3 Bimbadgen Winery Hunter Valley, Mar 10 Petersons Winery Armidale FUTURE MUSIC: Mar 10 Royal Randwick Racecourse CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER: Mar 16 – 18 Hope Estate BLUE MOUNTAINS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Mar 16 – 18 Katoomba THE GUM BALL: Apr 27 & 28 Dashville GROOVIN’ IN THE MOO*: May 12 Maitland Showground, May 13 University Of Canberra * indicates new or amended listing this week

APPARAT, BON CHAT BON RAT THE STANDARD: 01/12/11

Pared down to a duo, Bon Chat Bon Rat performed a brand new, stripped-down set. Without the lush harmonies and live drums, the pair ploughed a more downbeat, but no less fertile, furrow. As if feeling along the edges of a dark corridor – the anxious synths and electronic beats, the lonely vocal, the long passages of repetition – Bon Chat Bon Rat fumbled a little while tentatively moving forward. The gentle shuffle of blitzed hi-hats interrupting shimmering guitars and insistent bass is just one example of how these two men subverted their own elegant, punctuated electro-layering. Though it’s difficult not to miss the Bon Chat Bon Rat of old, the attentive audience suggested there is promise in these improvised songs and the direction they may be headed.

their time cut down, then offset the grumpiness with a spiralling set: an enormous You Took, the obligatory but emotional Under The Milky Way and Tantalised before Steve Kilbey threw the bass down and exited. Oh, you want happier? Let’s face it, Gotye is king of the world. And Wally de Backer actually seemed like he was starting to enjoy it. He grinned, puzzled at a crowd who now knows all the words and gave them all they wanted, including that song. Entertainment. The four-staged end: a scrappy Ratcat (1991) had their faithful, as did a still polished Eskimo Joe (2005) up the hill. Cut Copy had their waves of people. But it was all ground to dust by Grinderman. Is Nick Cave just reliving 1978? Maybe, but if so it’s the best midlife crisis ever. Worm Tamer, No Pussy Blues. Cave’s down in the crowd, screaming “Motherfuckers!” with Shakespearean gusto, so everyone knows. Nothing can follow that, except trying to get home. Ross Clelland

ALL SHALL PERISH, RESIST THE THOUGHT, SEGRESSION, ALICE THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD GLASS, HEARTS LIKE WOLVES THE WALL: 03/12/11

A stacked bill meant brief sets were par for the course and locals Hearts Like Wolves’ were first up with their rather nondescript metalcore. Some tasteful melodic flourishes helped matters, without really boosting the lukewarm response. While generic at times in their own right, there was an enhanced technicality, energy and stage presence from fellow Sydneysiders Alice Through The Windshield Glass. Their brand of modern death metal/deathcore elicited a more vocal response and was an ideal fit for such a show. Segression’s pseudo-thrash, hip hop-infused metal was an alien prospect for many in attendance. Despite being presented with only a handful of songs, uneven mix and an apathetic crowd, the Wollongong quartet blazed through the likes of Let Me Be Me and Blood Lace Black Day with fervour. The room’s population swelled significantly for Sydney’s Resist The Thought, who are still riding the momentum of undertaking numerous headline shows and some high-profile international supports in recent times. All of that touring appeared to have paid dividends, with the gathering clearly approving of the metalcore mob. More breakdowns than a third-hand vehicle had the crowd moving and their considerable enthusiasm somewhat compensated for a rather conventional approach. The instant All Shall Perish took to the stage much of the above was quickly forgotten, as many punters had obviously left plenty in the tank for the main event. The Californian mob aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel (the multitude of bass drops, searing riffs and occasional pig squeals feeling mighty familiar) but were leaner and nastier than your average deathcore band. Pile-driving beatdowns were a cornerstone and incited a pit so sweaty you were engulfed with the odour upon re-entering the room. Sporting grins that would have required surgical removal, vocalist Hernan “Eddie” Hermida and company led their loyal charges through their paces, actively encouraging the numerous stagedivers to keep up the activity on numerous occasions. Rooting much of their hour-long set in new record, This Is Where It Ends, earlier cuts such as Eradication, Herding The Brainwashed and Gagged, Bound, Shelved And Forgotten were met with the most vociferous approval. Like the band’s records it was hardly a life-changing experience, but certainly a crowd-pleasing one. Brendan Crabb

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Apparat (aka Sascha Ring), who also headlined Subsonic Festival over the weekend, kindly brought his full band over for these performances. The result was a packed, enraptured room. The majority of the set was drawn from his recent fourth album, The Devil’s Walk, which ebbs and flows around soft, subtle vocal melodies. Live though, the serene wash billowed and rolled across our heads – a collision of sonics expected from post-rock. The tick-tock build up of A Bang In The Void expresses this perfectly while the incredible bloom and fade of Escape was not only impressively timed but moving too. The spectral tint of the set meant that each player in the band seemed to be one entity; a real merging behind the synth-drone veil. Elements that were pre-programmed were indistinguishable from those that may have been improvised. This is to the credit, not only of the musicians and arrangements, but also the atmosphere. With certain pockets of the crowd ricocheting their limbs, others trapped behind the cage confines of the balcony and a few more pinned under the weight of their Movember moustaches, almost every single one of us either shook our heads in spine-tingled reveries or pounded the floor with our feet as if to urge the ensemble on. Wrapped firmly in Apparat’s techno-tinged surge, like a bundle of humanity sealed in clingwrap, the crowd managed to humble the musicians onstage. As they walked off, a genuine, heartfelt thank you was not only uttered, but reciprocated by the hearty applause that a set of that magnitude deserved. Brad Barrett

EMINEM, LIL WAYNE

SYDNEY FOOTBALL STADIUM: 04/12/11 It says something that this reviewer arrived at the SFS and joined the priority queue 15 minutes before Hilltop Hoods commenced their set, waited more than an hour, then entered the now Hoods-less venue to the sound of jams from Drake’s new album. That’s a reviewer’s experience. Spare a thought, then, for punters who spent hundreds of dollars for the privilege of grappling with the poor organisation and massive lines we experienced tonight. Desperately disappointing. Even hundreds of metres away, separated by concrete and plastic, the yin and yang of Pressure’s rattatat baritone and Suffa’s melodic alto warmed our hearts though as the duo backed by DJ Debris ran through the standards peaking with the excellent, though now clichéd, Chase That Feeling. Lil Wayne more than made up for the wait. He came on stage with a skateboard and leapt immediately into Mr Carter. The set continued as, in part, a love letter to 2008’s Tha Carter III as we were treated to Mrs Officer, A Milli and Lollipop. However the biggest reception was saved for the saccharine sweet How To Love from Tha Carter IV. Weezy left us a few songs later with the beat from 6 Foot 7 Foot ringing in our ears and his two words for every woman in the audience (“I’m single”) sending a frisson through the assembled sisterhood. Then, only minutes later, everything turned dark. The stadium was illuminated by a sea of smartphone screens and, later, a cute Powerpoint presentation to get us excited about Eminem’s arrival. It worked! Eminem came up through a platform in the centre of the stage. It was a neat metaphor: once dead and buried, now Em was standing before a sea of (surprisingly young) Sydneysiders reborn. Sadly, he started with Won’t Back Down, one of the hulking, clumsy, ugly tracks he has now devoted the latter part of his career to making. It was followed by 3AM and it became clear this was a night celebrating the last few years, not the few years before that. Then we got an Easter egg as Square Dance, perhaps Em’s finest track, was wheeled out. Near a decade after we first heard it, it’s still as visceral and current as ever. There was good crowd banter. A particular line about his 2001 show – “I’ve been to Sydney before but I don’t remember too much from it because I think I had a little substance abuse problem” – got an enormous laugh. There was his song with Weezy from the new album, there was his verse from that B.O.B. track, Airplanes, there was Lose Yourself, there was a slightly half-hearted and abbreviated Stan and then it was time to go. We had been entertained and, as such, leaving was a lot easier than arriving had been. James d’Apice


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FELICITY GROOM, DANCING HEALS

FAREWELL STEVE

THE BERESFORD HOTEL: 03/12/11 Indie-popsters Dancing Heals got everyone in the mood early in the evening with their flavoursome style. A tight band with controlled sound, the two lead vocalists shared the spotlight with an enthusiasm that permeated the room. Though the four-piece were an unknown band to most of the crowd, their punter-friendly tracks were surprisingly satisfying, ending their set on good vibes. Cute as a button, Felicity Groom hopped onto the stage dressed in suspenders and luscious red highwaisted shorts. Within the first few seconds of her solo acoustic opener, you realise that Groom’s voice is as mature live as it is in her recorded tracks. Stretching her vocals into otherworldly realms with strength, she can be compared to the queen of pipes herself, Florence Welch. Third song in and we got a feel for the sultry Felicity Groom. Not afraid to be sexy on stage (especially in the guitar solo of ‘60s-inspired number, John Edmund Shea), she must however make this sexiness a bit more convincing, take hold of her on-stage sultry persona (a la Kimbra) and run with it. Instead, she seemed slightly shy and unsure about it. Live, Siren Song lost a lot of its darkness. The current hot-on-the-radio single needed a backing vocalist (or backing track) to cover and fill in the lower vocal harmony that plays such a pivotal role in making it the shadowy track that it is. However, all was well once she grabbed hold of her autoharp – there is something really appealing about the aesthetic and sound of the live autoharp during tracks like Finders And Keepers. Also incredibly enjoyable was what the lead guitarist was doing in the aforementioned single, playing the predominant guitar motifs in a more gritty and dirty style than heard on the original recording, making it somewhat raw and fresh sounding. Despite the lights flickering out and the sound momentarily screeching in two different instances, it’s obvious Groom is well on the way to stardom. Just a few tweaks and she’ll be the next hot thing on the industry’s lips. Celline Narinli

FRONT END LOADER, CHINESE BURNS UNIT, RAISE THE CRAZY ANNANDALE HOTEL: 02/12/11

The words ‘cock’ and ‘rock’ are certainly called for when reviewing Raise The Crazy. They were clearly having themselves a ball on stage and the highlight of their show was when the guitarist decided to take a wander through the audience and then turned up right in front of this reviewer wielding his wireless guitar like a loaded gun. They are a hard rock, no nonsense, straight-up four-on-the-floor band that are unsurprising yet inoffensive. Good if you like that sort of thing. The always irreverent and fun Chinese Burns Unit played a selection of short, fast and loud pop thrash metal – or whatever you wish to call it – without too much fanfare. They were there to support the ‘Loader and far be it from them to steal anyone’s thunder. However their set was shorter than expected. Perhaps they played their already fast songs a tad faster tonight? The good thing about playing songs that rarely last longer than 2.2 minutes is that the listener never gets a chance to feel bored. There are no long drawn out endings at a Chinese Burns Unit gig, no sir. The anticipation was palpable as the now ARIA award-winning Front End Loader took to the stage. Once Again they showed themselves to be Australia’s best kept hard rock secret, or as they described themselves, “Australia’s least popular, relatively well-known band”. Frontman Bowden Campbell’s vocals have the ability to convey strength and vulnerability all the while rocking out without pomp and ceremony. The guitars were melodic, the drums were thumping and the emotion was real. Front End Loader played louder than the other bands, but the sound was clean, making it easy to hear the lyrics, reminding why Front End Loader are the thinking man’s heavy rock band. Despite their speech inferring the irrelevance of their ARIA award, their playing tonight seemed somehow backed by a “we always knew we were better than okay and now we have this stupid award to prove it” attitude. Front End Loader decided to prove themselves worthy of a stupid award by rocking out – and that they did. They don’t give out ARIAs willy-nilly, you know. Francesca Palazzolo 66 • THE DRUM MEDIA

The carnage-filled Soldiers Of Immortality Tour continues to slay this week. Thy Art Is Murder, War From A Harlot’s Mouth, The Bride and Make Them Suffer will stop by the Cambridge Hotel this Wednesday and the Unanderra Community Centre on Thursday.

HOWL AT THE GIG

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Rockers Wolfmother are back on tour this December with a fistful of tracks they want to road test with the east coast crowd! On Wednesday they play The Entrance Leagues and on Thursday they play Newcastle Leagues.

FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE

ROCKING THE LILY

New kids Jason & The Lyrebird bring their brand of arcane indie rock to Rock Lily at The Star Casino this Wednesday, then play Spectrum on Saturday night. Both shows promise to abound with funfilled dance moves and guitar-swinging action.

SEEING SOUNDS, HEARING SIGHTS

Canada’s Sights & Sounds are on their first Aussie tour ever this summer with Adelaide’s Grenadiers and Melbourne’s Chasing Ghosts! Led by Comeback Kid’s Andrew Neufeld, the dudes are pulling into Hot Damn this Thursday as well as the Cambridge Hotel on Friday.

FROM MARS TO MANNING

That’s why his hair is so big, it’s full of secrets… and talent. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta and At The Drive In is bringing a new trio down under for a cracker of a tour. Supporting them will be L.A.-based art punk group Le Butcherrete. Get down to Manning Bar this Saturday!

MUM and FBi have banded their awesomeness together to bring forth the Go Here Go There festival this Friday. One $20 wristband will let you into both the Kings Cross Hotel and World Bar all night for a killer lineup of the Bleeding Knees Club, Velociraptor, The Paper Scissors, Underlights and tons more.

If you want to spend Christmas with Karma Country then the Petersham Bowlo is where the bells are at. Original members Michael Galeazzi, Stu Eadie and Brendan Gallagher will be playing two Christmas sets with songs from their six albums this Sunday.

UNEARTHED

They’re Triple J royalty now having just won the Unearthed competition, but you can still call them Ben Wells & The Middle Names. The sextet are playing at FBi Social this Wednesday with Iluka and We Are The Birdcage, the Great Northern Hotel this Thursday with The Guppies and Iluka and then go on to play Festival Of The Sun on Saturday with Guineafowl and more.

HAT FOR TEACHER

With the sun and his mate summertime starting to beat down on us, it’s definitely weather for a hat party. Lucky for you, Oxford Arts Factory are hosting their first official one this Friday! With Only The Sea Slugs launching their mini album, Street Music, and supported by Rapids, Made In Japan and Betty Airs, it’s gonna be a gnarly night.

SLOPPY OR DIE

Get messy with Noah Taylor & The Sloppy Boys this Tuesday (tonight!) at Notes Live as they launch their debut album, Live Free Or Die, with special guests.

PLASMA TIME

With debut EP, PlasMa, under their collective arm, Plasticine Machine take over the Townie in Newtown Sunday.

PECKING ORDER

Birdmouth are pecking into the Town & Country Hotel this Saturday where they’ll play their new self-titled album in its entirety for the first time. Supporting the dudes will be Arrowhead, Last Trip and Glory Meat.

Duo Songs (with their new lineup) are playing at the pirate-themed Moonshine Bar this Thursday. They’ve got their new single, Heavy, to showcase as well.

INDIE CRITTERS

Young indie kids The Jungle Giants are living large, gearing up to play Your Festival this Saturday at the Cambridge Hotel with Ball Park Music, Andy Bull, King Cannons, The Owls and Long Island Sound!

ALL MY LIFE

R&B household names K-Ci & JoJo are back in Australia to perform on their Love Life tour this week with Barry Southgate. Pop into the Enmore Theatre this Friday because all their lives, they’ve prayed for someone like you.

SKYWAY TO HEAVEN

The name on every pop punk kid in the Gold Coast’s lips, Skyway has been doing pretty well for themselves recently. Already having supported The Amity Affliction, The Wonder Years and more, the dudes are now on their own headlining tour. With mates Milestones and Apart From This in tow, they stop by EVs on Friday, SFX on Saturday and the Bald Faced Stag on Sunday.

You won’t have heard of them because they never made it out of Avalon – regardless, if you want to raise money for cancer head down to Avalon RSL this Saturday. Mumcunt, Hungdonkey, 4Play, Bloody Kids and DJ Bi-Curious will all be playing to help their mate with cancer out.

WILDIN’ OUT

MI CHURCH ES SU CHURCH

Brush up on your Español, the church are bringing you Dos Momentos Especiales this week! That means Two Special Moments, so the band will be performing their latest acoustic albums in full over Friday and Saturday at the Milton Theatre. They’ll also play Waves on Saturday as part of their Future Past Perfect tour.

MC BOOTH

Taylor King stop by the Gaelic this Wednesday where they’ll play with support from Found At Sea and more. The show will start at 7pm.

ROOT AWAY CANCER NIGHT

Red-haired and fiery, Emma Dean is waving goodbye to a wild 2011 and waving hello to an even wilder 2012. She’s playing two solo shows with Rapskallion this week, the first at the Clarendon Guest House on Friday and the second at Camelot Lounge on Saturday. Rapskallion play a show with Mr Fibby at the Front Gallery on Thursday too.

Indie duo Toucan have just released their new EP, Brave New World, and want to celebrate with a couple of gigs! They’re playing at the Spectrum this Friday as well as Fresh Prince at the Transit Bar on Saturday.

SEA KINGS

HEAVY SONGS

KARMA CHRISTMAS

IMMORTALS

Kim Sanders & Friends play a final farewell show for bass player Steve Elphick this Friday at the Sound Lounge. With a myriad of instruments used such as the Balkan bagpipe, the Sufi flute, the darabukka and more, it’ll be a dynamic show indeed.

MAJOR RAISER

Salute to Major Raiser! They like to combine good times, music and charity into one big event and so present to you Tickets For Tucker. For $24, good times will be had with New Navy, Skryptcha, Rapids, Monks Of Melonwah, Sydney Girls Choir and Patrick & The Deep End, all while donating money to the Botshabelo orphanage in Africa. The event will be held at The Gaelic this Saturday.

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KING BROWN WHEN DID YOU PICK UP THE MIC? I started out in a grunge/metal band. We were big fans of Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Anthrax, Janes Addiction and Pop Will Eat Itself. Sometimes we would do Bodycount covers or Cypress Hill, sometimes we would even write our own raps but they weren’t that good so we stuck to the covers - There Goes The Neighborhood or Insane In The Brain. I’ve always been into hip hop like N.W.A., The 2Live crew, Ice T and Beastie Boys, I was just better at the aggressive nature of metal than I was at writing rhymes. Time has given me a better vocabulary and experience in performing so I can handle and write lyrics a lot better, so rapping is taking more of a front seat these days. I still hold onto what made me, though. WHO’S WHO IN YOUR CURRENT CREW? Me and KILLMONKEY. DO YOU PRACTICE ALL OF THE FOUR ELEMENTS? Nah, just rapping. IF YOU COULD BE ANYONE’S HYPE MAN WHO WOULD IT BE? Butterfingers or Evil Eddie ‘cause he’s a cunny funt. WHOSE BEATS WOULD YOU CUT OFF A LIMB TO RHYME OVER? Mike E. Clarke, who produced a lot of I.C.P. in the ‘90s. He has a really good ear, not just for beats but some really heavy guitars and the structure of songs. He has done some great work for The Insane Clown Posse - those guys make me bust out. WHAT CAN PUNTERS EXPECT FROM YOU WHEN YOU’RE WORKING THE ROOM? Clarity. I pride myself on my lyrics being heard. Too many MCs have good lyrics but you just can’t hear ‘em ‘cause they smother their own mouth with the mic. You need mic skills to boot. If people can’t see your lips moving they can’t hear you. It’s a bizarre phenomenon - we’re visual creatures and listening isn’t enough to get the message through. I don’t just bust my lyrics, I try to perform the essence of what they are saying. WHAT GIGS DO YOU HAVE COMING UP? I’m launching my album, Australian Made, at the Sandringham Hotel on Thursday, 4th Wall City and High Noon are playing in support. Also I will be playing Kings Cross Hotel on Friday 23 December.


CLASSICALLY BLUE

A collision of the improvised and organised, the Classically Blue project assembles internationally regarded guitarist-songwriter Geoff Achison with violinist Adrian Keating this Thursday at Notes. Expect a night that will feature both acoustic and amplified sets, displaying the dexterity and talent of the two musicians.

LET’S GROOVE TONIGHT THE SIREN SONG

The Siren Tower are riding high after their second single, The Banishing Of William McGuiness, was shortlisted in the Australian Songwriters Association’s Songwriting Contest. With great reviews following them wherever they go, see what the fuss is about when the band hit The Square this Saturday with Bears With Guns, Jack Colwell & The Owls and Chloe Harrison & Band.

DROPPING TUNES

Locally beloved rockabilly/blues band The Snowdroppers will be returning to their hometown this Friday for a final show to wrap up their 23-date national tour. Having just been nominated for Best Live Music Act in the 2011 SMAC Awards, you’d best believe this band will be bringing raucous sound to The Metro, with help from support acts Jackson Firebird and Kill City Creeps.

BUST A MOVE

STOP WANDERING WHY

The last date on Busby Marou’s Underlying Message tour, they stop by The Gaelic this Friday with special guests from Sydney, Winter People.

Sydney genre-bending sextet Wanderlust are back in town to end the year on a high note. The ARIA award-winning world jazz ensemble is renowned for its unique and daring style, exploring jazz whilst dipping its toes in Brazilian and West African music. The band will be playing their last show for the year this Saturday in the Sound Lounge.

GREASE AND SLEAZE Hit up the hair metal, glam rock and Southern rock mayhem at Sydney’s newest and grimiest club, Sleaze! This Friday at the Imperial Hotel, Virginia Killstyxx will be launching her album, Platinum Brunette and Kill Appeal will be playing from 8pm and Audri Medicate of the Horrorwood Mannequins and Blake of Kill Appeal will be DJing. Get down from 7pm!

BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Crime-jazz, 1940s Americana and illicit pulp culture, however way you want to put it, that’s exactly what Jimmy Vargas & The Black Dahlias is. The pulp culture show is heading to Blue Beat this Wednesday, doors open at 7pm.

RAISING THE REGGAE Sound Break are holding a charity event with all money raised being donated to the Starlight Foundation. The reggae Fundraiser will feature Alotta Presha, Addison Road, Penny And The Mystics and Frieda’s Boss, playing at The Supper Club in Darlinghurst this Saturday.

COTTON ON AND DANCE Late Night Social at FBI Social sees three local DJs holding court, all for the low, low price of zero dollars entry. Starting the night will be Harry Cotton, FBI’s Frames and Felix Lloyd. Starting at midnight and running ‘til late, FBI supporters get discounts at the bar too, this Friday night.

GETTING BACK TO THEIR ROOTS Penny & The Mystics return to Notes this Friday, bringing their south coast surf vibe up to the city. The Kiama band mix roots, rock and reggae, but haven’t played a show in Sydney since July. An exciting young band that have everything from ballads to rock’n’roll in their repertoire, don’t miss them!

PLAY US A SONG, BOYS

50 Words For Snow KATE BUSH DJ-Kicks SCUBA

Take Care, Take Care, Take Care EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY

For the last time this year, Dr Sketchy’s will be knocking socks off with a 1950s throwback surprise act and Tootsie Caloolas and Memphis Mae bringing chic extravagance to the event.

JUST VISITING

Thursday THE WEEKND The Valley Wind TYLER RAMSEY Hourly Daily YOU AM I

FBI’S FAVOURITE NEW AUSSIE TRACKS Sunshower DOMEYKO/GONZALEZ Payphone ERIK OMEN Scary NOAH TAYLOR & THE SLOPPY BOYS Righteous Hit POLOGRAPHIA Murder ALBATROSS In A Tee Pee We Shall Lay JASON & THE LYREBIRD Be Gone TARA SIMMONS Heartbeatings For Those With Heartbeats TELAFONICA Calypso THE FIGHTING LEAGUE In My Dream LOVE OF DIAGRAMS

WAITING FOR 62 GUITAR WOLF

SEARCH FOR A SUPPORT

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT AUSTRALIA, IN TEN WORDS OR LESS? AC/DC, Olivia Newton-John, Saints, Mad Max, Jodie Moore, Totes, Tasmanian Devil.

Local roots sensation Claude Hay is joining Canadian blues master Matt Andersen in a double billed East Coast tour along with Hay performing at Festival Of The Sun. The coheadliner hits The Brass Monkey this Thursday, The Great Northern on Friday and Grand Junction Hotel in Maitland on Sunday.

The Stepkids THE STEPKIDS

SKETCHY FINALE

WHY ARE YOU COMING TO VISIT OUR FAIR COUNTRY? We will come in order to heap up rock and roll of Australia increasingly.

TRAVELLING BLUES

The Damned Humans THE DAMNED HUMANS

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Sydney’s suave purveyors of primitively sweaty garagedelica, The Intercontinental Playboys, are playing their one and only show of 2011 in a very special Christmas soiree at the Sandringham Hotel, joined by The Dunhill Blues and The Escapes this Sunday.

Local band Calling Mayday have been cutting their teeth supporting bands like Spy Vs Spy, The Trews and Chris Wilson. They’ll be rocking the semi-finals in a competition to support Underground Lovers on their tour, at Hornsby Inn this Saturday.

Monkeytown MODESELEKTOR

The all-star D1 Orchestra, led by Dauno Martinez and featuring members of the Sade Band, will be bringing their amazing jazz, r‘n’b and funk sounds to Blue Beat this Thursday night. The 28-piece live groove band will keep you dancing from 10pm til late.

LIVE AND LOUD The Quay Live band competition is reaching a head this Saturday night with The Frank Sultana Band, Halfway Homebouy, Kristian Jackson and The Fameless competing for the top prize of a paid 2012 residency at the Paragon Hotel in Circular Quay. Second prize is recording and mastering time at Damien Gerard Studios. Get down to the Paragon to barrack for your favourites.

ON THE DRUM STEREO

HOW LONG ARE YOU HERE FOR? Ten days.

ANY EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES YOU HOPE TO PARTICIPATE IN? Ride on the Kawasaki motorcycle. WHAT WILL YOU BE TAKING HOME AS A SOUVENIR? A crocodile. WHERE CAN WE COME SAY HI AND BUY YOU AN AUSSIE BEER? Saturday - Sandringham Hotel. FOR MORE INFO SEE: www.tskeventure.com.au

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The great American singer-songwriter, composer and actor Tom Waits will be turning 62 and what better way to celebrate than getting a slew of excellent musicians together to pay homage to the man himself. Over two nights, this Wednesday and Thursday, the Camelot Lounge will be transformed into a birthday party featuring Abby Dobson, Jeff Duff, Yaron Hallis, Pugsley Buzzard, Lloyd Speigel and in-house band The Sluggs.

A JOOLE TO BE DISCOVERED

Local solo artist Sam Joole spent most of last year recording his acoustic album in locations ranging from Chile, Argentina and Los Angeles to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Featuring Magdalena Mira on vocals and musicians all around the world, Jooles will bring the record to life at The Basement tonight (Tuesday).

GROOVIN’ TIME

If you like your funk and electrodisco raw and dirty, you’d best get down to Blue Beat in Double Bay this Friday and Saturday, when Professor Groove & The Booty Affair take over from 10pm with a synthastic electrofunk, soul, boogie and old school rap attack.

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HAVE YOU HEARD

LOUDEST ENGINE

AND WILE.E.COYOTE

The Roadrunners return to the Matraville RSL for a night of rockabilly this Friday. The fun starts from 8pm and it’s for free.

The Howling Bells and their blend of psychedelic indie rock are bringing their Loudest Engine tour to the east coast this week! The four-piece play the ANU Bar on Thursday, Newcastle Leagues on Friday, The Standard on Saturday and The Patch on Sunday.

GO FAR

STORMING THE STAGE Stormcellar are back at the Baldrock Hotel, Rozelle this Saturday. They’ll be tweaking and testing songs for their next album as well as drawing on music from the Appalachians to Chicago, from the bayou to the boogie. It all kicks off from 8pm.

PARADISE INN FEICK’S DEVICE YOUR MUSIC IS…? Artcore. What is artcore, I hear you say? It’s catchy, abrasive music that draws influences from all over and strives to recombine them in new and creative ways. WHICH ACTS INSPIRED YOU TO PRODUCE YOUR OWN MUSIC AND WHY? The Violent Femmes, Birthday Party, Dead Kennedys – they and others like them are not afraid of big ideas or self-deprecation and still manage to create something fun and catchy while pushing the boundaries of songwriting. WHAT’S YOUR WILDEST AMBITION FOR YOUR MUSIC? For it to find a worldwide audience that loves it. Even though (and especially because) that audience will always be ‘niche’ in scale, it will warm our hearts for people in little pockets all over the place to feel a connection through our art.

The Paradise Motel are playing a special show this week to launch their newest, I Still Hear Your Voice At Night. They’ll be performing with The Ariel Maps at Notes this Saturday.

NEXT AVAILABLE AT: Saturday – Excelsior Glebe Friday 30 December – Yours & Owls Saturday 7 January – Lake Munmorah Community Hall

LEEFING THROUGH IT Legendary singer/rhythm guitarist Barry Leef and an all-star band featuring Peter Northcote, Victor Rounds and Lloyd G will perform classic rock of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s at the Brass Monkey this Saturday.

CHRISTMAS CLUB Club Fuck brings you the biggest Christmas present this Friday at The Sly Fox in Newtown, with ex-Candy Harlots Aiz Lynch and Pete Masi, Sunset Riot and Neon Heart playing all the glam, cock rock, metal, classic and videos you could imagine. Fancy dress is welcome, so show your festive spirit to kick off the silly season.

SPACE INVADERS This Saturday, the futuristic Bass Control spaceship lands at Sydney Showground. The lineup includes Frontliner, The Pitcher, Psyko Punkz, Darren Styles, Amnesys and heaps more. The festival starts from midday and goes ‘til midnight.

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If you like your drum‘n’bass loud and plentiful, then make sure you’re down at Chinese Laundry this Saturday, where UK heavies Cyantific and Wilkinson will be headlining, along with sets from Typhonic, Geefluxz, Brown Bear, Shudder-X and Mindquad. It all kicks off at 10pm and goes ‘til late.

Sydney band The Sidetracked Fiasco will be blending funk, punk, ska, rock and hip hop in their final gig of the year before going into the studio to record an EP. The band will play the Old Manly Boatshed this Sunday, with support from local reggae/Latin band Travelaz.

Texans Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears have brought everything that’s big back home, down under. The group will play the Factory Theatre this Friday as well as the sold-out Meredith Music Festival on Saturday.

THAT’S A WHAMMY!

SINGLE FOCUS

Since the unannounced set from Claude Vonstroke last week at Wham at World Bar, you never can know who’s going to take on the decks. This Saturday sees Gus Da Hoodrat (Bang Gang), James Taylor & MC Shureshock, Boonie, Lennox & Oakes, Harry Cotton and many more.

DUST IT OFF

It might be a Sunday but there’s no reason to be lamenting the end of the weekend when World Bar have got Dust going off every Sunday evening from 7pm til 9pm this month. Local house DJs will be providing the atmosphere with Simon Caldwell, Gaby, James Taylor, Alley Oop and more. It’s a free night and there are $15 cocktail carafes of Pimms, Sangria, Mojito and Lynchburg Lemonade on offer. What more could you want?

HOW DO YOU FIND THE LOCAL LIVE SCENE? Challenging, particularly if you’d prefer not to facilitate profiteering from the sale of alcohol but do actually want to play in a room with good sound. Hooray for more grassroots/collective venues (hello Marrickville and surrounds!)

FOR MORE INFO SEE: www.feicksdevice.com. Debut EP, Still Busy Storing Away Fat For Your Trial By Fire, is available at gigs, independent stores and online. Debut album, What Is To Be Undone, is being recorded as we speak.

One of the finest bass music artists in the world, Far Too Loud from the UK, headlines Chinese Laundry this Saturday in his first ever Sydney show. Other DJs include Punk Ninja, E-cats, Trent Rackus, Nash T, Ben Korbel and more.

DON’T GET SIDETRACKED

HONEYBEAR

WHY SHOULD WE COME AND SEE YOU? Because we do something new and highly original that’s full of energy.

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST ROCK’N’ROLL MOMENT? Being told to ‘turn it right down’ but actually only turning it down a little bit.

ASTRONAUT TIGERS

Local pop band Tiger Temple will be playing songs from their self-titled record in a free all ages show this Saturday at Katoomba RSL. The band will be supported by Astronaut Frank and Nat James. Please note children must be accompanied by an adult.

THE APARTMENTS BLACK RIBBONS IS THIS TRACK FROM A FORTHCOMING/ EXISTING RELEASE? Yes, from a 7” vinyl single on Chapter Music, which is out now, as well as a new Apartments album scheduled for 2012. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO WRITE/RECORD? I got the idea for a duet after Natasha Penot (from Parisian duo Grisbi) sent me a cover of an Apartments’ song, Sunset Hotel, that she’d recorded the night after she saw me play in Paris. I loved her voice, her accent. I asked what did she think of a duet and she loved the idea. A couple of months later, when I was back in Australia I got a call from her saying they were going into the studio the next week to start on their album - had I finished the duet? I told them “Of course I have” (I hadn’t) so I went into my home studio to finish it off quickly. First I had to walk the dog. I sent it off on a Sunday night, with the lyrics and within a week their production, with Natasha doing her parts, came back to me. DID ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR INSPIRE IT? Simple idea - a duet, a conversation. Two people, at different points in their lives, something finished between them. No regrets. They kiss the past goodbye and then, like a parcel or a gift, wrap it up with black ribbons. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE SONG? Natasha’s accent, the contrast. When my European manager heard it he wrote, “Yours is the voice of the guy who’s been around. Natasha’s is the voice of someone with the whole, bright, fresh morning of a world ahead of her, she is all promises and hope and for this reason, these voices are a perfect match.” This, of course, is practically meaningless - but he’s French, what do you expect?

EP FOCUS

THE ASTHMATIX WHAT’S THE TITLE OF YOUR NEW EP? Go Team Go. HOW MANY RELEASES DO YOU HAVE NOW? This is number two. We released our first single this time last year for Hannukah with a song called LATKE. It’s an instrumental hip hop banger about eating oily potato cakes. It’s the first song on this debut EP. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO WRITE/RECORD? 5772 years. WAS ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR INSPIRING YOU DURING THE MAKING? Our mothers. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SONG ON IT? At the end of the EP is a track called Gaia which includes vinyl samples of a motivational speaker from this ‘60s guy teaching how to manage time more effectively. WILL YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY NEXT TIME? “Learn to say no. It’s one of the most valuable and effective words in the English language.” WILL YOU BE LAUNCHING IT? Thursday - Kings Cross Hotel FOR MORE INFO SEE: facebook.com/theasthmatix

NO WORD FOR THIS

ON HIS LATEST ALBUM, BASS PLAYER AND COMPOSER STEVE MORRISON REDISCOVERS THE JOYS OF ACCESSIBLE INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ AND TALKS TO MICHAEL SMITH ABOUT IT.

saxophonist Con Campbell, pianist Gary Daley, trumpeter Mike Hammond, drummer Steve Ley and, perhaps most significantly, d.i.g. guitarist Tim Rollinson.

Back in 2006, bass player Steve Morrison released a debut solo album, Silently, which set out his position as a player whose audience isn’t really a jazz one but for whom he wanted to create a kind of jazz that would allow that audience to join him in the joy of performing. Over the next two albums, 2007’s So Quiet and 2009’s Live At The Basement, the instrumental approach of Silently was set aside while Morrison had some fun collaborating with singer Jeff Duff, but with his new album, Seventy Times Seven, he’s returned to the instrumental jazz format.

WILL YOU BE LAUNCHING IT? Friday - THE Factory

“We’ve gone back and forward,” double and electric bass player Morrison suggests. “We’ve gone back to instrumental and we haven’t gone into avant-garde, we’ve tried to remain accessible, but we’ve gone all original and we’ve pushed the envelope a bit with time signatures.”

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“I think the band was ready to do it, the lineup of the band having solidified over the years but just having Tim Rollinson’s been a big thing. I was keen for anyone who wanted to write to write a tune and to come up with something interesting and in terms of style of composition, the album is really quite diverse, with Tim doing kind of real jazz stuff and me throwing in a kind of a groove seven [on the title track Seventy Times Seven] and Steve Ley putting in that Western waltz thing [laughs], which is funny and quirky and I love it. The album takes you through quite a few shades and colours and themes, but it feels like the same guys making the same record. “And one of the other things I did with this record that I didn’t do with Silently but I was keen to do was actually keep the mistakes and I think that stops it from being plastic.” WHO Steve Morrison WHAT Seventy Times Seven (Independent) WHEN & WHERE Tuesday 13 December, The Basement Circular Quay


UV PARTY

CRACKING IT

Octopus Pi are hosting Wormwood UV this Friday – the blacklight edition! Melbourne’s Mesa Cosa will be playing as will Brackets, Nick Carson, F’Tang and a bunch more special stuff. Head down to Dirty Shirlows from 8pm!

Local indie rock act The Cracks are summoning blues rock and roll, with support from Fait Acompli and The Deer Republic playing at Beach Road Hotel in Bondi this Wednesday.

MOVING IN

WEEKLY JIM

The Apartments will be launching their first release, Black Ribbons, since 1998 this Friday at the Factory Theatre’s Floor Space. They’ll have support from Peter Fenton of Crow as well. The show starts at 8pm.

ASTHMA ATTACK The Asthmatix are an instrumental Jewish hip hop group and are set to release their debut EP this Thursday at FBi Social. They’ll be supported by Reason, Raven, DJ Morphingaz and DJ Hezekiah. Reason will also play with Jedi Mind Tricks and Outerspace on Thursday at the Factory Theatre.

CAPRICORN

ESSENTIAL VIEWING

Hit up Jim Finn’s usual weekly music endeavours with Muso’s Club Jam Night on Wednesday at Bald Faced Stag and Thursday at Carousel Hotel. He’s spending Friday night with Flamin’ Beauties at the Penrith Hotel, Saturday night with Moonshine at Raby Tavern and Sunday night at Bald Rock Hotel.

WAYWARD Wards Xpress are heading to Club Cronulla Friday with Ross Ward on guitar, Bruce Stephens on drums, Al Britton on bass and Martin Davison on sax.

LOU REED & METALLICA THE VIEW

Considering the avalanche of bad reviews that the Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration has instigated, you’d think the two acts would crawl away from the project like wounded animals. Instead, they’ve recruited the Academy Award-nominated director of Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky, to helm the music video for The View. The result is a gritty, black and white recording of a studio performance, utilising the bleary beer-goggle camera effect extensively. It’s unintentionally hilarious to watch their conviction as they bash out ear-bleeding music. Worth watching for the final five seconds in which Lou Reed cries, ‘Bravo! Encore!’ while Kirk Hammett points at him as if to say, ‘That guy…’.

Gracing Stereosonic stages just last week, with their new Capricorn EP in hand producer/vocalist duo The Immigrant play at the Glasshouse in Wollongong Thursday.

SOAR LIKE A FALCON Falcona Fridays are throwing a Christmas bash that’s bound to have you dancing from dusk til dawn. DJs kick off at 8pm and include Alison Wonderland, ITM DJs, Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Indian Summer DJs, Stoney Roads DJs, Falcona DJs and a secret special guest. It’s all happening this Friday at Kit & Kaboodle.

HOT WINGS Chickenstones are bringing the wrath of hell to the Harbord Bowlo this Saturday as they launch their new album, Hell Hath No Fury! They’ll be playing with 4Barrel Hemi free from 7.30pm.

EP FOCUS

RAPSKALLION WHAT’S THE TITLE OF YOUR NEW EP? The Cat ‘N Fiddle. HOW MANY RELEASES DO YOU HAVE NOW? One CD, one EP, with a new full-length album, Vagabond King, coming in the early summer on vinyl and CD. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO WRITE/RECORD? 206 years (the accumulated ages of all the band members!) and six weeks in Museagency Studios, Byron Bay. WAS ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR INSPIRING YOU DURING THE MAKING? We moved the band to Byron Bay to escape the grim Melbourne winter, to record the album on mostly analogue gear - which was amazing - using ancient ribbon mics and an old decrepid piano. And the beach right next to us with the occasional whale cruising by - lovely! WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SONG ON IT? Marlene’s Been Banging The Dwarf Next Door, It’s a murder ballad! WILL YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY NEXT TIME? I’m not sure, each album seems to be an entire journey in itself. It’s like giving birth, but the mother is seven people. WILL YOU BE LAUNCHING IT? Friday - Clarendon Guesthouse Katoomba Saturday - The Camelot Lounge FOR MORE INFO SEE: www.rapskallion.com.au

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ADAM PRINGLE, + FRIENDS: Sandringham Hotel, street level DAVE POWER: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks DAVE WHITE EXPERIENCE (SOLO): Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar FUCKED UP (USA): The Standard - Surry Hills GUY SEBASTIAN, RUBY ROSE: Upstairs Beresford - Beresford Hotel JAZZGROOVE feat…, THE DENOMINATORS, JUDY BAILEY TRIO: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS (USA), ROYAL HEADACHE, STEP PANTHER: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space MUDHONEY (USA), THE HOLY SOUL, THE TREATMENT: Manning Bar Syd Uni NOAH TAYLOR & THE SLOPPY BOYS, + GUESTS: Notes Live - Enmore OMG!: Scruffy Murphy’s - City PAUL SUN, MONIQUE LYSIAK: Jazushi Restaurant Surry Hills ROB HENRY: Observer Htl SAM JOOLE, ANDY GOLLEDGE: The Basement - Circular Quay SINGLED OUT: 3 Wise Monkeys Pub - City SONGS ON STAGE feat., CAROLYN CRYSDALE, + GUESTS: Kogarah Hotel STEWART SAYS, SKANK DE VILLE: Beach Rd Htl (Rex Room) Bondi TASTE OF OPC: Owls - Wollongong THEY CALL ME BRUCE: Maloneys Hotel - Sydney VAINTY (COVER BAND), DJ MIKE J, MIKE ANDY: World Bar Kings X

WED 07

A NIGHT AT THE CROSSROADSROBERT JOHNSON: Lizottes, Newcastle ALISTER SPENCE TRIO: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills ANDY GOLLEDGE: Sandringham Hotel, street level ANDY MAMMERS DUO: Maloneys Hotel - Sydney

BEN WELLS & THE MIDDLE NAMES, ILUKA, WE ARE THE BIRDCAGE: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross BONE IDLE: Hawkesbury Jazz Club - Richmond DAN SPILLANE: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar DAVE POWER: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks DAVE WHITE EXPERIENCE (TRIO): 3 Wise Monkeys Pub - City ELLIPHANT, GODSWOUNDS, HINTERLANDT, MAROSI DI BURIANA, + GUESTS: Valve Bar - Tempe FLASH & THE INSTROMATICS: Wickham Park Htl Islington JAMIE LINDSAY: Northies Cronulla Htl- Sport Bar JAZ WHALLEY & LOZ FREEDOM, BOW & DAVIS, THE STATIONMASTERS, DUNES: Sandringham Hotel, upstairs JED ZARB: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill JIMMY VARGAS & THE BLACK DAHLIAS: Bluebeat Bar - Double Bay JP DUO: O’Malleys Hotel, Kings Cross KERRI LEWIS DUO: Club Rivers - Riverwood LEEROY LEE, MORGAN JOANEL, SPOOKY LAND: 34 Degrees South Underground Bar - Bondi LISA SCHOUW, EDOARDO SANTONI: Bar Me - Kings Cross LUKE DIXON: Summer Hill Hotel - Summer Hill MARK LEWIS QUARTET: Mars Hill Café - Parramatta MATT JONES TRIO: Scruffy Murphy’s - City MEREWETHER FATS: Great Northern Hotel - Newcastle OFF! (USA), THE HARD ONS, EPICS: Annandale Hotel - Annandale SONGS ON STAGE feat., MEN WITH DAY JOBS, SENANI, PETER YANNAKIS, RUSSELL NEAL, + GUESTS: Cat & Fiddle Hotel Balmain SONGS ON STAGE feat., TAOS, + GUESTS: Coach & Horses Hotel, Randwick SONGS ON STAGE feat., DAN CRESTANI, JOSH SINGER, GREG SITA: Cookies Lounge and Bar - North Strathfield

SONGS ON STAGE feat., DaNIEL HOPKINS, + GUESTS: Taren Point Hotel - Taren Point THE CRACKS, FAIT ACOMPLI, THE DEER REPUBLIC: Beach Rd Htl (Camera Club) Bondi THE FIELD BROTHERS: The Vanguard - Newtown THE STUDY feat, FOUND AT SEA, TAYLOR KING, MAROSI DI BURIANA: The Gaelic - Surry Hills THE WALL feat., BROWN BEAR, AUTO CLAWS, RUBIO, REHU, DOUBLE GOOSE, DECKHEAD: World Bar Kings X THY ART IS MURDER, WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH, THE BRIDE, MAKE THEM SUFFER: Cambridge Hotel - Newcastle TOM WAITS BIRTHDAY BASH feat, ABBY DOBSON, JEFF DUFF, YARON HALLIS, PUGSLEY BUZZARD, LLOYD SPIEGEL (MELB), THE SLUGGS: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA (NZ), DZ DEATHRAYS, KILL CITY CREEPS: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space WIL ANDERSON: The Laugh Garage, Sydney WIM, BOATS OF BERLIN, JASON & THE LYREBIRD: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont ZAC SLATER: Observer Htl

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2 DAYS HITS: Scruffy Murphy’s - City ANDY MAMMERS: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord BEN WELLS & THE MIDDLE NAMES, THE GUPPIES: Great Northern Hotel - Newcastle BLUEHOUSE: The Basement - Circular Quay BREWSTER BAILEY: Marlin Hotel - Ulladulla CRAIG THOMMO: Gymea Bay Hotel D1 ORCHESTRA: Bluebeat Bar - Double Bay DAVE POWER: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks DAVE WHITE DUO: Maloneys Hotel - Sydney DAVE WILKINS: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown DEAN HAITANI: Artichoke Café Manly

DREY ROLLAN BAND: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont EASTSIDE LIVE, MUCHO MAMBO: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills ELEVATE: Stacks Taverna - Darling Harbour FLAMENCO FUSION NIGHT with TAPAS: Lizottes, Dee Why FOO FIGHTERS (USA), TENACIOUS D (USA), FUCKED UP (USA): Sydney Football Stadium FUTURE OF THE LEFT, DEAD FARMERS, YES, I’M LEAVING: Annandale Hotel - Annandale FUTURE OF THE LEFT, DEAD FARMERS, YES I’M LEAVING: Annandale Htl GEOFF ACHISON’S CLASSICALLY BLUE: Notes Live - Enmore GOODNIGHT DYNAMITE: O’Malleys Hotel, Kings Cross GREG BYRNE: Toxteth Hotel - Glebe HOT DAMN! feat…, SIGHTS AND SOUNDS, ONE VITAL WORD, GRENADIERS, CHASING GHOSTS, NUCLEAR SUMMER: Spectrum - Darlinghurst INTERNATIONAL SWINGERS (UK), LOST SOULS CLUB: Metro Theatre JEDI MIND TRICKS, OUTERSPACE: The Factory Theatre JIMMY MANN: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar KATRINA BURGOYNE: Dee Why Hotel KIRK BURGESS: Sackville Hotel - Balmain KRISHNA JONES: Greengate Hotel - Killara MATT ANDERSON, CLAUDE HAY: Brass Monkey - Cronulla OPEN MIC NIGHT: Excelsior Hotel - Glebe PANORAMA: 3 Wise Monkeys Pub - City PATRICK BRADY: Pioneer Tavern - Penrith PROPAGANDA feat., TOM BALLARD, URBY, MUSH, DAN BOMBINGS: World Bar Kings X ROSE TATTOO: Cambridge Hotel - Newcastle SOUND THEORY, IBIS NIXON, THE COWBOY ZEALOTS, STRAY PIXELS, LITTLE VOICE, THE JEFF CHINKY FAN CLUB: Valve Bar - Tempe

STEVE SMYTH: ANU Bar - Canberra ACT STEVE TONGE: Observer Htl - Late TALK OF THE TOWN: Charlestown Bowling Club THE ALCHEMICAL CABERET feat, DANGERBOY: Lizottes, Newcastle THE ASTHMATIX, REASON, RAVEN BLACK NIGHT (S.A), DJ MORPHINGAZ, DJ HEZEKIAH: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross THE CHURCH: Lizottes Central Coast THY ART IS MURDER, WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH, THE BRIDE, MAKE THEM SUFFER, GRAVES: Unanderra Community Centre - Wollongong TOM TRELAWNY: RG McGees - Richmond TOM WAITS BIRTHDAY BASH feat, ABBY DOBSON, JEFF DUFF, YARON HALLIS, PUGSLEY BUZZARD, LLOYD SPIEGEL (MELB): Camelot Lounge - Marrickville WIL ANDERSON: The Laugh Garage, Sydney WOLFMOTHER: Level One, Leagues Club - Newcastle YOUNG REVELRY, CHARLES DAABOUL, THE GHOSTS: Lansdowne Hotel - Broadway ZOLTAN: Northies Cronulla Htl- Sport Bar

FRI 09

2 WAY SPLIT: Custom House Bar - City A NIGHT AT THE CROSSROADSROBERT JOHNSON feat, DON TURNER (BACKSLIDERS), KEVIN BENNETT (THE FLOOD): Lizottes, Dee Why AARON LYON: Artichoke Café Manly ACHTUNG BABY-U2 SHOW: Heathcote Hotel ADAM ECKERSLEY DUO: The Mark Hotel - Newcastle AM 2 PM: Juniors at the Junction - Maroubra ANDY CLOCKWISE: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont ARMCHAIR TRAVELLERS DUO: Ingleburn RSL AUSTRALIAN PLAYED: Bull & Bush - Baulkham Hills

BEAT CRAZY, BROKEN HANDS, CLEANSKINS, + GUESTS: Valve Bar - Tempe BEN FINN DUO: Pioneer Tavern - Penrith BENJALU: The Aztec - Forster BERNIE SEGEDIN: Great Southern Hotel - Sydney BIG SHOTS DEULLING PIANO SHOW: Club Five Dock BIG WAY OUT: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEY BEARS, DJ SMITTY: The Factory Theatre BLACK ROSE: Courthouse Hotel - Taylor Square BREWSTER BAILEY: Penrith Panthers, Evan Theatre - Penrith BUSBY MAROU, WINTER PEOPLE, BEN SALTER: The Gaelic - Surry Hills BUTTON DOWN DISCO feat, THE REHEARSALS, NIGHTMARE, SOHDA, BROSMAN, TONGUE IN CHEEK, DIGITAL T, DONALD CRUMP, + more: Candy’s Apartment - Potts Point CAPTAIN RECKLESS & THE LOST SOULS, + GUESTS: Petersham Bowling Club - Afternoon CARL FIDLER: Observer Htl CAT CAT URALBA, GHASTLY SPATS, DAY RAVIES: Black Wire Records - Newtown CLAUDE HAY, MATT ANDERSON: Great Northern Hotel - Newcastle CLUB BLINK feat., SCREAMING BIKINI, BABYROLL: Club 77 - William Street, East Sydney CRAIG THOMMO: Bligh Park Tavern - Windsor CRAIG THOMMO: Southern Cross Hotel - St Peters DAN BEAZLEY: Windsor Castle Hotel - Newcastle DAN LAWRENCE: Observer Htl - Late DAN LISSING DUO: Crows Nest Hotel (early) DAVID AGIUS: Castle Hill RSL - Cocktail Lounge DAVID MCMASTER: Crows Nest Hotel (Piano Bar) DECLAN KELLY: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills DEUCE: Hotel Jesmond DIESEL: Lizottes, Newcastle

Angus & Julia Stone Chord Book With triple platinum albums and numerous successful international tours under their belt, Angus & Julia Stone have changed the Australian music landscape forever. With hits like Just A Boy and Big Jet Plane, this much anticipated chord book with over 40 songs has complete chords and lyrics mapped out ready to go. Bonus T-shirt offer for a limited time Purchase the Angus & Julia Stone Chord Songbook from Allans Music/Billy Hyde and receive a bonus T-shirt. Available for $19.99, this is already shaping up to be the songbook of the year.

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DR ZOOM DUO: Cessnock Supporters Club DUTCH COURAGE: Kincumber Hotel Kincumber, Central Coast END OF DAYS, DJ SONIC: Belmore Hotel - Newcastle ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH PARTY: Picton Hotel - Picton FALCONIA FRIDAYS feat, ALISON WONDERLAND, SECRET SPECIAL GUEST, ITM DJs, SHANTAN WANTAN ICHIBAN, INDIAN SUMMER DJs, STONEY ROADS DJs, FALCONA DJ’S: Kit & Kaboodle - Kings Cross FALLON BROTHERS: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord FESTIVAL OF THE SUN feat, ART VS SCIENCE, LADYHAWKE, DAN SULTAN, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY, FLOATING ME, SNOWDROPPERS, YOUNG REVELRY, BROTHERS GRIM: Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park - Port Macquarie FLAMIN’ BEAUTIES: Penrith Hotel - Penrith FLATWOUND: Beach Rd Htl (Rex Room) Bondi GARY JOHNS: PJ Gallaghers Drummoyne GEOFF RANA: Parramatta RSL GO HERE GO THERE feat, BLEEDING KNEES CLUB, VELOCIRAPTOR, THE PAPER SCISSORS, ATOM BOMBS, PEPPERCORN, THE RUBENS, UNDERLIGHTS, POLOGRAPHIA: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross GO HERE GO THERE feat, THE FABERGETTES, YOUNG ROMANTICS, KEMPSEY, GRAMS, + more, (MINIFESTIVAL WITH KINGS CROSS HOTEL): World Bar Kings X GREG BYRNE DUO: Castle Hill Tavern HAPPY HIPPIES: Commercial Htl Parramatta HAT PARTY feat, ONLY THE SEA SLUGS, RAPIDS, MADE IN JAPAN, BETTY AIRS, + more: Oxford Art Factory HERMITUDE: The Standard - Surry Hills HIP NOT HOP: Stacks Taverna - Darling Harbour

HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar HOWLING BELLS, STEP PANTHER, STEVE SMYTH: Level One, Leagues Club - Newcastle IGNITION: 3 Wise Monkeys Pub - City INCOGNITO BAND: Exchange Hotel - Newcastle JAMES MORRISON: The Basement Circular Quay JED: Red Cow Inn Penrith JESS DUNBAR: Mill Hill Hotel - Bondi Junction JIM CONWAYS BIG WHEEL: Empire Hotel - Annandale JOHN WATERS: Canberra Theatre - Canberra ACT JOSH MCIVOR: Castle Hill RSL - Courtyard KAMAKAZI COWBOYS: Orana Hotel - Blacksmiths K-CI & JO JO, BARRY SOUTHGATE, DJ MAC & FAVOR: Enmore Theatre KERRY LEIGH: Oasis on Beamish Hotel - Campsie KNUCKLEHEAD ORCHESTRA: Town & Country, St Peters KURT WILLIAMS: Chatswood RSL LAWRENCE BAKER: Bankstown Hotel - Bankstown LIES N DESTRUCTIONGUNS N ROSES SHOW: Engadine Tavern LIVING CHAIR: Scruffy Murphy’s - City LOOSE BAZOOKA: Warners at the Bay LUKE ROBINSON: Macquarie Hotel - Liverpool MACKA: Crown Hotel - Sydney MAMATONE: Stag & Hunter Hotel MANDI JARRY TRIO: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl MATT JONES TRIO: Beach Club - Collaroy MATT PRICE: Sebel - Surry Hills MICHAEL PETER: The Belvedere Hotel - Sydney MICK VAWDON: Novotel - Brewery Bar, Olympic Park MID NYT SUN: Kro Bar, East Leagues Club, Bondi Junction NEILL BOURKE: O’Malleys Hotel, Kings Cross NICKY KURTA TRIO: Kirribilli Hotel - Kirribilli


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NO DICE PARADISE feat, CHET FAKER, VALAR, BOATFRIENDS, LION & THE LOTUS, WARBONDS (DJs), NO DICE DJs, PYRAMID SCHEME DJs: Oxford Art Factory - Gallery NOVA TONE: St George Leagues - Kogarah PANORAMA DUO: 3 Swallows Hotel - Bankstown PEARL JAM SHOW: Wentworthville Leagues (Late) PENNY & THE MYSTICS, TESS HATHAWAY: Notes Live - Enmore PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND: Merry Muse Folk Club, ACT PROFESSOR GROOVE & THE BOOTY AFFAIR: Bluebeat Bar - Double Bay RAPSKALLION, EMMA DEAN: Clarendon Guest House - Katoomba RAPTURE: Club Rivers - Riverwood RAVE ON: Belmont 16’s REASONS 2B CHEERFUL: Moorebank Sports Club RENAE KEARNEY: Grand Hotel - Rockdale REPLIKA DUO: Crowne Plaza Terrigal ROB HENRY: Northies Cronulla Htl- Sport Bar ROSE TATTOO, + SPECIAL GUESTS: Annandale Hotel - Annandale SADE (UK): Sydney Entertainment Centre SAMBA MUNDI: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville

SELF IS A SEED, MIRAMAR, MINUS HOUSE: Sandringham Hotel, upstairs SIMA feat, STEVE ELPHICK, KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS: The Sound Lounge Seymour Centre SKRYPTCHA: Upstairs Beresford - Beresford Hotel SNOWDROPPERS, JACKSON FIREBIRD, KILL CITY CREEPS: Metro Theatre SONGS ON STAGE feat., SLIGHTLY OFF, GARAGE DAZE, DARREN BENNETT, BEN WILLIAM, CAROLYN WOODFORTH: Everglades Country Club Woy Woy SONGWRITERS & OPEN MIC NIGHT, SANITY’S COLLISION, JOE DABRON, MASSIMO PRESTI, RUSSELL NEAL: Mars Hill Café - Parramatta STELLAR: Crows Nest Hotel (late) STEPPIN’ OUT: Penrith Gaels - Kingswood STEVE BALBI, DAVE HORGAN: El Rocco - Kings Cross STEVE SMYTH: Newcastle Leagues TERRY BATU: Horsley Park Tavern THE APARTMENTS, PETER FENTON: Factory Theatre - Enmore THE HEADLINERS: Wallacia Hotel - Wallacia THE NOMADICS: Excelsior Hotel - Glebe THE ROAD RUNNERS: Matraville RSL

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GIG OF THE WEEK

MUDHONEY

The first real success story for iconic record label Sub Pop, Mudhoney paved the way for the 90s grunge rock movement and have continued to make music that is everything from bluesy to punk. Now the band make their sixth journey to Australia in their 23 year career. Eight albums in, Mudhoney’s body of work remains big, loud, purposely sloppy, aggressive but a little bit humourous, Expect some swaggering along with heart-thumping primitive attitude when the band hit the stage at Manning Bar this Tuesday. THIRD TIME LUCKY: Parramatta Leagues - Firehouse THOMPSON GUNNERS DUO: Vineyard Hotel - Vineyard TOM & DAVE SHOW: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill TRANSIT: Duke of Wellington Hotel TRILOGY: Orient Hotel - The Rocks WARDS XPRESS: Club Cronulla - Cronulla WIL ANDERSON: The Laugh Garage, Sydney ZOLTAN: Town Hall Hotel - Balmain

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FEICK’S DEVICE, TUNNEL VISION, THE BELLE HAVENS: Excelsior Hotel - Glebe A NIGHT AT THE CROSSROADSROBERT JOHNSON: Lizottes Central Coast ABBALANCHE - ABBA SHOW: Belmont 16’s, Star Lounge - Belmont ACOUSTIC SESSIONS FEAT, COL WATSON, HELEN JAMES, BOB GALE: Cat & Fiddle Hotel - Balmain AFRO AUSTRALIA MUSIC & MOVIE AWARDS: Enmore Theatre ALTITUDE: South Hurstville RSL AM 2 PM: Courthouse Hotel - Taylor Square ANGIE DEAN: Castle Hill RSL - Courtyard BARRY LEEF, PETER NORTHCOTE: Brass Monkey - Cronulla BASS CONTROL feat, FRONTLINER, THE PITCHER, PSYKO PUNKZ, DARREN STYLES (UK), AMNESYS, UNEXIST, MECCANO TWINS, + more: The Dome, Sydney Showgrounds - Homebush BEARS WITH GUNS, THE SIREN TOWER, JACK COLWELL, CHLOE HARRISON: Capitol Square Hotel - Haymarket BEATNIX: Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club BEN FINN DUO: Ettamogah Hotel - Rouse Hill BERKLEY HILL, HEARTBREAKER, CONVICT: Orana Hotel - Blacksmiths BETH GLEESON: Windsor Castle Hotel - Newcastle BLOW: Blacktown RSL BNO ROCK SHOW: Crows Nest Hotel (late)

BREWSTER BAILEY: Dee Why RSL - Auditorium CARL FIDLER: Observer Htl CHAMPAGNE SUNDAES: Bankstown Sports Club CHICKENSTONES, 4BARREL, HEMI: Harbord Bowling Club CHRIS ARNOTT: Artichoke Café Manly CHRIS PATON: Northies Cronulla Htl- Sport Bar CRAIG THOMMO: Manly Warringah Leagues Club DARREN GOULD: Waratah Rugby Union Club - Newcastle DAVID AGIUS BAND: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont DECONSTRUCTIVIST, THE TORMENTOR, DANEJER, CALMITY HAWKINS, FREAKSHOW THE CLOWN, + more: Valve Bar Tempe DES GIBSON: Lansvale Hotel - Lansvale DIESEL: Lizottes, Newcastle DIRTY DEEDS - AC/ DC SHOW: Macarthur Tavern Campbelltown DISCO!! DISCO!! Feat, SHERLOCK BONES, THREESIXTEEN, 2BUSY2KISS, DISCO VOLANTE, LEANZY, INTHEORY, + more: Candy’s Apartment - Potts Point DRAGON: Old Manly Boatshed - Manly FBI SOCIAL feat., LATE NIGHT SOCIAL: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross FESTIVAL OF THE SUN feat, GUINEAFOWL, KING CANNONS, THE DELTA RIGGS, THE MEDICS, BENJALU, PIGEON, THE PIXIEKILLS, BEN WELLS & THE MIDDLE NAMES: Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park - Port Macquarie FLOATING ME: Great Northern Hotel - Byron Bay FROGS ON TOAST: Hurstville RSL Club FURIOUS FIVE: Engadine Tavern GANG GANG DANCE, FABULOUS DIAMONDS, ANONYMEYE: The Studio Syd Opera House GERARD MASTERS: Beauford Hotel - Mayfield GIRLS TALK: Kingswood Sports Club

GLADSTONEBURY FESTIVAL feat, HELPFUL KITCHEN GODS, MEN FROM U.N.C.L.E, DIRTY YOUTH, LOLLIPOP SUGAR, FABELS, CALL TO COLOUR, RED ZORA, DIRTY SLUTS: Gladstone Hotel - Chippendale GREG LINES: Helensburgh Workers GUITAR WOLF (JAPAN), STRAIGHT ARROWS, DEAD FARMERS: Sandringham Hotel, upstairs HEATH BURDELL: Sir Joseph Banks Hotel - Botany HITSEEKERS: Penrith Panthers - T.C’s HOWLING BELLS, STEVE SMYTH, STEP PANTHER: The Standard - Surry Hills IGNITION: RG McGees - Richmond IGUANA: Cessnock Supporters Club JAMES CHATBURN: South Newcastle Leagues JAMIE LINDSAY: Ettamogah Htl - Afternoon JITTERBUG SHOW: Blacktown RSL - Auditorium JOHN WATERS: State Theatre JUS GORDON: Duke of Wellington Hotel KEITH ARMITAGE: Castle Hill RSL - Cocktail Lounge KELLY & CLAY COULTER: Mars Hill Café - Parramatta KIRK BURGESS: Picton Hotel - Picton KRISTY LEE: Penrith Gaels - Kingswood LAWRENCE BAKER DUO: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill LEMON SQUEEZIN’ DADDIES: Belmont 16’s LUKE DIXON TRIO: Easts Leagues LUKE DIXON TRIO: Kro Bar, East Leagues Club, Bondi Junction LUKE MCD: The Spice Cellar - Sydney MACKA: Bidwell Hotel MACSON DUO: Ingleburn RSL MAD COW: Oatley Hotel MADE IN JAPAN, MONEY FOR ROPE, JENNY BROKE THE WINDOW, ANDY C: Goodgod Small Club - City MAMATONE: The Mark Hotel - Newcastle MANDI JARRY DUO: Northies Cronulla Htl MARK DA COSTA: 3 Wise Monkeys Pub - City MARTYS PLACE: Miranda RSL MATT JONES: PJ Gallaghers Drummoyne

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MENTAL AS ANYTHING, MATT CORNELL: Lizottes, Dee Why MIKE MATHIESON: Mounties Mt Pritchard Terrace Bar MOONLIGHT DRIVE, DJ SONIC: Belmore Hotel - Newcastle MR BREEZE: Richmond Club MUMC T, BLOODY KIDS, HUNG DONKEY, 4PLAY, ONE MORE TIME, DJ BI-CURIOUS: Avalon RSL MY SEBERIA, + SPECIAL GUESTS: Valve Bar - Tempe (Afternoon) MYSTERY GUEST: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar NEW BLOOD, ENTRAILS ERADICATED, BURIAL CHAMBER, FESTERING DRIPPAGE: Lewisham Hotel - Lewisham NEW NAVY, SKRYPTCHA, RAPIDS, MONKS OF MELONWAH, SYDNEY GIRLS CHIOR, PATRICK & THE DEEPEND: The Gaelic - Surry Hills NICKY KURTA BAND: Bull & Bush - Baulkham Hills NICKY KURTA DUO: Sydney Rowers Club Abbotsford OMAR RODRIGUEZLOPEZ GROUP, THE BUTCHERETTES: Manning Bar Syd Uni OMG! (UNPLUGGED): Stag & Hunter Hotel PARTY VIBE: St George Leagues - Kogarah PAUL SUN TRIO: Organic Food Mkts Riverside Girls High PETER BYRNE’S FOREVER DIAMOND: Moss Vale Services Club - Moss Vale PROFESSOR GROOVE & THE BOOTY AFFAIR: Bluebeat Bar - Double Bay RAPSKALLION, EMMA DEAN: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville RAPTURE: PJ’s Irish Pub Parramatta REBECCA JOHNSON BAND: Warners at the Bay RENEE PRICE: Charlestown Bowling Club REPLIKA ROCK TRIO: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill RICKI-LEE: Bankstown District Sports Club ROB HENRY: Observer Htl - Afternoon ROCK BUSTERS: Penrith RSL, Castle Lounge ROSE TATTOO, + SPECIAL GUESTS: Annandale Hotel - Annandale

RUBICON: Exchange Hotel - Newcastle RUSSELL NELSON: The Belvedere Hotel - Sydney SADE (UK): Sydney Entertainment Centre SCOTT DONALDSON: Kirribilli Hotel - Kirribilli SFX feat., GHOSTS ON BROADWAY, APART FROM THIS, MILESTONE, SKYWAY: St James Hotel - Sydney SHARRON BOWMAN: Brewhouse Pub Marayong SHIPWRECKED feat, THE MISSION IN MOTION, STRANGERS, PREM BEDLAM, TYCOTIC, LEFTA CENTA, POETIC TRANSITION, GRACE TURNER, JESSICA CAIN: Newcastle Foreshore SIMA feat, WANDERLUST: The Sound Lounge Seymour Centre SINGLED OUT: Teagardens Hotel, Bondi Junction SKYSCRAPER: Stacks Taverna - Darling Harbour SMOKING PONIES, + FRIENDS: Beach Rd Htl (Rex Room) Bondi SONGS ON STAGE feat., SARAH CHARLES, CAROLYN WOODORTH, + GUESTS: Terrey Hills Tavern - Terrey Hills SOUTHLAND: Jannali Hotel STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Hornsby Inn STORMCELLAR: Bald Rock Hotel - Rozelle SYNDICATE, 30THREE, LITE FEED FRENZY, ROAR OF LIONS: Bald Faced Stag - Leichhardt TERRY BATU: Mortdale Hotel - Mortdale THE PARADISE MOTEL, LAZY SUSAN: Notes Live - Enmore THE TENANTS, BATFOOT!, EASY COMPANY: Lansdowne Hotel - Broadway THIRD TIME LUCKY: Parramatta RSL THOMPSON GUNNERS DUO: Riverwood Inn TINA HARROD: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills TOM T TRIO: Beach Palace Hotel - Coogee TOM T TRIO: Coogee Beach Palace Hotel - Coogee TWO MINDS: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks WALK ON THE WILDSIDE feat, DAMIEN LOVELOCK, JEFF DUFF, DANNY MARX, REX GOH, CLARE O’MEARA, DARIO BORTOLIN: The Basement - Circular Quay WHAM! feat., GUS DA HOODRAT, JAMES TAYLOR N MC SHURESHOCK, BOONIE, LENNOX & OAKES, HARRY COTTON, MITCH CROSHER, KERRY WALLACE, GABBY: World Bar Kings X WIL ANDERSON: The Laugh Garage, Sydney WILDCATZ: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown WIZARD OF OZ: Kemps Creek Bowling Club - Kemps Creek XZIBIT (USA): The Factory Theatre YOUNG REVELRY: Cambridge Hotel - Newcastle YUKI KUMAGAI, JOHN MACKIE: Wellco Café & Wine Bar - Leichhardt ZOLTAN: Revesby Workers

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3 WAY SPLIT: Orient Hotel - The Rocks ANTOINE: O’Malleys Hotel, Kings Cross BIG BEN TRIO: Oscars Hotel - Pyrmont BLUE MOON TRIO: Yardhouse - Haymarket CLAUDIO MEYER: South Newcastle Leagues DAN SPILLANE: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill DAVE WHITE DUO: Northies Cronulla Htl DIESEL: Lizottes, Newcastle EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, CHARGE GROUP: Metro Theatre JESS POLLARD TRIO: Bankstown Sports Club JOHN VELLA: Waverley Bowling Club JOYCE COLLINS: The Belvedere Hotel - Sydney KARMA COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARTY: Petersham Bowling Club KRISHNA JONES: Parramatta Leagues - Firehouse LAYZIE BONE, LIL EAZY-E: The Gaelic - Surry Hills LOONATIC FRINGE: Windsor Castle Hotel - Newcastle LYALL MOLONEY: Rock Lily MATT ANDERSON: Grand Junction Hotel - Maitland MATT JONES: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord MIKE BENNETT: Observer Htl PETE HUNT: Collaroy Beach Hotel PETER NORTHCOTE, PAUL GRAY: Bridge Hotel - Rozelle ROCWATER: Lizottes Central Coast SCHOOL OF ROCK SHOWCASE: Valve Bar - Tempe (Afternoon) SIDETRACKED FIASCO, TRAVELAZ: Old Manly Boatshed - Manly SKYWAY, MILESTONES, APART FROM THIS: Bald Faced Stag - Leichhardt STEVE TONGE, SPENCERAY: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar THE BLUE TONGUES: Botany View Hotel - Newtown THE CORRIDORS, SLAM DANCE, MASTA GRAVITY, THE MANKOOS, SINNISTER VALLEY, WHERE’S RACHEL: Valve Bar Tempe (Early) TIM PRINGLE: Kincumber Hotel - Kincumber, Central Coast WOLF MAIL: Towradgi Beach Hotel - Afternoon

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JAMES MULLER TRIO: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills MATT JONES: Observer Htl MATT SCULLION: Toukley RSL - Toukley PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND: Phoenix Bar ACT SONGS ON STAGE feat., HUNTLEY MITCHELL, RUSSELL NEAL, + GUESTS: Kellys on King - Newtown


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IN A HUT IN BARHIR DAR

That’s the title of an album Sydney singer/songwriter Lyall Moloney recorded last year literally in a hut in Ethiopia with just a Macbook using Abelton, a Zoom H4N microphone, a nylon-string acoustic guitar and, as he describes it, “some brilliant and unknown local artists.” As the H4N is battery-powered, Moloney was able to collect field recordings whether from the desert or the homes of his fellow musicians, but the bulk of it was recorded in that hut in Barhir Dar, in a circular room with a high ceiling. Moloney explains that “power was a hilarious issue, there was not enough power for the town Barhir Dar so they would share it around to different sections of the town. This meant that I would have power for about three days a week on average often turning on and off by the hour. Even the commercial (if it could be called that) area of town would have no power for days at a time.” On returning to Sydney, Moloney took the recording into Space Junk Studios with producer Tim Powles to do some final mixing and panning, then got it mastered at King Willie Sound with William Bowden, and he launches it this Friday and Saturday at The Newsagency in Enmore.

MEET THE WILSHIRE PHANT-O-MATIC

Designed in collaboration with My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero, the Wilshire Phant-o-matic, from Epiphone, features the classic double cutaway design of a Gibson SG with a solid mahogany body in an antique ivory finish with a hand-set mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard, and is fitted out with two classic Epiphone humbucker pickups and a mono VariTone, similar to the one BB King uses, with a six-way rotary switch that engages five preset notch filters and a bypass so that between it and the three-position toggle switch, you have 18 unique tones available. It also features Epiphone’s LockTone Tune-o-Matic StopBar bridge. Check one out at your nearest Gibson/Epiphone stockist.

MAGOO JOINS BLUEBEARD

Earlier this year, ARIA Award-winning engineer/mixer/ producer Lachlan “Magoo” Goold set up his own studio called Applewood in a refurbished church in bushland 45 minutes west of Brisbane, though he continues to record projects as, when and wherever they arise or are offered him. To that end, he has signed with the manager of Bluebeard Music, Dominic Miller, whose stable of artists includes Ben Salter, Texas Tea and The Gin Club, through whom Magoo can be contacted for demo appraisal and private consultation work as well as recording projects.

SOUND BYTES

Swedish metal four-piece Unleashed are currently in The Chrome Studio in their hometown finishing off a new album, their lead guitarist Fredrik Folkare producing. Produced, engineered and mixed by Spoon’s drummer Jim Eno at Public Hi-Fi, his home studio, on Austin, Texas, who also produced their self-titled debut EP and debut album, Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears’ second album, Scandalous was mastered at Peerless Mastering in Boston by Jeff Upton. Eno is also, by the by, a semiconductor chip designer and electrical engineer. Alternative electronic band Invaders, who relocated to the UK soon after forming in Sydney earlier this year, recorded their debut self-titled EP at Fortress Recording Studios in London and Outhouse Studios in Reading, Berkshire, with Dan Weller and James Billinge (Enter Shikari, You Me At Six, Young Guns, Engine Earz Experiment). They are now working on their follow-up release with producer Jason Perry (The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses). Post-hardcore Brisbane five-piece Dollarosa will be heading into Loose Stones Studios in Burleigh, Queensland, in January with engineer/producer Tyse Lee (Dead Letter Circus, Burning Brooklyn, Electric Horse) to cut an EP that will be mixed by JR McNeely (Underoath, Anberlin, The Almost, MXPX) and then mastered by George Marino (AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys) at Sterling Sound in New York City. Winners in the Folk/Acoustic and Children’s sections of the recent Australian Songwriters’ Association Awards, The Lamplights recorded and mixed their self-titled debut album at Love Street Studios in Currumbin with producer Scott French, Dave Neil mastering it in Brisbane. Brisbane four-piece Tape/Off recorded their latest EP, …And Sometimes Gladness, in tool sheds and fields in a property out at Jimboomba, Queensland, and a studio on the outskirts of Brisbane with producers Matt Redlich (Hungry Kids of Hungary, Ball Park Music) and Edward Guglielmino. 74 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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GEAR REVIEWS with the Distortion control below two o’clock and with the Crunch circuit engaged. Running through a DSL 50 head, I could hear every note of more complex chords while flicking to the neck humbucker fattened leads up considerably. The pedal has a lot of gain on tap and it sounds very full and rich at most settings. In fact, it reminds me a lot of the Danelectro Cool Cat Fuzz in that respect. The distortion pedal landscape is full of some really nice choices so MXR is going into a very, very crowded marketplace. If you’re a distortion pedal nut then this will be a cool weapon in your arsenal, definitely a pedal worth checking out based on its tonal flexibility and build quality. MXR FULLBORE METAL

MXR CUSTOM BADASS ’78 DISTORTION Does the world really need another distortion pedal? According to MXR, the answer is definitely “Yes!” The Custom Badass ‘78 Distortion. When I think of 1978 distorted tones, it’s Van Halen’s I, Aerosmith’s Live Bootleg, Ted Nugent’s Double Live Gonzo, AC/DC’s Powerage and The Who’s Who Are You. Could this little red box recapture those tones from yesteryear? The pedal has controls for Output, Tone and Distortion [gain] plus an extra circuit that you can engage using the Crunch button, which is basically a mid-range boost that moves the tonality a little closer to a classic Tube Screamer. Build quality looks to be very good and the metallic, cherry red finish is rather attractive. So how does it sound? Overall, I’d say it is a decent-sounding pedal that is somewhat similar to an MXR Distortion+ on steroids or the Boss DS-1 but with more tonal options and higher fidelity. My favorite settings are

There are a million ways to get distortion: Active pickups. Inbuilt preamp. Clean boosts feeding raging high-gain super stacks. Power amp. Preamp. Speaker. Pre-gain EQ. Post-gain EQ. Such mythical alchemy is rarely distilled into a single unit, so MXR has some nerve trying to cram all that distortion-generating mayhem into a little box the size of a sardine tin. So how does the MXR Fullbore Metal stack up? The pots are volume, frequency and gain along the top, then low, mid and high along the bottom. The two buttons kick in the noise gate and a mid-range scoop (which cuts the mids while boosting the highs and bass – very intense), while the frequency knob alters the character of the mid-range. Turn it up for higher mids, turn it down for lower ones, then use the mid control itself to control the amount of boost or cut. Easy. Whip off the back for battery access (with

a screwdriver, unfortunately) and you’ll find a tiny gate trigger control adjustable by screwdriver. Use this to set the noise gate sensitivity. Happily, the gate seems to be ideally set for simple and functional noise reduction. If you have lower-output pickups you might want to rein it in a bit, or if you’re into the whole stop-start Dimebag thing you may like to clamp that sucker right down. Aside from the gate, the pedal features true hard-wire bypass and has an all-analogue signal path. Even at the lowest gain settings the tone is thick and edgy – think Hetfield in the first nine seconds of the title track to St Anger (I know the drum sound sucked, just listen to the guitar tone). No ‘just enough gain to add a bit of sparkle’ mojo going on here. Increasing the gain further brought out all sorts of cool Rectifier and 5150-like metal tones though careful shaping of the mid-range is the key here. Whether you need scooped death tones or thicker, midrange hardcore sounds, they’re yours for the finding after a bit of tweaking. By the way, Dethklok mastermind Brendan Small is a fan of the Fullbore Metal, and if it earns the approval of Skwisgaar Skwigelf you know it’s gots to be brutals. The Fullbore Metal is not one of those ‘do everything’ distortion pedals. If you want musical overdrive, forget it. But if you need intense, full-bodied metal tones with that extra ‘oomph’, the Fullbore Metal is unmissable. Supplied by Australasian Music Supplies, austmusic.com.au. For stockists see insidemusic.com.au/stores.html

REGULAR PSYCHEDELIC SYDNEY FOUR-PIECE REGULAR JOHN OBVIOUSLY LOVED RECORDING THEIR 2009 DEBUT ALBUM WITH TIM POWLES OF THE CHURCH, SO THEY DECIDED HE WAS THE ONLY CHOICE FOR ALBUM TWO, AS BASS PLAYER CALEB GOMAN TELLS MICHAEL SMITH.

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t was just so fun working with Tim last time,” Goman, on the line from Powles’ Space Junk studio, where they recorded their debut album, The Peaceful Atom Is A Bomb, with Powles producing, admits. “He’s a bit crazy and so are we, but the craziness kind of syncs up in some way and we felt like there was still a lot of stuff we wanted to explore musically that maybe we didn’t get a chance to on the first album and it’s worked out that way.” Regular John actually recorded about half of that debut album at another studio, Rancom Street in Botany, which is run by former Sherbet keyboards player and contemporary Australian country music mainstay producer Garth Porter. “It was a pretty good mix, but we ended up using a lot of the takes from Tim’s place on the first album, I think just because we were more relaxed,” Goman admits. “Because Tim’s got the studio under his house, the drumkit’s kind of in this laundry/bathroom, so it’s all wedged in there with all these tiles and he just pulls a fantastic drum sound. Must be something in the tiles, reverb and stuff. He’s got a great kind of knowledge to draw on and when we ask about a sound he knows exactly what we’re talking about and can make it happen.” In the middle of last year, the band’s original guitarist Brock Tengstrom left and Miles Devine joined – guitarist Ryan Adamson and drummer Ryan McDonald completing the lineup with Goman – which has naturally changed the sound of the band. “Miles is a very different player. He’s a lot more, I’d guess you’d say psychedelic – less rhythmic and more just sort of texture-based, the stuff he plays – and that’s kind of opened up just the palette for what we can do as a band to pull different sounds out. A lot of the rhythm is driven by the bass now and that opens up room for the two guitars to just create lots of layers and strange noises over the top. “It’s been interesting for us working out a new dynamic, searching for a new way of doing things and that’s been challenging but really fun and rewarding. We’ve sort of purposely left a lot of room for just doing things on the spur of the moment, because we wanted to spend a lot of time jamming and experimenting and see where it goes, but a lot of the songs are structured as well so we can just bash them out. So the album will probably be a mix of both. It’s always been in our heads to get the basic live band down and then make it very psychedelic over the top with all manner of different sounds that we can conjure up.”

The heart of Space Junk is an Apogee Symphony 64 card with audio via Apogee AD16X and DA16X, Lavry Blue AD and Da, and Audient Sumo AD, patchable to both a TOFT ATB16 in-line analogue eight-buss console on which up to 52 inputs are available and an Audient Sumo Class A Bus mixer. There’s now also a 16-track, 2” MCI JH24 tape machine available using Logic Pro, Apogee and Lavry converters. “Tim just got that tape machine, so we’ve been recording onto that and then just dumping… I think we can record fifteen minutes onto one tape, so we do fifteen minutes’ worth of takes, which is probably about three, maybe for some of the longer songs we’ll only get two takes and then dump that onto Logic Pro on the computer and go back and get more takes onto tape. That way everything’s got that tape sound and it’s really noticeable ‘cause we did the demos before the tape machine was ready to go and you can really hear… It’s really subtle but it definitely suits our sound – the tapes – and after we do the editing and whatnot on the computer, we’ll run it all back through the tape again in the mixing, just to give it that classic sound. We’re all big fans of albums that were made on tape, so we might as well try our best to emulate them.”

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Even the additional synth sounds that Powles has added to various tracks as the album was being recorded are essentially analogue, played on vintage gear like the Omnichord, Moog Taurus pedals and the Korg Ms-20. Since space is limited in the studio, Goman only took his ‘70s solid-state Ampeg V6-B bass head along for the sessions, “and then splitting that through a Sansamp, a little DI thing, so we get the clean signal and amp signal and I’ve then been trying out a bunch of pedals for different songs. It’s pretty simple for bass. I try and keep, I guess especially with these songs, as solid as possible, because it needs to be the rock, the foundation with the drums, and then the guitars can do all sorts of crazy stuff on top.” The guitarists recorded with their live set-up, Adamson using his Matamp GT-120, which was made by the company that became Orange Amps, and Tengstrom his ‘70s JMP 1000 Marshall, both with their accompanying speaker cabinets, which Powles set up underneath the house and mic’d up, while in the studio, Goman explains, “they’ve got these tiny little fifteen-watt solid state Princeton amps just to be able to hear in the studio properly and I think we’ll end up using the sounds from those a fair bit ‘cause they sound great, for a lot of clean sounds.”


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Singer Attractive 25 year old female singer (trained) searching for covers band to either join or create. Prefer pop, country, modern funk, reggae beats contact me on pebblesandbam@ hushmail.me iFlogID: 15826

Musicians Wanted Bands 15year old bass player looking for 15-17year old guitarists (lead/rhythm) drummer and vocalist to start metal band. influences include the big4 bands and many more. email space1996@homtail.com if your interested. iFlogID: 16577

BASS PLAYER WANTED

Wanted left handed electric guitar teacher Parramatta area, Contact John at... rodt1114@ yahoo.com iFlogID: 16308

Video / Production D7 STUDIO MUSIC VID FROM $250 music vid $250. Live gig edits, multi angles, fr $125 a set, 1 live track $100. All shot in full HD. d7studio@ iinet.net.au 0404716770 iFlogID: 13368

Kontrol Productions is a highly professional production company that specializes in the production of music video’s. We ensure that our products are of the highest industry standards. For enquiries www.kontrolproductions.com iFlogID: 13827

MUSIC VIDEOS offer a great way to gain exposure. Immersion Imagery has worked with a variety or artists and strives to offer quality & creative Music Videos. Visit www. immersionimagery.com email info@immersionimagery.com iFlogID: 13825

Musicians Available Bass Player

Original progressive rock Sydney based band. We are seeking a permanent bass player with good gear, own transport and creative input to mesh with original material. Not necessarily a Justin Chancellor, Dirk Lance,or Bootsy Collins required. Definitely Juan Nelson. Currently rehearsing at Top End Studios in Marrickville. If interested please contact: Jim on 0405 839 989, or Tom on 0411 288 190. Email: rickopaulo@gmail.com Demo/s on request. iFlogID: 16532 Bassplayer wanted for Jamming rock band jam/rehearse North central coast in view to play live, covers ZZtop StatusQuo Hendrix Stephen Wolf Bad Company The Who Deep Purple and ORIGINALS 0449536661 iFlogID: 16642

Beginner Band Wanted

Beginner vocalist looking to start band.If interested, call Tammie 0420372977 iFlogID: 16339

15year old bass player looking to join metal or punk band. influences include metallica, slayer, megadeth, anthrax, pantera, ozzy osbourne/black sabbath and many more. email space1996@hotmail.com

Central coast band seeking a drummer for a four piece hard rock band needs to be over 18 and needs own gear for more information contact rhyseaquilina@gmail.com

iFlogID: 16572

iFlogID: 16510

Electric & upright bass. Good gear. Comfortable in most styles. Experience performing live and in the studio. Check out my website if you wanna hear more. http://www.wix.com/ steelechabau/steelechabau iFlogID: 16159

Drummer A PERCUSSIONIST is availabe for your band. Any style and genre. Professional equipment and attitude. Contact by e-mail: plevy_@ hotmail.com iFlogID: 16472

A1 PRO DRUMMER AVAILABLE for freelance gigs, tours etc. Extensive touring experience, gret time/tempo/groove, great drum gear and pro attitude. Sydney based but will travel. More info, ph 0419760940. www.mikehague.com iFlogID: 13230

EXPERIENCE MALE DRUMMER Seeks working covers band/ fill in work 60’s to 80’s looking for easy going people with a positive outlook. Age group 35 plus NO DRUGS ph Mark 0422 173 728 96628330 iFlogID: 15725

Professional mature-age Drummer/Vocals/ reads/back acts/shows - all styles including jazz - available for casual work. phone:(02) 9807-3137 eMail: nadipa1@yahoo. com.au

Covers / Busking Band

Forming a band to play covers gigs (good $) & busking (free practise & can make good $ busking too). Multi-instrumentalists preferred & some vocal ability a big advantage. Band will be 3-5 piece depending on the lineup. I am a singer/rhythm guitarist currently performing as a solo act. I busk & play gigs but I’m a bit sick of playing on my own. I have lots of experience playing in bands & some great contacts for well paid gigs. Skilled & serious musicians only please, must be prepared to have a lot of fun but also work very hard. Email buskeroni@ gmail.com iFlogID: 16581

Drummer & Bassplayer

Sought by experienced guitarist to jam/form band.Looking for like minded strong rhythm section based on improvisational heavy grooves/experimental/progressive/rock/jazz. Inspired by the likes of Rodriguez Lopez & page.I’m looking to find a creative dynamic rhythm section.I’m good to go!inner city area. call.0417497487 iFlogID: 16550

Drummer required

New band of Professional musicians seeking mature age drummer. Casual drumming for pleasure, casual gigs and some mid week travel involved. Blues, Rock, country originals and covers. Phone Bruce 0415597851 iFlogID: 16525

iFlogID: 13285

Drummer wanted established 5 piece band Newcastle area. Semi Pro or pro covers + originals. Hardrock,blues,pop,rocknrol l ,metal. 2 booking agents. gigs booked album 2012 peter 4984 4731 iFlogID: 16125

Professional mature-age Drummer/Vocals/ reads/back acts/shows - all styles including jazz - available for casual work. phone:(02) 9807-3137 eMail: nadipa1@yahoo. com.au

Drummer wanted for north central coast {JAMMING} rock band view to play live later; covers ; Deep purple bad company Hendrix ZZtop SRV Eric Clapton Santana Gary Moore & ORIGINALS 0449536661 iFlogID: 16640

drummer wanted

drummer required for starting of fresh band ,covers and a few originals, covers will range from 70s 80s 90s ,rehearsals will be held weekly,0417044497 iFlogID: 16492

Guitar player looking for a rock band. iFlogID: 16568

METALCORE DRUMMER WANTED!!!

Sydney-based Metalcore/Electronic band, ResonancE looking for a permanent DRUMMER. We have shows lined up in 2012. Contact Fredi on 0434894404, and check out http:// www.facebook.com/resonancearena (tracks available for streaming) if interested. iFlogID: 16546 ORIGINALS PROJECT - Drummer (percussive, brushes etc), bassist, piano/keyboardist (great sounds, brass etc), lead guitarist (MUST have electric & acoustic set-up), female harmony singer required for a fully professional approach to this band project. Singer/songwriter has been performing up to 35 original songs at recent gigs in acoustic duo & solo form. Now ready to progress to planned approach, which is to establish and rehearse band, play a series of (most likely unpaid) gigs. to hone arrangements. I have an established Producer/Studio Owner to oversee all pre-production and the recording. Record an album/15 songs. Then back to niche marketing and live performing. YOU GAIN a slice of; the CD sales’ performance royalties and monies from paid gigs. The project is an investment in your own abilities and belief in the music. This is primarily a “backing band” for the singer/songwriter, but with a view to it being a bit like Crowded House. The songs/ style is a mixture of Neil Finn, John Mayer, Lior, Fleetwood Mac, Travis, Keane, early Elton John, James Taylor, The Beatles. YOU would need to be at a seriously high level of competence and an ability to create and complement is a must, despite some of the songs being up to 70% arranged. An advantage might be if you are classically trained, but with a strong pop sensibility. There is definitely room for your creativity, though final arrangements are determined by the writer. Ideally you would live somewhere where getting to the Turramurra Studio/Rehearsal is not a problem. Phone and face to face interviews only. An outstanding opportunity for players young or old who are determined to get on board with some catchy original pop tunes and a plan. Phone Andy @ Blue Sky Music - 0438 648 545

Play horns? Funk/soul band looking to build a Horn section no matter what you play from trumpet to the baritone sax contact rhyseaquilina@gmail.com for more information. Sydney based. iFlogID: 16460

Rock Band Seek Keyboardist

Sydney rock band Pleasure Overload are desperately seeking a keyboardist to complete current 3 piece lineup and to add another dimension to the band’s sound. Influences include Led Zepplin, Van Halen, Cheap Trick and Metallica (to name a few). Plenty of live shows on offer, recording professional EP in future plans as well as album. Please visit www.pleasureoverload.com as well as look us up on Facebook under “Pleasure Overload”. Contact number 0416101529 or band@pleasureoverload.com iFlogID: 16521

Untalented Libertines/BlocParty/SexPistols inspired singer/songwriter/guitarist seeks bandmates who are also inspired by these bands, willing to practice, prefer making originals rather than covers & who are easygoing. Inner West/Sydney, How bout it? iFlogID: 13790

vocalist/singer

wanted front man/woman we are in the process of starting a fresh band playing covers and a few originals,covers will range from 70s 80s and 90s , rehearsals will be weekly must be a fast learner , 0417044497 iFlogID: 16490

Bass Player ALT PROG METAL

Bass player needed for alternative progressive metal band. Download the debut EP @ www.escapistofficial.com call 0404859772 for more details iFlogID: 16628

BASS PLAYER / VOCALIST WANTED

For Role of Sir Paul McCartney in Australia’s most AUTHENTIC Beatle Tribute Show BEATLE MAGIC. Must be able to deliver those challenging vocals of Paul McCarney along with precision playing. Left handed preferred but NOT a must. Instruments , Amplifier and costumes supplied , but must have own transport be willing to travel and be willing to commit. Opportunity also available for placement in our other related shows that we perform under throughout the year, all specialising in 1960’s music. www.beatlemagic.com.au if you wish to check us out. iFlogID: 16451

iFlogID: 14261

Bass Player Wanted

for original funk/pop band influences from Prince to RHCP, Stevie Wonder to Matchbox 20 Contact Robbie on 0400 177 221 iFlogID: 15582

Pianist or an arranger?

I need a pianist and an arranger to work with me on recording/creating covers and originals. In return for your services I offer my studio and compositional/engineering ability, trading 1 hour of my time for 1 hour of your time. If you wish to pay me with currency rather than services, I only accept Bitcoin [BTC]. Please contact me to chat in more detail on 0412 111 935 or michael@urbanfirebeats. com - any day between 9am and 9pm.

Can you sing?!!

Sydney hard rock/metal outfit HARD AS NAILS is looking4 a dedicated & dynamic Bass player. H.A.N is ready2 rock w/gigs waiting & recording under way. Check out tracks on facebook. com/HardAsNailsBand - Think BIG & be creative if you can make this your own we want to hear from you! Email details to hard.as.nails@ hotmail.com / call Leon on 0401 887 129. iFlogID: 16529

BASSPLAYER WANTED URGENTLY FOR ORIGINALS GLAM/HARD ROCK BAND IF YOU PLAY LIKE - KISS POISON METALLICA QUEEN DOKKEN, ONLY SERIOUS PLAYERS. MUST HAVE GOOD GEAR AND PREPARE TO TRAVEL CALL 0425365408 MAQK ANTHONY NOW iFlogID: 16260

ONE NIGHT IN PARIS Sydney Protocore band infl. by BMTH, Enter Shikari & TDWP. onenightinparisband@gmail. com www.facebook.com/onenightinparisband iFlogID: 16345

PROFESSIONAL BASSIST needed with GREAT BV’s. duo/band work. plenty of gigs min $150 playing rock covers Sydney based. www.replikatrio.com please no beginenrs Rick 0419 437 794 iFlogID: 16515

VOODOO NEEDELS BASS PLAYER

Bass Player wanted. Willing to rehearse, must have good gear and transport. Rock based along the lines of QOTSA, DOORS, BRMC. Please contact Patrice 0421741665 or Alex 0420423219 for more details and demos. soundcloud.com/voodoo-needels iFlogID: 16351

WEKNEWWHENSHELANDED urgently need bass player, songs written and ready to gig and record, but happy to take your influences on board and share future writing. Some music available to hear on myspace, but this is the poppier stuff- heavier influences include Isis, Envy, Mogwai. http://www.myspace.com/ weknewwhenshelanded iFlogID: 16608

DJ Looking for a cool DJ to work with in forming a killer club act with live drums/percussion. Call Al on 0400 909 633 drumpercuss@ hotmail.com iFlogID: 14052

Drummer 14-17 year old drummer wanted for new metal band, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Misfits hard rock/thrash metal, has own gear, dedicated and not a time waster. iFlogID: 16384

aggressive solid drummer needed for band. have material written and demos recorded. rehearse in the wollonong area, keen to gig asap. age/sex/skill level not important. contact 0403508102 for demos iFlogID: 14021

Drummer needed for Hard Rock/Metal covers show. GNR, Motley, Def Lep, Ozzy and many more. Good kit, transport, reliability, experience and skill essential. Above all, have fun. Call Brian 0403207947 iFlogID: 16357

DRUMMER WANTED FOR SYDNEY BAND

dynamic drummer wanted to complete new sydney guitar band. influences include spoon, wilco, big star, radiohead, stone roses, oh mercy. email dom at whited909@yahoo.co.uk or call 0439 269 615 iFlogID: 16424

Drummer Wanted

for original funk/pop band influences from Prince to RHCP, Stevie Wonder to Matchbox 20.Contact Robbie on 0400 177 221

Sydney based melodic metal band require drummer to complete line up. Own kit and transport essential. For more information or to express interest contact Rachel 0402 722 010. iFlogID: 16437

WHO ARE YOU? Are you a reliable Metal Head into Conspiracies who plays Drums or Guitar? CONTROL NEEDS YOU... Contact: 0423 350 259 iFlogID: 15071

Guitarist

Guitarist Lead/Rhythm

Experienced Lead/Rhythm guitarist wanted for Rock/Retro band. Must be committed to join working band. Rehearse Ryde area. Band members average age 40-45. Contact George 0411-410-957. iFlogID: 16534

GUITARIST WANTED FOR BLUES / SOUTHERN ROCK BAND FREEWHEELIN BASED IN HAWKESBURY AREA. COVERS FROM BLACK CROWES, SKYNYRD, SRV, ZZ TOP, DOOBIES. BACK UP VOX ESSENTIAL. STEVE 0404959756, SCOTT 0416256471 iFlogID: 16392

guitarist wanted

2nd guitarist wanted for new project playing covers and some originals must have quality sounds we use a lot of delays etc, rehearsals will be weekly 0417044497

iFlogID: 13615

The Cleftomaniacs, the enthusiastic 25-member a cappella choir who brought you the most recent Sydney A Cappella Festival, invite new members (especially those lovely tenor & bass blokes). Eclectic repertoire from Sting to classical polyphony to gospel and we love to gig! Rehearsals school term Thursday evenings in Waterloo. Contact Catherine 02 9388 7010 / 0414 517 010 / flittie@iinet.net.au iFlogID: 16041

Established Sydney rock band is looking for a new singer. Strong voice, style, stage presence and experience required. Also, must be able to write lyrics and vocal melody. Contact 0411743248 iFlogID: 16575

FRONTMAN WANTED URGENTLY FOR ORIGINALS GLAM/HARD ROCK BAND IF YOU SING LIKE - KISS POISON METALLICA QUEEN AC/DC, ONLY SERIOUS VOCALIST NEEDED. MUST HAVE STAGE PRESSENCE, PREPARE TO TRAVEL CALL 0425365408 MAQK ANTHONY NOW iFlogID: 16262 GOSPEL SINGERS WANTED for non-denominational music ministry to record triple-CD in Perth. World-class, passionate and devotional vocalists sought. View www.THE001Music. com for details. Jesus is KIng! Reverend Eslam. God Bless You! iFlogID: 13088

VOODOO NEEDELS 2nd GUITAR

2nd Guitar Player wanted. Willing to rehearse, must have good gear and transport. Rock based along the lines of QOTSA, DOORS, BRMC. Please contact Patrice 0421741665 or Alex 0420423219 for more details and demos. soundcloud.com/voodoo-needels iFlogID: 16370

For a band that is creating songs with a Nick Cave feel. You must have the desire and ability to play differing styles - blues, jazz, sea shanties and rock and roll - in order to form a truly original sound. Your influences should be varied, BAD SEEDS, Sarah Blasko, Tom Waits, Dresden dolls, Leonard Cohen, Age 30-40 Rehearsal inner west. MARK 0421 840 720 iFlogID: 15934

Other

Didgeridoo player wanted for demonstration and sales, Saturday and Sunday at The Rocks Market Sydney. Good commission for the right person. Please call 0418400776

Ian (KARNIVOOL) Clint(BUTTERFLY EFFECT) Maynard(TOOL) Patton(FAITH NO MORE) Kim(DEAD LETTER CIRCUS) Serj(SYSTEM) Corey(SLIPKNOT) Flynn(COG) Chino(DEFTONES) Jonathan(KORN) Chester(lLINKIN PARK) Brandon(INCUBUS)... call SCATTERFLY 0404184802 0403228107 scatterfly@hotmail.com iFlogID: 16329 MALE SINGER WANTED FOR BLUES / SOUTHERN ROCK BAND BASED IN HAWKESBURY AREA. COVERS FROM BLACK CROWES, SKYNYRD, STONES, ZZ TOP, BAD CO. OWN TRANSPORT & RELIABLE. STEVE 0404959756, SCOTT 0416256471 iFlogID: 16394

Rhythm guitarist seeking to join or form Blues/ Rock covers band in the Penrith district. Contact Paul on 0402 746 733 or 4774 0085 iFlogID: 13646

singer /harp player

dr feelgood cover band need singer harp player to complete band we have been togeather 4 years and loads of live experience singer must know feelgood stuff any age iFlogID: 16623

Singer required for 3 piece jazz /funk band with a good repertoire of tunes. Will also consider working with singers wanting to develop their repertoire. Contact 0414 421 252.

Singer required

Singer required for original only rock band - if you can play the keyboard or guitar that would be a bonus - check out our website www.myspace.com/thenewelectricgeneration to here some of our old tunes. Call Paul on 0418 612 933 iFlogID: 16542

iFlogID: 16637

iFlogID: 15584

Production

iFlogID: 16598

Want to be a successful recording artist? We’ll help you write a song produce, mix & master it then help you pitch it Email: studio@musicentourage.com call: 02 4013 1977

iFlogID: 16386

Singer WANTED ASAP

Experienced Progressive Heavy Groove Band seeks, Strong Heavy/ Melodic Vocalist. Think Sevendust, Tool, Karnivool etc. READY TO PLAY!!! Call Si - 0413210550

Earplugs for Musicians

Protect your hearing with custom moulded earplugs designed to reduce the level of sound without adversely affecting the frequency response of the music. Choose between 10,15 and 25dB attenuation. Fitted by professional audiologist, by appointment only. Ph 9387 3599 iFlogID: 15216 Get your Band or Business Online Cost effectively and PROFESSIONALLY - from $299 including Hosting and email addresses! Contact info@bizwebsites.com.au or see www. bizwebsites.com.au. iFlogID: 15454

Get your Band or Business Online Cost effectively and PROFESSIONALLY- from $399 including UNLIMITED pages, Hosting and 5xemail addresses and much more! Contact info@bizwebsites.com.au or see www.bizwebsites.com.au. iFlogID: 13862

If you want to use DRUGS, that’s your business If you want to STOP, we can help. Narcotics Anonymous 9519 6200 www.na.org.au iFlogID: 16217

Need to promote your restaurant, club and make it the place to go? Contact us now, because providing good entertainment is a personal skill. Chris 0419 272 196 ventura@ yayabings.com.au iFlogID: 15175

Professional Band Photography

iFlogID: 14472

Trombone An exciting new Reggae Project is looking for a trombone player with reggae/ska experience to hit the recording studio immediately! Fantastic potential. Email reggaeproject@hotmail. com or call 0432089495 for more details. iFlogID: 16267

Trumpet

CUSTOM MADE MUSICIAN PLUGS

Musician Plugs come in four different filter choices to reduce the volume of loud music to a safer level. They will not distort the tonality of the music, rather simply reduce the volume ‘equally’ across all tones.Fitted by a qualified hearing professional we have a number of locations throughout Sydney as well as in the CBD. To make an appointment call 9223 0225. iFlogID: 16291

Graphic Design Get your Band or Business Online Cost effectively and PROFESSIONALLY from $299 including Hosting and email addresses! Contact info@bizwebsites.com.au or see www.bizwebsites.com.au. iFlogID: 15450 Get your Band or Business Online Cost effectively and PROFESSIONALLY- from $399 including UNLIMITED pages, Logos, Hosting and 5xemail addresses and much more! Contact info@bizwebsites.com. au or see www.bizwebsites.com.au iFlogID: 13864

Limited Edition mens tees and hoodies with a sense of humour. All hand-screened and numbered. monstrositystore.com iFlogID: 13611

POSTERS & FLYERS

Full Colour Band Posters @ Amazing Prices 100 A4 full colour on Gloss = $40 100 A3 full colour on Plain = $50 100 A3 full colour on Gloss = $80 Go to www.blackstar.com.au for a full price list iFlogID: 14957

SINGER WANTED

I need a pianist to work with me on recording/ creating covers and originals. In return for your services I offer my studio and compositional/ engineering ability, trading 1 hour of my time for 1 hour of your time. If you wish to pay me with currency rather than services, I only accept Bitcoin [BTC]. Please contact me to chat in more detail on 0412 111 935 or michael@urbanfirebeats. com - any day between 9am and 9pm. iFlogID: 15512

GREEN ZEPHYR A GROOVING ROCK BLUES FUNK BAND NEEDS A FRONT MAN WITH CHARACTER & A SOULFUL VOICE BASED IN NORTHERN BEACHES CALL BEN ON 99444984 OR snapper_watson@hotmail.com

Beauty Services

iFlogID: 16606

DIDGERIDOO PLAYER WANTED

iFlogID: 16644

Services

Keyboard PIANO / ORGAN / KEYS

We’re a new band playing heavy stoner rock and roll, looking for an experienced frontman. We have a lot of material written, but are missing the right singer. Contributing your own lyrics/vocal lines will be a big positive as well. If you have called before, please don’t hesitate to call again as our singer didn’t work out. Inf; Sabbath, The Stooges, Motorhead Kyuss etc. Call Jeff on 0405 225 267

An exciting new Reggae Project is looking for a trumpet player with reggae/ska experience to record. Fantastic potential. Email reggaeproject@hotmail.com or call 0432089495 for more details. iFlogID: 16265

iFlogID: 16494

PROFESSIONAL GUITARIST needed with GREAT BV’s. duo/band work. plenty of gigs min $150 playing rock covers Sydney based. www.replikatrio.com please no beginenrs Rick 0419 437 794 iFlogID: 16513

Singer/Frontman needed.

SOULFUL FRONT MAN

Lead Guitarist Needed!!!

Original alternative rock band looking for a modern lead guitarist. In order to fit in you will need to have an array of effects and also good gear. Professional attitude a must. Must be aged between 25yrs - 35yrs. Rehearsals weekly in Wollongong. Please no time wasters. Serious musicians only. To check some of our stuff go to http://www.myspace.com/yoyodiablotheband or call 0404 267 155. iFlogID: 16237

Less than 24 years old please. influences: Silverchair, Nirvana, AIC, Sabbath etc Contact Daniel on 0403 885 433 for more info and demos. iFlogID: 13145

18 year old guitar player looking for another guitar player. Influences: GN’R, Aerosmith, Zeppelin, New York Dolls. Preferrably someone in the south (Shire). Call Tom on 0401722767 iFlogID: 13407

SINGER WANTED FOR SYDNEY GRUNGE BAND.

Singer wanted to front Hard Rock band from Sydney’s West. Age between 16 to 20 would be best suited. Influenced largely by Motley Crue. Email: sr_2848@hotmail.com

iFlogID: 15510

iFlogID: 16646

iFlogID: 16562

TOP INTERNATIONAL DRUMMER available, great backing vocals, harmonica player and percussionist. Gigs, tours and recording always desired.www.reubenalexander.net

BASS PLAYER WANTED

Other AUSSIE PRIEST, currently residing in Manila, is offering services to lonely men seeking Filipina wives. All budgets catered for. Date a different woman every night! Please email rasijos@gmail.com for full details. iFlogID: 16560

iFlogID: 16256

Singer Attractive Female Backing Vocalist Wanted for a pop-rock Band/Show with Album on iTunes. Paid Performances booked. Professional, reliable Singer with melodic voice. Phone Extraordinary Entertainment, Mosman on 9969 1179. iFlogID: 16373

For a limited time. Free online and print classifieds Book now, visit iflog.com.au

Studio, live, candid or location shots with an experienced band photographer. Gigs, promos, album covers, artwork. Affordable prices, professional quality. 20% off for unsigned bands! Mobile: 0479060317 Email: admin@mattgphotography.com.au Web: music.mattgphotography.com.au iFlogID: 16600

Tattoo Monstrosity Dreadlocks, Sydney. Dreads and maintenance special: All service $30 per hour. Professional, guaranteed service. Kings Cross. Call 0421356410 iFlogID: 13613

Transvestite Romance Experience. Massage Or More For Men. Private Cosy City Studio. Sydney. Over Nites & Outcalls Available. Call Sandi Now! 0410-181-865 iFlogID: 16618

Tuition >>SINGING-LESSONS-THAT<< >>>>>>>>>>ROCK<<<<<<<<<< Your voice has the ability to sing at the Audioslave/Muse/Aretha/YeahYeahYeahs level because of Design. Increase range sing with effortless power using the right technique. Beginners-Advanced. 0405-044-513 iFlogID: 15761

Bass guitar lessons for beginner to intermediate levels. Aim to push students beyond the basics of bass and how to play the genre THEY love. Sydney’s Inner-West, Contact Blake: 0405182840 iFlogID: 16178

P&O DJ Cruise

P&O and DJ Bootcamp present, 8 day, 3 island professional DJ Cruise # 2. Nov 26th, 2012. Book early and save. www.djbootcamp. com.au iFlogID: 15754

Share Accommodation Available Room for two for rent cronulla 225split/wk or single 225 wekStart dec 16 mathewt91@live. com message me for info act fast fills great ocean view background check ljhooker will be needed iFlogID: 16341


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Drum Media is a Sydney icon. The people behind Drum virtually invented what has come to be known as street press. For over 15 years, Drum ha...

Drum Media Sydney Issue #XXXX  

Drum Media is a Sydney icon. The people behind Drum virtually invented what has come to be known as street press. For over 15 years, Drum ha...