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with special guests SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM

FRIDAY 27th JANUARY 2012 SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

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proudly supported by

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supported by Triple M

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

Haworth Shellharbour Music Centre

Unit 2/22 Durgadin Drive, Central Business Park

02 4256 0088

www.haworthguitars.com.au

ALBURY

All - Music

631 Dean Street

02 6041 1765

ALEXANDRIA

Allans Music + Billy Hyde

108 Botany Road

02 9318 2255

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

ANNANDALE

Gallin’s Musician’s Pro Shop

55 Parramatta Road

02 9517 1901

www.gallinsmps.com.au

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

www.planetmusic.com.au

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

www.parkbeachmusic.com.au

CROWS NEST

Big Music

85 Alexander Street

02 8622 6555

www.bigmusic.com.au

ENGADINE

Engadine Music Education Centre

25 Station Street

02 9520 3044

www.engadinemusic.com

GLADESVILLE

Guitar Factory

280 Victoria Road

02 9817 2173

www.guitarfactory.net

GREENHILLS

Lathams Music

3a/11 Molly Morgan Drive

02 4934 4661

www.lathamsmusic.com.au

KOTARA

Lathams Music

4/6 Bradford Close

02 4952 4311

www.lathamsmusic.com.au

LISMORE

Planet Music

25 Molesworth Street

02 6621 7784

www.planetmusic.com.au

LIVERPOOL

Bavas Music City

252 Macquarie Street

02 9824 2211

www.bavasmusic.com.au

MONA VALE

Allans Music + Billy Hyde

55 Bassett Street

02 9986 0589

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

NEWCASTLE WEST

Muso’s Corner

1 National Park Street

02 4929 2829

www.musoscorner.com.au

NEWCASTLE WEST

The Drum Shop Newcastle

1 National Park Street

02 4925 3155

www.thedrumshopnewcastle.com.au

NOWRA

South Coast Music

Shops 7-10 Shoalhaven Arcade, 19 Kinghorne Street

02 4421 8688

www.scmusic.com.au

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

Allans Music + Billy Hyde

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

Allans Music + Billy Hyde

228 Pitt Street

02 9283 7711

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

TAREE

Bass ‘n’ Blues Mega Store

Shop 10/20 Albert Street

02 6551 5067

www.bassnbluesmusic.com.au

TAREN POINT

Allans Music + Billy Hyde

1 Koonya Circuit

02 9589 7100

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

TURRAMURRA

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

WAGGA WAGGA

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

Allans Music + Billy Hyde

65 Penshurst Street

02 9967 3777

www.allansbillyhyde.com.au

WOLLONGONG WEST

Pipers Wollongong Music

390 Crown Street

02 4228 9286

www.wollongongmusic.com

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

www.dwmusic.com.au

ACT

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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

SO FRENCHY SO CHIC: NOUVELLE VAGUE & MORIARTY January 20

Tues Wed Thurs 22 Dec

FBi NIGHT: TUNE-YARDS & JONTI

TRIVIA WITH KEVIN

Weekly Jackpot 7.30pm

$500 PRIZE POOL

Open Mic Night 7.30pm

January 21

THE WHITEST BOY ALIVE & NEW NAVY January 25 BYO Instruments (PA Provided) Rock up to play

OPEN MIC NIGHT

MAD RACKET: PEVEN EVERETT January 26

THE PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP & WATUSSI January 27

THE STEPKIDS & ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE U

Fri LAURA ATTWOOD 23 Dec + THE TROBES + NAT JAMES EASTMENT Sat 24 Dec For Bookings

14 • THE DRUM MEDIA

CLOSED james@thelaunchsquad.com.au | www.thelaunchsquad.com.au

January 28

FUTURE CLASSIC: DJ KOZE & PRINS THOMAS sydneyfestival.org.au/keystone


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COMING SOON WEDNESDAY 21ST DECEMBER

ROSE OF YORK + Alloway + Kirrakamere

THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER

ABBY DOBSON + Steve Smyth

FRIDAY 23RD DECEMBER

KING TIDE + Penny & The Mystics

SATURDAY 24TH DECEMBER

KING TIDE

+Matt Andersen (Canada) WEDNESDAY 28TH DECEMBER

SPANGLED MISTRESS THURSDAY 29TH DECEMBER

SUPERHEAVYWEIGHTS

Friday 30 December A Tribute To Johnny Cash Saturday 31 December Ray Beadle Wednesday 4 January Swamp Thing Thursday 5 January Hawksley Workman Friday 6 January Steve Flack’s Guitar Heroes Saturday 7 January Camille and Stuie Monday 9 January Joe Robinson Friday 13 January Rumjacks Saturday 14 January Emma Pask Sunday 15 January Tom Ugly Wednesday 18 January Vince Martin Friday 20 January Jeff Duff Saturday 21 January Bob Dylan Tribute Sunday 22 January Monsieur Moon Wednesday 25 January Chase The Sun Friday 27 January The Black Sorrows Saturday 28 January The Black Sorrows Wednesday 1 February Anthony Hughes

900 PRINCES HIGHWAY, TEMPE PH: 9559 6300 www.valvebar.com.au TUES 20 7PM

“REBORN”

WED 21 7PM

“WILLTRICITY”

THURS 22 7PM

FRI 23 3PM

PREMIER ROCKING AGENCY CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH SUPPORT FROM SPECIAL GUESTS

ROCKSTEADY SHOW WITH SUPPORT FROM “MADMAN PROPHETS” , “FRET”

“HELPFUL KITCHEN GODS”

JAZZ/AVANTGARD/GARAGE SHOW WITH SUPPORT FORM “CALL TO COLOR” , “BALKAN GRILL”, “THADDEUS CLAY” AND GUESTS

BURLECTRICITY PRESENTS: XMAS BBQ FEAT: BANDS - “THE STRIDES” , “FAIT ACCOMPLI” , “XANTHOPAN” BURLESQUE: BUNNY LAMBADA , EVIE VA VOOM , MEMPHIS MAE DJ’S: SAKURA , MAD COW , MOOKIE , VIC ZEE , PASH MANN , HIGHLY DUBIOUS , NIGADIAY RECORDS KONTRAST DJ’S MC: GIGI VINE AND MANY MORE. VALVE XMAS NY PARTY TO REMEMBER!

VALVE IS ON ANNUAL CLOSURE FROM 24TH DECEMBER ‘11 TO 10TH JANUARY ‘12 COMING UP: Wed 11 Jan: Blues Rock Show with “Bradley Cork & The Folklore Mantra”, ”Ray Ray Ray & The Jetsons”, ”Spookyland”, ”Lessons In Time”; Thu 12 Jan: Rock’n’Roll Show feat: “Drop Tank”, ”The Choke” and many more; Fri 13 Jan: Hardcore Show with: “Vigilante”, ”Sick People”, ”Down Pour”, ”Reckless Aggression” and many more; Sat 14th Jan: Funk/Rock Parade feat: “Homebrew”, ”Bustacap”, ”Hidden Ace”, ”Mother Brody”, ”The Postmodernists”, ”System Of Venus”, ”Fouulhawk”, ”Gutter Tactic”, ”One Day Soon” and many more; Sun 15 Jan: 12pm Vibrations At Valve Band Competition; 5pm: Blues Show with “Green Beaver” and many more For band bookings please email valvebar@gmail.com

Bistro open Lunch and Dinner !!

FRIDAY 23RD DECEMBER

9th Annual Cabaret Showcase Grand Final

THURSDAY 29TH DECEMBER

Sean Wayland + guests

SATURDAY 31ST DECEMBER

NEW YEARS’S EVE

With Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band + Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson & A special menu and free bubbly! FRIDAY 6TH JANUARY

Hawksley Workman (Can) + 49 Goodbyes + Leroy Lee

TUESDAY 17TH JANUARY

Peggy Seeger (US/UK) Only Sydney Show! ….tix selling fast!

Fri 20/01 Tim Edey (Ire) & Brendan Power (UK/US) + Jim Conway’s Little Wheel Sat 21/01 Contraban Wed 25/01 Gene Fehlberg Trio + Sarah Bird + Alex Gibson Wed 1/02 Vince Martin Sat 4/02 Miss Ink Australia Wed 8/02 O’Shea Thur 9/02 Angie Hubbard Fri 10/2 Laughing Outlaw All Star Show Sat 11/02 First Ladies Of Soul Thur 16/02 Mikelangelo Valentine Show Fri 17/02 REM Tribute

16 • THE DRUM MEDIA


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WED 21

FREE ENTRY

MUSO’S JAM

LAST JAM FOR 2011 BACK JANUARY 11 2012 THURS 22 $8 DOOR

MON 26

FREE ENTRY

FRI 6

$8(PRE) & $12(DOOR)

SAT 7

$12(DOOR)

FOOT IN THE WALL LUCY DESOTER SMOKIN’ MIRRORS

THE DARKENED SEAS , GRAND PLAN

KAHN OF K

HAWKMOTH, HEAD IN A JAR, NORSE, HUMAN EXXTINCTION FROM THE STAFF AND MANAGEMENT WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE BANDS AND PUNTERS FOR MAKING 2011 A FANTASTIC YEAR. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND SAFE NEW YEAR ‘GOBOOKEM.COM’

SATURDAY 14TH JANUARY

EMPIRE RISING + BLUE CANDY SATURDAY 21ST JANUARY

ROCK DOGS SATURDAY 21ST JANUARY

HIGH NOON

+ BAYSIDE WRECKERS + THOUGHT THEORY + HOMETEAM

WEDNESDAY 25TH JANUARY

GUTTERMOUTH www.bizzos.com.au or check out our Facebook page Photo I.D required – information for members and their guests Band bookings: Jova Productions - jovaproductions@live.com.au 18 • THE DRUM MEDIA


WEDNESDAY 28TH DECEMBER

TUE 20 DEC

RIOT HOUSE COMEDY PRESENT

XMAS SPECTACular

featuring - MICHAEL HING + INVENTION OF DRAGONS + NICK SUN + CHRIS WAINHOUSE THE STUDY feat

WED 21 DEC

THE CHILLERS

FRIDAY 6TH JANUARY

JOE ROBINSON

RENEE GEYER

FRIDAY 13TH JANUARY

SUNDAY 8TH JANUARY

DAVID MYLES (CANADA)

+ ASHLEIGH MANNIX

FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY

THURSDAY 19TH JANUARY

HOWLING TONGUES

THU 22 DEC

ALOTTA PRESHA SALSA REPUBLIC PRESENTS

FRI 23 DEC

SNOW WHITE SALSA CLUB NEPAL

SAT 24 DEC

THE AXE BAND

SAT 31 DEC

VINCE MARTIN + TOMMY MOELLER (UNIT 4 + 2)

PETE CORNELIUS

CNR OF GEORGE + SWANSON ST

ERSKINEVILLE 3 DOORS FROM THE RAILWAY STATION

P 9565 1441

SNATCH & GRAB PRESENT

APOCALYPTIC LESBIAN ZOMBIE RAVE

ROSEOFAUST@BIGPOND.COM

FRI 23RD DEC

THE STUDY feat

WED 04 JAN

TRIBEADELIC EARTHLING + KAYA PROJECT

SAT 21 JAN

GUTTERMOUTH (usa)

SAT 28 JAN

HEAVYWEIGHT SOUNDz

SAT 10 MAR

URGE OVERKILL (usa)

THE GAELIC HOTEL WILL BE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY & NEWS YEARS DAY

FROM ALL HERE AT THE GAELIC HOTEL, MERRY XMAS

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SAT 24TH DEC

XMAS EVE

LAURA ATWOOD

SAT 07 JAN

THE FIRETREE

FOR BAND BOOKINGS, PLEASE CONTACT INFO@CODEONE.NET.AU

NATHAN HEADLAM GIRL THING DJ’S

THE LAST WALTZ REVIVAL SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY

SUNDAY 22ND JANUARY

THE STUDY feat

WED 28 DEC

IAN MOSS

SPURS FOR JESUS

9PM

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.

$10 - $15

STEAK ‘N RIBS FROM 6PM

LEVEL 1 RESTAURANT ONLY


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COMING SOON

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WED 21 DEC

$10

SPACETICKET + NEW ARCHETYPES + DEBBIE + SNOUT CASSETTE + WHITE KNUCKLE FEVER THU 22 DEC

LIZA ROSE + DAN FORD AND THE GOODS + BURNING VIOLET BRIDGES + THE WRECKING ROOM FRI 23 DEC

“ZOMBIE DOG PRESENTS”

DAVE MCCORMACK AND THE POLAROIDS

$10

THU 19 JAN

BRIDIE O’BRIEN

(“HIGHWAY HEART” ALBUM LAUNCH)

THU 26 JAN

PETULANT FRENZY PLAYS FRANK ZAPPA SAT 28 JAN

“COMA FEST” $15

+ KARMA TO BURN (USA) + MORE *** WWW.ZOMBIEDOGENTERTAINMENT.COM ***

FRI 3 FEB

THE LAZYS (“TEMPTATION NEVER LIKED YOU” EP LAUNCH) *** WWW.ZOMBIEDOGENTERTAINMENT.COM ***

FRI 10 FEB

JAMES LEGG

(BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES) (USA) FRI 17 FEB

“(SHADOW) BOXING DAY”

$12 HELM

*** WWW.MOSHTIX.COM.AU AND WWW.OZTIX.COM.AU***

FRI 9 MAR

DOC NEESON + L.U.S.T + SPECIAL GUESTS

ENDLESS BOOGIE (USA) *** WWW.MOSHTIX.COM.AU *** SAT 10 MAR

"ROCK'N'ROLL MAYHEM VOL 2”

$10

THE PREHISTORICS

+ UPSIDE DOWN MISS JANE + LITE FEED FRENZY

THE VENUSIANS

HARD-ONS!

SYDNEY CITY TRASH + TOPNOVIL

WITH THE VOICE OF THE ANGELS

FRI 30 DEC

SAT 14 JAN

“RANCID TRIBUTE NIGHT”

*** TICKETS ON SALE NOW WWW.ZOMBIEDOGENTERTAINMENT.COM ***

THU 29 DEC

MORE *** WWW.MOSHTIX.COM.AU ***

FRI 20 JAN

+ BLOW + MOTHER BRODY

MON 26 DEC

“CONJURATION FEST” ABSU (USA) +

$10

STEVE GRIMMETT

(GRIM REAPER / LIONSHEART) (UK) *** WWW.HELLDOWNUNDER.COM ***

STREET LEVEL BAR: TUE 20 DEC

+ FOX VALLEY + PARTICLES + ORRIN HASTINGS SAT 31 DEC

"METAL EVILUTION PRESENTS" "NEW YEAR'S EVILUTION"

$15

DARKER HALF + ELM STREET (VIC) + TABERAH (TAS)

THE DEAD MARINES + $3 SCHOONERS OF SANDO LAGER

FREE

FRI 6 JAN

FREE

$10

TOMBSTONE RAMBLERS + ROLAND K SMITH & THE SINNERS + THEM PLASMS

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FREE

FREE

MON 26 DEC

TUE 27 DEC

FREE

THE THINGOS + $3 SCHOONERS OF SANDO LAGER

FREE

WED 28 DEC

THU 29 DEC

FREE

JOHNATHAN DEVOY + SPECIAL GUESTS VIDEO JUKE BOX

FREE

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ONE MAN

One-man band Lewis Floyd Henry has come a long way from busking the streets of London. Heading over to play the Lorne Falls Festival, he’s also heading up to Sydney Friday 6 January to play the Vanguard and Saturday 7 the Sydney Festival First Night. The latter is free and we don’t have tickets for the Vanguard, but we do have five promo copies of his album, One Man & His 30W Pram, to give away.

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JANUARY

In a tough start to the year, the Australian music industry rallied together to raise money for The Queensland Flood Appeal, as compilation albums were sold, band memorabilia auctioned off and a plethora of benefit gigs staged around the nation. The Holidays received the Red Bull Award for Best Debut Release, as part of this year’s Australian Music Prize. Co-founders of Paramore, Josh and Zac Farro quit the pop-rock band due to ongoing tension with front-woman Hayley Williams, publicly stating that Paramore was “a manufactured product of a major label”. Meanwhile, News Corporation-owned MySpace fired 500 employees after the site’s declining popularity in the world of social media. Come July this year, the site was re-sold to Specific Media for $35 million, a $510 million loss since it was acquired in 2005. We said goodbye to Cold Chisel drummer, Steve Prestwich, who died of a brain tumour aged 56.

FEBRUARY

February was the month of financial trouble, as Citibank took control of UK-based record label EMI after the label racked up a debt of £3.4 billion under the ownership of Guy Hands. ARIA released their 2010 financial report, revealing that the dollar value of the Australian music industry was down 13.9 per cent. The news didn’t get any better, with blues-rock duo Meg and Jack White announcing the break-up of The White Stripes on their website, due to a “myriad of reasons”. While Brisbane-based indie rock band Yves Klein Blue confirmed rumours of the band’s split in late 2010, after five years together because they “grew up and apart”. Alana Skyring, former drummer of The Grates left the band to study baking in Manhattan, but later in the year joined Pajama Club, featuring Neil and Sharon Finn. Wilco announced the name of their new record company, dBpm Records, after their decision to leave Nonesuch last year. Their album, The Whole Love, released in September was the first for the label. Street Press Australia launched a new industry newsletter, Your Daily SPA.

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NOVEMBER

continued her world domination of the charts with 21 reaching first place in the ARIA Charts, a position she held for the following 23 weeks. Silverchair announced an indefinite hiatus on their website, sparking rumours of a solo album to be released by frontman Daniel Johns. Fans of The Cure crashed the Sydney Opera House’s website when attempting to purchase tickets to their performance as part of Vivid LIVE. Pink Floyd announced the reissue of their extensive back catalogue, with all 14 albums being re-mastered and released in a box set by EMI. Also in the realm of record labels, Warner Music Group was bought for $3.3 billion US by Access Industries, a business conglomerate owned by Russian billionaire, Len Blavatnik. Hip hop pioneer Gil Scott-Heron passed away in New York at age 62. Long-serving dance street press 3D World closed, leaving the way for its editor to launch iPad-only magazine Three. SILVERCHAIR

MARCH

Metal-core band I Killed the Prom Queen reformed, with Jamie Hope on vocals while Sydney-based industrial outfit MM9 announced their split after nine years together. Sydney’s iconic music venue, The Annandale Hotel was put up for public sale for the first time in 20 years by owners Matt and Dan Rule due to mounting debt. Not sold, plans are currently being laid to save the venue from developers, most recently with their ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign. Canberra’s The Maram closed to live music and in Melbourne, Missing Link Records, the ‘hub’ of Melbourne’s music scene, was put up for sale by owner, Nigel Nennard. The iconic store was officially closed in October this year after trading for 30 years. Mike Starr, the original bass player for Alice In Chains died of a prescription-drug overdose, aged 44.

APRIL

April began with Victorian hardcore band, Carpathian, announcing an indefinite hiatus. Moreton Bay Regional Council bought Woodfordia, the current home of Woodford Folk Festival and Splendour In The Grass for $4 million, in order to keep it available to events. While touring as a Bluesfest headliner, Grace Jones reportedly suffered from ill health and collapsed at the airport on her way to a show, arriving 45 minutes late. Kanye West’s charity organisation, The Kanye West Foundation, mysteriously closed after suffering a serious decline since the death of his mother, in 2007. Also in America, Weird Al Yankovic claimed that Lady Gaga stopped him from releasing Perform This Way, a parody track of Born This Way on his latest album. Yankovic’s manager later revealed that permission had since been granted.

MAY

Country singer Kasey Chambers was awarded the Grand Prize at the International Songwriting Competition, for her 2010 track, Beautiful Mess. Parkway Drive’s album, Deep Blue, went gold ahead of their national The Mix N’ Mash Tour while Adele

being considered by Channel 10 as commercially unviable after 24 years on air. Doubts were cast over the future of Sydney’s Hum Records on Oxford Street store and Brisbane’s iconic Rocking Horse Records.

AUGUST

The Middle East announced their split during their set at Splendour In The Grass, declaring their performance their last as a band. Organisers of the Great Southern Blues Festival cancelled due to “unsatisfactory ticket sales”, signalling a trend of cancellations this year, with Soundwave Revolution, Rewind ‘80s Festival and the Funk & Grooves Festival also suffering the same fate. Sydney’s Acer Arena became officially known as Allphones Arena, in a five-year naming right deal. The London Riots decimated much of the stock of a list of independent labels, after a Sony warehouse, which housed indie conglomerate PIAS Group stock was destroyed. Australian label Inertia called the loss “catastrophic”. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu won five awards at the National Indigenous Music Awards for his latest album, Rrakala, and Sydney band, All Mankind had their track, Break The Spell, released on the soundtrack of the hugely popular FIFA 12 video game. Cold Chisel sold an impressive 155,000 tickets in three hours for their Light The Nitro tour. Melbourne bassist Shane Walsh died, aged 52.

SEPTEMBER

JUNE

Queen of American country music, Dolly Parton, announced her first Australian tour in 28 years. Australian bands, Bleeding Knees Club and DZ Deathrays, gained international recognition after being included in the NME Best 50 New Bands of 2011 list in the UK. It was leaked that Luke Steele (of The Sleepy Jackson/Empire Of The Sun) has been credited with co-writing on Beyonce’s album, 4, which was released in June. At the APRA Awards, sibling duo Angus and Julia Stone received Song Of The Year and Songwriters Of The Year. New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based singer Kimbra signed a worldwide deal with Warner, who released her debut album, Vows, in August. June also saw the death of Greg Clarke, former tour manager for Billy Thorpe, who also worked with Rose Tattoo. He died of a suspected heart attack at age 50.

JULY

British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home at age 27 after a long and public battle with alcohol and drugs. Kimbra took out the $50,000 main prize in the Vanda & Young Song Competition, with Catherine Britt’s Sweet Emmylou taking second and Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye coming in third. The Audreys’ frontwoman Tasha Coates gave birth to a baby boy and subsequently announced that the band would be taking a break. Long-running music show, Video Hits, was axed,

Sydney-based DJ Minx (aka Rachael Phillips) was named the winner of EMI’s She Can DJ initiative and is set to release her album with EMI in 2012. Current scene darlings The Jezabels released their album, Prisoner, debuting at #2 on the ARIA Charts, which went gold in December. A report commissioned by APRA|AMCOS revealed the live music industry at Australian small venues is worth over $1.2 billion. Interscope Records (a subsidy of Universal Group) became embroiled in a narcotics investigation by US Federal Prosecutors who believed the record label (home to U2 and Lady Gaga) acted as a transit point for kilos of cocaine and cash.

The month kicked off with the split of Big Day Out promoters Ken West and Vivian Lees amid what West called “constant tension”. West will continue running the festival with new partners. Sydney band Philadelphia Grand Jury announced their split. Providing some resolution to the ongoing EMI saga, it was announced that the label would be split with Universal and Sony picking up parts (Universal, recorded music; Sony, publishing). The deal is subject to regulators’ approval though. Metallica’s first ever show in India was cancelled after promoters from the company DNA Entertainment were arrested, with official sources citing “technical reasons” for the cancellation. In the US, Google launched their music store, Google Music. At the ARIAs, Boy & Bear dominated, winning five of the seven categories they were nominated in. Other winners included Kimbra, Gotye, Art vs. Science, Billy Thorpe, The Audreys, Kasey Chambers, Cut Copy, Guy Sebastian, Front End Loaders, Drapht and Altiyan Childs. Street Press Australia’s publications The Drum Media (Sydney and Perth), Inpress and Time Off all launched iPad versions, most of which charted in the top ten on the App Store’s Newsstand.

DECEMBER

After the sale of Warner and EMI, Warner’s Chairman, Edgar M. Bromfman Jr. resigned, while veteran triple j hosts Rosie Beaton and Andrew Haug left the station after presenting their respective shows over the last ten years. Members of The Clash, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon surprised fans when they reunited on stage to play Clash tracks for the first time since their breakup in 1982. Def FX frontwoman Fiona Horne confirmed that the band would reform and tour in 2012. Australian music industry legend Molly Meldrum is, at time of deadline, still fighting for his life after falling a reported ten feet at his Melbourne home. Placed in an induced coma, he suffered severe injuries and his situation remains critical. MOLLY MELDRUM

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INXS announced their new vocalist to be Belfastborn Ciaran Bribbon. They’d sparked speculation in September when they released the track Tiny Summer online, with some believing the vocalist to be U2’s Bono. Triple j launched their digital Unearthed station,

FRONTLASH

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A bootleg trailer made its way online (and has since just as quickly been taken down), but what we saw looked amazing.

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TOUR NEWS Kill City Creeps bring their brand of swampy, psychedelic, scuzz rock to take up the main support slot for The Damned when they play Saturday 21 January at The Metro. Buster Bloodvessel and Bad Manners are returning to Australia to deliver another dose of their ebullient UK ska, taking over the Enmore Theatre this time Thursday 5 January. Before they hit the Sandringham stage Friday 13 January, Texan black metal band Absu will be meeting and greeting fans and signing copies of their latest album, Abzu, at Le Cabinet des Curiosities opposite the Enmore Theatre from 6pm. When California’s Guttermouth front up at the Gaelic Saturday 21 January, The Rumjacks, Epics and Alls Fallow will be opening the evening for them, while Sunday 22 it’ll be Drivers Side Airbag, Pants Optional and Floggin The Goods doing the honours at the Beachcomber in Toukley, Topnovil, Lower Coast Skies and On Empty doing it Tuesday 24 at The Patch in Wollongong, Easy Company and Averice Wednesday 25 at Caringbah Bizzo’s and Liberation Front, The Worstmn and Local Resident Failure Thursday 26 at the Cambridge in Newcastle. The film of Guttermouth’s 2010 tour of Australia and South-East Asia, Goes On Vacation, is out now on DVD. Jim Conway’s Little Wheel are the supporting guests when Irish multi-instrumentalist Tim Edey (Sharon Shannon, Lunasa) and harmonica player Brendan Power come to Notes Friday 20 January. Recently touring with Iva Davies as part of the reconstituted Icehouse, Michael Paynter, who has just digitally released a solo acoustic album, Money On Your Tongue, will be opening for veteran US hitmakers Hall & Oates across their forthcoming Australian tour, playing the Sydney Entertainment Centre Wednesday 8 February. Fresh out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, La Dispute have invited Hira Hira and Let Me Down Jungleman Gently to open for them at the Annandale Friday 10 February, and Between The Devil & The Deep and Perspectives at the same venue the following night, before they head to The Basement in Canberra, accompanied by Life & Limb and Mornings. Ryan Adams has invited former Drive-By Truckers singer/songwriter Jason Isbell to join him as his special guest when he returns to Australia through February/ March, which includes a sold-out Tuesday 28 February at Sydney Opera House. Vancouver-based alter ego of Black Mountains’ Stephen McBean’s solo project Pink Mountaintops, will be joining fellow Americans Dead Meadow when they head down here for their third Australian tour, playing The Hi-Fi Bar Friday 6 March. American smooth jazz trumpeter Chris Botti returns to Sydney for the third time in 18 months to perform at the Concert Hall in Sydney Opera House Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March. Touring on their new single, Soulshaper (Come With Me), Juke Kartel head up the Hume Friday 30 December to play the Annandale. Currently in Europe, Central Coast-based singer/ songwriters Nick & Liesl are returning to play over the three nights of the Illawarra Folk Festival Friday 13 through Sunday 15 January, before opening for Ian Moss over two nights at Lizotte’s Dee Why Friday 20 and Saturday 21. With their debut album, The Beauty Of Falling, recorded in Sweden, under their collective arm, Melbourne’s Feed Her To The Sharks will be showcasing it and more Saturday 21 January at SFX and an all ages show Sunday 22 at Bowman Hall in Blacktown.

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There’s no need to wait till Oktoberfest to get your fix of German culture in 2012 as krautrock and German experimental electronic legend Michael Rother, known for his work in NEU!, Harmonia and Kraftwerk, has announced a show to coincide with his visit to Adelaide Festival. Joined by special guests Harmonia member Dieter Moebius and NEU! member Hans Lempe, Rother will perform music by NEU!, Harmonia and selected solo works in a world premiere performance. See him at Oxford Art Factory on Saturday 17 March.

DARKER STILL

After two phenomenal and fun nights so far, Insert Coin(s) returns to Oxford Art Factory in The Darkness II. The new event series pays tribute to old school arcades, bringing together games, music and art, as well as geek culture and fashion. The Darkness II will be fully playable on ten screens, with a night of retro gaming to be enjoyed as well as DJs spinning a blend of ‘80s and ‘90s tunes. There’ll also be live art from Sprinkles and Crayon. It all happens on Thursday 19 January.

WIDOWED AND FLYING

The Widowbirds have spent the last 18 months touring, playing festival bills and international supports and, with that in mind, it’s a pretty impressive feat that they’ve managed to record their debut album too. The record, Shenandoah, will see them going on another tour early next year. The band will play Friday 3 February at The Front Gallery in Canberra, Saturday 11 at The Clarendon Guesthouse, Sunday 12 at Lizotte’s Kincumber, Thursday 16 at The Vanguard, Friday 17 at The Junkyard in Maitland and Sunday 19 at the Brass Monkey.

Sydney roots rockers Caravãna Sun are taking their debut album, Rising Falling, for a spin up the east coast, finishing up Saturday 11 February at the Beach Road Hotel. Tasmanian-born, Melbourne-based musician Van Walker has added a night in The Front Bar Canberra Thursday 9 February to his forthcoming Underneath The Radar tour, which sees him play Petersham Bowlo Friday 10. 30 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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Following the astonishing success of lead single, Speak Of The Devil, the dancefloor gem by Hermitude being thrashed by Australian radio, the hip hop act are hitting the stages across the nation to bring their record, HyperParadise, to the people. Featuring special guests Sietta, they’ll be bringing their future beats, electronica and hip hop blend to Oxford Art Factory on Friday 16 March.

SAVING RYAN

Sydney’s Harbour Party at Luna Park seems like the place to be this New Year’s Eve, with the second release of tickets having sold out. Third release tickets are selling fast, so be quick to get yours if you don’t want to miss out. Headlined by singer Wynter Gordon and featuring The Potbelleez and Zoe Badwi on the lineup, the event has also announced some more local additions. Joining the NYE lineup are Rogers Room, Mia Lucci, Carl West and Brother G.

Following the release of her internationally acclaimedalbum, Strange Mercy, St Vincent aka Annie Clark will be hitting our town to perform a headline show. With her record receiving international critical acclaim and featuring a change in direction for the woman whose last record included baroque strings and woodwinds, this tour will be the Australian debut of her new full band show. St Vincent will peform at Factory Theatre on Monday 12 March.

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Australian rock band The Lazys are hitting the road once again in support of their brand new EP, Temptation Never Liked You. The Terrigal-based band will be supported by much-lauded Canadians GrimSkunk when they play The Sando on Friday 3 February and Fitzroy Hotel on Saturday 4.

Recently reunited as part of Sydney’s On The Street live series, the Lighthouse Keepers, featuring original band members Greg Appel, Juliet Ward, Stephen O’Neil and Michael Dalton, have decided to crank up the engines once more and take the whole shebang on the road again. At all shows the band will be performing two sets each night and with a guest speaker in support. You can see them at The Polish Club in Canberra on Friday 3 February and Camelot Lounge on Saturday 4.

Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective MEN, led by Le Tigre’s JD Samson are heading to our shores, having released their first record, Talk About Body, earlier this year. After touring for the bulk of the year, the band are working on new music that they will be recording themselves. MEN will hit Sydney for the Mardisgrasland Party at Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park on Saturday 3 March. The event also features Chicane, Sneaky Sound System and Andy Butler (Hercules & Love Affair).

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KEEP THE LIGHT SHINING

You Only Live Once are presenting 11.12, an epic house party taking place at Sydney Opera House on New Year’s Eve, with music, food and cocktails flowing all night and the best view in Sydney. A special balcony is being erected also, to ensure that attendees have the best vantage point in town to view the fireworks. After midnight strikes the party will kick into the early hours as UK’s DJ Riton spins tunes, along with Frankie Knuckles.

Brilliant, belligerent, maniacal: these are just some of the words that have been used to describe Juke Baritone as he’s travelled the world with a rascally troupe of noisemakers, assaulting audiences with his tall tales of bad love, good times and the evils of the world. A delightful cacophony of wailing accordions, screaming horns and screeching guitars await those who attend his shows around town. Check Juke Baritone out at The Lass O’Gowrie on Wednesday 4 January, the Brass Monkey Thursday 12, The Vanguard Friday 13 and The Front Saturday 14.

ST VINCENT

Portland-based Ryan Francesconi has gained great interest as the main man on Joanna Newsom’s remarkable triple album, Have One On Me. Having arranged and played all over that massive opus, you can imagine that his solo work would be equally rich and incredible, takong on everything from baroque to Turkish music by way of jazz improvisation. He plays Saturday 4 February at The Red Rattler and the show will also feature Melbourne folk favourite Grand Salvo and Sydney outfit The Singing Skies.

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THE EXPLOITED

START A FIGHT

Riot-starting, bouncer-bashing, cop-baiting, hoteltrashing, foul-talking, government-hating and rulebreaking punk rock band The Exploited are bringing their politically-charged live show to the east coast of Australia. Formed in 1979 the quartet has always stuck to the true ethos of punk rock, with a simple, no-frills sound characterised by speed and aggression. The band will hit The Manning Bar on Friday 27 April.

CHARIOTS OF FIRE

After a short run of shows earlier this year with Oh Sleeper, The Chariot are coming back down under with their latest full-length record, Long Live. Harnessing a whirlwind of crafted aggression with equal parts bravado, the band will be supported by the Central Coast’s Pergamum. The bands hit Oasis Youth Centre in Wyong on Wednesday 25 January, Blush Nightclub on Thursday 26 and The Burdekin on Friday 27.

Think of the newest craze in the international house music scene and you’re sure to have Bart B More come to mind. Combining his love for beat-driven, looped techno music with big room house and electro, Bart has been able to craft a fresh crossover sound that has earned him fans far and wide. Now the Dutch DJ and producer will be bringing his tunes to Greenwood Hotel on Saturday 28 January.

BLACK EYED PEA

Taboo, the American singer and rapper known as a member of the global phenomenon The Black Eyed Peas, will be making his debut solo tour of our country early next year. Taboo will be performing a live DJ set on Thursday 26 January at Ivy Pool.

OH YEAH!

UC Live are set to kick off the new year in style as O Yeah! and Oh No! nights return to the brand new university bar, Zierholz at UC. The first event features Hungry Kids Of Hungary, indie five-piece Loon Lake and Canberra expats Atluk performing on Friday 3 February. O No! will feature rap act Bumblebeez, Hermitude and banging tunes courtesy of Sosueme DJs, all performing on Friday 10 February. EAGLE & THE WORM

HE WAS MADE FOR LOVING US

Sydney’s Hand Of Mercy will be travelling the country with Parkway Drive on their Sick Summer II Tour, which will bring them to Bateau Bay PCYC Thursday 23 February, Sutherland Entertainment Centre Friday 24 and Panthers in Penrith Saturday 25, with Northlane also playing at all three shows, which are all also all ages. Georgia Fair, showcasing their debut album, All Through Winter, and Busby Marou are hitting the road together through January, fining up with three nights playing the Lizotte’s venues, Friday 27 at Kincumber, Saturday 28 at Dee Why and Sunday 29 at Newcastle.

HERMITUDE THE DRUMS

Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick returns to Australia after two years to celebrate his recording career with Kiss, which ran from 1985 to 1997. Having worked on Animalize, Asylum, Crazy Nights up ‘til Carnival Of Souls, along with his own solo work, Kulick will have plenty to draw on when he performs at The Factory Theatre on Saturday 4 February.

BLOOD ORANGE

BLOODY BRILLIANT

BIG, BEAUTIFUL & SEXY

Blood Orange aka Lightspeed Champion aka Devonte Hynes is hitting our city for a sideshow alongside his appearance as a guitarist for CANT. The Houstonborn, Essex-raised 25 year old indie artist’s latest project, Blood Orange’s songs are subtly layered, bedroom-built electronic compositions. Having been compared to Prince with its funky undertones, the record, Coastal Grooves, will set feet pounding when Hynes hits Goodgod on Thursday 5 January.

Casey Donovan kicks off 2012 with a string of dates for her acclaimed Big, Beautiful & Sexy tour, named after her recent single of the same name. The shows include stories from her life, along with big show numbers from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Mama Cass, Queen Latifah and more. Donovan will perform at 34 Degrees South every Sunday during February, as well as Wednesday 15 at The Vanguard, Thursday 16 at Brass Monkey and Friday 17 at The Vault.

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FOREWORD LINE M A R L E Y

NEWS FROM THE FRONT

A DAY TO REMEMBER

BAD RELIGION

DWEEZIL ZAPPA

SUBLIME WITH ROME

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE

JINJA SAFARI

MARILYN MANSON

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART

NANTES

DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL

JOSH PYKE

BLUESFEST GETS BIGGER

Just as it looked like Bluesfest couldn’t possibly get any bigger, they’ve announced a third lot of musical acts, both international and local, that are sure to create an even more jam-packed weekend of entertainment for attendees. Playing at Bluesfest 2012 will now also be one of the finest ska bands Sublime with Rome, the Zappa tribute show featuring Dweezil Zappa, Zappa Plays Zappa, Dawes, James Vincent McMorrow, Josh Pyke, Blue King Brown, Eileen Jewell, 1814, Busby Marou and Melbourne Ska Orchestra. The 23rd Bluesfest will take place between Thursday 5 and Monday 9 April, headlined for the first time by an Australian act, Cold Chisel.

PEATS RIDGE TO STREAM LIVE

A first ever in Australia, this New Year’s, Peats Ridge is broadcasting their entire three-day festival live for free over the internet. Organisers have teamed up with YouTube, Nissan LEAF and Unseen TV to deliver the festival in real time to fans worldwide. Music lovers can head to the Peats Ridge YouTube channel to see their favourite acts performing live from Thursday 29 December to Sunday 1 January. The site goes live from Monday 19 December with teasers and artist clips to view ahead of the main event. Peats Ridge is headlined by Gotye, along with Xavier Rudd, The Holidays, The Stanton Warriors, The Dum Dum Girls and Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro on the lineup of 140 acts.

PLAYGROUND GOES DAILY

dream of since the release of their breakthrough debut record, Swiss Army Romance. Chris Carrabba will be playing a sideshow alongside Soundwave, with fellow festival bands joining them. Forming from the ashes of Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin will be pleasing fans as a support act, along with the unforgettable hooks of Relient K. They will all perform on Monday 27 February at Manning Bar.

PAINS OF BEING SUCCESSFUL

After garnering widespread acclaim from critics to countless indie pop forums and blogs, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart return to our shores to play a local headline show alongside their St Jerome’s Laneway Festival appearances. Releasing their second record, Belong, this year, the band will be hitting Manning Bar on Thursday 9 February with special guest Geoffrey O’Connor.

GUMMY AND FUN

The 8th annual Gum Ball Music And Arts Festival is well and truly back for 2012 with a first lineup that takes artists from all ends of our wonderful nation. Headlining are the beloved Brisbane indie-pop heroes Custard, along with jungle folk players Jinja Safari, blues musician Ash Grunwald with acclaimed vocalists Vika & Linda Bull, Melbourne’s alt-country outfit Wagons, Sietta, Kim Churchill, Fire! Santa Rosa Fire!, Benjalu and The Joe Kinds. Settled in the rolling bushland confines of the Hunter Valley, the festival takes place Friday 27 and Saturday 28 April.

PUNK UP

Due to high demand, Playground Weekender have announced the sale of day tickets to the three-day event taking place at The Del Rio Riverside Resort in Wisemans Ferry. Tickets will allow access for Saturday 2 or Sunday 3 March between 9am until close. Also this year, families will be well catered for as kids under ten can attend the festival for free and will be entertained by dance and music workshops, mask making, face painting, a play area, jumping cushion and children’s yoga. Family car passes are also available now for those planning to travel by car. Also in great news for budding artists, Playground Weekender are looking for submissions from emerging and established artists for the 2012 festival. The call-out is for art installations, people to assist with theming and dressing the site, signwriters and creative types. If you can draw, paint, make things with your hands or are a generally creative photographers and video artists, drop an email to creative@playgroundweekender.com.au.

Following an enviable 2011 that saw them release album number two, Lotus Skies, and tour extensively, Adelaide’s Leader Cheetah have picked up the main support slot for the Yukon Blonde sideshow. Yukon Blonde are in Australia playing the Peats Ridge festival and now FBi Social Thursday 5 January with Leader Cheetah, Tin Sparrow and Brian Campeau.

BUSH BRINGING IT

GET YOUR HIGHLIGHTER OUT

Legendary British rockers Bush, fronted by charismatic lead singer Gavin Rossdale, released their first album in over a decade, The Sea Of Memories, a month or so ago. Already announced to play Soundwave, the band will also be playing a sideshow and supporting are US band Staind and the up and coming ‘next big thing’ in rock, Cherri Bomb. Bush and company will play the Enmore Theatre Monday 27 February.

VINDICATED FANS

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Legendary punk band Bad Religion have been setting the bar for three decades with their politically-charged punk rock. Touring Australia next year as part of the Soundwave festival, they have just announced a local sideshow. Joining the band on both dates will be fellow punk rock stalwarts Strung Out, whose So-Cal sound has been a mainstay in punk circles for more than two decades. Joining these scene veterans are Boston punks Street Dogs and Philadelphia’s The Menzingers. The four bands play the Big Top at Luna Park on Wednesday 29 February.

YUKON BLONDE SUPPORTS

The Big Day Out picture is almost complete, now that timetables and local artist additions have been announced. Get your highlighter out and start marking the playing times to make sure you don’t miss your favourite acts. You can even create a custom schedule at the BDO website and share it via Facebook or Twitter, so you can keep tabs on what your friends are going to be seeing at the festival too! While you’re planning, don’t forget to check out the last batch of bands added to the lineup with locals Palms, Chicks Who Love Guns, Purple Sneakers DJs, Cassian, Finger Prince, Rufus, Nantes, Bonjah, Triple J Unearthed winners Underlights and My School Act winners Sons Of Alamo.

WORMING IT OUT

Wormwoodstock is most certainly going ahead and with only a handful of days left until the tickets and donations are taken off sale, they’re expected to sell very quickly. The lineup grows by the day with 30 artists announced so far and more to come in what is sure to be an intimate festival. The lineup includes Brackets, Domeyko/Gonzalez, Dreamtime, Feathers, Gelido, Ghost…, Gold Model, God K, Kang Gang, Jusgo Mosh, Kasha, Kris Keogh, Nakagin, Narrow Lands, Nhomea, No Anchor, No Art, Proximity Butterfly, Rayon Moon, Red Hymns, Scattered Order, Svelt, The Ovals, The Walk On By, Thomas William, Trjaeu, Wild Dog Creek, Wizard Bong, Yolke and Zeahorse. The festival takes place approximately 1.5 hours from Sydney, running from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 January.

FOLK VIBES

Sydney composer and pianist Sophie Hutchings, her songwriter brother Jamie Hutchings, pop rocker Bryan Estepa and bluegrass band The Lurkers are joining the already Sydney-centric lineup of the Gulgong Folk Festival. The exciting lineup also includes Brendan Gallagher, Shane Flew, Gerard Gilet, Julie Bishop and Caitlin Harnett. The festival is held over three days in the goldmining town of Gulgong in the Mudgee Region, from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 January.

THE MADNESS

Following the smash success of its first outing in 2011, Shir Madness returns to Bondi Beach with a fresh helping of wild and wonderful Jewish music. Featuring five stages and up to 40 acts across the day, there will be a musical mixed plate ranging across genres as varied as klezmer, choral, ladino, Hassidic, Israeli, jazz, cabaret, folk, blues, pop, rock, funk, reggae and rap. Inclusions this year are Melbourne’s wild gypsy pop act Barons Of Tang, Old Man River, New York a cappella choir The Western Wind, the London Klezmer Quartet and Australian classical music star Simon Tedeschi. The festival is held on Sunday 25 March at Bondi Pavilion.

READING IN FOURS

World-acclaimed vocalist Eddi Reader will be performing in Australia in quartet mode for the first time in a series of shows that range from clubs to churches to festivals. Known for her extraordinary vocal range, Reader performs everything from traditional to contemporary music, and will be joined by Boo Hewerdine, Alan Kelly and Ian Carr to bring her songs to life on this tour. You can see the foursome on Thursday 15 March at Lizotte’s Newcastle, Friday 16 at The Southern Cross Club in Canberra, the Blue Mountains Music Fest Saturday 17, Wednesday 21 at Lizotte’s Kincumber, Thursday 22 at Blue Beat and Friday 23 at Paddington Uniting Church.

ANTICHRIST SIDEWAVE

Marilyn Manson has done it all; found mainstream success with alternative music, been on the butt end of bizarre rumours surrounding the removal of ribs and dated Dita Von Teese. Come February however, the focus will be purely on the music, with Manson touring the country as part of Soundwave, as well as playing a local show. Manson will be joined by a suitably morbid Soundwave cohort consisting of the recently reformed Coal Chamber, horrorpunk legend and Murderdolls member Wednesday 13 and melodic metallers Motionless In White. The sideshow takes place Wednesday 29 February at Enmore Theatre.

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JUST IN TOWN

Justin Townes Earle is a troubadour tried and true. The guitar-wielding, Americana-channelling, travelling songsmith has already visited Australian shores plenty of times and when he arrives next year for performances at Bluesfest and Boogie, it will mark his fifth trip down under since 2008. Fortunately for those of you keen to catch a glimpse of the man, he’ll be performing on Wednesday 4 April at The Factory Theatre.

NO FUTURE RONSON

One of the world’s leading artists and in demand music producers, Mark Ronson, has pulled out of Future Music Festival 2012 only days after the second lineup announcement, which featured impressive names such as New Order, Friendly Fires and Gym Class Heroes. The festival has cited scheduling engagements they’d hoped to clear and opportunities that Ronson couldn’t decline.

PENCIL IN THE DAY

Floridian rock band A Day To Remember will be bringing their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk to our town in a sideshow alongside their appearance at Soundwave. Accompanied by fellow Soundwave performers The Used and You Me At Six, the gig will take place at UNSW Roundhouse Tuesday 28 February.

NEEDS MORE ZAPPA

From a mysterious research facility in California to the stages of theatres and festivals across the globe, Zappa Plays Zappa is prepared once again to expose Australian fans to Frank Zappa’s extraordinary and mind-bending contributions to the music world. Zappa Plays Zappa, featuring Dweezil Zappa, hits the Metro Theatre on Saturday 7 April and Panthers Newcastle on Sunday 8.

JUST SUBLIME

One of the most notable and successful ska punk bands of all time, Sublime are reintroducing themselves to the world with a band that features founding members of the group along with new frontman, singer/guitarist Rome. Having performed a one-off show last year, the act redubbed themselves Sublime With Rome and will be hitting Australia for a tour, with support from Mat McHugh of Beautiful Girls. See the band at the UNSW Roundhouse on Saturday 7 April.

SIMPLY THE BEST

Brisbane’s Dune Rats and Sydneysiders Sures are the supporting guests for America’s Best Coast when they rock into the Manning Bar Wednesday 25 January.

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FOREWORD LINE

NEWS FROM THE FRONT

BEN IN THE HOOD

Over the past decade Ben Kweller has established himself as one of America’s most treasured songwriters. He’s certainly no stranger to our shores, with an array of devoted fans attending his shows. He’ll be back here soon enough as part of the Hi-Fi Shoreline Series, a series of shows across The Hi-Fi venues in Australia, celebrating the opening of The Hi-Fi Sydney. He’ll be kicking it all off in the new Sydney venue on Friday 2 March.

The next big Fabric compilation comes courtesy Bristol, UK’s Rob Ellis, better known as Pinch, Fabriclive 61 seeing release Monday 16 January.

TAKING CHARGE

Originally forming in 2008 Melbourne four-piece rock act The Charge are on the verge of releasing their debut album, Red Flags, after years of hard work. A heavy rock album with ferocious anger and bristling energy and catchy, the band will be embarking on their first run of live dates in support of the record, which includes a visit to The Lansdowne on Friday 13 January.

IT’S A HEATWAVE

A new national hip hop festival is here in the form of Heatwave. Originating in South Australia when Xzibit headlined the debut event last year, it now makes its way to our town with a mix of old and new hip hop artists on the bill. Spread across two nights at the Enmore Theatre, both shows are licensed all ages gigs. On Wednesday 18 January, fans can see Tech N9ne, Obie Trice and D12 in a triple headline show and on Thursday 19 the infamous Kid Cudi, Chamillionaire and Butterfly pedallers CrazyTown will take to the stage.

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More than 80 artists, among the diverse contributors Adele, The Airborne Toxic Event, Joan Baez, Natasha Bedingfield, Jackson Browne, Ke$ha, My Chemical Romance and Lucinda Williams, contributed versions of songs by Bob Dylan for a fundraising salute to 50 years of Amnesty International, to be released as Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honouring 50 Years of Amnesty International, in a 4CD set Friday 27 January. Also out that day is the fourth album, U & I, from London-based Iranian artist and producer Leila in collaboration with Berlin-based vocalist Mt. Sims. The soundtrack to the feature film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, created by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, sees release Friday 13 January, the film itself opening locally the day before. Also out that Friday is the debut album, Ester, from London four-piece Trailer Trash Tracys.

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THE EXPLOITED

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FOR ALL YOU ZED HEADS OUT THERE

One of electronic music’s most promising new acts, Toronto-based Zeds Dead need no introduction to fans who’ve been following the upwards career trajectory of this electronic/dubstep/progressive duo. Amassing massive YouTube hits and a neverending string of tour dates, their sounds can be heard in sets from artists like Diplo, Skrillex and Bassnectar. Local fans can now get a taste of their tunes live when the duo hit Trinity Bar Canberra on Friday 27 January and the Greenwood Hotel on Saturday 28.

CHASING THE PANTS

After taking something of a break this year, hardrocking bluesers Chase The Sun are back with the digital release of new track, The Pants, and a short tour in support. Recorded in the Blue Mountains, the song embodies the sound that has catapulted the band to the forefront of the Aussie blues and roots music scene. Hear it for yourself when they play a host of shows across the state starting with Friday 20 at The Old Manly Boatshed, followed by Saturday 21 at The Wickham Park Hotel, Sunday 22 at Beaches Hotel, Wednesday 25 at The Brass Monkey, Friday 27 January at The Grand Junction Hotel in Maitland, Thursday 2 February at The Basement Circular Quay and Saturday 4 at The Clarendon Tavern, Windsor..

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Friday 20 January, Ani DiFranco releases her latest album, ¿Which Side Are You On?, as do Rodrigo Y Gabriela their new album, Area 52, recorded with a 13-piece Cuban orchestra. The same day sees the release of two compilations of singles, rarities and collaborations, A Collection and The Anthology, from pioneering electronic music duo, the UK’s Underworld, who have been appointed the musical directors of the 2012 London Olympics, the new one, The Dreamer, The Believer, from Common; Harmony James releases Handfuls Of Sky, and the new album from Domino’s first French signing, Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains, E Volo Love. The Max Cavalera-led Soulfly release their eighth album, Enslaved, Friday 9 March. The Shins are releasing their fourth album, Port Of Morrow, in March.


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PLANET-APPROVED FESTIVAL

NOW IN ITS EIGHTH YEAR, THE BEAUTIFUL GLENWORTH VALLEY WILL HOST THE PEATS RIDGE FESTIVAL, BOASTING A HUGE LINE-UP OF INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL ACTS ONCE AGAIN. THIS INCLUDES, FOR THE FIRST TIME, XAVIER RUDD, WHO MICHAEL SMITH DISCOVERS IS QUITE THE SUSTAINABILITY ENTHUSIAST, IN KEEPING WITH THE FESTIVAL ETHOS. COVER AND FEATURE PICS BY CARINE THEVENAU.

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avier Rudd has to admit that he didn’t know terribly much about the environmental roots of the annual Peats Ridge Festival, now in its eighth year up in Glenworth Valley, “but the line-up looks great,” he tells Drum, sitting on a park bench across from the office wearing a floppy hat, a pair of jeans that have seen better days and a Sea Shepherd T-shirt – and no shoes of course. “I was looking at the line-up yesterday and it looks like an interesting festival.” Over the past few years, the emphasis for most punters going up to Peats Ridge has naturally been on the acts performing and so it is this year, where Rudd, playing his first Peats Ridge, will join another diverse and stellar line-up that includes: the recently once more multi-ARIA Award-winning Gotye; the UK’s Gemma Ray, Stanton Warriors and Passenger; Americans The Dum Dum Girls, Jim Ward and Hanni El Khatib; our own The Holidays, Sietta, Husky and far too many more to mention – 140 acts all up in fact performing over three days. Somehow there’s one very important word in the festival’s actual title that seems to have been overlooked a little in those past few years – Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival – and even Rudd, on being reminded of that, feels it’s something that should be emphasised and promoted more. As a socially conscious songwriter and as his T-shirt might suggest, Rudd has been involved with antiwhaling activist group Sea Shepherd for some five years and has also been active in the Save The Kimberley campaign. Last month he also played at a fundraiser for the Steve Irwin-founded Australia Zoo. “I built a sustainable house a few years ago that I’ve recently sold. It’s exciting; there’s a lot to learn in sustainability. I just wanted to do it. I wanted to learn some things and I had a piece of country in the bush where I wanted to build with the most minimal impact I could. It was still better before I built, but I built a beautiful house; it was straw bale, earth interior walls and all off the grid solar, standalone-style sewage system, tank water, so completely off the grid. It was amazing. It’s expensive; you’ve gotta wanna invest in it – it’s a lifestyle thing as well. It was really a great experience and I learnt a lot, especially about what you can’t do because the government hasn’t really got behind making it affordable for people to build that way. When I was building my place there were grants to build off the grid that got taken away. I was alright, but anything that was grid-connect, the government funding got pulled from it. “A sustainable festival is, first of all, very rare. I’ve played a number of festivals all over the world in the last ten years and it’s very rare to see sustainable initiatives being implemented, especially by the bigger festivals. It’s usually the smaller community-based stuff where people have a good approach in trying to be minimal, all the way to extremes like people pedal-powering the sound system. There’s one festival I played in America – I think it was in Colorado – where all of the 36 • THE DRUM MEDIA

sound system and the lights were all pedal-powered, so people would take it in turns to hop on the bikes and pedal the generator. That was pretty cool. “I find that it’s usually the community-based festivals like Peats Ridge obviously that start small and grow bigger, but have got that small community of conscious folks that start it up and I find the big ones that do have the money to implement more environmental awareness or sustainable programs or procedures to run the festival don’t usually. It’s a bit sad and you’d think that the music industry, of all our world industries, would be one that might try to take the forefront of that, but it’s definitely not happening. So yeah, long story short, it’s great to be part of something like Peats Ridge.” Peats Ridge began with something of a mission statement that the experience of coming to the festival was to raise awareness of ways to live more sustainably and therefore reduce not only the impact of the event on the site itself, but more broadly reduce its carbon footprint. To that end, the organisers turned to the UNSW Ecoliving Centre, based at the UNSW, under director Cameron Little, to help develop strategies that would ensure its sustainability. They were based on ISO 14001 – the international standard for establishing an environmental management system – and implemented an environmental audit from day one. That meant bringing everything from composting toilet facilities to using biodiesel and solar power to run the generators and showers. Peast Ridge also run an Ecoliving Village as part of the festival, with a full program of workshops, talks and films providing practical advice as well as the tools to help attendees

world, the way he’d set up that house, its footprint remained sustainable throughout his tenure. “It made me feel pretty toxic when I was on tour though,” the multi-instrumentalist admits, “going from that minimal, minimal impact to tour buses or aeroplanes and sound and lights and unavoidable garbage, packaging and crap that was always backstage. I find touring fairly toxic; I mean you can do things to make it better [buying carbon credits to offset for instance], but there’s not a lot of infrastructure in the towns that you go to that support any sustainability. It comes down to promoters and, like I said, local communities. If you get to a place and the promoter has got a set-up where they bring in washable dishes or whatever they do at their club, artists can come through and work with it and everyone’s happy, but it’s all about small community. Even though everybody’s consciousness of global warming and what we’re meant to do is there, people still don’t care. It’s the last thing on people’s minds a lot of the time and that’s a shame too.” It’s been just over 18 months since Rudd released his last album, Koonyum Sun, which he recorded with a South African rhythm section Izintaba. He’s spent much of the year playing festivals in the US, but he’s been working on a new album, Spirit Birds, which features the sounds of some 25 species of native birds woven into the aural fabric of the various songs, which he plans on releasing in May next year. “It’s a solo record but taking that whole solo thing that I’ve always done to a bit of another level. It’s definitely a new sound and I’m really inspired by it. It’s a bit more like themes, a bit more audiovisual – I thought I’d create

I FIND TOURING FAIRLY TOXIC. I MEAN YOU CAN DO THINGS TO MAKE IT BETTER, BUT THERE’S NOT A LOT OF INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE TOWNS THAT YOU GO TO THAT SUPPORT ANY SUSTAINABILITY.”

live a more sustainable life outside the festival. A third and longterm goal festival director Matt Grant set for the event at its beginning was, ultimately, as he told Drum in 2002, to put “all profits from the festival towards funding educational projects around sustainable food production, specifically in countries that are worse off than us”. As a result, Peats Ridge has been honoured with a number of awards including the 2010 Australian Event Award for Most Sustainable Event in Australia and, perhaps even more impressively, has been officially acknowledged by the UN for its work in Environmental Education. Peats Ridge is the only festival to be a Southern Hemisphere founding Partner in the UN’s Music And Environment Initiative. As to Rudd’s tilt at living sustainably, though he spends an enormous amount of time touring the

a visual thing that goes with it too. It’s the first album I’ve had, ever, in my whole career, where I’ve had time. I had a good six months to make it. I recorded it in Canada, by a lake in Ontario, and I’m mixing it in Sydney. “Every record I’ve made in the last ten years has usually been made in about three weeks, so I’ve never had time to really just sit on it and absorb all the possibilities. This album I’ve had that time and it’s cool. I’m really seeing the benefit in that. It’s going to be interesting.” WHO: Xavier Rudd WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 29 December, Peats Ridge Festival, Glenworth Valley

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There are, of course, a stack of organisations that have been fighting the good fight to try to offset the environmental damage caused by our seemingly unquenchable thirst for consumption, from the local to the global. Here are a few Xavier Ruddapproved organisations worth checking out.

SEA SHEPHERD

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international, non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organisation, whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. According to their mission statement, “Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.” They also accept volunteers: onshore to do all the stuff needed to keep an organisation going and also crew volunteers to hit the high seas on a Sea Shepherd ship.

PETA

You’ve probably seen the always provocative People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ ads, whether online or in print, where models or other role types, from NBA to rock stars, either drape themselves in meat or disrobe entirely to emphasise various slogans like “Ink, Not Mink” or take direct action to prevent scientific testing on animals or factory farming. The world’s largest animal rights organisation, PETA focuses on the four areas in which the largest number of animals suffer most intensely for the longest periods of time: the aforementioned factory farms, the clothing trade, laboratories and, you might be surprised to be reminded, the entertainment industry.

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION

Xavier Rudd played the Surfrider Foundationapproved Golden Days Festival this past November in Coolum Beach, Queensland, alongside The Cruel Sea, The Beautiful Girls and more. That festival also boasted its own Ecovillage as well as The Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge, which includes the world’s first green surf competition. Another non-profit organisation, the Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection of waves and beaches – essentially the sustainable management and use of the coastal zone – through conservation, activism, research and education.


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THE MODERN LIFE AFTER THE WORLDWIDE SUCCESS OF THEIR DEBUT AND THE TROUBLED GESTATION OF SECOND ALBUM KONK, BRITISH POP ROCKERS THE KOOKS TAKE A LEFT TURN WITH LATEST LP JUNK OF THE HEART. FRONTMAN LUKE PRITCHARD TALKS WITH KITT DI CAMILLO ABOUT FALLING OUT AND MOVING ON.

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ork began on the third album by The Kooks as early as mid-2009 amid a backdrop of uncertainty and frustration. The band’s second album Konk had continued on from the commercial success of their smash hit debut Inside In/Inside Out, but behind the scenes the group found themselves in disarray. Bass player Max Rafferty had exited the band under acrimonious circumstances and drummer Paul Garred was soon forced into quitting after nerve damage in his arm began to prevent him from playing at all. Initial recording sessions with noted producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Kasabian) had the band retreading old ground and were scrapped as the indie-pop quartet searched for a way to reinvigorate their music. The answer surprisingly came in the form of longtime producer Tony Hoffer. Having searched outside the box for a more modern take on their well established sound, the band ironically returned to the awardwinning American to help take them in a different direction. Known for his work with the prestigious likes of Beck, Air and Belle & Sebastian, Hoffer took a more prominent role with the band than ever before, setting frontman Luke Pritchard aside to write separately from the rest of the band. As Hoffer provided beats and sounds from his laptop for Pritchard to base his melodies around, the frontman relished in the new process and assembled the songs that became latest LP Junk Of The Heart. “We definitely wanted to do something quite different,” admits Pritchard. “The general idea that we had in the band was we wanted to do something very modern and use modern sounds to move away from our first two albums. We were very pure about the way we recorded on the first two albums, so we just thought we wanted to completely turn that over. But it took a while! We went with a different producer and [it] didn’t quite work out and then sort of weirdly went back with Tony Hoffer and ironically made something very much different. So it was a bit of a process really. I think the main thing for us is to

try to not lose what we are as a band – not lose the soul of the band – but also for it to be exciting to us and just try to do something completely different.” As the album started to take shape the band were bolstered by the news that Garred was ready to return. While not recovered enough to resume full tour duties, his bandmates were only too happy to welcome him back into the fold for the remainder of the recording sessions. “It was a weird situation ‘cause it wasn’t like we fell out or anything, it was like he literally couldn’t play, do you know what I mean?” laughs Pritchard. “So him coming back was a massive relief ‘cause it was like, ‘Fuckin’ hell, we’ve got our drummer back now!’ And we were keeping in contact and I was writing tunes with him the whole time, just on piano and guitar, so we didn’t lose that connection. It was literally – he just had this thing and he’s still struggling with it now, but he managed to play really well on the record.” Garred’s return was a massive boost for the group, who were still reeling from the departure of original bassist Rafferty. The combination of being signed to a major label after only three months of playing together and the unexpected success of Inside In/Inside Out meant The Kooks became multimillion-selling pop stars from very early on. The follow-up album’s obvious difficulties almost became a side note as the rock’n’roll lifestyle eventually claimed a victim in Rafferty. “I mean, our bass player’s a cocaine addict and all the problems that come with that”, laments Pritchard. “I still really love that record, we had some really good times, but we were all really falling out with Max. It was very difficult, man. I mean it’s just hard to make a record when you’re trying to pull a guy out of the pub all day, you know? He had some demons at that point and he’s a lot better now, which is good.” Having weathered the difficult second album and with new bassist Pete Denton in tow, Pritchard and founding members Garred and lead guitarist Hugh Harris approached their third LP with renewed confidence and ambition. Looking back, it’s clear that Konk provided

a harsh lesson for the still young four-piece. “We had a lot of pressures that we probably didn’t realise at the time. We just thought that everything was cool but then... I mean we were kind of rushed into the studio and we had had this huge record and it was kind of all a bit of a blur and in terms of the actual recording of the album I think we were all kind of feeling the weight of that. There’s obviously a lot of people involved and on [Junk Of The Heart] we learnt from that; like trying to strip that back. It was just us and Tony pretty much and one A&R guy coming in every now and then, but it wasn’t like tons of people coming through the studio all having an opinion.” Freed from the expectations of following their smash hit debut Junk Of The Heart is not so much a reinvention as a surprising modification of the group’s charmingly ragged rock’n’roll. A sharp, concise pop record dripping with memorable melodies, the album shows a comfortable growth for a band thrown into

the deep end at such a young age. “It’s hard to remember, really. I mean we were only kids,” reflects the frontman. “It’s amazing, you have some money as well – fuckin’ crazy, having a bank account! And we got to make a record and it was cool. I mean at the time I guess you just take it in your stride. It’s a very clichéd thing, but definitely in Brighton there was a lot of jealousies surrounding us getting a record deal and stuff like that, which really cut us out of the Brighton music scene. And that was difficult to begin with. You know, having friends of yours who were in bands and they all of a sudden become disgruntled with you for some reason. Things like that were kind of weird. But generally it was amazing; it was crazy.” WHO: The Kooks WHAT: Junk Of The Heart (Virgin/EMI) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 6 January, Hordern Pavilion

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GOSPEL LOVE

Martinez Productions present a wonderful night of feelgood music for the Christmas season! Darryl Beaton, the D1 Cartel, Buddy Siolo, the Martinez brothers and some very special guests combine for an evening of deeply funky, soulful gospel magic. Get your church on!

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THE MY TYS XMAS SKANK OUT!

Sydney’s favourite party ska band hit the stage for a big, big night of rude boy riddems and nutty madness.

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DJ-producer Krazy Kon Daris leads the charge in another huge night of Hellenic dance, with a big band and multiple spinners delivering the best in Australo-Greek disco.

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The Whitlams’ front man in a great night of intimate music, ranging from his classic hits through to some brilliant new material.

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Hanggai are incredible – delivering a perfect mixture of traditional Mongolian music and stripped back roots rock. Like nothing else in the world!

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DEVIL INSIDE LONDON’S PURVEYORS OF HELLISH INTENT THE JIM JONES REVUE SWEAT BLOOD, SPIT BILE AND ROCK LIKE THE UNNAMEABLE ONE HIMSELF. GUITARIST RUPERT ORTON INDUCTS BRENDAN TELFORD INTO THEIR HEDONISTIC WORLD FULL OF HEAT, SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION AND GRINDERMEN.

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he London music scene is a melting pot of ideas, nationalities and dreams, with many an artist slaving away in the dives and the cold with the notion of “making it big”. In these NME-charged times, it seems easy for a band to be elevated to the level of superstardom almost overnight, but it is just as easy to slip through the cracks, regardless of the talent and creativity on offer. What it often comes down to is being in the right climate – having the right sound and look for the right time. It’s a sad indictment on how the industry works, but is invariably true. This makes the popularity of a band like The Jim Jones Revue all the more celebratory. Formed after the titular Jones met Rupert Orton at a London club, the blues-ridden bar brawlers have a feral tenacity about the way they craft their deranged brand of rock’n’roll, with a trump card in Jones who is as much vaudeville ringmaster as he is magnetic frontman. London’s musical landscape isn’t usually forgiving of such a visceral beast, preferring its dubstep, massive-lunged chanteuses and plastic marketable rock to take centre stage, yet the band have carved their niche and are not going anywhere – even if it takes other nations to grasp it first. “The first country that really embraced what we were trying to do was France,” Orton explains. “We were playing television slots, radio, massive festival spots in Paris, then came back to England relatively unknown, playing these incredibly tiny clubs. That said, we stuck to what we knew. Looking back there probably were much easier ways of building an audience than the way we did, the way we played, but we felt passionate about it, so it was a case of incrementally building that up, bit by bit. We have MySpace and Twitter and the rest of it, but the only true way we knew how to do that was by touring.” Never ones to let opportunities slip, The Jim Jones Revue are incessant touring monsters, ensuring that for the word to be spread, they have to be “on” all the time. “We only just came off the road for a bit of a break and it was literally our first break in over two years.

That’s clocking up some serious miles. What it is also doing though is making you better. Us as The Jim Jones Revue just get better and better at doing what we do. It fuels itself; it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Such a statement then lends itself to ruminations on the other aspect of being the musician, the recording process. With so much vitriol and energy squeezed out every time they hit the stage, Orton admits that there is only one way to approach it – and it’s the same way as every other facet of the band is taken on. “It’s just live – we take what we do live and we transport that wholly into the studio. Obviously it can be more technically involved, you have overdubs and whatever, but when you listen to Burning The House Down, the energy and excitement is still there. We discovered this early on, before we even recorded our first album. We rented out a studio and we did it the normal way – laying down drums, vocals, guitar, all in segments. It did not work! It did not capture anything about who we were. It seems obvious now, but we had to come to the realisation that playing live was exactly who we are, and so when we tried that everything clicked.” This tour marks the band’s second sojourn to Australia and the fact that it coincides with the summer months is not a coincidence. “This time last year we were finishing a tour of Europe, which ended in Scandinavia and there was snow everywhere. We thought that at least we can get back to England for a bit for a little less snow before heading to Australia, just as we were hit with a record snowdrift. So when we headed to Australia for the Big Day Out we couldn’t wait to warm up a bit.” And warm up they did, with their hedonistic swamp rock making its mark on a myriad of new fans. The Jim Jones Revue were a real bolt out of the blue for most punters, yet Orton was just as surprised at how quickly people jumped on board. “We were really surprised how the popularity of the band took off in Australia. From the release of the record to doing a load of sideshows and obviously the Big Day Out festival, we pushed it hard, but the reception was

amazing. It was such a great experience for us. We were also so fortunate in that we were playing this bill that also included The Stooges, Grinderman, Primal Scream – just all of these influences all in one place. It was just fantastic; we had a whale of a time.”

into their manic, rollicking performances puts most other pretenders of their ilk in the shade. And just like their influences, these devilish manoeuvres are not mere choreography – Orton promises that what is witnessed on stage is the real Faustian deal.

Whilst meeting these idols helped sweeten the deal, Orton intimates that the connections were already in place with Grinderman and Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos producing their Burning The House Down album. Having him on board helped to further highlight the kindred spirits that Nick Cave and co. are to the band.

“Quite frighteningly we find it easy to get into that feverish state,” he laughs. “When I used to promote shows, the majority were old Mississippi bluesmen, in their seventies, eighties, even early nineties and you got such a sense of excitement and charisma and power in what they were doing. I couldn’t see any of that in the younger bands that were popular in London at the time, so basically what we envisioned was a reactionary stance to that, about how boring we found the state of things. I can’t see any other way to go about it. Jim felt the same, the others in the band felt the same. If we could take just a small part of what we experienced when we were younger and bring that, then that’s a success. But as it is, we know no other way other than to play one hundred percent and then explode on stage.”

“For us the first Grinderman record was a really important release, because when we were originally putting the band together we were looking for what would make rock’n’roll exciting to perform, to watch and to experience, but there wasn’t really something like that happening. Suddenly Grinderman came out of nowhere and it was great to see Nick Cave embrace something that for me was as exciting as the beginning and some of the things he did with The Birthday Party. Until we went on the [Big Day Out] tour, I hadn’t met the other guys and to be able to meet them and chat, it was obvious that we were in many ways kindred spirits, if not before then definitely after.” High aspirations create higher pedestals to fall from, but the unbridled passion that the band puts

WHO: The Jim Jones Revue WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 5 January, Annandale Hotel

BUILDING VOCABULARY SEATTLE FOLK HEROES FLEET FOXES ARE RETURNING DOWN UNDER OFF THE BACK OF THEIR STUNNING SECOND ALBUM HELPLESSNESS BLUES. KEYBOARD PLAYER CASEY WESCOTT SPEAKS TO BEN PREECE TO DISCUSS THE ALBUM AND FOLLOWING UP A BEHEMOTH.

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t’s hard to argue that the debut self-titled album from Seattle’s Fleet Foxes was any less than just one of those albums. It breathed new life into a genre that some would say was dormant, launched another indie outfit to the forefront of music and created a plethora of followers who were hooked by the reverb-drenched, melodically-rich and stunning soundscapes that Fleet Foxes not only effortlessly created, but also made cool again. Where could they possibly take this sound on their second album? How would they keep it exciting? And could they do it again? Well with a resounding ‘YES’, Fleet Foxes dropped Helplessness Blues in May of this year and quickly chalked another stunning record. “It’s always surprising,” laughs Casey Westcott humbly of the band’s success a second time around, “especially under our circumstances of not playing a show for a year, not doing anything. We toured for so long on the first record, we really had to break away and take the time to work on new material and go through the process of making a new record. That process generally takes a long time – it took about the same amount of time as the first one. Given that and all things considered, we made this record in a vacuum. I mean, we weren’t playing much of the material live beforehand, we weren’t rehearsing it, we were just writing it in the studio. An artefact of that process, which I think worked and appropriate for making this record, was that no one else was going to hear it until it’s done and we had no idea how people are going to respond at all. But people have been really, I feel, positive – they’ve been coming to the shows and coming up after the shows. We’ve also been very enthusiastic about playing it and giving these songs an interesting and evolved presentation of the song that fits who we are now.” It’s safe to say that Fleet Foxes, the debut album, was a success on every level. But as Westcott explains, success doesn’t always come with consequences – it had both negative and positive repercussions on the seemingly lengthy creation of Helplessness Blues. “The success of the first record definitely pushed out when we started working on what would become 40 • THE DRUM MEDIA

Helplessness Blues and it pushed that out by a good amount – like three years. That was one consequence of the enthusiasm behind the first record as there just wasn’t enough time to work on the next one creatively, even though that’s where our heart was. We finished recording the first one six or seven months before it was released and so we’re sort of in this situation, due to scheduling and whatnot, where we want to start on the next project even before the next one is released. “A positive consequence of its success was that were able to have more resources when recording the new record, whether it was finding cool instruments or just spending time in the studio recording things until they were right, not until they were good enough while considering constraints.” The “cool instruments” he refers to weren’t just a run of the mill variation on the guitar, bass, keys and drums stereotype either. A 12-string guitar, a hammered dulcimer, an upright bass, wood flute, timpani, Moog synthesiser, a tamboura, the fiddle, clarinet, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, Tibetan singing bowls and a vibraphone all played their part. “A lot of the songs originated with Robin [Pecknold] singing and playing the guitar and having a very singular sound,” Westcott explains. “He and the guitar would often have a full and complete sound and so I would try and come up with smaller instruments that would, in perspective, make that voice and guitar be the focus and the centre. Perspective like a large object versus a small object; smaller sounds like singing bowls or music boxes or various things like that seem to add the right type of relative space within the other instruments.” These different instruments helped create a deeper and more intricate album; one that can find new sounds with repeated listens. The soundscape never detracts from vocalist Pecknold or the gospel, trancelike wall of harmonies the band projects. Westcott reveals his sidekick role in the process is certainly not one to be underestimated. “There are some times where I’d be working on an idea, just alone at home

and I wasn’t sure what the others would think. You know, when you work with other people, you’re very in-tune to what they’re thinking about the state of the song and other ideas as far as instrumentation, orchestration and tone. When you go home, you absorb that and you think of ideas to bring to the table that hopefully the other guys find appealing and solve the musical problem. There’d be times when I felt I came up with something that was appealing to the other people and filled some of those gaps. “At least that was what I was always trying to do and some of those things worked. There was one of those songs on Helplessness Blues where I basically got to get an improvisation across the line. That was one moment that worked; they don’t all work overall. You just have to keep trying and you’ll find successes that are appealing but not obvious to the other folks. It’s a real discovery process and that’s why our records take so long – there’s the song and there’s discovering different aspects of the song, getting to know it and being warm on it,” he explains.

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Fleet Foxes’ live show is utterly captivating and finally they are bringing their earthy, harmony-driven sound to Australia off the back of Helplessness Blues. Westcott reveals that touring is still something you have to learn to do successfully. “We’ve being doing this for a while, so I think that we have and are always building vocabulary to communicate with each other and also to give each other the space that everyone inherently likes to have that vanishes when you’re on a tour with a ton of different people. Sometimes there are hiccups and different things, but I think that we all have the communication skills and the respect to care for each other as people to kind of persevere circumstantial difficulties between folks.” WHO: Fleet Foxes WHAT: Helplessness Blues (Bella Union/Sub Pop/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: Monday 2 – Wednesday 4 January, Concert Hall Sydney Opera House


A CROSS TO BEAR THE WORLD’S BEEN WAITING A WHILE FOR ALBUM NUMBER DEUX FROM JUSTICE. THOUGH, AS AAROM WILSON DISCOVERS FROM ONE HALF OF THE DUO, GASPARD AUGÉ, WE WON’T HAVE TO WAIT LONG TO BE THE FIRST IN THE WORLD TO SEE THEIR NEW REIGN OF RELIGIOUS DANCE SERMONS TAKING PLACE.

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f music is a religion, Justice have amassed a cult-like following of devoted worshippers to their church of noise. Bursting the world’s eardrums with the distortion-heavy, intense crunchy beats of Waters Of Nazareth in 2005, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay’s Justice project was soon a leading force in the heavy electro surge that saw disco being deconstructed and destructed. Signed to Ed Banger, their Grammy-nominated 2007 debut album † (aka Cross) saw a constant firing of tunes that were practically unavoidable on dancefloors for a few years running, from the punchin-the-face power of Waters, Genesis and Phantom to the upbeat feel-goodness of D.A.N.C.E and DVNO (feat. Mehdi, R.I.P.), all while their track with Simian, We Are Your Friends, saw seething moshpits still shouting along in unison. Yet it wasn’t just their music that made an impact, it was their whole appearance. Yes, there was something unfathomably cool about the leather-jacketed Frenchmen; something permeating all aspects of their produce from Grammynominated videos to Marshall speaker-stacked stage shows.

WE ARE MAKING MUSIC THAT PROVIDES SIMPLE EMOTIONS WITHOUT CARING TOO MUCH ABOUT BEING ELECTRO OR ROCK.”

“We are fascinated with the visual aspect of music and we are just trying to enter that ourselves by making it as we would like to see it from another band for our pleasure,” responds Gaspard Augé in slightly broken English on a quiet sounding Friday night in Paris. “Obviously it’s a marketing thing. Everything you do, from the way you dress to the way that you choose your record artwork or your videos, obviously it’s marketing. But for us it’s just different to be involved in the whole process of making images. For example, we are so happy to hear the record without our name on it – without even the title – and just the pure image we find beautiful and it is the same for the videos.” Augé is speaking of the artwork for their recently released second album Audio, Video, Disco; simply an image of a cross, deplete of any of the usual album signage. Casting off the Christian chains, the powerful symbol now has enough people relating it to Justice for the record company to deem the wordless cover economically viable. “It just came naturally when we released our first EP,” he explains of Justice’s cross symbol genesis. “We wanted to draw a parallel between the energy you can feel in a church - the feeling you can experience in a mass or something - and the energy you can sense in a club, because it is like a gathering feeling… Also the cross is visually deep in the middle of the world of Justice, it was just perfect for us just like a pop symbol; just like Madonna or George Michael.” While Madge and Georgie might seem unusual icons for Justice to refer to, Augé and de Rosnay spend much of their media time seemingly trying to dissuade interviewers from thinking their music is inspired by – and for – dancefloors, but rather by their “extremely wide range of music tastes”. Their latest album unquestionably moves away from an electronic product to a more organic, ‘70s rock influenced sound, surprising many. While expectations were high for the long-awaited second album, Augé was apparently oblivious. “In the end we were really kind of freed from any style or pressure as we didn’t really know what people expected from us and I guess it’s a good thing in the sense that we were just able to do the music we wanted to do at the time. And for us we are just making music that provides very simple emotions without caring too much about being electro or rock or… For us it’s just like modern pop music that we did not have to stick too much to a specific genre.” Whilst it would be a disappointing evolution if Justice just put out more of the same, so far the critical reaction to Audio, Video, Disco’s new directions have been mixed. It’s certainly more of an actual album than, as Augé puts it, a collection of tracks that were “from one extreme to another” and perhaps this has also played a part in leaving some of their devoted following scratching their heads and wondering how to dance to the less instantaneously effective tunes. So does he feel that, once the initial dust of surprise settles down, people will get the album? “Yeah, I really hope so,” Augé pensively contemplates. “Maybe the new record is a bit less straightforward than the first one. But we really hope that it’s a record that can grow on people and I really hope it has some more substance and that it can be listened to a few times to get into it. So, time will tell, hopefully. “It’s because we have just a very romantic and ‘nice’ vision of music,” Augé adds, beginning to sell his new baby as still a natural evolution. “In a way it’s just like your emotion for aggression – it’s still the same emotional concern, like it goes from epic mess to a melancholy. And it’s always the thing we try to achieve; it’s always in-between powerful feelings and also this idea of making more romanticism. It’s just like when you’re kissing your girl.” Augé is enthusiastic when talking of the live experience, however he plays his cards close to his chest as to what we can expect when they let Australians be the first to see Justice’s new live shows. With Augé and de Rosnay having honed their trad-instrument skills whilst creating Audio, Video, Disco, can we expect some shredding on stage? “Uhhhh, no I’m not sure if we are going to play guitar on stage because we are not confident enough nor instrumentally skilled, but we are just rehearsing at the moment so time will tell if we can just try and slip it in maybe,” Augé laughs. “We are just gonna do a kind of upgraded version of the first one because we specifically like the role of the visual side of it, in terms of lights and everything… It’s just very theatrical… We just want to give them what they are expecting, which is more or less like blood, sweat and tears.” WHO: Justice WHAT: Audio, Video, Disco (Ed Banger/Warner) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 1 January, Field Day, The Domain

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NEVER STOP TOURING FROM SUPER CREEPY COVERS TO VAMPIRE CEREMONIES, AUSTRALIA WELCOMES BACK THE DRESDEN DOLLS AFTER A LONG ABSENCE. VOCALIST AMANDA PALMER TALKS TO WARWICK GOODMAN.

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t’s around about dinner time in Boston, Massachusetts, and it’s cold out, but Amanda Palmer is cosy in her apartment. She’s just now returned from a day of shooting a film clip with her solo-project band. An eerie one, too. “My new band just did a cover song of Nirvana’s Polly for a Nevermind compilation for Spin Magazine. And we just filmed a really, really sick and creepy video for it.” The original is a pretty creepy song. “Yeah, it is a super creepy song and our cover of it makes it like 160 times more creepy. It was available online for a little while through Spin and now I’m re-releasing it. It’s some of the creepiest music I’ve ever made.” Palmer is quite well-mannered and easygoing for someone who is often known by the moniker, Amanda ‘Fucking’ Palmer. She is looking forward to coming to Australia with The Dresden Dolls this summer and welcomes the warm change from the presently biting Boston. “Yeeaaahhh,” she croaks softly, as if thinking about it feels good, “That’s the idea. I chase the warm. I’m really not a fan of the cold in any way, shape or form.” She says that Boston is cold, but not as bad as Montreal or Toronto. This makes sense at the time, but on second thought, these cities she mentions are in Canada and so the comparison doesn’t quite ride. Pedantry aside, there’s a reason for her to be longing to get down here again, as it’s been a while between visits for her band. “I think the last time we came to Australia was 2006,” she explains, “and that would’ve been on the Yes, Virginia tour. It was a fantastic tour. I’m really excited to bring the band back.” The patient fans of The Dresden Dolls can expect a killer setlist when they come here in January, although Palmer admits that often even she doesn’t know precisely what will transpire on a tour until it does. “We’re not planning any new releases. We’re pretty much gonna play a bunch of favourites and we always put together some crazy covers for every tour we do and try to keep them really unique to that tour. And, you know, usually what Brian [Viglione, drums] and I do is we think we know what we’re gonna do and then two days before a tour one of us gets a nut-balls idea

and we wind up doing crazy things that we never planned to do. So, you know, there are always weird surprises that we’re not actually aware of until we actually hit the road. But yeah, we’re not planning for a new record; we’re basically going on tour so we can play with each other and connect with the fans.” Palmer is not only looking forward to the warm weather, she’s also coming here for her first Australian Christmas, porch drinking and all. “Well I’m going to be in Melbourne for a long stretch. Neil [Gaiman, her husband and writer] and I are heading down in midDecember and then I’m gonna do my first Christmas in Australia, which I’m really excited about. I’ve been totally inspired by Tim Minchin and I have this vision of all of Australia sitting out on their porches getting tanked on white wine and loving each other.” The couple are planning a secret New Year’s Eve party that will be announced on the internet and open to the clued-in public. “I’m really excited about New Year’s in Melbourne. Neil and I are gonna throw a crazy party. Just tell people to keep their eyes open, keep their eyes on the internet because Neil and I will be announcing a weird New Year’s party. It’ll be open to the public, it’ll be really small and we’ll just Twitter and blog where people can get tickets.” The Dresden Dolls will be playing at theatre venues on their Australian tour that will suit the band’s raw but dramatic live show brilliantly. But what about the strangest place The Dresden Dolls have played? Palmer laughs before responding, “Oh God,” as she cruises through a sea of memories. “We have played some weird fucking gigs, especially back in our early days. We once played a private vampire ceremony in New York City. For real! People who actually, you know, they believed they were vampires and were doing Satanic rituals and we thought it was hilarious. We’ve done some really strange gigs. And we’ve played some really dodgy clubs. But we’ve also played some stunning places. We’ve played the Royal Festival Hall in London and we’ve played Red Rock in Colorado, which is just the world’s most beautiful natural amphitheatre.”

Although they took a long break from playing together while Palmer made her first solo album and then toured it for over a year, the two members of The Dresden Dolls did not have trouble getting back into playing their much-loved songs. “That music is in our fucking DNA. I mean, the great thing about The Dresden Dolls, because we’re just two people and it’s very stripped down, that stuff never gets boring. And we’ve never felt like we have to just phone in a gig, because we just keep improvising with each other and we make songs interesting and it’s just always fun, you know? There’s really nothing in our catalogue that we get bored of.” And why have they come back to play more shows? “Our plan was never to stop

touring. I knew I wanted to take a big long break to make my solo record. But then we went on a tour in the States last fall, which was fantastic and I think our plan [now] is to just play where we feel like, when we feel like and right now we’re gonna do Australia.” She chuckles, perhaps with the realisation of their lucky stars, for it’s a fine situation The Dresden Dolls have got for themselves. WHO: The Dresden Dolls WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 7 January, Enmore Theatre

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2011: A NATION DECIDES ANOTHER MOMENTOUS YEAR OF RECORDED MUSIC, GIGS, BROAD/PODCASTS, TV SHOWS, MOVIES AND COUNTLESS HOURS OF ONLINE PROCRASTINATION IS FINALLY COMING TO AN END, AND THE WRITERS OF STREET PRESS AUSTRALIA HAVE KINDLY RACKED THEIR BRAINS FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE NATIONAL CAPITALS TO HELP YOU REMEMBER (OR LEARN ABOUT, IF YOU WERE HANGING IN A REMOTE CAVE SOMEWHERE) THE BEST BITS OF 2011. IF YOU ONLY READ ONE END OF YEAR LIST THIS YEAR, MAKE IT THIS ONE. WELL GO ON – START READING! “The King Of Limbs is the rawest and most unpredictable Radiohead album to date – and that is something to enjoy. For these very same reasons, however, The King Of Limbs is also perhaps the band’s most flippant and weightless album to date – and, while an intriguing novelty, that is somewhat disappointing.” Matt O’Neill, Time Off Issue 1515. 5. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE “We actually recorded it about a year and a half ago. We recorded it in one day and then it was just a process of... Shogun wasn’t happy with a couple of vocal tracks so he was back in for another couple of gos, going back and recording with a couple of different people and then... It was just a matter of getting the record to sound the way that we’d sort of envisioned and do the songs justice really.” Joe Sukit (Royal Headache), Inpress Issue 1199. “It’s fuzzy and murky and makes you want to slow dance and drink cheap wine and get bad tattoos and start that book – but only after another glass of that rough red – and grab a tambourine and grow your hair and hit the beach. Put simply: it’s the soundtrack to a damn good time.” Dave Drayton, The Drum Media Issue 1087. 6. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 1. Bon Iver BON IVER

“Every song came pretty slowly and I amended them over many, many months – like years for a couple of them. Almost all of them were a year in the process, as far as getting them up and then massaging it into place both lyrically and musically, so I can’t really say – each one’s a little bit different, but they all took a really long time and musically and lyrically they were all kind of swirling all together. I mean I wanted to finish it – it was exciting the idea of finishing the album – but I didn’t really know what the album was until I finished it, so I had to wait. I had times of frustration, but mostly it was just exciting that I knew that I was unravelling and unfurling whatever it was going to become.” Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), The Drum Media Issue 1064. “Opener Perth, the seeds of which were sewn during Bon Iver’s inaugural Australian tour, packs all the things that differentiate this album from the first in one fell swoop – electric guitars rise and fall and are backed by a marching drum beat before Vernon’s idiosyncratic voice slots neatly into place. But this seemingly constant force has evolved too; here it is clearer, strained further and more-creatively layered.” Rick Bryant, The Drum Media Perth Issue 243. “It was a matter of great worry whether or not Vernon could follow For Emma, Forever Ago with anything nearly as moving. Those concerns were unnecessary, because this album is an experience that not only equals but surpasses its predecessor, soundtracking pure and intense emotion in a way that is always redeeming, no matter how much it might hurt.” Giselle Nguyen, The Drum Media Issue 1064. Previous Winners: The Suburbs ARCADE FIRE (2010), Veckatimest GRIZZLY BEAR (2009), Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (2008) 2. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY “I was very aware of trying to get the balance right. I didn’t want to dip into using language that was too dogmatic or selfimportant, finger-pointing or opinionated. I wanted to present quite an ambiguous narrative that could be read in different ways and leave an openness. Basically I wanted to work towards what’s not being said, as opposed to what is said.” PJ Harvey, The Drum Media Issue 1048. 2

“Harvey and her merry men borrow as they like throughout the 12 tracks, incorporating pieces of The Police, Russian folk tunes and military bugle calls amongst others, working them together to create what can only be a PJ Harvey album. The samples don’t stand out or detract from what Harvey does but instead contribute to the whole composition. That willingness to appropriate and mix keeps things strangely original and playful in another wise darker album than most. It also keeps Let England Shake grounded despite its flights of invention.” Jason Kenny, The Drum Media Perth Issue 228. 3. James Blake JAMES BLAKE “The main misconception of people has been that I am trying to mix styles or I am trying to bring dubstep to singer-songwriter people or pop or mainstream to dubstep or pop people or some sort of laboratory experiment. It’s irrelevant. I am just trying to make music I like and when it goes on record and gets sent to shops and distributors, at that point people will either buy it or they won’t, dubstep fans will either buy it or they won’t or pop fans will either buy it or they won’t so then it becomes this dubstep or post-dubstep or post-pop/experimental/ leftfield/populist/sell-out/underground…” James Blake, 3D World Issue 1061. “His debut album James Blake is subtle, spare and spacey. Blake appreciates the power of silence, with effects deployed for texture. Blake’s vocals are pitch-shifted, but never mechanical.” Cyclone, Inpress Issue 1183. 4. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD “On their eighth album Radiohead return to the experimental nature of Kid A and Amnesiac – perfectly melding the electronic and the analogue – contributing a fine inclusion to the band’s oeuvre and an album that’s instantly a modern classic. The King Of Limbs is an incredibly rich listening experience, the most intimate record Radiohead have released yet, with the angst and paranoia of old present, yet making way for the spiritual and psychological, which takes centre stage here. Stunning stuff.” DCR, The Drum Media Issue 1048.

“M83’s double-sided epic Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming sounds like how your bloodstream felt at your sixth birthday party when you got double dared into drinking a cupful of skittles dissolved in Mountain Dew. If that makes you queasy, leave Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming on the shelf. If that sounds like an inspired idea for a mixer with cheap vodka, then go buy this record.” Callum Twigger, The Drum Media Perth Issue 261.

9. SBTRKT SBTRKT “When you’re combining the two worlds – the dance trend has always been strong with me – but finding the balance between the two is the challenge. I love songs and song based stuff and putting those two together is where my strength lies or what my SBTRKT mission is about.” Aaron Jerome (SBTRKT), The Drum Media Issue 1081. “SBTRKT’s production beds are simple, uncluttered yet always beautifully arranged, dark and foreboding yet spacious and with plenty of melodies to cling to.” Gloria Lewis, The Drum Media Issue 1067. 10. Adalita ADALITA “It’s not like I’ve gone extremely mellow or anything. I still feel like it’s quite intense, but I recognise that there will be Magic Dirt fans that don’t like it. Then again there will be others for whom it’s not too big a leap.” Adalita, Inpress Issue 1164. “Melancholy or maudlin might be a tad strong, or even have negative connotations, but this release is emotive, poignant, heartfelt, open, raw and ultimately a tour de force.” The Boomeister, Inpress Issue 1164.

“There’s a childlike sense of musical discovery, pure creative expression and imagination inspiring dreamscapes crammed into this album by Anthony Gonzalez’ M83. Similar hyperbole has been heaped upon pretty much everything M83 has released, but HUWD represents the perfect culmination of a decade’s worth of experimenting and refining his sounds and ideas – almost as if it was all building up to this masterpiece.” Chris Yates, Time Off Issue 1548. 7. Making Mirrors GOTYE “I just tried to explore different avenues, I suppose, to try and make a record that sounded different to the last album. Some experiments worked, some didn’t, and some ended up on the album, some didn’t, but I still went in lots of different directions at the same time to see what would end up coming back together again at the end.” Wally De Backer (Gotye), The Drum Media Issue 1082. “Somebody That I Used To Know is the Heart’s A Mess we all secretly feared he couldn’t remake. The lyric “I don’t even need your love, but you treat me like a stranger, and it feels so rough” truly hurts to listen to, it’s so present and unabashed and in the moment of that alltoo familiar pain.” Sam Hobson, Time Off Issue 1544. 8. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES “I think there are definitely places to go from here; it’s not like some masterpiece which just leaves us without any ideas. I feel like we went away for a bit and have done our job. I’m happy with it, but it doesn’t feel like the end of the line.” Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Time Off Issue 1524. “Fortunately, for those with faith in the band, particularly the songwriting and arranging acumen of its key creative lynchpin and frontman Robin Pecknold, it’s also no surprise that the band’s second album is an unmitigated triumph of skill and talent over pressure and adversity.” Steve Bell, Time Off Issue 1524.

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MISCELLANEOUS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA A few of the SPA team started to feel a bit, umm, experienced when Nirvana’s Nevermind got decked out for a special 20th Anniversary Edition, but all the bonus bells-and-whistles attached to it really did was underline just how amazing Messrs Cobain, Novoselic and Grohl’s seminal grunge genre-definer really was – and still is. For some, the reissue meant they could finally assure themselves of a copy of the record bearing the often forgotten hidden track Endless, Nameless. For others, the bonus discs (one with the Deluxe Edition and a whopping three with the Super Deluxe Edition) provided an opportunity to dig into the anatomy of the songs via (in some cases very) rough demos, Butch Vig’s mix (aka The Devonshire Mixes) before Andy Wallace had the final twiddle of the knobs and hear the gig that soundtracked the accompanying Live At The Paramount film. For most, it was all about attacking a classic with fresh ears and confirming that it had, indeed, aged very gracefully. Honourable Mentions: A little more modern but still fairly retrospective, Icelandic outfit Sigur Rós featured tracks from across their career on the Inni live CD/DVD (or mp3/vinyl/Blu-ray, depending on your technological tastes) and appealed to SPA’s post-rock fraternity in a big way. While it doesn’t even have a physical release in Australia as yet, Cliff Martinez (and a handful of others) impressed many with the soundtrack of Drive (more on that later). Brian Wilson’s wacky vision for The Beach Boys finally surfaced with the long-awaited Smile Sessions, and Spanish DJ/producer Henry Saiz proved that there was still life in progressive house yet with his Balance 019 compilation. Previous Winners: Inaugural year for this category.


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EDITORS’ PICKS

PORTISHEAD

(AKA THE ROYAL HEADACHE APPRECIATION SOCIETY)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR ONLINE DESTINATION OF THE YEAR Facebook

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Portishead

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA If anyone can seriously claim they knew Gotye would not only pen the year’s most played tune but challenge the chart-topping supremacy of Savage Garden in the process, we’d say they must have got all Back To The Future Part II on things and snuck a copy of the 2025 Almanac into the DeLorean on their last trip back to our time. Somebody That I Used To Know is an unlikely chart-topper, a torch song for love gone awry which builds over a repetitive plucked guitar motif before erupting into a chorus straight out of the Peter Gabriel/ Sting playbook – not that there’s anything wrong with that. Kimbra’s appearance in the closing stages of the song (and eye-catching clip) proved to be a star-maker, with her own album Vows dropping to rapturous applause shortly after. Everybody wins. Honourable Mentions: It really was Gotye/Kimbra first, daylight second here, though Bon Iver came closest to toppling the local connection with his own heart-breaker Holocene. Thankfully 2011 wasn’t all reach for the tissues territory though, with the thunderous toms of Florence + The Machine’s Shake It Out managing to shake some of the morose vibes out of our writers before we got all weepy again with Adele’s Someone Like You impossible to split from The Horrors’ Still Life and M83’s epic Midnight City. Previous Winners: Fuck You CEE LO GREEN (2010), Sweet Disposition THE TEMPER TRAP (2009), Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (2008)

While many music fans bemoan the absence of Radiohead from Australian stages since the early noughties and just as many wonder when Weezer will finally make it back down under, it’s hard to argue with Portishead’s first visit since 1997 as the most anticipated tour of the year. As the marquee act of the inaugural Harvest festival (subtitled The Gathering in Melbourne) and headliners in their own right on the west coast, the ethereal Beth Gibbons and the big band which accompanied her delivered on all fronts, a sparse, ghostlike reading of Wandering Star proving that Australian festival crowds and the concept of reverent silence were far from the mutually exclusive concepts many feared they had become. The brief will-they-or-won’t-they-play drama in the lead-up just heightened the suspense. Honourable Mentions: Harvest scored the quinella here, with The National coming in not far behind their co-headliners – though some of the SPA team no doubt caught them when they came through the country on the back of the Falls Festival as 2010 ticked over to 2011. Sufjan Stevens fans were delighted to catch the indie-pop maestro showcasing his The Age Of Adz album, while the final position was shared by the heavy dirge of Holy Fuck’s trek around the nation for Laneway, and Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters taking their stadium rock where it belongs. (Stadiums, for those playing at home). Previous Winners: Metallica (2010), Neil Young (2009), Rage Against The Machine (2008) GRINDERMAN

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AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Grinderman

ARTIST OF THE YEAR Gotye

The juggernaut that began with Somebody That I Used To Know just continued rolling for Gotye from there, with Wally De Backer confirming himself as the second most famous Wally in Australia (or first if you’re not from Queensland) off the back of the ensuing Making Mirrors long-player. The accolades throughout 2011 have probably even caught De Backer himself off guard, but six ARIA Awards tell the tale of what has been an outstanding year for the Melbourne-based multiinstrumentalist, both commercially and critically. Even uber-hipster US music portal Pitchfork got in on the act, awarding Making Mirrors a score of 7.7 in a review which gushed that he “hearkens back to a time when the crop of middlebrow male pop stars wasn’t so lousy with simpering troubadours or assembly-line idols” – as good a back-handed compliment as you could hope for from a website which crushes as many artists as it breaks.

With Nick Cave announcing that his band of not-somerry men was disbanding after the 2011 Meredith Music Festival, it’s just as well so many of the SPA team caught them in action around the country in 2011 – firstly at the Big Day Out and a series of side shows, then their headline performance at the return of Homebake to Sydney in December. “Is Nick Cave just reliving 1978?” The Drum Media’s Ross Clelland asked of that performance. “Maybe, but if so it’s the best midlife crisis ever.” Inpress Assistant Ed Bryget Chrisfield was there at the Meredith finale and was equally spellbound. “Grinderman leave the crowd swaying, lurching and gasping throughout their entire set as the band obediently follows Cave’s unpredictable lead… Chastising countless victims throughout Kitchenette, Cave points his finger in many voracious faces. Simultaneously terrifying and tantalising, Cave embodies the demon Seed and many are gutted when he announces this gig marks the end of Grinderman.” But is the ending just the beginning repeating? Sounds plausible to us.

Honourable Mentions: The writers of our sadly defunct dance music bible 3D World tipped James Blake as one of their artists of the year in 2010 before he had an album to his name – in 2011, his self-titled debut ensured that our other publications’ writers (and the rest of the world) caught on to his post-dubstep soul as well. The Album Of The Year list was fairly closely mirrored here, with PJ Harvey, Bon Iver and Royal Headache impressing many with their output, and although Kurt Vile was just outside the Top 10 list there, his Smoke Ring For My Halo long-player got him a nod in this category.

Honourable Mentions: The Drones know a thing or two about fire-and-brimstone live performances themselves, and their return to more regular gigging following solo spells from Gareth Liddiard and Mike Noga was as well-received as ever. Their goldcertified debut album Prisoners didn’t tickle our writers’ fancies but The Jezabels’ presence in the live arena was noticed, as were The Middle East who must’ve given Grinderman some ideas by breaking up on-stage at Splendour In The Grass. Boy & Bear wrapped up the top five.

Previous Winners: The National (2010), Lady Gaga (2009), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (2008)

Previous Winners: Tame Impala (2010), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (2009), The Drones (2008)

If 2011 proved anything about Facebook, it proved its resilience. Google+ arrived with much fanfare but was forgotten just as quickly as millions threatened to jump ship before realising they’d be busier over at MySpace saying “thanks for the add”. Some unnecessary changes shortly after the launch of G+ caused the usual shitstorm of indignant rage, but when the dust settled we all went on oversharing like it didn’t matter that our information was being stored in a database which will one day create cyborgs that take over the world. Maybe. Honourable Mentions: Our writers have taken to Twitter like feathered creatures to aquatic bodies – because let’s face it, getting that re-tweet for someone you’ve never heard of is better than the best sex you’ll ever have, if not better. YouTube continued to be a boon both for musical research (what our team should’ve used it for) and miscellaneous lols (what they did use it for), while Pitchfork,SoundCloud and Mess+Noise brought up the rear. Previous Winners: Facebook (2010), Facebook (2009), Facebook (2008)

RADIO SHOW/PODCAST OF THE YEAR Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J

Stu Harvey’s Short.Fast.Loud is back at the top – a deserved nod for consistently producing what one staffer sagely declared “the only national punk show worth its salt”. The show’s annual Listeners’ Poll is widely regarded as the list for all things punk and hardcore, and the fact that Harvey’s own 2011 top ten and that of his listeners both repped Defeater, La Dispute, Touché Amoré, Balance And Compsure and Frenzal Rhomb shows how close his finger is to the pulses of his listeners. Or how similar his ears are to theirs. Honourable Mentions: Triple J seems to be the only station our writers turn to in times of need – or at least when they’re getting themselves warmed up for the day with the breakfast combo of Tom And Alex, or feeding their brains at the end of a long day with current affairs half hour Hack, or letting Richard Kingsmill run them through the freshest releases on 2011. While community radio shows polled strong locally (and programs hosted by our staffers in Sydney and Brisbane did particularly well), only Out To Lunch on Perth’s RTR managed to sneak into our top five, just ahead of The King.

1. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA 3. SBTRKT SBTRKT 4. Adalita ADALITA 5. Arabia Mountain BLACK LIPS 6. Keep Your Dreams CANYONS 7. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 8. Zonoscope CUT COPY 9. Henge Beat TOTAL CONTROL 10. Crystal Theatre BELLES WILL RING

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. Down The Lane ROYAL HEADACHE 2. Rolling In The Deep ADELE 2. I Never Learnt To Share JAMES BLAKE 2. Shake It Out FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 2. Boeing 737 THE LOW ANTHEM 2. White Noise MOGWAI 2. Ghostwalking NEW WAR 2. Say No To Thugs LOST ANIMAL 2. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. Bring It On FRONT END LOADER 2. How Can You Luv Me UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 1. Royal Headache 2. The Jezabels 3. Gotye 4. Lanie Lane =5. Adele =5. Cut Copy =5. Henry Saiz

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 1. Les Savy Fav 2. Kyuss Lives 3. Portishead =4. Gang Of Four =4. The Hold Steady

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 1. Grinderman 2. Royal Headache =3. Gotye =3. Paul Kelly =3. Velociraptor

Previous Winners: 2010 TRIPLE J (2010), Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J (2009), Full Metal Racket TRIPLE J (2008) BREAKING BAD

DRIVE

MOVIE OF THE YEAR Drive

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR Breaking Bad A slow starting season four had some Breaking Bad fans thinking that maybe the wheels had fallen off. It’s not a major spoiler alert to say that, thankfully, things got explosive as Bryan Cranston’s Walt/Heisenberg and the easily manipulated Jesse (Aaron Paul) battled to save their necks from the mysterious drug/poultry baron Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) in between cooking the finest meth the crack fiends of Albuquerque have ever seen. If next year’s fifth season is the be the last, it’s going to struggle to raise the bar of this season’s memorable finale. DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!

Women (and sensitive man-folk) worldwide had barely dried their eyes following 2010 tear-jerker Blue Valentine before they were hit with a smorgasbord of dreamboat Ryan Gosling in 2011. And though his appearances in The Ides Of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love made him the year’s second most ubiquitous on-screen presence (just pipped by that lovable internet feline Nyan Cat), it’s his role as a Hollywood stunt driver who drives getaway cars in his spare time that attracted the most attention at SPA. Having Breaking Bad’s Cranston, Sons Of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks in support certainly didn’t take away from director Nicholas Winding Refn’s tense widescreen vision. And the electronic score wrapped around it all by Cliff Martinez sealed the deal.

Honourable Mentions: Sean Bean left the memories of Lord Of The Rings’ tragic Boromir behind him by strapping on the leathers again for Game Of Thrones, the year’s best received new show. Community might be on the nose with its network but its lol value remains unchallenged, while perennial favourites Dexter and True Blood continue to go strong five and four years into their respective runs. We do like some bloodshed.

Honourable Mentions: Foul-mouthed women are so hot right now, and they didn’t get much smuttier than Aussie Rose Byrne and co in the box office comedy bonanza of Bridesmaids. The no longer children, not yet adult wizards of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II also excelled in their final big screen appearance, while Woody Allen’s recent golden run continued with Midnight In Paris and Daniel Henshall’s chilling performance as serial killer John Bunting helped Snowtown “shoot the dog” on behalf of Australian cinema.

Previous Winners: True Blood (2010)

Previous Winners: Inception (2010)

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BOY & BEAR

THE DRUM MEDIA 2011 WRAP PAPA VS PRETTY @ CHANGING LANES FESTIVAL PHOTO BY ANGELA PADOVAN

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

1. Gotye 2. The Jezabels 3. Tom Waits 4. Boy & Bear 5. James Blake PREVIOUS WINNERS: The National (2010), Alice In Chains (2009), Kings Of Leon (2008)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. Bon Iver BON IVER 2. The Whole Love WILCO 3. SBTRKT SBTRKT 4. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 5. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 6. Ceremonials FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 7. Worship Music ANTHRAX 8. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 9. The Harrow & The Harvest GILLIAN WELCH 10. Skying THE HORRORS PREVIOUS WINNERS: High Violet THE NATIONAL (2010), Conditions THE TEMPER TRAP (2009), Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (2008)

KYUSS LIVES PHOTO BY JOSH GROOM

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

1. The National 2. Pulp 3. Holy Fuck 4. Kyuss Lives 5. Iron Maiden PREVIOUS WINNERS: Metallica (2010), The Bronx (2009), Björk (2008) THE DRONES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. Grinderman 2. Seeker Lover Keeper 3. Boy & Bear 4. Seekae =5. The Drones =5. The Mess Hall PREVIOUS WINNERS: Cloud Control (2010), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (2009), The Drones (2008)

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o another year ends, and the question, inevitably, has to be asked – was 2011 a good year for music in Sydney, a bad year, or just another year at the office? Well, it certainly wasn’t bad, although the news wasn’t always entirely good. The Forum closed its doors to gigs not long after punters had thrown out their 2010 calendars, but it wasn’t to be the end – The Hi-Fi have now expanded their east coast empire by adding the multi-tiered room to their Melbourne and Brisbane operations, with the first show scheduled at this stage set to be a horns-up spectacular starring Mastodon in March 2012. The future of two decidedly more grassroots operations isn’t so assured. The Annandale Hotel is encouraging its patrons to buy a brick for between $20 and $250 to help it remain sustainable as a live music venue, while the Sandringham Hotel first had to contend with a Marrickville council ruling which saw footpath smoking banned on their side of King Street and then unsuccessfully go under the auction hammer. It’s now up for sale for $3.35 million, with venue manager Tony Townsend suggesting to TheMusic.com.au that its continuation as a live music venue was looking very positive regardless. Fortunately those doors aren’t yet closed and others have opened anyway – The Standard, The Square, Upstairs Beresford and Rock Lily just a selection of the new rooms currently rewarding dedicated gig pigs. The festival bubble may not have necessarily burst, but it’s certainly looking a little more deflated now than it did 12 months ago. The October shitcanning of the Wollongong-based Rewind 80s Festival – a local version of a UK event which ultimately disowned its down under sister act – was the year’s most spectacular implosion, though the general ambivalence it was greeted by didn’t come close to the disappointment felt by many when Soundwave Revolution was also called off. That couldn’t take

1. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 2. Inni SIGUR RÓS 3. Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CLIFF MARTINEZ/VARIOUS PREVIOUS WINNERS: Inaugural year for this category.

ONLINE DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

1. YouTube 2. Twitter 3. Facebook 4. Pitchfork 5. Resident Advisor PREVIOUS WINNERS: Facebook/Twitter (2010), Twitter/YouTube (2009), YouTube (2008)

BOARDWALK EMPIRE

the gloss off what was an overwhelmingly wellreceived Soundwave event in February, with Future Music Festival also packing satisfied punters into Randwick Racecourse in March and Stereosonic drawing an Origin-size crowd to the Olympic stadium in November. A rain-sodden and sparsely populated Good Vibrations Festival certainly didn’t disappoint those who attended, but with its future location on the festival calendar now uncertain perhaps it’s the approach of boutique events like Changing Lanes Festival, música/TUMBALONG, Harvest and the reborn Homebake that point the way forward? When you do move forward, you arrive in the future – and Sydney’s future musical output is looking very bright indeed. A new breed arrived in a big way in 2011, with few making as big a splash, either on record or in the live arena, as the ARIA award dominating Boy & Bear. But they weren’t the only act breaking through, with album releases from Royal Headache, The Jezabels, Lanie Lane, Art Vs Science, Papa Vs Pretty, WIM, Canyons, Tonight Alive, Seekae and Shades Of Gray impressing locally and in many cases abroad as well. And who to look out for in 2012? Nantes, New Navy, Alison Wonderland, Elizabeth Rose, Step-Panther and Oliver Tank are poised and ready to explode. Read this wrap next year to see if we’re patting ourselves on the back or pretending this conversation never happened. Speaking of patting ourselves on the back, by the time you read this we already would’ve done just that as another year of The Drum Media has drawn to a close. And you should give yourselves a pat on the back as well – the scene is a symbiotic circle after all, and the food chain dies if one of the links is missing. And with that mixed metaphor, we bid you farewell. See you front of stage/ on the dancefloor/at the bar in 2012. The Drum Media Team

RED DOG

STOLEN RECORDS

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. Shake It Out FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 3. Someone Like You ADELE 4. Montezuma FLEET FOXES 5. Still Life THE HORRORS PREVIOUS WINNERS: Fuck You CEE LO GREEN/ Fool’s Day BLUR (2010), Sweet Disposition THE TEMPER TRAP (2009), Sex On Fire KINGS OF LEON (2008) 4

RADIO SHOW/PODCAST OF THE YEAR

1. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J 2. Dead Air FBI 3. Stolen Records FBI 4. Distortion TRIPLE M 5. Grandstand Cricket ABC LOCAL RADIO PREVIOUS WINNERS: Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J (2010), Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J (2009), Short.Fast. Loud TRIPLE J (2008)

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

1. Boardwalk Empire 2. Breaking Bad 3. Game Of Thrones 4. Community 5. Dexter PREVIOUS WINNERS: Mad Men (2010)

MOVIE OF THE YEAR

1. Drive 2. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 3. Bridesmaids 4. Midnight In Paris 5. Red Dog PREVIOUS WINNERS: Inception (2010)


ADAM WILDING BELLES WILL RING

ALBUMS

1. No Devolución THURSDAY 2. Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me TOUCHÉ AMORÉ 3. Biophilia BJÖRK 4. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 5. Helioscope VESSELS 6. Ex-Military DEATH GRIPS 7. England Keep My Bones FRANK TURNER 8. Disobedience: Chris T-T Sings AA Milne CHRIS T-T 9. Fever 2562 10. Crisis Works YOUNG LEGIONNAIRE TOUCHE AMORE

SONGS

1. All Night Long THE FROWNING CLOUDS 2. Montezuma FLEET FOXES 3. Come To The Village BELLES WILL RING 4. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 5. Valley Of Scum MYLEE GRACE AND OZZIE WRIGHT

ANTHRAX

ALBUMS

1. Worship Music ANTHRAX 2. Deconstruction THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT 3. Unto The Locust MACHINE HEAD 4. The Hunter MASTODON 5. II: The Broken Passage I EXIST 6. Carnival Is Forever DECAPITATED 7. A Dramatic Turn Of Events DREAM THEATER 8. Ritual THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER 9. Psychology Of Death MORTAL SIN 10. Balls Out STEEL PANTHER

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

ALBUMS

1. Crystal Theatre BELLES WILL RING 2. Deerhoof Vs Evil DEERHOOF 3. Wits End CASS MCCOMBS 4. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 5. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 6. Demolished Thoughts THURSTON MOORE 7. Absence SNOWMAN 8. Batmania THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS 9. Simon Werner A Disparu SONIC YOUTH 10. Creep On Creepin’ On TIMBER TIMBRE

1. Peace Sells... But Who’s Buying? 25th Anniversary Edition MEGADETH 2. Live From Amsterdam ALTER BRIDGE 3. The Song Remains Not The Same BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

SONGS

1. 212 AZEALIA BANKS FEAT LAZY JAY 2. Toothache THROWING UP 3. Future Crimes WILD FLAG 4. One Foot Before The Other FRANK TURNER 5. Reach A Bit Further WILD BEASTS AZEALIA BANKS

1. Tom Waits 2. Ed Kuepper 3. Velociraptor 4. Cloud Control 5. The Fearless Vampire Killers

1. Devin Townsend 2. Iron Maiden 3. Chris Cornell 4. Opeth 5. Dream Theater

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Airbourne 2. FLOATINGME 3. Psycroptic 4. Segression 5. Frenzal Rhomb

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. Belles Will Ring 2. Velociraptor 3. Gay Paris 4. Goons of Doom 5. Brothers Grim

1. MetalSucks 2. Blabbermouth 3. Loud Online 4. Film Ink 5. League HQ

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

TV SHOWS

1. Grandstand Sport ABC LOCAL RADIO 2. The Racket TRIPLE J 3. The Official Danko Jones Podcast DANKOJONES. COM

1. ABC News 2. AustLII 3. Fruits and Vegetables in season 4. Triple J Unearthed

MOVIES

1. Beginners 2. Midnight In Paris 3. Submarine 4. Your Highness

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Moving into a place with my favourite girl, starting a diploma in law and reading Ham On Rye by Charles Bukowski.

MOST OVERHYPED The Drum Media.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Fuck you social media.” Me, 9 December 2011.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Diablo 3 will finally be released. Ben Reilly (AKA the Scarlet Spider) will be resurrected.

ARTISTS

1. Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls 2. Thursday 3. Touchè Amorè 4. Ghostpoet 5. PJ Harvey

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Portishead 2. Sebadoh 3. Kevin Devine 4. Elbow 5. Holy Fuck

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Drowned In Sound 2. The Daily Mash 3. Games Radar 4. Collapse Board 5. Time Out Australia

MOVIES 1. Super

1. 30 Rock 2. Curb Your Enthusiasm 3. Dexter 4. Breaking Bad 5. Chuck

MOVIES

1. Black Swan 2. Drive 3. True Grit 4. American: The Bill Hicks Story 5. 127 Hours

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Great year for heavy music – most veterans released quality records, and plenty of top notch Aussie releases.

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Seekae 2. DZ Deathrays 3. Children Collide 4. Oscar + Martin 5. Architecture In Helsinki

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Fabriclive 59 VARIOUS/FOUR TET 2. The Bootleg Series Vol 1: Live In Europe 1967 MILES DAVIS 3. Siamese Dream SMASHING PUMPKINS

SONGS

1. On The Bank DICK DIVER 2. Ritual Union LITTLE DRAGON 3. One More Tonight TOTAL CONTROL 4. Crawling Up A Landslide LEADER CHEETAH 5. Really In Love ROYAL HEADACHE

ARTISTS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. The Strokes 2. Rodrigo Y Gabriela 3. Sufjan Stevens 4. Lightspeed Champion 5. Modest Mouse

1. QI 2. Q&A 3. The Hamster Wheel 4. Media Watch 5. Futurama

1. Pleasure PURE X 2. Father, Son, Holy Ghost GIRLS 3. Smother WILD BEASTS 4. Smoke Rings For My Halo KURT VILE 5. Kaputt DESTROYER 6. West WOODEN SHJIPS 7. The Harrow & The Harvest GILLIAN WELCH 8. Celebration, Florida THE FELICE BROTHERS 9. The Whole Love WILCO 10. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE

1. I’m Alive ANTHRAX 2. Spirals FLOATINGME 3. Häxprocess OPETH 4. Public Enemy No.1 MEGADETH 5. Yesterday Is Dead And Gone ARCH ENEMY

1. Iron Maiden 2. Rammstein 3. Chris Cornell 4. Alice Cooper 5. Deftones

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

TV SHOWS

ALBUMS

SONGS

1. 13 Chambers WUGAZI 2. 99% Upset Feeling DEERHOOF 3. We Are The Best THE CHAP

ARTISTS

1. Weeknights with Robbie Buck ABC LOCAL RADIO 2. Weekend Lunch with Lexy Savvides FBI 3. Sunday Brunch with Simon Marnie ABC LOCAL RADIO

CHRIS FAMILTON

BRENDAN CRABB

BRAD BARRETT

MOST OVERHYPED

Lady Gaga, ARIA Awards, Never Let Me Go, Kvelertak, Mitchell Johnson – take your pick.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Rock is pretty much dead” Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate, Classic Rock magazine interview. Hardly, but another turgid album and your career may be. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

The AFL and any form of social media. Enough said.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Manly Sea Eagles win back-to-back titles, new Bond film is great and Soundgarden release a worthy new album.

Have your say: facebook.com/drummedia

LITTLE DRAGON

ARTISTS

1. Royal Headache 2. Kurt Vile 3. PJ Harvey 4. Austra 5. James Blake

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Wild Beasts 2. Stone Temple Pilots 3. Kurt Vile 4. CocoRosie 5. Queens Of The Stone Age

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Drones 2. Donny Benet 3. Straight Arrows 4. The Holy Soul 5. Oh Mercy

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Pitchfork 2. FasterLouder 3. Mess+Noise 4. Resident Advisor 5. FACT

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Dusty Fingers FBI 2. Utility Fog FBI 3. All Songs Considered NPR

TV SHOWS

1. Treme 2. Rescue Me 3. Yo Gabba Gabba 4. Curb Your Enthusiasm 5. The Walking Dead

MOVIES

1. Drive 2. Bill Cunningham New York 3. Lemmy 4. Nirvana Live At The Paramount 5. Brighton Rock

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Interviewing J. Mascis.

MOST OVERHYPED Lady Gaga.

QUOTE/TWEET

“What the fuck is Morrissey going on about? Does he really not like meat? He must like sausages. Everybody likes fucking sausages.” Noel Gallagher.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

AJ Maddah getting into arguments online with bands.

PREDICTION(S) 2012 Fewer music festivals.

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CHRIS MARIC

CHRISTINE CARUANA

MACHINE HEAD

ALBUMS SLEEPMAKESWAVES

ALBUMS

1. Glorification Of A Myth OUROBOROS 2. Agony FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE 3. Cry Havoc DESTROPHY 4. And So We Destroyed Everything SLEEPMAKESWAVES 5. Worship Music ANTHRAX 6. Onyx AVA INFERI 7. The Meaning Of I VOYAGER 8. Fragments Of The Forgotten VESPERS DESCENT 9. Never Dead SEGRESSION 10. Psychology Of Death MORTAL SIN

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Live In Lugarno GOTTHARD 2. The Song Remains Not The Same BLACK LABEL SOCIETY 3. Evinta MY DYING BRIDE

SONGS

1. Set Fire To The Rain ADELE 2. The Violation FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE 3. Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t ANTHRAX 4. Kicking And Screaming SEBASTIAN BACH 5. Pressure And Time RIVAL SONS

ARTISTS

1. Ouroboros 2. Sleepmakeswaves 3. Anthrax 4. Mortal Sin/Segression/Melody Black 5. A Day To Remember

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Def Leppard/Heart 2. Iron Maiden 3. Ouroboros 4. Steve Hughes 5. Morbid Angel

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Ouroboros 2. Mortal Sin 3. Melody Black 4. At Dark 5. Segression

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Metal As Fuck 2. Sludge Factory 3. Loud Online 4. Fail Blog 5. Domain

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Distortion TRIPLE M 2. Burning Bitumen 3PBS FM MELBOURNE 3. Alex Jones’s Prison Planet PRISONPLANET.COM

TV SHOWS

1. Sons Of Anarchy 2. Game Of Thrones 3. CSI Miami 4. Time Team 5. Headbangers Ball

MOVIES

1. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol 2. The Tunnel 3. Lebanon 4. Lemmy 5. Cars 2

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Meeting Def Leppard. Except for Steve Harris, I’ve met everyone I want to from the land of rock’n’roll.

MOST OVERHYPED

Gotye – go and listen to Sting and Peter Gabriel instead.

QUOTE/TWEET

Probably something my five-year-old daughter said that had me in hysterics or anything Julia Gillard says which has me in hysterics for totally the opposite reason.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

A New World Order – not THE NWO but the old systems will fail. New ideas, leaders and ways will emerge. 6

1. Khaos Legions ARCH ENEMY 2. Love Your Demons MELODY BLACK 3. The Unforgiving WITHIN TEMPTATION 4. Unto The Locust MACHINE HEAD 5. American Capitalist FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH 6. Wrath Of Judgement FRANTIC AMBER 7. Blunt Force Trauma CAVALERA CONSPIRACY 8. Until Fear No Longer Defines Us GHOST BRIGADE 9. Bloodthrone MINUSHUMAN 10. Kill On Command JUNGLE ROT

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Shallow Bay: Best Of Breaking Benjamin BREAKING BENJAMIN 2. Discovery Box Set PINK FLOYD 3. 2011 Remasters QUEEN

SONGS

1. We Both Know MELODY BLACK 2. Cruelty Without Beauty ARCH ENEMY 3. Murder WITHIN TEMPTATION 4. Enjoy The Silence BREAKING BENJAMIN 5. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA

ARTISTS

CRAIG PEARCE

ALBUMS

1. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 2. Last THE UNTHANKS 3. Revelator TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND 4. The Harrow & The Harvest GILLIAN WELCH 5. The Whole Love WILCO 6. Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down RY COODER 7. A Creature I Don’t Know LAURA MARLING 8. Tassili TINARIWEN 9. Field Songs WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMORE 10. Smart Flesh THE LOW ANTHEM

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS 1. Essential MARTIN CARTHY

SONGS

1. Midnight in Harlem TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND 2. Montezuma FLEET FOXES 3. Art Of Almost WILCO 4. Starless THE UNTHANKS 5. Night After Night LAURA MARLING

ARTISTS

1. Fleet Foxes 2. Tedeschi Trucks Band 3. The Unthanks 4. Gillian Welch 5. Ry Cooder

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. The Guardian 2. The World Game 3. The New York Times – Books 4. Pitchfork 5. Social Media Examiner TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND

1. Melody Black 2. HorrorPops 3. Arch Enemy 4. Within Temptation 5. Emilie Autumn

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Tedeschi Trucks band 2. Justin Townes Earle 3. Okkervil River 4. The Unthanks 5. Jason Moran

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. The Annex Radio Show BLUFM 2. Jonesy and Amanda In The Morning WSFM 3. Radio Enigma UVB-76 UVB-76.NET

TV SHOWS

TV SHOWS MOVIES

1. True Grit

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

MOVIES

1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2. Horrible Bosses 3. Super 4. Insidious 5. Bridesmaids

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Seeing HorrorPops live!

MOST OVERHYPED

Angry Birds. I will NEVER understand what is so great about this.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I water them with tears from my jaguar soul and sunshine radiating from my fingers.” Charlie Sheen on how he grows tomatoes.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Mark Zuckerberg’s private photos leaked because of a Facebook bug.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

1. Annabelle Kay 2. The Drones 3. Mike Noga 4. Gareth Liddiard 1. The Slap

1. Breaking Bad 2. Boardwalk Empire 3. Parks And Recreation 4. Dexter 5. Big Bang Theory

I looked into my crystal ball, but couldn’t see anything. Perhaps it is the end of the world...

1. Skying THE HORRORS 2. Go Tell Fire To The Mountain WU LYF 3. Several Shades Of Why J. MASCIS 4. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 5. Constant Future PARTS & LABOUR 6. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 7. Nine Types Of Light TV ON THE RADIO 8. Thursday THE WEEKND 9. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will MOGWAI 10. What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? THE VACCINES

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CLIFF MARTINEZ/VARIOUS ARTISTS 2. The Twin Peaks Archive ANGELO BADALAMENTI 3. Norwegian Wood JONNY GREENWOOD/CAN

SONGS

1. Shake It Out FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 2. Someone Like You ADELE 3. Can I J. MASCIS 4. Darken Horse AUSTRA 5. Still Life THE HORRORS

ARTISTS

1. Adele 2. The Weeknd 3. James Blake 4. WU LYF 5. Lanie Lane

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Loud Magazine 2. Riot! Entertainment 3. My Nintendo News 4. Games Radar 5. T3

ALBUMS

1. Philip Glass 2. Portishead 3. Holy Fuck 4. Elton John 5. WU LYF

1. HorrorPops 2. DevilDriver 3. Alice Cooper 4. All That Remains 5. Ill Nino

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

WU LYF

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Melody Black 2. Mz Ann Thropik 3. Rose Tattoo 4. Catherine Traicos 5. Sirens of Io

DANIEL CRICHTON-ROUSE

Having the Tedeschi Trucks Band blow me right out of the water with an updated soul-saturated revue

MOST OVERHYPED

Emmylou Harris continuing to live off past glories and living legend status whilst delivering very little of substance.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Rock bottom’s an interesting place. I moved in and spent some time there. Going from 141 in the world back to No.1 was not an accomplishment. It was the reflection of an accomplishment.” – Andre Agassi on induction into International Tennis Hall of Fame

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Qantas following up on its global grounding of all planes with an ill-conceived ‘luxury’ competiton.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Continuing decline of big festivals and rise of boutique festivals, a la Laneways and Cockatoo Island-type shindigs.

Have your say: facebook.com/drummedia

1. ACO – Listen To This 2. My Disco 3. PVT 4. Sydney Symphony – Peer Gynt 5. Lanie Lane

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Ultra Culture 2. Tumblr 3. Chuck & Beans 4. Touch Arcade 5. 9to5 Mac

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. This American Life WBEZ 2. By Design ABC Radio National 3. Dead Air FBI

TV SHOWS

1. Game Of Thrones 2. True Blood 3. The Hour 4. Grand Designs (UK) 5. Gourmet Farmer

MOVIES

1. Drive 2. Take Shelter 3. The Turin Horse 4. Martha Marcy May Marlene 5. Senna

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

The Outpost festival on Cockatoo Island.

MOST OVERHYPED Skrillex.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Can-a muh fukkasay fuck on here?” Samuel L. Jackson, introducing himself on Twitter in superb fashion.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

You and I. For using it, and allowing companies such as Facebook to become powerful with our information.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Hopefully a professional production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Sydney.


DANIELLE O’DONOHUE

GILLIAN WELCH

ALBUMS

1. The Harrow & The Harvest GILLIAN WELCH 2. Prisoner THE JEZABELS 3. No Devolución THURSDAY 4. 21 ADELE 5. Elsie THE HORRIBLE CROWES 6. To The Horses LANIE LANE 7. Odd Soul MUTEMATH 8. The Lateness Of The Hour ALEX CLARE 9. Wildlife LA DISPUTE 10. England Keep My Bones FRANK TURNER

FIONA CAMERON

DAVE DRAYTON

ALBUMS

1. Wildlife LA DISPUTE 2. Ghost Town OWEN 3. Walls AN HORSE 4. Without Hesitation GOOD LUCK 5. Avalanche United I AM THE AVALANCHE 6. Harmony HARMONY 7. Rebuilding Year BRIDGE & TUNNEL 8. Nigredo BRONZE CHARIOT 9. I Want That You Are Always Happy THE MIDDLE EAST 10. In The Mountain In The Cloud PORTUGAL. THE MAN

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. 2011 Label Sampler TOP SHELF RECORDS 2. Live Basement Bootleg BRONZE CHARIOT 3. PV Party (Michael Crafter Remix) JAWA LA DISPUTE

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Someone Like You ADELE 2. Too Close ALEX CLARE 3. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT GOTYE 4. Let Go CHASE & STATUS 5. Rolling In The Deep ADELE

ARTISTS

1. Grinderman 2. The Jezabels 3. The National 4. Adele 5. Lanie Lane

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The National 2. Dolly Parton 3. Gaslight Anthem 4. Jimmy Eat World 5. Jim Ward

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Grinderman 2. The Jezabels 3. Kylie 4. Clare Bowditch 5. Henry Wagons

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

SONGS

SONGS

ARTISTS

ARTISTS

1. Cacophonous Vibes HARMONY 2. The Right Time BRAID 3. The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit LA DISPUTE 4. Holy Fuck I AM THE AVALANCHE 5. Happy Birthday From The Overpass TOTALLY UNICORN

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Philip Glass 2. Bridge & Tunnel 3. Bright Eyes 4. This Town Needs Guns 5. Defiance, Ohio

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Bronze Chariot 2. Arrows 3. Coerce 4. Charge Group 5. Luca Brasi

1. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J 2. Dead Air FBI 3. Born Angry Podcast

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

My football team, Geelong, comprehensively beating Collingwood in the AFL Grand Final.

MOST OVERHYPED Watch The Throne.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I’m Veetin’! Gotta be smooth for the ladies.“ James, Geordie Shore – and yes, he is a man talking about Veeting his chest hair off.

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Kills 2. ZZ Top 3. Dead Kennedys 4. Queens Of The Stone Age 5. Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Mess Hall 2. Melody Black 3. Sydonia 4. Beatles Back 2 Back 5. Damn Dogs

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

TV SHOWS

1. Thor 2. X-Men: First Class 3. Warrior 4. Rango 5. The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn

1. Les Paul Google Logo 2. hitRECord 3. Mess+Noise 4. Details 5. NME

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Tune Up With Stuart Coupe FBI 2. Hack TRIPLE J 3. Razor’s Edge 2SER

TV SHOWS

TV SHOWS

1. The Walking Dead 2. Hell On Wheels 3. True Blood 4. Homeland 5. Dexter

1. Bored To Death 2. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 3. Arrested Development 4. South Park 5. Pop Asia

MOVIES

MOVIES

1. Oranges And Sunshine 2. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II 3. Elena 4. The Eye Of The Storm 5. Beauty Day

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Finding Dr Pepper in a glass bottle.

1. The Guard 2. Anonymous 3. Bill Cunningham New York 4. Drive 5. Autoluminescent: Rowland S Howard

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Finally got a proper job.

MOST OVERHYPED

MOST OVERHYPED

Fucking Kardashians.

Iceage.

QUOTE/TWEET

QUOTE/TWEET

“Endlessly kickflipping forever can be seen as a metaphor for winning for the rest of your life.” Lochlan Watt, The Drum Media.

“The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me.” Bansky, underground British street artist, on his Oscar nomination for his documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Misogynist arsehole Kyle Sandilands lost millions for Austereo when he opened his mouth and Twitter and Change.org responded.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Adele will finally drop out of the Top Ten... in about August of next year.

SONGS

1. Holocene BON IVER 2. Freaks And Geeks CHILDISH GAMBINO 3. POW MEGASTICK FANFARE 4. Sunhits MEMORY TAPES 5. Amor Fati WASHED OUT

1. Will Do TV ON THE RADIO 2. Howlin’ For You THE BLACK KEYS 3. Memorial Day DROPKICK MURPHYS 4. If I Had A Gun NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS 5. Irresistible Force JANE’S ADDICTION 1. Joan Jett 2. Trent Reznor 3. Sergio Pizzorno 4. Alison Mosshart 5. Imelda May

1. Harmony 2. Charge Group 3. Lo! 4. Let Me Down Jungleman 5. Royal Headache

1. Reddit 2. Twitter 3. Youtube 4. Inception Memes 5. Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse

MOVIES

1. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 2. Blood Pressures THE KILLS 3. Demolished Thoughts THURSTON MOORE 4. Lollipop MEAT PUPPETS 5. Dynamite Steps THE TWILIGHT SINGERS 6. Showroom Of Compassion CAKE 7. Several Shades Of Why J MASCIS 8. The Whole Love WILCO 9. Wasting Light FOO FIGHTERS 10. The Great Escape Artist JANE’S ADDICTION

1. Bon Iver BON IVER 2. The Year Of Hibernation YOUTH LAGOON 3. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 4. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 5. Cloud Nothings CLOUD NOTHINGS 6. Separation BALANCE & COMPOSURE 7. Iconography COLLARBONES 8. Belong THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART 9. Simple Math MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA 10. Yuck YUCK

1. The Works QUEEN 2. Hits Are For Squares SONIC YOUTH 3. Murder Ballads NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

1. New York Magazine 2. Vanity Fair 3. Twitter 4. Apple Trailers 5. Tights Please

1. Game Of Thrones 2. Doctor Who 3. Gossip Girl 4. Being Human 5. Rescue Special Ops

ALBUMS

ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. The Book Of Mormon VARIOUS 2. Basement Jaxx Vs Metropole Orkest BASEMENT JAXX VS METROPOLE ORKEST 3. Attack The Block VARIOUS

SONGS

THURSTON MOORE

GISELLE NGUYEN

MySpace. It’s still here (?!) and it gives all computers headaches. A scientist with a penchant for chillwave will finally absolute zero.

Facebook’s “privacy settings”: we care, no really, we do. Seriously? More shitty David Guetta tracks – are all of you people deaf?

Have your say: facebook.com/drummedia

COLLARBONES

ARTISTS

1. The Tallest Man On Earth 2. Bon Iver 3. The Gaslight Anthem 4. Collarbones 5. Bright Eyes

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The National 2. Belle & Sebastian 3. The Tallest Man On Earth 4. Owen Pallett 5. The Hives

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Sleepmakeswaves 2. Collarbones 3. Skipping Girl Vinegar 4. Ghoul 5. The Panics

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. ASOS 2. WishWishWish 3. Netflix 4. Texts From Bennett 5. Friend From HS

MOVIES

1. Midnight In Paris 2. Black Swan 3. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 4. Bridesmaids 5. 127 Hours

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

The inaugural Harvest festival. Just absolutely perfect in every way, and wonderful to finally see Bright Eyes after eight years of waiting!

MOST OVERHYPED

Tyler, the Creator. If I could have a word with that boy...

QUOTE/TWEET

So, not really a quote as such – but every single damn thing Jonathan Safran Foer said at his Sydney Opera House talk during the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, speaking on the topic of “What We Are And What We Eat”.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Man Vs Food’s Adam Richman tweeted Jonah Hill saying he loved him in Anchorman, a film in which he did not star. Lol.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

The world ends, with two sole survivors – me and Ryan Gosling. Earth needs to be repopulated. You do the math. Thanks, Mayans! 7


HUWSTON

BJORK

ALBUMS

JAMES DAWSON

JAMES D’APICE

ALBUMS

ALBUMS

1. Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing THE WONDER YEARS 2. Simple Math MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA 3. Clash Battle Guilt Pride POLAR BEAR CLUB 4. Wasting Light FOO FIGHTERS 5. In Some Way Or Shape Or Form FOUR YEAR STRONG 6. In Waves TRIVIUM 7. Good For Me THE SWELLERS 8. Balls Out STEEL PANTHER 9. Ritardando FRONT END LOADER 10. Parting The Seas Between Brightness And Me TOUCHÉ AMORÉ

1. House Of Balloons THE WEEKND 2. Nostalgia/Ultra FRANK OCEAN 3. I’m Gay LIL B 4. Take Care DRAKE 5. Thursday THE WEEKND 6. Fear of God II PUSHA T 7. 100% Publishing WILEY 8. 20 Odd Years BUCK 65 9. Black Up SHABAZZ PALACES 10. Gob DELS

1. SBTRKT SBTRKT 2. Condition CALIBRE 3. Biophilia BJÖRK 4. Rapping With Paul White PAUL WHITE 5. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 6. Glass Swords RUSTIE 7. Ritual Union LITTLE DRAGON 8. The Stepkids THE STEPKIDS 9. 93 Million Miles AFRICA HITECH 10. Biasonic Hotsauce ZED BIAS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. 116 And Rising VARIOUS/HESSLE AUDIO 2. Hit It & Quit It Radio Revue VARIOUS/RECLOOSE AND FRANK BOOKER 3. Under The Influence Vol 1 VARIOUS/RED GREG

SONGS

1. Manhatta THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA 2. Myrtle Avenue FLOATING POINTS 3. Far Nearer JAMIE XX 4. Dancing ZED BIAS AND OMAR 5. Down BLAWAN

ARTISTS

1. Radiohead 2. Floating Points 3. James Blake 4. Jamie xx 5. SBTRKT

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Erykah Badu 2. James Blake 3. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble 4. Electric Wire Hustle 5. DJ Shadow

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Bamboos 2. Thundamentals 3. Bon Chat Bon Rat 4. Katalyst 5. Mitzi

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Spare Hands 2. Discogs 3. FACT 4. Resident Advisor 5. Rinse FM

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Soul Glow with Huwston 2SER 2. Numbers RINSE FM 3. Mixed Nuts with Alexander Nut RINSE FM

TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad 2. Boardwalk Empire 3. Parks & Recreation 4. The Colbert Report 5. Dexter

MOVIES

1. Anything with Michael Fassbender (haven’t seen Shame yet) 2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 3. Drive 4. Bridesmaids 5. X-Men: First Class

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

SBTRKT getting up in 2011 was the highlight, musically, for sure.

MOST OVERHYPED

Cross between BEP and LMFAO – have they ever been in the same room at the same time?

QUOTE/TWEET

“We killed Osama, confirmed his DNA, and buried his body at sea on the same day as Hitler’s death? Michael Bay, you a fool for this one!” Phonte on Twitter.

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 2. Live On I-5 SOUNDGARDEN 3. Twenty PEARL JAM

SONGS

1. Came Out Swinging THE WONDER YEARS 2. Simple Math MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA 3. Just Drive FOUR YEAR STRONG 4. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 5. Lucky Now RYAN ADAMS

LIL B

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Best Intentions Part I SPIT SYNDICATE 2. Good Morning PRIME 3. The Sextape THE TONGUE

ARTISTS

THE WONDER YEARS

ARTISTS

1. The Weeknd 2. Frank Ocean 3. Drake 4. The Dream/Terius Nash 5. Spit Syndicate

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Lil Wayne 2. DOOM 3. Wu-Tang Clan 4. 50 Cent 5. Eminem

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Spit Syndicate 2. Joyride And The Accidents 3. Horrorshow 4. Plutonic Lab feat Hilltop Hoods 5. Urthboy

1. The Wonder Years 2. Manchester Orchestra 3. Front End Loader 4. Slash 5. Dave Grohl

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Every Time I Die 2. The Wonder Years 3. Foo Fighters 4. Slash 5. A Day To Remember

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Front End Loader 2. John Vella Band 3. You Am I 4. Tumbleweed 5. Baby Animals

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. Pitchfork 2. OzHipHop.com 3. SoundCloud 4. Twitter 5. Cricinfo

1. Facebook 2. Bombshellzine 3. Sydney Morning Herald 4. eBay 5. FasterLouder

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Stolen Records FBI 2. The Drop FBI 3. Arvos with Sweetie and Shag FBI

1. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J 2. Distortion TRIPLE M 3. Drive with Richard Glover ABC LOCAL RADIO

TV SHOWS

TV SHOWS

1. Downton Abbey 2. Community 3. Parks And Recreation 4. Media Watch 5. Q&A

1. True Blood 2. Dexter 3. Entourage 4. South Park 5. Homeland

MOVIES

1. The Promise 2. Drive 3. Warrior 4. Crazy, Stupid, Love 5. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Patrick Cummins and the promise that one day – one day soon! – we may do okay in the cricket.

MOST OVERHYPED

Tyler, the Creator and OFWGKTA generally (bar Frank Ocean). Alternatively: the hashtag #QandA.

MOVIES

1. Bridesmaids 2. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II 3. Hanna 4. X-Men: First Class 5. Cowboys & Aliens

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Anytime I’m on stage with the band, performing a rockin’ set elicits many a goosebump. An unbeatable experience.

MOST OVERHYPED AJ Maddah.

QUOTE/TWEET

QUOTE/TWEET

Facebook goes Gonzo. I saw more mutilated corpses, animal cruelty and sweet titties for two weeks there. What happened, Zuck?

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Nick Waterhouse – the 50s explosion is really really really going to go POP. 8

Qantas’ pro-lynching stance. White guys dressing like Radike Samo is gross, Qantas. You’re the worst. The cancellation of Community and an impossibly underwhelming Olympic Games opening ceremony.

ALBUMS

1. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 2. David Comes To Life FUCKED UP 3. Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down RY COODER 4. Go-Go Boots DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS 5. Bon Iver BON IVER 6. Speed Of Darkness FLOGGING MOLLY 7. The Whole Love WILCO 8. El Camino THE BLACK KEYS 9. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 10. Skins BUFFALO TOM 1. Some Girls THE ROLLING STONES 2. Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009 DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS 3. Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 REM

SONGS

1. The Birds Part II THE WEEKND 2. See Me Now SPIT SYNDICATE 3. Loft Music THE WEEKND 4. We’ll Be Fine DRAKE 5. Wedding Crasher THE DREAM/TERIUS NASH

FLOGGING MOLLY

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

“I vow to punish this government for the rest of my life over the carbon tax fraud.” @heraldsunreader on Twitter.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

JUSTIN GREY

“Iii|; )’“ Slash signing off on every tweet. He is nothing but consistent! The ‘king’ of twitter Ashton Kutcher quits after defending a US football coach who was accused of molesting boys.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Much of the same bullshit that 2011 had, except the year clocks up to 2012.

Have your say: facebook.com/drummedia

SONGS

1. Hell Broke Luce TOM WAITS 2. Used To Be A Cop DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS 3. The Recursive Girl FUCKED UP 4. One Sunday Morning WILCO 5. Calgary BON IVER

ARTISTS

1. Tom Waits 2. The National 3. The Hold Steady 4. Fucked Up 5. Drive-By Truckers

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Hold Steady 2. The National 3. The Gaslight Anthem 4. Micah P Hinson 5. Serious Beak

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Grinderman 2. The Panics 3. Serious Beak 4. Paul Kelly 5. CW Stoneking

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Pitchfork 2. Metacritic 3. Red Eye Records 4. News 5. Cricinfo

TV SHOWS

1. Frozen Planet 2. How I Met Your Mother 3. Dexter 4. Criminal Minds 5. Good Game

MOVIES

1. Rango 2. Drive 3. In Time 4. Moneyball 5. The Ides Of March

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Tom Waits releases new studio album.

MOST OVERHYPED

Janet Jackson’s cancelled Opera House show in November.

QUOTE/TWEET

“That’s refuckulous!” Tom Waits.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

I don’t really Facebook, Tweet myself.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Bruce Springsteen, and hopefully The Rolling Stones, announcing Australian tours.


KRIS SWALES

ALBUMS

LIZ GIUFFRE

LIZ GALINOVIC

ALBUMS

1. Galactic Melt COM TRUISE 2. Azari & III AZARI & III 3. The Local Fuzz THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX 4. Thursday THE WEEKND 5. The Stepkids THE STEPKIDS 6. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will MOGWAI 7. Mylo Xyloto COLDPLAY 8. Zonoscope CUT COPY 9. 50 Words For Snow KATE BUSH 10. SBTRKT SBTRKT

1. Making Mirrors GOTYE 2. Seeker Lover Keeper SEEKER LOVER KEEPER 3. Bon Iver BON IVER 4. Ceremonials FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 5. Are You Ready Yet CLARE BOWDITCH 6. Gilgamesh GYPSY & THE CAT 7. The Fall GORILLAZ 8. Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under AMANDA PALMER 9. Zonoscope CUT COPY 10. Velociraptor! KASABIAN

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Balance 019 VARIOUS/HENRY SAIZ 2. Screamadelica 20th Anniversary Edition PRIMAL SCREAM 3. Balance 018 VARIOUS/NICK WARREN

SONGS

1. White Noise MOGWAI 2. Mystical Tree HAL INCANDENZA 3. Black Heart (Henry Saiz’s 95 Cassette Rework) CORA NOVOA & SPACEMAN 4. Till The World Ends (Hal Incandenza Mix) BRITNEY SPEARS 5. Pharaohs SBTRKT

ARTISTS

1. Henry Saiz 2. SBTRKT 3. Katy Perry 4. The Weeknd 5. Smokin Joe Mekhael/Nyan Cat

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Smoke And Mirrors Original Cast Recording SMOKE AND MIRRORS CAST FEAT IOTA 2. Rewiggled: A Tribute To The Wiggles VARIOUS 3. Muppets: The Green Album VARIOUS

HANNI EL KHATIB

ALBUMS

1. When The Guns Come Out HANNI EL KHATIB 2. SBTRKT SBTRKT 3. The Seventh Passenger SIETTA 4. Vows KIMBRA 5. Deep Impressions KATALYST 6. Moonfire BOY & BEAR 7. A Creature I Don’t Know LAURA MARLING 8. The Stepkids THE STEPKIDS 9. Next Of Kin THE LAST KINECTION 10. El Camino THE BLACK KEYS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. White Heat: 30 Hits ICEHOUSE 2. Balance 019 VARIOUS/HENRY SAIZ 3. The Ultimate Collection (1994-2011) POWDERFINGER

SONGS HENRY SAIZ

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Leftfield 2. Kyuss Lives 3. Sasha 4. Plastikman 5. Booka Shade

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Alison Wonderland (She Can DJ final) 2. Fort 3. Little Scout 4. Shades Of Gray 5. Matttt (Sasha warm-up)

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. IMDb 2. Trend Micro Hosted Email Security 3. Sydney Morning Herald 4. Facebook 5. YouTube

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Grandstand Rugby League ABC LOCAL RADIO 2. Grandstand Cricket ABC LOCAL RADIO 3. Monday Night Football TRIPLE M

TV SHOWS

1. State Of Origin Game 3 2. State Of Origin Game 1 3. The Slap 4. Q&A 5. Community

MOVIES

1. Snowtown 2. The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn 3. Black Swan 4. The Trip 5. The Beaver

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Interviewing John Garcia, seeing Kyuss Lives twice, Red Bull Music Academy, SENDING MY FIRST TELEGRAM –(STOP)–

1. Fuck It, You Win HANNI EL KHATIB 2. Hold On SBTRKT 3. No Longer Hurt SIETTA 4. I Was A Queen SIETTA 5. U Can’t Save Me KATALYST

ARTISTS

1. Sietta 2. Kimbra 3. Gotye 4. Boy & Bear 5. Suicide Silence

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Bob Dylan 2. Suicide Silence 3. Erykah Badu

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Daily Meds 2. Sietta 3. The Snowdroppers 4. Jordie Lane 5. The B Naturals

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. New Matilda 2. Slate 3. Electronic Intifada 4. Deadline 5. Meme Generator

TV SHOWS

1. Game Of Thrones 2. Boardwalk Empire 3. The Hamster Wheel 4. The Slap 5. Media Watch

MOVIES

1. Snowtown 2. Red Dog 3. Mad Bastards 4. The Lion King 3D 5. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II

MOST OVERHYPED

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

QUOTE/TWEET

MOST OVERHYPED

Anything Odd Future related. My Dad on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle: “It’s only difficult in practice because we don’t practice it.” I know, right?

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Me joining Facebook – and actually kinda enjoying myself.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

I will disappear into my cave until Easter 2013, when I’ll triumphantly return bearing an entirely electronic dance music based update of Jesus Christ Superstar – but still no significant facial hair.

Trying out the SmoothGroove. The SmoothGroove.

QUOTE/TWEET

“If wit were shit, you wouldn’t be the ghost of a fart.” Bob Weatherly (aka Granddad).

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Umm, surely someone upset someone somewhere...

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Kimbra and Gotye fall in love and start living out the details of that song they did together IRL.

SONGS

1. Somebody That I Used to Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. Shake It Out FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 3. Rest Your Head on My Shoulder SEEKER LOVER KEEPER 4. Wake Up Jeff BLUEJUICE 5. Price Tag JESSIE J

LUCIA OSBORNE-CROWLEY

ALBUMS

1. Bon Iver BON IVER 2. 21 ADELE 3. Codes And Keys DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 4. The Whole Love WILCO 5. A Creature I Don’t Know LAURA MARLING 6. In The Pit Of The Stomach WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS 7. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 8. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 9. Ceremonials FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 10. Cole World: The Sideline Story J. COLE

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Inni SIGUR RÓS 2. Studs Terkel’s Wax Museum (Live) BOB DYLAN 3. The Bootleg Series Vol 2: From Memphis To Hollywood JOHNNY CASH

SONGS

1. Towers BON IVER 2. St Peter’s Cathedral DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 3. Night After Night LAURA MARLING 4. You And I WILCO 5. Someone Like You ADELE

ARTISTS

ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Restoring The Balance TRIPLE J 2. TOFOP TOFOP.COM 3. Breakfast TRIPLE J

1. Tom And Alex TRIPLE J 2. Stolen Records FBI 3. The Hip Hop Show TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

TV SHOWS

1. Community 2. Spicks And Specks 3. Rockwiz 4. Glee 5. Gruen Planet

1. Mad Men 2. Californication 3. Underbelly 4. The Office 5. Jersey Shore

MOVIES

MOVIES

1. Bridesmaids 2. Horrible Bosses 3. Christopher And His Kind 4. Red Dog 5. The Trip

1. The Tree Of Life 2. Drive 3. Contagion 4. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

MOST OVERHYPED

MOST OVERHYPED

QUOTE/TWEET

QUOTE/TWEET

1. Gotye 2. Seeker Lover Keeper 3. Clare Bowditch 4. Art Vs Science 5. Amy Winehouse 1. Krystal Warren 2. Blind Boys Of Alabama 3. Mavis Staples 4. Pajama Club 5. Jethro Tull 1. Clare Bowditch 2. Seeker Lover Keeper 3. Paul Dempsey 4. Art Vs Science 5. Yacht Club DJs 1. Google 2. Twitter 3. Facebook 4. ABC Homepage 5. The Guardian

2011 is no longer The Year of The Thesis! (that’ll be Doctor Gets-Too-Excited-About-Daggy-Things, soon, dear reader). Plank you, miss, plank you. “Paul Hester once sold his pubic hairs as merchandising [for Crowded House]… he put them in a little guitar pack and he signed them and put them out for merch and he sold them too, I might add… anything after that is really a bit of a, um, quite naïve and innocent.” Neil Finn talking to Drum in November about possible Pajama Club merch.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

When Karl thanked the Channel 9 publicist as part of his Gold Logie acceptance speech (don’t judge me for staying up to watch it...).

PREDICTION(S) 2012

The end of the world as we know it (if the predictions are to be believed)... but I feel fine.

Have your say: facebook.com/drummedia

1. City And Colour 2. Death Cab For Cutie 3. Boy & Bear 4. Adele 5. Sietta 1. City And Colour 2. James Blake 3. Ben Harper 4. John Legend 5. Michael Franti

1. Boy & Bear 2. Jinja Safari 3. The Middle East 4. Seeker Lover Keeper 5. Sietta

1. 8 Tracks 2. Who The Bloody Hell Are They? 3. SoundCloud 4. Damn You Auto Correct 5. Macromeme

It’s a toss up between Ben Harper at Byron Bay Bluesfest and City And Colour at the Roundhouse... Far too close to call. Rebecca Black.

“Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, it’s never easy when there is so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference.” Disgraced republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain unknowingly ended his parting speech with some insightful lyrics from a Pokemon theme song, thinking they were the words of an anonymous poet. Well played.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP Google+. Enough said.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

John Cusack will make a desperate bid to save his children, his ex-wife and her boyfriend in a gripping tale of love, deception and snakes. 9


MARK HEBBLEWHITE

ALBUMS

PAUL SMITH

MARK NEILSEN ADALITA

1. Opus Eponymous GHOST 2. The Hymn Of A Broken Man TIMES OF GRACE 3. Macabre Eternal AUTOPSY 4. The World Is Yours MOTORHEAD 5. Street Prowl ROTTING OUT 6. Boundless! ASSAULTER 7. Towards The Megalith DISMA 8. The Thousandfold Epicentre THE DEVIL’S BLOOD 9. Darker Handcraft TRAP THEM 10. No One Gets Lost Anymore THE SMITH STREET BAND

ALBUMS

1. Born Again BLACK SABBATH 2. The Eternal Idol BLACK SABBATH 3. XXV Nonstop SICK OF IT ALL

SONGS

1. Dun Proppa DEF WISH CAST 2. Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t ANTHRAX 3. Someone Like You ADELE 4. Russian Spies AGAINST ME 5. Occult Enemies AGAINST ME

ARTISTS

1. Motorhead 2. Toe To Toe 3. Against Me 4. Def Wish Cast 5. Brutal Truth

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Terror 2. Against Me 3. The Gaslight Anthem 4. Morbid Angel 5. Doomriders

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Toe To Toe 2. Def Wish Cast 3. Hobbs’ Angel of Death 4. Mindsnare 5. The Smith Street Band

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Mediaite 2. Stuff You Will Hate 3. Politico 4. Invisible Oranges 5. Metal Sucks

TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad 2. Weeds 3. Californication 4. Boardwalk Empire 5. The Simpsons

1. Adalita ADALITA 2. Goddverb COMA RECOVERY 3. Colors In Stereo MOONLIT SAILOR 4. Worship Music ANTHRAX 5. Ceremonials FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 6. Worker Bees WORKER BEES 7. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLING BIRDS 8. Prisoner THE JEZABELS 9. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY 10. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will MOGWAI

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Inni SIGUR RÓS 2. Snowtown JED KURZEL 3. From Fear To Eternity IRON MAIDEN

SONGS

1. Shake It Out FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 2. Soldier Boys & Jesus Freaks NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS 3. Beautiful Sound JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS 4. Black Death 1349 THE MIDDLE EAST 5. Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object) JANE’S ADDICTION 1. The Jezabels 2. Lanie Lane 3. Royal Headache 4. Boy & Bear 5. Gotye

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Kyuss Lives 2. Foo Fighters 3. Explosions In The Sky 4. Chris Cornell 5. Tool

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Icehouse 2. Lanie Lane 3. Papa Vs Pretty 4. The Jezabels 5. Grinderman

QUOTE/TWEET

I try not to pay attention to anything anyone says on Twitter – as for quotes they all blend into one when you have a troublesome two-year-old to look after...

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Anyone who Twittered while drunk.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Obama is re-elected; Black Sabbath hit it out of the park with their new LP... 10

ARTISTS

1. Boy & Bear 2. Neil Finn/Pajama Club 3. Bon Iver 4. Gotye 5. Josh Pyke

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Pulp 2. Elbow 3. Pajama Club 4. KD Lang And The Siss Boom Bang 5. I Am Kloot ELBOW

1. Summer Festival Guide 2. Drum Media Twitter 3. Your Daily SPA 4. Drum Media Facebook 5. Bureau Of Meteorology

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

TV SHOWS

MOVIES

1. Cowboys & Aliens 2. Battle: Los Angeles 3. Immortals 4. Contagion 5. Moneyball

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR The Drum’s appearance on iPad.

MOST OVERHYPED Lou Reed & Metallica.

PREDICTION(S) 2012 The Mayans will be wrong.

ALBUMS

1. Rock And A Hard Place EUGENE HIDEAWAY BRIDGES 2. Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns JOHN HIATT 3. Gemini MATT “THE RUMBLE” MORRISON 4. No Time For Dreaming CHARLES BRADLEY 5. Blessed LUCINDA WILLIAMS 6. Headliner CHRIS ARDOIN 7. Go Go Boots DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS 8. Songs From Down The Line THE BAYLOR BROTHERS 9. The Harrow & The Harvest GILLIAN WELCH 10. The Road From Memphis BOOKER T JONES

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. The Place I Left Behind THE DEEP DARK WOODS 2. Lonesome City Travellers LONESOME CITY TRAVELLERS 3. The Game HOMEMADE JAMZ BLUES BAND

SONGS

1. Loving You Is Killing Me ALOE BLACC 2. Every Dusty Road THE STETSON FAMILY 3. The River LONESOME CITY TRAVELLERS 4. Spirit In The Sky WILLIAM SHATNER 5. What Is It Then In Between Us? BUD PETAL

ARTISTS

1. Raul Malo 2. Chris Ardoin 3. Bruno Mars 4. Aloe Blacc 5. Bud Petal 1. The Jim Jones Revue 2. Big Jay McNeely 3. Syl Johnson 4. Irma Thomas 5. Raul Malo

1. Boy & Bear 2. The Mess Hall 3. Shane Nicholson 4. Sparkadia 5. Josh Pyke

1. YouTube 2. Facebook 3. Sydney Morning Herald 4. BBC Sport 5. Catch Of The Day

1. FBI 94.5 PODCAST 2. Tune Up – Stuart Coupe FBI 3. Frank Skinner – Absolute Radio PODCAST

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

LUCINDA WILLIAMS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

TV SHOWS

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR “The Big Four” thrash extravaganza.

1. Feeding Line BOY & BEAR 2. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall COLDPLAY 3. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 4. Shake It Out FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 5. Throw It Away 360 FEAT JOSH PYKE

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. The Amazing Race – Australia 2. The Amazing Race 3. Dexter 4. The Simpsons 5. The Event

MOST OVERHYPED

SONGS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

MOVIES

Black Sabbath reuniting!

1. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 2. Rewiggled: A Tribute To The Wiggles VARIOUS 3. The Best Of Suede SUEDE

ARTISTS

1. Grandstand Cricket ABC LOCAL RADIO 2. The Ricky Gervais Podcast RICKYGERVAIS.COM 3. Drum Stereo Fridays DRUM OFFICE

1. God Bless Ozzy Osbourne 2. Agora 3. Midnight In Paris 4. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II 5. The Ides Of March

1. Moonfire BOY & BEAR 2. Pajama Club PAJAMA CLUB 3. Build A Rocket Boys! ELBOW 4. Bon Iver BON IVER 5. One Thousand Origami Birds JACK CARTY 6. Mylo Xyloto COLDPLAY 7. Fallen Empires SNOW PATROL 8. Only Sparrows JOSH PYKE 9. Vessels BRYAN ESTEPA 10. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

TIMES OF GRACE

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

ALBUMS

PEDRO MANOY

1. Spicks And Specks 2. Doctor Who 3. At The Movies 4. QI 5. Go Back To Where You Came From

MOVIES

1. The Trip 2. Unknown 3. Limitless 4. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 5. Midnight In Paris

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Undoubtedly the arrival of Anneliese Lily.

MOST OVERHYPED

Kim Kardashian. What the? Who the? Why the?

QUOTE/TWEET

“Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.” Sohaib Athar on Twitter.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

You mean you have to think before you tweet? One time Twitter fanatic Ashton Kutcher doesn’t check the facts and now doesn’t tweet himself.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Increased music streaming services – possibly Spotify at last.

Have your say: facebook.com/drummedia

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Baylor Bros 2. Bud Petal 3. Baecastuff – Mutiny Music 4. The Bamboos 5. Jeff Duff Orchestra

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Mu Meson Archives 2. Boing Boing 3. WikiLeaks 4. Alternative Media Group 5. Jazzgroove Association

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Stormy Monday 2MBS 2. On The Corner 2SER 3. Renny Codgers FBI

TV SHOWS

1. Operation Repo 2. Four Corners 3. Foreign Correspondent 4. Dateline 5. Ideal

MOVIES

1. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 2. Cave Of Forgotten Dreams 3. Snowtown 4. Project Nim 5. The Human Centipede II

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Zizek delights punters at Festival Of Dangerous Ideas.

MOST OVERHYPED

Nick Cave – all credibility shot after meeting the Queen and being spotted at Chatswood Chase in The Daily Telegraph’s ISPY.

QUOTE/TWEET

Just about everything on the fake Andrew Bolt Twitter account – even funnier than Andrew himself!

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

All social media is a fuck up. Why bother!

PREDICTION(S) 2012

End of the world according to the Mayan calendar on Sunday 23 December 2012 – make sure you have a good night out on the Saturday!


ROB TOWNSEND

ALBUMS

1. A Creature I Don’t Know LAURA MARLING 2. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 3. Ceremonials FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 4. Vows KIMBRA 5. In Your Room CAMERAS 6. Veronica Falls VERONICA FALLS 7. Twerps TWERPS 8. Milk Annual CAITLIN PARK 9. Smoking In Heaven KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS 10. Yuck YUCK

ROD HUNT

ROBBIE LOWE

ALBUMS

JOEL MULL

1. Murder The Mountains RED FANG 2. Worldwide Skyline NORDIC NOMADIC 3. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 4. Henge Beat TOTAL CONTROL 5. West WOODEN SHJIPS 6. End Time BRUTAL TRUTH 7. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 8. Adalita ADALITA 9. Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks SEASICK STEVE 10. Baby Caught The Bus CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 2. Twenty PEARL JAM 3. Outside Society PATTI SMITH

ROSS CLELLAND LANIE LANE

NORDIC NOMADIC

SONGS

1. Defeatist CAMERAS 2. Cameo Lover KIMBRA 3. History’s Door HUSKY 4. Who Are You? TWERPS 5. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA

ALBUMS

1. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 2. Rain On Humming Wire THE PANICS 3. The Whole Love WILCO 4. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 5. The Balladeer Hunter MIKE NOGA 6. The Cat BEN SALTER 7. Adalita ADALITA 8. To The Horses LANIE LANE 9. Rumble Shake And Tumble WAGONS 10. Future Universe RON PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS

ARTISTS

1. Kimbra 2. Laura Marling 3. Gotye 4. Tom Waits 5. Boy & Bear

ALBUMS

1. Home Town Chicago BOO WILLIAMS 2. It Can Be Done, But Only I Can Do It OMAR S 3. SBTRKT SBTRKT 4. Resolution 653 INSTRA:MENTAL 5. Through The Green TIGER & WOODS 6. Sensory JOEL MULL

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS LAURA MARLING

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Florence + The Machine 2. Simone Felice 3. Kimya Dawson & Aesop Rock 4. Gruff Rhys 5. Portishead

1. In Flight Entertainment VARIOUS/AEROPLANE 2. DJ-Kicks VARIOUS/SCUBA 3. Balance 18 VARIOUS/NICK WARREN

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

NICK WARREN

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Kimbra 2. Seeker Lover Keeper 3. The Grates 4. The Jezabels 5. Cut Copy

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Non-Stop Nyan Cat! 2. Twitter 3. The Guardian 4. This Is Happening 5. BBC Football

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Kermode and Mayo’s Film Reviews BBC RADIO 5LIVE 2. Arvos FBI 3. The Guardian Football Weekly PODCAST

TV SHOWS

1. 24 Hours In A&E 2. Boardwalk Empire 3. At The Movies 4. Q&A 5. The World Game

MOVIES

1. Bill Cunningham New York 2. Submarine 3. Midnight in Paris 4. We Need To Talk About Kevin 5. Snowtown

SONGS

1. Ocean Floor DISTORTION 2. I Like Acid (Steve Rachmad Remix) BENNY RODRIGUES 3. Resonate JONA 4. The Maze DEETRON 5. Ain’t Nobody’s MARTIN LANDSKY

ARTISTS

1. Sasha 2. ASC 3. Morgan Geist 4. Deetron 5. Art Bleek

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

A stranger came up to me at a gig, while I was wooing a pretty lady, and told me he liked my writing. It’s the coolest I’ve ever looked.

1. Resident Advisor 2. Swellnet 3. Pulse Radio 4. SoundCloud 5. Proton Radio

MOST OVERHYPED

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Kim Kardashian. Why does ANYBODY give the tiniest shit about her?

QUOTE/TWEET

“People, you are more powerful than any corporation in the world, thank you for making this happen.” Altiyan Childs’ anti-corporation message during his ARIA acceptance speech might have been taken more seriously were he not THE DUDE THAT WON X-FACTOR. Idiot.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Jim Carrey confesses his love for Emma Stone/has a midlife crisis on YouTube.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Laura Marling accepts the proposal of marriage I shout at her from the audience of her Opera House gig. We live happily ever after. The End.

1. Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 REM 2. Starfish THE CHURCH 3. Kill City IGGY POP & JAMES WILLIAMSON

1. RA Podcast RESIDENTADVISOR.NET 2. House Radio HOUSE-RADIO.COM 3. Sunset FBI

TV SHOWS

MOVIES

1. Red Dog 2. Hall Pass 3. Paul 4. 127 Hours 5. The Hangover Part II

1. Anniversary CATHEDRAL 2. The Stooges Collection - Australian Tour Edition 2011 THE STOOGES 3. So Many Things EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING

1. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. Majesty THE PANICS 3. We All Go Back To Where We Belong REM 4. Cold Feet LIAM FINN 5. Shake It Out FLORENCE + THE MACHINE

ARTISTS

ARTISTS

1. OFF! 2. Whitehorse 3. Hydromedusa 4. Adalita 5. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes

1. PJ Harvey 2. Amy Winehouse 3. Gotye 4. Tom Waits 5. Adalita

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. OFF! 2. Swans 3. Black Mountain 4. The Hives 5. Earthless

1. The National 2. Gang Of Four 3. Lady Gaga 4. Kinky Friedman 5. The Flaming Lips

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Looking Glass 2. River Of Snakes 3. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes 4. Hydromedusa 5. Barbarian

1. You Am I 2. The Church 3. Mike Noga 4. Adalita 5. Wagons

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Alernative Music Show 2SER 2. Sideways Through Sound 2SER 3. Hands Of Tyme 2SER

1. The Bridge FBI 2. 2011 TRIPLE J 3. Utility Fog FBI

TV SHOWS

TV SHOWS

1. The Walking Dead 2. The Hour 3. The Killing 4. Q&A 5. Bear Grills

1. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson 2. The Hour 3. QI 4. Rage 5. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

MOVIES

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

1. Autoluminescent: Rowland S Howard

Still waiting (actually, I think said this last year...)

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

MOST OVERHYPED

OFF!.

MOST OVERHYPED Washington.

1. Gruen Planet 2. Spicks And Specks 3. Q&A 4. The Late Show With David Letterman 5. At The Movies

SONGS

Bands with a piano accordion, bad beards, wearing suspenders. Although this can win you an ARIA, or five.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I have a new philosophy. When I say something that sounds smart then I meant it and if I say something that sounds stupid then I didn’t.” Johnny Marr. Twitter.

I must have said something vaguely witty as a Facebook status when I was drunk after winning the Townie’s music trivia one night. Sure, I probably stole it from Dorothy Parker or Stephen Fry, but it would have certainly made me laugh at the time.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

QUOTE/TWEET

“Everything bad that can happen to a person has happened to me.” – Paris Hilton tweets about the hardships life has thrown her way.

PREDICTION(S) 2012 Tinnitus.

Have your say: facebook.com/drummedia

Google+. Where circles became black holes in surprisingly quick time.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

SPA will realise they may have to offer us a drinks voucher or other incentives to fill in these damn surveys. 11


SARAH PETCHELL

ALBUMS

1. David Comes To Life FUCKED UP 2. Old Ghosts Never Sleep FIRES OF WACO 3. Funerary PULLING TEETH 4. Ethereal Surrogate Savior COERCE 5. Awake EP TRASH TALK 6. Cerebral Ballzy CEREBRAL BALLZY 7. Long Live THE CHARIOT 8. ...And So We Destroyed Everything SLEEPMAKESWAVES 9. Fake History LETLIVE 10. No Devolucion THURSDAY

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Fucked Up Presents: David’s Town VARIOUS 2. Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CLIFF MARTINEZ/VARIOUS 3. 13 Chambers WUGAZI

SONGS

1. The Other Shoe FUCKED UP 2. White Limo FOO FIGHTERS 3. Breakdance Beach HAIL MARY MALLON 4. Hells Gates BREAK EVEN 5. Awake TRASH TALK

SEVANA OHANDJANIAN

SCOTT FITZSIMONS

ALBUMS

THE LOW ANTHEM

ALBUMS

1. Smart Flesh THE LOW ANTHEM 2. Philharmonics AGNES OBEL 3. Harmony HARMONY 4. Wildlife LA DISPUTE 5. Crystal Theatre BELLES WILL RING 6. ...And So We Destroyed Everything SLEEPMAKESWAVES 7. Forever So HUSKY 8. Major/Minor THRICE 9. The King Is Dead THE DECEMBERISTS 10. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will MOGWAI

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

ARTISTS

1. Fucked Up 2. Foo Fighters 3. Doomtree Collective 4. Kanye West 5. I Exist

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Fucked Up 2. Off! 3. Portishead 4. Bat For Lashes 5. The Chariot

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. 4 Dead & Robotosaurus 2. The Hollow and Phantoms 3. Mindsnare 4. Break Even 5. Coerce

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. No Heroes Magazine 2. Boston Red Sox 3. Facebook 4. Questionable Content 5. Punknews.org

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J 2. Dead Air FBI 3. Deathwish Inc Podcast DEATHWISH INC

TV SHOWS

1. Boardwalk Empire 2. 2 Broke Girls 3. How To Make It In America 4. Sons Of Anarchy 5. Project Runway (US)

MOVIES

1. Drive 2. Bridesmaids 3. Captain America 4. True Grit 5. Moneyball

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

FINALLY seeing Portishead in a live setting at Harvest Festival. Getting flattened by the bass during Machine Gun was incredible!

MOST OVERHYPED Title Fight.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Another amazing reunion by a band I have never seen; a Radiohead tour; and maybe that elusive third Glassjaw album. 12

APPARAT

SONGS

SONGS

ARTISTS

ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

TV SHOWS

TV SHOWS

MOVIES

MOVIES

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

1. The Mars Volta 2. Holy Fuck 3. Leon Russell 4. Marques Toliver 5. Bob Dylan

1. Paul Kelly 2. Australia Chamber Orchestra 3. Coerce 4. The Nation Blue 5. Royal Headache

1. Pulp 2. Holy Fuck 3. Bat For Lashes 4. Lightspeed Champion 5. Mark Ronson

1. Seekae 2. The Laurels 3. The Holy Soul 4. Whipped Cream Chargers 5. Ghoul 1. Feminist Ryan Gosling 2. YouTube 3. The Vine 4. Fat Aus 5. Non-Stop Nyan Cat!

1. Commonwealth Netbank 2. Eurosport UK 3. Foxsports 4. ABC iview 5. TheMusic.com.au

1. Australia All Over with Ian McNamara ABC LOCAL RADIO 2. Radiant FBI 3. Dead Air FBI

1. Radiant w/ Adam Lewis FBI 2. Dead Air w/ Scott Fitzsimons FBI 3. Tuesday Breakfast w/ Adam Rosenberg 2SER 1. Parks & Recreation 2. Misfits 3. Community 4. Downton Abbey 5. Russell Howard’s Good News

1. Gourmet Farmer 2. Killing Time 3. Game Of Thrones 4. Sons Of Anarchy 5. Boardwalk Empire

1. Submarine 2. Tucker & Dale vs Evil 3. A Separation 4. The Future 5. Dragonslayer

1. Senna 2. Red Dog 3. The Tree Of Life 4. Even The Rain 5. Drive Meeting John, owner of the Ardview Inn, Port Ellen, Islay. Top bloke.

MOST OVERHYPED

Post dub wave. Did you know that rock musicians are collaborating with dance artists these days?!

QUOTE/TWEET

“I’m fascinated by the Planet Habitability Index created by scientists to show how likely other worlds are to support alien life. Imagine my surprise when I saw that Titan rated 0.64. What a turn up.” Rosie, 18, from Middlesex. Page 3 girl in UK newspaper The Sun.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Anthony Weiner posting his dick to Twitter.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

1. Still Life THE HORRORS 2. I Get So High ALPS 3. The Words That Maketh Murder PJ HARVEY 4. Modern Art BLACK LIPS 5. Ladder Song BRIGHT EYES 1. Pulp 2. James Blake 3. Faris Badwan 4. The Weeknd 5. Radiohead

1. The Jezabels 2. Belles Will Ring 3. The Getaway Plan 4. Heroes For Hire 5. Husky

It will be a very good year for whisky drinkers.

AZARI & III

ALBUMS

1. Azari & III AZARI & III 2. This Modern Glitch THE WOMBATS 3. Eye Contact GANG GANG DANCE 4. Portamento THE DRUMS 5. The English Riviera METRONOMY 6. Gravity the Seducer LADYTRON 7. SBTRKT SBTRKT 8. Freaking Out TORO Y MOI 9. Zonoscope CUT COPY 10. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. The Great Australian Songbook: Deluxe Journal Edition VARIOUS 2. 101 Country Classics VARIOUS 3. The Very Best Of Slim Dusty: Gold Label Edition SLIM DUSTY 1. Boeing 737 THE LOW ANTHEM 2. Riverside AGNES OBEL 3. I See Everything LA DISPUTE 4. Come North With Me Baby, Wow BELLES WILL RING 5. Flying Colours THE GETAWAY PLAN

FUCKED UP

1. Skying THE HORRORS 2. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 3. +Dome SEEKAE 4. Burst Apart THE ANTLERS 5. Cat’s Eyes CAT’S EYES 6. Smother WILD BEASTS 7. You Are All I See ACTIVE CHILD 8. We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves JOHN MAUS 9. Go Tell Fire To The Mountain WU LYF 10. The Devil’s Walk APPARAT MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS 1. Submarine EP ALEX TURNER 2. The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 GORILLAZ 3. Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CLIFF MARTINEZ/VARIOUS

STUART EVANS

Shouting the lyrics to Pulp’s Common People with thousands of strangers in the Hordern, before doing it all over again at Splendour.

MOST OVERHYPED

The wub-wub seizure genre that is dubstep. It has led to the horror of Korn collaborating with Skrillex, and that must be stopped.

QUOTE/TWEET

The entirety of Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue at the Golden Globes. Too long to quote, well worth a viewing.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP Google+. Enough said.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

I finally see Radiohead live, in Berlin. It’s one of the most magnificent moments of my life. Fact.

Have your say: facebook.com/drummedia

1. 15 Years: The Remixes VARIOUS/GLOBAL UNDERGROUND 2. The Remixes: 2004-2011 BOYS NOIZE 3. London Sessions LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

SONGS

1. 1996 THE WOMBATS 2. Levels AVICII 3. Truly Happy Ending JUNIOR BOYS 4. We Found Love CALVIN HARRIS 5. Hello MARTIN SOLVEIG

ARTISTS

1. The Wombats 2. Calvin Harris 3. Axwell 4. Avicii 5. Sébastien Léger

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl 2. The Wombats 3. The Living End 4. Duck Sauce 5. Leftfield

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Bag Raiders 2. Alpine 3. Gotye 4. The Living End 5. Gypsy & The Cat

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. People of Walmart 2. YouTube 3. FML 4. Despair 5. I Am Bored

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Breakfasters RRR 2. Space Between The Beats KISS FM 3. Friday Night Shuffle (Aston Shuffle) TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

1. Bored To Death 2. Breaking Bad 3. Modern Family 4. Underbelly: Razor 5. The Soup

MOVIES

1. 127 Hours 2. Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone 3. Captain America 4. Moneyball 5. Source Code

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Probably the reformation of The Stone Roses or the Chicago house of Azari & III’s album.

MOST OVERHYPED

Lady Gaga: a complete and utter lunatic, or the crap Metallica and Lou Reed combination.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Wait Miley got high? Where have I been?! Buried under the tinsel obiv. @mileycyrus meet my friend @ snoopdoog... He’ll hook ya up!” Katy Perry on Twitter.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Communicating in times of death: Roger Ebert posted “friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive” following the death of Ryan Dunn.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Amy Winehouse revealed to be alive and well.


WRITERS’ POLL RESULTS

THE INPRESS 2011 WRAP

PJ HARVEY

TOTAL CONTROL - HENGE BEAT

ADALITA @ MEREDITH PHOTO BY JESSE BOOHER

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

1. PJ Harvey 2. Gotye 3. Adalita 4. Kurt Vile 5. Bon Iver PREVIOUS WINNERS: Kanye West (2010), Lady Gaga (2009), The Presets (2008) GANG OF FOUR

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 2. Adalita ADALITA 3. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 4. Bon Iver BON IVER 5. Making Mirrors GOTYE 6. Henge Beat TOTAL CONTROL 7. Speaking Volumes MANTRA 8. David Comes To Life FUCKED UP 9. Vows KIMBRA 10. Dark Magic SAND PEBBLES PREVIOUS WINNERS: InnerSpeaker TAME IMPALA (2010), Merriweather Post Pavilion ANIMAL COLLECTIVE (2009), Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (2008)

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

1. Gang Of Four 2. Portishead 3. Primal Scream 4. Foo Fighters =5. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble =5. Fucked Up =5. The National PREVIOUS WINNERS: Pavement (2010), The Flaming Lips (2009), Sonic Youth (2008) MY DISCO

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. 12 Days To Paris HUXTON CREEPERS 2. We’re New Here GIL SCOTT-HERON AND JAMIE XX 3. Quasimodo’s Dream THE REELS PREVIOUS WINNERS: Inaugural year for this category.

1. Grinderman 2. The Middle East 3. My Disco =4. Adalita =4. Drapht PREVIOUS WINNERS: Eddy Current Suppression Ring (2010), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (2009), The Drones (2008) SOUNDCLOUD

ONLINE DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

1. SoundCloud 2. Facebook 3. The Guardian 4. Twitter =5. Bandcamp =5. Facebook PREVIOUS WINNERS: Facebook (2010), Facebook (2009), Facebook (2008)

W

e’d read about PJ Harvey’s tenth studio album, Let England Shake, long before we’d heard it, and the unanimous verdict even then was that the 43-year-old Brit had crafted, if not the album of her career, then certainly her best in years. Inpress writers agreed, naming it their top album of 2011. The record, written over two-and-a-half years but recorded in a Dorset church in five weeks with long-time collaborator John Parish, former Bad Seed Mick Harvey and Grammy-winning alt.rock producer Flood, was a highly politicised anti-war missive, which landed Harvey on the political chat show circuit (sharing a couch with then-Brit PM Gordon Brown on one memorable occasion), and scored her a second Mercury Music Prize (she’s the only artist to have won it twice). It’s not surprising Inpress writers also named Harvey their artist of the year. With an Australian tour kicking off in a few weeks, and a scheduled stop at Tassie’s Mona Foma, we reckon an appearance in next year’s poll in the top shows of 2012 category ain’t out of the question either.

As the year winds down with the future of both the Prince Of Wales’ and East Brunswick Club’s band rooms in doubt, it’s interesting to note all of our writers’ favourite overseas gigs of the year bar one, and their top Aussie show, were attached to festivals. Gang Of Four showed up plenty of bands half their age when they delivered a dynamic afternoon set at this year’s Soundwave festival (and demolished a microwave at their Corner Hotel sideshow), while the near 14-year wait to see Portishead (and that was just in the Harvest bar queues) was forgotten as Bristol’s finest turned in a performance that will be talked about for years. Grinderman, meanwhile, bookended the year for many punters, delivering scathing sets at the Big Day Out in January and Meredith last week, where they announced their retirement (or did they?). The Middle East, a band on the opposite end of the rock’n’roll spectrum to Nick Cave’s bearded bandits, were another act that bowed out after a run of stellar live shows. Our writers’ other fave local gigs were equally as eclectic, with fast-rising rapper (and ARIA chart-topper) Drapht proving as popular as a newly solo but perenially popular Adalita.

From the political to the personal: Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know has to be one of the shortestodds favourites for Song Of The Year in our writers’ poll history, and we’ve gotta say its status is thoroughly deserved. By subverting the traditional pop song formula, Gotye penned a chart-topping rarity: a radio-flogged record that you never quite get sick of hearing. We’re still convinced that with some judicious syncing and canny soundtrack placement, Team Gotye can take the song all the way to the top of the US and UK charts. Fingers crossed.

SoundCloud’s dominance in the website category reflects the changing ways we consume music, while it’s a telling indictment on the quality of our local newspapers’ sites that more readers turn to London’s The Guardian to get their news fix than any of our local rags.

It was a solid year of Australian reissues, with tasty (re)packages from acts including Underground Lovers, Lighthouse Keepers, Ups & Downs, The Screaming Tribesmen, The Reels and Huxton Creepers. It was the latter’s reissued classic 12 Days To Paris that took out our miscellaneous/bits and bobs category, no doubt helped by a recent (and rockin’) comeback show at the Corner Hotel.

It’s been a huge year for music by any measure, and next year is shaping up to be just as memorable: we’re stoked to see SLAM Day going national in 2012 (23 February) and there’s already a bunch of shows we’re gagging for. Bring it on.

COMMUNITY

Brian Wise’s excellent Saturday morning RRR show Off The Record has long been a writers’ favourite, taking out the Best Radio Program category in 2005 and coming second in 2006 and 2008.

The Inpress team

THE TREE OF LIFE

HAU LATUKEFU - THE HIP HOP SHOW

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. Streamers BROUS 3. Lose The Baby LOST ANIMAL 4. Feeding Line BOY & BEAR 5. Hot Air ADALITA PREVIOUS WINNERS: Tightrope JANELLE MONÁE (2010), Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) BEYONCE (2009), Electric Feel/Time To Pretend MGMT (2008)

RADIO SHOW/PODCAST OF THE YEAR

1. Off The Record RRR =2. Son Of Crawdaddy RRR =2. The Hip Hop Show TRIPLE J =2. Under the Sun RRR =2. Blue Juice PBS PREVIOUS WINNERS: Home & Hosed TRIPLE J (2010), Blue Juice PBS (2009), Transference RRR (2008)

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

1. Breaking Bad 2. Game Of Thrones 3. Community 4. The Simpsons 5. Treme PREVIOUS WINNERS: Mad Men (2010), True Blood (2009), Dexter (2008)

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MOVIE OF THE YEAR

1. The Tree of Life 2. Black Swan 3. Bridesmaids 4. Drive 5. X-Men: First Class PREVIOUS WINNERS: Inception (2010), Inglourious Basterds (2009), The Dark Knight (2008) 13


ADAM CURLEY

ALEKSIA BARRON

ANDREW HAZEL

ALBUMS

1. Speaking Volumes MANTRA 2. Babylon PHRASE 3. Take Care DRAKE 4. Making Mirrors GOTYE 5. The Life Of Riley DRAPHT 6. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 7. 21 ADELE 8. Drama PEGZ 9. Future Shade THE HERD 10. Voyager JOELISTICS CAITLIN PARK

ALBUMS

1. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 2. Milk Annual CAITLIN PARK 3. Separation Anxiety DIVORCED 4. Vanity Is Forever GEOFFREY O’CONNOR 5. Adalita ADALITA 6. Self (en)titled A GENDER 7. Hurtsville JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS 8. Wounded Rhymes LYKKE LI 9. Loneliness Is A Dirty Mattress KITCHEN’S FLOOR 10. Secret Rituals SNOWMAN

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen VARIOUS 2. The Sextape THE TONGUE 3. Best Intentions: Part One SPIT SYNDICATE 1. The Book PHRASE 2. Thunda Cats THUNDAMENTALS FEAT DYSPHEMIC 3. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 4. Nobody Knows I’m Famous MANTRA 5. Priceless PEGZ FEAT DIALECTRIX, JOE NEW, 2BUCK MANTRA

1. The National 2. Kurt Vile 3. Warpaint 4. Big Freedia 5. Juiceboxxx

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Geoffrey O’Connor 2. Divorced 3. Saint Jude 4. Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders 5. Montero

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Bandcamp 2. FBi Radio 3. The New York Times 4. Rose Quartz 5. Kill Your Darlings

TV SHOWS

1. Bored To Death 2. How To Make It In America 3. Boardwalk Empire 4. At The Movies 5. The Slap

MOVIES

1. Beginners 2. Page One: Inside The New York Times 3. Super 8 4. Heartbeats 5. Tiny Furniture

1. Hunter 2. Mantra 3. Kanye West 4. Elbow 5. Drapht

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Bright Eyes 2. Aesop Rock 3. Elbow 4. The National 5. Pharoahe Monch

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Drapht 2. Mantra 3. Thundamentals 4. The Herd 5. Pegz

1. Last.fm 2. Mess+Noise 3. The Guardian 4. Pitchfork 5. Clones and Clones

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Twitter 2. Vulture 3. The Drum 4. Facebook 5. White Whine

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Reviews BBC RADIO 5 LIVE 2. Filmspotting CHICAGO PUBLIC RADIO 3. Adam and Joe BBC 6 MUSIC

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

TV SHOWS

1. The Hip Hop Show TRIPLE J 2. Home and Hosed TRIPLE J 3. Fresh Minds SYN

1. Game of Thrones 2. Media Watch 3. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern 4. The Colbert Report 5. Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable

TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad 2. Game of Thrones 3. 30 Rock 4. Homeland 5. Community

MOVIES

1. La Quattro Volte 2. Tree of Life 3. Jess + Moss 4. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II 5. The Guard

MOVIES

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

To be vomitous: more great local music. Should be another great year for cohesive, creative music communities. 14

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Kills VARIOUS/JJ 2. Don’t Believe The Hyper Colour VARIOUS/ THE POLO CLUB 3. Bin Juice VARIOUS

MOST OVERHYPED

Odd Future; offensive lyrics and rampant egos fuel songs with no structure or purpose beyond shock value. Kind of genius too though.

1. Ghostwalking NEW WAR 2. Bad Guys BLEEDING KNEES CLUB 3. Beat And The Pulse AUSTRA 4. Memory #7 LOWTIDE 5. Lazy Bones WOODEN SHJIPS

ARTISTS

1. Faris Badwan (Horrors/Cat’s Eyes) 2. Benjamin John Powers (Blanck Mass/Fuck Buttons) 3. Edwyn Collins 4. Andrew Weatherall 5. Shane Parsons & Simon Ridley (DZ Deathrays/ Velociraptor)

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Soft Pack 2. Gang Of Four 3. Dolly Parton 4. Street Chant 5. Warpaint

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Apartments 2. Velociraptor 3. The Ears 4. Orbweavers 5. Ross De Chene Hurricanes

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Twitter 2. ABC iview 3. SoundCloud 4. Pop & Hiss 5. Zap2It

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Dangerous Minds Radio Hour DANGEROUSMINDS.NET 2. Death Mix THEDEATHOFADISCODANCER. BLOGSPOT.COM 3. Weekend Playlist RCRDLBL.COM

TV SHOWS

1. Misfits 2. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson 3. Treme 4. Game Of Thrones 5. Laid

MOVIES

1. The Green Hornet 2. Paul 3. Super 4. Bridesmaids 5. Horrible Bosses

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Revolutions and occupations.

MOST OVERHYPED OFWGKTA.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Statistically, at least one of you will be dead in a month.” Louis CK to Melbourne audience on Sep 2.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP #QantasLuxury. TOM WAITS

While it may not be the best, nothing defined 2011 like Rebecca Black, then most of the developed world, singing “Fri-ee-day Fri-ee-day / Gotta get down on Friee-day.”

“Smooth move, Ferguson.” 30 Rock. Short Stack smacking 360 with a brilliantly close-tohome pisstake video during the [V] Oz Artist of the Year voting.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

1. Keep Your Dreams CANYONS 2. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 3. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 4. Henge Beat TOTAL CONTROL 5. Skying THE HORRORS 6. Crystal Theatre BELLES WILL RING 7. Gimme Some PETER, BJORN & JOHN 8. Meditations Of The Sun MELODIE NELSON 9. King Of The Waves LITTLE BARRIE 10. Azari & III AZARI & III

QUOTE/TWEET

Boardwalk Empire.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

PREDICTION(S) 2012

The ever-increasing brilliance of local music.

MOST OVERHYPED QUOTE/TWEET

Cliquey Aus news commentators on Twitter. Join the conversation? Watch the conversation happen between the same five people.

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2011.

“Society is my friend/He makes me lie down in a cool blood bath/Oh, society.” Kurt Vile.

1. Alpine 2. D. Rogers 3. Tully On Tully 4. The Good China 5. Collarbones

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

MOST OVERHYPED QUOTE/TWEET

1. Portishead 2. Gang Of Four 3. The Antlers 4. The Go! Team 5. The Pointer Sisters

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

Kurt Vile and cultivating a liking of gin.

The redefining of sexual and gender politics in American rap: Tyler, The Creator and Nicki Minaj failed us.

1. Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 THE RADIO DEPT 2. Bakesale (Deluxe Edition) SEBADOH 3. Teenage Snuff Film ROWLAND S HOWARD

1. Lowtide 2. Alpine 3. Tully On Tully 4. Montero 5. Collarbones

1. Bridesmaids 2. Black Swan 3. We Need To Talk About Kevin 4. X-Men: First Class 5. The Help

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

ARTISTS ARTISTS

ALBUMS

SONGS

1. Underneath Tonight LOWTIDE 2. Holly JAMES BLACKSHAW 3. Heartlove ALPINE 4. Too Beautiful to Work THE LUYAS 5. Holiday in America BITCH PREFECT

1. Cold Feet JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS 2. Own Side CAITLIN ROSE 3. Whatever Leads Me To You GEOFFREY O’CONNOR 4. Really In Love ROYAL HEADACHE 5. Welcome To The Middle THE GRATES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

M83

SONGS

SONGS

1. Kurt Vile 2. Adalita 3. Divorced 4. Caitlin Park 5. Big Freedia

1. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 2. Father, Son, Holy Ghost GIRLS 3. Hello Sadness LOS CAMPESINOS! 4. Go With River OWLS OF THE SWAMP 5. Biophilia BJÖRK 6. Twerps TWERPS 7. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 8. Rolling Blackouts THE GO! TEAM 9. New Brigade ICEAGE 10. 50 Words For Snow KATE BUSH

SONGS

1. Record Store Day 2011 VARIOUS/MISSING LINK 2. We’re New Here GIL SCOTT-HERON & JAMIE XX 3. Lostworks FAUX PAS

ARTISTS

ALBUMS

ANDREW MAST

There will be a dark, sad hole in my heart where Community should be. Coincidentally, Donald Glover will forge a film career.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Fenton the deer-chasing dog and all its related memes. “Fenton...Fenton...oh Jesus Christ...FENTON!!!!!...oh Jesus Christ...”

PREDICTION(S) 2012

The world will not end. It will be a glorious time to be alive.

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PREDICTION(S) 2012

Same as prediction for 2011 – a Tom Waits tour... it’s gotta happen sooner or later.


ANTHONY CAREW JULIANNA BARWICK

ANTONIOS SARHANIS

ALBUMS

1. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 2. Dereb The Ambassador DEREB THE AMBASSADOR 3. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 4. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 5. 50 Words For Snow KATE BUSH 6. Ghost To A Ghost/Gutter Town HANK WILLIAMS III 7. Cymbals Eat Guitars LENSES ALIEN 8. Crooked Fingers BREAKS IN THE ARMOR 9. The Dreamer ETTA JAMES 10. The Old Magic NICK LOWE

ATTICUS BASTOW AUTECHRE

KATE BUSH

BOB BAKER FISH

ALBUMS

1. From Africa With Fury SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 2. Balkan Brass Battle BOBAN & MARKO MARKOVIC ORCHESTRA VERSES FANFARE CIOCARLIA 3. Ballad(s) For Quiet Horizons SCOTT MORRISON 4. Blanck Mass BLANCK MASS 5. Space Elevator THE LEAFS 6. Tassili TINARIWEN 7. And The World Is Still Yawning VIEO ABIUNGO 8. For The Tired And Ill At Ease SCISSORS AND SELLOTAPE 9. The Oansome Orbit PIMMON 10. Vanity Is Forever GEOFFREY O’CONNOR

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS ALBUMS

1. Orion 2000 ORCHESTRA PETER THOMAS 2. A Treasure NEIL YOUNG 3. Miracles YMA SUMAC

1. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 2. Ravedeath, 1972 TIM HECKER 3. Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1 EARTH 4. Conditions Of My Parole PUSCIFER 5. Gloss Drop BATTLES

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS ALBUMS

1. The Magic Place JULIANNA BARWICK 2. Forever SLEEP ∞ OVER 3. Past Life Martyred Saints EMA 4. Ritual Union LITTLE DRAGON 5. Kaputt DESTROYER 6. Trippple Midnight Karma/Won Ton Jaz SEAN NICHOLAS SAVAGE 7. You Are All I See ACTIVE CHILD 8. For You OSCAR + MARTIN 9. Idle Labor CRAFT SPELLS 10. Dead Seas SEA PINKS

1. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 2. Smile Sessions THE BEACH BOYS 3. The Bootleg Series, Vol 1: Live in Europe 1967 MILES DAVIS

SONGS

1. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 2. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 3. Gonde DEREB THE AMBASSADOR 4. Only Girl (In The World) RIHANNA 5. East Harlem BEIRUT

ARTISTS

SONGS

1. PJ Harvey 2. Fleet Foxes 3. Tom Waits 4. Meshell Ndegeocello 5. Etta James

ARTISTS

1. Primal Scream 2. Iggy And The Stooges 3. Lupe Fiasco 4. MIA 5. The Black Keys

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Dark Bloom Split 12-inch GRIMES/D’EON 1. Don’t Leave It To Me MOZART’S SISTER 2. Oblivion GRIMES 3. Ungirthed PURITY RING 4. Sore Spores BOBBY 5. As Young As Yesterday KORALLREVEN 1. Grimes 2. Mozart’s Sister 3. Raphaelle Standell-Preston (Braids, Blue Hawaii, Indiensoci) 4. Julianna Barwick 5. U.S. Girls

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Omar Souleyman 2. Mountain Man 3. Wildbirds & Peacedrums 4. Warpaint 5. How To Dress Well

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES No tokenism, thanks.

1. Dereb The Ambassador 2. Dirty York 3. The Bamboos 4. You Am I 5. The Cruel Sea

1. Mine. RRR.

TV SHOWS 1. Mad Men

MOVIES

1. Beginners 2. The Future 3. Norwegian Wood 4. Incendies 5. Fleurs du Mal

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Not dying.

MOST OVERHYPED

Can we just rename this The Odd Future Award and be done with it? Naughty boys saying naughty things = the tedious status quo.

QUOTE/TWEET

Pretty much anything Ariel Pink says.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Just the phrase ‘Social Media’ repulses me. Pass.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Not with a bang but a whimper.

ARTISTS

1. One Day As A Lion 2. Radiohead 3. My Disco 4. Saskwatch 5. Amon Tobin 1. Jerome Noetinger 2. One Day As A Lion 3. Die Antwoord 4. Andrew WK 5. Tool

1. Blue King Brown 2. My Disco 3. Oren Ambarchi (with Charlemagne Palestine) 4. Saskwatch 5. Pirate 1. Boing Boing 2. Bandcamp 3. TED 4. xkcd 5. Create Digital Music

1. The DA Trippers 2. Club Troppo 3. Anagrammatically 4. Sample Happy 5. Language Hat

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. The Latin Connection PBS 2. Soulgroove ‘66 PBS 3. Beneath The Forest Floor RADIOVALERIE.ORG

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

TV SHOWS

1. Analog Paralysis, 1978 TIM HECKER 2. Bloom RADIOHEAD 3. Party Rock Anthem LMFAO 4. Friday REBECCA BLACK 5. Surrounded By Silence DESIGN THE SKYLINE

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

The internet should never be celebrated.

SONGS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. EPs 1991 - 2002 AUTECHRE 2. Icasea/Benefit Compilation for Japan VARIOUS 3. The Top 100 Tracks Of 2010 (Bleep) VARIOUS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Blue Juice PBS 2. Black Wax PBS 3. Stone Love PBS

TV SHOWS

1. Gruen Nation 2. Spicks And Specks 3. Media Watch 4. Archer 5. Adventure Time

1. The Simpsons 2. Mad Men 3. Curb Your Enthusiasm 4. Treme 5. AFL Football

MOVIES

MOVIES

1. The King’s Speech 2. Midnight In Paris 3. Moneyball 4. Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone 5. Project Nim

1. Drive 2. The King’s Speech 3. Senna 4. The Hunter 5. Brian Eno: Another Green World

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Turtle Mountain’s ‘So Delicious’ Chocolate Coconut Milk.

MOST OVERHYPED

Dubstep. ‘Nuff said.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I’m on a drug... it’s called Charlie Sheen.”

“Governments don’t rule the world, Goldman Sachs rules the world.” Trader Alessio Rastani in a live interview with the BBC.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Death to expensive books!

MOST OVERHYPED QUOTE/TWEET

Google+.

Twitter. I just don’t pay attention. #toocoolforschool

PREDICTION(S) 2012

THE BAMBOOS

#Every sentence will start with a hashtag and include at least one @george.

In a gross display of irony, Justin Timberlake fronts the ‘new’ MySpace media campaign.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Uhh, only the end of the world! Duh.

Have your say: facebook.com/inpressmag

SONGS

1. Wilhelm Scream THE BAMBOOS 2. Tenere Taqhim Tossam TINARIWEN 3. Sote Sote Adhi Raat BOMBAY ROYALE 4. Proud GEOFFREY O’CONNOR 5. Dive LITTLE ROY

ARTISTS

1. Omar Souleyman 2. Matthew Herbert 3. Seun Kuti 4. Brian Eno 5. Shackleton

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Dakhabrakha 2. Konono No1 3. Omar Souleyman 4. The Congos 5. Tony Conrad & Charlemagne Palestine

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Mark Atkins 2. Iwantja 3. Paul Grabowsky Trio with Julien Wilson and orchestra 4. The Leafs 5. Cured Pink & Will Guthrie

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. 100 Worst Songs Ever 2. Documentary Heaven 3. Lexicon Devil 4. Worst Album Covers Ever Created 5. Leafcutter John

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. The Drift RRR 2. The Good The Dub and The Global RRR 3. Delivery RRR

TV SHOWS

1. Game Of Thrones 2. Breaking Bad 3. Treme 4. The Daily Show 5. In Treatment

MOVIES

1. A Serbian Film 2. Valhalla Rising 3. Underwater Love 4. I Saw The Devil 5. Machete Maidens Unleashed

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

The media frenzy around the arse of the sister of the woman who married the royal.

MOST OVERHYPED

Bloated rock festivals with reformed ‘90s casualties headlining.

QUOTE/TWEET

Sorry, I’m way too self centered to listen to what anyone else has to say.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP As above.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Much more of the answer to the Emperor’s new clothes question. 15


CLEM BASTOW

BRYGET CHRISFIELD

ALBUMS

CYCLONE

ALBUMS

LADY GAGA

1. Honkey Kong BOOTS ELECTRIC 2. Velociraptor! KASABIAN 3. Torches FOSTER THE PEOPLE 4. Keep Your Dreams CANYONS 5. Making Mirrors GOTYE 6. Odd Soul MUTEMATH 7. The English Riviera METRONOMY 8. Prisoner THE JEZABELS 9. Gloss Drops BATTLES 10. Pala FRIENDLY FIRES

ALBUMS

CANYONS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 GORILLAZ 2. Flowers ICEHOUSE 3. Twenty PEARL JAM

SONGS

1. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. Switchblade Smiles KASABIAN 3. Moves GOLD FIELDS 4. Cold Feet JACK LADDER 5. I Can See Through You THE HORRORS

1. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 2. Attack The Block BASEMENT JAXX & STEVEN PRICE 3. Burning Man LISA GERRARD 4. Hanna THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS 5. Born This Way LADY GAGA 6. Red Riding Hood BRIAN REITZELL & ALEX HEFFES 7. Source Code CHRIS BACON 8. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 9. The Life Of Riley DRAPHT 10. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CLIFF MARTINEZ/VARIOUS ARTISTS 2. All For You: The Best Of Cold Chisel COLD CHISEL 3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 VARIOUS ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Grinderman 2. Dan Sultan 3. My Disco 4. DZ Deathrays 5. The Delta Riggs

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. SoundCloud 2. RCRD LBL 3. Pop & Hiss 4. Facebook 5. NME

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Live At The Wireless TRIPLE J 2. Mornings With Zan TRIPLE J 3. The Hip Hop Show TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

1. The Office (US) 2. Weeds 3. Breaking Bad 4. True Blood 5. Later With Jools Holland

MOVIES

1. Hanna 2. Bridesmaids 3. Nirvana Live At The Paramount 4. Red Dog 5. Warrior

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Copping a load of Nikki Sixx’s blood capsule-enhanced spit to the face in the Mötley Crüe mosh.

MOST OVERHYPED Pippa Middleton.

QUOTE/TWEET

Miley Cyrus: “I mess up. There you go. But if you live your life trying to be perfect you don’t really live your life ever, because you don’t really make any mistakes and at the end of your life you won’t be very smart or wise.” (Herald Sun)

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

1. Shoulda JAMIE WOON 2. No Church In The Wild KANYE WEST & JAY-Z FEAT FRANK OCEAN 3. Big SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM 4. Shadows Of The City MARCUS FOSTER 5. Bloody Mary LADY GAGA JAMIE WOON

ALBUMS

1. Forever So HUSKY 2. Batmania THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS 3. The Surf N Western Sounds Of MIKELANGELO AND THE TIN STAR 4. Magnetic Island GENTLE BEN AND HIS SENSITIVE SIDE 5. Nightingale ERLAND AND THE CARNIVAL 6. What Happens In Hell, Stays In Hell NEKROMANTIX 7. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS 8. Hellride FIREBALLS 9. Suck It And See ARCTIC MONKEYS 10. Black Rainbows BRETT ANDERSON

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. National Treasures - The Complete Singles MANIC STREET PREACHERS 2. Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982–2011 REM 3. Made In Germany RAMMSTEIN

SONGS

1. The Woods HUSKY 2. Loaded Gun THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS 3. Regret It GENTLE BEN AND HIS SENSITIVE SIDE 4. History’s Door HUSKY 5. Summertime ERLAND AND THE CARNIVAL

ARTISTS

1. Husky 2. Gentle Ben And His Sensitive Side 3. Mikelangelo And The Tin Star 4. SixFtHick 5. Manic Street Preachers HUSKY

1. Horse Ebooks 2. I Watch Stuff 3. Script Shadow 4. The Envelope 5. DubstepSong 1. Andrew WK 2. Andrew WK 3. Andrew WK 4. Andrew WK 5. Andrew WK

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Time Shield 2. Montero 3. Brous 4. Georgia Fields 5. Guy Blackman

ARTISTS

1. James Blake 2. Drake 3. PJ Harvey 4. Frank Ocean 5. Big Scary

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. James Blake 2. Crystal Castles 3. Beach House 4. Bobby Long 5. Stornoway

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Icehouse 2. Big Scary 3. My Disco 4. Cut Copy 5. Christian Vance

1. Saturday Night Jukebox GOLD FM 2. The Wind Down Classic ROCK FM 3. The Drift RRR

TV SHOWS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. One Born Every Minute 2. Miniscule 3. Game Of Thrones 4. Glee 5. Destroy Build Destroy

1. The Guardian 2. IMDb 3. NME 4. Net A Porter 5. Facebook

MOVIES

1. Snowtown 2. Burning Man 3. Take Shelter 4. Moneyball 5. Thor

TV SHOWS

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Breaking up with music and getting into a serious relationship with film. Adventures in Rite-Aid and medicinal marijuana.

MOST OVERHYPED

“The Melbourne indie music scene.”

QUOTE/TWEET

“Come, friendly asteroids, and fall on earth” – Charlie Brooker in The Guardian, followed closely by “Get ready to fly helicopters!” @Horse_ebooks on Twitter.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Some knobwrench on Twitter saying “I think she goes by ‘Clementine’ these days”. No shit, genius, it’s my name.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

16

SONGS

1. @Horse_ebooks 2. Charlize Theron 3. Kanye West 4. Nicholas Winding Refn 5. Nikki Minaj

Prepuberty Blues: My 11-year-old niece starting up a Facebook page. New material from Blur and an Australian tour. Crossing everything that both these rock’n’roll dreams come true.

1. Balance 019 VARIOUS/HENRY SAIZ 2. We’re New Here GIL SCOTT-HERON AND JAMIE XX 3. Lioness: Hidden Treasures AMY WINEHOUSE

1. Rumour Has It/Someone Like You GLEE CAST 2. Super Bass NIKKI MINAJ 3. What’s My Name Jack PARTY BEN 4. Government Hooker LADY GAGA 5. The Wolf FEVER RAY

ARTISTS

1. Mötley Crüe 2. Portishead 3. Foo Fighters 4. The Hives 5. Foster The People

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

SONGS

ARTISTS

1. Kasabian 2. Gotye 3. Foster The People 4. Boots Electric 5. Dangerous!

1. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 2. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 3. Ritual WHITE LIES 4. Anna Calvi ANNA CALVI 5. Take Care DRAKE 6. Vacation BIG SCARY 7. Violet Cries ESBEN AND THE WITCH 8. Within And Without WASHED OUT 9. A Creature I Don’t Know LAURA MARLING 10. Babylon PHRASE

DOMINIQUE WALL

Getting a massive chest tattoo of @Horse_ebooks Twitter handle and avatar.

1. The Hour 2. True Blood 3. Vampire Diaries 4. Downton Abbey 5. Wonders Of The Universe

MOVIES

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2. Black Swan 3. Water For Elephants 4. Red Riding Hood 5. The Cave Of Forgotten Dreams

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Three (iPad mag) letting me write my radical postfeminist re-evaluation of Twilight!

MOST OVERHYPED

Adele... didn’t y’all hear any ‘90s neo-soul or Alicia Keys?

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Illwave takeover of urban music (Drake and his Canadian coterie, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean), demise of trancehop, indie rebirth.

Have your say: facebook.com/inpressmag

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Gary Numan 2. Jello Biafra 3. Rammstein

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Mikelangelo And The Tin Star 2. SixFtHick 3. Gentle Ben And His Sensitive Side 4. The Fearless Vampire Killers 5. The ReChords

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. Tumblr 2. Smoke And A Coke 3. Frankensteinia - The Frankenstein Blog 4. Etsy 5. Gertie’s New Blog For Better Sewing

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Bluejuice PBS 2. Far and Wide RRR 3. Stone Love PBS

TV SHOWS

1. Supernatural 2. The Simpsons 3. Futurama 4. Raising Hope 5. Reaper

MOVIES

1. Kung Fu Panda 2

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

“Discovering” Husky and The Fearless Vampire Killers both of them Melbourne bands!

MOST OVERHYPED Die Antwoord.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I need two drinks – I can still see what he’s doing.” Dan Baebler (SixFtHick) after bandmate Ben Corbett said “I need a drink – I can still see what I’m doing.”

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Lady Gaga to host her own TV chat show.


DOUG WALLEN

ALBUMS

1. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 2. Tambourine TEETH & TONGUE 3. Black Up SHABAZZ PALACES 4. Moment Bends ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI 5. Underneath the Pine TORO Y MOI 6. Tears Again JANE BADLER & SIR 7. Hotel Shampoo GRUFF RHYS 8. Ex Tropical LOST ANIMAL 9. Tripper FRUIT BATS 10. A Fool Who’ll LAURA JEAN

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Quasimodo’s Dream THE REELS 2. Out of Mind, Out of Sight MODELS 3. We Bury The Living: Early Recordings, 1989-1990 THE 3DS TEETH & TONGUE

DYLAN STEWART

GUIDO FARNELL

ALBUMS

1. The Magic Place JULIANNA BARWICK 2. 936 PEAKING LIGHTS 3. W PLANNINGTOROCK 4. We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves JOHN MAUS 5. Eye Contact GANG GANG DANCE 6. Cabaret Cixous MARIA MINERVA 7. Conatus ZOLA JESUS 8. Soft Metals SOFT METALS 9. Solaris BEN FROST AND DANIEL BJARNSASON 10. Parallax ATLAS SOUND

CRYSTAL FIGHTERS

1. The King Is Dead THE DECEMBERISTS 2. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 3. Little Hell CITY AND COLOUR 4. The Vasco Era THE VASCO ERA 5. Bon Iver BON IVER 6. For You OSCAR + MARTIN 7. Star Of Love CRYSTAL FIGHTERS 8. Mariachi El Bronx MARIACHI EL BRONX 9. Going Out In Style DROPKICK MURPHYS 10. The Head And The Heart THE HEAD AND THE HEART 1. White Heat: 30 Hits ICEHOUSE 2. Hanna (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS

1. Unfamiliar Skirts TEETH & TONGUE 2. Streamers BROUS 3. Contact High ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI 4. America! BILL CALLAHAN 5. Deeper Understanding KATE BUSH

ARTISTS

1. PJ Harvey 2. Teeth & Tongue 3. Architecture in Helsinki 4. Toro Y Moi 5. Shabazz Palaces

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Gruff Rhys 2. Os Mutantes 3. Toro Y Moi 4. Primal Scream 5. Belle & Sebastian

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Middle East 2. Wagons 3. Adalita 4. Ben Salter 5. Regurgitator

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Mess+Noise 2. The Vine 3. The AV Club 4. Slash Film 5. Raven Sings the Blues

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Under The Sun RRR 2. Dance Cadaverous RRR 3. Primary Colours RRR

TV SHOWS

1. Community 2. Game Of Thrones 3. American Horror Story 4. Parks & Recreation 5. The League

MOVIES

1. Sleeping Beauty 2. Submarine 3. Black Swan 4. Winter’s Bone 5. Source Code

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Teeth & Tongue.

MOST OVERHYPED Royal Headache.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Did they ever actually find out why it always rains on Travis?” Matt Banham on Twitter.

SONGS

1. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. Midnight City M83 3. Video Games LANA DEL REY 4. Endless Summer THE JEZABELS 5. Wildfire SBTRKT

ARTISTS

ALBUMS

GANG GANG DANCE

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Tago Mago CAN 2. Turkish Freakout! Volume 2: Psych-Folk Singles 19691980 VARIOUS 3. Fac. Dance: Factory Records 12” Mixes and Rarities 1980-1987 VARIOUS

SONGS

1. Wildfire SBTRKT 2. You Know What I Mean CULTS 3. Spellwork AUSTRA 4. Gunship (Andrew Weatherall Remix) LOCUSSOLUS 5. De Javu LINDSTRØM

ARTISTS

1. Gotye 2. City And Colour 3. Grinderman 4. M83 5. Boy & Bear

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Flaming Lips 2. The Decemberists 3. Dropkick Murphys 4. LCD Soundsystem 5. Gillian Welch

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Grinderman 2. Stonefield 3. Sheriff 4. Fearless Vampire Killers 5. Dubmarine

1. Julianna Barwick 2. Kurt Vile 3. John Maus 4. Atlas Sound 5. Austra

1. Still Life THE HORRORS 2. Two Different Ways FACTORY FLOOR 3. The Words That Maketh Murder PJ HARVEY 4. The Western BLANCMANGE 5. Lippy Kids ELBOW

ARTISTS

1. Josh T Pearson 2. PJ Harvey 3. The Horrors 4. Evi Vine 5. Spotlight Kid

1. Bat For Lashes 2. Grace Jones 3. Swans 4. Bob Dylan 5. Way To Blue (Nick Drake Tribute)

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. The Hype Machine 2. Facebook 3. Twitter 4. Spinner 5. The Age

1. Gmail 2. Discogs 3. Soundcloud 4. The Hype Machine 5. YouTube

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

TV SHOWS

TV SHOWS

1. Off The Record RRR 2. Breakfasters RRR 3. Mornings with Zan TRIPLE J

1. Get On Up PBS 2. Batty Bass/Hannah Holland Podcasts BATTYBASS.COM 3. Rinse.fm Podcasts RINSE.FM 1. Outsourced 2. Angry Boys 3. Go Back To Where You Came From 4. The Inbetweeners 5. The Slap

1. Breaking Bad 2. How I Met Your Mother 3. Spooks 4. The Simpsons 5. SBS News

MOVIES

MOVIES

1. The Tree Of Life 2. The Skin I Live In 3. Melancholia 4. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia 5. Midnight In Paris

1. The Tree Of Life 2. How I Ended This Summer 3. True Grit 4. Limitless 5. The Lincoln Lawyer

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

As soon as I finish this sentence I will be getting in my car to head to Meredith. So right now...

MOST OVERHYPED

Seeker Lover Keeper. Even shitter than Lulu.

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Bestival, especially Björk’s set.

MOST OVERHYPED

Love them or hate them – OFWGKTA.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Everything bad that can happen to a person has happened to me.” – Paris Hilton confides on Piers Morgan Tonight.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Facebook/Skynet.

The Fishbowl Incident. A Christmas present gone wrong for a boss who sent live goldfish to clients. They were all dead on arrival.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Prince. Surely...

SONGS

1. The Middle East 2. The Bombay Royale 3. Seeker Lover Keeper 4. My Disco 5. Pond

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

1. Last Of The Country Gentlemen JOSH T PEARSON 2. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 3. Skying THE HORRORS 4. ...And So The Morning Comes EVI VINE 5. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will MOGWAI 6. Creatures Of An Hour STILL CORNERS 7. Veronica Falls VERONICA FALLS 8. Interplay JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS 9. Again Into Eyes S.C.U.M. 10. Hearts I BREAK HORSES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP Bandanas and lots of leather.

EVI VINE

ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

SONGS

JAMES MCGALLIARD

Mark Zuckerberg’s photos leaked because of a security flaw with Facebook. Didn’t the Mayans predict the apocalypse in 2012?

Have your say: facebook.com/inpressmag

JOSH T PEARSON

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Josh T Pearson 2. The Horrors 3. Pulp 4. Smoke Fairies 5. The National

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Marc Riley BBC 6MUSIC 2. Gideon Coe BBC 6MUSIC 3. John Kennedy XFM

TV SHOWS

1. Frozen Planet 2. The Crimson Petal and The White 3. Any Human Heart 4. Spirited 5. The Fades

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Worldwide revolutions.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

The world ends in 2012 doesn’t it? 17


JEFF JENKINS SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR

ALBUMS

1. Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR 2. Future Universe RON S PENO AND THE SUPERSTITIONS 3. Myles Mayo MYLES MAYO 4. Dark Magic SAND PEBBLES 5. Yearlings DEAD LETTER CHORUS 6. Two Days JD LOVE 7. Rumble, Shake And Tumble WAGONS 8. Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide DAVE GRANEY 9. Fall THE SWAMP DANDIES 10. Japanese Engines THE FAUVES

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. 12 Days To Paris HUXTON CREEPERS 2. Ruby/Pearl THE KILLJOYS 3. Wonderful Things UNDERGROUND LOVERS

SONGS

1. Glitter, Gold, Ruin BOY IN A BOX 2. Accidentally THE LITTLE STEVIES 3. Downlow WAGONS 4. Leave The Party MYLES MAYO 5. All You Gotta Do SPLIT SECONDS

ARTISTS

1. Ron S Peno 2. Dave Graney 3. The Fauves 4. Ashley Naylor 5. Drapht

JOSHUA KLOKE

KATE KINGSMILL

ALBUMS

1. David Comes To Life FUCKED UP 2. Goodbye Bread TY SEGALL 3. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 4. Slave Ambient WAR ON DRUGS 5. Walk Around The Park INDIAN WARS 6. Vacation BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY! 7. Tan Bajo DAVILA 666 8. Willoughby’s Beach KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD 9. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 10. New Start Again DICK DIVER

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Live On Ten Legs PEARL JAM 2. Emergencys, False Alarms, Shipwrecks, Castaways, Fragile Creatures, Special Features, Demons and Demonstrations JOEL PLASKETT 3. Teenage Hate REATARDS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Sand Pebbles & Dave Graney 2. Skipping Girl Vinegar 3. Drapht 4. Wagons 5. Caitlin Harnett

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Wikipedia 2. Noise11 3. Dave Graney 4. ABC iview 5. Kings Of The Sun

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Gladiators of Sport SEN 2. The Australian Mood RRR 3. Living In The Land Of Oz 979FM

TV SHOWS

1. The Hamster Wheel 2. Killing Time 3. Footy Classified 4. Entourage 5. Neighbours

MOVIES

1. Ben Lee: Catch My Disease 2. Red Dog 3. The Guard 4. Footloose 5. Fire In Babylon

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Geelong beating Collingwood in the Grand Final.

MOST OVERHYPED Andrew Bolt.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I told my old man I’d either grow weed for a living or make music, and he said, ‘Don’t be a bloody idiot, you can do both’.” Angus Stone at the APRA Awards.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Dane Swan to AFL drug testers: “You can’t catch me anyway. Too clever.” He apologised the next day.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

A Top Four finish for the Bombers, a premiership for the mighty Melbourne Storm. And another classic album from Perry Keyes. 18

1. What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? THE VACCINES 2. Gloss Drop BATTLES 3. Stone Rollin’ RAPHAEL SAADIQ 4. Speaking Volumes MANTRA 5. Vacation BIG SCARY 6. Portamento THE DRUMS 7. International Rudeboy LOTEK 8. Fomo LIAM FINN 9. Build A Rocket Boys! ELBOW 10. James Blake JAMES BLAKE LOTEK

ARTISTS

1. Fucked Up 2. Pearl Jam 3. Kurt Vile 4. My Morning Jacket 5. Royal Headache 1. Fucked Up 2. Moon Duo 3. The Trews 4. Kurt Vile 5. Foo Fighters

1. Muppets: The Green Album VARIOUS 2. Dig Cave Dig - A Tribute To The Music Of Nick Cave VARIOUS 3. Mad Bastards Soundtrack PIGRAM BROTHERS/ VARIOUS

1. The Flaming Lips 2. Portishead 3. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes 4. Kimbra 5. Gotye

ONLINE DESTINATIONS SONGS

1. Ice Cream BATTLES 2. Plage CRYSTAL FIGHTERS 3. Bundle Up THE COOL KIDS 4. Boom Boom Da Na WILEY 5. Dead ‘Em MANTRA

ARTISTS

KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD

1. Amy Winehouse 2. Gil Scott-Heron 3. Gerry Rafferty 4. Heavy D 5. Betty Ford

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Royal Headache 2. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard 3. Super Wild Horses 4. Per Purpose 5. Money For Rope

1. Foals 2. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble 3. Elbow 4. Blonde Redhead 5. Ladysmith Black Mambazo

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Popmatters 2. Mess+Noise 3. Exclaim! 4. Drinkify 5. Twitter

1. Liam Finn 2. Eagle And The Worm 3. Ball Park Music 4. Mantra 5. Tijuana Cartel

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. The BS Report ESPN 2. Grant Lawrence’s Top 30 CBC RADIO 3 3. Under The Sun RRR

TV SHOWS

1. How To Make It In America 2. Boardwalk Empire 3. Bored To Death 4. How I Met Your Mother 5. Sportscentre

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Pinterest 2. Lost At E Minor 3. It’s Nice That 4. Grain Edit 5. SoundCloud

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Get Down RRR 2. Kinky Afro RRR 3. Thanks and Praise RRR

MOVIES

MOVIES

1. Pearl Jam Twenty 2. The Ides Of March 3. Bad Teacher 4. Horrible Bosses 5. Contagion

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Fucked Up. And everything they encapsulate.

MOST OVERHYPED

1. Kid With A Bike 2. Beats, Rhymes and Life 3. Black Power Mix Tape 4. Blue Valentine 5. Midnight in Paris

QUOTE/TWEET

“Vinyl is like the mid-sized club. CDs are like stadiums, a bit less soul. MP3s are like dirty punker bars. Cassette tapes, basement shows.” Hollerado on Twitter. Ashton Kutcher unknowingly condemning Penn State for firing the coach who knew about the child molestation scandal.

1. Bleeding Cool 2. The Push 3. BBC Doctor Who Page 4. Triple J Unearthed 5. Facebook

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Flaming Lips 2. BB King 3. Portishead 4. Grace Jones 5. The Funky Meters CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes 2. The Good China 3. C W Stoneking 4. Graveyard Train 5. Mojo Juju

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. The Golden Age Of Piracy RRR 2. Son of Crawdaddy RRR 3. Soul Time PBS

TV SHOWS

1. Doctor Who 2. Community 3. The New Girl 4. How I Met Your Mother 5. The Slap

MOVIES

1. Midnight In Paris 2. Troll Hunter 3. Melancholia 4. The Guard 5. Bridesmaids

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

MOST OVERHYPED

MOST OVERHYPED

Mona.

Girl Talk.

A bunch of angry Mayans.

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

PREDICTION(S) 2012

1. Baby Caught The Bus CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES 2. Vows KIMBRA 3. The Rip Tide BEIRUT 4. All You Need Is Now DURAN DURAN 5. Making Mirrors GOTYE 6. Seeking Major Tom WILLIAM SHATNER 7. Crazy Clown Time DAVID LYNCH 8. 4 BEYONCE 9. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 10. A Very She & Him Christmas SHE & HIM

1. She Plays Up To You CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES 2. Somebody That I Used to Know KIMBRA FEAT GOTYE 3. No More Maps, No More Roads THE GOOD CHINA 4. Cameo Lover KIMBRA 5. Space Oddity WILLIAM SHATNER

1. Queen Of Hearts FUCKED UP 2. Yer Fall HEY ROSETTA 3. Asa BRY WEBB 4. Do The Evolution (Live) PEARL JAM 5. Baby Missiles WAR ON DRUGS

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

ALBUMS

SONGS

SONGS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Jimmy Webb 2. Fitz And The Tantrums 3. Chris Cornell 4. Stevie Nicks 5. Dolly Parton

ALBUMS

KENDAL COOMBS

The Flaming Lips.

A pair of false eyelashes who married some football player?

Planking.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I unfortunately have never in my life been to a wild party.” Silvio Berlusconi

“Some days I’m asking God but then the internet is quicker.” Wiley, Information Age.

QUOTE/TWEET

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP Egypt.

Canberra Raiders star Joel Monaghan forced to quit after Twitter photos of him in a sexually compromising position with a dog.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

1994.

Have your say: facebook.com/inpressmag

End Of Days!


OBLIVEUS

KIEL EGGING

ALBUMS

1. Wasting Light FOO FIGHTERS 2. Mylo Xyloto COLDPLAY 3. Ghosts Of The Past ESKIMO JOE 4. Dancing With A Dead Man CALLING ALL CARS 5. The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating THE LIVING END 6. I’m With You RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS 7. This Modern Glitch THE WOMBATS 8. Who You Are JESSIE J 9. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 10. Different Gear, Still Speeding BEADY EYE

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Triple J Hottest 100 Australian Albums Of All Time VARIOUS 2. Fingerprints and Footprints: The Ultimate Collection POWDERFINGER 3. Live At Red Rocks JOHN BUTLER TRIO

SONGS

1. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall COLDPLAY 2. Cigarettes ILLY 3. Feeding Line BOY & BEAR 4. Champagne Showers LMFAO 5. Walk FOO FIGHTERS

SAMSON MCDOUGALL

KATALYST

TOTAL CONTROL

ALBUMS

1. No Time For Dreaming CHARLES BRADLEY 2. Deep Impressions KATALYST 3. Hollie Cook HOLLIE COOK 4. International Rudeboy LOTEK 5. Return Of Gringo PRINCE FATTY MEETS THE MUTANT HIFI 6. Speaking Volumes MANTRA 7. Look Out, Watch Out DEEP STREET SOUL 8. Volume 2 BLACK FEELING 9. What You Need RANDA & THE SOUL KINGDOM 10. Her 12 Faces LANU

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. DJ Andy Smith’s Jump Up Twist VARIOUS/ANDY SMITH 2. Legendary Rockin’ R&B KEB DARGE & LITTLE EDITH 3. What’s Going On 40th Anniversary Edition MARVIN GAYE

ARTISTS

1. Foo Fighters 2. Gotye 3. Boy & Bear 4. Sparkadia 5. Jessie J

SONGS

JESSIE J

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Living End 2. Sparkadia 3. Illy 4. 360 5. Calling All Cars

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Facebook 2. FasterLouder 3. Noise11 4. TheMusic.com.au 5. Catch Of The Day

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Hughsey and Kate NOVA 2. The Hot Breakfast TRIPLE M 3. Tom & Alex TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

1. The Amazing Race Australia 2. Celebrity Apprentice Australia 3. The X-Factor 4. Angry Boys 5. Survivor: Heroes vs Villains

MOVIES

1. Kung Fu Panda 2 2. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth 3. The Hangover Part II

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Splendour In The Grass and its out-of-this-world lineup. Also, Cadel Evans winning the Tour De France.

MOST OVERHYPED LMFAO.

QUOTE/TWEET

Pretty much any joke that Will Anderson put on his Twitter feed.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Those dumb girls who recently posted a video about ‘sluts’ and dropped the F-bomb every second word.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

AJ Maddah to create another new festival... and people will once again not give a shit. Stick to Soundwave brother!

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Polymers Are Forever FUTURE OF THE LEFT 2. Strange Birds In Paradise: A West Papuan Soundtrack DAVID BRIDIE & ARNOLD AP 3. Roadkill Rising IGGY POP

SONGS

ARTISTS

ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Black Caesar Events 2. Woo-Ha Blogspot 3. The Psyde Projects 4. Oz Reggae 5. SoundCloud

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Primal Scream 2. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble 3. Portishead 4. MIA 5. The Family Stone

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Daniel Merriwether 2. Gotye 3. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra 4. Saskwatch 5. Cactus Channel

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Harmony 2. New War 3. Bits Of Shit 4. Dick Diver 5. Twerps

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Babylon Burning PBS 2. Soul Time PBS 3. Malt Shop Hop PBS

1. Local &/Or General RRR 2. Set It Out RRR 3. Graveyards RRR

TV SHOWS

TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad 2. Entourage 3. Ice Road Truckers 4. Man Vs Wild 5. Sons Of Anarchy

1. Game Of Thrones 2. Treme 3. The Cricket 4. NRL 5. Boardwalk Empire

MOVIES

MOVIES

1. 127 Hours 2. Bad Teacher 3. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 4. X-Men: First Class 5. The Hangover Part II

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Melbourne funk going from strength to strength. Big ups to the bands and punters!

MOST OVERHYPED

1. Persecution Blues: The Battle For The Tote 2. Autoluminescent: Rowland S Howard 3. Snowtown 4. The Human Centipede 2 5. True Grit

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR All the rad local album releases.

MOST OVERHYPED

The glut of poorly organised, expensive, day-long queuefestivals.

Fixie bikes!

QUOTE/TWEET

“After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States.” Sarah Palin.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

“Even the aliens no me, da ones real far, i speak to em like ibadablaa, Jigamagla, bockeraaa.” Shaquille O’Neill on Twitter.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

1. Gang Of Four 2. Bob Dylan 3. Trombone Shorty 4. The Clean 5. Slayer

1. Flannelette Murmurings 2. Swellnet 3. Bureau Of Meteorology 4. RRR 5. Arts Hub

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

QUOTE/TWEET

“You guys have a really complicated relationship with Delta.” Bret Easton Ellis at the Melbourne Writers Festival on the Australian outcry over his Delta Goodrem tweets. Responses to his (fairly innocuous) tweets ranged from: “I have lost all respect for you as an author”, to “I’m very sorry that she has cancer, but I still think she’s a fucking sow.”

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Delta Goodrem (Less Than Zero): See above.

Outdoor, live funk and soul camping experience. You heard it here first!

ALBUMS

1. Blood Thinner JORDIE LANE 2. West WOODEN SHJIPS 3. Sal Kimber And The Rollin’ Wheel SAL KIMBER 4. 40 Nickels For A Bag Of Chips OLD GRAY MULE 5. Queen Of The Minor Key EILEN JEWELL 6. Crystal Theatre BELLES WILL RING 7. The Harrow & The Harvest GILLIAN WELCH 8. Carried In Mind JEFF LANG 9. Friend From Another Star THE WINDY HILLS 10. Starvation Box BACKSLIDERS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Dark Side Of The Moon (Immersion Edition) PINK FLOYD 2. Steaming At The Opera House BILLY THORPE & THE AZTECS 3. Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection VARIOUS

SONGS

1. Hollywood’s Got A Hold JORDIE LANE 2. Lazy Bones WOODEN SHJIPS 3. Annabelle Marie JORDIE LANE 4. Radio City EILEN JEWELL 5. Running By The Rock JEFF LANG EILEN JEWELL

1. Test Of Time BATRIDER 2. Lose The Baby LOST ANIMAL 3. Dreamin’ TWERPS 4. Really In Love ROYAL HEADACHE 5. Fucked Up QUEEN OF HEARTS 1. Adalita 2. Jarrod Quarrell 3. Laura Jean 4. Lanie Lane 5. Cash Savage

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. Foo Fighters 2. Coldplay 3. Kaiser Chiefs 4. Slayer 5. Kanye West

1. David Comes To Life FUCKED UP 2. Henge Beat TOTAL CONTROL 3. Ex-Tropical LOST ANIMAL 4. Dark Magic SAND PEBBLES 5. Piles Of Lies BATRIDER 6. New Start Again DICK DIVER 7. Harmony HARMONY 8. The Whole Love WILCO 9. Twerps TWERPS 10. Let Music & Bodies Unite RAT VS POSSUM

1. Heart Of Gold CHARLES BRADLEY 2. Kids SASKWATCH 3. Mr Clean (Parts 1 & 2) THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA 4. Masterpiece DEEP STREET SOUL 5. Pepper Snake CACTUS CHANNEL 1. Charles Bradley 2. The Psyde Projects 3. Saskwatch 4. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble 5. Gotye

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ALBUMS

SAMUEL J FELL

PREDICTION(S) 2012

International day-long festivals will bleed and die.

Have your say: facebook.com/inpressmag

ARTISTS

1. Jordie Lane 2. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu 3. Sal Kimber 4. Justin Townes Earle 5. Kyuss Lives

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Kyuss Lives 2. Justin Townes Earle 3. Blind Boys Of Alabama 4. Robert Randolph 5. Dirty Dozen Brass Band

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Jeff Lang 2. Jordie Lane 3. Abbe May 4. Tumbleweed 5. Tracy McNeil

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. Cruel & Unusual Magazine 2. Notes From The Dark Corner Of A Sunny Room... 3. Andrew McMillen 4. The Age 5. Mess+Noise

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Off The Record RRR 2. Son Of Crawdaddy RRR 3. Cruisin’ For A Bluesin’ BAY FM

TV SHOWS

1. Spicks And Specks 2. The Wire 3. Family Guy 4. Mythbusters 5. Outnumbered

MOVIES

1. The Rum Diary 2. Rango 3. Water For Elephants 4. Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 5. Horrible Bosses

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Talking fishing with George Clinton; writing Rolling Stone cover story on Gurrumul.

MOST OVERHYPED Bieber.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I’m on a drug... it’s called Charlie Sheen.” Charlie Sheen.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Must admit, didn’t pay much attention to social media.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Metallica and Lou Reed will battle to the death once they realise what they’ve actually done... 19


SHANE O’DONOHUE DESTROYER

STEPHANIE LIEW

THE BOOMEISTER

ALBUMS

KIMBRA

1. Adalita ADALITA 2. Seeker Lover Keeper SEEKER LOVER KEEPER 3. Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR 4. Feel The Pain THE PAINKILLERS 5. The Rise And Fall Of Goodtown WAGONS 6. Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide DAVE GRANEY 7. Dark Magic SAND PEBBLES 8. Moment Bends ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI 9. Kosciuszko JEBEDIAH 10. Red Rockets Of Borneo RED ROCKETS OF BORNEO

ALBUMS

1. Ex Tropical LOST ANIMAL 2. Kaputt DESTROYER 3. Adalita ADALITA 4. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 5. Henge Beat TOTAL CONTROL 6. Work (work, work) HTRK 7. Wild Flag WILD FLAG 8. Great Barrier Grief OH MERCY 9. The Vasco Era THE VASCO ERA 10. To The Horses LANIE LANE

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Those Shocking Shaking Days VARIOUS 2. Wonderful Things: Retrospective UNDERGROUND LOVERS 3. DJ Andy Smith’s Jam Up Twist VARIOUS/ANDY SMITH

ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI

ALBUMS

ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Erykah Badu 2. Gang Of Four 3. Fucked Up 4. Justin Townes Earle 5. Warpaint

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Bjorn Again 2. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes 3. New War 4. Puta Madre Brothers 5. Little John

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Hellzapoppin’ RRR 2. Local And/Or General RRR 3. Blue Juice PBS

TV SHOWS

1. People still watch television?

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Inpress launching on the iPad.

MOST OVERHYPED James Blake.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP The Social Network. You seen it?

PREDICTION(S) 2012 Same old, same old. 20

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Oblivion GRIMES 2. Lose the Baby LOST ANIMAL 3. Black Sun KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE 4. California EMA 5. Bright Whites KISHI BASHI

ARTISTS

1. John Maus 2. Lost Animal 3. Alabama Shakes 4. EMA 5. Big Freedia

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Towers BON IVER 2. Cameo Lover KIMBRA 3. I Follow Rivers LYKKE LI 4. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 5. Bronte GOTYE

ERYKAH BADU

1. Ex Tropical LOST ANIMAL 2. We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves JOHN MAUS 3. Absence SNOWMAN 4. Work (work, work) HTRK 5. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 6. Past Life Martyred Saints EMA 7. Luminaries & Synastry MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL 8. Adalita ADALITA 9. The Magic Place JULIANNA BARWICK 10. Replica ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

SONGS

1. Vows KIMBRA 2. Bon Iver BON IVER 3. Wounded Rhymes LYKKE LI 4. Camp CHILDISH GAMBINO 5. Last Night On Earth NOAH AND THE WHALE 6. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 7. Making Mirrors GOTYE 8. Burst Apart THE ANTLERS 9. Yuck YUCK 10. 21 ADELE 1. Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CLIFF MARTINEZ/VARIOUS

1. Lost Animal 2. Royal Headache 3. Lanie Lane 4. The Vasco Era 5. Total Control

ALBUMS

1. Tago Mago CAN 2. Anthology THROWING MUSES 3. This Mortal Coil Box Set THIS MORTAL COIL

SONGS

1. Say No To Thugs LOST ANIMAL 2. Streamers BROUS 3. Rock And Roll Is The Only Thing That Makes Me Feel Good THE VASCO ERA 4. Hot Air ADALITA 5. Rainman MONTERO

TOM HAWKING

SONGS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS 1. Live At El Sol MUDHONEY 2. Quasimodo’s Dream THE REELS

SONGS

ARTISTS

1. Kimbra 2. Bon Iver 3. Snakadaktal 4. Matt Corby 5. Gotye

1. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. Hot Air ADALITA 3. Feeding Line BOY & BEAR 4. No One Wants A Lover JOSH PYKE 5. Endless Summer THE JEZABELS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ARTISTS

1. Sufjan Stevens 2. Friendly Fires 3. Local Natives 4. Warpaint 5. Deerhunter

1. Boy & Bear 2. Adalita 3. PJ Harvey 4. Bon Iver 5. Kasabian

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Matt Corby 2. Kimbra 3. Gossling 4. Last Dinosaurs 5. Regurgitator

1. Elvis Costello 2. Leonard Cohen 3. Mudhoney 4. The Wombats 5. Sebadoh

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. The Fluffington Post 2. Goodreads 3. The Daily What 4. YouTube 5. Procatinator

1. Adalita 2. Brian Henry Hooper 3. The Painkillers 4. Deserters 5. Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist

TV SHOWS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Home & Hosed / Super Request TRIPLE J 2. Banana Lounge Broadcasting RRR 3. The Run Home SEN

1. Fringe 2. Dexter 3. Community 4. Misfits 5. Parks And Recreation

TV SHOWS

MOVIES

1. Super 8 2. We Need To Talk About Kevin 3. X-Men: First Class 4. Drive 5. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Seeing Sufjan Stevens, one of my favourite artists, live.

MOST OVERHYPED Lana Del Rey.

1. Rage 2. Dexter 3. RockWiz/Spick And Specks 4. Survivor 5. The Ultimate Fighter

MOVIES

1. True Grit 2. X-Men: First Class 3. Source Code 4. Thor 5. Bridesmaids

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

QUOTE/TWEET

Basically all of @kanyewest’s tweets

Elvis Costello and Leonard Cohen marked off the bucket list.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

MOST OVERHYPED

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Qantas’ social media faux pas. An innocent question resulted in a barricade of negative responses on Twitter. Hopefully another great year for music, film and books. Also, here’s hoping I get a cool job soon. Hire me!

Commercial radio; but indie is continuing to break down the walls with Melbourne as usual leading the way. The Mayans to be right? And let’s cross our fingers for GreenEdge!

Have your say: facebook.com/inpressmag

JOHN MAUS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. John Maus 2. EMA 3. Silver Qluster 4. Alabama Shakes 5. Psychic Ills

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Darren Sylvester 2. Divorced 3. HTRK

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. The Quietus 2. 14 Tracks 3. Damn Interesting 4. The Guardian 5. Flavorwire

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Skull Cave RRR 2. Beat Orgy RRR 3. Grandstand Cricket ABC LOCAL RADIO

TV SHOWS

1. Sons Of Anarchy 2. Breaking Bad 3. Portlandia 4. True Blood 5. The X-Files

MOVIES

1. Melancholia 2. The Tree of Life 3. Drive 4. Senna 5. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR John Maus’ interviews, generally.

MOST OVERHYPED

This is the obvious answer, but even so: Lana Del Rey. By a fucking country mile.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Oops.” Rick Perry, Republican debate.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

It’s a tie between the #Qantasluxury debacle and the snotty clerk at Gasp Jeans.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Politicians to be self-serving demagogues. The public to argue over the Kardashians as the planet heats up. Bears to shit in woods. Etcetera.


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INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

TONY MCMAHON SEEKAE

1. Gang of Four 2. Elvis Costello 3. Wire 4. Pulp 5. Bright Eyes

WARWICK GOODMAN GARETH LIDDIARD

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Primitive Calculators 2. Ron S Peno & The Superstitions 3. Kikuyu 4. The Killjoys 5. The Ears

ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Pearl THE KILLJOYS 2. 12 Days To Paris HUXTON CREEPERS 3. Quasimodo’s Dream THE REELS

SONGS

1. Love Handles AUTUMN GRAY 2. Just Add Water BROTHER NATURE 3. Not Unprepared TASH PARKER 4. Bad Waters N/GHTY N/GHT 5. Note to Self THE BRIDGES

ARTISTS

1. The Aerial Maps 2. Catherine Traicos 3. Ron S Peno & The Superstitions 4. Benedict Moleta 5. Tonight Alive

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Cloud Control 2. Gareth Liddiard 3. In Tongues 4. Howl At The Moon 5. The Townhouses

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Facebook 2. Thesaurus 3. Wikipedia 4. Hungover Owls 5. Animals Being Dicks

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Sound Of Melbourne Sampler 2011 VARIOUS 2. The Sunset Park THE AERIAL MAPS 3. Future Universe RON S PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS 4. Hunter Gathered KIKUYU 5. White Marble Heyday BENEDICT MOLETA 6. Ruby THE KILLJOYS 7. +Dome SEEKAE 8. Gloriosa CATHERINE TRAICOS 9. I Thought I’d Be Someone By Now DAMON SMITH AND THE QUALITY LIGHTWEIGHTS 10. Arches Over The Sun KHANCOBAN

3. The Black Angels 4. Ratatat 5. Beach House

1. Garageland PBS 2. Hillbilly Fever 3CR 3. Film Buff’s Forecast TRIPLE R

TV SHOWS

ALBUMS

TV SHOWS

1. True Blood 2. Breaking Bad 3. Q&A 4. Media Watch 5. Footy Classified

MOVIES

1. Keeper 2. We Need to Talk About Kevin 3. Drive 4. Snowtown 5. Mad Bastards

1. Yuck YUCK 2. Bon Iver BON IVER 3. Father, Son, Holy Ghost GIRLS 4. Piles Of Lies BATRIDER 5. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY 6. Days REAL ESTATE 7. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 8. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 9. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 10. Vacation BIG SCARY

1. Parks And Recreation 2. Breaking Bad 3. 30 Rock 4. The Movie Show 5. Extras

SONGS

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

This would simply have to be the stunning sampler from Sound of Melbourne Records.

1. Shook Down YUCK 2. Holocene BON IVER 3. Out Of Tune REAL ESTATE 4. Piles Of Lies BATRIDER 5. Gladiator BIG SCARY

QUOTE/TWEET

ARTISTS

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

“Get fucked just fucken rock you cunts.” Fred Negro, talking about his love for The Tote.

MOST OVERHYPED

Reality TV, Corporate Greed.

QUOTE/TWEET

N/I/W/S/M/I/R (No Idea What Social Media Is Really).

PREDICTION(S) 2012

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

Sound of Melbourne Records to become the new Factory. Label boss Joe Grimes to be the new Tony Wilson.

1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows: Part 2 2. Black Swan 3. Submarine 4. Bridesmaids 5. Drive Buying a beer from a man with a donkey on a deserted Great Wall Of China in the winter.

1. Bon Iver 2. Yuck 3. Tallest Man On Earth 4. Cloud Control 5. Girls

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

MOVIES

“Life is about work.” Josh Pyke, said it to me in an interview at Mushroom Records, Albert Park.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Maybe just Kyle Sandilands being an awful twerp?

1. Tallest Man On Earth 2. Modest Mouse

PREDICTION(S) 2012

The Stone Roses come to Australia, and an amazing Grizzly Bear album.

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WRITERS’ POLL RESULTS

THE 2011 WRAP-UP

BALL PARK MUSIC

PHOTO BY BRAD MARSELLOS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

1. Royal Headache 2. Kanye West 3. Ball Park Music 4. Mogwai 5. Gotye PREVIOUS WINNERS: Kanye West (2010), Kid Cudi (2009), The Drones/Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (2008)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 2. Bon Iver BON IVER 3. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 4. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will MOGWAI 5. Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs BALL PARK MUSIC 6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA 7. Vacation BIG SCARY 8. Arabia Mountain BLACK LIPS 9. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 =10. Nova Scotia NOVA SCOTIA =10. James Blake JAMES BLAKE =10. The Hunter MASTODON PREVIOUS WINNERS: The Suburbs ARCADE FIRE (2010), Veckatimest GRIZZLY BEAR (2009), Havilah THE DRONES (2008)

KANYE WEST @ SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS PHOTO BY STEPHEN BOOTH

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 1. Kanye West 2. Les Savy Fav 3. Mogwai 4. Die Antwoord 5. The Hold Steady PREVIOUS WINNERS: Muse (2010), The Hold Steady (2009), Wilco (2008)

CUSTARD @ FLOAT ON, THE HI-FI PHOTO BY STEPHEN BOOTH

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

1. Ball Park Music 2. Custard 3. Royal Headache 4. Jinja Safari 5. The Drones PREVIOUS WINNERS: Tame Impala (2010), The Drones (2009), The Drones (2008)

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 2. Smile Sessions THE BEACH BOYS 3. Everything Else PREVIOUS WINNERS: Inaugural year for this category.

C

rap, what a year! Everything got off to a relatively normal, albeit very wet start – Sunset Sounds for example was great fun for those who dressed for the deluge, not so for people with nice shoes, but was still a cracking couple of days – before all hell broke loose with the floods that devastated SEQ and beyond. The outpouring of community support and altruism which followed almost (but not really) made up for the devastation, and the lives of many Queenslanders haven’t been the same since. We dug deep and there were a couple of fantastic flood benefits, including the massive Float On which packed out The Hi-Fi and raised a ton of scratch for the worthy cause. We’re nothing if not a sturdy lot though, and before long we’d resumed business as normal, and that of course included our music scene. On the festival front it was a fine year, Soundwave in particular putting on a killer line-up (although they struggled later in the year with the ill-fated Soundwave Revolution follow-up) as well as crackers from Big Day Out, Laneway, Good Vibes, Bluesfest (who added an extra day to accommodate Mr Dylan), Splendour In The Grass, Parklife, Stereosonic, Future Music Festival, plus the newest addition to the calendar, the well-received Harvest festival. After last year’s immense farewell for the much-loved Powderfinger, this year it was all about bands from that era reforming, with us seeing double shows from prodigal sons Custard (one for the aforementioned Float On flood benefit and one for the excellent Brisbane Festival, which also had a great program), a couple from Pangaea (who got back together originally for Ric’s Big Backyard bash) and a cracker from The Screaming Tribesmen (who headlined the inaugural The Gathering festival at Old Museum), although we also (possibly) said goodbye to the much-loved Screamfeeder towards the end of 2011. Brisbane’s own industry conference BIGSOUND just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and not only was this year’s conference a cracker and completely sold out – with much worldwide

ONLINE DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

THE WALKING DEAD

attention being dragged our way due to the rantings of main keynote speaker Alan McGee – but the showcase aspect was a ripper, with local acts and bands from all over the country (plus a smattering from overseas) turning every nook and cranny of the Valley into a mid-week festival, with a slew of non-official parties adding to the massive party vibe. Speaking of live music venues 2011 was a mixed bag: we lost the Step Inn for live music midway through the year and seem to have likewise lost the Globe Theatre towards the tail-end of ‘11, but on a positive note Woodland really stepped up to the plate and became a popular place to see live music, and we added places like The Waiting Room, The Bridge Club, Between The Walls and Dowse Bar to the fold (plus the great Sun Distortion Studios, which has already come and gone). Of course it was great to see old haunt The Troubadour re-open in its new guise as Black Bear Lodge, but basically we don’t care where you’re all seeing your live music, as long as you’re out there supporting the scene. Ah, the scene. Where would we be without all of the amazing Brisbane bands? There were some incredible albums released this year by Queensland bands and artists – long-players by Ben Salter, Nova Scotia, The Grates, Undead Apes, Ball Park Music and Little Scout (to name but a few) in particular floated our collective boats – and it was awesome to see local bands like The Amity Affliction, DZ Deathrays, emma louise and Busby Marou really slay it on the national and international stage. We stand by our oft-repeated adage that SEQ has pound-for-pound the best music scene in Australia, and given the esteem with which Australian music is held on the world stage that makes us a pretty important hub, one that we need to do our utmost to support and nurture. So thanks heaps for your readership and support during 2011, we look forward to bringing you the best in all things music once again in 2012! Have a Merry Xmas and keep on rockin’, The Time Off team

MELANCHOLIA

1. Twitter 2. Facebook 3. Mess+Noise 4. YouTube 5. Cracked PREVIOUS WINNERS: Facebook (2010), Facebook (2009), YouTube (2008)

TOM AND ALEX

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. Down The Lane ROYAL HEADACHE =3. No Church In The Wild JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST =3. Will Do TV ON THE RADIO =3. Ain’t Hungry LANIE LANE PREVIOUS WINNERS: Runaway KANYE WEST (2010), Sweet Disposition THE TEMPER TRAP (2009), The Minotaur THE DRONES (2008) 22

RADIO SHOW/PODCAST OF THE YEAR

1. Wake And Bake 4ZZZ 2. Unnecessary Knowledge 4ZZZ 3. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J =4. Tom And Alex TRIPLE J =4. The Racket TRIPLE J PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2010 TRIPLE J (2010), Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J (2009), Full Metal Racket TRIPLE J (2008)

MOVIE OF THE YEAR TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

1. Breaking Bad 2. Community 3. The Walking Dead 4. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 5. Curb Your Enthusiasm PREVIOUS WINNERS: South Park/Eastbound & Down (2010), Dexter/It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (2009)

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1. Drive 2. Melancholia 3. Submarine 4. Super 8 =5. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes =5. Black Swan =5. Moneyball PREVIOUS WINNERS: Inception/The Social Network (2010), Inglourious Basterds (2009)


BENNY DOYLE

BEN PREECE METRONOMY

ALBUMS

1. End Measured Mile MAKE DO AND MEND 2. Little Hell CITY AND COLOUR 3. Magnetic Man MAGNETIC MAN 4. Gangs AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR 5. Pedals RIVAL SCHOOLS 6. Computers And Blues THE STREETS 7. SBTRKT SBTRKT 8. Major/Minor THRICE 9. No Devolucion THURSDAY 10. The English Riviera METRONOMY MAGNETIC MAN

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 2. Submarine (Soundtrack) ALEX TURNER 3. Smile Sessions THE BEACH BOYS

SONGS

1. Holocene BON IVER 2. Blinded THRICE 3. Street JAMIE WOON 4. Will Do TV ON THE RADIO 5. Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind? (Erol Alkan Rework) TAME IMPALA

1. Custard 2. Ball Park Music 3. The Chemist 4. Deep Sea Arcade 5. Regurgitator

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Mucho-Bravado 2. Facebook 3. Twitter 4. Triple J 5. Pitchfork

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. 2011 TRIPLE J 2. Unnecessary Knowledge 4ZZZ 3. Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW

TV SHOWS

1. Dexter 2. Breaking Bad 3. The Walking Dead 4. Rage 5. True Blood

MOVIES

1. Submarine 2. Drive 3. Living In A Material World 4. Midnight in Paris 5. Black Swan

1. Kanye West 2. Queens Of The Stone Age 3. City And Colour 4. The Chemical Brothers 5. Every Time I Die 1. King Cannons 2. Parkway Drive 3. The Medics 4. Leader Cheetah 5. Gyroscope

Kim Kardashian – go away please.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I’d rather be D.I.Y. than T.R.Y.” Edward Guglielmino.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP I forget.

1. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead 2. Ty Segall 3. Swervedriver 4. Mogwai 5. Times New Viking 1. The Drones 2. Nova Scotia 3. No Anchor 4. Harmony 5. Dick Diver

1. Wake & Bake 4ZZZ 2. Unnecessary Knowledge 4ZZZ 3. Brian Turner’s Show WFMU

1. Sounds Of Sam TRIPLE J 2. Tom and Alex TRIPLE J 3. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad 2. Parks & Recreation 3. Bored To Death 4. Gruen Planet 5. At The Movies

TV SHOWS

1. Man Vs Wild 2. An Idiot Abroad 3. Frozen Planet 4. Man Vs Food 5. No Reservations

MOVIES

1. Drive 2. The Inbetweeners 3. Bridesmaids 4. The Guard 5. True Grit

MOVIES

1. Submarine 2. Moneyball 3. Black Swan 4. Contagion 5. Limitless

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Four festivals (Rock Werchter, Optimus Alive!, Benicassim, Splendour In The Grass) in four countries during the course of July.

MOST OVERHYPED

Lana Del fucking Rey. Is Video Games really that good people? “Ew - I just stepped in a pile of Kyle Sandilands.” @macleanbrendan on Twitter. Qantas Luxury. Not only affixing the punching bag, but then holding it while Australia continues to beat the shit out of you.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

ARTISTS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

MOST OVERHYPED

EMA

1. Sonic Masala 2. Your Daily SPA 3. Mess+Noise 4. Mondo Nation 5. Tiny Grooves

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

QUOTE/TWEET

ARTISTS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. BMOYLO Music Travel 2. David Thorne’s Blog 3. Commune Collect 4. NBA 5. Songify

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Ball Park Music taking the Triple J award for Unearthed Band Of The Year.

1. Niggas In Paris JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 2. Who Gon Stop Me JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 3. Gotta Have It JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 4. I’m On One DJ KHALED FEAT DRAKE, RICK ROSS & LIL WAYNE 5. Mud Musik GUCCI MANE & WAKA FLOCKA FLAME FEAT 2CHAINZ

1. Royal Headache 2. Total Control 3. No Anchor 4. Nova Scotia 5. Harmony

1. City And Colour 2. Grinderman 3. Foals 4. Mike Skinner (The Streets) 5. Goose

The festival bubble well and truly bursting. Sorry kids – it’s been emotional.

1. Waka Flocka Flame vs The Hood Internet THE HOOD INTERNET 2. DuFlocka Rant (10 Toes Down) WAKA FLOCKA FLAME 3. House Of Balloons THE WEEKND

SONGS

SONGS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Revolutions: Live At Wembley BIFFY CLYRO 2. Top Contenders: The Best Of STRUNG OUT 3. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA

ARTISTS

1. Foo Fighters 2. Kanye West 3. Erykah Badu 4. Local Natives 5. Two Door Cinema Club

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 2. Goblin TYLER, THE CREATOR 3. The Carter IV LIL WAYNE 4. For The Glory NACHO PICASSO 5. Camp CHILDISH GAMBINO 6. Ferrari Boyz GUCCI MANE AND WAKA FLOCKA FLAME 7. Algorithms MILKMAN 8. Take Care DRAKE 9. Fear Of God II: Let’s Pray PUSHA T 10. All 6’s And 7’s TECH N9NE

1. The Other Shoe FUCKED UP 2. Let Me Back In EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY 3. Brooklyn HAPPY PEOPLE 4. The Grey Ship EMA 5. Goodbye Bread TY SEGALL

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ALBUMS

1. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 2. New Brigade ICEAGE 3. Nova Scotia NOVA SCOTIA 4. Leave Home THE MEN 5. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY 6. Rank/Xerox RANK/XEROX 7. West WOODEN SHJIPS 8. Post Life Martyred Saints EMA 9. Goodbye Bread TY SEGALL 10. Henge Beat TOTAL CONTROL

SONGS

1. I Follow Rivers LYKKE LI 2. The Look METRONOMY 3. Bizness TUNE-YARDS 4. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 5. Ffunny Friends UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA 1. Kanye West 2. Gotye 3. Liam Finn 4. Foster The People 5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra

ALBUMS

1. The Smile Sessions THE BEACH BOYS 2. David’s Town FUCKED UP PRESENTS... 3. Murder Ballads NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

ALBUMS

1. The English Riviera METRONOMY 2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA 3. Foster The People FOSTER THE PEOPLE 4. Vacation BIG SCARY 5. Bon Iver BON IVER 6. Metals FEIST 7. Making Mirrors GOTYE 8. Forever So HUSKY 9. Wounded Rhymes LYKKE LI 10. SBTRKT SBTRKT

CARLIN BEATTIE

BRENDAN TELFORD

Festivals such as Laneway, Harvest, Golden Plains, Flavours Of Scuzz, Mere Noise Meltdown – it’s fun to like music again.

MOST OVERHYPED

Straight brim baseball caps and black-rimmed glasses that aren’t prescription.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Plus, if we had two consecutive shows I would only have to soundcheck once! It’s interminable. Sometimes you just wanna unscrew your fingers and stab yourself directly in the cock…” Andy Falkous (Future Of The Left) talking about his hatred of soundchecks in Time Off.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

#qantasballbags. Qantas trying to win back punters with crappy toiletries, then not knowing how to deal with Twitter backlash.

PREDICTION(S) 2012 Stuff.

Have your say: facebook.com/timeoffmag

1. Waka Flocka Flame 2. Andy Milonakis 3. Kanye West 4. Jay-Z 5. Lil Wayne

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Die Antwoord 2. Kanye West 3. Rammstein 4. Mickey Avalon 5. Crystal Castles

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Bossy Love 2. DJ Nikk C 3. Operator Please 4. Bangs 5. Royal Headache

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. TMZ 2. @kanyewest Twitter 3. The New York Times 4. NBA 5. NFL

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. TMZ Live SIRIUS XM 2. White Dynamite 4ZZZ 3. Hype Men ITUNES

TV SHOWS

1. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 2. Curb Your Enthusiasm 3. The Walking Dead 4. TMZ on TV 5. Workaholics

MOVIES

1. Melancholia 2. Drive 3. Scream 4 4. Crazy, Stupid, Love 5. In Time

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Charlie Sheen.

MOST OVERHYPED Lady ‘What-babies-say’.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Well you see gay marriage is legal now, so you see I made history because I made the ‘I’m Gay’ album and now gay marriage is legal in New York City, thanks to me... I definitely think I played a huge role in it. I mean I have an album called ‘I’m Gay’. I’m the first hip-hop artist to ever have an album called ‘I’m Gay’, and a couple of months later gay marriage passed in New York for the first time ever. I think there’s a big, big, big coincidence there.” Lil B in ACCLAIM Magazine.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

“How do you fire the (accused) pedophile?” Ashton Kutcher hands Twitter account over to media team after under researched tweet.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

“I have decided to become the best rapper of all time!” Kanye West, 2011 - Year, by year... 23


CHRIS YATES

ALBUMS

DAN CONDON UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

1. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 2. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 3. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 4. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 5. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 6. Hearts I BREAK HORSES 7. Funnelweb AOI 8. Legendary Weapons WU-TANG CLAN 9. Player Piano MEMORY TAPES 10. Diaper Island CHAD VANGAALEN

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Late Night Tales VARIOUS/MGMT 2. Smile Sessions BEACH BOYS 3. Icky Mettle ARCHERS OF LOAF

FRANK OCEAN

SONGS

1. Novacane FRANK OCEAN 2. Then It’s White THE FIELD 3. No Church In The Wild JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 4. 212 AZEALIA BANKS FEAT LAZY JAY 5. Losing My Patience SHIT ROBOT

ARTISTS

1. Kanye West 2. M83 3. Royal Headache 4. James Blake 5. Frank Ocean

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. Twitter 2. Dangerous Minds 3. Hot Chicks In Star Wars Shirts 4. Boing Boing 5. ca$hcats

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Future Of The Left 2. Kanye West 3. Kurt Vile 4. James Blake 5. Guitar Wolf

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Royal Headache 2. Ben Salter 3. Violent Soho 4. Total Control 5. Brain Drain

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Wake And Bake 4ZZZ 2. Stolen Records FBI 3. The Best Show Ever 4ZZZ

TV SHOWS

1. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 2. Bored To Death 3. Boardwalk Empire 4. An Idiot Abroad 5. American Dad

MOVIES

1. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 2. Project Nim 3. Midnight In Paris 4. Win Win 5. Captain America

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Jay-Z and Kanye West uniting in HAM awesomeness. That shit cray.

MOST OVERHYPED

1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA 2. Arabia Mountain BLACK LIPS 3. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 4. Nova Scotia NOVA SCOTIA 5. The Sunset Park THE AERIAL MAPS 6. Killed By Deaf UNDEAD APES 7. The Whole Love WILCO 8. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 9. Goblin TYLER, THE CREATOR 10. The King Is Dead THE DECEMBERISTS

Frank Ocean to become the new Michael Jackson, hopefully with a monkey and without unnecessary creepiness. 24

SONGS

1. Dressed Sharply AN HORSE 2. My Friends LAURA MARLING 3. Rewrite PAUL SIMON 4. Chapel Song WE ARE AUGUSTINES 5. Bird Attack FRENZAL RHOMB

1. How Can You Luv Me UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA 2. Modern Art BLACK LIPS 3. Down The Lane ROYAL HEADACHE 4. Going and Going. And Going. ICEBIRD 5. Sandwitches TYLER, THE CREATOR FEAT HODGY BEATS

ARTISTS

AN HORSE

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. George Clinton Parliament-Funkadelic 2. The Hold Steady 3. Les Savy Fav 4. Funky Meters 5. OFF!

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Custard 2. Straight Arrows 3. Royal Headache 4. Velociraptor 5. Mick Thomas

1. Wake And Bake 4ZZZ 2. The Minutes THEMINUTESPODCAST.TUMBLR.COM 3. This American Life THISAMERICANLIFE.ORG

TV SHOWS

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Meeting Neil Finn, sleeping on his couch and discussing the selection of beers at his local supermarket. Can’t decide between dubstep, chillwave, Adele and Boy & Bear. “No. RT @BarackObama: Is the song “Piano Man” about a guy who is actually part piano, like a monster?” Twitter king Rob Delaney’s [@robdelaney] series of Obama tweets were so incredible stupid they could only be the work of a genius.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

RadikeGate: An outrageously stupid move on Qantas’ behalf to reward fans for dressing in blackface.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. The Stooges 2. The Gaslight Anthem 3. Dropkick Murphys 4. Teenage Bottlerocket 5. Primus 1. Custard 2. An Horse 3. Frenzal Rhomb 4. Dick Nasty 5. Jud Campbell

1. Kids With Class Kicking Arse 4ZZZ 2. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J 3. Conversations with Richard Fidler ABC LOCAL RADIO

TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad 2. True Blood 3. Entourage 4. The Simpsons 5. ABC News

1. Curb Your Enthusiasm 2. The Office 3. Parks And Recreation 4. Workaholics 5. The Rugby Club

MOVIES

1. Thor 2. Paul 3. Rango 4. The Adjustment Bureau 5. Limitless

1. Plastikman 2. Mogwai/The Mars Volta 3. Tool 4. Mono 5. The Melvins 1. Gotye 2. Jakob 3. Ghoul 4. Mosman Alder 5. Morgomega

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. David Lynch.com 2. Okayplayer 3. Boing Boing 4. Frieze 5. Dead Can Dance - The Official Site

TV SHOWS

1. How TV Ruined Your Life 2. Louie 3. Curb Your Enthusiasm 4. Life’s Too Short 5. The Office (US)

MOVIES

1. Black Swan 2. Melancholia 3. A Dangerous Method 4. Midnight In Paris 5. 127 Hours

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

The brief experience of 360 degree perception.

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

MOST OVERHYPED

MOST OVERHYPED

QUOTE/TWEET

Custard gig at Powerhouse. Kanye West.

QUOTE/TWEET

“It was epic – the run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger, Richards – all of them – just look like, you know, droopy-eyed armless children.” Charlie Sheen on ABC (US).

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP Charlie Sheen.

Festivals to be smaller and cheaper. Wayne Bennett to take Brisbane Dropbears to AFL9s glory.

1. Codex RADIOHEAD 2. You’re Lionel Richie MOGWAI 3. Midnight City M83 4. The Thickening MASTODON 5. Fall Up SAUL WILLIAMS

ARTISTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Music For A Forgotten Future (The Singing Mountain) MOGWAI 2. Volcanic Sunlight SAUL WILLIAMS 3. The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle THROBBING GRISTLE

MOGWAI

1. Duderocket 2. Hotmail 3. TheMusic.com.au 4. Bombshellzine 5. News.com.au

1. Twitter 2. YouTube 3. The Roar 4. Buzzfeed 5. Pitchfork

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Mogwai 2. M83 3. Plastikman 4. Radiohead 5. David Lynch

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will MOGWAI 2. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 3. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 4. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY 5. Deep Politics GRAILS 6. Frankenstein: Music From The Play UNDERWORLD 7. Bon Iver BON IVER 8. Biophilia BJÖRK 9. Audio, Video, Disco JUSTICE 10. Undun THE ROOTS

ARTISTS

1. The Gaslight Anthem 2. An Horse 3. Dropkick Murphys 4. Frenzal Rhomb 5. Custard

1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra 2. Fucked Up 3. Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All 4. Royal Headache 5. Wilco

ALBUMS

SONGS

SONGS

QUOTE/TWEET

PREDICTION(S) 2012

1. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 2. Putting Music In Its Place Box Set LAGWAGON 3. Total Clarity AGAINST ME!

1. Smile THE BEACH BOYS 2. Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesia Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978 VARIOUS 3. Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 REM

QUOTE/TWEET

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

1. England Keep My Bones FRANK TURNER 2. Walls AN HORSE 3. So Beautiful Or So What PAUL SIMON 4. A Creature I Don’t Know LAURA MARLING 5. Smoko At The Pet Food Factory FRENZAL RHOMB 6. Going Out In Style DROPKICK MURPHYS 7. Elsie THE HORRIBLE CROWES 8. Radiosurgery NEW FOUND GLORY 9. Speed Of Darkness FLOGGING MOLLY 10. Rise Ye Sunken Ships WE ARE AUGUSTINES

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

MOST OVERHYPED

Facebook going to shit. We heard you like Facebook so we put a little Facebook in your Facebook so you can Facebook while you Facebook.

ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

ALBUMS

Facebook timeline. Could anything be worse than having every drunken night chronicled forever? There’s a reason you forget when you drink. “I thank God for Blessing me with another year of life! God is the Greatest!!!! Luv you Guys :)” P Diddy (@ iamdiddy) on his birthday.

JAKE SUN

DANIEL JOHNSON

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Pogues will be concert of the year for 2012.

Have your say: facebook.com/timeoffmag

The Big Bang Theory. And TV programming in general. “I was banging seven-gram rocks, because that’s how I roll... I am on a drug, it’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available because if you try it you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.” – Charlie Sheen

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP Charlie Sheen...

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Rebirth. And a whole lot of people screaming, “Haaa-ppy new year... ya fuckheads!”


LOCHLAN WATT

ALBUMS

1. Ethereal Surrogate Saviour COERCE 2. The Discovery BORN OF OSIRIS 3. Gilded Age NIGHT HAG 4. Red Giant CENTURY 5. Carnival Is Forever DECAPITATED 6. Servitude AVERSIONS CROWN 7. Dead Throne THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA 8. Old Ghosts Never Sleep FIRES OF WACO 9. Weightless ANIMALS AS LEADERS 10. Lustre TO THE NORTH

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Hardcore/Punk/Metal Sampler Volume 1 THIS IS BRISBANE 2. Totally Gay Dammit TOTALLY UNICORN/GAY PARIS/ GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT 3. Dictaphone Recordings TOASTY JOE COERCE

MARK BERESFORD

MATT O’NEILL

ALBUMS

1. Michel Poiccard THE DEATH SET 2. Mindset THE NECKS 3. In The World Of Light TIKI TAANE 4. From Africa With Fury: Rise SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 5. 93 Million Miles AFRICA HITECH 6. Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs BALL PARK MUSIC 7. The Peregrine LAWRENCE ENGLISH 8. Sport RE:ENACTMENT 9. Blunt Force Trauma CAVALERA CONSPIRACY 10. Wire Empire MR MAPS

MASTODON

ALBUMS

1. The Hunter MASTODON 2. Rome DANGER MOUSE & DANIELE LUPPI 3. Rumble, Shake & Tumble WAGONS 4. Vacation BIG SCARY 5. Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs BALL PARK MUSIC 6. Heritage OPETH 7. Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins JIM WARD 8. Mariachi El Bronx MARIACHI EL BRONX 9. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 10. Unto The Locust MACHINE HEAD

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

SONGS

1. Cool Dads With Cool Sons TOTALLY UNICORN 2. Inking Ships COERCE 3. Recreate BORN OF OSIRIS 4. Daddy’s Stabby Surprise TOTALLY UNICORN 5. Lobotomy CENTURY

ARTISTS

1. Totally Unicorn 2. Coerce 3. Night Hag 4. Amia Venera Landscape 5. Encircling Sea

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Russian Circles 2. The Chariot 3. Kylesa 4. Trash Talk 5. La Dispute

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Portal 2. Totally Unicorn 3. The Amity Affliction 4. Coerce 5. Encircling Sea

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Facebook 2. Gmail 3. Noisetheory 4. Lambgoat 5. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J 2. The Racket TRIPLE J 3. The Pit THEPIT.FM

TV SHOWS

1. South Park 2. Breaking Bad 3. A Current Affair 4. Today Tonight 5. Nude Gay Survivor

MOVIES

1. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon 2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 3. Super 8 4. X-Men: First Class 5. Hesher

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Releasing my band Nuclear Summer’s album and the subsequent tour.

1. Bootleg, Vol 2: From Memphis To Hollywood JOHNNY CASH 2. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 3. Twenty PEARL JAM

ARTISTS

ARTISTS

1. Flying Lotus 2. The Thing 3. Shapeshifter 4. Marina Rosenfeld 5. Four Tet

1. Gotye 2. Mastodon 3. Mogwai 4. The Strokes 5. Foo Fighters

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Re:enactment 2. Sam Cromack 3. Ball Park Music 4. Mr Maps 5. Dick Nasty

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Twitter 2. Cricinfo 3. Fox Sports 4. YouTube 5. Kotaku

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Motorhead 2. The Bronx 3. The Jim Jones Revue 4. Jane’s Addiction 5. Primus

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Pangaea 2. Hunting Grounds 3. Ball Park Music 4. We Set Sail 5. Boy In A Box

1. Wake & Bake 4ZZZ 2. Unnecessary Knowledge 4ZZZ 3. Paper Aeroplanes 4ZZZ

TV SHOWS

1. Community 2. Community 3. Community 4. Community 5. How I Met Your Mother

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. The Racket TRIPLE J 2. The Nerdist NERDIST.COM 3. The Ricky Gervais Podcast RICKYGERVAIS.COM

TV SHOWS

1. Game Of Thrones 2. An Idiot Abroad 3. The Walking Dead 4. Top Gear 5. Squidbillies

MOVIES

1. Pearl Jam Twenty 2. Snowtown 3. 13 Assassins 4. Rango 5. X-Men: First Class

MOVIES

1. Moneyball 2. The Help 3. Super 8 4. True Grit 5. Limitless

Watching Eddie McGuire cry.

MOST OVERHYPED

“Realise it.” Chris Brownbill, life.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

QUOTE/TWEET

Anybody who ‘followed’ Charlie Sheen in 2011 cleary fucked up the hardest. LMFAO die in a Thai hospital of complications from inserting their heads too far up each other’s arses.

ALBUMS

1. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will MOGWAI 2. He Thinks He’s People ROB CROW 3. The Infinite Music Of French Horn Rebellion FRENCH HORN REBELLION 4. Gloss Drop BATTLES 5. For You OSCAR + MARTIN 6. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY 7. Nine Types of Light TV ON THE RADIO 8. The King of Limbs RADIOHEAD 9. In The Mountain In The Cloud PORTUGAL. THE MAN 10. The People’s Key BRIGHT EYES

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Emergency & I THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN 2. Live in Japan 2011 THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN 3. Music From the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle/Black Foliage: Animation Music Vol. 1 THE OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL

SONGS

1. Last Summer FRENCH HORN REBELLION 2. Contact High ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI 3. Will Do TV ON THE RADIO 4. Rano Pano MOGWAI 5. Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now) PORTUGAL. THE MAN

ARTISTS

1. Oscar + Martin 2. Architecture In Helsinki 3. This Town Needs Guns 4. Mogwai 5. Portugal. The Man

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Twitter 2. Imgur 3. Tumblr 4. Facebook 5. Cracked

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Mogwai 2. Pinback 3. Les Savy Fav 4. Primus

5. THIS TOWN NEEDS GUNS AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Oscar + Martin 2. Architecture in Helsinki 3. Rat Vs Possum 4. Cloud Control 5. World’s End Press

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Smart Enough to Know Better SMARTENOUGH.ORG 2. Hack TRIPLE J 3. Breakfast with Tom and Alex TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

1. The Walking Dead 2. American Horror Story 3. Community 4. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 5. Modern Family

MOVIES

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Being a real braggy jerk, losing 30 kilograms in six months and/or subsequently looking like a boss.

1. Batman: Year One 2. X-Men: First Class 3. Captain America: The First Avenger 4. Thor 5. Horrible Bosses

MOST OVERHYPED

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

QUOTE/TWEET

MOST OVERHYPED

Anti-bandwagoneers. I don’t care about Twilight, Lady Gaga, Kyle Sandilands, etcetera. I also, however, don’t care that you don’t care.

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

PREDICTION(S) 2012

1. Cracked 2. Wikipedia 3. Facebook 4. SoundCloud 5. YouTube

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

“I think future generations will look back at our tweets and say, “We get it, you were f**king bored!”“ Will Arnett on Twitter.

Robert Trujillo will commit suicide as a result of Lulu.

1. Out In The Streets AFRICA HITECH 2. No Problems CHASE & STATUS 3. Let Go THE JAPANESE POPSTARS 4. No Church In The Wild JAY Z AND KANYE WEST FEAT FRANK OCEAN 5. Holy Moses WASHINGTON

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Ain’t Hungry LANIE LANE 2. Make Some Noise BEASTIE BOYS 3. White Limo FOO FIGHTERS 4. Satellite THE KILLS 5. I Feel Better GOTYE

QUOTE/TWEET

PREDICTION(S) 2012

SONGS

SONGS

Dubstep.

thoughtsoutlined.tumblr.com – a certain individual’s attempt at saving the Brisbane hardcore scene through two failed video interviews.

1. EPs 1991 – 2002 AUTECHRE 2. Mixmag 2011 Mix NAPT 3. Hard Trance is My Life (Gold USB Edition) STEVE HILL

1. NAPT 2. Blunt Instrument 3. Ball Park Music 4. Re:enactment 5. Mr Maps

MOST OVERHYPED iPhone 4.

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

MITCH KNOX

“We all, at one point or another, indulge fantasies that make the world seem more dangerous, more glamorous and, simultaneously, much more simple than it actually is. But then most of us grow up. Or put down the bong. Or read a book by somebody who is familiar with both proper historical methodology and the facts.” Stephen Marche.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Qantas Find Twitter As Confusing As Aeroplanes: inviting comments on luxury flight experiences weeks after grounding their entire fleet.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

I will be the vessel for a returning Mayan deity and, depending upon the disposition of said deity, heal or destroy all.

Have your say: facebook.com/timeoffmag

Les Savy Fav at Laneway, Mogwai at Splendour. Also I got a kitten and named him Ampersand. It was a good year. Matt O’Neill. QUOTE/TWEET “How do you fire Jo Pa? as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste #insult #noclass” Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) tweeting on the sacking of US college football coach Joe Paterno, apparently unaware the coach had been fired for covering up a child-sex scandal involving an assistant coach. Damage control and hilarity ensued.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

#qantasluxury hashtag prize campaign blows up in airline’s face as jaded customers get clever on the internet.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

All of my favourite TV shows moving one season closer to ending forever. #sixseasonsandamovie 25


RACHEL TINNEY

THE JEZABELS

ALBUMS

1. Prisoner THE JEZABELS 2. Bon Iver BON IVER 3. Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs BALL PARK MUSIC 4. Secret Rituals THE GRATES 5. Ceremonials FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 6. Moonfire BOY & BEAR 7. Vacation BIG SCARY 8. Making Mirrors GOTYE 9. Never Trust A Happy Song GROUPLOVE 10. Locked By Land JINJA SAFARI

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS 1. Soundcrane VARIOUS 2. Brisbane Sounds #5 VARIOUS 3. Bumpy Ride THE HOOSIERS

SONGS

1. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. It’s Nice To Be Alive BALL PARK MUSIC 3. Calgary BON IVER 4. Shake It Out FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 5. Gladiator BIG SCARY

ARTISTS

1. Ball Park Music 2. The Jezabels 3. Boy & Bear 4. Emma Louise 5. Hey Geronimo

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Cute Boys With Cats 2. Twitter 3. Facebook 4. Triple J Unearthed 5. Urban Outfitters

SAM HOBSON

STEVE BELL

ALBUMS

1. Bon Iver BON IVER 2. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 3. War Of The Roses ULVER 4. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 5. The Hunter MASTODON 6. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 7. Take Care DRAKE 8. Burst Apart THE ANTLERS 9. Oneirology CUNNINLYNGUISTS 10. Computers And Blues THE STREETS 1. Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CLIFF MARTINEZ/VARIOUS 2. Inni SIGUR RÓS 3. Cyberspace And Reds THE STREETS

SONGS

1. Fall Creek Boys Choir JAMES BLAKE AND BON IVER 2. Beth/Rest BON IVER 3. Not Long Now JAMES BLAKE 4. Perth BON IVER 5. Marvin’s Room DRAKE

ARTISTS

1. James Blake 2. Bon Iver 3. Papa Vs Pretty 4. Jinja Safari 5. Sigur Rós

1. Bring It On FRONT END LOADER 2. Down The Lane ROYAL HEADACHE 3. Ceiling Tan THE DONKEYS 4. Suburbs LOON LAKE 5. Piss On A Butterfly MIKE NOGA

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. CHUD 2. Badass Digest 3. TheMusic.com.au 4. I Watch Stuff 5. Smodcast

ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Sufjan Stevens 2. Joanna Newsom 3. Black Milk 4. Modest Mouse 5. Coldplay

MOVIES

1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2. No Strings Attached 3. Super 8 4. Paul 5. The Adjustment Bureau

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Not sure if it’s a highlight, but going to a strip club with Short Stack was pretty interesting...

MOST OVERHYPED The Kardashians.

QUOTE/TWEET

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Jinja Safari 2. Andy Bull 3. Papa Vs Pretty 4. Re:Enactment 5. Ball Park Music

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Royal Headache 2. Front End Loader 3. The Triffids 4. The Drones 5. Paul Kelly

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

PREDICTION(S) 2012

The world as we know it will end and dolphins will become our leaders. Hey, if it can happen on The Simpsons, it can happen in real life. 26

TV SHOWS

1. Hollywood Babble-on SMODCAST 2. KCRW’s The Treatment KCRW 3. Chud Show Podcast CHUD

1. South Park 2. The Simpsons 3. The Mentalist 4. SLiDE 5. The Gruen Transfer

TV SHOWS

1. Treme 2. Community 3. Breaking Bad 4. Boardwalk Empire 5. Louie

MOVIES

1. American: The Bill Hicks Story 2. True Grit 3. Barney’s Version 4. Attack The Block 5. Bridesmaids

MOVIES

1. Drive 2. The Skin I Live In 3. Melancholia 4. Take Shelter 5. Enter The Void

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Royal Headache. Front End Loader winning an ARIA. Archers Of Loaf reformation.

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

MOST OVERHYPED

The rise of Nicholas Winding Refn.

Kanye @ Splendour. Auto-tuned hell that made me want to perforate my eardrums with sticks…

MOST OVERHYPED

QUOTE/TWEET

Gotye.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Charlie Sheen getting a Twitter account.

1. Wake And Bake 4ZZZ 2. The Word podcast WORDMAGAZINE.CO.UK 3. The Life with Roy and HG Podcast TRIPLE M/ITUNES

BALL PARK MUSIC

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

“I’m afraid of that stupid planet.” Justine, Melancholia. “Facefuck.” When Facebook got ‘too improved’ and we all learned to stop worrying about the bomb.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PAPA VS PRETTY

1. Les Savy Fav 2. The Hold Steady 3. Okkervil River 4. Times New Viking 5. Future Of The Left

1. Saintsational 2. I-94 Bar 3. Word Magazine 4. No Homers Club 5. The Onion

QUOTE/TWEET

1. Never Trust A Happy Song GROUPLOVE 2. The Vasco Era THE VASCO ERA 3. Dynamite Steps THE TWILIGHT SINGERS 4. Adalita ADALITA 5. United In Isolation PAPA VS PRETTY 6. Past Life Martyred Saints EMA 7. Deep Field JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN 8. Kiss Each Other Clean IRON & WINE 9. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 10. Go Go Chaos BONJAH

1. Royal Headache 2. Front End Loader 3. Ben Salter 4. The Drones 5. Lanie Lane

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

“I’m not bipolar, I’m bi-winning. I win here and I win there.” Charlie Sheen, ABC News (USA).

ALBUMS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Ball Park Music 2. Jinja Safari 3. The Beards 4. Clare Bowditch 5. Charlie Mayfair

1. Home And Away 2. Spicks And Specks 3. Ringer 4. The Project 5. The Simpsons

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

SONGS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

TV SHOWS

WILCO

1. Icky Mettle ARCHERS OF LOAF 2. Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians: Greatest Hits DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS 3. Bakesale Deluxe Edition SEBADOH

1. Foster The People 2. Die Antwoord 3. Simple Plan 4. Two Door Cinema Club 5. Andrew WK

1. Frog and Peach 4ZZZ 2. Tom and Alex TRIPLE J 3. Breakfast with Spencer Howson ABC LOCAL RADIO

GROUPLOVE

1. Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE 2. Arabia Mountain BLACK LIPS 3. The King Is Dead THE DECEMBERISTS 4. The Cat BEN SALTER 5. Mirror Traffic STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS 6. The Whole Love WILCO 7. New Start Again DICK DIVER 8. Ritardando FRONT END LOADER 9. The Sunset Park THE AERIAL MAPS 10. Nova Scotia NOVA SCOTIA

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

ALBUMS

TYLER MCLOUGHLAN

An oversaturation of Boy & Bear. The OFLCB buckles under the weight of HC2 backlash.

“Is this Steve Bell ringing? I bet you get that joke all the time! (maniacal laughter)”. Umm, no not really Mr. Waits...

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Cyber-idiots – people committing crimes and then being caught because they boasted on Facebook.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

St Kilda win flag, Uncle Tupelo reform, I’m doing the Weezer cruise so Weezer to announce first Oz tour since ‘96.

Have your say: facebook.com/timeoffmag

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 2. Bakesale Deluxe Edition SEBADOH 3. The Smile Sessions THE BEACH BOYS

SONGS

1. Siren Song FELICITY GROOM 2. Like You Could Have It All THE GRATES 3. Colours GROUPLOVE 4. Gladiator BIG SCARY 5. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA

TOP 5 ARTISTS 1. Grouplove 2. Ball Park Music 3. The Vasco Era 4. Adalita 5. Emma Louise

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Deftones 2. Stone Temple Pilots 3. Mogwai 4. Joan As Police Woman 5. Lamb

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Vasco Era 2. Ball Park Music 3. Screamfeeder 4. Clouds 5. Alex Lloyd & The Pigram Brothers

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Home And Hosed TRIPLE J 2. Hack TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

1. Archer 2. Fringe 3. Breaking Bad 4. The Walking Dead 5. SLiDE

MOVIES

1. Nirvana Live At The Paramount 2. Snowtown 3. Horrible Bosses 4. Beginners 5. Burning Man


WRITERS’ POLL RESULTS

THE DRUM MEDIA PERTH 2011 WRAP

PORTISHEAD PHOTO BY ELLE BORGWARD

TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING PHOTO BY RYAN MURPHY

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

1. Gotye 2. James Blake 3. Portishead 4. Kurt Vile 5. Radiohead PREVIOUS WINNERS: Flying Lotus (2010), Sarah Blasko (2009), MGMT (2008)

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. Bon Iver BON IVER 2. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 3. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 4. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 5. The English Riviera METRONOMY 6. SBTRKT SBTRKT =7. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 =7. Days REAL ESTATE =9. Making Mirrors GOTYE =9. Ravedeath, 1972 TIM HECKER PREVIOUS WINNERS: InnerSpeaker TAME IMPALA (2010), Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix PHOENIX (2009), Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (2008)

1. Portishead 2. The National 3. Sufjan Stevens 4. Holy Fuck 5. Local Natives PREVIOUS WINNERS: Gorillaz (2010), The Rapture (2009), Björk (2008)

PAUL KELLY PHOTO BY BEAU DAVIS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

1. Grinderman 2. The Jezabels 3. Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving 4. Paul Kelly 5. Boy & Bear PREVIOUS WINNERS: PVT (2010), Sarah Blasko (2009), The Drones (2008)

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. Inni SIGUR RÓS 2. Kiss My WAMI 2011 VARIOUS =3. The DaDa Tapes VARIOUS =3. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA PREVIOUS WINNERS: Inaugural year for this category.

ONLINE DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

1. Facebook 2. Twitter 3. The Music 4. Pitchfork 5. Google PREVIOUS WINNERS: Pitchfork (2010), Facebook (2009), Facebook (2008)

T

actually insanely skilled, passionate, devoted and uncompromising artists can sometimes beat the minimally talented poptarts that fill stadiums with derivative sounds and silly screams... Go-Go-Gotye!

Like the national contingent, WA also chalked up Bon Iver’s self-titled as top album. In fact, when he was announced as playing Perth Festival, we almost needed to hire another assistant editor just to deal with the amount of review requests flying in for the Bon Bon. No surprises the show at Red Hill Auditorium sold out in two seconds either.

Not even two shows this year could give the second-placed The National anywhere near enough votes to beat the show we’d been waiting all of 14 years for – Portishead. Never before has a frontperson moved so little yet been so mesmerising. Beth, we’d gladly have your babies. Geoff and Adrian, don’t think you’re being left out of this proposition. If you think those comments are weird, we find it even weirder that our top four was exactly the same as the national results.

he ‘state of excitement’ has done well to cast the sarcastic shackles off its nickname this year, with more tours and venue life than ever before. It’s made it tough for some stellar local releases and launches to poll their way to the top, but The Drum Media Perth results are most certainly difficult to debate.

In previous years Sigur Rós struck the winning gong for live show of the year, so it’s logical one of the most amazing live acts around would go on to produce the best live album of the year. Featuring live versions of songs covering all of their previous albums, Jónsi and co lead the charge in this category. Though special mention to the local crew for receiving enough votes to do our state proud, with Kiss My WAMI 2011 and The DaDa Tapes respectively relegating national favourites Kurt and co to equal third poll position. Bon Iver’s taken out enough awards in this mag alone to warrant skipping through Song Of The Year without repetitive praise. We’re just disappointed it wasn’t any one of the amazingly unique, jaw dropping, groundbreaking, emotionally captivating and stupendously all-round awesome songs from the Metallica/Lou Reed LuLu project… They might not have chalked up a single vote, but we demand a recount! Interestingly, Oscar+Martin, who hardly racked up any votes in their hometown of Melbourne, romped into third place in the WA poll. With Darth Vader featuring heavily in the lyrics, guess it doesn’t battle writers’ nerdy stereotype. Gotye has somehow managed to be everywhere this year. Got’dangit! Whilst we’ve been a little weirded out by how he’s suddenly become capable of selling out Belvoir three-times straight when great local bands can struggle to get 50 people to their CD launches, you gotye hand it to the guy; he’s helped prove that nice guys don’t always finish last, and that

Hopefully Nick Cave will take our nod for Australian live set of the year into consideration when pondering whether it was a bad move to break up Grinderman. If he does keep to his word, at least we had two chances to see him exposing his chest up close and personal this year. Take that Iggy Pop. Rad to see Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving getting the kudos they deserve in this category as well – we look forward to seeing their supreme musical Thoughts spreading. Your local community radio station RTRFM has had a stranglehold on the favourite radio show category since Drum’s inception, but Triple J’s Richard ‘The King’ Kingsmill claimed the crown for 2010. Good to see then our premier princes of local broadcasting reclaiming the throne with Out To Lunch, particularly as the show is all about new music. With some fresh blood rejuvenating the program, midday til 3pm this year has been a fine listen indeed. So, whilst a stack of artists from Perth rumbled up a storm of national exposure this year but didn’t make the impact on the polls that we’d like them to, we reckon next year the locals will again be filling our poll bucket with amazingness from the likes of San Cisco, Felicity Groom, Abbe May, Wolves At The Door, Split Seconds, Sonpsilo Circus, Bastian’s Happy Flight, Pond, The Growl, Chaos Divine... well, the list is endless, and it’s one to feel very, very excited about for 2012. Look forward to seeing you there. The Drum Media Perth Team

DAVE CUTBUSH - OUT TO LUNCH GAME OF THRONES

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. Holocene BON IVER 2. The Wilhelm Scream JAMES BLAKE 3. All I Think About OSCAR + MARTIN 4. Midnight City M83 5. Video Games LANA DEL REY PREVIOUS WINNERS: Fuck You CEE LO GREEN (2010), My Girls ANIMAL COLECTIVE (2009), Electric Feel MGMT (2008)

RADIO SHOW/PODCAST OF THE YEAR

1. Out To Lunch RTR 2. Breakfast with Barr RTR 3. Tom And Alex TRIPLE J =4. Trainwreck RTR =4. Full Frequency RTR =4. Posted RTR PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2010 TRIPLE J (2010), Morning Mag RTR (2009), Hack TRIPLE J (2010)

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

1. Breaking Bad 2. Game Of Thrones 3. True Blood 4. Dexter =5. Gruen Planet =5. Q&A PREVIOUS WINNERS: True Blood (2010)

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BRIDESMAIDS

MOVIE OF THE YEAR

1. Drive 2. The Tree Of Life 3. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II 4. Bridesmaids 5. The Guard PREVIOUS WINNERS: The Social Network (2010) 27


AAROM WILSON SBTRKT

ALBUMS

1. SBTRKT SBTRKT 2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA 3. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 4. Era Extraña NEON INDIAN 5. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 6. For You OSCAR + MARTIN 7. Replica ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER 8. Tomboy PANDA BEAR 9. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 10. Within And Without WASHED OUT

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Instrumental Mixtape CLAMS CASINO 2. Reworked/Remixed TRENTEMØLLER/VARIOUS 3. InnerSpeaker (Collector’s Edition) TAME IMPALA/VARIOUS

SONGS

1. Rolling In The Deep ADELE 2. The Wilhelm Scream JAMES BLAKE 3. Midnight City M83 4. Video Games LANA DEL REY 5. It’s Real REAL ESTATE

ARTISTS

1. Adele 2. Radiohead/Thom Yorke 3. Lady Gaga 4. OFWGKTA 5. James Blake

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Portishead 2. Sufjan Stevens 3. Les Savy Fav 4. Ghostpoet 5. Gorillaz

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Grinderman 2. Abbe May 3. The Jezabels 4. Felicity Groom 5. Injured Ninja

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Your Daily SPA 2. Pedestrian 3. Life Is Noise 4. FACT 5. Cool Perth Nights

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Golden Apples Of The Sun RTR 2. Out To Lunch RTR 3. The Sound Lab TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

1. True Blood 2. Bored To Death 3. Breaking Bad 4. Hungry Beast 5. Parks And Recreation

MOVIES

1. The Trip 2. X-Men: First Class 3. Pina

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Tnx to Brow Horn, Felicity & Diger, Wolves At The Door, DJs and my infinitely spectacular wife for the most amazing day of my life x

MOST OVERHYPED

Odd...Charlie...Future...Sheen... Let’s hope they kill each other next year.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

No new event in WA with any of the promise that One Movement had. 28

ANDY SNELLING

BARON GUTTER

ANTHONY WILLIAMS

ALBUMS

1. Simple Math MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA 2. Bon Iver BON IVER 3. There Is A Way DANANANANAYKROYD 4. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 5. Nine Types Of Light TV ON THE RADIO 6. Biophillia BJÖRK 7. Hurtsville JACK LADDER AND THE DREAMLANDERS 8. The Great Impression SPARKADIA 9. Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me TOUCHÉ AMORÉ 10. Mount Wittenberg Orca DIRTY PROJECTORS & BJÖRK

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Inni SIGUR RÓS 2. 99% Upset Feeling DEERHOOF 3. Kiss My WAMi Compilation 2011 VARIOUS MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA

SONGS

1. Simple Math MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA 2. Perth BON IVER 3. Will Do TV ON THE RADIO 4. Give Up The Ghost RADIOHEAD 5. Sparkadia MARY

ARTISTS

RADIOHEAD

ALBUMS

1. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 2. Replica ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER 3. Renewable Destination CABOLADIES 4. Deaden The Fields TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING 5. Ravedeath, 1972 TIM HECKER 6. Giving COLLECTIONS OF COLONIES OF BEES 7. A Winged Victory For The Sullen A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN 8. Lost In The Glare BARN OWL 9. Neverendless CAVE 10. En Form For Bla AETHENOR

ARTISTS

1. StumbleUpon 2. Perth - The Thousands 3. 27b/6 4. Space Ship News 5. Your Daily SPA

1. Radiohead 2. Barn Owl 3. Portishead 4. Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving 5. Oneohtrix Point Never

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Portishead 2. Swervedriver 3. Minamo 4. Yo La Tengo

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Dirty Three 2. Usurper Of Modern Medicine 3. Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving 4. Injured Ninja 5. smRts

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Super Request TRIPLE J 2. Mornings With Zan TRIPLE J 3. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Facebook 2. Boomkat 3. Dusted 4. Brainwashed 5. RTR

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Spicks And Specks 2. The IT Crowd 3. Breaking Bad 4. The Inbetweeners 5. Community

1. Out To Lunch RTR 2. Posted RTR 3. Underground Solution RTR

TV SHOWS

MOVIES

1. The Lion King 3D 2. The Rum Diary 3. The King’s Speech 4. The Inbetweeners 5. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Sufjan Stevens at the Regal Theatre.

MOST OVERHYPED

Gotye. He was amazing live. And the album was decent. But enough already!

1. 212 AZEALIA BANKS FEAT LAZY JAY 2. Lonely Boy BLACK KEYS 3. Video Games LANA DEL REY 4. Say It LIME CORDIALE 5. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA COSMO JARVIS

SONGS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. Sparkadia 2. Gotye 3. Sean Pollard 4. 78 Saab 5. PVT

SONGS

1. Icky Mettle ARCHERS OF LOAF 2. Tago Mago CAN 3. The 5 EPs DISCO INFERNO

1. Holocene BON IVER 2. Deep Rivers Run Quiet TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING 3. This Is The Best CAVE 4. With Verticals AQUARELLE 5. Pink Nites SECRET BIRDS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Is The World Strange Or Am I Strange? COSMO JARVIS 2. Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam GHOSTPOET 3. Last Night On Earth NOAH AND THE WHALE 4. Bon Iver BON IVER 5. Torches FOSTER THE PEOPLE 6. 21 ADELE 7. Adalita ADALITA 8. Ritual Union LITTLE DRAGON 9. The Harrow & The Harvest GILLIAN WELSH 10. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Sufjan Stevens 2. Björk 3. Future Of The Left 4. Bon Iver 5. Portishead

1. Sufjan Stevens 2. Future Of The Left 3. Portishead 4. Rammstein 5. Mickey Avalon

ALBUMS

1. The Gruen Transfer 2. Gruen Planet 3. Q&A 4. Generation Kill 5. Grand Designs

MOVIES

1. Black Swan 2. The Tree Of Life 3. Contagion 4. Snowtown 5. Drive

ARTISTS

1. Cosmo Jarvis 2. Ghostpoet 3. Lana Del Rey 4. Adele 5. Lanie Lane

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Portished 2. Ghostpoet 3. Apparat 4. Matthew David and The Gaslamp Killer 5. Mickey Avalon

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Seekae 2. Sean O’Neil 3. Stereo Flower 4. Ruby Boots 5. Gold Fields

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Lube Tube 2. Triple J Unearthed 3. TheMusic.com.au 4. The Fuck You Subiaco Page 5. Jumpclimb

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Sunday Night Safran TRIPLE J 2. Bass Check RTR 3. Just Classics 97.7FM

TV SHOWS

1. The Cricket 2. Top Gear 3. Parks And Recreation 4. Modern Family 5. Mythbusters

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Timothy Nelson acceptance speaches.

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

MOST OVERHYPED

“KFC is the best food in the world!” Aaron Rutter

Portishead Live @ Belvoir Amphitheatre. Truly in the presence of greatness. A TRULY RARE experience.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

MOST OVERHYPED

QUOTE/TWEET

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

QUOTE/TWEET

Facebook Uproar – every time a feature is changed.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

More poor ticket sales for the overflowing festival season.

The Strokes. Putting ‘80s synth-disguises on utterly lacklustre songs. FAIL. The end of the world is nigh.

Have your say: facebook.com/drumperth

Psych rock resurgence in Perth. Punch me in the face already. “When I go number twos, I always get completely naked.” Chris Healing, Fat Shan Records. More folk music in the Drum office.


CALLUM TWIGGER

ALBUMS

1. Strange Mercy ST VINCENT 2. Swim CARIBOU 3. Fifty Words For Snow KATE BUSH 4. We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves JOHN MAUS 5. Metals FEIST 6. Ritual Union LITTLE DRAGON 7. Life Of Leisure WASHED OUT 8. Wounded Rhymes LYKKE LI 9. Glass Swords RUSTIE 10. Skying THE HORRORS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CLIFF MARTINEZ/VARIOUS 2. The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 GORILLAZ 3. Late Night Tales VARIOUS/MGMT

SONGS

1. Art Of Almost WILCO 2. Surgeon ST VINCENT 3. Romance WILD FLAG 4. The Bad In Each Other FEIST 5. Get Some LYKKE LI

ARTISTS

1. St Vincent 2. Washed Out 3. Montana 4. Lykke Li 5. Little Dragon

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Twitter 2. Facebook 3. The Guardian 4. The Huffington Post 5. TIME

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Gorillaz 2. Iggy Pop 3. HEALTH 4. Lykke Li 5. Big Boi

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Tame Impala 2. Boy & Bear 3. Big Scary 4. The Vasco Era 5. Cut Copy

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Unearthed TRIPLE J 2. Hack TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

1. Frozen Planet 2. The Gruen Transfer 3. The Slap 4. Futurama 5. Why isn’t there a ‘Top Five Books Of 2011’ list?

MOVIES

1. Melancholia 2. Drive 3. The Tree Of Life 4. Rango 5. Arrietty

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Hundreds of talented female musicians everywhere! Altrock has been scared of girl-germs for way too long.

MOST OVERHYPED

Australian hip-hop. Like a carton of Emu Bitter, it’s Australian, tepid, derivative, and worth regretting even before you’ve consumed it.

QUOTE/TWEET

“What’s going on... Do you know right from wrong?” Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to his executioners moments before a very violent death.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

I keep getting my arse kicked by the ‘Too Much Text!’ disclaimer, so I’m going to go all meta and say, “THE TEXT LIMIT ON THIS LINE”.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

I get asked something like “PREDICTION FOR 2013. Briefly explain what you see in your crystal ball for the following year.”

CAMERON DUFF

CAM FINDLAY

ALBUMS

1. The Rip Tide BEIRUT 2. Tao Of The Dead ...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD 3. Gloss Drop BATTLES 4. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 5. I Know This Now TIMOTHY NELSON & THE INFIDELS 6. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY 7. The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT AKRON/FAMILY 8. We Are The Champions JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD 9. Mesozoic THE LAURELS 10. The King Is Dead THE DECEMBERISTS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. The DaDa Tapes VARIOUS 2. London Sessions LCD SOUNDSYSTEM 3. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA

ALBUMS

1. Space Is Only Noise NICOLAS JAAR 2. Vows KIMBRA 3. Coastal Grooves BLOOD ORANGE 4. Bliss Release CLOUD CONTROL 5. Ritual Union LITTLE DRAGON 6. Prisoner THE JEZABELS 7. When We On CRAZY P 8. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 9. El Camino THE BLACK KEYS 10. Making Mirrors GOTYE

CHRISTOPHER H JAMES TIM HECKER

SONGS

1. S’Cooled BLOOD ORANGE 2. Colomb NICOLAS JAAR 3. Gold Canary CLOUD CONTROL 4. Call Me KIMBRA 5. Crystalfilm LITTLE DRAGON NICOLAS JAAR

SONGS

1. East Harlem BEIRUT 2. Santa Fe BEIRUT 3. Jesus Forever KURT VILE 4. Common Burn MAZZY STAR 5. Arnold LUKE MILLION

ARTISTS 1. Lady Gaga 2. Radiohead 3. Holy Fuck 4. Lykke Li 5. Toro Y Moi

ALBUMS

1. Ravedeath, 1972 TIM HECKER 2. Last Of The Country Gentlemen JOSH T PEARSON 3. II THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT 4. Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts OMAR SOULEYMAN 5. Eye Contact GANG GANG DANCE 6. Helioscope VESSELS 7. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will MOGWAI 8. No Color THE DODOS 9. Looping State Of Mind THE FIELD 10. Wander/Wonder BALAM ACAB

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Holy Fuck 2. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead 3. Akron/Family 4. Kurt Vile & The Violators 5. Thee Oh Sees

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. The Drones 2. Paul Kelly 3. Dan Sultan & Alex Gow 4. The Growl 5. Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving

1. Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts OMAR SOULEYMAN 2. Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Latin Sound of New York (Disc 1) VARIOUS 3. 20 Fucking Years Of Planet E: We Ain’t Dead Yet VARIOUS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

SONGS

1. TheMusic.com.au 2. Spaceship News 3. Pretty Much Amazing 4. Paste Magazine 5. NME

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Posted RTR 2. 2011 TRIPLE J 3. Breakfast with Barr RTR

TV SHOWS

1. Nicolas Jaar 2. Cloud Control 3. Kimbra 4. Little Dragon 5. Fleet Foxes

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Breaking Bad 2. Sons Of Anarchy 3. Spicks And Specks 4. It’s A Knockout 5. Sh*t My Dad Says

1. Kollektiv Turmstrasse 2. Hot Natured (Lee Foss & Jamie Jones) 3. Apparat 4. Marcel Dettmann & Ben Klock 5. Alex Smoke

MOVIES

1. The Guard 2. Source Code 3. The Hangover Part II 4. Attack The Block 5. The Human Centipede II

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

The events associated with writing for such a great publication, ie getting absolutely smashed at the WAMis.

MOST OVERHYPED

Banjos. Too many Banjos. Oh, and Nickelback, as usual.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Face it, I am living the life of a rockstar Vatican asassin.” Charlie Sheen.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

OFWGKTA abusing Oz fans, getting racist insults in return.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

ARTISTS

The ever-expanding support of many facial hair; Kyle Sandilands exploding due to exorbitant amounts of selfloathing/fatty deposits.

1. Kimbra 2. The Jezabels 3. Cloud Control 4. Stonefield 5. The Holidays

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Resident Advisor 2. Pulse Radio 3. Space Ship News 4. Empire Of Perth 5. Street Press Australia

1. Glass Jar GANG GANG DANCE 2. Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN 3. With U HOLY OTHER 4. DBB THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT 5. In The Fog I TIM HECKER

ARTISTS

1. Tim Hecker 2. Josh T Pearson 3. The Psychic Paramount 4. Omar Souleyman 5. Mogwai

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Portishead 2. Omar Souleyman 3. Booker T Jones 4. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead 5. Os Mutantes

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Drones 2. Injured Ninja 3. The Silent World 4. Grinderman 5. The Middle East

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Drowned In Sound 2. ABC News 3. Metal Bastard 4. YouTube

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

MOST OVERHYPED

MOST OVERHYPED

PREDICTION(S) 2012

1. Tom And Alex TRIPLE J 2. Trainwreck RTR

Kimbra. I am in love with her if you haven’t noticed from my previous answers. ;) Stereosonic... ugh don’t even let me get into that.

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Sergio Dias (Os Mutantes) never ending guitar solo at the Perth International Festival. The ubiquitious lowest common denominator dubstep. Burial must be turning in his grave. Beards.

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CRAIG HOLLYWOOD ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

ALBUMS

1. Liber Dogma THE BLACK DOG 2. yx aka 1ch aka Solo NHKYX 3. What Have We Learned MORPHOSIS 4. SyMeta BYETONE 5. In Dust ROLL THE DICE 6. Space Is Only Noise NICOLAS JAAR 7. Replica ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER 8. House Of Balloons THE WEEKND 9. Mind Controls The Flood NO UFO’S 10. Blanck Mass BLANCK MASS

JACKSON BEST

DANIEL CRIBB

ALBUMS

1. Smoko At The Pet Food Factory FRENZAL RHOMB 2. Damnesia ALKALINE TRIO 3. Neighborhoods BLINK-182 4. Angels & Airwaves LOVE PART 2 5. Good For Me THE SWELLERS 6. Hurricane Season DAN ANDRIANO IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM 7. Got Your Back POUR HABIT 8. Party Party Party THE BENNIES 9. Sad Bear TONY SLY 10. Ishi Prende HIGHTIME

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS 1. Let’s Talk About Feelings LAGWAGON 2. Down The Road VARIOUS 3. Hang Your Head In Hope KRIS ROE FRENZAL RHOMB

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Inni SIGUR RÓS 2. Berghain 05 PETER VAN HOESEN/REAGENZ/VRIL 3. RetroActivity SWEET EXORCIST

SONGS

1. Side A OLD APPARATUS 2. Sheffield Muggerscum Out (The Black Dog Remix) SURGEON 3. Flux SP-X 4. Lotus Flower (Jacques Greene Remix) RADIOHEAD 5. Battle For Middle You JULIO BASHMORE

ARTISTS

1. The Black Dog 2. Nicolas Jaar 3. Oneohtrix Point Never 4. Morphosis 5. NHKyx

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. Commonwealth NetBank 2. This Is Why I’m Broke 3. What The Fuck Should I Make For Dinner? 4. RTRFM 92.1 5. The Official Home Of Celtic Football Club

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Marcel Dettmann & Ben Klock 2. Holy Fuck 3. Mogwai 4. Portishead 5. Apparat

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Empty Cup 2. Gareth Liddiard 3. The Jezebels 4. Boy & Bear 5. Stina

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Trainwreck RTR 2. Posted RTR 3. Full Frequency RTR

TV SHOWS

1. Great British Menu 2. America Uncut - The Documentaries That Shocked America 3. The World Game 4. SBS News 5. ABC News

MOVIES

1. Hesher 2. Armadillo 3. Beginners 4. Midnight in Paris 5. My Perestroika

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Techno.

MOST OVERHYPED

Ex-Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich’s haircut.

QUOTE/TWEET

“When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-bekibeki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know?” Herman Cain on foreign policy.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

1. Back To The Suburbs FRENZAL RHOMB 2. One Last Thing ANGELS & AIRWAVES 3. Wishing Well BLINK-182 4. Olde English 800 ALKALINE TRIO 5. Me & Denver DAN ANDRIANO IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM

ARTISTS

1. Frenzal Rhomb 2. Alkaline Trio 3. Jebediah 4. The Bennies 5. Hightime

1. Era Extraña NEON INDIAN 2. Kaputt DESTROYER 3. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 4. Ravedeath, 1972 TIM HECKER 5. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 6. Within And Without WASHED OUT 7. Belong THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART 8. 936 PEAKING LIGHTS 9. Space Is Only Noise NICOLAS JAAR 10. Fallen BURZUM 1. Diary Of A Madman OZZY OSBOURNE 2. Peace Sells... But Who’s Buying? 25th Anniversary Edition MEGADETH 3. Smile Sessions THE BEACH BOYS

SONGS

1. Halogen (I Could Be A Shadow) NEON INDIAN 2. OK Pal M83 3. Belong THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART 4. Runner Ups KURT VILE 5. Is It Done J. MASCIS

ARTISTS

1. Kurt Vile 2. Neon Indian 3. M83 4. Washed Out 5. Destroyer

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Domino’s 2. Facebook 3. Catch Of The Day 4. Bombshellzine 5. Dying Scene

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Millencolin 2. Rise Against 3. Tenacious D 4. The Swellers

1. Rate Your Music 2. Goodreads 3. eBay 4. Street Boners and TV Carnage 5. Aquarius Records

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Wavves 2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti 3. Swervedriver 4. Warpaint 5. Deerhunter

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Frenzal Rhomb 2. Jebediah 3. Chris Duke & The Royals 4. The Bennies 5. Billy Demos

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Home & Hosed TRIPLE J 2. No Control THE PIT FM 3. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J

1. Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders 2. Sam Perry

TV SHOWS

1. Community 2. Chuck 3. The Office 4. 30 Rock 5. Check It Out! With Dr Steve Brule 1. Source Code 2. The Lion King 3D 3. Horrible Bosses 4. The Change Up 5. Angels & Airwaves Presents Love

MOST OVERHYPED

MOST OVERHYPED

Dubstep. Not exactly new but, please, make it stop already.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I feel duped a little bit because I was all connected with the wedding. I watched the two-hour special. I was with them on that journey.” Jonah Hill to MTV on the fallout of Kim Kardashian’s wedding.

Ross Butson.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I done that.” Ross Butson, in person.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

More bands, bigger drinks and less sleep!

1. The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: Live In Europe 1967 MILES DAVIS 2. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA 3. Achtung Baby Anniversary Edition U2

SONGS

1. How I Roll BOB GELDOF 2. You Know That I Know JACK WHITE 3. Lorelai FLEET FOXES 4. Machu Picchu THE STROKES 5. Open Arms ELBOW

ARTISTS

1. PJ Harvey 2. Radiohead 3. Jack White 4. Björk 5. Tom Waits

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. IMDb 2. Enjoy Perth 3. Cyanide & Happiness 4. World Lingo 5. Happy Place

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Bob Dylan 2. Eddie Vedder 3. Elvis Costello 4. Owen Pallett 5. Martha Wainwright

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Gareth Liddiard 2. Grinderman 3. Dan Kelly 4. Abbe May 5. Felicity Groom

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Giant Steps RTR 2. Here’s The Thing WNYC 3. Drive ABC CLASSIC

TV SHOWS

MOVIES

Finishing my arts degree and stepping out into a lucrative world of employment opportunity.

Recording an album with my band The Decline and Adam Round. Best six weeks ever!

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

TV SHOWS

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

1. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 2. Bad As Me TOM WAITS 3. Design Desire ABBE MAY 4. Absence SNOWMAN 5. Metals FEIST 6. Ashes & Fire RYAN ADAMS 7. How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell BOB GELDOF 8. Angles THE STROKES 9. Biophilia BJÖRK 10. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD

1. Ambient Zone RTR 2. Out To Lunch RTR 3. Difficult Listening RTR

1. Californication 2. Seinfeld reruns 3. Friends reruns 4. Kourtney and Kim Take New York 5. Geordie Shore

MOVIES

ALBUMS

1. 30 Rock 2. Castle 3. Breaking Bad 4. Futurama 5. The Mentalist

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

All the suckers who called in sick to work then posted otherwise on Facebook and got caught.

30

ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

SONGS

Leaving my Facebook logged on at my friend’s house. More SPA writers’ polls.

NEON INDIAN

JASON KENNY

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Justin Bieber’s attempt to grow a moustache for Movember. I sympathise with his emasculating failure.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

The death of dubstep. An end to the oppressive reign of the wobble.

Have your say: facebook.com/drumperth

1. Midnight In Paris 2. Melancholia 3. Rango 4. Hugo 5. The Artist

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Social media finding its place in social change – who knew it was capable of so much more than wasting time at work?

MOST OVERHYPED

Most things related to Charlie Sheen.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I hate drum circles but I hate corporate greed more” Occupy Wall St protest sign.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Qantas luxury, Ashton Kutcher and everything tweeted by a Kardashian.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

The Occupy movement will be attacked by conservative media, soulless pop icons will dishearten us all, then a clash on December 21.


JAYMES BROWN

KITT DI CAMILLO ANNA CALVI

AUSTRA

ALBUMS

ALBUMS

1. Feel It Break AUSTRA 2. Eye Contact GANG GANG DANCE 3. The English Riviera METRONOMY 4. Holy Ghost! HOLY GHOST! 5. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 6. Discodeine DISCODEINE 7. Era Extrana NEON INDIAN 8. 50 Words For Snow KATE BUSH 9. Goblin TYLER, THE CREATOR 10. Moment Bends ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Resurrection VIRGO FOUR 2. Director’s Cut KATE BUSH 3. Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CLIFF MARTINEZ/VARIOUS ARTISTS

SONGS

1. The Bay METRONOMY 2. Midnight City M83 3. Lose It AUSTRA 4. Adult Goth GANG GANG DANCE 5. Yonkers TYLER, THE CREATOR

ARTISTS

1. Metronomy 2. Gotye 3. Tyler, The Creator 4. Neon Indian 5. Austra

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Sonpsilo Circus 2. Canyons 3. Tame Impala 4. Cut Copy 5. Gold Fields

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Bandcamp 2. Meme Generator 3. Our Valued Customers 4. Texts From Bennett 5. Know Your Meme

TV SHOWS

1. Bored To Death 2. Misfits 3. Breaking Bad 4. Curb Your Enthusiasm 5. Game Of Thrones

MOVIES

1. Drive 2. Cave Of Forgotten Dreams 3. Super 8 4. X-Men: First Class 5. The Tree Of Life

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Batman: Arkham City. No explanation needed.

MOST OVERHYPED Adele.

QUOTE/TWEET

“You like Big Bang Theory? That shit’s like nerd blackface!” Our Valued Customers.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP QANTAS’ valiant Twitter work

PREDICTION(S) 2012 Lots and lots of rum.

1. Suck It And See ARCTIC MONKEYS 2. Anna Calvi ANNA CALVI 3. Angles THE STROKES 4. The Vasco Era THE VASCO ERA 5. Build A Rocket Boys! ELBOW 6. Nine Types Of Light TV ON THE RADIO 7. Different Gear, Still Speeding BEADY EYE 8. Rome DANGER MOUSE AND DANIELE LUPPI 9. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 10. Mirror Traffic STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS

KRISTY SYMONDS

LUKE BUTCHER

ALBUMS

ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Major/Minor THRICE 2. Neighborhoods BLINK 182 3. Wire Empire MR MAPS 4. Making Mirrors GOTYE 5. Dunks GHOUL 6. Prisoner THE JEZABELS 7. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 8. Mariachi El Bronx MARIACHI EL BRONX 9. Gloss Drop BATTLES 10. Wildlife LA DISPUTE

1. Bon Iver BON IVER 2. Making Mirrors GOTYE 3. Codes And Keys DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 4. 21 ADELE 5. Dirty Work ALL TIME LOW 6. Vices & Virtues PANIC! AT THE DISCO 7. Neighborhoods BLINK 182 8. Get Your Heart On! SIMPLE PLAN 9. Hell: The Sequel BAD MEETS EVIL 10. Tha Carter IV LIL WAYNE 1. Awesome As Fuck GREEN DAY 2. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon - The Album VARIOUS 3. Glee: The Music, Volume 5 GLEE CAST

SONGS

1. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 2. Someone Like You ADELE 3. Lighters BAD MEETS EVIL FEAT BRUNO MARS 4. ET KATY PERRY 5. LMFAO PARTY ROCK ANTHEM ADELE

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Let Love In NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS 2. Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 19822011 REMLUKE BUTCHER 3. Eternal Youth ROLO TOMASSI

ARTISTS

1. Arctic Monkeys 2. Grinderman 3. Arcade Fire 4. The Strokes 5. Elbow

ARTISTS

1. Gotye 2. Adele 3. Eminem 4. Lil Wayne 5. Bruno Mars

1. Eminem 2. MGMT 3. Kings Of Leon 4. Lil Wayne 5. Dizzee Rascal

1. Pitchfork 2. Cricinfo 3. Roger Ebert Movie Reviews 4. Official AFL Website 5. FasterLouder

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Wire 2. Joanna Newsom 3. Swervedriver 4. Mavis Staples 5. Primal Scream

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Grinderman 2. Paul Kelly 3. Bamodi 4. The John Butler Trio 5. Operator Please

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Art Vs Science 2. Faker 3. Georgi Kay 4. Archie Roach 5. Hilltop Hoods

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Twitter 2. PerthNow 3. Herald Sun 4. Huffington Post 5. Facebook

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

TV SHOWS

1. Hamish & Andy 92.9 2. Tom And Alex TRIPLE J 3. Sunday Night Safran TRIPLE J

1. Law & Order: SVU 2. The Simpsons 3. How I Met Your Mother 4. Grey’s Anatomy 5. Glee

TV SHOWS

1. Parks And Recreation 2. Mad Men 3. Dexter 4. The Ricky Gervais Show 5. Community

MOVIES

MOVIES

1. Drive 2. Bridesmaids 3. Rango 4. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 5. Source Code

1. The Lion King 3D 2. Scream 4 3. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 4. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon 5. Horrible Bosses

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Being lucky enough to be working in my dream career and having the most amazing family and friends I could ask for.

MOST OVERHYPED

Lady Gaga.

Collingwood losing the AFL Grand Final. Boy & Bear.

QUOTE/TWEET

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. eBay 2. Facebook 3. Kill Your Stereo 4. Perth Bands 5. Side Reel

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Anberlin 2. Coheed & Cambria 3. This Town Needs Guns 4. The Gaslight Anthem 5. Electric Wire Hustle

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Jezabels 2. Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving 3. All Eyes On Saturn 4. Usurper Of Modern Medicine 5. Foxes

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Short.Fast.Loud TRIPLE J 2. Breakfast With Barr RTR 3. Out To Lunch Prisoner RTR

TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad 2. Modern Family 3. Parks And Recreation 4. Community 5. Grand Designs

MOVIES

1. The Hangover Part II 2. Bridesmaids 3. Paul 4. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 5. Hall Pass

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Local Music.

MOST OVERHYPED Indie/electro/pop/shit.

QUOTE/TWEET

“By sewing my butt to my chest, you’ve given me boobs I can touch all day.” Pierce Hawthorne, Community.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Charlie Sheen.

WA Today accidentally tweeted: “If Leon Davis somehow becomes a Docker, I’m going to punch a small child.”

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

London Olympics to be marred by mass rioting and Paul McCartney.

1. Thrice 2. Blink-182 3. The Jezabels 4. All Eyes On Saturn 5. Prince

MOST OVERHYPED “This perfume bottle looks like a Staryu!” My mum.

“SHITBAG” - Liam Gallagher on Twitter.

SONGS

ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

NICKI MINAJ

1. Words In The Water THRICE 2. Super Bass NICKI MINAJ 3. Alone ALL EYES ON SATURN 4. Step Step MR MAPS 5. Endless Summer THE JEZABELS

SONGS

1. Under Cover Of Darkness THE STROKES 2. The Death Of You And Me NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS 3. Love Is A Laserquest ARCTIC MONKEYS 4. A Conversation At Revolver THE VASCO ERA 5. Neat Little Rows ELBOW

1. Before the Shadows Find Their Homes ALL EYES ON SATURN 2. Wait For Calm 7-inch STATUES 3. I’m A Villain And I’m Online I, SAID THE SPARROW

An absolutely epic year for live shows coming to Perth and an equally epic Drum Media party.

Have your say: facebook.com/drumperth

QUOTE/TWEET

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Every comment that has FML in it. Really, your life is so hard?

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Great music and a well deserved premiership for Fremantle Football Club, and plenty of beers to toast them both! 31


MAC MCNAUGHTON

ALBUMS

1. Wounded Rhymes LYKKE LI 2. The Ground Cries Out JEFF MARTIN 777 3. The English Riviera METRONOMY 4. Black Rainbows BRETT ANDERSON 5. Broken Record LLOYD COLE 6. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 7. W PLANNINGTOROCK 8. Build A Rocket Boys! ELBOW 9. Timez Are Weird These Days THEOPHILUS LONDON

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Blueprint 808 STATE 2. Basement Jaxx Vs Metropole Orkest BASEMENT JAXX VS METROPOLE ORKEST 3. Life Is Full Of Possibilities DNTEL

SONGS

1. I Follow Rivers LYKKE LI 2. Miami Spider GALLOPS 3. Ice Cream BATTLES FEAT MATIAS AGUAYO 4. Midnight City M83 5. Lotus Flower RADIOHEAD

ARTISTS

1. Jeff Martin 2. Tomas Ford 3. James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) 4. Björk 5. M83

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Leftfield 2. Elbow 3. Portishead 4. Jesus Jones 5. Primal Scream

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Tomas Ford 2. Sam Perry 3. The Panics 4. Paul Dempsey 5. The Clouds

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. TV Tonight 2. (The Customer Is) Not Always Right 3. Pitchfork 4. Aussielicious 5. The Worst Of Perth

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Sound Lab TRIPLE J 2. 2011 TRIPLE J 3. Out To Lunch RTR

TV SHOWS

1. Dexter 2. Good Game 3. Rage 4. Ninja Warrior / Unbeatable Banzuke 5. The Amazing Race Australia

MOVIES

1. Jane Eyre 2. X-Men: First Class 3. Super 8 4. Thor 5. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

The Loft Sundays at Geisha. (Also: Having lunch with Jeff Martin – so generous of time and spirit, a total champion!).

MOST OVERHYPED

Twitter. It’s just Facebook for people with ADD.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Tom Six’s recent video nasty The Human Centipede contained a scene in which the titular victims endure forced defecation from the hapless soul connected to their throat. Nothing But The Beat’s relentless flow of crap is just as brutal in its execution and thanks to the millions belatedly suckered in, is just as unavoidable”. Mac McNaughton’s review of the new David Guetta album, The Drum Media Issue 260.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Playstation Network gets “compromised”.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

ARIAs downsized and held at Rosemount Hotel. San Cisco win Album Of The Year. Best ARIAs ever. 32

MARCIA CZERNIAK FLEET FOXES

MARNIE ALLEN THE BLACK KEYS

MICHAEL CAVES BEASTIE BOYS

ALBUMS

1. Bon Iver BON IVER 2. Burst Apart THE ANTLERS 3. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 4. Ukelele Songs EDDIE VEDDER 5. A Creature I Don’t Know LAURA MARLING 6. Prisoner THE JEZABELS 7. Moonfire BOY & BEAR 8. Gilgamesh GYPSY & THE CAT 9. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 10. Parallax ATLAS SOUND

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. A Treasure NEIL YOUNG 2. What’s Going On 40th Anniversary Edition MARVIN GAYE 3. Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition NIRVANA

SONGS

1. Holocene BON IVER 2. Calgary BON IVER 3. Go Outside CULTS 4. Endless Summer THE JEZABELS 5. Rapunzel DRAPHT

ARTISTS

ALBUMS

1. El Camino THE BLACK KEYS 2. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 3. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 4. Bon Iver BON IVER 5. Ritual Union LITTLE DRAGON 6. Era Extrana NEON INDIAN 7. Underneath The Pine TORO Y MOI 8. SBTRKT SBTRKT 9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA 10. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST

SONGS

1. Bon Iver 2. The Jezabels 3. Cults 4. Boy & Bear 5. Split Seconds

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The National 2. Local Natives 3. The Antlers 4. Deerhunter 5. Junip

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Lindisfarne JAMES BLAKE 2. Lonely Boy THE BLACK KEYS 3. Holocene BON IVER 4. Ritual Union LITTLE DRAGON 5. Fall out NEON INDIAN

ARTISTS

1. Portishead 2. Kurt Vile 3. The National 4. Bon Iver 5. M83 KURT VILE

1. Boy & Bear 2. The Middle East 3. The Jezabels 4. Dan Sultan 5. Drapht

1. The English Riviera METRONOMY 2. Yuck YUCK 3. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 4. Hot Sauce Committee Part Two BEASTIE BOYS 5. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 6. Angles THE STROKES 7. Seefeel SEEFEEL 8. Breaking The Frame SURGEON 9. Zonoscope CUT COPY

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS 1. Smile Sessions THE BEACH BOYS

SONGS

1. The Wall YUCK

ARTISTS

1. Yuck 2. LCD Soundsystem 3. James Blake 4. The Chemical Brothers

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. SONICSTATE 2. Reuters 3. Synthtopia 4. MusicRadar 5. Songl

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Caribou and Four Tet 2. Gary Numan 3. New York Dolls 4. Pulp 5. Death From Above 1979

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Google 2. Facebook 3. Sidereel 4. Megavideo 5. Etsy

1. Heirs 2. The Growl 3. The Brow Horn Orchestra 4. Seekae 5. Canyons

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Tom And Alex TRIPLE J 2. Hack TRIPLE J 3. 2011 TRIPLE J

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Sonictalk SONICSTATE.COM 2. Radio Lab RADIOLAB.ORG 3. Train Wreck RTR

TV SHOWS

1. The Big Bang Theory 2. Game Of Thrones 3. Gossip Girl 4. Weeds 5. Sunrise

TV SHOWS

1. True Blood 2. Housos 3. Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam 4. Spicks And Specks

MOVIES

MOVIES

1. Bridesmaids 2. The Ides Of March 3. Drive 4. Beginners 5. Red Dog

1. The Thing 2. The Hangover Part II

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Bon Iver.

MOST OVERHYPED Charlie Sheen.

QUOTE/TWEET

“When drag queens love you, you will have a long career.” – Kathie Lee Gifford to PEOPLE.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Letting Kim Kardashian have access to Twitter.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

ALBUMS

It will have 366 days... unless the rapture hits us.

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Portishead 2. The National 3. Kurt Vile 4. Nas and Damian Marley 5. Phoenix

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Gary Numan awkwardly approaching the mic to say something profound and then watching him shy away and say nothing – ah bless.

MOST OVERHYPED

Future Music Festival at Joondalup Arena – the VIP Party in my front garden was much better and no acts were missed and drinks were free.

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

QUOTE/TWEET

1. Oh Mercy 2. The Growl

LCD Soundsystem: “That black eyed peas dirty dancing thing is worse than raping a cat. What is wrong with people? Do they hate ears?”

TV SHOWS

PREDICTION(S) 2012

1. Q&A

Have your say: facebook.com/drumperth

Even more great music coming from Western Australia.


MITCHELL WITHERS BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

PAUL BARBIERI

NICHOLAS OWEN GIL SCOTT-HERON

ALBUMS ALBUMS

1. +Dome SEEKAE 2. A Different Kind of Fix BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB 3. Days REAL ESTATE 4. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 5. Bon Iver BON IVER 6. Yuck YUCK 7. Father, Son, Holy Ghost GIRLS 8. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 9. Zonoscope CUT COPY 10. Wounded Rhymes LYKKE LI

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Total: From Joy Division to New Order JOY DIVISION/ NEW ORDER 2. TKOL RMX 1234567 VARIOUS/RADIOHEAD 3. Triple J’s Like A Version Vol 7 VARIOUS

SONGS

1. The Wilhelm Scream JAMES BLAKE 2. Words Out, Lights Gone BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB 3. 3 SEEKAE 4. Ffunny Friends UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA 5. Cold Feet JACK LADDER

ARTISTS

1. James Blake 2. Bombay Bicycle Club 3. Seekae 4. Lykke Li 5. Kanye West

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Local Natives 2. The National 3. Public Enemy 4. Tallest Man on Earth 5. Foals

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Middle East 2. Paul Kelly 3. Cloud Control 4. Jonathan Boulet 5. Bastian’s Happy Flight

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Google 2. YouTube 3. Pitchfork 4. Later With Jools Holland 5. ABC

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Breakfast With Barr RTR 2. Hack TRIPLE J 3. Ambient Zone RTR

TV SHOWS

1. Gruen Planet 2. Q&A 3. The Hamster Wheel 4. Intervention 5. Banged Up Abroad

MOVIES

1. Snowtown 2. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold 3. Drive 4. Kung Fu Panda 2 5. We Need to Talk About Kevin

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR Upgrading the size of my bed.

MOST OVERHYPED

1. The King Of Limbs RADIOHEAD 2. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 3. We’re New Here GIL SCOTT-HERON AND JAMIE XX 4. SBTRKT SBTRKT 5. Purge Audit PURGE AUDIT 6. Sri Digger DIGER ROKWELL 7. SILLA Beattape BUGSEED X ILL.SUG 8. Blackbird BON CHAT BON RAT 9. Red Alert SUNSHINE BROTHERS 10. Sonpsilo Circus SONPSILO CIRCUS

SONGS

1. NY Is Killing Me GIL SCOTT-HERON AND JAMIE XX 2. Rolling In The Deep (Nodzilla Remix) ADELE 3. Free THE STOOPS FEAT GEORGIE KAY 4. I Feel Dirty (Able Remix) TOMAS FORD 5. One Out Of A Million DEL THA FUNKEE HOMOSAPIEN

ARTISTS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

3. Kiss My WAMi Compilation 2011 VARIOUS 2. Icky Mettle ARCHERS OF LOAF 3. Achtung Baby Anniversary Edition U2

1. Smoke Ring For My Halo KURT VILE 2. Days REAL ESTATE 3. Bon Iver BON IVER 4. Black Up SHABAZZ PALACES 5. Helplessness Blues FLEET FOXES 6. Circuital MY MORNING JACKET 7. Burst Apart THE ANTLERS 8. The Rip Tide BEIRUT 9. Monkeytown MODESELEKTOR 10. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will MOGWAI 1. Inni SIGUR RÓS 2. What’s Going On 40th Anniversary Edition MARVIN GAYE 3. Pinkerton Deluxe Edition WEEZER

GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU SHABAZZ PALACES

SONGS

1. All I Think About OSCAR + MARTIN 2. West End Girls BEN SALTER 3. Machu Picchu THE STROKES 4. Gopuru GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU 5. Good Girl ADALITA

ARTISTS

1. Mulatu Astatke 2. Shapeshifter 3. Fat Freddy’s Drop 4. Gotye 5. Onra

1. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu 2. Tex Perkins 3. The Paradise Motel 4. Wilco 5. Adalita

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. SoundCloud 2. Triple J Unearthed 3. Bandcamp 4. YouTube 5. Facebook

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Mulatu Astatke 2. Onra 3. Shapeshifter 4. Fat Freddy’s Drop 5. Holy Fuck

1. Stone Temple Pilots 2. Rob Zombie 3. Primus 4. Monster Magnet 5. Gomez

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Redcoats 2. Birds Of Tokyo 3. Ben Salter 4. Tusk 5. The Novocaines

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. Grace Barbé 2. Goldfields 3. The Sunshine Brothers 4. Kimbra 5. Tame Impala

1. BBC Music 2. SEN 3. Soccernet 4. The Guardian 5. Twitter

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Full Frequency RTR 2. Breakfast With Barr RTR 3. Home & Hosed TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Afternoons with the Doctor TRIPLE J 2. 2011 TRIPLE J 3. Mondayitis Podcast SPORTAL

TV SHOWS

1. Dexter 2. Spooks 3. How To Make It In America 4. The Inbetweeners 5. Misfits

1. At The Movies 2. Game Of Thrones 3. Foreign Correspondent 4. The Hamster Wheel 5. How I Met Your Mother

MOVIES

MOVIES

1. The Guard 2. The King’s Speech 3. Charlie Casanova 4. Crazy, Stupid, Love 5. Hobo With A Shotgun

1. The Guard 2. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 3. Inside Job 4. Thor 5. Contagion

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

All the live music, company, food, beverages, the band I play in (Brow Horn); it’s been a good year!

MOST OVERHYPED

QUOTE/TWEET

QUOTE/TWEET

“Hard to be humble when you stunting on a jumbotron.” Kanye on Twitter.

“I’m a fuckin’ walkin’ paradox, no I’m not.” Tyler, The Creator.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Dollar Bills. I will find gold.

ALBUMS

1. The Whole Love WILCO 2. El Camino THE BLACK KEYS 3. Last Battles RUSSIAN WINTERS 4. Father, Son, Holy Ghost GIRLS 5. Superhappyfuntimesfriends REGURGITATOR 6. Wounded Rhymes LYKKE LI 7. Rrakala GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU 8. Mirror Traffic STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS 9. Adalita ADALITA 10. Ashes & Fire RYAN ADAMS

1. The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 GORILLAZ 2. Entr’acte THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA 3. Fifteen Years Of Hospital Records VARIOUS

The rise of the ‘side tattoo’.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

The highjacking of dubstep by ‘pop’ artists. Don’t hate on the genre it’s still good!

Tony Abbott announcing his “fear of homosexuals” in a 60 Minutes interview that went viral.

RICK BRYANT

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Simon Katich’s personal attack on Michael Clarke

MOST OVERHYPED Ricki-Lee Coulter.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I’ve answered that question already, champ!” Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade reacts angrily to questions after a big loss to West Coast.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Qantas ha.

Qantas asking the Twitterati about a luxury Qantas experience just weeks after flight cancellations.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Hopefully the year of innovation. This year new and interesting things have infiltrated.

Rebecca Black gets pregnant, Kyle Sandilands discovers the Centrelink queue.

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SONGS

1. Peeping Tomboy KURT VILE 2. Video Games LANA DEL REY 3. Are You... Can You... Were You? (Felt) SHABAZZ PALACES 4. It’s Real REAL ESTATE 5. Good Man RAPHAEL SAADIQ

ARTISTS

1. Portishead 2. Kurt Vile 3. My Morning Jacket 4. Sufjan Stevens 5. The Weeknd

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Sufjan Stevens 2. Portishead 3. Kurt Vile & The Violators 4. Local Natives 5. Built To Spill

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The Kill Devil Hills 2. Canyons 3. Felicity Groom 4. Cut Copy 5. Umpire

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Crikey 2. Guardian Football 3. Bureau Of Meterology 4. Gorilla Vs Bear 5. Audiokarma

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Rock Rattle and Roll RTR 2. The Book Show ABC RADIO NATIONAL 3. Full Frequency RTR

TV SHOWS

1. The Slap 2. Breaking Bad 3. Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam 4. First Tuesday Book Club 5. Boardwalk Empire

MOVIES

1. Midnight in Paris 2. The Tree Of Life 3. Crazy, Stupid, Love 4. 13 Assassins 5. Submarine

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Otis and Henry, 8 October, 2011. The universe became a little bit finer.

MOST OVERHYPED Tyler, The Creator.

QUOTE/TWEET

“You can’t process me with a normal brain.” Charlie Sheen

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Kyle Sandilands’ many abhorrent acts. Just piss off, fool.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Julia Gillard to become the country’s finest orator after accidentally swallowing a frog. 33


ROB BROWNE

ALBUMS

1. Section 80 KENDRICK LAMAR 2. The Gate KURT ELLING 3. Take Care DRAKE 4. Cole World: The Sideline Story J COLE 5. When Fish Ride THE COOL KIDS 6. Watch The Throne JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST 7. Return Of 4eva BIG KRIT 8. Welcome Reality NERO 9. How Do You Do MAYER HAWTHORNE 10. The Life Of Riley DRAPHT

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS 1. House Of Balloons THE WEEKND 2. Nostalgia FRANK OCEAN 3. Day & Night TA-KU THE WEEKND

SEBASTIAN D’ALONZO

RUEBEN HALE

ALBUMS

ABOVE & BEYOND

ALBUMS

1. Thoughts Become Things II MARKUS SCHULZ PRESENTS DAKOTA 2. Northern Lights GARETH EMERY 3. Group Therapy ABOVE & BEYOND 4. Die Antwoord DIE ANTWOORD 5. Making Mirrors GOTYE 6. SBTRKT SBTRKT 7. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 8. The Memory Machine JULIE STONE 9. Playing In The Shadows EXAMPLE 10. Zonoscope CUT COPY

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Live Lounge - Vol 6 BBC RADIO 1 2. Life’s Rich Pageant (25th Anniversary Edition) REM 3. Nevermind Deluxe Edition NIRVANA

SONGS SONGS

1. The Knowing THE WEEKND 2. We All Try FRANK OCEAN 3. No Make Up KENDRICK LAMAR 4. Sideline Story J COLE 5. Promises NERO

ARTISTS

1. The Weeknd 2. John Legend 3. Frank Ocean 4. Nero 5. Gotye

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Facebook 2. YouTube 3. Twitter 4. Karmaloop 5. Seabreeze

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. John Legend 2. Flying Lotus 3. Dead Prez 4. TOKiMONSTA 5. Mayer Hawthorne

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Drapht 2. The Getaway Plan 3. Calling All Cars 4. Cosmo Getz 5. 360

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. All City RTR 2. Full Frequency RTR 3. Hip Hop Show TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

1. Entourage 2. The Inbetweeners 3. Breaking Bad 4. South Park 5. Misfits

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

John Legend playing Ordinary People at Belvoir – literally made me cry it was that moving.

MOST OVERHYPED Wiz Khalifa.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Look this is very serious people, I had to evacuate all my hoe’s from LA, Hawaii, and Japan. I had to do it. Lol” – 50 Cent’s Twitter regarding the natural disasters this year.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Every change Facebook make to their increasingly annoying site.

PREDICTION(S) 2012 That the world won’t end. 34

1. Hold On SBTRKT 2. Sleepwalkers MARKUS SCHULZ 3. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 4. Citadel GARETH EMERY 5. The Wilhelm Scream JAMES BLAKE

ARTISTS

1. SBTRKT 2. Gotye 3. James Blake 4. Gareth Emery 5. Markus Schulz

1. Arabia Mountain BLACK LIPS 2. Skying THE HORRORS 3. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 4. In Love With Oblivion CRYSTAL STILTS 5. Parallax ATLAS SOUND 6. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY 7. Shapeshifting YOUNG GALAXY 8. Burst Apart THE ANTLERS 9. Within And Without WASHED OUT 10. Underneath The Pine TORO Y MOI

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. The Best Of Pink Floyd: A Foot In The Door PINK FLOYD 2. The Dada Tapes VARIOUS 3. Singles Collection (1992-2011) BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE

SONGS

1. Still Life THE HORRORS 2. Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair ARTIC MONKEYS 3. Design Desire ABBE MAY 4. Somebody That I Used to Know GOTYE FEAT KIMBRA 5. Caroline SUGARPUSS

ARTISTS

1. Gotye 2. James Blake 3. Abbe May 4. Bon Iver 5. Tyler, The Creator

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Duck Sauce 2. Example 3. Snoop Dogg 4. U2 5. Foo Fighters

1. Facebook 2. Wikipedia 3. Pitchfork 4. Google+ 5. Life Is Noise

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Primal Scream 2. The National 3. Beach House 4. Deerhunter 5. Junip

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. The Aston Shuffle 2. Gyroscope 3. Art Vs Science 4. Angus & Julia Stone 5. Sneaky Sound System

1. Gareth Liddiard 2. Grinderman 3. Gotye 4. Abbe May 5. Pond

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Google Earth 2. Facebook 3. Twitter 4. Oxford Happiness Survey 5. FML

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Mix Up Exclusives TRIPLE J 2. Friday Night Shuffle TRIPLE J 3. Mix Up TRIPLE J

1. Out To Lunch RTR 2. Homegrown RTR 3. Breakfast With Bar RTR

TV SHOWS

1. Louie 2. Curb Your Enthusiasm 3. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 4. Frozen Planet 5. Angry Boys

TV SHOWS 1. True Blood 2. Breaking Bad 3. Mad Men 4. The Wire 5. Outnumbered

MOVIES

1. Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest 2. Dragonslayer 3. Drive 4. Super 8 5. Wasted On The Young

MOVIES

1. The Inbetweeners 2. Horrible Bosses 3. The Hangover Part II 4. Red Dog 5. Grown Ups

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Finishing University, ending 16 straight years of education. Woo!

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR The Queen leaving Australia.

MOST OVERHYPED

MOST OVERHYPED

Andrew WK failing to get me to maximum level party hard at the Big Day Out.

QUOTE/TWEET

The Queen.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Welcome back Egypt.” – Wael Ghonim.

“If Tegan and Sara Need Some Hard Dick, Hit Me Up” Tyler, The Creator’s response to Tegan and Sara’s criticism of his lyrics.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

PREDICTION(S) 2012

PREDICTION(S) 2012

All the schmucks who still believe they can organise a party on Facebook and only have their mates turn up! The world is going to financially implode and we will have to grow our own food and live in villages.

The line up announcements and following un-announcements of the Big Day Out Here’s hoping Sugar Army’s next album will blow minds.

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SIMON HOLLAND

ALBUMS

1. One For Sorrow INSOMNIUM 2. Glorious Collision EVERGREY 3. Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa MOONSORROW 4. The Beginning Of Times AMORPHIS 5. Deathstar Rising BEFORE THE DAWN 6. Bilateral LEPROUS 7. The Lay Of Thrym TYR 8. Epsilon BLOOD STAIN CHILD 9. Azbu ABSU 10. Surtur Rising AMON AMARTH

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. From Fear To Eternity IRON MAIDEN 2. Hell Over Sofia - 20 Years Of Chaos And Confusion HYPOCRISY 3. Falling Deeper ANATHEMA

SONGS

1. Be Still And Know MACHINE HEAD 2. Every Hour Wounds INSOMNIUM 3. Before The Dawn DEATHSTAR 4. Time To Grow MYRATH 5. Bol’no Mne ARKONA

ARTISTS

1. Alice Cooper 2. Insomnium 3. Gotye 4. Opeth 5. Voyager

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Iron Maiden 2. Alice Cooper 3. Dimmu Borgir 4. Finntroll

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Voyager 2. Pathogen 3. Chaos Divine 4. Claim The Throne 5. Red Descending

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. Wikipedia 2. Metacritic 3. NFL 4. Digg 5. Cracked

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. David Attenborough’s New Life Stories BBC RADIO 4 2. The Ricky Gervais Show RICKYGERVAIS.COM 3. Nights With Alice Cooper NIGHTSWITHALICECOOPER.COM

TV SHOWS

1. Game Of Thrones 2. Breaking Bad 3. An Idiot Abroad 4. Go Back To Where You Came From 5. Frozen Planet

MOVIES

1. The First Grader 2. Tomboy 3. The Inbetweeners 4. The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn 5. Drive

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

A decent winter. God I’ve missed thunderstorms.

MOST OVERHYPED

Pop Culture – You swarm great things like a plague of locusts and leave it barren and wasted. You’ve even managed to ruin food for me.

QUOTE/TWEET

“As small people we are used to being pushed around and exploited by big people. But here there aren’t any big people and everything we do is for us,” Chinese Dwarven Village spokesman Fu Tien. “We’re creating a housing project designed for small people and we have to create something unique. We’re going to build houses like big mushrooms and big shoes.” President of the Little People’s Association Perry Berry.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

YouTube comments. Toxic gas should be released from your computer speakers each time that, if nothing else, at least renders you infertile.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Zombie Apocalypse. They’ll watch TV, shuffle paperwork, follow trends and not think a single original thought. Oh wait...


TOMAS FORD

ALBUMS

1. Moment Bends ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI 2. Design Desire ABBE MAY 3. L’Abandon MARIANNE DISSARD 4. Fatty Folders ROMAN FLÜGEL 5. Sex Poems DOSH LUCKWELL 6. Let England Shake PJ HARVEY 7. Crazy Clown Time DAVID LYNCH 8. Spirits HAYLEY BETH 9. Feel The Pain THE PAINKILLERS 10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Rock And Roll Is Where I Hide DAVE GRANEY 2. Rewiggled: A Tribute To The Wiggles VARIOUS 3. Achtung Baby Anniversary Edition U2

SONGS

1. White Sugar MATHAS 2. Together PATRICK WOLF 3. Redux ABE SADA 4. Animalia VOLTAIRE TWINS 5. Middle Aged Unicorn On Beach With Sunset ALEKS AND THE RAMPS

ARTISTS

1. Diger Rokwell 2. Sam Perry 3. Kylie Minogue 4. Architecture In Helsinki 5. Abbe May

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. TheMusic.com.au 2. FasterLouder 3. Pitchfork 4. The Quietus 5. Mess+Noise

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Kylie Minogue [ARIA Hall Of Fame admission must have been a clerical error – Ed] 2. Iggy And The Stooges 3. LCD Soundsystem 4. CSS 5. The Adults

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Mathas 2. 6s & 7s 3. Abbe May 4. The Vasco Era 5. Adam Brown

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Jamdown Vershun RTR 2. Down Underground RTR 3. Breakfast With Barr RTR

TV SHOWS

1. Media Watch 2. Celebrity Apprentice Australia 3. Gruen Planet 4. The Bazura Project 5. Futurama

MOVIES

1. Attack The Block 2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 3. Beginners 4. Rango 5. Incendies

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Spending my weekends last summer in Margaret River mixing a new album and drinking too much wine was pretty hard to top.

MOST OVERHYPED

Lion King Indie. The floor tom belongs behind the drum kit. Your mum’s Rhythm Of The Saints album belongs IN THE BIN.

QUOTE/TWEET

“I just found the Australian version of me and he couldn’t be more horrible.” - British Twitter user Thomas Ford upon discovering my YouTube channel.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

#QantasLuxury. To coincide with the Qantas workplace dispute going to arbitration, Qantas committed PR suicide on Twitter.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

Skrillex will win a million Grammys and hopefully reach such a point of overexposure that I never have to hear another brostep tune ever again.

TRISTAN BROOMHALL

TRAVIS COLLINS

HELMS ALEE

STEFFI

ALBUMS

1. Zonoscope CUT COPY 2. James Blake JAMES BLAKE 3. Bon Iver BON IVER 4. SBTRKT SBTRKT 5. House Of Balloons THE WEEKND 6. In The Grace Of Your Love THE RAPTURE 7. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 8. Within And Without WASHED OUT 9. Injured Ninja Vs Skylazer INJURED NINJA 10. Welcome Reality NERO

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

SONGS

1. Speed & Sound (Regis Z-Arts Lab Mix) SANDWELL DISTRICT 2. Obsidian INIGO KENNEDY 3. Isochime ALASKA 4. The Power Of Doubt SURGEON 5. Tof (Tommy Four Seven Remix) LUCY

ARTISTS

ALBUMS

1. Abzu ABSU 2. Weatherhead HELMS ALEE 3. Ethereal Surrogate Saviour COERCE 4. David Comes To Life FUCKED UP 5. Garten Der Unbewusstheit CORRUPTED 6. Jason... The Dragon WEEDEATER 7. Karpatia OMEGA MASSIG 8. Ascension JESU 9. Celestial Lineage WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM 10. Exmilitary DEATH GRIPS 1. Voyager: Sounds Of The Cosmos RAZOREYE 2. Ad Noiseam Summer Label Compilation VARIOUS 3. Whitedivisiongrey AGALLOCH

SONGS

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

1. They Found My Skull In The Nest Of A Bird TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING 2. Many Jewels Surround The Crown PRURIENT 3. Walking Corpse 2112 BRUTAL TRUTH 4. Dental Plan USURPER OF MODERN MEDICINE 5. DRGNFKR GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES!

1. Resident Advisor 2. Juno Records 3. RTRfm 4. Boiler Room 5. Groove groove.de

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Leftfield 2. Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann 3. Loco Dice 4. Portishead 5. Plastikman

ARTISTS

1. Fucked Up 2. Primordial 3. Grim Fandango 4. Ipsissimus 5. Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES

1. Future Of The Left 2. Wu-Tang Clan 3. Trash Talk 4. Fucked Up 5. Teenage Bottlerocket

1. Paul Payne 2. Rudy 3. Puff 4. Luke Reti 5. Sunshine Brothers

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS

1. Full Frequency (Tuesdays) RTR 2. RA Podcast RESIDENTADVISOR.NET 3. Boiler Room Podcasts BOILERROOM.TV

MOVIES

1. Hanna 2. Limitless 3. Pina 4. Submarine 5. Shaolin

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving 2. I Exist 3. Coerce 4. Extortion 5. Blood Duster

ONLINE DESTINATIONS

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

2011 has been a standout year for techno releases. Unfortunately most Perth clubs do not support techno events.

MOST OVERHYPED

James Blake, SBTRKT and sooo many more.

QUOTE/TWEET

“..what Skrillex does, it’s really grassroots man.” Diplo, Spin Magazine.

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

Richie slams Berghain’s ‘egotistical door policy’ on Facebook after he was kicked out of the club.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS

1. Lucy 2. Sandwell District 3. Objekt 4. Surgeon 5. Cosmin TRG

I’ll try my luck at Berghain then off to Sonar, Time Warp, Exit Festival and anywhere else my rather dismal life savings will take me.

NERO

ALBUMS

1. Wordplay For Working Bees LUCY 2. Feed-Forward SANDWELL DISTRICT 3. Breaking The Frame SURGEON 4. Thora Vukk ROBAG WRUHME 5. The Invisible Insurrection DESOLATE 6. The Messenger PLANETARY ASSAULT SYSTEMS 7. Resolution 653 INSTRA:MENTAL 8. What Have We Learned MORPHOSIS 9. Simulat COSMIN TRG 10. Yours & Mine STEFFI 1. Feed-Forward Versions VARIOUS/SANDWELL DISTRICT 2. 1234567 The King Of Limbs Remixes VARIOUS/RADIOHEAD 3. DJ-Kicks VARIOUS/GOLD PANDA

TROY MUTTON

1. Al-Jazeera News 2. ABC 3. Encyclopaedia Metallum 4. The Wire 5. Metal Sucks

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Behind The Mirror RTR 2. Difficult Listening RTR 3. Burn The Airwaves RTR

TV SHOWS

1. DJ-Kicks VARIOUS/GOLD PANDA 2. Fabriclive 59 VARIOUS/FOUR TET 3. Essential Mix JAMES BLAKE

SONGS

1. I Never Learnt To Share JAMES BLAKE 2. Need You Now CUT COPY 3. Sail Away THE RAPTURE 4. Trails Of The Past SBTRKT 5. Intro M83

ARTISTS

1. Cut Copy 2. The National 3. Gotye 4. The Jezabels 5. The Weeknd

ONLINE DESTINATIONS 1. TheMusic.com.au 2. Badass Digest 3. Perth Now 4. Texts From Bennett 5. Facebook

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. The National 2. LCD Soundsystem 3. Holy Fuck 4. The Hives 5. Simian Mobile Disco

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST PERFORMANCES 1. Gotye 2. Cut Copy 3. Gold Fields 4. Gypsy & The Cat 5. Albatross

RADIO SHOWS/PODCASTS 1. Mornings With Zan TRIPLE J 2. Trainwreck RTR 3. 2011 TRIPLE J

TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad 2. Celebrity Apprentice Australia 3. The Office (US) 4. Parks & Recreation 5. Community

MOVIES

1. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 2. The Tree Of Life 3. Bridesmaids 4. Your Highness 5. Submarine

HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR

Lazy but true: There seem to be amazing shows in Perth every week, keep it coming.

1. Four Corners 2. 7.30 3. Dateline 4. The Drum 5. Cycling Central

MOST OVERHYPED

MOVIES

SOCIAL MEDIA FUCK UP

1. If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front 2. Snowtown 3. In Time 4. A Screaming Man 5. Drive

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Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All – worse than ‘Ye.

QUOTE/TWEET

“Drinks back at ours?” Me, foolishly, every weekend. Fabric, I mean, Ginger Nightclub aka every new venue opening themselves to mass criticism over FB.

PREDICTION(S) 2012

More hangovers, more good times. 35


aping jerk-piece Play; such hatred due largely to being coldly confronted about their own racial prejudices, belief in the moral ‘goodness’ of cinema, etc.

ALEKSIA BARRON

GOODBYE 2011 GAME OF THRONES

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

BRIDESMAIDS

One doesn’t LISTEN to the radio, one is ON the radio.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

Right wing columnist writes column decrying ‘our tax dollars’ being spent on artwork x. Controversy erupts. Won’t someone please think of the children? News cycle turns on, world forgets controversy. Rinse, repeat. (There is no definitive moment, just the unending status quo.)

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

TOP 5 FILMS

“You used to have to go on a meditation retreat to feel that you’re alone, to feel that silence, to feel the panic of isolation and disconnection, and then find the peace within that. Now, all you have to do is just shut off the internet for five minutes, and already you’re asking the big questions: ‘Who am I? What do I do now?’” Miranda July.

1. Bridesmaids 2. Black Swan

3. We Need To Talk About Kevin 4. X-Men: First Class 5. The Help

TOP 5 TV SHOWS

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

1. Breaking Bad Another year, another poll, another wrap-up. The days just fly by when your days are filled up with film and television and music and theatre. This year’s poll was closer to the Writers’ Poll than ever before, culminating in the same film winning both polls. Topping the poll with more than twice as many votes as the next film for Front Row, Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive came out as our favourite film, proving that 2011 was most definitely the Year Of Hey, Girl Ryan Gosling (whatever, People magazine). By far the coolest piece of celluloid in years, the combination of striking performances, a sexy soundtrack, insanely lush cinematography, and a unique take on the action film delivered the goods... and then some. Only one point separated second and third placed films, Bridesmaids and The Tree Of Life; the Kristen Wiig vehicle offering the most laughs of the year, whilst Terrence Malick’s long-gestating existential drama certainly dominating the eye candy domain. Red Dog, the story of a pup uniting a town, represents Australia in fourth place, proving that our writers aren’t cold and jaded, whilst Midnight In Paris rounding out the poll in fifth proves that our writers wish they’d been born in the hedonistic days of pre-war Paris. In the TV domain, HBO polled highly once again, with the first season of the sprawling epic Game Of Thrones echoing the film results and annihilating its competition, with twice as many votes as second-placed Breaking Bad. David Simon’s post-The Wire New Orleans drama Treme came in third, whilst sadly-axed Community (which has made a household name of almost its entire cast in the past year) and, somewhat surprisingly, Gossip Girl rounding out the top five – the AMC double of The Walking Dead and Mad Men not quite making the cut. Zombies are dead, huh. On stage, it was a year of blockbuster theatre, with Melbourne dominated by Ewan Leslie’s portrayal of Hamlet for MTC, Malthouse’s runaway success Thyestes, and the little play that could, The Economist, pushing a lot of buttons with its confrontational topic – Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik – and getting pop-up theatre MKA a lot of press. In Sydney, Belvoir got the year off to a mighty start with The Wild Duck, which set the benchmark for the year. Griffin gave an immensly impressive season, with the return of Speaking In Tongues, the smash-hit Silent Disco, and the heartbreaking And No More Shall We Part. Sydney Theatre Company continued to do what they do best: insanely good, edgy arena-scaled theatre, with The White Guard, Gross und Klein, and Malthouse’ Baal the standouts. And in a market saturated by festivals, Imperial Panda launched itself with much acclaim. Meanwhile, Brisbane’s indie theatre scene thrived, with Under The Radar, World Theatre Festival, La Boite Indie, and Metro Arts providing most of the year’s highlights; New Zealand ensemble Hackman’s Apollo 13: Mission Control immersive theatre experience at WTF being the year’s highlight. A return season of boy girl wall, and another Claire Marshall production also stood out. Perth Theatre Company and Blue Room Theatre dominated the west coast, but Barking Gecko’s adaptation of Shaun Tan’s The Red Tree shone brightest, and returns for Perth Festival. Most impressive on the local comedy scene was Ryan Coffey, who played a packed-out series of shows at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe, with a stint at Sydney Fringe in-between, garnering much acclaim. Other notables: Claudia O’Doherty with her science lesson What Is Soil Erosion? and Eddie Perfect, whose Misanthropology was perhaps the most-watched show of the year. In 2012, we look forward to checking out more from thespian Gareth Davies and Sydney-based theatre trio post; seeing how Silent Disco’s film adaptation develops and hoping Julia Leigh is quick in following up Sleeping Beauty; and finally finding some semblance of quality Australian television that doesn’t involve cops or cooking. Adios hombres, Daniel Crichton-Rouse 36

Seeing Steve McQueen’s Shame and Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps. Hunger and Dogtooth = two of the truly great artworks of the third millennium. Oh, the expectations, the anticipation, the holding out hope for something remotely as transcendent...

2. Game Of Thrones 3. 30 Rock 4. Homeland 5. Community

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS 1. Hamlet (Melbourne Theatre Co.) 2. Funk It Up About Nothing 3. ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Malthouse) 4. Mat Fraser & Julie Atlas Muz: The Freak And The Showgirl 5. The Cherry Orchard (Winterfall Theatre)

TOP 5 COMEDIANS 1. Eddie Perfect

2. Fear Of A Brown Planet 3. Marcel Lucont 4. Michael Workman 5. Charlie Pickering

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

Less giant transforming robots, less Adam Sandler, less romantic comedies that paint sociopathic behaviour and debilitating mental illnesses as zany quirks. Less blogs, less ‘like’ buttons, less people spamming you to vote for them in some meaningless poll, less lives lived entirely in the void of the digital dystopia. More anything with a brain, more narrative unpredictability, more artists happy to mock and provoke and fuck with an audience. Less crowdpleasin’, more thoughtfulness. Is this the space to also wish for an end to talentless, tasteless, cultureless losers photographing their plates of food and uploading the pixels online as supposed shining beacon of their meaningful existences? Less idiocy, less making me feel like I’m living in idiocracy, less noise, less volume, less everything.

BAZ MCALISTER

Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Non-Victorians are missing out on this. Great acts, big laughs, and an entire city comes alive. Fantastic.

TOP 5 FILMS

BEST PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

2. The Guard

Not quite my scene, although I did enjoy listening to all those people bemoan the death of Art Nation on talkback radio.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

The ABC showed The Slap, and a million people watched it. Home-grown drama is back with a bang (or slap).

1. True Grit

3. Attack The Block 4. Drive 5. Super 8 TRUE GRIT

BEGINNERS

5. I Feel Awful (Queensland Theatre Co./Black Lung Theatre)

TOP 5 COMEDIANS 2. Steve Hughes 3. Jamie Kilstein 4. Daniel Kitson 5. Tommy Tiernan

TOP 5 VIDEO GAMES 1. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Melbourne International Film Festival. Because, as always, it was immense to the point of intimidation; so many hundreds of films, so few hours to watch them. Mostly, I liked being in an audience who absolutely hated Ruben Östlund’s obnoxiously provocative, Haneke-

Is it too late for Peter Jackson to cast me as a dwarf in The Hobbit? If the fat one pulls out, I’m up for it, Pete.

BETHANY SMALL

TOP 5 FILMS

1. Sleeping Beauty 2. Melancholia 3. Magic Trip 4. Midnight In Paris 5. We Need to Talk About Kevin

TOP 5 TV SHOWS 1. Game Of Thrones

2. Boardwalk Empire 3. Underbelly: Razor 4. True Blood 5. Gossip Girl

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS 1. EDTV (Eddie Sharp; Imperial Panda)

2. LANDforms (Sydney Dance Company) 3. The 39 Steps (Sydney Fringe) 4. Who’s The Best? (post/Sydney Theatre Company) 5. Claudia O’Doherty: What Is Soil Erosion?

TOP 5 ART EXHIBITIONS 1. Kut (Alaska Projects)

2. Georg Baselitz (Rex Irwin Art Dealer) 3. Picasso: masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris (AGNSW) 4. Pablo Picasso (Annandale Galleries)

Canvas on FBi.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

1. Doug Stanhope

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

4. Pygmalion (Queensland Theatre Co.)

5. Fleurs du Mal

Two words: The Hobbit. Well, really five words – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

5. The Killing (US)

3. Orphans (Queensland Theatre Co.)

4. Norwegian Wood

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

Marina Abramović & Debbie Harry cutting and serving cakes made in their life-sized liknesses at a MOCA LA fundraiser.

2. Julius Caesar (La Boite)

3. Incendies

“What a beautiful fuckin’ day.” Sgt Gerry Boyle, The Guard

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

1. Apollo 13: Mission Control (Hackman/World Theatre Festival)

2. The Future

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

2. The Walking Dead 4. Breaking Bad

1. Beginners

Probably seeing my buddies’ movie Crawl premiere at Screamfest LA in Mann’s Chinese Theatre.

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

3. Hell On Wheels

TOP 5 FILMS

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

TOP 5 TV SHOWS 1. Game Of Thrones

ANTHONY CAREW

Adam And Joe on BBC 6 Music.

Beyond The Frame, at White Rabbit. This is their fifth exhibition and actually is overall my least favourite so far, but it contains the amazingest video work ever, Wang Jun-Jieh’s Project Rrose, which, shut up that you don’t like video art this has fire and Duchamp and tits.

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

More Muppets. Fewer muppets.

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

“Smooth move, Ferguson.” 30 Rock. An instant entry into everyone’s lexicon. Everyone good, anyway.

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

Brisbane International Film Festival – just goes from strength to strength.

5. Debut Album (Chalk Horse)

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

The Muppets!

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

2. Batman: Arkham City 3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution 4. Saints Row: The Third 5. L.A. Noire

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“I’m David’s widow,” as said to me by a lady to whom I had been expounding the nature and duration of my crush on David Aspden at a showing of his work.

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

The AGNSW is doing a major Francis Bacon show next year. I am revising my Deleuze and my head has already exploded.

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012 Ponies.

SLEEPING BEAUTY


MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

BOB BAKER FISH

GAME OF THRONES

The most defining moment was seeing MKA’s The Economist on the mainstream news stations with the slogan ‘Small Melbourne Play’. The fact that a “small Melbourne play” made Channel Ten, Seven, and Nine is staggering. Independent theatre is often an art form that is challenging to gain audiences for outside family and friends. Yet here is a new Australian play creating this kind of media stir.

TOP 5 FILMS

1. The Hunter 2. How I Ended This Summer 3. Essential Killing 4. Red State 5. Helldriver

The arrival of the second volume of Stephen Sondheim’s annotated lyrics, Look, I Made A Hat.

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

Ticket prices for the theatre and musicals should be cheaper and Book Of Mormon should tour Australia.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR THE HUNTER

The Plague Dances, The Wild Duck, and Blood Wedding at Malthouse; Medea for Belvoir; Queen Lear at MTC.

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

DANIEL CRICHTON-ROUSE

TOP 5 FILMS

1. Drive 2. Take Shelter 3. The Turin Horse 4. Martha Marcy May Marlene 5. Senna

1. Treme 2. Game Of Thrones 3. The Daily Show 4. Breaking Bad 5. Foreign Correspondant

TOP 5 FILMS

1. Blue Valentine 2. Midnight In Paris 3. The Future 4. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 5. Black Swan

TOP 5 TV SHOWS 1. Gossip Girl 2. Killing Time 3. The Slap 4. Gavin And Stacey 5. The IT Crowd

ABC Radio National’s By Design, hosted by Alan Saunders. Whether the talk’s of typography or interior design, city planning or visual arts, it’s always an engaging listen. The arrest of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and the jailing of Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof are the most important arts stories of the year. Other than that, Ryan Gosling’s jacket in Drive.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

“Can-a muh fukkasay fuck on here?” Samuel L Jackson, introducing himself on Twitter in superb fashion.

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012 Biennale of Sydney. Simon Amstell. Philip Glass doing the Qatsi trilogy. Roxette.

TOP 5 TV SHOWS

CASSANDRA FUMI

TOP 5 FILMS

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

1. Game Of Thrones 2. True Blood 3. Grand Designs (UK) 4. The Hour 5. Gourmet Farmer

The mainstream media can stop asking family and religious groups their thoughts on the arts, as no one cares what they think.

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

1. Loot (Sydney Theatre Co.) 2. Speaking In Tongues (Griffin Theatre Co.) 3. And No More Shall We Part (Griffin Theatre Co.) 4. Smoke & Mirrors (Sydney Festival) 5. In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (Sydney Theatre Co.)

DANIELLE O’DONOHUE

1. Pirate Rhapsody, Mermaid Requiem (Tommy Bradson; Melbourne Fringe) 2. J.A.T.O (MKA) 3. Christina: A Story With Music (Attic Erratic) 4. Moth (Malthouse) 5. A Mouthful Of Birds (VCA)

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

The mad square: modernity in German art 1910–37 at NGV, because it contained a huge amount of art forms from film, paintings, portraiture, sculptures, Dada installations, and photography. Mad square also had amazing curators that enabled the viewer to go on a journey through the time periods and emerge feeling somehow uplifted in the possibility of art preserving despite everything. I feel perhaps I enjoyed it more as I took a tour, having someone with a wealth of knowledge discussing works always seems to make them more affecting.

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

SmartArts with Richard Watts (RRR). This programme is great as it always provides insightful provocations on things happening in Melbourne, mostly performing arts and spoken word. It was incredibly useful during the Melbourne Fringe and the Melbourne Festival season, as he discussed highlights and things worth seeing as well as raising and sparking many discussions about the content of the productions. BLUE VALENTINE

1. Oranges And Sunshine 2. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 3. Elena 4. The Eye Of The Storm 5. Beauty Day

TOP 5 TV SHOWS THOR

1. Bored To Death 2. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 3. True Blood 4. South Park 5. Pop Asia

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

TOP 5 ART EXHIBITIONS

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

ORANGES AND SUNSHINE

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

We can broaden our audiences.

TOP 5 TV SHOWS

DAVE DRAYTON

“The light not so much lit the set as it sculpted the darkness.” Alison Croggon

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

1. Outpost (Cockatoo Island) 2. Anthony Lister: Bogan Paradise (AS Gallery) 3. Surface Tension (aMBUSH Gallery) 4. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World (QAG) 5. Primavera 2011 (MCA)

1. Masterclass (Gareth Davies & Charlie Garber; Imperial Panda) 2. The Interminable Suicide Of Gregory Church (Daniel Kitson) 3. Silent Disco (Griffin Theatre Co.) 4. The Wild Duck (Belvoir) 5. Baal (Malthouse/Sydney Theatre Co.)

TOP 5 ART COMEDIANS

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

Anthony Lister: Bogan Paradise. Old porn shop somehow made creepier, and significantly more awesome.

1. Ryan Coffey 2. Demetri Martin 3. Paul Foot 4. Gabriel Iglesias 5. Claudia O’Doherty

TOP 5 FILMS

1. Thor 2. X-Men: First Class 3. Warrior 4. Rango 5. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

TOP 5 VIDEO GAMES

1. Sonic Generations 2. L.A. Noire 3. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception 4. F1 2011 5. Limbo (PS3)

TOP 5 TV SHOWS

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

Outpost on Cockatoo Island. Its use of the island, as well as the sheer talent on display make it my most anticipated festival of 2012, if it returns. Also, Jurassic Lounge! A festival every week! MICF, Imperial Panda, and Sydney Festival also deserve a mention. DRIVE

1. Game Of Thrones 2. Doctor Who 3. Gossip Girl 4. Being Human 5. Rescue Special Ops

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS 1. Mary Poppins 2. Belong (Bangarra) 3. Hairspray 4. My Bicycle Loves You (Sydney Festival) 5. Entity (Sydney Festival)

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW Born Angry.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

The amount of beards on Sydney’s theatre stages, and the fact that their quality often came close to matching that of the performances on stage.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

“I had one hot cup of tea and too much time to think, so I rewrote the story of us.” Ginger Alford

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

Markus Zusak finally delivering the next novel.

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

Bringing Philip Glass’ Einstein On The Beach to Australia.

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

The mad square. It was very creative time in German art.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

Book Of Mormon: The Musical winning nine Tonys despite its very wrongtown subject matter.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

“This ain’t reality TV. This is eight shows a week. Every chorus member that you saw tappin’ had to make miracles happen.” Neil Patrick Harris performing a rap celebrating theatre to end this year’s Tony Awards.

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TOP 4 ART EXHIBITIONS

GUY DAVIS

1. Matisse: Drawing Life (GoMA) 2. we miss you magic land! (Children’s Art Centre, GoMA) 3. World Press Photo Exhibition (Brisbane Powerhouse) 4. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World (QAG)

TOP 5 FILMS

1. Drive 2. True Grit 3. Warrior 4. Midnight In Paris 5. The Tree of Life

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL WARRIOR

On QR’s Ipswich line, somewhere between Taringa and Toowong, there’s a stretch of wall that’s so regularly attacked by artists and QR employees alike that I’ve come to view it as an amorphous exhibition and a necessary forum for subversion. The perseverance of those clutching cans has been downright inspiring. Damn the man.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

It’s easy for some of us to treat the arts with a certain level of irreverence. So here’s a moment of uncharacteristic gravity: the number of volunteers who turned up in the aftermath of January’s floods to help get Brisbane’s arts organisations back up and running is testament to just how much Queenslanders value the arts. Ticket sales and attendance levels should be considered a faulty gauge of 2011’s success; if there’s a defining moment to be found it will be in those days and weeks after the floods.

TOP 5 TV SHOWS 1. Game Of Thrones 2. Archer 3. Breaking Bad 4. Community 5. Rubicon

A Sydney equivalent of Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image or Canberra’s Nation Film and Sound Archive.

Art Nation, ABC.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

1. Drive 2. Midnight In Paris 3. Norwegian Wood 4. Submarine 5. True Grit

Opening night of The Table Of Knowledge (version 1.0 and Merrigong Theatre).

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

Freddie from The Hour to the widow of a dead spy: “I won’t hurt you, I’m from the BBC.”

TOP 5 TV SHOWS

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

1. Breaking Bad 2. Bored To Death 3. Parks And Recreation 4. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 5. 30 Rock

2012 Sydney Festival.

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

More government funding and more venues. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

WTF with Marc Maron ain’t bad.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

The beginning of all life on Earth in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

“Go fuck yourself.” Logan (Hugh Jackman), X-Men: First Class

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

I may be setting myself up for a fall here but as an Edgar Rice Burroughs fanboy from way back I’m mad keen to check out John Carter.

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

Hey, Criterion, stop region-locking your Blu-rays!

HELEN STRINGER

Come November, The Twilight Saga will finally end. I anticipate worldwide celebrations amongst the literate. No longer will cinemas be plagued by sparkly, vegetarian vampires. Feminism will be saved from Bella Swan. Vampires will go back to killing people instead of brooding them to death. In short, the world will be an infinitely better place.

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

For the love of God no more Romeo And Juliet productions. It may come as a suprise but Shakespeare did, in fact, write more than one play.

IAN BARR

MOVIE

1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2. Red Dog 3. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 4. Drive 5. The Ides Of March

JAMELLE WELLS

TOP 5 FILMS

1. Red Dog 2. Snowtown 3. Oranges And Sunshine 4. Dreamland 5. The Interrupters

THE TREE OF LIFE

1. Game Of Thrones 2. Survivor 3. Louie 4. Pit Boss 5. Channel 9 Flood Appeal Telethon ENTER THE VOID

TOP 5 TV SHOWS

TOP 5 FILMS

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

TOP 5 ART EXHIBITIONS

1. The Hour 2. United States Of Tara 3. Big Love 4. Crownies 5. Bondi Vet 1. The Table Of Knowledge (version 1.0/Merrigong Theatre Co.) 2. Speaking In Tongues (Griffin Theatre Co.) 3. The Red Shoes (Kneehigh Theatre/Sydney Festival) 4. Driven To New Pastures (Sydney Festival) 5. Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll (Belvoir)

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

TOP 5 ART EXHIBITIONS

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

“Live” at Grassroots Tavern (House Next Door podcast at slantmagazine.com/house).

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

A big year for the hand-holding folks at the Office of Film and Literature Classication: Salò’s 35 year ban lifted – finally available on home video, largely because of some talking heads on the DVD features explaining it in the context of its historical moment and Pasolini’s career. Then A Serbian Film and The Human Centipede 2 receiving bans. OFLC: keeping adults kids (and illegal downloading alive) since 1970.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR Never say never.

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

TOP 5 TV SHOWS

KATE KINGSMILL

1. Louie 2. Breaking Bad 3. Community 4. The Bazura Project 5. Ebert Presents: At The Movies

1. Treme 2. The Slap 3. Media Watch 4. The Colbert Report 5. Oprah’s farewell season

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2

1. Drive 2. Enter The Void 3. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 4. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 5. Sucker Punch

RED DOG

1. The Tree Of Life 2. Certified Copy 3. Le Quattro Volte 4. Drive 5. We Need To Talk About Kevin

TOP 5 TV SHOWS

1. boy girl wall (La Boite) 2. Ruben Guthrie (La Boite) 3. Super Night Shot (Gob Squad) 4. The Hamlet Apocalypse (La Boite Indie) 5. No Man’s Land (Queensland Theatre Co./ Sydney Theatre Co.)

JOSH WHEATLEY / 5SPROCKET

TOP 5 FILMS

TV SHOW

TOP 5 FILMS

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

TOP 5 FILMS

“You know what? I’m a happy little vegemite being Prime Minister.” Kevin Rudd, Foreign Minister, partaking in the same wishful thinking as the rest of us.

Does the weekend I got stoned and watched the Star Wars saga on Blu-ray count?

3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 4. Star Wars: The Old Republic 5. Mass Effect 3 Sydney Festival. Diverse and accessible.

JAKE MILLAR

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

1. Exposed (Sydney Festival) 2. Harry Potter: The Exhibition (Powerhouse Museum) 3. Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso (AGNSW) 4. Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen (Customs House) 5. Makings Of Minto (Minto Library)

TOP 5 COMEDIANS 1. Mike Birbiglia 2. Anthony Black 3. Eddie Perfect 4. Wil Anderson 5. Sacha Marx

TOP 5 VIDEO GAMES

Four upcoming Terrence Malick films WTF OMG. 38

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

1. Batman: Arkham City 2. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

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1. Submarine 2. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest 3. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 4. The Kid With A Bike 5. Blue Valentine 1. Sex & Death (MONA) 2. Swoon (Metro Gallery) 3. Mongo Hustle (At Large) 4. Shaun Gladwell: Stereo Sequences (ACMI) 5. Gallery Launch & Group Show (Egg Gallery)

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

Swoon exhibition at Metro. Not just because her work is beautiful and interesting but because she transformed the whole gallery space and created a little Swoon world.

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW SmartArts on RRR.

SUBMARINE


LIZ GIUFFRE

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

TOP 5 FILMS

1. Bridesmaids 2. Horrible Bosses 3. The Trip 4. Red Dog 5. Glee: The 3D Concert

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

Filmcast. Just a few fans talking and often disagreeing about film.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes.

More people could show the love for local productions. And theatre bars will always serve complimentary drinks.

ROBERT LUKINS

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

Jesus, it’s got to be “Winning!” hasn’t it?

TOP 5 FILMS

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

Second season of Game Of Thrones. CATFISH

1. The Eye Of The Storm 2. The Tree Of Life 3. Sleeping Beauty 4. Midnight In Paris 5. Another Earth

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW KCRW’s The Treatment.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

Drive. People found Refn, and girls got perplexed by Gosling.

TOP 5 TV SHOWS

1. Sherlock 2. Paper Giants 3. Parks And Recreation 4. The Slap 5. Downton Abbey

HORRIBLE BOSSES

TOP 5 COMEDIANS 1. Billy Connolly 2. Wil Anderson 3. Michael Workman 4. Eddie Perfect 5. Jason Byrne

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

More funding and recognition for Independent theatre. There’s a lot of talented people making art and living on very little.

MARCIA CZERNIAK

Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s 25 year miniphoto exhibition (worth it for Fleety’s Piece of Wood and Lano and Woodley’s sleeping bags alone – a comedy nerd’s hidden gem).

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

TV SHOW

TOFOP.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

Finale of Spicks And Specks, live and on TV. End of an era. Dignified, funny and sad all at once.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

“Time to stop your crying now. If Batman and Robin acted like that people would have thought they were poofters.” Gran from Angry Boys. (Far from a perfect show, but moments of brilliance!)

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012

Details of the filming of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary specials (2013 release).

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

More collaboration between industries – artists, critics, and fans should get together more often.

MANDY KOHLER

TOP 5 FILMS 1. Catfish 2. Moneyball 3. Super 8 4. 127 Hours 5. Bridesmaids

TOP 5 TV SHOWS 1. Game Of Thrones 2. The Walking Dead 3. Hell On Wheels 4. Gruen Planet 5. Doctor Who

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

1. Apollo 13: Mission Control (Hackman/World Theatre Festival) 2. Rabbit (The Good Room) 3. Romeo And Juliet (Bell Shakespeare) 4. Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (La Boite) 5. Pymalion (Queensland Theatre Co.)

“I’m afraid of that stupid planet.” Melancholia.

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012 Herzog’s Into The Abyss.

1. Albert Tucker: Images Of Modern Evil (Heide) 2. Forever Young: 30 Years Of The Heide Collection (Heide) 3. Emily Ferretti: Pot Plants And Landscapes (Gertrude Contemporary) 4. Daniel Stephen Miller: All Signs Point To (field 36, RMIT) 5. Rock Chicks (The Arts Centre)

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

1. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 2. The Tree Of Life 3. Bridesmaids 4. Your Highness 5. Submarine

Robin and Josie’s Utter Shambles.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

TOP 5 FILMS

1. Bridesmaids 2. The Ides Of March 3. Drive 4. Beginners 5. Red Dog

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

TOP 5 ART EXHIBITIONS

TOP 5 TV SHOWS 1. Community 2. Doctor Who 3. Spicks And Specks 4. Rage 5. Glee

SNOWTOWN

Perth Festival. It shall be awesome. And Mary Poppins coming to Perth.

Brisbane International Arts Festival.

Death of Steve Jobs. Apple’s products and their flow-on effects have incredible influence, like it or not. “I just killed a pig and a goat. I celebrated by drinking their blood naked at dawn.” Mark Zuckerberg

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012 Existential Eczema from Microflora.

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012 THE EYE OF THE STORM

1. Wicked 2. The Red Tree (Barking Gecko) 3. Tender Napalm (Perth Theatre Co.) 4. The Pride (Perth Theatre Co.) 5. Crazy For You (WAAPA)

TOP 5 FILMS

1. Breaking Bad 2. Game Of Thrones 3. The Office (US) 4. The Walking Dead 5. Parks & Recreation

TOP 5 VIDEO GAMES

I really, honestly don’t know.

TOP 5 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

TROY MUTTON

TOP 5 TV SHOWS

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

1. The Big Bang Theory 2. Game Of Thrones 3. Gossip Girl 4. Weeds 5. Entourage

Amazon.com.au (fantasy).

1. Batman: Arkham City 2. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception 3. Gears Of War 3 4. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 5. NBA 2K12

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

iHart Charity Sneaker Exhibition – good cause, great pieces.

PODCAST/RADIO SHOW

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

Everything Ricky Gervais does.

Rottofest. Comedy, film, music and quokkas. What more could you ask for!

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

Actual good movies making a bit of money at the box office again.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

The lack of interest in the Australian Government’s ‘Creative Industries, a Strategy for 21st Century Australia’. Go Australian Cultural Policy!

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

Everything that dribbled out of Charlie Sheen’s mouth.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

“For the record, I do have genitals. They’re functional and aesthetically pleasing.” Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory THE IDES OF MARCH

SAM HOBSON

TOP 5 FILMS

1. Drive 2. The Skin I Live In 3. Snowtown 4. Biutiful 5. Hanna

MOST ANTICIPATED ARTS EVENT OF 2012 The Dark Knight Returns

HOW THE ARTS CAN BE IMPROVED IN 2012

Ditching region codes would help my Blu-ray purchases in 2012. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

TOP 5 TV SHOWS 1. Mad Men 2. Treme 3. Breaking Bad 4. Boardwalk Empire 5. Community

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

GOMA’s Hitchcock retrospective, for various reasons.

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ERADICATING EVIL IT’S HARD TO FATHOM THAT SAN FRANCISCO EXPERIMENTAL OUTFIT DEERHOOF HAVE BEEN IN REGULAR CIRCULATION SINCE THE MID‘90S. NOT ONLY ARE THEY GOING STRONGER THAN EVER, DRUMMING PRAYING MANTIS GREG SAUNIER PLANS TO ASSAULT THE SENSES FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. BY BRENDAN TELFORD.

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eerhoof are never a band that could be accused of doing things by halves. The four-piece – Satomi Matsuzaki, John Dieterich, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier – have created their own sonic precipice of unpredictability and vivacity that staves off any kind of fatigue or repetition. In the lead up to latest album Deerhoof Vs Evil’s release, the band leaked most of the songs in a unique way, offering each song to a handpicked music blog from around the world. Saunier asserts that such an approach not only provided a new avenue to release their music, but was a way to give something back to the fans that have always supported them. “I had found out about several artists and albums through streaming them online and, whilst that was a fun way of hearing something before it officially came out, the only thing I thought was that sometimes it could be hard for a person to listen to the whole album in one sitting. Someone is likely not to hear it all the way through, either through time or boredom. I didn’t like the psychological aspect of being able to push the stop button, as opposed to someone going, ‘Wow, that song was pretty cool, I wonder if there is anything else by this band somewhere?’ I wanted to turn it into a treasure hunt. There was a lot of music blogs that I thought were cool, so I wanted to have a mixture of ones that were better known and were giving us a higher profile, with smaller blogs that I thought were cool that maybe we could give more exposure to. I think that notion of spreading it far and wide is what made it really cool.” With most of the album streamed piecemeal, it becomes harder for the discerning listener to get underneath the skin of what makes Deerhoof Vs Evil a different beast from its predecessors. Saunier admits that such a distinction is something that never occurs to the band either. “I don’t really care what we did in the past. For me, I find that I’m never concerned about what it is we have done, whether it’s something to try and repeat or not to repeat. When people say they love [2004 album] Milk Man, for example, which we have played in its entirety for some shows recently, that’s great, we love it too, but I don’t find myself thinking in terms of how Milk

Man relates to our latest album, ever. When other bands who are considered underground take pride in the fact that they don’t consider their audience – and they just want to follow their own vision and it remains very pure in that sense – I respect that, but I don’t feel that way at all. I’m more concerned not with what the audience might expect, but what might surprise them. We just got lucky somewhere down the line that we have gained an audience that likes to be surprised, that freaks them out a little bit – you would be surprised how many people do not like that from their music. So it’s less about what our albums have been like or what’s been on them, but more what impression do I get from our listeners.” The best way for an artist to gauge their listeners is by touring, something that Deerhoof are renowned for. Despite the vast amount of time spent on the road, in different countries and away from home, these experiences continually drive the creativity and enthusiasm that defines the quartet’s unique outlook. “We literally came back from a tour in Asia and we have a very vivid impression of what our performances were like: What made them smile, what made them jump up and down and lose themselves a little… I tend to watch where the points are each night where the setlist is really working and where things are slowing down – every night is a different point. And all of these gaps and starts help to feed the creative drive in what to do next. We’ve never been a band that repeats much of anything. And it’s not necessarily because we don’t want to, it’s more that we wouldn’t be capable of doing so if we tried. We just don’t have that much of a handle on what we are doing. We aren’t a bunch of pros that can pinpoint something and pull any particular style out of a hat. Everything is a struggle and everything is built up from scratch, so even if we had some hit from the past and thought, ‘Oh, we should do more of that because everybody loved that one!’ I don’t think we’d be able to do it; it would turn out completely different. And because we make all the music ourselves, we hear it all so much that it is easy to lose perspective. So we rely on the listener much more than they rely on us.”

For a band that is clueless about their creative process, Deerhoof have managed to remain relevant and creative for well over a decade. Saunier maintains that despite the lack of thought into the creation of their sound, it is their innate inquisitiveness, heightened by unique musical experiences, that shapes them every day. “Keeping it together has never been a problem. It’s more about how to open up new avenues that keeps us excited about what we can do. We did this thing called Congotronics Vs Rockers with Konono No 1 and Kasai Allstars. We came out of that experience changed. I’m still trying to get my head around in what ways we changed, but we all know we have. In some ways something like that is very intimidating, because on a pure musical level we were learning new things, like masses of sound when lots of people make [it] together that we as a small band had never experienced. In fact, the difficulties of that often came from the lack of anyone being in charge. It made me question what leadership is and is it always a bad thing, and I’ve found that, since then, sometimes when someone is brave enough to take the reins for a bit and say, ‘Let’s try this’, rather than us all fumble in the dark – even if its temporarily, like a

situation or part of a song – it makes things so much easier. It makes everyone else relax. It can make things quick and make things work. When no one is in charge and everyone is looking sheepishly at each other, that can become a struggle and a stress. It was very enlightening.” With Australia being the last stage of Deerhoof’s world tour behind the album, Saunier guarantees that they still have lots left in the tank. “I know exactly what my three bandmates would say right now – bring on the coffee! Australia has superior coffee compared to the States. Plus it will be great to get out of this winter weather. We love touring in Australia, we have always really gone down well there. They seem to understand and relate to the different impulses, energies and emotions in the way we want to play them. We have eradicated evil from the rest of the world, so when we get to your last little section, we will have won.” WHO: Deerhoof WHEN & WHERE: Monday 9 January, Keystone Festival Bar

BREAK RULES, MOVE ON ALTHOUGH HE HAS NO PLANS TO MAKE ANOTHER ALBUM, FATBOY SLIM IS ENJOYING DJING AND DOING GIGS AND KNOWS THAT IT’S FAR FROM TIME TO GIVE IT UP. BY STUART EVANS.

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alfway between the gutter and the stars, Norman Cook has come a long, long way, baby. From playing bass guitar in collective indie band The Housemartins to making dance records under a swagger of pseudonyms – Freakpower, The Mighty Dub Katz, Pizzaman and Beats International – Englishman Norman Cook, or better recognised by his most well known moniker Fatboy Slim, has indeed come far and has been an international superstar DJ since the phrase was first coined.

Cook has made melodies since the late ‘70s yet it wasn’t until the ‘90s when his popularity reached stratospheric heights – a feat previously unheard of for an electronic artist. The quirky Praise You, complete with the equally quirky video, was Cook’s commercial kudos. And so it followed with a number of hit singles – The Rockafeller Skank and Right Here, Right Now all taken from the critically acclaimed album, You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby. The follow up album, Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars, spawned more choice cuts, including cult classic Weapon Of Choice, Sunset (Bird Of Prey) and Star 69. Cook continues to be lauded as making dance music for grown-ups. “I don’t view my records as milestones as dance music is really bastardising other forms of music. All I’ve done is carry on the tradition which means that I’m proud to be the son of a bastard,” laughs Cook. Cook’s famed for his charm and nice-guy persona – ‘the nicest man in the music industry’ is often flung his way. In October 2011 Cook, who hails from Brighton, South East England, was awarded the Q Magazine Inspiration Award for his musical contribution and work towards the music industry. Cook celebrated in typical style by jumping with joy in front of spectators. “What normally gets chucked my way is I make dance music for people who don’t like dance music. I get inspired by people I meet and the biggest inspiration is when people say to me that my music inspired them to start DJing,” he reveals. Cook is viewed as a pioneer – a visionary even – for championing big beat music. Yet where the mid to late

‘90s was Cook’s nirvana, the noughties weren’t so kind. Draw the lineage away from big beat and towards electro. “I walked away from big beat. The point of big beat was to break school rules and make it loud and noisy. Once the rules were broken it was time to move on. Dubstep has a few similar elements though,” he tells. The past decade has been a tumultuous one for dance and electronic music. If some pockets of the dance community reckon the digital age is killing the scene, Cook isn’t one of them. “People get too hung up about the internet as it’s just a tool that DJs can use. The actual art of DJing hasn’t changed all that much. It’s just the tools that have changed. A DJ is still there to make people dance and have a good time. The tools, be it CD, vinyl, laptop or whatever, aren’t as important as offering a sense of escapism for everyone who turns up to hear the music. Young people still want to go out, get drunk, get laid and have a good time. It’s all about offering an experience,” he explains. “The internet’s really a double-edged sword as music is now much more disposable and accessible to more people, which can only be a good thing. I do miss going out to buy a record or CD as the feeling that you’ve bought into a particularly sound or artist is lost when you buy a digital file.” His move away from the glare of publicity has coincided with his shift from making traditional dance records. The Brighton Port Authority collaboration and his partnership with David Byrne on Here Lies Love are recent examples. Not that all things dance music fails to excite him. “I actually like Deadmau5 for his live show and what David Guetta is doing with his collaborations. Dubstep has imploded, but dance music will always cross-pollinate. Right now dubstep and the weird r’n’b crossover stuff is reaching the commercial audiences. When the charts don’t want our music it’ll go back underground again,” he says. Cook’s battle with booze and drugs has been well documented, likewise his visits to rehab and his reputation for being candid during media interviews. He once told journalists he had self-medicated out of

depression and he once snorted cocaine from railway lines near his home. He recently revealed he was scared to DJ sober after coming out of rehab as he believed he wouldn’t be able to dance or perform. “I quit drinking a few years ago and have found things much more manageable. I am over 40-years-old and a married father of two and don’t feel the need to party anymore. I’ve been doing this for 25 years and partied continually all through them. I know full well what it entails and what the risks are,” he states.

In recent years, Cook has shifted focus to production as DJ gigs took a backseat. That is changing as he’s back on the circuit with a residency at a Las Vegas nightclub as well as his forthcoming visit to Australia to perform at the Future Music Festival. Although he still ventures into the studio to chop and splice other people’s tracks for his sets, he’s currently satisfied with DJing rather than making original music or remixing. “I’m just enjoying DJing and doing the gigs. I can remember everything now that I’ve given up the drink,” he laughs.

Cook says he still gets the same buzz from sounds today compared to when he first started making beats. Nevertheless, will he know when his time’s up? “I think it’ll be when people don’t want to see or hear me anymore. I’ll know when it’s time to give it up and that time isn’t just yet,” he tells.

“I’ve got no plans to make another album. For the past two years I’ve been DJing and travelling the globe. All you can do is do whatever you feel and I’ve felt like DJing and not spending so much time in the studio.”

Getting Cook to talk seriously about his music remains a challenge. He’s previously referred to his music as stupid, noting that a monkey could do what he does.

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TAKA HONDA FRONTS HIS SIDE-PROJECT THE HONDAS IN DRAG AND SHARES AN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD WITH BRYGET CHRISFIELD: “THESE FISHNET TIGHTS – IT’S NOT GOOD FOR MY BALLS.”

A LOT’S HAPPENED IN THE WORLD OF CANADIAN SINGER/ SONGWRITER HAWKSLEY WORKMAN IN THE THREE YEARS SINCE HE LAST VISITED US, INCLUDING, AS HE TELLS MICHAEL SMITH, REDISCOVERING THE SIMPLE JOY OF SONGWRITING.

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awksley Workman has recorded at least 15 albums since he kicked off his musical career in 1999 and released two albums last year alone with Milk and Meat. Prolific and always creatively restless, it might seem the multiinstrumentalist has slowed down a bit considering he’s only released one album this year, Full Moon Eleven, which is itself a revisiting of an album he originally recorded a decade ago on his first visit to Paris. “One album, but I produced… Life didn’t really feel any slower, that’s for sure,” he begins. “I worked on a TV show, I acted in a film… I don’t know really what to do with myself unless I’m doing something, but you’re right, it did seem strange to not kind of be making records constantly. “A lot of it too has to do with being happy. I think when I was on Universal Records, the honeymoon with Universal was brilliant and the wedding was brilliant and then the marriage was not so brilliant and I think when you feel like you’re an artist who they’re just kind of wishing you’d go away, which wasn’t how I was going to go down, I just started to double my productivity, double my touring and double everything because it’s a really sick feeling when everything you’ve ever worked for – for me, music is absolutely, it’s all I have – so when it feels like they’re putting you on a backburner just to kind of fizzle away, it’s a very sick feeling and strangely motivating. So without that, I just sort of feel now that I can take my time a little bit. I started out as a cottage industry and I’ve more or less returned to that.” As noted earlier, Workman has also returned to a record he originally released in 2001 as Almost A Full Moon. “And you know what? I don’t even quite know why I did that. Part of it was that I wanted to revisit the songs. I wanted to make a record on tape again as well and listening to the original record I didn’t remember

it sounding so much like a Broadway musical, you know? [laughs] And in some ways I think that some of the songs that come across as a little bit jokey sound more like a proper, serious song now. “Over the ten years, there are a lot of people for whom that record had become part of their Christmas tradition and messing with Christmas tradition isn’t necessarily the row to till. To me actually Learn How To Knit was the song that, when we finished it, the guys I was working with said, ‘It’s sounding like a real song now.’ It had always sounded tongue in cheek and for some reason the new version lends it some legitimacy as a song.” It hadn’t only been those natural feelings of missing home so close to Christmas in Paris that was informing the writing of those songs at the time in 2001. It was also the fact that the world had just witnessed the events of the 9/11 terrorst attacks. “I was supposed to play in New York that night and I got to Paris and this new sort of fear was taking over, so we’ve been living now for ten years in many ways with a whole adjusted sense of what it is we’re anticipating and, when I wrote those songs, it was really to remind myself what was good about the world.” WHO: Hawksley Workman WHAT: Full Moon Eleven (MGM) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 4 January, Clarendon Guesthouse; Thursday 5, Brass Monkey; Friday 6, Notes

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Yet, despite his career-long embrace of dark, death-centric songs sourced from ancient Appalachian oral streams, Amidon balks at the label itself. “I don’t think of myself as a folk singer in this greater cultural sense,” he offers. “If someone said to me, ‘I want to hear a great album of folk songs’, I would point them to Alan Lomax field recordings, or a record by Andy Irvine & Paul Brady. I wouldn’t tell them to listen to me, because I don’t know if what I do, with all these crazy arrangements and changed-up harmonies, is even folk music.” Amidon was born into this: both his parents were folk musicians and he was presented with a fiddle in his infancy. “I sang a lot as a child,” Amidon recounts, “but then I didn’t sing again, except for in group situations, until I was in my twenties and started again as a solo performer. I had been playing instrumentally a lot before that, but no one seemed that interested in me playing free-jazz on my fiddle alone in my bedroom.” Growing up, Amidon’s best friend happened to be Thomas Bartlett, future Doveman and collaborator with The National, Sharon Van Etten and Antony & The Johnsons. The two made piles of recordings together, including Amidon’s ‘official’ solo debut, 2007’s But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted. Bartlett laid down lots of 90 • THE DRUM MEDIA

The upcoming debut album from The Hondas is called From Tokyo To Melbourne Town, which is particularly apt when you consider Honda grew up in Japan. On when he first tried on a frock, Honda informs, “Oh, I was wearing a frock when I was in high school. Just kinda curiosity, you know? “In the ‘90s, Japan had this subculture of straight people dressing up in make-up. It’s influenced by gothic music, but in the ‘90s that subculture crossed over to the mainstream so there are heaps of bands just dressing up as girls – but they’re straight – and then playing this good rock’n’roll music… It wasn’t really unnatural growing up in the ‘90s to dress up as a girl – ‘Oh, yeah, you’re just copying that famous band’ or whatever, you know? It’s called a visual band and it started in Harajuku in Tokyo as a

The Hondas perform their gigs in drag and their bandleader didn’t have any trouble getting his bandmates to frock up (“they actually love it”). “Well, except one thing,” Honda corrects. “Like, I really love women’s clothes, but these fishnet tights – it’s not good for my balls.” Honda needs to invest in a garter belt then. “Oh, yeah, definitely! That’s a great idea. Yeah, I will, so I don’t have sore balls no more.” Although The Hondas recorded all ten songs for their debut album live “about twelve months ago at a friend’s warehouse” in “about six hours”, the delay in release is due to Honda’s desire to tackle the mixing himself. “I didn’t want someone to shit all over my music. Maybe I was a bit arrogant back then… I was trying to mix it by myself and it took me so long. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be once I started doing it.” Honda barely uses his drum stool when he plays with Little Red and he enthuses, “It’s freedom of expression and I’m pretty happy playing the drums as well. I’m an entertainer; I’m not a musician. Musicians sell strings at the music shop. Me – entertainer. I’m onstage making money. “People think that The Hondas is my solo project, but it’s a band. I write lyrics and a melody and stuff, but these other guys contribute to the band. And I’m not a genius, you know. I’m not a Kevin Parker from Tame Impala; I can’t just do it all by myself. I need someone’s help, so they helped me.” WHO: The Hondas WHAT: I Am A Homosexual (Small Empire Records) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 7 January, Spectrum

NOT MANY PEOPLE WOULD HAVE THE STAYING POWER OR THE PULL TO JUGGLE TWO GIGS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE, BUT BENI TOLD MONIQUE COWPER HE WOULD MUCH PREFER TO WORK WHILE EVERYONE ELSE PARTIES.

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“It’s a wonderful thing to think about,” Amidon continues, “this ‘accidental’ quality to them; the fact that none of them were written by any one person, but they were passed along through the voices of thousands of people. There’s something very interesting and mysterious and strange to that kind of process.”

Honda was then invited into the radio station (“The DJ, he didn’t think I was being offensive or taking the piss out of the gay community”) to explain the inspiration behind this song. “I Am A Homosexual is a social commentary against how society is reacting against gay marriage… They think the most natural thing is having a mother and father, but the divorce rate is about fifty per cent so you end up only having one mother! The marriage system is already failing, why do they have to hang onto that old system?”

small thing then it crossed over. But after the ‘90s, everything kinda just went back to the underground.”

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SAM AMIDON TALKS TO ANTHONY CAREW ABOUT WHETHER HE DOES INDEED PRODUCE FOLK MUSIC AND MAKING AN ALBUM WITHOUT KNOWING IT. am Amidon is a folk singer in the truest sense of the term. The 30-year-old Vermont native – based, these days, in London, as (touring) companion to Beth Orton – has released three albums filled almost entirely with traditional tunes. “I’m not some preservationist,” says Amidon, on the phone from New York. “I don’t believe that we have to carefully dust these songs like noble, worthy museum pieces. I sing these folk songs because these are wise and mysterious and deep words that’ve been sung for a long time.

hen Taka Honda’s side-project’s current single, I Am A Homosexual, received some airplay on Melbourne gay and lesbian radio station Joy FM recently, the listeners’ reactions confused the Little Red drummer. “What I expected was getting some backlash from the right wing, not from the gay community,” Honda admits. “I’m trying to support their cause and stuff like that and when I heard that reaction I was like, ‘Oh, shit!’ But I also understand their reaction, because a bunch of straight guys dressed up as girls and then singing, ‘I am a homosexual’…”

“weird keyboards and shit like that” on top of Amidon’s bare-bones banjo-and-croaky-vocal folk songs. That relationship was soon reflected, again, in Amidon’s fruitful collaboration with composer Nico Muhly, whom he met through Bartlett. Amidon recorded his second album, 2008’s achingly beautiful All Is Well, in Reykjavík, Iceland, with producer Valgeir Sigurðsson and Muhly providing sumptuous orchestrations. “Nico just slathered on those crazy things without even asking my permission first,” Amidon eulogises. “Iceland is like a magical place, filled with sunny white people, volcanoes and swimming pools. Here I was, just a boy, fresh off the boat. I was very shy. Nico just dropped me into this world of people. We never really spoke that much about it; I was just going to visit him in Iceland. When I got there, it wasn’t like, ‘Let’s make the album’, it was more, ‘Come upstairs and drink some whiskey! Sing some songs!’ Then, when I got back home, Nico was like, ‘Hey, check this out, Valgeir and I made an album from it!’” He returned to Iceland to make 2010’s I See The Sign, this time bringing Orton and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily with him. The album featured electronic elements, an Amidon original and a rapturously-beautiful cover of R. Kelly’s Relief, but it was still built on long, hard, dark traditions. “Maybe these ancient stories of death and despair don’t seem too close to our lives, but back in the 19th-century, maybe this was more autobiographical; they knew this shit,” Amidon says. “Murder ballads, hymns, traditional songs – these are our history, whether you like it or not.” WHO: Sam Amidon WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 January, The Famous Spiegeltent

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he future of Australian house music could rest in the seafaring skills of one of its darlings – the man known as Beni.

The super producer is in such demand these days that he is playing two gigs on Sydney Harbour this New Year’s Eve and thinks he may have to hire a boat to get from one to the other. But don’t go imagining Beni Single cruising the harbour on a yacht surrounded by bikini-clad woman sipping champagne. “I’m picturing a shitty little boat being rowed by me and my DJ friends from one side of the harbour to the other,” he claims. He will join the likes of Wynter Gordon, The Potbelleez, Zoe Badwi, Yolanda Be Cool and more at Luna Park’s Harbour Party. If not already sought-after, Single has become a wanted man since the recent release of his debut album House Of Beni. He has recently finished a tour of Japan, acted as a DJ support for Salt N Pepa and was part of the Stereosonic line-up that allowed him to test his new music on the masses. “The last night of Stereosonic in Brisbane was amazing,” he remembers. “With festivals it’s all about the more work you do, the more people know your music and the shows get better. I think the album is just starting to resonate. I think the music on my album has a fairly good lifespan so I think it will take people a while to really hear it.” It is only appropriate that House Of Beni should be given a listen or two, considering he spent more than two years working on it in locations as farflung as Tokyo and Paris, New York and Saint-Brieuc in regional France. It also includes contributions from the likes of Matt Safer (ex-The Rapture), Nomi Ruiz from Hercules & Love Affair, Nick Routledge of Van She, Sam Sparro and Kim Moyes from The Presets. “I guess I had a direction at the beginning but that all changed as part of the natural progression of

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working on something over two years,” Single says. “It’s definitely been a journey of just meeting people while I was touring and having the opportunity to go into the studio with them.” As the title would suggest, House Of Beni is a personal album that is a first for the man who spent many years as one half of the duo Riot In Belgium as well as a DJ and producer of other people’s music. “In essence it is nerve-wracking but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for so long and it does feel natural,” he says. Audiences also seem to be responding well but Single finds it hard to take a compliment – unless it comes in the form of audience participation. “When people say something nice about my music and I have to reply I just start stuttering,” he says. “But when you see the whole front row singing every song, it is amazing; it’s really hard to explain. It really is flattering.” With crowd pleasers like My Love Sees You and It’s A Bubble in his setlist it is hard to imagine any audience not appreciating Beni’s music, especially in a party atmosphere like New Year’s Eve. However, the man himself is happy to leave the partying to the punters and prefers to work on 31 December. His resolution for 2012 is also very conservative. “Quit smoking,” he suggests. But what about world domination? “I’ve been trying to achieve that since I was five, but hopefully next year when I’ve been to the US and Europe and people really start responding to the album I’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of my labour.” WHO: Beni WHAT: House Of Beni (Modular/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 31 December, Luna Park


WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE… despite having lost his most recent case in the British High Court, all the while watching those companies that had helped keep WikiLeaks afloat abandoning ship, has largely been forgotten as the media scrum focused on the cracks appearing in the media empire of the far bigger fish that is Rupert Murdoch. The latter was described by Robert Manne, hardly an impartial observer, in his essay on Assange in the March issue of The Monthly, as “the most influential Australian of the postwar era,” and whose importance rests on his responsibility for injecting, through Fox News, the poison of rabid populist conservatism into the political culture of the United States.” The leak that scuppered Murdoch’s UK broadsheet, News Of The World, after surviving 168 years, in July, along with the heads of News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and London’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson among others, was the revelation that several of the paper’s journalists had bugged mobile phones. The bugging occurred not of only a number of celebrities, who certainly made their annoyance known when a government enquiry was instigated, but more damningly that of crime victims, particularly British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the discovery of whose murdered body was said to have been substantially delayed by the fact that her voice mail seemed to still be in use after she went missing because of the hacking.

2011: THE YEAR IN REVIEW, OBSERVATIONS BY MICHAEL SMITH

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o complete the quotation from Coleridge’s The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, “nor any drop to drink,” which sort of sums up the way a lot of people on this third stone from the sun, the water planet, experienced the year, either inundated by that water or dying for lack of it. As always, Mother Nature, whichever omnipotent deity in which you choose to believe or not, or the simple physics behind meteorology and geophysics meted out whatever it had to with sublime indifference to the consequent human tragedies that filled our media outlets between the seemingly ever more important twitters about celebrities. As 2011 rushed headlong through January, in much of Queensland, northern NSW and north-western Victoria, the above-average rainfall throughout much of 2010 had allowed that year to be Australia’s coolest in nine years. Globally however, 2010 had proven a match for 2005 and 1998 at the hottest on record, according the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation. None of which of course was any consolation to those living in the three-quarters of Queensland declared a disaster area or the 35 people killed, many in the town of Grantham in the Lockyer Valley. Flooding affected pretty much the entire coast from Rockhampton and Ipswich down to Brisbane, but then communities down in Victoria too, like Horsham, Swan Hill and Shepparton, suffered major flooding, claiming two lives. It was all down to the strongest La Niña Australia has experienced since 1973 – and it wasn’t over yet. January had also seen devastating floods in Sri Lanka, Brazil, Mozambique and South Africa, The flooding in Sri Lanka, despite only claiming some 40 lives, displacing more than a million people, more than the tsunami that struck the island’s east coast in December 2004. Flooding near Rio de Janeiro in that month on the other hand might have only left some 13,000 or more people homeless, but it had killed around 900 – that region’s worst disaster in 40 years. The floods in Thailand began in July but only really began hitting the international news programs as the floodwaters began to threaten Bangkok towards November, despite some six million hectares of the country having been inundated, affecting some 12.8 million people and more than 600 people having been killed. Back in Australia, we saw the wettest April in 21 years. And so it went for the rest of the year, as we once again saw long spells of rain right through spring and into the summer, Sydney shivering as October began at its coldest in 45 years. November saw several northern NSW towns including Moree experience major flooding and by December, south-east Queensland was again copping substantial rain, the Lockyer Valley once again experiencing flash flooding, though thankfully not on so devastating a scale. Kenya too was experiencing massive flooding, southern Pakistan, still recovering from last year’s floods, saw flashing flooding affect more than nine million people. Once more, Scotland and northern England copped some of its fiercest weather in a decade and yet central Europe was experiencing its driest November in 200 years. Almost inevitably, Ethiopia and Somalia were once again in the grip of drought and famine, the worst in the 30 years since Bob Geldof was moved to launch his legendary international concerts to “Feed The World”. In a forgotten corner of Africa further south, by the end of November, at least 200 elephants had been reported as dying of thirst in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Of course none of this is necessarily clear evidence of climate change, though the United Nations would disagree. Their latest data suggests sea levels will rise by up to 1.6 metres by the end of the century, while the Arctic Monitoring & Assessment Program, based in Norway, has found that the Greenland ice sheet is melting at four times the rate it was just a decade ago, their report explaining that “the past six years have been the warmest

period ever recorded in the Arctic.” Another recent report indicates that the Himalayan glaciers have shrunk by as much as a fifth in the past 30 years. Sea levels have been rising on average at about three millimetres a year, which may not seem much, but over a century, that adds up to three metres and that’s without taking into consideration the acceleration to that rate expected as the planet warms. Some 40 percent of the sea level rise is currently being attributed to the melting of the Arctic and Greenland ice. Then consider the fact that each centimetre of sea level rise apparently roughly translates to a metre of beach erosion. On present estimates, the coastlines of 2100 will be more that 160 metres further inland. Back in March, bad as these meteorologically triggered floods had been, much worse was to come and this time, while water was once again the killer, it didn’t come from the sky. There’d been warnings that the so-called “ring of fire” that surrounds the Pacific – the tectonically active perimeter prone to earthquake and volcanic activity – was perhaps becoming more active than it had been for some years as first a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook the Araucania region of Chile and then, on the other side of the Pacific, Christchurch in New Zealand was hit by a magnitude 7.1 quake in February that killed 182 people. As tragic as that was, it paled into insignificance against the earthquake that took place off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku, on the main island of Japan, Honshu, about 384 kilometres north of Tokyo, on Friday 11 March. Though the epicentre of what scientist have called an undersea megathrust earthquake was some 70 km east of the Oshika Peninsula and about 32 km down into the earth’s crust, the magnitude 9 quake proved not only to be the most powerful one known to ever to have hit Japan, but it triggered a catastrophic tsunami that, at its highest, reached about 40 metres that struck a great swathe of coast travelling in parts up to ten kilometres inland and sweeping away all before it. While the whole region endured more than 1000 aftershocks, entire towns disappeared. The final death toll will never be known but at last count there were 15,842 confirmed deaths, 5,890 were injured and 3,490 people remained missing across 18 prefectures, while more than 125,000 buildings damaged or destroyed. More worryingly for the rest of the planet, three reactors in the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant complex continue to present ongoing level 7 meltdowns. The former Burma, now Myanmar, was also hit by earthquakes in March that killed 176 people, while in

protesting against high unemployment, inflation and a lack of freedom of speech as well as the endemic corruption of the ruling government of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who after 24 years in power was forced to resign mid-January and fled to Saudi Arabia. Tunisia’s success seems then to have inspired similar popular and, at least on the part of the people, peaceful series of protests determined to oust the long-term dictators of, most prominently, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen. Sadly, only the “Egyptian Spring” seems to have forced the departure of its dictator Hosni Mubarak without massive costs in human life and infrastructure. Mubarak ceded his near-30 year presidency of Egypt in February, though by November Egyptians were again in Cairo’s Tahrir Square protesting the pace at which reforms were taking place. Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi took the audacity of his citizens’ protests against his 42-year dictatorship as a personal affront and an obvious tactic of certain Western government and effectively declared war against his own people. In March NATO forces began bombing targets held by his military, but a long and bloody conflict continued until October 20, when Gaddafi was finally flushed out of hiding in the desert city of Sabha and murdered by his exultant captors. While President Bashar al-Assad inherited his position from his father, Hafez al-Assad, who had ruled Syria for 29 years before his death in 2000, the son, for all his appearance of modern thinking has proven less than committed to the idea of democratisation and once again, the people hit the streets only to be brutally repressed by Syria’s police and armed forces. While there are no official figures, it’s estimated that at least 6000 people have been killed in the ongoing civil action against al-Assad’s regime. Field Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh had ruled North Yemen since 1978 and all of Yemen when north and south unified in 1990, but was forced to resign in February again as a consequence of massive popular protests. Perhaps inspired by the impact of People Power in these Arab countries, the disparate groups in the First World that had, over the previous decade, manned the barricades protesting the corporate venality evident in meetings of the G7 and G20, a group calling itself Occupy Wall Street kicked off similar protests across some 80 countries directed against economic and social inequality. Their most prominent slogan was, “We are the 99 percent”. While not all that much has been achieved by the movement apart from lots of media and, sadly, quite

BACK IN MARCH, BAD AS THESE METEOROLOGICALLY TRIGGERED FLOODS HAD BEEN, NO ONE COULD HAVE HAD ANY IDEA THAT MUCH WORSE WAS TO COME.”

September, the border region between India and Nepal experienced a magnitude 6.9 quake that killed 111 people. But it was two quakes on the other side of the Eurasian continent, in Turkey, in October, another magnitude 7.1, and November, that proved the second most lethal of the year, though obviously nowhere near in the league of Japan, with some 684 dead. “Seismic” activity of a very different kind was also being felt in what might have seemed a very unlikely segment of humanity, a shift that was quickly dubbed the “Arab Spring”. It all seems to have begun in Tunisia halfway through December 2010 after a young street vendor burned himself to death in a protest over police harassment and corruption; an act that became a catalyst for a series of increasingly violent street demonstrations

a few heads knocked about by police in various cities, authorities in the main have been reasonably sympathetic if at a loss as to how to go about addressing issues that plagued most Western governments for a good century or more. In November, meanwhile, Edinburgh became the first governmental body to grant the Occupy movement official recognition, a dubious honour surely with ostensibly “revolutionary” circles. So profound was this show of people power in whatever form right across the world this year, from the protesters of the so-called Arab Spring to the Occupy groups of the affluent First World that Time magazine was prompted to designate “The Protester” as its Person of the Year. Last year’s media “cause celebre”, Julian Assange, still trying to prevent his extradition to Sweden

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As the year drew to an end, things were looking increasingly uncomfortable for the embattled senior Murdoch as one of the lawyers formerly employed by his UK newspapers admitted that he had made Murdoch’s son James aware of widespread phone hacking at least three years before the story was publicly exposed. Both had been brought before a parliamentary media committee in July to answer questions about their level of foreknowledge about the phone hacking, which both naturally denied categorically. Whether you agree with his politics or not, Manne’s essay on Murdoch, Bad News, published as Quarterly Essay 43 in September is an intriguing read. While Manne might only be attacking the ethical stance of the current editor of The Australian, its insight into the political culture of the whole Murdoch empire as expressed through The Australian here, Fox News and his various mastheads across the US and UK seems to have been confirmed by the admission by the aforementioned lawyer that the News Of The World checked the electoral and birth records of the two lawyers acting for victims of phone hacking in the hope, it seems, of uncovering some sort of evidence that could be used to undermine their credibility. The world was inevitably assailed with more murderous nutters than the usual subjects desperately trying to hold onto power in the face of popular uprising. The most unexpected was fanatical right-wing extremist Norwegian Anders Breivik, who, having failed to kill enough people with a car bomb placed outside the office of the prime minister, headed for a summer camp being held on the island of Utøya, organised by the youth division of the country’s Labour Party, and started shooting. Within a few minutes 69 people were dead and eight people having been killed by the car bomb. His motive was a paranoia based on his belief that Europe was becoming Islamicised by the growing number of migrants escaping the brutal regimes of their mainly Arabic homelands. The man whose fanatical ideas had seen not only the attack on the World Trade Towers in New York on September 9, 2001, but gave George W. Bush the excuse to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, Osama binLadin was finally killed in a US Navy SEAL operation in Bilal Town, Pakistan, in May, while several other key al-Quaeda leaders have since been taken out. Whether it will make for a safer world is yet to be decided, but at least for the moment, all’s quiet on that particular front. The Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan remain, however, another story, and their continuing action against the coalition of forces attempting to bring some kind of order to that troubled region continues to prove deadly. So far, 32 Australian soldiers have died since the conflict began, while 213 have been wounded. Far more influential on the lives of the majority of the world was a man named Steve Jobs, the man behind Apple in all its manifestations, who finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer on 5 October. Nonetheless, while book and physical music retail outlets were closing around the world, Apple stores were opening. Meanwhile, scientists captured images of an explosion in an outer spiral arm of the Pinwheel Galaxy in the Great Bear constellation that seems to be offering a rare glimpse of how exploding stars might have breathed life into the universe as a consequence of how elements such as oxygen and iron, the building blocks of new solar systems, might be distributed across the universe. At the other end of the spectrum, the Large Hadron Collider continues to inch closer to capturing images of what’s been dubbed “God’s particle”, the Higgs Boson, postulated by mathematician Peter Higgs among others some 50 years ago; the building block of the universe that gives particles mass. Who’d have thought there was anything other than Beiber, Ke$ha, Metallica, GaGa and Twitter going on in the world? THE DRUM MEDIA • 91


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LAST IN TOWN TWO YEARS AGO, THAT SELF-DESCRIBED JAPANESE COLLECTIVE OF ‘NASTY GROOVE-MAKING CATS’, MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO ARE HEADING BACK WITH A NEW ALBUM. MICHAEL SMITH INTERVIEWS NAOKAZU ‘BOBSAN’ KOBAYASHI.

MEET THE MFW, THREE YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIANS WITH A LOVE FOR THE GRUNGIER AESTHETIC OF D.I.Y. ROCK, AS MICHAEL SMITH DISCOVERS FROM EVAN MANNELL.

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he MFW is drummer Evan Mannell, bass player Ben Waples and guitarist Aaron Flower and a clue to the kind of noise they make together might be deduced from the title they gave their debut EP – This Is Grunge Jazz. Though not necessarily, or at least not as they present the world with their second EP, Sus Scrofa, which they’ll be launching as part of the third annual Jazzgroove Summer Festival, as Mannell explains. “I think it was probably a better description of that first EP, but we’ve moved along a little bit. All three of us play a lot of jazz music, all studied at the Con – that’s where we met each other, on the jazz course there. But we of course had other interests and other influences and just sort of wanted to get back to, I guess, the garage style of just a power trio – bass, drums and guitar – in the garage; just sort of get back to a more raw sound, still obviously playing our instruments the way we were sort of trying to explore them.” All of which allowed them to not only do what jazz musicians like to do best, improvise and compose, but also to tinker with the odd cover not necessarily usually associated with jazz. “When we started doing this band, we definitely found some nice places to get to by playing some other people’s music, like we did a cover of Sabbath’s War Pigs in the set at one stage – you wouldn’t really call it ‘in a jazz style’, but it definitely had a bit of that element to it. And we have often played a cover of a Smashing Pumpkins tune off Siamese Dream and there’s a cover of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day in the set sometimes and there’s a cover of a Gary Numan tune [Down In The Park] on the new EP. “But this funny thing came about covers of covers. Obviously there’s that Trent Reznor cover of that tune from the ‘90s and there was a Faith No More cover of War Pigs, so this funny little covers of covers theme emerged. But it was kind of a way of us just getting to some new places by doing

B those tunes and not be too sort of serious about pushing our own compositions and, for those tunes, to let loose a bit, which was good.” As to the original compositions, it again gets back to that garage trio kind of approach to the band. “Just like jamming out – that three-way, let it all hang out approach, which is good because, especially as a drummer, I find it’s nice to have an outlet to just be able to let it go, you know. I think I’m a bit of a frustrated guitarist – I’ve done a few gigs on guitar and I’m a terrible guitarist – so I think with this, getting into that sort of sound is my attempt to almost pretend like I’m behind the guitar, so I’m certainly always pushing for a raw, raucous, rocky sort of sound.” That more raw, garage-y DIY approach doesn’t extend to recording and releasing material in any lo-fi sort of way, but the limited-run EPs are certainly no frills in terms of their packaging and cover design. “Once again,” Mannell suggests, “it’s nice to be able to put out a record and not have too much reverence around it. It’s just our band and it’s our music and we just want to make it pretty easy for people to pick it up and just take it for what it is, a little EP of us having fun and getting a little raucous. So that’s how we’ve tried to present it.” WHO: The MFW WHAT: Sus Scrofa (Yum Yum Tree) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 13 January, The Gaelic

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eginning life in 2004 in, as they describe it, “the most unknown prefecture in Japan on the outskirts of Tokyo,” as a funk/rock cover band with a love of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, everything changed for Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro when they heard the old school soul and funk of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, courtesy records by Sly & The Family Stone, The Meters and, of course, James Brown. Signing to the prestigious Japanese P-Vine label, which specialises in jazz, Latin, soul and funk records and has been the Japanese distributors of live and recordings by Parliament/Funkadelic among others, they released a self-titled debut album in 2009. When they hit Australia at the end of the year, it’ll be with a brand new album for here, Uhuru Peak. Guitarist Naokazu ‘Bobsan’ Kobayashi fielded questions on what we can expect. “We spent a lot more time on recording and production with Uhuru Peak, so we feel that the arrangements, minute details, the small nuances are all a lot deeper and more complex and deep than the first album. We felt a lot more confident about the sound and not being scared to drift off into different styles of funk music. It’s a lot more diverse, much better sound production, whilst keeping that raw energy of our live shows in there.” We wondered if the band, which includes drummer Satoshi ‘Tiger’ Okano, keyboards player Yuki ‘Mzo’ Mizoguchi, sax player Kunimitsu ‘Carlos’ Ohashi, bass player Yusuke ‘Ginger’ Kondo and trumpeter Naohito ‘Temjim’ Yomoda, had discovered any new gems from that golden age of American soul/ funk that was particularly influencing them. “Too many to mention, but yes we are still discovering lots of stuff. It helps that so many great labels release some great reissues! At first we were trying to copy what we heard and then tried to express it through

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“As a finalist for the Freedman Fellowship,” Hauptmann explains, “you have to come up with a proposal and the ideal band to me ended up including, just by chance, half the musicians from Sydney and half from Melbourne – and I realised it was a good concept to try and get into anyway. It gets everyone involved in both scenes, I guess.” Pulling together a diverse bunch of tunes he’d been working on over the past half-dozen years that hadn’t necessarily suited any of the other projects in which he’s involved, Hauptmann assembled all the musicians in Sydney and recorded the album over ten days. “I obviously write all the tunes on the guitar – that’s the initial point – but then, if I started playing one of those tunes with my brother James [drums] and sister Zoe [double bass], I’d maybe have an idea of what the bassline I’d want Zoe to play [would be], but in the end, she’ll always get a bassline happening that really suits her playing. The same with the drums. It’s like you have a kind of a vague idea to play it reggae or funk or rocky or something like that, but then it’s left up to the individual players as to how they want to put that into their playing. “And so when you do that with 12 musicians; that’s another great fun part about it, hearing what everyone does. I tried to have a feature for everyone on the album. There were a couple of things that could have only happened in that situation. I had two drum kits through the whole recording, so Evan [Mannell] and James were in their own room full of drums and they’d 92 • THE DRUM MEDIA

Between that eponymous debut album and Uhuru Peak, the wholly instrumental Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro have worked as the backing band for a couple of singers as well as doing a track with Japanese hip hop group Rhymester. They’ve also contributed the odd track to a couple of Japanese compilations and released an initially digital-only single, The Preacher, which they’ve now released on 7” vinyl. “We’ve thought about vocalists,” Kobayashi admits, regarding their continuing to work as a purely instrumental band, “but we are yet to meet anyone that we could feel we can work with.” Australia is in fact the only country the band has played outside of Japan. So one wonders how much they enjoyed their other Australian gigs last time round. “All of them were amazing in their own right. The bigger festivals at Sydney and Woodford were some highlights, but also the club shows as well, as it was more intimate and everyone was so energetic. You guys have so much energy and dance a lot, which is great! We feed off that, so it’s nice to be so appreciated.” WHO: Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro WHAT: Uhuru Peak (Instrument Recordings/MGM) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 30 December, Peats Ridge Festival, Glenworth Valley; Thursday 5 January, Great Northern, Newcastle; Sunday 8, Keystone Festival Bar; Thursday 12, Clarendon Guesthouse; Friday 13, Kantara House, Green Point; Saturday 14, Heritage Hotel

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FOR HIS SOLO DEBUT, GUITARIST BENJAMIN HAUPTMANN THOUGHT HE’D CALL IN A FEW FRIENDS, AS HE TELLS MICHAEL SMITH. n 2010, guitarist Benjamin Hauptmann, whose CV includes playing not only in jazz combos like The Alcohotlicks and Wanderlust but also working with Bertie Blackman and King Curly among others, won that year’s MCA Freedman Jazz Fellowship, collecting $15,000 cash to assist with career building. He decided to spend the money on putting together his favourite musicians from Sydney and Melbourne to record his eponymous debut solo album.

original songs. We are aiming to capture not just the soul/funk ‘genre’ of that era though. We feel that what the ‘60s/’70s had was an amazing blend of blues, soul, jazz and rock – and funk was not really a ‘genre’ but a vibe, a way of life. We want to capture that ‘vibe’ and bring it to the modern day.”

get in there and just start playing and Evan came up with a few amazing sounds. He brought in circular saw blades, which kind of sound like Melbourne tram bells.” Though Hauptmann doesn’t write lyrics, he invited Melbourne singer Gian Slater to add her voice to several tracks as another instrument – to great effect – and she’ll be joining Hauptmann, along with his brother and sister, Mannell, Chris Hale on electric bass, Damien Slingsby on keyboards and Julian Banks on saxophones to launch the album as part of the third annual Jazzgroove Summer Festival. The album, which has been released digitally and also on limited edition vinyl, is out on a label and musicians’ collective called Yum Yum Tree, which was set up by Sydney-based guitarist Aaron Flower, who also contributes to the album and plays with Hauptmann in The Alcohotlicks. “I’m originally from Canberra,” Hauptmann explains. “I moved to Sydney with my sister and a friend, trombone player Lucien McGuiness, in 2002 and eventually moved to Rozelle and found a house, which was actually called The Yum Yum Tree – it had a little plaque outside the door – and as we were developing strong relationships with all of the musicians around the same age in Sydney, we ended up spending a lot of time there writing and playing music in various combinations and it was such a productive time for everyone. So when Aaron decided to start up a record label and wanted to brand it, the idea of what went on at The Yum Yum Tree seemed like such a positive umbrella to put it under.” WHO: Ben Hauptmann’s BOB WHAT: Benjamin Hauptmann (Yum Yum Tree) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 14 January, Tom Mann Theatre

THOUGH THE RED PAINTINGS LONG AGO COLLECTED DONATIONS FROM PASSIONATE FANS TO MAKE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, FRONTMAN TRASH MCSWEENEY TELLS TYLER MCLOUGHLAN WHY THE HELL IT TOOK FIVE YEARS TO ACTUALLY CREATE THE REVOLUTION IS NEVER COMING.

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t’s no secret that The Red Paintings have made few local industry friends in the decade plus they’ve been plying their uniquely theatrical brand of progressive rock. And outspoken frontman Trash McSweeney is, as ever, quite happy to list the reasons why. “Well look at the fuckin’ band,” McSweeney spits with mock disdain. “You book the band and the band rolls up – they’re all dressed in Japanese kazuki… and then you’ve got these human canvasses, so all these naked bodies getting painted, then you have these other people rolling up with huge canvasses painting them on stage and it’s like, ‘Holy shit man, what the fuck is this?’ It just trips people out I think.” Even so, The Red Paintings have always had a loyal Australian following, collecting over 1000 Facebook likes for a post to ensure their upcoming January tour was viable. Back in February 2008, they even secured $40,000 in fan donations to make their debut album, The Revolution Is Never Coming – an album that is yet to be delivered. “Oh God, it’s been such a nightmare. I haven’t had a deep sleep in five years,” McSweeney says wearily, before explaining the complexity of his vision. “We have songs on this record that have 186 tracks… You’ve got a 45-piece orchestra, then you’ve got a twenty-piece choir, then I build guitar like Billy Corgan does and early Smashing Pumpkins – like layer upon layer upon layer – and then you’ve got the whole rhythm section and French horn players; the whole lot. They’re really big tracks.” After spending six months with an engineer in their hometown of Brisbane, McSweeney felt the result was little more than demo quality. “So what could I do?” he pleads, reliving the anguish. “Could I give [the fans] the album and go, ‘Alright guys, this isn’t what

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I wanted to give you, but we’ve run out of money and we’ve used your money so have fun with this record – you might listen to it twice and the production sucks’? I couldn’t do that; I’d promised people.” It took several more attempts with engineers across Canada and the US before McSweeney came upon their saving grace in the band’s adopted home of LA, Bryan Carlstrom (Alice In Chains, Rob Zombie, The Offspring). “We must have said the word fuck at least a thousand times to each other and we got in fights where we literally were in each other’s faces, but he was the one guy I worked with that after we got in each other’s faces he went, ‘You know what Trash, you needed to do that. Now I don’t hate you; I want you to know that I love you and I love what you’re doing so let’s keep moving on.’ And I was like, ‘Thank you so much, you’re not walking out on me’… He understood what it meant for me to finish this record properly and he did it.” McSweeney is remaining tight-lipped on the exact 2012 release date for The Revolution Is Never Coming, though he quietly admits the total recording cost blew out to $225,000. “The sad thing is, Trash McSweeney, I’ll never be rich and I’ll never own a house, but at least I can say I created the album of my life, if that stands for anything. If there’s one thing I have it’s artistic integrity, but I also might be a little insane, because people don’t do shit like that – it’s not right.” WHO: The Red Paintings WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 10 January, Blush Nightclub; Wednesday 11, Factory Theatre; Thursday 12, Tuggeranong Alliance


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SINGLES/EPS WITH ROSS CLELLAND

PATRICK WOLF

ON THE RECORD

Brumalia EP

Speak N Spell/Inertia What’s the time, Mr Wolf? Obviously, time for him to drop a couple of names. To find him getting the approval for his sometimes elegant, often glitter-sprinkled, anthems of inclusion and love from her Lady Gaga-ness would be an easy synergy. But cover art photos by Patti Smith are perhaps a little more unexpected. Songs are led by a remix of Lupercalia’s Together and some seasonal fare - such as the sentimental This Time Of Year and the traditional Jerusalem, which he plays very, er, straight. Surpisingly sincere.

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AMY WINEHOUSE

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If the first track on Believers, The Heart Is Willing, doesn’t win you over right away, you may as well turn this off and go stare at a wall. There are so few artists that can maintain such a strong thread of melody and tempo without sliding into mundanity, and AA Bondy is one of them. On his third record he entrances and delights with a deceiving simplicity.

While it might appear an odd thing to say, you kind of hope this is the last we hear from the perfect storm media tragedy of Amy.

Canadian Dan Mangan reckons that if you want to connect with people, you need to get vulnerable. The folk singer has progressed quickly – it wasn’t long ago that he was little more than a bright-faced songster with a knack of belting out catchy melodies. Now he’s been mentioned in the same league as Mumford & Sons.

EP.1/Spock Ep.1 Mute

The ‘hell freezes over’ for the Smash Hits generation. Vince Clarke and Martin Gore centred Depeche Mode, before the former went off to make increasingly sweet pop with Yazoo and then Erasure, leaving the latter to make the Mode the distinctive electronic thing it became. Perhaps disappointingly, their respective gifts for melody and words of wit or thought are set aside for some – admittedly well-constructed – techno noise, of the sort where they wouldn’t have to make eye contact while bashing at their keyboards.

GRAND ATLANTIC Central Station Blues Laughing Outlaw

A somewhat odd mix of the new, the classic blues-rock guitars from time immemorial, and some wobbly bass underneath – even they say The Stone Roses, and there would appear no need to disagree. This also gives them and us the chance to use the handy ‘psychedelic’ pigeonhole for any band that can play songs longer than five minutes, but this has some underlying melody and humanity to it. There seems no reason why this shouldn’t be on the commercial FMs - if that garners any relevance, kudos or sales these days.

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There’s plenty of heartache to spare too, emoted so gracefully by Bondy’s wavering voice. It doesn’t sound pretentious or over-sentimental when he says, ‘lay us down in the fire’ repeatedly on Down In The Fire (Lost At Sea). It is a slow-burn record, with a subtle ebb and flow that allows the listener to drift into Bondy’s acoustic world unwittingly. By the end of the aforementioned track, the lush chorus of instruments becomes a sonic wave, turning into static. A real highlight is DRMZ, painting a haunting portrait of a relationship turned sour. With little more than Bondy’s voice, a guitar and a rippling snare in the backdrop, he laments the transformation of his lover from ‘arms open wide’ to ‘fingers tied to the pistols at your side’. It’s a humble but effective metaphor, and it’s this which sets Bondy apart. What should be cliché is saved at the brink by sheer honesty and depth. By contrast, The Twist is a sweeping ballad, throbbing with an underlying sinister edge as it’s electric riff weaves in and out of the melody. With Believers, AA Bondy has created a record at once cathartic and unassumingly devastating. Sevana Ohandjanian

While there are some moments of pained beauty throughout this – not the least the utterly respectful and joyful Body And Soul duet between her and Tony Bennett – much of it is a young artist finding her way, or sketches of where she was going next. The Nas overrun guesting of Like Smoke and particularly Between The Cheats, show she was still mining her own experiences for material. If anything, the near-misses of Lioness just highlight what a perfect collision of elements Back To Black was. It was there she found her voice, the pain of destructive love, the ability to write with the desperation and bile those emotions can dredge out of your heart and guts, and Mark Ronson’s talent as arranger and producer to give her songs the balance of retro soul and contemporary noise so they couldn’t be ignored on musical terms, even while the tabloid stuff was arcing up. An alternate take of his Valerie with her is still the business, and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow is also on the right track. Of the rest, the early stuff is an odd mixture of the musical history she was learning back even before the Frank album. The standard Girl From Ipanema, fluffy and largely forgettable. Our Day Will Come a bit heavy-handed in the ska arrangement. There is still plenty here to get to you, if only to highlight what a waste you already know the whole saga was.

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Mangan’s been successful for baring his soul and on Oh Fortune, his third album, sticks with a similar formula. What’s changed is Mangan’s confidence; vocally he’s taken more risks with tracks like Post War Blues, a stomping song that deviates from the customary folk sound as he leads a call to unify and unite. Title track, Oh Fortune, has his gentle yet soaring vocal in full flight while Jeopardy has Mangan asking some pertinent questions about unity, bitterness and anger. Leaves, Trees, Forest, a particular highlight, has a wonderful drifting sound behind his spoken words. Aside from Mangan’s traditional four-piece band, Oh Fortune employs individual contributors on French horn, clarinet, trumpet, cello, saxophone, violin and flute. Mangan should be admired for how he switches from political message to personal prose without ever ramming it down the ears of the listener. However, where Mangan stumbles is how he sings about death and war without ever really stating his view or position. In parts, his observations are a non-event – “is it meaningful to be angry? Who’s angry” he asks without providing context. Lyrically, Oh Fortune is an album of contrasts. It’s upbeat but morose, romantic yet torn, and hugely delightful but extremely repetitive whereby most songs sound the same and it becomes hard to tell when one ends and another starts. Stuart Evans

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Perhaps preferable to hearing. Connie’s voice remains distinctive – which may delight or provoke you depending on your bias – and Black Angus makes every-note-in-its-place computerised noise. This is where the word ‘commercial’ is rightly inserted. But commercial in this context can also mean it sounds like an advertising jingle stretched out from 30 seconds to three minutes something. But then again, there may well be more money in that than putting out pop songs these days. They win, whatever.

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Song’s been kicking around for some time, but in order to give it a second breath/chance, it gets coupled with a couple of live tracks by them to reinforce the claims of ‘no editing, no overdubs, no autotune’ they trumpet in the credits. The corporation have obvious aims and high hopes for them, even getting US big-name Nick DiDia (the ‘Finger, among others) to produce. The ‘we’re serious musicians’ approach may alienate as many as it appeals to. All very polished and woody. And named after a Beach Boys album.

THE RAY MANN THREE Sketches Vol. 1 EP MGM

After getting a range of tasteful supports – Sharon Jones to Al Green via Ash Grunwald, among others – The Three became The One, with the eponymous man decamping to Germany to give himself some new inspiration and motivation. He’s aiming to put out a song a month to keep the faith. Showya, which leads this idea off, has the smooth soul heading toward jazz feeling which he does with a certain amount of confidence and style. This should see him out of the Berlin backpackers soonish.

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MATT BAILEY

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Since the release of David Lynch’s last film, Inland Empire, the master filmmaker has been dabbling in various projects - opening a night club in Paris, collaborating with Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse for their Dark Night Of The Soul project, unearthing and releasing unheard Twin Peaks music, and selling his original artworks. If the rumours of his retirement from filmmaking are true, then fans are certainly still getting plenty of Lynch.

Matt Bailey, formerly of Lee Memorial and Gaslight Radio, released his debut, The Three I’s, in 2010, a collection of dark, gothic folk. A similar darkness shadows Book Of Illumination, but Bailey’s decision to compose on piano and (somewhat oddly) record on electric piano, gives these songs an obscure lightness that penetrates the eerie world that Bailey creates.

This album, hugely respected Melbourne pioneer Reason’s last, is an antidote to cynicism. There are no metaphors. There is no genre-dancing. There is no obvious Triple J baiting. It’s a rap record made by a rapper who’s been doing this for longer than some of us have been alive. From one perspective it’s a reflection of our past, from another it’s an album that couldn’t be more timely.

Production duties were placed in the fitting and capable hands of Brent Punshon, who has produced the likes of The Nation Blue, Adalita and Smog (there are hints of the first’s Tom Lyncolgn in his more restrained moments in Bailey’s voice) and beyond digital downloads, the release is available exclusively on vinyl, a fair indication of the engagingly morbid environment that Bailey invites you into.

In this (post) autotune epoch of endorsed leaks, singsong choruses and mild financial success for a lucky few Reason stands firm as an emblem for where Australian rap came from. Rea’s delivery has barely changed in two decades. Some of his schemes are a little more complex but the structure of his bars stands firm. In a time when your favourite local rapper pronounces the word “rhyme” as if it were spelt “R-A-H-M”, Reason bucks the trend and remains heroically uncool. He raps straightforward raps about straightforward subjects in a straightforward way. It’s a delight to spend an album with him. Kosher is adorable. Truth is enormous, and Bias B’s presence reminds us of what we miss when legends retire. The highlight here, though, is I Want… featuring Suffa. It’s all Suf magnificence (and singing!) with Reason weighing his hopes up against the potential for disappointment. Revealing. Window Of Time is a bittersweet experience. Hearing Reason on the track conjures up memories of compilations that formed our listening tastes. The idea that this is it is disorienting. In practical terms Reason has been around forever; since before we began listening. Window Of Time’s dizzying guest list and phone-ins from fellow pioneers betray a sense that everyone wanted the opportunity to be a part of this final release and say goodbye in style. As fans we can farewell Reason and thank him for this final gem.

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His latest project is a solo album of music called Crazy Clown Time. With a title that evokes fellow batshit insane visionary Crispin Glover (his Clowny Clown Clown is the stuff of nightmares), the album is less “David Lynch” than you’d expect. But far from mellowing out, the album is still full of slightly absurd moments, such as gunshots that fire through the late-’90s era chillout of Good Day Today, breathes of coital ecstasy during the album’s sinister title track, while Karen O’s guesting on opening track, Pinky’s Dream, is pretty much a straight-up art rock song - you could even call it radio-friendly(!). It’s a collection of ambient, electronic and bluesy numbers, Lynch’s voice offering an otherworldly experience, at times bordering on witch house, at others erring towards The Flaming Lips, but largely mining the darkest depths of Americana’s soul. For those familiar with the soundtracks that accompany David Lynch films, you’re in for a treat - Crazy Clown Time is an extension of Lost Highway (Noah’s Ark) by way of Twin Peaks (The Night Bell With Lightning) and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Dark Night Of The Soul. No mere vanity project, Crazy Clown Time makes for a great late-night album for those who imagine spending a first date watching Mulholland Drive as the very definition of seduction. DCR

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That said, it would be interesting to hear this album recorded on an actual piano. The keys are so prominent, but the electronic tone – while enhancing the sense of mystery and melancholia – often detracts from what is a beautifully dark song; seeming melodramatic or worse, parodic, like a Stranglers RSL cover band. Fellow Melbournite, improv-jazz saxophonist Adam Simmons helps keep the balance. The bizarre, strangely moving and occasionally squealing passages have the effect of a defibrillator; electrifying the songs, sparking the music to life as in Kurnaz and It’s Impossible. The smooth, rollicking groove of I An Actress and the hymn-like procession of Boys Of The Harbour, show Bailey’s talent for crafting these close-to-harrowing gothic gems – here’s hoping he finds a more suitable manner of capturing them next time around. Dave Drayton

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simmering in hardcore, rock guitar-assisted anger. The final few tracks document Stephens release from jail and period of struggle that forced him into crime; Lighthouse, with its indie-soul hooks, is drenched in utter despair and loneliness.

THE FAUVES

Darren Collins

Japanese Engines

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Melbourne’s The Fauves have always been a curious proposition. Their early-’90s hyper-literate art-rock segued seamlessly into the commercial zenith of 1996 third album, Future Spa, and its radio-hogging singles – it even scored an ARIA nomination for Best Album – but from there they seemed to purposely turn their back on that world, slipping back into indie semi-obscurity and releasing a string of strong but largely ignored albums on their own slightly idiosyncratic terms. Now, after a three-year break between releases, Coxy and the gang are back with the first of two near-concurrent albums: the newly-released tenth effort Japanese Engines precedes the presumably more souped-up German Engines (due early-2012), and fittingly it’s a restrained affair more in the vein of mid-paced classic The Charles Atlas Way than hook-laden fare like Self-Abuser. What hasn’t changed is The Fauves’ world-weary attitude, their two-decade career built on a foundation of wry disenchantment and gently sardonic detachment. Indeed failure, disappointment and futility seem to be recurring tropes in their universe, yet they somehow never let proceedings become mired, injecting just enough humour and thought-provoking asides to keep things entertaining. They retain their life view from Dogs Are The Best People during songs such as the Bob Pollard-esque No, No, No (“I feel fucked and people suck”) and the poppy You’re My Type (“You score six out of ten/ The highest possible score for a human”), but it’s the restrained nihilism of the Swervedriver-on-downers’ Write Yourself Off Today that is the album highlight, amongst a solid batch of songs. Like that old jumper that you discover in the back of the cupboard that immediately brings back rivers of memories and still feels great when you chuck it on, The Fauves are a forgotten and undervalued resource on the Aussie music landscape. Long may they mock.

It’s gutsy trying to replicate the sound of a bygone era on record, but Melbourne’s Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes’ Baby Caught The Bus more than stands up to the challenge. Love Letter sets the bar high, with its alluring spacious arrangement, simple kick-snare beat, growling baritone sax, handclaps, piano and straightahead lead vocal. The creeping Vicious Cycle tones things down, threatening to burst into all-out cacophony but remaining restrained, before slow-swinger Aeroplane lets some of that pent up energy loose in its thumping chorus. Single, She Plays Up To You, is one of the album’s least arresting moments, but its larger than life B-side, Frankie, almost steals the show, all glorious pomp and circumstance. The slow-burn of Yellow Bird, with its spaghetti western guitar and blazing saxophone, draws things to a close charmingly before You Don’t Owe Me Nothing closes the door in the sultriest fashion. Here is a wonderfully considered record; few sounds don’t have their place, a credit to producer Steve Schram. But as you engorge on the utter precision of the arrangements, it’s easy to miss the individual performances: the slick guitar of Peter Bee, gorgeous back-ups of Camilla McKewen, Ruby Jones and Loretta Miller, chest thumping of drummer Nick Martyn and, of course, the soaring, gritty, powerful, sweet and feisty vocal of Ms Browne herself. Truly world class soul, doo-wop, gospel and R&B – it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to say that of an Australian release. Dan Condon

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Undun

Steve Bell

LIVE

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On last year’s How I Got Over, Philadelphian hip hop band The Roots reached a creative apex in their long and distinguished career, recording arguably their finest (and darkest) work ever. Finding the perfect balance between live instrumentation and sampling, MC’ing and singing, the group created a musical reference point for the global financial crisis and while they have shunted this sound into their new album, Undun, it is a completely different beast. The idea of a concept album may unnerve some, yet for The Roots, telling the very short life story of Redford Stephens does not necessitate a huge stylistic leap. The subject in question was a product of a harsh, unforgiving environment, one that thrust him into a life of crime, one that we trace backwards as Undun documents his wretched, violent life in reverse. Beginning with Sleep, we find a broken shell of a man trying to make sense of his somewhat pointless life as it ends and this flows into the brilliant first single, Make My, soonto-be-superstar Big K.R.I.T adding to a superb verse from Black Thought, subtle, sublime instrumentation and an unforgettable sung hook, so often now the glue that holds The Roots sound together. As we go deeper into Stephen’s life the funky Kool On finds him enjoying the spoils of his criminal activity, while Stomp sees him full of by-any-means-necessary ambition,

• Drummer for The Roots, ?uestlove, found inspiration for Undun in records by Goodie Mobb VD and Prince Paul, as he explained in an interview with SPIN: “It’s funny: Back when SPIN chose the Top 20 records of 1999, there were only a few hiphop entries and Goodie Mobb’s World Party and Prince Paul’s A Prince Among Thieves were among them. Being the obsessive quasi-journalist that I am, I went out and listened to those records and dissected each one. I was pleasantly surprised by A Prince Among Thieves. It’s a concept album with a narrative about a young man and his struggle in life. It has always sat in the back of my mind — I knew one day I would like to try that idea out.”

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If any criticism at all could be made of Undun it is of the slightly pretentious final instrumental/ orchestral pieces and the set’s short duration, (intentionally done so as to be experienced as a whole). Regardless, The Roots have consolidated in a wonderfully creative, yet accessible, space and produced one of the best albums of 2011.

• The character at the centre of the concept album’s story, Redford, is named after the song of the same name from Sufjan Stevens’ Michigan album. The track, Redford, on Undun was composed, produced and performed by Stevens too and preceeds three more movements interpreting the song. • While still a band in their own right (Undun as testament to that), The Roots also moonlight as the house band for comedy talk show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

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The economic climate, availability of presents, your uncleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior at the family party â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing you can always count on at Christmas itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Christmas album. And you can be sure that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a lot of rubbish and a diamond or two in the rough. First in 2011, some of the rubbish.

Speaking of novelty, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the usual description for metal Christmas records. This year Black Label Society has a Christmas EP, Glorious Christmas Songs That Will Make Your Black Label Heart Feel Good (Riot). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an iTunes-only three-song deal and surprising, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nowhere near as corny as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect. Festive metal Christmas albums are usually laughed at (for good reason), but the solo on Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Be Home For Christmas is, while overblown, quite good. The same can actually be said for Austrian Death Machineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jingle All The Way (Riot), which is just two tracks. Their second stab at a Christmas EP, lead track, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Not A Pervert, is hardly recognisable as festive.

It kind of goes without saying that Justin Bieberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Under The Mistletoe (Island/Universal) is going to be tedious. With auto-tuned vocals and a contemporary take that makes you yearn for the traditional, at least itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as bad as Glee Castâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Christmas Album Volume 2 (Columbia/Sony). That takes the pudding for being virtually unlistenable this year; even Glee fans are having second thoughts. And unfortunately while the story of the Four Seasons makes a good musical, A Jersey Boys Christmas (Rhino/Warner) does not make a good album. The pitched vocals work onstage; they annoy here (even the Australian castâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Bobby Fox struggles). To things that are a little better, Michael BublĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas (Reprise/Warner), which has dominated the album charts in Australia in the lead up to the season, is tactful and as classy (and of course, as vocally able) as ever. If mum needs something sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s familiar with this year, something pop that nods to both modern and old-world sensibilities, make it a BublĂŠ. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RocKwizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Christmas Album (Liberation), for which the opening track â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Christmas Melody â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sets the scene for the rest of the record. Raw and rollicking at times while patient and poignant at others, the collaborations throughout make it feel like what the televised Christmas Carols should be like. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear exactly what inspired She & Him to record A Very She & Him Christmas (Spunk/EMI), which gives a number of festival classics the relaxed pace of the Zooey Deschanel and M Ward duo. They definitely make these songs their own, but it is a little bit difficult to listen through the whole record. Sleigh Ride always sound like a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song and it sits awkwardly alongside tracks like Silver Bells where Deschanel is just trying a little too hard. Listen to this for the novelty, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got very

As it does every year, Now XMAS (EMI) offers a cross-section of popular Christmas offerings. From classics like Lennon and Onoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Happy Xmas (War Is Over), Kate Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home For Christmas and SinĂŠad Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silent Night to the throwaway East 17â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stay Another Day, Pretendersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2000 Miles and Sugarbabesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; New Year to the questionable The Dandy Warholsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Little Drummer Boy and Mudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lonely This Christmas, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly a mixed bag. And now the two best releases this Christmas period. First is an Australian classic, Aussie Christmas With Bucko & Champs (Wanaaring/Greg Champion), which has been re-released in a two-CD package â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both volumes with five new tracks. The new tracks arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t classics, perhaps, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re quintessentially Bucko & Champs. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still no album thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anywhere as good to drink a beer to on Christmas day. And finally, A Celtic Christmas (Putumayo), which features some fantastic instrumental tracks and finishes with the best version of Auld Lang Syne of any of the (multiple) versions this year, delivered traditionally by Dougie MacLean. Last year it was American religious (yes, some of them in Christmas still) collective Bifrost Arts who surprised with a stunning collection of masterfully arranged ancient carols. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a release together in time for 2011, but A Celtic Christmas should fill the void of an album that, dare we say, may be even listenable outside of December.

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New Blood â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Live In London

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This hour-long set filmed in Japan in 2010 covers the scope of the veteran screamerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career; Judas Priest, Fight and his often under-rated solo endeavours. Those owning the Halford bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous live recordings will have the vast majority of songs here. Less than a handful of Priest offerings, including concert staple, Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown), make the cut though, so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a fan of the legendary UK metallers but never properly investigated his solo career, this offers value. Production values are unsurprisingly a decided improvement upon the shoddily transferred Live At Rock In Rio III. Extras are thin; two videos, digital booklet and trailers. Far from essential, but is still a handy addition to a completistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. Brendan Crabb

Shock The redoubtable Mr Gabriel has often been ahead of the curve, musically and technology-wise. To document the sometimes stunning conceit of framing his songs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and his tender run of The Magnetic Fieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Book Of Love â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in a live orchestral context may well have been enough. Throwing in 3D cameras and effects, for the one per cent who have the fancy schmancy tellys to appreciate it, might be taking that bridge too far. For the rest of us, there are still the dramatic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sometimes lush, sometimes beautifully sparse â&#x20AC;&#x201C; takes on some of his best work. Even in stylishly portly middle-age, he himself remains a presence on a stage you are drawn to. This is all as classy and crafted as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d imagine. Ross Clelland

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Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon Sony Music Talihina Sky exemplifies the vice-like death-grip record labels have on band image control. Sure thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sex, drugs and rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll in this convoluted two-hour journey of narcissistic reflection, but it all exists to fit into the media construct of this foursome. The three Followill brothers and their cousin are painted as a God-fearinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bunch of boys done good, eschewing their religious past (illustrated in the most flogging-a-dead-horse style of montages between exorcisms and live KOL performances) for the lavish excesses of their new lifestyle. There are few moments that truly give us an insight into the minds and hearts of these men. Fans will lap up the extra home videos, but this documentary will not convert the non-believers. Sevana Ohandjanian

THE DRONES A Thousand Mistakes Shock Widely regarded as our most literate and most visceral combo, the visual aid seems a natural decision to catch a band at the near-top of its game. Across two discs, you get both sides of their work: the sometimes uncomfortable intimacy of just themselves in a suitably paint-peeling warehouse doing some of their more involved and/ or lower key songs, and watching Gaz Liddiard inhabit colonial convicts to last century astronauts through his songs is special. The other, of a more typical blinding howl featuring most of what you might call their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, is plenty loud enough, but maybe the cameras made them a little self-conscious. Whether a fan or just having a passing interest, this does the job. Ross Clelland

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Last week I gave you all the gigs I had knowledge of between now and when school resumes at Drum HQ on Jan 10. Of course, since that issue and this one, a few things have come to light that are also happening during that time.

‘Bout that time ain’t it. Time to send your top ten lists to your mates on Facebook and think back on all the stuff that the last 12 months have given you. Good, bad and Lulu. You can probably see my Cool Stuff list elsewhere in this issue and I did it a few weeks back now, so it’s probably changed since then. I’ve been playing the new Evergrey, Decade And A Half, kinda best-of non-stop so that’s my new favourite album and I got wind of an album coming in January from a band called Nekromantheon which is fucking awesome! It sounds like South Of Heaven meets Schizophrenia (by Sepultura to the kids out there) – It’s lo-fi, dirty and thrashes like a broken neck – Seriously good shit! OK, so what the hell did happen this year? Well, I’m gonna hit this like I do every issue and if you guessed chronologically, then give yourself a gold star…

Kick off Xmas Ever at The Town & Country Hotel with R*U*S*T, Eager 13 and Spanner in an acoustic drunken Xmas singalong and some Ho, Ho, Aussie Rock ‘N’ Roll. Jail-breakers, Seedy Santas and Rock‘N’Roll outlaws welcome, and if that’s not enough RUST for ya, you can catch ‘em again on Boxing Day at The Annandale Hotel with the Celibate Rifles! Merry cRUSTmas! The Chariot ripped through town earlier in the year and they are back for a very quick three-date bash between January 25 and 27, at the Oasis Centre in Wyong, Gosford’s Blush and The Burdekin on Oxford Street. With them for every show will be Central Coasters Pergamum.

JANUARY My very first column for 2011 celebrated the 20th anniversaries of two, well three key albums in our universe – The Black Album and Use Your Illusion 1 and 2. There was also late breaking news that the one and only Dave Balfour was hanging up his hair and shutting down Metal Evilution. It didn’t last very long! Behemoth’s Nergal was released from hospital after the fight of his life with leukaemia.

The nicest trad metallers in the game, Lord, have been confirmed to support Iced Earth on their April tour. It might just coincide with the release of their next record too! Switzerland’s Sybreed will be dropping into the Stag on Friday 2 March along with a top lineup of local bands. I wonder if I can tell them to bring me some of Lucerne’s finest chocolate with them?

FEBRUARY Maiden, Stonesour, Sevendust, Dimmu, The Murderdolls, Monster Magnet, Slayer, Devildriver, Nonpoint, Rob Zombie… Someone would think Soundwave was a metal festival or something? Saxon were on and then they weren’t – I was pissed.

Sidewave mania keeps steamrolling ahead with Machine Head, Chimaira, Shadows Fall and Times Of Grace rocking the Roundhouse on Wednesday 29 February – all ages too! On the same night, all the goths out there should descend on the Enmore for a triple-bill fiesta featuring Marilyn Manson, Coal Chamber and Wednesday 13. And Canberra finally gets a look in with Lamb Of God/In Flames/ The Black Dahlia Murder hitting the Refectory on Thursday 1 March.

MARCH Segression came storming out of hibernation with their first song off Never Dead, Hero Anthem, debuting in the iTunes chart at #2. They continued to have an awesome year with a stack of headline and supporting shows and a great video (featuring yours truly haha). The ancient Uriah Heep played the Enmore like it was 1974, I took my Dad to see them and they are testament that rock‘n’roll never dies, it just goes a bit grey. Speaking of never dying, the one and only Motorhead absolutely tore the roof off Luna Park’s Big Top a week later. We also first heard the mysterious words, Soundwave Revolution around this time and everyone was asking WTF?

Also, the lads from Alice Through The Windshield Glass are seeking a new vocalist so if you wanna join their crew and sing/scream/grunt on their upcoming opus, Brutalis Australis, then hit the guys up on their Facebook page! Finally the long-suffering but second home to many of us, the great Annandale Hotel needs your help to stay alive. Next year the Buy A Brick campaign will be launched. Support the guys and the venue and get your name immortalised as part of the building forever. More info on that next year.

APRIL Another win for local metal, this time Our Last Enemy’s debut album, Fallen Empires, went straight in at #2 on the Metal Chart and claimed the top spot within 48 hours! The

MOTORHEAD seriously fucking funny Steve Hughes was holed up for almost a week doing a run of shows at The Factory. It’s so awesome to see him finally get somewhere here at home. MAY Soap opera of the year award goes to the Metal Health tour that crashed and burned in spectacular fashion. Not only was everything about that tour from lead up to meltdown the stuff of rock‘n’roll folklore, thanks to Facebook, half the rock community saw it implode live on a Saturday night. It was mesmerizing to watch the battle between Shane Tester on one side and everyone else on the other led by a heroic Snake Sixx, who saved what he could of an unsaveable situation. LA Guns managed to pull off a show in Melbourne and Intense Impact fading into nothing. Alestorm sailed into town and did their Pirate Act and in a smart move, the legendary Morbid Angel played an absolute blinder of a show at the Manning Bar just a few short weeks before the release of Lulu’s rival. Five Star Prison Cell, Black Asylum and Daysend all called it a day too. JUNE We lost legendary soundman, all-round ultra-nice guy and a good friend of mine, Greg Clarke this month. Airbourne played a shitload of shows and I think the mainstream press ignored every single one. Typical. Nevermore were supposed to come but two guys quit so they didn’t. Dave Hayley from Psycroptic and George Kollias from Nile double-kicked their way around the country on an awesome Drum Clinic tour that made me want to just burn my sticks. Rose Tattoo played an amazing set to a totally packed Sando – Clarkey would’ve been proud! JULY Forbidden brought the Thrash in pretty much the only international tour for the month. Winter was pretty quiet ‘cause everyone was expecting September to go off – Van Halen was coming ya see. Dave Balfour decided that six months was long enough and rejoined the world of metal by signing Taberah and getting back to work. AUGUST Happy 20th to The Black Album! Triple M also launched

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their metal show called Distortion. I’m surprised the management have let it go on for so long. They killed Kerrang Radio a decade ago when the GM heard an In Flames song, pulled a Kerry Packer and thus the show was killed while on the air! SEPTEMBER The Revolution was cancelled. Though not quite the spectacle we got in May, SWR still went down pretty unceremoniously to be replaced by Counter Revolution, which had no real headliners. The 2012 SW lineup more than makes up for it, but it still meant we had a pretty lean midyear period for tours. Mortal Sin released the seriously thrashtastic Psychology Of Death, played a bunch of shows and are currently in Europe on tour. Their drummer Luke looks set to quit the band when they come back though – major shame. Anthrax – Worship Music. They might be fourth of the Big Four but they released the best album any of them have done in years! OCTOBER We learned that Dez decided to reform Coal Chamber for Soundwave – loco indeed. Def Leppard and Heart prove that the ‘80s did indeed have the best songs and played their arses off for fans in Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle. Crashdiet kept the hard rock flame burning for the new fans and apparently there are plenty! Steve Vai held some masterclasses and a couple of lucky people got to jam with the legend too! NOVEMBER It was Thrash overload when Destruction, Mortal Sin and 4Arm played the Stag, 11/11/11 unofficially became Nigel Tufnel Day and Children Of Bodom were in town. We also learned that Aussie Nic Maeder is the new singer for Gotthard. DECEMBER My old mate, Andrew Haug hung up his headphones and said goodbye to ten years of The Racket. No one saw that coming! Opeth are the last international tour for the year and why not, eh? So many local bands kicked arse this year too – Hell City Glamours, Melody Black, ATTWG, Devine Electric, OLE, Recoil VOR, Hemina, Nekrofeist, Segression, Lord, At Dark, Summonus, Ouroboros, Havoc, Dawn Heist, Sleepmakeswaves, Darker Half, Centred Self… the list goes on. Scene, dead? Don’t be silly! ‘Til next year, be excellent to each other! heavy@drummedia.com.au

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MAKING HOUSE A HOME

2011 has been a comparatively quiet year for House Vs Hurricane. However the end of the year has been filled with excitement given the announcement that vocalist Chris Dicker would be leaving the band (to focus on his hardcore band Bear Witness), a farewell tour for Dicker AND THEN the news of his replacement (Nazarite Vow’s Dan Casey) and plans for the Melbourne band heading to the US to record with renowned producer Machine next March and April. Snippets of some new demos are floating around the interwebs right now, so if you head over to the UNFD YouTube page you can check out a video with interviews and these aforementioned snippets.

NEW HEROES

The newest issue of No Heroes is online now, with Every Time I Die on the cover. If you head over to www.noheroesmag.com you can check out the new issue, which features ETID, Underoath, Jim Ward, La Dispute, Ringworm, Set Your Goals, New Found Glory, Outright, Thrice, AC4 and I’m sure more that I’ve forgotten.

D.Y.INDONESIA

In Indonesia about two weeks ago 64 punks were arrested at a show simply for being punks. The show (in Aceh, a province in northern Sumatra that is under Muslim Sharia law) was put on to raise money for a local orphanage and attendees, who had travelled from all over Indonesia to attend, were arrested and taken away for “re-education”. Under Sharia law their actions are morally corrupt and apparently upsetting to the rest of the population. Those arrested were forced to have their hair cut (boys heads were shaved, while girls had their hair cut into the style of female police officers), and were given new clothes and forced to bathe (since apparently punks don’t bathe regularly enough). Obviously, I’m paraphrasing here; however I encourage you to jump online and read about what happened. The main thing is that no matter which scene you belong to, please don’t take what it has for granted and just feel fortunate to be able to express yourself and your beliefs in (pretty much) any way you so wish.

WAKE THE DEAD So we’ve come to the end of another year and like every year I’m left sitting here wondering where the hell the time went? What I can take solace in is the fact that this has been yet another amazing year in the world of punk and hardcore and I can say that honestly. There have been some truly incredible releases both locally and internationally, and we’ve been treated to some really amazing tours. You can read all about my top tens (in some cases fives) of the year elsewhere in the magazine, but here is a bit of insight into some of my highlights of 2011. To start off with, what a year it has been for Fucked Up! They took out pretty much top everything – top album, top song and top gig. David Comes To Life truly was the opus that the band made it out to be; a punk rock opera of epic proportions (that lacked the cheese of Green Day’s American Idiot) with everything surrounding it being as perfect as the album itself. The song, The Other Shoe, was definitely the highlight and I can say I’ve consistently had it in my head since the first time I heard it. That repetition of “we’re dying on the inside” will never get old. Fucked Up did scare us for a little while there with the semi-announcement of a potential hiatus, but if you saw their show at The Standard in Sydney two weeks ago, that rumour has definitely been dispelled, because that was the best show that I had seen all year. I mean hell, I saw them three times this year and each time was better than the last, so I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

The Chariot hit the country for the very first time and it was better than I ever expected. Their newest release, Long Live, made up for a lacklustre precursor, and the shows that they performed made for an amazing

But this year wasn’t all fantastic new releases and amazing live music moments. There were a couple of traumatising band breakups. For example, while we’re on the topic of Thursday, the New Jersey band

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FAVOURITE DISCO NAP MIXES

Ransom – This Is It, Pilooski – The Ghost Mix – Vacayvitamins.com, Nguzunguzu – The Perfect Lullaby.

Kanye West at Occupy Wall Street. The amount of people requesting LMFAO. Sisters V-Nasty and Kreayshawn (like a car crash: it’s horrible, but I can’t keep my eyes off the situation). Swick and Tranter naming a track Do The Sheedy. Blackie’s soca song, Show Me The Proof, on first listen was either a Caribbean homophobes closet outing or a theme song for walking one’s life partner down the aisle after they abolish current gay marriage laws. It is neither. Vybz Kartel’s remand centre escape attempt that was fake then releasing a “men’s cosmetics” skin-bleaching product from prison. Gucci Mane ice cream face tattoo. Joining bubbling forums in The Netherlands. Downloading every Moombahton release and the Moombahsoul offshoots. Azalia Banks and the “c” word in 212. Ranking videos by Gnucci Bannana, Iggy Azalea and Marina Gasolina, with Lewis CanCut. Megaupload copyright lawsuits about to heat up. Megaupload’s owner is the new Bruce Wayne. Radio Valerie, the Tumblr blog looking at internet radio station 100 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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announced that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus with the indefinite sounding more like it was permanent. Earlier this year, Thursday released the amazing No Devolucion, which was a great departure from their earlier sound. Following the announcement of their appearance on 2012 Soundwave, the band told the world of their plans to make these shows (and their sideshows) the last opportunity most will have to ever seen them live. More recently, Pulling Teeth announced that they would be breaking up, again after releasing an incredible album (that made its way into my top ten). Funerary is a harrowing album, by all reports telling the story of the singer’s evolution and coping in the year following his father’s death. The amalgamation of hardcore, metal and black metal influences makes this one of the most creative albums of the year and I truly regret never having had the opportunity to see the band perform live. But the question is, who should we be keeping an eye on in 2012? On the local front, bands like Brisbane’s Nuclear Summer, Sydney’s Lo!, Endless Heights (also from Sydney) and Milhouse, have all launched late this year and the new year should see them develop more and hopefully put out more music for us all to enjoy. Internationally, I’m hoping for tours from some of this year’s biggest newcomers like Cerebral Ballzy and All Pigs Must Die, as well as a new album from Converge. Who knows? Perhaps even that mythical third Glassjaw album will finally make an appearance? wakethedead@drummedia.com.au

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As we draw nearer to the end of 2011, it’s always interesting to reflect back on the year that was. How did this year hold up to others and what do the events of 2011 mean for 2012?

Dj Mehdi – Tsugi Podcast, Sumsin – Seismic Socamerenguetek, Booyakah – Rewind The Time #2, Coolrecords – Import / Export mix series, Mat Cant – Fantasy Mixtape, Mumdance – Different Circles Podcast.

A YEAR OF WTF’S

demonstration of what bass players can do with the freedom to do whatever they want. Basically, it was chaos I haven’t seen since Dillinger Escape Plan ripped apart the UNSW Roundhouse a few years ago! Balconies were climbed; band members were in the audience and still the music was performed exceptionally. If you missed them earlier this year, you can make up for it by catching them at a couple of shows around Sydney in late January (namely at The Burdekin on Oxford Street on Friday 27 January 2012).

Brisbane’s Fires Of Waco were also a standout act for me. Their debut album, Old Ghosts Never Sleep, was the most impressive local release of the year. Tracks like Ambulance and Validity set the album up to be one of the most impressive punk albums of the year and it delivered. Everyone stood up and paid attention following their appearance on the Miles Away/ Defeater tour, and with good reason as the shows were amazing. They followed this up by supporting Balance & Composure across the country, and finally releasing an EP with a slightly new sound and some lineup shuffles that promise 2012 to potentially be even better.

FAVOURITE HYPE MIXES

10th Ward Buck – Make It Jump, Lady – Twerk, Kerwin de Bois – Bacchanalist, Cumbia Cosmonauts – Our Journey To The Moon (lewis CanCut Remix), Inkswell – Who’s Foolin’ Who, D.A and the Supa Dups – Too Cool ft Vybz Kartel, A-Mac, Paul David and Barletta – Sea Slide Galaxy, Thundercat – Walkin’, Zed Bias – Do It ft Dynamite M.C, Toddla T – Body Good, Mosca – The Way We Were, Dam Funk – Forever, Lunice – Fancy Forty, OSS 3000 – Sleepwalker and a big shout out to Busy Signal’s track Touch de Road.

FUCKED UP

Also at the top of my gig list was the Title Fight, Touche Amore and Break Even tour that hit the country over September. Not only was it bringing together three of the biggest bands in punk and hardcore right now, but it shaped up to be one of the most memorable live music experiences of recent years. Even though I’m not really a fan of Title Fight, Break Even delivered a top notch set (as per usual) and I was blown away by how well Touche Amore’s music translated from CD into the live experience. Hearing songs from 2011’s Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me and their earlier material was an experience in itself. But perhaps the best memory of that night was the very surprise appearance of Thursday’s Geoff Rickly during History Reshits Itself. That will definitely go down as one of the single best live music moments of my life.

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FAVOURITE TRACKS

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DJ MEHDI kicking arse. The burning of the PIAS warehouse during the London riots. Naming your label subsidiary “Jeffrees” and having a walrus/dugong butler as your logo (The Heyo release is killer). The U.D.L Boyz new track, 10 Ayem. Getting introduced to Cochinas via Sazon Boyas YouTube clip.

FAVOURITE NAMES

Dwaingerous, Junior Rodigan, Orlando Octave, I Octane, Kanary Diamonds, Smurfie Syco, Dj Djeff,

PBJ CLUB JAMS

Last year it was the bedspring sound that was threaded through the whole scene, but I heard a Nascar industrial wheel nut wrench creep into the mix this year. The Coolrecords.com stable has a mix series titled Import/ Export that teamed the Brick Bandits stable of music with International DJs. Sinden’s mix is tight and the standout track throughout the series is the Jersey anthem by Joker and Jayhood – Switch. On the outskirts of traditional PBJ, Thunderbird Juicebox Bass Game Stupid is rolling with some flavour and Cobra Krames is flame on with his new team mates WC kids.

FAVOURITE RIDDIMS

4D Riddim by 1st Klase Music, iBetter Riddim by Dnyce and Val Music, Charlie Sheen Riddim by Dwaingerous, Antilles Riddim by Precision Productions, Boops Riddim by Jukeboxx, Ninety Riddim by Dj Phantomz, Sitt Down Riddim by Black Lizard Productions, Tite Choonz Riddim by Kirk Arthur.

Across the contemporary music industry, 2011 was a year of upheaval and change. From the closure of Tone to the imminent sale of the Annandale (who are now selling bricks to punters who want to save the iconic venue), Sydney continued to experience the ongoing nightmare that is our Real Estate Purgatory. Rents across NSW continue to soar, purchasing property is beyond many and the suburbs remain unappealing locations to host concerts, when the threat of noise complaints and neighbourhood groups loom constantly. Just ask the Rule Brothers, whose Parramatta Rd location for the Annandale Hotel should seemingly be beyond the reach of people complaining about noise and foot traffic. Elsewhere in the state, new venues like Yours & Owls in Wollongong saw huge amounts of success in their café/gig space, but now face a similar situation to Tone – their landlord doesn’t quite support the venture and small changes, required to pay overheads by maximising capacity, are being rejected at every turn. More positively, NSW has continued to thrive as the heart of the music industry in Australia, which was certified with the release of the APRA report into VenueBased Live Music. It revealed that NSW has 32.1 per cent of all live spaces in Australia and is contributing $388 million to the live economy, creating nearly 5000 jobs in the process. It’s an exciting statistic and one that speaks to the opportunity that lies with NSW musicians looking beyond the CBD for venues to host their tours. We’ve certainly got the talent to send out of the city too. This year, MusicNSW funded 18 bands and musicians to maximise performance and showcase opportunities that came their way in 2011. Lanie Lane (pictured), WIM, Domeyko/Gonzales, Guerre, Kirin J Callinan, Papa Vs Pretty and The Laurels were just some of the artists that we funded in 2011, sending them to conferences like Big Sound, Australian World Music Expo, Sound Summit and off on international support slots around the country. In 2012, MusicNSW will remain committed to supporting NSW musicians and we look forward to ensuring that Quick Response Funding is a continued benefit to our industry.

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LANIE LANE While we sit here and whinge about the lack of sunshine and the gloomy “summer”, perhaps we could also spare a thought for the penniless musicians who entertain us while we wait for the sun to make an appearance. The music industry is making $1.2 billion dollars per annum, but the average musician earns just $19,500 per year – if they’re lucky. Minimum wage in this country is $30K, creating a huge disparity in relation to who generates the money for the industry and who receives the profits. In 2012 there are a few simple things we can do to support our scene. Firstly, go to a gig. By voting with your feet you are sending a powerful message. Then, don’t complain when you’re seeing three bands for $10 and buying $8 beers. Think about the poor drummer who is earning less than a fulltime uni student on the dole. And if you, like most music-loving Sydneysiders, want to show your support for our venues and the musicians that populate them, make sure your voice is heard on this issue when the SLAM Rally goes national on 23 February! Happy Holidays and see you at the merch desk in 2012. The MusicNSW Team.


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You could pick any year since about 2005 and say, “That year was the year when free downloads really took off. That’s the year free music, distributed online, changed the game.” You could pick any but, I say, 2011 has a lot to say for itself. We say the smart money’s on the year we just had being recognised as The One. Why? In short: The Weeknd. Even though we saw Soundcloud reach maturity and even though the leaked/pre-released/whatever version of Frank Ocean’s exceptional debut, Nostalgia/Ultra, came out, and even though there was almost nothing exciting and new released physically it was The Weeknd’s two (two!) free albums – or, as we are so often reminded, mixtapes – that set this year apart as The One. House Of Balloons was the first and also the best. It was an incredible surprise. A haunted, drug-fucked, blurry slide through a life of glory and regret; it’s the album a world ravaged by unprecedented famine, nuclear disaster, near unprecedented economic turmoil and Phil Hughes’ batting needed. It helped, of course, that the price was right. This year was The One not because of the quantity of stuff that was up online for free but because of the quality. For the first time ever, the year’s very best music was available legitimately for free. That’s a sea change. Recognise that and you’ll have box seats as we watch what happens next in this crazy, silly industry we’re all such fans of. And why don’t we shoot the shit for a second? What does a music industry reliant on downloads look like? Does it look like the Elefant Traks online store where you purchase a physical album and are instantly entitled to the high quality digital versions of all of the songs for free? Does it look like a huge, legal graffiti wall with artists throwing up heaps and heaps of content some of which is pedestrian, some of which is incredible? Does it look like the iTunes store’s legendary and exhaustive list of terms and conditions? Has the independent physical music store finally died (for real this time)? Check back in 2021 for all the answers. Spit Syndicate. We are fans. Unashamedly. You know this because we’ve shared it before. That means you’ll be able to take our rose-coloured glasses with a grain of salt (what?) when we tell you Best Intentions Part 1, a free mixtape Jimmy Nice and Nick Lupi shared with us earlier this year, was the most exciting thing in Sydney rap. It may be that the sequel, and the forthcoming third

Melbourne’s Romy Hoffman is never short on ideas or the motivation to make them happen. In recent times the woman sometimes known as Macromantics has released ‘90s-tinged house tracks as Romy, formed the tennis-loving punk band Heavy Mental and booked them at just about every venue in town, kept up regular DJ appearances and exhibited her word-play drawings. Hoffman even revived Macromatics with a Big Freedia support last week ahead of new recorded music. Yet it was still an excellent surprise when she released a freedownload album last month under the moniker A Gender. A dark and scratchy exploration into lo-fi rock’n’roll and post-punk, Self (En)titled also throws up supremely catchy melodies, particularly the punchy-vs-squalling Anemic and the drum-machine-ridden Wire/less. It was recorded and mixed by Hoffman and mastered by Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring/Total Control/Aarght! Records. Download it free from agender.bandcamp.com. Skylines is the kind-of-band project of US witch-rave producer Joseph Volmer, whose remixes under the name Party Trash have endeared themselves to blogs this year. He’s another not short on motivation: in the same week in late November, he released a new Party Trash mixtape (free stream or US$5 download from partytrash.bandcamp.com) as well as the self-titled debut from Skylines (free stream or US$3 download from 5kyline5.bandcamp.com – yes, those are fives in the address). The Skylines record is wonderful summer listening. Enlisting singers Joseph Vorachack and Evan Adams, who sound by turns like Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys and Annie Lennox, Volmer makes a record so super-chilled it’s at times harrowingly cold – a good antidote to overtly carefree summer albums. 102 • THE DRUM MEDIA

ALL AGES WITH DAVE DRAYTON

2012 is upon us! The end is nigh! Perhaps the Mayans are right? Y2K has been dormant for close on 12 years. Point being, December’s nearly over and it’s time for a wrap-up. I’m not going to do a best of, but I will mention some highlights and I’m going to give credit where it’s due. Who knows, maybe someone will take it as a challenge – and upon themselves – to up their all ages game. I should say first off that I am no longer under age, I once was (Shock! Horror!) and I find it as depressing as the rest of you that I no longer am. For that reason this column occasionally has me feeling like a phony old man. It’s the hard work of the people I’m about to mention that make it easier. THE WEEKND album, sees the confirmation of what we’ve (we’ve) long suspected: the duo are set for greatness. Time will tell. I was as excited as you were when I first heard Yonkers, a highly competent and engaging piece of whinge rap. It seemed like Tyler, the Creator had the charisma and the inherent theatricality to fill the void left by Eminem in the early 2000s. Alas, alack, it was not to be. Goblin was fine, Tyler’s guest spot on Pusha’s album was fine but it quickly became clear that Tyler lacked the complexity, or rather the complicated-ness, to hold our attention. Silly YouTube videos, long socks and a hat with a brim pointed defiantly to the heavens do not a superstar make. Something of a disappointment really as Tyler burned bright in our collective conscious and then burned out. And Drake. He’s no Yeezy, or Weezy, or even Fiddy, but his album was the most fun to be had in commercial rap this year. Wrongly attributed as the inventor of the hashtag flow he came into his own with his second album. There were hints of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s majesty and stronger hints of course of Thank Me Later. With Take Care, this young Canadian with his eyes so far apart and his bed so full of young women stole our hearts this year. Thanks, Drizzy. See you next year, team. Thanks for your company in 2011. getittogether@drummedia.com.au

BREAKDOWN Having already written a ‘wrap-up’ of the year (of sorts) in last week’s Breakdown, this week it seems most useful to provide ‘holidaymakers’ and those bored with end-of-year lists with a list (what an idea!) of new and free music. There are many local and international acts giving the gift of free or cheap albums and tracks this non-secular festive – sorry, emotionally-altered – season. Appropriately enough, much of Breakdown’s selection is also the perfect pressie for that depressed atheist you know/are, which means you either don’t have to bother spending a cent on them (because you know they’ll just mock your need to affect generosity, which is so Christian and perpetuates capitalist behaviours) or you’ll have something with which to drown out the sounds of everyone else’s incessant Jesus-affiliated laughter. Either way, you’re welcome.

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First and foremost I want to extend heartfelt thanks to Blackwire Records. Awkward 16 year old Dave once donned an argyle pullover and took the three trains it takes someone with no idea to get from Wahroonga to Newtown in order to see Quebec, Eucalypt and Pure Evil Trio play an all ages Sunday arvo show at Paint It Black. It was a defining musical experience, a welcoming environment and, above all else, damn good fun. The team behind Blackwire Records have kept that spirit alive, relentlessly putting on strictly all ages shows, sometimes five or six a week, and making sure they’re providing a safe and welcoming environment. Entry is regularly dirt cheap and the bands are awesome. A personal highlight was the Bridge & Tunnel Monday evening show they put on. The band fed off the atmosphere, the crowd of the band, and it made for an unforgettable show. Other special mentions go to the Lucky Oz Tavern and all the hard work of Nycole. There have been some great metal, hardcore and punk shows as well as some awesome opportunities provided to young bands through the 7 Deadly Sins Band Comp. Also out west the Masonic Hall at Blacktown has consistently provided a venue for some of the best local and touring hardcore bands. Jura Books certainly warrant a mention (I saw one of the best all ages shows of the year there – IMHO – when Crouching ‘80s Hidden Acronym played; wailing saxophones and books threatening to fall from the shelves that housed them) for providing another semiregular all ages venue. Speaking of which, head along to

TONIGHT ALIVE Jura on Friday 30 December to catch Raein, from Italy, playing with Video Nasty, Making (awesome!) and Zita Grimm. North of the Bridge it’s been great to see Yoyo’s Youth Centre in French’s Forest getting a bit more use (especially in the latter half of the year) and good to see bands still hitting up the youth centres in Chatswood and Lane Cove. The Gate also deserve props; they’ve put together some great shows in various locations in Sydney’s North Shore and further west, with acts like Charge Group, N Martin, Rainbow Chan and Jamie Hutchings. Further north still, the Oasis Youth Centre in Wyong has provided a great venue on the Central Coast that has played host to a heap of awesome bands. In closing: go to a show. Make some noise. Let the people know that there are audiences under 18 that deserve and want to see good live music in good venues. Talk about what you’re getting and what you want from live music. Create a community. Thank you to all the bands that gave their time for interviews in this column and for their honesty and advice. Use the school holidays and start practising to become the next Rush, or whatever, but Rush rule, and then send me an email in the New Year telling me where you’re playing an all ages show. I’m going to leave you with the sage words of Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall: “Do what comes naturally to you, write what you’re good at and if you don’t know what you’re good at yet, experiment! Don’t waste your time following trends. Make sure you network and get your music out there, make friends and play as many shows as you can. Stay humble and remember you’re never too big for anything!” allages@drummedia.com.au

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RYAN NICO Last week saw the first full-band show by Ryan Nico & The Overlanders, pushing the young Melburnian’s country-tinged balladry and pop in a supremely impressive direction. In band mode, Nico’s elegant, trembling, at times Wild-Beasts-like voice cuts into the midnight grooves of his rhythm section; the songs are sophisticated and whole and Nico’s lyrics are perfectly dry yet affecting. Nico also just recently made his debut EP, Make Peace With These Miles, available as a free download from ryannico.bandcamp.com. Not a free download but still free entertainment worth checking out is the live clip of Love Connection’s Michael Caterer and Kobi Simpson playing new track, Sex In The Cinema, on whobyfire.com.au. Who By Fire is a collective of filmmakers working in short films, ads and music clips, and they’ve captured the track, played out on the balcony of what looks like an old school block, with care and home-video whimsy. The setting also enlivens the song’s centrepiece lyric, “Sex in the cinema, back to the schoolyard,” sung/yelped by Caterer in his charming slacker tone. New music from these guys can’t come soon enough. Seattle’s filmic piano/synth/sample-working songwriter Perfume Genius is giving us another album in February, excellently titled Put Your Back N 2 It, and Remote Control Records have posted a track from it to download free on remotecontrolrecords.com.au. (Search for Perfume Genius or scroll down and also enjoy other Remote Control offerings, including a free Belles Will Ring Xmas song, Stirring The Christmas Spirit). All Waters might be short, but it’s a haunting cloud of synths and Mike Hadreas’s cutting coos. breakdown@drummedia.com.au

If in 2011 nightbus – quiet storm soul, dubstep-style – was the most futuristic urban subgenre to spring from the UK, then its North American counterpart was illwave. Drake and his coterie – Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1da and T-Minus, all straight outta Toronto – had that on lock-down. Drizzy’s strangely transgressive emo-rap opus Take Care was reportedly inspired by Blake. Alas, Diddy’s answer to autotuned electro-pop, Last Train To Paris (“train music”), didn’t click, hipster critics not aboard. For Take Care, Drake sagely recruited The Weeknd, and the enigma otherwise known as Abel Tesfaye disseminated two free albums, starting with the druggy House Of Balloons. Any R&B newcomer who samples Siouxsie And The Banshees has gotta be dope. The avant Frank Ocean, the singer in Los Angeles’ superposse Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, gave away the ‘mixtape’ nostalgia, ULTRA, with subversive hip hopspiked R&B like Novacane and the suicide-themed Swim Good. (Bruno Mars, meh!) And Odd Future – helmed by Tyler, The Creator – proved 2011’s most buzzworthy hip hop group, as contradictory as they are controversial and, yes, cartoony. Tyler unleashed the cult hit Yonkers. Curiously, this maverick, more gifted as a producer than an MC, isn’t actually into hip hop, preferring to listen to chillwave acts like Washed Out – and Roy Ayers. Adele was ubiquitous in 2011 with her inherently British working-class yet ladylike r’n’b. Sure, the Cockney Rebel didn’t invent neo-soul, but with 21 she brought it back to the masses. Adele rendered ‘authenticity’ fashionable again – ironically, just as Lady Gaga offered her most musically adventurous project, the urban glam Born This Way – along with that DIY acoustic soulster Ed Sheeran. Unfortunately, Adele’s success didn’t open the way for London’s Rumer, her Karen Carpenter-channelling debut, Seasons Of My Soul, the year’s most underrated album. Beyoncé, obsessed by Adele (oh, and Florence Welch), assembled her strongest solo record in 4, the pinnacle the Kraftwerky I Miss You with input from Ocean (and redolent of Aaliyah). The Glastonbury star regained ground from Rihanna and fended off new rivals like StarGate’s teen muse Alexis Jordan, sadly unable to build on the momentum of Happiness.

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JAMES BLAKE The eternally cool Sade, a conspicuous influence on Rumer, nightbus and Drake, embarked on her first Australian tour in over 20 years. Her Ultimate Collection encompassed Shebib’s smokin’ remix of The Moon And The Sky, featuring Jay-Z. Dubstep soulstress Katy B has the cred, but Jessie J is gobbier – and the Essex RiRi stamped her personality all over 2011 with Price Tag as well as the hyper-commercial and very American-sounding Who You Are. The industrious Kanye West co-headlined the floss festival that was the much-hyped Watch The Throne with Jay-Z. The most compelling song was not Otis but No Church In The Wild (with Ocean!) about capitalist angst, Hova namedropping Socrates and Plato. WTT was too discordant to qualify as a classic – and too decadent for the austerity era. The mega-rich Jay-Z bungled big time when his Rocawear contentiously cashed-in on the Occupy movement by marketing T-shirts. (Ye also had his trials, the cliquey fashion industry slamming his Dw womenswear line. Luckily, Roc Nation’s J Cole redeemed mainstream hip hop with his socially-conscious – and largely selfproduced – Cole World: The Sideline Story. The MC tapped into a nostalgia for epic ‘90s rap (the Missy Elliottguesting Nobody’s Perfect). Tragically, Teena Marie, the Ivory Queen of Soul, passed away late last December. Urban music lost other icons in 2011: Bryonic soulstress Amy Winehouse, G-funk singer Nate Dogg, and hip hop godfather Gil Scott-Heron. We farewell, too, those movers and shakers Heavy D, the rapper-cum-Uptown Records exec, and Sylvia Robinson, founder of the first hip hop label, Sugar Hill Records, in 1979. Robinson, a former singer, A&Red the Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight and Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five’s The Message. ogflavas@drummedia.com.au


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APRIL MAZE WIN MOSCAR BLUES AND ROOTS WITH DAN CONDON

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’m not going to bother saying stuff like I can’t believe the year is over already because, frankly, it’s both banal and depressing. Sadly for a number of people in the blues scene this whole year in general has been a little gloomy. We’ve lost a number of greats and as much as it’s an inevitable part of life, it never gets any easier. The last remaining Delta bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards, great Howlin’ Wolf sidekick Hubert Sumlin, wonderful New Orleans musician Coco Robicheaux, British folk legend Bert Jansch, ‘60s Chicago bluesman Lee “Shot” Williams, harp-man Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, UK guitar freak Gary Moore, the insanely hardworking Eddie Kirkland, the raw and edgy Big Jack Johnson, Mississippi master Pinetop Perkins, R&B’s “hidden giant” Sir Lattimore Brown, one of history’s foremost street poets and recording artists Gil Scott Heron and, perhaps most tragically for Australian blues fans, the great Dutch Tilders, the godfather of Australian blues, all left us this year. On a brighter note, 2011 delivered pretty much more great music than I could handle, coming up with a top list of gigs and records for the year was a hellish endeavour and it makes me sad to think of all the great stuff that has been left off my respective lists. In the more traditional blues and roots sense, Gillian Welch made a long-awaited but very much welcome return with her The Harrow And The Harvest record; it sees her and co-conspirator David Rawlings as their best. Here’s hoping those hot rumours of a 2012 tour are true. Another great record Welch was involved with was

Any year the masterful Tom Waits releases a new record is a good one in my opinion and 2011’s Bad As Me was far from a letdown. While 2004’s Real Gone was a very experimental endeavour, his latest seems to see him play things a little safer – a few ballads, just the right amount of theatricality and a record that, for a Waits fan, is a pretty easy to digest listen. Some may have been disappointed by this, but I’ll take a safe Waits record over no Waits record any day.

GILLIAN WELCH The Decemberists’ The King Is Dead, check it out if you haven’t. The blues of Tuareg musicians Tinariwen seems to have been attracting a wider and wider audience since they found wider popularity with 2007’s Aman Iman. This year saw them release their latest record, Tassili, and it was another of the year’s highlights, another quality collection of desert blues, this time with assistance from Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio and Wilco’s Nels Cline. And if you didn’t get Wilco’s The Real Love record from this year, you’ve missed one of the best alternative/somewhat roots-inclined returns-to-form in recent memory. You might not think it belongs here, but the self-titled debut record from Sydney’s Royal Headache is likely going to surprise music lovers outside of the garage rock scene. They sound like a power pop band with an inveterate soul singer towering over the top and with their catchy melodies and gritty performances they’ve turned in one of the best records of the year in any genre.

We’ve been treated to some great international blues/ roots performances this year. Take a deep breath; here are my highlights in chronological order: Jim Jones Revue, Mark Sultan, Roy Ayers, Kool & The Gang, Justin Townes Earle, Joanna Newsom, Os Mutantes, Ernest Ranglin, ZZ Top, Trombone Shorty, Toots & The Maytals, BB King, Grace Jones, Funky Meters, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Barrence Whitfield, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Tony Joe White, Parliament-Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock, Micah P Hinson, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Thievery Corporation, Devendra Banhart, Syl Johnson, Lucero, Okkervil River, Joe Pug, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Family Stone and Phosphorescent. What were your favourite records and live shows of this year? Email me and let me know! Have a safe festive season and give someone a blues record for Christmas. People need the blues, whether they know it or not. roots@drummedia.com.au

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pril once again saw the announcement of this year’s winners of the prestigious Australian Jazz Bell Awards, with Elly Hoyt winning the Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album gong for her eponymous release; the Mike Nock Trio pick up Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album for An Accumulation Of Subtleties; The Subterraneans Best Australian Jazz Blend Album for their self-titled album; Leigh Barker the Best Australian Traditional Jazz Album for The New Sheiks; Eugene Ball the Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year for Song From The Highest Tower; the Australian Art Orchestra/Young Wagilak Group the Best Australian Jazz Ensemble; Perth composer and arranger Johannes Leubbers the Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year and, inducted into the Hall of Fame, pianist, composer and educator Tony Gould. Leubbers also won this year’s Art Music Awards for Work of the Year in Jazz for the piece Ashes To Ashes. Sydney saxophonist and composer Matt Keegan was the winner of the 2011 MCA/Freedman Jazz Fellowship. Drums were the instrument in focus at this year’s National Jazz Awards presented as part of the annual Wangaratta Jazz Festival, and Sydney drummer Tim Firth walked away with first prize, while Elixir featuring Katie Noonan picked up the ARIA for Best Jazz Album for First Seed Ripening, and Sandy Evans won the AIR Award for Best Independent Jazz Album with When The Sky Cries Rainbows. The aforementioned Elixir album was probably the most commercially successful jazz release of a year that once

ELIXIR again saw a huge number of Australian releases for a genre not considered all that commercially important by the mainstream labels. Benjamin Hauptmann released an eponymous album on Yum Yum Tree, as did The MFW their album, Sus Scrofa; Peter Knight his Fish Boast Of Fishing and Residual albums; Three Of Millions their Abstraction album on Rufus, who also released the Weaver Of Dreams album from the Andrew Dickeson Quintet. The Perth-based Mace Francis Orchestra released Chinese Whispers IV; Paul Williamson his Inside Out album with Jazzhead; Melbourne chanteuse and glockenspiel player Maddy Hay released second album, Tell Me A Story; Debra Dicembre her album, The Ballad Of Malcolm Campbell; The Necks their 16th CD (and first on vinyl), Mindset (Fuse); Fiona Joy Hawkins released two albums, Christmas Joy and Blue Dream, both with ABC Music; Trysette her album, Le Café Ancien; violinist Daniel Weltlinger his debut album,

THE SWAMP SHACK

As usual we begin with a reflection on some of the greats who left us in 2011. It’s then time to dust off those coveted gongs and present another truckload of the prestigious Golden Swamp Buggies. R.I.P: Dutch Tilders, Charles Louvin of the Louvin’ Bros, Ferlin Huskey, Marshall Grant from the Tennessee Two, Honeyboy Edwards, Gary Moore, Vesta Williams, Marvin Sease, Dobie Gray, Hubert Sumlin, J Blackfoot, Howard Tate, Eddie Kirkland and Rudy Williams. Golden Swamp Buggies to: Best International Tourists: Former Mavericks singer Raol Malo played an outstanding show at the Basement as part of the Bluesfest sideshows with his dynamic TexMex band. Raol’s soaring voice is a true gift from God and let’s hope we see him back in Sydney as soon as possible. Equally impressive was another Bluesfest sideshow from

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ROCKABILLY/PSYCOBILLY/ALT.COUNTRY WITH PEDRO MANOY

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t’s that time of the year when the Swamp Shack extends heartfelt thanks to the numerous musicians, promoters and music buffs that have supported this column over the past year. 2011 was a healthy time for roots-based music in Sydney and whilst some venues folded others quickly surfaced to take their place. It was an excellent year for all styles, from the old timey to the contemporary, especially alt. country, which found a regular Sydney base at the punter-friendly Petersham Bowling Club. The only major disappointment was the nonappearance of cartoon genius and former Cheap Suit Seranader Robert Crumb, who fell victim to a scurrilous attack in the tabloid media.

Souvenirs; sax quartet Compass their new album, Ode To An Auto Rickshaw; the alto sax Adam Simmons-led Origami released The Blues Of Joy; d.i.g. released their reunion album, Clearlight; Pen Island their debut album, Just Blowing (Ladder); the piano-led Daniel Gassin Sextet their self-titled debut; Sean Mackenzie his album, Brasil (MGM); Noel Elmony his album, Feeling Good (Expansion); Briana Cowlishaw her debut album, When Fiction Comes To Life; Adrian Cunningham his new album, Walkabout (Newmarket); Sydney-based quintet Takadimi its debut album, New Common Sense; the self-explanatory Matt Keegan Trio Meets David Ades (Chillum); The Baker Suite their album, A Quartet For Car Horns And Brakes; James Valentine Quartet their second album, The Power And Passion: Standards From The Great Australian Songbook; the Leonie Cohen Trio their second album, Sideshow Pony; Stephen O’Connell his second album, Return; Arrebato Ensemble their second album, Absolution; the Dan Barnett Big Band their Somewhere, Someplace, Sometime album; the self-explanatory Kristin Berardi Meets The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra; Ali McGregor her debut album, Jazz Cigarette; My Goodness, McGuiness! their debut album, Insular Peninsular (Rufus); vibraphonist James Whiting his debut album, Burbank; 3ofmillions their new album, Abstraction (Rufus); Emma Hamilton her album, La Musique, and bass player and composer Mark Costa his debut album, Textures, among many.

Best Local CD Release: Guitarist, drummer and bandleader Matt “The Rumble” Morrison released a very tasty album in Gemini, featuring an eclectic mix of Southern soul and storming surf-style instrumentals projected with a big and classy production sound. Special mention to new CDs from Ray Beadle, the Torchsong Country Soul Band, The Baylor Bros and Bellyache Ben & The Steam Grass Boys.

RAUL MALO New Orleans, soul queen Irma Thomas at the Factory where the audience response was akin to a reborn religious experience. Best Indie Record Shop: Mojo Music has set a record with three different locations in York Street in the Sydney CBD over the past decade. Apart from being a great hang it has kept the flag flying for that great record shop tradition – the live instore - and over the past ten years has presented hundreds of bands and solo artists from home and abroad playing both lunchtime and evening sessions. Now at 73 York Street, Mojo promises an exciting announcement in 2012 that will see an innovation truly unique to the indie record shop scene. Best Radio Show: Stormy Monday on 2MBS-FM (every Monday from 8pm to 10pm) has been pumping out the blues since the late 1970s and is one of the oldest-surviving roots music shows on Australian radio. The current crew of Austin Harrison and Garth Sundberg present a weekly smorgasbord of everything from classic r’n’b and gospel to rockabilly, cajun and zydeco.

Best International Release: I loved the Kent Records compilation of ‘60s soul from the late Jackie Day, who was once married to the evergreen Big Jay McNeely. Jackie was one of the great unsung artists of Black American music, revered in her local LA and on the UK Northern Soul scene but otherwise often ignored in favour of lesser talents. The Complete Jackie Day is a genuine dancefloor shaker! Best Venues: The Marrickville and Petersham bowlos both presented a great calendar of country and roots styles over the year as did some of the small bar venues such as Café Lounge in Surry Hills. The Sandringham Hotel boasted many memorable gigs, especially the Wednesday night residencies and quirky Sunday sessions. Out of town the Lizotte’s franchise had a wonderful program of live music as did the Towradgi Beach and Heritage Hotels. Thanks go to all the venues who supported roots music and the promoters who worked hard to make them a success. Prospero Año Nuevo – from Pedro Manoy swampshack@drummedia.com.au

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December is synonymous with best ofs, highlights, lists and all manner of bizarre awards and ‘Top insert number heres’. Perhaps a little unexpected however is the Movember International Moscar Awards. Local folk/roots duo The April Maze, have taken out the Moscar for best Best Movember Music Video for, Moustache Man, brought to life with an absolute cracker of a video shot and directed by Joshua Levi. To celebrate they’re planning a Moustache Party for early next year and in the mean time will be giving samplers that feature four tracks from their debut album, Recycled Soul. Head to the Store at www. theaprilmaze.com to order your free CD of rootsy goodness. Meantime, The April Maze play Mudgee’s Gulgong Music Festival Friday 6 January alongside a host of other great acts like Jamie Hutchings, The Yearlings and Bryan Estapa.

BLUES MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES The nominees are in for the 33rd annual Blues Music Awards, held in Memphis, Tennessee, featuring some impressive names and a few surprises too. Billy Boy Arnold’, John Primer’, Billy Branch’, Lurrie Bell’ and Carlos Johnson’s comprehensive Chicago Blues: A Living History The (R)evolution Continues are contesting album of the year alongside Sugar Ray & the Bluetones for their latest effort, Evening; Tab Benoit (Medicine); Eugene Hideaway Bridges (Rock And A Hard Place); the Tedeschi Trucks Band (Revelator) and Johnny Sansone’s The Lord Is Waiting And The Devil Is Too.

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ROLL OF HONOUR

As always, we lost a few of our finest musicians to the Great Gig in the Sky this year. Among them, in February, was the Battersea, UK-born New York City-based pianist Sir George Shearing, who was born blind but nonetheless composed more than 300 tunes and released some 109 albums across five decades, the last, Hopeless Romantics in 2005 with fellow pianist Michael Feinstein. He passed away aged 91. Philadelphia-born drummer and composer Paul Motian, who passed away in November from myelodysplastic syndrome aged 80, first came to prominence in the late ‘50s as part of Bill Evans’ trio and was an important part of the freeing of jazz drumming from strict timekeeping post-bebop. As ill as he may have been, he still managed to feature on six new albums this year alone. Fellow drummer Freddie Gruber, who grew up in the nascent bebop scene in New York City and played with Charlie Parker among others before moving into education, Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl among his students, passed away in October aged 84. November also saw the passing, aged 81, of French singer Christiane Legrand, most notable for her work in the ‘60s jazz vocal group Les Double Six and was the featured soprano on Fires (Which Burn Brightly), appearing on the 1973 Procol Harum album, Grand Hotel. A frequent collaborator with Count Basie, saxophonist Frank Foster succumbed to kidney failure in July aged 82 in Chesapeake, Virginia. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Foster wrote the now standard Shiny Stockings and Down For The Count among many during his tenure with Ellington through the 1950s and rejoined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1986, finally departing in 1995.

COUNTRY ON THE AIRWAVES

There has been a major push for increased airplay of country music on Australian airwaves that will come to a head at the inaugural Country Music Radio Seminar Australia (CMRSA) in Tamworth during January. The CMRSA have lined up a panel of industry professionals including Tim Daley of the Country Music Channel, Adam Harvey, ABC Music’s Tim Holland, Australian radio mainstay and country music media specialist Trevor Smith, Wendy Gee of Grant Broadcaster and keynote speaker Michael Chugg. The panel will be moderated by the CEO of Entertainment Edge, Rob Potts, and on the agenda is addressing the way country music radio shows are formatted and programmed in Australia and seeking to develop the programming in order to replicate the success achieved overseas in America. Illustrating his aims for the seminar Potts said: “The growth of many new country radio stations in Australia, plus the advent of digital radio, is providing many more opportunities for Australian and international country music and the Australian radio industry. One aspect we are keen to develop is a hit-driven radio format similar to ones that already exist for most other music genres. It is critical for radio broadcasters, programmers and presenters and the country music industry to come together regularly and discuss ways to grow our respective industries. Our seminar is based on the highly successful Country Radio Seminar, held annually in Nashville, that has worked to grow country music into the most successful radio format of any genre in the USA including pop and rock.” If you wish to attend in January email info@cmrsa. com.au. THE DRUM MEDIA • 103


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THURSDAY 22 Cinemania – a series of late-night film screenings, curated by Georgie Meagher and Diana Smith, looking at the wonderful world of Christmas movies; whether they spark nostalgic romantic images or dramatic family explosions, these presentations will transport you from Australia’s hot Christmas BBQ to a snowy Hollywood Christmas. Surry Hills Library, 9pm. 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. Closing day. Artspace, Woolloomooloo. Satyagraha – composed by Phillip Glass (1979), an opera in three acts, loosely based on the life of Gandhi played again by Richard Croft. Screening as part of the Met Opera Season. Closing day. Chauvel Cinema. Season 11 – group exhibition from Stills Gallery artists. Petrina Hick’s Snake Charmer reveals the back view of a brown-haired girl deftly handling a yellow and black snake, a play on young woman and nature. Other featured artists are Danielle Thompson, Mark Kimber, Gilbert Garcin, and Marketa Luskacova. Closing day, Stills Gallery, Paddington.

FRIDAY 23 The Birthday Boys – written by Aaron Kozak, directed by Darren Gilshenan. Set in 2006 Iraq, three US Marines are captured and placed in a remote warehouse, bound and blindfolded; they must struggle with fear, betrayal, and even boredom, leaving morale as their only ally against an uncertain fate. Closing night. Parade Studio, NIDA. 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 wonderland-like world, where Lotte sits alone, all dressed up with nowhere to go. First staged in 1978, this delicately surreal play stars Cate Blanchett. Closing night. Sydney

Theatre. 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. Closing night. Chalk Horse, Surry Hills.

SATURDAY 24 As You Like It – directed by Eamon Flack, written by William Shakespeare; one of Shakespeare’s great comedies, this is the tale of a mixed bag of ordinary human beings on a tremendous voyage of discovery. Closing night. Upstairs, Belvoir St Theatre. El Circo Christmas Eve – part-circus, part-cabaret, part-burlesque; created by French-born Marc Kuzma, featuring a range of circus acts influenced with the matchless charm and flavour of Parisian cabaret. Slide, 7pm. Melancholia – written and directed by Lars von Trier, a film about the end of the world; two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into the Earth. Chauvel Cinema, 1pm/3.40pm/6.30pm.

TUESDAY 27 The Rocky Horror Picture Show – directed by Jim Sharman (1975), a musical and cinematic phenomenon. Brad and Janet, an innocent young couple, find themselves stranded in a spooky castle – the home of mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter. What follows is a mad night of murder, sex, and red lips. Moonlight Cinema, Centennial Park, 7pm.

ONGOING 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 planets and distinctive architecture. Customs House until 20 January.

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with Jamelle Wells Australian actor Harold Hopkins has died in Sydney from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma. The 67-year-old was diagnosed several months ago. His family said he contracted the cancer in his first job, when he worked with asbestos sheeting as an apprentice carpenter in southeast Queensland in the 1960s. Hopkins starred in hundreds of films and television series, including Don’s Party, Gallipoli, and Age Of Consent. He auditioned for a role in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film The Great Gatsby in May, just days after he had been diagnosed. Amanda Duthrie, the ABC’s Head of Arts and Entertainment, is leaving the public broadcaster to become 104 • THE DRUM MEDIA

director of the Adelaide Film Festival. She replaces founding director Katrina Sedgwick. The next Adelaide Film Festival will be in October 2013. Best television on offer last week was the man in charge of Australia’s broadcasting standards saying the F-word on national television. Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy was speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra when he was asked what evidence there is that Australia is a risk-free place to do business. He replied “…If a tax goes up, God, that is sovereign risk, but if a tax goes down that’s fucking fantastic – excuse me; that is fantastic.’’ A musical written by Yusuf (who used to call himself Cat Stevens)

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Dangerboy of Alchemical Cabaret tells Nick Jarvis about the ‘feats of human endurance’ they’ll be performing at Peats Ridge Festival. If you’re feeling a little bit sore this coming New Year’s Day, spare a thought for Dangerboy of ‘bohemian cabaret circus sideshow’ Alchemical Cabaret. You may be feeling a bit tender from a night of over-indulgence, but Jason Hodgson (AKA Dangerboy) swallows razor blades, chews light bulbs, and lies on beds of nails for a living. Alchemical Cabaret are taking their act to this year’s Peats Ridge New Year’s Festival, performing in a geodesic dome with Newcastle performance group Circus Avalon as part of the Wonderland arts and cultural grounds. The four-person troupe will be performing their unique mix of the sublime and shocking along with more than 30 other acts, covering everything from circus and puppetry to art installations, theatre and poetry. Dangerboy and his harp-playing sidekick Ivy, along with crowdhyping assistants The Fool and The Faun, blend cabaret, magic and ‘feats of human endurance’ into a unique performance piece, building

upon their well-received Sydney Fringe show with new routines. While there are certainly elements of magic in the show (the old ‘sawing a lady in half’ routine is one Hodgson is particularly excited about) don’t be fooled, the feats of human endurance are all too real. “I got into magic for a while,” Hodgson says, “but became really interested in working out which feats are real and which are illusion. The bed of nails, for example, is a pain tolerance feat, and also about even weight distribution. If anything it’s science, rather than magic. They’re all things people can do with their body with the right training – you don’t need superhuman strength.” Not that these are acts you should try at home, though. Hodgson has put years of practice into perfecting these routines, and stays constantly prepped for performance. “I do a lot of meditation – as long as you exercise your consciousness on stage to ensure you’re completely

will premiere in Melbourne next year. Moonshadow will open in May with an all-Australian cast and creative team, except for Swedish director Anders Albien. The $5 million production will feature songs such as Father And Son and Peace Train. Yusuf, who has sold more than 60 million records during his career, changed his name from Cat Stevens in 1978 after converting to Islam.

The Wiggles didn’t perform at this year’s Carols In The Domain for the first time in almost 20 years. An exhaustive tour schedule prompted the decision after 90 shows across the country in October to celebrate the group’s birthday. There are also rumours we might have to pay to attend Carols In The Domain for the first time next year because of the cost of staging it.

Days before Christmas police have raided the Australian arm of an alleged global piracy outfit accused of selling $500 set-top boxes and unlicensed pay television subscription packages offering 1,000 channels for $90 a month. Police say the Hurstville shop is part of a global operation worth $150 million a year and with 100,000 customers. The police brief says programmes offered include Heroes, How I Met Your Mother, Superman, and Family Guy.

Justin Kurzel’s Aussie thriller Snowtown has won the jury prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival. Daniel Henshall, who plays serial killer John Bunting, also won the festival’s top acting award. After more than 900 shows Jersey Boys has wrapped up, in Sydney. The musical based on the real life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has been running for almost three years; first in Melbourne, then for 15 months here.

focused, things won’t go wrong. Also eating the right foods, particularly before swallowing razor blades. Yoga is awesome, because it exercises your internal organs,’ he says. “Injuries can happen though, for instance, with the razor blade trick, I’ve cut my tongue and my gums, but never anything further back because it’s a science. In the last show, in the glass walk, Ivy cut her foot open, but managed to complete the routine, and I’ve burnt my neck twice fire-breathing. “Knife throwing is the big trick I’m working on now – I’ve been practicing it for three years but haven’t gotten to 100 percent accuracy yet and you really want 100 percent accuracy! Ivy has signed on as my assistant, which is phenomenally brave of her, so I don’t want to start until I’m completely in control. It’s a matter of researching the principles and applying them, and then incrementally increasing the danger.”

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So don’t worry yourselves – these folks are professionals, and they put themselves through torture for your entertainment for a living. Straight after New Year’s Eve, Alchemical Cabaret will be setting up on the Newcastle foreshore to perform a series of shows alongside Circus Avalon, and also working a speakeasy themed project, which Hodgson describes as “very theatrical, and a good opportunity to dress up.” Speaking of dressing up, there’s the famed Peats Ridge fancy dress night for New Year’s Eve to consider. Luckily for Hodgson, sourcing a costume won’t be a problem. “Everything I own is a costume – I live in a caravan because of touring so I don’t even own any normal clothes!” WHAT: Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival WHERE & WHEN: Glenworth Valley Thursday 29 December to Sunday 1 January


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SPEAKING THROUGH A SINGLE LANGUAGE

THE SECRET OF SIMON’S SUCCESS

CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCER DAMIEN JALET BREAKS AND BUILDS WORLDS IN BABEL, HE TELLS DAVE DRAYTON.

Simon Pegg stars in two of the biggest films of the summer: the latest installment of the high octane Mission: Impossible series, and the ADVENTURES OF Tintin. The British actor speaks to Ian Barr.

In October of this year columnist Paul Sheehan wrote an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald titled “In the cutthroat world of sport, it’s the simple gestures that tell a lot”. In it, Sheehan made some interesting observations on the nature of the New Zealand haka, suggested it was irrelevant, and that it “has no place in sport or sportsmanship, especially in the national colours”. The world, or at least the portion that enjoy rugby, were in the midst of the World Cup and, in the spirit of being brought together, critics of Sheehan’s opinions united, regardless of nationality, to defend the cultural act and heritage embalmed in it. “Rhythm was used in battlefields to send people to fight against each other,” says Damien Jalet. Alongside long time collaborator Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jalet choreographed the Olivier Award-winning dance piece Babel, coming to Sydney Festival, which looks at the cultural aspects of rhythm and its ability to give a sense of identity and ethnicity while transcending borders. “We thought this aspect would be interesting because the language of rhythm has so much meaning and is so various in its meaning. We found it was like travelling the Silk Road, going from west to east but always touching a different continent,” Jalet explains the creative process behind Babel. Cherkaoui has previously collaborated with designer Antony Gormley, whose moving and malleable towering structures highlight the borders that are blurred and crossed in Babel and Cherkaoui’ and Jalet’s owen collaborative history – they have worked together at Le Ballets Constraint De la B and co-created works like 2002’s D’Avant – has also informed the work.

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“We worked together since 2000 and I dance a lot with him, but a collaboration has always been much more than just a coreographer and a dancer, we discover things together, we’ve always had a very collaborative way of working together. Physically we have different methods, but we are always touched by the same things. We challenge each other a lot and constantly try to push the vision of each other a little bit further,” explains Jalet. Inspired by the biblical tale of the Tower Of Babel, in which the united peoples of earth are scattered, their shared language becoming fractured and different, Jalet and Cherkaoui pused their vision of Babel to bring them together again, incorporating the universal language of rhythm and music from as far afield as Turkey, India, and Japan. “The music was the probably the biggest challenge in the piece, because the theme is so universal we can’t just have Western music or something that is only coming from Europe,” says Jalet. “We decided just to work with rhythm as a guage, beacue the rhythm is something we all have in our heart and we all relate to it, it’s a language that somehow everyone understands. There’s such a cultural difference of rhythms – the European rhythm is completely different from the Indian rhythm which is completely different from the Japanese rhythm – there’s a different way of approaching it, there’s a different way of writing it and we though it would be interesting is because rhythm is something that unites us.” WHAT: Babel WHERE & WHEN: Sydney Theatre from Monday 9 January to Saturday 14 as part of Sydney Festival

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WITH BETHANY SMALL It’s the end of the year! I bet you want to read lists of things, hey? It’s December; we all need short sentences. Or, how about awards awarded in a totally subjective fashion? YEAH THOSE! Kinda like how ‘Thin Critical Veneer’ is both my analytical style and ideal body type, ‘Totally Subjective Fashion’ is my middle name on account of 1) how I make my judgements including 1a) some fairly intense choices as regards personal styling. But because I am so full of love and kindness and Christmas cheer and indecision, maybe shortlisting is the way to? So here we are: You decide! Every child gets a prize!

Australian Museum of 2011: MONA is new, and Tasmania’s adorable. The AGNSW gets pity-points for the loss of Edmund Capon and giant props for the Kaldor Family Galleries and the Picasso show (go see it you jerk) and for having good Wi-Fi. The MCA, on the other hand, has managed to keep itself impressively active despite LARGE scale renovations and is Most Friendliest On Twitter. QAG-GoMA is pretty sweet also. Art Form of 2011: Um, video? There’ve been lots of good instances of it and also critical discussion about its role in the encrappening of contemporary practice. ‘Street art’? It is having a very look-at-me integration into some very official institutional

Best known for his affectionate lampoons of pop cinema in his collaborations with co-star/co-writer Nick Frost (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and this year’s Paul), Simon Pegg is well aware of the ironies of his rise to becoming a major player in several recent Hollywood blockbuster franchises. It’s even the subject of his new autobiography, the wonderfully-titled Nerd Do Well. “There’s so many instances when someone would’ve come to me and said ‘you’re gonna work with that guy’, and I wouldn’t have believed them. It happens so gradually, in increments. There’s load of ironies and circularities about things I’ve enjoyed as a kid that I ended up participating in as an adult.” Those things would include 2009’s Star Trek, and more prominently the upcoming twofer of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (aka M:I 4) and The Adventures Of Tintin. “I don’t remember reading the books, but I do remember watching the TV serial,” he says of Tintin – a

refreshingly honest admission contrast from the usual press-round fawning over source material. On Mission: Impossible, however, the fanboyish obsession with pop culture trivia emerges. “I was just thinking the other day that is the second adaptation of a Leonard Nimoy serial that I’ve been in.” In contrast to the straight-man/ foil roles in his Nick Frost films, Pegg gets to bring the funny for M:I 4, adding a well-needed note of self-depreciating Brit-wit as bumbling newbie operative Benji, to offset what could’ve been posturing overkill. “He’s a necessary tool to let off steam, because it’s a relentlessly tense film, we’re constantly on the brink of nuclear annihilation, and the bad guys are always a step ahead of us. To have that without any kind of comic relief would be exhausting, and it was fun to play him.” If Tintin and M:I 4 see Pegg further venturing of of his comfort zone of goofy comedies into bigger and busier territory, then

he had company in directors Steven Spielberg and Brad Bird, respectively. Tintin marks Señor Spielbergo’s first foray into animation direction, whereas M:I 4 represents a surprising vehicle for the feature film debut of Bird, best known for his direction of two of Pixar’s most beloved features, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. “They both had new toys to play with, and that was very evident for both of them. Brad was discovering the limitations of live-action compared to animation and smashing through them, and Steven was realising that he could do anything he wanted with the camera… it was interesting to see them out of their comfort zones, but enjoying discovering new stuff.” And what of the elephant-in-theroom presence of Tom Cruise in M:I 4? “I thought maybe I’d met the Tom Cruise that you meet when you

only meet him once,” Pegg says of his meeting him briefly around the time of M:I 3 in 2006. “It was a very interesting experience to go in there and see the myth of who he is just drop away. And you realise it’s something that’s projected onto him by other people, and people who choose to believe in it as well. He is pretty intense, but he does it with a smile on his face, and he’s a lot of fun to hang out with.” But, but… “But I still get excited if he emails me – I show my wife, ‘ooh look, Tom Cruise!’ I’m still impressed by him.”

this idea of the warrior, but he’s also tied in to the riots, the marches of ‘88, the freedom rides... he’s the idea of resistance, not just some warrior from the late 1700s and early 1800s.” Rejecting the idea of definitive and authoritative versions, the sense of place Enoch aims to provoke in audiences is more than that of ‘this happened here’, summarily dismissing that approach with the statement that “a history lesson is not a work of art.” So as well as citing historical events and literally ‘siting’ them around the city, building up a city map in a kind of emotional infrared that picks up on affect rather than heat, there’s a mindfulness of the ‘now’ of these

stories, that they are lived, that we are living in them and that future generations will continue to do so. “We like to think of the future,” he says. And I Am Eora is looking to the future offstage, as well, or at least off this particular stage and onto others. With extensive community consultation and indigenous associates working with each creative involved in the show, it’s “an investment in artists,” Enoch says. “It’s about giving artists a chance to learn more, do more.” More of this, please. WHAT: I Am Eora WHERE & WHEN: Carriageworks Sunday 8 January to Saturday 14

WHO: Simon Pegg WHAT: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol / The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now / Screening in cinemas from Boxing Day

OUR PLACE Wesley Enoch speaks to Bethany Small about Sydney Festival’s major project, I Am Eora. Wesley Enoch describes I Am Eora as ‘a provocation’. He does it a lot. To be fair, since the show is a major part of the Sydney Festival, features an interesting funding structure that’s been getting a fair bit of attention and also because it looks awesome and there are so many outlets through which creatives need to promote their wares these days (hi, social media!) he has really been talking about the show a lot. And the repetition doesn’t feel like a convenient tagline; Enoch seems genuinely interested and invested in the idea. “I mean provocation in the sense that it provokes people to really think about what it means to be of this place,” he says when asked about the term. “‘Eora’ means ‘of this place’, and for people to really connect with that, to find a sense of self in the history of the land.” The history he’s exploring is by no means one that’s linear, with a focus on place as a constant rather than a temporal retelling of events.

contexts and it is interesting. Painting: you are a classic, and you lost some awesome dudes and ladies e.g. Cy Twombly, Lucian Freud, and Margaret Olley. Vale. Tattooing: Jodie Whalen got one at her own show; Ben Frost got one at Lister’s with Gallery A.S.; David Shrigley did them on all kinds of humans; a lady got a Damien Hirst butterfly on her lady-regions and a picture of it was on the cover of a magazine; I got a set of “ “ below my collarbones and they are fun. Person Who Writes About Art of 2011: Jerry Saltz, head art writer for New York magazine is totally insightful, amusing, and not above saying bitchy stuff when called for. Also he is married to Roberta Smith, art critic for the NYT, so they are people I fantasise about having as parents. Ben Davis at artinfo is a person who should definitely keep existing. Jonathan Jones at the Guardian knows

And while it is based around three historical figures, those of Bennelong, Pemulwuy, and Barangaroo, I Am Eora is definitely not biographical either. “I really wasn’t interested in some kind of a docu-drama,” Enoch insists, and describes the way these individual figures are used as “archetypes, and they represent I guess a spirit and a quality of the place.” Enoch ascribes the quality of interpretation to the figure of Bennelong, “the idea of cultures coming together and who comes from which language,” which in some ways mirrors the cross-cultural basis of the work, in which I Am Eora aims to communicate using its own aesthetic language, one that will reflect the voices and versions of the stories that are being used to establish what Enoch calls “the continuum where time layers up on itself.” Barangaroo represents the idea of the nurturer: “she’s the mother, the security and growth and sense of who you are, of belonging. And you’ve got Pemulwuy,” he continues, “as

everything and is very impressive at explaining it cogently. Hennessy Youngman, of YouTube, Twitter, and a Tumblr blog, is probably going to receive an email from me soon asking if he needs a sidekick and/or wife. Robert Hughes’ book about Rome had problems but you all should reread the bit in Shock Of The New where he brutally calls out Cubist use of African icons for the extremely important but also yuckily colonialist thing that it was because: Picasso.

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Most Desirable Art World Date of 2011: I’ve vacillated over marriage with Larry Gagosian and William Acquavella, but for True Love, see above. Hennessy, even if you did tangentially contribute to one of the most disastrous events of my year, you are absolutely still my boy. Inbox me. THE DRUM MEDIA • 105


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THE IRON LADY In theatres this Boxing Day is The Iron Lady, an uproarious parody of everything awful about Oscar-baiting biopics, starring an unrecognisable Amy Poehler as former UK prime-minister Margaret Thatcher. The film nails all the clichés with devastating accuracy: the flashback narrative set in motion by items of household ephemera, the awkward attempts at containing an entire, wayward life into a rigid threeact structure, the crassly manipulative music score, the garish overacting, the makeup department showboating…it’s all accounted for. There’re times when The Iron Lady could easily be mistaken for the real deal. Which, sadly, it is. This vehicle for Meryl Streep’s impersonation prowess is so stiflingly unimaginative in its dutiful box-ticking, that one can only decide that the creative team (multiple parking meters?) behind it are taking the piss. Or after some kind of mimetic strategy; depicting the infamous leader of UK’s right-wing government with storytelling that’s similarly conservative to the point of loathsomeness. If one wanted to be generous, you could laud the film for being non-judgemental: but if its portrayal of Thatcher is balanced, it’s only a by-product of the stockstandard sentimentality that comes with this subgenre, mixed with the damning facts of Maggie T’s reign. Call it ambivalence via non-committal-ness. The Iron Lady ultimately proves as stimulating as watching Thatcher’s Wikipedia page scroll up a cinema screen for two hours. Fleeting pleasures are limited to some punk rock tunes over the many newsreel montages, and the impressive-in-a-vacuous-way nature of Streep’s transformation. Otherwise, this exercise in Academy-

voter pandering only proves, beyond all doubt, that the awards-season ‘arthouse’ releases can be as soulless and cynical as their Hollywood Blockbuster counterparts. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas from Boxing Day IAN BARR

THE SKIN I LIVE IN The Skin I Live In is an über-macabre, unabashedly melodramatic tale of obsession made by one of modern cinema’s most renowned obsessives; Pedro Almodóvar. It focuses on the relationship between mastermind surgeon Robert (Antonio Banderas) and his mysterious relationship with a captive, kidnapped woman (Elena Anaya) who, we learn early on, is his guinea pig for the creation of a synthetic damage-proof skin. The people around Robert seem strangely tolerant to his experiment, including his elderly female housekeeper, but nothing in this scenario is as it seems. This is a tricky one to synopsise for the uninitiated, since its mid-film THE IRON LADY

LIFE’S A CHALLENGE ANOTHER 12 MONTHS DOWN AND THE RESOLUTION PLANNING COMES OUTS. MARK WEBBER TELLS SCOTT FITZSIMONS ABOUT KEEPING SIGHT OF THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE. Australian Formula One motorsport driver Mark Webber might seem a stranger to these pages, but as the end of the year brings reflection and planning for the next 12 months, his involvement as an ambassador with the Life’s Good Project and the recentlycompleted Mark Webber Challenge seems fitting. The Challenge, which saw teams compete in a grueling adventure course through Tasmania, ties in nicely with the Project, which asks members of the public to submit instances or circumstances in life that makes it

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plot twist is the kind of bombshell that would be cruel to even hint at. Hitchcock famously mandated that theatre owners not let latecomers to Psycho into the theatre until the next showing, and that could just as well apply here as well. Suffice to say that Almodóvar – taking his cue from another Hitchcock, Vertigo – fashions a frighteningly absurdist vision of a world where humans are malleable screens for projection, ripe for remodeling at the whims of their dominators. Similarly, the film’s narrative structure plays upon our own assumptions and ingrained viewing practices, confounding expectations at every turn. The aptly opaque performances from Banderas and Anaya complement the themes, and though the tone remains steadfastly detached and precise through (credit Almodóvar and cinematographer José Luis Alcaine’s improbably gorgeous/clinical visuals), the ideas carry ample emotional weight. The ad for David Fincher’s upcoming The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo trumpets itself as “the feel-bad movie of the season” – for my money, it’ll be hard to top this twisted, twisty delight. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas from Boxing Day IAN BARR

‘Good’. Back after a three-year break Webber says, “[Participants] all know they’re doing [it] for some great selffulfillment, but also for charity as well.” Webber enjoys the fact it encourages people to make the most of the time, and see a bit more of Australia to. “It’s become more and more obvious in the last ten or 15 years that generally people are more conservative than people were in the ‘50s and ‘60s era. Now people are a little bit more pessimistic to back themselves in something like this and I guess a generation of youngsters growing up

now are [saying], ‘I don’t know if I can do this and I don’t really want to do it.’ “Whether it’s with LG or the velocity people have, getting more out of this great opportunity we have, live your life basically and get out there and do some really, really cool things. Don’t take it for granted to be healthy, to be able. There are a lot of other people that don’t have that opportunity. That’s how you learn a bit about yourself.” Webber, who has come close to winning the World Championship in the last two years, is no stranger to physical exertion. Along with the substantial physical demands of racing a Formula One car, he’s no stranger to the mental demands – particularly prevalent in endurance events. “I like endurance racing, it’s something I might do one day with some friends. I’ve got some mates who are definitely keen to do that type of racing, whether it’s in Australia or Europe. Obviously time will tell, there are a lot of those

GADGET iPHONE 4S AKA, THE GADGET OF THE YEAR This year really was all about Apple, as many of the past years also have been. Its co-founder and face of the company Steve Jobs passing was a devestating blow, but in 2011 the Californian company released three of their best devices yet, the muchimproved MacBook Air, the iPad 2, and the iPhone 4S. The MacBook Air’s success won’t be evident for many more years perhaps, while the iPad 2 simply delivered what should’ve come with the launch model. The iPhone 4S, however, is a game-changer – something we’ve noticed having spent the past month playing with it. The fact that it arrived clothed in the previous model’s body simply suggests that Apple felt its internal makings were far more important than a little outer remodelling. “Reviewing” the phone seems a little redundant – Apple fans and haters alike would have been informed from day one – so here’s a simple list of the reasons why you should consider this as your next device, not necessarily those simply after a new phone. Its 8MP camera: For budding photographers, the eight-megapixel camera means your photos will be sharp and their colours glorious. And now that Instagram has updated its app so to offer high resolution images as well, there’s never been a better device to quickly shoot and share high quality digital photographs. Get the Cards app and you can even send a loved one a personalised photo as greeting card, all for a fiver. Honestly, the camera, and the online ecosystem dedicated races which are serious, but they’re not super-super-serious races. They’d be a great way for me to have an enjoyable weekend with some of my friends… You’ve got to be consistent and drop your lap times in over the course of 12 or 24 hours, whatever the case is.” It’s not just on the track that Webber applies a mental toughness though. “When I went through some tough stages there, obviously it’s hard for people to understand the whole situation, but the last few years have been very good and people have enjoyed it I think… It’s human nature to always want more. When I left Australia the chance for me to race a Formula Ford at Silverstone was a highlight,” he chuckles. “So you race Formula Fords and then you race Formula Three and you think ‘This is pretty impressive’, this is only a few steps away from Formula One. “But it’s so easy to get ahead of yourself or away from where the

REVIEW to it, is its strongest selling point. Capture your life in glorious HD video: Seriously, the quality of footage the 4S shoots is incredible. The downside of this is that we can now expect an endless stream of shit uploaded to Vimeo and YouTube, because everything looks great when it’s shot with the 4S. Get yourself apps such as FiLMiC Pro (an essential purchase) and you’ll be shooting like a pro in no time, changing light direction on the fly and other assorted touches. Once 8mm, another great app, updates itself (at time of writing this column it hadn’t) to support full HD, your stylised videos’ll look grand – or grainy – too. Live on iCloud nine: This is an incredibly subjective reason: you’ll either hate iCloud or it’ll change your life. So here are the reasons why you should adopt iCloud: You should all be using Pages, Apple’s word processing software. It’s infinitely better than Microsoft’s Word, and through iCloud, you have access to your documents at all times. Working on something on your iPad or iPhone? It automatically saves to the cloud, and is accessible via

dreams originally started from, so for me to have had the long career I have done, yes I would’ve liked to be a World Champions, but I’ve won more races than some people who have been World Champion… We always want more and you’ve got to

icloud.com. If you’re accessing your work from a Windows machine, you have the option of downloading your document as a Word doc, or as PDF. Your address book and calendar also syncs, as does your iPhoto library, with the last 30 days’ worth of photos available to you at any time via your iOS device or iCloud.com. Oh, and iTunes Match just launched, too. Your entire iTunes library, available on your phone. All without advertising. Siri: Our new favourite toy, or actual device that changes your life, it’s certainly a talking point. When the iPhone was first released, the greatest app replicated the contents of a glass of beer. Now, the New Shiny Thing talks to you. It doesn’t always agree with you, or play ball (try asking for directions in Australia, for one), but it’ll provide you with many LOLs, and when you actually sit down and seriously begin to use it, it’ll blow your mind. It still amazes us/creeps us out that it know who “Mum” is. We’re hoping for a Genius function soon, which’ll help out with questions such as, “What should I get my mother-in-law for Christmas?” An iPhone 4S, no? iPhone 4S review handset provided by Optus. DCR

be comfortable with knowing that as long as you’re doing your best week in week out, that’s all you can do.” WHAT: Head to facebook.com/ LGAustralia for the Life’s Good Project


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The slightly slurred yell for Hotel Womb (of all things) came about two songs in. Frontman of the church Steve Kilbey paused, arched an eyebrow and explained, schoolmasterly, “No, it doesn’t work like that. Calling out for that now is like going to see Macbeth and going, ‘Get the witches on now!’ Just wait.” For the conceit here was playing three albums, recital style; a different dynamic than a usual gig, where things tend to build toward a single climax. Two if you’re lucky. The ebb-and-flow of playing three albums was a different challenge. The albums, Untitled #23, Priest=Aura and Starfish – broadly their latest, their favourite and the world’s favourite – came with their moods intact, played with precision and atmosphere. Highlights were different for everyone watching, depending on mood or, dare one say, ‘age’? Many might have been hearing Untitled #23 for the first time. And that a 30-years-on band could still find new tricks, like Kilbey’s confessional On Angel Street, where relationship regret comes via answering machine is quite something – in both the song itself and the emotional performance he put into it. It’s still funny to

see Kilbey ‘performing’ for an audience, after sometimes being famous for treating us with utter disdain. Although his eccentric dancing did occasionally resemble a man trying to get the circulation back into his legs. Priest=Aura was maybe the toughest ask. But Marty Willson-Piper’s and Peter Koppes’ so different guitar colourings washed over each other. Then The Disillusionist’s theatricality giving way to the jagged flow of Chaos. Special mention goes to Tim Powles, who handled the styles of these albums’ three different drummers – with only one being himself. Another intermission to let older bladders queue again and back for the church’s best-known, Starfish, which was almost an extended encore. Conversely, the order actually took some pressure off that song about Milky Ways and the being under of. For Starfish has other stunning songs. Destination and Lost (with a verse of Bruce Springsteen’s Backstreets thrown in), beautiful songs of disconnection. And two of Willson-Piper’s and Koppes’ best moments in Spark and A New Season. Then that final Hotel Womb – and it was done. And done well. Ross Clelland

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 JAZZGROOVE SUMMER FESTIVAL: Jan 13 – 15 various venues, Surry Hills and Redfern 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 YOUTH LAGOON: Feb 16 Oxford Art Factory TRIPLE TREAT feat. MILLIONS, NANTES, NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE: Feb 23 Wollongong Uni, Feb 24 Oxford Art Factory, Feb 25 Transit Bar BEN KWELLER: Mar 2 The Hi-Fi MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA: Mar 4 The Hi-Fi CHIC feat. NILE RODGERS: Mar 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 MICHAEL ROTHER: Mar 17 Oxford Art Factory DEAD TO ME, COBRA SKULLS: Mar 30 ANU Bar, Mar 31 Annandale Hotel, Apr 3 Yours & Owls, Apr 4 Newcastle Leagues Club, Apr 5 Blush Nightclub JOHN HIATT: Apr 3 The Metro BUDDY GUY: Apr 4 Enmore Theatre FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS: Apr 7 Factory Theatre JAY & SILENT BOB: Apr 20 & 23 Enmore Theatre SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL: Apr 24 – May 12 various venues

NATIONAL EMILY BARKER: Dec 20 Supper Club INGA LILJESTROM: Dec 21 & Jan 11 505 DARREN HANLON: Dec 21 Clarendon Guesthouse, Dec 22 St Stephen’s Uniting Church Sydney MARLOW: Dec 23 Burdekin Hotel THE DEEP END: Dec 23 The Venue ASH GRUNWALD: Dec 28 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Dec 29 Lizotte’s Dee Why JUKE KARTEL*: Dec 30 Annandale Hotel THE IMMIGRANT: Dec 31 Chinese Laundry

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BRITISH INDIA: Dec 31 Annandale Hotel JUKE BARITONE & THE SWAMP DOGS*: Jan 4 Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Jan 12 Brass Monkey, Jan 13 The Vanguard, Jan 14 The Front BLUEJUICE: Jan 5 Entrance Leagues, Jan 6 Newcastle Panthers THE HONDAS: Jan 7 Spectrum THE STILLSONS: Jan 8 Wickham Park Hotel, Jan 11 Lizotte’s 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 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Jan 13 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Jan 14 Lizotte’s Dee Why, Jan 15 Yours & Owls, Jan 25 Byron Bay Brewery HOLLY THROSBY presents SEE!: Jan 12 & 13 The Famous Spiegeltent THE CHARGE*: Jan 13 The Lansdowne CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES: Jan 13 Idolize Spiegeltent HELENA & ACID JACK: Jan 14 Soho FRANK YAMMA: Jan 15 Idolize Spiegeltent JO MEARES & THE HONEYRIDERS: Dec 15 Notes IOTA: Jan 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21 Playhouse GABREL LYNCH: Jan 17 The Factory, Jan 27 Front Gallery ALPINE: Jan 20 Oxford Art Factory THE KILL DEVIL HILLS: Jan 20 Annandale Hotel CHASE THE SUN*: Jan 20 The Boatshed, Jan 21 The Wickham Park Hotel, Jan 22 Beaches Hotel, Jan 25 Brass Monkey, Jan 27 The Grand Junction Hotel, Feb 2 The Basement, Feb 4 Clarendon Tavern ED KUEPPER: Jan 21 & 22 Idolize Spiegeltent FEED HER TO THE SHARKS*: Jan 21 SFX, Jan 22 Bowman Hall WASHINGTON: Jan 25 Sydney Opera House JOSH PYKE: Jan 26 Soldiers Club Batemans Bay, Jan 27 Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Jan 29 Milton Theatre, Feb 2 Entrance Leagues Club SAN CISCO, THE JUNGLE GIANTS: Feb 16 Byron Bay Brewery, Feb 18 Spectrum, Feb 19 Great Northern Hotel TRIPLE TREAT feat. MILLIONS, NANTES, NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE: Feb 23 Wollongong Uni, Feb 24 Oxford Art Factory, Feb 25 Transit Bar

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GEMMA RAY: Dec 20 The Vanguard ROUND TABLE KNIGHTS: Dec 22 Trinity Bar 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 CRAZY P: Jan 1 Sun Studios 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 THE DRUM MEDIA • 109


restrained and melodic house grooves. Although it was well-programmed, musically pleasing and more live than most “live sets”, which consist of a laptop running Ableton, Roberts’ music didn’t fill out the room enough acoustically and thus his set felt somewhat cold and empty. A smaller room would have done him more justice.

TOUR GUIDE 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 Lizotte’s 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 BLOOD ORANGE*: Jan 5 Goodgod Small Club 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 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 HAPPY NEW YEAR*: Jan 11 The Croatian Club, Jan 12 Yours & Owls, Jan 13 Dirty Shirlows 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 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 PJ HARVEY: Jan 18 & 19 State Theatre TUNE-YARDS: Jan 18 The Famous Spiegeltent, Jan 20 Keystone Festival Bar THEE OH SEES: Jan 18 The Terrace, Jan 19 Annandale Hotel TECH N9NE*: Jan 18 Enmore Theatre KID CUDI*: Jan 19 Enmore Theatre NOUVELLE VAGUE: Jan 19 Keystone Festival Bar IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE: Jan 19 The Metro KORT: Jan 19 The Famous Spiegeltent, Jan 20 City Recital Hall JOSHUA REDMAN & BRAD MEHLDAU DUO: Jan 19 The Concourse Chatswood, Jan 20 City Recital Hall AA BONDY: Jan 19 & 20 Idolize Spiegeltent DAN SULTAN & BUSBY MAROU: Jan 21 Old Kings School Site 110 • THE DRUM MEDIA

LAMBCHOP: Jan 21 City Recital Hall THE DAMNED: Jan 21 The Metro SUN ARAW, PRINCE RAMA: Jan 21 Woody’s Byron Bay, Jan 25 GoodGod, Jan 26 Yours & Owls THE WHITEST BOY ALIVE: Jan 21 Keystone Festival Bar SAM AMIDON: Jan 21 & 22 The Famous Spiegeltent BACKTRACK: Jan 21 Hermann’s Bar, Jan 22 Bowman Hall, Jan 23 Bar 32, Jan 24 Blackbox Theatre GUTTERMOUTH: Jan 21 The Gaelic, Jan 22 Beachcomber, Jan 24 The Patch, Jan 25 Caringbah Bizzo’s, Jan 26 Cambridge Hotel KURT WAGNER: Jan 22 The Famous Spiegeltent 41 STRINGS BY NICK ZINNER: Jan 22 Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (5.30pm & 8.30pm) BATTLES: Jan 23 The Metro NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS: Jan 23 Enmore Theatre KASABIAN: Jan 24 Hordern Pavilion ODD FUTURE: Jan 24 Enmore Theatre KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS: Jan 24 The Metro CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: Jan 24 Newcastle Panthers, Jan 27 ANU Bar, Jan 28 The Metro AMIINA: Jan 24, 25 & 26 The Famous Spiegeltent, Jan 27 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre AMIINA in ANIMAGICA: Jan 24 & 25 The Famous Spiegeltent, Jan 27 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre THE CHARIOT*: Jan 25 Oasis Youth Centre, Jan 26 Blush Nightclub, Jan 27 The Burdekin PEVEN EVERETT: Jan 25 Keystone Festival Bar MARIACHI EL BRONX: Jan 25 The Metro BEST COAST: Jan 25 Manning Bar FOSTER THE PEOPLE: Jan 25 Enmore Theatre SOUNDGARDEN: Jan 25 Sydney Entertainment Centre ROYKSOPP: Jan 27 Enmore Theatre KANYE WEST: Jan 27 Sydney Entertainment Centre GIRL TALK: Jan 28 Enmore Theatre SEETHER: Feb 5 The Metro YOUTH LAGOON: Feb 16 Oxford Art Factory MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA: Mar 4 The Hi-Fi CHIC feat. NILE RODGERS: Mar 5 The Metro JESSIE J: Mar 8 Hordern Pavilion WILD FLAG: Mar 13 Manning Bar MICHAEL ROTHER*: Mar 17 Oxford Art Factory DEAD TO ME, COBRA SKULLS: Mar 30 ANU Bar, Mar 31 Annandale Hotel, Apr 3 Yours & Owls, Apr 4 Newcastle Leagues Club, Apr 5 Blush Nightclub 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 YANN TIERSEN: Apr 5 The Metro FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS: Apr 7 Factory Theatre

FESTIVALS

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 GULGONG FOLK FESTIVAL*: Jan 6 – 8 Gulgong ILLAWARRA FOLK FESTIVAL: Jan 12 – 15 Bulli Showground JAZZGROOVE SUMMER FESTIVAL: Jan 13 – 15 various venues, Surry Hills and Redfern 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 FUTURE MUSIC: Mar 10 Royal Randwick Racecourse CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER: Mar 16 – 18 Hope Estate BLUE MOUNTAINS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Mar 16 – 18 Katoomba SHIR MADNESS*: Mar 25 Bondi Pavilion THE GUM BALL: Apr 27 & 28 Dashville GROOVIN’ THE MOO: May 12 Maitland Showground, May 13 University Of Canberra SYDNEY BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL: Oct 25 – 28 Windsor * indicates new or amended listing this week

Local favourite Claire Morgan filled the gap between Roberts and Octave One with a tightly mixed, precisely selected range of underground house and techno, all either written by artists from Detroit or influenced heavily by the early Detroit sound in honour of the evening’s headliners. Octave One and their mobile production studio (seriously, there was gear EVERYWHERE) brought a large chunk of their back catalogue to life, heavily tweaked on the fly to give it a real “live” feel. Deeper, more soulful tunes such as Blackwater and The Greater Good broke up periods of rough, mechanical grooves centred mostly around low-end throb and percussive workouts (Empower sounded particularly chunky), with the odd up-tempo funky banger kicking the party into overdrive (the reaction to Here Comes The Push was immense). The only real downside to the set was it seemed to lack cohesion – some of the duo’s heavier, crunchier tunes made an appearance too early in the set, while certain groovier numbers were left till much later. OPETH @ ENMORE THEATRE. PIC BY ROD HUNT.

OPETH, QUIET CHILD ENMORE THEATRE 16/12/11

Quiet Child were largely an unknown quantity, but eventually made something of a connection with punters. If the headliners’ approach owed plenty to ‘70s prog and classic rock, the Adelaide crew presented a more modern take. Drawing from ‘90s alt-rock and the likes of Muse, Jeff Buckley and Porcupine Tree, they were heavier and more engaging than their recordings. “I’m going to warn you, tonight’s show is going to be different… motherfuckers.” Opeth may have divided folks with decidedly non-metal latest album, Heritage, but you couldn’t say frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt didn’t let even those who had seen them previously know that this would be a unique experience. But for all the pre-gig ballyhoo about the Swedes completely ignoring their heavier side on this run, this wasn’t the case. Really the only element absent was the counterpoint provided by the demonic death growls and serene clean vocals, the quintet staying grunt-free throughout two hours. That’s not to imply it was a carbon copy of past appearances – far from it – just in many respects the show wasn’t as alien a prospect as some had suggested. The reshaped format appeared to have re-energised the band, including Åkerfeldt’s drierthan-sandpaper wit, with his regaling tales of Dio, guitar tunings and buying the Opera House to stage beastiality shows. But while there were no harsh vocals, Opeth didn’t neglect the importance of their trademark balance of light and shade, opening with The Devil’s Orchard from their new record and giving it a vastly greater heaviness and dynamic feel. Sublime past favourites Face Of Melinda and Porcelain Heart also ran the gauntlet from crushing, death metal-infused guitars to soothing melodies. A mid-set acoustic section brought freshness to proceedings, as did other new material and a crystal clear mix helped. This reviewer could have done without the extended drum solo though. Although greeted with adoration from the sold-out venue, selected fans (some jokingly, most not) took quieter moments and between-song gaps as an invitation to loudly – even obnoxiously – cry out for heavier material. Åkerfeldt was aware of this resistance, hilariously bantering with cat-callers. The majority had little to complain about though, with the band playing their most inspired Sydney set for several visits. Whether Heritage and its tour cycle is a one-off or their Morbid Angel worship side has been shelved forever, Opeth have a new lease on life. Brendan Crabb

CARL CRAIG, OCTAVE ONE, JOHN ROBERTS, CLAIRE MORGAN METRO THEATRE 17/12/11

Golden Cage celebrated its second birthday with an eclectic lineup of house and techno acts, both from the new school and of the stalwart variety. John Roberts opened the night with a live set of deep,

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Carl Craig closed out the night with a well-balanced mixture of classic Detroit techno anthems, old school house, his own productions, new goodies and some random curveballs. While some found his decision to pull the vibe back down at the start of his set and build it up again too much of a tease and consequently decided to call it a night, those who stuck with the king of the poker face were duly rewarded. Paperclip People’s 4 My Peeps really kicked the set into gear about 20 minutes in and from there dark, driving, hypnotic techno gave way to classics such as DJ Rolando’s Knights Of The Jaguar and Jeff Mills’ The Bells, before the final half-hour stormed into the room waving a giant handbag in the air, proudly ushering in a slew of big, fun house jams including Marshall Jefferson’s Move Your Body. Sometimes it gets harder to stay ‘til the very last tune, but on Saturday night, this reviewer was one of the faithful left chanting “one more!” because it was just that good. Andrew Wowk

CHALI 2NA, TRUE VIBENATION, DJ ABILITY OXFORD ART FACTORY 11/12/11

Bringing a block party atmosphere to the Oxford Art Factory, Chali 2na’s sideshow off the back of Subsonic also loaded the decks with DJ talent. Opener DJ Ability occasionally busted out his scratching skills, but mostly he stuck to playing warm, fluid hip hop that floated by on easy grooves and intricate percussion. True Vibenation lit a fuse with their reggaeinspired sounds. For the most part they were two MCs and a DJ until all three would bust out some brass. Featuring a trumpet and two saxophones, the crew sounded great on the horns and should make more use of this unique feature. With a crack three-piece band behind him (drums, eight-stringed bass and keys), imposing six-foot-plus frame and a rich deep voice, Chali 2na, or 2na or 2na Fish as he called himself, revelled in the rapturous greeting from the Sydney crowd. At times he even seemed a little overwhelmed at the response he was attracting, but it was all justified. Right from the off, 2na deftly wove lyrical poetry, making the rapping that he developed as a member of Jurassic 5 look easy. An incredibly generous performer, 2na made sure the crowd was as big a part of the show as his band, encouraging plenty of audience interaction and getting call and response going whenever he paused from his tongue-twisting rhymes. Grateful for the love Australian audiences always showed J5, 2na was more than happy to show off his hip hop legacy with performances of Quality Control, Freedom and the brilliantly anthemic What’s Golden, much to the delight of the crowd. And it wasn’t just his own back catalogue he was happy to delve into. Early on 2na took a shot at commercial radio and set up his “own radio station” to intro the songs in his set. The radio idea gave 2na a chance to pay tribute to artists he loves, from Bob Marley to Snoop Dogg, while keyboardist Anthony Brewster shared the limelight with a great rendition of Jackson 5 classics I Want You Back and I’ll Be There. This was hip hop how it was meant to be – uplifting, joyous and performed by one of the true innovators of the genre. Danielle O’Donohue


with her crowd, which made up for the lack of backing band, and her live delivery exceeded beyond that of her recorded material. Combining Bjork-like vocals and an eclectic mix of pulsating beats and quirks, she is an artist to see live.

BOB EVANS & ADALITA @ NOTES. PIC BY ANGELA PADOVAN.

BOB EVANS, ADALITA NOTES 16/12/11

The seasonal cheer that is the month of birthday celebrations of sweet baby Jesus is no longer just work parties, family gatherings and mundane carolling by D-list Australian celebrities, no, no. As displayed this year, the love/hate public holiday is the perfect time for two forces in Australian music to combine and head about town. Good Evans! It’s Xmas left no one Scrooge-ing about when it rolled into Notes with a three-hour set of rock music, as well as a little bit of fellowship and joy. Adalita kicked off the processions with a fiery set to a background of fairy lights. With a guitar and some backing tracks as her only friends, the seasoned performer was perfectly controlled, creating an impeccably full sound for so little equipment. The set ranged from the gritty to the sweet, showcasing her talented vocals and execution of the guitar. Hot Air was definitely the keeper for the night, filling the entire room with its silencing and paced melody; dry yet pained vocals. In spite of a few technical difficulties, as her time on stage ended, a number of people in the crowd were questioning whether Bob Evans could reach the bar that Adalita had just raised, a testament to her performance.

Bob Evans swiftly took to the stage with a similarly bare repertoire of equipment consisting of two guitars, some harmonicas and a bottle of wine. Evans’ sweet solo-work vocals and beautiful melodies lulled the audience, who were then further reeled in by his interesting, if at times slightly slurred, banter with the crowd. Returning for an encore with Don’t You Think It’s Time, Bob Evans then opened it up to the audience by taking requests before Adalita returned to the stage for duets and a haunting take on Silent Night. The pair finished off with a delicious rendition of Mitch Miller’s via Bob Dylan’s bizarre Must Be Santa that harnessed the spirit of the night’s rock and seasonal fun. Bob Evans left the crowd with a touching message, reminding everyone of the desire to give and love that this time of the year brings to humankind, whether people believe in Christmas or not. It was a night that cannot be repeated. Happy holidays. Cara Sayer-Bourne

SNAKADAKTAL, FISHING, ELIZABETH ROSE GOODGOD 14/12/11

Solo artist Elizabeth Rose had two things working in her favour – she knew exactly how to engage

Sample aficionados Fishing weaved erratically in and out of each other’s loops and beats to produce some of the most enthralling musical constructions. Every button pressed was followed by an explosion of sound that evolved with layered rhythmic embellishments, giving punters an insight into the other-worldly imagination of the duo. The fact that their recorded material is so meticulous, their flawless live execution was more than impressive. Cutting and pasting an infinite number of musical snippets to create a well-synthesised sound, along with their live synchronisation, they are to be commended. Triple j Unearthed High winners Snakadaktal lived up to expectations as a high school band. They had everything one could offer – a youthful, indie, creative edge (glitter paint on their faces), a hit that’s currently on high rotation on the aforementioned youth radio station and a cult following of 18 year old fans to sell out most of their gigs around Australia, Sydney leg included. The perks of their innocent and inexperienced selves was that they played with simple and basic musical constructions following in the footsteps of Foals, Metronomy and others of their ilk. There were no overzealous theatrics in their repertoire and they restrained themselves from any arrogant musical complexities. Their laidback approach was met with respect. But this EP launch was part of their first major national tour and it’s important to point that out as they do have a lot to improve on and that will only come with experience. Firstly, they will hopefully grow into a tighter live band. Secondly, though they may have impressed the ample teen crowd with the first three songs, their lack of engagement led people to stray, with the crowd growing weary after a couple of consecutive slow-burners mid-set. These observations may have been provoked by the fact that they followed two extremely mature and thoroughly developed musicians/acts, but they’ve got the goods – they’ve just got to learn how to make the most of it. Celline Narinli

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JUST VISITING

HANGGAI WHY ARE YOU COMING TO VISIT OUR FAIR COUNTRY? We are coming to explore your country and share our music and culture with the audiences. HOW LONG ARE YOU HERE FOR? Almost three weeks this time. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT AUSTRALIA, IN TEN WORDS OR LESS? We like the beer, the people and the wildlife. ANY EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES YOU HOPE TO PARTICIPATE IN? Enjoying all the country has to offer, like the beer, the people and the wildlife. WHAT WILL YOU BE TAKING HOME AS A SOUVENIR? Hopefully just the beer as I don’t think we’d make it through customs with the wildlife or the people. WHERE CAN WE COME SAY HI AND BUY YOU AN AUSSIE BEER? Peats Ridge Festival – Saturday 31 December The Basement Circular Quay – Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 January Lizotte’s Kincumber – Thursday 5 January FOR MORE INFO SEE: www.topshelf.com.au/hanggai.html

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HAVE YOU HEARD

MAKING WHOOPEE

Get your dancing shoes and your best swing outfit on for a New Year’s Eve event that’ll have you jiving all night long. Inspired by early jug band music and jazz recordings, the Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band will be playing, along with festival favourite and perennial show stopper Hat Fitz, who will be joined by Northern Ireland’s critically acclaimed vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Cara Robinson. Expect to be dazzled into 2012 in an evening of music, hilarity and a three-course meal with champagne. It’s all happening at Notes in Enmore.

HOLLOWED HEART Inga Liljeström has another album ready for release and only a specially packaged collector’s edition is available at her Aussie shows before its official release mid next year. Inga will be showcasing Songs Of Sorrow For The Hollow Of His Heart at Venue 505 this Wednesday as well as at Peats Ridge on Thursday 29.

FIRST FRIDAY The Townie Hotel will be kicking off the New Year with First Friday – a night of free festivities on the first Friday of the month. On January 6, The Blindfolds, The Cleanskins and Stewart Says will be in the house from 9pm.

BALLADEER New Zealand’s folk blues-groove offering Swamp Thing have their debut album, Balladeer, out now and are hitting up Woodford over the New Year’s period, then they’ll play the Brass Monkey on Wednesday 4 February.

TAKE THE SHOTGUN New creative agency 199 is keen to launch on Thursday 29 December but can’t do it without a killer lineup… so they went ahead and got one. The Death Set, Dune Rats, Humans and Doc Holliday Takes The Shotgun will be taking the stage at The Standard.

BLUE BEAT Singer/songwriter/trumpeter Vince Jones returns to Blue Beat this Thursday for a one-off show at 7pm here in Sydney before the end of the year. He also plays at the Coogee Bay Hotel on Wednesday 28 December from 8pm.

MAKING A RACKET Mad Racket New Year’s Eve is here! Scottish duo The 6th Borough Project is playing their first ever Sydney gig at the Marrickville Bowlo along with Racketeers Ken Cloud, Simon Caldwell, Jimmi James and Zootie. Tickets are $50.

SUB C There ain’t no party like a Sub C party! Sub Conscious Records have a double album launch planned at the Ruby Rabbit for their Christmas party, first with Sceptic & Dseeva and their Calm Before The Storm and then with Dark Matter’s Diatribe. They’ll be supported by The Henchmen (Sir Rated & Xrsize), Kaye One featuring Venom & DJ Begz and finally, DJ Skae.

ATLANTIS AWAITS If Jimi Hendrix was alive, you know he’d bring in the new year with a bang. The Mick Hart Experience want to do that anyway with the Jimi Hendrix Tribute at The Basement this New Year’s Eve. They’ve been invited back after a huge sold-out show in July and they’re bringing the ‘60s classics with them.

DECEMBEARD

If you, like The Beards, have let Movember come and go and have still kept your facial manhood, then you’d better head down to The Beards’ Christmas show at the Vanguard. With Matt Anderson in support, the night starts at 8pm. There will be beards… and beer.

2011 WITH LIZOTTE’S

Lizotte’s Dee Why has a pretty jam-packed stage from now until 2012, and probably well into 2012. This Friday, The Black Sorrows and Alisa Fedele take the stage, on Wednesday 28 December Brian Cadd and Russell Morris are playing, on Friday 29 Beccy Cole and Lyn Bowtell are in the house and NYE calls for an extravaganza with Craig Calhoun.

SHIPFACED

Cream Tangerine Events presents Wrecked on New Year’s Day. To be held at the Deck Bar of the Swiss Grand Hotel overlooking Bondi Beach, the wrecked clan have themed the party stranded, shipwrecked and lost in paradise. Myall High Club and The Rascals will be playing live, as well as Shipwreck, Grass, LC, Just Jank and more.

DIVE IN

Melbourne rockers The Deep End head to The Venue this Friday, before embarking on a tour all through January in support of their new EP, Your Shout.

CHINISE LAUNDRY IMMIGRANT

Brooding and bass line-filled, The Immigrant is playing a couple of dates in support of their new Capricorn EP. He stops by The Academy this Friday and plays Chinese Laundry on New Year’s Eve.

HARBOUR PARTY

Luna Park’s New Year’s Eve Harbour Party is joining the ranks as one of the best places to be to ring in the new year. They’ve got Wynter Gordon, The Potbelleez, Zoë Badwi, Yolanda Be Cool, Ajax, Beni, Cassian and Rüfüs taking the stage, partying ‘til the countdown.

Marlow head to the Burdekin Hotel this Friday with Closure In Moscow for a pre-Christmas Eve party. They’ve got their new single, I Can Breathe, in hand. 112 • THE DRUM MEDIA

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST ROCK’N’ROLL MOMENT? Playing the Viper Room a few days ago! Shit got real. FOR MORE INFO SEE: www.facebook.com/AtlantisAwaits NEXT AVAILABLE AT: Thursday 5 January - Summernats their sunscreen, ice blocks and board shorts and taking to the tour van this January. They stop at the Entrance Leagues Club on Thursday 5, Newcastle Panthers on Friday 6 and the Great Northern Hotel on Tuesday 10.

BIRD’S ROBE Bird’s Robe Records have an intimate showcase planned for this Thursday with the dynamic instrumentalists Sleepmakeswaves taking the stage with Meniscus, Pirate and Toehider in support. They play at the Annandale from 7.30pm.

WORKS HARD

John Dahlbäck already has a bunch of remixes and inclusions in mixtapes under his belt – now it’s time for him to take over Australia. He stops by Home Bar on Friday 6 January before continuing on north.

SPICE AFLOAT

A bunch of Sydney and Wollongong bands have grouped together to raise money for the Salvo’s Christmas appeal this week. Held at the Gaelic Hotel this Thursday, reggae masters Alotta Presha, Howling Tongues, Children Overboard and The Vicious Dickens will all be playing to send every cent from the $7 entry fee to the Salvo’s.

FRESHLY SQUEEZED

Bluejuice are keen for a sizzling 2012 – though summer’s taking it’s sweet time to really take off. Regardless, the boys and The Aston Shuffle are packing

FBI’S FAVOURITE NEW AUSSIE TRACKS Fantastic Explosion Of Time POND Transmotion City (Godswounds Remix) HINTERLAND Big Cats OUTERWAVES The Summer Is Done With Us PALMS Sweet Tooth RAINBOW CHAN Facelift feat. Roughsoul TA-KU Winter Skin A CASUAL END MILE Hands (Toni Toni Lee Remix) ALPINE Wayooy feat. Roots Manuva N’FA JONES Come And Save Me JAGWAR MA

HOW DO YOU FIND THE LOCAL LIVE SCENE? The local scene is off its head. It’s great, as we keep saying, there are some great bands coming out of Canberra at the moment. It’s exciting how much fans care for the music and how much fun shows are because of it.

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CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Bon Iver BON IVER Let England Shake PJ HARVEY James Blake JAMES BLAKE Mac & Devin Go To High School SNOOP DOGG & WIZ KHALIFA Feel It Break AUSTRA Making Mirrors GOTYE Ceremonials FLORENCE & THE MACHINE Royal Headache ROYAL HEADACHE Thursday THE WEEKND Made In Germany 1995-2011 RAMMSTEIN

WHY SHOULD WE COME AND SEE YOU? It’s a guaranteed party.

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WHAT’S YOUR WILDEST AMBITION FOR YOUR MUSIC? Touring the world doing what we love, and being able to make a living doing it. Though to us it’s not that wild. Anything is possible.

Smoke away the blues of 2011 with Bondi Cigars. They’ll be playing at Lizotte’s Kincumber this Friday – a show and meal package is available as usual.

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English ska kings Bad Manners are bringing their bawdy brand of music back to Sydney early next year. Though they play to a New Year’s Eve crowd in Perth, they stop by Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Thursday 5 January.

Ash Grunwald is playing two Lizotte’s venues this year as he waves goodbye to 2011 and its huge Road Dog Diaries tour. He’s playing solo with a bunch of never-before-heard new tunes at Lizotte’s Newcastle on Wednesday 28 December and Lizotte’s Dee Why on Thursday 29 with The Willowbirds.

WHICH ACTS INSPIRED YOU TO PRODUCE YOUR OWN MUSIC AND WHY? There are so many different influences that inspire our sound that it’s hard to define only a few. Looking back to when we first started writing, bands like Taking Back Sunday, Underoath and Saosin played an important part in where we are today. We lived and breathed those bands for years growing up. It’s a bit different for Tegan because while she is also inspired by rock she has a lot of soul/rnb/blues influences that have been a part of her vocal development.

Canadian singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman is leaving the Ontario winter for an Aussie summer this year, with his new album, Full Moon Eleven, in hand. He swoops into the Clarendon Guesthouse Katoomba Wednesday 4, the Brass Monkey Thursday 5 and Notes Live in Enmore Friday 6 January.

Cheeky and sensual, pop and playful – Miss Polly Rae & The Hurly Burly Girlys are bringing their burlesque extravaganza down under from the UK! Known widely in the West End cabaret circuit, the girls head to the Factory Theatre between Thursday 5 and Sunday 15 January.

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YOUR MUSIC IS…? Haha we always have trouble with this one. Today, we’ll say alternative rock.

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ON THE DRUM STEREO

For those who aren’t planning to have a big one on New Year’s – or are and decide to come anyway– Spice Afloat bring you the New Year’s Morning Sunrise Cruise to Sydney. With UK’s The Revenge, Motor City Drum Ensemble headlining and supports from Murat Kilic, Carlos Zarate, Yokoo, Nic Scali and Sam Roberts, you’ll see in 2012’s first sunrise in the best of ways.

PETE HIP HOP One of New York’s most prolific hip hop producers, Pete Rock heads down under this January for a number of dates. He plays the Upstairs Beresford on Thursday 5 January.

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A VERY HANLON XMAS

After spending most of this year touring across the USA and Europe, Australian songsmith Darren Hanlon is back in town with his customary Christmas shows. He’ll be doing a substantial lap of the country, performing solo, stripped back versions of the songs from his extensive canon, with a little help from friends. On this tour he’ll be joined by David Dondero and Shelley Short, both from the United States. See the charming Hanlon at The Clarendon Guesthouse on Wednesday 21 and St Stephen’s Church on Thursday 22 December. And, as a special bonus for Drum readers, we have an exclusive Xmas track he’s recorded just for us on the iPad version of the mag.

HANNI HANDSOME Hanni El Khatib combines his love for skateboarding and punk rock with 1950s Americana and is very pleased to be bringing this down to FBi Social Thursday 29 December. He’s already slated to play his toe-tapping but gritty jams at Pyramid Rock and Peats Ridge.

SAINTS AND SINNERS Easily the strangest type of gospel and preaching you’ll have ever heard, Germany’s The Dad Horse Experience brings his peculiar banjo-plucking, kazoo-playing and country blues to Australia for the first time ever. Claiming to “turn shit into gold!” the one-man-band will stop by the Phoenix Bar on Thursday 5 January, the Vanguard on Friday 6 and the Junction Hotel on Saturday 7.

DOWN IN ONE Jagermeister presents continues to keep the entertainment alive with local bands bursting onto stage on Wednesday night. Check out Coffin along with Bustacap, Fox Valley, Deadbeat & Hazy and Liza Rose when they take over the Annandale Hotel.

APOCALYPTIC LESBIAN ZOMBIE RAVE Well if that didn’t get your attention, we don’t know what will. For one night only, Snatch&Grab are giving the Sydney girl’s scene a means to blow off some steam in an epic night that will feature a blazing dancefloor and filthy electro party jams along with indie dance gems. There’ll even be a laser show, which attendees of their Harry Potter theme night will remember as being truly retina-piercing. Plus it’s a two-for-one deal, with your ticket gaining you entry into the afterparty too. Get involved on New Year’s Eve at The Gaelic Theatre from 9pm, before the afterparty kicks off at Spectrum at 4am on New Year’s Day.


IF YOU’RE ALONE THIS XMAS

Some of us don’t go home for the holidays, or we’re just not bothered with making a big fuss. Well Christmas orphans, look no further. The Annandale hosts an Orphans Christmas with The Mountains, Little Bastard, Hazzy Bee, Dan Crestani and more. Not to mention it’s free, so get your most festive jumper on and head there this Saturday.

NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

With a plethora of options teasing you into different corners of the city, here’s another one to tempt you. If you want a rock show to knock your socks off, spend New Year’s Eve with British India, Floating Me, Strangers and The Colt 44s at The Annandale Hotel on Saturday 31 December from 8pm.

NURSING THE HANGOVER

It’s unlikely you’ll be getting out of bed anytime early on New Year’s Day, so it’s a good thing The Annandale’s shenanigans don’t kick off ‘til 7pm, with Tim Rogers entertaining the hungover crowds of Sydney. Special guests to be announced soon.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

You know what’s great? Fridays. End of the working week, start of the weekend, what’s not to love about Fridays? The Annandale are making it even better with their First Friday of 2012 show, featuring Delorean Tide, Topnovil, Vale Of Ah and more. It’s happening on Friday 6 January and it’s only $10 at the door.

KING OF THE HILL

Balls-out rapper King Brown, hailing from Western Australia, will be burning the mic with his tonguein-cheek party pleasers when he hits the stage at FBi Social. Delivering his songs with vibrant clarity and heavy guitarwork laced throughout, you can check him out alongside 4th Wall City and High Noon on Saturday and Sunday this week.

MERELY AN HOUR

For those working in the city, finally there’s something to do during your lunch break that doesn’t involve sitting in a park or buying overpriced food. FBi Social are continuing their Lunchbreak gigs with a midday show from local band Mere Women, who will burst your eardrums just long enough for you to get back to the office. They’re playing on Wednesday 4 January.

GETTING ILLY

Hot off the heels from completing his biggest tour to date, Aussie hip hop star Illy will play a handful

of regional shows to kick off the new year. Having wowed crowds at Splendour In The Grass, this year saw him nominated for an ARIA and AIR Awards. Illy will be performing down the south coast at Narooma Golf Club on Thursday 5, Tathra Hotel on Friday 6 and Nowra Tavern on Saturday 7 January.

METAL EVILUTION The festive time is almost upon us and Metal Evilution has lined up a spectacular show to make sure the year goes out with a bang. Saturday 31 December New Year’s Eve will be getting truly unruly with a show featuring Darker Half, Elm Street, Taberah, Teratornis and Thundasteel. Doors open at 7pm at The Sandringham Hotel.

GET YOUR GROOVE ON The Booty Affair continue their late night Blue Beat residency with special guest vocalist Miss P from Preppie pumping out highenergy ‘90s dance gems along with the usual blend of electrofunk, boogie, disco and soul.

Performing this Friday and Saturday, there are three long sets from 10pm to 2am, including a Christmas Eve set not to be missed.

BRING THE GIN Local band Gin Club have been very busy this year and they can prove it with their new live album finished and purchasable. If you’d rather see the band in the flesh than listen to the fans cheering them on on record, head to the Annandale tonight where Ben, Conor and Ola from the band will form the Gin Club Trio, with support from Matt Banham, Sierra Fin, The Maladies and White Harbour.

MERRY CRUSTMAS Kick off Christmas this Saturday at The Town & Country Hotel with RUST, Eager 13 and Spanner in an acoustic drunken Xmas singalong and some good old-fashioned Aussie rock‘n’roll. And if that’s not enough RUST for you, you can catch them again when they play the Annandale on Boxing Day.

WELCOME TO VARGAS

In a live experience like no other, Jimmy Vargas & The Black Dahlias blend 1940s Americana, torch songs, burlesque and crimejazz to create an off-kilter jazz noir world all of their own. Centre stage with them will be glamorous Argentinian exotic sorceress Liliana Scarlatta, with a show that will be both musical and theatrical. Check it out at Blue Beat on Wednesday 21 and 28 December.

FRIENDLY FALCONS

While Christmas and New Year’s consume the entire city, some things stay the same, like the ever-trusty good times at Falcona Fridays. If you’re looking to dance yourself silly then head to Kit & Kaboodle this Friday for Devola, F.R.I.E.N.D./S DJs, Boonie, Isbjorn and Stoney Roads. On Friday 30 December you’ll get Devola, Hobophonics, Kristy Lee, Starjumps and Boonie.

SEE THE LIGHTS

If you’re still tossing up where to spend New Year’s Eve, Cargo Bar & Lounge have put together an evening that’s sure to appeal. With a stunning view of the harbour serving as the backdrop, you’ll be in full view of the fireworks. Not to mention you’ll be entertained well into the early hours of 2012 with music from Architecture In Helsinki, Bag Raiders, Yacht Club DJs, Sampology, French Horn Rebellion, Alison Wonderland, Sosueme DJs, Luke Million and Hey Now. It kicks off at 8pm on New Year’s Eve.

SIZZLING BLUE

For the third year running, Bluejuice are packing their tiniest shorts and dusting off their surfmats to tour a coastal town near you. Since releasing their third album, Company, the band have been playing shows around the country, and their Sizzling 2012 tour will see them joined by none other than The Aston Shuffle, as they head to Entrance Leagues Club on Thursday 5, Panthers Newcastle on Friday 6 and Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay on Tuesday 10 January.

SINGING IN THE STREETS

With their recent debut album, No One Gets Lost Anymore, currently gaining love from critics about town, Melbourne’s funloving punks The Smith Street Band will be playing a string of shows locally. See the band on their Fuck You Winter tour at Great Northern Hotel on Wednesday 4, Yours & Owls on Thursday 5 and supporting Jim Ward at The Sando on Friday 6 January.

SAVE YOUR SORROWS

New local band The Crawford Brothers, made up of Ben and Zac Crawford, will be opening for Australian icons The Black Sorrows Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 December at Lizotte’s in Newcastle. The band kicks off at 8.30pm and there are only a few tickets left for Wednesday night, so best get in quick to check it out.

COUNTERFEIT XMAS

This Friday marks the 19th in the series of Counterfeit tribute nights, a monthly live music night where local acts pay homage to their musical heroes at Newtown’s Townie. With it being the festive season and all, this week’s gig will feature 12 Sydney acts playing their favourite Christmas-related songs. See The Glimmer Twins, Stationmasters, Maxine ‘The Scrooge’ Kauter, Josh Shipton, Emily Ryan, Woman & Chee, Luna Bugs, Emmanuel Brimstone & The Roxettes, Rex Havoc Banned, Dave Sattout, The Candy Cane Quartet and Yule Be Sorry singing everything from The Pogues to Judy Garland in this free show.

HERR MOON

It’s been a productive year for Monsieur Moon, with the writing and recording of their debut EP. They’re bringing their shiny indie pop sounds to stage for all to hear at FBi Social on Thursday night. Enjoy their reverbladen guitars and warm harmonies, along with tunes from Sui Zhen, The Quixotics and Bennie James.

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Vanessa Raspa & The Zombie Cats and The Cardinal Groove. There will also be a special appearance from the JHD’s favourite burlesque artist, Daphne Du Jour. It’s all happening this Friday from 8pm.

MOULDING MUSIC

If you like your retro rock/pop don’t miss Plasticine Machine at The Wall in The Bald Faced Stag this Thursday. The band will be playing everything from pop, rock, reggae and blues, and showcasing debut EP, PlasMa. Other bands on the lineup that night include Karmic Dirt, Dusker and Cupcake Conspiracy.

ROX OUT

Maybe you didn’t rock hard enough on Christmas Day and you need to make up for it with a good old-fashioned thrashing rock show. If so, Roxing Day is back at the Annandale and it’s got a killer lineup to boot. Check out Gay Paris, Raise The Crazy, Celibate Rifles, Dune Buggy Attack Squadron, Sativa Sun and RUST live at the Annandale on Boxing Day Monday.

A NEW DIRECTION

Jazz-blues guitarist John Hardaker is hosting his annual John Hardaker Direction Christmas show this year at the Roxbury in Glebe. Featuring a ten-piece band, including two drummers, the show will include amazing newcomer Emily Benson on vocals. Supports are

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HEROES FOR ONE DAY

Steve Flack’s Guitar Heroes, featuring a core band with Steve Flack on guitar, Michael Smith on bass guitar and Colin Burgess on drums, includes a stellar lineup of legendary guitarists of the classic and contemporary blues genre in a show sure to please fans of acts like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Cream, Hendrix and more. The featured guitarists in the show will be Martin Cilia, Jak Hudson, Brad Carr and Fess Parker. The show kicks off on Friday 6 January at The Brass Monkey.

MEET JOE

From his win at the age of 16 on Australia’s Got Talent, Joe Robinson has been knocking people out with his guitar skills. His new album, recorded in Nashville and Detroit, is due in early 2012 and will feature his vocals, songwriting, electric guitar and a full band for the first time. Beforehand he’s hitting the road to warm up his live skills and it’s the perfect chance to hear his songs before they’re out on record. See Robinson perform on Thursday 5 at Lizotte’s Newcastle, Friday 6 at The Vault in Windsor, Saturday 7 at The Basement, Sunday 8 at Lizotte’s Kincumber and Monday 9 January at the Brass Monkey in Cronulla.

BATTING AWAY THE NATS

THE RED CLAY HALO

Western Australia’s Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo released their third album, Almanac, in the UK earlier this year, and now it’s Australia’s turn. With single, Billowing Sea, held tentatively in her hands, Emily heads to The Supper Club on Tuesday (tonight!).

Summernats turns 25 this year, and seeing as they already have cars and kegs the only thing missing from the party is music. Well, they sorted that too! Drapht, Children Collide, Nat Col & The Kings, Heaven The Axe and The Screaming Jets will all play over the three days at Exhibition Park, Canberra, with the party kicking off Thursday 5 January. We grabbed Drapht and Children Collide frontman Johnny Mackay for a few questions. You’re helping to celebrate Summernats 25th birthday, how did you celebrate your own? Drapht: I can’t really remember much of my 25th birthday, so it must have been a good one. I had a “Jungle Fever” dress-up party. Far too much jungle juice that night. This year though, it was completely low-key and one of the best to date. Had lunch with my family, visited my friend Hunter and then had some other friends over for dinner, green tea and roasted almonds. Getting a bit old! Johnny: I was on a tour playing a show at the Forum in Melbourne. Kram (from Spiderbait) was drumming and when I came out he got the whole audience to sing happy birthday to me. I was a little embarrassed at the time, but looking back it was pretty special. Best song to drive to? D: I think anything that Dr. Dre has produced beat-wise, like Jay-Z’s Trouble, Lost Ones or 30

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Something off Kingdom Come. No one can get close to any elements of Dre’s production in regards to the soul he musters or those slamming heavy-hitting drum sounds. Dude is a genius! J: Fast Cars by The Buzzcocks. Ford or Holden? D: Ford, I have never had the pleasure of owning a Holden, and my first car was a Ford. A rusty old Ford XD stationwagon. Paid 800 big ones for it off my friend’s grandparents. A whole heap of crew were rammed into that dog box over the years driving to parties. J: Do either of them make golf buggies or ride-on lawnmowers? Which describes you best: Burnout Master, Horsepower Hero or Miss Summernats? D: Closest to any of the above options would have to be ‘Burnout Master’. I am the Master of burning myself out. I just had the ARIA awards last night and have had about two hours’ sleep. Needless to say it was worth it and tomorrow I will forget the pain I have endured today and do it all over again next weekend. J: I’m more of a Burnout Horse with a little Miss Summernats thrown in for good measure. Explaining why would detract from my mystique. DRAPHT


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RICHARD CUTHBERT

LEEROY VS SUPERBEAST

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I AM APOLLO

YOURI BLOW THE DEAD LEAVES AMELIA CURRAN BENJALU SLEEPMAKESWAVES BUSBY MAROU FOUNDS PASSENGER SWAMP THING OH MERCY HUSKY

BABUSHKA BAR/VIC’S DISCO

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SOUL OF SYDNEY (BABUSHKA BAR)

KIDS DISCO (VIC’S) DJ NICK LA ROSA (BABUSHKA BAR)

THE SUNSET KIDS (BABUSHKA BAR)

HANGGAI

THUNDAMENTALS

TIJUANA CARTEL

GOTYE

KING CANNONS

EAGLE & THE WORM

DESEVEN STANTON WARRIORS

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ISOMA & LEIGH WOODS

CATDADDY (VIC’S)

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WONDERDOME

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10:00 :15 :30 CIRCUS AVALON :45 WORKSHOPS 11:00 KARISE HIGGINS :15 :30 KYLA WILLIAMS :45 12:00 MAORI DANCE GROUP MATRIARK ART THEATRE :15 :30 :45 13:00 THE TEA LADIES FIJIAN DANCE GROUP :15 :30 :45 BALTIC BAR MITZVAH 14:00 YOUTH CONNECTIONS :15 DEEP SEA ASTRONAUTS :30 WITH KOORI RADIO :45 15:00 :15 CEDDY MCGRADY (BAND) :30 :45 BEAUTY AND THE BASTARD OPEN MIC WITH ROGER FYFE 16:00 OPEN MIC :15 :30 :45 NORTH LAKES HIGH SCHOOL 17:00 :15 BALTIC BAR MITZVAH DANCE & WORKSHOPS LUKE ESCOMBE :30 :45 GANANG SPIRIT DANCERS 18:00 :15 WOLLOMBI DANCERS GRAMOPHONE MAN :30 FREEMAN DANCERS :45 19:00 :15 :30 :45 SYE MC RITCHIE 20:00 :15 AVALON IN THE DOME ALL STARS :30 :45 21:00 :15 :30 THE LOVELORN LIVING PARTY :45 DAVE BEAUMONT & 22:00 DANCERS :15 :30 :45 LION AND THE LOTUS 23:00 :15 :30 :45 24:00 AUDEGO :15 :30 :45 1:00 :15 ANIMA :30 :45 2:00 :15 :30 :45 3:00


BIG CHRISTMAS VILLAGE ELLESQUIRE

Sydney’s flourishing hip hop record label, Big Village, is gearing up for its annual Christmas bash, where on Friday 23 December the Annandale Hotel will be transformed into a hip hop block party featuring performances from Big Village artists such as True Vibenation, Ellesquire, Tuka, Daily Meds and Rapaport. Not to mention a very limited series of Big Village remix CDs have been pressed especially for the occasion, and will be given away for free to the first 100 paying entrants on the night. We caught up with Klue from True Vibenation, Ellesquire and Tuka to talk Christmas. Best music-related Xmas present you’ve ever received? Klue: Almost a decade back I got a saxophone for Christmas. I don’t think I realised what a cool present it was at the time but I still play it in our live show to this day. Thanks mum! Ellesquire: ‘Ellesquire’ engraved Parker pen from my best mate and his mrs. Wrote my whole album with that bad boy. A good pen makes a happy rapper. Tuka: When I was like thirteen or something I was given The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time on Nintendo 64. The music on that game was off the chain. These days I still listen to mash-up online (like a boss). You’ve been asked to record your own version of a classic Christmas jingle; which do you pick? K: I’d record Little Drummer Boy with some big broken beats, horn section and enough sub bass to make sure they’d never play it in David Jones elevators by the time I was done with it. E: Jingle Bell Rock. It’s got that cool swing vibe about it. Sample them bells too!

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TUKA

T: I’m gonna have go with Jingle Bell Rock on this one. I’d do like a psychedelic rock/dirty south smash-up while “spilling” some scotch in my eggnog to maintain that “cheer” that everyone keeps going on about... feel me?

BOB LOG III

What’s the best thing about not having a white Christmas? K: I hate winter, I like the beach, I like mangoes, ‘nuff said. E: Sun, beach, bbqs and bikinis (I look wicked in a two-piece). T: Summertime and the living is easy? Tim Allen vs Billy Bob Thornton, which Santa wins? K: Billy Bob hands down. Bad Santa would thrash PG Santa in any form of competition especially if it involved drinking or violence, and in a battle between Santas, I reckon that’s what it might come down to. E: Tim Allen. Billy Bob wouldn’t put in the effort. Think that dude’s gonna make a list and check it twice? T: Billy Bob Thornton for the win. No matter how many Santa Claus movies Disney wants to make Tim ‘The Toolman’ Taylor just don’t cut it. TRUE VIBENATION

The band, burlesque and DJ rock‘n’roll party that is Black Cherry is bringing in 2012 with a massive lineup at the Factory Theatre on New Year’s Eve. The night includes bands, burlesque from the likes of Lillian Star and circus shows, live Jungle Rump Rock‘N’Roll Karaoke and great DJs across three rooms. They’ll even be handing out prizes for best dressed and best dancers in what is bound to be a swingin’ affair. We asked artists Bob Log III, Jordan McDonald of The Art/ Jungle Rump Karaoke and Pat Capocci of The Pat Capocci Combo about the year that was. Another year down – was it a good one for you? Why? Bob Log III: So good my face still hurts. Three-month tour in Europe, three-month tour in North America. I play my guitar lots. I remember a staircase on fire in Italy. I hope those people are all right.

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PAT CAPOCCI & LILLIAN STARR

Jordan McDonald: Perhaps my best year yet. Great news keeps rolling in for both The Art and Jungle Rump and now that I’ve reached the latter half of my twenties, young girls seem to be helpless to the powers of my ‘older guy’ status. Pat Capocci: Definitely - we did some great gigs, made a record that we’re proud of, got our first film clip in the bag, did our best European tour yet, and as musicians it’s all starting to really come together. Did you keep to last year’s resolution? Will you be trying for one this year? BLIII: Every year my resolution is the same – guitar party! All over the place! No rules! JM: I’ve never been one for resolutions. The lifestyle formula of 90 per cent rock‘n’roll to 10 per cent beer ‘n’ protein shakes has never left me looking for answers. If anything, I resolve to continue living the dream and to be more vigilant with the use of protection. PC: To be honest I can’t even remember last year’s resolution, my memory’s shot - too many beers on the road! What will you be saying this time in 2012? BLIII: Wait... what was that? ...owww my fingers hurt... JM: I’ll be teaching my newborn nephew all the most effective swear words, probably on a longdistance phonecall from the road, tearing up America with The Art. PC: Where’s the bar?!


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LIFE ON THE WARD

Who do you want to be kissing this NYE? CB: The sky. AW: Can anybody please arrange for Johnny Depp to meet me at the decks? YC: I am planning on a double backflip between two speeding cars.

On the back of last year’s sell-out success, NYE On The Harbour is back again. Set against the infamous backdrop of Sydney Harbour at Cargo Bar & Lounge, punters get an incredible view of the fireworks spectacular along with a top-shelf lineup of local and international entertainment. This year midnight will be rung in with help from Architecture In Helsinki, Yacht Club DJs, Sampology, French Horn Rebellion, Sosueme DJs and Luke Million. We caught up with Cameron Bird of AIH, Alison Wonderland and Yacht Club DJs to get some tips on celebrating NYE. Is there one song that you would love to cover or play at midnight on NYE? Cameron Bird: Islands In The Stream by Kenny & Dolly Alison Wonderland: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It by REM Yacht Club DJs: In a perfect world... The Gambler by Kenny Rogers or Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit by Pantera.

What’s been your best NYE ever? CB: Always the next one. AW: I am usually working but two years ago giving Karen O a piggyback was really pretty good. YC: One NYE I was accidentally sent back in time to 1955. I met my future parents in high school and accidentally attracted my future mother’s romantic interest. I had to repair the damage to history by causing my parents-to-be to fall in love, and with the help of the scientist Dr Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown and his Delorean time-machine, I had to find a way to return to the present. Any tips for post NYE hangover recovery? CB: The gym, HBO and fried food in that order. AW: Gatorade and potato chips. Make sure the Gatorade is blue (for some reason blue works better). YC: Aspirin, Always Sunny… and a hammer.

How would you manage playing an instrument/ manning the decks/singing/some other musical endeavour AND the NYE kiss at the same time? CB: Kiss by the power of riffs. AW: With magic. YC: There’s two of us… Are there any rules that can’t be broken for the NYE kiss? CB: No cats. AW: No family or pets. YC: No, but why not break with tradition and tandem backflip when the clock hits midnight.

CUTTING HIS TEETH IN AT THE DRIVEIN AND SPARTA, THE NOW SOLO MUSICIAN IN HIS OWN RIGHT JIM WARD RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA TO PERFORM AT PEATS RIDGE FESTIVAL AND DO AN INTIMATE SHOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME ACCOMPANIED BY A FULL BAND, ON FRIDAY 6 JANUARY AT THE SANDRINGHAM HOTEL. HE GAVE DRUM SOME INSIGHT INTO LIFE ON THE ROAD. Dear Readers, I was asked to write a tour journal/diary about recent months. The best I can do is tell you how it is on this end of the husband/friend/partner/guitar/stage/bar/ drink/tour/settlement/conference call/interview/cell phone/theatre/management/fire/ice/drink/booze/sleep... My name is Jim Ward. I have had an incredible life that I am as grateful for as a human can be. When I was seventeen years old I graduated from high school and told my parents that I didn’t want to go to college, that I wanted to be in a band. My dad said, “Be the best fucking band you can be.” He didn’t usually cuss so I took notice. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. There weren’t a lot of bands but I knew some guys and we started At the Drive-In. We worked hard to make records and go on tour... I borrowed a thousand bucks and bought an old van - we did a couple months of touring. I was eighteen. I learned a lot. I learned a lot from Omar and Cedric and Jarrett - it was an eye-opening time in life.

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Things came and went; Jarrett went to school, Tony and Paul joined, I left the band, I came back, we toured, we made records, things built - we lost our way a bit - we put on the brakes and went our separate ways. It was traumatic, it was lifechanging, we all had a difficult time but formed new bands and buried any weirdness in making records, going on tour, working hard, we are from El Paso after all... We have a work ethic. I never really talk about ATDI in interviews because what question are you going to ask that I don’t already know the answer to? who is going to make me think deeper than I already do? You can’t. I lived it - I lived it before and after you knew who we were or cared, so how can you ask me something I would be challenged by? I wouldn’t, and you can’t - it was a band to people, it was a record or a show - to me it was a family, it was a life, and I have never really been able to register where we went off track and found ourselves at odds. Well, until now. Now I know when you let other shit get in the way of love and family, then you lose your way. End of story. So, we all have done loads of things and everyone is still healthy and happy and that means the world to me. We are alive, there is a lot of casualties of rock and roll and we are not one of them, that is amazing - so when we decided to do a Sparta show after four years off, of course it went well - we love each other and we played because we wanted to make music together - there was no lawyer or manager or therapist telling us how. We love music... End of story. I do a lot of things. I own a couple of bars, I produce some records, I make some records, I sing, I am a husband, a son, a friend... But my tour journal will forever read that I do this because I love it and I love the people I play with, whatever the band, whatever the crowd, whatever the outcome. I have been all over the world playing guitar and singing - I will never complain about that - I am appreciative. I think there are more exciting things to come. Thank You

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LA GRANDE XMAS

WEAPONS OF CHOICE

There are two awesome nights coming up at Oxford Art Factory that are certain to get everyone into the Christmas Spirit. First off is La Grande Xmas featuring Glitter Canyon, La Mancha Negra and Sparrows plus live DJs S.Kobar and Capitano, all happening on Thursday night. Then on Friday night there’s the Farkin’ OAF Free Xmas Party, with I Forget Sorry! Crew, Only The Sea Slugs, Thieves, The Ganaschz and FGMT performing live, and if you didn’t get the title of the night – it’s free. That includes free drinks from 8pm until they run out!

that still sounds fresh and definitely the sound of the Panorama Bar. I’ve been playing it everywhere since it was released and actually heard Ricardo Villabolos play it recently to 5000 people at Cocorico in Riccione sounding immense on that huge system. NATE WILLIAMS Club Patrol - Roys Deathwish Mix Sex Trax (1994)

RADIO SLAVE WHAT TUNES NEVER LEAVE YOUR CRATE/WALLET/HARD DRIVE? PAUL JOHNSON 3rd Dimension - Armandos Euro Dance Mix Djax Records(1993) A timeless jacking piece of Chicago techno

For me this is the ultimate wild pitch track and one of the most hypnotic dance records I’ve ever heard. I was a resident at the Ministry of Sound when this was released and the wild pitch sound from New York was really popular and this record just blew everything else away. It’s got this super-hypnotic vibe that still destroys any crowd even now. CELEDA Be Yourself (Part Two)

Twisted (1999) I first heard Danny Tengalia drop this record at the first Homelands back in 1999 and it was one of those defining moments where house and techno really came together. UPCOMING RELEASE? The Machine Redhead – Joe Claussell remixes Rekids Although no release date has been set we’ve just received the Joe Claussell remixes of my Machine LP and this is something truly outstanding as Joe has reinterpreted all six tracks into a fusion of world music and modern electronica. I’ve been a fan of his for years and it’s such a great honour to finally work on a project together. NEXT PLAYING Sunday 1 January - Space Ibiza Presents Kehakuma, Greenwood Hotel Sunday 1 January - One Night Only, Metro Theatre

APOCALYPTIC TURN

Apocalypse NYE, the end of world-themed dress-up party that’s going to be packed with people dressed as everything from zombies to religious rapture enthusiasts, has had a lineup change. Ya Aha have been replaced with Lani The Procrastinator, who will now be performing alongside the likes of The Glimmer (pictured), Drop Tank, Double Crosses, Through A Glass Darkly, Alex Party Cat Sepansky, The Rock Wankers and Handsome Sons. It’s free entry at The Townie on New Year’s Eve.

JUST VISITING

DAVID MYLES WHY ARE YOU COMING TO VISIT OUR FAIR COUNTRY? The idea of touring in Australia has been in the works for a while. I’ve always wanted to do it. Then, I got into the Woodford Folk Festival which kind of opened the door to the idea of making a whole tour of it. I’m really looking forward to it. IS THIS YOUR FIRST VISIT? It is. My parents used to live down near Portland in Victoria so I’ve heard lots of wonderful things about the country. They’ve always spoken really highly of it. HOW LONG ARE YOU HERE FOR? I’ll be there for about three weeks in total. I arrive on Boxing Day. It’ll be a nice change of temperature for me, coming from the depths of the Canadian weather. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT AUSTRALIA, IN TEN WORDS OR LESS? Vast, even more sparsely populated than Canada, and sunny! ANY EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES YOU HOPE TO PARTICIPATE IN? I’m kind of a swimming fanatic. So any chance to swim, particularly in the ocean will definitely be taken advantage of. If I have a day or two, I’d love to give surfing a try. Seems to be the perfect chance to give it a go. We’ll see. WHAT WILL YOU BE TAKING HOME AS A SOUVENIR? To be honest, though I do travel a tonne, I’m not much of a souvenir collector. I live in a ridiculously tiny house in Canada so I have to be careful not to accumulate too much. My parents brought back some sweet art 40 years ago when they lived there that we still have. So finding something like that would be cool for sure. WHERE CAN WE COME SAY HI, AND BUY YOU AN AUSSIE BEER? Friday 6 January - The Basement Saturday 7 January - The Brass Monkey Sunday 8 January - The Vault FOR MORE INFO SEE: www.davidmyles.com @mylesdavid www.facebook.com/davidmylesmusic

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TUE 20 ADAM PRINGLE, + FRIENDS: Sandringham Hotel, street level ANDY MAMMERS TRIO: Opera Bar - Circular Quay DAVE POWER: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks DAVE WHITE EXPERIENCE (SOLO): Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar EMILY BARKER & THE RED CLAY HALO: The Polo Lounge, Taylor Square FENDER-BENDERS: Matraville RSL GEMMA RAY, MELODIE NELSON, STEVE SMYTH: The Vanguard - Newtown JAZZGROOVE XMAS PARTY feat. SIMON BARKER, ARUN LUTHRA: 505 - Surry Hills JEFF CHINKY FAN CLUB, MARCH OF THE REAL FLY, TIM FITZ, SKY SQUADRON, COLONIES: Annandale Hotel - Annandale JOE WEST, LUCINDA PETERS, THE KUMPNEE, BRENT CLOUGH: The Basement - Circular Quay OMG!: Scruffy Murphy’s - City PETER HEAD: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks REBORN, + SPECIAL GUESTS: Valve Bar - Tempe RED SLIM presents, BONDI JAM: Beach Rd Htl (Rex Room) Bondi ROB HENRY: Observer Hotel SONGS ON STAGE feat. MONICA LASUARDI, THE WILDBLOODS, SARAH CHERLIN, RUSSELL NEAL + GUESTS: Kogarah Hotel - Kogarah THE BLACK SORROWS, JAMES CHATBURN: Lizotte’s Kincumber THE GIN CLUB TRIO, MATT BANHAM, THE MALADIES, WHITE CITY: Annandale Hotel (upstairs) - Annandale THE LONELY BOYS: 3 Wise Monkeys Pub - City THEY CALL ME BRUCE: Maloney’’s Hotel City

WED 21 A TRIBUTE TO VAN MORRISON feat: Lizottes, Dee Why ANDY MAMMERS DUO: Maloney’’s Hotel City ASHLEIGH MANNIX, JAIME ROBBIE REYNE, MORGAN JOANEL: 34 Degrees South - Bondi Beach BONNEY READ, SINEAD BURGESS: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont CLOSURE IN MOSCOW, A LONELY CROWD: Beach Rd Htl (Rex Room) Bondi DAN SPILLANE: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar DARREN HANLON: Clarendon Guest House - Katoomba DAVE POWER, STEVE SAMPSON: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks

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DAVE SEASIDE: Artichoke Café Manly DAVE WHITE: Scruffy Murphy’s - City DIESEL, EVIL J & ST CECELIA: Lizotte’s Kincumber DJ GREG PERANO: Beach Rd Hotel (Public Bar) Bondi I’M WITH STUPID: O’Malleys Kings X INGA LILJESTROM: 505 - Surry Hills JAGERMEISTER presents COFFIN, BUSTA CAP, FOX VALLEY, DEADBEAT & HAZY, LIZA ROSE: Annandale Hotel - Annandale JAMIE LINDSAY: Northies Cronulla Hotel- Sport Bar JIMMY VARGAS & THE BLACK DAHLIAS: Blue Beat - Double Bay MIKE BENNETT: Observer Hotel NICKY KURTA: Summer Hill Hotel - Summer Hill PETER HEAD: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks ROSE OF YORK, ALLOWAY, KIRRAKAMERE: Brass Monkey - Cronulla SASKWATCH, DJ LANCELOT: Beach Rd Hotel (Camera Club) Bondi SONGS ON STAGE feat. SARAH CHERLIN, STEVEN, ALEX THOMPSON, LOIS MARES, RUSSELL NEAL, + GUESTS: Cat & Fiddle Hotel - Balmain SONGS ON STAGE feat. DAVID SATTOUT, EVE GOONAN, SENANI, TAOS, + GUESTS: Coach & Horses Hotel - Randwick SONGS ON STAGE feat. DAN CRESTANI, GREG SITA, + GUESTS: Cookies Lounge and Bar - North Strathfield SONGS ON STAGE feat. DANIEL HOPKINS, + GUESTS: Taren Point Hotel - Taren Point SPACE TICKET, NEW ARCHETYPES, DEBBIE, SNOUT CASSETTE, WHITE KNUCKLE FEVER: Sandringham Hotel, upstairs STEVE TONGE: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord THE BEARDS, CLAIRE, MATT ANDERSEN (USA): The Vanguard - Newtown THE BLACK SORROWS, THE CRAWFORD BROTHERS: Lizotte’s, Newcastle THE DEAD MARINES: Sandringham Hotel, street level THE WALL feat. SUBASKE, GLOVECATS, MCALLISTER, ADRIAN GIDARO, T-BO, D-FUNK: World Bar - Kings Cross WILDCATZ: 3 Wise Monkeys Pub - City WILLTRICITY, MADMAN PROPHETS, FRET: Valve Bar - Tempe ZOLTAN: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill

THU 22 3 WAY SPLIT: Orient Hotel - The Rocks

GIG OF THE WEEK

PEATS RIDGE FESTIVAL

Well, it’s gig of the three weeks actually, seeing as the next Drum appears on 10 January. With the new year fast approaching, those still making plans should note the stellar line-up of this year’s Peats Ridge festival. Held over three days in Glenworth Valley, the festival is being headlined by man of the moment Gotye, who’ll be counting down to 2012 at the stroke of midnight. Other acts on the line-up are Xavier Rudd, Salmonella Dub, Stanton Warriors, Dum Dum Girls, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro, The Holidays, Hanni El Khatib, Chase The Sun, Husky and many more. It runs from Thursday 29 December to Sunday 1 January. A TRIBUTE TO VAN MORRISON: Lizotte’s, Kincumber ABBY DOBSON, STEVE SMYTH: Brass Monkey - Cronulla ANDY MAMMERS: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord BIG SMACK: Bull & Bush - Baulkham Hills BRIAN’S FAMOUS JAZZ & CHILI CRAB NIGHT: Lizotte’s, Dee Why BUMP CITY: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville CALIFORNICATIONRED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS: Commercial Hotel - Liverpool CHRISTMAS with PETER COMBE, THE NEWSPAPER MAMA BAND, LITTLE LOVERS: The Vanguard - Newtown DAN SPILLANE: Northies, Sports Bar - Cronulla DAVE POWER, STEVE SAMPSON: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks DAVID AGIUS: Dee Why Hotel - Dee Why DAVID SATTOUT: Artichoke Café Manly DIRTY SWEET, BULLPUP KING, KAILAH KING: Beach Rd Htl (Rex Room) Bondi DOUBLE BARREL: Cronulla RSL - Cronulla EDDI READER QUARTET: Blue Beat - Double Bay FBI SOCIAL feat., MONSIEUR MOON, SUI ZHEN, QUIXOTICS, BENNIE JAMES: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross GLENN WHITEHALL: Sackville Hotel - Rozelle GOODNIGHT DYNAMITE: O’Malleys Hotel - Kings Cross HELPFUL KITCHEN GODS, CALLTO COLOR, BALKAN GRILL, THADDEUS CLAY, + GUESTS: Valve Bar - Tempe JACKIE LOEB: Slide Darlinghurst KIRK BURGESS: Crowne Plaza - Terrigal LA GRANDE XMAS feat, GLITTER CANYON, LA MANCHA NEGRA, SPARROWS, + DJ’s: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space

LATE SHIFT: Scruffy Murphy’s - City LILY DIOR, THE SOUL CONTENDERS: 505 - Surry Hills MARTY from RECKLESS: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown MATT PRICE: Panthers, Terrace Bar - Penrith MICHAEL PETER: Greengate Hotel - Killara OPEN MIC NIGHT: Excelsior Hotel - Glebe OUTLIER: Stacks Taverna - Darling Harbour PARTY VIBE: 3 Wise Monkeys Pub - City PAT DRUMMOND: Pioneer Tavern - Penrith PETE: Gymea Bay Hotel - Gymea PETER HEAD: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks PROPAGANDA feat., URBY, CONRAD GREENLEAF, DAN BOMBINGS: World Bar - Kings Cross SAM & JAMIE TRIO: Maloneys Hotel - City SLEEPMAKESWAVES, MENISCUS, PIRATE, TOEHIDER (ACOUSTIC): Annandale Hotel - Annandale SONGWRITERS & OPEN MIC NIGHT, PAULY VELLA, LAURA BEASANT, NECK OF THE WOODS, THE YELLOW CANVAS, SARAH CHERLIN, HAILEY LINDERMANN, HALFWAIT, HELMUT UHLMANN: Mars Hill Café - Parramatta STEVE TONGE: Observer Hotel - The Rocks TALK OF THE TOWN: Charlestown Bowling Club THE BLACK SORROWS, THE CRAWFORD BROTHERS: Lizotte’s, Newcastle THE JAZZ FACTORY: Great Northern Hotel - Newcastle TOM TRELAWNY: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar ZOLTAN: Balgowlah RSL - Balgowlah

FRI 23 A TRIBUTE TO VAN MORRISION: Lizotte’s, Newcastle

A VERY DOBSON CHRISTMAS feat, ABBY DOBSON, PAUL MAC, JAKE & SIMON DOBSON, LARA GOODRIDGE, DEAN MANNING, AMBRE HAMMOND, ADRIAN HEATH: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville ALEX CANNINGS: Observer Hotel - The Rocks AM 2 PM: Corrimal RSL - Corrimal ANDY MAMMERS DUO: Kirribilli Hotel - Kirribilli ANTHEMS OF OZ: Penshurst Hotel - Penshurst ARMCHAIR TRAVELLERS DUO: Club Rivers - Riverwood AT THE HOP: Belmont 16’s - Belmont BEN FINN DUO: Ettamogah Hotel - Rouse Hill BEN SUNDAE: Bankstown Hotel - Bankstown BENN GUNN DUO: Oceans Bar - Coogee BIG SHOTS DEULLING PIANO SHOW: Club Five Dock - Five Dock BIG VILLAGE XMAS SHOW with, TRUE VIBENATION, ELLESQUIRE, TUKA, DAILY MEDS, + MANY MORE: Annandale Hotel Annandale BLACK DIAMOND HEARTS: Golden Sheaf Hotel - Double Bay BLONDE 182: Stacks Taverna - Darling Harbour BONDI CIGARS: Lizotte’s, Kincumber BUTTON DOWN DISCO ALL STARS feat, KYRO & BOMBER, 2BUSY2KISS, MOOWHO, NIGHTMARE, FAWKES, WHATIS?, ACID MOUTH, + more: Candy’s Apartment - Potts Point CAMBO: O’Malleys Hotel - Kings Cross CEARA FOX: Collaroy Beach Hotel - Collaroy CHRISTMAS with, PETER COMBE, THE NEWSPAPER MAMA BAND, LITTLE LOVERS: The Vanguard - Newtown

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CONTRABAN, NEON HEART, THE DEEP END, KILL APPEAL: Capitol Square Hotel - Haymarket COUNTERFEIT TRIBUTE NIGHT: CHRISTMAS feat, THE GLIMMER TWINS, STATIONMASTERS, MAXINE KAUTER, JOSH SHIPTON, EMILY RYAN, WOMAN & CHEE, LUNA BUGS, EMMANUAL BRIMSTONE & THE ROXETTES: Town Hall Hotel - Newtown DAN BEAZLEY: Charlestown Bowling Club DAN LAWRENCE: Macquarie Hotel - Liverpool DAN LAWRENCE: Observer Hotel (late) - The Rocks DAN LISSING DUO: Crows Nest Hotel (early) - Crows Nest DAVE WHITE EXPERIENCE: Crows Nest Hotel (late) - Crows Nest) DAVID AGIUS TRIO: Castle Hill Tavern - Castle Hill DJ JEREMY: Beach Rd Htl (Public Bar) Bondi DJ MATT & SCOTTY SAX: Bankstown Sports Club - Bankstown DJ TONE: Oatley Hotel DOUBLE BARREL: 3 Swallows Hotel - Bankstown DREW MCALISTER: Novotel, Brewery Bar Olympic Park, Homebush FALCONIA FRIDAYS feat, DEVOLA, F.R.I.E.N.D.S DJs, BOONIE, ISBJORN, STONEY ROADS: Kit & Kaboodle - Kings Cross FALLON BROTHERS: Engadine RSL - Engadine FARKIN’OAF FREE XMAS PARTY with, I FORGET, SORRY! CREW, ONLY THE SEA SLUGS, THIEVES, THE GANASCHZ, FGMT, + DJ’s: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space FBI SOCIAL feat., KING BROWN, 4TH WALL CITY, HIGH NOON: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross FIONA LEIGH-JONES DUO: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord FUNKSTAR: 3 Wise Monkeys Pub - City FUNKY MUNKY: Warners at the Bay

GARY JOHNS: Grand Hotel - Rockdale GET SWANKY: Nelson Bay Diggers Club GOOD COMPANY: Cessnock Supporters Club GRAND THEFT AUDIO, DJ SONIC: Belmore Hotel - Newcastle GREG BYRNE: Northies, Sports Bar - Cronulla HEATH BURDELL: Castle Hill RSL - Courtyard HELLO CLEVELAND: Pioneer Tavern - Penrith HIGHWAY TO HELL-AC/ DC SHOW: Clarendon Tavern - Clarendon HIT SEEKERS: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING: Ingleburn RSL - Ingleburn INTIMATE LOUNGE MUSIC: Fairfield RSL, Supper Club JACKS IN BLACK: Courthouse Hotel - Taylor Square JJ DUO: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar JOHN WILLIAMS: Oasis on Beamish Hotel - Campsie K.P: Palms Hotel - Chullora KEEP THE FAITH - BON JOVI SHOW: Bull & Bush - Baulkham Hills KING TIDE, PENNY & THE MYSTICS: Brass Monkey - Cronulla KOTADAMA: Exchange Hotel - Newcastle LOONATIC FRINGE: The Mark Hotel - Newcastle MACSON DUO: Heathcote Hotel - Heathcote MANDI JARRY DUO: Panthers, Terrace Bar - Penrith MANYANA: Tall Timbers Hotel - Ourimbah, Central Coast MARK COREY: Crows Nest Hotel (Piano Bar) MARK HOPPER: Artichoke Café Manly MARTY MULHOLLAND: Parramatta RSL - Parramatta MATT JONES DUO: Albion Hotel-Parramatta MATT PRICE DUO: Chamberlain Hotel - City MIX TAPE, DJ JAMES: Shelbourne Hotel - City MOONLIGHT DRIVE DUO: Hotel Jesmond - Jesmond MOTOSOUL: Petersham Bowling Club MR BREEZE: North Richmond Hotel MUM feat. THE RUMINATORS, THE PIXIEKILLS, HEAVY HEADS, CARPET, TAINTED FIST, VICIOUS DICKENS, MOONBASE COMMANDER, MUM DJ’S: World Bar - Kings Cross NICHE PRODUCTIONS present, MOVEMENT feat GREY GHOST: Beach Rd Htl (Rex Room) Bondi NICKY KURTA: Mill Hill Hotel - Bondi Junction NIXON WING, BAD PARTY FRIDAY DJs: Great Northern Hotel - Newcastle NOVA TONE: Southern Cross Hotel - St Peters PEACHY: Bayview Tavern - Gladesville

PEPPERMINT JAM: Smithfield RSL Club - Smithfield PETE HUNT: Chatswood RSL - Chatswood PROFESSOR GROOVE & THE BOOTY AFFAIR: Blue Beat - Double Bay REASONS 2B CHEERFUL: Narrabeen Sands - Narrabeen REPLIKA DUO: Steelers Club - Wollongong RIP IT UP: Eastern Suburbs Legion Club ROB RHODES: The Belvedere Hotel - Sydney RYAN DALEY: Windsor Castle Hotel - Newcastle SHINDIG: Penrith Gaels - Kingswood SONGS ON STAGE feat., BEN WILLIAM, SLIGHTLY OFF, ANANDA DOYLE, INCIATE, RUSSELL NEAL, + GUESTS: Everglades Country Club - Woy Woy SONS OF MERCURY: Scruffy Murphy’s - City SPEEDSTER: Kingswood Sports Club - Kingswood STEPHANIE JANSEN: Quakers Inn - Quakers Hill STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Beach Club - Collaroy STEVE TONGE DUO: Hillside Hotel - Castle Hill STONE COLD SOBER: Matraville Hotel - Matraville TERRY BATU: Winmalee Tavern - Winmalee THE AFFAIRS TRIO: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill THE BLACK SORROWS, ALISA FEDELE: Lizottes, Dee Why The Boogie Boys: Overlander Hotel Cambridge Park THE CAPITOLS: Blacktown RSL Celebrity Room THE DUO: Duke of Wellington Hotel New Lambton THE NEVILLES: Commercial Htl Parramatta THE SUBTERRANEANS: 505 - Surry Hills THEY CALL ME BRUCE: PJ Gallaghers - Drummoyne THIRD TIME LUCKY: Parramatta Leagues THUNDERSTRUCK-AC/ DC SHOW, SHADOW BOXER - THE ANGELS SHOW: The Ranch Hotel - Marsfield TIM PRINGLE: Great Southern Hotel - Sydney TOM T DUO: Customs House Bar - Circular Quay TWIST AND SHOUT: 60’S DANCE PARTY, DJ MR CHAD, DYLABOLICAL: Spectrum Darlinghurst (Late) TWO’S COMPANY & CO: East Leagues Club - Bondi Junction VIAGRO: Orana Hotel - Blacksmiths


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SAT 24 2 OF HEARTS: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL ALL STAR DUO: Bankstown Sports Club - Bankstown AM 2 PM: Parramatta RSL - Parramatta ANDY MAMMERS: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross BEN FINN DUO, MATT JONES DUO: Castle Hill Tavern - Castle Hill BIG RICH: Hunters Hill Hotel - Hunters Hill BRAD JOHNS: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord CAMBO: Sir Joseph Banks Hotel - Botany CANDY’S CHRISTMAS EVE feat, M.A.I.N ST, BOOGIE MONSTER, BROSMAN, CRYSIST, DISKORIOT, + more: Candy’s Apartment - Potts Point CHRIS PATON, STEVE TONGE: Northies, Sports Bar - Cronulla CHRISTMAS CREEPS PARTY feat, THE POSTMAN, NACHO: World Bar - Kings Cross DAN BEAZLEY: Belmont 16’s - Belmont DAVID AGIUS: Castle Hill RSL - Castle Hill DAVID MCMASTER: Kirribilli Hotel - Kirribilli DEEP DUO: Beach Club - Collaroy DES GIBSON: Lansvale Hotel - Lansvale DJ GREG PERANO: Beach Rd Htl (Public Bar) Bondi DJ TONE: Oatley Hotel DOUBLE WHAMMY: Engadine RSL - Engadine DR ZOOM DUO: Nelson Bay Diggers Club EAST COAST BAND: Crows Nest Hotel (late) - Crows Nest) ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH PARTY: Mounties - Mt Pritchard

ERIN MARSHALL DUO, WHITE BROTHERS DUO: Ettamogah Hotel - Rouse Hill FALLON BROTHERS: Brewhouse - Marayong FLYTE: East Leagues Club - Bondi Junction GARETH HUDSON: South Leagues Club GARY JOHNS: PJ Gallaghers - Drummoyne HEAT WAVE: Penrith Gaels - Kingswood HELLO CLEVELAND: Stacks Taverna Darling Harbour HIT MACHINE: 3 Wise Monkeys Pub - City HIT SEEKERS: Blacktown RSL - Blacktown HIT SEEKERS: Blacktown RSL - Celebrity Room JAMIE LINDSAY DUO: Northies, Northies Bar - Cronulla JAZZ NOUVEAU: Fairfield RSL, Supper Club JUS GORDON: Tall Timbers Hotel - Ourimbah, Central Coast KING TIDE: Brass Monkey - Cronulla KRISHNA JONES TRIO: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar KROSSFIRE: Orana Hotel - Blacksmiths LATE SHIFT: St George Sailing Club - Kogarah LUKE ROBINSON: Menu 33, Novotel - Rooty Hill MARISSA SAROCA: Cessnock Supporters Club MARK COREY, JOSH MCIVOR: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill MARTYS PLACE (DUO): Cronulla RSL - Cronulla MATTHEW DEKAY: The Spice Cellar - Sydney MEMPHIS OUTLAWS: Campbelltown Catholic Club MILLENNIUM BUG: Heathcote Hotel - Heathcote MOONLIGHT DRIVE: Warners at the Bay NEXT BEST THING: Bizzos - Caringbah NICKY KURTA DUO: Oceans Bar - Coogee ORPHANS CHRISTMAS with THE MOUNTAINS, LITTLE BASTARD, HAZZY BEE, DAN CRESTANI, + MANY MORE: Annandale Hotel - Annandale

OUTLIER: Scruffy Murphy’s - City PARTY VIBE: Penrith Panthers - T.C’s PETE GELZINNIS: Duke of Wellington Hotel - New Lambton PETER HEAD: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks PETER LONG: Collaroy Beach Hotel - Collaroy PROFESSOR GROOVE & THE BOOTY AFFAIR: Blue Beat - Double Bay RATTLE & HUM-U2 SHOW: Penrith RSL, Castle Lounge REASON8ERS: Peachtree Hotel - Penrith ROAD CREW: Huskission Hotel - Huskission SINGLED OUT: Orient Hotel - The Rocks SMOKING PONIES, + FRIENDS: Beach Rd Htl (Rex Room) Bondi SONGS ON STAGE feat., KID VEGAZ, RUSSELL NEAL, + GUESTS: Terrey Hills Tavern - Terrey Hills SONS OF MERCURY: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Dicey Riley’s Hotel - Wollongong STORMCELLAR: Bald Rock Hotel - Rozelle STREETS OF OMAH, DJ SONIC: Belmore Hotel - Newcastle SURPRISE PARTY: Wentworthville Leagues (Late) TERRY BATU: The Bay Sports - Bateau Bay THE WIZZCATZ: Katoomba RSL - Katoomba TOM TRELAWNY: Kellys on King - Newtown TWINSANITY DUO: Windsor Castle Hotel - Newcastle UNFORGIVEN- THE METALLICA SHOW: Bull & Bush - Baulkham Hills VANITY: South Hurstville RSL VEGAS: Beauford Hotel - Mayfield WILDCATZ: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta YUM: Kingswood Sports Club - Kingswood ZOLTAN: Malabar RSL - Malabar

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MON 26 ACHTUNG BABY-U2 SHOW: Towradgi Beach Htl DAVE POWER: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks DAVE WHITE: Northies, Sports Bar - Cronulla DJ TONE, ANTHONY HUGHES: Oatley Hotel (afternoon) - Oatley GRAND THEFT AUDIO: Exchange Hotel - Newcastle GREG BYRNE DUO: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill JOSH MCIVOR: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord KIRK BURGES DUO: Albion Hotel-Parramatta MATT JONES: Rydges - Parramatta MIKE BENNETT, CAMBO, ROB HENRY: Observer Hotel - The Rocks RED HOT NUMBERS: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL ROXING DAY #2 with GAY PARIS, RAISE THE CRAZY, CELIBATE RIFLES, DUNE BUGGY ATTACK SQUADRON, SATIVA SUN, RUST: Annandale Hotel - Annandale THE MATCHBOX TRIBUTE SHOW: St George Leagues - Kogarah VANITY: Huskission Hotel - Huskission

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ADAM PRINGLE, + FRIENDS: Sandringham Hotel, street level DAVE POWER: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks OMG!: Scruffy Murphy’s - City RETRO GROOVE: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL STEVE TONGE, ROB HENRY: Observer Hotel - The Rocks THEY CALL ME BRUCE: Maloneys Hotel - City

WED 28 ANDY MAMMERS DUO: Maloneys Hotel - City ASH GRUNWALD, TAYLOR & THE MAKERS: Lizottes, Newcastle BRIAN CADD & RUSSELL MORRIS: Lizottes, Dee Why DAN SPILLANE: Mean Fiddler Hotel, Sub Bar - Rouse Hill DAVE POWER, STEVE SAMPSON: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks DAVID AGIUS: Summer Hill Hotel - Summer Hill HEATH BURDELL: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar JAGERMEISTER presents CHICO SEEDS, LINT, PARTISAN CODE, SAVE TRACK RECORD, TRIANGLE SKIES: Annandale Hotel - Annandale JIMMY VARGAS & THE BLACK DAHLIAS: Blue Beat - Double Bay MAMATONE: Nelson Bay Diggers Club MANDI JARRY: Northies, Sports Bar - Cronulla MATT PRICE: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord MIKE BENNETT: Observer Hotel - The Rocks OPEN MIC NIGHT: Fitzroy Hotel - Windsor RENEE GEYER: Vault 146, Windsor REPLIKA: Scruffy Murphy’s - City STEVE TONGE DUO: O’Malleys Hotel - Kings Cross

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BECCY COLE, LYN BOWTELL: Lizottes, Dee Why BENN GUNN DUO: Steelers Club - Wollongong BRIAN CADD & RUSSELL MORRIS: Lizottes, Newcastle BRIAN’S FAMOUS JAZZ & CHILI CRAB NIGHT: Lizottes, Kincumber CEARA FOX DUO: Albion Hotel-Parramatta COUGAR DUO: Hills District Bowling Club - Baulkham Hills DAN BEAZLEY: The Mark Hotel - Newcastle DJ MATT & SCOTTY SAX: Bankstown Sports Club - Bankstown END OF AUGUST: Hotel Jesmond - Jesmond FALCONIA FRIDAYS feat, DEVOLA, HOBOPHONICS, KRISTY LEE, STARJUMPS, BOONIE: Kit & Kaboodle - Kings Cross FUNKY MUNKY, DJ SONIC: Belmore Hotel - Newcastle HARRY’S LOOKOUT: Great Northern Hotel - Newcastle HUGO BOZ: Tall Timbers Hotel - Ourimbah, Central Coast HUMMDINGER: Nelson Bay Diggers Club JED ZARB: Quakers Inn - Quakers Hill JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE: Brass Monkey - Cronulla JUKE KARTEL, SYNDICATE, SUNSET RIOT: Annandale Hotel - Annandale KIRK BURGESS: Collaroy Beach Hotel - Collaroy MAMATONE: Windsor Castle Hotel - Newcastle MOONLIGHT DRIVE: Exchange Hotel - Newcastle NEXT BEST THING: Seven Hills RSL OMG! (UNPLUGGED): The Stag & Hunter Hotel ONE WORLD: Courthouse Hotel - Taylor Square PROFESSOR GROOVE & THE BOOTY AFFAIR: Blue Beat - Double Bay REBECCA JOHNSON BAND: East Leagues Club - Bondi Junction

THU 29 ASH GRUNWALD, THE WIDOW-BIRDS: Lizottes, Dee Why BECCY COLE, LYN BOWTELL: Lizottes, Newcastle BRIAN CADD & RUSSELL MORRIS: Lizottes, Kincumber DAVE POWER, STEVE SAMPSON: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks FBI SOCIAL feat., HANNI EL KHATIB: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross GLENN WHITEHALL: Edinburgh Castle Hotel - City HIT SELECTION: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL KARAOKE, PING PONG DJS, MIKE JAY, CHAPPERS: World Bar - Kings Cross KIRK BURGESS: Sackville Hotel - Rozelle LOW FLYING HIPPIES: Wickham Park Hotel - Newcastle MATT JONES: Scruffy Murphy’s - City RENEE GEYER: The Basement - Circular Quay SCRATCH: Nelson Bay Diggers Club THE DEATH SET: The Standard - Surry Hills THE KUMPNEE, EMPIRE RISING, BLUE CANDY, YELLOW CANVAS: Annandale Hotel - Annandale VANITY: Stacks Taverna - Darling Harbour YESHE: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville

FRI 30 031 ROCK SHOW: Scruffy Murphy’s - City A-LIVE: Stacks Taverna - Darling Harbour ALL STAR DUO: Coogee Legions Club - Coogee

RED HOT NUMBERS: Overlander Hotel Cambridge Park RENEE GEYER: The Basement Circular Quay REPLIKA: Huskission Hotel - Huskission ROSS WARD: Great Southern Hotel - Sydney SCRATCH PERVERTS: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space SKYZ THE LIMIT: Engadine RSL - Engadine SPEEDSTER: Crows Nest Hotel (late) - Crows Nest) STONEFREE: Orana Hotel - Blacksmiths THE BIG BANG: Charlestown Bowling Club THE ROCKIN EDDIE BAND: Belmont 16’s - Belmont THE SUE AND MIKEY SHOW: Duke of Wellington Hotel - New Lambton THE WALL, POP THE HATCH, TONY AND TODDY, SINGHA, ELLA LOCHA, ADRIAN GIDARO, CLOCKWERK: World Bar Kings Cross TUCAN: Cessnock Supporters Club TWINSANITY DUO: Warners at the Bay TWO’S COMPANY: Kurnell Rec Club - Kurnell

SAT 31 2 OF HEARTS: Penrith Bowling & Recreation Club - Penrtih 3 WAY SPLIT: Kingswood Sports Club - Kingswood ABBALANCHE - ABBA SHOW: Revesby Workers, Whitlam Theatre AFTER PARTY BAND: Bankstown Sports Club, Rainforest Lounge ALTITUDE: Huskission Hotel - Huskission APOCALYPSE NYE feat, THE GLIMMER, DROP TANK, DOUBLE CROSSESA, THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, ALEX PARTY CAT, SEPANSKY, THE ROCK WANKERS, HANDSOME SONS: Town Hall Hotel - Newtown

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ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI, BAG RAIDERS, YACHT CLUB DJS, SAMPOLOGY, FRENCH HORN REBELLION, ALISON WONDERLAND, SOSUEME DJ’S, LUKE MILLION, HEY NOW!: Cargo Bar, King St Wharf - City BLUE MOON QUARTET: Fairfield RSL, Supper Club BOBBY C: Windsor Castle Hotel - Newcastle CAPTAIN MATCHBOX WHOOPEE BAND RE-IGNITED, HAT FITZ, CARA ROBINSON: Notes Live - Enmore CHART BUSTERS: Rooty Hill RSL, Fred Chubb Lounge - Rooty Hill CROSS CITY TRAFFIC: Brighton RSL Brighton-Le-Sands DES GIBSON: Lansvale Hotel - Lansvale DOUBLE WHAMMY: Ryde Ex-Servicemans Club - Ryde ECLYPSE: Revesby Workers ECLYPSE: Revesby Workers, Cabaret Lounge - Revesby ENORMOUS HORNS: The Cube, Campbelltown FAST TRACK ZODIAC: Hubertus Country Club - Luddenham FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD NYE 2011 feat, MOBIN MASTER feat KARINA CHAVEZ, ROYAAL, MATT FERREIRA, FLITE, IKO, SEIZ, DANE, DAVE AUSTIN: Home, The Venue - City FREE FALLING: Duke of Wellington Hotel - New Lambton FRESHMIX: Chatswood RSL - Chatswood GRAYSON: Orana Hotel - Blacksmiths HIGHWAY TO HELL-AC/ DC SHOW: Illawarra Yacht Club - Warrawong HOT DAMN! feat DREAM ON DREAMER, SIENNA SKIES, NORTHLANE, THE BRIDE, NEVER SEE TOMORROW: Spectrum - Darlinghurst IGUANA: Warners at the Bay INCOGNITO BAND: Exchange Hotel - Newcastle KOTADAMA, AGT: Nelson Bay Diggers Club

MAD SEASON: Taren Point Bowling Club MAL BARNES: Drummoyne Sailing Club - Drummoyne MANYANA: Hurstville RSL Club - Hurstville MARK WELLS VARIETY BIG BAND: South Leagues Club MARKUS SCHULZ (US): Metro Theatre - Sydney MARSALA: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville MILLENNIUM BUG: Smithfield RSL Club - Smithfield MOONLIGHT DRIVE DUO, DJ SONIC: Belmore Hotel - Newcastle MUDDY FEET, RAPTURE: Stacks Taverna - Darling Harbour NEW YEARS EVE EXTRAVAGANZA with, CRAIG CALHOUN: Lizottes, Dee Why NEW YEARS EVE EXTRAVAGANZA with, BECCY COLE, THE TOOMBS BROTHERS: Lizottes, Kincumber NEW YEARS EVE EXTRAVAGANZA with, GRANT WALMSLEY & THE AGENTS OF PEACE: Lizottes, Newcastle NEW YEARS EVE with, BRITISH INDIA, FLOATING ME, STRANGERS, THE COLT 44’S: Annandale Hotel - Annandale NYE AMAZON feat, CARL ALLEY, MJM, DANTE RIVERA: Shelbourne Hotel - City NYE LATIN ROOFTOP (LATIN/WORLD MUSIC) feat, VICCO EL SONERO, DWIGHT CHOCOLATE ESCOBAR: Altitude Bar (Shelbourne Hotel) - City NYE MASKED BALL feat, THE SNOWDROPPERS, BROTHERS GRIM & THE BLUE MURDERS, KIRA PURU & THE BRUISE, JADED VANITIES, GOLDFOOT, STEVE SMYTH: The Vanguard - Newtown PETE GELZINNIS: Club Singleton - Singleton RADIO BANDITS: East Leagues Club - Bondi Junction RAY BEADLE: Brass Monkey - Cronulla RED CORVETTE: Engadine RSL - Engadine

SFX feat., TONIGHT ALIVE, HEROES FOR HIRE, CHEMICAL TRANSPORT: St James Hotel - Sydney SOLID GOLD PARTY NIGHT WITH DAVE: Cessnock Supporters Club SPRUCE GOOSE: Tall Timbers Hotel - Ourimbah, Central Coast STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Wickham Park Hotel - Newcastle TALK OF THE TOWN, DR ZOOM DUO, DJ FUSION: Belmont 16’s - Belmont TERRY BATU: Earlwood Ex-Servicemen’s Club - Earlwood THE AUSTRALIAN PINK SHOW: Beresfield Bowling Club - Beresfield THE SEABELLIES, THE OWLS, + more: Great Northern Hotel - Newcastle THE SHOUT BROS: Botany View Hotel - Newtown THE SNAPE BROTHERS TRIO: Charlestown Bowling Club TONE RANGERS: Steelers Club Wollongong TWO GOOD REASONS: The Mark Hotel - Newcastle VANITY: Paragon Hotel - Circular Quay XTRA HOT: West Pennant Hills Sports Club - West Pennant Hill ZU2 - THE U2 EXPERIENCE: Overlander Hotel - Cambridge Park

SUN 01 KIRK BURGESS: Waverley Bowling Club - Waverley MATT SEABERG: Huskission Hotel - Huskission NEW YEARS DAY with, TIM ROGERS, + GUESTS: Annandale Hotel - Annandale PAUL HEYWARDS LIVE PUNK KARAOKE BAND: Sandringham Hotel, street level PETE HUNT: East Leagues Club Bondi Junction RICK FENSOM: Collaroy Beach Hotel - Collaroy SASHA, RADIO SLAVE, IN FLAGRANTI: Metro Theatre - Sydney

TONY WILLIAMS: Kincumber Hotel Kincumber, Central Coast

MON 02 2 OF HEARTS: Revesby Workers, Skyline Lounge DINKI DI ACOUSTIC feat, GEOFF CARTWRIGHT & FRIENDS, MEN WITH DAY JOBS DUO, GRAHAM HEALY: The Hive Bar - Erskineville DUM DUM GIRLS (USA), + SPECIAL GUESTS: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space

TUE 03 ADAM PRINGLE, + FRIENDS: Sandringham Hotel, street level HANGGAI (CHINA): The Basement - Circular Quay MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO, TUBA SKINNY: Byron Bay Brewery - Byron Bay OMG!: Scruffy Murphy’s - City

WED 04 3 WAY SPLIT: Scruffy Murphy’s - City ALOE BLACC, ELECTRIC EMPIRE, MAYA JUPITER: Enmore Theatre - Enmore HANGGAI (CHINA): The Basement - Circular Quay JAGERMEISTER presents.., RILEY & DONNA, ELEPHANT, THE BIG DIZZY, FEEDING EDGAR, KOHJI: Annandale Hotel -Annandale NIMEO, CHARLIE & THE MADDOX FACTORY, DR KONG & THE STERN CELLS: The Vanguard - Newtown OLD MAN CROW: Sandringham Hotel, street level SWAMP THING (NZ): Brass Monkey - Cronulla

THU 05 BAD MANNERS (UK): Metro Theatre - Sydney

CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT, THEE FALSE SWAMIS, FABERGETTES: The Vanguard - Newtown DIRTY DEEDS - AC/ DC SHOW: Yamba Bowling Club - Yamba FBI SOCIAL feat., YUKON BLONDE (CANADA), LEADER CHEETAH (DUO), TIN SPARROW, BRIAN CAMPEAU: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross HANGGAI (CHINA): Lizottes, Kincumber HAWKSLEY WORKMAN: Brass Monkey - Cronulla ILLY: Narooma Golf Club - Narooma JIM JONES REVUE, THE DELTA RIGGS: Annandale Hotel - Annandale JOE ROBINSON, ANNABELLE KAY: Lizottes, Newcastle MARK SEYMOUR, JAMES WILLING: Lizottes, Dee Why MATT JONES: Stacks Taverna - Darling Harbour MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO: Great Northern Hotel - Byron Bay NICKY KURTA: Scruffy Murphy’s - City

FRI 06 BERNIE SEGEDIN: Great Southern Hotel - Sydney CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT: Petersham Bowling Club COOKIN WITH AL: Kincumber Hotel Kincumber, Central Coast DIRTY DEEDS - AC/ DC SHOW: Grafton District Services Club DREW MCALISTER: Red Cow Hotel - Penrith FBI SOCIAL feat., RE:ENACTMENT, DREAM DELAY, ARUNDEL, DJ SUBSEA: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross FLYING LOTUS, MARTYN, AFRICA HITECH: Metro Theatre - Sydney FUN PUPPET: Penrith Hotel - Penrith GLENN SHORROCK, TIM WHEATLEY: Lizottes, Newcastle

GREG BRYCE: Tall Timbers Hotel - Ourimbah, Central Coast HAT FITZ, CARA ROBINSON: Lizottes, Dee Why HELLO CLEVELAND: Quakers Inn - Quakers Hill HIP NOT HOP: Stacks Taverna - Darling Harbour ILLY: Tathra Hotel - Tathra JIM WARD, THE SMITH STREET BAND: Sandringham Hotel, upstairs JOE ROBINSON: Vault 146, Windsor MACSON: Engadine RSL - Engadine MARK SEYMOUR, MATT CORNELL: Lizottes, Kincumber NICKELBACK SHOW: Riverstone Memorial Club ONE HIT WONDERS: Campbelltown Catholic Club ONE MAN BAND FESTIVAL feat, LEWIS FLOYD HENRY, THE DAD HORSE EXPERIENCE, MADE FOR CHICKENS BY ROBOTS, KIRK SPECIAL, BLACKBEAR: The Vanguard - Newtown PARTY CENTRAL: Scruffy Murphy’s - City RETRO GROOVE: Overlander Hotel Cambridge Park STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Mona Vale Hotel - Mona Vale STEVE FLACKS GUITAR HEROES: Brass Monkey - Cronulla THE BLINDFOLDS, THE CLEANSKINS, STEWART SAYS: Town Hall Hotel - Newtown THE ROAD CREW: Coogee Bay Hotel - Beach Bar TULLO: Revesby Workers, Skyline Lounge XTRA HOT: Kurnell Rec Club - Kurnell

SAT 07 2 OF HEARTS: Lithgow Workmans Club - Lithgow ALTITUDE: Scruffy Murphy’s - City Aussie Foo Fighters Show: Colyton Hotel - St Marys

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THE STEVE LUKATHER SIGNATURE MUSIC MAN

Coming to Australia at the end of March as part of G3 with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, versatile veteran guitarist Steve Lukather, best known for his years in Toto, which he joined in 1976 as a 19 year old, as well as a plethora of sessions that has seen him work with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Warren Zevon, will, as an endorsee of Ernie Ball Music Man, be playing his signature Music Man guitar, nicknamed Luke. The Luke sports an alder body with maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, a non-locking Music Man floating vintage tremolo and Lukather’s choice of an EMG 85 humbucker and a pair of EMG SLV custom single-coil pickups. Lukather also plays Yamaha and Ovation acoustic guitars, and will be playing the Hordern Pavilion with G3 Friday 30 March.

ROBB FLYNN GETS HIS OWN FLYING V

Founder, guitarist and singer with American metal heroes Machine Head, Robb Flynn can now boast his own signature Epiphone Love/Death Baritone Flying V, being touted as Epiphone’s lowest and heaviest sounding guitar yet and the first of its kind in the family of Gibson brands. Flynn has designed a slightly shorter 27” baritone scale that tunes down to B to ensure the low end definition remains really tight, and the guitar is strung as Flynn strings his on stage - .58, .42, .32, unwound .18, .13 and .10. Featuring a mahogany body and SlimTaper “D”-profile neck, with ebony fingerboard and graphite nut for precision tuning, the guitar features an EMG-HA neck pickup and an EMG-81 bridge pickup, as well as a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece.

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Producer Joe Barresi (Kyuss, The Melvins, Tool) recorded and mixed the latest album, Arrows & Anchors, from Texan prog five-piece Fair To Midland at Joe’s House Of Compression in Pasadena, California, Brian Gardner mastering it at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. New Jersey-born Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten spent some 14 months popping in and out of the garage studio owned by multi-instrumentalist and producer Aaron Dessner of Cincinnati, Ohio, band The National recording her forthcoming third album, Tramp. Recorded at The Echo Chamber in Nova Scotia, soon to visit Canadian singer songwriter David Myles coproduced his latest album, Into The Sun, with his multi-instrumental musical partner in crime Charles Austin and programmer Graeme Campbell, who also mixed the album, J LaPointe mastering it at Archive Mastering in Mineville, also in Nova Scotia. Originally from Perth, the reggae-infused Sunshine Brothers took themselves off to Spain in order to record their third album, Red Alert, at Maliciosa Recording Studios in Madrid, engineered and mixed by George Nikoloudis and mastered it in London by Fluid. Chicago progressive five-piece Seven Day Sonnet will be recording their second album at Groovemaster Studios in their hometown in January. The debut album, Palya, from Indigenous rock/hip hop/ reggae five-piece Iwantja was recorded and produced by Tim Cole at the Winanjjikari Music Studio in Tennant Creek, in the Northern Territory, Cole mixing the album at Wantok Studio in Melbourne, with John Roberto then mastering it at Crystal Mastering. The bulk of the self-titled debut from Melbourne roots/alt.country five-piece Mustered Courage was recorded at Tender Trap Studios in Northcote, with producer Julian Abrahams, though four tracks were recorded at Newmarket Studios where the rest of the album was mixed by Yen Nguyen, David Briggs then mastering at Production Workshop. Brisbane tech-death five-piece Aversions Crown recorded their debut album, Servitude, at Studio Anders Debeerz in their hometown coproducing it with Adam Merker, before sending it to Jens Bergen to master at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro in Sweden. Recently a winner of the Australian Songwriters’ Association Award in the contemporary pop/dance category, Melbourne singer, songwriter and keyboards player James Hampton recorded his debut album, Decent People, at Sing Sing Studios and River Studios in his hometown with producer Carl Schubert, who engineered and mixed the album, while veteran engineer Ross Cockle mastered it, again at Sing Sing. Melbourne singer songwriter Simon Astley recorded his new album at Thirty Mill Studios with fellow singer songwriter Monique Brumby and Nick Larkins coproducing. 126 • THE DRUM MEDIA

IT’S NOT EVERY RECORD YOU SEE A RECORDING CREDIT LIKE “RADIATION ROOM NUMBER 1 ROYAL BRISBANE HOSPITAL”, BUT THERE IT IS IN THE CREDITS FOR THE SOLO ALBUM, FIND SOMEONE, FROM THE WILSON PICKERS’ DANNY WIDDICOMBE, WHO TALKED ABOUT IT ALL TO MICHAEL SMITH.

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ecorded at his “home studio”, grandly dubbed Butter Chicken Studios, in Brisbane, at the equally not actually real Weise Strasse Studios in Berlin (the address of the apartment he rented there) and in the aforementioned lead-lined Radiation Room #1 in Royal Brisbane Hospital between bouts of chemotherapy in his battle with leukaemia, this third album, Find Someone, is testament to why Danny Widdicombe, probably best known to the rest of Australia as a member of The Wilson Pickers, was the winner, with fellow Picker Andrew Morris, of the 2010 GW McLennan Memorial Fellowship, which allowed him to travel to Berlin. Widdicombe’s battle with leukaemia isn’t a recent affair. Diagnosed with it when he was 19, he had a bone marrow transplant in 2004 and it was while in the isolation room recovering from it that he began writing his first album, The Transplant Tapes, released two years later. In the intervening years, he’s played guitar for fellow Wilson Picker Andrew Morris, Bernard Fanning, Karl Broadie and, as well as the Pickers, has been part of Tim Rogers’ Temperance Union. It was while he was touring through Europe and the UK that the leukaemia raised its head once more, but luckily, he’d already begun recording songs for what became Find Someone at home in Brisbane before he’d left. “When I write songs,” Widdicombe explains, “I record them straightaway. I try and get an idea of what instrumentation is needed and also just to get it down so I can listen to it again. So that happened in Berlin as well and I had my Pro Tools to lay down demos so I could think about them and hammer the songs into shape. When my illness came back while I was in London, I had to use those demos that I’d made, not expecting that anyone in the world was going to hear them but luckily I’d made them, because they turned into the album. Luckily I’d played well enough and liked them enough to release it.” There was a moment, as his body battled the leukaemia, where Widdicombe was sure he wasn’t going to

make it and so it became something of a mission to finish the recordings as a possible posthumous release. To help him out, he called in longtime friend, producer and engineer Lachlan “Magoo” Goold. “He likes to be involved in albums from the get-go, from pre-production, helping work up the songs from the bare bones into a form that suits his recording style. This time, with a guy in hospital who can’t do any more recording, the takes we had we were stuck with basically, with some rhythm sections being me with a drum machine. So we wanted to get real drums and bass to overdub my original rhythm section from my demos. So it was an interesting way to make album; it was different for Magoo, different for me and it didn’t involve any studios, ‘cause it was just me doing demos in different parts of the world. And everyone that did their overdubs – the rhythm section [drummers Adam Manning and Terepai Richmond, and bass players James Gillard and Grant Cummerford]; Melanie Robinson, the cellist, played a beautiful part [on Everything’s Been Done] – everyone just went to their local friends who had little Pro Tools rigs or whatever to record these things and then emailed their parts to Magoo and then he just somehow weaved it all together in Pro Tools.” Widdicombe uses an MBox into his iMac along with a MacBook into the same MBox, while Magoo of course has a proper studio setup, Applewood, though it’s still in his house, a refurbished church in bushland 45 minutes west of Brisbane, which is where Andrew Morris recorded his contributions to Find Someone. Then of course, there were those hospital recordings.

“Ben Salter did some backing vocals there – he’s another Wilson Picker – for No One Else, the second song, and Fiddle Boy, my friend Luke Moller, who lives in Melbourne now – everything he did on the album he did in that radiation room as well; a bit of mandolin and fiddle solos and stuff. I’d just had my first dose of chemo but I’d also had a lot of transfusions of red blood cells so I didn’t feel that sick the day we did it, which was great – it was good to feel nice for a day – and we played, just the two of us, an impromptu thing though we recorded one that’s up on YouTube called Banyan Tree, because we felt that this could be the last time we get to do this. But I was really lucky. “It’s funny though – a good microphone in the right spot is all you need. I mean obviously into the right sort of software or into a tape machine or whatever, but if you’ve got the background knowledge and you’ve got the right songs to record as well [he laughs], you can [record] anywhere basically. “The whole process of recording this album was just trying to scratch bits and pieces together to try and release songs that would otherwise have been stuck in a hard-drive. Looking back it was so much fun to pull together.” Adam Dempsey then put the finishing touches on the album, a mix of Widdicombe’s more usual acoustic folk/pop and some rocking out on his Fender Strat, at Jack The Bear’s Deluxe Mastering in Melbourne. Find Someone is out now through ABC/Universal.

GEAR REVIEWS

ROCKTRON BLACK CAT MOAN WAH PEDAL

One thing that was blindingly obvious when taking this pedal out of the box for the first time was the weight - this pedal has a very solid construction. This multi-function wah offers three main variations (normal, classic and bass) and boasts a unique feature in the “MOAN” setting. A Wah ON/OFF switch is located under the toe of the rocker foot pedal while a side “kicker” switch is used to turn the MOAN effect On or OFF. Built-in germanium diodes provide a unique sweepable sonic effect (THE MOAN) that can act as a standalone distortion and can be combined with the wah. One area I find to be crucial when trying a wah for the first time is finding the “sweet spot”. It’s that particular part of each wah’s curve where you can work to either scrape the highs or accentuate the lows and manipulate the tone to suit your own playing. With this wah I found this area to be right at the top of the curve and therefore limited the physical ability to wield the full tonal landscape. The basic sounds are good; I just wish it had more pedal-rocker range to really lay into it. This pedal is joining a long, long line of wahs on the market that really are much of a muchness when it comes to clear differentiation. The MOAN effect does give it a scrawling rasp that cuts through and a distorted boost to drive the front end, but it’s the ability to really manipulate the full range of the wah where you’ll need to try this for yourself and see.

ZOOM G3 Zoom has been turning out its G series floor pedal multi-FX processors for some time now, but the G3, is something of a departure from what’s gone before. Whereas the G2 and G2.1 featured recallable patches constructed from a set of nine modules arranged in a

set order, the G3 offers patches that are made up of just three modules, each of which can contain any one of 94 stompbox types or 13 amp sims. Each of the three has its own footswitch for bringing that particular sound in and out of the patch, and each can be tweaked with its own dedicated knobs and buttons. Effectively each one of the 100 onboard patches (in ten banks of ten) can give you a different array of three separate stomp boxes. Below each window are three knobs to adjust the effect’s parameters. Grab a knob and the graphic display flips to show you the parameters you are editing and their values. If an effect has more than three editable parameters, there will be extra pages to display those, accessed by a small button above the window. In addition to physical editing you also get Zoom’s Edit & Share software for easy drag and drop editing on your computer, plus patch storage and download. Other features include a 40-second looping capability, a set of 40 onboard rhythms in many styles for playing along (or looping) to and the ability to operate as a two-in/two-out USB audio interface for recording to computer. The range of effects on tap is impressive, with loads of

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