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PRAHRAN

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196 Chapel Street

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PRESTON

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102 Bell Street

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83 Wyndham Street

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WARRNAMBOOL

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238 Timor Street

03 5562 9188

www.daleclevesmusic.com.au

WINDSOR

Gallin’s Musician’s Pro Shop

112 Chapel Street

03 9510 5200

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McCann’s Music

141-143 Elizabeth Street

03 6234 4544

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HOBART

Modern Musician

106 Murray Street

03 6234 5537

www.modernmusician.com.au

LAUNCESTON

Barratts Music

104 George Street

03 6331 9355

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THE JANE AUSTEN ARGUMENT EARLY WISH + SURPRISE SPECIAL GUEST! ENTRY $15, 8.30PM

THURSDAY 5 JANUARY

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FRIDAY 6 JANUARY

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PADDY MCHUGH & THE GOLDMINERS (QLD) THE BROADSIDE PUSH THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY THE ROAD RATZ

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SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER

ORPHAN’S XMAS PARTY

ADMIRAL ACKBAR’S DISHONOURABLE DISCHARGE HUG THERAPIST BILL & THE JERKS SICK DICKS

ENTRY $10 DOOR & PRESALE THRU MOSHTIX, 8.30PM

SUNDAY 25 DECEMBER

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TUESDAY 10 JANUARY

TUESDAY 27 DECEMBER

HIATUS KAIYOTE

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ENTRY $10 FULL, $5 CONCESSION, 8PM $10 JUGS!

WEDNESDAY 28 DECEMBER

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The Frontline brings you the hottest industry news The week’s best and worst in Backlash/Frontlash Foreword Line brings you all the latest tour announcements Spank Rock on Beth Ditto and achieving falsetto Daydreaming with Beirut’s Zach Condon Getting older busily with Deerhoof Will Grouplove ever get a break from touring? Jim Jones Revue spitting blood, sweat and bile Back to the studio for Grinspoon What’s in a (lesbian sex position-inspired) name with Scissor Sisters The Kooks reflect on falling out and moving on J Mascis – never one for overstatement The album can wait for Jimmy & The Mirrors The Church hate rehearsals, but are loving the new live show No white Christmas this year for David Myles Hanni El Khatib is taking a different route to commercial success Amanda Fucking Palmer revives Dresden Dolls On The Record rates new releases from David Lynch and The Roots Nasty groove-making cats Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro are heading back Busking from a pram with Lewis Floyd Henry Pharoahe Monch keepin’ it underground’n’shit Rock’n’roll is a drug for Miles Kane

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Thursday 22 December Stellar electric folk/rock & blues with pitch-perfect harmonies. 7.30pm

CREDITS

Thursday 29 December

The Re-chords Hot rockin’ roots & rockabilly 9pm

EDITORIAL

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Spoonful & The Native Plants Kick off 2012 with a night of highly charged magnificence and ‘60s rock mayhem from the almighty Spoonful PLUS original guitar pop tunes and general brilliance from The Native Plants. 8pm

The Japanese blues cowboy and busker extraordinaire teams up with Noriko Tadano. 9pm

Sundays in January (except 1 Jan, pub closed)

The Blackeyed Susans Countrified alternative rock from this legendary trio 5pm

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Gig Of The Week gets all Christmassy at Old Bar LIVE:Reviews jumps with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Sarah Petchell will Wake The Dead with her punk and hardcore talk Andrew Haug takes us to the dark side in The Racket Dan Condon blues and roots in Roots Down Shane O’Donohue talks all things vinyl in Platter ‘Tude Pop culture therapy with The Breakdown Hip hop with Get It Together The freshest urban news with OG Flavas Investing in club music with Business Music If you haven’t appeared in Fred Negro’s Pub, your mother probably still speaks to you Jeff Jenkins gets down and local in Howzat! Fill your dance card with our Club Guide Our Gig Guide fills your diary for the weekend Gear and studio reviews in BTL Find your new band and just about anything else in our classy Classifieds

Head to the Inpress Facebook page for your chance to score a double pass to shows by The Kooks and CSS. While you’re there take part in our readers’ poll, for the chance to take home an iPad!

Tess McKenna

George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano

This Week In Arts plans your last week of the year Filmmaker Constance Marks reveals the man behind Elmo

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Formula One racer Mark Webber looks back on the year he’s had Simon Pegg discusses Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Tintin Film Carew wraps up his year in cinema Cultural Cringe looks at the Premier’s arts awards Jody Shapiro talks Isabella Rossellini and porno Trailer Trash wraps up his year in cinema Boylesque star Mark Winmill prepares for New Year’s Eve

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JANUARY

A YEAR IN THE INDUSTRY WITH SCOTT FITZSIMONS frontline@streetpress.com.au

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BOY & BEAR

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 frontwoman 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%. 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 upon completion of her course 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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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. Longserving dance street press 3D World closed, leaving the way for its editor to launch iPad-only magazine Three. SILVERCHAIR

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 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

The Middle East announced their split during their set at Splendour In The Grass, declaring the performance their last as a band. Organisers of 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

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 subsidiary 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.

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.

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 Beyoncé’s album, 4, which was released in June. At the APRA Awards, sibling duo Angus & 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

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

OCTOBER

JUNE

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

INXS announced their new vocalist to be Belfast-born 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, dedicated to exclusively playing independent and unsigned artists. Rap

FRONTLASH

BACKLASH

While we’re never happy to see a live music venue shut, we’re not getting too worked up over the closure of the East Brunswick Club. Venues opening and closing is a natural part of any healthy scene.

North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il would have been shattered to know his demise was considered the world’s second most important death by The Age online team on Monday, with the site’s home page billing him under the passing of a former Miss Venezuela.

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TALKIN’ TURKEY

Forget your latest designer drug, our favourite narcotic is that stuff in turkey that makes you sleepy after eating half a bird. Whatever you’re doing this silly season, do it safely, and we’ll see you back in the New Year on Wednesday 11 January.

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superstar Flo Rida angered fans and festival organisers after failing to appear and perform at the Fat As Butter Festival, causing a tirade of abuse to be hurled at his Facebook page. The Australian hip hop scene lost Robert Hunter, who passed after battling cancer, aged 36. Scottish folk legend Bert Jansch died aged 67. In the ARIA Charts, Coldplay finally toppled Adele’s long reign at #1, with the debut of the band’s fifth album, Mylo Xyloto.

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VALE CESARIA EVORA

But the death we were most gutted about this week was that of ‘barefoot diva’ Cesaria Evora, one of the best live performers we’ve ever seen. The news gets worse, too, with the confirmation Etta James is terminally ill.

HATE THE LOVE

Others may be blowing their load over the prospect of Brian Wilson reuniting with the remaining Beach Boys, but we fear singer and king douchebag Mike Love’s lame-arse press quote – “Wouldn’t it be nice to do it again? Absolutely!” – reeks of the cheese he’ll be peddling on the upcoming tour.


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A GOOD WALKER

From January through to March 2012, with more dates just added this week, Melbourne’s best kept roots secret Van Walker hits the road to commemorate the launch his latest album Underneath The Radar. Walker is set to bring to life the wonderful words and music that have made him a live favourite in his adopted home town of Melbourne and is sure to further cement his rightful place at the forefront of the Australian roots music. Catch him on Australia Day at the Old Hepburn Hotel (Hepburn Springs), Friday 27 January at the Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh), Saturday 28 at the Curtin Band Room, Sunday 29 at the Westernport Hotel (San Remo) and Friday 3 February at the Ararat Hotel Red Room.

IT’S ONLY SPARROWS

Josh Pyke will hit regional Australia for an extensive run of dates throughout January and February on the Only Sparrows tour. The dates follow his recent sold out shows in capital cities in support of his new album. Showcasing album tracks including the brand new single Punch In The Heart (featuring Katy Steele), the Only Sparrows Regional Tour will travel through the country and will finish with a headline spot at the 2012 Corinbank Festival. Pyke plays the Westernport Hotel (San Remo) on Friday 20, the Torquay Hotel on Saturday 21 and Whalers Inn (Warrnambool) on Sunday 22 January.

POLITELY AWKWARD

Two bright up-and-comers are teaming up to bring The Politely Awkward Tour to life. San Cisco and The Jungle Giants are getting adroit and cordial as they join forces in their first-ever national tour. San Cisco are hitting the road in celebration of their second EP Awkward, due out February. No strangers to the stage, San Cisco have bought their eclectic mix of super catchy tunes to Big Day Out and Laneway festivals. The Jungle Giants are set to show off their wares on the back of their recent support for Ball Park Music along the East Coast where crowds swooned to their vibrant and energetic take on indie pop. Check out this double-header of young talent at the East Brunswick Club on Thursday 2 and the Karova Lounge on Friday 3 February.

CELEBRATION OF EXPLOITATION

Next year, unrelenting punk rock band The Exploited bring their politically charged live show to Australia. Formed in 1979, the quartet created a simple, no-frills sound characterised by speed and aggression. The Exploited are one of the UK’s most politically outspoken thrash bands and have built a strong and loyal following both at home and abroad for their anti-authoritarian stance and criticism of the government. Catch their thrilling live set at the Corner on Saturday 28 April.

BRUCE ALMIGHTY

Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick returns to Australia after two years to celebrate his recording career with Kiss. It was 1984 when Kulick made his recording debut with Kiss, ghosting on the 1984 smash hit album Animalize, the second album released without the tradmark make-up. Kulick went on to record 1985’s Asylum, 1987’s Crazy Nights, 1988’s Smashes Thrashes & Hits, 1989’s Hot In The Shade, 1992’s Revenge, 1993’s Alive III, 1996’s Unplugged and 1997’s Carnival Of Souls. Kulick remembers the era well and is coming to Australia to blast out some of the classic songs that made up these multi-platinum selling albums. He plays the Corner on Thursday 2 February.

GET IN THE SPIRIT

WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN

Following the release of her internationally acclaimed album Strange Mercy, St Vincent (AKA Annie Clark) will tour Australia in March 2012. Clark received numerous accolades for Strange Mercy globally. The album features very little of the baroque strings, woodwinds, and reeds that marked 2009’s Actor, and the grooves are sturdy, deep and beguiling. Consequently, it’s a much more guitar-oriented album than Clark has ever made. She plays the Hi-Fi with a full band on Wednesday 14 March.

BANGIN’ BROWN BAMBOOS

The Bamboos are generally acknowledged as Australia’s greatest modern funk/soul band. Emerging from the deep funk scene of the early 2000s, The Bamboos have since forged a unique sound of their own, combining elements of old-school funk, hip hop, mod rock, psychedelic and northern soul. They play a special free set at the Espy on Friday 30 December with guests Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, who bring back the sounds of hard hitting northern soul, jump blues, doo-wop, ska and gospel straight out of East Harlem via a backyard operation in Melbourne.

JUKE BOX

Topping off a stellar year, including a US radio tour for new single Soulshaper (Come With Me), Melbourne boys Juke Kartel have announced an Australian tour. Commencing this Thursday in Melbourne, the Freeway Tour hits the Espy this Thursday as well as Thursday 29 December and Thursday 5 January, the Inferno (Traralgon) this Friday, Chelsea Heights Hotel this Saturday, National Hotel (Geelong) on Friday 6 January, the Sandbar (Mildura) on Saturday 7 and an acoustic show at the Toff on Wednesday 11.

A BIG, BEAUTIFUL SHOW

Casey Donovan kicks off 2012 with a string of dates for her acclaimed Big, Beautiful & Sexy show. The shows will not only include Donovan’s recent single of the same name, but also a retrospective of her career and female artists who have inspired her in the past. Casey Donovan performs at Bennetts Lane on Sunday 22 January.

GET PARKED

Supports have been announced for Parkway Drive’s upcoming Sick Summer II Tour. Special guests on Victorian shows will be Hopeless. The Sick Summer II Tour is travelling around the country and ends with the Push Over festival in Melbourne on Monday 12 March. You can also catch Parkway Drive at Geelong’s Bended Elbow on Friday 9 March with extra support Hand Of Mercy. Both shows are all-ages.

The 2012 Share The Spirit Festival will turn the Treasury Gardens into a thriving hub of indigenous music, dance and culture on Thursday 26 January as part of Melbourne’s official Survival Day celebrations. Presented by Songlines Aboriginal Music, Victoria’s peak Aboriginal music body, Share The Spirit is the state’s longest running indigenous music festival. The stellar line-up includes progressive hip hop trio Last Kinection; soulful, acoustic-roots sensation Benny Walker; iridescent power pop group The Sunshine Sisters with King Kadu; hip hop’s lady luck Meriki Hood; masterful, iconic blues folk collective The Charcoal Club; the larger than life Ian ‘Bear’ Johnson; a special traditional dance performance by Koorioboree; and Melbourne’s own rap master-blasters Yung Warriors.

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THERE’LL BE TROUBLE

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Vintage Trouble put the soul back into rock. Their modern-day classics transport the mind, spirit and body back to a sweaty, swinging, heart-thumping speakeasy. Their live shows feel like a sweet southern downhome revival mixed with a gritty, downtown edge. Inspirationally, Otis Redding, Chuck Berry and Ike & Tina Turner can all be felt in woven cloth that tailorsuit the band like honey to the bee. Check them out on Tuesday 31 January at the East Brunswick Club.

FRUIT IS GOOD FOR YOU

Following the huge acclaim for his previous incarnation, Devonte Hynes – the indie bratpack posterboy artist formerly known as Lightspeed Champion – completely lost his voice and took a hiatus. Following major surgery, Hynes reincarnated himself as Blood Orange. Blood Orange songs are subtly layered, stripped-down, bedroombuilt electronic compositions. Catch Blood Orange at the Northcote Social Club on Wednesday 11 January.

LISTEN TO READER

From the heady days in the ‘80s with Fairground Attraction and the worldwide hit Perfect, to her stunning interpretations of the Songs Of Robert Burns for which she was awarded an MBE, Eddi Reader continues to shine as an artist. She performs at Theatre Royal (Castlemaine) on Sunday 25, St Mary’s Basilica (Geelong) Wednesday 28, and will be performing exclusively The Songs Of Robert Burns at the Melbourne Recital Centre backed by a string orchestra on Friday 30 March.

KWELL YOUR DESIRE

Over the past decade Ben Kweller has established himself as one of America’s most treasured songwriters. His genre-jumping blend of alternative rock, piano ballads and folk music has captured the hearts of fans and critics alike. In 2012, Kweller re-emerges with the album Go Fly A Kite, a triumphant debut for his own newly formed Austin-based label The Noise Company. See him live at the Hi-Fi on Monday 5 March.

MIX CD MADNESS

On Saturday 7 January, the Northcote Social Club hosts the Mix CD Social: an evening of assorted aural delights, in celebration of the humble mix CD. Bring along your own compilation CD to receive discounted gig entry. At the end of the night, the discs will be swapped in a blind lucky dip, and everyone goes home with a mystery disc of new music! Live entertainment will be supplied by indie-pop dynamo Georgia Fields, Duke Batavia and The Barebones. Special guest DJs include Dan Kelly, Angie Hart and Sean M Whelan. Tickets are $15 on the door or $12 if you bring a mix CD to contribute to the lucky dip. TOOT TOOT TOOTS

TICK TOCK

Sydney native Andy Clockwise has returned to Australia to perform several shows. This year saw Clockwise playing sold out shows in the US promoting The Socialite upon its Stateside release. July also saw Clockwise teaming up with fellow Aussies INXS for a show in Las Vegas. It was the first time the two had played together since they toured Australia in 2006. Watch him play new and old songs at his Hi-Fi show this Thursday.

BOXING DAY BONANZA

Regulars The Vasco Era are heading back to the Espy’s stages to headline on Boxing Day. They’ll be playing songs from their self-titled third album, released in October this year, along with their already rocking repertoire. They are joined by Tijuana Cartel, Royston Vasie, Kingswood and Howlin’ Steam Train, with more to be announced. Stay tuned. Entry is free.

A TOOTIN’ TIME ON XMAS EVE

The Toot Toot Toots, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Jess Ribeiro & the Bone Collectors, Mikelangelo and St Clare as well as The Go Girl Gadget Go Go Dancers cordially invite you to celebrate the upcoming Yuletide in formidable style. Paper hats and bad jokes are not included but always encouraged. Forget the squabbles, overcooked turkey and the drunk uncles and aunts who feel it necessary to ask inappropriate questions about your love life and bring your festive cheer to the Corner Hotel this Christmas Eve for a shindig to be remembered for all the right reasons. Tickets are only $15+BF.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

drip with charisma and authenticity, seeming to channel the spirit of long-forgotten country and blues icons, but filtering them through a modern sensibility that broadens his appeal to all, not just purveyors of the old school. As well as playing Boogie, Earle performs at the Regal Ballroom on Wednesday 11 and the Prince Bandroom on Thursday 12 April.

HARBOUR REPRESENT From the crew behind the beats and bass of Stereosonic, Welcome Summer, Sunshine People, and Two Tribes comes a completely new experience this Australia Day: Harbourside. Harbourside will be held down by the waterfront and right in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands at Shed 14 (Central Pier). This inaugural event boasts a massive six international sound maestros and a stack of acclaimed local DJs and performers that will come together over two huge rooms to play. Joining the celebration and party vibe will be Dutch dynamo Laidback Luke, the effervescent Bart B More, the much adored and respected Derrick Carter, the hyper-intense and pulsating Nadastrom, and the latest bright-young-things from the Netherlands, Sandro Silva and Rogerseventytwo. For more information and to buy tickets, visit harboursideevent.com.au.

TUNE IT UP Supports have just been announced for TuneYards’ Sugar Mountain sideshow, with Fox + Sui and Wintercoats also appearing at the Corner Hotel show on Sunday 15 January.

COMING TO TOWNES

Justin Townes Earle may well be one of the hardest working troubadours on the world stage today, but he sure has built up a mutual love affair with Australia and our people. His impending tour this April will be his fifth visit to our shores since he first wowed punters and critics alike in 2008. The lanky, tattooed man and his music

BOYS FROM THE BUSH

LAZY TEMPTATION Australian rock band The Lazys are hitting the road once again in support of their brand new EP Temptation Never Liked You, with dates commencing mid-January. Aiming to capture their unique raw sound, the band mixed things up and decided to record Temptation Never Liked You at popular Newtown music venue Notes Live. Catch The Lazys at the New Market Hotel (Bendigo) on Friday 10 February; a presale ticket from Oztix also gets you a free copy of the EP.

GRAND FOXES One of Australia’s most compelling songwriters, Grand Salvo, will join Fleet Foxes for their Melbourne and Brisbane shows in January. Grand Salvo is the musical outlet for multi-instrumentalist Paddy Mann. His gentle vocals, delicate guitar and gorgeous whimsical songs will perfectly complement the Seattle six-piece. Fleet Foxes play the Palace on Friday 6 January (tickets are sold out).

MEN AT WORK Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective MEN 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 Phoenix Public House, Thursday 1 March. 32 • INPRESS

Victoria’s largest annual free community event, the St Kilda Festival, has announced its first round of headliners. The line-up includes Blue King Brown, Boom Crash Opera, British India and Sneaky Sound System headlining Festival Sunday, the culmination of the nine-day celebration of music and culture. Other acts include World’s End Press, Alpine, Busby Marou, Brothers Grim, Rapskallion, The Last Kinection and Bart Willoughby. From pop and rock to hip hop, graveyard folk and the best in Australian culture, the 32nd St Kilda Festival will include more than 150 artists across seven stages and more than 40 St Kilda venues, held from Saturday 4 to free Festival Sunday 12 February. The full program will be announced in January.

MORE THAN BLUES FOR YOUR FEST

Legendary British rockers Bush, fronted by charismatic lead singer Gavin Rossdale, have just released The Sea Of Memories, their first album in more than a decade. Already announced to perform at Soundwave, the band will also be playing a sideshow. Supporting Bush will be US band Staind and up-and-comers Cherri Bomb. The bands will play the Palace on Thursday 1 March.

BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN

FEEDING FRENZY

SALLY SUPPORTS Enigmatic, straight-talking 360 is taking his contentious live show to the masses come February and March on the back of his addictive new single Boys Like You. 360’s Falling & Flying album landed at number four on the ARIA charts in September and has been entrenched in the top 50 ever since. You can catch the tour at the Ferntree Gully Hotel on Friday 10 and the Chelsea Heights Hotel on Saturday 11 February; the Bended Elbow (Geelong) on Thursday 8, Kay St (Traralgon) on Friday 9, the Corner Hotel on Saturday 10, and at the all-ages Push Over on Monday 12 March.

WHAT A SAINT

This week Bluesfest, Australia’s multi-awardwinning five-day annual Easter festival, shares a little Christmas Joy by revealing its third announcement. The additions add further varied genres to the already extensive display. Just announced are Sublime With Rome, Zappa Plays Zappa, Dawes, James Vincent McMorrow, Josh Pyke, Blue King Brown, Eileen Jewell, 1814, Busby Marou and Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

Currently wrapping up a 62-date tour of North America behind their recently released Fire//Water EP, Blonde have announced release plans for their new 7” single and album, as well as tour supports for their imminent visit to Australia. Check them out at the Northcote Social Club on Tuesday 3 January, with support from Leader Cheetah and I, A Man.

THE FULL 360 TOUR

BRITISH INDIA

After a busy year touring with supergroup Seeker Lover Keeper, Sally Seltmann has been booked to support Grammy-nominated artist Bon Iver (AKA Justin Vernon) on his Australian tour in March. Writing is now underway for the second album under her own name, which Seltmann intends to record in 2012. All Australian Bon Iver shows have now sold out, including the Sidney Myer Music Bowl show on Thursday 8 March.

SECOND CHANCE

If you were hoping to hear the crunching sounds of a re-formed Bodyjar live at the Corner Hotel on Saturday 31 March next year you can forget about it. The show sold out within days. But despair not, an extra date has been added at the Espy, on Friday 30 March. Tickets are on sale now so get in quick if you want to see Bodyjar, One Dollar Short, Antiskeptic, Game Over, For Amusement Only, Strathmore, Seconds, The Union Pacific and DJ Stu Harvey all in one night.

KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT

Recently reunited as part of Sydney’s On The Street live series, Lighthouse Keepers, featuring original band members Greg Appel, Juliet Ward, Stephen O’Neil and Michael “Blue” Dalton, have decided to crank up the engines once more and take the whole shebang out on the road again, heading down to Victoria for two performances – one the Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh on Thursday 5 January and the other at Northcote Social Club on Friday 6. Lighthouse Keepers will be performing two sets each night with a guest speaker in support.

A BLOOD DUSTIN’ NEW YEARS

This New Year’s Eve at the Tote join Melbourne’s favourite grinding death rock band Blood Duster as the band perform all the hits from their last 20 years. Special supports on the night are the one-off formation of Dirtypunkmutha, who feature Jason Vassallo and Craig Westwood appearing as representatives of Melbourne’s legendary Christbait. Also playing are King Parrot and Swidgen. There will also be a BBQ duel between Iron Metal Chef Rob Wog and Iron Metal Chef Rohan The Magnificent. Doors 7.30pm, entry $25.

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As if pursued by one of the ocean’s most feared themselves, Feed Her To The Sharks have been working at a frenzied pace since forming in 2009. The modern metalcore four-piece have crammed five years of work into two, climbing the ranks as an established must-see live act and recording to an international standard. To coincide with the tour, Feed Her To The Sharks will be re-releasing their debut album The Beauty Of Falling. Check them out when they play an all-ages show at Phoenix Youth Centre on Sunday 15 January.

SUNDAY WORLD MUSIC SESSIONS What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than kicking back on the banks of the Yarra River watching some fine music and dance by artists from neighbouring countries. From Sunday 5 February, ease out of each weekend with an afternoon at the Fairfield Amphitheatre enjoying the diverse talent on offer from the Fairfield Summer Concert Series. Every Sunday in February from 5 to 7.30pm, kicking off with Na zdravje! featuring sweet Italian folk songs followed by gypsy sounds of Macedonia, Croatia and beyond.

CUT CHEMIST CUT’N’SCRATCH

He’s a founding member of the legendary West Coast hip hop crew Jurassic 5 and the hugely successful world/ Latin/beats posse Ozomatli. Cut Chemist also collaborated with DJ Shadow on two of the most in-demand remix CDs ever and is regarded by all as a virtuoso of decks, cuts and loops. Now the turntablist extraordinaire brings his envelope-pushing live show to Australia for his cut’n’scratch audio-visual blowout Sound Of The Police. Joining is long-time visual collaborator Tom Fitzgerald. Check it out at the Corner Hotel, Friday 24 February.

WORM ENSEMBLE

You’ve by now heard the eight-and-a-half minute jam that is Eagle & The Worm’s All I Know smashedup by Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Milwaukee’s Juiceboxx – an all-out inescapable summer monster. We are offering you a free download of the radio edit version. So get your internetz on at theMusic.com.au right about now.

HERD OF THUNDAMENTALS?

In the past four months, Newtown-via-Blue Mountains hip hop three-piece Thundamentals have looped Australia three times, playing more than 35 shows, as well as releasing their second longplayer Foreverlution. Now, direct from selling out a bunch of album launch shows across the country, they’ve nabbed a spot supporting The Herd on their national tour. The Melbourne show comes to the Corner, Saturday 21 April.


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The 23rd Bluesfest will take place between Thursday 5 and Monday 9 April at its permanent festival home at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside of Byron Bay.

FOREWORD LINE

SIDEWAVE CONFESSIONAL

Dashboard Confessional has cultivated the kind of connection with fans that most songwriters dream of. Chris Carrabba (solo) will be playing a Soundwave sideshow with fellow festival acts Jack’s Mannequin and Relient K supporting. They will all perform on Friday 20 February at the Prince Bandroom.

and Kurt Cobain’s Cardigan, which garnered an intensely loyal underground following. As well as playing as part of Laneway Festival, The Pains are playing a show at the Hi-Fi on Thursday 2 February, with support from Geoffrey O’Connor.’

FLASH IN THE ESPY

There are a lot of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock’n’roll, but hip hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash. Basically, what we call a DJ today is a role that Flash invented. The genius behind iconic party tunes such as The Message and You Know What Time It Is plays a Pyramid Rock/Summadayze sideshow at the Espy on Friday Jan 6.

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KID CUDI

NO PAIN, NO GAIN

From a suburban Los Angeles garage to becoming a worldwide institution of rebellion, few bands boast a history like Bad Religion. Thirty years on, the world’s still a mess and Bad Religion’s fiery songs are more relevant and necessary than ever. On their 15th studio album The Dissent Of Man, Bad Religion push the boundaries of music as much today as they did in their formative years as a genre-defining punk rock band. They play a Soundwave sideshow at the Palace on Monday 27 February with support from Strung Out, Street Dogs and The Menzingers. Tickets go on sale from Ticketek and Oztix tomorrow.

PASS THE DAD HORSE

ATTACK OF THE SWAMP THINGS

HIP HOP HEATS UP

Australia’s hottest new national hip hop festival is here, HeatWave. Originating in South Australia where they burst upon the scene last year with Xzibit headlining their debut event, 2012 see’s Heatwave Festival go national. Exclusive to Heatwave, organisers have just made the announcement that headlining this year’s festival will be chart-smashing US rapper Kid Cudi, known for his hit’s Memories with David Guetta and his own Day‘n’Nite. Kid Cudi joins the already announced Tech N9ne, D12, Obie Trice and CrazyTown. Heatwave are also proud to announce, that in his first ever trip to Australia, Chamillionaire will be playing all Heatwave shows nationally. He won a grammy for Ridin Dirty with Krazie Bone, had Weird Al parody him and sold millions of records. HeatWave comes to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Sunday 22 January.

BARRY ADAMSON

THE THERAPY OF FILM AND MUSIC

Cultural saboteur and noted jazz devil Barry Adamson proudly presents the Australian debut screening of his first feature film Therapist at Pure Pop Records on Monday 23 January from 7pm. Long celebrated for his film compositions contributed to other directors’ films (including David Lynch), Therapist marks Adamson’s debut directorial turn. Therapist is complete with looping narrative and world-within-a-world structure and a score also by Adamson. Book early to get your ticket to view the film and enjoy a moderated Q&A, a glass of champagne or two with the director himself and hearty Mexican food. The Q&A will be immediately followed by a listening party for his soon-to-be-released full-length studio album I Will Set You Free. There are only 50 tickets for sale – they’re $35 from the venue.

FOLK FAREWELL TO JORDIE

Having just come back from his Blood Thinner album tour of New Zealand, Jordie Lane is heading over to the USA once again to showcase at SXSW and Canadian Music Week. Before he goes, Lane is hosting some farewell shows around Australia. You can catch him at the East Brunswick Club on Friday 10, and at Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh) on Saturday 11 February.

WILD AT HEART

At 9pm on the eve of Saturday 7 January, two-time ARIA Award-winning singer/songwriter Monique Brumby brings her bag of songs to the Drunken Poet for a night of good times and successful stretching of the festive season into the new year. With fifth album Half Moon Half Everything due in March, 2012 is due to be a big one for Brumby. Away from the mainstream spotlight Brumby has allowed herself to grow as an artist, creating a place where the dark meets the light in a compelling fashion. Pop with brains and heart.

After garnering widespread acclaim, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart made another classic record this year. Belong is a celebration of the possibilities of pop from New York City’s pre-eminent indie pop believers. The Pains have come a long way since their self-released EP in 2007 and a series of eagerlyreceived singles like 2008’s Everything With You

With his peculiar banjo playing, the deep punctuating notes of his bass pedal, brief kazoo fillers, and a distinct vocal delivery, German one-man-band The Dad Horse Experience has gone from stumbling through a hard and sinful life to picking himself up and pushing on towards redemption, with little more than a banjo in his hands and a message on his tongue. One of the strangest and most compelling one-man-bands you may ever witness, The Dad Horse Experience will be landing his soul in Australia for the first time this summer to perform at the 2012 Mona Foma Festival in Hobart. For the congregation he will be joined by members of Puta Madre Brothers as backing band. He’ll also be playing a show at the Old Bar on Thursday 12 January, with support from The Spoils and Alycia Manceau.

FRIDAYS OF GRACE Becky Lee & Drunkfoot is a one-woman band hailing from Arizona, playing guitar, snare drum, floor tom and bass with raspy garage vocals over top. The Doldrums are a collective of Victorian garage bands and will play two sets: one of originals from such bands as The Bonniwells, The Hierophants and The Livin Eyes; the other strictly ‘60s garage from the underground. The Clits will play a nice intimate show on the floor in the Smith St room and will be sure to please with their unique tweed-pop sound. Doors are from 9pm, this Friday at the Grace Darling.

Guthrie play hard, party hard but most importantly work hard. The Tassie two-piece have enlivened the ghosts of The Beasts Of Bourbon so that they can have a night on the whiskey with The Black Keys. This year Guthrie launch their first full-length release, recorded beneath the shadow of a four-storey brothel in suburban Melbourne. Catch them at the Old Bar wih Cherrywood on Friday 6 January.

DAN THE MANGAN

Vancouver’s hardest working man, Dan Mangan, returns to Australia to support the release of his new album Oh Fortune. Mangan’s DIY, tour-as-much-as-you-possiblycan-wherever-you-can ethic has taken him all over the world and driven his music and songs into that indie space inhabited by the likes of Broken Social Scene, Bon Iver and Arcade Fire. Mangan plays with his full band, at the Northcote Social Club on Wednesday 22 February.

BLOODY NYE New Year’s Eve at the Tote, Melbourne’s favourite grinding death rock band Blood Duster will be performing all the hits from their last 20 years of overt operations. Sing and dance along to material all the way back from the Fisting The Dead era right on through to new and unreleased tracks like I’m Off The Meth and I’m Finding It Difficult To Express Exactly How Much I Hate You. Joining them are Dirtypunkmutha, King Parrot and Swidgen. This promises to be a night of the full-blown epic retardo rock you have come to expect from a Blood Duster show. There may possibly be a lot of blood.

EVEN KEEL Local treasures Even are presenting the gift of the season: two nights of what will no doubt be sell-out fun filled shows at Phoenix Public House. They’re accompanied by Snout and Ben Mason Band on Thursday, and The Fauves and The Bowers on Friday. Its Xmas Even, and chances are the annual parties are already on your calendar. Even are 17 years deep in their commitment to music and you can expect waves of nostalgia amongst the recently penned eye-brightening tunes. Bopping and beers will be plentiful, and good times with good company is what Xmas is really all about, right? Doors from 9pm, $22+BF pre-sale, $30 on the door if available.

STILL SUBLIME

Featuring founding members of Sublime along with new frontman, singer/guitarist Rome, Sublime With Rome will reintroduce themselves and Sublime’s classic hits to fans across Australia on their 2012 Australian tour. One of the most notable and successful ska punk bands of all time, Sublime have sold more than 17 million albums worldwide with songs such as What I Got, Doin’ Time and Date Rape. Formed in Long Beach in 1988, Sublime’s final performance was in the spring of 1996 after the death of original singer Bradley Nowell. The band will be joined by guest Mat McHugh from The Beautiful Girls when they play the Palace on Monday 9 April 2012.

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FRESHLY SPANKED

“I WAS SITTING THERE WITH BETH DITTO FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES PINCHING MY NOSE, SINGING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS.” SPANK ROCK MASTERMIND NAEEM JUWAN REVEALS THE SECRET BEHIND ACHIEVING A MEAN FALSETTO TO BRYGET CHRISFIELD.

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f you happened to be in the crowd shaking your booty to Mark Ronson & The Business Intl at Future Music Festival or the respective sideshows earlier this year, Spank Rock’s Race Riot (off his latest Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is A Fucking Liar set) should sound familiar. Or maybe some lyrics will jog your memory: “Shake it ‘til my dick turn racist.” All of Ronson’s special guests showcased one of their own tracks during these sets and Spank Rock (Naeem Juwan if he ever gets arrested) catapulted onstage to present the aforementioned ditty. “You know what’s funny about Race Riot is that I recorded [that] song the year YoYoYo[YoYo] came out [2006], but we decided to only perform it live,” Juwan laughs. “I just decided that I was never gonna release it. This is a song that became popular because people kind of knew it from live shows, but they never had an actual recording of it.” That is, until now. “Until now, yeah, yeah, so it’s sort of the old boring song to me,” Juwan chuckles. When Ronson pumped it out during his shows, it certainly sounded fresh to our ears. Juwan clarifies, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I still love the song but, you know…” Ronson’s generosity as an artist is evident in the way that he seems content to hang back and shine a light on the stellar array of talent he chooses to bring out and share his stage. “For sure,” Juwan agrees. “That experience was just wonderful. I think he was really proud of us and I think he really enjoyed the company of all the musicians onstage. I definitely did and I felt really challenged: I felt like I really had to pull my weight up there ‘cause everyone else [including Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet) and ex-Pipette, Rose Elinor Dougall] just had amazing song voices. And I had to live up to filling in for amazing rappers like Ghostface Killah, haha, and that was a big challenge for me. So I really wanted to step up to the plate and prove it. I think [Ronson] was really happy about those shows.” Juwan is a firecracker performer whose explicit lyrics necessitate Parental Advisory stickers, so it comes as a shock to discover that he’s a low-talker. He also

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finds plenty to laugh about. On this album, Juwan also exhibits a mean falsetto on Famous AKA #1 Hit (check out the killer accompanying film clip). “[Ronson] definitely had to crack the whip, that was interesting,” the MC confesses of straining to hit the high notes. “When he stepped in and helped out with the song, and we recorded the falsetto and stuff, I was surprised that he even wanted to work on the song. And this song was really close to not making the album.” Does that surprise Juwan when he listens to this cut within the tracklisting now? “Oh, I dunno, haha.” Not his favourite? “No way, my favourite on the album is definitely DTF DADT

and I guess my mum had a copy of Purple Rain and I guess we were watching it one day. And then, after I watched it one time, every time I would go over to her house – and I would go over to her house a lot, because she and my grandmother were watching us after school while my dad would get home from work – I just kept requesting to see it, ‘Can we watch Purple Rain again? Can we watch Purple Rain again?’ My memories are certainly vague, I just know that the whole movie is so familiar to me: it’s like I’ve been watching it since I was born. But, um, I remember her always covering my eyes when Apolonia got naked,” he giggles. “You know, I’m

It wasn’t my goal to… have the responsibility of running my own business or anything. I really did just wanna kind of enjoy the music industry like they did in the ‘70s and ‘80s.”

[awesome music video alert number two]. But back to the falsetto. We were in the studio and Mark was doing some sessions with Gossip and Beth Ditto, and Beth was hanging out and she was like, ‘If you wanna learn how to sing, don’t take any lessons. All you have to do is what my mamma told me: Just hold your nose. Now sing. Can’t you feel where your voice is coming from? It helps to visualise and feel what muscles you need to use.’ So I was sitting there with Beth Ditto for about 20 minutes pinching my nose, singing at the top of my lungs, haha, and then eventually I was able to get that falsetto.” Juwan admits of Ditto, “She’s a fucking beast – she’s one of my favourite singers around today.” No slouch on the falsetto himself is Juwan’s hero: Prince. And there are definitely some funktastic Prince-ly touches littered throughout the MC’s latest offering. So what’s Juwan’s first memory of The Purple One? “Um, my first memory of Prince was watching the Purple Rain movie. I think I must’ve been, like, three years old

old enough now to gawk at Apolonia’s perfect breasts.” Although Juwan is fortunate enough to have “seen Prince live about five times or something,” he adds, “I unfortunately haven’t had a chance to talk to him”. The MC pauses. “I probably don’t wanna have a chance to talk to him, he’ll probably say something that makes me wanna kill myself, haha. Can I tell you something? I had this one dream; he kinda came to me in a dream once [laughs], which is fucked up – I don’t think any human being should be, like, this weird, magical, spiritual guidance thing. But I remember I was getting into all those troubles with Downtown [Records] and, um, that’s when I had this dream where I was at a festival Prince was performing at, and I was watching his show from the side of the stage. And he turns to me and he looks at me and he stops playing and just – he starts crying while he’s looking at me and he’s shaking his head in disappointment, hahaha. And because of that I’ve decided that I really did need to kind of challenge myself

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to be able to put the music out on my own, and have, like, the creative freedom that I wanted and just be man enough to kinda deal with the obstacles and learn what I needed to learn and make sure I get myself through it. “It’s been difficult. It wasn’t my goal to, you know, have the responsibility of running my own business or anything. I really did just wanna kind of enjoy the music industry like they did in the ‘70s and ‘80s [laughs]. But this is a different time now, so I think every artist has a lot more responsibility [compared] to before. I’m still trying to figure it out myself and it’s been really challenging, but still fun.” Reflecting back on the experience of recording Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is A Fucking Liar, Juwan offers, “Sometimes I get a little ambitious. I think Ta Da, which is the opening track – it was really fun to put that track together, but I think I definitely drove Boys Noize a bit crazy on that one [chuckles] with all my silly suggestions. And there’s nothing worse than having someone who can’t play an instrument, or doesn’t know how to use a computer, tell you how to produce and write a song.” Inpress imagines a lot of humming and scatting going down. Juwan laughs, “Exactly, I was like, ‘Oh, okay, move it here, move it there.’ I think it can be really annoying for the producer, but they also did a good job. I think the song Baby was tough on my part because I’m not really a strong singer and I had to push myself really hard… So it’s like, you got poor Boys Noize sitting there having to listen to, like, 18 takes of me sounding like complete shit, haha, before we hit one take that we might be able to hook into something and fix up a little.” Sounds like Spank Rock should have recorded an extended secret track with all the bloopers. “Yeah, right,” the MC laughs. “They’ve gotta be somewhere on the computer, I’m sure. Hopefully it’ll never come out. I think I might have to look at making a contract so that after I die they never see the light of day, hahaha.” WHO: Spank Rock WHAT: Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is A Fucking Liar (Bad Blood Records) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 30 December, Pyramid Rock, Phillip Island; Summadayze, Sunday 1 January, Sidney Myer Music Bowl


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DAYDREAM BELIEVER

ERADICATING EVIL

EVER SINCE HIS TEENS BEIRUT FRONTMAN ZACH CONDON HAS BEEN A DAYDREAMER WITH A DISTRUST OF AUTHORITY. BUT, AS HE TELLS DAVE DRAYTON, HIS NEWFOUND SUCCESS IS GIVING HIM THE CHANCE TO RELEASE MUSIC HE BELIEVES IN.

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y his own admission, the frontman of gypsy pop ensemble Beirut is at odds with authority. Put less politely, he doesn’t like being told what to do. That’s why he dropped out of school at 16 – though the subsequent European jaunt introduced him to the Eastern influences that would eventually bleed into his own compositions. It’s the same reason he cancelled an extensive European tour at what was then the height of the band’s success – though fatigue and stress played a part. It was why he left his record company 4AD – though the split was “amicable” (more on that later) and has resulted in the founding of his own Pompeii Records. And it’s why we’re on the phone two-and-a-half hours after the scheduled interview time – though he’s “drifting through a hangover day”.

Fans who were surprised to see that The Rip Tide, Beirut’s third full-length album, would be released through Condon’s newly founded Pompeii Records were not alone; Condon says the decision caught more than a few people off guard, “We were finalising a deal when I had a change of heart, so to speak. Unfortunately I had a lot of good friends over at 4AD and I’m sure they were a little surprised when I changed my mind, but other than that it was definitely amicable.” That change of heart brings us to the heart of the matter, what Condon sees as his inability to deal with authority. “That was the funny thing though – the reason I started a label for myself is a little ridiculous but it’s a reoccurring theme in my life, I hate saying it out loud because it sounds annoying, but I do seem to have trouble with authority. I dropped out of school. When I got trumpet lessons I quit trumpet. You know? Everything is always contrary.” Case in point: Pompeii, a label that was initially founded purely to allow Condon to avoid the authority of the powers that be at record companies, is already expanding. “At first it was just a vehicle for Beirut but I’ve actually been looking into – it’s just an idea, it’s not really off the ground yet – but there’s some beautiful Brazilian records that we found when we were down in Brazil and I know they’ve been unreleased or out of print for decades and it would be nice to kind of use the David Byrne model and re-release some things and expose people to something that’s been overlooked,” Condon explains. The record company logo is not all that’s new on The Rip Tide. Given his age and already impressive back catalogue, Condon, like so many other prodigious musicians who are aided by the technology of the era, had recorded much of his acclaimed work to date in home and bedroom studios. “I decided early on that I didn’t want this album to be another bedroom opus – as much as I love doing that I knew it was time to kind of move on from that. The thing is I’ve been playing with these guys for I think about five, maybe six years now and there’s this power

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. that you feel behind you every night at shows – this kind of breath of life that you don’t feel when you’re just recording alone at home – that was really missing on all the demos that I was trying to make for this record. “So when I was finished writing the demos I immediately turned around and took it to the band so that we could record it live, because I thought that would be the only way to capture that. There’s just something about the pounding drums and bass behind you on stage that gives you what you’re looking for. It was very satisfying to capture that flexibility.” The result is an album that, while a little more stripped back (and only in comparison to the laidback pop pomposity of Beirut’s prior recordings), sounds alive. Thematically concerned with place (it features tracks such as East Harlem, Santa Fe and Payne’s Bay), Condon says it is a result of his growing up and attempting to settle down. “Ever since I was a teenager I’ve been caught up in daydreams and Santa Fe was always a very isolating place for me. I mean, I love it to death now but as a teenager there was a certain sense of disconnect – I didn’t really belong there. So my head was in the clouds and most of that turned into these foreign films and other things. So a lot of that fantasy and daydreaming played a heavy role in the early records and also musically seeking out different styles of music that aren’t commonly explored as far as pop music is concerned. A lot has changed in the last year; I’ve been striving to settle down for the first time in my life and I think that’s where the locations turned from outwards, inwards,” says Condon. Although musically it seems settling down has proved successful – the songwriting on The Rip Tide seems confident and comfortable in its comparative simplicity – Condon seems slightly less certain when asked if he has managed to settle down in other aspects of his life. “In some way; I’ve got a dog, a house and a wife – that’s the trifecta.” The ‘settling down’ also meant putting some imposition on touring commitments – no more than two-and-a-half weeks away from home at a time. “That’s just to avoid mentally going down the rabbit hole. There’s a certain threshold that you cross on tour where you just lose all track of reality. And it’s the funniest thing because you get back home and you just have no point of reference for how to function not-on-tour,” Condon says. WHO: Beirut WHAT: The Rip Tide (Pompeii/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 29 December, Falls Festival, Lorne; Monday 9 January, Hi-Fi; Tuesday 10 January, Forum

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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

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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. 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.” 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. “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: Wednesday 11 January, Hi-Fi; Saturday 14, Sugar Mountain Festival, Forum

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ENDLESS SUMMER OF LOVE CHRISTIAN ZUCCONI FROM GROUPLOVE CHATS TO CHRIS YATES ON THE ROAD FROM NASHVILLE IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORLD TOUR THAT NEVER SEEMS TO END, EXPLAINING HOW THE BAND’S UNCONVENTIONAL BEGINNINGS KEEP YIELDING RESULTS THAT NO ONE EXPECTED – LEAST OF ALL THE BAND THEMSELVES.

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t’s hard to believe that it was May that we were doing the NME tour throughout all the UK and that was about six months ago but it feels like it was last week,” Christian Zucconi explains of the blur that has been his touring life for over a year now. “I guess if it’s going by fast you’re having a good time, right?” He asks the rhetorical question but he certainly knows the answer. Zucconi and his band of like-minded bohemians have been wandering the Earth playing their feelgood indie art rock to critical acclaim and a global fanbase that shows no signs of quitting. Massive tours with Florence & The Machine and Two Door Cinema Club, not to mention appearances at practically every major festival in the world, including their incredibly well received set at Splendour In The Grass, certainly haven’t hindered their profile. Grouplove are one of those rare beasts that are capable of keeping every aspect of the creative side of the band in house. Vocalist/ keyboard player Hannah Hooper is a renowned visual artist and painter who created the beautiful cover art for their debut record, Never Trust A Happy Song, while the album itself was recorded and produced by drummer Ryan Rabin. It’s not really that surprising when the origins of the band are revealed. It’s like a modern rock’n’roll fairytale really. Grouplove were born from an informal artist residency (or commune if you will) on a remote part of the Greek island of Crete. It may seem accidental, but hearing Zucconi recount the tale makes it seem like it was fate. “It was really cool – unbelievable – and it came at like the perfect time too. All of us individually – without even knowing it – and before knowing each other were kind of at an artistic crossroads in our lives, questioning what we were going to do. We all met and it became obvious what was going to happen. It was totally random. “Hannah and I had met in New York; she had come to one of my acoustic shows. I was just playing some songs with a friend and she really liked the music and we hit it off. A week later she was invited to go to Greece by Andrew [Wessen, guitar]’s older brother, who through a mutual friend visited Hannah’s painting studio in the Lower East Side. He fell in love with some of her paintings and it just so happened that he was trying this experimental first year artist commune residency thing in Greece. He had met this guy randomly on the beach in Venice, California. His parents owned a couple of old buildings in Crete. They had this vision of doing it and we were kind of the guinea pigs. It was very relaxed and an informal kind of thing. Sean [Gadd, bass] came out because one of his best friends happened to run into the same guy that Andrew’s brother met in Venice and Andrew invited Ryan out because he was studying abroad and he was nearby in the Czech Republic. At the end of the residency we threw this festival in the town at the end of the summer and like a thousand people came out. We all played, but ironically we all played separately. Based on our love of music and love for each other’s songs we started a friendship from that, which was easy.” Grouplove really have taken that feeling of unity to another new level, proudly splitting the songwriting credits across the band evenly. Zucconi says this is very important to the Grouplove dynamic. “We really put a lot of thought into that. We wanted to be different to other bands and I always find it a turn-off when you look at the liner notes on a record and every song is broken down into who does what. Even with the instrumentation, you know what I mean? It’s not about who played the tambourine. We all write songs and no matter who writes the main part, or the beginning seeds of it, everyone adds so much of their own flavour to it – it becomes much more than the original rough work that whoever brought in at the beginning. We just wanted to throw it all in there. We all do this together and the whole is more than a sum of the parts. That’s what makes the band special. It’s nice to leave the egos behind. You’ve got to be safe with it and trust it. You can’t worry that your own individual contribution will get lost, because they all sit with each other. It becomes this bigger thing.” This is not something that Zucconi has always done in bands in the past. “I think it was new to everyone,” he explains. “We’ve all been in other bands and it was never this organic or this easy I guess. It was cool to let go of that and just trust each other and see what happens and let go of your control. It’s been a good formula so far and it’s been working.” The band are now residents of Los Angeles and their carefree breezy pop sure sounds like it’s taking some cues from the city. Zucconi doesn’t disagree, but says it’s been far from a conscious decision to give Grouplove an ‘LA sound’. “It’s hard for me to see that, because I moved there less than two years ago, but it’s the most freeing kind of music I’ve ever been a part of and I guess LA has rubbed off on us in a subconscious kind of way. Ryan producing the record and introducing harmonies to the band has certainly influenced that a lot as well. I think it’s really cool that people are associating LA or the West Coast with our sound. We’re certainly proud to be part of the movement that’s coming out of there over the past year or two – bands like Best Coast, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Foster The People and friends of ours Family Of The Year – and to be part of a new growth; this outburst of bands.” WHO: Grouplove WHEN & WHERE: Friday 30 December, Falls Festival, Lorne; Wednesday 4 January, Corner Hotel

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN AFTER THIS SUMMER’S BEST-OF TOUR, GRINSPOON ARE LOOKING FORWARD to CAPTURING THE STUDIO VERSION OF THE BAND ON DISC, GUITARIST PAT DAVERN TELLS TONY MCMAHON.

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.

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talwart rockers Grinspoon are back on the road this summer. After a year off, where they played only a handful of shows and spent much of their time working on a new album, the lads from Lismore must be chomping at the bit in anticipation of getting back into what it is they do best. Anyone who’s ever had the privilege of seeing Grinspoon live will know exactly what Inpress is talking about here. Interestingly, though, guitarist Pat Davern begins by talking about how much he’s enjoyed having a rest. “It’s been good to have a bit of time off, to have a bit of time off the road, to be honest with you. We’ve done a few shows here and there, but it will be nice to do a few in a row now. We’ve been doing some run-throughs of some of the new material we’ll be doing and, yes, we’ll be well raring to go by the time the tour rolls around.” The Grinspoon Summer Tour, to refer to it by its official name, takes in a lot of out-of-the-way places: Coffs Harbour, Geelong, Forster, Ferntree Gully, as well as what should be a killer gig at the Gershwin Room at the Espy. According to Davern, this is how the band have always operated. “It’s kind of how we’ve always gone about our touring, to be honest with you. We’re not touring on a new record or anything like that. In a way, we’re doing a kind of best-of show, if you know what I mean. We’ll be doing the songs people are asking for and there won’t really be any pressure. Also, it’s summer holidays, so people in some of these places might think that coming out to see us is a pretty good idea. It’s been a while since we’ve done this kind of thing. We played a warm up show at an RSL in Coffs Harbour not that long ago, and that was just a really great show. People were really appreciative.”

Okay, let’s talk about the new album. Given this will be LP number seven for Grinspoon, how will they manage the inevitable tension between pleasing the fans and doing something new and interesting for themselves as musicians? Davern says it’s going to be all about embracing being in the studio. “A lot of our albums have been influenced by the notion that this is what we do, let’s play it live and then record it. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, otherwise we wouldn’t have done it in the past. But with this record, we’re trying to do something, I don’t know, maybe something that sounds less like the live version of Grinspoon and more like the studio version of Grinspoon, if that makes any sense. I think we’re leaning towards something that’s a little bit more involved musically. Overall, obviously we want to concentrate on making great songs, but there are some production elements that we’re playing around with, too.” So, the big question is: when will the new record appear? Tellingly, Davern says the band isn’t in any great hurry. In what should be a great bonus for its eventual listeners, Grinspoon appear to be more worried about quality than timing. “I think we’re going to get together at the end of January and have a look at what we’ve got. Maybe March, we’ll record it? I think this is going to be a record where we’re not in too much of a rush, where we don’t want to release it until we’re happy with the material. We don’t want it to be a thing where we release it because it seems like a good time. We want there not to be that pressure, for there to be a little bit of luxury about it.” WHO: Grinspoon WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 3 January, Chelsea Heights Hotel; Wednesday 4, Commercial Hotel (South Morang); Thursday 5, Pier (Geelong); Friday 6, Whalers Inn (Warrnambool); Saturday 7, Ferntree Gully Hotel; and Sunday 8, Espy 40 • INPRESS

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.” The Jim Jones Revue made their first trip to our shores for this year’s Big Day Out. “We were really surprised how the popularity of the band took off in Australia,” Orton says. “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.” 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. “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 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. “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 100% and then explode on stage.” WHO: The Jim Jones Revue WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 31 December, Falls Festival, Lorne; Monday 2 January, East Brunswick Club

BUM RUSH Their latest album cover featured a giant, sweaty male arse but, as ana matronic tells anthony carew, with a band name inspired by a lesbian sexual position, scissor sisters are no strangers to controversy.

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cissor Sisters been called “the gayest band in the world” and, wait, what? Is that official? Was there a tournament? Is there a championship belt? How does Ana Matronic feel about this honour? Does she – the token heterosexual female member of the world’s gayest band – believe Scissor Sisters to be a worthy recipient of this non-existent title?

“Well, I don’t know,” cackles the chirpy 37 year old. “Are we gayer than the Pet Shop Boys? Or Erasure? I don’t think we can claim to that. What about Coil? Oh my God I love Coil! Or Bronski Beat? Like, hello! Or The Communards? Come on! I don’t know if we’d win this battle. Like, we have guitars on stage. And guitars are, by nature, inherently butch. So I’m unsure about being given this title.” Saving the discussion of the awesomely-queer ’80s in which Boy George and Jimmy Somerville were straightup pop-stars versus the depressingly-heteronormative ’00s, where chart-pop became a tedious soft-porn parade of buff dudes and slutty girls for another time, let us note that, on Scissor Sisters’ last LP, 2010’s Night Work, there weren’t many guitars. Next time around – on the fourth album the New York crew hope to have finished by the new year – Scissor Sisters plan on varying the tone. “There’s definitely a lot more warmth on this new album,” says Matronic (birth name: Ana Lynch). “And there’s a little bit more of a patchwork of sound, like on our first two albums. There’s a lot more peaks and valleys. There’s going to be a lot more dipping in the pool of prog and psychedelia, as we sometimes like to do.” But last time around, on their third album, Scissor Sisters went out of their way to make a club record. “For me, it was a natural. I love dance music. I never thought I’d be in a band that ever plays ballads. But, here I am,” Matronic laughs.

“We worked for a year-and-a-half on Night Work, and there were a lot of those earthy songs on it. But nothing was really sticking, to us. The album really only came alive in [vocalist] Jake [Shears]’s mind when he went to Berlin, and he was dancing his ass off in a Berlin nightclub for nine hours at a time. He really wanted that energy. And, he ended up meeting up with Stuart Price, and when we ended up meeting up with him – this king of the dancefloor – it just made sense to make a record like that.” The album took that stylistic bent and trussed it in a singular cover-art image: a giant, sweaty male arse. “It was really interesting,” Matronic admits, observing the phenomenon of sending glistening buttocks out into the world. “You really saw the difference between cultures. We’d go to Italy and it’d be shocking, but in Germany it was just sexy. It was this amazing cultural litmus test for a society’s acceptance. It was really interesting. Especially to me. I was an anthropology major in college, so I got to put on my pet helmet and get all Margaret Mead about it.” “We didn’t think it’d be controversial. At least, we didn’t think of it that way when we were choosing to have it on our album cover. We liked it because it was a sexy ass. But it also conveyed what it was we felt the album was about. And it was meaningful because of the photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe, and the dancer, Peter Reed, who was in the photograph. For us, there were multiple layers to it. To the ass. Including the anthropological survey that came with it.” So, was it controversial? Did ‘family’ concerns rail against a record cover so salacious, so tied up in a history of men with AIDS? Was Night Works made evil? Were Scissor Sisters demonised by evangelical Christian groups? “We’re named after a lesbian sex position, so, y’know, we’ve been demonised by them from the start. But we don’t care. That’s not our audience at all.” If Scissor Sisters know anything, it’s their audience. “As the gay community becomes more visible and more accepted, they become more commodified; this demographic to be sold to. It’s really funny to see commercials on TV, now, that’re like ‘come to Florida for a gaycation!’ Now, there’s an audience within the gay community that can sustain an artist’s career. Even long after their death; hey, look at Judy Garland! “Our band is definitely a part of that. We have these very, very loyal fans who follow us around. And, y’know, some of them are gay! There’s obviously a queerness

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to our band, but that queerness isn’t just limited to homosexuality, it goes beyond that, to all different forms of sexual and cultural transgression and liberation. And that’s a very comfortable place for us to exist. Especially for me, I’ve been existing there since high school!” Yet, for all their gayness, there’s no way Scissor Sisters are just selling records to the two to three per cent. In the UK, Scissor Sister’s self-titled 2004 debut was the biggest-selling record of the year and it ended up on the list of the ten biggest UK unit-shifters of the past decade adding a dash of lurid technicolour to a beige list populated by Norah Jones, Dido, James Blunt, Keane, Coldplay, etc. “I was completely dumbfounded by the whole thing,” says Matronic of the band’s almost-instantaneous arrival high in the charts. “I was like: ‘Really? Wow!’ I just didn’t think that we would ever be accepted in a mainstream sort of way. I never thought we would go to number one. I still try to maintain that sense of awe and wonder. I feel like, if that went away, I’d just become jaded and egotistical and bitchy. And I don’t want to be jaded.” Scissor Sisters keep alive that pre-jaded awe and wonder by growing close to their crazy, obsessive fanbase. “I don’t want anyone to worship me from afar, like some idol. To me, that’s creepy. We have these meet-andgreets [with our fans] where we can just kick back with them, show them that we’re human beings.” WHO: Scissor Sisters WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 31 December, Pyramid Rock, Phillip Island


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.


GOTYE

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

GOTYE

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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WRITERS’ POLL RESULTS

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.

5


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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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.

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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.

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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)

Have your say: facebook.com/drumperth

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.

Have your say: facebook.com/drumperth

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.

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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.

Have your say: facebook.com/drumperth

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.

Have your say: facebook.com/drumperth

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

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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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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 indiepop quartet searched for a way to reinvigorate their music.

…it was kind of all a bit of a blur…”

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 award-winning 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 WHEN & WHERE: Friday 30 December, Falls Festival, Lorne; Wednesday 4 January, Festival Hall

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MR MYSTERIOUS OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, DINOSAUR JR’S J MASCIS HAS GONE INTO CREATIVE OVERDRIVE, RELEASING MORE THAN FIVE ALBUMS IN THAT TIME. MATT O’NEILL CATCHES UP WITH THE ALT-ROCK VETERAN TO SEE IF HE’S BECOME SIMILARLY PROLIFIC AS A CONVERSATIONALIST IN THE INTERVENING YEARS. HE HAS NOT.

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mainstay within alternative rock for the better part of 30 years, Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis has nevertheless managed to maintain a considerable sense of mystique over the course of his lengthy career. Each and every article written on the man since Dinosaur Jr’s mainstream breakthrough in the early-‘90s has contained some form of psychoanalysis – whether an investigation into his conduct as a musician, an interviewee or both. Most discussion tends to oscillate around the guitarist and vocalist’s conduct as an interviewee – Mascis is long known as one of the most reticent conversationalists of his genre. Regardless of question or topic, Mascis is unlikely to deliver anything more elaborate than a sentence or two in response and, either out of desperation or genuine conviction, journalists have consistently used this reticence as a

platform for a myriad of diverse theories regarding his personality. “Yeah, I don’t like interviews,” the guitarist reflects. “But, I suppose I can understand why people want them. I really just think of it as part of my whole life as a musician, really. It’s something that needs to be done. I don’t really read anything that comes of it, though. I don’t read reviews. Good or bad, I know there’s going to be something about them I don’t like. So, you know, I just kind of stay away from it all.” Often, such analysis is bolstered by myths and theories drawn from Dinosaur Jr’s colourful history as a band. It’s easy, for example, to point to Mascis’ almost exclusively dictatorial position within the band – the guitarist known for often not just writing songs but each and every part of those songs, (such habits having led to the departure of both founding bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph) – and use it to support whatever argument one would like to make regarding his personality. Even the recent reformation of the band’s classic lineup has done little to quash such myth-mongering. If anything, it appears to have shrouded Mascis in an even greater haze of mystique. Since the Barlow and Murph rejoined the band in 2005, press around the group and their subsequent reunion albums (2007’s Beyond and 2009’s Farm) has continually revolved around the changes in Mascis’ behaviour and their origins (the birth of his son in 2007 a popular topic). “Eh, it all just kind of happened because we were having an alright time,” Mascis says of the band’s reunion and subsequent albums. “We felt we wanted to play more shows but we didn’t really want to play any more shows without any more new songs. So, we wrote some new songs. I’m actually working on a new Dino LP right now. We’re hoping to have it out next year sometime but it’ll happen when it happens.”

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Still, for all the theorising, Mascis remains very much an enigma. Even the scant information he does allow to slip out into the public realm only ends up contradicted further down the line. His disdain for interviews, for example, is legendary – but he has recently consented to be the subject of a documentary directed by his brother-in-law. He once described Dinosaur Jr songs as merely excuses for guitar solos, but his career as a solo artist has been almost exclusively acoustic. The true scope of Mascis’ mystique doesn’t become fully apparent until one actually converses with the enigma. Unsurprisingly quiet and inarticulate, the veteran alt-rocker is nevertheless – in his own way – quite genial and forthcoming as a conversationalist. Funny, too. Upon discovering this, it becomes blindingly obvious that no one is ever going to really get to the core of who or why or what J Mascis is as either an artist or an individual and, even if someone eventually does, it won’t matter. Ultimately, the truth of proceedings exists somewhere between two extremities. Either J Mascis is some reclusive musical auteur living solely within a creative world of his own devising or he’s simply a man who likes making music who couldn’t be bothered indulging in the extraneous niceties of the music industry. Regardless of which scenario is actually applicable, analysis and interrogation will never yield any substantial insight into his work as an artist. “I just like doing stuff,” Mascis says matter-of-factly. “I think, when it comes to music, it’s really just something you listen to and experience. I don’t feel like there’s much to talk about besides ‘I like this record’, ‘I don’t like this record’ – you know, the experience it gives you. I have a certain standard which I’ve always had. I just want to make good music – music I enjoy listening to. That’s all it’s ever really been about for me.” It’s the kind of realisation that – somewhat ironically – actually brings the significance of Mascis’ work as a musician into sharp relief. Once one stops grappling with the intangibilities of the man who composed such music, one is reminded of why such things seemed so important in the first place. J Mascis’ most recent album, for example, Several Shades Of Why is the kind of record that can’t help but provoke interest in its composer. Mascis’ debut album proper as a solo artist (the frontman having released a number of acoustic-related albums in years past), Several Shade Of Why finds the guitarist expanding his stylistic repertoire considerably both in terms of songwriting and instrumentation. The majority of songs coast gracefully along finger-picked acoustic melodies and several are augmented by expanded arrangements including strings, piano and musical saws. “I suppose it is different from my other solo albums. It’s the first I’ve really had new music for when I’ve gone into the studio. I don’t really know if I’d have ever done it if my label hadn’t asked me to, though. I don’t know. It’s always been a bit more nerve-wracking playing solo than with the band but I think I’ve done it enough now that I’ve grown used to it. I’m comfortable with it now.” Ironically, it’s the kind of record that actually seems to compound the mystique surrounding Mascis and his work. The past five years has seen the songwriter grow seemingly increasingly aggressive as a musician. In addition to his two albums with Dinosaur Jr, he’s also delivered two albums with heavy metal side-project Witch (2006’s Witch and 2008’s Paralyzed) and another with rockers Sweet Apple (last year’s Love And Desperation). Now, however, he’s delivered an acoustic album.

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“Exactly,” the guitarist says with a chuckle. “Really, it’s just a facet of what I do. It’s not my favourite thing to do, I’ll admit, but I do write those songs. Right now, I’m working on new songs for the next Dino album, I’m working on some soundtracks and I’m singing on some kind of electronic Dino covers album… Yeah, it’s weird. I don’t know. I think all I do is really just a combination of a nervous manager who likes to keep me busy and just wanting to hang out with friends.” WHO: J Mascis WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 31 December Falls Festival, Lorne; Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 January Toff In Town; Friday 6 Caravan Music Club

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NOW UP TO EP NUMBER FOUR, ADELAIDE’S JIMMY & THE MIRRORS ARE IN NO RUSH TO RELEASE AN ALBUM, WRITES TONY MCMAHON.

THE CHURCH ARE HIGHLIGHTING THEIR BACK CATALOGUE WITH THE FUTURE PAST PERFECT TOUR. BENNY DOYLE TALKS WITH FRONTMAN STEVE KILBEY.

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ard To Find is the fourth EP from much-lauded Adelaide outfit Jimmy & The Mirrors. Billed as a thoughtful combination of indie pop and a positive, distinctly Australian attitude, the real surprise here is that this record delivers completely as advertised. What’s more, it does so in a way that is thoroughly enjoyable and that will have this writer, at least, scouring record shops for the band’s previous releases. But frontman Jimmy Neegan says that the Jimmy & The Mirrors we hear on this EP is not necessarily the same band from earlier records. “It was definitely a process of evolution. I would probably go with that description now, but it was definitely something that took us a while to achieve. Like everything, it’s practise. We’ve become better at what we do over time. I think we’ve been slowly able to develop our sound until we’ve gotten to this EP, which is something that really captures what we do live.” Releasing four EPs rather than one or two and then an album is a slightly unusual career path. Is this a philosophical statement on the part of the band? Not surprisingly, perhaps, Neegan says it has a lot to do with cashflow, but he points out, importantly, it’s also a quality control thing. “It’s definitely more financial than anything. I think we’d prefer to spend time working on a small number of songs rather than rush things just to get an album out. That’s the main reason. If we had the financial backing we might have made an album, but I think we’ll wait until later next year before we do that.” Perhaps pointing to their value as a live act, Jimmy & The Mirrors received a Federal Government grant in 2010 to tour regional New South Wales, Victoria and their native South Australia. Neegan tells a terrific story of a bunch of punters stoked that a band had taken the trouble to come and visit them. “I remember one gig we did on that tour, we ended up doing about three encores. It was in Coonabarabran, in regional New South Wales. It was a Tuesday night, there were probably about 50 people there, and they were all insane. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was

incredible, the appreciation from them was amazing.” Following on from that, the band’s current tour sees them mixing up Adelaide and Melbourne shows with more out of the way places. Neegan seems to see this idea of bringing music to the people in isolated areas as something of a new model for up-and-coming bands, once again indicating exactly how switched on this mob are. “Our idea is to set up a touring network where we can go from Adelaide to Melbourne playing three or four shows on the way and then likewise up to Sydney doing shows on the way. It makes more sense than doing this huge drive from Adelaide to Melbourne lugging all this gear over just for one show.” When Neegan puts it like this, it’s difficult to understand why more bands haven’t cottoned on to this strategy. Having said all that, Jimmy & The Mirrors’ upcoming show at Yah Yah’s is their debut Melbourne performance, and it appears that the band are hoping some busking beforehand ensures some good numbers through the door. “I think we’ll get a pretty good turn out. We’re playing with another guy from Adelaide called Captain Kid, who’s doing the whole tour with us. We also do a lot of busking before our shows, so we’ll be doing that around the city beforehand, handing out a lot of flyers and stuff like that. We find it works as pretty good promotion. There’s a band called Set Sail, they’re really good mates of ours, they’ve sold something like 10,000 CDs just from busking all over the world, so it can be a really good way to go about it.” WHO: Jimmy & The Mirrors WHAT: Hard To Find EP (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 7 January, Loft, Warrnambool; Sunday 8 January, Yah Yah’s

REIGNING PLEASURE

It seems a safe bet that no matter what, Myles will find a way to enjoy even this experience, his upbeat personality and positivity is so infectious that all the passengers will probably feel the effects. Myles has been plugging away with an uncompromising vision for his music that has seen him rise through the ranks to a place where he can now release his own records on his own label, tour the world when he 84 • INPRESS

“But it’s not a gimmick – it’s a fucking amazing concert. I know it sounds really corny, but there’s something about it that has just brought out an amazing side of the band. People came up to us after hearing those three albums back-to-back [in America] and said, ‘That’s the best thing I’ve ever heard in my life’.” WHO: The Church WHEN & WHERE: Friday 30 December, Forum

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anni El Khatib doesn’t mince words. The Los Angeles-based via San Francisco rock’n’roller is making a name for himself based on his raucous blend of soul, garage rock, doo-wop and ‘80s punk. Though when reached on the phone from his home, he’s got a bit of a gripe with his newfound success.

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“I’m actually gonna be on an airplane heading to you guys!” he laughs. “I’m actually on an airplane the entire day. I leave on the night of Christmas Eve from LA and I arrive in Sydney on Boxing Day. I really have no idea what people do on a plane for Christmas, and it’s literally gonna be seven hours long or something because I cross the date line. I don’t know if people are gonna celebrate or if it’s gonna be a bunch of lonely people who are depressed! It will be interesting.”

“On my humble days I’m surprised and on my arrogant days I’ll pipe up and say, ‘Of course it would last forever!’” Kilbey balances when probed about the enduring impact of The Church. But the question remains – how is the 57-year-old feeling today? “I don’t know,” he laments. “It’s very hard to do [music] and know what it is. People often want you to be your own reviewer. But actually, I don’t know what attitude I have that we are still around – I don’t know if that’s good or bad. And

Seminal album tours are becoming an increasingly popular avenue for bands to sincerely connect with their truest fans. However, the Future Past Perfect tour takes it a leap further by offering the unique experience of three LPs (Untitled #23 –2009; Priest=Aura – 1992; and Starfish – 1988) played end-to-end. Kilbey explains it was guitarist Marty Willson-Piper who first pushed for the tour prior to the band kicking off proceedings in Los Angeles, back in February of this year. “I actually said, ‘I don’t think this will work, it’s too much, I don’t think this is right’,” he admits. “Right up until last moment I was kicking against the whole thing, and then we did the first show and it was a blinder, and I went, ‘Yeah, alright’ – so I was wrong. I’m glad we’re doing Priest=Aura, that’s one of my favourite albums and one of our most artistically successful albums. And I think the others are good too. Like our latest album [Untitled #23] which got really good reviews, and our most successful album [Starfish].

WITH NO RADIO AIRPLAY, ONE-MAN GARAGE BAND HANNI EL KHATIB IS USING ALTERNATE AVENUES TO GET HIS MUSIC HEARD, WRITES JOSHUA KLOKE.

yles is in New Brunswick, just down the road from Nova Scotia where he now calls home. He is a friendly and unassuming guy and has just finished playing a show as part of a project called the Sing For Supper tour. He sounds like he’s having a blast.

Despite going out of his way to make Christmas a little easier for those doing it tough, Myles himself won’t be having a traditional Christmas himself at all this year. In fact, he’s almost missing out on it altogether.

A cross-continental mix of misfits that were still finding their feet as musicians, The Church’s first four-track demo, recorded in Kilbey’s bedroom, struck a chord true enough to generate label interest and soon find the band cutting their debut LP Of Skins & Hearts. Following the release of the record, it was the second single The Unguarded Moment that finally forced the general public to prick their ears towards the Sydney band. A seamless mix of Aussie rock and English brood, the track was soon finding fans around the world and so were The Church. From that release, the band have barely come up for air: 21 albums, countless world tours, a global army of supporters and last year, an induction into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. Kilbey admits that back in 1980 when the band formed, all he hoped for was The Church to release a single and maybe, just maybe, play Melbourne.

in the end my mind just goes, ‘Look, I’m not processing that, just forget, don’t bother figuring it out, I’m moving on to writing another song’. That’s one thing I have never done, I have never suffered from over-analysis; I’m very impetuous, I just jump into things all the time.”

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CANADIAN GENRE-SPANNING SINGER-SONGWRITER DAVE MYLES TELLS CHRIS YATES THAT EVEN THOUGH AUSTRALIA HAS STOLEN HIS CHRISTMAS, HE’S NOT MAD AND CANNOT WAIT FOR NYE.

“I grew up in New Brunswick,” he explains, “so I decided I wanted to do a charitable type tour in my home province around Christmas and I thought the easiest and best way to help people is to do like a food drive. One of the nice things about playing music is that you can kind of mobilise people around a cause quite easily. Basically the way it goes is that I do a free show in a shopping mall and people show up and in exchange for the show they bring food donations or money donations. It’s the second year we’ve done it, it started super small and now it’s starting to pick up and it’s starting to really work.”

“I fucking hate rehearsing – I’ve always hated it.” Steve Kilbey, bassist and vocalist for rock icons The Church, is calling in from a Sydney rehearsal space where the band are currently running through the arduous three-hour set for their Future Past Perfect tour. Kilbey is blunt when he admits that the fine-tuning is a little bit tedious. “I like to make music in two ways; I either write it, or I play it to somebody. Rehearsing it is against everything that I am. But it has to be done even though I hate it and I’m always a pain in the arse for everybody,” he concedes with a chuckle. “You’re standing in a room and it’s deafening – that isn’t the fun bit of music as far as I’m concerned.”

wants to and enjoy his career on his own terms. His carefree attitude is perfectly represented by his latest single Simple Pleasures from the album Into The Sun – a reminder that sometimes you have to do a stock take of your life and realise how good you have it. “That’s exactly what it’s about,” he enthuses. “Every once in a while you have to stop thinking about all the things that you don’t have and think about the things that you do. It’s a bit of a theme in some of my music but with that one I think I express it in a way that I was really happy with. I’d just gotten back from a trip to Cuba, and just had the best friggin’ time! I just loved it there. I loved the music, I loved being on the beach, I just felt so lucky.” As well as a handful of club shows, Myles is very excited to be playing at the Woodford Folk Festival – an institution he says he has wanted to visit even before he started playing music himself. He laid back, unpretentious feel of the festival, with its positive vibe and refusal to stick to genres is almost a parallel for Myles himself. He can’t wait. “I can’t believe I get to tell my Canadian friends that not only am I going to finally get to go, I actually get to play!” WHO: David Myles WHAT: Into The Sun (Little Tiny Records/MGM) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 5 January, Wesley Anne

“I’m just doing some boring, work related shit. The kind of stuff they don’t tell you about when you decide to make music full-time.” Before relying on his whiskey-soaked voice for a pay cheque, El Khatib was the creative director for a skateboard company called HUF. Raised during a skateboarding boom in San Francisco, the first-generation American of Palestinian and Filipino descent used skating as an outlet for his creative inclinations. And as El Khatib tells it, his days as a skater had an immense influence on his sound. “I come from San Francisco, and that skating culture was definitely highly influential. Within that skateboarding culture, there’s a lot of music happening as well. When I was younger, I became so obsessed with skateboarding that I would watch skate videos non-stop. And as I got older, I started to realise that the music associated with skating isn’t really genre specific. “Skating with lots of people, you start to make metal-head friends, you get friends that are into hip hop, punk friends, whatever. We all skate together. The skate videos I would watch would really represent that as well. In watching them, the music would jump from Black Flag to East Coast rap, to Miles Davis. I think at an early age I was exposed to all kinds of music, which shaped my personality and helped form my idea of how to be open-minded. I like all kinds of stuff; I’m not into one style or sound. That’s the strongest influence that skating had on me.” If skating had an influence on his musical career, including his recently released debut full-length, Will The Guns Come Out, then it also certainly had an influence on his business ethics. As an artist who seems to subscribe to a DIY mentality, El Khatib was recently presented

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with an interesting dilemma: both Nike and Converse asked to use his music in major ad campaigns. “I think if you would’ve asked me this question ten years ago I would’ve had a very different answer. But I think the climate and the industry has changed so drastically that it’s become one of the last frontiers in an attempt to get your music out to the world. I know I’m not getting on the radio. I know I’m not going to sell millions of records. At the same time, people are discovering music in a variety of different ways now. People are finding their new favourite band as their music rolls through the credits of Entourage or some shit like that. That’s the way it seems to be going. I don’t know if this is necessarily a bad thing; I don’t really have any qualms about it. It doesn’t seem all that weird to me and it allows me to financially support myself to go on tour and stuff.” The more he speaks, the more obvious it is that El Khatib is a man who’s confident about the decisions he’s made and remains grounded despite the hype surrounding his music. “There is a flipside, sure. The two instances in which major companies have asked to use my music in ad campaigns, well, one of them was for a skateboarding ad, which featured a few of my friends. There was a personal connection. And the other one was for a brand that I’ve been wearing since I was a kid. I’ve been wearing Converse Chuck Taylors forever. The ad was good, the director was good. I think, again, I might have thought differently a few years back, but this is the way I’m looking at it now.” WHO: Hanni El Khatib WHAT: Will The Guns Come Out (Pod/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 31 January, Pyramid Rock Festival, Phillip Island; Sunday 1 January, Tote


NEVER STOP TOURING FRESH FROM “SUPER CREEPY” NIRVANA COVERS AND VAMPIRE CEREMONIES, THE DRESDEN DOLLS RETURN TO AUSTRALIA 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.”

I’M excited to bring the band back.”

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 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 mid-December 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.”

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The Dresden Dolls will be playing at theatre venues on their Australian tour, which 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 [it] 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 gotten thmselves into.

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December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas)

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How To Make Gravy ABC Music/Universal Britt’s take on this Paul Kelly classic features gentle guitar strumming and perfect diction respects this masterful storytelling. How To Make Gravy has the ability to make the most unsentimental traveller feel homesick. There’s a slight waver to Britt’s voice that can sound a little forced when compared to Kelly’s understated delivery, which effortlessly wrings out every last emotion from your soul. It was always gonna be a tough song to tackle, let alone top. Glad to be reminded of this superbly composed song.

MICHAEL BUBLÉ

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas Warner The Boob is way too smug. This track’s string arrangements are pretty, but give me Bing Crosby or Harry Connick Jnr’s versions any day. Which reminds me, that Haven’t Met You Yet song makes my skin crawl. Bublé just can’t get it through his thick scone, which incidentally looks like spotted dick pudding, that he is anything but a universal fantasy man.

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Rolf Harris was commissioned to create an original work specifically for The Great Australian Songbook’s cover art and so it’s only fitting that an impromptu segment of Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, complete with wobble-board accompaniment, opens CD One: Last Century in this li’l ripper of a collection. We are then hurtled straight into political commentary via Midnight Oil’s brilliantly hostile Beds Are Burning and it would be downright unAustralian not to follow this up immediately with Chisel (Khe Sanh) and INXS (Need You Tonight). Egads go out to that ‘kookaburra’ court case for leaving a bad taste in everyone‘s mouths whenever they hear the flute riff from Men At Work’s Down Under these days. By crikey, remember Gangajang? Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia) still sounds exceptional. The most recent offerings on CD Two: This Century are Gotye (Feat Kimbra)’s exceptional Somebody That I Used To Know and Angus & Julia Stone’s Big Jet Plane.

It’s been a phenomenal year for the locally curated Balance mix compilation brand. First, it lured Way Out West’s Nick Warren away from UK rival Global Underground. Then Spain’s Henry Saiz turned out a stellar “conceptual” package stashed with his own productions.

Scott Morrison’s audio/DVD disc Ballad(s) For Quiet Horizons is an incredible audiovisual experience. It’s a work in which the visuals and sounds feel on par, equally as important, and in fact often using similar techniques. Experimental sound manipulations can often be too insular for the casual listener, with the results caught somewhere between audio representations of a space, and composed music, but never really falling enough into either camp to form any kind of narrative.

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This is truly beautiful with just a hint of sleighbell. George Michael’s pure vocals nail complicated tonal shifts and understated backing, which echoes the pace of the theme from Love Story. A harmonious “Merry Christmas/Merry Christmas” intro/outro adds a melancholy edge with Michael’s angelic pipes just perfect for carolling. Lyrical sample: “Well the snow would fall upon my bed/White sugar from Jesus.” Tried to purchase this for the old cheese for Chrissie, IL A but it’s sold MPout Ton his website!

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On top of the sonic selections, each of the 40 artists included here supplied their own visual interpretation for a designated double page spread representing the included track. Submissions cover original scrawled lyrics (Gurrumul’s appear in Braille embossed into a photograph of his mother Daisy), sketches, paintings (Steve Kilbey’s for Under The Milky Way is impressive) and recollections from the time the song was written (of course Paul Kelly wins the prize here for his explanation behind Dumb Things). Whichever way you slice it, The Great Australian Songbook presents airtight evidence against those who are prejudiced against Aussie music. The gorgeously bound hardcover journal will also look bonza on your record/book shelf with or without its box. The box can go on the coffee table for storing stray durries, a spare lighter and a waiter’s friend.

The Balance series has long explored the space between the once antithetical progressive house and techno (latterly rebooted as ‘minimal’). Ironically, this instalment comes from possibly Balance’s inaugural techno purist. Switzerland’s Sam Geiser, AKA Deetron, is no household name DJ like Carl Cox, but he is an honorary Detroiter. Geiser’s two-part Balance is wonderfully maximal, winding through ambient (he opens with Autechre), deep house, tribal and, inevitably, Detroit techno.  Among the more retro moments is Carl Craig’s wobbly electro tweaking of System 7’s Positive Noise – though it’s actually recent. Yet Geiser isn’t so much as fixated on the past as contemplating divergent sonic vistas of the future. He selects contemporary ‘techno’ by Norway’s Todd Terje and Ricardo Villalobos, but the weirdest tune is the post-bass Ego from Burial, Four Tet and Thom Yorke, if not Savage Progress’ obscure ‘80s punk-funk Heart Begin To Beat – all on the avant first disc (mixed digitally).  The second (created on turntables) is dancier, with Reggie Dokes’ Haiti a highlight. Geiser’s remix of Radio Slave’s occult Let It Rain is very ‘90s looped techno – and Oliver Ho. The ending is suitably triumphal with Derrick May’s classical Kaos, Craig’s epic and Vangelisy revisioning of Ronny & Renzo’s Heartbreak Theme, and Geiser’s personal Motor City homage Collide. Revile David Guetta? Let Balance restore your faith in electronic dance.

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Yet Morrison’s work offers a way in, often filming at the place in which he gathered his field recordings. He edits his visuals like he edits his sound, in tune with the audio, at times allowing the environment to dictate the structures or how much he will reveal. His work comes from the natural world. The opener A Field For Your Thoughts is simply a field of grass blowing in the wind, though he adds electronic drones, thunder, and the sound of the wind through the grass. It’s beautiful, uplifting work, with the changes coming gradually over time. It’s draws upon the simplicity of movement and the beauty of simply watching an environment over time. Second piece Oceanechoes couldn’t be more different; with skipping electronics and frantic visuals, it quickly builds up into a very electronic sounding rhythm, yet the repetitive electronics sound like manipulated seagulls. What’s interesting about this piece is that the visuals take on a rhythmic role, linked to the skittering electrics, so that midway through when he brings in a fractured melody there’s no visual change. It emphasises not only Morrison’s patience, but his desire to offer more than the obvious.

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This one is seriously all about actual Christmas shopping and how the protagonist wishes he’d been more organised. Chorus: “Ooh Santa help my case/ Help me find a parking space.” Just do it all online, man, and save us all the listening agony. The subject header for the link to this track read: “The Greatest Christmas song ever written.” Go shotgun some more premixed whiskey UDLs why doncha, fellas! Santa’s workshop is closed to the likes of you!

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Why does Justin Heazlewood always sound as if he has an excess of spittle in his mouth when he sings? I enjoyed Northcote (So Hungover) the first few times, but it’s really difficult to compose songs of this nature that are worthy of repeat listens. On 12 Days Of Christmas, the keys sound like they’re played on a Fischer-Price instrument, which is awesome, but the repetition of each day’s gifts makes you wanna hit fast forward. Hopefully “four appalling turds” won’t make their way into the mailbox as a result of this review. Incidentally, Rodney Rude and The Twelfth Man never managed to extract a guffaw from me either. Kevin Bloody Wilson’s Hey Santa Claus? Different story.

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The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball iTunes The Killers are no strangers to Christmas songs (this being their sixth annual festive offering). The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball is a right old knees-up and also a cover, with proceeds from the sale going to AIDS charities. Santa’s second favourite instrument, the xylophone, is skilfully showcased and at least you can dance to this one. Can I have a “YEE-har!” Still reckon the band’s best Christmas ditty is their first, Don’t Shoot Me Santa, however. Oh my, Brandon Flowers is looking rather over-bronzed and porcelain veneered these days.

Earnest

It is a wonderful thing to be purely happy, and unless just seeing the word ‘country’ offends your sensibilities then The Stillsons will bring you this feeling. Though much of the lyrical output and vocal delivery on Earnest is decidedly goofy, this mostly adds charm to the band’s country rock. Even the weakest tracks are redeemed somewhat by the instrumental chemistry possessed by these three players – there are excellent yet contained solos to be heard and I am particularly enamoured by The Waifs’ Ben Franz’s steel guitar. I can only imagine the joyous punters that frequent The Stillsons’ shows.

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Yet there is plenty of room for The Stillsons to grow and potentially reach a greater audience. The aforementioned lyrical content is apt for their upbeat songs, however, greatly lets down their attempts at more sombre content. Much more could also be made of the female and male vocal dynamic. Justin Bernasconi and Cat Canteri are lead vocalists and the main songwriters, yet haven’t found the chemistry with their vocal melodies that exists amongst the band instrumentally.

A couple of songs sound like good ideas undeveloped – the narrative driven Colonel And The King and the freewheeling Soul In The City – while sometimes the heartland worship goes too far: On The Street and You Don’t Know (My Heart Is In The Right Place), which bizarrely recalls Rick Springfield’s Jessie’s Girl, make you wish Wilson and cohorts would search a little harder for their own musical stamp.

There are hints of something greater towards the end of Earnest. The title track, reportedly inspired by sobering suicide statistics, shows Bernasconi at his most fragile and the directness of the lyrics work well for this one. Album closer In Violence is Canteri’s tale of woe and lyrically much stronger and at odds with much of Earnest – its haunting quality hints at another direction for The Stillsons. She Don’t Wanna Know is the best song on the album and shows the full potential of Bernasconi and Canteri’s writing partnership. Jan Wisniewski

Longtime Listener The American heartland rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s has its fingerprints all over this third record from the London-based group driven by former Brisbanite Danny George Wilson. Heavy doses of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and even John Mellencamp are pushed through an Australian/British sieve, meaning the resulting product is somewhat diluted.

There are a few ugly clichés, a few awkward rhymes – on Brothers In The Night examples of both – but midway through things pick up pleasantly. The jangly Every Beat Of My Heart is one such highlight, injecting a great deal more personality and excitement and while the Black Flag and Bad Brains namechecks sound almost preposterous here, Can’t Hold Back sees things continue in decent fettle, while those aforementioned bonus tracks, including covers of Neil Young’s A Man Needs A Maid and Springsteen’s Tougher Than The Rest are executed well enough but won’t blow you away. Dan Condon

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Lioness: Hidden Treasures Universal While we await the next instalment in the milking of Michael Jackson or perhaps another posthumous 2Pac record, we can relax in the sultry tones of the recentlydeceased Amy Winehouse. As the title suggests, it is a compilation of some odds and ends and alternate versions that have remained unreleased until now. Despite the criticisms, hearing Winehouse’s vocal on the majority of this is something akin to coming home, even if listening to Lioness feels like her standards album. It’s somewhat of a hark back to her Frank days with long-term partner Salaam Remi helming the project. That goes a long way to explaining such inclusions as The Girl From Ipanema and the Tony Bennett duet Body And Soul, both of which drag the disc into lounge singer territory and lack the wit or charm typical of Winehouse performances. The highlights come when Mark Ronson is behind the sound, unsurprising really considering he’s responsible for her most popular material. A new cut of The Zutons’ Valerie features and the dramatic cover of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, one of Carole King’s best, feels genuinely heartbreaking, particularly on the falsetto bridge. Lioness: Hidden Treasures presents Winehouse in the finest of lights as a singer. It is a strong compilation but still has some of the drawbacks that come with a posthumous release. Winehouse sounds a bit held back on a lot of this but it stands as an honourable inclusion to her catalogue, with Winehouse standing centre spotlight as a singer loudly and proudly. Ben Preece


THE NECKS

DAVID LYNCH

THE ROOTS

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Sunday Best/Shock

Def Jam/Universal

Blackheart/RiSH

To outsiders, there would be little to distinguish one Necks record from another. Over 15 albums and 20 years, the Australian free-improv trio have developed and maintained a very specific aesthetic – oceanic torrents of texture comprised of the most intricate and minimal fragments of instrumentation and sound.

Even disregarding the unmatched eccentricity of his films, David Lynch would still be one of the most bizarre and unpredictable creatives in western popular culture. One need only look at his website (which includes, among many other slices of surrealism, a semi-regular series of videos of Lynch describing the weather in Los Angeles). To this end, his debut solo record as a musician comes with a certain variety of expectations. Speaking bluntly, one presumes it will be weird.

On last year’s How I Got Over, Philadelphian hip hop band The Roots reached a creative apex in their long and distinguished career, creating arguably their finest (and darkest) work ever. Finding the perfect balance between live instrumentation and sampling, MCing and singing, the group created a musical reference point for the global financial crisis. 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.

San Antonio’s Girl In A Coma are a three-piece MexTex all girl punk machine with attitude to burn, similar to Le Butcherettes. And like that band (who include on bass one Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of Mars Volta/ At The Drive-In fame), GIAC have a bona fide rock icon in their corner in the mentoring figure of Joan Jett. Both bands have also built up a reputations as ferocious live acts filled with verve and venom.

Mindset

Mindset, the band’s 16th album, offers a distinctly different experience from their last effort (2009’s Silverwater). Once again breaking away from their tendency to release hour-long, single-track albums, Mindset boasts two shorter works and clocks in around 40 minutes. More notably, however, the record offers an entirely different ambience to the majority of the band’s recorded output. Opener Rum Jungle is most emblematic of the differences. Without eschewing the characteristic beauty and purity of their most celebrated work, Rum Jungle explores a kinetic anxiety of instrumentation that is both enthralling and unsettling. Strings of lightly distorted electronic noise intersperse themselves with rolling, cyclical rhythms and sudden variations in colour dart in and out of the fray. It’s an angular, tense and aggressive experience that, while not unheard of, is still quite rare for the usually staid trio.

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Comprised largely of austere drum machine rhythms augmented through heavily-treated vocals and the occasional spare flourish of instrumentation, Crazy Clown Time is dark, unsettling and, in a fittingly surreal way, quite amusing. Lead single Good Day Today is a whimsical blend of pulsing synthesiser melodies, heavily vocodered vocal hooks decorated by the occasional blast of machine gun fire, So Glad layers a yowling bluesy whine of a vocal over minimal stabs of guitar while Strange And Unproductive Environment is a vocodered rant on the nature of existence blasted over a laconic instrumental backdrop.

Daylights is more typical of The Necks’ glacial aesthetic but, rather than offsetting or contrasting the sustained fury of Rum Jungle, complements the album beautifully and benefits greatly from being viewed in the context of its predecessor.

It’s difficult to quantify the appeal of such an abstract and self-indulgent record in print but there’s definitely something about Lynch’s pulsing, subversive soundscapes that proves enthralling. There’s a precision to the director’s sketches that is admirable and the whole album is dressed in a luxurious, hypnotic, absurd darkness that is hard to resist.

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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, Big KRIT adding to a superb verse from Black Thought. As we go deeper into Stephens’ life the funky Kool On finds him enjoying the spoils of criminal activity, while Stomp sees him full of by-any-meansnecessary ambition. 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. 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 produced one of the best albums of 2011. Darren Collins

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GIRL IN A COMA Exits & All The Rest

Led by maelstrom Nina Diaz, GIAC do most things right. Diaz’s razor sharp and incredibly loud guitarwork is complemented by the strength of her voice, helping to fill the space that the once angsty Polly Jean Harvey may have occupied. Likewise, sister Phanie’s percussion and Jenn Alva’s bass add the requisite groove necessary to move these tracks forward. Opener Adjust balances that brew of Jett and Harvey perfectly, while elsewhere there are echoes of Johnny Marr jangle on single Smart and So. And there are moments of true originality – Cemetery Baby slides around in the mud with more grit than most other bands can handle. The issue on Exits & All The Rest is that the remaining tracks are pale imitations of these heavy idols. Lyrics are on the whole moribund and mundane, and there are moments where the musicianship sounds more like a paint-by-numbers exercise. Yet in Nina Diaz there is a true punk leading female, and when she leaps forward from the engine room and out on her own, the band soars. Brendan Telford

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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.

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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

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some great reissues! At first we were trying to copy what we heard and then tried to express it through 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.” 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 6 January, Corner Hotel

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“So I thought, I’ll try and rig up a little thing on the floor,” he goes on. “But at first, the results were quite frustrating because [in a band] when you’re playing with a guy who can play jazz drums and rock drums and he can play frills and then you break it down to this” – breaks into a simple, hip hop-style beat – “well, at first I didn’t think it was going to work. So I stuffed around with it… went out busking to see what would happen, and to my surprise I made a bit of money, which was great because I didn’t have to split it with a band.” This is, in a nutshell, how Henry came to make the transition from band to one-man band, and it’s something he’s taken to with relative ease. Now, his craft is eclectic (or as eclectic as one can be with such a limited percussive set-up). It’s equal parts Nick Drake, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson and Wu-Tang Clan. It’s equal parts ferocity and placidity, it’s equal parts flair and quiet repose. This amalgamation of sonics can be traced back to a couple of key moments in Henry’s childhood; he grew up listening to his parent’s record

collection – Motown, Bob Marley, that sort of stuff – but at age 11, he found (as so many have) the master himself, Jimi Hendrix, which had quite a profound effect. The other significant influential event was, around ten years after discovering Hendrix, finding Robert Johnson. “Oh man,” Henry exclaims. “I was around my dad’s house one time and there was a CD lying on the floor… so I put it on and wow, man, it was just really, really lo-fi, it was like going back in time, man. Every time you listen to it, you hear something new, all these nuances in the music; he’s such an amazing guitarist and singer… for me, he’s even greater than Hendrix because he could pull it off all by himself. That’s kind of where I got the idea of a one-man band, from Robert Johnson.” Cut to a couple of years ago and Henry was almost literally plucked off the street and signed, resulting in the early 2011 release of his debut, One Man And His 30w Pram (Henry transports his busking rig in an old pram), and why we see him touring the world now. A DIY Hendrix for the new age, at home on a street corner or festival stage, this is no novelty, this is the real thing. WHO: Lewis Floyd Henry WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 29 and Saturday 31 December, Falls Festival, Lorne; Saturday 31 December, Corner Hotel; Monday 2 January, East Brunswick Club

“IT BLOWS MY HEAD. IT’S JUST LIKE A DRUG.” MILES KANE IS CHUFFED HIS ROCK’N’ROLL DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE, PAUL RANSOM DISCOVERS.

ifted New York MC Pharoahe Monch (AKA Troy Jamerson) should be up in the pop charts with Jay-Z and Nas. But he’s chosen to return underground rather than deal with majors. “I think at this point, the way that I’m working, it just feels really good to be in control of the art,” Jamerson holds. 

Jamerson continues to promote WAR. He’s just shot a video for Still Standing, the album’s pièce de résistance featuring neo-soulstress Jill Scott. M-Phazes produced this and three other tracks. The Melburnian must have been chuffed to be in WAR’s credits along with Diamond D. Few US hip hop acts would consider approaching an Aussie beatmaker, but Jamerson thinks big. “He’s really good,” the MC says. “He’s really talented, has a really great ear, and a perception [of] and a perspective on hip hop and music in general. His heart is in the right place when it comes to music… I caught wind of him years ago on just a beat tape. When you listen to what people choose to sample, it tells you a lot about them. I was like, This kid has something.” Jamerson has never been fixated on “geographic boundaries”, even within the fractured US scene. “I had an open mind towards music in general, so I thought it was fly and dope that I was working with somebody from Australia, rather than, ‘I’m taking a chance...’ I wanna be the first one to do something like that.”

“[At first] I did try rigging something up and strapping it on my back like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, but the beats were so jangly and off-key and it was a bit like a novelty thing,” Henry smiles, recounting how he came to settle into his current musical guise – a oneman band, yes, but one with deep soul, with thick ties to the blues and Motown and folk, with a drum set-up operated by foot, an electric guitar and a shock of wild hair. Lewis Floyd Henry is anything but a novelty act.

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PHAROAHE MONCHE’S WAR ALBUM, RELEASED EARLY THIS YEAR, PRESCIENTLY TACKLED THE SAME ISSUES AS THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT, WRITES CYCLONE.

Early this year he presented his conceptual third album, WAR (We Are Renegades), independently, with Royce Da 5’9” (Bad Meets Evil) a guest. Jamerson again challenges the confines of ‘socially-conscious’ hip hop and, presciently, raises the same issues as the Occupy protest movement. “I’m right there before it even started – it was in the album and it’s pre-dated it!” Jamerson’s concerns aren’t only with economic inequality, but also society’s spiritual wellbeing. He believes that “revolution” is inevitable, while using the term cautiously and in the context of America’s historical cycles. “People hear that word and they think ‘violence’, [but] it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be [destructive]. It’s just we have to evolve. The old system is there to be challenged in a democracy.”

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here’s a phrase on south Londoner Lewis Floyd Henry’s website that spouts, “Some artists are too potent a talent, too much of a one-off, to be housed within the confines of a band.” Henry is indeed a talent, and he is indeed thriving outside of the ‘confines’ of a band. In fact, you’d go so far as to call him a one-man band, despite the stigma that comes with such a tag, as with his simple floor drum set-up and guitar, this is exactly what he is.

‘90s the former art school kid was half of Queens’ Organized Konfusion, no mere proto-backpackers but literary hip hoppers. They recorded a trilogy of cult albums (and the powerfully allegorical Stray Bullet), often handling the production themselves. In 1999 Jamerson launched a promising solo career with the now-classic Internal Affairs, home to Simon Says, on Rawkus. But legal drama intervened when it was discovered that Simon Says’ Godzilla sample hadn’t been cleared. Then Rawkus was subsumed into Geffen and Jamerson found himself in the wilderness. He finally resurfaced with Desire, an album that traversed everything from gospel to rockabilly to deep soul. He’d signed to Steve Rifkind’s SRC, despite an overture from Bad Boy. (Jamerson ghostwrote for Diddy.) He even graced a remix of Amy Winehouse’s Rehab.  Jamerson (with his rockin’ band) first hit Australia for 2008’s Good Vibrations. He’s now a regular – and much-loved – visitor. Jamerson has guested on a Hilltop Hoods joint. And last January he headlined Hip Hop Flood Relief in support of the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal. Jamerson recalls watching television in his hotel and “just feeling really bad” for those affected. “I thought it’d be a good thing to do, to give back, and just do something real positive.” The MC wouldn’t be true to WAR’s message if he didn’t act. Jamerson is headed back to Melbourne with his singer MeLa Machinko – and bestie Jean Grae. Fans can expect to hear songs he’s not performed prior, like Desire’s Trilogy, a focus on wordplay, and stage “props”. “The show is more like a one-man play,” Jamerson reveals. “I think people are gonna really enjoy this shit. It’s really theatrical, actually.” WHO: Pharoahe Monche WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 5 January, Espy

On the phone from his mum’s house in Liverpool, Miles Kane is brimming with energy, his sing-song Scouse accent making it all sound like the wildest boyhood dream. “I just always wanted to be in a band,” he chirps musically. “I started off wanting to be a guitarist and then I did that; and then I wanted want to be a singer and then, y’know, things happen. You have yer ups and downs. I was in band called Rascals that split and it was like, ‘What do you do now?’ Y’know, do you just wait around or start a new band or what? So I just wrote some tunes on the acoustic and thought, ‘Fuck it, I’m gonna have a go’.” Kane’s penchant for retro-flecked, melodic UK pop tunes was noted as the writing buddy and Last Shadow Puppets cohort of Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys fame. In that context, a solo record was not such a quantum leap. “I never wanted to be one of those boring singer/ songwriter types,” he says. “I mean, I know I’m a solo artist but I wanted to write tunes that were upbeat and pumping. Y’know, like rock’n’roll, pop surfing – stuff that I love… All that I’ve done is follow this path – this sort of drive inside yer. Y’know, it ain’t been easy but you’ve proved loads of people wrong on this record.” So, is Kane a northern escapist? Laughing along, he admits, “You have dreams and, y’know, you write songs that create a world. Maybe it is escapism but I wanted to write an album where, y’know, it’s you on that CD.” However, while conceding that Liverpool and surfing don’t normally go together, Kane declares, “But this is it; this is your own little world that you’re creating. It’s yer own sorta finding. You’re growing it, it’s what yer doing.” It would be fair to say, that Kane’s world is still peopled by his heroes. In fact, so rich in classic sounds is the record that you have to wonder whether Kane runs the risk of being swallowed up by his influences. Rather than answer directly, he comes at the question sideways. “The thing I was conscious of was that each song has got its own life, whether they’re slow or fast or sound like T Rex or whatever,” he explains. “The thing that bound it all together, that gave it all a theme, stemmed

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from the drum beat. We tried every song fast and slow until we found what felt best and from there we just kept it simple really; y’know, making it sound like a classic record. A lot of Motown, like The Four Tops and stuff, the drum beats never change, so when it comes on it just grooves, y’know what I mean?” Much of that classicism is wrapped up in the lyrics, which abound with romance and Mersey wit. As Kane notes, “There’s a fine art of writing simple lyrics and them not being fucking up yer own arse and not being daft. There’s a fine line of saying I love yer but without saying I love yer… It’s like, on this record there’s a tune called Rearrange and it just says, ‘You rearrange my mind’, which is pretty simple but when yer croon it becomes something big, y’know. Something anthemic.” As we speak, Kane is planning to fly out to San Francisco to record some new tunes with Dan The Automator and play a string of dates with fellow northerners Kasabian. It’s the standard issue, 24/7 rock’n’roll lifestyle shtick. Good thing Kane’s up for it. “Jesus yeah,” he bubbles. “It blows my head. It’s just like a drug. Y’know, I haven’t had a week off all year, we’ve just been on it non-stop.” All of which is several million miles from his mum’s settee in Wirral. Reflecting on the buzz and whir of his life, Miles Kane ponders the idea of home. “Y’know, it’s always good and just because you don’t live here anymore it don’t mean it’s not who you are. Everything in yer life, whatever you’ve done, it’s a part of yer and y’know, you should never forget that.” WHO: Lewis Floyd Henry WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 29 to Sunday 31 December, Falls Festival, Lorne; Saturday 31 December, Corner Hotel; Monday 2 January, East Brunswick Club


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WEDNESDAY 21 Checkpoint Charlie – hosted by Mark Conway and Mike Nayna, Melbourne’s newest comedy room has come off the blocks like a boss. Some of Melbourne’s most exciting new up-and-comers testing new material before the Comedy Festival. Eurotrash, 8pm. Night Market – locally made clothing, jewellery, prints and an array of cultural goods for sale; also, an array of hawker-style food stalls offering everything from traditional African curries through to the sweetest of honey dumplings. Queen Vic Market (5.30pm) until 22 February. Songs For Nobodies – written by Joanna Murray-Smith, directed by Simon Phillips; a one-woman show performed by Bernadette Robinson who plays five ordinary women and five iconic singers: Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. Each “nobody” recounts an intimate tale of how her life was transformed by an encounter with one of their icons. Opening night, 8pm the Arts Centre until 29 January.

THURSDAY 22 Arthur Christmas – directed by Sarah Smith, a film that reveals the answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. At the centre of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning. Moonlight Cinemas, 7pm.

FRIDAY 23 Waitressing... and other things I do well – cabaret, starring Gillian Cosgriff as a conscientious 20-something, fresh out of university with a performing arts degree in hand. No job, no house and existing on a steady diet of Pringles and Vitaminwater, Gillian’s calling in life seems to be… waitressing. Closing night, 9pm. Chapel Off Chapel. We Need To Talk About Kevin – directed by Lynne Ramsay, adapted from the best-selling novel by Lionel Shriver. Tilda Swinton plays Eva, the mother of a teenage boy who went on a high-school killing spree. Eva grapples with her own feelings of THE LIFE OF BRIAN

project as a pure observationist portrait. “The goal was initially to follow him around for a year in his life,” she explains. “It was going to be this vérité film with a small section filling us in on his back-story, but then that back-story – the story of his life – became the film.”

grief and responsibility in a series of letters to her ex-husband about their child’s actions. Astor Theatre, 7.30pm. The Blender Studios/Dark Horse Experiment – exhibition of Blender Studio street artists in a Dark Horse Experiment. ‘Blender’ is the mission statement of this studio space warehouse, as it’s a blend of different artists, philosophies, beliefs, socio-economic backgrounds and educations. Blender Studios, Melbourne CBD until 1 February.

So, we get the biography of the 51-year-old puppeteer, who grew up on rough-and-tumble Baltimore streets, dreamt of working with puppets, ended up landing in Jim Henson’s Workshop and eventually gave birth to one of the most famous of all puppets. This narrative is buoyed by home-video footage of Clash making puppets at his home, working on local television, and visiting the Jim Henson workshop and meeting chief Muppets designer/puppeteer Kermit Love, who’d become a mentor. “I feel so fortuitous that we were able to find it,” Marks says. “Being able to see him so young, so talented, pursuing his craft at such a young age, it really added a layer to this film.”

SATURDAY 24 The Life Of Brian – the cult comedy legends of Monty Python team up for this hilarious and irreverent satire of biblical films and religious intolerance. Brian is a Jew in Roman-occupied Judea, who joins up with an anti-Roman political organisation, is mistaken for a prophet and becomes a reluctant Messiah. Moonlight Cinemas, 7pm.

MONDAY 26 The Dish – an Australian classic comedy, based on events in 1969, where Australia became a crucial part of the space race. The ‘dish’ was essential to collecting the revelatory images from the Apollo 11 mission. ACMI Cinemas, 10.30am and 1pm. Monty Python And The Holy Grail – the cult comedy legends of Monty Python, about King Arthur and his knights, who are in search of the holy grail. Astor Theatre, 9.35pm.

Thus, Being Elmo plays as universal tale: a follow-your-dreams film for audiences of all ages. “It’s not so much about chasing a dream as it is pursuing a dream that was nontraditional,” Marks offers. “Wanting to be a puppeteer wasn’t what the other kids in his neighbourhood were doing; they were off playing basketball, learning the drums – these much more traditional masculine pursuits. Kevin would get teased for ‘playing with dolls’.”

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 Cinemas, 7pm.

ONGOING Star Wars – exhibition through the world of Star Wars right from the initial concept drawings to the modern movies. Bringing together artwork from Ralph McQuarrie, Brian Rood, Christian Waggonner and Lawrence Noble. Over 150 pieces on display featuring Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Han Solo. Silver K Gallery until 29 January, Armadale.

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IN BEING ELMO, filmmaker Constance Marks documents the man behind the FAMOUS RED puppet, Kevin Clash. INTERVIEW BY ANTHONY CAREW. On the first day of shooting her documentary Being Elmo – a portrait of the beloved Sesame Street character and the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, who brings him to life – Constance Marks suddenly realised what she’d gotten into. At a charity gala in New York, the presenters included Desmond Tutu, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer and a small red puppet made from felt. Marks had conceived of the film when her husband, James Miller, then a cameraman on Sesame Street, brought home a gift from the set in the early-’00s. “One day he came home with a VHS – that goes to show how long ago it was – of Elmo addressing our daughter, and looking at pictures of her with

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my husband,” Marks recounts. “It was this amazing little gift that Kevin took the time out to make for our family. So, I was immediately curious to know more about the man who was Elmo.” At first, it was as much about Elmo – the ‘monster’ known by millions of children across the globe – as anything; Marks intrigued at the phenomenon that had grown around this small piece of felt rubber. “There’s nothing saccharine about this character, there’s a genuine edge,” Marks says. “I knew there was something – someone – behind this character that was making Elmo just as intriguing to adults as he was to children.” Initially, Marks conceived of the

Because of this, Being Elmo doesn’t just inspire kids (“we have pictures and pictures and pictures that people have sent us, of puppets their children have built when they’ve gotten home from the film”) but causes grown men to weep. “Older men, especially, seem to have a strong emotional response to the film,” Marks says. “There’s something about this message in the film – do what you want to do; if you love it, go for it, even if it’s unmanly – that really seems to hit them.” WHAT: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 27 December to Sunday 8 January, ACMI

GASWORKS BACKYARD BECOMES A CINEMA Gasworks Art Park is having a second season of Backyard Cinema this summer, with screenings every Friday night at dusk from 13 January. This season, films screening include the adaptation of John Marsden’s awardwinning Australian book, Tomorrow When The War Began; the hysterical, crude, and heart-warming Bridesmaids; a Midsumma screening of Mike Mills’ hit, Beginners; Red Dog, Senna, and Midnight In Paris. The screenings will also have a BBQ cooking prior to satisfy movie munchies. For more information and bookings, call gasworks.org.au.

NEW OPEN-AIR CINEMA AT THE CONVENT Situated within the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent, a new open-air cinema will pop up this January. The Summer Electric will host more than 80 screenings, featuring a program of new films such as our film of the year, Drive (Friday 13 January), We Need To Talk About Kevin (Friday 20), and Crazy, Stupid, Love (Saturday 21), as well as cult classics such as Heathers (Sunday 29) and Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita (Saturday 4 February). Short films from emerging and local filmmakers will also be screened in this 250 -capacity cinema. More programming information at shadowelectric.com.au.


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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 recently completed Mark Webber Challenge seem fitting. The Challenge, which saw teams compete in a gruelling 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 ‘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 too.

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“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

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WITH ANTHONY CAREW When is a top ten not a top ten? When it’s a top 13, involving, um, 17 films. Given that this year was the first-ever time in the award-winning history of your favouritest-ever film column that I had no standalone number one, I took that as inspiration (read: excuse) to wildly pair pictures together, by theme, in this meticulously playlisted countdown.

THY FILM CAREWZ’Z TOP 13-ISH FILMS O’ TH’ 2011 13. Le Quattro Volte (Michelangelo Frammartino, Italy): A work of radical anti-anthropocentricism that feels no need to concede to homosapien ego; its quartered structure giving equal screentime – and importance – to the transmigratory life of man, animal, vegetable, mineral. Looking at goats and smoke with utter reverence, Frammartino challenges the storytelling sovereignty of a species who believes they have god-given dominion over all living creatures. 12. Innocent Saturday (Alexander Mindadze, Russia): With a shaky camera forever framed brutally, claustrophobically close, Mindadze’s history-as-in-the-moment-vérité finds small-towners dwelling in the shadows of the Chernobyl power plant blithely gawping at a burning nuclear reactor(!), going about their business in the absence of official emergency warnings from the state. His film plays as ironic, weightilysymbolic anti-disaster-movie: no one running in the face of radioactive neurons, no one escaping from the invisible scourge untainted.

11. Tuesday, After Christmas (Radu Muntean, Romania) and A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, Iran): Two films in which failing marriages are depicted in philosophicallydense, morally-conflicted drama; Muntean authoring a brutal, bitter, painful portrait that uses the pantomime of Santa Claus as symbol for the façade of a happy marriage. Farhadi makes the marriage itself a symbol; his Separation a parable on divisions – of class, religion, gender, politics – in Iranian society. Following the almighty About Elly, the same loaded ideas are in play: barrages of hearsay, deceit and personal politicking taking the place of cinematic truth; Farhadi’s profound understanding of moral conundrums, complicity and guilt pitched somewhere between Makhmalbaf and Hitchcock. 10. Into Eternity (Michael Madsen, Denmark) and Detroit Wild City (Florent Tillon, USA): Two pictures that peered into the bleak abyss of mankind’s future and saw beauty, terror, and the unknowable: Madsen’s philosophical think-piece imagining the 10,000 years that it takes for nuclear waste to break down as a letter to future planetary inhabitants; Tillon’s beautiful series of abandoned-metropolis landscapes – Detroit a city left to the dogs, falcons, insects, weeds and enterprising neo-agrarian pseudopeasants – a window onto an imminent post-oil-crash world. 9. Project Nim (James Marsh, USA): Marsh’s marvellous biography of the first chimpanzee to be taught sign language works on dual levels: as crowd-pleasing entertainment (the chimp smokes pot!) and as profound philosophical musing, addressing not the intelligence of primates, but the very nature of

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 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.”

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Simon Pegg stars in two of the biggest films of the summer: the latest instalment of the high octane Mission: Impossible series, and the ADVENTURES OF Tintin. The British actor speaks to Ian Barr.

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 Fours 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 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 Champion, but I’ve won more races than some people who have been World Champion… We always want more and you’ve got to 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

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

homosapiens; this a film, more than anything, about man’s uneasy relationship with his closest animal relations. 8. Michael (Markus Schleinzer, Austria): From the country that gave the world Michael Haneke and Elfriede Jelinek, it was only a matter of time ’til someone plunged into the shadows Josef Fritzl cast over Austria. Haneke homie Markus Schleinzer rises to the occasion with Michael; which is less ‘paedophile movie’ – and all the hysteria that entails – than a sitcom geared around co-habitual sexual enslavement. Amidst the most grim, gallows humour, every uneasy note of irony in this pitch-black picture illuminates the mundane realities of juggling an office job with that boy you’ve got locked in your basement. 7. End Of Animal (Jo Sung-hee, South Korea): Playing with powers of suggestion mightier than any special effect, this student film(!) takes us into an eerie landscape whose very nature – Postapocalyptic wasteland? The rapture? – is mysterious; its manifold religious symbols suggesting a dystopian, postmodernist take on the virgin birth, god-made-incarnate, and the End of Days. Jo, as debutante, prompts countless questions, and, gloriously, delivers few answers. Discuss. 6. Post-Mortem (Pablo Larraín, Chile): Few films lingered in the mind, this year, quite like PostMortem, Larraín’s suitably-brutal tale of the Chilean military coup. In a piece of piercing screenwriting, the filmmaker gently scatters a few inconspicuous flash-forwards for keen viewers; each suggesting the eventual guilt, complicity and callousness of its collaborating lead character, a morgue bureaucrat tallying up an ever-growing pile of state-slaughtered corpses. Its near-five-minute final shot is Post-Mortem’s crowning glory: a

classic piece of colossally-weighty symbolism delivered with the most dexterous touch. 5. Tomboy (Céline Sciamma, France): Sciamma’s second film wields a delicious hook – a tenyear-old girl reinvents herself as boy – but does so with little salacious flashiness. Instead, it explores the dramatic complexities of the concept with tenderness, perceptiveness and poignancy, raising all kinds of profound questions on gender, sex and society along the way. 4. Fleurs Du Mal (David Dusa, France): Both sweet, sweep-youoff-your-feet romance and critique thereof, this tale of internet-united paramours places love against social tumult – the hijacked Iranian elections of 2009 – and finds l’amour faring second-best. In a stroke of stunning screenwriting, here the hot Persian girl falling for the hot Parisian dude wonders if her in-exile French fling isn’t the most selfish indulgence of bourgeois Western privilege; her conscience dictating that, in the face of political upheaval, love isn’t the ultimate thing worth fighting for. 3. Norwegian Wood (Tran Anhhung, Japan) and Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek, UK): Literary adaptations of amazing novels usually fare badly, but 2011 found two spot-on ones. Tran and Mark Lee Ping-Bin combined to make Haruki Murakami’s beloved troubledyoung-people-in-the-’60s soap opera a sweet, sweaty, heartbreaking, heavenly, eternal, endlesslycinematic shrine to the very glories of being alive; of verily living – nay, fucking – in the face of death. The goodness of Never Let Me Go was far more a surprise; Romanek and Alex Garland somehow infusing the spirit of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel in celluloid. Suitably eerie, elusive and aloof, the pic is played ponderous, parched and proper, so that the eventual emotional impact, on climax, comes as shockingly,

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

unexpectedly profound. On screen, as on page, the story’s sci-fi slant is not fantasy escapism, but symbol of the human condition: the fait accompli of its characters being the inescapable end awaiting every sentient mammal. 2. Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, Canada): In a worthy-of-study screenplay touched by Villeneuve’s fascination with mathematic patterns and intersecting integers, present unfolds into pasts that ricochet back in the present; each grand, blazing, razing, numbered chapter arriving like a detonated explosion, emotional shrapnel shredding through traumatic histories into tainted tomorrows. It’s a study of Lebanese civil war as Greek Tragedy: a massive, mythical, torrential soap-opera in which history – personal, political, cultural – is a shame from which there is no escape. 1. Beginners (Mike Mills, USA) and The Future (Miranda July, USA): The hipster husband-and-wife pair made matching his/her shrines to neurotic relationship angst, utter existential despair, innate human isolation, exquisite melancholy and fathomless sadness that, in my mind, couldn’t be separated. July’s film

comic relief would be exhausting, and it was fun to play him.” If Tintin and M:I 4 see Pegg further venturing out 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-the-room 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.” 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

was the far darker, stranger, more polarising: lacking familiar narrative structure, comforting clichés and phony emotional platitudes. Though misperceived as twee comedy, The Future is a daring, provocative work in which devices of seeming cutesiness – talking cats, sentient T-shirts, anthropomorphised planets – are taken to conceptual and psychological extremes. Mills’ film had far more the crowdpleasin’ air – central hook: 75-year-old father comes out of closet – yet it was anything but a cute sitcom. Instead, this grief-riddled eulogy for a dead dad mounts an impressionist portrait of memory, sentience, temporality and depression that both courts romance – a super-sweet dalliance with a super-hot French girl – and authors in-built critique of it; love bringing with it copious emotional baggage for 21st Century humans undone by debilitating selfconsciousness. Together, these twin pictures somehow pulled the ‘quirky’ American indie movie from its eternal road-movie purgatory; defying any and all expectations and standing as the two truest, purest, most profound films of the year.

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CRINGE

WITH REBECCA COOK It’s at this time of year when we sit back and reflect on the year that was. And as such, Premier and Arts Minister Ted Baillieu was busy handing out arts leadership awards earlier this month to the likes of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the Arts Centre, and the State Library. “2011 has been another wonderful year for Victoria’s arts agencies, with NGV celebrating its 150th anniversary, Geelong Performing Arts Centre marking its 30th year, and blockbuster exhibitions on wonders ranging from children’s picture books to ancient Egypt and outer space,” Mr Baillieu said. “Victorians have been treated to performances for the young and young at heart, and agencies have opened new spaces or undertaken major infrastructure projects that will reward our state and its citizens and visitors in the years ahead.” Awards were given across seven categories to recognise outstanding

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public programmes, community engagement, business improvement, collaborative practices, disability access, marketing and technological innovation. You might have guessed by the titles but these awards aren’t for the glamour events, they’re like the ones that run the day before the Oscars and aren’t broadcast because they’re for those who work behind the scenes; so behind the scenes, the awards go to the organisations instead of individuals. For example, NGV won the Leadership In Community award for its 150th birthday pARTy weekend, which saw 40,000 Victorians join in the celebrations including recreating popular masterpieces and performances. ACMI took out the gong for the public programme component of its Star Voyager exhibition. Having real-life astronaut Rex Walheim in town for the opening provided an opportunity for a series of talks, including a live discussion that was beamed into classrooms in over 115 schools to more than 5,000 students. It shared

the award with the Melbourne Recital Centre for its MusicPlay Children’s Music Festival. The NGV was highly commended for its Energy Savings project in the Leadership In Business Improvement category. The project involved cutting off the air con in certain rooms between set times, the results showed that NGV’s International building is capable of holding its environmental conditions stable over long periods and illustrated the potential of annual energy savings to the value of approximately $175,000. This ‘cool’ project was beaten out by the State Library’s online copy order service and a record-keeping project by the Public Record Office, which begs the questions: who knew they were an arts organisation? Do we really want the Public Records Office to be creative? And should we be encouraging them? Museum Vic picked up two awards: one for its Identity: yours, mine, ours marketing and communications campaign (Leadership In Marketing And Audience Development), and one for its smart phone app Field Guide for Victorian Fauna (Leadership In Technology). The app contains detailed descriptions of over 700 Victorian animals, including maps of where to find them. It was while Cringe was reading that the Arts Centre won an award for Leadership In Disability Access that she realised there was one absolutely vital award missing. Leadership In Public Toilets. Cringe feels comfortably qualified to judge this category having spent some time in each of these buildings. In general, Melbourne’s major arts organisations provide excellent facilities, however, Cringe’s money is on the NGV on St Kilda Road. Here’s an award they’re unlikely to put up on the wall though – except maybe on the back of a toilet door.

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ANIMALS’ SEX LIVES...

Jody Shapiro TALKS TO Anthony Carew about the series of films he’s created with Isabella Rossellini, GREEN PORNO. Jody Shapiro is best known for making pornos. Green Porno, that is. The playfully-titled short-film series is the work of Shapiro and writer/star Isabella Rossellini, who dresses up in home-spun costumes to depict the sex lives of insects. They’ve become hugely beloved, and Shapiro has spent a lot of time dealing with the unexpected repercussion of the series’ comic handle. “You have to be really careful when you’re emailing people, because the word ‘porno’ sets off all sorts of spam filters,” says Shapiro, who visited Australia earlier this year to screen the documentary How To Start Your Own Country in Sydney and Melbourne. “I was invited to go to Russia for a festival, so I had to go to the Russian embassy in Canada to get a visa, and they invited me into a back-room to ask me why I was coming to Russia to show pornos. It’s caused a lot of fun stories and adventures.” The Toronto-based documentarian has been a longtime collaborateur of Guy Maddin, serving as producer and general filmmaking foil. They first met making Maddin’s awesome 2000 short The Heart Of The World, and despite Maddin’s “wariness of producers” (“he hated people butting in”) the pair “bonded over a love of ice hockey” and have been inseparable since: working on The Saddest Music In The World, Brand Upon The Brain!, My Winnipeg, and Keyhole. It was while making The Saddest Music In The World that their creative

crew grew to include Rossellini. “We were going over casting thinking who would be good for this role, as a beer baroness with glass legs,” Shapiro recalls. “We thought Isabella Rossellini would be good for it, but we thought we’d never get her.” Yet, after they sent Rossellini the script and DVDs of Maddin’s films, they got a swift response. “She wasn’t sure if she was going to do the film, but she wanted to fly to Winnipeg to meet this Guy Maddin,” Shapiro says, laughing. “Which we thought was strange: ‘why would anyone want to willingly come to Winnipeg in the middle of winter?’” Soon, Rossellini was swept up in the “open, creative environment” of Maddin’s “really bizarre” sets, where super-8 cameras will be handed out to cast and crew. “Isabella became instantly part of the team. Instead of sitting in her trailer, she’d sit on set and watch us making the film,” Shapiro says. “From then on I’ve basically been working with Isabella on all of her projects. It’s been a fun, creative relationship based on a shared love of

the filmmaking process.” After first working on My Dad Is 100 Years Old – Rossellini’s valentine to her father, filmmaking legend Roberto Rossellini, on the centennial of his birth – they went to working on Green Porno. “The idea basically came about like this: what do people like to look for and watch on the internet? Porno, obviously,” recounts Shapiro. “Then we thought: ‘what about ‘green porno’? What about the sex lives of insects?’” From an initially commissioned eight, they’ve now made 28. “I don’t know if we’ve officially ‘gone viral’, but we’re definitely passed around,” Shapiro says. “Green Porno has entered the vernacular, we get referenced, I hear people talking about us. Jon Stewart did a whole segment on them, Stephen Colbert did; I really like we’ve really made it into pop culture.” WHAT: Green Porno/Animals Distract Me WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 5 to Saturday 8 January, ACMI Cinemas


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TRASH

Colin Farrell in Fright Night

WITH GUY DAVIS Well, it’s that time of year when people start making their lists and you start checking them twice, figuring out whose taste in pop culture you regard as naughty or nice. And while I’ve been known to make the odd top-ten list after I’ve indulged in a few cocktails – hey, we’ve all done it – Trailer Trash is actually renowned for taking a more scattershot lateral approach to its end-of-year round-up. Usually it’s a matter of cherry-picking the minutiae, the material, the stuff that appealed to yours truly, whether it’s a music cue, a supporting performance or a choice one-liner that jumped out and cuddled up (or smacked me around – same diff, really). So please enjoy this ramshackle hodge-podge/mish-mash of shit Guy dug in 2011. The music of Cliff Martinez: A Soderbergh regular (I recommend his Solaris soundtrack meself), Martinez supplied some incisive synth sounds to accompany the catch-my-disease action of Soderbergh’s not-quitesuccessful Contagion. The music actually did what the director and screenwriter Scott Z Burns couldn’t quite pull off – suggest the cold, clinical

mercilessness of the virus that played havoc with immune systems the world over. And Martinez dusted off the synth a second time with equally pleasing results when he scored Nicolas Winding Refn’s moody, magnificent Drive. Trust me, there’s now a bunch of movie geeks driving the streets at night with the Drive soundtrack blaring, gnawing on a toothpick and trying to get their Gosling gaze on. Best supporting actors: Miles Teller, one cool hick in the surprisingly strong (and quite sexy) Footloose remake. Hanna’s Tom Hollander, a degeneratelooking operative in designer sportswear. Abbie Cornish, who emerged from the wreckage of Sucker Punch as someone more than capable of toplining their own action-film franchise. Corey Stoll as Hemingway in Midnight In Paris: “Who wants to fight?” Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’s Lea Seydoux, bewitchingly cold-blooded as the assassin insisting on being paid in diamonds. Anthony Mackie, whose subtle star quality deserves better than What’s Your Number or The Adjustment Bureau (although he shone in both). Tower Heist’s Tea Leoni for her flawless fuck-you delivery of this line: “You have

Steve McQueen’s car in your living room? And here I was thinking you were an asshole.” Favourite Farrell moments: I’ll admit it, I have a major man-crush on Colin Farrell. Even when he was misbehaving, he did it with such joie de vivre that it was hard to dislike him (and he never seemed to let it affect the work, which I dig). He was great fun this year as a feral Russian mobster who joins a motley crew of escapees busting out of a Siberian gulag in Peter Weir’s The Way Back, but he was even more fun as alpha-male bro vamp Jerry in the not-bad Fright Night remake. His blatant Christopher Walken imitation during a one-on-one with Anton Yelchin’s terrified Charley had me grinning with delight. Random things I enjoyed and appreciated: In the Coens’ True Grit, the way hardened lawmen and crooks were so taken aback by Mattie Ross’ steel and self-possession they took to insulting her looks like tongue-tied schoolboys. (And how good was Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie? The answer is ‘very’.) The pain in Mel Gibson’s voice when he says, “The problem is depression, not amnesia,” in The Beaver – for all Gibson’s flaws and fuck-ups as a human being, the man can act (or at least artistically channel his demons). The final throwdown showdown between Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy in Warrior, years of love, pain and resentment rising to the surface as they beat the shit out of one another in front of thousands of spectators (and the father who tore them apart). By the way, if Hardy brings half the thunder to Bane that he brought to Warrior’s violence, The Dark Knight Rises is gonna be sick. The hospital-room marriage proposal in the underrated How Do You Know. And for all y’all who saw Bridesmaids, I have two words: Bear sandwich.

SPEAKING BRIEFLY

MARK WINMILL TALKS TO ALICE BODY ABOUT RED BENNIES’ NEW YEAR’S EVE soirée, CLUB BRIEFS.

in both the domestic festival circuit and at Edinburgh this year. “We’ll also have special guests,” Winmill says, referring to popular gypsy swing band The Woohoo Revue, burlesque pin-up and provocateur Gypsy Wood, circus performer Lillikois Kaos and Vaudeville funnyman Daniel Oldbaker. “It should be a really fun night, and a bit different. You can escape the regular craziness and have a good crew there.” It’s fair to say that boylesque has not experienced quite the same amount of attention as female-centric burlesque, but Winmill is adamant that the genre is healthy: “America’s definitely on top of all that,” he asserts, after revealing that boylesque is not simply a product of the last few years but has in been around for decades. “And in London, there’s a huge boylesque scene. But Australia’s rocking, too. There’s heaps of performers popping up, amazing performers from Perth that I’ve seen. But I guess it’s not as common as a female show.

Keep an eye on your liqueur commercials; the possibility of Brisbane’s Mark Winmill appearing in one is doing the equivalent of a Mario Kart speed boost and growing quick. Big things are happening fast for the “Boylesque Boy Wonder” ever since he wrested the title of King Of Burlesque at the international burlesque competition, Tournament Of Tease, in Las Vegas six months ago. Apart from the fact that winning the prestigious award is testament to the man’s already established talent, his performance as a cheeky hula hooping, human Le Male perfume bottle caught the eye of none other than burlesque demigoddess Dita Von Teese (face of Cointreau and, while we’re at it, inspiration and inventor of the purple-hued “Cointreau Teese”).

Now Winmill is billed to support her on her US tour next year. “Friends contacted me and said Dita Von Teese is tweeting about the act and she’s wondering who the hell you are and all this stuff,” Winmill reveals. “So I tracked her down and got her email and [have] been corresponding with her a fair bit about ideas for next year. I’m really excited about that.” Before the bright lights of Vegas summon him, however, Winmill is heading to Melbourne. Red Bennies is throwing a New Year’s Eve party featuring Winmill plus real life and performing partner Fez Faanana (AKA Shivannah) in a stripped-down version of Briefs, the all-male burlesque cabaret that has sold-out audiences

“I think that’s why Briefs was so successful. There’s six of us but each one is so different to the other,” he says, referring to Shivannah’s bearded lady alongside brother Natano Faanana’s silk act, amongst other varied acts. “His stuff is quite beautiful and has a very strong male presence. A lot of our other stuff is very camp or beefcake or whatever. There’s that element of the male burlesque performer being comical, which is quite often the case. But there’s also been a lot of beautiful movementbased striptease [emerging], which is refreshing. “I’ve liked watching [boylesque] evolve, especially in Australia. We’ve got a lot more comfortable with doing more of that stuff which is great.” WHAT: New Year’s Eve at Red Bennies

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TOUR GUIDE THIS FORTNIGHT

THE DAMNED: Friday 20 January Billboard

INTERNATIONAL

JIM JONES REVUE: January 2 East Brunswick Club

ROUND TABLE KNIGHTS: December 24 Prince EASY STAR ALL-STARS: December 30 Corner HANNI EL KHATIB: January 1 Tote JOHN DAHLBACK: January 1 Alumbra DJ YODA: January 1 Espy THE 6TH BOROUGH PROJECT: January 1 Bridge THE JIM JONES REVUE: January 2 East Brunswick Club ARCTIC MONKEYS: January 3 Festival Hall DUM DUM GIRLS: January 3 Corner JIM WARD: January 3 East Brunswick Club YUKON BLONDE: January 3 Northcote Social Club J MASCIS: January 3, 4 Toff In Town; 6 Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh) BAD MANNERS: January 3 National Hotel (Geelong), 4 East Brunswick Club THE KOOKS: January 4 Festival Hall (AA) CSS: January 5 Corner GZA: January 5 Espy METRONOMY: January 6 Hi-Fi ALOE BLACC: January 6 Trak Lounge Bar MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO: Jarnuary 6 Corner JUSTICE: January 6 Festival Hall HANGGAI: January 7 Corner; 8 Ruby’s Lounge (Belgrave) DRESDEN DOLLS: January 8 Forum BEIRUT: January 9 Hi-Fi; 10 Forum

ARCTIC MONKEYS: January 2 Palace; 3 Festival Hall JIM WARD: January 3 East Brunswick Club THE KOOKS: January 4 Festival Hall GROUPLOVE: January 4 Corner Hotel THE DAMNED: January 20 Billboard KASABIAN, THE VACCINES: January 28 Festival Hall GIRL TALK: January 31 Palace NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS: January 31 Palais RÖYKSOPP: February 2 Palace MILLIONS, NANTES, NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE: February 17 East Brunswick Club JESSIE J: March 7 Festival Hall MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA: March 7 Hi-Fi YOUTH LAGOON: February 15 Toff In Town BEN KWELLER: March 5 Hi-Fi WILD FLAG: March 9 Corner Hotel JOHNNY CLEGG: Saturday 10 March Palais DIRTY THREE: March 16 Palace; 18 Theatre Royal (Castlemaine) JAY & SILENT BOB: Thursday 26 April Palais

NATIONAL EMILY BARKER: December 21 Wesley Anne THE GIN CLUB: December 22 Northcote Social Club BIG SCARY, RICHARD IN YOUR MIND: December 22 Fed Square SAND PEBBLES: December 23 Espy Front Bar. January 6 The Nash (Geelong) SAN CISCO: December 29 Toff In Town THE CHURCH: December 30 Forum REGURGITATOR: December 31 Corner BLOOD DUSTER: December 31 Tote GRINSPOON: January 3 Chelsea Heights Hotel; 4 Commercial Hotel (South Mornag); 5 Pier (Geelong); 6 Whalers Inn (Warrnambool); 7 Ferntree Gully Hotel; 8 Espy

THE DAMNED: Friday 20 January Billboard

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If hung over is the only way you can cope with Christmas Day, then Old Bar’s Annual Goddamn, Goodtime, Hoodangin’, Dagnabbit, Black Xmas Eve Craptacular is the place to prepare for the family fallout that is invariably Christmas. The night features Eaten By Dogs, Becky Lee & Drunkfoot, Sunny The Magosopher, Chris Russell’s Chickenwalk, Santa and DJ Shitshake for your aural pleasure. More to the point, however, is that it’s your chance to toast Old Bar for another great year of rockin’ nights out and apologise for your deplorable behaviour throughout the year. Doors are from 7.30pm and entry’s $10. sdfsdfsdfdsf BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS pic by Chrissie Francis

a devastating soundtrack for getting down, but these losers in the house are letting the team down. There’s only a two-piece brass section, when the band usually rock three, but the two up on stage can’t be faulted and their synchronised moves are something to behold.

JUSTICE: Friday 6 January Festival Hall

FESTIVALS FALLS FESTIVAL: December 28-31 Lorne PYRAMID ROCK: December 29-January 1 Phillip Island SUMMADAYZE: January 1 Sidney Myer Music Bowl

UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL DEERHOOF: January 11 Hi-Fi IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE: January 12 Espy THE VENGABOYS: January 12, 18 Corner HAWKSLEY WORKMAN: January 12 Caravan Music Club; 13 Nothcote Social Club

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BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS PRINCE BANDROOM

They earned ‘Golden Boot’s galore at the recent Meredith Music Festival. (Indeed a neighbour in the front stalls raised one welly skyward, the innersole fell out and then a poor security guard had to retrieve the odour-eater from the photographer’s pit, while holding her nose with the other hand.) Hence a second helping of Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears is vital. Racing forward at the last possible moment to secure pole position, it’s baffling to note all in attendance resembling motionless concrete blocks. Lewis later remarks that it seems as if everyone’s feet are glued to the floor, but not this pair of boots. Crowds like this suck. There’s generous applause at the close of each song, but not a single dance move is busted. On occasion, some nearby punters even grease this scribe is off for trying to overcompensate for their dead legs. Blasts of brass, triple axes and drum demolition should prove

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”Are you having a good time? Seems as if you’re having a shit time,” Lewis observes. It must be hard for the band to get motivated when their best efforts are not rewarded. Bassist Bill Stevenson is a powerhouse, whose effortless style seems at odds with the penetrating sounds he produces. When Stevenson’s glasses slip down his nose, he catches them in his teeth until his hands are freed up at the end of the song. Lewis’ guitar work is impressive enough (he also utilises his teeth, in lieu of plectrum, to great effect), but when coupled with Zach Ernst’s additional supremacy the resulting noise is off the chart. Mustang Ranch is a song about an overnight drive when the band stopped off at a brothel and then discovered they had insufficient funds to “get [their] ham glazed”: It’s a showstopper, particularly Lewis’ impossibly sustained “HEEEEEEY”s. Lewis explains that his girlfriend will need to get tested when he gets home and, although we all laugh, we’re unsure as to who’s been bad. The brass flashes during Sugarfoot drip with soul and some stop/start riffage calls to mind the rhythmic chant-chorus of TISM’s He’ll Never Be An Ol’ Man River (AKA “I’m on the drug that killed River Phoenix”). There’s demand for an encore, so why the still bodies? The band close with a suitably manic version of Surfin’ Bird, but omit the hilarious song about getting high that so destroyed Meredith. (Before said song at MMF, Lewis suggested the crowd throw their spliffs up on stage. After collecting at least three, the frontman then sparked one up to share with his bandmates). If this throng’s lame lethargy is anything to go by, they’ve obviously overdone the jazz cigarettes. So Lewis doesn’t even go there tonight. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears were booked for both Splendour In The Grass and Meredith this year, which speaks volumes. There’s nothing lacklustre about what this band brings. As for the crowd? You’re fired. Bryget Chrisfield

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TOUR GUIDE SONS & DAUGHTERS: January 13 East Brunswick Club THE OH SEES: January 14 Nash (Geelong), January 24 Corner ABSU: January 14 East Brunswick Club PJ HARVEY: January 15 Regent Theatre SAM AMIDON: January 19 Northcote Social Club YO! MAJESTY: January 20 Roxanne Parlour THE DAMNED: January 20 Billboard BETH ORTON: January 20 Athenaeum Theatre ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER: January 20 Northcote Social Club LYDIA: January 21 Evelyn Hotel; 22 National Hotel (Geelong) AA BONDY: January 21, 22 Toff In Town

REGURGITATOR: Saturday 31 December Corner Hotel

DEATH GRIPS: January 22 East Brunswick Club MATTHEW DEAR: January 25 Prince Bandroom ITAL: January 25, 27 Buffalo Club, Phoenix Public House KITTY DAISY & LEWIS: January 27 Corner KASABIAN:January 28 Festival Hall BEST COAST: January 28 Corner DAS RACIST: January 30 Corner VINTAGE TROUBLE: January 31 East Brunswick Club GIRL TALK: January 31 Palace Theatre MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE: January 31 Festival Hall CAGE THE ELEPHANT: January 31 Northcote Social Club HIGH FLYING BIRDS: January 31 Palais ODD FUTURE: February 1 Palace FEIST: February 1 Palais (all ages) GLASSER: February 1 Toff In Town TWIN SHADOW: February 1 Corner CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: February 1 Billboard MOUNTAIN MAN: February 1 Palais Theatre WU LYF: February 2 Prince Bandroom AUSTRA: February 2 Northcote Social Club RÖYKSOPP: February 2 Palace HALL & OATES: February 2 Melbourne Convention Centre; 12 Rochford Wines (Yarra Valley); ANNA CALVI: February 3 Corner M83: February 3 Prince Bandroom THE DRUMS, CULTS: February 3 Palace THE HORRORS: February 3 Forum [HED] P.E.: February 4 Prince Bandroom RONAN KEATING: February 5-7 Regent Theatre ROGER WATERS: February 7, 8, 10, 11 Rod Laver Arena INCUBUS: February 8 Festival Hall ACTIVE CHILD: February 8 East Brunswick Club TORO Y MOI, WASHED OUT: February 9 Hi-Fi ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI: February 10 Hi-Fi SCOTT KELLY, JOHN BAIZLEY: February 10 Corner JOHN DIGWEED: February 10 Billboards Aa: February 13 Corner SEAL: February 15 Rod Laver Arena YOUTH LAGOON: February 15 Toff IL DIVO: February 17 Sidney Myer Music Bowl ROD STEWART: February 17 Rod Laver Arena; 18 Hanging Rock (Macedon) LA DISPUTE: February 18, 19(U18) Corner ROXETTE: February 18, 22 Rod Laver Arena DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL: February 20 Prince Bandroom DAN MANGAN: February 22 Northcote Social Club ERYKAH BADU: February 22 Palais Theatre JASON LYTLE: Feburary 22 Toff SOUL II SOUL: February 24 Trak Lounge NEON INDIAN: February 24 Prince Bandroom CUT CHEMIST: February 24 Corner ENTER SHIKARI: February 28 Billboards MAYER HAWHORNE: February 29 Corner SYSTEM OF A DOWN: February 29 Rod Laver THURSDAY: February 29 Billboard SLIPKNOT: March 1 Rod Laver Arena MEN: March 1 Phoenix Public house LOSTPROPHETS: March 1 Billboard

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The only problem with so many bands playing such short sets is that a lot of time is spent on sound checks. However, all the bands are really expeditious and the Workers Club makes sure they have amazing music playing during the interludes (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club!). By the time Absolute Boys arrive on stage many more punters have flooded into the candlelit bandroom. It is a riotous and energetic performance, but it is too short and finishes before it has even begun. Teeth & Tongue promptly follow with another scintillating set. Led by charismatic frontperson Jess Cornelius, they barrel through their opening few songs before playing a Snapper song that Cornelius laments, “sounds a bit like a white supremacist song”. The night suddenly morphs into a feast of psychedelia. Cornelius’s iridescent plants are literally glowing onstage and her haunting vocals echo above a haze of guitar-fuelled feedback. Just when you think your eardrums are about to explode due to the power of their set, it abruptly ends.

LANA DEL REY: March 3 Toff EDDIE PALMIERI: March 3 Hi-Fi JESSIE J: March 7 Festival Hall BLACK LIPS: March 7 Corner CHIC: March 7 Billboard MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA: March 7 Hi-Fi URGE OVERKILL: March 8 Espy WILD FLAG: March 9 Corner ADAM COHEN: March 9 Regal Ballroom BONNIE PRINCE TYLER: March 9 National Theatre, 10 Theatre Royal (Castlemaine) ROOTS MANUVA: March 10 Prince Of Wales JOHNNY CLEGG: March 10 Palais ROKY ERICKSON: March 13 Corner TAYLOR SWIFT: March 13, 14 Rod Laver Arena ST.VINCENT: March 14 Hifi MADELEINE PEYROUX: March 14 Palais FIRST AID KIT: March 14 Northcote Social Club LENNY KRAVITZ, THE CRANBERRIES, WOLFMOTHER: March 17, 18 Sidney Myer Music Bowl JANE BIRKIN: March 18 Melbourne Recital Centre DURAN DURAN: March 19 Rod Laver Arena TIM MCGRAW, FAITH HILL: March 20 Rod Laver Arena

OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ GROUP EAST BRUNSWICK CLUB If you haven’t come across the likes of Omar Rodriguez Lopez from his psychedelic, delay-saturated guitar playing with US heavyweights The Mars Volta, or through any of his vast list of collaborations with the likes of John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) all the way over to Handsome Boy Modelling School, then consider yourself of good fortune to have stumbled across this review! Effectively, without The Mars Volta/At The Drive In prologue, the various collaborations, short films and side-projects are all but completely shrouded to the sub-fanboy. But this isn’t to say that the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group material isn’t worth uncovering – quite the contrary. It is a thing of great fertility, what with Rodriguez Lopez exercising little to no restraint with his approach to songwriting, free from any stipulations of the comparatively pop-oriented The Mars Volta.

NICK LOWE: March 22 Forum BORIS: March 24 Corner WOODEN SHIPS: March 28 Corner STEVE EARLE: March 30 Corner EDDI READER: March 30 Melbourne Recital Centre THE POGUES: April 4 Festival Hall YANN TIERSEN: April 4 Melbourne Recital Centre ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA: April 6 Palace Theatre TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE: April 7 Corner GEORGE MICHAEL: April 9 Rod Laver Arena MACEO: April 11 Corner HENRY ROLLINS: April 18, 19 National Theatre JASON DERULO: April 28 Rod Laver Arena MELISSA ETHERIDGE: July 15 Plenary

NATIONAL JOE ROBINSON: January 11 Bennetts Lane THE RED PAINTINGS: January 13 Hi-Fi FEED HER TO THE SHARKS: January 15 Phoenix Youth Centre ALPINE: January 19 Corner BLUEJUICE: January 19 Whalers Inn (Warrnambool). 20 Torquay Hotel PASSENGER: January 19 Beavs Bar (Geelong); 20 the Loft (Warrnambool); 21 Baby Black Cafe (Bacchus Marsh); 22 Palais Hepburn Springs THE KILL DEVIL HILLS: January 21 Corner THE STEPKIDS: January 28 East Brunswick Club CONTRIVE: February 1 Billboard JORDIE LANE: February 10 East Brunswick Club; 11 Caravan Music Club TROY CASSAR-DALEY: February 10 Fed Square; March 18 Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club THE CLOUDS: February 11 Corner MILLIONS, NANTES, NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE: February 17 East Brunswick COLIN HAY: February 24 Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 25 Playhouse Vic Arts Centre ELIXIR: February 24 Famous Spiegeltent BEN KWELLER: March 5 Hifi BODYJAR: March 31 Corner THE HERD, THUNDAMENTALS: April 21 Corner

Personnel-wise, a rare trio appearance takes the place of the usual sextet; the remaining members are Deantoni Parks and Juan Alderete (drummer and bassist for The Mars Volta respectively). Quite possibly, this is one of the tightest live bands ever experienced, helped even more so by the fact that their material is a showcase for such an attribute. This is not to say it’s busy and over-complicated songwriting, though. Given Rodriguez Lopez’s limber and elastic approach to both guitar and production, a hearty amount of free improvisation is to be expected. The majority of the time Alderete and Parks are laying a surprisingly rolling and heavy foundation, from which thick slabs of groove sit right where they are. No fucking around. Rodriguez Lopez then takes off, dousing the entire performance with some indecipherable, swirly guitar tone. Brilliant. The trio navigate the set with an overwhelming display of professionalism and interconnectedness. They hardly glance at each other, yet all manage to articulate rests of minute proportions, making a tiny stop gape wide open with levelling force. It’s enough to knock the wind out of you, fantastically. Parks in particular sports a constant mean-face, with varying degrees of meaner-faces, thus demonstrating his constant orientation of so-deep-in-thepocket you’d need some deep-sonar bullshit to know he’s even there. Parks is certainly not short of flourishes. But the man himself is somehow quantised and aligned to grid; it’s almost too tight, in a perfectly unbelievable way. Long excursions into this heavy mix of discipline and impulse are scattered with returning forms of song structure. Even for consulted fanboys, what has actually been played is seemingly hard to decipher. Actual song forms that do revisit are welcome markers, but in no way are they needed as handles of sorts. The trio are a mean unit, and spend the majority of the time simply making other musicians look bad. Atticus Bastow

FLYING NUN 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

FESTIVALS SUGAR MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL: January 14 Forum RAINBOW SERPENT FESTIVAL: January 27-30 Western Victoria ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL: February 4 Footscray Community Arts Centre

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ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL: February 24-March 18 FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL: March 3-12 PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL: March 9-12 Port Fairy BOOGIE 6 FESTIVAL:April 6,7,8 Tallarook GROOVIN’ THE MOO: May 5 Prince of Wales Showground

becomes tense and full of muffled coughs and shuffling feet as shyness overcomes the drummers scattered throughout the crowd. Despite never having drummed in her life, my plus one volunteers and does a surprisingly good job (Hanlon seems delighted anyway) up on stage.

Brunswick Street is buzzing with life as people happily go about enjoying a muggy Friday evening. The Workers Club is full of cheerful people anticipating a night of fine music. Though it is relatively early, the bandroom is already filling up and the gentle flickering light of the candles along the walls gives the room a welcoming glow. Darren Hanlon starts our evening off with some cute indie pop, opening with an original on the ukulele. In honour of it being the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Flying Nun record label, he covers Safe In The Rain by The Clean next. It is met with raucous applause from the enraptured punters. During his cover of Take It by The Bats, he asks for a drummer to come help out. The once-lively room

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However, the orgy of fine music continues as Love Of Diagrams begin. Their nerdy-chic image is a direct contrast to the ultra-coolness of Teeth & Tongue. The bandroom is by now a cauldron of passionate people and Love Of Diagrams’ frantic performance only enhances the intensity of the evening. Punters edge closer to the stage to join the ever-growing group of sweaty dancers up the front. Antonia Sellbach venomously spits out her vocals, while Luke Horton banters with the crowd between songs. They end by covering Bailter Space’s At Five We Drive and Untied. Hyper-skinny and sporting paste-on jeans and an ‘80s-style haircut, David Saunders takes us back in time as he and his accompanying musicians wander onto the stage. The set is, as you would expect, manic, as Saunders screams down the mic and the enraptured crowd beneath him writhe in a punk-fuelled ecstasy. Midway through, Saunders beckons to the side of the stage and invites a “guest guitarist” up. Scott Kannberg (of Pavement fame) comes on stage, looking nondescript in a baseball cap and slacks. The already-charged crowd go wild and the night climaxes as they do a rendition of Hellzapoppin’ by 3Ds. Suddenly it is all over. Invigorated, yet absolutely exhausted, we tumble back onto Brunswick Street knowing we witnessed something unique and absolutely incredible in the compact Workers Club bandroom tonight. Cambell Klose

GEORGIA FAIR TOFF IN TOWN There’s no doubt that these boys are pretty. So it’s a good thing that their songs are too. In fact, they are downright beautiful. Shining a light at the Toff In Town, Sydney duo Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley release their debut album All Through Winter, to the delight of happy young Melbourne onlookers. Recorded in Asheville, North Carolina and produced by Band Of Horses’ bassist Bill Reynolds, the boys are back on our shores to share what they know. Clean-cut and polite, the duo are humble in both their stage presence and folky attire. Fumbling through stage chat, all else is forgotten as they begin to sing. Third song in is Picture Frames – the infamous chocolate milk song – to which many gasps of “I know this song!” are uttered. Along with tracks such as Where You Been, the melodies resonate at their crowd-pleasing best. Wilson seems to take on the role of frontman, with Riley more the affable sidekick. Yet as soon as they play songs, the united vocals erupting from these two are nothing short of compelling. Their voices are a standout, the harmonies practically perfect. There’s a certain tranquillity amidst the folk-pop movement; a happy concord of easy listeners who are here to close their eyes and be at one with the harmonics. It makes for a pleasant experience, particularly when the songs are on par with some of the best folk pop surrounding our radio today. Undoubtedly, there are similarities to Band Of Horses’ sound and that of big, sweeping songs of life, love and landscape. Yet the important thing is that the sound is here, and when it is, it’s epic. If they are good, bands such as this reach further than the loveliness. They dig deep and pull out something exceptional. The hypnotic melody Blind sees this happen and perhaps shows more of what these boys are really about. Riley ventures into versatility with clarinet skills on To The River, exemplifying the road that these boys are on and all that is still left untravelled. Songs such as this are where the good stuff is; the kind of songs that reach down inside the listener and find the heartstrings, giving an inevitable tug. There are moments when it’s all a bit clean and you wish that one of them would perhaps kick a drum, or at least rough the other’s hair up. Yet it’s an effort that seems effortless, and this is the kind of show that proves these boys are exactly where they should be. Moving beyond the inexorable indie folk of this generation and into something more substantial, it is still pleasantly enchanting, yet a clear cut above the rest. Esther Rivers


THE VASCO ERA, PAPA VS PRETTY, ROYSTON VASIE HI-FI BAR November is a pretty great time of the year for gig-goers. As the weather gets warmer, bands and music lovers alike begin resurfacing from their winter slumbers and making their way back to their favourite locals. Men leave their houses donning skinny pink Capri pants, v-necklines, ‘70s hairstyles and chopper mo’s, and somehow that ultra-macho display of above-the-lip facial hair makes it all acceptable. The crowd at the Hi-Fi tonight, in all their mo’-glory, are pretty friendly. Maybe it’s because they’re looking forward to seeing some live music, or maybe it’s because they are just so darn happy that to cruelty against rock, Australia says no. Arriving in time to catch the end of Royston Vasie’s indie rock’n’roll set, it’s clear that this Melbourne band is striving for bigger things. Their music has enough synth, head-banging, depth and energy that they are forgiven for, on occasion, performing with their backs to the audience. Sydney’s melody-driven alt.rockers Papa Vs Pretty take to the stage and waste no time in getting down to business. Heavy Harm, as expected, is a big hit among the crowd, closely followed by Honey, Look For Me and One Of The Animals – singles from their latest release United In Isolation. If you’ve been keenly following these youngsters, hopefully next year is their year to shine – and steal the title of Best Rock Album back from The Living End. Sharing the headline slot with Papa Vs Pretty are muchesteemed local lads The Vasco Era. The Vasco Era are serious about one thing: rock’n’roll. Not only is it the only thing that makes them feel good, but unlike cock-rockers from the US (see: Nickelback, Daughtry), they actually understand what it means to be a rock band. And boy can they roll as well! As a tribute to Kylie Minogue, the boys have a large bag of clothing on the stage and ask the audience to bear with them through all their costume changes. Bassist Ted O’Neil takes the stage in a poncho, and absolutely wears the shit out of it; and lead singer Sid O’Neil teaches a scarf who’s boss. Kicking off the set with an energy-charged Honey Bee, The Vasco Era absolutely rape their guitars. The audience goes wild between Ted’s mad howling riffs, Sid’s screechy vocals and Michael Fitzgerald’s heavy drum beats. When It First Showed Up and Child Bearing Hips stir up the dancing feet in the crowd and a gorgeous rendition of Elvis Presley’s I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You has all the lovebirds in the house smooching. After what seems like only a few songs, and a few ciders, we’re wandering back down Swanston Street, thanking the music gods that there are still bands who know how to make real music.

KINFOLK ORCHESTRA: CHARLES JENKINS & THE ZHIVAGOS, AUTUMN GRAY & MARK LANG WITH ORCHESTRE NOUVEAU THORNBURY THEATRE The Thornbury Theatre: where attending a gig makes you feel a little bit fancy, with its big tables and chairs and red rugs. The look of the venue does a lot to make the gig feel special, and in a way it is: the three bands on the bill are backed by 30-piece classical ensemble, Orchestre Nouveau. With strings, brass, glockenspiel and woodwind, this isn’t your average folk show. Accompanying Mark Lang of Skipping Girl Vinegar is a synth/violin player and an enthusiastic backing vocalist/ percussion guy (Chris Helm, drummer of Skipping Girl Vinegar). The orchestra’s conductor, Zach Tay, has arranged classical parts that wonderfully complement all the bands’ songs. In particular, the strings that play under Fighting With Gravity seem to lift the song into the air and fill the room. Old Time Western has the audience transfixed, with its sombre electric violin and haunting banjo, and Lang encourages us to sing along to River Road: “Nobody cares what you’re doing because it’s dark! Let’s bond.” Next up are seven-piece Autumn Gray, who are launching their album Live At Fed Square (which also features Orchestre Nouveau). The orchestra makes their densely layered folk-rock songs even richer; the small theatre perhaps doesn’t have the space to accommodate the often-epic blasts of sound that crash against the walls. Consequently, their more subdued songs work better; In A House Rebuilding is stunning, with the bows of the string players moving up and down in unison and the trumpet player providing a fantastic solo. The band members constantly switch instruments, which is simultaneously impressive and distracting. Wedged between Mark Lang and Charles Jenkins, Autumn Gray seem a little out of place. Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos round out the night and, judging by the reaction they receive, they are the band most of the crowd has come to see. Between the classic Aussie folk songs, Jenkins tells anecdotes. As he is about to play Trees Of Brisbane, he says, “I had to change the lyrics from ‘drought’ to ‘flood and rain’ so it made sense.” The orchestra’s saxophonist takes centre stage for the very fun Walk This Ocean, which is a highlight of the night. Jenkins’ laidback, down-toearth musical storytelling and his warm personality suit the intimate setting perfectly and his songs sound like they were originally written with orchestral parts.

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POND, THE ANCIENTS, SCOTDRAKULA

OLD MELBOURNE GAOL Because of the surroundings, it’s impossible to think of this as just another gig in an interesting, possibly ironic locale. More than a hundred souls were officially murdered by the State in this room, countless more were probably tortured to death, unimaginable numbers beyond this suffered in ways barely comprehensible to the audience here tonight. The stage is set up right next to the gallows, and food and drink is sold from two of the many cells. Unexpectedly (and despite the largest security presence I’ve seen at a show in a long time, what’s that about?) the shameful history of the place results in this being one of the friendliest gigs I’ve ever been to. Total strangers are conversing freely, as if by some kind of hitherto unknown defence mechanism, about how totally fucking freaked out they are. But on to the music. Opening act Fabulous Diamonds are a young duo obviously influenced by the music that the acts they are supporting have pioneered. They’re the perfect opening act, really: dreamy, synthladen, tom-heavy drones more than songs, punctuated now and then with gorgeous female vocals. Hypnotic, to say the least, and very tough to walk away from. Next up are Essendon Airport, who made a brief but significant impact in the Dogs In Space-era Melbourne punk/new wave scene. Although there’s now an Apple laptop up on stage with them, this is still the lo-fi sound of that time par excellence. They’re kind of free-form jazz-ish, this lot, which must have seemed like it came from Jupiter in 1978. But it’s The Primitive Calculators everyone is waiting for and their rambunctious, screeching set doesn’t disappoint. There are one or two other acts on the planet who are capable of making the kind of discord that this mob manage, and none that are accomplished enough to infuse it with such accessibility, contradictory statement or no. It’s loud, it’s ugly; frontman Stuart Grant is exactly the kind of character you’d expect to meet in a prison but, like some kind of musical miracle, this band just works. Closing number is the bodyrock classic Pumping Ugly Muscle, featured, of course, in Dogs In Space, but this is the band’s only nod to anything like nostalgia, the rest of the set seems comprised of entirely new material. This says more about a band who’s re-formed after so long apart than could ever be said here. Tony McMahon

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PHOENIX PUBLIC HOUSE Support performances by local Melbourne bands ScotDrakula and The Ancients are notable. Each band have their own unique experimental flavour that showcases a variety of different styles and genres making tonight a delightfully eclectic experience. Just goes to show these kids have got talent: perfect foils for the phenomenal enjoyment that is to come. Pond are an explosion of untamed youth in revolt. Their sound is brash and heavy. Their oh-so-familiar Dandy Warhols/Brian Jonestown-sounding ‘90s grunge backing music is finely finessed to lull you into a sense of security, of familiarity, only minutes later to hit you up with lyrics so dripping with nihilism that they manage to tap into a place and create a sound that appears to be entirely new. It probably isn’t, of course, but who cares? In their efforts, they manage to precisely articulate a modern expression of youthful anxiety, a sense of unease that – based on the audience’s facial expressions and sense of awe – resonates profoundly with this generation. To be more precise and a little less philosophical, Pond play shoegazing, instrumental, breezy psychedelia. They’re four funky boys from Perth with a shitload of sass. They are garage punk meets glitz rock mixed with just the right amount of reverberated whaaa. They are fluid, trippy, supersonic and funkalicious. What we’re talking here is an unambiguous ‘get naked and take drugs’ kind of music. Pond’s frontman is aesthetically captivating with his electricity and gusto. Imagine the love child of Michael Hutchence, Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious? This is probably not possible, but somehow he manages to encapsulate exactly this weird, hybrid look and it works for him in a way that has the audience glued to his every move. Their cover of Tears Of A Clown, by 1950’s American R&B group Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, is, paradoxically, original and engaging, bringing home an unusual and clever tension between old and new sounds. It’s hardly surprising that they were chosen as support act for a huge act such as The Flaming Lips during their recent Australian tour. They are, to put it simply, a must. Download them now. Check out their MySpace. Jump in a car and head to Perth for their next gig. Or hope that they come back to Melbourne and grace us with their presence once again. Lucie McMahon

LIVE MUSIC SAFARI PONY Melbourne would not be a decent (possibly world class) music town were it not for the little rooms that, week-in week-out, provide space and facilities for new bands to cut their teeth. If the Tote is this town’s home of rock, Pony is the Tote’s nagging little sibling – tugging at the shirtsleeves and saying, “Look what I’ve found”. So it goes that Melbourne Music Week brought this small and smelly space into the mix (and so they bloody well should) and it admittedly brought this bloke out to the venue for the first time in a while. With songs about fishing, jerk-offs on the road, how Israel is fucked and being in a rock band, Richard Fyshwick & The Nuftys pretty much epitomise what Pony’s all about: sloppy, crude, on-the-verge-of-outsider art and oh-so-fresh music. Catch ‘em if you can. Slocombe’s Pussy are the kind of band that would endeavour to ‘play’ the tattoos of Chopper Read’s henchman Tony ‘The Face’ Cronin (and they are). They’re a double-fronted psych guitar onslaught in robes. I wonder if the garbage bag taped to the ceiling above the stage is structural. Chook Race featured at the recent Maggot Fest and similarly on this occasion do not disappoint. Their tunes are rapidfire garage, but there’s something about the charm of these three that set them apart. As finale, they invite PBS’s Richie 1250 up on stage for a swingin’ take on Bowie’s Rebel Rebel. Case and point. Harmony’s six pieces barely fit on the Pony stage, so they set the doo-wop girls up on the floor. Their fusion of hardcore screamo man vocals and delicate lady lines make Harmony about the most exciting and dynamic force in music in Melbourne right now. Their rhythms are tight, their songs are memorable, they are heading places – first stop Golden Plains. Next unit Brat Farrar bring some blistering riffage to the fore but their lyrics struggle to stack up. Maybe a guitarless singer up front? They are following a six-piece, five-vocalist company – it’s always gonna be a bit of a stretch. Finally Super Wild Horses do their super wild two-piece garage thing and though they’re good (as always), this night was never really about the established artist. What shines is the spirit of Pony and its dedicated band-aids and garbage bags approach to live music. Samson McDougall

GREY GHOST EVELYN Energetic, charismatic and absorbing, Grey Ghost rapper and singer Jeremedy is wearing what he calls his “moon poncho” for tonight’s short-but-sweet gig – the launch of the new EP – at Fitzroy’s Evelyn. It’s fitting attire; traditional and spiritualyet-kooky, galactic and a bit rock’n’roll – just like the band really. Opening number, an excellent cover of Talking Heads’ new-wave classic Psycho Killer, shows Grey Ghost’s inner workings in its most stripped-down format. The performance consists of only three elements – an electronic percussive loop, an acoustic guitar and Jeremedy’s tight rhymes over the top. The combination of mechanic and organic can be problematic, the balance between the two proving hard for many aspiring electronic bands to master. Grey Ghost however, have got it nailed. Joining Jeremedy is producer DJ Matik, a bassist, drummer and additional vocalist. Full of confidence and a sense of fun but with a humble appreciation of those who have contributed to the new record, they launch into Unfuck Me (With Your Love) – a gritty, indie-rock song with euphoric melodies, breakdowns, build-ups and an uplifting, celestial vocal – all the good stuff from your favourite rock/dance track you forgot how much you loved.

As a band, the guys are tight with not a beat missed. Drummer Cheddar is fervent, his sticks, drums and cymbals adding live punch to the mix, while, complete with black tutu and lace Madonna glove, it’s hard to take your eyes off stunning vocalist Juleiaah B. Introduced as a criticism of mankind’s addiction to gadgets and gizmos, specifically our ever-present mobiles (which a few sheepish people in the crowd quickly stuff back into their pockets), The Machine kicks in around a dubstep tempo with more than a decent slab of sub bass before getting a little retro with some nice romantic chords lit by a melancholic vocal chorus pulled about for effect. Probably the most defining track from the new EP, and certainly the one that raises the most reaction from the floor, Space Ambassador is all about sleazy guitar riffs, pounding drums and epic vocals. Frantic, jubilant and a little unhinged, it’s the kind of number that’s easy to picture on a huge scale, playing to thousands, outside as the sun sets in the distance – lights, lasers, the lot! Grey Ghost – who knows what they’ll do next summer. Richie Meldrum

MANTRA, TOMMY ILLFIGGA, IN GOOD COMPANY EAST BRUNSWICK CLUB There are only a handful of punters present when In Good Company ascends the stage. Technical difficulties are immediately encountered, which the group handle by telling some bad knock-knock jokes. Fortunately, the mystery of the missing sound is soon solved and the set gets underway. MCs Whisper, Breach and Syntax have written some of the better collaborative music of 2011, and numbers such as Peter Pan and showstopper Game Over impress the slowly-swelling crowd. There’s no doubt about the vocal talent or songwriting ability of these three performers, and if they can find some motion and fluidity on stage, there will be no stopping them. Brisbane’s Tommy Illfigga is up next and he delivers a solid set with plenty of swagger. Songs off his recent release Walk A Mile show how far he’s come, particularly the marvellously wellcrafted Crack Music. Stylish and self-assured on stage, he pushes some uncomfortable lyrical-content boundaries with enough confidence to keep the audience onside. It’s Mantra that everyone’s come to see, though, and only when he appears does the audience truly fire up. He leads with a few numbers off his new album Speaking Volumes, including Family TRUST and Voodoo Music. The latter really gets the party started, thanks to the infectious beat and Mantra’s committed, near-frenzied onstage performance. For the last year or so, Mantra has tended to perform in a stark set-up, with just himself and DJ Wasabi, so it’s interesting to see him add live drums and a hype-man (Bam Bam) to the mix. He handles his onstage companions well, retaining the incredible physicality of his performance without letting himself become crowded in. Tommy Illfigga comes back on stage for a rendition of Save Your Breath before making way for crowd favourite Jeremedy. It’s doubtful any two MCs in the history of music have had as much fun together on stage as Mantra and Jeremedy. The spirited duo perform The Volume and Mad With It before welcoming Illy to the stage for Dead ‘Em. Few artists can boast Mantra’s lyrical ability or match his flow, and even fewer can dedicate themselves to a whole-bodied performance with such fervour. Mantra never gives less than 100% and his album launch performance is no exception. He indulges in a bit of Slim Shady-esque humour with the delightfully tongue-incheek Nobody Knows I’m Famous, before closing with an encore performance of Stay Quiet. It’s another brilliant set from the strongest performer in Australian hip hop. Aleksia Barron

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Wednesday, December 28 The Grand Theatre 4.00-5.00pm 5.00-5.45pm 5.45-6.00pm 6.00-6.45pm 6.45-7.15pm 7.15-8.00pm 8.00-8.30pm 8.30-9.20pm 9.20-9.30pm 9.30-10.00pm 10.00-11.00pm

Vince Peach Saskwatch Vince Peach Peter Combe Vince Peach Barry Morgan Anna’s Go-Go Academy Nouvelle Vague Lilikoi Kaos Pierre Baroni Melbourne Ska Orchestra 11.00-11.10pm Lilikoi Kaos 11.10-11.30pm Pierre Baroni 11.30-12.30am Babylon Circus 12.30-1.00am Pierre Baroni

Thursday, December 29 The Valley Stage Djs. 10.40am–5.40pm Warpaint (UK) 6.40pm-1.10am Shag 11.10-11.40am Welcome To Country 11.55-12.45pm Lewis Floyd Henry 1.00-1.40pm Bleeding Knees Club 2.00-2.40pm Guineafowl 3.00-4.00pm Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes 4.20-5.20pm Easy Star All-Stars Performing ‘Dub Side Of The Moon’

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Missy Higgins Beirut CSS The Wonderful World Of Dj Yoda 10.50-12.00am John Butler Trio 12.20-1.00am Regurgitator Performing ‘Unit’ 1.10-2.10am Scratch Perverts

Friday, December 30 The Valley Stage Djs: 11.30pm-5.40pm Sarah Howells 6.40pm-1.20am Steve Wide 10.45-11.30am Gyuto Monks Of Tibet 12.30-1.10pm An Horse 1.25-1.45pm Lewis Floyd Henry 2.00-2.50pm Babylon Circus 3.10-4.00pm Grouplove 4.20-5.20pm Metronomy 5.40-6.40pm The Jezabels 6.50-7.20pm Young Mc 7.50-8.50pm Fleet Foxes 9.10-10.10pm Tim Finn 10.30-11.40pm The Kooks 12.00-1.00am Pnau 1.20-2.10am The Bombay Royale

Friday, December 30 The Grand Theatre Djs. 11.00am-5.50pm Shag

6.40pm-1.25am Brendan Maclean & Tom Ballard 11.30-12.10pm I, A Man 12.30-1.20pm Lanie Lane 1.30-2.10pm Josh Thomas/ Mo Elleissy/ MC Matthew Kenneally 2.20-3.10pm CANT 3.30-4.20pm Boy In A Box 4.40-5.30pm Unknown Mortal Orchestra 5.50-6.40pm Puta Madre Brothers 7.00-7.50pm Papa Vs Pretty 8.10-8.50pm Oscar + Martin 9.10-9.50pm The Death Set 10.10-11.00pm Strange Talk 11.10-12.10am Nina Las Vegas 12.20-1.20am Dub Fx 1.25-2.45am Hook N Sling 2.45-4.00am Mic Newman & Tornado Wallace

Saturday, December 31 The Valley Stage 10.40am-6.10pm Lewi McKirdy 6.30pm-1.35am DJ Jimbingo 11.10-11.50am Gossling 12.10-1.00pm Alpine 1.20-2.10pm Miles Kane 2.30-3.20pm Kimbra 3.40-4.45pm Josh Pyke 5.05-6.00pm The Jim Jones Revue 6.10-6.30pm Dan Deacon Solo Set 6.45-7.35pm The Naked and Famous

7.35-7.50pm 8.00-9.00pm 9.20-10.20pm 10.45-12.05am 12.25-1.15am 1.35-2.15am

Fiesta Aloe Blacc The Grates Arctic Monkeys Crystal Castles Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Saturday, December 31 The Grand Theatre Djs: 11.20am - 5.20pm Chimp & Zee 8.00pm - 3.00am Cobra Kai Djs 11.50-12.35pm Kim Churchill 12.45-1.30pm Arj Barker/Anyone For Tennis/MC Harley Breen 1.40-2.30pm Emma Louise 2.50-3.50pm J Mascis 4.10-5.05pm The Head and the Heart 5.20-6.00pm Lewis Floyd Henry 6.00-9.00pm Rest 9.00-9.40pm Northeast Party House 10.00-10.50pm 360 11.10-12.30am Dan Deacon Ensemble 12.50-1.40am The Scientists Of Modern Music 1.50-2.40am Lotek 3.00-4.30am Dr Don Don 4.30-6.00am Basskleph


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As a last stand to the punters who can’t get enough parties, Lounge has put together one of the juiciest line-ups to come together behind the decks on one night for New Year’s Eve. Join residents Boogs, Luke McD, Darren Coburn and Citizen.com as they keep on the pulse and give you one last chance to let loose and party like it was still 2011. Then for a recovery morning session join Muska and Volta will take you into oblivion. From 9pm until very late.

NO FRILLS NYE Things comes in threes, especially good ones. Lucky Coq is, this year again, presenting his No Frills NYE. It’s the same concept, same place, same day, different year. Don’t miss out on a classic night without the fluff, without the hassle, without an arseholes, but certainly not without you. There’s no need to book, whether you are a local or a stranger, a regular or a first timer. With free entry, you’ll enjoy some more free stuff: free pool table, free barbecue, free video game, free your mind. Doors open at midday and close at 3am the following year.

A NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR This New Year’s Eve, Red Bennies hosts a night of circus and burlesque entertainment. Performers include Shivannah, The Boylesque Boywonder, Gypsy Wood, Lilikoi Kaos and Daniel Oldaker. The night also features the kings of gypsy and swing, The Woohoo Revue. The seven-piece ensemble have become a much loved regular at the venue. The dress code for the night is vintage, so don a retro outfit and dance, drink and kick off the new year to the sounds of swing jazz played into the late hours with Red Bennies’ resident DJ Mike Gurrieri. Buy tickets and get more information from redbennies.com.

NO TIME TO NAP This Friday at the John Curtin Hotel sees Sydney-based post rockers Sleepmakeswaves take the stage, with support from underground legends Meniscus and experimental four-piece Pirate. Melbourne’s eclectic prog-pop sensation Toehider will open proceedings. Tickets are $12+BF from the venue or $15 at the door.

THE VOLYTION EDITION Volytion are a three-piece hard rock band from Melbourne who are steadily cementing their place in the local scene. Volytion’s plan was simple: develop a fresh sound of heavy rock that is inspired by interesting rhythms and melodies that intertwine seamlessly. They combined this with a direct but thought-provoking lyrical approach that pulls no punches, and Volytion’s sound was born. Catch them at the John Curtin this Thursday, supported by Alithia, Death Of Art and Cold Divide.

A SPORTING CHANCE This Wednesday at the Sporting Club Hotel, come as you were in the ‘90s! If you’re dreaming of the days when Kurt Cobain was still alive, Salt-N-Pepa were topping the charts and you could sit down to watch Buffy without having to tweet about it, then Jay & Silent Sarah’s ‘90s trivia is just the thing for you. It’s on from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and entry’s free.

SEE MORE SEYMOUR Mandoliner and singer Joshua Seymour (Cherrywood Guns) delivers tales of hope and woe, from the tragic to the comic with melody and soul, dust and dirt, a smile, nod, wink and a snarl. You can find out exactly what that means each Thursday in December, when he is joined by special guests at the Sporting Club. He plays in the front bar for free from 6pm to 8pm.

Tonight and next Wednesday 28 December, the Retreat Hotel will be hosting the boozy tunes of long ago, featuring banjos, guitars, mandolins, fiddles, harmonicas, harmonies and heartbeats. Sly Grog, the string band side project of The Broadside Push, are tuning up for a string of Wednesday nights in December at the Retreat Hotel. Joining them are Swamplands, Velvet Cake Gypsies and Joshua Seymour (Cherrywood). Entry is free.

Celebrate Christmas Eve with swamp rockers Poison Oak, who will kick start the festive season from 7.30pm in the Retreat Hotel front bar. Imagine Teenage Fanclub meeting Tom Petty and Chris Bailey and having a beer with Stones in it. Sound like your bag? Lucky you then, because Livingstone Daisies are next up spreading Yuletide cheer. Chris Wilson and band will also be performing two sets on the main stage from 10pm, then it’s off to bed – don’t forget to leave a bourbon and cola out for the big man.

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Fave Christmas carol and why? “Silent Christmas by this new ambient hip hop guy from the States named Employment. Really subtle and soothing.”

Got your New Year’s resolutions sorted yet? “I resolve to spend the year emulating Leonard Cohen’s Greek Island period. I will wear white linen and swim lots and read poetry in the sun and make love to Claudia Karvan in the mornings.” WHO: Dan Kelly’s Dream Band WHEN & WHERE: Friday 23 December, Tote; Saturday 28 January, Espy

Have yourself a trashy little Xmas with Ana Nicole on Thursday down the Tote. Joining them in a carol before they open their gifts will be hauntingly beautiful Fatti Frances, those exotic ladies of Plast Her Ov Paris, the ever-tasteful Franco Cozzo and always delicious Danceteria DJs. Dust off those red and green cha-cha heels, bring your Chrissy cheer and help them trim the tree with as many Christmas clichés they can steal out of Santa’s sack. Only $8, from 9pm.

ESCAPE THE OLD YEAR You won’t feel nearly as guilty if you break all your New Year’s resolutions on New Year’s Eve. The Retreat Hotel, along with Spencer Jones & The Escape Committee, are happy to oblige. Joining Spencer and co will be Brat Farrar from 9pm and Wild Turkey in the front bar from 7pm. Counting down the final minutes of 2011 will be DJs Magregordeth and Trevor Travis in a waxmelting DJ face-off until the wee hours. And it’s free.

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Least favourite carol? “Jingle Bells is quite irritating.”

The perfect combination of experienced DJs, playing the best sound from past, present and future dance floors will be taking place at Lounge on Christmas Eve. Kick starting the tunes will be Darren Coburn, then taking it to the next level will be Luke McD and Volta playing their unique blend of dancefloor favourites. Then taking over in the morning is Muska. It’s recovery without the bullshit. Combine this with the staff attitude, venue layout and infamous Lounge balcony and the result is one of the best Saturdays in the CBD. From 9pm until sunrise.

TRAIN’S A-COMIN’ Howlin’ Steam Train are fast becoming an Old Bar favourite. They play bluesy, goodtime rock’n’roll with a hell of a live show. Catch them every Wednesday at the Old Bar in December for free with some stellar supports before they go the way of Brothers Grim, Graveyard Train, etcetera and get too damn big to play there.

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Perfect Christmas menu? “Fish and rice with oregano, olive oil and wine.”

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Yep, it’s that time again where the Old Bar gets some of their favourite acts of the year and Santa sets up a booth where you get your photo taken and your stockings stuffed. Eaten By Dogs will supply the mistletoe. Becky Lee & Drunkfoot will see who’s been bad. Sunny The Magospher will drink all the nog. Chris Russell’s Chickenwalk will do unspeakable things to the food. DJ Shitshake will open other people’s gifts and Santa will ruin Christmas forever. It’s all happening on Christmas Eve from 7.30pm. Entry’s $10.

Quietly Spoken Sons Of Lee Marvin will assemble their shadowy cabal of telepathic guitar slingers, manic bone rattlers, honey-hued warblers and bullhorn screamers for a special yuletide party show at the Sporting Club this Friday. Under the shadow of dying mistletoe, QSSOLM will present tales of psychotic gypsy bar-room elf fights, and knife-wielding Santas. They’re like a reindeer with a gun and a head full of week-old eggnog, telling you all their secrets but lying about Christmas past. Check them out for free in the front bar from 6pm to 8pm.

What’s been your most memorable Christmas? “A couple of years ago I went to Yuri’s famous Christmas party and really launched myself into the stratosphere. I was the first guy there and it felt like being in a frontier city waiting for the Mongol hordes. I woke up in a ditch on 27 December, trapped behind enemy lines in Hawthorn.”

What’s on your 2011 Christmas list? “I would like things for the garden this year, also a

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big sun umbrella or some indoor ferns. And one of those swimming aids (not swimming AIDS) that keeps your legs up. It’s called a ‘pull bouy’.”

How do you celebrate Christmas? “I usually like to write a song that goes for the whole of Christmas. I write it the day before, which takes a whole day as well, then start performing it bang on 12am Christmas morning. It starts off fairly quiet usually then I build it up when everyone gets up. I give my family verses to sing so I can eat and stuff. This year’s song is called Thoughtful Christmas.”

It’s Christmas Eve. You’ve wrapped all the presents but you’re too excited to sleep. Give yourself a present. Head down to Bar Open and help celebrate the upcoming festive season with The Band Who Knew Too Much. Fresh from smashing a tour through UK, Holland, Denmark and Sweden, they’re very excited to be playing their old stomping ground again. Dance like crazy, sing like mad, drink like fish, one more sleep. Entry is free, be there at 10pm.

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A VERY KELLY CHRISTMAS

AHEAD OF HIS CHRISTMAS SHOW AT THE TOTE THIS WEEK, WE TALK IRRITATING CAROLS AND NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS WITH DAN KELLY.

Richard In Your Mind are back in Melbourne as a special Christmas treat. And this time, the all encompassing Alyx (formerly of Kyu) will be joining them on stage at the Workers Club tonight (Wednesday) as a new member of Richard In Your Mind. Alyx will also be performing a solo set before Richard In Your Mind’s summer sun extravaganza. Also supporting will be Black Fox and The DoDo. Entry is $12 and doors are at 8pm.

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HELL’S BELLS Hell’s bells it’s almost 2012. House Of Rock will have the return of Volts on the main stage to shake your foundations for the new year. And there’ll be a special someone to count you in. Up in the attic Attack Of The Mannequins will perform their first 2012 show. For your ticket price of $60+BF, you get: a House Of Rock 2012 medallion, which grants you free entry into HOR for all of January and $10 entry for the rest of the year; four complimentary drinks (basic spirits, beer, wine and soft drinks); a bogan banquet of party pies, sausage rolls, BBQ shapes and little boys; and a royal rockin’ good time. Tickets available now through Ticketek.

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Celebrate Christmas Eve with a rock’n’roll three-way as The Ronson Hangup, Royston Vasie and Immigrant Union review the year 2011 and spread the Christmas cheer. The Ronson Hangup have spent much of 2011 immersed in the recording of their second album and will be road testing tracks from it. Royston Vasie celebrate this year after the launch of their highly acclaimed debut EP and high rotation on Triple J. Meanwhile, country/blues/psych-rock band Immigrant Union’s highly anticipated debut album will soon be released. So if you want to wake up on Christmas day with a glorious hangover, head to the Toff on Christmas Eve. Tickets are around $15 and doors are at 8pm.

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Daniel Merriweather is in town tonight (Wednesday). After sold-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne in the last year, Merriweather returns to make good on his re-scheduled show from earlier this year at the Toff. He’s putting on a small acoustic gig with his mate Bradley Green on guitar. You will get to hear some new material he is working on along with some of his favourites. Get your ticket from Moshtix and doors for the show open at 7.30pm.

A PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS So, who wants a psycho punk rock Christmas party with insane bands and bloody burlesque? Well, the Bendigo Hotel is throwing one for all those interested. The Hybernators have come out of hibernation to antagonise the local wildlife. Cyclone Diablo are bringing a bit of Satan back to Christmas. Strawberry Fist Cake will be doing crazy tricks with strawberries, fists and cake. Lindsey & Alex Bush (Australian Kingswood Factory) will be stripping back some AKF tunes to open the night all cruisy and bluesy like. To finish the night Miss Nic will be performing her gory, blood-ladled brand of burlesque, and as if that wasn’t enough for your $12, Cyclone Diablo will be recording their live set and mailing it for free to punters who show on the night! It all happen this Friday from 8pm.

MULLING OVER MULLIN Is there any better way to spend Christmas Eve besides heading down to the Prague and watching Australia’s premier Elvis Presley act Damien Mullin belt out some of The King’s greatest hits? Didn’t think so. He’s joined by his special guests and helpers Very Handsome Men and Citrus Jam. Rock around the Christmas tree that night, why don’t you.

IT’S RAEIN-ING Italian screamo band Raein have announced their first Australian tour for December/January. They play the Gasometer on Thursday 29 December with Old Skin and Edison. Featuring members from screamo act La Quiete and the post rock band Neil On Impression, Raein are known for not only their longevity but intense live shows that have earned them the reputation as one of the most emotional hardcore bands in Europe. INPRESS • 99


Church on Wednesday 4 January, Torquay Senior Citizens Hall on Thursday 5, Apollo Bay Anglican Church on Friday 6, Port Fairy Lecture Hall on Saturday 7, Lorne Uniting Church on Sunday 8, Phillip Island Winery on Wednesday 11, Venus Bay Community Centre on Thursday 12, Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club on Friday 13, Mallacoota Mudbrick Pavilion on Saturday 14 and Pambula Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday 15 January.

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standard rechords The Standard Hotel’s fantastic New Year’s Eve tradition continues in 2011 with a very special musical appearance. The ReChords have had a huge 2011, with a European Tour and festival performances and shows across Australia, capping the year off with a performance at the legendary Meredith Music Festival. The ReChords will bring in 2012 in style. The band will play two sets, and as always, entry is free. The kitchen will be open until 9pm, and bookings are essential. The pub will be open late to celebrate the occasion.

The Sheriff’s Mistress On the back of their recent single launches Mistress Mondays and Sheriff will team up in February for a four week co-headline residency at Revolver Upstairs. The talented bands have been creating waves in Melbourne’s burgeoning independent music scene and are both set for breakthrough 2012s with the release of their debut EPs next year. With special individual guests to be announced for all shows on Thursdays 9, 16, 23 and Wednesday 29 February, expect to be surprised.

It would be a mistake to try to pigeonhole Cyndi Boste’s works in a specific genre. Boste’s work can’t be tagged conveniently. While it is true to say there is a country flavour, there’s also a strong blues/ roots component, which combined with her singer/ songwriter style, delivers a unique musical experience that skirts many boundaries. This is country with a twist, blues with a twang, and everything in between. Wednesday 11 January at the Drunken Poet from 9pm.

Lunar Eclipse Lunars finally hit the stage at Pony on Thursday 29 December in their last Melbourne show for 2012. This twisted-pop-noise three-piece will be joined on the night by psych-sound-pioneers Wunderlust, one-man sound machine Popolice, and the tragically hip sex-grooves of Reverse Fox.

TAnny not a fake Tanny Barbarino is a one-woman band who plays dirty guitar, harmonica, stomp box and foot tambourine and sings like she just bit into a raw onion. Born in Australia but based in Europe for now, her songs mix indie, blues and country with old-school rhythms. She’s back in Melbourne for a couple of weeks over the festive season, and she’s gonna stop by Pony for a couple of sets on their downstairs stage. See Barbarino this Thursday.

David Lane, also known as Davey Lane, is an Australian musician, lead guitarist of You Am I, and frontman of The Pictures. Sunday 8 January at 6.30pm Lane takes to the Drunken Poet stage for an evening of words and music, combined to great effect. Preceding Mr Lane will be Mr Jeb Cardwell (of Backwater Creatures amongst others) delighting your ears from 4pm.

Heading down the coast this January? The Little Stevies are. They’re packing the old the van and coast hopping to all their favourite Victorian holiday destinations. And best of all they’re playing all-ages shows in every town they stop. You can catch them at: Queenscliff Uniting

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Is this track from a forthcoming/existing release? “Forthcoming! Hazaa! We are releasing our new album on Friday 2 March at the stunningly lush Regal Ballroom in Northcote, to be followed by a National tour.”

What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? “We’ve all been happily contemplating our unavoidable mortality and what that means for living and the choices we make. Good times and happy people are a pretty solid inspiration generally. And deadlines.”

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What’s the song about? Jess Guille, banjo ukulele: “Astrophysics, war, peace and love. It was inspired by pictures of the Earth from deep space, and from accounts of astronauts who’ve seen firsthand the vast blackness of space and the tiny fragile pebble that is the Earth spinning through the nothing. It’s essentially about how unbelievably wonderful it is to have a go of hanging out on this rock and that we should follow Bill and Ted’s ethos and ‘be excellent to each other’ (and celebrate frequently)!”

One night in Meh-hee-co! That’s what you’ll get at the LuWow this Thursday with Abbie Cardwell & The Chicano Rockers at their pre-Christmas fiesta. This hot tamale leads a 12-piece gringo ‘rocanrol’ band – including double bass, trombone and sax – through high-kicking, shrill-whooping vintage goodness that nods back to the ‘50s and ‘60s. Specialising in vintage Mexican rock, swing, mariachi and surf, they’ll take you out of Melbourne and into mental mescal mode. They’re joined by DJs Frankie Alibi and the Mexicali Mammas spinning vintage Mexican music all night long. Doors open at 9pm and entry is $12.

How long did it take to write/record? “The song itself just about broke my own personal best! After it quietly gestated for quite some time it was born in just a few hours. It was but a few weeks later we took to the studio to record it, as well as the rest of the album.”

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The Barons Of Tang are a band that defy categorisation. They write music that is both obscure and eternal with themes of dirt and the underdog. The Barons Of Tang are, in fact, a mini-orchestra with the taste of blood on their lips and the devil in their hips and they will not go quietly into the night. The Barons are delighted to announce they will be joining forces with one of the world’s most daring one-man bands, Delaney Davidson, for a very special run of shows in January. Catch them at the National Hotel (Geelong) on Saturday 14 January, the Old Hepburn Hotel on Sunday 15 and the Corner on Wednesday 25 January.

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We’ll like this song if we like… “…breathing, palm trees and punch bowls. According to Facebook, fans of us are also fans of Nirvana, Where’s Wally? and How I Met Your Mother. We have no idea what to make of that.”

LOS DOS AT GASO Calling all Super Amigos! Mexican mystery rockers Los Dos play the Gasometer Hotel this Thursday. Los Dos have toured the globe constantly since 2007, but when three members disappeared en route to their first US show, the remaining members assumed hidden identities until their comrades re-surface – their masks hide their tears but make them invincible. There will be Los Dos CD giveaways and all new special effects. They’ll be playing with Rayon Moon and The Summervilles, making for a mad night of garage nonsense. BYO Lucha Libre masks, sombreros and ponchos!

Will you be launching it? “You bet your sweet patootie we are! Rock In Space will be launched (ha! get it?) at the Northcote Social Club on Friday 23 December. A very Flappy Christmas! There will be biscuits and if you’ve all been good Santa may make an awkward appearance. The first 100 punters to book tickets will receive a copy of our single! A real life physical disc!” For more info see: flap.net.au

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two-ringed circus Circus Horrificus are not messing around; every show, they are risking life, limb and dignity for your entertainment pleasure. As well as presenting traditional old-school marvels such as live sword swallowing, extreme body contortion, feats of strength and endurance and downright stupidity, these two extraordinary, chaotic clowns also demonstrate modern day acts of danger, daring and debauchery, performed by nobody else in the country. This is cutting-edge circus sideshow entertainment at it’s finest. Join them as they take you slightly out of your comfort zone on an insane journey into their bizarre, twisted world. They perform Friday 6 January at Pony, Saturday 7 at the Butterfly Club, Sunday 8 at the National Hotel (Geelong) and Wednesday 11 at Portico On Sturt (Ballarat).


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TINARIWEN DYING FETUS I’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 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 & The Harvest record. It sees her and co-conspirator David Rawlings at their best – here’s hoping those hot rumours of a 2012 tour are true. Another great record Welch was involved with was 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 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 selftitled 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. 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. We’ve been treated to some 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 & The Honeybears, Thievery Corporation, Devendra Banhart, Syl Johnson, Lucero, Okkervil River, Joe Pug, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Family Stone and Phosphorescent. 102 • INPRESS

Drink anyone? Motörhead have released theit own brand of vödka. The press release reads: “Motörhead Vödka is a new premium vodka made from 100% locally grown wheat that has been distilled and bottled in the small market town of Malmköping, Sweden. It has a rich, full bodied and complex character, with a light and fruity aftertaste. A touch of barley gives the vodka a rounded and mellow grain character. Its distinctive taste is further enhanced by the unique locally sourced water, which has been naturally filtered for thousands of years in a ridge in Malmköping. It’s an easy-drinking vodka, which can be enjoyed both with and without ice. For more information, visit motorheadbeverages.com. Maryland extreme metallers Dying Fetus have entered Wrightway Studios in Baltimore with longtime producer Steve Wright (Slipknot) to begin recording their new album for a mid-2012 release. It will feature nine tracks and is, “a return to roots, with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band’s last few works,” according to a press release. Commented Dying Fetus guitarist/vocalist John Gallagher: “The last album had some groove in it, but [it] was basically a lot of tech; this one is a return to form of older Dying Fetus albums, so to speak – more modern production, though, of course. Everything’s tight, the sound is crushing, the drums are amazing.” Guitarist turned bassist Youri Raymond of Canadian

extreme metallers Cryptopsy has issued the following statement: “I am officially announcing my departure of the band Cryptopsy. At this time, we feel it’s in the best interest of both the band and I to part ways. As a musician, moving from guitar to bass was a great challenge, but honestly, I never really felt comfortable in that position and my motivation in general was stagnating. I’m now moving forward and will release an album in 2012 on guitar/lead vocals with my band Unhuman, and I hope Jon, Matt, Chris, Flo and the new guy who will fill in in the bass spot the very best with the upcoming album and what might be the real Cryptopsy coming back!” Metallica have sent an update with the following message: “Last week we celebrated our 30th anniversary together with fan club members from around the world by playing four nights at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco. It was quite the bash each and every night! You may have heard that we added some unreleased tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions to the set list. This week, we’re releasing those four tracks exclusively on iTunes and additional digital retailers in other parts of the world as the Beyond Magnetic EP. All four studio versions of these songs were sent to Met Club members for free immediately following their live debut on stage at the Fillmore and tomorrow they will be available to everyone via the magic of digital downloading. They are the rough mixes, unfinished to their original degree of mixing from March of 2008, and those of you with very keen senses of sound might recognise bits and pieces from the Mission Metallica videos posted in the summer of 2008.”

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. You can read all about my top tens (in some cases fives) of the year at the front of the magazine, but here is a bit of insight into some of my highlights of 2011.

Metal quote of the week, step up Mr Yngwie Malmsteen: “If you go out in space, if you take a spaceship, there’s only two man-made objects you can actually see from outer space. One is the [Great] Wall Of China, [and the other] is the Yngwie Malmsteen wall of Marshalls.”

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 such as 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 line-up shuffles that promises 2012 to be even better.

LOCAL GUIDE Black Majesty, Elm Street, Taberah and Overdrive – Friday 30 December, Prague

PLATTER ‘TUDE ALL THINGS VINYL WITH SHANE O’DONOHUE Washington on vocals. Eel Oil, the instrumental A-side from that debut single (when The Bamboos were still just a four-piece) pops up on the flipside. This very limited 7” is the perfect lead-in to The Bamboos’ fifth album, due next year.

MATT BAILEY Having recently locked in deals with Sydney label RIP Society (Royal Headache, Circle Pit) and Melbourne’s Aarght Records (Super Wild Horses, Total Control), Fuse Music has announced a partnership with Memphis garage rock label Goner. Started by The Oblivians’ Eric Freidl in 1993 to release Guitar Wolf’s first record, the label has since hosted acts including The King Khan & BBQ Show, Reigning Sound, Ty Segall, the late Jay Reatard and Melbourne’s Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and stages the annual Goner Fest festival. The first three Goner releases through Fuse drop this Friday: a double-LP vinyl edition of Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s So Many Things compilation; Ty Segall’s Singles 2007-2010; and a deluxe reissue of Jay Reatard’s debut album, The Reatards’ Teenage Hate. Another hot Fuse release is the 10th anniversary single from local deep funk outfit The Bamboos. Founded by New Zealand-born Lance Ferguson in 2000 to play a show at the Night Cat, The Bamboos’ debut release, an independently produced 500-copy pressing of the 7” Eel Oil/Blackfoot, won them international acclaim and led to O/S releases through Kenny Dope and Keb Darge’s Kay-Dee Records and later Tru Thoughts. Marking ten years since that first single, the tenth anniversary 7” features a brand new studio recording, a horns- and string-laden cover of James Blake’s The Wilhelm Scream, with Megan

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We recommend picking up a copy of the single at Fitzroy’s excellent Northside Records, where owner Chris Gill has just received a shipment (he’s telling us 800+ records) of reissued editions of classic albums, all retailing at $15. We haven’t seen what’s in this batch, but the last one featured all kinds of classic funk, soul and rock (and plenty of other crazy shit), and sold out super-quick. With a slab of classic wax the perfect stocking filler, we expect this lot to do the same. Not so festive news from Hound Dog’s Bop Shop, which is closing its doors for good this Christmas Eve after 37 years in business. The importance of the North Melbourne institution cannot be overstated. The store was a mecca for roots fans, its selection of rockabilly, country, blues, R&B, soul and doo-wop second-to-none in Melbourne. But its significance wasn’t just restricted to music fans – artists benefitted from owner Denys Williams’ specialist knowledge as well. When US soul singer Betty Harris visited the store in 2005, Williams showed her an Australian compilation of her work she was unfamiliar with. Harris’ lawyer contacted the label it was released through, which uncovered a trail that led back to the master tapes, which saw Harris reclaim the rights to her work. (Not long after, Christina Aguilera sampled a Harris song on her Back To Basics album, providing Harris with a long overdue financial windfall). The Dancehall Racketeers and The Starliners played outside the shop on Saturday; Hound Dog’s shuts up shop on Saturday. One of the best local releases of the past couple of months is Matt Bailey’s newie, Book Of Illumination. Its cover art might call to mind The La’s’ classic 1990 debut, but Bailey’s electric piano-led follow-up to last year’s The Three I’s is a fascinating work of understated beauty.

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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’ve heard it. That repetition of “we’re dying on the inside” will never get old.

But this year wasn’t all fantastic new releases and amazing live music moments. There were a couple of traumatising band break-ups. New Jersey band Thursday announced 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 at 2012’s Soundwave, the band told the world of their plans making 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 music 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. Who should we be keeping an eye on in 2012? On the local front, bands such as Brisbane’s Nuclear Summer and Sydney’s Endless Heights have all launched late this year and 2012 should see them develop more. In more recent news, 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 meanwhile the 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 it.


THE BREAKDOWN

OG FLAVAS

GET IT TOGETHER

POP CULTURE THERAPY WITH ADAM CURLEY

URBAN AND R&B NEWS BY CYCLONE

HIP HOP WITH VIKTOR KRUM

as contradictory as they are controversial and, yes, cartoony. Tyler unleashed the cult hit Yonkers. Curiously, this maverick, more gifted as a producer than a MC, isn’t actually into hip hop, preferring to listen to chillwave acts like Washed Out – and Roy Ayers.

SADE RYAN NICO Having already written a ‘wrap-up’ of the year (of sorts) in last week’s Breakdown, this week it seems most useful to provide ‘holiday-makers’ 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. 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 wordplay 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 free-download 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 witchrave 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 at 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. 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. It’s a more delicate experience than his band threw up, but still showcases the songs well, with added piano, harmonica and harmonies. 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.

In any other year Jamie Woon’s sensual, subliminal and spare Mirrorwriting might have been the R&B album, but James Blake prevented that with his game-changing eponymous debut. Emotion, effects and silence – amazing. 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 electropop, 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 & The Banshees has gotta be dope. The avant Frank Ocean, the singer in Los Angeles’ super-posse Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, gave away the ‘mixtape’ nostalgia, ULTRA, with subversive hip hop-spiked 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,

Adele was ubiquitous in 2011 with her inherently British working-class yet ladylike R&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. The eternally cool Sade, a conspicuous influence on Rumer, nightbus and Drake, embarked on her first Australian tour in more than 20 years. Her Ultimate Collection encompassed Shebib’s smokin’ remix of The Moon & 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. 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.

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FAVOURITE HYPE MIXES 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.

FAVOURITE DISCO NAP MIXES Ransom – This Is It, Pilooski – The Ghost Mix (acayvitamins.com), Nguzunguzu – The Perfect Lullaby.

FAVOURITE NAMES

FAVOURITE TRACKS 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, DA & the Supa Dups – Too Cool ft Vybz Kartel, A-Mac, Paul David & Barletta – Sea Slide Galaxy, Thundercat – Walkin’, Zed Bias – Do It ft Dynamite MC, 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.

A YEAR OF WTF’S 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 homophobe’s 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 stations kicking ass. 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 UDL Boyz’ new track 10 Ayem. Getting introduced to Cochinas via Sazon Boyas YouTube clip.

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 staple of music with International DJs. Sinden’s mix is tight, and the standout track of the series is the Jersey anthem by Joker and Jayhood, Switch. On the outskirts, Thunderbird Juicebox Bass Game Stupid is rolling with some flavour and Cobra Krames is flame on with his new teammates WC kids.

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THE WEEKND 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, drugfucked, 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 online and free but because of the quality. For the first time, the year’s very best music was available legitimately, free of charge. 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 free, high quality digital versions of all of the songs? 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 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 local rap. It may be that the sequel, and the forthcoming third album, sees the confirmation of what 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 sophomore 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. INPRESS • 103