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Carols In The Domain may be a Sydney institution, but its Carols By The Sea that’s sure to be heartwarming and oh so local. Tonight let the crash of the sea be your backing track at the South Park on Bondi Beach where you, your glo-sticks and your sausage sizzle belt out the chorus of Good King Wenceslas as if no one is listening/ judging you for your inability to hold a tune. Makes you feel like Christmastime is here.
Play 3-on-3 community basketball at Sydney University Aquatic Centre on Saturday, with a soundtrack from Naughty Rappers Collective. That’s right; you’ve always wanted to know what the soundtrack to your life is, and it turns out when you’re playing basketball, it’s NRC. Getting fit has never been so bass-heavy or so fun. And if basketball isn’t your preferred sweat method, you can always just dance or point and laugh at the unco ones from the stands.
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Starting on Thursday at the Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, and running until 23 March is Maltesers Moonlight Cinema, a haven for film addicts, star-gazers and park-dwellers alike. Pack a picnic rug and some snacks and head along one night to see advance previews of films such as Anchorman 2, Disney’s Philomena and August starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Plus the usual mix of beloved releases from this year (Hunger Games anyone?) and cult classics like The Castle and Life Of Brian.
ASOS are hosting a global house party on Thursday night, starting at 7pm. They’re bringing electronic superstars into your living room, via asos.com/ allnighter, with performers including Jessie Ware, Mount Kimbie, pictured, Eliphino and Is Tropical. The more friends you bring along and the more you engage on social media, the more content will be unlocked; that’s more artist sets, more interviews and more opportunities to participate in interactive dance-offs. Who says web obsessives don’t know how to party?
Jay, Will, Simon and Neil, those four lovable losers from British comedy The Inbetweeners, will be continuing on their quest for ‘clunge’ with the green light given to start filming a sequel to their wildly successful big screen debut, The Inbetweeners Movie. The best bit, though; their misadventures will be happening in our own backyard! It’s been confirmed that the new flick will be set Down Under – with filming potentially beginning this week – and should see a release mid-next year. Bus wankers/beach wankers – same, same.
Christmas is looming, and you’ve probably been sweating it out in the shopping centre crush for various loved ones. It sucks, we know. Well, we think you deserve some presents of your own, as do the generous gang at Amber Technology. They’ve slung us some Urbanears and Marshall products – a pair of earphones and headphones from each brand – to give away to a handful of lucky readers in each state. To get your hands on the goodies, simply head to themusic.com.au/win-prizes and enter!
If you can wait until Sunday, you can watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013 legally on Foxtel. It did air in America on Tuesday, which means you can probably find the whole thing online, complete with pervy dudes and fashion bloggers commenting about the lingerie. But it’s just in time for Christmas! Ladies, grab some for friends and loved ones (including your fine self ); gents, treat your girls. And yes, the models are all gorgeous, so really, everyone wins. THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013 • 13
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BIG DAY OUT BOUNCES BACK IN A BIG WAY THE ROLLING STONES
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Do rock’n’roll shows get bigger than this? The Rolling Stones are a one-of-a-kind, once-ina-lifetime kind of deal; Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie have soundtracked generation after generation, remaining ever vital, no matter which way the winds of change be a blowin’. Now, the biggest name in music plays the largest Australian shows of 2014. Catch the Stones 19 Mar, Perth Arena; 25 Mar, Allphones Arena, Sydney; 28 Mar, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne; 30 Mar, Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges; and 2 Apr, Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Adding to the occasion is news that Mick Taylor – who played with the Stones during the halcyon period from 1969 to 1974 – will also perform as a special guest on the entire tour. Almost 50 years from their first Australian tour, The Rolling Stones triumphantly return and you can grab a ticket on Monday.
BRIGHT STARS SET TO SHINE AT AACTA AWARDS
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) have announced the nominees in the third annual AACTA Awards. Baz Luhrmann and his film adaptation of The Great Gatsby collected the most nominations, the feature up for 14 awards in the 39 categories on offer, while The Rocket was another favourite, collecting 12 nominations. Other notable names on the list included television programs Offspring and Redfern Now, plus actors Rose Byrne, Naomi Watts and Joel Edgerton. The winners will be announced at a gala luncheon, 28 Jan, as well as the awards ceremony and after-party, 30 Jan; both ceremonies will take place at The Star Event Centre, Sydney.
NEVER SAY DIE
Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe started from nothing, climbed to the top of the rock’n’roll mountain, disappeared down the other side and now are ready to climb back up all over again. Skid Row were hair metal royalty in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, their first three albums multi-platinum successes; Ugly Kid Joe, meanwhile, were everywhere with their debut album, America’s Least Wanted. Get ready for a night of classics when the US pair play Metropolis, Fremantle, 23 Apr; Palace Theatre, Melbourne, 25 Apr; Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, 26 Apr; and The Hi-Fi, Sydney, 27 Apr. Joining them on all dates will be Dead City Ruins, the Melbourne band more than capable after supporting the two bands on their large European tour a few months ago, with tickets on sale today (Wednesday).
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It’s not a bad calculation – lose one legendary act, get a trio of massive bands in return. We’re still not sure what the reasons were behind Blur’s cancellation, but now there’s no time to dwell; we’re simply trying to contain our excitement after hearing that Beady Eye, Deftones and The Hives will all be joining the bill instead. Featuring former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, Beady Eye will keep the Britpop fans happy with their trad-rock sounds and attitude, while pit fanciers will be salivating at the opportunity to slam around with Sacramento metal heroes Deftones and Swedish garage kings The Hives. Not so sad now, are you? A reminder the festival takes place 19 Jan, Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands, Gold Coast; 24 Jan, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne; 26 Jan, Sydney Showgrounds; and 2 Feb, Claremont Showgrounds, Perth.
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Beneath our skin there’s flesh and blood – that’s it. And John Butler Trio will be exploring that sentiment on their new record Flesh & Blood, a record they hope will soundtrack the good times and the bad in your existence. Catch JBT when they launch the record, 27 Mar, Fremantle Arts Centre; 28 Mar, Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth; 29 Mar, Old Broadwater Farm, Busselton*; 1 Apr, Palais Theatre, Melbourne*; 7 Apr, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 9 Apr, Newcastle Civic Theatre*; 11 Apr, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney*; 12 Apr, Royal Theatre, Canberra*; 13 Apr, Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul; and 19 Apr, Bluesfest, Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay (*licensed/all ages). Tickets go on sale Friday, with special guest on tour Emma Louise.
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Bluesfest have even more to offer, announcing a new Southern blues and rock sideshow, a triple Allman Brothers Band alumni bill of leader Gregg Allman (never before seen in Australia), Gov’t Mule and Devon Allman (Gregg’s son). Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Hayes, although not an Allman, was a part of the band, but hasn’t been spotted south-side since 1999, while Devon plays lead in jam band Royal Southern Brotherhood. They play 21 Apr at Enmore Theatre.
KRALLING UP THE WALLS DIFFICULT TO Back for a third trip Down Under, Grammy PRONOUNCE award-winning Canadian singer Diana Krall performs her unique brand of smoky jazz with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in February. She’s got an impressive back catalogue, selling more than 15 million copies of her ten studio albums, the latest being 2012’s Glad Rag Doll. She plays the Opera House Concert Hall 4 and 5 Feb.
GRINNERS SAY GOODBYE, FOR NOW
Grinspoon, one of this country’s most beloved rock acts, will be going on an extended hiatus, the boys looking to pursue solo endeavours and other outlets away from the band. A statement released from the Lismore fourpiece reads: “Thanks to all our families, friends, and especially our fans for the support over the last 18 years – it’s been a wild ride to say the least. We are still a band of brothers but it’s time for us to take a break and recharge the batteries. We’re excited to see what our future holds… adios amigos, it’s been a blast!” They’re playing their final show in Brisbane.
It’s difficult to comprehend (and pronounce) classical maestro Ludovico Einaudi and his upcoming In A Time Lapse shows at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on 9 Feb. He’s the Italian behind the scores for films Black Swan and J Edgar and thanks to his pop-classical fusion, one of the more renowned features of the international classical scene; he’ll play his 25-year catalogue with his six-piece band.
Grammy-award winning rapper Ja Rule is hitting Australian shores for the first time since 2009. The star, involved in collaborations with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti, will be performing alongside DJs Toyboy, Niknak and Zee. You’ll be livin’ it up with the star himself at the Trademark Hotel on 17 Jan.
Sydney Independent Theatre Company have launched their 2014 season at The Old Fitzroy Hotel Woolloomooloo. Kicking off with David Davalos’ take on literature and history, Wittenberg, in January, plays include Lies, Love And Hitler by Elizabeth Avery Scott, The God Of Hell by American playwright Sam Shepard and more, before they open the Sydney Shakespeare Festival in November, with one cast performing two plays on alternate nights.
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Quite a few bills were recently fattened up with the announcement of a bunch of support acts at various upcoming shows. Melbourne based blackened thrash metallers, Nocturnal Graves, have been added to the Mayhem and Watain black metal package at the Factory Theatre on 11 Jan. Supporting The War On Drugs at the Oxford Art Factory, 6 Jan will be Day Ravies. At Wiz Khalifa’s Enmore Theatre show on 3 Jan, Citizen Kane will warm up the stage. German melodic deathcore metal outfit Emergency Gate will join Children Of Bodom at The Hi-Fi on 9 May, as well as national support Eye Of The Enemy. London Grammar will be supported by Vancouver Sleep Clinic at the Metro Theatre, 7 Jan. The lovely Gossling will set the mood for the James Vincent McMorrow show at Metro Theatre on 9 Jan. Meanwhile, the supports for Sydney Festival Paradiso at the Town Hall have been anounced, including Darren Sylvester supporting John Grant and John Murry, 16 Jan; 19 Jan, Mick Harvey’s joined by Alex Cameron; and then on 22 Jan Kurt Vile & The Violators will be welcomed by Shining Bird.
A bunch of artists have recently announced extra shows in Sydney. Sarah Blasko has added another date to her string of intimate all ages shows held in the nation’s beautiful churches, after the 15 Jan gig sold out. Catch her 14 Jan at St Stephen’s Uniting Church. James Blunt added a second show at the State Theatre on 31 May, again with support act Busby Marou, who will also join him at his sold out show on 30 May. Karnivool have announced a second show as part of their Polymorphism tour, on 18 Jan at The UNSW Roundhouse with Dead Letter Circus and sleepsmakeswaves. Neil Finn will play a third and final show at the Opera House on 18 Mar, as the 21 and 22 Mar dates are selling out.
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Grammy-nominated DJ Adam Freeland will hit Australian shores to do an exclusive show as one of the headliners for the FACT Weekender Festival (held on Cockatoo Island, 1 and 2 Feb) along with highly acclaimed internationals Coyu and Jewel Kid. In addition, techno legends Heiko Laux & Alex Kowalski will also be performing at the Festival for the Australian leg of their world tour; plus Aussie DJs Sonny Fondera, Helena and Beth Yen also feature on the line-up.
BLUE FOR YOU
Soulful songstress Madeleine Peyroux will bring her renowned The Blue Room tour to Australia after wildly successful shows in the US and UK. Peyroux will be joined by band and a four-piece string section to perform songs from the album, which reinterprets the Ray Charles classic Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. Catch her at the City Recital Hall on 2 Mar.
The first release for the Tenth Annual Sydney Comedy Festival has hit, and it’s going to be huge. It’ll be from 22 Apr to 17 May, with international and local comedians strutting their stuff on stage. The line-up is Bob Saget, Jim Jeffries, Stephen K Amos, Jimeoin, Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes, Mary Cousta’s Effie, Alex Williamson, Heath Franklin’s Chopper, Sammy J & Randy, Chris Taylor & Andrew Hanson and The Empire Strips Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Parody.
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CITY OF GOLD American singer-songwriter Jason Isbell has announced an Australian tour with full band, to celebrate the release of his Southeastern album early next year. The tour of New South Wales and Victoria also features an appearance at Boogie Festival, where the singer will be playing songs from his extensive back-catalogue. He will be joined by Tift Merritt at Factory Theatre, 13 Apr.
Spaniard Jordi Savall created a work that attempts to combine 2,000 years of music from the Israeli capital, the spiritual capital of Jews, Christians and Muslims. Its episodic structure means that each religion and its music and relationship to Jerusalem is explored in detail, with help from La Capella Reial de Catalunya (Royal Capella of Catalonia), a vocal group; instrumental ensemble, Hespérion XXI; and harpist Andrew Lawrence-King. The Jerusalem Project is on at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 20 Apr.
ON THE ISLAND
Channel [V] is continuing their exclusive Island Parties again to kick-start summer, with Bon Jovi support Kid Rock on 16 Dec in Sydney Harbour. Kid Rock has never visited our sunny shores before, but is sure to bring his party sensibility and a few bottles of Duty Free booze. 18 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
Sydneysiders are in for a treat when DJ Craig Charles of BBC6’s Funk And Soul Club show performs live with Kerbside Collection, Roxie Ray and Russ Dewbury. To celebrate the release of Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club Volume 2, these acts will be performing at The Basement Circular Quay on 1 Feb.
China’s Nova Heart are heading down under to perform at Woodfork Folk Festival and tour their Beautiful Boys EP. The first Chinese underground band to tour five continents, Nova Heart’s sound is a mix of psychedlic disco with lo-fi ethereal pop vocals courtesy of frontwoman Helen Feng. See what they’re all about when they play the Brass Monkey, 9 Jan and Spectrum, 10 Jan, supportd by Marlon Zando; as well as The Standard, 11 Jan with Half Moon Run and Tigertown; and Beach Road Hotel, 15 Jan.
ARCHIE STEPS IN
Archie Roach will now headline the Illawarra Folk Festival, after previous headliner Harry Manx was forced to cancel for health reasons. The legendary Indigenous singer-songwriter will be joined by over 150 performers over four days, including Shellie Morris, The Beez and Andy Irvine. It’s all happening in Bulli on 16 to 19 Jan.
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AROUND THE WORLD ON NYE Words Stephanie Liew and Emma Breheny. Illustrations Sophie Blackhall-Cain.
Japan in the new year is a cold place. So, voluntarily plunging yourself into ice-cold water may sound crazy but the Japanese swear by it for a good start to their year. Like other extreme Japanese traditions, there’s a lot of shouting and a lot of loin cloths. Whether you’re spectating or getting involved, it’s not for the faint-hearted.
The world-famous ball drop at Times Square has been happening since 1907 and has inspired a whole range of other ‘drops’ throughout the USA. A giant peach weighing 360kg is dropped in Atlanta, Georgia in honour of their rep as ‘The Peach State’ while Eastport, Maine drop a less appealing giant sardine. Wonder if the trend will take off in Australia with, say, The Big Pineapple objects...
CHINA/CHINESE-POPULATED COUNTRIES Chinese New Year usually falls in late January or early February. Some traditional celebrations – although they vary according to area/country – include a large family feast, a thorough cleaning of the house, red-coloured paper decorations that often have words like ‘good fortune’, ‘longevity’ and ‘happiness’ printed on them, the lighting of firecrackers, lion-dancing (two people puppeteering a Chinese lion costume, to the rhythm of drums and gongs) and the giving of money inside red envelopes (generally from the older family members to the younger). In Malaysia and Singapore, there’s also a dish called yusheng or ‘Prosperity Toss’, a large salad placed in the middle of the table, which the standing diners all toss together using chopsticks while chanting auspicious wishes. 22 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
SCOTLAND While you might have thought a marriage proposal on New Year’s Eve was a romantic gesture, you’d more than likely be turned
down in Scotland. Asking someone to marry you on the last day of the year is seen as incredibly bad luck. But then so is breaking glass, sweeping up rubbish or ‘spinning flax’ (anyone?). How that works with a New Year’s Eve house party isn’t clear but, given the Scots call New Year’s Eve ‘The Moon of the Hag’, we’re not sure you should be taking any advice from them anyway.
ESTONIA There’s feasts and there’s feasts. If you were going to eat Estonia’s New Year’s Eve banquet, a day of fasting would probably be in order. The banquet has to involve seven, nine or 12 courses in honour of the country’s lucky numbers. With traditional cuisine involving baked potatoes with hog’s head, blood sausage and pork with sauerkraut, it could be a long meal.
BERLIN If there were a sound to sum up Berlin on New Year’s Eve (apart from techno), it would be the noise of firecrackers hitting concrete. Firecrackers and fireworks are a huge part of the city’s celebrations but, without a ban on sales, the fun of pyrotechnics is pretty much open to everyone. This can make navigating the streets feel like a bizarre reality TV experience, where children throw crackers from windows in the apartment blocks while you dodge them and feel pretty stupid. The only solution is to get yourself a stack of crackers and get in on the fun.
IRAN New Year’s Eve actually falls on the last day of winter. To celebrate the spring season just around the corner, on the last Tuesday night of the Iranian year, known as Chahārshanbe Suri, huge bonfires are lit for people to jump over while they chant “Give me your beautiful red colour, and take back my sickly pallor.” The idea is to absorb the fire’s energy and get rid of your bad health or feelings. Sounds good in theory but you do wonder what else people get rid of in the process…
ITALY Italians celebrate New Year’s Eve with a big dinner called cenone (literally translating to ‘big dinner’), which comprises numerous courses – as many as 12. Included among the traditional fare is Lenticchie e Zampone (lentils and pig’s trotter) and Panettone (Christmas cake). In Italian folklore, an old woman named Befana rides around on a broomstick and enters houses through chimneys to deliver gifts to children on the night of the fifth of January – much like a witch version of Santa. Good kids get lollies and bad kids get coal in their stockings.
A Finnish New Year’s tradition is the casting of tin. Everyone gets a small piece of tin in the shape of a miniature horseshoe, which symbolises good luck. The horseshoe is then melted and poured quickly into a bucket of cold water, resulting in a hardened, irregular-shaped clump. By analysing the shape and shadow of this cast, one’s future events of the coming year can be predicted. Certain shapes can mean good luck, health, happiness, wealth, sorrow, sickness and so on. Just hope that the cast doesn’t break apart, because, unsurprisingly, that represents bad luck.
SPAIN Once the clock strikes midnight on the first day of the new year, it’s a tradition and superstition for Spanish people to eat 12 grapes in the proceeding 12 seconds, each one symbolising a month in the year ahead. Skipping one of the “miraculous grapes” risks poisoning one’s fate. Apparently it’s not that strictly adhered to, though, considering that it’s not that easy to wolf all 12 grapes down in that time without the risk of choking and people usually start laughing through a mouthful of half-munched fruit. Seems that it turns out to be a bit like Chubby Bubbies: New Year’s Edition. THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013 • 23
RETURN OF THE MAC Mac DeMarco’s shaping to get lewd, rude and hopefully a little bit nude when he brings his “jizz jazz” Down Under this summer. He tells Samson McDougall about letting go of the lipstick.
ac DeMarco’s second ‘proper’ album, 2 (he’s got, like, hundreds of other selfreleased recordings), has summer good times written all over it. The Canadian slacker is currently in the country for an early summer tour that incorporates Victorian favourite Meredith Music Festival (“I was just on the phone with another guy,” he says, “did he say something about a naked race at the end?”). This latest record is a bit of a jump from the rawness of Rock And Roll Night Club, his ‘debut’ of last year, but his lazy aura still sprawls throughout. Truth is, the dude’s been even busier than usual. He’s a bit of a natural travelling spirit and since being snapped up by über-cool NYC label Captured Tracks, touring’s been DeMarco’s MO. “I was from a town called Edmonton, Alberta, kinda like mid-western Canada, people call it, like, the Texas of Canada,” says DeMarco of his beginnings. “I played in a bunch of bands, that’s pretty much where I got my start. I ended up moving to Vancouver when I was, like, 18 and that was where I started playing a lot of shows
Tracks picked me up and then this year has been very strange... I’ve pretty much only been on tour this year.” Somewhere amidst the madness DeMarco conjured 2, which in many ways grounds him as some kind of ‘serious artist’ more than continuing with the live-fast-die-young, frenetic nature of the debut and previous selfreleased stuff. “For 2 it was a big change from the first album, I went from weird rock’n’roll motif – like, stereotype leather boots, ride your
orbits of pop music converge, though the mid-tempos and sleepy vocals on Rock And Roll Night Club harbour a kind of sadness. 2 is a much brighter affair. Where the former slips into a kind of introspective daze, the latter clips up the pace and puts on a happier face. “The Kinks and The Beatles, big bands like that,” he says of his heroes early on, but also says he lowered the bar of his own expectations by listening to plenty of more musically challenged acts. “On the one hand I have these super great amazing perfect bands and on the other hand it’s bands with great songs that are pretty sloppy but they’re really cool. “On 2 I would run these strange effects through this really clean amplifier and try and get a good tone and bring in the microphone and make sure nothing was kinda weird sounding with the other instruments on the recording. I stopped playing the guitar like an arse and started trying to play more like a bass where it’s, like, complementary to the other things on the recording rather than just being this huge shredding centrepiece where you can’t really hear anything else.” As a result, the guitar tones are bright but brittle, twanging and warbling at the borders of tuned-ness. His instrument of choice is a weathered old bash-around he’s been lugging about the countryside from the start. “I got it when I was 16 or something and it’s gone through a lot of different makeovers because it breaks all the time – it’s actually broken right now,” he says. “I’ve tried other guitars and I don’t like the way that they sound and I don’t like the way that they feel – unless I bought a $5,000 guitar or something, but if I had something like that I’d feel weird, I wouldn’t want to throw it around and stuff... [My guitar] has a problem where it breaks strings every show, the people from the label are, like,
“I STOPPED PLAYING THE GUITAR LIKE AN ARSE AND STARTED TRYING TO PLAY MORE LIKE A BASS.” in town. I did a little bit of touring and then eventually a couple of years later I ended up in Montreal.” Montreal proved a tougher nut to crack in terms of regular gigging and led DeMarco to spend more time messing around with recording. “It’s like nobody has jobs there ‘cause everybody’s doin’ their art project or something,” he says. “I mean, you’ve gotta play because you like playin’, y’know, it’s not about gettin’ money, but in Vancouver it just turned out I could make a substantial amount of money and support myself just from playin’ in town, which doesn’t really make any sense in the first place. So Montreal was a bit different but it gave me the opportunity to work on some other things.
Harley Davidson-style weird stuff – to, ‘Oh, this is who I am and I don’t wear lipstick all the time and check it out’: that was the second album.” He says that now the relative success of the more even-tempered 2 does put a bit of pressure on him to toe a slightly straighter line, at least in his recorded work.
“I kinda slowed down a little bit because I couldn’t really hustle it with just show money anymore... I started focusing more on recording I guess and I wound up making that Rock And Roll Night Club album somewhere down the line and then Captured
The origins of DeMarco’s sound lie somewhere around where the fringes of punk and the outer
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‘You have to get a back-up guitar, you break strings every show’... I just don’t like playing anything else.” For the purposes of touring he’s enlisted three buddies to bring his songs – which the folk at Meredith are labelling “the world’s most well crafted modern pop with brilliant duelling guitar interplay as a sub-plot”, but that he refers to as “jizz jazz” – to life. His performances are famously wild affairs. “In the right circumstances it definitely can [get crazy] if the kids want it – if the kids want it, they can have it,” he says. “But if they don’t, then it probably won’t. That’s my main idea of doing shows; it’s about, like, an experience between... The kids have gotta be close; it’s for them and they’re there for me.” WHAT: 2 (Captured Tracks/Spunk) WHEN & WHERE: 12 Dec, The Standard; 17 Dec, Oxford Art Factory
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as a group. It was like all these demos and things. I always thought it was funny to keep throwing one really old thing, like something from 1990 into the mix.” When he’s not working on the record he has other projects to attend to, including his record label, A Recordings. Newcombe’s process of selection is to choose acts that catch his ear, and he offers the best royalties in the business, an 80/20 split in favour of the artist. However, he will not accept demos. “I hate getting demos and links to Soundcloud and all that stuff because I try and work on my own music and you just wouldn’t even believe it, it’s just like four or five times a day somebody’s like, ‘Please check out my music’ and I’m just like, ‘I can’t’. There’s no way I can spend every day listening to somebody else’s ideas. It’s why I play music and not collect it in that way.”
He also has an ambition to produce film soundtracks. He’s been offered the opportunity to create the music for a James Joyce biopic for Irish public television, but thinks he will turn it down (“What the fuck am I going to do?”). He is clear that he needs a point of reference, that ‘do whatever’ is not enough of a starting point because he makes all kinds of music. Ideally he’d be working on something in Eurocinema: “Something like if Lars von Trier said ‘I want you to make up a weird soundtrack with some of your friends’ that’d be great. It would be phenomenal… I think I’d excel at that.”
Although Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre may be struggling to find the “glue” for his new album, he still has his ambition, and the affection of his ninemonth-old son, Wolfgang. He talks to Hannah Story.
t is 9am in Berlin when Newcombe picks up the phone, but he doesn’t seem fatigued. Just a bit sniffly. He’d spent the weekend DJing in Switzerland for a photographer friend’s gallery opening and, he reassures, he played good music – definitely not Skrillex. The conversation quickly changes direction, as he begins to explain his attempts to craft The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s 13th studio album in time for their Australian tour. “I’m not really a singles artist, so an album format is something that’s important to me,” he says. “So I have more than enough songs for an album if I wasn’t thinking about an album playlist, but to me, it’s missing the glue, where I don’t think about [how] this song worked with the last song. What I want to do is play it through, a certain amount of minutes, and think yeah I really enjoyed that, what just happened at that time, where you just lose track of yourself a little bit. “I have about eight [songs] that I really like, that I think are really good, and there’s more than that, so that’s more than enough for a decent record. In my mind if I’ve got the album and these songs that are really good I’d be like very pleased with my purchase or whatever, but it’s really tough for me because I also don’t know what that glue would be, what I think is missing, which is very rare for me. I think when I used to drink or whatever I used to do that it was easier for me to roll through that stuff.” Now, without the help of drugs, he worries: “I sit there like the kid in class who doesn’t have his homework done. I sit there and I fret, waiting, hoping the teacher doesn’t call on me.” He explains, “I don’t know what [the glue] is this time so I can’t sit there and write it; instead I’m just getting sort of anxieties about the whole thing. This only came about because they told me I should have an album ready for Australia and then I started to think to myself, ‘Well, what if I don’t; are you going to fire me?’” 26 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
For the moment the album is Newcombe’s pet project, and features guitar-work from The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Ricky Maymi, and drums from Dimmer’s Constantine ‘Dino’ Karlis. They’re creating what Newcombe calls “song-based songs”. “Several of them are very short, they’re like two-and-a-half minutes long and I would say it’s more intimate whereas the other thing, the last record [2012’s Aufheben] was like daydreaming… The thing that I’m excited about is some of the songs are as good as anything I’ve ever made up which is encouraging but that set the stage for me to be really nervous, because I set the standard high for me in my own head.” He maintains, “I’ve got nothing to lose. That’s why I haven’t just created some tossins or whatever. And I was so productive when I started out I usually had leftover ideas for songs since the first days when we started
“WELL, WHAT IF I DON’T; ARE YOU GOING TO FIRE ME?”
But in the meantime he’s headed to Australia to play a string of shows before their headline slot at Meredith. Coming on tour with Newcombe is “the whole army”: Joel Gion, Matt Hollywood, Frankie Emerson, Maymi, Dan Allaire, Collin Hegna and Rob Campanella. They’ll be heading first to Perth, where they’ll rehearse. When speaking about what to expect, Newcombe says, “We’re like more of a cult act, I think, where I’m not so sure whether it matters whether we play new or old songs. I think it matters whether we do something notable and that people enjoy themselves or they’re shocked; either one. I’m not out to shock people but shocking things have happened.” After the tour he plans on coming straight home to celebrate his son’s first birthday. He seems to have embraced fatherhood. “He’s so cool. He’s got a cool name and I can tell that he’s an interesting little guy and I’m going to make sure he stays that way. Like for instance I’m not going to push him towards any particular ideology, or occupation, I’m just going to see what he wants to do.” He’s not yet subjected Wolfgang to his music, but, “Like if we’re doing some music or some music comes on then I’ll dance with him, y’know, like hold him up really close,” Newcombe chuckles. “He likes to dance around and he laughs.” WHEN & WHERE: 19 Dec, The Hi-Fi
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MUSING OVER CHANGE With their stage spectacular about to touch down in Australia, Muse’s bass player Chris Wolstenholme talks to Paul Smith about going electronic, taking lead vocals and why future shows may be more subdued.
lthough English three-piece rockers Muse had already built a reputation for constantly pushing their sound into new areas, last year’s The 2nd Law (their sixth studio album) took it to extremes. The dubstep of The 2nd Law: Unsustainable had fan forums confused, excited or aghast when part of it was teasingly released as a first taste of the new recordings. Then there was the overtly electronic tone of Madness and the funky Panic Station, which was more reminiscent of ‘80s Prince than Muse. According to the band’s bass player Chris Wolstenholme their desire to try new things has always been paramount, and despite the risk of losing them, their fans generally stick around. “Every time we make an album the first thing we talk about is the need to make an album that’s different,” he says. “Of course we had concerns with the last one that there was the possibility that there were certain elements that people wouldn’t connect with. In particular songs like Madness or Follow Me went in more of an electronic direction then we’ve ever gone before. I think it was the first time we actually put the guitars down for a bit to see how we’d cope without them.” Recalling the early years though, Wolstenholme reveals that the danceable Panic Station wasn’t actually something all that new to them as a band: “It’s the first time we’ve done anything funky on record but in all honesty it is very similar to some of the stuff that we used to do when we first started. Then we went through a period in the mid to late ‘90s where that kind of music just wasn’t particularly cool and we completely moved away from that, and I don’t think we ever envisaged a time where we would ever come back to it! And then all of a sudden Panic Station’s on the album and it just goes to show that I don’t think there’s ever anything that you will never do.” The other main change on the latest album is that Wolstenholme wrote two of the songs himself. The fact that he also ended up taking lead vocal on both was not part of his plan though. “This was actually the first time I’d ever presented full songs to the band as I used to have real trouble writing lyrics. But the biggest shock was I didn’t really ever expect to sing them and that was something that was pretty uncomfortable for quite a long time. If you’d have told me even two years ago that I’d be standing up in a stadium singing a song I would have said no way. “We usually do the album and then say ‘shit, how are we going to do this on stage?’” he laughs. “I think in the early days, there was one band and it was the same band that played in the studio as on stage. But when we’d made a couple of albums and had a bit of studio experience we got to that point where we thought should we let being a three-piece put limitations on what we’re able to achieve in the studio? And the answer to that was no, we shouldn’t. I think when you’re writing a song you should serve that song as best you can in the studio and if that means having fifty people on it then you should do it or if it sounds great as a three-piece then you should do that. Then when you play live you’re in a big room, you’ve got a massive PA, and you don’t need all those additional layers because people just get so absorbed by the power and the volume so you can get away with it a little bit more.” Needless to say the resulting stage show is every bit as extravagant as has come to be expected from the band. With a giant inverted pyramid of screens and lasers
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blasting away it’s hard to believe that it’s a scaled back set. “The original things that we come up with just grow and we end up with these really overblown ideas that won’t work anywhere. We then have to strip it back into something that’s realistic to tour with and doesn’t take ninety trucks to carry around.” Whilst they have felt pressure to put on increasingly spectacular shows Wolstenholme hints that the band may try something more intimate in the future. “We played a small show in London in February and it had been so long it felt almost like the first time we’d played a gig in that kind of size venue. We were all amazed at how much we enjoyed it; there was something really refreshing about turning up at a gig, having a quick sound check, not having to check video, not having to check lights, just walking on stage with your gear and a very simple light show. And you look out at the crowd and they’re still going mental and then you think to yourself, well why do we spend all that money for putting pyramids in because they loved us when we had nothing! I think it might be something that we consider at some point, to go out and do a full tour of two or three thousand capacity venues.” For now though they are only looking as far ahead as Australia at the end of the year as Wolstenholme concludes: “We’re getting to that point where we’re thinking about the next album so it’s like do we carry on touring into next year or how quickly do we want to get an album out or do we want to take a break?”
“THE BIGGEST SHOCK WAS I DIDN’T REALLY EVER EXPECT TO SING THEM.”
WHEN & WHERE: 13 Dec, Allphones Arena
HIGHS AND LOWES Like every woman in the ‘80s, Guy Davis has a crush on Rob Lowe but sadly, Lowe has a crush on John F Kennedy.
o I was standing at a urinal in a Washington DC men’s room when who should walk in but Rob Lowe. This anecdote has little to no bearing on the story that follows, but I figured it was a catchy enough way to begin. If you’re after salacious details or anything like that, though, I hate to disappoint – I kept my eyes fixed on the wall in front of me, and our conversation was restricted to matters political. After all, he’d just finished a 20-minute press conference about his performance as John F Kennedy in the upcoming telemovie Killing Kennedy and the politics buff and selfconfessed JFK “fanboy” was clearly on something of a roll. There was a time when Lowe portraying an iconic figure like Kennedy would have seemed out of the question. When he came to prominence in the 1980s, he was a quintessential teen idol type – good-looking to the point of prettiness, undoubtedly charming and a capable enough actor but not necessarily someone you’d call upon to do the heavy lifting. And even though he appeared in a bunch of seminal movies of the decade – the ‘Brat Pack’ ensemble piece St Elmo’s Fire and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders among them – he
ROB LOWE AS JOHN F. KENNEDY WITH GINNIFER GOODWIN AS JACQUELINE KENNEDY IN KILLING KENNEDY
But the biggest step in his transition came with his confident, charismatic work as Deputy White House Communications Director Sam Seaborn on Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed TV drama The West Wing. Lowe’s not exactly an A-lister at the moment but he’s become something a bit more interesting: a versatile, engaging actor equally at home with comedy or drama. As eternally positive civil servant Chris Traeger, he’s emerged as a fan favourite with viewers of the sitcom Parks And Recreation. As a pillpushing plastic surgeon,
ROB LOWE AS JOHN F KENNEDY IN KILLING KENNEDY
“There’s so much to admire about him but doing the research I was struck by his wit and how quick he was, how curious he was, how well read he was, and how much he valued intellect and the arts – that’s rare in all people, but it’s really rare in politicians, I think,” says Lowe. “If there’s a book about him, I’ve probably read it, and I wanted to read this script because, as you can imagine, you can treat him and this subject matter in hundreds of different ways and different tones. And I wanted to do it because it was the 50th anniversary of his assassination, and it felt like the right time to do it because so much attention, rightly, is on what America and the world lost when he was killed.” So why does Kennedy still hold such prominence half a century after his death? It’s something Lowe admits to thinking about a great deal. “I think whether it’s our politicians or our movie stars or our rock stars, we project our dreams and aspirations onto them,” he says. “And so when he was taken, it felt like we personally lost the best of us, so we grieve it. And we still grieve it. The term ‘the best and the brightest’ was coined for his administration. Whether it’s actually true at this point is irrelevant because collectively, culturally, emotionally we’ve decided it was true. We lost the best and the brightest, and that’s why we still grieve.” Lowe is clearly taking advantage of the momentum his career has gathered in recent years. He’s finished up his role on Parks And Recreation, and is now in the process of putting together the pilot for The Pro, a sitcom which would see him play a former tennis
ROB LOWE AS CHRIS TRAEGER WITH ADAM SCOTT IN PARKS AND RECREATION
“I KNOW THAT EVERY POINT IN ONE’S LIFE SHOULD BE CELEBRATED.” didn’t necessarily make the kind of mark that earned him critical acclaim or rocketted him to superstardom. There was notoriety, however. In 1988, having a sex tape leaked to the public was a scandal rather than a savvy career move, and Lowe’s appearance in a VHS home movie that co-starred a young woman later found to be a minor made him the centre of controversy while putting the brakes on his career. Throughout the ‘90s he occasionally popped up in a hit (Wayne’s World) or gave a performance that hinted at enhanced depth or range (he’s seductive and sinister opposite James Spader in the neo-noir Bad Influence) but the majority of his credits from that decade are forgettable B-movies and made-for-TV actioners or melodramas. But towards the end of the ‘90s and into the ‘00s, Lowe – now a family man who’d called it quits on his hardpartying ways – quietly reinvented himself as an actor with the ability to use his absurd handsomeness and easygoing charm to great comedic effect. Playing suave henchman Number Two in the Austin Powers sequels, for example, he displayed a relaxed, understated wittiness. 30 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
he stole every scene in Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra. And he brings conviction, strength and humanity to his JFK in Killing Kennedy, airing November 19 on Foxtel’s National Geographic Channel.
champ working as a coach at an exclusive Beverly Hills sporting club. He’s also said to be developing a TV drama titled The Point, loosely based on his childhood experiences relocating to California in the late ‘70s. He’s writing a follow-up to his well received memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends. And as if to demonstrate that the ghosts of the past have well and truly been put to rest, he has a supporting role opposite Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in a “big, loud, raunchy, provocative” comedy titled Sex Tape.
He’s long held an interest in politics (“I’ve been to the White House a lot,” he admits), and calls Kennedy “one of my personal heroes”, so the opportunity to play the late president, assassinated half a century ago in Dallas, Texas, was one he jumped at.
“I know that every point in one’s life should be celebrated,” says Lowe. “Every part. Not just the good parts, because I’ve learned more from the bad parts than I ever did from the good parts. That said, in terms of opportunities, this moment has the most, which is really cool considering it’s my fourth decade of doing it. I’m glad to still be here four decades later.” WHAT: Killing Kennedy On National Geographic Channel, 13 and 21 Dec
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PHYSICS IS A DANCER Am I choreographer Shaun Parker talks science with Danielle O’Donohue.
truggling through a book on quantum physics doesn’t seem like the usual preparation for a dancer in a contemporary dance company, but Sydney choreographer Shaun Parker’s love of science has become a part of his latest work. “Before I became a dancer I studied for a science degree,” Parker explains. “It’s strange because it’s always filtered into my work and I haven’t really realised until the last couple of years. It’s started to really dominate my interest again. Recently I’ve become a documentary fiend and I’ve been reading so many books about
quantum physics and the holographic universe. My interest was very much fueled by all of this.” Parker’s latest piece, Am I will get its world premiere at next year’s Sydney Festival, and explores the world of physics and asks questions about who we are. To research the piece Parker reached out to professors at The University Of Sydney, his dancers getting a crash course in some very weighty subject matter. “I give them a lot of reading,” Parker says. “Before we start rehearsals I’ll send them an email and I’ll always have three or four books for them to read, five films and documentaries and pieces of art to look at
and some music to listen to, and I’ll write maybe one basic paragraph about what the work is about. “So they read it, they absorb it and then they go from there. It’s great – the information, sometimes it doesn’t come up straight away, but three weeks later someone will go, ‘Remember that vortex bit’. It’s about planting these little seeds in them and opening their minds.” Even the very basic idea of dance is scientific in its own way. “My dancers have incredible movement skills and can transform ideas and a lot of those concepts through the body. All of these things relate – movement is mass and energy so it relates closely to Einstein’s theory in the first place.” Parker is relishing the chance to combine his two loves, and says collaborating with science experts has become one of the parts of Am I he enjoys most. “To be able to go and work with professors at the university was quite incredible because they’re quite excited and also because a creative project is investigating physical form.” The experienced choreographer is aware that he’s tackling some heavy concepts here, but he has faith that audiences will go with him on this journey. “I don’t like to torture my audiences that’s for sure, he finishes. “It’s about working so hard that we’ve crafted and refined those moments that resonate with an audience. They’re watching, listening and also thinking conceptually, so we work very hard to merge those three different areas together.” WHAT: Am I WHEN & WHERE: 9 – 12 Jan, Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre
On reforming his iconic band Bauhaus, Peter Murphy tells Guido Farnell, “I tried to get the girls together again, twice”, but blames “basic, stupid, small-town small-mindedness” for his lack of success.
he epitome of underground cool in the early ‘80s, Bauhaus sounded like nothing else as they led the post-punk charge with a powerfully dark and sinister soundtrack for what was rather extraordinary times. Although Siouxie & The Banshees preceded them, Bauhaus are largely credited with putting some definition to goth subculture. They may be an iconic band of that era but 35 years later, lead singer Peter Murphy doesn’t quite see it that way. “I am so fucking over it – Bauhaus lasted three years. If anything I am the icon. The rest are just extras, well Love & Rockets actually. I feel as though I am still re-educating people that I am not Peter Murphy from Bauhaus anymore. They were my band, but we lasted like thirty seconds in 1980. We did some great work but I’ve recorded so much more since then. I have obviously moved on and they have nothing to do with me anymore.” Despite the past, Murphy is enjoying presenting all those old Bauhaus songs with a new band. “Bauhaus is not on stage with me playing this stuff and it feels wonderful. I don’t plan to do this ever again. These shows are all about letting go of this misplaced guilt that comes with touching the material that is so widely regarded as sacrosanct. If you missed Bauhaus back then, be assured that I think this show sounds better than 32 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
any reformation. What’s great is that it’s stripped of all the miserable cynicism. Those songs are very powerful and we concentrate on that power, stripping out all that menacing, post punk, nasty, negative energy. When the four of us get together there is something that goes on which is not very nice. We are brothers, but we can be a really miserable bunch.” Murphy loved playing to Australian audiences in January this year and seems pretty hyped to be returning. While the year has had its highs, it’s also had its lows; in March he was arrested for a hit and run and possession.
“You can read about it in the news,” Murphy says selfeffacingly. “I was charged with felony and whacked in jail with 5000 dollar bail. If you read the police reports you will see that my drug tests were completely clean. It’s not clear where the meth came from but I can tell you that I have never touched the stuff.” Suggesting that the cops were a little Keystone, Murphy is clear that he was never in possession of that bag of meth. He confirms that he hit and run but didn’t really run as he stopped a little further down the road. “The judge saw it was a mess but the DA was more persistent in pursuing the charges. It was the judge who reduced the charges, provided I pleaded guilty to the lesser charges and did some community work. Everyone just assumes that I’m an evil drug-taking, blood-sucking vampire rock star. The reality is that I am a total teetotaller.” WHEN & WHERE: 11 Dec, Manning Bar
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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER FOR BUSH BANDS
Noted publicist Paula ‘Jonesy’ Jones talks passionately about the Bush Bands Bash, central Australia’s Indigenous music showcase.
011 marked my twenty-fourth year in the music business; it’s been a fortunate ride for me as a publicist for some of Australia’s most prolific and respected acts. It was also the year I was invited to central Australia to attend Bush Bands Business as a mentor. My trip was funded by The Seed arts grant program, established by John Butler and his wife Danielle Caruana (Mama Kin). This was a profound experience for me. Presented by MusicNT, the concert features eight bands from the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, performing to a mixed audience of thousands. It is preceded by a three-day professional development and rehearsal intensive called Bush Bands Business. The icing on the cake is the concert held on a big stage in Alice Springs’ centre on the Saturday night. Music and sport are fundamental components of these remote communities, often acting as the only consistent positive social outlet providing momentum and feel-good moments to their lives. This year is the third year I have had the privilege of participating in Bush Bands. Here’s a synopsis of my experience in the desert. After day one of observing the bands rehearsing and us sharing meals together, we become more relaxed and at ease with each other in this powerful landscape. The bands take to the makeshift bush stages for rehearsals, playing hard with much concentration and accuracy yet performing with little eye contact. I am astonished by the talent and musicianship of these bands, the passion they hold and their drive to succeed as musicians. Many of the vocalists here have amongst the most angelic and emotive voices I have ever heard. Come Thursday it’s my one-on-one time with each band, explaining what a publicist does and what tools they
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need to grow their profile beyond the communities they live in. Throughout the days on camp, they rotate band rehearsals and mentoring sessions. The favourite part for me is getting involved in a photo shoot with all the bands; a very tangible and immediate outcome which allows me to get to know them better. We encourage them to take direct responsibility for concepts for the shoots and when the camera starts rolling the shyness dissipates and the stars emerge. Seeing their professional photos for the first time, their faces light up. Each band receives a disc full of photos to use in artwork, marketing and promotion, and I could immediately see some groups conceptualising how they could utilise these new tools for general publicity and forthcoming releases. This handson, practical experience is truly valuable, and as a national publicist
BBB GROUP SHOT. PIC: OLIVER ECLIPSE
always looking for ways to get media interest in acts, I know how important image is. At Friday night’s dress rehearsal the bands perform on the main bush stage as Nicky Bomba (Melbourne Ska Orchestra) works on percussion and stage presence and Paolo Fabris (Charles Darwin University) finetunes vocal techniques. The improvement in the band’s performances is pronounced. Saturday night’s concert in Alice town is going to be magic! On my first visit to the desert in 2011 I felt a natural and strong connection with Tjintu Desert Band (formerly known as the Sunshine Reggae Band) who come from Kintore and Haasts Bluff, two remote communities 530 kilometres and 227 kilometres west of Alice Springs respectively. This area is reasonably close to Papunya, 240 kilometres northwest of Alice, a community I’ve always been interested in. It’s where the Warumpi Band formed and were included on the run for the Blackfella/Whitefella Tour in 1986. A groundbreaking tour, it saw Midnight Oil become the first non-Indigenous rock band ever to perform for remote Indigenous communities. I’d first learnt about this region through the amazing Papunya Tula artists, who tell their story through intricate dot paintings, and I had always been intrigued by Papunya and the desert region in general. Over the years I educated myself about it from a distance while knowing the best way to do this was directly through the people and the land. Jeffrey Zimran Tjangala, the lead guitarist of Tjintu Desert band, has an excellent grasp of English and at our first meeting I could tell he was a can-do type of person and keen to absorb, learn and question all that was taking place at Bush Bands Business. With his language advantage, he is responsible for organising the other band members and this alone bestows pride and
with my friend Jeffrey Zimran Tjangala, who on this occasion was attending as manager of a young outfit from Kintore called Running Water Band. I met them briefly at CAAMA’s office in Alice Springs the day before we all headed out for Bush Bands Business. Congratulating Jeffrey on his rise to manager, I told this group of young fellas they were the luckiest band around and that they should respect and listen to Jeffrey as he has great knowledge and experience and will help them achieve big things. They probably knew this already JEFFREY ZIMRAN. PIC: OLIVER ECLIPSE but I wanted to reinforce it before they headed out bush to soak up all the heady information they would be delivered over the coming three days.
TJINTU DESERT BAND. PIC: IAN DUNN
Settling in at camp I felt an immediate connection with Running Water Band, and I had a sneaking suspicion Jeffrey had told them of our connection over the past two years. After day one, these seven young fellas called me ‘Ami-mi’, which in Lurita language translates to ‘grandmother’. I was thrilled, even if I don’t consider myself that way at home! But the term is a sign of respect and allowed for relaxed and easy company for the next three days.
JONESY AND CAAMA WITH RUNNING WATER BAND. PIC: AMY HETHERINGTON
respect. He is the eyes and ears out in the community while their manager Micheal ‘Miko’ Smith – who runs the Central Australian Aboriginal Music Association (CAAMA) music label – is in Alice Springs. When we first met in 2011, Jeffrey shared a little of his family history with me and pointed me to the Benny And The Dreamers documentary, he is featured on the cover as an eight-year-old with his father Smithy Zimran with the text: “The extraordinary story of the Pintupi peoples’ first meeting with the white world.” I bought a copy when I got back to Alice and I could
“I AM ASTONISHED BY THE TALENT AND MUSICIANSHIP OF THESE BANDS, THE PASSION THEY HOLD AND THEIR DRIVE TO SUCCEED” see in Jeffrey’s eyes that he was delighted. Smithy Zimran was instrumental in the homeland movements, his achievements are acknowledged in the Kintore community with a plaque. Jeffrey and his brother Joseph, the keyboardist in the band, are both painters, as is their sister who beautifully translates women’s business stories. Jeffrey’s father’s painting inspired him to take to the brushes and out of respect for the elders and their stories he wanted to keep their country and dreamtime stories alive by creating beautiful paintings.
I felt Tjintu Desert Band was one of the highlight bands at Bush Bands Bash in 2011 and I’d hoped our paths would cross again. Fast forward to 2012, and I was again invited to Bush Bands Business and was thrilled to learn that Tjintu Desert Band was chosen for the Sand Tracks tour. They hit the road straight after Bush Bands Bash with rockers Nabarlek. Lead singer Terra Guymal and his bandmates are highly regarded in communities around the country, and they rock hard! Terra is an ardent and engaging frontman, and also has a great grasp of English. I knew this would be a great pairing and that Tjintu Desert Band would do well from this experience. Again this September I returned to the desert for another rewarding and inspiring session with these wonderful musicians. To my surprise I was reunited
After 26 years in the music business I’ve seen my fair share of the best… but in Alice Springs on a hot dusty Saturday night witnessing Running Water Band’s performance at Bush Bands Bash, I was astonished at their ability to activate what they’d learnt so quickly. Their initial rehearsal out on camp was stiff, yet each member was brilliant at their craft. It’s a typical performance style for these shy fellas from remote communities and one has to remember they aren’t performing to a crowd in community setting; they are completely out of their comfort zone and rehearsing in front of their peers and highly experienced people in the field of music. However, when they hit the stage mid-concert in Alice they held the audience in the palm of their hand. I was so proud and astounded at how they engaged and performed, working the crowd, enjoying it, encouraging and connecting with each other and delivering a tight set as the crowd rose and screamed for more. This was their moment in the sun and they shone brightly! Will Running Water Band be chosen as the next Sand Tracks band with Tjintu Desert Band as their mentors? For me that would be well deserved and a dream of mine and theirs come true! Jeffrey has the drive, ability and determination to make it happen for Tjintu Desert Band and as a manager of Running Water Band, and I will continue to do what I can to help him. And so Jeffrey Zimran Tjangala’s journey continues. I hope our paths cross once again. He has opened his world to me and this is an honour and a privilege for which I will be forever grateful. Read the whole story online at themusic.com.au
REMOTELY DEVOTED TO YOU To open your ears and eyes to the talent in remote central Australia and beyond check these websites: musicnt.com.au; caama.com.au; countryartswa.asn.au/cms/cawa/pages/home.html; theseedfund.org; triplejunearthed.com.au; skinnyfishmusic.com.au THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013 • 35
EARTHLY PLEASURES Tony McMahon checks in with Catherine Traicos to geek out over vinyl. They also discuss the importance of not limiting yourself to one genre.
f it’s true, as the American writer David Foster Wallace said in an interview he gave in the ‘90s, that the distinction between good art and so-so art lies somewhere in the art’s heart’s purpose, having to do with the agenda of the consciousness behind the text, then Perth singer/songwriter Catherine Traicos’ work falls definitively into the good art section of the dichotomy. Wallace went on to argue that good art practice is all about love, that it involves having the discipline to talk out of the part of yourself that can love instead of the part that wants to be loved. If this is also the case, Traicos’ fourth album, The Earth, The Sea, The Moon, The Sky, qualifies without doubt as emphatically good art. Not that there isn’t heartbreak here. But Traicos’ husky vocals and her band’s compelling accompaniment somehow transcend the weepy conventions of even the most despairing of all musical genres – country – probably the style this music is most closely associated with. And it has been the band, Traicos says, that has made all the difference here. The Earth, The Sea, The Moon, The Sky was two years in the making, somewhat in contrast to her previous semi-prolific output, but the sense of community engendered by working as a group is one of which she is very fond. “I just really wanted to get this right,” she says. “We worked really hard to pick songs that were relevant. I’d write a song, or we’d work on stuff together, and it would either gel or it wouldn’t. Sometimes we’d just jam something and then I’d record it onto my phone and go away and try and structure it into a song. That could take anywhere from ten minutes to a month. And it feels like a stronger album as a result. It’s just more rewarding to work that way.” Given the album is being billed as genre-defying, it seems germane to ask Traicos if this was a conscious plan or something that happened organically. Despite a little bit of uncertainty on her part, she’s adamant recording the record was all quite a natural progression.
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“I don’t know a lot of musicians who consciously set out to work in a genre as such. Well, I suppose there’s
country musicians, rockabilly musicians, punk musicians… Actually, now that I think about it, maybe I know a lot of musicians who set out to work in a genre. But that certainly wasn’t
where we’ll be doing all the songs that we’ve worked on together. So, there’s a lot of excitement there.
But we’re just doing a small tour. We’re just playing Melbourne and Sydney [and WA]. Funds are a little bit limited and we put a lot of money towards putting the record out on vinyl... It’s beautiful. It’s the same artwork as on the CD, but when you do something like that on vinyl it just becomes this whole other thing that makes it more real. It comes with a digital download as well. It’s got a little secret at the end of the album so, you know, it’s worth getting on vinyl. As far as sound goes, I think they’re both really good, but I prefer the vinyl. I find that you engage with it
“I JUST REALLY WANTED TO GET THIS RIGHT.” the case here. I mean there are signposts, I suppose, and I guess there’s a part of me that wants to give people something to go by when they listen, but at the same time I didn’t want to limit myself.” There’s also the Nullarbor to traverse because, as mentioned above, she’s based in Perth, but none of these things seem to faze her. “We’ve toured together before, and we’re all really excited that this is the first tour
differently. There might be some tracks that sound better on CD just because of the digital spectrum, but vinyl has that lovely, warm, comfortable sound.” And talking of lovely, warm, comfortable sounds, this album appears to be one almost custom-made for the intimate live experience. Not surprisingly, perhaps, Traicos says this was the plan all along. “We did go into the studio with the aim of making it an album that translates really well to a live show. We didn’t bring in any extra musicians; we didn’t do, you know, any crazy effects that we couldn’t emulate on stage. That’s a bit of a challenge in itself, of course, and fun too in its way.” WHAT: The Earth, The Sea, The Moon, The Sky (An Ocean Awaits) WHEN & WHERE: 13 Dec, Petersham Bowls Club,
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HARD ROCK LEGACY What does Helmet main man Page Hamilton want the riff-hungry hard rock outfit’s legacy to be? For one, that fellow musicians stop mistaking their originals for covers, he tells Brendan Crabb.
espite being courted by major labels during their early years (eventually reportedly signing to Interscope for a cool million-plus dollars), but not attaining the commercial clout afforded the legions they unintentionally inspired, Helmet’s impact is widespread. The likes of 1992’s Meantime and 1994’s Betty were rooted in memorably staccato, impenetrable riffage, as well as Page Hamilton’s jazz pedigree, barked, militaristic vocals and ex-drummer John Stanier’s distinctive approach. The Americans spawned waves of alternative and nu-metal bands. When quizzed about how he hopes the hard rockers – currently working on a follow-up to 2010’s Seeing Eye Dog – will be remembered, vocalist/guitarist and sole remaining original member Hamilton is forthright. “I would like people just to, I guess just recognise that Helmet was unique and created a vocabulary that’s been useful to the rock, pop world. That’s all. We had a band opening up for us, and they said something about us doing a cover of a Sepultura song when we were playing In The Meantime. My other guitar player was like, ‘actually, Page wrote that song, that’s a Helmet song’. They were like, ‘no, no, you guys are covering that’, saying that’s a Sepultura or Soulfly song, whoever it was that covered it. “You don’t want to be forgotten. My ego is relatively in check, but you think, fuck, you write these songs, you turn musicians on and you want people to know that. I feel thrilled that we can still tour and go play shows, and I’ll keep doing it as long as there’s an audience and I’m physically and emotionally capable of putting it out there every night. ‘Cause it’s not music that you can just go up and kinda half-heartedly strum your way through. There’s no relaxing point in the set; ‘here’s where we sit down with acoustic guitars and light candles’.”
Despite this perceived lack of recognition, Hamilton is determined to continue making music, both within the rock and jazz worlds. A new Helmet song will surface on a split 7” with sludge kings Melvins, their soon-to-be Australian touring partners. Ahead of the deafening, room-levelling double bill, he elaborates on their as-yet-untitled contribution. 38 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
“It addresses a specific relationship I had that failed a couple of years ago that was extremely difficult,” Hamilton explains with a slight chuckle. “So difficult that it took me a couple of years to actually see the comedy in the whole thing. I need to see comedy in something
worn classics. “[They] understand that it’s necessary to progress as a band, and as a writer. I can look back and there’s songs that I’m not particularly fond of, so it’s not like everything we write… I can go back to The Rolling Stones. You can pick out all their great songs from their albums, and there’s a lot of stuff that I don’t like. ‘Man, this is kind of a weak, blues-rock record, but it’s got Under My Thumb on it’… With Helmet, I look back and there are songs on every record where I’m like, ‘yeah, that’s not my favourite’. It’s got some really cool things on it, but I think in retrospect you look back and think you could have done better.
“WE’RE NOT WHITE BOY SOUL MUSIC THAT EVERYBODY SEEMS TO LIKE IN THE MAINSTREAM.” before I can write the song. It was another failed relationship; with an actress – go figure. It’s heavy, kind of has groove, sounds like Helmet and there’s two guitar solos which I enjoyed doing… I need to have a song with three guitar solos, because I don’t think I’ve done that yet.” The frontman believes the majority of Helmet fans are open-minded, even if they may compare new material unfavourably to well
“We had the benefit of those major label dollars so we could record back then. But when I look back, we were the only ones that really, we weren’t making money,” he laughs again. “All those big budgets went to studios, engineers and mixers. It’s just kind of stupid, so we spend our lives trying to recoup on those records where the masters are owned by this label. A guy earlier asked me about doing a re-release of Betty. I said I’d do it in a heartbeat, but we’re not on The Voice, we’re not white boy soul music that everybody seems to like in the mainstream or shitty pop/country. So people are not clamouring for our music on TV, for Dancing with the Stars or whatever. I just don’t want the music to get lost.” WHEN & WHERE: 11 Dec, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; 12 Dec, ANU Bar, Canberra; 15 Dec, The Hi-Fi
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ELIXIR OF EXISTENCE
Simon Holland catches up with Morten Veland to discuss the quiet beauty on the “the lonely road of recording” for Sirenia.
ust being a composer and a musician; it’s an everlasting learning process in many ways,” reflects Morten Veland, the lone soul behind superb gothic metal act Sirenia. “There is no such thing as being perfect, being complete or simply finishing this process. It’s constantly moving forward and you are always learning new things. It’s those aspects that make it more fascinating, interesting or inspiring for me because after all these years I can walk into the studio and discover new things that I didn’t know before, that I didn’t write before or whatever.”
The Norse composer formed legendary goth outfit Tristania at 18, trudging the long and lonely road of a genre known for deep reflection and existential contemplation. One of the few solo multiinstrumentalist composers in metal, Veland has opted to work alone in the depths of his Norwegian home studio. “I always prefer to work alone when I compose because I feel I get closer to the music. There’s nothing around me that can take my focus away from the music so I just go into my bubble and become at one with the music. I just come up with the best kind of ideas this way. I’m also open to
writing music with other people, but I feel it doesn’t have that depth and becomes something totally different. Having other people in the room means my focus travels to them and I feel the music I write in that way is totally different. If I was in a punk band or a sleazy rock’n’roll band it would work perfectly, but with Sirenia it’s a different kind of music. It’s all about injecting emotion into the music – I want it to have a deep and significant meaning. I feel like I have better access to those thoughts and feelings when I work alone. “Listening to Sirenia is a different experience from anything upbeat. The best way to listen to Sirenia in my personal experience is to use a really good quality headset, sitting in a chair, maybe with a glass of wine or whatever, and just really soaking in the music, listening to all the details, the lyrics and all that. That, for me, makes the listening experience unique and it’s one I really try to feel when I write these songs.” A true artist, the music flows through Veland’s veins, his approach to metal one only taken by a few misfits, which Veland doesn’t seem to be. There’s no Mustainian chip on his shoulder, no Gaahlic selfflagellation, just an air of solitary peace, a lone traveller on a path that only serves to invigorate him further. “For me it’s impossible to get tired of music. It’s such a special thing to me and after all these years it still gives me new experiences that I haven’t experienced before, new feelings that I hadn’t felt before. It’s what makes it an interesting journey. I can’t ever imagine a life without music and I can’t imagine that music at some point will begin to bore me.” WHEN & WHERE: 14 Dec, Factory Theatre
Filmmaker Ruben Alves’ screen debut The Gilded Cage is a gift to his parents, he tells Anthony Carew.
y father cried when he saw the movie, and he never cries ever,” Ruben Alves admits with a smile. It was a potent combination for Alves’ parents, for whom he wrote his debut feature, The Gilded Cage, as “a gift”. There was parental pride, the personal significance of the story reflecting their own life, and kitchenware. “When we premiered the film, he said to the audience ‘This is my life’. But he seemed just as excited to say ‘In the movie, that’s really my coffee cup!’” The Gilded Cage is a crowd-pleasing ensemble piece following a family of Portuguese immigrants in Paris; from the workaholic parents (Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida) to their secondgeneration kids (Barbara Cabrita, Alex Alves Pereira) to a vast cast of comic caricatures. “My parents gave me this life,” Alves explains his inspiration. “They left a poor country, and a country under a dictatorship, to come to [France] and work here under bad conditions, working all the time for me and my sister so that we can have a better life. I owe the fact that I’m a filmmaker to them. So, I thought that my first movie should be a homage to them.” Alves saw a short documentary about a Portuguese concierge who’d spent 35 years living in Paris. “She said, ‘A part of me always wants to go back to Portugal, but at the same time I feel so good here in my gilded 40 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
cage’.” The filmmaker took that as both his title and theme. “This generation of my parents all accepted this treatment, working really hard in bad conditions, because here they had economic freedom and intellectual freedom, two things they didn’t have living under a dictator.” In the film’s most poignant moment, Pereira pretends Blanco isn’t his mother, but the hired help. Alves has never done this (“People I’ve worked on films with know my mum has the best French fries in Paris!” he laughs), but the scene has struck a chord. “A guy came to see me recently. He said, ‘I think I have just lived one of the most important
moments in my life when I was in the cinema’. He had brought his mother, and she never goes to see a movie, so it was the first time they’d ever done that. And in that scene, when [Pereira] pretends not to recognise his mother, he said, ‘My blood froze, because once I had done that to my mum. But when we were watching it, I felt my mother squeeze my hand, as if to say she’d forgiven me’.” A break-out box office success in France, but, for Alves, it was just as important how it played in Portugal. Though born and raised in France, the film is a valentine to his heritage. “I’ve always felt caught between cultures, but I long ago transformed that into a strength, not a problem. It doesn’t matter that when I’m in France I feel really Portuguese, and when I’m in Portugal I feel so French. Having this dual identity – this schizophrenia – is a really beautiful thing.” WHAT: The Gilded Cage In cinemas 12 Dec
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A ROSIE OUTLOOK After miraculously surviving a near-death experience, Rosie O’Donnell is crossing off her bucket list items, she tells Simon Eales.
n these shores at least, we’ve only had a few roads into the world of Rosie O’Donnell. As Meg Ryan’s loveable bestie in Sleepless In Seattle, next to Tom Hanks and Madonna in A League Of Their Own, or for her controversial stint on daytime talk show The View. She’s been a brash and hilarious web presence and public figure with an enormous heart, often taking a stand for progressive social issues around gay rights and America’s presence in the Middle East. But the 51-year-old Long Island native has many more strings to her bow. She is a passionate foster mother, gives big to charity through her For All Kids Foundation, she’s run a magazine, written books, runs a LGBT vacation company, has had her own Oprah Winfrey-style TV talk show, a show on Broadway, and has appeared in a plethora of TV shows and films. Stand-up comedy is where it all started for O’Donnell, though, back in 1984 on TV talent show Star Search, and a recent brush with death has made her reconnect with those roots and decide to bring a stand-up show to Australia. “It happened on a Sunday morning,” O’Donnell starts, launching into her breathless storytelling style, “and I was helping a woman out of a car. She was a large woman and I remember thinking, ‘God, I gotta get my weight under control, this could be me in 20 years’. About two hours later my arms hurt but I thought it was from helping the woman and I didn’t go to the doctor for more than 48 hours. When I did go, he said, ‘Do you know why you’re here?’ and I said, ‘Well, I kind of had some weird arm pain on Monday and I got really tired and I threw up and I was very sweaty’, and he was kind of looking at me and was like, ‘Uh… huh’. He gave me an EKG and he said, ‘We’re gonna put you in an ambulance. You’ve had a major heart attack, you’re going to go right to the cath’ lab. If they can steth’ you, they will; if not you’re going to have open heart surgery’, and I was, like, ‘Wait, wait, wait, what?’ Before I knew it I was being prepped for surgery and there were all of these interns that looked like they were on Grey’s Anatomy shaving my pubic hair and telling me they were big fans, and I was, like, ‘You gotta be kidding me’… Before they put me fully out they said, ‘Do you want to be shocked back to life?’ and I said, ‘Yes, I am, for the moment, very pro-life – I do not want to die – so anything you can do to prolong my life I would like for you to do’, and then I woke up and I was in ICU, and they were saying it’s a miracle I survived.” O’Donnell was the only person the hospital had ever seen survive a 100%, 48-hour blockage of their LAD. She became a test case for medical schools. The question of why she lived was also a pressing one for O’Donnell. “That really played havoc on my mind … I just think, ‘Well, I would’ve missed that, and I would’ve missed the finale of Breaking Bad, my child slamming a home run in his baseball game, the leaves falling in the backyard when the sun – you know, things that you just never imagined taking notice of.” As a result, O’Donnell started compiling a bucket list. Right at the top: more travelling, especially to the land of “beaches, kangaroos, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman,
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koala bears … and smart, fun-loving party people”, where she’s never been before. “As I was writing about all my new experiences as someone who was living in the world having almost died,” O’Donnell says, “I started going to stand-up clubs and realised that, ‘Wow, I have a whole new act’, and my agent said, ‘Well, do you want to tour?’ and I said, ‘Yeah’, and she said, ‘Well, where do you want to start?’ and, kind of kidding, I said, ‘Well, how about Australia and New Zealand’, and she said, ‘Okay’, and I said, ‘Okay?!’” She laughs. Her goal with this show is to put the argy-bargy of life into perspective. American women have a great deal of complacency when it comes to heart health, O’Donnell says. “People are not really well versed in the signs, and I was one of those people. [After] I just thought, ‘Gosh, if I could do a stand-up show and incorporate some of the information with comedy, what a tremendous service that would be’. I could say, ‘I too was willfully blind and I very nearly paid for it with my life’.” O’Donnell developed the skill of dealing with serious things through laughter in childhood. Raised by her father after the death of her mother when she was ten, humour and feelings always went hand-in-hand in the O’Donnell house. “You were only really allowed to talk about things that were emotional if you could make them funny,” she says. “You couldn’t really talk about what it felt like to have your mother die,
“I SAID, ÝES, I AM, FOR THE MOMENT, VERY PRO-LIFE – I DO NOT WANT TO DIE’.” but you could make a joke about what it was like to have mismatched shoes, or to have your father trying to mash potatoes with the water still in the pot,” she laughs. “If you made a joke about it, you were allowed to have the subtext be something poignant and painful.” Over an impressive 30-year career not without its run-ins (perhaps most notably with Donald Trump), O’Donnell has managed to use this humour-heart combo to generate a public persona and do some bloody good things. “Fame, for me, was a way to live forever, and it was a way to access power,” she says. “I did want to be famous and I wanted to try and harness that for social good.”
WHAT: Rosie O’Donnell WHEN & WHERE: 9 Feb, The Star Event Centre
LANGUAGES OF HIP HOP
Two huge voices in alternative hip hop, US rapper Sage Francis and Sweden’s Looptroop Rockers are joining forces for a tour of Australia. Sage and Looptroop’s Promoe (Mårten Edh) talk to Chris Yates about doing things their own way and subverting their respective mainstreams.
aul ‘Sage’ Francis is a man who thinks before he speaks. Whether on record or in interviews, he knows the power of words and chooses how to use them wisely. He rose to a wide audience when in 2003 he signed to punk rock label Epitaph. While he had already built a steady following in his local abode of Rhode Island, it was this deal that opened him up to a much broader audience. “I didn’t really have a significant audience outside of the traditional rap crowd until 2001 or so, which was nine years after I started performing on stage and doing battles,” he says. “Even at that point it was more of a fringe-rap audience more than it was an indie/ punk audience. I probably didn’t acquire a significant indie/punk audience until I was promoted to such crowds via Epitaph circa 2003, but this probably had its beginnings in 2001 with the advent of Napster.” Francis is often associated with being one of the first (if not the first) to see the value in mixtapes to promote his music. Collections of recordings that didn’t really fit on albums, remixes and live versions of his tracks formed the make-up of Sick Of Waiting... in 1999. Three years later, he released his debut album proper in Personal Journals, and his name as a unique voice in what was then a quite separate alternative hip hop scene was well and truly founded. He has been working on a new record for quite some time, which has been delayed slightly to mid-2014. Reluctant as he is to give away too much about how the record will sound, he confirms it will take a different approach to its predecessor Li(f )e. “Since Li(f )e is so chilled and laid back, I always planned on having a more punchy sound on the next release, something a bit more raw. Nothing is set in stone, but that’s been my aim,” he starts before offering somewhat of a scoop about the next record quite unexpectedly. “I haven’t made it public yet, because I don’t like naming a baby before the third trimester, but since we’re on the cusp of that, fuck it. The title of the album is Copper Gone. I knew the album title before I knew what kind of lyrics or songs the album would consist of. I’m still writing it actually. [I’m] straddling a deadline like two drifting continents.”
Looptroop Rockers have never really played the game in a way that they were expected to either. While a native language hip hop scene exploded around them, Looptroop (as they were then known) shunned the popular route and released records in English. Fans were quite surprised when in 2013
lot of weak artists that we felt were misrepresenting the culture. So that was part of why we didn’t wanna get in to it. But also because we were already building a career internationally, and we didn’t wanna jeopardise that by devoting two to three years to something as marginal as hip hop in Swedish. I don’t see it that way anymore, but I’m really looking forward to releasing the next album, and hopefully getting out in the world again. Their popularity exploded when they signed in 1998 to punk rock label Burning Heart Records for their debut Modern Day City Symphony. Even as early as this first release they took on some heavy topics, including
“I MIGHT NOT BE AS RADICAL, BUT I’M BETTER AT WRITING SONGS THAT EXPRESS MORE OF WHAT I FEEL, NOT JUST EMOTIONS OF ANGER AND HATRED.” they dropped their first Swedish language album. “I had been telling the group that we should do it for years, but it wasn’t until I did it myself (2009’s Kråksången), and showed that it could work that I felt that they were really convinced,” he says. “Around 2000 when we released our first album, hip hop in Swedish was blowing up big time out here. The majors signed a
criticising the police on the track Long Arm Of The Law. Interestingly, Promoe says that he is actually more wary about political activism in music these days. “Well, I’m more scared of the repercussions of doing certain things now,” he. “But I also learn more every day about being a human being. I used to be less in contact with my emotions, which is something I think a lot of young men have a problem with. When it comes to the music, and my lyrics, it’s not harder to be political. I might not be as radical, but I’m better at writing songs that express more of what I feel, not just emotions of anger and hatred.” WHEN & WHERE: 13 Dec, The Hi-Fi THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013 • 43
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This week: The Boy Castaways makes the leap from the stage to the screen and we have reviews of more Christmas albums than you can shake a Santa sack at.
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
BAD RELIGION Christmas Songs Epitaph/Warner The irony of a band so obviously opposed to religion finding beauty and energy in songs that are, by their nature, religious, is the strongest trick of Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs. An eight-track mini-album of hymns and seasonal classics, the pioneering punk band look to make each of these tracks their own – without irony – and succeed more often than not.
TRACK LISTING 1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2. O Come All Ye Faithful
7. What Child Is This?
3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
8. Angels We Have Heard On High
4. White Christmas
9. American Jesus (Andy Wallace Mix)
5. Little Drummer Boy
The best renditions of these 19 minutes are the more ‘traditional’ tracks, those that aren’t weighed down by expectations built from overexposure. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is the best of the lot, this version being both tense and rousing. Vocalist Greg Graffin delivers the line, “Shall come to thee, O Israel” with such urgency, and almost desperation, that you’re looking for the new message behind it. It’s not there, this is a Christmas carol, but it feels like it could be. The bounding God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is another one they nail, but White Christmas and Little Drummer Boy add very little to the plethora of versions already in existence. More than the band’s delivery, the flaws are in the song themselves. Stripped down and built back up, there’s not enough pieces to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the others. Delivering each of the tracks in their own way – quickly and abrasively – there’s also something really alluring about hearing Graffin deliver lines from What Child Is This?: “This, this is Christ the King/Whom shepherds guard and angels sing”, earnestly. Scott Fitzsimons THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013 • 45
MARY J BLIGE
A Mary Christmas
It’s A Buddy Goode Christmas
If we’re being kind we can call the new Christmas record by Mary J Blige another string in her diverse musical bow, but if we’re being honest we have to say that it’s a long way from her finest hours. Featuring a pretty standard – and safe – selection of songs, the execution is genuine, but unremarkable. It’s a fact of life that there’s always going to be new versions of songs like Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and it’s a sure bet that most of them will be produced within an inch of their life and man-handled into being background music. Blige’s versions feel like they’ve been done before – many times – and unfortunately this is the overall feel of A Mary Christmas. The most challenging moments throughout are those bordering on festive cringe, rather than intrigue. The listener is waiting for a kick or a break-out
½ moment, but it never seems to come – not even with the inclusion of Jessie J for Do You Hear What I Hear, despite its attempt to up the tempo in the R&B beat-driven bridge. Blige misses opportunities to push – or pull – these songs in her own direction and instead shows so much respect that it feels like she’s just watching them. There are strong moments that existing Blige fans will enjoy, but there’s not much here for those who are on the fence – it’s certainly not a classic of the genre. Scott Fitzsimons
Nobody takes Christmas albums all that seriously, so, as Americanborn-Australian-based comedy singer Buddy Goode has realised, you might as well give everyone a laugh on Christmas Day. It’s A Buddy Goode Christmas is a decent offering of a comedy album: a hit-and-miss collection of 13 songs that should put a wry smile on your face at least once. The 15-year-old boy in all of us will love it, with song titles like Yellow Snow, A New Front Bum and She Pulls My Bon Bon (“Every time she swallows my pudding/Licks up the custard/ Comes back for more”). In fact, if you throw It’s A Buddy Goode Christmas on after a few bottles of wine have been downed over lunch, you might even get a laugh out of great-aunt Gladys. There’s a double entendre or two – “We buy each other presents/ And when we get home from the shops/She tries to feel my package/I
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As the hits kept coming like a volley of snowballs on Kim Wilde’s Aussie tour last month, it was clear she’s having just as much fun as she did when Kids In America was conquering the globe 32 years ago. So here’s a Christmas album. No wait – come back!
Christmas ideals notwithstanding, this is the most un-punk album to have ever posed as anything remotely punk. Okay, the artists clocking in – All Time Low, The Summer Set, Real Friends, Crown The Empire – aren’t exactly kicking the front row’s teeth in anyway, but they could have at least attacked these covers and originals with a bit of grunt.
Wilde Winter Songbook
Winter Wonderland is hilarious. Not because of any groaning jokes; it’s played with knowing cheese courtesy of her duetting partner (Rick “Never Gonna Give You Up” Astley). The tired tinsel of over-used standards only extends to about a third of the album with six original songs by Kim making the Christmas presence more personal. Hope and One are swaddled in festive cosiness, while a revisiting of 1987 cover, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (this time featuring Nik Kershaw), drops the jokes for a joyful and triumphant singalong. And every bloke who ever fancied Wilde in the ‘80s should hear her chirrup 46 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
try to see what’s in her box” – but Goode keeps a PG-rating across the album. There are some very clever moments, such as Kevin Bloody Wilson’s Bike and Cheeses (“Christmas is all about cheeses”), and with the unbridled holiday cheer of A Marvellous Time Of The Year and the slightly disturbing Too Big For Santa’s Knee, It’s A Buddy Good Christmas is bookended nicely. It probably won’t win Goode another ARIA (his album, Unappropriate, won the 2012 gong for Best Comedy Album), but if you find this album under the Christmas tree, it’s definitely worth a spin. Dylan Stewart
Punk Goes Christmas
“I think Santa put me on the naughty list” in Hey Mr. Snowman. The one shock present to unwrap is a cover of Fleet Foxes’ White Winter Hymnal (featuring Wilde’s dad and brother) downplaying the valley deep-phonics while still retaining the powdery softness of the original. And bugger me, she actually gets away with it. Christmas albums are rightfully dreaded, like the arrival of Drunk Aunty Beryl at lunchtime. But Wilde Winter Songbook shocks and delights by being slightly tipsy and in great spirits. Mac McNaughton
Upon first listen you’ll frown with confusion for the first 20 seconds of each song, then spend the remaining time praying the next track is better, only to be let down again and again. It’s like you’ve got a pile of presents under the tree, then you unwrap them and discover there’s nothing inside the boxes. A couple of the bands here don’t make that big a meal of the task – New Found Glory’s album opener Nothing For Christmas has a nice gang chorus that has singalong potential
½ after a few too many eggnogs, while Man Overboard’s Father Christmas is as close as we get to a genuine Santa snarler. But really, not one band truly takes this awesome platform and throttles the opportunity. Instead, they’ve translated ‘Christmas songs’ as bed-wetter music for... well, it’s hard to even know; the originals are too obscure for the oldies and so bland that they’d be lucky to draw in any new fans. If you want your punk with a festive flavour, then sidestep this limp outing and stuff your stocking with Bad Religion, Christmas Songs. In advance – you’re welcome. Benny Doyle
This Is Christmas
Merry Christmas, Baby
ABC/Universal No one ever won a TV karaoke contest by trying anything new or different. So it’s no surprise that This Is Christmas is a collection of the most obvious and predictable Christmas standards, with the most obvious and predictable arrangements. Do you already own a festive album by a Buble, a Connick Jr or any other faux crooner? Then you already own Anthony Callea’s This Is Christmas. If you forget to get your mum a present this year and see this for sale at a service station on the way to Christmas lunch, it’ll do the job. Pete Laurie
Universal Yes, it’s that time of year where carols and Christmas records have been playing for roughly a month and a half in supermarkets and those unlucky enough to get stuck out shopping for our loved ones for extended periods will start to notice several uninspired versions of the same song in one trip. Stewart’s re-issue of Merry Christmas, Baby, is very much another version to add to that list. Every now and then a good Christmas album will crop up. Sorry Rod; despite your best smouldering gaze on the cover, this album failed to charm. Lukas Murphy
The Best Man Holiday OST
Mute/Warner Those expecting the perhaps more predictable big glittery bauble on an aluminium tree might be taken aback by the veteran synth-pop duo’s take on Christmas album clichés. This is mostly moodier stuff, from traditionals like a crooning Silent Night highlighting Andy Bell’s still rich tones, and Gaudete, a medieval hymn previously covered by ‘70s proggy folkies Steeleye Span. Bell and Vince Clarke’s smattering of originals are also more reflective fare, rather than untying the bows and tearing off the wrapping paper, the “frozen heart” of Blood On The Snow giving some hint of the yuletide melancholy afoot. Ross Clelland
Is it just me or are Human Nature just some nascent moneyprinting machine feeding off old standards now? Another “classics” album, even if it does fit in the Christmas album onslaught category, The Christmas Album is actually pretty enjoyable, if only for the tongue-in-cheekness of it all. The foursome’s harmonising is perfect, albeit marred in parts – a ridiculous falsetto in White Christmas, for instance, paired with a cringe-worthy Irving Berlin impression – but Sleigh Ride (featuring the great Jessica Mauboy) is hilarious, and you can’t help but smile as you piss off your co-workers with this album.
Unfortunately for baby boomers Judith Durham’s It’s Christmas Time offers nothing particularly new this Festivus. Following on from a tough period where Durham was hospitalised with a cerebral haemorrhage, the release is clearly meant to coincide/ cash-in on her return to touring. The newer tracks here are pretty good, like Hark The Herald Angels Sing, O Happy Day and the mariachi-flavoured album highlight, Bambino. But 13 of the 17 tracks come off Durham’s 1968 post-Seekers album, For Christmas With Love, although fortunately, her youthful voice smashes out these Chrissy favourites, especially a sensational version of Amazing Grace.
It’s tricky traversing this category with a dash of something different, particularly for the Yanks, with their historic sentiment for the yuletide season forever linked with Bing, Frank and Dean. But if you just have to paint the town in warbly, stringstreaked, gospel-piped goodness this Christmas, look no further than pint-sized all-American gal Kelly Clarkson. There’s no denying Clarkson’s powerhouse vocal and it’s put to good work with classics like White Christmas and Baby It’s Cold Outside, with fresh tracks Under The Tree and Please Come Home For Christmas catering to the sad and lonely. Thank goodness.
Despite the pop-R&B cheese of Jordin Sparks, this soulful Christmas compilation features some impressive gems like John Legend’s Shelter and a beautiful version of Stevie Wonder’s As sung in a slow duet by Marsha Ambrosius and Anthony Hamilton. R. Kelly’s Christmas I’ll Be Steppin’ is a hilarious stab at an original club carol and O Holy Night doesn’t quite hit hard enough, sung in unsteady strains by youngsters Jayda Brown and Jasmine Watkins, but Emeli Sandé’s humble Winter Wonderland is near on perfect and Mary J. Blige can sing the crap out of anything. Lorin Reid
The Christmas Album
It’s Christmas Time
Wrapped In Red
MICK THOMAS & THE ROVING COMMISSION Christmas Day At Spencer Street Popboomerang Not a full compilation of Christmas songs – although bookended by the first studio recordings of old WPA chestnuts The Adulterer’s Christmas Time, Jolly Old Christmas Time and the spoken-word title track – Christmas Day At Spencer Street is a collection of unrecorded Mick Thomas tracks from all through his storied career, and the fact that it hangs together so well speaks volumes about his songwriting chops. A couple of choice covers further showcase his equally adroit knack of making other people’s songs his own. Steve Bell
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Season Of My Heart
Merry Christmas, Baby
Don’t let the clichéd sleigh bells 20 seconds into the first track freak you out. Emma Pask (aka The Voice soul lady, and sometime Dorothy The Dinosaur) does get in soul versions of the commercial carol fare, but it’s her stretching of the form that works best. If Christmas family lunch fights over the stereo happen between folk, traditional hymns and the devil’s music in your house, Pask’s multi-arrangement of Silent Night/Vincent/The Sounds Of Silence will keep everyone happy. Don McLean meets Simon & Garfunkel plus the old favourite – thanks Santa.
Discovered by Ellen DeGeneres on her Australian tour this year, ten-year-old Melbourne schoolgirl Georgia Perry is hugely gifted in the vocal department, though why oh why was she made to look like a slightly creepy sepia-toned porcelain doll on the cover of her My Christmas EP? Get beyond that and the standard stocking fillers, Jingle Bell Rock, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and perennially pervy I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus – given a cute doo-wop rock makeover here – are spirited and joyful performances from a talented kid who will hopefully go on to much, much better things.
Yes, it’s that time of year where carols and Christmas records have been playing for roughly a month and a half in supermarkets and those unlucky enough to get stuck out shopping for our loved ones for extended periods will start to notice several uninspired versions of the same song in one trip. Stewart’s re-issue of Merry Christmas, Baby, is very much another version to add to that list. Every now and then a good Christmas album will crop up. Sorry Rod; despite your best smouldering gaze on the cover, this album failed to charm.
LORDE She builds compelling, dreamy, bordering on nightmarish scenes of the empty wanting among her contemporaries, with the eye of one much older. Here there be dragons, but here there be art.
SUSY BLUE Baby I’m Bored Big Rig Conversely, a soul-ly rush of ennui looking for the ‘fun’ that may not to be. There’s a brassy brashness to the complaint, which may at least let you dance over the problems, if not solve them.
EAST BRUNSWICK ALL GIRLS CHOIR
Dirty Bird Independent A year-long disappearance to Berlin (naturally…) has EBAGC return with a sprawling racket of overflowing guitars and yowling angst they happily credit to listening to old Drones records.
PAPA VS PRETTY
THE PIANO GUYS A Family Christmas
JOSHUA BELL & FRIENDS
Now with the budget to go to the My Morning Jacket/Grandaddy producer to make their second record, grander, and more confident, you may need to decide if success has spoiled them.
Ever found yourself, after your fourth stein of eggnog late one Christmas evening, wondering what a Christmas album would sound like if it was disguised as an American insurance commercial? You know the ones: a wholesome milquetoast family ruffling the fur of the family dog in slow motion, shot through a Vaseline-coated lens, a reverbed piano tinkling in the background while a soothing caramel voice purrs gently reminding you how fucking quick those impossibly white smiles would disappear if you haven’t got life insurance and died tomorrow. This Christmas album is the musical equivalent.
UK X-Factor progeny Leona Lewis’ festive offering wraps a mix of seasonal standards and originals. When the jingle bells ring and Motown hips swing (on One More Sleep and Wizzard cover I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday), Lewis is as fun as crackers with corny jokes. The serious ones (O Holy Night, Ave Maria) are as exciting as unwrapping a gift card, and Lewis sounds like she’s simply trying to please granny, despite being in possession of one of the few X-talent show voices actually worthy of a successful career.
THE AVES Remote Mirador Adelaide combo who have gone, seen and toured the world off their own bat, make big melodic pop that does have some garage fraying to keep make it a little more interesting. Pretty neat. Ross Clelland
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A cursory glance at the Googles machine informs me that Joshua Bell is a world-class violinist. He’s roped in a bunch of fellow musicians to flesh out this record, which has as much range and depth as you’re gonna get out of a Christmas album. It starts off haunting, with Alison Krauss bringing soul to Oh God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. I’ll Be Home For Christmas and Greensleeves are two other highlights, the latter featuring Chick Corea. Not upbeat, but this is actually good music. Cam Findlay
Christmas With Love
PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY, THE CREASES The Standard 7 Dec Going to the Casino The Standard! Tomorrow night! What could possibly go wrong? Not much if Saturday night was anything to go by. Everything felt pretty right, in the end. It was “delightful confusion”, in the bands’ own words. Brisbabes The Creases got us off to an easy start with their sunny, washed out guitar pop. They seem like a cool bunch although there’s not really too much original about their four-chord ditties, like their current single, I Won’t Wait. They have an understated
MC Bad Genius (aka Joel Beeson) on bass and keys and Dan W Sweat (Dan Williams, also of Art Vs Science) on drums. So tonight was one big love-fest-mash-up of songs from both outfits. The crowd was all over it, especially favourites from the Philly’s record, Hope Is For Hopers. When Your Boyfriend Comes Back To Town saw the whole room sing every “ooh-wee-ooh” before losing it to a thumping rendition of I’m Gonna Kill You. Bad Genius hooked the audience with fierce stares and rousing back-up vocals while Dan Sweat couldn’t help but stand up from the kit and bust a move during the joyful frenzy that is Going To The Casino. Berkfinger’s banter between songs was, as you’d expect, bouncy and super excited. All seemed normal until you realised he’s not actually saying anything; it’s pre-
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slacker vibe – no jumping about the stage – but they’re having fun and the audience seems to be too. Things got a little weird with the two main acts – weird in a good way. First there’s the disembodied voice (more on that later). And also, Feelings and Philadelphia Grand Jury appear to be the same band. How? Why? If you’re not a loyal fan who broke down when the Philly Jays broke up in 2010, faced with the prospect of no more Party (Parties), then you may not know Feelings, the solo project of Philly Jays frontman Simon Berkfinger. In 2011 he moved to Berlin, recorded his album, Be Kind, Unwind, grew a beard and this year, returned in need of a band to bring his music to the stage. He couldn’t have found a better team than the original Grand Jury:
Hordern Pavilion 7 Dec
Less than 12 months after their Soundwave appearance and allegedly in front of their biggest indoor crowd ever, Fozzy enthusiastically sought to capitalise on any momentum established. Punters gradually filtered in during a half-hour of the Americans’ harmony-drenched metal, led by charismatic lead singer Chris Jericho. Perhaps the true linchpin was guitarist Rich Ward though, a fireball of energy and vital vocal counterpoint. Enemy and God Pounds His
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recorded it seems, and flowing out of the speakers – unless he has a voice-doppelganger in the shadows. A clever way of maintaining the hype when you’re tired perhaps? Strange because he was hardly spent of energy, spending much of his time down on the floor among sweaty fans. After a catchy round of Feelings’ Intercourse, the lead single from Be Kind, Unwind, the room bounced for The Good News and I Don’t Want To Party (Party), and the final song – the much-loved Philly rendition of Jay Z’s 99 Problems – saw Berkfinger lurch among the delighted crowd. Trying to avoid tripping on the frontman’s mic cord while singing along into his mic? That’s a classic crazy Philly Jays experience – this time packed with extra Feelings. Eliza Goetze
STEEL PANTHER, BUCKCHERRY, FOZZY
Nails’ huge choruses elicited the desired response from diehards. Also making a swift return following a previous 2013 visit were sleaze-rockers Buckcherry. The swaggering Americans, fronted by heavily inked, eventually shirtless Josh Todd began with decadent anthem Lit Up; leading the faithful in an extensive “cocaine” chant. The uninitiated warmed to ballad Sorry and a brief nod to AC/DC. Casual fans sang along while countless females danced during Crazy Bitch’s inevitable debauchery. A solid display, although surely they’d rule in a club venue instead of a cavernous room. Each successive tour results in Steel Panther graduating to increasingly larger venues. Forgoing any semblance of pretension and boasting more
poses than a Mr Universe competition, the positively rabid audience further proof the satirical LA lads have carved themselves a lucrative, spandex-wearing niche. If you’re able to inspire a Slayer shirt-sporting 40-something to shamelessly don a wig, you’re on to something. Quick-witted comedy duo, vocalist Michael Starr and axeman Satchel possess chemistry and comic timing; glam metal’s answer to Laurel and Hardy. If their act had incorporated liberal doses of dick jokes, that is. It also afforded them the perspective that blurring lines between lampooning and paying homage to the genre’s misogynistic overtones by coercing young, all-too-willing females to flaunt their wares was irrespective a crowd-pleasing manoeuvre. Preening, pouting and grointhrusting bassist Lexxi Foxx added further weight to their
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explicit, razor-sharp parody. As did enhanced production values, including amusing incorporation of video screen hijinks during Asian Hooker, Turn Out The Lights and Death To All But Metal. That aside, musical credentials were nonetoo-insignificant; efficient and well drilled. Freshening up the set-list with Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World and Glory Hole (containing “70 per cent live vocals”, a self-deprecating acknowledgement of their own deft use of backing tracks perhaps, while subsequently a jab at some heritage acts’ over-reliance on them) from their forthcoming LP was also appreciated. Certain veteran hair-raising rockers don’t get the joke, but the masses are laughing themselves silly with Steel Panther. Brendan Crabb THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013 • 49
KATIE NOONAN, ABBY DOBSON, ANGIE HART & MARTHA MARLOW Factory Theatre 5 Dec Katie Noonan has embarked on another national tour that’s bound to leave us, once again, speechless and in awe of her incredible talent. However, this time she’s bringing more soul, more versatility and more woman in the form of three female singing sensations – Abby Dobson, Angie Hart and Martha Marlow. As the four singers entered the Factory Theatre stage, Noonan
flair that first got her everyone’s attention in the band Frente! As the red wine was sipped and relaxation set in, you could be mistaken for thinking you were at someone’s home. A reflection of this was Abby Dobson’s’ performance of Even When I’m Sleeping from her days with former band Leonardo’s Bride. The applause that followed was of admiration and respect for this artist who has a voice unlike any other. Martha Marlow is a raw and untapped talent with songs that surpass most of what we’re introduced to in today’s music. Whether you know her name or are in envy of how extremely cool it is, be on the lookout for her upcoming EP, These Days. Apart from the talents that these artists have obviously been blessed with, the Songs That
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welcomed the audience and shared her excitement to be “hanging out with cool chicks” while on tour. After some storytelling and wickedly funny dialogue between the singers, she proceeded to introduce us to Songs That Made Me, a tour designed to showcase the musical influences of four incredibly talented women. Sharing the stage for the entire night, each singer wove in and out of performances that included career highlights and songs by artists that have inspired them. Noonan paved the way with an angelic and beautiful rendition of Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You, further cementing her reputation as being one of the best voices in Australian music. In a duet that followed, Angie Hart reminded the audience of the breathy vocals and musical 50 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
mostly shouted vocals, provided by the guitarist and bassist, whose mics were arranged so that each was hurling lyrics across the stage at each other. The band had great energy - drummer Matthew Taylor indisputably knows a lot of cool shit you can do with a drumkit - but unfortunately, they didn’t have melody to match. Credit goes to the trio’s black skinny jeans though - some of the tightest I’ve ever seen. Dead Radio showcased a dark, dreamy grunge-psych sound that blended psych-rock with shoegaze. On show were hazy, gloomy vocals and spiralling guitar soundscapes. The band’s woozy, sludgy sound speaks to the diversity of the neo-psych scene: while Tame Impala are enjoying success for their melody-driven psych-pop hits, these east coasters are all
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Made Me tour showcases four strong, charismatic and funny “Aussie chicks”. The combination of musical veterans and relative newcomer shows that the future of Australian music is a bright one. It was a unique opportunity to listen, laugh and learn as they collaborated for a special night of musical storytelling. Tamara Cullen
CAVE, DEAD RADIO, MAKING The Annandale 5 Dec Sydney band Making’s set was characterised by a huge, swirling wall of sound comprised of muddy, metallic guitars and fierce, erratic drumming. This backing was punctuated by
reverb was dealt out sparingly, and phasers were few and far between. Instead, it was the songcraft and the effortless communication between musicians that took centre stage. Rubetzki Noonan
TAYLOR SWIFT Allianz Stadium 4 Dec Some people in their early 20s spend their time eating and worrying about their fledgling career choices, while others casually perform at stadiums packed with 40,000 screaming fans. American music phenomenon Taylor Swift, who turns 24 later this month, graced Sydney with her presence last night as part of her Red tour. Performing to a sea of captivated fans, Swift delivered
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about atmosphere, which made showing up early worthwhile. Chicago’s CAVE hold a peculiar space in the music world, drawing equally from jazz and funk influences as well as krautrock and ‘70s psych-rock. The result is a complex, dynamic rhythmic sound that focuses more on groove than drone. Tracks from the band’s new album, Threace stood out, as the band seems more focused than ever on newer songs. The band’s set honed in on this precision, with songs that gradually evolved over time and allowed plenty of space for exploratory guitar-work, as the repetitive foundation behind each song made each splash of colour all the more exciting. Perhaps the band’s most appealing asset is that they don’t rely on the usual array of effects to create the dreamy haze of psychedelia;
a two-hour spectacle filled with fireworks, circus sets and inevitable costume changes, joyfully working her way through most tracks off her latest album, Red, as well as a handful of golden oldies. Haters are going to hate, but it’s undeniable that Swift has some serious talent going up in there (and we’re not even talking about how well she rocked her leather shorts on stage). She had no problem switching it up on the instruments throughout the night, taking a break from the guitar to show off her banjo skills on Mean and later hitting up the piano for the slower All Too Well. Whether it be feel-good hits like 22 and You Belong With Me, which saw Swift swept up in sweet choreographed numbers with her enthusiastic back-up dancers, or gentler numbers like Begin Again and Sparks Fly, Swift was
live reviews impressively on pitch for most of the show. The girl has some pipes. Swift has forged a successful career lamenting the romances and heartbreak that every 20-something goes through, and she seemed to have a minispeech for every song, detailing her personal experiences with love and loss. Just a hint for next time T-Swift, limit the speeches; I think the hardships of love are probably lost on most of your audience considering their median age didn’t reach double digits. However, for every drawn out speech, there was a gem of a song waiting around the corner. The dubstep reworking of I Knew You Were Trouble was a refreshing take on the popular song and despite its age, Love Story still appears to be a favourite amongst fans. It was however the firework-filled finale, We Are Never Getting Back Together, that stole the show. Having Taylor suspended over the crowd on a movable platform, fireworks shooting off in the background, was impressive but
the sheer volume and clarity of the crowd singing along was the icing on the cake. More than anything it was Swift’s seemingly effortless charisma that helped win over the audience. Stadium shows are known to be overly impersonal, but props to Swift for trying to maintain some connection between herself and her audience, whether it be handing her hat to a small, shell-shocked fan or performing at a smaller stage at the back of the arena floor. These little touches made the Taylor Swift spectacle a little more personal, and considering the 40,000 people packed in there, that was quite a feat. Caitlin Summers
Sydney Opera House 7 Dec Ever realised embarrassingly late that you have an epic gap in your knowledge about something you
really love? Nile Rodgers’ epic (and continuing) contribution to music may well be that gap but it’s okay though – he knows. “When we play Diana Ross or David Bowie or INXS or Duran Duran or Daft Punk, don’t get weird and think we’re a covers band,” Rogers said with a smile, rattling off an amazing cast of former production credits. Calling the crowd (and his former collaborators/artists/benefactors) “all brothers and sisters in music,” Rodgers led possibly the most eclectic dance party the Opera House has ever seen. Over a couple of hours there was, of course Freak Out, I Want Your Love, Upside Down, I’m Coming Out and Good Times (with a verse from Rapper’s Delight for good measure) and He’s The Greatest Dancer, complete with a little nod to Will Smith’s sample in Getting Jiggy With It. While Like A Virgin was a little out of place (but still definitely still singable), by the time Let’s Dance
hit (complete with an awesome Bowie-channel performance by Chic’s drummer) it was complete open slather on daggy dancing and hero worship. Duran Duran track, Notorious, wasn’t quite as successful (although still fun), and while Original Sin will never be the same without Michael at the mic, Rodgers’ nod to the Farriss brothers (and an invitation for Jon Farriss to peek his head out from backstage) was a great local reference. The whole show was beamed live on the interwebs and a couple of little technical hitches and awkward cameras on stage perhaps dampened proceedings a little, but Rodgers’ energy, backed by an incredible band, remained. When the time came to leave they bowed and danced to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky (one of most recent of Rodgers’ credits), and then, as the rest of the band left, he proceeded to simply dance laps around the stage through most of Lose Yourself To Dance. What a deadset legend. Liz Giuffre
It begins in bleak bureacracy, frantic pens as percussion setting the tone for the tic-ish discomfort that will follow.
Wharf 2, STC (finished) Imara Savage’s production of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal occupies the same undefinably unsettling space as a Shirley Jackson or Italo Calvino short story – a world of bittersweet uniformity where all that will dismantle our protagonist is made more absurd by the normality that frames the accretion of infinite tiny straws on her back. The design and lighting of David Fleischer and Verity Hampson is as distilled, constructing in simple and refined strokes a world big enough to deconstruct a woman entirely.
Brandon Burke’s Mr Jones is appropriately squirm-inducing, a man that carries himself as though all desires are inevitabilities. Harriet Dyer’s performance as the young woman at this story’s centre is fantastic; never before have her skills with almost-infantilisation created such dark melancholy as she presents the perverse poetry of a terrifying series of soliloquies. Savage brings the still-present incongruence of gender expectations and limitations to the fore in this dark and riveting 90 minutes. Dave Drayton
THE BOY CASTAWAYS Film
In cinemas Acclaimed theatre director Michael Kantor’s first foray into film is like an 85-minute version of someone describing to you in detail a dream they had that makes no sense, and you becoming the unwilling recipient of a pointless, confusing story. The Boy Castaways sets out to tell the story of a regular businessman, Michael (Mark Winter), who enters a theatre and gets lost in a world of debauchery, music and mayhem. He meets the resident crazies – Peter (Tim Rogers), George (Marco Chiappi, a standout) and Nico (Paul Capsis) and their muse/lover/token female, Sarina (Megan Washington), and becomes trapped in their fantastical existence. It is clear that this work is executed by musicians and theatre-makers and it doesn’t translate well. There are obvious nods to the Absurdists, notably playwrights like Pirandello, with themes
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of existentialism and surrealism throughout. However, it’s in projects like this that the vast differences between theatre and film become glaringly obvious, and the lack of narrative is unbearable. Reworkings of popular songs such as Love My Way and Don’t Stop are a saving grace, but more of a testament to the songwriters and Washington’s vocal prowess than anything else. But between the wooden movements, bad overdubs and images of Rogers mocksodomising Capsis, they provide little solace in what is overall an unsettling and disappointing film. Monique Sebire
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PRODUCER/ ENGINEER: Vance Powell
ASSISTANT ENGINEER: Eddie Spears
STUDIO: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN
MIXING ENGINEER: Vance Powell
MIXING STUDIO: Sputnik Studios, Nashville, TN
MASTERING ENGINEER: Richard Dodd Mastering, Nashville, TN
LESS IS MORE While in Nashville to record their debut album, Kingswood guitarist Alex Laska and their American producer Vance Powell got on the line to talk about its making with Michael Smith.
efore they headed off to Nashville to record their debut album with mixing engineer/producer Vance Powell, who works out of Blackbird Studios, which he helped build, and whose CV includes engineering albums for Keb’ Mo, Jars Of Clay, Buddy Guy and a bloke named Jack White, Kingswood singer Fergus Linacre explained the choice: “He contacted us and said he really liked our stuff and if we were thinking of making an album, let’s talk. We’ve all loved his work. We became aware of him through [ Jack White album] Blunderbuss, because he did it on eight-track. So that’s, like, two tracks for the drums, two tracks for the vocals, and then four microphones for the rest of a twelve-piece band, and that’s it, and it sounds incredible. “Then we researched him and listened to a lot of the Raconteurs stuff and The White Stripes stuff; he’s won a Grammy – we love what he does and it’s always different. He always sets challenges. We were talking about doing it on sixteen tracks and he said less tracks because it forces you to be better musicians and you make decisions more quickly. If you’ve got unlimited tracks and unlimited equipment you’ll spend a month just trying to get a guitar sound. So we really like his vibe and his philosophy about making an album. “We ended up recording the band live to 16 track,” Powell admits, “to linked two 2” tape machines, TCIR EQ, plus two over 250, and subsequently transferred over to Pro Tools. So now we’re in overdubs, we’re going to end up with a record,
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every song, 25 to 31 tracks. My thing is less is always more, so if there’s a guitar that’s playing for a certain period of time and another guitar comes in, then the first one can stop.” The initial tracking was done in Blackbird’s Studio D, which includes a huge Hidley-designed live chamber, along with the largest API Legacy Plus console ever built, 96 channels/192 inputs in the control room. The overdubs were then done at Powell’s own studio, Sputnik Sound, not far from Blackbird, which he shares with partner, producer Mitch Dane, which itself is tucked into The House Of Blues Studios and features a Neve API console and a stack of hand-built gear. The album would later be mixed in the same room in Sputnik.
“IF YOU’VE GOT UNLIMITED TRACKS AND UNLIMITED EQUIPMENT YOU’LL SPEND A MONTH JUST TRYING TO GET A GUITAR SOUND.” “Vance’s thing is finding all these little secret amps and weird stuff,” Laska says. “Half the stuff that I’m using now I’d never even heard about. My main go-to amp was the Two-Rock – that was mainly used on rhythm tracks – but what we’re doing now is using all this interesting stuff. When he talked about changing anything, if anything he means expanding, learning and developing rather than changing – it’s like the next era as far as the Kingswood sound is concerned, and that’s the whole reason Vance is onboard, to help us grow in that way.” “It’s not my goal to ever change the sound of the band,” Powell admits with a chuckle, “but I guess it’s kind of my goal to change the sound of the band!” New single, Sucker Punch, is out now and the debut Kingswood album sees release in February 2014 via Dew Process. WHEN & WHERE: 14 Dec, Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie; 2 Jan, Miranda Hotel; 3 Jan, Mona Vale Hotel; 4 Jan, Entrance Leagues Club; 5 Jan, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; 26 Jan, Big Day Out, Sydney Showgrounds
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To celebrate the start of icy pole season, here are a few of the staple iced treats that spring to mind on a hot summer’s day.
PETER’S ICY POLE
Possibly a school canteen favourite. Who could resist that space-themed packaging and flavour names? You picked your flavour (that Fairy Floss Force Field was somethin’ else), paid your 50 cents (or was it closer to a dollar by the time you left?) and watched in anticipation as the lunch lady snipped off the tip of the plastic tube for you.
Distinctive in their tetrahedral shape and carton box packaging, Sunnyboys are tied with Zooper Doopers for the quintessential icy pole of the ‘90s. Although there’s been a significant decrease in Sunnyboy spottings at milk bars and corner stores, they’re still being sold in three flavours: orange explosion (Sunnyboy), raspberry (Razz) and cola (Glug).
Old reliable mate. The most humble of the lot. Doesn’t need flashy colours or weird flavours: just lets its original, icy goodness speak for itself. Plus, being the cheapest, it’s the one primary schools give out to the kiddies for free on summer sports days.
FROSTY FRUITS CALIPPO Raspberry Pineapple flavour or bust. Nah, all Calippos satisfy. Plus, note the genius of that cone-like packaging catching all the melted bits for you to slurp up at the end.
That immediately recognisable orange packaging with “REAL FRUIT JUICE” proudly splashed in the corner. That trademark Tropical flavour we know so well, and its cousins Lemon Lime & Bitters and Watermelon & Pineapple. This is the fancy version of the healthy ones your mum attempts to make.
Illustrations Sophie Blackhall-Cain.
WHAT YOUR DRINK CHOICE ON NYE MEANS FOR 2014* Champagne: Your life will go on almost exactly as you’d expect it to; you will be mildly unsatisfied but unsure why. Vodka Cruisers: You’ll be getting into the tail-end of high school and freaking out about Life Choices. Beer: Your sports team is going to have an average year/You will lose money gambling in Bali. Cider: You’ll go back to uni to do post-grad. Boutique beer: Your beard will be particularly luscious in the wintertime. Wine: Your work crush will make a move, you’ll succumb and your marriage will be ruined/You will get engaged to your childhood sweetheart. *May not be accurate
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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
...YOU ALWAYS BREAK Exercise You’ll take up running. Try yoga. Sign up to the gym. Join the tennis club. And then suddenly it’s May and the most exercise you’ve done is sprint to catch the train a few times.
RING IT IN WITH...
FRANKIE’S PIZZA 50 Hunter St, Sydney frankiespizzabytheslice. com Answered by: Jordan McDonald
What will be special about spending NYE at your venue? You’ll be two days ahead of every other sucker. Ever ahead of the eight ball, our NYE celebrations land on the 29th. Fireworkseeking fuckwits will
find our doors closed on the 31st in favour of a few wanks at home. What is your fondest NYE memory? Before booze was banned under the Harbour Bridge. Underage legends-to-be such as myself would run freely. Fight, fuck, finger and get fingered under the celebratory discharge of Planet Earth’s sickest fireworks display. What is your NY resolution? Wank more, fuck less. What should I be drinking to ring in 2014? The Beer Monster BBQ, 8%
Cherrywood smoked US style brown ale. Frankie’s first in our series of beers brewed at Australia’s finest craft brewery, Murrays in Port Stevens. 2014 will be the year of... The Acockalypse. Penises of all shapes and sizes, descending from the heavens, ascending from hell below and and firing molten loads of rock ‘n’roll into unassuming earholes. What is your hangover cure? Pint of Beer Monster BBQ and a few reflective wanks over the year that was and the amazing year that will be.
NYE HOT SPOT
If it’s not some yo-yo fad you saw on a morning talkshow, it’s just trying to eat healthy; less sugar, less fried stuff. But dammit, Southernstyle comfort food is all the rage and chips are always on sale at Coles.
THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE FORECOURT You’ve got to watch the fireworks on the Harbour Bridge from the Opera House. Sure, it can be nice from Balmain or a cruise-ship in the harbour, but this really is the pinnacle. Just be sure to pack the picnic blanket and leave the house at 9am if you want a good spot. Just think 1,000 fireworks, launched from the sails of the Opera House.
Cook more Might be linked to the previous resolution. You’ve bought Jamie Oliver’s cookbook and some measuring cups. After slaving over a recipe for two hours for an average result, it’s back to two-minute noodles, microwave meals and storebought pasta sauce.
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You don’t bounce back from big nights as easy as you used to, and your social smoking is started to eat away at not only your enamel, but your wallet contents too. YOLO, as the young’uns say.
Answered by: Cassie Lalieu
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What will be special about spending NYE at your venue? The view of the fireworks on our rooftop - there will be no better place to watch the show! What is your fondest NYE memory? The
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2000 millennium fireworks display on Sydney Harbour. It was one of the most spectacular shows I’ve ever seen! What is your NY resolution? To take more photos of exciting events – a picture says a thousand words. What should I be drinking to ring in 2014? Champagne of course... it’s a celebration!
2014 will be the year of... Exciting things at the Glenmore! We’ve got a lot happening in 2014, watch this space.
What is your hangover cure? The Glenmore Mary... nothing even comes close.
eat/drink BAR PROFILE NYE HOT SPOT HARBOUR PARTY, LUNA PARK You can also watch the fireworks and dance to some of the most talented DJs at a raucous party in Luna Park. Everyone knows that NYE is about drinking and dancing and hooking up just as the clock strikes midnight. What better way to do that than at Harbour Party, with the likes of Havana Brown (pictured), Grant Smillie, Timmy Trumpet, Samantha Jade and Ember on the bill.
NEWPORT ARMS HOTEL 2 Kalinya St, Newport newportarms.com.au Answered by: Mark Beckers
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Q BAR 44 Oxford St, Darlinghurst facebook.com/ WastedYearsClub Answered by: Ashley Lozier What will be special about spending NYE at your venue? A year ago my boss was crazy enough to let us build a skate ramp in the venue, so we’re having
DZ Deathrays play live on it! The lineup is unmissable, the booze menu: epic. Plus good vibes all round. What is your fondest NYE memory? I wish I had one! The last few years haven’t lived up to expectations (read as: snooze fest). This party is a combination of all the plans I should have made in previous years.
What is your NY resolution? Don’t Do What Donny Don’t Does. What should I be drinking to ring in 2014? Definitely the Purple Drank Jars, they’ve made me question variety being the spice of life too many times. Close contenders are the Moonshine Jerry Can and
the Cake Vodka (has been known to make grown men weep with joy). 2014 will be the year of... The Waste God. What is your hangover cure? Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary.
New Year’s Eve (2011). Dir. Gary Marshall. Watch if you’re single and alone on NYE. Boogie Nights (1997). Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. Watch if you’re in the mood for something fun, sexy and depressing – in that order. The NYE party scene’s the kicker. When Harry Met Sally (1989). Dir. Rob Reiner. Watch with your loved one after you get home early from NYE celebrations. The Poseidon Adventure (1972). Dir. Ronald Neame. Watch with the family/to get your kid relatives to comed down from their sugar highs.
What will be special about spending NYE at your venue? By far Northern Beaches largest NYE festive event. Join 1000s of punters and see in the new year with 2 x LIVE fireworks displays just for you, shot directly overheard on Pittwater. What is your fondest NYE memory? Partying under the stars in the beergarden overlooking Pittwater. What is your NY resolution? Giving life a real crack! What should I be drinking to ring in 2014? Definitely wrap your mitts around an Aguila or maybe guzzle a rum punch jug! 2014 will be the year of... Living ridiculously! What is your hangover cure? Sun, sand, surf and plenty of beers watching the cricket on our outdoor cinema screen!
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FRONTLASH THE DAILY CURRANT
Satirical site posts article about Kanye West stating he’s the next Nelson Mandela, inadvertently becomes viral sensation.
HIATUS KAIYOTE AND TAME IMPALA Aussie acts score Grammy nominations. Surely NZ artist Lorde’s now at the point where we claim her as our own too (and her multiple nominations)?
HOLLY THROSBY Her opinion piece on samesex marriage hit the mark. She’s hoping her perspective will help just one person; we reckon it will help a lot more.
RETURN OF THE QUEEN
NO SLEEP TILL…
While it’s a sad reality that none of us will be able to witness Queen perform in the flesh, tribute band Killer Queen will be putting on a show akin to the real thing this Saturday at Lizotte’s in Dee Why.
After having played the support role for Dead Letter Circus and The Butterfly Effect, Sleep Parade are stepping out on their own to perform tracks from their second album for the very first time this Friday at the Lansdowne.
‘TIS THE SEASON
Is your New Year’s resolution to learn how to salsa dance? Jam Gallery has got you covered. Son Montuno, Guaguanco and Malo Malo will be serving up some Latin tunes on Thursday prior to complimentary salsa classes.
Multi-instrumentalist Bobbie Lee Stamper is releasing his debut album – and just in time for the silly season. As such, he’ll be launching it as part of a mini Christmas Festival at Blue Beat this Saturday with Roger Vs The Man.
NO FUN AT ALL
This Saturday at Jam Gallery, the ever-charismatic Sibo Bangoura from Guinea will lead reggae, funk and rap infused West African groove outfit Keyim Ba in an end of year concert with African Drum & Dance Sydney.
Endless Heights and Paper Arms will be leading the inaugural Unfun Festival at the Annandale this Saturday. The festival will be showcasing some of the very best in ‘90s melodic hardcore and traditional emo-inspired artists.
BLUE TO THE BONE
CARE FOR CRITTERS
In their final show for the year, inner west roots and country bluesmen Stormcellar are heading on over to the Lazy Bones lounge in Marrickville where they’ll be sharing the stage as the support for the smokyvoiced pianist Pugsley Buzzard.
A collection of local musicians including Peter Black, The MisMade, Hanna Rose and Juden Lassiter will be performing at the Taverners Hill Hotel this Sunday to raise funds for WIRES in order to help any furry critters affected by the recent fires.
BACKLASH KANYE WEST
He’s such a person that many believed that he would make such a statement proclaiming that he’s the next Nelson Mandela, not even realising the source was a satirical site.
THE STONES TICKET PRICES While we’re jumping out of our skin about the prospect of seeing The Rolling Stones, it’s the “cheap seats” for us. Tickets for the best seats in the house are around the $580-mark.
COMING UP SHORTS While same-sex marriages were happening in the ACT and Holly Throsby had a stirring opinion piece published on the same subject, Tropfest was awarding a homophobic ﬁlm Bamboozled the top honour.
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THIS WEEK’S RELEASES… 7 DAYS OF FUNK 7 Days Of Funk Cooking Vinyl R KELLY Black Panties Sony THE STAVES Dead And Born And Grown Warner VARIOUS Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues OST Universal
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Melbourne jangle-pop four-piece Twerps will be appearing at The Standard this Thursday ahead of the release of a new album (the ETA of which is undetermined). They’ll be sharing headline duties with Canadian garagepop crooner Mac DeMarco.
Winner of Australian Idol 2006 Damien Leith will be joining Canadian folk-rock artist Andy Brown on Thursday at the Clarendon Guesthouse in Katoomba, Friday at the Brass Monkey and then Saturday at The Heritage Hotel in Bulli.
IT’S A HOOT
IN THE SPIRIT
Four-piece indie rockers The Owls have made themselves a mainstay at Moonshine Bar at the Steyne Hotel this month following the release of their Swamp Love EP. Their residency runs on Thursdays, with this week being no exception.
In case you weren’t aware, Christmas is just around the corner, so to celebrate, Soul Patrol, RedFireRed and The Music will be throwing a party at Spectrum with Vanity Riots, Jagged Jayne, Sonic Sunday plus a small handful more.
How long did it take to write/ record? We spent close to two years in the studio, writing and recording at the same. Looking back it feels like we spent forever – at times it was hard but anything worth doing usually is.
Sydney musicians Bek Jensen, Bow & Arrow, Rob Edwards, Tina Harrod & Matt McMahon and more are performing at the Jam Gallery on Wednesday to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
ARIA Hall of Famers Models are back on the road after time off, showing off some new tracks and old faves. They play The Standard on Friday with support from Sophie Hanlon and Dog Trumpet.
Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We were in a very creative and honest mindset during the whole process. We chipped away at it inch by inch so the inspiration was the journey itself.
GOOD FOR THE SOUL
Three-man west Sydney crew Soul Benefits will be joining RG Wings, Harjot Singh, DJ MarkM and DJ Micks King as the lucky few who were selected to support US rapper and producer Hopsin at the Enmore this Saturday.
Umbrella and Young Blood Artists are celebrating Christmas with nothing but steeze this Wednesday at Goodgod. A craft beer has been brewed just for the occasion, and Naughty Rappers Collective, The Guppies and more will be in on the festivities.
What’s your favourite song on it? I, The Obscene is a band favourite. It’s a little bit different from the rest of the album.
Since their inception in 2008, Arrowhead have been making it their mission to show the Sydney rock/metal scene just how important live music is. The mission continues, as they join Buffalo, at The Bridge Hotel this Saturday.
The Jazzgroove Association has been supporting local artists for over fifteen years, so they’re having a showcase Tuesday at The Basement. Appearing will be The Coggins/Henderson Band, The Venusians and Jazzgroove All-Star Big Band.
FOR THE BENEFIT OF
Answered by: Elliot Williams Album title: From The Shadows To The Fire Where did the title of your new album come from? My interpretation on it is that we spent so long tucked away making the album that it captures the progression from where we were to where we are now. How many releases do you have now? This is our second official release since we started back in 2007.
Will you do anything differently next time? We’ve learned a lot about ourselves, our expectations, our limitations – but we’re not going to settle on making the same album again, so absolutely.
RHYTHM REMEDY Answered by: Bek Jensen Who/what is the benef it for? Rhythm Remedy is raising money for the typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines in conjunction with ShelterBox Australia. Why do they need help? 4.29 million people remain displaced in a situation of total devastation. There is no clean water, no electricity and very little food or shelter. What’s the current situation like? The clean-up has begun in the wake of the mega storm. There has been a lot of help coming in from around the globe though help is still critically needed. Who else is helping on the night? Tina Harrod & Matt McMahon, Shauna Jensen, Michael Wheatley, Rob Edwards, Bow And Arrow, Weird Assembly, Shower Idols and many more. When and where can we help out? Wednesday 11 Dec, Jam Gallery, Bondi Junction. Doors open at 7.30pm, $20 ($15 concession). Website link for more info? moshtix.com.au (search: rhythm remedy)
When and where is your launch/ next gig? The Basement, Canberra, 13 Dec and The Agincourt Hotel, 14 Dec are our last shows for the year. Looking forward to raising some hell. Website link for more info? facebook.com/scarthesurface
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Answered by: Greg Valve
Single title: Beautiful Life
Address: 871 George Street, Sydney
What’s the song about? The song is a metaphorical reflection of my long tumultuously euphoric internal journey towards achieving and recognising happiness.
Taking inspiration from some of the best ‘90s indie rockers (think: Pavement and Pixies), Melbourne’s New Gods have come out with an independently released new album, which they’ll be launching on Friday at Goodgod on Friday evening.
The past year has seen Hayden Calnin tour with the likes of Matt Corby, Oliver Tank and Asta, and to top off a great year, he’ll be heading to FBi Social with Jordan Léser for the launch of his new single.
Five-piece experimental/triprock band Kalacoma will be emerging from the depths of the Melbourne underground this Saturday as they embark on their very first tour to launch their new single Waves at FBi Social.
Long-time friends and collaborators Angie (Circle Pit, Straight Arrows) and Nathan Roche (Camperdown & Out) will be taking their friendship to new heights this Friday as they co-headline and launch new albums at The Square this Friday.
What’s the capacity? 600 Why should punters visit you? ‘Cause we are ambassadors of original Oz Music of vastly diverse genres with shows from Wednesday to Sunday. What’s the best thing about the venue? Whether you like EDM or grindcore catch your favourite acts up close and personal with no bullshit! Wicked layout, sound and vibe in multilevel central city location . What’s the history of the venue? Originally opened in Wellington, NZ, in 1998. Hosted over 60,000 shows, stepping stone of acts like Shihad, Fur Patrol, Trinity Roots, Black Seeds, The Upbeats, Opiuo and many more. Moved to Tempe in 2009, and relocated to city in August. What is your venue doing to help the local music scene? Hosting from 40 to 70 original Australian acts every week since relocation to Sydney in 2009 on best terms. What are some of the highlights? Hosting Pungent Stench, English Dogs, UK Subs, Dub FX, Deeds Of Flesh, Hatebreed, Spikey Tee, Darkest Hour, Chris Liberator. Website link for more info? valvebar.com.au
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How long did it take to write/ record? Lyrically the song was a written in a few hours. The recording/mixing process took a couple of weeks, three different studios were used and over a dozen instruments. It was very well cared for. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Forthcoming release. What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? The human ability to be completely content with the current moment we live in and how so many musicians from different walks in life are able to come together on the one track. We’ll like this song if we like... If you like music. Do you play it differently live? Yes, in the live process due to instrumentation we do as much as possible live though playing with a string quartet can get expensive so we assign that task to DJ. When and where is your next gig? Saturday, Valve Bar. Website link for more info? facebook.com/joelrafidi
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PSYCH BUS Dreamy Melbourne psychpop band, The Ancients, have been spending the past two months touring their new album Night Bus. The tour is still running strong and will see them head over to Brighton Up Bar this Friday.
BROTHERLY BUSINESS Melbourne duo the Pierce Brothers have a new single on their hands and a subsequent mini-tour to follow. They’ll be launching the single with Steve Smyth this Thursday at the Beach Road Hotel.
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EP Title? Unbroken Expanse
Single title? Tallest Teepee In Town
How many releases do you have now? Just the one official release (Unbroken Expanse), and a few demos we’ve experimented with. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? The social and cultural issues we have in rural communities. Thinking about where Earth is heading next. Riding around in Brisbane trains. My brothers in the band. Tame Impala, Violent Soho, Kurt Cobain’s diaries. What’s your favourite song on it? I like Survival. It’s got a nice groove and the lyrics are about human instincts and desires. We’ll like this EP if we like... Wrapping yourself ‘round life and devouring it while there’s a fire nearby and The Clash is playing AC/DC songs on the stereo outside. When and where is your launch/ next gig? 14 Dec, Hermanns Bar; 15 Dec, Frankies Pizza Website link for more info? unbrokenexpanse.com
DIFFERENT DAMES Individually, each member of The Dames have had a lot to do with different musical pursuits, and with their prowess combined, have released a selftitled album to be launched at the Red Rattler on Friday then at the Heritage Hotel Saturday.
What’s the song about? A road trip while touring through Byron Bay landed us in a teepee. We like teepees. How long did it take to write/ record? The song was written almost in it’s entirety under a bridge in Brisbane about a year ago, and we’d been adding different ideas since, and finally recorded with Cam Trewin in November this year. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? This track is the first single from a forthcoming EP. We’ll be releasing more information early next year, so for the moment we’re just really excited to get into the studio and creative process! We’ll like this song if we like... Boy and Bear’s early EP was very inspiring during the preproduction process. Also whistles. You’ll like this if you whistle. Do you play it differently live? On the track we’ve put drums and bass to thicken up the sound. When we play live it’s just us two and heaps of energy!! When and where is your launch/next gig? 12 Dec, Beach Road Hotel Website link for more info? facebook.com/ piercebrothersmusic
VAN ANTICS Rock‘n’rollers Unbroken Expanse have packed their van and ventured over from their home in the Northern Territory to offer us Sydneysiders a taste of their new EP, which they’re launching at Hermann’s Bar this Saturday.
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These days the provenance of much ‘Northern soul’ is questionable. In fact, the original definition was very specific: it was all about ‘60s black American Motownstyle stompers for nightclubs – the rarer the tune, the better. Today any English soul is branded ‘Northern soul’, even if downbeat – especially if the performer has a working-class background, like Amy Winehouse. Mark Ronson masterminded a neoNorthern soul classic with his remake of The Smiths’ Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before, sung by Daniel Merriweather. Manchester’s Rae & Christian (DJ Mark Rae and muso/ producer/engineer Steve Christian) mined Northern soul for 1998’s Mercury Prizenominated debut, Northern Sulphuric Soul, on Rae’s (now defunct) Grand Central Records. Yet it was really UK hip hop soul. On Northern Sulphuric Soul R&C recruited the Jungle Brothers. For 2001’s Sleepwalking they lured Bobby Womack out of retirement for two songs. The duo has belatedly united for a third outing, Mercury Rising. Alas, the dope guests are missing. The coolest name here is DJ Jazzy Jeff on the retro-funky hip hop Check The Technique (the scratches courtesy Aussie Agent 86). Rae’s Canadian cousin Kate Rogers returns for the trippy neo-soul of Still Life Freefall – but where’s Veba? Rae has obviously soaked up some west coast influences living in California. A2B, featuring Masta Ace and the Brit Mystro, is G-funk electro-boogie. firstname.lastname@example.org
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We can talk about the relevance of the ARIA Awards until we’re blue in the face but, to most people, particularly those involved in heavy music circles, the Awards are just not relevant. Punk and hardcore are scenes that thrive on the outside of the norm, so awards celebrating the status quo just aren’t relevant. CARCASS
And that’s almost it folks. The penultimate Heavy Shit of 2013. It’s been a massive year for metal and it’s great to see just how much is going on out there. I’ve touched on my highlights of the year before and it’s easy to do it again, but I might as well expand on it once more. Album of the year – pretty much has remained unchanged for a few months. I wasn’t anticipating that much would be coming to better it and I was right. Carcass win with Surgical Steel, which just keeps leaving me with a stupid grin every time I crank it up. Riff after riff, it’s just relentless. Aussie album of the year is a shit category as it devalues Aussie bands by comparing them to overseas acts just because they are from here. I don’t think die Chermans have a ‘best album auf Deutschland’ when they do their polls. Although, those guys probably do! Anyway, Bronson, like Carcass, have remained unbeaten since I heard the crushing savagery of Blood Brothers. Here’s hoping they score some international recognition next year. Honourable mentions go to Recoil VOR, Bellusira, Scar The Surface, The Amenta, Lord and about 20 others who released worldclass music this year. Show of the year. I’m splitting this in two. Three actually. Best show during a festival belongs to Slayer at Soundwave. I watched Metallica at the Sydney show in front of the barrier and had the entire set to myself more or less, but Slayer, with the demon of double duty Jon Dette on drums, was just another level of hell. Dette had a lot to
prove, and won over so many by showing how much arse he can kick by doing an Anthrax set and then following it up 90 minutes later for a full hour doing his best Dave Lombardo impersonation without missing a beat. He is a punisher and a half and will be back out here with Iced Earth next year. Best ‘gig’ goes to Behemoth, who returned for the first time since Nergal went down fighting, and emerged victorious to claim the title of the most savage live act I’ve ever seen. Just relentless, but totally controlled, aggression. Best ‘spoken word’ goes to an awesome and intimate night of storytelling from Scott Ian of Anthrax and Fozzy’s Chris Jericho, who had the small crowd laughing their arses off at stories involving Lemmy, wrestling superstars and Axl Rose. The most surreal live experience of the year goes to Otep’s show at The Hi-Fi. There were barely 150 people in the room, the majority of whom all looked like her, and she has this metallised P!nk homage going on. Her beefy guitar player was wearing a Bane mask and could almost pass for him, too. The lighting rig was apparently missing some lights, so the majority of the show was bathed in reds and blues and a lot of black everywhere else. Combined with the band’s industrial tinged sound, it felt like I was in some post-apocalyptic underground secret basement gig. That was actually the most enjoyable part! I’ll see what other year’s end stuff I can drudge up for my last column next week, too. email@example.com
In some ways, it’s become kind of cool to bag out on the ARIAs. On Sunday night my Facebook and Twitter feeds were full of people talking about how pathetic a spectacle it was. And Frenzal Rhomb’s Twitter feed was my favourite summation with a hilarious and foul-mouthed commentary on the evening. Guy Sebastian seemed to be the main artist at the pointy end of the rant, as in this particular tweet: “@GuySebastian Well done, you are the best live act our County has ever seen. James Reyne and Bon Scott will be fucking stoked.” The part of this little saga, as it’s being made out to be, is media (not necessarily reputable, right News?) acting shocked that Frenzal Rhomb would act in such a manner. Shock. Horror. One outlet even went so far as to call the tirade “bizarre”. ARE YOU SERIOUS? How about the year when Lindsay McDougall went on stage to collect an award when Front End Loader “improbably” won? Or how about looking back over the band’s Twitter account at the other things they’ve ripped on over the years (or their discography, merch, live performances…). At least the pathetic spectacle is over, at least until next year… firstname.lastname@example.org
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In which we examine the formula that enables Ted Danson to dance with wolves in order to address once again a theme prevalent in so many science fiction-driven artistic creations: artificial intelligence.
On the face of it, public relations is easy stuff. Do what you can to make people like you. Do what you can to prevent them disliking you. So what happens when you start a huge, somewhat patchy streaming service that underpays musicians for their music? It’s a question Spotify has been facing for a little while now. To its credit Spotify has managed a response – sort of – launching a site called Spotify Artists. One of the bigger questions directed at Spotify has been: how much does an artist get paid each time their song is played? We now have an answer: on average an artist receives between $0.006 and $0.0084 per play. Don’t worry, though. Spotify’s Mark Williamson told The Guardian, “Per-stream is a really flawed way of thinking about it.” Williamson went on to explain that Spotify would pay artists more in future. Phew! At the time of writing I’m listening to Outkast’s Aquemini, the physical copy of which is buried somewhere in my parents’ garage. It would take at least half an hour to find. Alternatively, it would take over $15 or an infringement of the Copyright Act to download. Thanks to Spotify, I can listen to it whenever, wherever. It’s great for me, but a pity for Andre and Big Boi. It almost makes Big Boi’s photo of the duo, and the subsequent “Will they reunite or won’t they?” conversation moot. Another hundred million plays means less than half a million dollars each before tax. What’s the point? No wonder Spotify have a public relations problem. email@example.com
I’ve had the soon-to-be-released debut album of Ted Danson With Wolves on high rotation of late, and I raise this for two reasons. The first is that, really, Ted Danson With Wolves is an incredible band that gives rise to all manner of similar, equally awesome potential band names using the same formula: Stone Cold Steve Austin Powers, Catherine Zeta Jonestown Massacre and so on and so forth… Secondly, I raise this because of the lyrics to the fantastically titled Socio-Politico-Anarcho-PostCoito Manifesto, which begins, “We built a tower to get closer. Oh the nerve! Oh the nerve! We got on well up till then, as we gave birth to A. I.; a singularity of mind.” The song had lodged itself in that part of the brain that operates as a malfunctioning internal record play, skipping constantly and delivering at subconsciously audible levels choice fragments of tunes decided/selected by who knows, and subsequently encouraging me to give thought to Robin Williams, the humanplaying-robot-playing-human par excellence, a collision of high-tech computing and human compassion in Bicentennial Man. And this, in turn, turned my thoughts towards Neil Harbisson, the first person in the world to become a government-recognised cyborg, as evidenced by his UK passport, which displays Harbisson wearing a head-mounted device called an eyeborg.
Harbisson is an artist, with the added peculiarity of being severely colour blind as a result of achromatopsia, a condition that results in his colour spectrum being limited shades of gray. The eyeborg, created by Adam Montandon in collaboration with Neil a decade ago, works by converting colours from the surroundings into soundwaves, which are transmitted to the inner ear via a vibration mechanism mounted, currently, on the back of Harbisson’s skull. According to the Barcelonabased Cyborg Foundation, created by Harbisson and choreographer Moon Ribas in 2010, the goal for the device now is to “surgically implant the electronic eye’s sound output inside Harbisson’s skull”. What can be said of the art produced with this marriage of technology and humanity? Robot Robin Williams had a pretty bloody talented pair of hands, even if he put them to use on something so artisanally twee as woodwork. As for Harbisson? Here’s how he described the art the eyeborg allows to Ross Bryant: “I do colour concerts where I connect my eye to loudspeakers and I create sound portraits from looking at people’s faces. I also do exhibitions where I exhibit the colours of music or the colours of sound. I transpose music into paintings…” A final aside – I could not think of a single Fifty Shades Of Grey joke to insert here that wasn’t offensive to at least one of the parties involved. My apologies to the foul-minded amongst you for this less-than-dashing dashing of expectations.
This is the last Young & Restless for 2013, which means between your reading this and your reading the next instalment, school holidays will occur and it’s really important – I am being completely serious here – that you have a damn good time. It’s imperative that you have a ball. A recent study published by Psychology Today and written by Suniya Luthar revealed the rising rate of anxiety across all types of teens – inner city, rural, low social economic or upper middle class. Which means, regardless of who you are, factors almost inevitable in contemporary teenage life – academic and social pressures, expectations and looming career prospects – are adding up to a more anxious batch of teens than any that preceded them. The answer, according to Luthar, is quite simple: chill the hell out. All the pressure for over the top achievement in every single facet of life has shifted the important questions that should be asked during these exciting transitions from childhood to adulthood, from the self-fulfilling ‘Who am I?’ to the pressure-addled ‘What will I amount to?’ The point of all this is not to thwart ambition, or add still more stress by demanding you have a good time. It’s a gentle prod to tell you do something for another reason than wanting to. The summer break is perfect: find a gig to go to, a bedroom to jam in, or an album to listen to – and take the time to make it yours so that it can help make you. youngandrestless@ themusic.com.au THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013 • 65
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Chris Rodgers-Wilson has won the 2013 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, receiving a $20,000 cash prize. It marks a triumphant homecoming for the 25-year-old, who started his career in 2007 with the Birmingham Royal Ballet before returning home in 2011 to join the Australian Ballet. This year’s judges included artistic director David McAllister and executive director Libby Christie. Comedian Adam Hills’ ABC series Adam Hills Tonight won’t
be running next year as he takes time out to focus on his UK TV career. Meanwhile, Channel Nine’s Today executive producer Neil Breen is leaving to become a sports reporter for the network. Natasha Exelby has left as co-host of Network Ten’s new breakfast television program Wake Up just three weeks after the launch, and Grant Denyer is quitting as host of Seven’s Million Dollar Minute to spend more time with his family. The 36-year-old was in the job for two months
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During my lifetime I’ve collated a list of all the things that piss me off. It’s likely to be the only valuable heirloom I have to pass on, and I hope my progeny have the cynicism to appreciate my life’s work. Top entries include Tracy Grimshaw, Edward ‘Sparklepants’ Cullen and taxi drivers who ask you for directions. Depending on mood, the entries on the ‘Things that shit me’ list can move up or down in status, but the top spot remains constant, belonging always to Christmas carols. 66 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
There are numerous reasons for carols monopolising first place. They’re catchy in the venereal disease kind of way, nonsensical, and – as far as I can work out – largely unrelated to the origins of the holiday they purport to promote. Think of Twelve Days Of Christmas. That’s not about Jesus; it’s advertising, a ploy to extend Christmas by a fortnight and compel people to buy milking maids, lords a-leaping and a partridge in a pear tree. I’m an atheist, but it’s my understanding that for believers Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. I may not believe in the big man in the sky and his sacrificial son, but I did attend an Anglican high school and I’m pretty sure that there was no fat, Coca-Cola coloured, gift-bearing man drinking milk and cookies in the manger with Mary and Joseph. Maybe
after quitting as Sunrise weather presenter for the same reason. Two television dramas are in the pipeline about Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart. Channel Nine has commissioned a miniseries, Gina, to be produced by actor Claudia Karvan. Another miniseries from production company Screentime for Foxtel is titled The House of Hancock, which is based on Fairfax journalist Adele Ferguson’s biography of Rinehart. Some of the actors tipped to play Rinehart include Gina Riley, Jacki Weaver, Mandy McElhinney and Magda Szubanski. Following the success of Calendar Girls (which raised $4,000 for leukaemia research), Epicentre Theatre Company is staging Nick Enright’s powerful Blackrock, based on the true story of the rape and murder of Leigh Leigh. The production at Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview runs until 14 Dec and is raising money for Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia. Screen Australia and Screen Producers Australia have announced Lara Radulovich
Santa Claus was invented as an early form of religious equality in social practice, a means by which everybody could get involved in the gifting, bingeeating and family feuding, but I’m annually surprised that more Christians don’t get angry at the fat man for stealing the limelight from baby Jesus at carols by candlelight. In fact, there’s no possible explanation for the continued ubiquity of the carol that isn’t malevolent. They act as a religions guilt trip, plaguing the faithful with the reminder that they’re due to practice their biannual piety. And they don’t pump them out in shopping centres to fill you with the holiday spirit; they play them to piss you off so much you ragebuy, picking up anything within your field of vision just to escape from the altar of retail at which these tunes are forcing you to genuflect. There really is no contest between a $700 lifesized replica of Dorothy The Dinosaur and protecting your ears from Away In A Manger performed in Gregorian chant by Catholic monks.
as the recipient of their inaugural joint internship program. The producer will undertake her internship with an international drama production company next year. Radulovich created the series Wentworth, a reimagining of Prisoner for Foxtel and the UK’s Channel 5. FilmNation Entertainment has picked Kristina Ceyton and Christopher Sharp to take up professional placements in Los Angeles and New York, supported through Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator program. After making it through a tough selection process they’ll spend six months in one of the world’s most dynamic film companies. Former Sydneysider Tamara Jaber, who now lives in LA, is featuring in a new E! reality television series. The singer and ex-wife of Karl Sandilands is in The Drama Queen, with Hollywood career coach Marki Costello. Jaber is promoted as “the role model who will teach girls that it’s okay to be themselves”.
Worse still is the holiday Christmas album, those abominations that allow pop stars to cash in on Christmas. It amazes me that people buy this shit. This year we’re being treated to Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped In Red, Mary J Blige’s Mary Christmas, Jewel’s Let It Snow, and – in either the greatest affront to punk rock since Sum 41 or a genius ‘fuck you’ to Christianity – Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs. I’ve had Little Drummer Boy’s moving refrain (“parumpapumpum”) stuck in my head since 12 Oct, so I think I’m well qualified to say that I’d rather listen to Andre Rieu playing Black Flag’s back catalogue on fiddle than hear another fucking Christmas carol. The only possible way I could mitigate the fury-inducing effect of Christmas carols and endure any songs whose lyrics contain the words ‘Santa’, ‘reindeer’ or ‘manger’ would be stumbling upon a low-class men’s club where strippers performed boobs-out versions of popular Christmas ditties.
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Christie Lamb: Campbelltown Catholic Club (Cafe Samba / 6pm), Campbelltown Musos Club Jam Night: Carousel Inn, Rooty Hill Heath Burdell: Coogee Bay Hotel, Coogee
GIG OF THE WEEK FESTIVAL OF THE SUN FT YOU AM I AND MORE: 13 – 14 DEC SUNDOWNER BREAKWALL TOURIST PARK, PORT MACQUARIE
MIKHAEL PASKALEV: 5 MAR OXFORD ART FACTORY Catherine Traicos & The Starry Night: 13 Dec Petersham Bowls Club Festival Of The Sun: 13 – 14 Dec Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park, Port Macquarie The Crooked Fiddle Band: 14 Dec Entrance Leagues Bateau Bay Pond: 20 Dec Metro Theatre Woodford Folk Festival: 27 – Jan 1 Dec Woodford Solange: 8 Jan Metro Theatre Half Moon Run: 9 Jan The Small Ballroom; 10 The Heritage Hotel Bulli; 11 The Standard; 14 The Brass Monkey Cronulla The Julie Ruin: 17 Jan Factory Theatre
Grandmothers Of Invention: 12 Apr Metro Theatre
Hitseekers: 3 Wise Monkeys, Sydney
Cara Kavanagh Duo: O’Malleys Hotel, Kings Cross
Mike Rivett: 505, Surry Hills
Carl Fidler: Observer Hotel, The Rocks
Allen Stone: 13 Apr Metro Theatre
Alicia Keys + John Legend: Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park
Jimmie Vaughan: 16 Apr Metro Theatre
Benoit James: Artichoke Gallery Cafe, Manly
Morcheeba: 17 Apr Metro Theatre
Musos Club Jam Night: Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt
Alex Hopkins: Summer Hill Hotel, Summer Hill
Robben Ford: 17 Apr Factory Theatre
Guy Kachel: Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
Jack Johnson: Sydney Opera House (Forecourt), Sydney
KC & The Sunshine Band: 17 Apr Enmore Theatre
Yacht Club DJs + Surecut Kids + Slicker Cities: Beach Road Hotel, Bondi Beach
The Umbilical Brothers: Sydney Opera House (Playhouse Theatre), Sydney
Tango Paradiso: Blue Beat, Double Bay
World Music Wednesday feat. King Tide + Ocean Alley: The Basement, Circular Quay
Bluesfest: 17 – 21 Apr Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm Byron Bay
Parquet Courts: 5 Feb The Standard
Jake Bugg: 20 Apr Enmore Theatre
Frightened Rabbit: 6 Feb Metro Theatre
Suzanne Vega: 20 Apr Factory Theatre
Guerilla Zingari + My Sauce Good: Camelot Lounge (Django Bar), Marrickville
Caravana Sun: 14 Feb Transit Bar Canberra; 15 Beach Road Hotel Bondi; 21 The Small Ballroom
North Mississippi Allstars: 22 Apr The Basement
Clash with Harper + Dave Kirby: Candys Apartment, Potts Point
Mikhael Paskalev: 5 Mar Oxford Art Factory
Steve Earle & The Dukes: 23 Apr Enmore Theatre KT Tunstall: 23 Apr Lizottes Newcastle; 24 Lizottes Central Coast; 25 Lizottes Dee Why; 26 The Basement
Future Music Festival: 8 Mar Randwick Racecourse
Aaron Neville, Dr John & The Nite Trippers: 24 Apr State Theatre
Billy Bragg: 16 Mar Sydney Opera House
Booker T Jones: 26 Apr Factory Theatre
Absu: 22 Mar Factory Theatre
Arctic Monkeys: 6 May Sydney Entertainment Centre
The Magic Band, The
Songs On Stage feat. Peach Montgomery + Guests: Sackville Hotel, Rozelle
The Soul Rebels: 16 Apr The Basement
Avicii: 25 Jan Centennial Park
Dan Sultan: 27 Feb Zierholz Canberra; 9 Mar Metro Theatre
Matt Jones Trio: Rock Lily, Pyrmont
Songs On Stage feat. Stuart Jammin + Guests: Avalon Beach RSL, Avalon Beach
Larry Graham & Graham Central Station: 20 Apr The Basement
Wire: 20 Feb Oxford Art Factory
Dave Power: Mercantile Hotel, The Rocks
Seabellies + Bec Sandridge: Brass Monkey, Cronulla Melvins + Helmet + Guests: Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West
Songs On Stage feat. Angelene Harris + Anthony Silvistrini + Guests: Collector Hotel, Parramatta Passenger + Special Guests: Enmore Theatre, Enmore One For The Roadie feat. GANGgajang + Mental As Anything + The Radiators + Spy V Spy: Factory Theatre, Marrickville
City Slickers Band Competition: Valve @ Agincourt, Sydney Whip It with +Sherlock Bones + MVP + DJ Aydos: Whaat Club, Potts Point
Ignition: 3 Wise Monkeys, Sydney
The Bucket Lounge feat. Declan Kelly + Tom Stephens + more: 34 Degrees South, Bondi Beach The Hipstones: 505, Surry Hills Melvins + Helmet + Guests: ANU Bar, Acton Le1f + Mess Kid + Black Vanilla + Brothers Hand Mirror: ARQ Nightclub, Darlinghurst
Hammerhead: Foundry 616, Ultimo
Dave Seaside: Artichoke Gallery Cafe, Manly
Umbrella & Young Blood Artists Christmas Party feat. Naughty Rappers Collective + The Guppies + Pear Shape + Slumberhaze + more: Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
Andy Mammers: Australian Hotel & Brewery, Rouse Hill
Rhythm Remedy - Raising Hope for the Philippines feat. Bek Jensen + Rob Edwards + Tina Harrod + Matt McMahon + more: Jam Gallery, Bondi Junction
Steve Smyth + The Pierce Brothers + more: Beach Road Hotel (Rex Room), Bondi Beach
Kim Lawson: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville Intimate & Semi Acoustic Xmaas Show with Jimmy Barnes + Mahalia Barnes: Lizottes Sydney, Dee Why Andy Mammers Duo: Maloneys Hotel, Sydney
BILLY BRAGG: 16 MAR SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Chris Stretton: Stamford Grand North Ryde, North Ryde
Cool Room 3rd Birthday with +Yolanda Be Cool: Australian Hotel & Brewery (Cool Room), Rouse Hill
Damien Leith: Bean Bar & Cafe, Taree Kate Winchester: Bexley North Hotel, Bexley North Tim Freedman: Brass Monkey, Cronulla Thieves + The Mountains + Civilians: Brighton Up Bar, Darlinghurst
Peter Murphy: Manning Bar, Camperdown
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Joe Echo: Dee Why Hotel, Dee Why Metric + Glass Towers: Enmore Theatre, Enmore Songs On Stage feat. Peach Montgomery + Guests: Forest Lodge Hotel, Forest Lodge Damian Wright Quintet: Foundry 616, Ultimo Alex Cameron: Freda’s Bar & Canteen, Chippendale Latrice + Shangela: Gay Bar, Darlinghurst Joyride + Left: Goodgod Small Club, Sydney Belle Roscoe: Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle Seabellies: Heritage Hotel, Bulli Greg Agar: Hillside Hotel, Castle Hill Hollywood Nights with Georgia Mulligan + Allon: Hotel Hollywood, Surry Hills Malo Malo: Jam Gallery, Bondi Junction Divergence Jazz Orchestra: King Lane (5pm), Rockdale The Folk Informal feat. The Green Mohair Suits + Leroy Lee + Boy Outside + The Maple Trail: Kings Cross Hotel, Kings Cross Killer Queen: Lizottes Newcastle, New Lambton Ian Moss + Grayson: Lizottes Sydney, Dee Why Dave White Duo: Maloneys Hotel, Sydney High Rollers / Buble Show: Manly Leagues Club (Menzies Lounge / 4.30pm), Brookvale Vito Celestino: Manly Leagues Club (8pm), Brookvale Matt Gollan + The British Blues: Marlborough Hotel, Newtown Klay Duo: Mercantile Hotel, The Rocks Joey Bada$$ + The Underachievers + Remi: Metro Theatre, Sydney Alex Hopkins: Northies (Sports Bar), Cronulla Brad Johns: Observer Hotel, The Rocks The White Bros: Orient Hotel, Sydney Pear Shape + Adults: Oxford Art Factory (Gallery Bar), Darlinghurst Revier + Little Napier + Baerfrens + Phondupe: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst The Drey Rollan Band: Rock Lily, Pyrmont Acoustic Caravan Xmas Party: Ruby L’Otel, Rozelle Victoria Avenue: Scruffy Murphy’s, Sydney
the guide email@example.com Hot Damn! feat. Cambridge + Wake The Giants + Soapbox Summer + more: Spectrum, Darlinghurst Jack Johnson: Sydney Opera House (Forecourt), Sydney Pickpockets & Rascals feat. Michael O’Donnell & His Orchestra of Thieves + Elana Stone + Bec & Ben + Rapaport + more: The Basement, Circular Quay Coverdrive Trio (feat. Mark Wells): The Exchange Hotel, Hamilton
The Ancients + Day Ravies + Black Springs: Brighton Up Bar, Darlinghurst The Zeppelin Show: Bull & Bush, Baulkham Hills The Screaming Jets: Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West DJ Tom Annetts: Campbelltown Catholic Club (Club Lounge), Campbelltown Joel Fletcher + Harper + Dosage: Candys Apartment, Potts Point Panorama: Captain Cook Hotel, Botany
The Fiennes: The King Street Brewhouse, Sydney
Luke Dixon: Castle Hill RSL (Terrace Bar), Castle Hill
Ali Carter: The Newsagency, Marrickville
Lo Roberts: Chatswood RSL, Chatswood
Mac DeMarco + Twerps + Destiny 3000: The Standard, Surry Hills
Doctor Werewolf + Spenda C + Royalston + Empress Yoy + more: Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Kate Lush & the Wild Captain + Matt Roberts + Bek Jensen: The Vanguard, Newtown
Satellite V: Cliff Dive, Darlinghurst
Carols by Blowtorch with Urban Guerrillas + Sweat & Shame + Steph Miller + The Shop Steward: Union Hotel, Newtown Tiger & The Rogues + Lil Smoke + The Bitter Sweethearts + The Tequila Twins: Valve @ Agincourt, Sydney Greg Lines: Wentworthville Leagues Club, Wentworthville Mescalero: Wickham Park Hotel, Islington Harbourer + Vices: Yours & Owls, Wollongong
Craig Thommo + Wildcatz: 3 Wise Monkeys, Sydney
JP Duo: Adria Bar & Restaurant, Sydney
8 Ball Aitken: Taree Leagues Sports Club, Taree
Bon Jovi + Kid Rock: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Immortality - The Bee Gee’s Show: Taren Point Hotel (Lounge Bar), Taren Point
Aaron Lyon: Artichoke Gallery Cafe, Manly
Ian Moss + Grayson: Lizottes Sydney, Dee Why Big Rich: Manly Leagues Club (Menzies Lounge / 10pm), Brookvale Jester + Taj Ralph + Will Tremain Band + more: Manly Youth Centre, Manly Victoria Avenue + Alex Hopkins: Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale Lyall Moloney: Name This Bar, Darlinghurst
Outlier + James Fox Higgins Trio: Crows Nest Hotel, Crows Nest
Jess Dunbar: Novotel Darling Harbour, Pyrmont
Daley Holliday: Duke of Wellington Hotel, New Lambton Armchair Travellers Duo: East Hills Hotel, East Hills Adam Eckersley Band: Empire Bay Tavern, Empire Bay
Kid Mac: Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle
Muse + Birds of Tokyo: Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park
Geoff Rana: Harbord Beach Hotel, Freshwater
Ange: Ambarvale Tavern, Ambarvale
Scott Floyd: Helensburgh Workers, Helensburgh
Luke Escombe: Artichoke Gallery Cafe, Manly
Dora D + Klay: Hillside Hotel, Castle Hill
Various DJs: Australian Hotel & Brewery (Cool Room) Rouse Hill
Fallon Brothers: Horse & Jockey Hotel, Homebush
Ryan Thomas: Avalon Beach RSL, Avalon Beach
Sons Of Alamo + Birds with Thumbs + Foxground + The Kava Kings: Hostage X, Wollongong
Woody: Briars Inn, Bowral
Cover Notes Duo: Tahmoor Inn, Tahmoor
Diesel + Halfway to Forth: Lizottes Newcastle, New Lambton
Heath Burdell: Northies (Sports Bar), Cronulla
Muddy Feet: Albion Hotel, Parramatta
Tim Freedman: Brass Monkey, Cronulla
DJ Patsan: 5 Sawyers, Newcastle
Killer Queen: Lizottes Central Coast, Kincumber
Flamin’ Beauties: Crown Hotel, Sydney
New Gods + Special Guests: Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
2GoodReasons: Belmore Hotel, Maitland
Festival Of The Sun feat. You Am I + The Rubens + Ash Grunwald + The Beards + Ruby Boots + more: Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park, Port Macquarie
Hooray For Everything: North Sydney Leagues, Cammeray
Zoltan: Adria Bar & Restaurant, Sydney
Sings Peter Allen with Todd McKenney: Belmont 16’s (Auditorium), Belmont
Harbour Master: Leichhardt Hotel, Leichhardt
Black Rose: Courthouse Hotel, Darlinghurst
Marty Stewart: General Gordon Hotel, Sydenham
Rave On: Belmont 16’s, Belmont
Big Way Out: 3 Wise Monkeys, Sydney
Alex Williamson: Newcastle Panthers, Newcastle West
Manins, Muller, Nock!: 505, Surry Hills
Kirsty Larkin: Bar Petite, Newcastle
Iluka: Stamford Grand North Ryde, North Ryde
Wards Express: Coogee Diggers, Coogee
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission: Factory Theatre (Factory Floor), Marrickville
Spiritual Healing - A Tribute To Chuck Schuldinger with Spiritual Healing + Exekute + Internal Nightmare + Dead Life + War of Attrition: Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt
Stormcellar + Pugsley Buzzard: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville
Dave White Experience + Greg Byrne: New Brighton Hotel, Manly
DJ Sean Andrews: 5 Sawyers, Newcastle
Big Yellow Moon: Avoca Beach Hotel, Avoca Beach
Nicky Kurta: Stacks Taverna, Sydney
Krishna Jones: Commercial Hotel, Parramatta
Steel City Allstars + Last + more: Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong
Black Bird Blue: Hotel Jesmond, Jesmond Jake McDougall: Huskisson Hotel, Huskisson Endless Summer Beach Party: Ivanhoe Hotel, Manly 2026 Events: Jam Gallery, Bondi Junction Ted Nash: Kareela Golf & Social Club, Kareela Brackets & Jam with Jesse Morris & The Three Beans + Alison Christopher + Daryl Joyce + more: Kincumba Mountain Kiosk, Kincumber Hayden Calnin + Jordan Leser: Kings Cross Hotel, Kings Cross
Harlequin Duo: Kirribilli Hotel, Milsons Point
Dave Phillips: O’Malleys Hotel, Kings Cross Paul Greene: Oasis on Beamish Hotel, Campsie Mashed Fridays feat. DJ Cookie + DJ Rhys: Oatley Hotel, Oatley Gemma + Carl Fidler + Rick Fensom: Observer Hotel, The Rocks Bob Allan: Ocean Beach Hotel, Umina Gary Johns Trio + Matt Price: Orient Hotel, Sydney Music Makers Club feat. The Money Go Round + Will & The Indians + Foxsmith + The Night + King Colour + Enerate + Jacobide + more: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst Backlash: Penrith Gaels, Kingswood Catherine Traicos & The Starry Night: Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers Show: Pioneer Tavern, Kingswood
Nova & The Experience + Venus Alkatraz + Andy Illinois: Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith Sleep Parade: The Annandale, Annandale Access All Eras +Various: The Basement (6.30pm), Circular Quay Derrick May + Kali: The Basement (11pm), Circular Quay Steve Edmonds Band: The Beach Club, Collaroy V-Dub: The Exchange Hotel, Hamilton Looptroop Rockers + Sage Francis: The Hi-Fi, Moore Park Grand Theft Audio: The Mark Hotel, Lambton Kurt Williams: The Palace Hotel, Haymarket Bede Kennedy: The Ranch Hotel, Eastwood Soft & Slow feat.Otologic + Pink Lloyd (Softwar) + Dreamcatcher (Slow Blow): The Spice Cellar, Sydney Angie + Nathan Roche + The Friendsters + Red Belly Black Snake: The Square, Haymarket Models + Dog Trumpet + Sophie Hanlon: The Standard, Surry Hills The Sphinxes: The Vineyard Hotel, Vineyard Scratch: The Windsor Castle Hotel, Newcastle Dennis Val: Three Swallows Hotel, Bankstown Mutilate feat. Hawk & Napz + t3knition + Mack Da Ripper + The Saint + more: Valve @ Agincourt (First Level / 9pm), Sydney
KP: Quakers Inn, Quakers Hill
Hard Skin + Rukus + Stanley Knife + Mass Hysteria + Eager 13: Valve @ Agincourt (Basement / 8pm), Sydney
Us Too Duo: Ramsgate RSL, Sans Souci
Retro Rockets: Wallsend Diggers, Wallsend
Harry Howard & The NDE + The Dames: Red Rattler, Marrickville
Defaced: Warners at the Bay, Warners Bay
Reels On Fire: PJ Gallaghers, Leichhardt
Hot Legs - Rod & Tina: Revesby Workers (Infinity Lounge), Revesby Tabitha & The Clique + Duelling Pianos: Rock Lily, Pyrmont Among The Ether + Guests: Roxbury Hotel, Glebe Bounce: Scruffy Murphy’s, Sydney
Dave Mac + DJ Marty: Wentworthville Leagues Club, Wentworthville Dusk with Ivy Row + Them Again + DJ Swell: Whaat Club, Potts Point Mum feat. Fox & Fowl: World Bar, Kings Cross Seabellies + more: Yours & Owls, Wollongong
The Hollow Bones + Blind Valley + Callithump: Spectrum, Darlinghurst
Kriola Collective + DJ Elchino + Guests: 505, Surry Hills Little Black Book: Absolute Thai, Charlestown
James Englund: Australian Hotel & Brewery, Rouse Hill The Adam Black Trio: Avoca Beach Hotel, Avoca Beach All Mankind + Guests: Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt Grayson: Bar Petite, Newcastle Daley Holliday: Bay Hotel, Bonnells Bay Wildcatz: Bayview Tavern, Gladesville Lime Cordiale + Castlecomer: Beach Road Hotel (Rex Room), Bondi Beach Aaron Hood: Beauford Hotel, Mayfield The Rumours: Belmont 16’s, Belmont Sun Hill Drive: Belmore Hotel, Maitland The Plot feat. Alison Wonderland + Miami Horror + DJ Snake + Naysayer & Gilsun + Touch Sensitive + Wave Racer + Remi + Tyler Touche + Gold Fields + Yolanda Be Cool + Citizen Kay + Hayden James + Purple Sneakers DJs + Elizabeth Rose + Willow Beats + Indian Summer + Beni + Worldlife + Softwar + Club Mod DJs: Big Top Sydney, North Sydney Roger vs The Man + Gang Of Brothers + Bobbie Lee Stamper: Blue Beat, Double Bay The Ride Ons: Botany View Hotel, Newtown Dirty Deeds - AC/DC Show: Bradbury Inn, Bradbury Steve Clisby: Brass Monkey, Cronulla Geoff Rana: Brewhouse, Kings Park Buffalo Revisited + Arrowhead: Bridge Hotel, Rozelle Guess Who Duo: Brighton RSL, Brighton-Le-Sands Tin Sparrow + Guests: Brighton Up Bar, Darlinghurst Back To The 80s: Bull & Bush, Baulkham Hills The Screaming Jets: Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West Chris Gudu + Afro Pamoja: Camelot Lounge, Marrickville Peter McWhirter: Campbelltown Catholic Club (Club Lounge), Campbelltown Disco Disco with SMS + Sherlock Bones + Stalker: Candys Apartment, Potts Point Iron Bark Rock: Carousel Inn, Rooty Hill
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the guide firstname.lastname@example.org Sunset Street Party with Revolution Incorporated + Reign On Mars + Swing From A Streetlight + Now or Never + Semitonal + Merina & Cyril: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (2pm), Casula
Josh McIvor: Harbord Beach Hotel, Freshwater
Moonlight Drive Duo: Nelson Bay Diggers Club, Nelson Bay Birds of Tokyo + Guineafowl: Newcastle Panthers, Newcastle West
Good Company: Cessnock Supporters Club, Cessnock
The Downbeat Christmas Show with Chickenstones + 4 Barrel Hemi + The Overtones + Nick Green: Harbord Bowling & Recreation Club, Harbord Jodi Phillis & The GlammaRays + The Dames: Heritage Hotel, Bulli
Steve Tonge Duo: Northies (Sports Bar), Cronulla
Pete Gelzinnis: Charlestown Bowling Club, Charlestown Todd Terry + Bag Raiders + Matt Nugent + Avon Stringer + more: Chinese Laundry, Sydney Heath Burdell: Clovelly Hotel, Clovelly
NYE ON THE HARBOUR FT ALISON WONDERLAND + MORE: CARGO BAR, SYDNEY
James Holden: Abercrombie Hotel, Chippendale Light The Night NYE Cocktail Party feat. Mr Watson + Various DJs: Bar100, Sydney Shore Thing feat. Skrillex + more: Bondi Beach, Bondi Beach Falls Festival: Byron Bay Parklands, Byron Bay The Butterfly Effect + Guests: Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West NYE On The Harbour with Art Vs Science + Van She + Alison Wonderland + Bag Raiders + Gold Fields + Fishing + I Oh You DJs + Stoney Roads DJs + Bambii + Falcona DJs + more: Cargo Bar, Sydney The Anthill Mobb + Cadell + Matt Roberts + Sista P: Cruise Bar, Circular Quay The Swinging Sixties: Dee Why RSL, Dee Why New Years Eve feat. vrious: Dudley Page Reserve, Dover Heights New Years Eve with Iguana: Duke of Wellington Hotel, New Lambton Sienna New Years Eve feat. Timomatic + Def Rok + Troy T + Sefu + regz + Fingers + Joey Kaz: Establishment Bar, Sydney The Goodgod NYE Prom with Levins + Shantan Wantan Ichiban + Joyride + Mike Who + more: Goodgod Small Club, Sydney New Years Eve with Rockhouse with Angry Anderson + The Chosen Ones: Harbord Bowling & Recreation Club, Harbord New Years Eve feat. various: Hard Rock Cafe, Darling Harbour NYE 2014 feat. Brooke Evers + Wolfpack + Matt Ferreira + Venuto + more: Home Nightclub, Sydney NYE Masquerade Party feat. various: Honeysuckle Hotel, Newcastle Charlie Harper Band: Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama Caribbean Soul + Various DJs: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville New Years Eve feat.Hat Fitz & Cara: Lizottes Central Coast, Kincumber
The Bondi Cigars: Lizottes Newcastle, New Lambton New Years Eve Harbour Party 2013 feat. Havana Brown + Ian Carey + Timmy Trumpet + Grant Smillie + Samantha Jade + Chardy + Ember: Luna Park, Milsons Point New Years Eve feat. Ray J + Morgan Page + Stafford Brothers: Marquee, Pyrmont New Years Eve with Let There Be Bon - ACDC Show: Orana Hotel, Blacksmiths
Rolling Stoned: Colyton Hotel, Colyton Claude Hay: Commercial Hotel, Milton Fallon Brothers: Coogee Bay Hotel, Coogee Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission + 200K: Coogee Diggers, Coogee Craig Thommo Duo: Courthouse Hotel, Darlinghurst Leon Fallon: Cronulla RSL (The Deck), Cronulla Kickstar: Crown Hotel, Sydney Flux + Jess Dunbar: Crows Nest Hotel, Crows Nest Achtung Baby: Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong
Paradise NYE feat. Norman Jay + Aeroplane + Russ Dewbury + more: Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
Tom Buckley: Duke of Wellington Hotel, New Lambton
Gulgong Folk Festival: Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong
Jake McDougall: Engadine Tavern, Engadine
Mayhem 101: Royal Federal Hotel, Branxton
Hopsin + DJ Hoppa: Enmore Theatre, Enmore
Compound New Years Eve With Various DJs: Shelbourne Hotel, Sydney
The Crooked Fiddle Band: Entrance Leagues, Bateau Bay
The Australian Rock Tribute Show: St George Sailing Club, Sans Souci NYE Party At The House feat. Sneaky Sound System + The Faders + DJ RobKAY: Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Krishna Jones: Eastern Suburbs Legion Club, Waverley
Armchair Travellers Duo: Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club, Ettalong The Radiators: Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge Sirenia + NeObliviscaris + Orpheus: Factory Theatre, Marrickville
NYE At The Argyle feat. various: The Argyle, The Rocks
Axe Girl: Factory Theatre (Factory Floor), Marrickville
New Years Eve with Incognito Band: The Exchange Hotel, Hamilton
As You Were: Figtree Hotel, Wollongong
NYE Lost & Found feat. Danny Tenaglia + Bicep + Cyril Hahn + more: The Ivy, Sydney NYE at the Brewhouse feat. various: The King Street Brewhouse, Sydney New Years Eve with Milestones: The Mark Hotel, Lambton New Years Eve Toga Party with All Star Band: The Vanguard, Newtown F@#k Going To The City!: The Workers, Balmain
The Headliners: Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor The Cope Street Parade: Foundry 616, Ultimo Ryan Thomas: General Gordon Hotel, Sydenham Black Diamond Hearts: Golden Sheaf Hotel, Double Bay Seabellies + Bec Sandridge: Goodgod Small Club, Sydney Amir Alexander + Simon Caldwell + Magda Magda Bytnerowicz: Goodgod Small Club (10pm), Sydney
Unbroken Expanse: Hermanns Bar, Darlington Alicia Keys + John Legend: Hope Estate Winery, Pokolbin Steve Edmonds Band: Hornsby Inn, Hornsby 2GoodReasons: Hotel Jesmond, Jesmond Rodhad: Imperial Hotel, Newtown Greg Bryce: Iron Horse Inn, Cardiff DJ Jazzy Jeff: Ivy, Pool (12pm), Sydney Keyim Ba + Douniya: Jam Gallery, Bondi Junction Karl Broadie: Kareela Golf & Social Club, Kareela Three Wise Men: Katoomba RSL, Katoomba Underwraps: Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama Hands Up!: Kings Cross Hotel (Late), Kings Cross FBi Social feat. Kalacoma + Solkyri + Pirate + Koranic: Kings Cross Hotel, Kings Cross Jimmy Barnes + Ian Moss + Richard Clapton + Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates: Kinross Woolshed, Thurgoona Michael McGlynn: Kirribilli Hotel, Milsons Point Pugsley Buzzard: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville Livity Band + DJ Kizito Marley + DJ Itafari: Lewisham Hotel, Lewisham Beccy Cole + Libby O’Donovan: Lizottes Central Coast, Kincumber Diesel + Halfway to Forth: Lizottes Newcastle, New Lambton Killer Queen: Lizottes Sydney, Dee Why The Doors Experience + Chris Martin: Manly Leagues Club, Brookvale Fozzy: Manning Bar, Camperdown VIP: Mean Fiddler Hotel (Woolshed), Rouse Hill Nicky Kurta: Mean Fiddler Hotel (Courtyard), Rouse Hill Ben Finn Duo: Mean Fiddler Hotel (Fiddler Bar), Rouse Hill The Lonely Boys: Mercantile Hotel, The Rocks
Party Revival Band: Oatley Hotel, Oatley Antoine + Rob Henry + Luke Robinson + Carl Fidler: Observer Hotel, The Rocks The Australian Guns n Roses Show: Ocean Beach Hotel, Umina Elevate + Oliver Goss: Orient Hotel, Sydney Skyscraper: Overlander Hotel, Cambridge Gardens Jon Hopkins: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst Junk: Oxford Art Factory (Gallery Bar), Darlinghurst Kash & Ko: Panania Markets, Panania Rock Solid Duo: Parramatta Leagues (The Firehouse), Parramatta Hooray For Everything: Parramatta RSL, Parramatta Ange: Pennant Hills Hotel, Pennant Hills Bob Gillespie: Penrith RSL (Castle Lounge / 2pm), Penrith Black Label + Angry Anderson: Penshurst RSL, Penshurst Joe Echo: PJ Gallaghers, Moore Park Mark Oats & Cara Kavanagh Duo: PJ Gallaghers, Leichhardt Matchbox Band: Ramsgate RSL (Auditorium), Sans Souci Making + Lucas Abela + Golden Blonde + Horse MacGyver + Naked Maja + Milkk + Misere: Red Rattler, Marrickville The Shrooms: Rock Lily, Pyrmont Small Talk Big Band: Roxbury Hotel (2pm), Glebe Allon & The Kindly Ones + Moon Over Wires + Valvewire + Jimi Papworth: Roxbury Hotel, Glebe The Rattle: Royal Federal Hotel, Branxton Greg Agar: Sir Joseph Banks Hotel, Botany Altitude: South Hurstville RSL, South Hurstville Vanity Riots + Jagged Jayne + Sonic Sunday + The Rider + Psyrens: Spectrum, Darlinghurst David Agius Duo: St Johns Park Bowling Club, St Johns Park
The Never Ever + Let’s Not Pretend + Drawing North + Breakaway: Metro Theatre (The Lair / All Ages), Sydney
Festival Of The Sun feat. You Am I + The Rubens + Ash Grunwald + The Beards + Ruby Boots + more: Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park, Port Macquarie
New Years Eve with The Villains + Invisible Sun + The Jethros: Towradgi Beach Hotel (Waves), Towradgi
The House of Who: Goodgod Small Club (Front Bar), Sydney Dave Phillips: Greystanes Inn, Greystanes
Panorama Duo: Mittagong RSL, Mittagong
Mish + Hawkmoth + Ex Curia: Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith
New Years Eve with DV8: Warners at the Bay, Warners Bay
Songs On Stage feat. Confession & Denial + Les Montgomery Band + Doctor Solid + Peach Montgomery: Hampshire Hotel, Camperdown
Peachy + DJ Shayne Alsop: Mounties (Terrace Bar), Mt Pritchard Dave White Trio: Narrabeen Sands, Narrabeen
Unfun 13 feat. Paper Arms + Corpus + Super Best Friends + Milestones + Harbourer + Anchors + more: The Annandale (3pm), Annandale
Wonderlust New Years Eve with Tokyo Denmark Sweden + more: Watsons Bay Hotel, Watsons Bay
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Cath & Him: North Ryde RSL (Marble Lounge), North Ryde
Yacht Club DJs: The Argyle House, Newcastle
the guide email@example.com Damien Leith + Andy Brown: The Basement, Circular Quay Tim Shaw: The Belvedere Hotel, Sydney Incognito Band: The Exchange Hotel, Hamilton Pacha feat. Botnek + Chris Lake: The Ivy, Sydney Nick Hoppner: The Spice Cellar, Sydney Gay Paris + Special Guests: The Square, Haymarket Siren Lines + Will & The Indians + JSmith & The Kids: The Standard, Surry Hills Kristy James: The Windsor Castle Hotel, Newcastle Renae Stone: Time & Tide Hotel, Dee Why Paul Hayward + Friends: Town & Country Hotel (4pm), St Peters Fat Rabbit + Kidd Sham + Jordan Sly + DJ Kristy Lee: Upstairs Beresford, Surry Hills Joel Rafidi + Larykan + DJ Bobby Digital: Valve @ Agincourt (First Level / 8pm), Sydney Venus Alkatraz + Signs & Symbols + Bones Atlas + Black Island: Valve @ Agincourt (Basement / 12pm), Sydney Tensions Arise + Datura Curse + Not Another Sequel, Just Another Prequel + Scar The Surface + Seconds Till The End + Internal Nightmare: Valve @ Agincourt (Basement / 8pm), Sydney TruLies: Warners at the Bay, Warners Bay Yuki Kumagai & John Mackie: Well Co Cafe/ Bar (11am), Leichhardt Two Minds + DJ Marty: Wentworthville Leagues Club, Wentworthville Muddy Feet: Wests Tradies, Dharruk
Restless Generation with Tricky + Rob Milton + Shane SOS: Whaat Club, Potts Point Matt Price Duo: Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, Woolloomooloo Sampology + DJ Butcher: World Bar, Kings Cross
James Englund: Jamison Hotel, Penrith
Melvins + Helmet + Guests: The Hi-Fi, Moore Park
Love That Hat: Jewells Tavern, Jewells
Marco Polo feat. Robosonic: The Ivy, Sydney
Old School Funk & Groove Night: 505, Surry Hills
Jo Vill & Maria: Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama
Angie + Nathan Roche + Waterford + Sex Noises: The Phoenix, Civic
Open Mic Night: Avoca Beach Hotel, Avoca Beach
Brassholes: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville
Dave White: The Ranch Hotel, Eastwood
Open Mic Night with Champagne Jam: Dundas Sports Club, Dundas
Titanium 22: The Sly Fox (5pm), Enmore
Dave Power: Mercantile Hotel, The Rocks
Ian Moss + Halfway to Forth: Lizottes Newcastle, New Lambton
Matt Price: The Woolwich Pier Hotel, Woolwich
Rob Henry: Observer Hotel, The Rocks
James Muller Trio: 505, Surry Hills
Hunter & Suzy Owens Band: Marrickville Bowling Club, Marrickville
Birds of Tokyo + Guineafowl: Towradgi Beach Hotel (Waves), Towradgi
Nick Kingswell: Orient Hotel, Sydney
Panorama Duo: Albion Hotel, Parramatta
Alex Hopkins: Mean Fiddler Hotel (Courtyard), Rouse Hill
Blues Sunday feat. Mark Hopper: Artichoke Gallery Cafe, Manly
Jess Dunbar: Mill Hill Hotel, Bondi Junction
Cass Eager & The Velvet Ropes + Guests: Towradgi Beach Hotel (Waves) (3pm), Towradgi
Jason Bone: Bar Petite, Newcastle
Nicky Kurta: Narrabeen Sands, Narrabeen
Bootleg Rascal + more: Yours & Owls, Wollongong
Matt Jones Band: 3 Wise Monkeys, Sydney
Satellite V: Botany View Hotel, Newtown Simon Meli + Leon & Matty (The Lazys): Brass Monkey, Cronulla
Lazy Sunday Lunch with Beccy Cole: Lizottes Central Coast, Kincumber
Bobby C: Nelson Bay Diggers Club, Nelson Bay
Matt Finish: Unity Gain Studios, Erskinville School Of Rock: Valve @ Agincourt (Basement / 12pm), Sydney
The Unexpected: Collingwood Hotel (4pm), Liverpool
Antoine: O’Malleys Hotel, Kings Cross
Steve Edmonds Band: Corrimal Hotel, Corrimal
County Waste + Mass Hysteria + Mangrove Jack + The Disadvantaged + Hungry Lungs: Valve @ Agincourt (Basement / 4pm), Sydney
Acoustic Sets with Kickstart: Oatley Hotel (2pm), Oatley
Keepin’ It Real: Enmore Theatre, Enmore
One Outs!: Valve @ Agincourt (First Level / 2pm), Sydney
Sunday Sessions with DJ Alter Ego: Oatley Hotel (6pm), Oatley
Mark Travers: Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge
Craig Thommo: Wallacia Hotel, Wallacia
Rob Henry + 3 Wise Men: Observer Hotel, The Rocks
Greg Agar: Family Inn, Rydalmere
Krishna Jones: Waverley Bowling & Recreation Club, Waverley
Pete Gelzinnis: Ocean Beach Hotel, Umina
Unbroken Expanse: Frankies Pizza, Sydney
Raoul Graf: Western Suburbs Leagues Club, Leumeah
Wildcatz + Mojo: Orient Hotel, Sydney
Claude Hay + Big Erle: Greenwell Point Hotel, Greenwell Point
Victoria Avenue: Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, Woolloomooloo
The Shuffle Boys: Penrith RSL (Castle Lounge / 2pm), Penrith
John Larder: Gwandalan Bowling Club (3pm), Gwandalan
John Watson: Ramsgate RSL (Lounge / 2pm), Sans Souci
Jamie Lindsay: Harbord Beach Hotel, Freshwater
Suite Az: Rock Lily, Pyrmont
The Chosen Few: Northies (Sports Bar), Cronulla
Matt Jones: Hillside Hotel, Castle Hill
Christmas Extravaganza feat. The Wheeze & Suck Band: Roxbury Hotel (2pm), Glebe
David Agius: Horse & Jockey Hotel, Homebush
Finn: Ruby L’Otel, Rozelle Bon Jovi + Special Guests: Sydney Entertainment Centre, Darling Harbour Sunday Night Confessional Christmas Bushfire Benefit Show feat. Peter Black + The Mis-Made + Bridie O’Brien + Keish + Hanna Rosa + Sweat & Shame + more: Taverners Hill Hotel (12pm), Leichhardt Rain: A Festival for Bush Fire Relief: The Basement, Circular Quay Endless Summer Beach Party: The Beach Club, Collaroy
Mac DeMarco + Scotdrakula + Jesse Davidson: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst Greg Agar: Scruffy Murphy’s, Sydney Human Nature + Guests: State Theatre, Sydney John Legend: Sydney Opera House, Sydney Jazzgroove Christmas Party: The Basement, Circular Quay Alicia Keys: The Star Event Centre, Pyrmont
Starfuckers: Australian Hotel & Brewery (Cool Room), Rouse Hill Sunset Sessions feat.Late Nite Tuff Guy + Garry Todd + Matt Cooney + Henners & TJ: Cafe Del Mar (2pm), Sydney [V] Island Parties feat. Kid Rock: Goat Island, Sydney Songs On Stage feat. Helmut Uhlmann + Chris Brookes + Massimo Presti + Rick Taylor: Kellys on King, Newtown Dave Power: Mercantile Hotel, The Rocks Steve Tonge: Observer Hotel, The Rocks Sammy Baker: Orient Hotel, Sydney Big Swing Band: Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith
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Guitarist, keys and female backing/lead singer wanted to join lead vocalist, drummer, bassist , sax and percussionist to form Funk covers band with the objective to be gigging in the Sydney area by mid next year. Material includes- Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye, Brothers Johnson, Stevie etc. Must have own transport etc. Currently rehearsing at Zen Studios St Peters. Ring Neil, 0402990336
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THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013 • 73
THE RETURN OF MONTY PYTHON TV
DURATION Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-1974).
WHAT 45 episodes of utter irreverence where the six members forged their surreal alliance.
PROS Completely groundbreaking so had the element of surprise.
CONS Bound by the prevailing community standards of the time.
FINAL WORD Where it all began, still beloved by hardcore Python freaks.
From And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) to The Meaning Of Life (1983).
WHAT Four films, also featuring Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1975) and Life Of Brian (1979).
PROS Big budgets allowed broadened scope for inanity.
CONS Higher profile drew PC extremists like moths to a flame.
FINAL WORD Brilliant (albeit controversial) extension of Python legacy.
First performed live as Monty Python in 1974, have announced new UK shows for next year.
WHAT The Pythons performing their most loved sketches in the flesh.
PROS Seeing the (remaining) heroes with your very own eyes.
CONS You already know all the punchlines.
FINAL WORD We’ll sell our souls for a ticket to the 2014 reunion!
74 • THE MUSIC • 11TH DECEMBER 2013
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