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The South West, with its promise of sun, sand, surf and good times, is the perfect place to be this holiday season. The beautiful historic lawns of Old Broadwater Farm throw the gates open for the sweetest garden party under the stars imaginable. Once you’ve recovered from the New Year Festivities, head down to the Old Broadwater Farm for Garden Party on Saturday, January 2, from 4pm-10pm, to catch Queensland’s Tijuana Cartel, Perth’s DJ Charlie Bucket, MC NFA, DJ Manchild, Paul Malone and Mellifluous. Tickets are $30 (plus booking fee) presale from www.heatseeker.com.au, Blue 62 Busso, Beach Life Margs and the Prince of Wales in Bunbury, or $40 on the door.

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The third Wild West Comedy Festival takes place next year from May 19-30. Chock-full of the very best comedy talent from Perth and over East, the Festival’s events –include a mass debate, The Boys Are Back In Town show (which unites premier comedians Dave Callan, Matt Dytynkski and Xavier Michelides), the Last Laugh Showcase and more. Tickets are now on sale through BOCS on 9484 1133 or www.bocsticketing.com. au. Wild West tickets would make the perfect stocking fillers this Christmas, so hop to it! More info at www.wildwestcomedy.com.au.

He’s famous as a member of the legendary WuTang Clan and as an artist in his own right. IN 2009 The RZA published The Tao Of Wu, a book of his worldview detailing the philosophy of the Wu Tang. He’s also in the midst of working on a kung-fu movie, Man With The Iron Fist, his second, in which he is writing, directing, as well as starring in. He’s made time in his bust schedule, however, for an Australian tour that will bring him to Villa on Wednesday, February 10. Tickers are on sale now from www.moshtix.com.au, 1300 GET TIX, www.bocsticketing.com.au (08 9484 1133) and 78’s (www.78records. com.au or 08 9322 6384). The RZA

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Future Music and Summadayze double ticket packs run out this Sunday, December 20, so get in quick if you wanna score tickets to both festivals for only $225 plus booking fee. Future Music Festival early bird tickets also wind up this Sunday, so head to www. ticketmaster.com.au or www.inthemix.com. au, or 78 Records, DJ Factory, Live Clothing (all stores), Mills Records, Planet Video and Rockeby Records to grab your early birds and double packs. At such cheap rates, why not grab a couple of tickets as Christmas presents for your mates while you’re there? A summer of dancing awaits!

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SOLID SOUNDS

Australia Day next year sees Perth’s only Aboriginal Radio station, Noongar Radio, and WA’s leading Indigenous music academy, Abmusic, join forces to present the Too Solid Music Festival. The day will feature a strong lineup of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists performing music across a range of genres including hip-hop,soul,contemporary,funk and traditional Aboriginal dance. Noongar Radio will broadcast live from the festival throughout the day. Headlining Too Solid will be The Yabu Band, joined by WA hip-hop crew Downsyde. It’s everyone’s on Tuesday, January 26.

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SPAGHETTI SCREENING

The Astor have gotten their hands on a brand new restored 35mm Technoscope print of the greatest Western ever made: Once Upon A Time In The West, and they’re planning to screen said masterpiece in all its grandeur on Friday, December 18; Saturday, December 19; and then again on December 24-26. Doors open 6pm for a 7pm start. Head down to the Astor Theatre on Beaufort St to catch Sergio Leone’s 1968 ode to the fading American frontier in this not to be missed opportunity.For more information on the Astor’s films, visit www.liveattheastor.com.au.

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MAC TONIGHT Dear X-Press, We saw Fleetwood Mac last Saturday. This was never going to be a complete gig for me without Christine McVie, however, that said, this concert was a good’un. Though Stevie Nicks was unable to hit those high notes of yesteryear she was still a formidable strength. The show took a little while to get the groove but when they finally did, well it was a pleasure. Playing well known to the odd little known songs they entertained the near full house with ease. Now I’ve seen the Mac twice during their heyday(s) and though I remember the finger-picking Lindsay Buckingham as one awesome guitarist I was reminded just how good he actually is on Saturday night. He gave his axe and fingers one hell of a workout on a few numbers that left me exhausted just watching him. Age has not tempered this musician. Using mainly a punchy Fender Precision bass John McVie kept a steady tight groove including effective fills that kept the groove interesting. Mick Fleetwood was the ever popular and sometimes funny drummer who actually

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had two kits to alternate depending on the song. He kept the audience entertained with his familiar antics. Fleetwood Mac are very fine musicians and are a very important part of rock music history. It is a pleasure to watch and listen to years of honed experience and expertise. I walked out with my partner on the night humming that very familiar bass line to the finale of Chain. Favourite moment: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow and those Lindsay Buckingham blistering guitar solos.

boofhead running up and down shining his stupid torch in people’s eyes trying to stop them from using their phone cameras. I have no problem as long as it’s not flash photography and most bands don’t either. But apart from that it was a good night and the crowd and band enjoyed each other.

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To all those who turned up at Double Lucky last Thursday to find there was no Robbie Jalapeno, no Selk Hastings and no Lucy Peach - the venue was double-booked on us and we were left out in the street. The evening was primed for greatness and yet it was not to be. I might suggest the ar tists will be venting their frustrations in the form o f m u s i c a l a r t i s t r y a t t h e i r n e x t g i g s, so it could be wor th heading on down and tapping into some of that emotion!

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Fleetwood Mac! First, what a great night it was being a fan and knowing the band from its early days. Myself and the wife are in our late 50s and go and see live music most weekends and support new and up coming bands. Anyway, my gripe is the security at the show. I was at the front of the stage and when they Many thanks, came on people getting their phones out to take a photo as a keepsake there was a Robbie Jalapeno

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Reviewed this week in Eye4, The French Kissers is a new move directed by Parisian comic strip artist, Riad Sattouf. This feature film tracks the misadventures of two 14 year-olds, Herve and Camel, as they try to kick-start their road to romance, but do the girls at school really care? We have five soundtracks, by French eletropoppists Flairs, to give away.

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DIVE INTO MONO

New Sunday party night Back To Mono is now in full swing at The Ellington Jazz Club, bringing a cast of Perth’s finest and funkiest DJs to the fore each week. This Sunday, December 16, sees a Jazz Dive special go down, with Phil Stevens (John Butler/The Waifs/Harrah Records) playing a selection of acid jazz with Paul Gamblin. Free entry from 8pm, DJs from 9pm. It’s a jazz, gas gas.

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Highly desirable UK outfit The Cribs are returning to Australia, with Perth in their sights. Brothers Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman have recruited a new member for their latest album, Ignore The Ignorant, and for their Australian tour. It’s none other than Johnny Marr, former guitarist/ songwriter for The Smiths and a recent member of Modest Mouse. Catch The Cribs on Saturday, February 13, at the Rosemount Hotel.

BEACH BOYS IN THE PAD

Summer’s here and the time is right to get back into the sunshine, surf and sounds of the Beach Boys. The Sea Of Tunes are a Beach Boys tribute act, made up of seven loveable musicians from the Perth original music scene. The Sea of Tunes cover the early ’60s surf hits, the majesty of FRESH FRASCA Catch Dallas Frasca and her band when they Pet Sounds-era orchestral pop, through to the bring their blues-rock to Perth, chasing up ’70s-era rock classics. catch them at Deville’s her great show here a few months ago at the Pad on Friday, December 18, then again in the One Movement Festival. Thursday, January 21, new year on Friday, January 15. sees Dallas at Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, and on Friday, January 22, she’ll perform at Mojo’s. You can also head to the Indi Bar on Saturday, January 23, to see Dallas support Ash Grunwald.

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It’s a busy weekend ahead at the Fly By Night club, with things kicking off this Thursday, December 17, with Where’s Joe? They’ll perform new wave sounds with support from psych ’60s act Stunning In Red. Doors 8pm for $15, or presales $10 plus booking fee from www.flybynight.org. Friday, December 18, sees soul lovers South West Soul fill the house with their Motown, Northern and Modern Soul sounds. Tickets $10, doors open 8pm. The finest lady performers of Perth take over on Saturday with The Chronicles Of Burlesque, ready to tease and tantalise with eye-popping striptease and vaudevillian antics. Sydney Burlesque Starlet Odile Devine joins the Perth girls. Tickets are $35 (plus booking fee) from www.flybynight.org, or $40 on the door if available. Doors open 7.30pm. Things wind up on Sunday, December 19, with the John Butler Trio, warming up for their One Way Road tour. Tickets are $40 (plus booking) fee from www.flybynight.org or 9430 5976.

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BAMBOO BEATS

There’s a few special nights on at bamboo bar (behind Luxe) this festive season. Head down on Sunday, December 20, to catch Mama Cass’s soulful sounds from 3.30pm. Catch 1926 film, The General, soundtracked by Viola Dana, an ensemble of WA jazz musicians, from 7pm, that same night. On Sunday, December 27, ska eight-piece Special Brew bring their energy and heat, also from 3.30pm. For more information, head to www.bamboobamboobamboo.com.

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Australia’s prodigal sons of thrash metal, Destroyer 666, are staging a high-octane metal assault on the Civic Hotel Backroom on Friday, January 8. Destroyer 666 have become a benchmark for thrash metal and are often referenced as pioneers within the scene. Supported from Mhorgl and Malignant Monster, tickets for Destroyer 666 are now available from Moshtix (www. moshtix.com.au or 1300 438 849), BOCS (www. bocsticketing.com.au or 9484 1133) and 78 Records.

Pugsley Buzzard is a former Perth piano player and singer with a distinctive sound, playing funky New Orleans grooves, barrelhouse blues Harlem stride with modern stylings. Now based in Melbourne he rarely stays still,and will indeed return home for some dates in the New Year. Catch Pugsley Buzzard on News Year’s Eve at Clancy’s; Friday, January 8, at Devilles; Saturday, January 9, at Ellington Jazz Club; Sunday, January 10, at Fremantle Arts Council; Tuesday, January 12, at the Perth Blues Club (Charles Hotel); Thursday, January 14, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Friday, January 15, at Albany Jazz Lounge and Saturday, January 16, at the Southern End Restaurant, Denmark.

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The annual hunt for Australia’s funniest new kid on the block, RAW Comedy, is on once more. The country’s biggest, largest, fattest, most prestigious open mic competition, RAW Comedy is a part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, with the lucky winner getting to perform at the ‘Fest in April. Anyone who has earned less than $500 from performing comedy is eligible to try their luck. Five minutes of new, original comedy material is all it takes - register at www.rawcomedy.com.au.

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AFI Award-winning music trivia show,SBS’s RocKwiz, hits the road next year, giving you the chance to be a part of their live audience.A brand new third show has been announced for Perth on Wednesday, May 12. Tickets are available through www. perthconcerthall.com.au or by calling 9231 9900, or through www.bocsticketing.com.au (9484 1133).

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Perth’s Ford Fiesta Moonlight Cinema, located in the beautiful Kings Park & Botanic Gardens, is a fine way to spend a summer evening. Collect some friends together, BYO drinks and food (or order a hamper) and throw down the picnic rug to enjoy one of the Moonlight’s cinema’s great programme offerings. Highlights include a premiere screening of Fantastic Mr Fox this Saturday, December 19, Judd Apatow’s comedy Funny People on Sunday, December 20, and a screening of Breakfest At Tiffany’s on Sunday, January 3. Full programme at moonlight.com.au. Tickets are available online at moonlight.com.au or at the gate. Adults $15, concession $13. Gates open at 6pm, and nightly screenings (excluding Mondays) start at approximately 7.30 pm.

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The Little Creatures Loft is the perfect place to spend a Sunday, with its laid back atmosphere, comfortable décor, and great selection of beers. Head to The Loft (40 Mews Road, Fremantle) on Sunday, December 20, to catch a line up of several Perth ex-pat musicians plus current WA bands for an afternoon of great music. Henry F. Skerritt (The Holy Sea,with special guests),Simone & Girlfunkle, Catherine Traicos, Billie Rogers, Simon Kelly Band and Dawn Yates comprise this very special line up. $12 entry from 4pm.

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FEATURE A perennial favourite Base Camp hangout, The Lounge is back. Open 24 hours with a range of chilled DJs, local acoustic performances and open mic (bring your xylophone and give it a whirl),The Lounge is the perfect pad to chill.

status to “Oh my God, Southbound rules” or some such… Southbound is about the party, but it’s also about the peace. The Healing Centre is back and expanded – a tranquil zone to heal your mind and body. And be sure to join the free morning The Southbound 24 Hour Café is another new workshops, including thai chi, yoga and meditation. addition to Base Camp this year – a place to grab Ommmmm. a toasted panini, fresh juice and barista coffee any time of the day or night. In other big news the cinema has enjoyed a rejig and has moved indoors. The new and expanded Get ready…Bollywood is coming to Southbound. Indoor Cinema will screen the best in short That’s right, the Indian Bollywood Restaurant films, programmed by SPLIFF. Grab your popcorn will be themed in true Bollywood style with DJs and kick back in the lounge into the dark hours. to match, dancers and, of course, the best in Indian cuisine. And as always there will be a huge array And don’t forget the Karaoke Tent, returning to of delicious food vendors operating day and night, Base Camp for those of you brave enough to put boasting a wide range of international flavours. your throats to the test (beers compulsory).

Base Camp Base Camp takes the giant leap from a town to a city this year. This camper’s-only zone is fully licensed (so you can roam freely with your drink of choice) and will be open 24 hours so there’s always a place to find some grub, a coffee and mingle with your fellow Southbounders. Base Camp will also deliver the finest – and kookiest – array of talent and entertainment, with the cream of WA DJs, artists and street performers.

The General Store is also back in business and Base Camp will also be home to a Market supplying all your camping needs, from cereal to Bazaar, the legendary Silent Disco, a Fancy batteries, camp supplies to condoms. Dress Shop (go on, find your inner self at Southbound…) and tune into Southbound Radio The Internet Café will be operating 24 hours thanks to Murdoch University – an exclusive radio this year, so you can log on and update your broadcast exclusively for Southbound campers.

Fringe And to bring the noise to these mighty fine venues listed above we have accumulated the tastiest selection of international, national and local DJs, artists and performers. So here we go…check out: Shazam, Canyons, DJ Cashmoney, Micah, Shockone, Gentlemen of Leisure, Kit Pop, The Transients, Charlie Bucket, Swami Adima, MC Amani, DJ Travis, Pussy Shoogah, The Soul Purpose, Mama Say Yes, Fur Corp, DJ Paul Malone, Shamik (Canada), Death Disco, Mullet, Rekab, Pres Juan and Soda, Armee, Missile, Bentman and Sipn, Philly Blunt, DJ Bilsby, DJ Karach, Pussy Shoogah, Frankie Button, Dave Miller, Leno, Namu and Swami, Lok,Tizer T Beat, Frankie Button, DJ Paul Malone, Flex, Drummy, Iron Palm, Empress Corby, DJ Sam Spencer, Rex Monsoon, Cool Hand Luke, Dan Da Silva, Robbie Rogue, SugarBlue Burlesque, Captain Quirk Circus, Lady Luna, Mr Hardyhaha, Resort, Fear Of Comedy cabaret show, Miche Suite, Matt Cal, Dosh Luckwell- Spoken word, The Joe Kings, The Trevallys, Adem K, Wolves At The Door, The Fags, Minute 36, Flying Heart,The Spacebeings, Wasamba, Organik Dance, Bizircus, One Tiger Down, Mister and Sunbird and Bootleg comedy!

Main Festival Arena As well as the exciting things coming to Base Camp, the Main Festival Arena will also host the finest in music, gastronomy and pleasure.

The Groove Tent returns to Southbound, firing up on Friday night for campers only with a full feast of international and national DJs. Then on Saturday and Sunday evenings the Groove Tent goes a little bonkers – literally – converting into cabaret and comedy central, with a delicious selection of theatre and performance.

The Coconut Club returns to Southbound 2010 as the fourth festival stage. The Coconut Club is about discovery… and coconuts. Make sure to explore and discover this wacko little world unto itself, take off your shoes and dance your arse off to the wicked beats amongst the palm trees with fresh mocktail in hand.

We like to do things a little differently at Southbound… so it’s with great pleasure we introduce the Saloon Bar. You read right – this year Southbound has its very own burger joint right in the heart of Base Camp. Grab yourself an organic Margaret River beef burger, some tasty keg beer and jump aboard the bucking bull (maybe not all at the same time…). With Western spaghetti themed tunes and the finest selection of burgers (both new and old) the Saloon Bar is destined to become a festival fave.

The expanded Music Store is where it all comes together – a place where you can buy a CD or some merchandise, get it signed by your favourite artist and enter the silent auction – all in one super store. The Eco Village is also back with the finest in eco stalls and art installations. And make sure to check out the Micro Brewery and Wine Tent, which has moved location under the beautiful peppermint trees. Grab a draft Little Creatures beer whilst enjoying some tapas or a woodfired pizza.

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BOB DYLAN

Yuletide’s Are A-Changin’ Bob Dylan recently released his first Christmas album,Christmas In The Heart. The great man of few words recently allowed JIM DOWNES a few of them… Is recording a Christmas album something you’ve had on your mind for a while? Yeah, every so often it has crossed my mind. The idea was first brought to me by Walter Yetnikoff, back when he was President of Columbia Records. Did you take him seriously? Well, sure I took him seriously. But it didn’t happen. How come? He wasn’t specific. Besides, there was always a glut of records out around that time of year and I didn’t see how one by me could make any difference.

those guys? I don’t know, maybe the camaraderie. On the other hand I wasn’t much into that whole scene actually - it left a lot of people out. Must Be Santa is a real jumping polka. Did you hear a lot of polka bands growing up? Yeah, I heard a few. I never heard that song before. Where did you hear it? I first heard that song years ago on one of those Sing Along With Mitch records. But this version comes from a band called Brave Combo. Somebody sent their record to us for our radio show. They’re a regional band out of Texas that takes regular songs and changes the way you think about them.You oughta hear their version of Hey Jude.

What was Christmas like around your town when you were growing up? Well, you know, plenty of snow, jingle bells, Christmas carolers going from house to house, sleighs in the streets, town bells ringing, The way you do winter wonderland makes nativity plays. That sort of thing. me think of Gene Autry and Roy Rodgers, the singing cowboys in the old movies. Even in John Your family was Jewish – as a kid did you ever Wayne films, there’d always be a scene back at feel left out of the Christmas excitement? the fort where an Irish band was playing, or No, not at all. the Sons of the Pioneers were singing. Did you have a favorite cowboy singer as a kid? What’s your idea of a good Christmas Dinner? Yeah, Tex Ritter. Mashed potatoes and gravy,roast turkey and collard greens, turnip greens, biscuit dressing, What about Gene and Roy? corn bread and cranberry sauce. Yeah, they were okay, but Tex Ritter was my favorite. He was way more heavy. There was Have you spent any Christmases overseas and more gravity to him. been struck by how the holiday is celebrated in other countries? Have you heard Christmas On Death Row, the I was in Mexico City once and they do rap Christmas record? a lot of re-enactment scenes of Joseph and Mary No I don’t think so. looking for a place to stay. Do you listen to rap music? How do you like to spend the week between I don’t listen to rap radio stations and Christmas and New Years? Doing nothing - I don’t play rap songs on the jukebox, and I don’t maybe reflecting on things. go to rap shows. So no, I guess I don’t listen to rap music all that much. Why do you think Christmas has better songs than other holidays? What do you think of rap music? I don’t know. That’s a good question. I love rhyming for rhyming sake. I think Maybe because it’s so worldwide and everybody that’s an incredible art form. can relate to it in their own kind of way. There’s a lonely quality in the way you do Very often when contemporary artists do Silver Bells. You were a young man when you Christmas records, they look for a new angle. moved from Minnesota to New York City. Was Billy Idol did a rock’n’roll Christmas album, Christmas very different in New York? Phil Spector put the Wall of Sound around the Christmas was pretty much the same in Christmas tree and the Roches did kind of a New York, only more so. kooky left-field collection. You played this right down the middle, doing classic holiday songs in Did it make you homesick? traditional arrangements. Did you know going Not really, I didn’t think about it that in you wanted to play it straight? much. I didn’t bring the past with me when I came Oh sure, there wasn’t any other way to to New York. Nothing back there would play any play it. These songs are part of my life, just like folk part in where I was going. songs. You have to play them straight too. Hearing you sing Adeste Fideles reminds me of There’s something new that happens when being an altar boy at your voice goes up against the very smooth Midnight Mass. The priests all had to lead the background singers and old-fashioned singing, and it didn’t arrangements. It adds a new flavor to the mix. matter if they were singers or not, they belted it When you do I’ll Be Home For Christmas, it out. Have you ever sung in a foreign language sounds really forlorn, like you’re singing the before? song in jail and this is your one phonecall. I’ve sung in French, Italian and Spanish. Do you ever approach singing a song like an Over the years, Columbia has asked me to do actor? records in those languages and I recorded stuff Not any more then Willie or Nat King here and there. None of the tracks have been Cole would. The songs don’t require much acting. released though. It’s hard deciding whether to do They kind of play themselves. a translation of one of my own songs, or an original song in one of those languages - which I’m actually Do you try to go for different emotions on more partial to. I’ve always wanted to do some different takes? Edith Piaf songs. Not really. The emotions would pretty much be the same on any singular take. The La Vie En Rose? inflections would maybe differ if we changed Yeah. That one and a couple of others. the key and sometimes that might affect the Sous Le Ciel De Paris, Pour Moi Tout Seule and maybe emotional resonance. one or two more When I hear your version of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, it makes me think of a lonely fellow outside the church, looking through the window at the congregation, wishing he were in there. Did any of these songs surprise you when you heard them played back? No, they were pretty much the same going in as going out. You can already hear them in your head before you begin.

What stopped you? Well, I can hear myself doing them in my head, but I’d need written arrangements to pull it off and I’m not sure who could do that.

Any Christmas songs you like but you did not think you could do? Not really. There were ones I didn’t want to do, but not any that I didn’t think I could do. The idea was to record the best known ones.

What about Bing Crosby? Sure, White Christmas was always a big song.

Which singers do you associate with Christmas? Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole. Doris Day.

I always get choked up at the end of Going My Way when the old priest’s mother comes Christmas Blues is an old Dean Martin song. walking toward him on Christmas Eve and Bing What attracted you to that? watches from the door of the church then picks It’s just a beautiful song. up his suitcase and walks off into the snow – Tura, Lura, Lura playing in the background. You Stan Lynch once told me about you and can’t get any more Christmassy than that. Did him slipping out of a rehearsal with The movies have a big effect on how you saw the Heartbreakers to go see Dean, Sinatra and world growing up? Sammy Davis Jr. What appealed to you about I think so. I lived in a small town and 16

Bob Dylan Photo: Gahr movies were a window into the outside world. Christmas Island is a wacky song! Santa’s going to sail in with your presents in a canoe. Where did that come from? You ever been to Christmas Island? No I’ve never been there. I have no idea where the song comes from, who wrote or even if there is such a place. Your song Three Angels always reminds me of the holidays. Did you ever sit down to write a Christmas song? I have never done that. It’s something to think about, though. You have grandchildren. What do you think they’ll make of this record? Did it occur to you making this record that years from now your grandchildren will play this album for their own kids? I don’t know what my grandchildren think of any of my records. I don’t know if they’ve even heard them. Maybe the older ones. You’re a lot more loyal to these melodies than you are to the melodies of the songs you’ve written. Do you figure these tunes can’t be messed with? If you want to get to the heart of them they can’t be, no.

Some critics don’t seem to know what to make of this record. Bloomberg News said, ‘Some of the songs sound ironic. Does he really mean have yourself a Merry Little Christmas?’ Is there any ironic content in these songs? No not at all. Critics like that are on the outside looking in. They are definitely not fans or the audience that I play to.They would have no gut level understanding of me and my work, what I can and can’t do - the scope of it all. Even at this point in time they still don’t know what to make of me. Derek Barker in The Independent,compared this record with the shock of you going electric. So many artists have released Christmas records, from Bing Crosby to Huey ‘Piano’ Smith. Why is it a shock if you do it? You’ll have to ask them. The Chicago Tribune felt this record needed more irreverence. Doesn’t that miss the point? Well sure it does, that’s an irresponsible statement anyway. Isn’t there enough irreverence in the world? Who would need more? Especially at Christmas time. The profits from this album are going to buy Christmas dinners for folks who are having a hard time financially. When I heard that I thought of the Woody Guthrie song, Pretty Boy Floyd – ‘Here’s a Christmas dinner for the families on relief’… Exactly. Pretty Boy Floyd. ‘Pretty Boy grabbed the log chain and the deputy grabbed his gun’. Did you ever notice how Pretty Boy Floyd looks exactly like babe Ruth?

Your version of The Christmas Song is right in the pocket. You slide into that song like you’ve been singing it all your life. You also sing the intro (‘All through the year we waited…’) which most people leave out. I don’t think Nat King Cole used that intro – why did you bring it Yeah, I have. Did you ever think it could be the same back? guy? Well, I figured the guy who wrote it put it in there deliberately. It definitely creates tension, Maybe they’re interchangeable? predicts what you are about to hear. Yeah, in the real world Pretty Boy would be batting clean up for the Yankees and Babe Ruth I think you did drop the ‘goodies on the sleigh’ would be robbing banks. line. Did something about that bother you? No not really. I don’t think I thought of Yeah, and they’re both legends. it until you mentioned it. I try my best to be exact, Right. but sometimes things just fall away. We probably recorded the song, got the feel right and moved Why did you pick Feeding America, Crisis on. Most likely we didn’t even listen back, just UK and The World Food Program to give the moved on to something else. I don’t think that’s proceeds of this record to? something I would have noticed anyway. Because they get food straight to the people. No military organisation, no bureaucracy, You really give a heroic performance of O’ Little no governments to deal with. Town Of Bethlehem. The way you do it reminds me a little of an Irish rebel song. There’s Do you still send out Christmas cards? something almost defiant in the way you sing, I haven’t for a while. ‘The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight’. I don’t want to put you on the Do you have a favorite Christmas album? spot, but you sure deliver that song like a true Maybe The Louvin Brothers. I like all the believer. religious Christmas albums. The ones in Latin. The Well, I am a true believer. songs I sang as a kid. You know, some people will think that Bob Dylan doing a Christmas album is meant to be ironic or a put-on. This sounds to me like one of the most sincere records you’ve ever made. Did anybody at your record company or management resist the idea? No it was my record company who compelled me to do it.

A lot of people like the secular ones. Religion isn’t meant for everybody.

Why now? Well, it just came my way now, at this time. Actually, I don’t think I would have been experienced enough earlier anyway.

Do you drop any hints about what you hope to get from your family? Nope. Their well-being, that’s enough of a gift for me.

What sort of gifts do you like to give? I try to match the person with the gift. Are you a last minute shopper? Always.

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LACRYMAE Hallowed Ground Having won Best Metal Band and Best Vocalist at the 2009 Western Front Awards, it was only natural that Lacrymae follow up their success with a release of their own. So, on Friday, December 18, the band will do just that, launching their EP, The Hallowed Design, at Amplifier Bar. MIKE WAFER has a looksie.

Lacrymae

With six members, Lacrymae are already a busy ensemble, but when you factor in that each of those members brings to the band musical extremes as wide as classical, jazz fusion and (needless to say) metal; their sound is even busier. Bassist Josh Terlick explains how The Hallowed Design came to be – from the almost nightmarish learning curve of self-production, to the sheer craftsmanship involved in colliding musical worlds without damaging them. “Metal is usually associated with darkness and all things evil, and so when you blend it with classical music yo u’re c re a t i n g a j u x t a p o s i t i o n , a Yi n / Yang,” Terlick begins of Lacrymae’s styleblending. “We use this natural balance as a means of expression. The result can be melodramatic which, I guess, resonates with the band members. It is this ‘dark versus light’ that creates the drama. Classical and metal are both very dramatic for different reasons. The epic themed lyrics in metal, according to Lacrymae, are done justice when showcased in a classical context,” he says.

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But what exactly are we talking about with the term ‘classical’? For while members such as vocalist / keyboardist Agostino Piscitelli are classically-trained, it’s not as if there is a chamber orchestra side-of-stage, layering Lacrymae’s sound with Ode To Joy. So how does the classical element of their sound come to be? “I suppose it is the choice of compositional devices that we have a d o p t e d, ” Te r l i c k e x p l a i n s . “ We q u o t e classical passages, we use classical cliches. Our EP is a concept album. The relationship between the lyrics in the story is reflected in the musical themes, through reprisals and variations. All this is reminiscent of program music.” Indeed it is, and as impressive as it was to know that Lacrymae brought with them a classical technique and skill, it is more impressive still to learn that they are capable of making these (even more difficult) intellectual and philosophical fine adjustments to their music, based on what they understand of the broader genres that inspire them. Merely mimicking them would no doubt create a sonic impression of classical music, but this is deeper than that. This band understands the finer and more important aspects that go into making something definitive. N a t u r a l l y, t h i s m e a n s t h a t t h e songwriting process in Lacr ymae is an involved and often long journey. “Our earliest songs were written by Ago [Agostino Piscitelli] and Frankie [Franceso Piscitelli, vocals] as demos to create interest and direction. They’ve been re-worked and re-written many times, so if you listen to the early demos they sound nothing like they do on the EP,” Terlick reveals. “Songwriting usually starts as an idea or a skeleton of a song which gradually gets fleshed out as everyone puts forward their ideas. The orchestration comes last, reinforcing the melodic themes in the vocals and guitar and generally tying the whole song together.” ‘Orchestration’, as a practice and concept alike, seems to be the key to this band. Lacrymae’s music itself may house many layers and arrangements that are a p p a re n t u p o n l i s te n i n g, b u t t h e ve r y orchestration of how they even think about songwriting is where the real power and magic lies – for it’s the same as a painter looking at a blank canvas, and only seeing the masterpiece that will come. I t is a vision. And as Terlick has already explained, this vision – this orchestration of ideas – undergoes a vast metamorphosis on its way to a song’s completion. Completion, in this instance, refers to the static recorded version of a song that has more or less done its evolving. Sure, the songs may evolve further over time in a live setting, but once a song is recorded, that is how that version it will stay. So the question arises – considering that Lacrymae recorded this concept EP on their own – what was it like to be the party responsible for ensuring that this archiving process did the songs justice? “Stressful as hell,” Terlick reveals. “It was pretty much all self-produced and we’re by no means professional sound engineers, so you can imagine how many t i m e s we m e s s e d u p a n d h a d to s t a r t again. We would record something, learn a better way to do it, then record it again. I mean, we started in January and finished two weeks ago. We learnt a lot though. “Would we do it again? Probably not for a while… need to catch up on some sleep.”

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RAW NERVE

A Rat In The Cellar On Friday, December 18, Raw Nerve launch their debut CD, Paralysed, at the Rocket Room. Frontman Donnie and bassist Rob caught up with MIKE WAFER to spill the beans. In addition to his solo country project, Cold Turkey, Donnie Rat has been keeping himself busy since his previous band, The Homicides, went down the gurgler. “And I don’t even know why we broke up,” says Donnie with a laugh, “but what are ya gonna do?” Start a new band, apparently. And with the help of Rob, drummer Mike and Undies on guitar, Raw Nerve was born. Although similarly irreverent to The Homicides, this new project is decidedly more rock’n’roll. “That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do… rock’n’roll,” Donnie explains.“With The Homicides it was always trying to get it into more of a rock’n’roll direction, but that’s what we’ve got now. It sort of feels like Lazy Cowgirls or something to me… fast, catchy… and we’ve got a great lineup for that. With Undies on guitar and Mike on drums, I can do that.” “And me and Undies and Mike just click,” Rob adds with a nod. “That’s right,” echoes Donnie, “it’s the best band I’ve ever played with on stage, and that’s good for me because I don’t have to worry about what’s going on with you guys. It’s tighter, it’s better… I mean, me and Undies have known each other for 15 years. We’ve never played together, never jammed together, yet we’re coming up with this stuff. “This is probably the only band I’ve been in where we’ve talked about it more than actually doing it. We’d sit around and get smashed and just talk about it. ‘Let’s do this band, a straight rock’n’roll band’. Then we just had a think about who we wanted to play with. We wanted Mike on drums, and Rob turned out to be the perfect bass player for us. We didn’t try anyone out, we just thought about who we wanted to play with. Though Raw Ner ve still has the necessary bite to keep the danger alive. The band’s debut EP, as a good example, is a no-frills affair that follows Donnie’s career-long love of low-fi recordings that spit out blood and broken glass.

“I’d have done it on a four-track if I’d had my way,” Donnie says. “Get that kind of dirty New Bomb Turks sort of style, y’know? I love the sound we got on this one, but I’d be happy to do it all on a four track if the other guys would let me. I sit by myself at home with the four track and just record like that anyway.” So how did they record the EP? “One day with Max [Ducker, Cellar Sessions]. One day, two cartons, one bottle of bourbon and a thousand bucks’ worth of speed,” Donnie laughs. “One day to record and then a little bit of re-mixing,” he adds. But there’s really no other way to record a band like Raw Nerve, because that’s how they write and perform anyway. To try

and tart them up in the studio would probably just suck some of the life out of it, even though recording them on a four track could essentially do the same thing. The balance they’ve found is pretty much the right one then, as the studio is more or less used as a way of cleanly capturing exactly how the band sounds and plays, with at least the option of having more than one drum mic. As he always does, Donnie laughs at studio talk as though it were all a big joke. More interested in just getting the job done, Donnie’s had too much of a punk rock upbringing (in every sense of the word) to care about anything other than writing the hooks then shoving them in people’s faces.

Raw Nerve But with Raw Nerve, he definitely sees a bigger potential than merely playing the Hydey every month and never straying from the usual traps. “We’ve had a lot of interest in the ‘get your shit together and come tour’ sense. So people know who we are and there’s a lot we can do with this band because it’s straight rock’n’roll, and we know what we’re doing,” he says. “This has been harder work for me singing than other bands, because it needs more. Everyone in the band is on top of their game, so I’ve gotta be as well. “It will need us to push it, but it could do better than any other band I’ve been in before I reckon.”

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GRAHAM WOOD QUINTET Train Kept Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rollinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

The Graham Wood Quintet launches a new CD, The G Train, with two shows at Ellington Jazz Club on Monday-Tuesday, December 22-23. BOB GORDON gets the lowdown from Wood about the 2008 trip to New York that inspired this new release. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really interested in the train theme of the album. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not new in music, but the physicality of train travel, the rhythms and the sights, must make a great impression on you if you focus on it. Describe the trip you were on and when the musical penny dropped along the way... Being in the big cities like Tokyo and New York means you spend a lot of time on the subway. The reason behind the title The G Train was that when I was in New York I was going to Brooklyn to check out a lot of the more underground gigs. The best way for me to get to Brooklyn was to connect to the G Train - a suburban line from Queens to Brooklyn. It was on some of those colourful late night jazz journeys on the G Train that I decided to follow this train theme with the album. You get to sit and think a lot when you are on the train - something not so common when I am in Perth - and I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the ideas were really hatching for me. It was the sounds, the smells, the interesting characters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; freaks - and the whole hustle and bustle of New York. Were you in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;next album modeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; when you were traveling? What longer form ideas were already in your mind? Absolutely. Two of the great players from my second CD, Jazz Juice, Matt Jodrell and Daniel Susnjar, were leaving town to head over to the USA to study their Masters. I had the studio and the musicians booked before I left and I had to come up with the music - the session was about three weeks after I returned from overseas. My main plan was to write an album in its entirety that told a story from beginning to end. My first CD was a jazz standards album that was recorded with literally two days planning, my second CD was a compilation of my favourite compositions over the last 10 years and so The G Train was meant to be an album where everything was written with a direct concept that flowed from one song to the next.

Were you able to write much at that time, or did it flow when you got back? I wrote about 2/3 of the album while I was away - luckily there was a piano in the apartment I was staying in - and the other 1/3 was finished when I got back to Perth.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;MY MAIN PLAN WAS TO WRITE AN ALBUM IN ITS ENTIRETY THAT TOLD A STORY FROM BEGINNING TO END. MY FIRST CD WAS A JAZZ STANDARDS ALBUM THAT WAS RECORDED WITH LITERALLY TWO DAYS PLANNING, MY SECOND CD WAS A COMPILATION OF MY FAVOURITE COMPOSITIONS OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS AND SO THE G TRAIN WAS MEANT TO BE AN ALBUM WHERE EVERYTHING WAS WRITTEN WITH A DIRECT CONCEPT THAT FLOWED FROM ONE SONG TO THE NEXT.â&#x20AC;?

Describe the recording sessions. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it like taking worldly visions back into the studio confine? We recorded two full days and did the whole album live. It was certainly like taking those visions back to the studio - we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really need to talk about it much as we had all been to New York and knew the vibe that is there. The interesting part was doing a few group improvisations. We just pressed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;recordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and played whatever came out. I linked the seven original tracks with short, improvised pieces and I think we captured some really interesting music there. This is the first release on Slow Release. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your vision for the label? Slow Release is a new record label that started thanks to a grant from WAAPA at ECU. It is designed to be a conduit for the release and distribution of new works by WAAPA music students and staff. It is my vision that we will sign the most talented graduates from the music program and then record, produce, publish, release and distribute the best music that WAAPA has to offer - and that it can be as good as the best in the world. And hopefully we can make it a sustainable business model in time that will open up a whole range of new possibilities. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a great year - how do you rate it in terms of Perth jazz history and in your own career? It has been an amazing year. Could I be so bold as to say that it has been the best in Perth jazz history? It has, in my opinion. In terms of my own career it has been an amazing

journey. I have had the pleasure of performing with George Garzone, Katie Noonan, Fred Wesley and Jon Gordon as well as an amazing array of other artists. I guess I have been averaging about seven-gigs-a-week this year and have spent a lot of time practicing and working on new material. Also the Ellington has been a rewarding new direction for my career. It is a great place to play as well as a great place to hang - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like my lounge room and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way I like it. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to top off the year with the release of my third CD.

Graham Wood Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ahead for 2010? More incredible music is coming to The Ellington on a weekly basis. As well as this Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m finishing my PhD, working with the great staff and students at WAAPA and also hanging out with the kids, Tyner and Dahli. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be planning a fourth CD as well but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure of the timeline on that yet.

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BLISS N ESO

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Bliss N Eso head back to Perth as part of the massive New Year’s Eve lineup for Origin on Thursday, December 31, at Steele Blue Oval, Bassendean. RK reports.

An RBT could be on any corner. Every police vehicle is a booze bus.

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Social consciousness is high on the list of priorities for the Bliss N Eso crew, so much so that it has changed their entire outlook and perspective. The profoundness of a trip to Africa has manipulated their social fabric in a way that the hunger to connect, the hunger to please and the hunger to deliver is now more paramount than ever before. “Basically we’ve been broadening out the landscape of what the next album is going to feel like,” says Eso. “We’re dropping the conscious shit and keeping our lyrics fresh. We’ve been digging in the crates and producing a gang load of tracks and now we’ve gotten to the point where we had to stop collecting beats and deal with what we had.” I n d e e d, t h e b o y s p r e a c h t h i s profound notion that by creating your own path, you reach a destination never gotten to simply by following directions. “We wanted to allow our minds to venture out of our own neighbourhood. We spent some time in Portland, Oregon, and

“WE DECIDED THAT OUR MOTTO WAS GOING TO BE LIKE IF YOU GIVE, THEN YOU GET BACK! WE WENT ON A TRIP TO AFRICA AND LIVED IN MUD HUTS AND WORKED WITH PEOPLE FAR WORSE OFF THAN OURSELVES. IT CHANGED OUR PERSPECTIVE AND HELPED PULL THE WOOL BACK FROM OVER OUR EYES. I’M NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY FREAK BUT WHEN I REALISED THAT RADIO AND TV WASN’T TELLING ME WHAT I NEEDED TO KNOW, I WANTED TO FIND OUT.”

in Whistler, Canada. We hooked up with this crew who reminded me of the old Wu-Tang. They call themselves the Sandcastle Crew; they live in a basement they call the sandpit! It’s an entire mindset. We did a show with them in Canada in front of 500 people and they’re going to appear on our next album.” Bliss N Eso’s last album, 2008’s Flying Colours, was a triumph in the Australian hip hop scene. The release spent over a year in the ARIA charts –giving you some idea of the reach it had across our timid continent. “We decided that our motto was going to be like if you give, then you get back! We went on a trip to Africa and lived in mud huts and worked with people far worse off than ourselves. It changed our perspective and helped pull the wool back from over our eyes. I’m not a conspiracy theory freak but when I realised that radio and TV wasn’t telling me what I needed to know, I wanted to find out. “The saddest thing about walking away from there was that it was very intense. We all had cry moments where we’d go and sit in the car and sob. It’s affected me so much that now when I’m at the pub and I hear someone being a racist I’m going to stand up to things like that. It just doesn’t make sense. I’m on some one love next shit.” So you wanna talk about how that

affects Australian hip hop? “Well I was talking about this today with a couple of cats from Mind Over Matter,” Eso says. “I might get in trouble for this, but I think from the beginning Australian hip hop needed to be called Australian hip hop - just to allow the kids to step up and grab that microphone with courage. Because I’m not American, I’m not going to be talking about the same stuff that they are talking about. We needed people to get up and be proud to be Australian and talk about Australia. But we needed that so now cats are getting up and being proud of being Aussie. “Now the music is straight up hip hop – we’ve earned it with stompin’ shows from Adelaide to Darwin. It’s on a world scale and we’re doing hip hop music… not Australian hip hop.” Finally, things don’t finish there. The Bliss N Eso tale is a legacy of royal hip hop that is now written. The boys are just stoked that it has taken them this far… “We hope that all the hip hop crew come out to see the show. You’ll get to see some old schoolers and freestylers doing their thing from rhyming to beat-boxing. I promise it will be better than a lot of the internationals who promise to rock the show when they come out here and end up playing for 10 minutes and going home.”

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Nothin’ But A Good Time

Returning downunder for the second time this year,DevilDriver Down City Streets vocalistDezFafaratellsTOMHERSEYabouttheinter-bandrivalry betweenDevilDriverandtheirheadliningbuddies,LambOfGod, Archie Roach has just released an album of his earliest who they team with at Metro City this Friday, December 18. recordings, Music Deli Presents going to be working on their chops to impress Archie Roach – 1988. CHRISTIE each other and the fans. “The real competitive stuff is on ELIEZER reports. the stage,” he says. “That’s between different

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Having both emerged out of the burgeoning New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene during the early ‘00s, it would be unsurprising if some lingering tension existed between DevilDriver and Lamb Of God. As both bands’ statuses have grown stratospherically over the last five years, surely their jostling to get on better labels and bigger tours would have resulted in some friction? According to Dez Fafara, the rivalry probably isn’t a fierce as you’d expect from two bands who have displayed such vulgar aggression through their music. “I do know that we’re going to rechallenge those guys to a game of bowling,” he says. “Last time we toured together we were the underdogs and they were supposed to beat us, because I had never bowled before, but we ended up beating them. So now we’ve got a challenge going, and we’ve heard that they’re planning to try and take us again.” Outside of this Big Lebowski-flavoured competition in the lanes, which Fafara refers to as “a stupid thing between bros”, both bands are

band members and that’s actually competitive. Everyone’s watching sets, psyching themselves up to play better than the other guys. And I think both camps know, that because we’re playing on the same stage, we’ve gotta step it up. That’s why we love touring together, because there’s a sense of competition and camaraderie.” Having last shared an Australian stage at the Soundwave festivals in February this year, both Lamb Of God and DevilDriver are returning to the country much to the delight of the growing legions of fans who appreciate both bands. Speaking only for DevilDriver, Fafara is eagerly anticipating their return to Australian shores. “When you’re in a band and it comes to playing different territories, you find yourself drawn to the places where you have a good time and really connect with people. We’ve found that we connect with you Australians and when we got asked to come down again by Lamb Of God we just jumped on the opportunity. “For some reason the package of them and us is diverse enough musically, but packaged well enough so that people can come out and have a really killer time. And we’re having a killer time too. We love Lamb Of God and we’ve toured all over the world with them, so any time you get them and us together, it’s nothing but a good time.” Towards the end of our conversation, Fafara also posits that it won’t be long until DevilDriver are back playing Australia in support of a new album, which is already in the works. “I think it’s important to be proficient and prolific in your writing. We hope to have an album out by October, 2010. We’re already writing, and we’ve got five or six songs that are faster and touch on some different things than what we’ve done before.”

Archie Roach has been reacquainting himself with some old friends from about 20 years ago. No, not the ones he knew when he worked in a drug rehabilitation centre. Instead, these old friends were songs that he was singing in acoustic clubs around Melbourne when he started out. Some like Took The Children Away and Beautiful Child have remained in his set. The others he’s had to shake out of the mothballs to learn again and play on his upcoming tour. Roach, then 26, had just stopped drinking.He couldn’t believe how different the very streets through which he’d stagger home drunk, to his wife Ruby Hunter and their young kids, looked. His head was fresh, and ideas kept pouring out of him. He had no idea how to write songs, they just fell together. They were tales about the stolen generation, land rights battles, growing up poor and disadvantaged and kids dying in police custody, with titles like Give Us Back Our Dancing, Native Born, Bicentennial Blues and Keep Your Handouts, Give Us Back Our Land.“I guess I was a bit of an angry young man,” Roach says, bemused. One time he was singing Took The Children Away in a club in Fitzroy. It’s the first time his two elder sisters had seen him play.The emotion got the better of him, and he burst into tears. Roach got his break when Paul Petran, producer of ABC Radio’s Music Deli program asked him to come into the studio to record some songs to play on radio. These got Roach’s name around. ABC Music this month released those tracks as Music Deli Presents Archie Roach – 1988. A standout is the poignant Weeping In The Forest, recorded live at Melbourne’s Concert Hall in 1992 with Yothu Yindi. “That’s about my Uncle Banjo. There was a forest at the edge of the Framlingham mission we grew up in, and all the

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children used to play there. When they took the kids away, Uncle Banjo said he couldn’t hear the laughter of the kids in the forest any more, just silence.” Beautiful Child was inspired by a TV news report on the mother of a boy who died in custody. She held up a photograph of him and exclaimed, ‘Look here, he’s such a beautiful child’. Roach later met the boy’s brother, who thanked him for the song. Roach admits to being uncomfortable with some of the songs. He likes their naivety; but some of the lyrics are sloppy.“There’s a line ‘stinking white man’s gold’, it’s the gold that’s stinking, not the white man, but some people could misconstrue that!” While lauded by audiences for being a voice for the disadvantaged, there were some who were hostile. Generally Roach’s past as a tent boxer, and his willingness to sit and talk to someone who has a problem, tends to calm things down. But there are other instances. “We were sound-checking at the Annandale in Sydney once, this was just after my first album, Charcoal Lane, came out, and this woman said, ‘So, I have to sit here and feel guilty?’ I said no, if you feel guilty you must have a reason! But it’s not my intention to upset people. “In Geraldton, I opened for Paul Kelly, and some people in the audience were, ‘He’s pretty arrogant’. I said, ‘Hang on, you can listen to Paul Kelly sing about the problems of my people but you can’t take it from an Aborigine! What’s going on?’”

REAL TO REEL Studio Sneak Peeks Twelve local musical acts will receive an extra special gift in their stockings this Christmas. DAVID CRADDOCK speaks to Real To Reel organiser Katie Lenanton about giving the gift of free recording time, which the public can also enjoy at 278 William St from December 18-23. Recording-studio time isn’t your average underthe-tree Christmas treat, but thanks to the Perth Youth Advisory Council, that’s what twelve local acts will be receiving this year. A broad selection of local artists have been selected to cut free-of-charge recordings this festive season at Real To Reel, a pop-up, all-ages recording studio which will run at 278 William St from December 18-23. Respected local sound engineer Laurie Sinagra will be hitting the record button from 12-4pm each day, with the public invited to sit in on the action and get a rare, first-hand view of the recording process. “I thought, we have this set of resources and the best way to use them is to give bands recording time, rather than setting up amps and everything for a live show that only 100 people might be able to come to,” explains organiser Katie Lenanton, the events coordinator of Foodchain, Perth YAC’s all-ages arts and music program.“This way you can access a whole wide audience and everyone from around the state can access that local live music experience.”

“Someone like Hayley Beth has recorded solo but not so much with her band,” Lenanton says.“It’s pretty cool that she can come in and do that. Sean Pollard from Split Seconds has done home recordings with his new project but hasn’t got into a proper studio set up.” Given the relatively short slots allotted to each band, Lenanton says the recording sessions are usually short, fast and raw snapshots of a live performance. With the first-class talents of many of the bands on offer, this is by no means a bad thing for the audience who get to peep in. “Last time we just had a sign on the door saying,‘You can come in now’,” she explains of the intimate vibe of the sessions. “People would just come in and sit down. It’s pretty important that they’re quiet and not talking while the bands are playing because that all obviously gets picked up on the recording. It’s almost like being back at school, sitting on the floor cross-legged watching a performance.”

For members of the public unable to attend the recording sessions in person, mixed and mastered final versions of the songs will be available to download online on the night of each session alongside fly-on-thewall photographs of each day’s action by local photographer Elizabeth Stacey. “Bands can chew through heaps of money to have a couple of weeks in the studio,” Lenanton explains of her project, which was inspired by Banknotes, a similar event she ran with Love Is My Velocity and WAM last year. “I’ve tried to get a good mix of genres but also being aware of where a lot of these smaller independent bands are at. You look at whether it’s timely for these bands to have this opportunity, which I think in most cases it is.” Some of the acts who have been invited to record include psychedelic jam collective Pond, soothing folk duo Simone and Girlfunkle, Sean Pollard’s (New Rules For Boats) new solo project Split Seconds, otherworldly experimentalist Rabbit Island and the broody folk blues of The Hayley Beth Love Affliction.

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SERIOUSLY SOUND SYSTEM Dancing In The Park What’s better than a summers’ day in Hyde Park, drinking in the beautiful summer sun, sipping on a tasty ale, and lying on the green, green grass? Well, doing all those things, and being entertained by a first class selection of Perth DJs and dance acts! RTRFM’S mini dance festival in the park, Seriously Sound System, is just around the corner, with everything set to happen this Sunday, December 20 at Hyde Park (cnr Vincent and Fitzgerald St, Perth), from 12pm-10pm. Tickets $15 for RTRFM subscribers and $20 for general admission. Subscriber tickets available online at http://www.rtrfm. com.au/events and at RTRFM, located at 642 Beaufort St Mt Lawley. General admission tickets on sale from Mills, 78 Records, Planet, from the station and also on the RTRFM website. This is a licensed 18+ event and ID will be required on the door. Food available for purchase or bring a picnic basket. A seriously good Sunday of sounds in the summer sun awaits!

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STU ORCHARD Finding His Cherry

Stu Orchard launches The Uneven Album this Saturday, December 19, at The Norfolk Basement with support from The Moltens and DJ Benny L. BOB GORDON reports. Stu Orchard, is a Perth musician, but for most of this decade he’s been based in various east coast locations. He’s issued several EPs, but it seems fitting that upon the launch of his first fulllength release, The Uneven Album, he has come full circle and is living back in Perth. “It’s called The Uneven Album for lots of reasons,” Orchard says. “It was recorded in lots of different locations over about two years. I wanted something edgy, with some light in the shade, which also showed diversity of musical interests. The challenge was to make it all fit together continuously. I think we did it.” While much of his older material has featured on his previous EP releases – 2003’s Delinquent and 2004’s Beautiful Bastard – The Uneven Album contains songs that have followed Orchard across the years. “ Ye a h , s o m e a re re co rd e d a n d ‘modernised’ versions of songs that were as much as five years old,” he explains. “The title track, for instance, was an idea in my head for about four years. Others have been written in the last two years and included into the album.” Orchard’s east coast years saw him moving to Melbourne, uprooting to Brisbane then returning again to Melbourne. He says it’s hard to say what the period taught him about himself both musically and personally, but it certainly was a formative era. “It’s hard to say, exactly. It was all part of forming my identity. Initially, I moved to Melbourne for anonymity and actually began performing live. I cut my teeth there and played lots of shows. The bar is set pretty high over there - there are heaps of great bands in Brisbane and Melbourne competing for limited opportunities, just like here. “Eventually, I was hanging with some pretty awesome musos and they thought I was alright, so that was a confidence booster.

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I was struggling in many ways, but also having the time of my life, so it was awesome inspiration.” Do you find having an experimental musical attitude freeing, or merely normal? “I fight to convince myself every day that new sounds are possible,” Orchard replies. “I’m talking in terms of harmonics, notes and melodies as opposed to electronic sounds and new technology, but all that blows my hair back too. “Lots of crew have an experimental attitude - they tend to be the people I gravitate towards - and some are happy to create more traditional sounds. Personally, I want to push the envelope and, in this day

“LOTS OF CREW HAVE AN EXPERIMENTAL ATTITUDE - THEY TEND TO BE THE PEOPLE I GRAVITATE TOWARDS - AND SOME ARE HAPPY TO CREATE MORE TRADITIONAL SOUNDS. PERSONALLY, I WANT TO PUSH THE ENVELOPE AND, IN THIS DAY AND AGE, WHERE IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYTHING HAS BEEN DONE, IT CAN BE TORTUROUS.”

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and age, where it seems like everything has been done, it can be torturous.” For someone who has lived around the place and pursues such a depth in his music, Orchard seems a prett y apt surname… “It probably is,” he laughs, “yes! I take my music pretty seriously but try not to take myself too seriously. Lately, I’ve been trying to be more outwardly superficial and sparkly. I’m more of a cherry orchard these days... as distinct from a crab apple.” For Saturday ’s launch Orchard will be backed by Ben Gray on bass, Adam ‘Bucko’ Buckley on electric guitar, Angus Money on keys/saxophone and Ben Stacy on drums. “I love those guys,” he exclaims. “I can’t wait!”

But with the album now out, it seems it’s all only just begun… “I hope something happens,” Orchard says. “I know now that it’s all up to me to promote the album. I’m the boss, but I need lots of help too. In lots of ways things are coming together more now that I’ve realised. I pretty much need to do everything myself, which is the hardest part but best part. I want to be able to facilitate playing more and, especially, writing more. So is your move back to Perth for good, or good for the moment? “Oh yes, my family and friends are here,” he says. “Absolutely, I’m loving it! But I might drop everything and go to Europe… Germany, maybe. There’s a great audience there.”

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GREAT ESCAPISM ESCAPE TO THE PARK Pioneer Women’s Memorial Kings Park & Botanic Garden Friday, December 4, 2009

John Butler

BUTLER DID IT One Tiger Down

DOWN SOUTH

One Tiger Down will be performing as part of Southbound early next year, but it seems that’s not enough of a dose of south west lovin’ for the young band, and they’ve gone and booked themselves a warm-up run of shows to get themselves in the mood. Catch the band when they perform at the Norfolk Basement (with Matt Gresham) on Friday, December 18; Margaret River’s Settlers Tavern on Saturday, December 19; and Caves House, Yallingup, on Sunday, December 20. Helen Shanahan supports on both Saturday and Sunday.

For over two decades, the Nannup Music Festival has showcased the Australian talent, and 2010 – celebrating their 21st birthday – will be the biggest one yet, as it has been announced that Australia’s much-loved John Butler has the headlining spot. Having sold out shows worldwide both in solo mode and with his trio, John Butler is one of Australia’s most highly respected truly independent artists, and will be releasing his next album, April Uprising, in early 2010. Joining John will be Harry James Angus from Cat Empire fame, Ireland’s amazing Eleanor McEvoy, East Timor’s Ego Lemos, as well as 200 other artists of critical and fan acclaim. The festival takes place in Nannup from February 26-March 1. Book your early bird tickets now through www.nannupmusicfestival. org or by calling (08) 975 63061.

A SUCKER LAUNCHED EVERY MINUTE

Jez Mead

Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Jez Mead needs no introduction – which is handy, because he’s got that many tour dates we couldn’t fit an introduction anyway! Catch the super busy Mead when he hits the road to launch his Sucker EP on: Friday, December 18, at Yallingup’s Caves House; Bunbury’s Prince Of Wales on Saturday, December 19; the Indi Bar on Sunday, December 20; Mojo’s on Wednesday, December 23; the Premier Hotel on Thursday, December 24, and Sunday, December 27; the Dunsborough Tavern on Friday, January 1; and Margaret River’s Settlers Tavern on Sunday, January 3.

It’s hard to think of too many better ways to spend a warm summer evenings that amongst the surrounds of Kings Park & Botanic Garden with a bevy of food and drink and fine line up of bands to take in. Escape To The Park has become an institution at the start of summer and this year the Australian talent on show and the kind weather had all the ingredients for a stellar event. The early start to proceedings meant that it was a bit of a struggle for some to get out of the office and to the venue on time, but for those that did they were treated to a relatively short but rootsy set from Mama Kin. The females continued to rule over the first part of the evening with Clare Bowditch casting her unique voice across the picturesque outdoor venue. Both early artists were met with a warm response, but it was the headline acts that had drawn in the numbers. Recent turmoil in the Augie March camp has seen them announce that they are unlikely to be playing any shows in the immediate future, so this evening was the last chance to catch the much-loved Melbourne outfit. Glen Richards greeted the crowd and confirmed the news that they won’t be coming back our way for a few years, and then, showing the preparation that he has been renowned for, asked the band members for a guitar pick as he had forgotten his. Musically the band were on song as they opened with The Cold Acre. Soon after there was an aborted attempt at Pennywhistle as the clarinet was out of tune. As the band stopped playing Richards playfully told the crowd that their first gig had gone off without a hitch and that it had steadily been going downhill for 13 years. Richards was obviously in a playful mood and the rest of the set went off without a hitch, as tunes such as There Is No Such Place did the majority of the talking. Augie March are no strangers to the Kings Park stage, counting it as a venue that has seen many of their triumphs. They can consider this evening’s effort as another one of their successes. When closing with their biggest hit, One Crowded Hour, the venue was hushed to a point of being able to hear a pin drop. If this is the last we see of the band for a considerable amount of time, then it was a fitting way to go out.

Paul Kelly is no stranger to packing out auditoriums and on this night he was again the biggest drawcard. With a career that spans as many decades as Kelly’s, you would imagine that the trickiest part of any performance would be deciding which songs he is going to play. It’s a nice problem to have, as he played for an hourand-a-half and still only scratched the surface of his impeccable catalogue. At almost 55 years of age Kelly is still going as strong as ever with Nothing On My Mind having more grit and bite than was expected so early in the set. Kelly then continued the tradition of acts mentioning the ducks in the lake near the stage before fittingly playing Dumb Things. Knowing that people were keen to jump up and dance in the isles Careless soon followed up, as did Before Too Long and the lovely When I First Met Your Ma. His nephew, Dan Kelly, didn’t appear to be in attendance this evening, but there was no shortage of talent on stage. Vika Bull bought her hearty voice to the equation and was given reign to sing lead vocals on a few songs including Sweet Guy and So Much Water So Close To Home. Even’s Ash Naylor has been playing guitar with Kelly for a few years now and rarely puts a foot wrong. The most recognisable face on stage (besides Kelly) come from Pete Luscombe who appears on TV screens each week as the drummer in the RockWiz house band. As impressive as he is on that show, it is heartening to watch him play drums with Kelly as it is obvious that he has a considerable emotional investment and passion for the songs. Kelly powered through more crowd favourites with You’re 39, You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine, a full sounding version of Love Never Runs On Time and To Her Door garnered the loudest applause. Christmas songs are usually rubbish but such is the strength of Kelly’s song writing that How To Make Gravy is the jewel in his crown. Even without his crack bluegrass band behind him, Kelly was able to pull off his personal tribute to the Carter family with a cracking version of Song Of The Old Rake. With a plethora of tunes still to choose from, Kelly closed the evening with Song From The Sixteen Floor. With all five members of the band chiming in with perfect harmonies, it was a splendid if not obvious choice. _ CHRIS HAVERCROFT

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS A Southbound Blitz Nick Zinner is mortified. He thinks he’s offended EMILY WILLIAMS as they catch up on the eve of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ return to Australia which brings them to Southbound at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton, on Sunday, January 10. Like it or not, a lot of live music today is about spectacle. Whether it’s Lady Gaga ‘bleeding’ on the MTV Music Awards, Sigur Rós launching confetti from cannons at Splendour In The Grass, Wayne Coyne walking in a bubble across the desert at Coachella – or Karen O draped in a lobster-print and streamer Last Of The Mohicans-ensemble at Glastonbury – a lot of it cleverly combines the prime focus of a visual element with that of its aural backbone. It’s bold. It’s bright. It’s the grand spectacle of pop. And let’s face it – if you’re playing a show in front of tens of thousands of people, you have to do something to divert their attention. So when guitarist/keyboardist, Nick Zinner, softly notes, “We’re still extremely susceptible to self-doubt,” we’re struck by an arresting reality – one in stark contrast to the buoyant, self-assured glitz of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ current image - but one affirming the dichotomy of a band who tend, more often that not, to wear their hearts on their sleeves (even if those sleeves are now cloaked in dense swathes of effects, beats and spikey guitar lines, underpinned by a very human whirling dervish of a leading lady). It was 2002 when the band first stepped up to an Australian stage, supporting the John Spencer Blues Explosion. Three New Yorkers dressed in black; to look at, the only striking thing about them was their lead singer’s insistence on gaffing her black singlet with fluoro lime tape (it was falling apart, I guess they don’t make Bonds like they used to). But then they plugged in. Essentially blowing JSBX off the stage with effected guitar noise, precision, spider-like percussive work and the wails, moans and raw sex appeal of a black, bowl-cutted pixie-like lady who didn’t look fragile, but sure as hell sang about things the girls pressed along the crash barrier seemed directly wired into. It was the sound of new New York: Liars were turning everything on its head with They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top; the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs were on the cusp of launching Fever To Tell; The Strokes were yet to deliver the ubiquitous MOR-tripe we now associate them with; and TV On The Radio were recording Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes – the precursor to a release that would ultimately give Radiohead a run for its money in the album of the decade stakes, Return To Cookie Mountain. Reflecting on the band’s steady rise, Nick Zinner gently muses, “Yeah, it’s amazing going to some cities. I remember when we were here the last time, playing in clubs for 80 and then we were here at a festival playing for 40,000 people. It’s, in that sense, incredible that a lot of bands we came up with just aren’t around any more. It’s pretty powerful when you think about it that way. But at the same time we might think

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we had a bad show and feel really bad about it afterwards, so you never know. We’re still extremely susceptible to self-doubt. I don’t think we’re at a point where we’ve necessarily made it or whatever. I think we’re still pretty humble and insecure people to worry about that.” A lot of bands were born in New York – especially in post-punk Brooklyn – but only the most dynamic of its brethren have survived. But they have come to define a lot of critical, curious, and fun music for this decade. “It’s funny because I feel like the only other bands that we were relating to at that time are still the ones we’re relating to like mainly TV On The Radio and Liars, who are putting a new record out. But definitely with TV On The Radio it’s like this last year when we run into each other it would be at a festival in Ireland or in some other place that wasn’t the neighbourhood that we all lived in. “So that was kind of funny and awesome too, they were really great to see. I guess it’s hard to say, I feel like in 2007 or even 2000, it felt more like, probably, how any town feels when there are a bunch of bands who are friends and playing clubs and going to each other’s shows. We were so caught up in the excitement of the moment of friends or what you’re doing that you’re not necessarily thinking about the future or that a creepy reporter is writing about you.” Hey, I’m not a creepy reporter! “No, not you, but like the outside world looking in. Those weren’t really factors at that time so I guess it’s kind of hard. I just lost track of what I was saying … I feel bad that you thought I was talking about you when I said creepy reporter.”

At this point the poor guy sounds genuinely sorry that he may have offended me. Only after I assure him I’m not, does he go on. “Not all reporters are creepy.” Zinner speaks with such an affectionate softness it’s difficult to align him as the guy responsible for such huge sonics in the band. Seriously, you want to buy him a hot-chocolate with vegan-friendly marshmallows, and watch an old movie with him. The thought of him being offensive is about as about as likely as a snowflake in Busselton. In summer. He’s had the chance to focus on the past a little more lately, gaining some perspective of how far the band have come when playing recently as part of All Tomorrow’s Parties’ 10th Anniversary celebration, where they were to perform a Don’t Look Back set for debut, Fever To Tell. When off-handedly mentioning that many people consider the request an admission of a particular recording’s stamp as a ‘Modern Classic’ I can hear his feet shuffle awkwardly, and almost feel the blush of embarrassment down the phone line. “I could never say that...” Humbling then? “It’s absolutely great when people say things like that, it’s a true honour and it’s a record that we still feel really proud of for sure, but I think it’s hard when you do something to realise what it is outside of yourself to that extent.” Returning to Australia with their latest LP, It’s Blitz!, and bringing in the New Year at Tasmania’s Marion Bay, has Zinner had time to

reflect on his 2009. “This year’s been incredible. It’s really flown by quickly. Now, especially at the end I’m kind of in one of those ‘where did the year go?’ frames of mind but then I’m also editing photos from the past year and I literally have thousands. I definitely see where the year went. I went all over the world. I definitely feel like we played the best shows that we’ve ever played this year. We really did work hard at doing that so I’m really happy with how things have gone.” Snapping pictures of crowds at each port, many of which end up on the band’s website, may lend some sense of perspective, and time to pause for a little reminiscence – but what has been his soundtrack for this year whilst riding the Blitz wave? “I feel like this year I didn’t really listen to as much music as I usually do with touring and stuff,” he laments. Admitting, “I really liked the Animal Collective album,” before deadpanning, “along with the rest of the world. “It’s a great record. There’s definitely a lot of stuff, I have a hard time picking one that truly stood out.” It’s been four years since the band have played in Australia, and the timing of their winter break, conveniently in our summer, seems to be too enticing. If you’re used to frigid and slushy Januarys, why would you deny yourself some sunshine time? “We were looking at a bunch of different options for getting down there, this one just seemed like the most exciting. It seems kind of weird and wonderful. We’re really excited about that.”

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (C’ERA UNA VOLTA IL WEST) Doors open 6pm film starts 7pm in the main theatre.

1968, 165MINS, Director Sergio Leone Finally a brand new 35mm print of this classic Western. If there is one film that you have to experience in your life it is this one. Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, this is One of the most–lyrical of Western epics ever made.

THE SQUINGE

Bar Opens 5.30pm. Show Starts 8pm Tickets $15 available from The Astor Theatre. The Squinge is a new comedy concept from Perth’s best comedians. Think a 45 min, movie inspired comedy show featuring, stand up comedy, improvisation and audience interaction; followed by a special screening of the Christmas Classic: A Muppets Christmas Carol.

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TWILIGHT DOUBLE FOR THE OLDER GIRLS

Bar opens 6pm First film starts at 7pm Yes we know there are a lot of older twihards out there so come and enjoy a wine or champers as you sit back and watch Twilight and New Moon back to back without the screaming teenagers.

THE XX Self-Titled Remote Control XL

The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, kicks maximum arse. The most Dead Kennedys-sounding album of Jello’s post-DK career (perhaps due to him having written the whole thing) The Audacity Of Hype once again finds the warbling In keeping with the sullen eponymous San Franciscan riding the crest of a hardcore album title, The XX are keen on minimalism, punk / surf crossover, with a welcome new reverb and very little else. They may not be dose of Detroit rock thrown in for extra balls. exceptional musicians or particularly melodic Add to this Jon Weiss’ often intense percussive either, though XX is noticeably intimate and approach, and what you have is a sound that atmospheric throughout. falls somewhere between Lard, The Jelvins and There’s not an ounce of flab on the Dead Kennedys. skeletal VCR and in many cases it’s actually Jello’s lyrics and vocal delivery are possible to pick each instrument. Naturally, everything you’d expect and wish for as a fan, such a moody and stripped back affair isn’t so there’s absolutely nothing missing from this going to fit every occasion, especially since it’s band at all (and even when bassist Billy Gould probably best heard when driving alone on a is missing due to Faith No More duties, the quiet night. incredible Andy Weiss steps in) and The Audacity Thankfully, there’s still enough Of Hype, complete with Obey’s Shepard Fairey’s substance to keep things interesting, such artwork, is one of Jello’s best all-round records. as the galloping drums on the delicate, yet It’s not quite the dark, epic chilling, Crystalised and the tense build-up on masterpiece that Frankenchrist was/is, but this is Fantasy, in which a guitar isn’t heard until a full as far as Jello has tread back into that particular minute into the song. jungle, and the results speak for themselves. Of course, the end result could Turn it on and turn it up. Fuckin’ loud. have been hugely pretentious, but since the London quartet’s sound is so incredibly _MIKE WAFER isolated and untreated, their skill comes across as effortless if not occasionally nonchalant. _ROBERT PENNEY

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QUEEN Absolute Greatest EMI EMI Queen fans have had little to get excited about for the best part of the last 20 years. Sure, there was The Cosmic Rocks with Paul Rogers, and there have been the odd special editions and variations of Greatest Hits, but for those that remember, looking forward to an upcoming Queen release was anticipating the unexpected. Love them or hate them (how could you!?), Queen were innovative. For Absolute Greatest to excite Queen Fans, it had to have something to set it apart from others of its kind, so this release comes in four formats. The Standard CD, is a remaster of 20 well-known Queen tracks. The second comes with a CD of audio documentary by Brian May and Roger Taylor of each track. This is where the Queen fans can get slightly aroused. For example, did you know that in Radio Ga Ga, they are actually singing ‘ca ca’, meaning ‘shit’ in French? These are some of the most popular songs ever written so it’s a wonderful insight coming straight from the horse’s mouth. The third comes in an A4 hardback book with both CDs inside.This is the excitement Queen fans wanted. The first sensation as you open it, is the smell of new. It is more than just a CD, it has pictures and lyrics, many of which are the original hand-written versions. It’s sat on my coffee table for nearly a week and Freddie only knows how many times I’ve picked it up and browsed. Just make sure visitors wear gloves because it’s a beautiful book. The fourth option is a deluxe vinyl box-set, which comes with all sorts of goodies. For Queen lovers and likers, while the CD is just another Greatest Hits, all of the other options are extremely worthy and credible releases for one of the greatest bands ever.

BAND OF SKULLS Baby Darling Doll Face Honey You Are Here Stomp If you’re a White Stripes fan hankering for another hit of sleazy garage blues while Detroit’s finest are on hiatus, Band Of Skulls’ debut might appeal. Co-lead vocalist Russell Marsden’s raspy squeal has a distinctive Whitealike quality (see Death By Diamonds And Pearls), and a thumping, powerful rhythm section gives this Southampton trio a similar spontaneity and raw energy to the candy-cane duo. The band were plucked from obscurity thanks to an iTunes ‘single of the week’ campaign, and although they wear their clearly recognisable influences on their sleeve, it’s the manic diversity that makes this release at least worth a listen. Fires is an anthemic, slow-burning epic which sees co-vocalist Emma Richardson lend some rousing harmonies. Grandiose and a tad melodramatic, this one suggests Muse and Radiohead might also be on Band Of Skulls’ playlists. The delicate, smooth acoustica of Honest comes as a shock after the jerky rock of the first half of the album, but somehow it works. Tied in with some feedback-y warbles and big reverb, the track acts like a palette cleanser to the rock either side. This release isn’t going to win any awards for groundbreaking originality, but at the tail end of the 2000’s, the album’s scattergun collation of various indie and alternative sounds of the decade is oddly apt. _DAVID CRADDOCK

_BRIAN NEWNHAM (Queen Fan Club Member #1921)

MEIKO Self-Titled MySpace Records Shock Moving from the small town of Roberta, Georgia (population 800) to Los Angeles was always a massive step for the stage-shy Meiko. As an attempt to get her stage fright in check she cut her teeth at open mic nights at Hotel JELLO BIAFRA AND Cafe, a path which has become a launching THE GUANTANAMO pad for numerous folk artists of recent times. SCHOOL OF These brief jaunts to the stage lead to a job as MEDICINE a waitress at the venue and regular slots as a The Audacity performer. Of Hype Using all of her funds and many of Alternative Tentacles her favours, Meiko recorded her debut album Shock when time afforded. With boxes of her album sitting under her bed she became an overnight Jello Biafra has always teamed up with great sensation via MySpace and was offered the musicians, be it with Dead Kennedys or his opportunity to have the album remixed. It is collaborative output with nomeansno, DOA, that reworking of the Self-Titled full length that The Melvins, Mojo Nixon or Al Jourgensen; so is now in stores. it’s almost par for the course that this latest With a voice sounding as sweet as a ensemble, the lengthily-named Jello Biafra And mother’s from your crib, it is easy to see why 28

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EMMANUELLE Madman

Like the photos of Bettie Page, erotica seemed (strange though it sounds) more _CHRIS HAVERCROFT innocent a generation ago. Not that the Emmanuelle films are all out porn. Based on the scandalous memoirs of a French diplomat’s wife during his posting in Southeast Asia, they were one of the betterknown names in soft porn of the 1970s, and as a series (all four movies have just been released), they’re not at all mucky grot pieces like you might have heard. The first film sees Emmanuelle (Sylvia Kristel, the Jenna Jameson of her day) SLAYER introduced to the erotic ways of swinging World by her liberated husband, artist Jean. The Painted Blood film espouses a national attitude particular American to the French of pleasure for its own sake, Recordings and even without the nudity it’s a pleasant Sony Music change from the constant Protestant ethic we get from American movies, where any Slayer, like AC/DC, stick to what they do and do enjoyment is doled out with the equivalent it better than anyone else. Their consistence penance of suffering. in style is only really outshone by their Inexperienced and shy, Emmanuelle consistence of quality, and World Painted Blood wants nothing more than for her worldly is a fine addition to their lengthy and highly- husband and the other men (and women) respected legacy. she shares a bed with to teach her the erotic Utilising the same dry/close arts. In the second, technically superior, film, production they have favoured for their last she’s Jean’s equal, assisting him in seducing few records, Slayer have brought another the young and beautiful of both sexes to fast-and-furious collection of songs to the expand the erotic horizons of everyone table, but with a slightly new slant in the Kerry involved. The third film shows us the fallKing department. Inspired by the late great Dimebag Darrell, King’s solos on World Painted out from the couple’s dalliances, when Blood are still wammy bar-a-go-go, but with a Emmanuelle falls in love with a man who at more intense reach and discipline at the fore. first spurns her and whose presence might spell the end of her idyllic adventures in It’s a subtle addition, but a powerful one. Other than that, it’s business as usual fragrant French Indochina. The first film feels a little like for Slayer,with the front-and-back relentlessness of Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo respectively a ’70s soft porn flick, complete with driving the juggernaut down a straight and cheesy dialogue and dodgy editing and narrow path. Assumedly to hell, in keeping with camerawork. Later efforts are much more accomplished and – with more nudity and the motif. It’s Slayer… there’s no mistaking sex that’s artfully shot – more erotic. But the what they do, so you either love them or look whole series is part of erotic film history and the other way. Of course, if you don’t love them deserves to be seen and remembered. there is most certainly something wrong with _DREW TURNEY you, but fear not – there’s a cure. It’s called Slayer.

THIS SUNDAY!

_MIKE WAFER

MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX Madman

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Milwaukee At Last Decca Universal Music

Sarah Watt’s first film, Look Both Ways, was a wonderful story about the other side of Australia that doesn’t have the Opera House or Ayers Rock in their backyards, the hardRufus Wainwright is one of those artists working, barely - managing suburbanites made for the DVD era. His albums are always who make up 95 percent of the population. impressive but it is in the live setting that his She turns her camera on the same people larger-than-life personality brings the songs to and landscape with this film, and with huge, life. Milwaukee At Last captures Wainwright at bittersweet doses of tears and humour she really captures a slice of life. the Pabst Theatre in August 2007. Nurse Natalie (Horler) and radio The only thing that matches Wainwright’s effervescence is his clothing, station tech Ross (Day) are living the dream in a messy house with demanding jobs, and this time around he enters the stage with glistening gold shoes, sparkling jewellery and a never enough money and two cute kids patchwork multicoloured striped suit. Whether who make life chaos. After Natalie collapses prancing across the stage during Release The at her gynaecologist’s office, she wakes in Stars or sitting behind the piano for Going hospital later with her head shaved and To A Town he is equally as comfortable and stitched and the news that she’s suffered a burst aneurism in her brain that nearly killed engaging. Wainwright flaunts his talent and her. What follows is a year of healing his sexuality at every opportunity during this faultless show. He as readily jokes about having and loving amongst real people as they try to make sense of the short time they sex with Brandon Flowers between delivering have. Natalie and Ross’ marriage isn’t really heartfelt pieces like Rules And Regulations tested by the healing as much as the same and Leaving For Paris No 2. Costumes change stuff they’ve always faced — the threat of sees Wainwright in lederhosen as pulling out retrenchment, the influence of new and the makeup and frock for Get Happy and Gay old friends and looking after their kids and Messiah. getting by without going insane. The show is interspersed with the Threads are picked up and not razzle dazzle of the backstage as the band really followed through, such as the cofool around and put on their broaches for the worker you’re sure Ross is going to have performance. It is Wainwright himself who an affair with, and the whole thing seems displays the most glitter as he pays tribute to to wrap up too neatly and quickly, but Watt Judy Garland with A Foggy Day and If Love Were has a wonderful ear for the dialogue of real All. people and a great sense of putting together Milwauke At Last is over two hours of a picture of their life and surroundings. Her Wainwright enjoying the hell out of his music casting in Day and Horler is perfect, neither both on and off the stage. The music should be actor soap opera beautiful but looking enough to hook you in and the visual spectacle exactly like the cute young couple down the will knock your knee high socks off. street. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT www.xpressmag.com.au

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COUPLES RETREAT (M)

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Christmas Day - CLOSED

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MAO’S LAST DANCER (PG)

SAT 26

UP (PG)

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(500) DAYS OF SUMMER (M) -plus- ADAM (M)

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LOOKING FOR ERIC (MA15+)

THE TIME TRAVELLERS WIFE (M)

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FUNNY PEOPLE (MA15+)

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ASTRO BOY (PG)

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JULIA AND JULIA (PG)

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL (G)

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POETRY IN MOTION

This Saturday, December 19, is International Migrants Day and to celebrate, Kulcha will host a special poetry and music event, featuring Sudanese poet Afeif Ismail and his band, WAZA. An accomplished playwright, poet and human rights activist, Ismail has just launched his latest book of poetry, which he will read from at the Kulcha event. Doors open 7.30pm, tickets are available on the door or online at kulcha.com.au.

CHRISTMAS WRAPPED UP

If you can never find the end of the stickytape, or have never mastered the art of ribbon curling, fear not, because Harbour Town can do your Christmas wrapping for you. Up until Thursday, December 24, shoppers can get their gifts wrapped for a gold coin donation, with all funds raised going to the St Vincent de Paul Society Of WA. Wrappers will be on hand daily from 11am to 2pm up until Christmas Eve. Harbour Town is located at 840 Wellington Street, West Perth.

Warriors Of Brazil

CAP IT OFF

The kings of Capoeira will jump, spin and kick their way into Perth in January to showcase their talents in the spectacular show, Warriors Of Brazil. From Friday, January 8, to Saturday, January 16, the Warriors Of Brazil will take over the Regal Theatre for a show combining the martial art of Capoeira with uplifting music and carnival dance. Joining the dancers onstage are singers, dancers and percussionists from Rhythm Carnival, who will set the atmosphere for this jaw-dropping show. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek.

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Catch Xavier Susai at A Very Lazy Christmas

CHRISTMAS CHUCKLES

If the Christmas season has you feeling like a bit of a Grinch, make your way to Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den (upstairs at The Brisbane) on Friday, December 18, for A Very Lazy Christmas. Twenty-five of Perth’s funniest comedians will take to the small stage at Lazy Susan’s to bring Christmas cheer to all, featuring sets from stand up comedians Jimmy James Eaton, Luke & Wyatt, Wezel, Ben Russell, Andrea Gibbs, Michael Workman, Laura Davis, Zack Adams, Xavier Susai, Gavin Baskerville and many others. Doors open at 8.30pm, bookings can be made through BOCS.

Christmas is wrapped up at Harbour Town

THE SOUND OF SUMMER

Over summer the City Of Subiaco will present 12 weeks of free entertainment, including musical performances that encompass a range of genres. This Sunday, December 20, The Special Mention Singers will perform Christmas carols at the JH Abrahams Reserve on the Crawley foreshore from 5.30-7.30pm. Other acts as part of the 12 week concert series include Jay Weston, David Hyams and the Miles To Go Band, Soul Limbo and the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, plus many more. Concert attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic and ride their bike or catch a train or bus to the event as parking is limited.

Where The Wild Things Are

The Luna Outdoor cinema is now open for business, offering up al fresco film screenings to make the most of balmy summer nights. Grab the insect repellant and a few mates and make your way to Luna Leederville on December 17, 21 or 23 for Shane Ackner’s 9; December 18 or 20 for advance screenings of John Lennon bio-pic Nowhere Boy; or from Thursday, December 24, ’til Wednesday, December 30, for Where The Wild Things Are. No need to a pack a picnic basket because there are plenty of nibblies and beverages on offer, including hampers from the West End Deli. Orders for hampers can be ordered the day before the screening by calling (08) 9328 3606. Screenings take place at 8.15pm or 8.45pm – check lunapalace.com.au for details.

THE FRENCH KISSERS The Young And The Restless Directed by Riad Sattouf (laughs) but they had no girls and no money Starring Vincent Lacoste, Anthony Sonigo, at the end of the movie. But they did a good Alice Tremolieres, Noemie Lvovsky movie. They were happy.” They’re pretty brave performances Originally titled The Hot Boys (Les Beaux Gosses) for first-time actors. In evoking the often when released in France, The French Kissers awkward nature of teenage lust, Sattouf filmed may seem a somewhat awkward title, but it’s in often unflattering circumstances. in keeping with its upfront look at the more “They were quite concerned about ungainly traits of teendom and the amount of that, but I showed them some pictures of wayward tongues damn near fogging up the me at their age and they started laughing camera lens. and making jokes because I was very ugly,” A 14 year-old boy, Herve (Vincent he laughs. “I told them that’s how I was so I Lacoste) and his friend Camel (Anthony Sonigo) would do them with awful haircuts and zits are on the lower-to-middle rung at school. and we’d have fun. And they were laughing; I They’re not popular, not particularly cool and think everything happened in a very cool way bad at sports to boot. It is their obsession because they were laughing all the time.” with girls and Herve’s eventual, confusing relationship with a pretty girl named Aurore “I WANTED TO SHOW THE (Alice Tremolieres) that make up this rather THINGS THAT HAPPEN sweet film, a pimples-and-all-teenage-soapopera. DURING TEENAGE-HOOD “I wanted to show the things that happen during teenage-hood that we don’t THAT WE DON’T SHOW show so often,” director Riad Sattouf says. “It SO OFTEN. IT WAS REALLY was really important for me that my characters had a strong body, a strong face, with a lot of IMPORTANT FOR ME THAT zits (laughs). I wanted to tell it for real; how it is for teenagers, for everybody. It was very MY CHARACTERS HAD A important.” STRONG BODY, A STRONG While Herve moves somewhat aimlessly and without passion for anything FACE, WITH A LOT OF other than unattainable junior high school girls, Camel is a heavy metal kid, with a rather ZITS. I WANTED TO TELL astonishing mullet. Sattouf wasn’t above IT FOR REAL; HOW IT IS digging into his own youth for references. “The haircut of Camel was my dream FOR TEENAGERS, FOR haircut when I was a teenager,” he laughs. “My mother never let me have this haircut. When EVERYBODY. IT WAS VERY my mother saw the movie she said, ‘I remember IMPORTANT.” you were always asking me to have long hair like that’. It was quite the revenge! I was fascinated Sattouf is a well-known comic artist by heavy metal guitarists and heavy metal. In my movie Camel is playing with a guitar in a in France and having rejected several film music shop which is the guitar of Dimebag offers because they lacked creative freedom, Darrell from Pantera, who was my favourite took up on The French Kissers because that’s exactly what he was offered. Lionel Flairs of guitarist when I was a kid. “The difficult part was finding kids French electro-pop outfit, Flairs, recorded the who were just like the characters. We did a film’s soundtrack and had similar interests. “It was very funny for me, my first huge testing and we found two kids who were very close to their characters. So there were no experience in film,” Flairs says. “So I think it was problems in making them play and making similar to what it was for Riad - when you’re them do the things that were necessary. They used to having total freedom in writing music were very fascinated because they wanted to and I always work on my own. So when he date girls with their success and to earn a lot called me and said he was going to shoot this a lot of money. So they were very motivated film and that he wanted me to do the music 32

The fairest one of all? Vincent Lacoste stars in The French Kissers I was pretty stressed. But we had lots of time to prepare the tracks and the more we worked and the more we found how great it was to work together and that for me was a great help. “Usually I create very happy pop and Riad was able to make me write music that was a bit more sad. He wanted to make a sad feeling about the music because the characters have a sad life. He didn’t want it too happy…” The music does seems hopeful though… “You’re right,” Flairs says. “I think it’s a great balance. The way the music’s shaped really fits the images. People in France have been surprised to hear this music with the film but most feel that it works well in it. It’s of time and place and in terms of space and time, it’s a modern production.” Reviews have been good and the film was well-received at Cannes. Your eyes will roll at some points but you’ll be sure to giggle here and there, watching the politics of

romance play out in the schoolyard and some of the relationships with the adults, particularly Herve’s endearingly batty mother (Noemie Lvovsky). Tragedies play out – both perceived and real – but life has its way of carrying on, quite refreshingly depicted at film’s end. Unfairly, The French Kissers has often lately been compared to American Pie, but it has a sincerity its counterpart could never have claimed. “I think it’s been compared to American Pie because my characters masturbate themselves in socks,” says Sattouf, taking the literal side of the argument.“That’s a common point. I think I saw the second or third one, and for me there is no real link between my movie and American Pie because in that they are all 20 years-old and bodybuilders and they have sex with beautiful women. It’s not the same world… or the same mood.” _ BOB GORDON Hittin’ the town since 1985


AVATAR Into The Blue Directed by James Cameron Starring Sam Worthington, Joel David Moore, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana Avatar is a film for the big kid in all of us - well, most of us. It’s a film so wonderfully weird, imaginative, and blatantly outlandish that you’ve just got to be in your 12-year-old mindset to enjoy it. But with James Cameron guiding the way, that’s entirely possible. If Francis Bacon weren’t Cameron’s middle names, it’d be implausible. He’s the king of – the world, but also – the out-of-this-world story. And Avatar is no different to Aliens, True Lies, The Abyss or Terminator 2: Judgement Day – the realismto-ridiculous meter has the needle weighing heavily in the box of the latter... maybe even more than ever before. In essence, it’s the old ‘outsider, initially an enemy, befriends an alien race, is welcomed in, and ultimately chooses their side in a battle’ story – but with a few extra bells and whistles. Sorry, my mistake... did I say a few extra bells and whistles? I meant $300 million dollars worth of bells and whistles! Which brings me to my next point - who gives a shit about the film’s well-worn and over-the-top plot when the film looks this bloody good? It’s the future.We are in Space. Paraplegic Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a former Marine whose been asked to participate in something called ‘the Avatar program’ in exchange for a new pair of working legs. Pandora, we quickly discover, is home to the Na’vi, a humanoid race that lives at what we consider to be a primate level, but they are actually much more evolved than humans. Ten feet tall and blue skinned, the Na’vi live harmoniously within their unspoiled world. The government, who’ve set up a base on Pandora, with the military basically running the show, transform Jake, his friend Norm (Joel David Moore) and legendary scientist Grace (Sigourney Weaver, reuniting with Cameron for the first time since 1986’s Aliens) into human-Na’vi hybrids, or Avatars. Humans are unable to breathe the air on Pandora, but by turning them into Avatars – who are living, breathing bodies in the real world, controlled by a human driver through a technology that links the driver’s mind to the Avatar body – they’re free to get around as much as they want. And on Pandora, through his Avatar body, Jake can be whole once again. Despite being the one in his team

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana star in Avatar

who knows the least about the Na’vi, it’s the somewhat over-enthusiastic Jake who makes the biggest breakthrough with them – or rather, with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), who saves the outside from imminent death by a horde of hungry dog-esque creatures. Before too long Neytiri takes a shine to her new blue pal, and Jake to her – and her people - but the friendship is threatened when the merciless Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang – back with a vengeance) orders the young marine to help him evict the Na’vi from their homes. ‘You haven’t got lost in the woods, have you?’, Quaritch asks a torn Jake. ‘You still remember what team you’re playing for?’ Knowing what Cameron’s best at, most won’t be headed to Avatar for a groundbreaking plot or Oscar-worthy dialogue (which you definitely won’t get here) anyway - they’re going for the magic. The magic of the movies. And they’re gonna get it... in spades. Four-and-a-half years it ’s taken Cameron to bring this film to fruition – and you’ll realise after seeing it, why it took so long. There’s just so much in here... so much... beauty... amazing effects.... such depth (visuallyspeaking). This thing is inspiring. It’s just a visually orgasmic experience.

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you won’t grow too restless in the film’s 150 minutes either. And that might be the film’s chief slipup. It runs way too long - there’ll be much watch checking in the film’s leisurely middle. Cameron obviously doesn’t like to cut - most filmmakers don’t, but are usually ordered to do some by studio execs - but he really needs to learn to let go. There are quite a few moments in the film that could’ve easily been extracted – mostly, the sequences that make up the second act of the film. Some of the scenes start to feel the same... some of the moments completely unnecessary... but hey, maybe Cameron was just doing us all a favour and writing in a toilet-break sequence or two? If so, thanks! Running-time nitpicking aside, things pick up speed in the last 45 minutes or so of the film – significantly. The third act is some of the best cinema you’re likely to see all year. The final battle, for instance, proves just how much George Lucas missed the ball by with his, in some ways, similar-themed Star Wars prequel films. In short: Avatar is an astounding success. It’s the type of awe-inspiring fantasy blockbuster we haven’t seen in years.

Not to say the acting isn’t half decent – Sam Worthington (despite having not quite nailed the US accent yet), Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang (playing inarguably this year’s most devilish screen villain), are all very good – it’s just that the imagery overshadows everything else going on here. This was surely Cameron’s intention. He is, after all, the captain of the new technologies boat – and he essentially wanted to make the movie to show off his new toys. Mainly, Cameron wants to demonstrate his style of 3-D. We know, having seen My Bloody Valentine and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth play in the medium, that 3-D has come a long way since ‘Bruce’ lunged at Dennis Quaid in Jaws 3-D all those years ago – but it’s just got even better. Cameron has absolutely mastered it. And what’s great about it is that the visionary filmmaker hasn’t used it as gimmick, but as an aid in the storytelling. There’s only a couple of instances where things poke at the camera, most of the time the 3-D is simply used to add depth to the film. For instance, when the main characters are in a chopper, or climbing a floating mountain, you actually feel like you’re in the air with them. In some instances, you may even feel a bit nauseous – that’s how real it all feels. There’s enough going on screen that

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Directed by Shane Ackner Starring Elijah Wood, John C Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau ‘Sometimes fear is the appropriate response’. Touché. It may be the words of one of Shane Ackner’s stitchwork puppets but it smacks of the cautionary message that runs through his latest flick, 9. He’s teamed up with producers Tim Burton (Corpse Bride) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) to flesh out his acclaimed animated short film of 2005 into a feature length CG masterpiece. Except this time, he’s cramming it with a clunk of all new terrifying, cleaving machines. Set in the not too distant future, it’s roughly the same concept as its predecessor: small patched up puppets trying their darndest to save their ravaged world from machines who are hell bent on destroying it. The film begins with 9 (Elijah Wood), a small

stitchwork sack doll, awakening to discover his human creator dead amongst a pile of papered inventions. Pricked by childlike curiosity, 9 stumbles into the wartorn outside, and quickly becomes aware of his peril. He’s instantly confronted by superbly designed contraptions that you can’t help but cower from. They’re as frightening as they are impressive, wielding tailoresque appendages, thanks, one suspects, to Burton (think Edward Scissorhands). But it’s also in this grim post-apocalyptic setting that 9 befriends eight other puppets like himself. And even though 9 and his eight mates seem fruitless in their efforts to gain the upper hand - each machine destroyed seems to have an equally bad-arse successor - they have the advantage of heart. Insert sigh. We learn that each puppet bears a fragment of their creator’s soul, and consequently, has a very specific function in their quest to save the world. Wood of course features as the hero (in what must be old bag to him) personifying the scientist’s courageous qualities, in 9, the leader. Then there’s 8 the brawny protector, 7 (Jennifer Connelly) the agile and fearless warrior, 6 (Crispin Glover) the illusory yet revelational artist, 5 (John C. Reilly) the loyal engineer and healer, twins 4 and 3 the mute but informative recorders of history, 2 (Martin Landau) the inventor, and 1 (Christopher Plummer) the cautionary elder. The fact that the characters derive from one soul is touching, but limiting in terms of characterisation. Physically they translate fantastically, so real in terms of movement and expression, but just a tad 2-D in terms of emotional development.That’s not to say it isn’t well cast, and there is a certain spirit of camaraderie, but the characters exist more as parts of a whole. They’re not really capable of exceeding their perfunctory roles, 8 for example, is brawn and nothing further. I found myself squinting through the spectacular special effects to find a puppet with a solid personal narrative. 9 seems geared towards capturing the horrors of technological advancement and how easily it can progress to a Terminatorlike scenario. Capitalising on the creator’s visionary talents, it flaunts some thrilling doll vs. drone action. It’s a visual feast and definitely worth a squiz. _ EMMA D’ORAZIO

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– plotting a hilariously tacky vampire movie set in a blood bank, a lip-reader adding dialogue to silent footage in a monotone at odds with Broken Embraces is about a blind scriptwriter the passion of the scenes – and the noirish named Harry Caine (Lluís Homar) who, in a dramatics. former life, before he lost his sight, went by the There are also constant references name Mateo Blanco and was a director. to other movies that are mainly of interest to Flashbacks show the saga of his final filmmakers. Blanco and Lena are working on a movie, which starred Lena (Penélope Cruz), light comedy called Girls And Suitcases, which is a and the behind-the-scenes complications re-imagining of Almodóvar’s own Women On The that sabotaged it. Questions are raised in one Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown; a spy with a video timeline and then answered in the other – why camera on a tripod references Peeping Tom; the Lena is the only character not around in any of characters even discuss Louis Malle’s similarly the modern scenes, how Caine lost his sight – noirish melodrama, Elevator To The Gallows. and the tension and release of these revelations In making a movie about the making provides the meat of the movie. of a movie, Almodovar has taken the opportunity Unfortunately, as the revelations pile to craft something riddled with elements that up towards the end they stretch credibility trainspotting cinephiles will enjoy, but which are about as far as it can go. For instance, the cause likely to alienate everybody else. It adds up to a of the accident that robbed Caine of his sight is movie that is far longer than it needs to be, but never explained and unbelievably it appears as is still missing vital things that might make you if nobody bothered to ask any questions about care – any kind of chemistry between the two it over the 14 years between the two timelines. leads for example. Though some of the humour A lot of what Broken Embraces does of the blind scriptwriter’s life and the drama of offer is unnecessary, with subplots clearly added the tragic romance shine through, neither of mainly for the sake of ramping up the already them is quite enough to rescue Broken Embraces high melodrama. There’s an odd dissonance from mediocrity. between elements of primary-colours comedy _ JODY MACGREGOR

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SUMMER Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot Summer opens at Little Creatures’ upstairs gallery at 40 Mews Road, Fremantle, on Tuesday, December 22, at 6pm, and runs ’til Monday, February 1. Entry is free. Love it or hate it, summer envelops Perth every year with a sweaty grasp, dividing the populus between those who worship the sun and those who cower from it. As a lad who has spent most of his life in Perth, digital artist Simon Boxer knows all too well about our city’s love/hate affair with the hot and balmy months, which is why he’s curated an exhibition focused on that exact topic. Taking place at the suitably summery Little Creatures Brewery, Summer brings together artists from a range of disciplines and asks them to share their feelings about the heat and everything that goes with it. Boxer and the pair behind creative collective Forks Open Doors, Otilee and Brendan Ninness, explain how the Summer exhibition came to be. “Otilee and I originally had an idea to do a body of work that was anti-summer, so we pitched that to Simon,” shares Ninness of the initial concept. Otilee adds, “It gives people an

opportunity to have their own interpretation of summer. In Australia, you either love it or you hate it, and it’s interesting to see the thoughts of the artists involved and their take on summer.” Boxer elaborates: “I think that not all the artists exhibiting have fun in the sun… I’m pretty impartial – I kinda like summer because it has a more optimistic air to it. I can’t get enough of warm nights but the days, I’m not so fussed about the days.” In addition to Boxer’s digital artworks and Forks Open Doors’ illustrations, Summer will feature pieces from Rebecca Leigh, Jessica Singh, Nick Lowe, Luci Everett, Yolanda Stapleton and Mitchell & Dent. “I knew a bunch of people whose work I liked, or who I’d worked with in the past, and I tried to collect people who would lend themselves well to the exhibition, including a few people I haven’t actually met – Jessica Singh who is putting on a solo exhibition at the same time, and Luci Everett from Melbourne,” says Boxer of how he chose the artists for Summer. So what kind of works will the exhibition include? “Originally we wanted to go with something that was really negative, tongue-incheek and low brow – we’ve stuck with that but

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toned it down and gone with a more sarcastic approach,” outlines Ninness.“We’ve tried to make it really Aussie and do a few different slants on it – more about skin cancer, bogans and Aussie culture.” Boxer’s take on the theme is slightly less downbeat, “I tried to think about what I like about summer and that’s the warmth, and I also tried to go for landscapes in this series of digital

painting. They’re all based on aspects of summer that I’ve experienced, some are nostalgic but in very subtle ways.” Whether you long for hot days and warm nights, or yearn for the cold of winter, you’ll be among kin at Summer, and artistically inspired kin at that.

these metaphors and themes on both a cultural and personal level. Newspaper and printed text features recurrently throughout the works. “The papers are from the ‘40s to the ‘60s. On them are written words which come from tales of the sea, like [those of] Hemingway and Melville... and phrases about strange gods and falling fish.” The work goes further than a simple curatorial account, however, as Turley explains in saying “Really, it’s my own take on the sea as a matter for life, death and eternity,” and as is apparent in some of the more personal aspects of the work. “There’s a series of cards that were given to me by my grandfather when my grandmother passed away. On those there’s a series of boats. On those, there’s the idea of eternity and the worlds beyond this one.” The space itself suggested a lot of possibilities in the work, tells Turley. “As an installation artist, you have to work with the space. It made sense to continue one long line around the bar and cafe space, because the piece is made to be hung in one long line, as a horizon. Upstairs, it seemed fitting - the roof upstairs is two meters, and is almost as if you were on a boat... There’s a rusty wooden ladder than runs up the wall. It’s really nice as an installation artist to have a different space to work with, not just the four walls of a gallery.” Alda’s Gallery and Project Space

opened a few months ago when curator Lizzie Delfs saw the potential for the then Alda’s Cafe to exhibit underrepresented emerging or established artists in an artist-run environment. “It’s an interesting space, being a new gallery in Perth,” says Turley. “It’s a nice space to work in because there’s a mezzanine level, and you have the huge glass window out the front. Though you have to keep in mind, too, that it’s a cafe, and you can use both levels and link the spaces together, and have the work actually work throughout the space. It’s challenging, and a great opportunity.” _JOE LUI

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SYMPATHY AND THE SEA Sea Change Sympathy And The Sea is on display at Alda’s Project Space, investigates these themes, whilst at Gallery and Project Space, Wolf Lane, Perth, the same time looks reflexively at other works that have engaged with them throughout history and until Friday, January 1. thus contributed to the complexity of the sea as Artist David Turley has been taken by the cruel a theme and subject. In talking of the work, Turley explains sea, like so many before him. That is to say, like countless other artists, writers, composers and how it looks at both “the sea and the history of lonely midnight walkers, David has recognised the metaphors of the sea used in language and the tremendous range of powerful associations culture and art.” “I always work with found objects,” the sea has come to have with humanity, and has been compelled to create. His latest work, he continues, “and I re-interpret and re-present an installation exhibition entitled Sympathy And them.” In this way, the pieces in Turley’s found The Sea, now open at the new Alda’s Gallery and object installation perform as memorials to

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VISUAL ARTS Different Faces, Kulcha, Upstairs at 13 South Terrace, Fremantle. Hailing from Goroka, the central town in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, artist Simon Gende combines bold colour with political perspective in Different Faces. His works exude a wry mix of innocence and insight that draw the viewer in. Part proceeds from this exhibition go to supporting teacher training in the Fore Region of PNG. Exhibition runs ’til Wednesday, December 23. Elements Embrace, Elements Art Gallery, 131A Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith. The Elements Embrace Christmas sale is a once a year opportunity to purchase artwork in a variety of mediums at very affordable prices. Choose from an array of stunning works by the Elements Art gallery stable of artists. With prices starting from as low as $25 for beautiful art glass pieces there is sure to be something to suit even the most difficult person to buy for. E x h i b i t i o n r u n s ’ t i l T h u r s d a y, December 24.

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La Sylphide, Quarry Amphitheatre, Oceanic Drive, City Beach. The Perth City Ballet will take to the stage of the Quarry Amphitheatre to perform La Sylphide, a two-act performance starring Tatiana Pevneva and Sergey Pevnev. Set in Scotland, La Sylphide was first performed in 1832 at the Paris Opera with choreography by Philippe Taglioni; especially for his daughter Marie, who danced the lead role of the sylph, the airy sprite who seduces a young Scottish farmer, James, on the eve of Margaret Priest: An Artist’s Life, Holmes his marriage to Effie. James leaves his bride à Court Gallery, 1/11 Brown Street, East and his friends and follows the sylph into a mystical forest. To bind him to this creature Perth. Margaret Priest was one of the foremost forever he accepts a magic shawl from the figures in post-war art in Western Australia. witch Madge. When he puts it around the G i v e n Pe r t h’s c u l t u r a l i s o l a t i o n f r o m sylph’s shoulders however, her wings fall off mainstream Australian ar t in the early and she dies. S e a s o n o p e n s o n We d n e s d a y, 1960s, she was the first sculptor to introduce modernist ideas and became an important January 13, and runs ’til Saturday, January link to contemporary European practice 16. Bookings can be made through BOCS. at that time. She played a prominent part in Perth’s aesthetic development between The Sapphires, Playhouse Theatre, 3 Pier 1950 and 1980, creating an important body Street, Perth. of work, much of it in high profile public Black Swan Theatre Company invites you positions throughout the city. Her Pioneer to meet the McCrae sisters – four gorgeous Woman is the centerpiece of the public singers from countr y New South Wales space in Kings Park. Margaret Priest: An whose biggest dream is to become as Artist’s Life includes sculptures, associated famous as their Motown idols. It is 1969, and drawings and photographs, coins, medallions their Supremes cover band is performing in St Kilda’s Tiki Club when the sisters are and recent paintings. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, February spotted by a talent scout. Soon they are dreaming of fame, fortune and glamorous 7. international careers. Instead, these Koori divas find themselves in the war zone of Vietnam, entertaining the troops. Season opens on Saturday, January The Taming Of The Shrew, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth. 23, and runs ’til Wednesday, February 10. Shakespeare WA has announced the return Bookings can be made through BOCS.

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A ROSEY CHRISTMAS If you’re suffering from a case of pre-Christmas procrastination, make your way to Billie & Rose to get all your present shopping done in the one spot. With stores located in Mount Lawley, Fremantle and on King Street in the city, Billie & Rose are a one-stop-present-shop, offering up covetable items such as fashion forward sunglasses, swimwear for the beach or poolside, jewellery from an array of designers and just about any item of clothing a guy or girl could want for summer. To help encourage pre-Christmas procrastinators to get off the couch and get their shopping done before Christmas Eve, Billie & Rose are offering a special promotion where shoppers can take advantage of $50 off when they spend $200, or a whopping $100 off when they spend $400 (not including sunglasses and accessories). This deal is only available ’til Sunday, December 20, so get in fast to make the most of this early Chrissie present from the folks at Billie & Rose. To find your nearest store, head online to billieandrose. com.au. _EMMA BERGMEIER www.xpressmag.com.au

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Luna Leederville welcomed friends and film lovers to the opening of their outdoor season on Wednesday, December 9, to experience cinema under the stars. While guests sipped wine and nibbled on tasty treats, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker was projected onto the big screen.

The deckchairs at the historic Art Deco Memorial Hall in Mosman Park were packed full with cinema fans for the opening of the Camelot outdoor cinema on Wednesday, December 2. To find out what’s on at Camelot, jump online to lunapalace.com.au.

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Not sure where to spend the countdown to 2010, or make the most of New Year’s Day? Never fear, because X-Press has the low down on all of Perth’s hottest New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events. The band Vdelli will feature downstairs in the Main Bar 9:30pm-12:30am. Playing Rock, Blues & Groove style tunes, featuring Michael Vdelli on guitar & vocals, Rick Whittle on drums and Eddy Parise (ex Baby Animals) on bass.

AMBAR

Where: 104 Murray Street, Perth When: 10pm ’til late Tickets: $20 on the door, pre-sale from Boomtick On The Bill: Dart & Devo, Mono Lisa & Philly, Signal Drivers, Wish, Marty Mc Fly, Tee El, Prizzy, Bob Noceros and Dead Easy. What: New Year’s Eve at the home of the underground is always an unbolted, unadulterated, crazy house party. Forget the fireworks, the hassle and the car, Ambar has delivered time after time all year ‘round, so where better to see out the year than at your number one night spot- Ambar? And to top it all off, along with some of Perth’s hottest DJs, Ambar have a very special guest appearing too!

Live DJ’s will feature upstairs on the balcony from 8:30pm-12:30am, playing an eclectic mix of cruisy, funky, organic beats & breaks.

AMPLIFIER

Where: 393 Murray Street, Perth When: 8pm ’til late Tickets: $45 + booking fee from Moshtix On The Bill: Gyroscope, The Mess Hall, Death Disco DJs, Eddie Electric, DJ Ryan, DJ Francesco, The Novocaines, Harlequin League, The Devil Rides Out, Young Revelry and Wolves What: 2009 marks the tenth year that Amplifier has been at the centre of great live music in Perth, and to mark this milestone, they’re celebrating with a New Year’s Eve party like none that Perth has ever seen before. Perth’s very own rock dynamos Gyroscope are returning from the UK for their first hometown show since May ‘09, and Sydney’s The Mess Hall will be journeying across the continent to help ring in 2010!

THE BALMORAL

Where: 901 Albany Highway, Victoria Park When: 8pm ‘til late Tickets: Free Entry On The Bill: Living Large What: The Balmoral transforms into a multizoned entertainment venue this NYE. The theme of the night is ‘Beach Party’ so come dressed in your best beach apparel.

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Where: Eve, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood When: 8pm ’til late Tickets: Early bird $25, on the door $40 On The Bill: DJs Craig, Kenny L, Riki and Richie G What: There is only one way to bring-in 2010 and that is at Eve at Burswood Entertainment Complex – the hottest NYE event in town! A sizzling hot crowd, non-stop party anthems and a pumping dance floor will have you kicking-on until the break of dawn.

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BMW PERTH CUP

Where: Ascot Racecourse When: New Year’s Day from 9am onwards Tickets: General admission is $30 standard, $20 concession; $99 for The Stalls; $320 for The Rockin Horse, via Moshtix On The Bill: Live music and racing all day What: In 2010, there’s more ways to celebrate with four exciting packages to suit the race-day reveller in you. Each package lets you enjoy the entertainment, festivities and racing atmosphere of Perth’s longest-running New Year’s Day celebration! Take the next step up and enjoy all the style of the stalls at the BMW Perth Cup in a marquee. Each private marquee offers you and your guests the perfect surrounds for a fantastic New Year’s Day celebration!

The Rockin’ Horse is the marquee for the bright young things from Perth– Ascot’s only two storey marquee. A sky villa that combines the intellectual stimulation of Rockwiz with the Raffles Hotel, with the character of a ’60s Chicago blues club. The feel is red velvet and gold trim, lots of old couches and an air conditioning system that really works. If you’re up to joining 35,000 other fun loving punters in one of the louder more exclusive trackside marquees and love, Bon, Jimmy, Janis, Iggy, Kurt or Michael. Then the Rockin’ Horse is definitely the tent for you. The Rockin’ Horse is a stylish venue. So in true rock and roll style, feel free to wear as much black as you can handle. As a minimum, Perth Racing request gentlemen to wear tailored pants, a dress shirt and fully closed shoes while ladies are required to wear an appropriate dress or a tailored pant and top/shirt style outfit.

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Where: 104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe When: 6pm ’til late Tickets: $40 per person available from cottesloebeachhotel.com.au On The Bill: Damian John, Maxwell, Sketchism & Jackness, Jus Haus, The Mad Agents What: Take a trip to party Mecca Cancun this New Year’s Eve at the Cottesloe Hotel. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their finest Cancun/ Mexican apparel for the celebration.

Where: 981 Beaufort Street, Inglewood When: 8pm ’til late Tickets: Tickets available at the venue On The Bill: Oats Supply What: Travel back in time to the 1980s at The Civic Hotel’s Hot In The City party. Prizes for best 80s outfit.

CLUB CALYPSO

Where: 42 Port Beach Road, North Fremantle When: New Year’s Day, 3pm ’til 11pm Tickets: $110 from Heatseeker On The Bill: Felix Da Housecat, JMC, Reuben What: Head to Club Calypso on New Year’s Day for a sun soaked beach party with air-conditioned lounge, bean bags, a fashion parade, day beds, make up lounge, and live performances all afternoon.

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New Year’s Eve at MINQ Bar & Lounge

Bring in the New Year with non-stop party anthems and a pumping dance floor that will have you kicking on until the break of dawn.

Indulge in the final hours of 2009 with exotic drinks, funky beats and smooth R&B sounds that will have you wishing for the night to never end. Thursday, 31 December 8pm till late.

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Secure your tickets now. Call 9362 7699 or email minq@burswood.com.au

Tickets $20 and includes a glass of sparkling on arrival.

Can you handle the heat at Eve this New Year’s Eve? Early bird tickets $25 available on 9362 7699 or $40 at the door. Dress standards apply. Limited early bird tickets available. 18+ event.

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CLUB PARADISO

Where: Burswood on Swan and the WA Water Sports Centre When: New Year’s Day 2pm ’til 10pm Tickets: $125 + booking fee from Inthemix and Moshtix On The Bill: Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South, DJ Zelimir, DJ Jody McCleod, DJ Maxwell vs Mel B, DJ Darren Briais, DJ Mind Electric, DJ Jus Haus, DJ Tanktop, Rob Sharp, La Gooch, Cool Hand Luke, Sketchism and Jackness What: Make your way to Club Paradiso for a New Year’s Day celebration with two arenas, air conditioning, cocktail bars, bean bags, lots of shade, shuttle bus service, fashion parade and VIP toilets.

THE COURT

Where: 50 Beaufort Street, Perth When: 8pm ’til late Tickets: $30 pre-sale from The Court, tickets will be for sale on the door if available On The Bill: DJ Tim Bee plus regular Court DJs What: The Court’s New Year’s Eve Beach Party is back! Featuring Perth’s biggest inner city sandpit and wettest dance floor. Become a limbo champion, ride the wild surfboard, splash in the paddle pools or gorge yourself at the ice cream bar!

ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB

Where: 191 Beaufort Street, Perth When: 6pm ’til early New Year’s Day Tickets: $100 for table seating, $50 standing room, after 1am table seating is $30, standing room is $20 On The Bill: Flynn, The Graham Wood Trio, Tara Del Borrello What: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with two of Australia’s top entertainers in Australia’s premiere jazz club. Flynn will kick off the first half of the night with the swingingest jazz group around, performing classic Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Michael Buble. Stick around until the wee hours with a late night groove show starting 1am from Tara Del Borrello.

FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Where: 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle When: New Year’s Day, 5.30pm ’til 10pm Tickets: $55.60 + booking fee from Heatseeker and the regular outlets On The Bill: The Cat Empire, Tijuana Cartel, Sunshine Brothers, DJ Nickodemus What: Relax in the shade at the Fremantle Arts Centre on New Year’s Day and let the sounds of The Cat Empire wash over you.

THE DEEN

Where: 84 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge When: 5pm ’til late Tickets: On the door On The Bill: DJ Birdie, DJ Flex, Spanishfly DJs Nano and Surge and Sambalicious What: New Year’s at The Deen is guaranteed to have everything you could possibly want under one roof. With seven rooms pumping out your favourite tunes with electro, hip hop, reggaeton, Merengue house, electro Latin, top 40 and party favourites. For good measure a sexy lingerie and sleepwear pillow fight will be held with the hot girls from Crazy Sexy Cool.

EAST END BAR & LOUNGE

Where: 189 High Street, Fremantle When: 8.30pm ’til late Tickets: $10 pre-sale, $15 on the door On The Bill: DJ Big A and DJ Spinfx What: The East End Bar & Lounge invites you to indulge in a night of glamour, music, cocktails, champagne and indulgence. The dress code is bohemian vintage and there will be a giveaway of a $700 Swarovski bracelet on the night.

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EUROBAR

Where: 116 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge When: 8.30pm ’til late Tickets: Free entry On The Bill: Roger Smart What: Get on down to the tunes of Roger Smart this New Year’s Eve in the chic surrounding of Eurobar.

THE LEEDERVILLE HOTEL

Where: 742 Newcastle Street, Leederville When: 7pm ’til 2am Tickets: $75 + booking fee from Moshtix On The Bill: Felix Da Housecat, JCM, Ruben, DJ Dan What: Roll up, roll up for the Leederville Hotel’s Carnival featuring trapeze artists, burlesque performances, acrobats, stilt walkers and flame throwers, plus performances by hot acts such as Felix Da Housecat.

INDI BAR

Where: 23 Hastings Street, Scarborough When: 8pm ’til 2am Tickets: $45 from the venue On The Bill: Blue Shaddy and Joe Kings What: This New Year’s Eve the Indi goes back to Wookstock for one night of music, fun and frivolity. Wear your best Woodstock gear to receive a free glass of champagne or a fat yak on arrival. A special New Year’s Eve dinner menu is available until 10pm and pizzas will be available until 11pm.

INGLEWOOD HOTEL

Where: Corner Fifth Avenue and Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley When: 7pm ’til 2am Tickets: $15 on the door On The Bill: DJs all night What: Make your way to the Inglewood Hotel’s Full Moon Beach Party on New Year’s Eve to go into the running to win a surfboard, Summadayze tickets and a Ted’s Chopper Bike. Fire dancers, knife throwers, bongo drumers and a DJ are all lined up for this massive party.

THE LEFT BANK

Where: 15 Riverside Road, East Frmeantle When: 6pm ’til 2am Tickets: $85 from The Left Bank On The Bill: Tourist, DJs Inglorious Bastards What: New Year’s Eve is going to rock this year at The Left Bank with their In An Absolut World You’re With The Band New Year’s Eve Party! Featuring live music from Tourist, and DJs Inglorious Bastards playing head to head on stage in the carpark. Plus fireworks at midnight.

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THE LIBRARY

Where: 69 Lake Street, Northbridge When: 8pm ’til late Tickets: $20 presale from The Library On The Bill: James Smith, Meezy, Azt, Fiveo, Zeke and L Street What: Step into Candy Land at The Library this NYE and discover a Willy Wonka wonderland.

THE PADDO

Where: 141 Scarborough Beach Road, Mt Hawthorn When: 8pm ’til 2am Tickets: $15 from The Paddo On The Bill: DJ Dpad, Cheeky Monkeys What: Ring in the New Year with mates at The Paddo and enjoy a Coopers 62 or Bacardi Breezer on entry, plus finger food. Prizes for best and worst dressed.

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Where: 146 Roe Street, Northbridge When: 10pm ’til late Tickets: $50 + booking fee from Moshtix On The Bill: Bodyrox What: New Year’s Eve at Metro City is going out with a bang with all the favourite resident DJs, Angry Buda, Slick and Double L and a special performance from UK supergroup Bodyrox with special guest vocalist Luciana. Celebrate in style and be blown away with a massive laser and pyrotechnics show!

Where: 1/464 Hat Street, Subiaco When: 7pm ’til 2am Tickets: $60 through Heatseeker, Planet, Mills and Llama Bar On The Bill: Neil Viney, Elle Young & Mama Cass featuring Meesy, Kava, Frankie Button, VJ Zoo What: Time is immortal and so will you be when on the dancefloor freaking out to this summer’s best DJs and live performers. Shit is gonna hit the fan this New Year’s when Llama opens its doors and offers its best party yet. Guests will enjoy a free glass of champagne upon arrival, with canapés served early.

MINT

Where: Corner Lake and James Streets, Northbridge When: 9pm ’til late Tickets: Free entry before 10pm, $10 thereafter On The Bill: Chris McPhee, Darren Briais What: Everybody loves a good mash up so combining Mint’s two most popular nights (Club Retro on Fridays and Pop Life on Saturdays) is sure to be a huge hit this New Year’s Eve.

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Where: 174 James Street, Northbridge When: 8pm ’til 2010 Tickets: $15 pre-sale from the bands, or $20 on the door On The Bill: Homebrewe, Hailmary, Lacey, Chainsäw Hookers, Screaming Life, Faim Project What: This New Year’s Eve the Rocket Room has you covered and catered for whether you wanna rock, pop or dance your arse off. The Six Degrees Of Rock showcase event proves the Perth rock scene is not just alive- it’s thriving! It’s a Rocket Room home-coming highlights package of six of Perth’s best party bands. Get amongst the giveaways, prizes and sponsor specials and get down to DJs exploring rock in all its glory- all night and all morning!

THE MANOR

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Where: Behind Hip-E Club in Leederville When: 9pm ’til 4am Tickets: $15 from Highs and Lows, The Manor and Heatseeker On The Bill: DJ Manchild, MC NFA, Paper Plane Project, Selekt, Diger Rokwell, Kit Pop, Sour, Ad Roc, Charlie Bucket, plus a surprise special guest What: Think Twice and The Manor have collaborated this year to ensure you ring in the New Year surrounded by quality booze, responsible staff and the choicest of cuts supplied by DJs. Come and take part in what could possibly be the greatest celebration in the history of mankind!

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Where: Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean When: 5pm ’til late Tickets: $115 + booking fee from Moshtix and the regular outlets On The Bill: Method Man, Redman, Bliss N Eso, Cassius, Bloc Party DJ set, Sam Sparro DJ set, Roots Manuva, Dilated Peoples, Ugly Duckling, Skream & Benga, LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad, Bag Raiders, Thunderheist, Ed Rush & Optical, DJ Marky & Stamina MC, Hatcha, Distance, Spectrasoul, Joker, Kito, Amp Fiddler, Klute, Autoerotique What: If you fancy dub-step, hip hop, or electro, Origin is the only place you’ll want to be this New Year’s Eve.

PARAMOUNT NIGHTCLUB

Where: James Street, Northbridge When: 8pm ’til late Tickets: $20 presale from Paramount On The Bill: Flyte, DJs Morgan, Jordan and Meezy. What: Dress to impress at the Paramount’s 000 New Year’s Eve party, as either a firefighter, nurse or police officer.

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Where: 2 Morris Road, Innaloo When: Open ’til 2am Tickets: Free entry On The Bill: Sprtizer and DJ Anaru What: With an A-La-Carte menu, rocking live tunes from cover band Spritzer, and DJ Anaru spinning his decks, The Saint, is clearly the place to be for a New Year’s Eve experience to remember.

Where: 139 James Street, Northbridge When: 9pm ’til late Tickets: Rise Members $10 before 11pm, $15 thereafter; non-members $15 before 11pm; $25 thereafter On The Bill: DJs all night What: There are very few guarantees in life, however one thing is for certain - Rise will absolutely go off on New Year’s Eve as DJs rock the dance floor until the sun rises on the first day of the New Year.

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Where: Corner Angove and Fitzgerald Streets, North Perth When: 6pm ’til late Tickets: $28 + booking fee for general admission, $10 + booking fee for Garden Bar area only On The Bill: Sugar Army, Capital City, Umpire, The Scotch Of St James, The Preytells, Grim Fandango, Emperors, DJs Shannon Fox and Sock Mobster What: Enjoy a loud, live and local New Year’s Eve at The Rosemount, with bands inside and DJs on the decks outside.

Where: Shape Bar, 237 Hay Street, East Perth When: 9pm ’til late Tickets: $89 + booking fee from Moshtix, Live and Politix. On The Bill: Derrick Carter and D. Ramirez What: Be a part of this historic night as both D. Ramirez and Derrick Carter lead the celebrations and welcome in 2010 for Perth. Get ready to countdown to 2010 and share the night with two of the worlds finest artists as they each take the roof off Shape Bar!

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Where: 64 South Terrace, Fremantle When: 8.30pm ’til 12.30am Tickets: Free entry On The Bill: Vdelli, DJs What: Party through ’til 2010 at The Sail And Anchor with Vdelli, live DJs, and a great, relaxed atmosphere.

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Where: 42 Port Beach Road, North Fremantle When: 6pm ’til 2am Tickets: $70 for Funk Club members, $80 + booking fee for general admission, $125 + booking fee for VIP admission On The Bill: Marva Whitney, Dexter, Nicodemus, Gentlemen Of Leisure, Funk Club House Band, Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics, Charlie Bucket What: The Funk Club is doing it again and for the fourth year in a row present to you Perth’s favourite New Year’s Eve extravaganza - Funk Club’s Countdown to New Year’s Eve. This year the Funk Club takes over Salt on the Beach, presenting a massive event incorporating local, national and international acts, DJs and Live bands across two areas right on the beach in North Fremantle.

RESOLUTION

Where: Next Generation Rooftop Pool in Kings Park When: New Year’s Day 1pm ’til 9pm Tickets: $220 + booking free from Moshtix, 1300GetTix On The Bill: DJs all day What: Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the most glamorous pool party ever – Resolution. Unrivalled glamour, scrumptious food, premium drinks package, plus exclusive fashion shows by Australia’s leading swimwear designer Tigerlily, all as you party poolside overlooking Perth’s City skyline.

TIGER LILS

Where: 437 Murray Street, Perth When: 8pm ’til late Tickets: Free entry On The Bill: DJs Philly, Adam Kelly, Ben Sebastian and Victor What: Go troppo this New Year’s Eve at Tiger Lil’s Tropicana party. Guests will be given leis as they enter, and will discover coconut cocktails and daring DJs inside.

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Where: 520 Beaufort Street, Highgate When: 9pm ’til 2am Tickets: Free or $72.90 for a three course set menu On The Bill: DJ Rhys What: Pure Blonde brings New Year’s in at The Queens with their Dove Love campaign featuring the mysterious dove with the blue mark.

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Where: Burswood Entertainment Complex When: New Year’s Day 2pm - 10pm Tickets: $240 On The Bill: The Gentlemen of Leisure (NFA v Charlie Bucket v Manchild), DJ Ego, James Boag Fashion Parade, Maxwell and Dave Paddon What: Airconditioned Marquee, Bacardi Cocktail Bar and premium food and drinks are included

THE SEAVIEW

Where: 282 South Terrace, South Fremantle When: 7pm ’til late Tickets: $80 from the venue On The Bill: Shangara Jive What: Get stranded on Seaview Island this New Year’s Eve and experience a five course dinner, cocktails and live music by Shagara Jive.

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Music like techno isn’t Swedish producer Sebastian Ingros so’s “cup of tea” – he’d prefer to hear (and make) dance music that makes people go “mental” and shake their asses, as RK discovers.

There is a bit of cross pollination going on in Stockholm. Sebastian made his first foray into the studio some time After a few years of experience he penned Freshly Squeeze around the mid 1990s. d and Echo Vibes around 2001 with buddy Steve Angello label. Indeed, the two have worked on all manner of projects on the Joia Record since. And then there was a little more activity in the posse that later. – but more on Now this isn’t to detract from Ingrosso’s personal success. From the top: he is an accompl ished DJ, producer label boss at Refune Records; he is also part of an even bigger and remixer; he is the sensation though and that is his role in Swedish House Mafia. of his working relationship with Angello: Ingrosso shares “Steve and I have known each other since we were about six! We’re like brothers and we hooked up with and we worked our arses off at collaborating and working together. We pushed each other really hard and we’re likeEric Prydz and Axwell why we called it a mafia family! And it stuck!” family now so that’s “Actually the names were just something we thought about for five minutes while we were outside night coffee. There was no major thought; we said the name a 7-Eleven and had a laugh so we went for it! The DJ Collective is somethin drinking a late form, as we are all really good friends and just wanted somethin g we wanted to g that we all were included in. The foundation of the Swedish is that each DJ has his own thing going on but we all kick House Mafia arse together too and feed off each other, which can only be a good thing.” Production wise, there have been some really walking into a club and hearing a remix of his played half good releases during the Swedish summer; so much so that he isn’t foreign to a dozen times in the one night, shares Ingrosso: “I’ve done towards the end of 2008 and I just want to keep continuin the Cream compilation in the background to follow up from the It’s True EP which g to bring out good quality music.” There are a fair few other things happening dance music right now and things are going really well. was also released last year. “I do it for the fans you know – it is a great market for We are just working hard to bring out the best stuff we can.”

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If you’re a bit of a summer festival nut (and let’s face it, what kind of club music fan isn’t?) the summer can really drain the ‘ol hip pocket – but with so many great international acts on offer, how can we refuse? Mellen Events has the answer with their Future Music and Summadayze double ticket packs – get tickets to both festivals for only $225 plus booking fee (RRP for both tickets would be $245). The double packs run out this Sunday, December 20, so hurry along to www.ticketmaster.com.au or www.inthemix.com.au, or 78 Records, DJ Factory, Live Clothing (all stores), Mills Records, Planet Video and Rockeby Records to grab your double pack. If not for you, Christmas is just around the corner – give the gift of dancing! Salt readers should also know that Future Music Festival early bird tickets run out this Sunday, so if you’re planning on heading down to Ascot on Sunday, February 28 to catch the likes of The Prodigy, Carl Cox, Empire Of The Sun and more, and you’d like to do it on the cheap, grab your tickets from those same outlets before Sunday.

New Years’ Eve this year is going to be a great chance to kick up your heels to some quality funk, soul and hop hop. We already shared the news that DJ Nickodemus and Dexter ( The Avalanches) will be headed to Funk Club Countdown to NYE, and we’re thrilled to hear he’ll be joined by James Brown’s number one soul sister Marva Whitney and her live band The Transatlantics. Gentlemen of Leisure (NFA vs Manchild vs Charlie Bucket), The Funk Club House Band, Odette Mercy & her Soul Atomics, and Bongo Loco complete the line up. This huge event will take place at Salt On The Beach (ex Oyster Bar) and will cover two areas right on the beach in North Fremantle. Tickets are $70 for Funk Club members, or $80 plus booking fee general admission. If you’re up for spoiling yourself, there’s also a $125 plus booking fee VIP package, which entitles you to access to the airconditioned chill out lounge, complimentary cocktail food, cocktail on arrival and Redbull, water and VIP toilets. Tickets from www.funkclub. com.au, www.heatseeker.com.au, and Planet. Thursday, December 31. The action kicks off at 6pm.

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Summer looks to be getting a whole lot more fun with the news that the promoters of Tribal Gathering, Octane Entertainment, are launching the BoomBox Old Skool Boat Parties in Perth along the beautiful Swan River. Each boat trip is designed to take you on a different musical journey. Things kick off on Friday, January 29, with a jungle/drum ‘n’ bass boat party, featuring DJs Rewind, Merlin, Leroy, LJayP, Menis and Dair. 7.30pm10.30pm. Tickets are $35 plus booking fee, through www.moshtix.com.au. The next events after this will be on Friday, March 19, (house) and Friday, May 21, (techno). Keep your eyes on Salt for more details to come.

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Kompakt Records are heading back to Australia for their sophomore tour, bringing along Chilean-German funk-tech artist Matias Aguayo along for the ride. One half of the Broke! Project with Marcus Rossknecht, before becoming one up of Closer Musik with Dirk Leyers, Aguayo is known for his sensual, intense funk-laded techno beats, and integration of live singers and instruments into his performances. Currently busy working on a new album, set for release soon on Kompakt, Aguayo heads into Perth to play SecretSundayze and Democracy present Kompakt 2. Aguayo will be joined by Cologne resident Shumi, fresh from a series of high-profile performances around Germany and Europe. Shumi’s DJ abilities are on par with those of the trade’s top players. Shumi’s love for soulful, deep vibes combined with his somewhat uncanny ability to transition seamlessly between minimal techno and straight house make him a DJ not to be missed. Support from Gukas and Loochy, and Massiv Trav. At the eurobar, Aberdeen St, Northbridge, on Sunday, December 21. Tickets $15 plus booking fee from Moshtix, Planet, Mills and all Moshtix outlets. 4pm-10pm. Hittin’ the town since 1985


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 LADIES AND MAYERS

DEEN DELIGHTS

New Zealand’s foremost female hip hop artist, Ladi6, drew the support of a rapturous audience earlier this year when she brought her knockout live performance to the Funk Club. Now, the lady is back, and ready to perform tracks from her debut solo album Time is Not Much for Perth audiences,on Friday,January 26 at Funk Club. Ladi6 will be joined by Michiganraised multiinstrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne (USA) who brings his full band to Funk Club, as part of his first Australian tour. Hawthorne’s debut A Strange Arrangement has given new body and life to a rich soul legacy, with a sound of his own that speaks to the moment. Funk Club, Leederville Hotel (iupstairs). $35 tickets for Funk Club members or $40 general admission.

The deen is getting into the festive spirit, with two great events coming up in the next couple of weeks. On Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24, head to the deen for their Xmas Eve Special: whether you’re naughty or nice, you’ll get treated to the sounds of DJ Flex, Jus Haus, Nano, Surge and D on M igi, as well as live Brazilian band Sambalicious. Santa’s sexy helpers will be on guard, ready to help DJ Flex bust out his electro mash ups! A week later, on New Years’ Eve, the deen is planning the biggest and cheekiest pillow fight to hit Perth…well, ever. Join DJ Birdie, DJ Flex, Spanishfly DJs Nano and Surge and live band Sambalicious from the tropical Funk Merchants. Seven rooms pumping with your favourite tunes, and just to make 2010 a little more exciting, the girls Crazy Sexy Cool will stage a sleepwear pillowfight in sexy lingerie! Doors open 5pm. 84 Aberdeen St, Northbridge.

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Mowgli

MOWGLI’S ROAD It’s been a year since Italian pop/house/hip hop sensation Mowgli was in Perth, but we’re glad he’s coming back! He’s Brodinski’s fave producer, and AC Slater is a big fan, as are DJ Hell and Crookers. Mowgli’s EP Nu Skool has garnered praise from the likes of Micky Slim, Elite Force, Radioclit and Steve Aoki. Mowgli’s squelchy, twisted, de-tuned take on house delivers a sound that is drenched in grooves yet thick with peak time flavour. A sound that is completely fresh, totally unique and undeniably Mowgli. Sunday, January 29. Doors open 10pm. Tickets $20 on the door, or presales available from www.boomtick.com.au

SKOOL OF THOUGHT (AGAINST THE GRAIN)

NICK THAYER

THE HEAVY WEIGHTS OF BREAKS

ENNEX IN THE GROOVE Christmas shopping is hec tic at the best of times – however opportunities to relax all too often seem few and far between during the festive season. But the lovely folks at new shopping mecca E n n e x 1 0 0 h ave d e s i g n e d a s p e c i a l Christmas Chill Out Zone this Christmas, giving you the opportunity to put down the bags and hang five to the sounds of some of Perth’s most respected DJs. The Manor regular DJ Mason Kimber, who produces under the moniker Paper Plane Project, and has supported big shows like Pharoah Monch, will rotate on the Chill Out Zone decks with Perth funk superstar Charlie Bucket, a regular at Leederville’s The Funk Club. Catch Bucket spinning from 12pm-2pm on Thursday, December 17, Friday December 18, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, then again on the Wednesday, December 23 and Thursday, December 24. Mason Kimber DJs from 5pm-7pm on Friday, December 18. The Ennex100 is located at 100 St George’s Tce Per th, and the Chill Out Zone is on the Hay St level.

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ALBUMS PUSHING OUR WRITERS’ BUTTONS THIS WEEK… VARIOUS Global Underground: Plump DJs ALIX PEREZ 1984 UNDERWORLD VS THE MISTERONS Athens LETS GO OUTSIDE Conversations With My Invisible Friends CLAUDE VONSTROKE Bird Brain HOT CHIP One Life Stand SNOOP DOG Malice N Wonderland WALE Attention Deficit VARIOUS Go Bang: A Tribute to Arthur Russell LONE Ecstasy & Friends

FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER 2009 Villa Nightclub. 187 Stirling Street. Doors open 10pm Tickets: $20+BF. Available from: Planet Video, Mills, 78s and Moshtix Outlets (1300 GET TIX) and online from the Boomtick SHOP, Moshtix and inthemix.com.au For more info: www.againstthegrainrecords.com www.myspace.com/skoolofthought www.myspace.com/djnickthayer www.boomtick.com.au events@boomtick.com.au Early bird tickets $70+BF. Available from funkclub.com.au & heatseeker.com.au

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ORIGIN NYE:

NIGHT OF MAYHEM IMAGINE A HOUSE PARTY SO HUGE THAT NO HOME COULD HOST IT! ADD A WIDE RANGE OF WORLD FAMOUS GUESTS BUT NO INSIDE INVITATION NEEDED, PLUS A VIBE UNRIVALLED BY ANY OTHER EVENT ON OFFER IN PERTH THIS NYE AND YOU SHOULD HAVE SOME IDEA JUST HOW UNMISSABLE THE MONSTROUS MUSIC FESTIVAL THAT IS ORIGIN NYE WILL BE. ORIGIN NYE 2009 AT STEEL BLUE OVAL IN BASSENDEAN WILL HAVE FOUR STAGES OF SOUNDS SUPPLIED BY AN UNPRECEDENTED ARRAY OF INTERNATIONAL HIP HOP, HOUSE, ELECTRO, DRUM ‘N’ BASS AND DUBSTEP ACTS, ALCOHOL (THE EVENT IS 18+) BIG SOUND AND BASS SYSTEMS, AND EVEN BUSES RUNNING TO AND FROM THE VENUE ON THE NIGHT. GRAB YOUR TICKETS NOW FROM MOSHTIX OUTLETS, WWW. MOSHTIX.COM.AU OR BY CALLING 1300 438 849. THERE WILL BE NO BETTER PLACE TO ENJOY THIS NYE! HERE’S A TASTE OF SOME OF THE AMAZING ACTS IN STORE...

RED MAN

New Jersey rapper Redman made his initial impact with Whut? Thee Album in 1992. He blended reggae and funk influences with topical commentary and displayed a terse, though fluid rap style that was sometimes satirical, sometimes tough, and sometimes silly. Redman returned in 1994 with his second album, Dare Iz a Darkside, which was a harder album than his debut. Muddy Waters, Redman’s third album, followed in 1996; he returned two years later with Doc’s da Name. The 1999 album Blackout! was a collaboration with Method Man while 2001’s Malpractice was another solo effort. Soundtrack appearances, acting (most notably a starring role in the film How High), and collaborations (including an appearance on Christina Aguilera’s hit single Dirrty) kept Redman away from his solo career until 2007, when Red Gone Wild arrived. His second effort with Method Man, Blackout! 2, arrived in 2009.

METHODMAN

Method Man was the first -- and biggest -- solo star to emerge from the groundbreaking Wu-Tang Clan. His mush-mouthed, sandpaper-rough bellow (at times recalling EPMD’s Erick Sermon) and imaginative rhymes easily made him one of the most recognizable, unpredictable MCs in the group, yet his flow was more deliberate and laid-back than the Wu’s resident loose cannon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. On his solo records, Method Man developed a persona that swung from offhand, understated menace to raucous stoner humor. Toward the end of the ‘90s, his frequent team-ups with Redman produced not only a terrific musical chemistry, but an eventual big-screen comedy team as well.

UGLY DUCKLING Forming in 1993, Ugly Duckling’s impressive discography spans twelve highly successful years of recording, launched with the release of their first 12 inch Fresh Mode in 1997. Since the early days they have been making their mark on the international live scene, having played in nearly 30 countries over the last ten years. This trio of musicians from Long Beach California are known the world over for their witty, humorous and soulful hip hop which is galvanised by a live show that is more fun than should be legal. Never reliant on big budgets or label support to sell records – it is a true testament to Ugly Duckling’s talent and appeal that they have produced such a huge number of hits over their career - without loosing sights of their roots.

CASSIUS

THUNDERHEIST

Cassius could be the hardest men in dance music. Don’t mess with Cassius. They took their name from the world’s greatest heavyweight boxer, because he decided he didn’t want it any more. But for the last decade, they’ve made some of the sweetest music, produced a portfolio of house, hip hop and leftfield music with more high-fat content than foie gras on toast, travelled their heavyweight sound across the world and spend ten years building Paris a name to rival London, Detroit, Chicago and New York when it comes to show-stopping records.

Stealing thunder so you move that ass, the duo dubbed Thunderheist unleash serious electro-pop with heavy boom bap party funk. Bass breaks laced with proper rhyming are flipped with digital booty bass, 80s- inspired electronic pop, and slowed down Southern bounce, all fresh dipped in serious swagger. The duo have commandeered stages and left dancefloors sweaty the world over. It’s not about to slow down one bit. Thunderheist are wrapping up work on their debut album. Playing to huge audiences across the US on a VICE co- headline tour with The Black Ghosts and at major Canadian festivals (Beats, Breaks and Culture, Hillside Festival) in Summer 2008, Thunderheist are getting ready to stun Perth audiences at Origin NYE.

LTJ BUKEM Viewed as an innovator in the drum and bass style, LTJ Bukem is known for developing an accessible alternative to that hardcore genre’s speedy, assaultive energies. His style pays homage to the Detroit-based sound of early techno, but Bukem also incorporates still earlier influences, particularly the mellow, melodic sonorities of 1970s-era jazz fusion as exemplified by Lonnie Liston Smith and Roy Ayers. Early in his career, Bukem was identified for his response to the “almost paranoid hyperkinesis” of breakbeat-based house music, and specifically for his reservations regarding the overbearing force of the hardcore mentality. Bukem’s music from the early 1990s onward represents his efforts to map out an alternative future for breakbeat house music by incorporating softer-edged influences culled from London’s 1980s rare groove and acid jazz scenes.

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SPECTRASOUL The last 12 months has seen SpectraSoul rise as one of the most exciting new talents within the drum and bass scene, and they continue to ride the crest of the wave of new producers. Having spent the last year defining and refining their musical techniques, SpectraSoul have gained a reputation for bridging the gap between light and dark, hard and smooth, both in the studio and within their DJ sets. Last year saw the release of highly acclaimed III Note Soul and Cherry Smoke on Shogun:LTD, with both tracks gaining support from all the main players in the game and securing their place on the d ‘n’ b map. Releases have snowballed from there on, with signings to Renegade Recordings, WestBay International, Soundtrax, a debut EP on Nu:Directions, and further releases on DJ Friction’s Shogun Audio and SGN:LTD imprints. Showcasing their talents on the turntables at some of the most prestigious venues throughout the UK and Europe, SpectraSoul have gained residencies at Shogun events in both London and Brighton, and prove to be a popular choice for promoters across the globe with an ever-growing booking schedule. Having gained solid DJ support from the likes of Friction, Fabio, DJ Marky, Klute, Logistics, Commix, Break and D-Bridge amongst others, the duo’s sound has echoed around dance floors worldwide. The coming months see releases from SpectraSoul on some of the biggest labels within drum and bass, collaborations with other pioneer producers, and some exciting remix projects to look forward to.

KITO Kito is the latest rising star of a growing young dubstep elite. Keeping company with the likes of Skream, Kulture and Joker, her sound has been described by BBC Radio1’s Mary Anne Hobbs as “a poetic take on Dubstep”. In 2008, Kito returned from a self imposed hiatus, an intricate break which saw her develope her unique sound. On return, we were rewarded in fantastic fashion with her decisive tune What If. On hearing What If, Skream; the dubstep scenes number one artist; immediately identifying consummate talent signed the release and Kito’s Cold to his label Disfigured Dubz, the start of the big events to follow. Following on the success of her first release, Skream has also picked up Kito’s most recent tracks for a huge EP including LFO, featuring the vocals of Reija Lee, On The Floor, Don’t Wanna Lose You and Kito’s remix of Vaccine’s, Fever; tracks which have really catapulted Kito onto the worlds stage. Kito’s fresh, unique music has received support globally from a number of the scenes leading artists such as Skream, Benga, D-Bridge, N-Type, Joker, Rusko, Digital Mystikz plus many more established artists, an already large and ever growing fan bass plus encouraging press articles and reviews, including NME & Knowledge. In demand, Kito has also recorded exclusive mixes for the UK’s number one station BBC Radio 1 with Mary Anne Hobbs, one of the most tuned into dubstep shows worldwide as well as Skreams radio show ‘Stella Sessions’ on Rinse FM and back home Kito has also performed on one of Australia’s largest national radio stations; Triple J. Kito has quickly become one of the most sort after and widely known names in the scene.

DJ MARKY DJ Marky is already a veritable superstar DJ in his homeland Brasil. Based in Sao Paulo, the clubbing and dance music capital of Brasil, Marky is well established as one of Brazil’s biggest DJs and producer talents. Today, around the world, DJ Marky is considered one of the most exciting DJs/producers in dance music. His phenomenal technical skills and Brazilian flair, his enthusiasm, dedication and character took the world by storm a few years ago; now fully established, he continues to have the same whirlwind effect on dance floors as he did when he first arrived in the UK. Hooked on music from a young age, it was the record shop where Marky worked in the early 1990s that allowed him access to the hardcore sounds that were coming out of the UK at the time. Although it wasn’t immediately well received by the clubs in Sao Paulo, Marky started playing these records out, and as Marky followed the evolution in to jungle his work began to pay off and a scene began to develop. Alongside his close friends Patife and Koloral they pushed this sound until it became one of the country’s strongest music scenes, as it remains to this day. Today, Marky is still tearing up dancefloors the world over, but is still managing to spend a huge amount of time in the studio with XRS. He also devotes a lot of his time to the label, Innerground Records, building up the label by signing great tracks by other big names. His DJ schedule is always packed, with regular European and world-wide tours as well as continuing to play to packed clubs and sell-out crowds at festivals in Brasil.

AUTOEROTIQUE Autoerotique stores electro, techno, house, Dutch house, Dutch-colonial house, rave-rock, indierock and even ska on speed dial and calls them up frequently. Their effortlessly protean, shapeshifting sound can careen wildly from project to project, so it’s not unexpected to hear them transform from Dutch house to, say, Norwegian black metal on the same record – thus, earning them the lazily au courant nick name “Autobots” (currently TM’d by Hasbro so don’t pass it on!). Signed with Dim Mak Records, the duo streaked like a tracer bullet through the strobe-lit sky of the T.O. dance community with their official first single Gladiator featuring remixes by Aoki/AM, Klever, Larry Tee/Alexander Technique, The Faint, AC Slater & Milano. F o l l o w i n g t h e G l a d i a t o r E P, Autoerotique showed off the many colourful arrows in their musical quiver releasing remixes for Lykke Li, Shinichi Osawa, Chris Cornell & Timbaland, Diplo & Laidback luke, Larry Tee, B. Rich, Disco Bisquits, Fischerspooner and Weezer. Flash forward 6 months and the group is back in studio—following a non-stop liverpunishing tour—and excitedly working on their next single and first full length LP.

HATCHA Not one DJ or indeed producer can claim sole credit for dubstep. But when the history of the genre gets told, no DJ has ever had, or perhaps ever will again have so much influence over the course of the genre as Hatcha. It’s no overstatement to say the entire genre bares his stamp.

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STOCKHOLM’S FINEST

MAINROOM THURSDAY

Pasha’s Kitchen,

The Big Man cooking up Meaty Beats.

FRIDAY Time Tunnel brings you

champion tunes from Rok Riley, Pasha & Joe 19

SATURDAY

TRANSMISSION

Perth’s essential pre club night for discerning music lovers bringing you indie, electro, rock, punk & club classics with Andrei Mazz 8pm Free Entry

SUNDAY

PIZZA & PINT

Nathan J, Dan Tha Man and The Nisbit

WEDNESDAY

UNI-QUE with Death Disco’s Jamie Mac & Dazz K. Bring Your Student ID please.

UPSTAIRS THURSDAY

The {move} crew’s Ben Taaffe and Perth’s pivotal prodigal producer Dave Miller, are teaming up to bring a brand new weekly night for music enthusiasts of all varieties this summer season

FRIDAY

The Beat Suite

with Micah, Sharif Galal and Guests. 9pm Free Entry

SATURDAY

Flying High.

Indie Rock, Avant Pop, Classic Rock and Party Faves with RTRs Cutter, Sarah Delfante, Dennis Gerling & Jack Midalia. Free Entry 8pm

THURSDAY

THE DOMNICKS

“HEY ROCK’N’ROLLER” WITH THE ELECTROMEN. DOORS OPEN 8:30 $8 ENTRY

FRIDAY

Open Decks Sessions.

Doors Open 8pm Free Entry. For more details check out opendeckssessions. wetpaint.com

SATURDAY

CIM CIARU CHRISTMAS PARTY

WITH THE OLD CROAK, NAMOOWOLF DOWNS AND DAY OF KINGS. DOORS OPEN 8PM

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ALY & FILA KINGS OF EGYPT After enthralling punters at April’s Trance Energy extravaganza, Aly & Fila make their much anticipated return to Perth. GLEN CANNING caught up with Fadi moments before he boarded his plane to Australia.

“The Australian crowds were such an amazing experience! They like it really hard and they love it!” Fadi recalls his first visit to the West fondly. “Our sound fits so much so I was really happy with the feedback of the whole tour and that’s why I’m back again this year. It was a great tour and one of the highlights of the year for sure!” Once only known for its ancient monuments, Egypt is the proud home of Aly & Fila, whom for the past seven years have been producing their own brand of melodic, uplifting trance. Their productions have seen them become regular fixtures in the set lists of Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten and Armin Van Buuren, however as Fadi explains, it was tougher to break the big time than most might think. “It was so hard to break through, especially being from Egypt. We didn’t have anyone to guide us and give us advice. So we started out all on our own and it was really pretty hard and we didn’t expect to break through. We were doing it for fun at the beginning and then it was by chance that we got signed by the German label Euphonic Records which was our first release and then we decided ‘OK, it’s time to get serious’. We worked extremely hard and we’re happy that we’ve reached a level that a lot of people would love to reach production wise.” Coming from a country so rich in historical significance, Aly & Fila thought it was only fitting that their releases reflected their Aly & Fila heritage. “With our tracks Eye of Horus and Spirit Fadi is excited for Aly & Fila’s return to of Ka we wanted to have something special as we were the first from Egypt and we wanted people Australia, particularly to Perth. “To be honest my favourite gig in the to recognise that we’re from Egypt, we are proud to be Egyptian and we love our country, that’s whole Trance Energy tour was Perth! The location, the crowd was brilliant and I’m really looking why we named our first tracks this way.” Sebastian Ingrosso Despite their humble beginnings, artists forward to being back there again and they should expect some new stuff from the label On the label in 2009, there have are now scrambling for a chance to remix their been the releases from Ingrosso titled Laktos, tracks. Fadi explains the decision process,“Usually and some new stuff from our album, including Kidsos and a collaboration with Dirty South for me I try to choose someone who will bring some stuff that will be the first time people will called Meich. Another that also caused a bit of something different. If I’m doing something in an have heard them. I’m really excited about these a stir was the massive collaboration that came uplifting way, I don’t want a lot of uplifting artists shows.” from the Miami music conference and involved to do the remix because I’d love to give the track Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, more options and more chances and different ALY & FILA Laidback Luke – and the stunning vocals of choose someone that brings something different SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 @ RISE Deborah Cox. The song was called Leave the than the original.” World Behind and came on Axwell’s Axtone label. It is an electro house type number with a massive breakdown and a twisted hook that is sure to get the dance floor moving. And with the Ingrosso name having touched remixes for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Moby, Röyksopp, Hard Fi and Deep Dish, there is no denying the man has a diverse array of talent. That said, Ingrosso Since exploding onto the break beat scene with their ground breaking isn’t shy of stating his opinion. He is on the record last year for publicly degrading minimal. debut album A Plump Night Out in 2000, the Plump DJs have been at “The whole Berlin minimal thing for forefront of the breakbeat elite. Lee Rous, one half of the dynamic duo, me isn’t that inspiring – techno is cool and took some time out to speak with GLEN CANNING. fine but this just wasn’t my cup of tea. There weren’t any big club hits where people could go absolutely mental. Now Eric Prydz is making good music and Axwell is making good music and in general good music is coming again. And it’s really not difficult. We just think positive when we were in the studio eating once a day and feeling like shit and thinking it will all come back to us! We feel really lucky to be doing so well and we love every second of it, as long as we don’t forget where you come from it won’t ever be a problem!” Continues Ingrosso: “You always make music and you will always have people who will hate it and people who will love it. I think I know what I’m doing; I don’t make singles featuring whoever, I mean I make dance music and I wanna make people dance and if I make myself wanna dance and my arse is shaking then I am Plump DJs quite satisfied.” So behind all the aliases – Buy “I don’t know how we’re still keeping it together still making breaks. Now, Fireflies, General Modes, Outfunk, Mode but we’re still hanging out everyday making ” With their contract with long standing Hookers and more – Ingrosso is the baby faced music still, we’re not doing anything else apart label Fingerlickin’ Records ending, Plump DJs have assassin who is coming of age. Not only has he from Plump so it’s still working!” chuckles Rous established their own label, Grand Hotel, Rous surrounded himself with the crème de la crème as he contemplates his ten year union with Andy enthusiastically shares some more detail on the of Swedish house music; he is also aligned Gardner, one that has spawned fond memories. label,“we wanted to expand a bit musically and we with the biggest and finest proponents of the “Performing at Field Day in front of wanted to create a platform to do that and start electronic music scene generally. While the last 15,000 people takes a beating I think, it was our a fresh. It made really good sense for us to set up 10 years have been mighty kind to our friend first giant crowd we’d ever played for and we made from Stockholm, don’t be surprised if the next a couple of tracks especially for that occasion, yeah our own label up and showcase the music that we 10 are the ones where his career really goes full that was just fantastic for us, I think touring with like.” With Good Vibrations just around the circle. orbital as well really helped us in our early years And while talking about the blurring and also making the records that we have done, corner, Rous hints at what might be in store. “We’ve been working really hard in of genres, in closing he adds this: “the broadness we’re fortunate the position we’re in and seeing of the internet means that people aren’t too the results of playing those tunes and hearing getting a really good performance together and concerned about defining things that are too other people play them all around the world is a our full length shows are going really well and we’ve got loads of new breaks to play and lots genre specific anymore. Sure, we’re still trying great thing to behold and be part of.” to play some music from different genres, and Continually evolving and diversifying of new techno and electro from all around the in some ways, we’re relying on ourselves to their sound, Plump DJs have never been shy to world to play and loads of new stuff we’ve been make it though and at the same time, we’re step out of their comfort zone and with October’s making ourselves and those are the tracks that experimenting with different ideas and styles. release of Global Underground, they have infiltrated we’re hoping to showcase on the new label. So So coming back to Australia will be a fantastic uncharted territory, fusing breakbeat with electro, we’re looking forward to seeing the crowd enjoy experience again, because the crowds down tech and house. Rous explains. that music so we keep making the right decisions under are always up for a good time! Not to “Our direction is always defined by the on what we do next year, so it’s really important mention the fact that it will be summer and nature of experiment and we’ve always been for us to see how it goes down and to gauge the the sun will be shining with all those friendly inspired by people around us, other artists here response. We just hope you enjoy it!” faces!” and around the world. Unfortunately there’s not a lot of great breakbeat being made and we don’t PLUMP DJS SEBASTIAN INGROSSO want to play breakbeat just for the sake of it, if it’s SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 @ GOOD VIBRAFRIDAY, JANUARY 1 @ CLUB PARADISO, rubbish or it’s just not good music so it’s left us and TIONS, CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS BURSWOOD ON SWAN a few others with a task to make breaks and we’re

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KITO [DIS] FIGURED IT OUT

JOSH WINK HIGHER STATE

Maaike Kito Lebbing, known to most simply as Kito, is heralded as To many of the old school ravers, Josh Wink is the acid house guru of the Australia’s first lady of dubstep. However, as ANGELA KING discovers, ‘90s, the DJ with the giant Jew-fro dreads that ruled clubland with classic Kito’s unassuming modesty surpasses the hype. anthems like Don’t Laugh and Higher State of Consciousness. Wink chats I always wanted to do music, I couldn’t think of to ALFRED GORMAN from sunny Philly.

Kito Initially dabbling within the realm of drum ‘n’ bass, Kito won Roller Idol and Best New Talent at the 2005 Perth Dance Music Awards. Several years on, the 22 year-old champions a more thoughtful and refined sound and is signed to Disfigured Dubz, headed by dubstep pin-up boy, Skream. Kito’s shift to the dubside was as unplanned as it was embraced; her stumble into the genre occurred while on holiday, as Lebbing recounts to Salt recently, “When I went travelling in Europe, I think, it wasn’t intentional. When I settled back in London I started making tunes again and went out again. As soon as I came back [to Australia] I became serious about production.” Production however, is not a new pastime for Lebbing, who confesses she began to create music, at around the same time she began to DJ, although without much success. “I was really shit, mucking around on Fruity Loops. I was probably about 16. It took me about a year to work out people used breaks!” Much to her credit, and the retrospective delight of her burgeoning fan base, Kito persevered with the art mainly from the lack of appealing career alternatives. “I think

anything else I wanted to do as a job. I kind of had this little voice inside me deep down saying ‘You’re probably not going to like actually doing it’ so I was hopeful but didn’t really think I would be able to make it my career. I don’t know what else I would do!” Although her music is slapped with the dubstep moniker, signed to a dubstep label, and played frequently by certified DJs within the genre, Kito explains it is not a term she would pick personally, “I don’t even think of my stuff as dubstep really. I don’t write everything at 140bpm. It’s just an amalgamation of different influences and different styles of music.” Also crediting her jump into production with a shift in her own tastes, even broadening a horizon or two in the process. “My influences have changed big time since I got into production seriously, I listen to pop differently now, and respect different producers. I used to be a music snob when I was younger, but now I’m able to appreciate things in a different way.” Since her Perth dubstep debut at The Big Rinse back in May, Kito has played regular warm up support to the likes of Emalkay, The Others, LD and most recently Tes La Rok. She speaks fondly of her experiences being back in Perth and playing to a home crowd, “It’s really fun! I’m a local again, I love it. I can’t deny I’m really excited to go play in Europe - I’m playing in Holland in June.” “I have had Skream pushing me to go over there (in the UK); lots of people are saying ‘If you are going to do this seriously you have to be over there’ the artist explains, which makes her appearance at the highly anticipated Origin New Year’s Eve celebrations, an almost bittersweet exit, and most likely the last time we see Kito perform on our shores for a long while. Not all is negative though, as Kito tips it to be an extra special performance with a showcase of world exclusive freshness: “I’m working on heaps of new material at the moment – lots with Reija Lee and I will play lot of it at Origin.” Acquaint yourself with Kito now; before the world steals her away.

These days, he sports a more cropped hairdo, but is still pumping out cutting edge tunes, and next year the techno veteran is celebrating 20 years of his legendary record label, Ovum, by coming to Australia. “I don’t get a chance to go to Australia too often. I have been for Future once before [FMF ‘07] so I know that organisation does a very good job of bringing a diverse lineup of artists, with good venues and quality production.” He’s in Sydney for NYE before heading west for Summadayze. It’s not the first NYE Wink has spent in Aus, there was a legendary NYE set he played at the old Globe many years ago – this reviewer revealing his age by informing Winky that he was in fact amongst those heaving, sweaty masses, “Ohhhh! You were there?! Yeah that was a great gig,” he enthuses, “I remember… it was like ‘96 or ’97.” He’s been DJing for a long time, yet this year sees him touring as hard as ever on the back of his first artist album in years, When A Banana Was Just A Banana - a definite top 10 contender for the year,“So many artists have to tour constantly now, in order to make a living. It’s hard to run your life when everybody’s always stealing your stuff you know?” he comments wryly. Times have changed a lot since Wink started in the game – back then it wasn’t about the fame, the touring, the pop single with vocals… internet sensations didn’t appear, and disappear, overnight. “I think the biggest observation that I could make,” he pauses, pondering, “is that a lot of people now, want to make it big, really quickly! They want to be on the cover of magazines, they want top 10 records and they wanna do it now! “There’s no problem with that, but what happens when people do things at such a fast pace, is there may not be the longevity. They may be big and successful for a while, but in two or three years, you’re wondering where they went.” It is a time of disposable, DJ hero wannabes, who are all about the image and lifestyle, more than the music. The years have seen the rave scene lose its innocence – a dance

scene that was all about the music, and was once free and innocent, has become corporatised, marketable and trendy. “Yeah there’s more of a business thing now,” Wink says. “Like in Europe, around 10 years ago, there was that big boom, where these once underground raves, become big corporate sponsored things. But there’s pluses and minuses – you could have big, underground raves, like we used to, but you had to deal with the police shutting them down ‘cause there weren’t any permits, so that was frustrating. “So there’s responsibility now on clubs and festival owners to make these things happen in a responsible manner, which isn’t a bad thing. But now there’s this aspect of making a living out of it, rather than where it was just something you had passion for, and you didn’t care if you made money. You just wanted to do it because of the feeling.” Wink has always followed his heart and has never really stopped pushing boundaries. He’s a true techno pioneer who considers his music an art form of expression, and it seems he still has plenty more to give.“There’s nothing else I’d rather do. I am very fortunate to be able to do what I do and be in this position to see all these changes, these trends and cycles, and how technology is always pushing things forward.”

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CHASE & STATUS

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Fresh from co-producing Rihanna’s new album, Chase & Status seem as far from their drum ‘n’ bass roots as you could get, but as Kennard explains to GLEN CANNING, nothing is further from the truth.

“It’s incredible to be involved with people like that,” begins Kennard of the duo’s recent experience with Rihanna, “quite an extreme change from writing underground music to working with one of the biggest pop stars in the world, writing music that is mainstream so it’s been great and it’s been a great learning curve and what’s exciting for us by doing that, it sort of takes the pressure off our own album and we can just really experiment with writing more sort of underground music and not worry about selling records and that’s great for us, we just concentrate on doing something original and not really worry about the consequences.” Kennard reveals some of the other changes Chase & Status have embraced; “we’re finding it increasingly hard to come up with new angles with drum ‘n’ bass, its been here 15 years, it’s really been covered extensively and we personally feel that adding vocals brings a whole new angle of the music and can suddenly turn a bland backing track into something much more exciting and alive sounding. “There’s a lot of instrumental music in drum ‘n’ bass that we absolutely love but it adds another angle and makes it more challenging and more interesting and in a way more satisfying when you add that final element to a track and when a vocal really works you can’t really beat it you know its just incredible.” Adding fur ther to their ever expanding repertoire of sounds, Chase & Status have been playing dubstep in their sets. Explains Kennard: “We were the first drum ‘n’ bass DJs to start playing dubstep and we were surprised how well it was going, we used to just play a couple of tracks in the middle of the set just to switch up the tempo a bit and do something a bit different from everyone else. It’s just such an exciting scene you know it’s very fresh, it’s very original sounding and the kids are absolutely loving it and I just think it complements the drum ‘n’ bass side

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Chase & Status really well, similar vibe, big bass, you know it’s kind of energetic but a bit more down tempo and it’s a great twist to what we do anyway and it’s been going down really, really well.” With Chase & Status joining February’s Good Vibrations tour, Kennard promises a show to remember. “We’re bringing the whole team over, we’ve got a team of 13 people, lots of equipment, lots of stage props, a ridiculous drum kit and one of the most famous drummers in the world, called Andy Gangadeen, and yeah we bring the whole team over, it looks great, full visuals and lighting as well and we just finished our UK tour and we sold out every show, every club was complete carnage, there were people crowd surfing, there was mosh pits, it was real great fun, just a real high energy, live feel to the set. “ I ’m re a l l y l o o k i n g fo r wa rd to Australia - it’s always great when you DJ there, people are crazy and the live show should be even better!”

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The French love affair with house continues with aplomb – all the more likely thanks to Hubert ‘Boom Bass’ Blanc-Francard and Philippe ‘Zdar’ Cerboneschi’s pivotal role in the genre. In a recent interview with Cassius, we got talking about music immediately – well, Zdar did, in any case. “You know, it’s a very simple answer – [music]’s the only great passion I have in life. It’s something that comes from youth and having the chance to be involved in music and be in the studio; I never wanted to change anything. I’m playing records every night and day, my life is absorbed by music. It’s not even a wish, it’s the real thing.” Zdar continues to explain his life’s love affair. “I think when we are on stage as DJs, we just love the feeling of house. It’s about feeling and fitting in with the people who are at the party and the energy in the room. When we produce, we have never been able to stand in just the one genre – I am buying a lot of records and of 25 I bought recently, there are some that are jazz and some rock and some electronic. We listen to anything – so long as it’s exciting and new. Every album is different and by chance I listen to an album I realise that things are completely different and it’s possible to do things like that when you produce for yourself.” Indeed, since the mid ‘90s the lads have been rocking crowds from Nice to Sydney. They have witnessed changes and evolutions in music they could not have foretold. But their longevity is a testament to their ability to adapt and stay abreast of the latest and newest trends. “It might not be done naturally,” chimes in Zdar, “but there are so many things going on right now. Even thinking back to the aspects of earlier on – what I see right now is the differences and changes that have come from technical innovation. Now anyone can do a track at home with a computer – I was

in a shop buying vinyl yesterday but I could have just as easily bought it digitally – the same day it was released in New York for example. So the change is for the good and the bad – just go with the grain.” As well, the guys are busy as always in the studio with production and remix work. “We have done a lot of work in recent times – I produced the Phoenix album and have produced for a lot of artists like English and American bands. And we did the Youth, Speed, Trouble, Cigarettes EP and we like the idea of being on our own label and it’s something we’ve been missing a lot. We were very slow in a big company but on our own we can do things quite quickly. So we want to do a few EPs and then think about an artist album.” Finally – and most importantly - the duo is heading back to Australia for their traditional summer rendezvous with house music fans. “Australia is always good to us – it’s a way for us to go back to our roots. Like the tours we’ve done before it’s a typical DJ/sample show – we did the live show for a while and if we do another album we’ll go back to doing live – so one day! But for now, we need to have the balance in Cassius and the underground house music scene. “This is fuelling our studio work and our desire to go back to live so eventually it will be going back to our roots – me on the records and Hubert on the live sampler.”

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DOME SUNSET SPREADING THE JOY Local hip hop and indie rock act Dome Sunset are releasing their debut EP, Joy, this week. JOSHUA HAYES catches up with Mark Lloyd to discuss the album.

What started just last year as a spur-of-themoment idea between two high school mates with disparate musical backgrounds - rapper Mark Lloyd and indie rock guitarist Chris Winterburn has turned into a debut EP. “When we were living together we’d had this little makeshift studio set up, and Chris used to always go in there and record acoustic things and stuff like that,” Lloyd explains.“One day we were in there, just chilling, and he was playing something and I was, like, ‘man, that would be dope, if I could rhyme over that’, and it all spawned from there.” Lloyd has built a reputation as one of Perth’s most promising upcoming rappers – winning the local heat of the Scribble Jam battle in 2006, and taking out the WA heats of the Poetry Slam two years running – but he is enjoying the opportunity to stretch out creatively. “It was weird at the start,” he admits. “Coming from a hip hop background, when you’re rhyming over stuff that doesn’t sound hip hop at all you’re always wondering ‘I wonder what people are going to think’.” “But then at the end of the day I was, like, ‘you know what? Why not just step out and make something that hasn’t been heard before and something completely original?’.” He continues. “I don’t want to be stuck to those guidelines that people think you should follow.” The end result is the five song EP Joy, which the group is launching tomorrow night at the Rosemount Hotel with support from The Typhoons and Injured Ninja. Lloyd touches on a number of subjects

Dome Sunset over the course of the EP; anorexia on Big Girls, cross cultural relationships on Indonesian Princess, to more broad social commentary on Make Some Noise. “I wanted to just have five solid tracks and have each one saying something,” he explains. Winterburn meanwhile played all the instruments on the EP; however, the duo decided that the line-up would need to be expanded for live performances. Mitch Smith and Nathan O’Brien joined the group on bass and drums, respectively. “Mitch had been a friend of mine since high school as well, and Nathan was already playing in a band with Chris,” says Lloyd. “I think the band came together pretty much within half an hour.” After their rapid growth from spur-ofthe-moment idea to debut EP, Dome Sunset isn’t planning to slow down. The expanded group has started jamming out new material and Lloyd is looking at a mid-2010 release for their next project. “Ever ybody is from a different background, so the songs are an eclectic mix of styles,” Lloyd says of the group’s new songs. “It’s kind of different from the EP; it’s a little bit different because it’s got two more blokes’ input, so we’ve got a whole bunch of stuff that we want to get recorded as soon as possible.” DOME SUNSET FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 @ THE ROSEMOUNT, NORTH PERTH

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This is Drum ‘n’ Bass: Mixed by High Contrast and London Elektricity The brilliance that was Beware Of The Bird [Hospital Records/New State Music] lay in the fact that while it was essentially an underground album, it had the ability to reach a Hospitality, run by Hospital Records, is the wider audience with infuriatingly catchy tracks flagship club night of the UK drum ‘n’ bass scene, like The Whistler and Who’s Afraid Of Detroit?. recently winning best promoter and best club Bird Brain, VonStroke’s much anticipated night at the Drum ‘n’ Bass Arena Awards. Two sophomore effort is a glitchy, subtle, bass-filled Hospitality regulars, High Contrast and London journey through the more minimal end of the Elektricity, have mixed the compilation. house spectrum. This album is crammed full of tunes, Bay Area is a track just oozing with with almost 60 being played across two discs. As cool. Funky, piano driven and with a sparingly can be imagined, all of the club favourites such used female vocal, it’s emphatic proof that less as Sub Focus’s Rock It and Fresh’s Heavyweight can be more. VonStroke’s quirky side comes are there. Other highlights include Rudenko’s to the fore on California, a percussive driven Everybody (Danny Byrd remix) and Zarif’s lounge number which uses a bunch of sleazy, California (Danny Byrd remix), Subwave’s I Need sexed up vocal samples and teasing builds You and DC Breaks’ Picket Line. and drops to perfection. If you’re keen to set If you’ve been out to a drum ‘n’ bass the mood, whack this number on - it gives any club night in the past six months, you probably Barry White release a run for its money. won’t be that amazed by the track selection This is one of those albums that of this compilation. There is a distinct lack of require a good listen, purely because you’ll find originality and one can’t help but feel that a a new favourite every time you play it through. few of the tracks where put there at the request While it doesn’t have the same luminous of the label. crossover brilliance of Beware Of The Bird, Bird Having said that, if you haven’t been Brain is pure summer. to a drum ‘n’ bass club night in the past six After a big night, thrashing away to months this CD is a great snapshot of the scene busy bass lines and fuzzy electro, this is the as it stands. perfect medicine; a sexed-up, slinky minimal journey though Claude VonStroke’s left of centre musical vision. REUBEN ADAMS 3.5/5

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NICK THAYER HUSTLE AND FLOW

‘Eclectic’ is a term bandied around with gay abandon these days, but the sounds that Nick Thayer is capable of conjuring up make him a very exciting prospect indeed, as REUBEN ADAMS discovers. Thayer is a hard man to pin down. He plays everything from funky lounge sets through to smashing booty breaks, has a Bachelor of Theology but claims to be “an unofficial taster for Kilkenny... although, this might be a fabrication.” He’s funny too. After playing in a string of “pretentious rock bands” in Melbourne, the first DJing gig he ever did was a friend’s birthday.”He knew I had been collecting for a little while, so he sourced some decks for me to play on. I got there in the morning, spent the afternoon figuring out how to make these things work, and did the party that night. It was without doubt a dog’s breakfast.” He chuckles. “But after that I realised dealing with records was preferable to dealing with drummers and singers, so I took it from there.” Records maybe, but not record labels. His soon to be released album has a title which works on multiple levels. “I guess Just Let It Go can have a couple of meanings. I had a really bad experience with my previous record label. It was exhausting and a huge drain, so on one level it is aimed at just letting all that go, moving on and getting back into it.” Thayer muses. “On a more club based level, it is that age-old story of letting it all go and partying your ass off. It’s got levels. It’s a Choose Your Own Adventure title.” The album itself has been a long time coming; after spending much of 2008 piecing it together it was inexplicably placed on the backburner. Thayer sighs. “This whole album saga could provide a plot for three seasons of Bold and the Beautiful. True story.” It was ready to roll in March this year, but unfortunately circumstances beyond his or his label’s control meant that it had to be pushed back. “When we re-grouped in May I had already written a bunch of new tracks, and I

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In his first mix CD, Dutch born forward thinking producer Martyn takes the reins on the 50th Fabric mix. The compilation is eclectic to say the least. Martyn opens with Hudson Mohawke’s Joy Fantastic, an immediate indication of artist’s exuberant breadth of musical palette. Fabric50 proceeds to twist and turn through a jumble of percussive driven housedancehall-funk for the first part, then subtly switching into a more dubsexual flavour with tracks like BRKLN CLLN by hot tip for 2010 Joy Orbison, which shifts smoothly into dazzlingly blissful track Feeling You by Cooly G. In a lusty matchup between Martyn and can-do-no-wrong d’n’b producer DBridge, the Roska remix of These Words is simply divine. Tech driven vibes are solidly delivered with Flashback by fellow Dutchman 2562. The mix would not be complete without a number from Martyn’s own catalogue, Vancouver. Final notes of the album are pure rave: the hyperactive Rat Alert by Jan Driver and Dorian Concept’s Trilingual Dance Sexperience both make for an amped up end that cheekily compels the listener to carry on dancing. His synthesis of tracks with varying BPM and mood are refreshingly mixed together with skill that is not unrealistically flawless. As an album, it is near impossible to classify, but wholeheartedly enjoyable because of its unpredictable nature. Fabric50 showcases all that is exciting within electronic music today.

Former Massive Attack luminary and godfather of the Bristol scene, Tricky’s 1995 statement Maxinquaye remains highly revered in the trip-hop quarters, with many considering it to be on par with Portishead’s Dummy. A series of “difficult” albums and lengthy battles with health issues followed; on 2001’s Blowback, the towering rapper/producer appeared to be back on track, yet it was with 2008’s Knowle West Boy that he fully regained the quality control scant on his post-Pre-Millennium Tension records. This year, Tricky gave his winning album to Orlando-based South Rakkas Crew to play with, and the results collected on this CD range from mildly interesting to excellent. KWB’s brilliant first single Council Estate is absent – perhaps due to the remix crew’s acknowledgement that the song’s seething intensity was best left untouched – but Bacative and Joseph undergo commendable dubstep transformations, Tricky’s sinister, stoned whisper sitting on top of“global urban”beats and electronic bleeps. Stripped of Kylie Minogue’s vocals, Slow veers into The Chemical Brothers domain, Cross To Bear is reworked as a solid synth-dub piece and Baligaga becomes a prime dancehall stomper. However not everything else gels: on Far Away, Tricky’s delivery brims with vintage Massive Attack menace, yet the pingy keyboard line in the chorus eventually begins to grate, while new track Numb is an incongruous excursion into Calvin Harris electro. Still, it’s refreshing to see that the big man is keeping his finger on the pulse.

FabricLive 50: Martyn [Fabric Records]

Nick Thayer was getting into a bunch of new music and felt I was making better and better stuff. Plus I had a couple of high-profile remixes on the horizon. So we decided to step back, get out some profile raising things like the stuff on Southern Fried, giveaways with DJ Yoda and AC Slater and the like, and then revisit and update a bunch of the album stuff.” So now, with a much bigger pool of tunes to choose from he is getting ready to drop these EPs, followed by the album in April. Preparing to smoke the speakers at Villa this Friday alongside Skool Of Thought, Thayer knows what it takes to turn heads, and it has nothing to do with luck.“You know that Rick Ross tune Hustlin? It is a lot like that. Every day on the hustle. Making music. Making mix tapes. Getting in contact with people. Sending out tunes. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat”, he emphasises. “Even when you look at dudes who it seems have blown up overnight there is probably years of hard work previously leading them to that point. To get anywhere you have to produce. Even if you know nothing about it, hustle. Get in the studio with other people who know what they are doing. Learn. Send that tune to everybody. Repeat. Don’t get down if your first or second or tenth tune goes nowhere. “If you want to be in this game, keep hustling.”

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Ù THURSDAY 17/12 FLYING SCOTSMAN (UPSTAIRS) THE THURSDAY FEEL UP! The {move} crew have linked arms with none other than Pivot frontman Dave Miller, to start a brand new weekly night in Perth for music enthusiasts this summer. Head to the upstairs section of The Flying Scotto in Mt Lawley every Thursday night to catch diverse and interesting line ups of local talent doing what they do best on the plates. Tonight Farmer Frontier bossman Camryn Rothenbury plays Brazil nuts and Turkish delights, and RTRFM’s Rok Riley plays NYC thrift store disco. And of course {move}’s Ben Taaffe and Pivot’s Dave Miller won’t deny you their weird yet wonderful selections either. It’s totally free, which means you should totally go! $5 wine and $10 cocktail of the week is an added incentive… doors open 8pm. Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Wrighteous Eve - DJ Tony Allen Euro Bar – Thirsty Thursday - DJ Roger Smart/ Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts Flying Scotsman (Main Room) Pasha’s Kitchen – The Big Man Flying Scotsman (Upstairs) – Thursday Feel Up - Ben Taaffe/ Dave Miller/ Dr Jason Burton/ Chris Cobilis Foundry- DJ Travis B Hyde Park Hotel - Club Seal - DJ James Baker Leopold Hotel- DJ James/ DJ Jack Llama Bar – Run Rabbit Run Liquid Nightclub – DJ Buda Mustang Bar – DJ Giles Newport Hotel – Culture Clash – DJ Shannon Fox Niche - Johnni P/ Rob Blandford

Paddy Hannans - Dr Bogus Players Bar – Neon Lights - DJ Samuel Spencer The Clink – DJ Jinx The Deen- DJ Tropical Funk Merchants – Zone 3/ DJ Flex / Ben Mac - Zone 1 / Don Migi / Dj Nano /DJ Surge The Cott – Crème of the Cott – DJ DTuck The East End - DJ Midfield The Floreat – Flirt – DJ Armee/ Cut-Nice/ Kill-DYL/ Shaker The Queens – Rene Lemerle/ Scott Armstrong The Shed – DJ Andyy Universal Bar- DJ Crisp

R I S E DJ ISAAC/ WILLEM REBERGEN One of the founders of hardstyle, DJ Isaac has been at the forefront of hard dance music for almost fourteen years now. A headliner at some of the world’s biggest dance events like Defqon.1 Festival, In Qontrol and Decibel Outdoor, Isaac’s skill sees him constantly travelling the world to play venues as diverse as Colombia, Australia, Japan, Russia, Canada and South Africa. As well as his talents in the world of hard dance, Isaac’s trance capabilites are reflected in his Alice Deejay project, with gold and platinum album sales all over the world, not to mention Ù FRIDAY 18/12 his remixes for Mauro Picotto, SHAPE APPLEBLIM New monthly Safri Duo and Cosmic Gate. Isaac club night Organic, from one half housed a resident radio show of the creative team that brought u s S omeone S ay D ubstep? , for over a year at Dutch #1 radio together with Knowledge Music station 538 and is currently (Low:Fi, Origin NYE) promises to responsible for a hardstyle be a feast of nothing but “bad ass w e e k l y s h o w o n Q - d a n ce bass and grimey riddims”. Organic radio, broadcasted worldwide. delivers on its promise with its Currently co-producing D-Block first chapter, which features UK’s & S-te-Fan’s debut studio album, Appleblim as the hero. Based Isaac’s squeezing in a quick show in Bristol, Appleblim is one of in Perth at tonight, together dubstep’s pioneers, in the same with Willem Rebergen (Nasty league as Kode9, Burial or Loefah. D-Tuners/ Headhunterz). Rise Known for his dark, deep dubs, members $5 before 11pm, $10 Appleblim is also the dude behind thereafter. Non-members $10 the unique Skull Disco label with before 11pm, $20 thereafter. Shackleton, which became best Door sales only from 9.30pm. known for releasing Shackleton’s, u n i q u e l y d a r k , p a r a n o i d AMBAR NATHAN FAKE Quirky, percussion jams. Appleblim’s a big-haired British techno and regular at Forward>>, the Skull electronica producer Nathan Disco parties, and now he’s set Fake recently released his EP to take over Shape. Don’t miss Hard Islands, a six track album your chance to hear Appleblim’s that sees Fake move away from unique tech-dub sounds in this the shoegaze moments of one off exclusive event. Presale his first LP Drowning in a Sea tickets $15 from www.shapebar. of Love, towards more clubcom.au, or otherwise $20 on the focused techno sounds. Nathan door (if not sold out). Support has recently unveiled his laptop from rising dubstep star Rekab, live set, to rave reviews. Fake Ben Taaffe, and Jam Buck. Germany’s Frank Heinrich AKA

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Reboot, tonight at Ambar. Reboot brings his explosive live show, that utilises traditional analogue machines as well as a laptop, and involves productions that he writes and engineers, to Perth. Support on the night from Democracy artists. Tickets $25 plus booking fee from moshtix. com.au (1300 get tix) Planet Video, Mills and all Moshtix outlets. Ambar – Democracy - Nathan Fa k e / R e b o o t / D e m o c ra c y Artists A m p l i f i e r – D J Shannon Fox/ DJ Jamie Bar 138 – Lokal Bar Republic – Music – LL Cool Joe/DJ Casino/LA DJ’s Bar Open (Both Levels) – Control Black Bettys- Trubble Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Alexander Ca p i t o l – Shuggie Disco Shuggie DJ’s Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Boogie Double Lucky – Full Circle – DJ Adam Kelly/ DJ Cee/Josh Devlin Devilles Pad – Sea Of the Tunes – The Best Of The Beach Boys MC Webbz/ MC Pugz/ MC JK/ MC Rtilary/ Danjawun Eurobar- Party Bar Friday - DJ Roger Smart/ Plastic Max Eve – DJ Migi/Skooby/Crazy Craig Fly By Night – Northern Soul – DJ Tony TBone/ Suzie Cue/ Barry Mr Motown/ DJ Denny Flying Scotsman (Downstairs) – DJ Rok Riley/ Joe 19 Flying Scotsman (Upstairs) The Beat Suite – Micah/ Sharif Galal Fl y i n g S co t s m a n ( Ve l ve t Lounge) – Modular Man/ Dan Tha Man Foundry – Crave Funk Club – DJ Charlie Bucket Geisha – Sauce - Darren J/ Richard Lee/Suric SA/ Sean M/ Deviance/ Scottie K Harry’s Bar - DJ Double L / Benny T / Luca Castelli Hyde Park - DJ Zoom Inglewood Hotel – DJ Simone Llama Bar - DJ Morris/Kava Library – DJ Meezy/ DJ AZT/ DJ Fiveo Liquid Nightclub - DJ Matty / Ricky

Lakers Tavern - DJ Adrian Merrina Tavern – DJ Terry M i nt – Club Retro – C h r i s McPhee M o j o ’s – H u s s l e H u s s l e Thundamentals/ BYP/ Paully P/ Rythm Infinit/ Soda/ Simmo T/ Prez Juan Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Kenny Mustang- DJ James MacArthur/ Swing DJ Niche - DJ Jonni Zimber Norma Jeans – DJ Phil Onyx Bar – Slick/ Adroc Oxford Hotel – DJ Sequeria Paramount – DJ Morgan / Jordan Priory Lodge - DJ Sticky Ricky Queens Tav – DJ Rueben Republic – Clark/ Dave Miller/ Naik/ DJ Ben Taaffe/ Petro Vouris Rise – This is... Hardstyle! - DJ Issac/ Headhunterz Rocket Room – Lamb Of God Afterparty - DJ Jessica Kill Rosemount - DJ Silence Rubix –DJ Pascal Sail And Anchor – Balcony Beats - T-Mac/ DocSpin Shape (Downstairs) – The Cube - Shockone Vs Phetsta/ Greg Packer/ Skirmish/ Sabin/ Bear/ Rtilary Shape (Upstairs) – Appleblim/ Skull Disco/ Applepips/ Tempa/ Immerse/ Jam Buck/ Rekab/ Ben Taaffe South St Ale House – DJ Jay The Boat – Dr Bogus The Clink – DJ Jinx The Deen – Spanish Fly – DJ Nano/ DJ Surge – Zone 5 The Eastern – DJ Midfield The Esplanade - Phrase The Queens – DJ Rueben The Shed – DJ Glenn 20 The Stamford Arms - DJ Anaru The Vic – Tip Top Sound DJ’s Tiger Lils – Paul Malone/ Joby / Alex K Toucan Club – DJ Armee Windsor – Dj Riki and Ray Villa - Skool of Thought/ Nick Thayer/ Marty McFly/ Mono Lisa

Ù SATURDAY 19/12 SHAPE (UPSTAIRS) LE PETITS PILOUS Fresh from Boys Noize records to you, come Le Petits

Pilous, who will bring their peak time techno to Perth next month. Les Petits Pilous are otherwise known as Pacey and Jean-Pat from Paris. They started making music after attending a concert with Para One, releasing their first EP Hello, We Are in February 200, followed by a 12”, Wake Up, on Boys Noize Records in 2008. With remixes for the likes of Heartsrevolution and Etienne De Crecy featuring on Kitsune Maison’s revered compilations, not to mention a tonne more remixes for Chromeo, Justice and D.I.M., this dashing duo are on the up and up – catch them now before they destroy you with their dancefloor prowess! Support from Le Gab (live!), Bad Weather, MUV and Time Travel Agents. Tickets $15 (early bird) from shapebar.com.au, and $20 thereafter. Doors open 10pm. Ambar – Ambar’s Christmas Party –Buda/ Tee El/ Tone & Oli/ Micah/ Ben Mac/ Prizzy/ Marty McFly/ Mono Lisa/ Blend Amplifier – Pure Pop – DJ Eddie Electric Bar Open (Downstairs) – Soul Project Bar Republic – Sexy Basement On Broadway – DJ Ricky Black Bettys- DJ Trubble/ DJ Jinx Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Alexander Capitol (Downstairs) –Death Disco – Death Disco DJ’s Capitol (Upstairs) – 80s Classics – DJ Ryan Captain Stirling - DJ Dano Clink- DJ Clint Club Bay View – Shake & Pop DJ Zelimir Connections – Michy T / JJ / Brian Double Lucky - Paul Raf /Alex K/Angus Dusk Lounge – X Max X Over – Shockone/ Skinny/ Rowdy/ Fusion/ Tommy Dub/ Alba/ Jonny Quest/ Wiggz And Pugz/ Arien/ MC Pugz/ Rtilary/ JK/ Moondogg Eurobar – Eurobar Members Xmas Party - Roger Smart / DJ Lauren T Eve –Kenny L/Richie G/Riki Flying Scotsman (Upstairs) – Flying High – Shannon Fox/ Gemma Pike/ Andrew Ewing/ Ryan Sandilands/ Gemma Pike

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Ù SUNDAY 20/12 HYDE PARK SERIOUSLY SOUND SYSTEM RTRFM’S mini dance festival in the park, Seriously Sound System, goes down in the lush surrounds of Hyde Park today. Join the likes of The Typhoons, Afrodisia residents The Askari Afrobeat Orchestra, N a i k , M C M a t h a s, MusicOz winners The Transients, Diger Rockwell, Friday Full Frequency legends Dan the Man and Rok Riley, Monday Full Frequency’s Micah and Ben Mac, Wednesday Full Frequency’s drum ‘n bass heavyweight Sardi, Trainwrecke r s D e c l a n a n d D r G o n zo, M ama Cass from Soulsides and the devilishly handsome Rex Monsoon of Pocket Disco. Tickets will be $15 for RTRFM subscribers and $20 for general admission. On sale from Mills, 78 Records, Planet, from the station and also on the RTRFM website. This is a licensed 18+ event and ID will be required on the door. Food available for purchase or bring a picnic basket. A seriously good Sunday of sounds in the summer sun awaits! Captain Stirling – DJ Jay Clancys - Rancho Relaxo / DJ Gear Double Lucky – Charlie Bucket Eurobar – Secretsundayze Matias Aguayo/ the Modernist/ Gukas/ Loochy/ Massiv Trav Ellington Jazz Club – Back To Mono – DJ Phil Stevens/ Paul Gamblin Eve – DJ Birdie/MC Jex Flying Scotsman (downstairs) Nathan J/ Dan Tha Man/ Nisbit Geisha – Fork – Gooch/ Jimmy JMC/ Miss Tokyo Hip E Club - DJ E-Funk Hydey – Club Seal - DJ Luke Dux/ DJ Jay Marriott Inglewood – DJ Shifty Mash – DJ Ricky Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Kenny Mustang - DJ Rockin Rhys Players Bar - DJ-Udas Queens Tav- DJ Rhys Worth Rosemount Hotel – Sundae Craig Hollywood/ Len Bones/ Armee The Cott (Upstairs) – Strike 3 – White Christmas

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Ù WEDNESDAY 23/12 Basement On Broadway – DJ KB Broken Hill Hotel – Oasis - DJ Armee (Downsyde)/ Refresh/ Shaker/Cut-Nice/Jeremy C Captain Stirling – DJ Ricky Connections - DJ’s Joby / JJ / Rueben Double Lucky - Natural Selection Dusk – Blackbelt/ Aswon Eurobar – Wacky Wednesday’s - DJ iPod Eve – Déjà Vu – Smashproof/ DJ Don Migi/ Skooby/ Stilez Ali/ Flava Flying Scotsman (Downstairs) – Unique – Jamie Mac/ Dazz K Gold – Slick/ Adroc Oak & Ivy –PCJ/Son Of The Father Mint - Open House Party – DJ Matt/ DJ Adrian Mustang – DJ Giles Newport Hotel – DJ Tony Allen Niche - DJ Frankie Button Rise - Wild Summer - DJ Gemstar/ MC Lady Lauryn Rosemount – DJ Shannon Fox The Deen- DJ Zelimer / DJ Viper & DJ Benny T– Zone 1 The Eastern – DJ Jinx The Queens – Wriggle on - DJ Gareth / Pranjal

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Christmas Chillout Zone – Charlie NEW DJ Manchild/ MC NFA/ Paper Bucket/ Mason Thursday December 17 – Thursday Plane Project December 24 @ Ennex 100 Shopping Thursday, December 31 @ The Manor Centre NEW NYE At Ambar - Roller/ Force Nathan Fake/ Reboot Majeure/ Destination?/ Japan 4/ Fresh Saturday, December 18 @ Ambar Produce Thursday, December 31 @ Ambar This is... Hardstyle! - DJ Issac / Headhunterz Cuban Club - Sambalicious,/ Randa & Friday, December 18 @ Rise The Soul Kingdon/ Midnight Circus/ DJs Dexter/ George Mair/ Sam Appleblim Birmingham Friday, December 18 @ Shape Friday, January 1 @ Flying Squadron Yatch Club Skool of Thought/ Nick Thayer Friday, December 18 @ Villa Club Paradiso Friday, January 1 @ Burswood on Swan Aly & Fila/ Amir Shahara Saturday, December 19 @ Rise Club Calypso – Felix Da Housecat/ JMC/ Ambar’s Christmas Party – Buda vs Tee Rueben El/ Tone vs Oli/ Micah vs Ben Mac vs Friday, January 1 @ Salt On The Beach Wish/ Prizzy vs Marty McFly/ Mono Lisa vs Blend Planet 01 feat. Sied Van R iel/ Saturday, December 19 @ Ambar Joop/Trent Mc Dermott + more Friday, January 1 @ Metro City Les Petits Pilous NEW Saturday, December 19 @ Shape Hard Wars - Episode XIV NEW Friday, January 1 @ Rise Kompakt 2 - Matias Aguayo/ Shumi Pete Tong Sunday, December 20 @ Eurobar Saturday, January 2, 2010 @ Villa Seriously Sound System Sunday, December 20 @ Hyde Park Wild Summer - DJ Gemstar/ MC Lady Lauryn Wednesday, December 23 @ Rise

Ù UPCOMING Breakfest – Napt/Miles Dyson/Stanton Warriors/ Mickey Slim/Elite Force/ The Nextmen/Rennie Pilgrem & MC Chickaboo/Superstyle Deluxe/Lady Waks/Funkoars/Streetlife DJs plus more. Saturday, December 26 @ Belvoir Amphitheatre Pendulum Saturday, December 26 @ Metro City

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Ministry Of Sound – Afrojack/ Wolfgang Gartner/ Hardwell TBA Charlie May S a t u r d a y, J a n u a r y 2 3 @ S h a p e Raggamuffin – Wyclef Jean/ Shaggy/ Julian Marley/ Blue King Brown/ Sly & Robbie/ Steel Pulse/ Sean Kingston/ House Of Shem Monday, January 25 @ ME Bank Stadium NEW

Potty Mouth Kids/ James Amato Friday, January 25 @ Ambar Heavyweight Soundz – Andy C/ MC GQ Friday, January 25 @ Metro City Global Sound System – tyDi & Audrey Gallagher Saturday, January 26 @ Rise NEW

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Big Day Out - Groove Armada/ Ladyhawke/ Dizzee Rascal/ Peaches/ Kasabian/ Midnight Juggernauts/ Calvin Harris/ Girl Talk and more. Sunday, January 31 @ Claremont Summadayze Festival - Carl Cox/ 2 Showgrounds Many DJ’s/ The Presets/ Roger Sanchez/ Danny Tenaglia/ Sharam (Deep Dish)/ DJ Nickodemus Infected Mushroom/ LCD Soundsystem/ Sunday, January 31 @ Funk Club; Monday, Josh Wink/ Eddie Halliwell/ Danny January 1 @ Fremantle Arts Centre Howells/ Ian Carey Project and more. Sunday, January 3, 2010 @ Supreme Court Tiësto Gardens Wednesday, February 10; Thursday, February 11; Friday, February 12 @ Metro Here After City Sunday, January 3 @ Bar Open Good Vibrations - The Killers/ Basement Jaxx/ Armand Van Helden/ Gossip/ Proxy Busta Rhymes/ Salt N Pepa/ Friendly Wednesday, January 6 @ Shape Fires/ Kid Cudi/ Gym Class Heroes/ Plump DJ’s/ Art Vs Science/ Naughty By Quantic Nature/ Sam Obernik and more. Friday, January 8 @ The Manor Sunday, February 14, 2010 @ Claremont Southbound Festival – Midnight Showgrounds Juggernauts/Major Lzrs/ Urthboy/ NEW Lupe Fiasco DJ Yoda/Hilltop Hoods and more. Tuesday, February 23 @ Metro City Friday, January 8-Sunday January 10 @ Sir

Global Sound System Live – Tydi/ Audrey Gallagher Stuart Bovell Park, Busselton Saturday, December 26 @ Rise Anthony Pappa Saturday, December 26 @ Shape

DJ Grandmaster Flash Friday, January 22 @ Capitol

Jamie T And The Pacemakers Sunday, January 10 @ Fly By Night NEW

Malente Friday, January 15 @ Ambar NEW

Theo Parrish Origin NYE - Method Man, Redman/ Bliss N Esso/ Roots Manuva/ Dilated Saturday, January 16 @ Shape Peoples/ Ugly Duckling/ Cassius/ Bag Raiders and more DJ Yoda Thursday, December 31 @ Blue Steel Friday, January 22 @ Villa

Future Music Festival - The Prodigy/ Franz Ferdinand/ Empire Of The Sun/ David Guetta/ Booka Shade/ Erick Morilla/ Sven Vath/ John Digweed and more. Sunday, February 28, Ascot Racecourse Cobra Starship Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ Metro City La Roux Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ Belvoir Amphitheatre

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MORE MOJO Mojo’s Bar Saturday, December 12, 2009 Everybody’s favourite live music venue, Mojo’s Bar, is a relaxed place, home to occasionally indulgent and always jubilant vibes seven nights a week, especially when Afrodisa, Perth’s top Afro Beat night, takes over the bar on the second Saturday of each month. Afrodisia sees DJ Charlie Bucket select tunes from 8pm onwards, with 13 piece act Askari Afro Beat Orchestra delivering two sets later in the night. African barbeques are on offer at every Afrodisia night care of the Ethiopian Café and Artifacts crew. Get down and get some mojo! Photographs by David Chong

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excelled tonight. Surrounded by the calibre of musicians that Karnivool boasts, Stockman’s ability and importance is often overlooked, and Metro City being so prominent in the mix allowed him Friday, December 11, 2009 to take control of the newer material, which As the lights dimmed, and the chants of ‘Kar-ni- amplified its heaviness in comparison to that vool, Kar-ni-vool’ filled the multi-tiered venue, captured on the Sound Awake recording. With the front-end of the set loaded sirens sounded, marking Karnivool’s arrival on stage for their Sine Waves And Mirrors tour. As with Sound Awake material, each member Steve Judd took his position behind the kit and of Karnivool was able to showcase their skill started belting out his signature off-kilter drum and diversity. Guitarist Mark Hosking played beats, the rest of the band joined him, and xylophone lead in Simple Boy, drummer Steve ripped into the first single from Sound Awake, Judd proved that he absolutely dominates on the aptly named Goliath, and Drew Goddard Set Fire To The Hive. Vocalist Ian Kenny utilised a secondary showed his ability to use dynamics as a severely microphone, allowing him to sing with the same strong songwriting tool in New Day. Which leads us to Karnivool’s not-sodistortion as Set Fire To The Hive uses on the record. From the outset, Karnivool set about secret weapon, Ian Kenny. Kenny, who is also pummelling the crowd with a ridiculously bass- the frontman of the hugely successful Birds Of heavy sound, which at times meant that the Tokyo is, to put it simply, brilliant. With Kenny’s intricateness of the guitars was overshadowed. Birds Of Tokyo commitments increasing, it Right at home in the bass-heavy means Karnivool are left with a vocalist who sound, bassist and dark horse Jon Stockman is undoubtedly at the top of his game. Kenny’s

constant touring has meant that he has been able to refine his craft to the point where he is near-flawless. It wasn’t until six songs in that Karnivool tried their hand at older material, with the crowd erupting at the opening riffs of Shutterspeed. The song allowed the crowd to take a trip back in time, and it was able to breathe new life into the set. From there, Karnivool were unstoppable. Cote and Fear O f The Sun were showcased towards the back end of the set, and were sung back at the band just as intently as they were delivered to the audience. Roquefort again took things up a level, with the crowd bouncing up and down in time with Stockman’s bass lines, with everyone enjoying what is arguably one of Karnivool’s strongest choruses to date. All I Know, which has received massive support from Triple J, and the 10-minute epic Deadman represented Sound Awake towards the back end of the set. The latter, highlights just what makes Karnivool such a successful and popular act. That a song can build for 10 minutes, and explore parallels of complexity and simplicity in itself is impressive, but for it to stand up in front of a live audience, and still deliver the same affecting impact is a whole new ball game. Ending with Themata, Karnivool left the stage on a high. The crowd were pumped, and it was obvious through the pounding on the floor and the same old Karnivool chants that they would be back, and oblige they did. Returning for an encore, Karnivool again went epic with Change (Parts 1&2). Again, a 10 minute monster that ebbs and flows, the band were able to indulge in some experimental aspects, with Goddard tweaking the synths while Kenny gave an acoustic guitar a work out for all of about 30 seconds, before the band left the stage to rapturous applause. Tonight was more than anything a celebration of a band that has truly worked hard to be where they are. Karnivool have seen trends come and go, but have still managed to stand strong through it all, and come out on top as one of this country’s strongest touring powerhouses. Perth rules. _GEORGE GREEN

MESSY CHRISTMAS A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT Rosemount Hotel Saturday, December 12, 2009 The Rosemount’s annual A Not So Silent Night is always one of the most fun events on the local music calendar, and with this year’s also doubling as Bodyjar’s last ever show, the atmosphere was just electric. Inside and out, the joint was packed to the rafters, with some 900 punters turning out to see the mammoth lineup of bands, catch up with friends, or just generally celebrate the festive season with a couple of cold drinks on a balmy summer’s night. The entertainment was seldom confined to the stage, with dancers, chanters and general party-goers littered

Style / Format: Progressive Symphonic Metal Members / instruments: Agostino Piscitelli - vocals / keys; Frankie Piscitelli- vocals; Teague Paton- guitars / growls; Tom Hoffmann – guitars; Josh Terlick – bass; Tyron Baylissdrums When did you start playing music? We’ve all studied music to varying degrees. Agostino has taken it the furthest as he is currently studying classical violin at WAAPA. Both Ago and his brother Frankie got music scholarships at Perth Modern for classical violin and piano respectively. The rest of us have theoretical backgrounds but these days tend to play more by ear. The band first started jamming in 2006 although this current lineup has been active since early 2008. What have been your biggest influences along the way? Each of us have different influences. Agostino creates our orchestrations and he is a classical musician so he is influenced by classical composers such as Handel and Bach. Classical music is a great gateway into Power Metal and so he and his brother Frankie are influenced by European Power Metal bands like Rhapsody Of Fire and Vision Divine, which you can hear in their vocals. Teague is into jazz fusion like Pain Of Salvation and Disillusion. Tyron’s drumming has its roots in Death and Black Metal. Tom is into more rocky stuff and Josh is influenced by Aussie Power Metal like Dungeon, Vanishing Point and Black Majesty. And Elvis’ hips. Who are your favourite local bands? Ultimate local metal lineup - Voyager, Chaos Divine, Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving, Noctis. What do you want this band to achieve? We would love to follow in the footsteps of Voyager and Chaos Divine and play a ProgPower Festival somewhere in Europe. We’re also hoping to some day be on the same record label as some of our favourite bands. Where to next? This year has been highly stressful as we did the majority of the recording and mixing for the EP ourselves, so after taking some time off we plan on playing a few shows over east next year. We will begin writing for our first full length straight after the launch. No messing around. Now that we have a CD out we hope to start scoring some support slots with national and international bands.

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everywhere from the stairs and thoroughfares to the grassy knolls outside. Looking around the crowd was endless fun. Over there could be a punter you’ve seen at gigs for the last 10 years, stood right next to a musician you’ve seen perform locally for even longer, with an orbiting system of fresh faces soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying their first taste of local music. All rubbing shoulders and all having fun. Take a look at the bands and you could see something even more warming. On one hand you had the vanguard – the veterans who helped carve out our local scene as we know it – and on the other hand you had those who will undoubtedly be the vanguard of the future. Timelines collide so beautifully when you can have a band with Adem K, Matty G or Dima performing alongside the likes of Will Stoker, Timothy Nelson or Luke Dux; or bands like Harlequin League stepping up to match it with Red Jezebel. It’s fucking cool. Even the parting performance of Bodyjar had an uplifting emotion to it, for as much as they will be missed, they ended things

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Go Insane from Buckingham’s 1984 solo album was given an airing, culminating in the singer curled on the ground hugging Few people provided the soundtrack to his guitar as the light show took over. Nicks the ’70s like Fleetwood Mac. Almost every returned to the stage in a change of costume record collection of the time had a dog-eared and Rhiannon brought the loudest cheer of Rumours adorning pride of place towards the evening to date. The finest moment in the front, with Tusk and Fleetwood Mac not the set then came when a ripping rendition too far behind. For many they have been the of Second Hand News saw Buckingham spit unforgettable soundtrack to a truckload of out the vocals and Nicks shadow boxing her memories, and few in attendance are likely to way through the tune. Mick Fleetwood then forget where they were when the Unleashed took his time to shine as the crowd jeered Tour rolled into town. and clapped along to the insanely percussive But before the headliner the crowd Tusk. were to be warmed. The Verses may not The band played heavily on the be the most familiar name going around relationship between Nicks and Buckingham, at the moment, but the faces are instantly with the pair engaging in a lasting embrace recognisable. Ella Hooper owns one of the after a heartfelt Sara and later returning to most celebrated Australian female voices of the stage hand in hand. It may have been the past decade, and she has again teamed contrived but it did make for good theatre, up with her brother Jesse for their second particularly for a band whose story is as crack at success. infamous as their many hits. While Killing Heidi burst onto the The band’s figureheads then took scene with the enthusiasm of adolescence, to their vanity pieces as Buckingham’s adept Bodyjar (photo by Denis Radacic) T h e Ve r s e s h a v e a m o r e m a t u r e , b u t playing made Big Love as dynamic as any unfortunately somewhat more uninspired tune the band had played. Nicks returned with the same sense of fun and excitement that sound. With short skirt and tiara, Hooper serve with Landslide and the band joined in danced around the stage as if she’d ingested for Never Going Back Again. Surprises came they carried with them from day one. It’s been a while since Bodyjar toured, jumping beans and her voice was as solid as late in the set with the blues rock of Oh Well and absence had certainly made the heart ever. Songs such as Settle Down made for a and Nicks’ solo single Stand Back - which grow fonder. Seeing, for the last time, Cam, pleasant enough set, it is just a shame that may have been better left in the ’80s where Grant, Tom, Shane and Ross all on stage was The Verses hadn’t paid more attention to the it belonged. Go Your Own Way finally got the whole of the crowd on their feet as the sea just amazing, and it was impossible to not get chorus. The sceptics may say that Fleetwood of people sang along. swept up in nostalgia. The band played just Mac have only come out because of the Fleetwood Mac returned to the about everything (except Gee And Al, fuckers!) and played it sensationally. High fives go out money, but a band that has so often had stage for World Turning where Mick Fleetwood to whoever requested Glossy Books… if they ‘the love’ on their agenda can be excused launched into a ridiculous drum solo complete hadn’t have played that, tears would have for any motivations to tour. With no new with his own commentary. It was indulgent material to peddle, the crowd were promised and unnecessary but incredibly entertaining. flowed. But it was the beer that did floweth, a show of favourites and that is exactly what Don’t Stop continued the celebration and and the party mood stayed in overdrive right they got. Lindsey Buckingham led a fervent although a sizeable portion of the punters up until the last punter went on their merry version of Monday Morning, and by the time had left by the time the band returned for way into the (not so silent) night. With a sea of The Chain and Dreams the band were in Silver Springs, it was the final jewel in a very of grinning faces, sweaty and accomplished full flight. Stevie Nicks, decked out in flowing special night indeed. All members played their roles musicians, and widespread ringing in the velvet and lace garments and gloves, shook ears… it was more than obvious to all in her tambourine, pulled her signature moves perfectly and the music was as fresh as ever attendance that this was one of the best nights and showed off one of the most unique set even if the faces weren’t. Even without the of the year, and an absolutely brilliant way to of vocal cords of modern times. Sure she may presence of Christine McVie the Unleashed not be as pristine in the high register as she Tour was one out of the box. get ready for an even bigger 2010. once was, but this stunning array of songs _MIKE WAFER suffered little for it. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT

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THE PREYTELLS Will’s Last Testament On Saturday, December 26, The Preytells will perform at Amplifier Bar in what will be their final show. Seeing them out in epic style will be Apricot Rail, The City Watch, and Timothy Nelson. So, you might be wondering, why have The Preytells decided to call it a day? “’Ever’ is a big word to use, but this will be our last show ever,” says a chirpy Will Tell down the phone – as yet unaffected by the inevitable nerves and emotions that are to come. “Myself and Audrey [aka Jess Bennett, guitar] will definitely be doing things in the future, and I know that Cam [Stewart, bass] and Jac [Jaclyn Pearson, drums] are involved in other things, so we’re all going to be very much involved in music, but as for The Preytells we decided to call it a day. Myself and Audrey are heading over to Melbourne next year to live for a while, which seemed like a fitting time to end the band on a high note while we’re all still together – the four main members, as we have been for the

past four or five years.” But like he said, ‘ever’ is a big word, especially for a band who have been around long enough to create a back catalogue of songs. Tell is fairly confident, however, that the creative output of The Preytells will be laid to rest along with the band… though perhaps not for all eternity. “I’d never say ‘never’ to a Stems reunion-style in a few years, but at this point in time we’re all – myself in particular – keen to move forward. Moving to Melbourne was something we all thought we’d initially do. We all enjoyed our time touring there, so Jaclyn moved there about this time last year, and Audrey and myself decided to move to, and Cam decided he wanted to stay in Perth… so we figured that because of the chemistry we had between us, we wouldn’t want it to be The Preytells without everyone. “But as on door closes another door opens.”

QUITE A CATCH

LOFTY BUSINESS

Jade Robinson launches her debut album, Catch Me, at the High Road Hotel tonight, Thursday, December 17. A professional singer since the age of 11, Robinson has been steadily honing her craft over the years, and will be joined on stage by drummer Ric Eastman and guitarist John Meyer. Hosted by Pete Curulli, the night will also feature Ryan Webb and My Mad Flow from 7.30pm.

The Preytells

Little Creatures Loft will host Chatesy La Rouge, Split Seconds, and Seven Weapons on Friday, December 18, with a handy $8/8pm door thingy. Then, on Saturday, December 19, Fall Electric (duo) will support Marty Willson-Piper from 8pm. Tickets are $20 through Heatseeker, or $25 at the door. Finally, Sunday, December 20, features the mammoth lineup of ex-pat Henry F Skerritt, Simone And Girlfunkle, Catherine Traicos, Billie Rogers, the Simon Kelly Band, and Dawn Yates. Entry is $12 from 4pm.

JUNK ROCK

Like Junk will join Dean Anthonisz, Frozen Ocean, The Velvetines, and Wind Waker at the Hydey on Friday, December 18. 8pm is the key to good times.

SEA NO EVIL

Having brought the house down at A Not So Silent Night, Beach Boys tribute Sea Of Tunes will hit Devilles Pad on Friday, December 18. It is guaranteed to be fun, fun, fun… until someone’s you-know-who takes their you-know-what away.

TRUE BLUE

Blue Finish have themselves an album fundraiser (to raise funds to make their album, y’see) at The Civic on Saturday, December 19. Tracksuit, Generals And Majors, Arons Crusade, and Goodnight Tiger support from 8pm. Entry is $10/$15 with an EP. Jade Robinson

GREEN DAY

Coopers Sunday Green is a series of local music Sunday sessions at the ECU Bowls Club, offering Control-Control will support Sydney’s Dave a chilled way to enjoy some bands and some Anderson on Saturday, December 19, when he bevvies without all the rabble. On Sunday, December 20, The Morning Night, Goodnight swings past Mojo’s. Tiger, and Black Swan will provide the tunes. $15 gets you in, plus a complimentary Coopers (or soft drink if you’re driving).

OUT OF CONTROL

X MARKS THE SPOT

Simon Kelly and Natasha Bouchard have both just returned from playing gigs at the Japan Music Week Festival in Tokyo and had so much fun they decided to do it again in the lovely surrounds of Freo’s X-Wray Café on Saturday, December 19. Natasha will be playing a solo set from 8.30pm then The Simon Kelly Band will play two acoustic sets to finish the evening. Control-Control

HOT ROOTS

The Fremantle Blues And Roots Club is having a PORT ROYALE big Christmas knees-up on Wednesday, December The Newport hosts The Chemist, Blackmilk and 23, with the talents of Jez Mead, Simon Kelly, and Wolves from 6pm Sunday, December 20. Entry Robbie Jalapeno on show for one and all. 8pm’s is free. the winner.

The Caballeros

FULL CAB

The Caballeros are a brand spanking new rock’n’roll attack featuring members of Project Mayhem, Kuillotines and Strychnine Cowboys, and they’ll be playing their debut in spectacular style when they hit The Civic on Friday, December 18. Joining the fun will be Will Stoker And The Embers, Eye Spy, zxspecky, The Floors, and The New Husseins. Entry is $10 from 8pm.

BLUE CHRISTMAS

The Perth Blues Club will take over its spiritual home of the Charles Hotel on Tuesday, December 22, when it hosts its big Christmas bash featuring the PBC House Band (Bob Patient, Dave Brewer, Chelsea Gibson, Dave Hall, and Billy Rogers) and the Charlie Brown Brass Band. Entry is $10 from 8.30pm.

HEAVY RAIL

On Saturday, December 19, the Railway will host a heavy music spectacular with Opia, Trailer, Copious, Brutus, and Soultree all smashing it out from 7.30pm.

The Blue Finish The Domnicks

MOON UNITS

The Moon Café continues its weekly support of local music with the Felicity Groom Trio performing on Sunday, December 20. Then on Wednesday, December 23, Prita, Woody, and Jamie Seinmeir will all be Going Solo. Entry to both shows is free. 70

ST DOMNICK

Opia

After two great CD launches for their Hey Rock’N’Roller platter, the DomNicks see in the festive season with two shows this weekend: tonight, Thursday, December 17, at the Velvet Lounge with The Electromen ($8 entry); and Saturday, December 19, at Clancy’s Fremantle playing three sets from 9pm onwards. The CD is available at the gigs for $15 or at Dada’s, 78s, Mills, Planet, and Urban Records. Hittin’ the town since 1985


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THE HYDEY FRONT BAR & BACKROOM

Tonight, Thursday, December 17, Capitol will host one of the most anticipated s h o w s o f 2 0 0 9 w h e n A m e r i c a’s Animal Collective come to Perth, bringing Kiwi songstress Bachelorette along for the ride. This show is sold out. Doors open 7:30pm.

Tonight, Thursday, December 17, the Front Bar presents Club Seal featuring DJ James Baker with special performances from Kasaden, and The Fags. Doors open 8pm and entry is $5. Friday, December 18, the Front Bar hosts Like Junk and The Velvetines from 8pm. Entry is $10. In the Backroom on Friday, December 18, the Backroom presents The Nightmare Before Christmas featuring Cameo Thieves, Still Water Claims, Return To Paris, State Of Order, Afraid Of Heights, and The Exit Line. Doors 8pm and entry is $10. Saturday, December 19, the Front Bar hosts hardcore punk outfit Battletruk with supports Suffer, The Craw, Agony, Death Grenade, and Break. Doors open 8pm and entry is $8. It’s comedy night this Saturday in the Backroom with Luke & Wyatt’s Christmas Show with Michael Workman (Raw Comedy ’09 winner), Ben Russell MC, and Jason Chatfield. Doors open 8pm and entry is $15. Sunday, December 20, catch The House Of ADA from 6pm. Entry is $6. Wednesday, December 23, Epsilon, Jordan Azor Trio, Endora, and Fat Jackal play the Front Bar from 8pm and entry is $5. Christmas Eve at the Hydey Front Bar is Club Seal’s Christmas Special from 8pm and entry is $5.

JB O’REILLY’S

Tonight, Thursday, December 17, get in to JB’s for the $15 curry-and-pint deal, and stay for live music from Red Yeti from 8pm. Friday, December 18, features some crackin’ live folk/ rock with The Healys from 8.30pm. Saturday, December 19, it’s Christmas Party Madness with Brown Sugar from 8.30pm; and Sunday, December 20’s Original Music Night is a ripper with David Capper, Brandon, and Prita And The Perfect Strangers from 6.30pm. Plus $5 pints of Guinness.

ROSEMOUNT HOTEL

Thursday, December 17 the Rosemount continues its new Karaoke Night. Doors open 8pm and entry is free! Friday, December 18, local hip hop crew Dome Sunset launch their new release with help from The Typhoons and Injured Ninja. Doors open 8pm, tickets are $10 (plus booking fee) from Planet, Mills, Star and www.heatseeker.com.au or $15 at the door. Saturday, December 19, punk rockers The FAIM Project do the launch thing too, joined by special guests Project Mayhem, The Spitfires and Minute 36. Doors open 8pm, $10 entry. Sunday, December 20, it’s the Rosemount’s Acoustic Open Mic Night hosted by Turin Robinson - head on down and have a bash or just play some free pool. Action from 4pm and it’s free. Tuesday, December 22, it’s the Rosemount’s weekly Quiz Night - see www.quizmeisters.com.au for more info. Wednesday, December 23, catch 13 Red, Desrtship, Stillfire, and The Sure-Fire Midnights. Doors open 8pm and tickets are $6 at the door. In the beer garden catch DJ Shannon Fox for the Rosemount’s Student Night. Check out www.rosemounthotel.com.au for more Rosie info.

AYRES ROCKS

Jason Ayres has scored himself some music deals in the UK, and to celebrate he’s gonna perform tunes from his latest CD, Chasing Ghosts, at Rubix Bar on Sunday, December 20. Joining him from 2pm will be Jess Hewett.

RAILWAY HOTEL

Friday, December 18, the Railway hosts The Joe Kings, Desertship, The Love Junkies, and The Forgotten. Doors open 8pm and entry is $7. Saturday, December 19, catch Opia, Soul Tree, Brutus, Copious, and Trailer. Doors open 7.30pm, $10 entry. Sunday, December 20, catch Stillfire for a free entry Sunday session, 5-9pm.

ROCKET ROOM Sean Pollard

TIME TO SPLIT

In addition to their gig at Little Creatures Loft on Friday, December 18, Split Seconds will also participate in the Real 2 Reel Recording Studio on William Street from 2pm Sunday, December 20. The recording will be online later that day. After that, Sean Pollard will bugger off to the UK to mix his first record with Aaron Cupples. Best of luck with the trip!

Friday, December 18, dirty rock’n’rollers Raw Nerve launch their Paralysed EP at Rocket Room with support from The Painkillers, The Bible Bashers, and Black Buzzard. After midnight it’s a special edition of Late Night Live as Rocket Room hosts the official Lamb Of God afterparty, featuring Atvena’s wake, Empires Laid Waste, and DJ Jessica Kill until 3am. Saturday, December 19, Kevin Got Lucky launch their debut EP Point And Shoot alongside The Exit Line, 7 Years, and Aaagh Bats! After midnight it’s Rocket Fuel with set after set of classic covers from Kickstart, and DJ Brett Rowe churning out all your rock requests ’til late.

THE CIVIC HOTEL BACKROOM

Tonight, Thursday, December 17, Abbe May continues her solo December residency at The Civic Hotel with special guests from 8pm. Entry is $10. The Civic presents a huge two-stager event on Friday, December 18, The Caballeros play their debut show, supported by Will Stoker And The Embers, zxspecky, The Sure-Fire Midnights, Eye Spy, The Floors, and New Husseins from 8pm. Entry is $10. On Saturday, December 19, The Blue Finish play a CD Fundraiser with Tracksuit, Generals And Majors, Arons Crusade, and Goodnight Tiger. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $10.

MOJO’S

Thursday, December 17, Saritah will play new and old material alike at Mojo’s Bar, with support from Blow and King George. Entry is $15 from 8pm. Friday, December 18, Bachelorette outta New Zealand plays Mojo’s Bar. Supporting will be Pond plus Benedict Moleta’s six-piece band. Tickets are available from $12 (plus booking fee) via moshtix.com.au or more on the door on the night from 8pm. Saturday, December 19, Dave Anderson launches his new EP Left On The Line. Supporting will be Control Control and Jules Chong. Entry is $15 from 8pm. Sunday, December 20, Abbe May And The Rockin Pneumonia continues her Sunday residency. Supporting this time around will be The Devil Rides Out and The Fags. Entry is $10 from 5pm. Monday, December 21, The Automasters play a one-off WA show with support from The Fags and The Justin Walshe Rock Experience. $10 from 6pm. Tuesday, December 22, The Fancy Bothers join Whistling Dogs, Claire Hollingsworth, and Rick Bryant. Entry for this one is $5 from 8pm. Wednesday, December 23, the Fremantle Blues And Roots Club hosts Jez Mead, Simon Kelly and Robbie Jalepeno. Entry is $10/$5 for members from 8pm.

AMPLIFIER

Friday, December 18, local progressive metallers Lacrymae launch their debut release This Hallowed Design at Amplifier. Support comes from Voyager, Red Descending and The Sixth Extinction. Doors open 8pm. Saturday, December 19, Perth’s very own Arms Like Branches (featuring members of the recently disbanded Elora Danan) will be showcasing their gentle, ambient rock songs at Amplifier. Joining them on the night will be Place Of Indigo, Eunuch Schools, and Wolves. Doors open 8pm.

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BACHELORETTE Sabotage

With two albums now under her belt, New Zealand’s Annabel Alpers has cast herself as the queen of retro-futurism in a world of mechanical men and androgynous androids. CHRIS GIRDLER reports.

Bachelorette Technology doesn’t seem to be on Annabel Alpers’ side on the day of our interview. “Are you on Skype or phone?” inquires Alpers from her Auckland home. “Sorry, our phone is a little bit shitty, but hopefully we’ll be able to hear each other.” For all the cool, crisp sounds expected from a Bachelorette release, there is also a warm, disarming quality to the music that keeps it from being alienating or too cleverclever. Alpers may be looking to the future for her lyrical inspiration, but she admits she never really knows what lies in store, even when

planning an album. “I don’t take it from a producer’s perspective to start off with. Some bands have an idea about what they want their music to sound like stylistically, from the start. For me, it’s just about playing with the toys that I have and then seeing what happens. If I do have an idea of what it might sound like, it never ends up sounding like that.” I suggest that there does seem a distinct aesthetic to Bachelorette that seems premeditated. Is there a lyrical/musicial/visual design to Bachelorette that may differ from

music she might make under a different guise? “I think maybe Bachelorette does have a particular focus,” replies Alpers.“I guess I use words that I like and I do enjoy sci-fi subject matter or whatever. But not always. And I enjoy electronic sounds. I don’t have a gameplan and never really did have one.” Alpers goes on to explain that the dystopian subject matter is not so much influenced by science fiction (“I like it, but it’s not like I’m into it in a big way”), but non-fiction. The biggest contrast between the latest release, My Electric Family, and 2006‘s Isolation Loops is the expansion of musical styles, recording locations and, most notably, collaborators. The new album, recorded in various Wellington studios, starts off with an acoustic folk opener, flirts with disco and fleshes out the unique sound Alpers created on her debut album and EP. As the recording process developed, Alpers found herself working with other musicians to flesh out the compositions, with even the Royal New Zealand Air Force Brass Band coming on board to add some horns to Dream Sequence. “I started out thinking that the process would be the same as it was for Isolation Loops and that I’d hole myself away somewhere, but I just didn’t enjoy working that way last year. So I just needed extra input from people to keep working on it and to keep being interested in working on it. The people who ended up working on the album were just influenced by who was around.” One song on the new album, The National Grid, builds on an HDU sample, but this was originally supposed to be a remix for the band. “I ended up writing a different thing from it, but they do have a similar version of the song I put on my album,” explains Alpers. “You end up with something quite different to what you would have done if you were left to your own devices. It’s good to have other people spurring you along.” As to whether there is any kind of scene Alpers feels part of in New Zealand, she replies, “‘I’ve never felt like I’ve been part of a scene, but I have this psychological thing that if I do, I do something to sabotage it so that it doesn’t happen. Auckland is quite a hard place

to live in that you have to work a lot and it’s expensive. Everyone is so busy that you don’t have much of a chance to get together with people. It’s the really motivated people that get bands together. I think it’s easier to work on your own.” For a recent tour of the US, Alpers enlisted a couple of musicians, which offered up the chance to expand on her solo shows for a slew of new audiences. “It was crazy. We played 36 shows in 32 days. It was full-on and we only had a couple of weeks of practice together, then we were trapped in a van together for days. We definitely had to stretch ourselves a bit from what we’re used to. It was a great way to travel though. I like touring that way, but it would be more boring if you had a lot of money and stayed in hotels all the time, because you wouldn’t meet interesting people along the way.” Is there a part of her that misses being part of a band? “There’s a part of me that misses that,” she admits. “Though next time, if I have a band, it would have to be collaborative from the start. Sometimes I felt guilty that these people were having to play music that I came up with and we didn’t have much time to deviate from what was originally there.” Which brings up the use of her track, Donkey, on a recent Nokia television commercial – and no, there isn’t a grand masterplan behind that either. “I don’t know quite what they were trying to achieve using my song,” she says. “I don’t really understand the way advertisers think. I’m happy for them to use my stuff if they want to, depending on what they’re advertising.” Bachelorette supports Animal Collective at Capitol tonight, Thursday, December 17, and headlines her own shows at Mojo’s on Friday December 18, and at The Burlesque Lounge on Saturday, December 19. Further on, she will also open for New York’s The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart at Beck’s Music Box on Friday, February 19.

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THIS WEEK

COMING UP

SARITAH

JEZ MEAD December 18 January 24 PENDULUM December 26 BREAKFEST (Napt, Miles, Dyson, Stanton Warriors, Mickey Slim, Elite Force, The Nextmen, Rennie Pilgrem, MC Chickaboo, Superstyle, Deluxe, Lady Waks, Funkoars, Streetlife DJs and more) December 26 ORIGIN (Method Man, Redman and More) December 31 SUGAR ARMY December 31 GYROSCOPE / THE MESS HALL December 31 FUNK CLUB COUNTDOWN (Marva Whitney, Nicodemus, Dexter, Gentelmen Of Leisure (NFA Vs Manchild Vs Charlie Bucket), Funk Club House Band) December 31 BODYROX / LUCIANA December 31 SOUTH January 1 THE CAT EMPIRE / TIJUANA CARTEL January 1 SEBASTIAN INGROSSO / DIRTY SOUTH January 1 CLUB CALYPSO (Felix Da Housecat, JMC, Rueben) January 1 PLANET 01 January 1 SUMMADAYZE (Carl Cox, 2 Many DJ’s, Sharam, Infected Mushroom, LCD Soundsystem) January 3 CAT POWER January 6 MICACHU AND THE SHAPES January 8 GRIZZLY BEAR January 8 DESTRÖYER 666 January 8 SOUTHBOUND (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Moby, Hilltop Hoods, Wolfmother, Jamie T and more) January 8-10 JAMIE T AND THE PACEMAKERS January 10 THE HANDSOME FAMILY January 10 CHIMAIRA January 13 EMDEE January 13-17 JOHN PAUL YOUNG January 14-17 JOHN BUTLER TRIO January 16 SUMMERSOUNDS, ESPERANCE (Diesel, End of Fashion, Chris

December 17 Mojo’s December 18 Settlers Tavern, Margaret River December 19 Paddington Ale House December 20 Fremantle Arts Centre

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE / BACHELORETTE December 17 Capitol

THE CHURCH

December 17-18 Quarry Ampitheatre (Sold Out)

PARKWAY DRIVE / BREAK EVEN

December 17 Albany PCYC, Albany December 18 Naturaliste Community Centre, Dunsborough December 19 Eaton Community College December 20 QEII Centre, Geraldton

LAMB OF GOD / DEVILDRIVER / SHADOWS FALL December 18 Metro City

SKOOL OF THOUGHT / NICK THAYER December 18 Villa Nightclub

BACHELORETTE

December 18 Mojo’s December 19 The Burlesque Lounge

JEZ MEAD

December 18 Caves House, Yallingup December 19 The Prince of Wales, Bunbury December 20 Indi Bar December 23 Mojos

LES PETITS PILOUS December 19 Shape Bar

STU ORCHARD

December 19 Norfolk Basement

Murphy and the Holy Rollers, Courtney Murphy and Murphy’s Lore, Harlequin League, Nathan Gaunt and band and Howie Morgan and Band) January 16 MAYER HAWTHORNE January 15 NEKO CASE January 17 THEM CROOKED VULTURES January 19 DALLAS FRASCA January 21-23 GRANDMASTER FLASH January 22 ASH GRUNWALD January 22-24 LAURYN December 23 EVERY TIME I DIE January 23-24 CAMERA OBSCURA January 25 RAGAMUFFIN (Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Julian Marley, Lauryn Hill, Sly + Robbie and more) January 25 THE TEN TENORS January 27-30 POLAR BEAR CLUB / BREAKEVEN / THE GIFTHORSE January 27-28 AUSTRALIAN ROCK SYMPHONY (Diesel, Baby Animals, Chrissy Amphlett) January 30 THE HORRORS January 30 BIG DAY OUT (Muse, Powderfinger, Lily Allen, Eskimo Joe, Groove Armada, Ladyhawke, The Mars Volta, Dizzee Rascal, Karnivool, Peaches, The Temper Trap, Kasbian, Midnight Juggernauts) January 31 PEACHES February 1 ACE FREHLEY February 1 THE CAT EMPIRE/ TIJUANA CARTEL January 1 LANEWAY FESTIVAL (Echo And The Bunnymen, Florence And The Machine, Black Lips, The XX’s, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Blasko, N.A.S.A, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Hockey and more) February 6 CLIFF AND THE SHADOWS February 6 BEACH BOYS / DARYL BRAITHWAITE / BRIAN CADD February 7 BREAKESTRA February 6 CLIFF AND THE SHADOWS February 6 SHARON SHANNON February 7 MARCIN WASILEWSKI TRIO February 8 MARIANNE FAITHFUL February 9-10

Animal Collective PORTICO QUARTET February 10 RZA February 10 DIRTY THREE February 11 TIESTO February 11-12 GUY SEBASTIAN February 12 GRANT HART February 12 JAMIE LIDELL February 12 GRANT HART February 12 NO TURNING BACK February 12-13 THE CRIBS January 13 AMADOU AND MARIAM February 13-14 JOSH EARL February 15 DIE ROTEN PUNKTE February 16 BRITISH SEA POWER February 17 PIVOT February 18 THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART / BACHELORETTE February 19 YO LA TENGO February 20 THE PANICS / WASO February 20 MISTA SAVONA February 21 DANCING ON YOUR GRAVE February 22-23 LUPE FIASCO February 23 ROBERT FORSTER February 24 DAN SULTAN February 25 BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE February 25 CALEXICO February 26

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE February 26 NANNUP MUSIC FESTIVAL February 26-March 1 HEALTH February 27 HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE February 28 FAT FREDDY’S DROP February 27 FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL (The Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand, Empire Of The Sun, David Guetta, Booka Shade, Erick Morillo, Sven Vath, John Digweed) February 28 SOUNDWAVE (Faith No More, My Chemical Romance, Jane’s Addiction and More) March 1 CLUTCH March 2 THE BIG PINK March 2 AL DI MEOLA WORLD SINFONIA March 5 AC/DC / WOLFMOTHER March 6-7 PAVEMENT March 8 SPINNERETTE March 9 NO FUN AT ALL March 11 DINOSAUR JR March 12 GRINSPOON March 12-14 DIRTY PROJECTORS March 13 A DAY ON THE GREEN (Tom Jones, David Campbell) March 14 CONVERGE / GENGHIS TRON March 16 STATUS QUO March 17

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT March 18 LA ROUX March 21 COBRA STARSHIP / OWL CITY March 21 LYLE LOVETT / KASEY CHAMBERS March 22 BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME March 24 CHRIS SMITHER March 24 THE WHITLAMS March 26 SHORT STACK March 26 THE SUNDANCE KIDS March 26-28 PIXIES March 27-28 WEST COAST BLUES ‘N’ ROOTS (Crowded House, John Butler Trio, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and more) March 28 THE GIPSY KINGS March 28 ANGUS & JULIA STONE March 28-April 1 THE DEAD WEATHER March 29 BRAND NEW March 31 LADY GAGA April 2 DECAPITATED / PSYCROPTIC / ORIGIN / MISERY INDEX April 6 BEHEMOTH/ JOB FOR A COWBOY/ GOATWHORE April 12 KELLY CLARKSON April 22 ELVIS MEETS BUDDY April 23-24 GROOVIN’ THE MOO May 15

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THURSDAY 17th DECEMBER

COMEDY LOUNGE

CLAIRE HOOPER, LUKE & WYATT, TARA NEWTON WOODHALL, XAVIER SUSAI, GAVIN BASKERVILLE, JOEL CREASY TIM BECKETT & MORE !!! DOORS OPEN 6PM DINNER AVAILABLE FROM 6PM

SATURDAY 19th DECEMBER

MONDAY 21st DECEMBER PERTH JAZZ SOCIETY

LADIES OF JAZZ

Djuna Lee (bass), Tiaryn Griggs (piano and vocals), Naomi Tan (drums) make up an all-female rhythm section. Dan Thorne (tenor sax), Ben Collins (alto), Ricki Malet (trumpet), Alex Benn (trombone) make up the `big-girls’ horn section. Vocalists Allira Wilson and Tiaryn represent the new wave of young females, and are led by the power and experience of Ali Bodycoat and Libby Hammer.

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TUESDAY 22nd DECEMBER

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BAND DOORS OPEN 8PM RESTAURANT OPEN FOR DINNER FROM 6PM

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THURSDAY 17.12 ALBANY PCYC Parkway Drive Break Even Curtains BAR ORIENT Simon’s Open Mic BENNY’S Howie Morgan CASTLE Pagan Rift Old Boy CAPITOL Animal Collective Bachelorette CIVIC HOTEL (Backroom) Abbe May COMMERCIAL TAVERN Chase The Ace COTTESLOE BEACH HOTEL Crème CRAIGIE TAVERN Sax And The Girl DOUBLE LUCKY Grace Woodroofe Craig Sinclair Scott Nicholas ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Fiona Lawe Davies EURO BAR Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts FENIANS Pearce Ward FOUNDRY SideFX FLY BY NIGHT Where’s Joe? HIGH ROAD TAVERN Jade Robinson CD Launch My Mad Flow Ryan Webb HYDE PARK (Front Room) Kasaden The Fags IMPACT BAR Vdelli INDI BAR Bex Open Mic Night JB O’REILLY’S Red Yeti KULCHA Sundowner Series LUCKY SHAG Tod Woodward MARKET CITY TAVERN Silent Republic The Forgotten Fallen Away Sean Brown And The Red Lights MARRI PARK TAVERN Open Mic Night MOJO’S Saritah Blow King George MOONDYNE JOES Paul Daly And The Heavy Hitters MUSTANG The Fix NORFOLK BASEMENT The Witness Arts Martial Morning People James Gates OXFORD HOTEL Mia And Friends PUBLICAN BAR Brendon Gaspari

ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Fremantle) Better Days SETTLER’S TAVERN Rose Carleo SPICE LOUNGE (Burswood) Courtney Murphy SWAN LOUNGE Hybrid Aura Stately Shape The Energy Commission THE GATE Christian Thompson THE WANNEROO Keith McDonald UNIVERSAL Aquarela Off The Record

FRIDAY 18.12 AMPLIFIER Lacrymae CD Launch Voyager Red Descending The Sixth Extinction BALMORAL James Wilson BAR ORIENT Unit 7 BENNYS Faces BLACK BETTY’S Smokin Section CASTLE Hybrid Aura Indie Starts Fires Stately Shape 7 Years CLANCY’S (Fremantle) Natalie Gillespie CIVIC HOTEL (Backroom) The Caballeros Will Stoker And The Embers zxspecky The Sure-Fire Midnights Eye Spy The Floors New Husseins CHARLES HOTEL Rock Of Ages Wrathchild COTTESLOE BEACH HOTEL Kirsty Keogh’s Open Mic Night DEVILLE’S PAD The Sea Of Tunes DUSK Redstar EAST END Stratosfunk ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Timeout ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB The Graham Wood Trio Victoria Newton Danny Martin ESPLANADE HOTEL Inferno ESS BAR Gun Shy Romeos Blue Hornet EVE Huge EURO BAR Parker Ave FENIANS The Clan FITZGERALD’S (Bunbury) Playthings

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7 Years, Friday at Rocket Room

PARAMOUNT Flyte PLAYERS BAR Kickstart PUBLICAN BAR Alfredo RAILWAY HOTEL The Joe Kings Desertship The Love Junkies The Forgotten RAVENSWOOD HOTEL Quinn ROCKET ROOM Raw Nerve CD Launch Bible Bashers The Painkillers Black Buzzard Empires Laid Waste Atvena’s Wake ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Freo) Hi-NRG ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Dome Sunset CD Launch Typhoons Injured Ninja None Required SAIL & ANCHOR Easy Tigers SETTLER’S TAVERN Saritah SUBIACO STREET ENTERTAINMENT Mick Devine Kis-N-Tel Jason Ayres SWAN BASEMENT Head Full Of Steam Real Monsters The Revolvers The Corner SWAN LOUNGE The Electromen SWINGING PIG Mr Brightside THE BURRENDAH Keith McDonald THE DEEN Japanite THE GATE Mike Nayar THE SAINT James Wilson THE SHED Zenburger UNIVERSAL GTA Retriofit UWA Kristen Arnott WATERFORD TARVEN Bogan Bingo

SATURDAY 19.12 AMPLIFIER Arms Like Branches Wolves Eunuch Schools Place Of Indigo BALMORAL Fitzcarraldo BAR 120 Flyte BAR ORIENT Better Days BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Chris Murphy BENNYS Housequake BLACK BETTY’S Red Star CASTLE The Creptter Children Matty Trash And The Horrorbles Threshold All This Filth

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SUNDAY 20.12 BALLYS BAR Damien Cripps BALMORAL Karin Page (duo) BAR ORIENT Matt Larsen BELGIAN BEER CAFÃ&#x2030; Alex Lewinski BROKEN HILL Nathan Gaunt CASTLE West End Riot Aztech Suns CIVIC HOTEL Better Days CLANCYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Zydecats COMMERCIAL TAVERN Karaoke In The Garden COTTESLOE BEACH HOTEL Tourist CUBALLING TAVERN Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ronnie ELIZABETHAN PUB Jimmy James ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Tal Cohen Trio Back To Mono FOUNDRY Jamie Powers FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE Saritah GOSNELLS HOTEL Prita GREENWOOD HOTEL James Morley HIGH ROAD HOTEL James Wilson HILTON PARK BOWLING CLUB Jane Germain And The Yahoos HYDEY (Front Bar) The House Of ADA INDIAN OCEAN BREWING COMPANY Retriofit INDI BAR Jez Mead JB Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;REILLYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S David Cappe Brandon Prita And The Perfect Strangers KULCHA The Wise Girls INDIAN OCEAN BREWING COMPANY Retriofit LAKERS TAVERN Mike Nayar LITTLE CREATURES Simone & Girlfunkle Catherine Traicos The Holy Sea

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MONDAY 21.12 BAR ORIENT James Wilson ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB The Graham Wood Quintet CD Launch MOJOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S The Auto Masters MUSTANG High Rollin Rhythm Kings ROSEMOUNT Bada Bingo

Goodnight Tiger, Saturday at The Civic

THE DEEN Plastic Max And The Token Gesture

TUESDAY 22.12 BAR ORIENT Mike Nayar BROKEN HILL Acoustic Licence COTTESLOE BEACH HOTEL The Mad Agents ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB The Graham Wood Quintet CD Launch EURO BAR Benjamin Glynn FENIANS James Wilson FLOREAT HOTEL Open Mic Night FLY BY NIGHT John Butler Trio IMPACT BAR Open Mic Night LLAMA BAR Karin MOJOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S The Fancy Bothers The Whistling Dogs Claire Hollingsworth Rick Bryant MUSTANG High Rollin Rhythm Kings PERTH BLUES CLUB Bob Patient Dave Brewer Chelsea Gibson Dave Hall Billy Rogers Charlie Brown Brass Band THE SWINGING PIG Joys Open Mic

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ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB James Flynn FENIANS Cranky FLY BY NIGHT Ben TD Samuel Marcus HYDE PARK HOTEL (Front Room) Epsilon Jordan Azor Trio Endora Fat Jackal IMPACT BAR James Wilson JB Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;REILLYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Open Irish Session LLAMA BAR One Island East LUCKY SHAG Howie Morgan METROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S (Freo) Hi-NRG MOJOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S (Fremantle Blues Club) Jez Mead Simon Kelly Robbie Jalepeno MOUNT HELENA TAVERN Open Mic Night MUSTANG Circus PADDO Comic Effect PADDY HANNANS Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lore With Courtney Murphy PUBLICAN BAR Open Mic Night Tunesmiths ROSEMOUNT 13 Red Desertship Stillfire The Sure-Fire Midnights ROSIE Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;GRADYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S (Northbridge) David Fyffe SPICE LOUNGE Sue Bluck STAMFORD ARMS Joys Open Mic THE MOON CAFÃ&#x2030; Prita Woody Red Jez Jamie Seinmeir UNIVERSAL Strutt

Friday, 18 December

Saturday, 19 December

Desertship, The Forgotten, Stone Street, Ben Barrett Doors 8pm / Entry $7.

Soul Tree, Brutus, Copious and Trailer. Doors 7.30pm / Entry $10

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Sunday, 20 December

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LIVE! The Witness with guests Arts Martial, Morning People and James Gates. Doors 8pm.

18th DEC.

LIVE Roots Rock with Matt Gresham plus special guests One Tiger Down. Doors 8pm. BE EARLY.

19th DEC.

CD LAUNCH - Uneven... Stu Orchard + band with special guests The Moltens and DJ Benny L. Doors 8pm.

31st DEC.

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KEYBOARD LESSONS All styles, all lvls, all ages. 23 yrs teaching exp. Orig teaching method with guaranteed results. SONG WRITING also avail. REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. Call Jonathan Warwick 0411 3300 15. www.revolverstudio.com.au MUSIC/GUITAR TUITION East Fremantle Guitar SKY RECORDING STUDIO Protools HD. Prof quality School Adult beginners welcome. Christmas recordings at $40 per/hr. Duane 0400 758 058 or Vouchers Avail. Great fun and a great gift. visit www.myspace.com/skyrecordingstudio Penny Lanes Music Work Shop Ph 61 61 56 08 or SOLO STUDIO specialising in singer/song writer 0406 883 709 music productions. No band required. John 9330 WANTED 6168 or mob 0419 794 683. STUDIO INNOVATIONS Tel: 08 9437 2151 PRODUCER WANTED 2 vocalists looking for a Record, Mix, Master, and Film at one of Perth’s keen and enthusiastic producer to record and f i n e s t s t u d i o s s o u t h o f t h e r i v e r . prepare original material. If thatís you, then please www.studioinnovations.com.au contact Paula on 0422 751 479.

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CDJ-2000 The CDJ-2000 is the ultimate technologically advanced multi-format player in the world. No matter what your media preference is, the CDJ-2000 can handle them all with great performance, reliability, and confidence. It enables playback of MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF audio files on CD, DVD-ROM, SD card and USB memory devices. You can also assign various buttons of the CDJ-2000 to trigger other devices, such as DJ effecters and software with MIDI mapping capability. With Pioneer’s new Pro DJ Link you can connect up to fourCDJ-2000’s and share a single music source from just one player. For displaying song titles,

jacket art as well as detailed track information, the CDJ-2000 has a unique 6.1” Full Colour LCD panel and Graphic User Interface so DJs can find information needed to select a song easily at a glance. Both the CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 turntables include rekordbox, Pioneer’s proprietary music management software that organizes and catalogues a DJ’s entire music library. When music files are imported to rekordbox, thesoftware analyses each file and prepares them for use specifically with the new CDJ turntables. The CDJ-2000 is the natural selection for performing DJs worldwide.

CDJ-2000

FEATURES •

Multi Format Playback - The CDJ-2000 enables playback of MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF audio files on CD,DVD-ROM, SD card and USB memory devices.

Pro DJ Link - New Pioneer Pro DJ Link that enables up to four CDJ-2000/900s to be connected and share a single music source.

6.1” Full Color LCD panel and Graphic User Interface - For displaying song titles, jacket art as well as detailed track information and wave form display of each song so DJs can find information needed to select a song at a glance.

Needle Search - Helps DJs instantaneously

get to a specific part of a song with a simple touch of the Needle Search pad.

MIDI - Users can assign various tons of the CDJ-2000 to trigger other devices, such as DJ effecters and software with MIDI mapping capability.

Free Rekordbox Music Management Software Included - Both the CDJ2000 and CDJ-900 turntables include rekordbox, Pioneer’s proprietary music management software that organizes and catalogues a DJ’s entire music library. When music files are imported to rekordbox, the software analyses each file and prepares them for use specifically with the new CDJ turntables.

CDJ-900

CDJ-900

TABLETOP MULTI PLAYER

ANALYSE

Multi format playback: MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF audio files on CD and USB memory devices

Slip Mode creates smooth transitions when Loop, Reverse or Scratch ends

Beats Per Minute (BPM) Data – BPM / Tempo information for each song is identified and processed into rekordbox for use by the DJ in preparing and performing a set.

Advanced auto beat loop

Waveform Data – The waveform of each song is identified and then displayed on the bottom screen for quick data visualization.

Prepared For Any Performance Adapting to today’s variety of media formats, the CDJ-900 enables playback of MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF audio files from CDs and USB memory devices. A USB port located on top of the turntable enables users to quickly connect an external storage device such as a Tonium Pacemaker™ or a hard drive packed with music files, minimizing the need to bring a laptop computer to performances. The CDJ-900 turntable includes rekordbox™, Pioneer’s proprietary music management software that organizes and catalogues a DJ’s entire music library. When music files are imported to rekordbox, the software analyses each file and prepares them for use specifically with the new CDJ turntable. Key elements of Pioneer’s rekordbox software: www.xpressmag.com.au

CUSTOMISE •

Tag Info & Artwork – Edit and customize the file information to performance needs.

Hot Cues, Cue Points, and Loops – Prepare and customize cues and loops as well as create and manage hot cue banks.

Playlists – Create, edit and manage customized playlists for various performances.

Beatgrid – Utilizing the new Quantizing feature, cue points and loops can be set perfectly on-beat. The Quantize feature ensures cue points are set accurately and automatically, correcting and synching beats during manual looping or a real-time cueing, preventing off beat mistakes. 77


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345 Charles Street

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244 -246 Cambridge Street

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08 9381 2277

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Guitar World Cannington

1/1236 Albany Highway

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95 North Lake Road

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292 Pinjarra Road, (Opposite Aquatic Centre)

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Park Pianos

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Sound Centre Music Gallery Morley

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WA

6062

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WEST LEEDERVILLE

WA

6007

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X-Press Magazine #1192,  

Thursday, November 17, 2009

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