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News Reactions/Comp Thing Flesh Music: Amplifier’s 10th Anniversary - Gyroscope Music: The Mess Hall Music: 50 Cent Music: Motion City Soundtrack Music: 2manyDJs New Noise

All of us and ours here at X-Press Magazine would like to wish all of you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Remember to collect your presents from the tree, not wake up under one!

COME TO THE CARNIVALE

Southern Comfort will bring the party atmosphere of a New Orleans Carnivale to Perth next year for the spectacular Soco Carnivale Tour. Stopping off in Perth on Friday, February 26, at the Fremantle Arts Centre, the Carnivale will feature performances from the uniformed collective known as The Polyphonic Spree, and The New Orleans Bingo! Show. The evening is set to be a night of fancy dress, superb music and weird and wacky experiences. Tickets are on sale now from Heatseeker.

STILL COOL FOR SOUTHBOUND

It seems like some sneaky little sucker has been telling folks around town that Southbound has sold out but the rumours aren’t true! There are still heaps of tickets on sale for music lovers, including weekend ‘Happy Camper Tickets’ for three nights and two days of fun; weekend ‘Festival Tickets’ which provide entry on Saturday and Sunday without camping, and weekend ‘Lazy Camper Tickets’, for those who can’t be arsed setting up their own tent. Tickets are on sale through Moshtix.

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A ROSIE NYE

North Perth’s Rosemount Hotel is planning one hell of a fiery New Year’s Eve Fiesta, with heaps of awesome bands on the line up. Head on down to the Rosie on Thursday, December 31, from 6pm ’til late, to catch sets from Sugar Army, Capital City, Umpire, The Scotch Of St James, The Preytells, Grim Fandango and the Emperors, plus tunes from DJs Shannon Fox and Sock Mobster. Tickets are on sale now from Planet, Mills, Star Surf and Heatseeker.

Now in its second year, Club Paradiso is back for New Years Day on the shoreline at Burswood. Heading up the splendour is Swedish House Mafia mainman Sebastian Ingrosso plus Australia’s own dance deities Dirty South. They’ll be backed up by locals Zelimir, Mel B vs Maxwell, Darren Briais, Jus Haus, Rob Sharp, Tank Top, Mind Electric, Moe Steez and Master Dash, Cool Hand Luke and more. The WA Water Sports Association Centre becomes Club Paradiso central next Friday, January 1. Limited early bird tickets are $125 and available from moshtix. com.au and inthemix.com.au.

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Seraphine, Lotterywest Festival Films season

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Cool off on the Australia Day long weekend at Down By The Dam, a brand new music festival in the picturesque surroundings of Yallingup and Dunsborough. Taking place on Saturday, January 23, Down On The Dam will see sets from The Gentlemen Of Leisure (featuring Charlie Bucket), Abbe May And The Rockin’ Pneumonia, Cowtown, The Sunshine Brothers, Veeva Feeva, DJ Swami Adima, Mellifluous and live art from Creepy and Daek. Tickets are on sale now from Moshtix. For more info, check out downbythedam.com.

The much loved Lotterywest Festival Films season is back for 2009/2010, with a huge range of wonderful flicks on offer at the Somerville Auditorium and at the Joondalup Pines. Instead of losing yourself in front of the idiot box in a post Christmas haze this year, head out into the cool night air to see Seraphine at Somerville, or Noodle at Joondalup Pines from Monday, December 28, ’til Sunday, January 3. The following week, catch Bride Flight at Somerville and Seraphine at Joondalup Pines. For more info on screenings, head to perthfestival.com. au.

BOX ME IN

The good men of Calexico are headed here to sunny Perth in February, for a twilight concert at the Perth Festival’s Becks Music Box. As the stars tinkle overhead on Friday, February 26, Calexico will take to the stage of the Music Box with after-party support from Day Of The Dead. Tickets for the show are on sale now from perthfestival.com.au.

X-Press Cover: The Mess Hall play at Amplifier Bar’s 10th Anniversary New Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday, December 31. Tickets from www.moshtix. com.au. Salt Cover: Felix Da Housecat plays at Club Calypso on Friday, January 1 at Salt On the Beach, North Fremantle. Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au

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ALL THAT JAZZ

CHRISTMAS SNEER

Dear X-Press,

Dear X-Press,

It would be nice to see some more jazz in your publication, for I like many people feel that the Perth jazz scene goes largely unnoticed. Jazz is most certainly an acquired taste for many, but as one of the most popular and enduring forms of music, it is obviously as print-worthy a style as pop, rock and its cousin the blues. There are some exceptional jazz musicians around Western Australia, some learning their trade at our very own Music Conservatorium, and others learning on their own. There are unique and original jazz players here, as well as those who play jazz staples at venues not often covered by your magazine. I don’t mean to sound critical. More so I am simply inviting X-Press Magazine to step outside and discover a wonderful world of music right on your doorstep, just hidden under the mat. Naturally, the more ‘youth’-orientated forms of music are your priority, and we in the jazz community understand that completely. We’d just like a little bit of love from time to time if it can fit. Thank you for your time.

First it was flags stuck onto cars for Australia Day, now people are sticking god-awful reindeer ears onto their automobiles. I know they do no harm, but they annoy the shit outta me for some reason – they just look stupid. It’s like women who stick those ‘Baby On Board’ stickers to their 4wds then never check their blind spots despite their precious passengers… just makes other drivers want to ram into them! Out with the reindeer ears I say!

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for the love of it, not to make money or impress. Firstly, the Oak & Ivy. Formerly a fairly empty, dimly lit, badly carpeted small bar underneath the Criterion Hotel in Perth. Now, still a dimly lit and badly carpeted small bar, but one that’s packed to the rafters with a great crowd of young people every Wednesday for Wednesdays At The Oak & Ivy. You go for the $6 pints and laid back DJs who play to a self-devised theme every week, you stay for the “regulars” – the grey-haired barflys who seem totally oblivious to the fact that their bar is now filled with people a third of their age. The $1 raffle tickets, and great vinyl and bar card prizes, make this a kooky and totally lovable Wednesday nighter, that’s been a closet hit, due, we’d say, to the sheer lack of pretention of its organisers. Secondly, Sexy, the new Saturday night that was introduced to Bar Republic this year. With many complaining towards the end of 2008 that formerly indie-core venue Amps was heading down the dark path of commercialisation, the promoters of Sexy used the jaded indie kid climate to start a night of New Wave, no wave, indie-pop and disco in a well seedy strip club that by day goes by the name of ‘Collars and Cuffs’. ‘Nuff said. Thirdly, props are also due to meupe’s Ambassador From Everywhere monthly electronic music series, and {move}’s more recent evenings The Thursday Feel Up!, and 27 Steps, which starts this Sunday on the Connections’ rooftop. Looking forward more of these small nights cropping up in 2010.

Henry Ford once said ‘You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do’. I’d like to use this opportunity to take my hat off to one or two forward thinking small, independent dance music ‘pseudo-promoters’ in Perth. I say this because none of them are above 25, nor are in the financial position of any kind of superclub or company – just young adults in Perth who know what a good time looks like, and wanted there to be more of them. They’ve built themselves an awesome reputation, amongst those in the know, for the Dan events they’ve put on, events they’ve organised West Perth

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COTT CANCUN

If you would rather bring in New Year along the beachside, with good mates and a great crowd, then there’s no better place than The Cott for NYE 2010. Sure to be a memorable night, this years theme is Cott Cancun so be sure to whip out your best Mexican/summer break costume. The Mad Agents will perform for you in the Verandah Bar with Perth’s hottest DJ’s Damian John, Maxwell, Sketchism and Jus Haus upstairs. Tickets are limited and for 2 lucky X-Press readers we have a double pass to attend Perth’s best NYE party!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Its Christmas time and Bam wants to give his wife Missy the ultimate present: Santa Claus himself. But first he needs to find him which leads Bam and his loser buddies to the Arctic Circle on a trek along Finland in the cold winter. To wish you a very Merry Christmas, we have five copies of Where The @#$% is Santa? to give away to our readers!

MCCUBBIN

McCubbin: Last Impressions 1907-17 exhibition is a fresh look at Frederick McCubbin’s late work. It concentrates on the last 11 years of his life when he produced his most vibrant works, ones which express his sense of delight in, and comfort within, the Australian landscape. Tickets for McCubbin: Last Impressions 1907-17 are on sale now and the exhibition runs until March 29 at the Art Gallery of WA. If you would like to get your hands on two complimentary tickets, get your entries in quick because we have five double passes to give away!

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THE BEST SUMMER EVER

Summer is finally here, with Christmas just a day away and New Year’s just around the corner, with 2010 welcoming some of the best festival line-ups seen in a while! ECU reckon that this summer has the potential to be the best summer ever and to prove it, have 10 Potentially The Best Summer Ever gig packs to give away including two double passes to Soundwave, two doubles to catch Cobra Starship, 10 in-season passes to Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are, an Akai keyboard and an EMI CD pack up for grabs. Visit www.xpressmag.com.au for your chance to win this amazing summer prize pack!

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MARVELLOUS MOONLIGHT

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NELSON, STOKER & DUX TWILIGHT: NEXT MOON

Make the most of the festive holidays and head along to Moonlight Cinema, the cinema under the stars at Kings Park & Botanic Gardens. Though Moonlight is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, things get back underway on Saturday, December 26, and Sunday, December 27, with screenings of the highly anticipated Twilight sequel, New Moon. Make your way to Moonlight on Friday, January 1, and ring in the new year with the Time Traveller’s Wife; on Saturday, January 2, for Up; or Sunday, January 3, for Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Tickets are on sale now from moonlight.com.au.

FLY BY

Musical troubadour, Ash Grunwald, will hit the road next February with his band in tow, to deliver a set of stellar live shows around Australia. Timed to coincide with the release of Grunwald’s new live album Live At The Fly By Night, the tour will see Grunwald take to the stage at the Indi Bar on Saturday, January 23, and at the Colonial Brewery in Margaret River on Sunday, January 24. Tickets are on sale now from the venues.

Singer/songwriters Timothy Nelson, Will Stoker and Luke Dux close out 2009 with a gig at the Moon Café next Wednesday, December 30. A chat was had… Describe the bond between the three of you… Timothy: Luke and I live together, but Will lived in the same room before me. I’ve known them both from when I used to play in The Cartridges, when I met Will the first thing he said was, ‘You guys sound great but you look like shit’. Since then we’ve been drawn together mostly through sharing Luke as a guitarist. Will and I have an interesting dynamic, he keeps telling me to stop writing songs about girls, and I keep telling him to start writing songs that make sense. Will: Luke Dux is the cuddly teddy bear that Timothy and I fight over like little bastards. Luke: I write all the songs

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FIT FOR A QUEEN

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A MUSTANG NEW YEAR

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Mustang Bar by dressing as your favourite space or future character as the Starship Mustang transcends into 2010. It’s all yours on Thursday, December 31, at this free entry event, featuring Rusty & The Drag Strip Trio on the early set and The Damien Cripps Band taking it ‘til late, with DJ James Mac supplying tunes throughout.

Fancy a four course feast this New Year’s Eve? Look no further than Highgate institution The Queens. On Thursday, December 31, from 9pm onwards, punters can devour a feast of epic proportions, thanks to the talented chefs in the Queens’ kitchen. Make your way to the Queens on New Year’s Eve and taste tempura prawns with tat soi rice vermicelli salad and mango mayonnaise for entrée; Tasmanian salmon, kangaroo in Moroccan spices, Mt Barker chicken breast wrapped in black forest ham, or Mediterranean vegetable and bocconcini strudel for mains. Finish the night off with a sweet white chocolate and passion fruit tart. All this is available for just $72.90 per head, but you will need to book ahead to secure a seat! Call The Queens on (08) 9328 7267.

Do you feel you’ve learnt about songwriting/ performance from one another? Timothy: Both Luke and Will’s bands - The Floors and Will Stoker & The Embers, respectively - have shown me how to be more energetic on stage. Because frankly, we are probably the least energetic band in the country, I’d say. Will: To stop acting like a tit and learn how to play a song competently for your adoring and pleasant smelling audience. Luke: Timothy Nelson taught me to turn my amp down and Will Stoker taught me to make love to my guitar. I gave them their last names. Looking back what has 2009 meant to each of you in your development as musicians? Timothy: It’s probably been the busiest year of my life, but this is mostly because I’ve just started masturbating. Aside from that, I’ve played a lot more gigs, to a lot more people, and earnt even less money. Will: At Southbound, I learned that Sharon Jones wore shorts under her dress. Luke: Less sleep = more gigs What’s 2010 hold for each of you? Timothy: I’m actually about to become a father. Not technically, but I am going to be releasing my first album, and records are like babies. Will: Album release and possibly a bowel release. Luke: I hear the Kill Devil Hills need a fourth guitarist. Seriously, The Floors are doing an album, The Embers are doing an album, The Infidels are doing an album, Paul McCarthy is doing an album, Downtown Dave and I are doing an album. That’s a lot of songs to write. No sleep for Luke next year. _ BOB GORDON

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DOUG HARRISON, R.I.P.

The WA music community was saddened to learn recently of the passing of Doug Harrison the original bass player from the Pushrods - after a long liver illness. Doug was a true original in the WA blues scene, whose cheeky claim to fame was playing ‘knees’ with Eric Clapton, along with Lindsay Wells. X-Press Magazine extends its sincere condolences to Doug Harrison’s family and friends.

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Melbournites Midnight Circus are busy packing their bags ahead of a jaunt to WA for a very special show at the Velvet Lounge on the eve of New Year’s Eve. Known for their smooth electronic sounds, Midnight Circus spent six weeks at #1 on the Triple J Unearthed charts this year, earning them a slew of new fans. Catch Midnight Circus with The Transients, Clubfeet and DJ Boatshoes on Wednesday, December 30, at the Velvet Lounge from 8pm.

After a 16 year hiatus, the Saw Doctors will finally make their way back to Perth on Thursday, March 4, for a gig at the much loved Fly By Night. Hailing from Ireland, the lads from Saw Doctors are best known for their hits I Useta Lover, N17, and Hay Wrap. Fans of the Saw Doctors can secure their seats at their Perth show from the Fly By Night’s box office on (08) 9430 5976.

LEFT BANK FOR ALL

It’s Christmas Eve and the Summerstyle Grand Final is a happening thing at The Leftbank in Fremantle. The search is on for the next face of the Leftbank with $10,000 up for grabs to share between the winning guy and girl. Doors open noon, with the Summerstyle grand final commencing at 6pm and running through to 8.30pm with the very popular swimwear section at 8pm. DJ Lok, The Kid, Maxwell, and DJ James mix it up til midnight. Buses will be running to take folks back to Freo throughout the night.

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LORD MAYER

Mayer Hawthorne from Stones Throw Records is heading to the Funk Club at the Leederville Hotel with his seven-piece band The County on Friday, January 15. Support comes from Funk Club favourite Ladi 6 from New Zealand, check www. funkclub.com.au for the funkin’ details.

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TWICE THE TWILIGHT

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If the idea of being crammed into a giant cinema with hoards of pubescent girls to watch either of the Twilight flicks is enough to send you running, fear not, because The Astor has the remedy. On Friday, January 8, Saturday, Januar y 9, and Sunday, January 10, the folks at The Astor will hold special double screenings of Twilight and Twilight: New Moon. The bar opens at 6pm prior to the screening so this is definitely one for the adults.

Crowded House

Looming alluringly on the 2010 horizon is the West Coast Blues N’ Roots festival, happening at Fremantle Park on Sunday, March 28. Unfor tunately Mr Jimmy Barnes has had to cancel his appearance at the festival but fear not, because there are still heaps of awesome acts on the bill, including Crowded House, the John Butler Trio, Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck. For more on the festival, check out westcoastbluesandroots. com.au. 13


AMPLIFIER Turn Up To 10

The Amplifier Bar celebrate its 10th birthday on New Year’s Eve with an appropriately huge show.Like all good X-Press Magazine music staff, BOB GORDON has spent his fair share of time at Amps over the years. He shares some memories with some of the venue’s favourite clientele… Question: What is your favourite dancefloor of people you wouldn’t normally see at Amplifier shaking it to Rollerskates. They Amplifier Bar moment? “From its opening night onwards, I spent close to every weekend at Amps for more years than I can count. In that time, and since, I have seen some of my favourite bands play just an arm’s length from me; local bands rise from obscurity to fame; played however-many gigs on that same stage; and met some of the best people I know. Best of all, I know how good a time I had because I can’t remember any of it.” Mike Wafer, X-Press Magazine “My fondest memory of Amplifier was on the evening of The Devils supporting Mondo Generator. Andrew and I were crashed out in the band room, exhausted and reflective as you are after a big set. I always feel deflated and a little down, there’s the big high and then the comedown. All of a sudden Nick Oliveri pops his head in the room to say, ‘Kick ass set, guys’. It probably sounds corny but it was one of those surreal little moments where you feel like a kid again for a few moments.”

finished their set and were replaced by a band known as Jed Whitey. There were a few confused faces on the dance floor before they started playing. “Twenty seconds into the set the dancefloor cleared completely. It was possible the funniest thing I’d ever seen, people simply could not get out of their fast enough. It was a fantastic set from band that would go on to be my favourite Perth band of all time, but that memory of people literally running to get out of there will stick with me for a long time. Fantastic times.” Liam Ducey, punter/raconteur “Seeing Jet perform in front of around 10 people before the release of Get Born. Also, seeing Glenn Savage martyr himself on the only female in the room at a Critics’ gig, who also happened to be the scariest woman I have ever seen. God bless him, he was a brave soul.”

The Grates and friends on the Amps stage Photo: Michael Wylie

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Joey K, The Devil Rides Out

“Amplifier wasn’t always the packed out juggernaut that it is today. I remember going to amps in the early days of 2000-01 and sharing the whole joint with about 10 other punters. At that stage, if the room had 100 people in it, it was considered a busy night! “I remember on a Wednesday night Malcolm Clark, Sleepy Jackson/Bob Evans you could go down to amps to check out some new bands and drink $10 jugs. On one particular Band/From The Skies Wednesday night, some mates and I (Andy from “Amps is one of my favourite venues to play at the Avenues/Debaser, Fergus from Little Birdy and as Ian the house guy is bloody good at his job. In a drummer who could have been any number terms of funny memories, there’s the infestation of people, I can’t remember) were drunk enough of dick jokes written in texta in the band room to decide to form a band on the spot to play which reads like a museum of penis puns.” an impromptu set. We got as far as an eightminute version of Wild Thing which was beyond Andrew Ryan, Adam Said Galore/Fall Electric/ Felicity Groom & The Black Black Smoke “I had a running race downstairs next to the band room area with this sweet girl called Jenna who I’d just met. She fell and broke her arm and so I looked after her that night and we ended up dating.”

“Possibly one of my fave memories was at the Soulfly gig when there were 1,000 crazed men and I had top leap over the bar to chase down a guy who stole a bottle of vidka. Seriously though, I’ve met most of my best friends by working next to them or serving them at Amps. It’s the people that made it such a great place and the bands that brought us all together.” Kara Granville, Altered State “Buying Murray Wiggle a drink a couple of weeks back. He’s my favourite Wiggle and knows how to party.” Anton Maz, Death Disco “I can’t remember my favourite Amps memories, just as it should be! Ten years? Wow. It’s almost old enough to drink. They grow up so fast don’t they?” Justin Burford, End Of Fashion “My best ever moment as a punter was watching Future Of The Left. My mates were raving bout them and I’d never heard but they got me a ticket and made come down and I stood at the front by myself grinning like a fuckin’ muppet all night. I love hearing new stuff live for the first time. It’s also a great stage for punter watching. I think it was there that I looked up and saw a bunch of people singing along to our songs. I was like ‘wtf?’ but I gotta admit it was kinda cool.”

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shithouse before leaving the stage with our heads down and tails between our legs. You could hear the crickets cheeping... Thankfully, we’ve all been able to almost redeem ourselves in our respective bands at amps since then. “It’s definitely the best venue of its size in the country for both bands and punters. As well as the production (sound and lights) being

Gyroscope’s last album, Breed Obsession (2008) was a real breakthrough album for you. Does following up a breakthrough make things harder? I think it was a good thing. With the whole Breed Obsession thing it was kind of like getting a monkey off the back for us. There was always a lot of expectation that we put on ourselves as a band. We never wanted to be a band that did okay, or did alright. We still do, we want to be a really big band; we want to be a really important band. So breaking through that feeling with Breed Obsession was for us like we were able to exhale finally and go, ‘you know what? This is happening. We’ve stuck to our guns. We’ve believed in what we do and people are coming around to us now. Let’s just enjoy this’. So for this record the whole writing process was a lot more stress-free and enjoyable. I think that shows though in the songs. It’s really true to out strengths and what we do live, but most importantly it’s come from a place of sheer enjoyment. I hope people get that when they listen to the album.

let him know there’s a band that’s a very big fan of his working on their album at the moment’. This is the end of 2008 and Joel, to his credit, did exactly that and once the demos were being sent out to prospective producers, Joel sent Gil an email, just giving him another heads-up. So by the time Gil got our demos, he heard of Gyroscope, from a trusted source, and he loved them. When we first spoke to him he said, ‘I’ve had Joel from Eskimo Joe telling me about you guys for the better part of six months. I love your demos, I love your bands and I really want to do this album’. People ask what’s great about the Perth music scene, well that’s what’s great about it – we all help each other out any way we can. Yourselves and Eskimo Joe share early days at Amplifier in common. My favourite Amps memory is watching Sleepy Jackson supporting you guys back in 2000 when Luke Steele went on the warpath, tearing his hand up and bleeding all over his white Rickenbacker guitar… I knew you were gonna say that! That stands out in my memory as well as like a momentous occasion for music and our band and a little microcosm of Perth. I can’t believe you remember that, that’s awesome. It was the Scaletric EP launch. This was when we were a proper little punk band more than anything. We went for Three Orange Whips to open and The Sleepy Jackson as the main support. I still remember that gig so vividly – it was Jessie Steele’s last gig as drummer and Matt O’Connor (RIP) was still in the band at that point as well. It’s crazy, we were at the ARIAs the other week. We were only there because we managed to wrangle a free ticket and drink as much booze as we could. But when I was watching Empire Of The Sun play on stage I thought of that gig. And how crazy it was, that nine years ago, Luke and the Sleepies were supporting Gyros when we were nothing and they weren’t doing much at the time. But nine years on here’s Luke Steele on the new JayZ record, playing at the ARIAs, centre-stage, and winning all the ARIAs. It was just an amazing moment. We’re all from Perth – the most isolated city in the world – but we can all step it up. For Luke you could see it was the culmination of a lifelong dream.

“There are far too many to mention, but one sticks in my mind. I believe it was Amplifier’s fifth birthday - or it could have been an X-Press birthday. Thanks to my many nights at Amps my memory is not what it once was. I do remember a lot of free booze that night, and the usual semi-circle of death was replaced with a packed

He’s not an easy guy to get a hold of… I’ve got to send a shout-out, and this is something I love about the Perth music scene. Eskimo Joe used Gil for their last record, and of course as soon as I found out about that I got on the phone with old Joel, and I said, ‘mate, plant From little things big things grow… the seed nice and early. Tell him about Gyroscope, I think back to then… and Amps is

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Joel Quartermain, Eskimo Joe

In an exclusive appearance Gyroscope headline Amplfier’s NYE experience with help from The Mess Hall, Death Disco DJs,The Novocaines, Harlequin League,The Devil Rides Out,Young Revelry, Wolves, DJ Francesco, Eddie Electric and DJ Ryan. X-Press spoke to drummer, Rob Nassif, about the future and the past.

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“This moment has apparently been captured on video tape, I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s out there. There was a Next Big Thing launch held back when Snowman were still in town, and they were headlining. Brendan Jay and I - known as the Rock Mobster DJs - were out in the beer garden and, let’s just say, it was a pretty festive mood all around. “At some point during Snowman’s set, I ran into the room, jumped up onto the stage, but didn’t notice a chocolate cake sitting in between the foldback wedges. I slipped over it in full view of a good 300 or so people – mid-song - and face-planted onto the Amplifier stage. Also, this was one of the few occasions I wore a skirt, so, you know...”

brilliant, it’s the kind of place that you actually want to hang out at after the bands have finished. The DJs have always played good shit and the drinks keep flowing till other folks are half way through their morning jog. Good times! Thanks Amps, here’s to your next 10 years.”

GYROSCOPE We Care A Lot

So you’ve recorded album number four in Wales with Gil Norton. You must have had high expectations? We did, we had very high expectations. I mean obviously the fact that you’re using someone of Gil Norton’s calibre you kind of wonder what it’s all about, why is he regarded so highly I guess. I can honestly say that after spending nine weeks with him he absolutely lived up to the reputation as a world class producer. He just brought a lot of perspectives to the table for our band. He was great, he really encouraged us all. He’s an arse-kicker, he makes you work hard, he expects a lot of you and he wants your take to be absolutely perfect but at the same time he’s very supportive. He wants you to be okay, he doesn’t want me doing three or four drum takes in a row before I take a break. He’s very attentive to each band member’s needs. I had super-high expectations and he blew them out of the water.

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Amplifier’s Kevin Borruso and Jeff Halley with The Cure’s Robert Smith

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still going. It shows what an important part in nurturing the whole Perth music scene it’s done. Another key thing for Gyros was the Midnight Express CD launch back in 2003. That was the first gig we ever sold out. Ever. At the Amplifier Bar. That was a real special gig. Triple J had just picked up our song, Fire Away, and it was our first release through FMR. It was our first gig to sell out. We’d spent all these years in Perth playing all these shows, from anywhere between five people and on a good night 100 people or on a real good night 150, but never had we sold out a venue. We sold Amps out and we played and a lot of our friends and a lot of friends in bands came and we played a really great show. I remember thinking, ‘if we can keep this momentum going we’re gonna be doing alright’. In essence that was the start of a very key moment within our band. Hittin’ the town since 1985


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THE MESS HALL Retroperspective

Sydney duo The Mess Hall are set to perform an exclusive one-only Perth show for Amplifier Bar’s 10th Anniversary New Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday, December 31. DAVID CRADDOCK speaks to drummer, Cec Condon, about charting darker and more experimental territory on the band’s latest album. Sydney duo The Mess Hall’s early releases were a lazy rock journalist’s delight. ‘Duo? White Stripes! Black Keys! Ding ding ding – jackpot!’ is probably the sound which reverberated in the minds of writers when trying to pigeonhole the band’s early output. But the Mess Hall’s slow-burning, dark and multi-faceted fourth album For The Birds continues the work of 2007’s Devils Elbow in putting the simplistic comparisons to bed. “If people are continuing to say that we’re a ‘blues rock two-piece’ then they either haven’t listened to the album or are just stupid,” drummer Cec Condon says ahead of the band’s appearance at Amplifier Bar this New Year’s Eve. Joining The Mess Hall for the bash, which celebrates Amplifier’s 10th anniversary as an iconic Perth rock venue, will be Gyroscope, The Novocaines, Harlequin League, The Devil Rides

Out, Young Revelry, Wolves and the partystarting sounds of the Death Disco DJs. As with most musicians, Condon is used to working on New Year’s Eve, but says he’s particularly looking forward to spending the night on a different coast this year. “Pretty much every New Year’s Eve for the last five years I’ve played, but it’s actually nice to be going to Perth,” he says. “We usually end up going to Melbourne so it’s nice to have a change of scenery.” With their latest album only released last month, Perth fans have had just enough time to begin exploring and discovering each deep, echoey and warbly corner of the deceivingly sparse release. Continually unfolding with percussion quirks, simmering keyboard parts and lyrical crypticism, For The Birds isn’t the kind of album that reveals all of its tricks on the first listen.

The Mess Hall “It seems to be getting a decent response. So we are happy about how people perceive it,” Condon says of the album. “We listen to such a varied range of music. Pretty much everything bar modern rock’n’roll so it was nice to do something that reflects that. There are a few bands, but generally I’m not finding modern stuff that inspiring. “As you grow up you’re always interested in new things but as you get older you get that ability to look retrospectively, I guess. I always became interested in bands that had interesting rhythms and drummers and stuff like that. That always excited me.” As well as delving into and studying the musical past, two years ago, Condon took the unusual step for a professional of his ilk of investing some time in drumming lessons. Eager to expand his knowledge of “anything other than rock”, he tracked down Jack Savage, a wise and highly experienced Brooklyn jazz drummer who sadly passed away late this year. “I’d never really had drum lessons before and I just decided to because I felt I wasn’t as good as I could have been by this point in my life,” Condon explains of his lessons and mentorship with Savage who had settled in Sydney. “So I had a look around for drum teachers on the internet and he sounded the most interesting. He was awesome. He was trained by people like Cozy Cole and Sonny Igoe and big band drummers. Cosy Cole was pretty much the father of jazz brushes and I wanted to learn that stuff so it just felt natural to me that I’d go to someone who’d actually been taught by these people.” Condon and guitarist Jed Kurzel’s collective desire to extend their musical palette in the studio is evident all over For The Birds. For this record, the band decided to work again with producer (and Gerling member) Burke Reid whose production helped The Mess Hall’s last release, Devils Elbow, take out the prestigious $25,000 Australian Music Prize in 2007. Since helming that album, Reid has gone on to produce albums for The Drones, The Kill Devil Hills and Jack Ladder. “We were on the same page as far as where we wanted For The Birds to be, so it was just a natural fit really,” Condon says of the decision to work with Reid again and aim for a very live, roomy, atmospheric sound.“Long Time Death was just Jed and I in a room. That was all pretty much one take. The groove and the bed of that track was really important to get for that song otherwise it wouldn’t have worked. If there are glaring mistakes you’re not going to leave them in, but if there’s a couple of little character errors we’ll definitely leave them in if it serves for the good of the song.” As well as the broody, menacing darkness of such tracks, The Mess Hall finish For The Birds with a folky, Leonard Cohen-esque surprise in Swing Low. “We’re definitely into that sort of stuff so hopefully I think we’ve set ourselves up to take whatever direction we want next time.” Given the band’s free and easy relationship with their label, Ivy League, there’s nothing stopping more exciting stylistic development in the future. With the label apparently not fussed with hearing demos before the recording of For The Birds, Condon says the band were largely free to do as they pleased. “They’ve been great,” he explains. “It was a big deal for us to sign with them because we’d always been completely independent before that so it’s nice to have a kind of relationship where they trust us and we trust them.”

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50 CENT

Weapons Of Self Destruction The ever-controversial 50 Cent has just released his new album, Before I Self Destruct. SASHA PERERA reports. With an empire that includes product endorsements and lines in everything from sneakers to video games, New York City rapper 50 Cent is reportedly worth in excess of US$270million - US$100million of which came from a deal that sold his Vitamin Water drink to the giant Coca-Cola company. Kicking back in London hotel room recently, Fiddy chats openly about his new album, Before I Self Destruct, his image, and his current position in the music industry and the hip hop game. The impression that some people have of 50 Cent is that he’s just a onedimensional jump-ed thug and ex-dealer, is a complete myth. Curtis Jackson (a.k.a. 50 Cent) is a man who certainly knows his own mind, and how to go after what he wants. “I watched people utilise vices around me all my life - I chose not to,” he says, talking about his chosen paths. “I’d rather have the security of having $20 in my pocket, than smoking $20 to try and forget about not having it. I’m not a fuckin’ genius – I’m not perfect – but I’m aware of myself enough to know that I’m not supposed to get high, because if I get high I’m gonna do it to the extreme level where I can’t control myself – and I saw that done around me all the time when I was growing up. I don’t wanna win once, I wanna win big, and continue to win, and this is why you see me working as hard as I’m working now.” 50 Cent’s new album, Before I Self Destruct, was originally planned before the release of his 2007 album, Curtis, which featured numerous collaborations with singers in an effort to broaden his fanbase - such as the hit single, Ayo Technology, featuring Justin Timberlake. With that album out of the way, 50 Cent returns with a much harder, underground-styled album, which hears the rapper return to his more hardcore gangsta roots, with few guest appearances. “Moving forward to Before I Self Destruct, I knew it would come harder, coming after my presentation for Curtis. The concept for the new album – and even the artwork – is a much darker concept as an album. I kinda think of it as a prequel to Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003). By the time I reached Before I Self Destruct I had no real interest in working with a bunch of other artists because I had already got that off my chest – I had worked with everyone I wanted to work with on the Curtis project, except Robbie Williams. I actually reached out to Robbie Williams and we were going to get together in Los Angeles, but right before we got the chance to do it he went into rehab so it didn’t actually take place.” With all his previous success, 50 Cent claims that these days he doesn’t feel the need to play the game anymore, and can therefore be more true to himself as a rapper. “I don’t feel like I absolutely need to have a successful project; I’m not at the point where I absolutely need the CD to sell. These projects are passion projects for me now. I’ve made more music away from music than I’ve made off music,” he says in truth. It’s also a statement he makes following the disappointing first-week US sales of the album – which acts like a benchmark for success for most hip hop albums these days. Brushing off the early sales performance for the new album – which, realistically, is a false-measure these days with the amount of illegal downloading that happens – 50 Cent is once again playing his cards to suit his own hand. “It may not be reflected on the album sales, but what I hear from the streets in terms of feedback makes me real proud. I’m addicted to the feeling of what it feels like to get it right – there’s nothing I can tell you that describes how that makes me feel. “I feel a sense of gratification on this project because people are comparing it to the first album – that comparison is what I’ve been working for,” he continues with confidence. “When you come out with a debut album which is the largest selling debut album by a hip hop artist, and it goes on to sell 12 million records, you can only really become in competition with yourself.”

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He may be in competition with himself, but that certainly doesn’t stop 50 Cent from beefin’ with just about anyone else who releases a notable hip hop record. This year alone, there have been media reports about supposed feuds with the likes of Rick Ross, The Game, Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, and Jay-Z. Whether any of the battles actually have any merit, or it’s just 50’s attempt at grabbing the spotlight is anyone’s guess. “Some of these guys haven’t been brought up under the same circumstances – they think they know what hard is,” 50 says, without acknowledging who in particular he’s talking about. “They don’t even know the discomfort of being sure that someone’s looking for you to kill you, and being 100 per cent positive that if you don’t get them first, he’s gonna get you. When they start, it’s almost like a fuckin’ joke – the only thing they have in their favour is that I don’t believe them… ‘cause if I believed them, I’d hurt ‘em.” Braggadocio aside, what is often forgotten is that at times 50 Cent is a strong and creative lyricist with an addictively thuggish flow. For every childish-type Candy Shop, and R&B-flavoured Baby By Me (the current single

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featuring Ne-Yo), 50 has some ingenious verses and ideas that really shine, such as on the Dr Dre-produced Psycho (featuring Eminem), and the impressive Hold Me Down on the new album, which initially sounds like a love song, but which goes on to reveal itself to be something quite different. “Records like Hold Me Down are the songs I really like making. I had a song off one of my earlier albums called A Baltimore Love Thing which was similar because I added a human emotion to a drug, and it played a role in a relationship with a woman. When people listen to it I don’t believe that people hear my complete vision for that song. Hold Me Down is actually written about a gun – a 32 revolver. ‘I promise to keep you close to me, You give me a sense of security; Through drama, you will be all I need, Straight up now, I need you to hold me down’,” he sings to me, before rapping another bar, “‘She 32 I’m 34, I fuck her raw; She revolve six times, then I feed her more’. “There’s certain records that I wrote that have strong metaphors in them which are really exciting for me,” he grins proudly. “That’s what keeps me going – I got a lot to say.”

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MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK Taylor Made

Motion City Soundtrack will join a very select group when they appear at next year’s Soundwave festival. They will be one of only a handful of bands to have played at Soundwave twice, which as bassist Matt Taylor told GEORGE GREEN, is something Motion City Soundtrack are very proud of. “I’m even more excited to be playing Soundwave this time around,” enthuses Taylor. “I had such a good time the first time we did it, and there was a certain level of anticipation that heightened my experience. This time around I know what to expect, which is going to be awesome, but the lineup this time is incredible. That’s not to say that the lineups haven’t been good before, but this year’s lineup is next-level. “I’m really excited to see Sunny Day Real Estate, The Get Up Kids and Faith No More. Sunny Day Real Estate are one of the reasons that Motion City Soundtrack even exists, and I’ve actually never seen them before. We’re also playing some side-shows with them, which I’m more nervous about than anything. It’s such an intimate setting, and being that close to such influential bands is quite daunting.” When X-Press spoke with Taylor, he and his bandmates were undertaking rehearsals of an unconventional nature. “We’ve just finished rehearsing, because we’ve got some shows coming up this weekend in Chicago. We’re going to play all three of our albums in their entirety, so we’re having to go back and learn some of

Motion City Soundtrack the older stuff again, which is a weird feeling,” laughs Taylor. “It’s actually been surprisingly good though, because I was expecting it to feel a little odd. I think there’s only one song from the first record that we’ve never played live before, but there’s also some stuff that we haven’t played in quite some time. Learning one of your own songs that you’ve never played before almost feels like you’re learning a cover.” The idea of playing albums in their entirety in the live forum isn’t all that new, but it barely matters in the eyes of the fans. Whether another band has done it before does not impact on the novelty for the fans, and Motion City Soundtrack are expecting it to play out like that. “This is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time now, and our managers came to us and proposed the idea, and because we’d already wanted to do it, we barely needed to stop and think about our answer. I think it’s going to be cool because all of the shows sold out quickly, and the ticket format was pretty unique too. “We had tickets that got you into all three nights which sold out really quickly, and then you could also get tickets for each night individually. I was really excited to see that so many people wanted to come and watch us for three nights in a row. That’s a really cool feeling.” Once these shows are done, Motion City Soundtrack will knuckle down and get into promotional mode, with their fourth fulllength record to be released January 19, 2010. The album, titled My Dinosaur Life, will have been out for about six weeks before Perth fans get to see Motion City Soundtrack play the tracks live at Soundwave. “We’re just getting to the busy part of the album cycle now, with a whole heap of promo, and we just shot a video for the new single called Her Words Destroyed My Planet which was way over the top. It’s basically about a bunch of fourth grade kids having a science fair, and we are a bunch of idiots who come in from a prep school and bully the kids around. The kids end up getting their revenge on us in the end, but there’s also another surprise that I’ll leave you with. “I’m sure you’re sitting on the edge of your seat,” says Taylor with a laugh. With January being busy with the album release, and February seeing the bulk of their touring for Soundwave being undertaken, early March will allow Motion City Soundtrack some time to indulge in what most Americans look forward to when they come to Australia – Clichéd tourist attractions. “You mean like cuddling a koala?” laughs Taylor. “I’m the only one in our band who hasn’t held a koala yet, so I’m going to have to go somewhere to get that over and done with.” That’s about when things got a little confusing for poor old Matt Taylor. When informed that koalas have a very high rate of Chlamydia infection, he seemed a little reluctant to go through with holding one of our furry icons. “You’re joking right?” he exclaims in shock. Lucky for Taylor, he’s also informed that he can still live out his dream of cuddling up to a Chlamydia-infected koala, as long as he wears protection. “(Laughs) That is very sound advice my friend.”

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2MANYDJS Original Spin

2ManyDJs will wear their sleeves on their hearts for Summadayze on Sunday, January 3, happening at Supreme Court Gardens & The Esplanade. RK reports.

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If it wasn’t for music, David and Stephen Dewaele reckon they would probably be making Belgian waffles. “It’s really weird,” chimes Stephen, “because my brother and I never really had a plan or a career in mind; everything just seemed to happen. We never wanted to become DJs and we didn’t want to have a band and remix other artists. So since we’ve ended up doing that, then who knows what’s next in line – maybe we’ll get into mime or theatre or puppetry!” There is also their uncanny ability to programme a set that incorporates the most unlikely combinations of music – things that most of us mightn’t have thought possible. I’m talking about things like Green Velvet and Led Zeppelin; Nirvana with Destiny’s Child; The Stooges with Salt N Pepa. Indeed, it is their competitive advantage – their very raison d’être. “These are our bootleg mixes or mashups,” says Stephen. But their technical wizardry owes them nothing, for without it there wouldn’t be the ability to loop, pitch, edit and twist on the fly. Of course they have had their ups and downs – even at times thought about tossing in the towel – but nothing happens in life without persistence and these two are testament to that. “Our music isn’t that easy to describe! I think we love it when other people are confused but it’s not just about taking the easy road; it’s called taking the hard road. Commercially it hasn’t been the smoothest ride for the record company or other people involved; whatever people expect, we’ll do something else! Whatever the expectation becomes – whether it’s to play this remix or that remix or to produce this or that – whatever it is, we’ll twist it up and do something else.” Likewise, it is these crossover genrebusting tunes that have kept the boys well ahead of their peers in terms of fan appreciation. The folks who love 2ManyDJs, absolutely adore them. In fact, there was a time where it was normal – expected even – to play several different genres of music in the one set. Plenty of it didn’t even make any sense – but that was the appeal. It was a duo’s diversity that not only set them apart but created and forged their legacy. It was their ability and desire to take high risks that elevated them to super-stardom and afforded them the right to stay there. Stephen recounts: “the whole mixing thing - I’ve always been like that. I remember when I got my first stereo deck I would get intros and pause them, and repeat them all the time, and just hit the pause button, I was really into doing all that. And then when hip-hop came along, the first Public Enemy record, and De La Soul, and the Beastie Boys – it really blew my mind because it www.xpressmag.com.au

was exactly what was in my head. Not the rap part, the rhyming part, but the mixing of styles, which was what I grew up on.” So to keep things interesting, the boys have come up with their own take on what is a pretty established idea. “It’s actually an idea that we were working on for a different project but the idea is that while we DJ, we actually show people the actual sleeve of the record, except what we’ve done is animated it and taken about 120 or so across an entire show. We can change them around when we play and we can mix it around – all that sort of thing. When I used to go out, DJs would hold up the sleeve and it’s along the same kind of idea but just multiplied a number of times and placed up onto a screen!” Indeed, it’s not just the record sleeves that have been keeping the lads busy. “We have been working on something like 24 new 2ManyDJs mix tapes or mix hours! We’re going to go online and people will be able to buy them; we’ve been out and about with the live show and released a few new records and remixes here and there.” Yet despite all of this, the boys remain down to earth and mostly humbled by their success. “I’m not going to sit here and pretend to be like Richie Hawtin or something, where like I believe there is a theory and a whole thing,” Stephen says.“I think a DJ is a guy who plays music that people can dance to, and usually you are playing other people’s music, sure your technique sets you apart from other people, but we are not that special, really. It’s about fun. It should not be taken too seriously. All my heroes who were pioneers of electronic music had a great sense of humour, think about Kraftwerk or Aphex Twin or Daft Punk, all these people have applied humour and humility to what they do and how they present themselves. I can’t wait to jam with The Cuban Brothers, they are really funny!” Finally, we digress and get talking about the profound influence of INXS on music in the 1990s. “It’s hard to say which one thing might influence you, but you know what has been a big inspiration for me? It’s the biography of INXS – I’ve read it twice now and whenever I’ve read it, I realised that it’s the coolest, saddest and sexiest story I’ve ever read. It’s completely mesmerising; it’s a mystery too. They were an amazing band and then all of a sudden, people at home didn’t like them because they were too successful and Michael Hutchence was a rock star more than any other. It’s an insane story and I don’t say that in a cynical way.”

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BEST ALBUMS OF 2009 BOB GORDON

MIKE WAFER

DAVID CRADDOCK

JESSICA WILLOUGHBY

THEM CROOKED VULTURES Self-Titled

MARIACHI EL BRONX Self-Titled

ELVIS COSTELLO Secret, Profane and Sugarcane

ROWLAND S. HOWARD Pop Crimes

When I was a teenager a friend taped Led Zeppelin’s Physical Grafitti for me on a cassette. I’d listen to that thing and get lost for hours. This was like that.

2. REGINA SPEKTOR – Far 3. SARAH BLASKO – As Day Follows Night 4. SONIC YOUTH – The Eternal 5. U2 – No Line On The Horizon 6. THE DEAD WEATHER - Horehound 7. MARIANNE FAITHFULL – Easy Come Easy Go 8. BOB EVANS – Goodnight Bullcreek 9. BLACK JOE LEWIS – Tell ’Em What Your Name Is 10. JACK LADDER – Love Is Gone WORST / MOST DISAPPOINTING ALBUM ROBBIE WILLIAMS Reality Killed The Video Star Sometimes you just get the feeling that Robbie Williams has the ability to be so much more than he is. Not this time, however.

DANIELLE MARSLAND

By a fucking mile.

2. JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – The Audacity Of Hype 3. THEM CROOKED VULTURES – Self-Titled 4. MEGADETH – Endgame 5. CAPITAL CITY – Keep It Stupid, Sucker 6. SLAYER – World Painted Blood 7. SUGAR ARMY – Parallels Amongst Ourselves 8. KARNIVOOL – Sound Awake 9. CHAIRLIFT – Does You Inspire You 10. LA ROUX – Self-Titled WORST / MOST DISAPPOINTING ALBUM BLACK EYED PEAS The E.N.D (Energy Never Dies) Well it certainly wasn’t disappointing.

ROBERT PENNEY

Sure there were heaps of bearded lumberjacks making hit-and-miss variations of hip indie-folk this year, but the authenticity of gold-standard lyricist and storyteller Elvis Costello coupled with T-Bone Burnett’s ability to capture every last creek of a phenomenal acoustic bluegrass backing really pushed my buttons.

2. HOWARD ELLIOTT PAYNE – Bright Light Ballads 3. WILCO – Wilco (The Album) 4. BILLY CHILDISH – Archive From 1959: The Billy Childish Story 5. DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE – A Friend Of A Friend 6. THE DECEMBRISTS – The Hazards Of Love 7. THE DEAD WEATHER - Horehound 8. PAUL DEMPSEY – Everything Is True 9. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Working On A Dream 10. THE PREYTELLS – Flood Songs / June Songs

EMMA BERGMEIER

Every once in a while, an artist comes along that just ‘gets’ you. Rowland S. Howard is one of those musicians for me. Every single thing he has been a part of – from The Birthday Party to his collaboration with the lovely Lydia Lunch in Shotgun Wedding and his blooming solo ventures – his music drips with a dark cynicism that is now so obviously Rowland that it just hits you at your core. Not to mention his fondness for those tortured guitar wails and deep, nihilistic bass lines that have become the soundtrack to his life and, I’m sure, many others. That is why Pop Crimes is my favourite album of 2009, because Rowland speaks to me like no one else can.

2. DINOSAUR JR – Farm 3. COLD CAVE – Love Comes Close 4. JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – The Audacity of Hype 5. PISSED JEANS – King Of Jeans 6. CATTLE DECAPITATION – The Harvest Floor 7. RAISED FIST – Veil of Ignorance 8. CONVERGE – Axe to Fall 9. WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – Black Cascade 10. MUNICIPAL WASTE – Massive Aggressive WORST / MOST DISAPPOINTING ALBUM IMMORTAL All Shall Fall

THE XX Self-Titled

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Merriweather Post Pavilion

Four 20-something UK students who went to music school with Hot Chip make good with heartbreaking, whispered ditties; super subtle electronic production and more reverb than you could poke a stick at.

With a kaleidoscope of hazy sounds met with Beach Boys-style summery melodies, Merriweather Post Pavilion’s January release set an early benchmark few could follow, let alone better.

2. NEON INDIAN - Psychic Chasms 3. METRIC - Fantasies 4. HOT CHIP - One Life Stand 5. PHOENIX - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix 6. GRIZZLY BEAR - Veckatimest 7. GIRLS - Girls 8. DARREN SYLVESTER - Darren Sylvester 9. MODERAT - Moderat 10. HORSE MEAT DISCO - Horse Meat Disco

2. DIRTY PROJECTORS - Bitte Orca 3. KASABIAN - Oracular Spectacular 4. THE DEAD WEATHER - Horehound 5. THE HORRORS - Primary Colours 6. ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS - The Crying Light 7. PHOENIX - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix 8. MADNESS - The Liberty of Norton Folgate 9. LA ROUX - Self-Titled 10. PASSION PIT - Manners

WORST / MOST DISAPPOINTING ALBUM

WORST / MOST DISAPPOINTING ALBUM

HOT CHIP A Bugged Out Mix

MICHAEL BUBLÉ Crazy Love

After 2007’s amazing DJ Kicks album, where Hot Chip programmed everything from Black Devil Disco Club to Joe Jackson to Ray Charles, they get lost in techno tunnel vision with Bugged Out.

The whole decade belonged to Simon Cowell and 2009 seemed the worst for inoffensive, lightweight cover versions and dishwater-dull X-Factor balladry. With the cringe-worthy Crazy Love, Bublé may as well have been an overnight reality TV star since he once again played the poor man’s Frank Sinatra card, only without the cool Mafia ties.

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CAMERA OBSCURA My Maudlin Career

First of all, I really like Immortal. They went out on a high note with 2002’s Son Of Northern Darkness and I was one among many that were a tad keen to hear that the band had reunited. And, of course, the prospect of a new album. But when I finally got it, I just did not think it was worth the wait. With seven years behind them, I had this feeling the album was going to be a momentous return - but it was actually a whimper of what it should have been. That is why it is my most disappointing album of 2009, because if you are going to reunite it should be for a damn good reason and the fruits should reflect that.

After a three year hiatus, Camera Obscura returned with a stellar album in 2009, full of sweet melodies and beautiful instrumentation, definitely worth the wait.

2. THE WHITEST BOY ALIVE – Rules 3. KINGS OF CONVENIENCE Declaration Of Dependence 4. ANDREW BIRD – Noble Beast 5. LA ROUX – Self-Titled 6. BOB EVANS – Goodnight, Bull Creek! 7. PHOENIX - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix 8. THEM CROOKED VULTURES – SelfTitled 9. PASSION PIT - Manners 10. METRIC – Fantasies WORST / MOST DISAPPOINTING ALBUM JOHN MAYER Battle Studies After Continuum (2006) I thought John Mayer must finally be over churning out pop songs for the charts but Battle Studies is just forgettable fodder for commercial radio stations. The lyrics are rubbish and the catchy riffs are few. Poo poo!

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA Mean Everything To Nothing

WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS The Sparrow & The Crow

I had never heard of Manchester Orchestra before 2009. I picked up Mean Everything To Nothing from the office with absolutely zero expectations, and was immediately drawn in by their raw and genuine energy. With simple structures backed up by brilliant dynamics, Mean Everything To Nothing captures a spark that most bands snuff out with digital trickery. It’s this honesty that, for me, propels Mean Everything To Nothing above any other record of 2009.

Having made an album of songs about his parents’ divorce, Fitzsimmons turns focus on the demise of his own marriage. These tunes are so raw his ex-wife still can’t listen to them from start to finish. This is the musical equivalent of ripping off a scab... and it is nothing short of brilliant.

2. BENJAMIN GIBBARD & JAY FARRAR – One Fast Move Or I’m Gone 3. THE DUKE & THE KING – Nothing Gold Can Stay 2. CONVERGE – Axe To Fall 4. ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS – The 3. THRICE – Beggars Crying Light 4. ALEXISONFIRE – Old Crows / Young 5. WHY – Eskimo Snow Cardinals 6. CYMBALS EAT GUITARS – Why 5. EVERY TIME I DIE – New Junk There Are Mountains Aesthetic 6. POISON THE WELL – The Tropic Rot 7. DANIEL JOHNSTON – Is And Always Was 7. TAKING BACK SUNDAY – New 8. THE MOUNTAIN GOATS – The Life Again Of The World To Come 8. BREAK EVEN – The Bright Side 9. APRICOT RAIL – Apricot Rail 9. CURSIVE – Mama, I’m Swollen 10. PASTELS/TENNISCOATS – Two 10. BRAND NEW - Daisy Sunsets WORST / MOST DISAPPOINTING ALBUM GRINSPOON Six To Midnight Perennial disappointments Grinspoon are a band who clearly have what it takes to write a good record. Problem is, they’ve forgotten how to do it. I expected Six To Midnight to be just as bad as their last few releases, however, opener Dogs suggested that Grinspoon had bucked the trend and were back on the horse. Unfortunately, their return was shortlived, as the rest of the album is completely shit. Fuck you crystal meth.

WORST / MOST DISAPPOINTING ALBUM SPIRAL STAIRS The Real Feel Spiral Stairs is clearly hell-bent on pissing all over his legacy by squeezing out utter tripe like this. If this kind of uninspired shit is the best that Spiral Stairs is capable of coming up with, then maybe I could join fucking Pavement.

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THEM CROOKED VULTURES Self-Titled This all-star cast of classic and contemporary stoner legends have out done themselves in surely one of the best alternative rock albums of the year. It’s my personal favourite because it rocks out with balls and integrity but it also has masterful songwriting featured all the way through. Warning – highly addictive.

2. SEPULTURA - A-lex 3. SLAYER - World Painted Blood 4. SUGAR ARMY – Parallels Amongst Ourselves 5. LAMB OF GOD – Wrath 6. WORMHOLE – Building Miscellaneous Windows 7. MUMFORD & SONS - Sigh No More 8. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - I Told You I Was Freaky 9. MASTODON – Crack The Skye 10. KASABIAN – The West Pauper Lunatic Asylum WORST / MOST DISAPPOINTING ALBUM JET Shaka Rock I would rather eat wet bread with a hobo than listen to this album in its entirety. Like their cash-cow counterparts,Wolfmother, there is obvious mass attraction toward these bands but that’s about the best thing I can say for Jet’s disgustingly boring Rock and Wolfmother’s stinky Egg. This is the album I would use to ‘soft torture’ prisoners with in Guantanamo Bay, while I pour concrete in my ears. This unbearably clichéd band would flush even Bin Laden out of a cave. www.xpressmag.com.au

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RAW APPEAL?

If you’ve ever fancied getting behind the mic to try your hand at some stand-up comedy, now’s your chance to take the plunge, as the Raw Comedy Competition has just opened entries for their 2010 program. Raw is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s annual hunt for Australia’s best undiscovered comedians, with heats taking place around the country. During January, heats will be held at the Charles Hotel’s Comedy Lounge in North Perth, with one lucky comedian being flown to Melbourne to compete in the national final a little later in the year. Entries are open to anyone who has earned less than $500 from performing comedy. All that is required is five minutes of new, original comedy material, whether that is stand up, sketch or musical comedy. Emerging comedians can enter online at rawcomedy.com.au.

Tom Jones

2009 Revelation Perth International Film Festival feature Cigarette Girl

READY FOR A REVELATION

The much loved Revelation Perth International Film Festival is calling for budding film-makers to submit their short films, narrative features, animations, and documentaries for the Festival’s 2010 program. The folks at Revelation welcome submissions from all film makers, in all styles, lengths, and on all subjects. If you’re not sure whether your film would be at home on the Revelation bill, jump online to revelationfilmfest.org and check out entries from the 2009 program. Entries close on Friday, April 9, 2010, with Revelation 2010 taking place from Thursday, July 8, ’til Sunday, July 18.

SEX BOMB

The man, the sex-bomb, Tom Jones is making his way to WA to perform an explosive set at A Day On The Green at Sandalford Wines in the Swan Valley. Come Sunday, March 14, Jones will take to the stage at A Day On The Green to bust out classics such as She’s A Lady, It’s Not Unusual, and What’s New Pussycat. Hailing from South Wales, Jones is renowned for his passionate performances, vocal power and charismatic stage presence. Catch Jones performing classic hits plus tracks from his latest album 24 Hours, with support from David Campbell, at A Day On The Green. Tickets are on sale now from adayonthegreen.com.au.

LATIN VIBES

Not sure where to spend New Year’s Eve? If a night of Latin grooves at Kulcha sounds like your cup of tea, don’t miss out on tickets to Buena Vista 2010, Kulcha’s massive New Year’s Eve celebration. Taking place on Thursday, December 31, from 7pm ’til 2am, Buena Vista 2010 will feature performances from Colmena featuring Juan Castro, Fernando Coron, Omar Rivera, Pedro Vasquez, and many more. Tickets are $55 pre sale, or $60 on the door, which includes catering by Juancho’s Mexican Cuisine. Tickets are on sale now from kulcha.com.au and (08) 9336 4544.

2009 Raw Comedy winner Michael Workman

THE CIRCUS OF LIFE

Preparations are well underway for the 2010 West Australian Circus Festival, a celebration of performance taking place at Karridale, which is 30kms south of Margaret River, from Monday, January 4, ’til Monday, January 25. The 22 day Festival will see circus students of all ages learning the secrets behind professional performers’ skills, with demonstrations from a range of celebrated artists. Confirmed artists include The Pitts, The Leaping Loonies, The Cloghoppers, Tumble Circus, The Barons Of Tang and Circus Trick Tease. To find out more and for info on how to get involved, head to lunarcircus.com.

The Darling Buds Of May

OH, DARLING

The Little Creatures Loft will be transformed into a 1940s style lounge in coming weeks for a New Year’s Eve party unlike any other. On Thursday, December 31, the loft will host a ravishingly retro evening, featuring performances from some of WA’s most swinging acts. Catch Earl Cole performing Sinatra classics, original compositions from the Darling Buds Of May, and sets from DJs Paul Malone and Moogy. 1940s style cocktail food will be on offer at the beginning of the night, with an array of beverages available behind the bar to compliment the tasty morsels. Doors open at 6pm with limited tickets available on the door. If you don’t want to miss out on the party, secure your early bird ticket for $35 plus booking fee from Heatseeker. Little Creatures is located at 44 Mews Road in Fremantle.

PHENOMENAL HANDCLAP BAND Count Me In

There have only been a few bands in history who have managed to make counting fun; the Pointer Sisters with their contagiously catchy Pinball Number Count for Sesame Street, Blind Melon’s Three Is The Magic Number; and in 2009, another band joins the ranks – the Phenomenal Handclap Band with 15 to 20. EMMA BERGMEIER finds out more about these curious hand-clappers ahead of their set at Southbound. Down the line from snowy North America comes the voice of the Phenomenal Handclap Band’s Daniel Collás,a producer and songwriter extraordinaire, with much more on his mind than just counting. “I’m visiting my family up in the northern region of the United States, what we like to call New England. It was just my birthday so they’re having a little belated birthday celebration here.” Though he’s currently stuck up in the Northern Hemisphere, Collás and his hand-clapping colleagues have their sights set on their first ever voyage Down Under for Southbound in 2010. “ We’re really super excited,” he says with genuine enthusiasm ahead of the band’s trip to Australia. “And it’s going to be summer down there too right? Damn, I can’t wait! We’re going to be coming from New York where it’s cold, and we’re going to be there for New Year’s, which will be amazing!” Though Collás and his band mates are excited about their impending adventure to the Southern Hemisphere, they can’t help but be a bit concerned about the accommodation that awaits them, because their touring experiences to date have taught them that the only way promoters tend to house a band consisting of eight musicians is to whack them all in a stinky hostel. “ The whole crew is coming [to Southbound] – there’s eight of us and we travel surprisingly well together. Everyone always wants to k now what that ’s like and I would assume the same thing, that with that number of people travelling together, it would be fraught with all kinds of grievances and ego problems. There’s 24

certain things that we get frustrated about like sometimes accommodations aren’t quite how we’d like them. Like in London recently we all stayed in a hostel, so there were nine of us including our tour manager in one room. That was rough! That was humbling to say the least!”

Good thing the folks at Sunset Events know how to pamper touring musos… “Really? Is that true?” he asks curiously. “I’d rather just not have any expectations than have high expectations and get there and find out ‘oh, we usually do that but this time we’ve decided to put you in a hostel’. ”

The Phenomenal Handclap Band

With his mind is at ease about the hotel room that awaits him upon his arrival in Busselton, Collás opens up about the factors that led to the creation of the fantastically named Phenomenal Handclap Band. “We [Sean Marquand and I] had been Djing a lot and I had been playing in bands concurrent with that. The style was different and the climate was different. Playing the records that I was playing, and playing with the bands I was playing with, it wasn’t right – it got frustrating so I was like ‘let’s get into producing and deal with this and try to make records instead of playing live’ – that was my main impetus. I wanted to make records instead of trying to play live in this frustrating musical climate. So from then Sean and I started producing together – we had made the Phenomenal Handclap Band record and once that started taking off it was like ‘alright, well we should put together a band, so we can do this properly’.” Though Collás and Marquand didn’t intend for the Phenomenal Handclap Band to be a live, touring act, the popularity of their self-titled debut caused them to rethink their concept, and figure out how to convert their studio sound to a live show format. “That was only really a concern for the first few shows because there were so many collaborators and things like that, so we were trying to convert or re-create the album as opposed to just letting the live thing be the live thing, which is what it is now. It’s actually consolidated – we have a group and we’re not relying on people who collaborated on the record to appear and work out their schedules or whatever, which we had done in the first few shows. Now it’s an entity unto itself. “ Things have been going really well. Lately it’s been about the live shows because we’ve been doing a lot of touring behind this record. People are still saying and writing really nice things about the record.” And we’re sure the nice reports will continue to flow in once the band hits our shores. Hittin’ the town since 1985


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Directed by Guy Ritchie Starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

reluctance to get on the floor and show us those moves he’s known for. With the king of British crime cinema behind the Nikon, this should’ve been a very Harry Potter may sit at the kids’ table, and Sherlock exciting, very ‘different’ take on Holmes, but instead Holmes may be seated on the ever-so-alluring it’s simply a mostly enjoyable, camp romp from ‘adult’ table, but they’re both partaking in the a crowd that’s seemingly hired someone they’re ostensibly a little afraid of! same dish. Having said that, this is still a fun film Director Guy Ritchie’s cinematic take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 18th Century sleuth - like and if you don’t head into it expecting to see your Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and Martin typically brilliant Guy Ritchie movie, then you’ll Campbell’s Casino Royale - offers the film series likely have a blast. And the film will likely please a much needed facelift (the last Sherlock Holmes both purists and newcomers to the world of the movie I recall was the ’80s blunder Without A Clue, 221b Baker Street inhabitant, too. It is faithful to with Michael Caine as Holmes, and Ben Kingsley its legendary source material - the mystery is well as Watson) – and it’s mostly a success, but not thought out, the roles of Holmes and Watson necessarily because of a super-tight, imaginative are pretty much what we know and expect script or whiz-bang direction. In fact, both the script (well, everything but the ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’ line made it into the movie) but it offers and the direction leave a lot to be desired. Here’s all you need to know: Robert something extra for those who mightn’t otherwise Downey Jr is the bohemian freelance detective; be interested in a Holmes movie – like high-flying Jude Law is his straight-laced but dependable stunts, numerous fight scenes, some cheeky friend and partner, Dr. John Watson. Their latest humour and an element of the supernatural. It sounds like there’s a lot in the film, case? Track down the villainous Blackwood (seen recently in Ritchie’s RocknRolla) who has doesn’t it? A mystery with supernatural elements, ‘risen from the grave’ to take out the members fight scenes, camp humour, romance and of an underground organisation that Holmes superheroes? Well, there is. But that might also be has – no surprise – infiltrated. Joining in on the its cause of unhurried crumble – the film should’ve hunt for Blackwood is green-eyed bandit Irene stuck to the one solid tone, instead of playing with Adler (Rachel McAdams), the only woman ever to several, because you’re never quite sure what type have bested Holmes and who has maintained a of film you’re watching. Still, with fabulous turns by Jude Law, tempestuous relationship with the detective. You wouldn’t know this is a Guy Ritchie Rachel McAdams, and Mark Strong supporting film. None of his trademarks are here. And most of him, Downey Jr’s first adventure as Sherlock the energy you’ll find in his previous films has been Holmes is still a success. Let’s just hope Warner exorcised in favour of a much slower pace. That’s don’t retain Ritchie’s services for the sequel, not if probably a problem with the fun but forgettable they don’t plan on letting him off the leash. script by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony _ CLINT MORRIS Peckham and Simon Kinberg, but also Ritchie’s

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NOWHERE BOY Meet The Beatle Directed by Sam Taylor Wood with his mates, and constantly at odds with Starring Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, his teachers. In the wake of a tragic death, this David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff adolescent suddenly finds himself confronted by a mother he never really knew he had. What kinds of influences lay behind the Much to Mimi’s disgust, Lennon sets consistently brilliant output of John Lennon about coming to terms with his biological mother. right up until his untimely death at the hand of Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) is a flighty, free-spirited Mark Chapman? At first thought, there are some woman not too far removed from her son’s own obvious answers in the music that dominated circumstances. She adores dancing and music, Lennon’s youth – the likes of Elvis and Screamin’ and relishes the opportunity to tear herself away Jay Hawkins come to mind. But Lennon also from her young family and party on with her near spent a lifetime rebelling against the mainstream, adult son. She also works hard to foster Lennon’s within and without The Beatles. Where did all that burgeoning interest in playing the music that he start? Lennon’s half-sister, Julia Baird shed some so loves; an interest that Mimi gradually learns more light on this issue in her memoir, Imagine that she will have to cater to. This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon, For a first film, this is quite an a work recently adapted by screenwriter Matt extraordinary effort on the part of Sam Taylor Greenhalgh and director Sam Taylor Wood into Wood, whose previous short film, Love You More, the latter’s debut feature film, Nowhere Boy. was a very entertaining look at a boy’s first sexual As the film opens, we learn that Lennon experience fuelled by The Buzzcocks. All of the has been raised by his dour, Protestant Aunt Mimi performances in Nowhere Boy are excellent, from (Kristin Scott Thomas), and this is the first hint at Kristin Scott Thomas’s highly strung Mimi, and what the teenager might have been rebelling Anne-Marie Duff’s Peter Pan-ish Julia, to Aaron against. At home, Lennon finds respite in his Johnson’s superbly conflicted Lennon. This is a relationship with Mimi’s more relaxed husband fascinating insight into the origins of one of the George (David Threlfall), who secretly enjoys most familiar lives of the 20th Century. provoking his wife. At school, Lennon is a dreamer _ TIM MILFULL and a ratbag, flirting with the girls, fooling around

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MCCUBBIN: LAST IMPRESSIONS 1907-17 Colour My World

McCubbin: Last Impressions 1907-17 is on display at the Art Gallery Of Western Australia ’til Monday, March 29, 2010. Entry is $12 for adults, $8 for concessions, $6 for children 16 years and under. Those with an interest in Australian art are likely to be familiar with the work of renowned painter Frederick McCubbin, but to date, exhibitions featuring McCubbin’s beautiful bush and cityscapes have tended to focus on his earlier works, overlooking his stunning creations post 1907. McCubbin: Last Impressions 1907-17 focuses on this oft neglected portion of McCubbin’s creative life, a period when the Melbourne born painter ventured abroad, which had a huge impact on his artistic style. National Gallery of Australia curator Anna Gray explains why Last Impressions came to be. “During his lifetime, in 1955 when he had his first retrospective, and even in the more recent retrospectives, people had said ‘McCubbin’s last works are his best’ but they had never been put together for people to be able to see and to evaluate. We’ve gathered 25 works from private collections for the exhibition, works that have

hardly ever been seen before, so it’s an opportunity for people to see this artist becoming really experimental and adventurous, and painting wonderful images of the Australian landscape.” Though McCubbin and his artistic peers were considered to be quite revolutionary in their style by Australian standards, a voyage to Europe in 1907 opened McCubbin’s eyes, encouraging the then 52 year old to be more experimental with colour, light and paint application. “In 1907 he travelled abroad for the first time and he had two experiences, one was seeing the work of people like Turner, Constable and the French Impressionists like Monet, and this blew him away because he’d known those artists’ work through black and white reproductions, but seeing the works in reality for the first time was just amazing for him,” reveals Gray. “It had a dramatic impact on him in that he realised he had to put more light and more colour into his painting. The year after he returned he wrote to Tom Roberts and said ‘we’ve been too timid in the past!’ and that was quite amazing, because he, Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Charles Condor had been the revolutionaries.” McCubbin’s journey to Europe shaped

Frederick McCubbin Collins Street 1915 oil on canvas on cardboard 25 x 35.3 cm Geelong Gallery, Victoria HP Douglass Bequest Fund, 1945

the way he painted in the later years of his life, with pieces such as Violet and gold (1911) featuring a more vibrant array of colours than his earlier works, and Collins Street (1915) demonstrating the French Impressionist’s impact on his technique and subject matter. Much like his voyage to Europe, the wounding of McCubbin’s son at Gallipoli in 1914 had a significant impact on the artist, causing the painter to scale down his work to raise funds for the war effort, as Gray reveals. “They had an impact on him very much in that, I think, the grief and the worry about his son probably caused his rather premature death. He and Annie, his wife, were very much involved in fundraising for the war effort. He painted little oil

sketches on gum leaves which were sold to raise money for the war effort. So we have two of those in the exhibition so people can see that aspect of his life. They’re all re-workings of his major canvases into little paintings.” For fans of McCubbin, Last Impressions is a must-see, and even for the uninitiated, a visit to the exhibition is an enjoyable and interesting one, revealing much about life in Australia at the turn of the century. X-Press has 10 double passes to McCubbin: Last Impressions to giveaway, to win email win@ xpressmag.com.au with ‘McCubbin’ in the subject line. _EMMA BERGMEIER

MOVIES BY BURSWOOD Cinema With Charitable Appeal Over the last few years a bunch of outdoor cinemas have sprung up around Perth, allowing cinema lovers to get their film fix under the stars during Summer. One such outdoor cinema is Movies By Burswood, a volunteer run organisation that donates all its profits to youth charities that seek to improve the lives of children and young adults. Now in its ninth year of operation, Movies By Burswood has raised $1.6 million for charities cumulatively, with $601,000 raised in 2009. The 2010 season of Movies By Burswood is now underway, with plans to donate this year’s profits to Riding For The Disabled, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Noah’s Ark Toy Library and Wheelchairs For Kids. Here’s a rundown of some of the films on offer this season; pick your favourites, organise a picnic basket or two, and enjoy nights at Movies By Burswood with friends while supporting important charitable organisations. For more information on Movies By Burswood, jump online to moviesbyburswood.com.au.

Saturday, January 9, 2010, Mao’s Last Dancer and The Time Traveller’s Wife Get two films for the price of one on Saturday, January 9, when Movies By Burswood hosts a special double screening of Mao’s Last Dancer and The Time Traveller’s Wife. Directed by Bruce Beresford, Mao’s Last Dancer is the film adaption of Li Cunxin’s autobiography, telling the tale of how Li overcame all odds to pursue a career in ballet. As the title suggests, The Time Traveller’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show Wife focuses on a couple who try to maintain a stable relationship despite a rare genetic disorder Friday, February 19, 2010, The Rocky Horror that sends one of them back in time at sporadic Picture Show Couples Retreat intervals. Make your way to Movies By Burswood on Friday, February 19, for a midnight screening of cult classic, Monday, December 28, 2009, Couples Retreat The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Film fans planning Instead of spending the Boxing Day holiday stuck to head along to this special 35th anniversary in front of the television, head out into the cool night air for a screening of romantic comedy screening are encouraged to dress up as their Couples Retreat. Starring Vince Vaughn, Jason favourite Rocky Horror character, and prepare for Bateman, Faizon Love, Jon Favreau, Kristen Bell and a night of reckless abandon. Gates open at 11pm, Kristin Davis, Couples Retreat follows four couples bar closes at 12am. All funds raised from this on a tropical holiday where therapy sessions aren’t screening will be donated to the Perth Inner City Mao’s Last Dancer optional. Gates open at 6.30pm, film at 8pm. Youth Service.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? Sex & The Country

HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE NOWHERE BOY PREVIEW The Astor Wednesday, December 16, 2009 It was a pretty special night at The Astor last Wednesday, with a screening of the new John Lennon biopic, Nowhere Boy, preceded by a live celebration of the man’s music. A supergroup made up of members of Sun Orchestra, Jebediah, Red Jezebel and End Of Fashion regaled the audience with renditions of tunes such as Julia, Ticket To Ride and Tomorrow Never Knows, while the cheekily dubbed group The Lennonheads saw members of Eskimo Joe, The Chemist, The Avenues, Bob Evans Band and various passers-by roll through solo material such as (Just Like) Starting Over, Jealous Guy, Nobody Told Me and Instant Karma. Great songs delivered with a lot of love ended up being a great entrée to a film about the life of the great man. The Astor has some excellent musical events coming up, including Cat Power on Wednesday, January 6; Peaches on Monday, February 1, and Marianne Faithfull’s performance for the Perth International Arts Festival on Wednesday, February 10. For more, head to www.liveattheastor.com.au.

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Directed by Marc Lawrence plot unfold in the same way it always does. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant, The leads, Parker and Grant, have certainly Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen decided that sticking to the familiar is best. He plays the stammering, slightly sleazy Let’s play a game of Hollywood multiple but ultimately adorable English chap he’s choice to see if you can figure the key plot been playing in movies since the early ’90s, elements of Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh while she, with a few alterations, effectively Grant’s new romantic comedy. reprises her role as Sex & The City’s Carrie Are you ready? Paul and Meryl Bradshaw. Morgan, an estranged couple of (a) New Again, this is not a bad thing. Hugh York professionals; (b) Florida retirees; (c ) Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker are both jewel thieves are forced to go on the run delightful, and you could do a lot worse than when they (a) discover a terrorist plot; (b) spend 103 minutes in their company. Sam witness a mob hit; (c) find out the real secret Elliott and Mary Steenburgen also fare okay recipe for The Colonel’s fried chicken. While as the Wheelers, US marshals who welcome in hiding (a) in a small Wyoming town; (b) Paul and Meryl into their home and provide on a cruise ship full of sassy gay men; (c) on them with big fry-up breakfasts and country Mars, they fall in love all over again by means wisdom. So you really can’t fault the cast at of adversity and culture shock, and have to all. work together to stop (a) Simon Cowell; (b) a Elements of the plot are a little scar-faced assassin; (c) a talking dog; before cringe-worthy, though, like the scene he kills them both. If you guessed b, c, b and where Parker tries and fails to milk a cow, a, you might have something fantastic on the endless redneck stereotypes, and the your hands. The correct answer, though, is a, running gags about grizzly bear repellent b, a, b. Duh. (you know what they say – if there’s a thing I’m not saying that Morgans is of grizzly bear repellent above the mantel bad, just very predictable. Sometimes, piece in act one, chances are there’ll be a predictable is good in a romantic comedy. grizzly bear running amok in act three). If Sometimes, when it’s raining of you have you can overlook things like this, Morgans is the flu or someone’s just broken up with all right; just don’t tell anyone I said that. you, it can be really nice to sit on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, and watch a familiar _ ALASDAIR DUNCAN Hittin’ the town since 1985


Summer, upstairs gallery, Little Creatures Brewery, 40 Mews Road, Fremantle Love it or hate it, summer is here to stay for a few months at least. Ten emerging Australian artists and designers share their feelings about the warmer months in Summer, an exhibition that demonstrates the division between those who love the sun and those who cower from it. The artists cross multiple disciplines including digital painting, photography and illustration. Collaborations from Forks Open Doors, and Mitchell & Dent will be showcased alongside new works from individual artists, photographers and designers including Simon Boxer, Rebecca Lee, Jessica Singh, Nick Lowe, Luci Everett and Yolanda Stapleton. Exhibition runs ’til Monday, February 1. Exposed! The Story Of Swimwear, WA Museum – Maritime, Victoria Quay, Fremantle. As a nation of swimmers it’s not surprising Australia played, and continues to play, such a key role in swimwear innovation and design. A new exhibition at the Western Australian Museum – Maritime shows how Australian designers and swimming stars have been central figures in the evolution of the modern swimsuit, helping to blur the boundaries between underwear and outerwear. Exposed! The Story Of Swimwear is an Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition and draws on the museum’s extensive collection of historical swimwear to explore how the modern swimsuit changed bathing into swimming and helped redefine perceptions of the body. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, February 7.

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The High Priestess by Jessica Singh

Arkhana!, Little Creatures Brewery, 40 Mews Road, Fremantle. Perth born illustrator Jessica Singh presents her second solo exhibition, Arkhana!, an exploration of her Indian heritage, with concepts of fate, time and change. Inspired by vintage Indian comic books and taking visual clues from mystical tarot cards, Arkhana! explodes with passion, colour and feminine fury. Singh is a recent graduate of the Graphic Design course at Central Saint Martins College in London, and has had her designs featured on Kit Cosmetics’ product packaging. Exhibition runs ’til Monday, February 1.

The Taming Of The Shrew, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth. Shakespeare WA has announced the return of the ever-popular Shakespeare In The Park series in 2010, kicking off the season with a 1960s style production of The Taming Of The Shrew. This popular comedy is certain to delight audiences of all ages as its thematic battle of the sexes makes it as pertinent today as it was when written 400 years ago. After the success of last year’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the hilarious team of Sam Longley, Glenn Hall, and Will O’Mahoney (Equity Best Newcomer Award for 2009) will be returning to Shakespeare WA to play the roles of Grumio, Hortensio and Tranio. Season opens on Saturday, January 9, and runs ’til Saturday, February 6. Bookings can be made through BOCS.

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Lloyd Triestino, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle. From Sydney-based artist Newell Harry comes an exhibition about heritage, place and memor y. Travelling by sea and pregnant with Harry, Ginny Green travelled to Australia via Fremantle in 1971. The following year, she returned to WA to marry one of two identical twins in a double wedding, where both would marry ‘coloured’ South African women. Harry ’s fascination with history, story and language has formed the basis for his exhibition. An avid collector, Harry presents his band of objects and images which recall memories in a gentle narrative of family and place. D e s p i te i t s h i g h l y p e r s o n a l subject, Lloyd Triestino is an exhibition concerned with the universal nature of destiny and chance. Set against the backdrop of a 1970s Western Australia, Harry creates a collection of curios which speak of broader changes underway in Australian society in the seventies. E x h i b i t i o n r u n s ’t i l S u n d ay, January 24.

Margaret Priest: An Artist’s Life, Holmes à Court Gallery, 1/11 Brown Street, East Perth. Margaret Priest was one of the foremost figures in post-war art in Western Australia. Given Perth’s cultural isolation from mainstream Australian art in the early 1960s, she was the first sculptor to introduce modernist ideas and became an important link to contemporary European practice at that time. She played a prominent part in Perth’s aesthetic development between 1950 and 1980, creating an important body of work, much of it in high profile public positions throughout the city. Her Pioneer Woman is the centerpiece of the public space in Kings Park. Margaret Priest: An Artist’s Life includes sculptures, associated drawings and photographs, coins, medallions and recent paintings. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, February 7.

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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 his marriage to Effie. James leaves his bride and his friends and follows the sylph into a mystical forest. To bind him to this creature forever he accepts a magic shawl from the witch Madge. When he puts it around the sylph’s shoulders however, her wings fall off and she dies. Season opens on Wednesday, January 13, and runs ’til Saturday, January 16. Bookings can be made through BOCS. The Sapphires, Playhouse Theatre, 3 Pier Street, Perth. Black Swan Theatre Company invites you to meet the McCrae sisters – four gorgeous singers from country New South Wales whose biggest dream is to become as famous as their Motown idols. It is 1969, and their Supremes cover band is performing in St Kilda’s Tiki Club when the sisters are spotted by a talent scout. Soon they are dreaming of fame, fortune and glamorous international careers. Instead, these Koori divas find themselves in the war zone of Vietnam, entertaining the troops. Season opens on Saturday, January 23, and runs ’til Wednesday, February 10. Bookings can be made through BOCS.

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Jewellery designer Jessica Jubb has just delivered her latest creations to boutiques around Perth, combining new and old materials in the form of quirky earrings, necklaces and rings. The pieces demonstrate Jubb’s fascination with found objects and unexpected materials, featuring spoons and other odds and ends. Discover Jubb’s designs at Form (357 Murray Street, Perth), Planet (corner Walcott and Beaufort Streets, Mount Lawley) and Distracted (324 Oxford Street, Leederville).

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Located at 4/513 Hay Street in Subiaco, TCB is Perth’s newest premium streetwear and fashion boutique, sure to whet the shopping appetite of fashionable folk who aren’t slaves to trends. The TCB store space is kitted out with heaps of awesome retro relics, including a sitdown arcade machine from the ’70s, and a wall of lollies to rival Willy Wonka’s candy collection. Stocking Vans, Stussy, RVCA, Levis, Keds, Supra, Rebel 8, Lacoste, Bebe, Sass, Nookie, IDS, Luxe and sunglasses from Anon, TCB is a one-stop-shop for skaters, sneaker freakers, and everyone in between. Check out TCB from 10am to 6pm Mondays to Wednesdays, 10am to 9pm on Thursdays, and 10am to 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays. To find out more, check out the TCB Facebook page, or give the store a buzz on (08) 9381 9034.

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The man behind Quantic, The Quantic Soul Orchestra and the Limp Twins, AKA Will Holland, will be bringing his extremely rare and very large record collection to The Manor for his first ever DJ set in Perth, in the new year. With a unique mix of deep funk, Columbian salsa, hip hot, Afrobeat and more, Quantic is one of the tastemakers of the game, and you won’t want to miss out on his mad selections, so get your ticket early. $30 plus booking fee from funkclub. com.au, heatseeker.com.au, Planet and Mills. Friday, January 8, at the Manor. Doors open 8pm.

LUPE THE LUPE Undisputed American rhyme genius Lupe Fiasco is bringing his live show to Perth next year, with his new LP set to hit in early 2010, too. First coming to our attention via his starring stint on Kanye West’s 2004 track Touch The Sky, Lupe’s now got two Grammy nominated albums to his name - 2006’s Food & Liquor and last year’s critically-acclaimed LP The Cool. Lupe hits the stage with his amazing live band, 1500 or Nothin’, with support from Melbourne’s Phrase, whose huge LP of this year, Clockwork, has won him plenty of fans recently, as well as Lowrider. Tuesday, February 23, Metro City, Perth. 18 +. Tickets now available from Moshtix (1300 GET TIX or www.moshtix.com.au), Ticketek (132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au), 78 Records, and BOCS.

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TO THE MANOR BORNE To make sure you don’t end up stuck on New Year’s Eve at a bad party, a gig you’re not digging, or without room to dance, or broke from spending too much on fancy events tickets? The Manor and Think Twice are throwing a bit of a shindig that’ll have you sorted for a goodtime faster than you can say ‘Happy New Year’: NYE at The Manor. Head on down to the Manor on Thursday, December 31, to catch DJ Manchild from Melbourne, MC NFA (1200 Techniques), local outfit Paper Plane Project (live), Selekt, Diger Rokwell, Kit Pop, Sour, Ad Roc and Charlie Bucket ringing in the New Year on the decks behind the Manor’s grand piano. Plus a special surprise guest will be revealed on the evening! Grab your very reasonably priced ticket to NYE At The Manor, for $15 at your nearest Highs and Lows outlet, The Manor and heatseeker.com.au.

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Rise plan to go hard in 2010, kicking off with Hard Wars XIV on New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1. It’s a no holds barred, full on ding dong battle as fourteen LA ROUX SUPPORTS of the best and hardest talent Perth has to offer go We announced a few weeks ago that UK red- head to head in a back to back versus onslaught. Representing hard trance are Delaney headed one-lady wonder La Roux was returning to our shores, this time for a solo show (The Gold and 911, representing hard dance we have Damien Blaze, Clint Scott, Reaktor and Ravix, Tour), and now we’re stoked to hear that she’ll be supported by local Mandurah electro whizz playing for hardstyle will be Hutcho, Mayhem, Techen and Steven Tranzor; with Daze, Rousa, kids Tim & Jean. The Triple J Unearthed finalists got their big break on MySpace this year, where Whiskey and Luminate representing hardcore. Door sales only from 9.30pm. Rise they posted rough demos from jam sessions, including wicked track Come Around. Tim – with members $5 before 11pm, $10 thereafter. Nona background in jazz – plays the keyboard and members $10 before 11pm, $15 thereafter. provides vocals whilst Jean brings the rock on guitar. They’ll no doubt suit La Roux’s stompin’ electro pop very well indeed. Bertie Blackman also supports. Tickets on sale now through Ticketmaster (136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au)or www. heatseeker.com.au.

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Inspired by the electro glitch twists of progressive producers such as Switch, Trevor Loveys and Jesse Rose, LA-based Potty Mouth Music has established itself as an innovative label embracing the newer dirty-quirky union of electro, house and techno, and has since released more than 30 EPs by artists from around the world. Potty Mouth ditches conventional house boundaries, imploring turntable trickery, unconventional loops and straight up fidget into its catalogue of tracks. As owner, CEO and A&R Manager for Potty Mouth Music, James Amato has emerged as one of the dance music industry’s top talents. Catch him showcasing works from the Potty Mouth catalogue and more at Ambar on Monday, January 25. Tickets $15 on the door from 10pm, or presales from the Boomtick SHOP.

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Planet 01 looks to be an unmissable way for Perth trance fans to spend their New Year’s Eve, with an intimidating line up of internationals and locals set to grace the stage at Metro City for this trance spectacular. With half a million dollars’ worth of newly installed sound systems, exclusive projections, plus cutting edge lighting, the evening should also be full of plenty audiovisual magic. Entertaining folks in the main room, all the way from Holland, will be Richard Durand. Originally making his mark as a solo producer with big tech trance bombs such as Make Me Scream and Slipping Away on the Terminal 4 label, the huge success of Durand’s remixes for artists like Tiesto and The Prodigy, have rendered him one of the hottest remixers on the planet, with his tunes constantly getting spun by the likes of Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Judge Jules and Eddie Halliwell. Joining Durand will be Netherlands’ producer Sied Van Riel, tipped last year by DJ Mag as ‘the next big thing to hit trance’, and who recently had much success with his compilation In Riel Time Vol.1. Holland’s Joop, Melbourne’s Trent Mc Dermott, Dr Willis and Jody McLeod, and locals Kenny L, Damien Blaze, Sketchism, Jackness, Progress Inn, Piet El and Jason Creek also play Planet 01. Tickets $50 plus booking fee from www.moshtix.com.au or Moshtix outlets. Doors open 9pm-5am.

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MMM-MALENTE Hailing from the central German town of Malente, the German DJ of the same name is famous for his funky breakbeats, although times of late have seen him move into a sleeker electro sound. With a bucketful of heavy remixes and productions under his belt, Malente’s won the acclaim of DJs like Pete Tong, with his tracks frequently making it into the German Club Charts’ Top 10, taking pole positions for weeks. With releases on A-Trak’s label Fools Gold, Southern Fried and Fabric, he really is a nightlife name you can trust. Malente’s bound to impress when he hits Ambar on Friday, January 15, supported by Boomtick DJs. Doors open 10pm, tickets $20 on the door or guarantee your entry with a presale from the Boomtick SHOP $15 – www.boomtick.com.au.

Since 2004, Breakfest has taken out Best Event at the Perth Dance Music Awards every year running, including this year. It was also recently awarded the Best Value for Money Festival at the Australian Festival Awards. Accolades aside, it’s the combination of beautiful, natural surrounds (The Belvoir Amphitheatre in Perth’s hills) and the star studded international line up that makes this festival one massive high for all involved. And here’s your chance to stretch out the goodtimes that little bit longer, with the announcement of the Official Breakfest Afterparty at Ambar. Last year Utah Saints and MC Dynamite threw down impromptu sets after the big day, and this year potentially anyone on the line up (Stanton Warriors, NAPT, Miles Dyson, Micky Slim, Lady Waks, Elite Force, The Nextmen, etc) might surprise us at the after party. Saturday, December 26. Tickets $10 on the door. Tickets are still available to Breakfest for $83 plus booking fee from www.boomtick.com.au.

SEB’S SOUNDS Since he started his DJ career in the early ‘90s at Alec Empire’s Bass Terror nights, Sebo K has long been a key figure in Berlin’s music community, with major respect headed his way for being one of the first guys to start Berlin’s first UKstyle breakbeat parties. These days, thanks to his releases on the mobilee label, he’s becoming an unstoppable force in the electronic music scene. One of his first tracks for mobilee, Rancho Relaxo—in collaboration with Anja Schneider— was an instant classic, establishing Sebo (as well as the label itself ) as an up-and-coming act worthy of extreme attention. Sebo K’s tracks have appeared on mixes by DJs like M.A.N.D.Y., Richie Hawtin, Steve Bug, Dennis Ferrer, Loco Dice, and Dixon, and he’s just mixed his fourth compilation for infamous club Watergate. Good news for Sebo K fans – he’s headed to Perth as part of his first Australian tour this January, meaning we’ll be some of the first peeps to hear Sebo’s mixes from his Watergate album. He hits Villa in Perth on Tuesday, January 26. Keep glued to Salt for more details to come.

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Felix Da Housecat Born Felix Stallings Jr, Da Housecat had a chance meeting with the legendary DJ Pierre when he was only a teenager, which would change his life forever. Under his guidance, Stallings released his first single as a collaboration with Pierre, Phantasy Girl, back in 1987. After taking some time out from the dance scene to concentrate on his studies, the allure proved too much, and Stalling returned to the production studio and the DJ circuit. Releasing records at a prolific rate during the ‘90s, he hit gold in 2001 with the mainstream crossover album The Kittenz and Thee Glitz. And now, eight years later, He Was King is set to take clubland by storm. “You know what? It was really relaxed putting this album together; I recorded it in the middle of my apartment and did a lot of the mixing in Antwerp, Belgium. So it was the first album where I’ve just felt really loose; I wasn’t really thinking about what people would think, and at the same time I just wanted to pump out some dance tunes, you know?” It’s an album with a great mix; from the ‘80s tinged electro of We All Wanna Be Prince to the dancefloor destroying Kickdrum, which Felix laughingly describes as “nasty booty shiiiit! “ When asked if the reclusive Prince has heard the album, Felix chuckles. “You know what? It’s such a weird situation, because people who know him have told me that he’s heard it, and I think he probably likes it because anything that he hears with his name in it, he sues them. So he hasn’t come after me; that’d be like someone making a song about me and me going after them like, ‘What! You gonna sing about me? Gimme some money, nigger!’ I’m just keeping it real.” “I think it’s still a very underground album,” he croons.” He Was King is just a really raw underground record in the sense that it’s not your mainstream pop-like vibe, you know what I’m saying? At least that’s what I think; I don’t know what people think about it in Australia...” Felix trails off. For those who haven’t heard it, Felix is set to sweat up dancefloors on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Perth. He seems genuinely excited about it as well. “I love Australia bro, and I haven’t been there in about a year now. So I’m really looking forward to coming; I had options to go other places, but in Australia the people are just great, and they made me an offer I just couldn’t refuse,” he laughs. “I’m going to be really tired when I fly over, but it’s going to be worth the trip.” FELIX DA HOUSECAT THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31 @ LEEDERVILLE HOTEL & FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2010 @ CLUB CALYPSO, SALT ON THE BEACH, NORTH FREMANTLE

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LTJ BUKEM PLAYING FOR TODAY LTJ Bukem and drum ‘n’ bass go hand in hand. In a career spanning well over 20 years, he has become a legend within the scene. ANGELA KING checks in with the man behind the moniker, Danny Williamson, before his set at Origin NYE. Music has always been a permanent fixture in Danny Williamson’s life, starting with piano lessons as a child. Williamson recalls the turning point where music became less of a pastime and more an attempted career. “It wasn’t until I had been DJing for nearly 10 years that I even thought it would be possible to have a career doing this, time frame 1983 – 1993. Even so [music] was still something I loved as opposed to thinking this is what I do for a living.” One of the figureheads within the melodious side of the drum ‘n’ bass scene (his music once named ‘intelligent d’n’b – a term the artist has a severe aversion to), Williamson has accomplished much over a career within an admirable time span. It is likely many punters enjoying his music, both on the dance floor and at home, were only just born when Williamson was beginning to make his mark. The artist’s musical sphere of influence has not altered much over the years, and has always been of a timeless nature, enabling it to remain relevant to fans new and old. “I have always loved so many different kinds of music, reggae, soul, jazz, house, hip hop, techno, music from way back to this day and there’s always something in those musics for me. As long as it is music I can play today and still get into in 20 years then it’s for me.” His drive to create music is as strong now as it was in the beginning: “I haven’t been in the studio as much as I would have liked to over the years so the inspiration is always there.” In previous interviews, Williamson revealed he didn’t have time to write music anymore because of other commitments, mainly with his (second) label Good Looking Records. Luckily for fans, with the start of a new year, this is set to change “Recently I’ve been getting back in the studio and next year will be definitely allocating time to do more.” Prioritisation of label before production was unintentional, as Williamson explains “Both are as important as the other but it’s just the way it turned out, especially when I

LTJ Bukem had a lot of artists signed, this took a lot of my time.” The beginning of another decade spells a many new beginnings for the label and Williamson’s own music, “More studio time for me for sure as it’s long overdue, we are also about to sign a digital deal which is also long overdue and generally keeping busy DJing and putting out music” Williamson will be working on Mellow Yellow, a mix series featuring “a more laid back version of d’n’b so not so dance floor.” Trekking from the UK to Australia to help celebrate the end of a decade is all in a day’s work for Williamson, “I guess Australia is about as far as it gets to travel for a set of gigs, but I still think how amazing it is that the music has now spread so far and wide and how much we all travel all around the globe.” He sends a cheeky word of warning to those in charge of sound setup. “Larger gigs I love for the sound systems and playing your music on big rigs, if the turntables are set up right of course!”

LTJ BUKEM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31 @ ORIGIN NYE, STEEL BLUE OVAL, BASSENDEAN

CARL COX LIKE A VIRGIN It’s been a particularly big year for the biggest name in EDM. HARLEY AUGUSTINE takes stock, and discusses with Cox his plans for the summer. After more than twenty years behind the decks, you’d think that Carl Cox would have done just about everything. But, as the 2009 New Year’s party season beckons, so too does a chance for the UK superstar to tick yet another box in an already legendary and illustrious career: the coveted closing set in front of 30,000 happy hedonists at Australia’s biggest EDM festival, Summadayze. “It’s the first Summadayze for me and I’m really, really excited about it”, he chimes. “I’m a Summadayze virgin!” Indeed, this highly anticipated set crowns what has already been yet another huge year for the ever-humble, friendly and down-toEarth Cox. His international tour diary and DJ schedule were typically hectic and varied, he featured in his very own ‘world first’ behind-thescenes documentary (Carl Cox: 24/7) and laid the foundations for a long overdue, much awaited artist album. Throw in preparations for a debut two-disc appearance in Global Underground’s top-selling compilation catalogue and it’s fair to say that 2009 has been a tad busy – but, according to Cox, it’s also been one of the best yet. “I’ve had a really phenomenal year. It’s been absolutely perfect as far as gigs are concerned”, he says. “Obviously with the global financial crisis a lot of people thought that the club scene would take a bit of a dive, but the music has still prevailed and people have still gone out to have a good time and all of the clubs that I’ve played at have been really well attended. So, everything that I’ve done this year – from festivals to clubs – has been great. It’s been a very positive year across the board, I have to say”. 2009 has also seen Cox gear up for a re-launch of his beloved imprint ‘Intec Records’ as a digital-only entity after a three year hiatus. Earmarked for a triumphant return via the web in January, this project has naturally captured the imagination of Cox’s army of fans and industry supporters the world-over. It’s also commanding a wealth of his headspace at present – he wants to get it 100 per cent right this time, he says, and will not be compromising quality for anyone or anything. “I’ve really only just started now to push the label out again as a digital formatted label. I actually didn’t realise the power of what I created

Carl Cox with Intec Records when it first started – and we basically got to 52 releases and unfortunately, the way that people were buying music started changing so we started to take a real kick in the clutches. We couldn’t sell enough vinyl to keep the label running and no matter how great a record was, people just weren’t spending $7.99 on a track anymore. They’ll spend 99c on a download but they wouldn’t spend any more than that on a vinyl record. So, it didn’t work for us, to be honest. We eventually came to a point where our distributors started going down too and that wasn’t helping us. So, for me, I lost about $40,000 and I just said ‘ok, this has to stop!’. So, we stopped the whole things and I thought that it would be really interesting to see if the label was missed – and it really, really was!” he explains. With 2010 just a matter of days away, Cox unequivocally predicts that the planet’s dancefloors are in for more good times and a deluge of even more fresh, innovative sounds. These sounds, he says, have slowly shifted into his own spectrum over the last twelve months and are now poised for global clubbing domination. “Where music is headed right now is perfect for me. It’s groovier, funkier, housier and more tech-house oriented - I just love it. For me, that’s definitely where things are at right now, and so I’ve already signed some new artists that making that sound really, really well”, he says. “It’s great, too, because people are now wanting to listen to the next generation of producers and to get onto the next sound a lot earlier, so it’s great that things are headed that way. 2010 is going to be very cool indeed, I think …”

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JOEY NEGRO CALL HIM DAVE Disco-house pioneer Joey Negro, founder of Z Records and undisputed DJ master and collector of early disco, funk and house classics, speaks to RZ about being a man of many monikers. day! As I finished school, I miffed around for a couple of years cutting records. But I really didn’t know how to make a living off it. Of course I got a job in a record shop and that got me into the clubs in London.” Indeed, music to that point was essentially a hobby. Little would he know that in the years to come, he would spawn a musical legacy that will undoubtedly span more than a generation; “then I started getting paid for it” Joey says. “It was exciting times! I hooked up with a guy in school and got to finance a recording studio. It did come with its frustrations and there were ideas I couldn’t get out.” Of course that changed markedly to the point where Joey is considered a bastion for the most uber-cool of house and disco music nowadays. And while he is humbled by his success, he won’t be drawn on his own importance. “I’m really just a guy who makes music. I don’t ever sit back and think I’m good or whatever! I’m just trying to keep up and listen to other people’s records and their productions. I try to keep up to date with what’s going on and don’t ever want to become complacent – but I also don’t want to sound old fashioned!” So despite his copious production efforts, Joey is also busy running his Z Records labels releasing all manner of works. Everything from jazz and funk features on his records; and Joey Negro he values having colleagues around him to Joey Negro would have to be one of the few bounce ideas off. “You can’t tell if something’s DJs that doesn’t go by his stage name full time going to work until you get it to the mixing – normally you call someone by their real name stage. Sometimes you can start all over if it’s not and they get all confused. But the boys in the working – you can have great lyrics and melody studio wondered who I was talking about when but it may still not gel.” “Basically though, the label is just a I asked for Joey – so I said, ‘Dave Lee’ – and then vehicle for me to release my own music. And the penny dropped for them. The wait was worth it though. Not thankfully, you can make some money out of it only is Joey – I’ll him that for posterity – an as you’re the one releasing it. If you wanna give accomplished musician, DJ, producer, remixer, your music to a decent label, that can still be label boss and entrepreneur – he also doesn’t hard. They think if you don’t wanna release it mind a good chat, which makes it very easy yourself it’s not very good, you know?” to understand just how passionate he is about JOEY NEGRO what he does for a living. “Man, I’ve always loved THE MANY FACES OF JOEY NEGRO: music – ever since I was little boy. I watched Top VOLUME TWO [Z RECORDS] Of The Pops and fancied doing it myself some

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ALY & FILA / Amir Sharara Rise, Northbridge Saturday, December 18, 2009 Young up-and-coming Egyptian DJ Amir Sharara delighted the crowd with his unique style of tech fused trance and with his obvious talent behind the decks; Sharara is a name to watch out for in the coming years. There was an unmistakable air of energized expectation as a late rush of punters clambered up the stairs to catch the beginning of Egyptian trance superstars Aly & Fila. Whilst instigating a mad scramble to the dancefloor, Fadi (Fila) took control of the DJ booth, instilling upon the crowd an unshakeable feeling that the next three hours were going to be something special. There seemed to be some confusion around the club, but as with Trance Energy earlier in the year, only Fadi (Fila) played, and he quickly proceeded to tear a new musical dimension into the trance time continuum. Fadi methodically eased into his set with some light, cruising melodies but this was shattered when Simon Patterson’s aptly named Thump pierced the relative calm with its banging bass lines, sending the dancefloor into overdrive. In doing so, Fadi set the tone for the next three hours; melodic, uplifting trance, interspersed with bass thumping, heart jumping, tech trance mayhem. Fadi dropped a colossal array of some of the greatest trance releases of the past four years, including many from Aly & Fila’s impressive own collection. The euphoric vocal tracks Find Yourself and Everything were greeted by a chorus of punters singing enthusiastically as Fadi conducted his epic symphony from above, surging forth with Kearney & O’Callaghan’s breathtaking masterpiece Exactly, the dancefloor erupted into anarchy. The dust had barely time to settle when the powerful synth laden Ferry Corsten classic Galaxia inspired an animated raising of the arms, many punching the air in approval as its tantalising build up reached its crescendo. Fadi was visibly enjoying himself, encouraging and involving the crowd frequently. The few people who had so far resisted dancing soon found themselves moving and grooving to the irresistible melodies whilst the Rise staff

Hyde Park, Highgate Sunday, December 20, 2009 Lush grass, ice-cold wine, sunshine and funky local based tunes in an iconic park- Sound good? Welcome to Seriously Sound System, a fundraiser for RTRFM. In its sixth year, the hip hop/dance/electronic afternoon moved to Sunday arvo and skipped the blowy rain of last year for a 36 degree day. Additionally the RTR team christened the brand spanking new stage in Hyde Park. Arts Perthonality and RTR superstar Peter Barr, emceed all day and well into the night blessing us with quick wit and tone we’ve all come accustomed to from his long running morning show, Breakfasts with Barr. The overall vibe is hard to describe, but just imagine mixing the best in local acts with an interesting crowd all bound together for their love for the art alternative. Children were spotted break dancing to beat heavy tunes alongside young hipsters getting loose. Sunscreen was a must and shoes were optional for both young and old lounging away a boiling day underneath the shade of ancient trees. Aly A sense of community, deeply rooted (Pic: David Chong) highlighted that you can have fun whilst in Mount Lawley flowed through the day from Mathas’ expertly woven tracks highlighting working! By 3am, the sheer intensity of Fadi’s set local delis to the PAWS for a Meal veggie van, had caused some thinning out of the dance floor serving up delicious curries at bargain basement but after slowing the pace down momentarily, prices. Electronic duo The Transients were allowing exhausted punters a rare moment to catch their breath, the storm returned and kicking in the afternoon, with an appearance from ex Halogen member Jasmine Lee. With return it did with a vengeance when Phillipe El Sisi‘s electrically charged Humble fused each performance, they solidify their status as uplifting, melodic trance with a driving bass line, WA’s electro elite. Mathas kicked off his tape deck set which resulted in the dance floor being swiftly with a Boys II Men classic claiming he must have repopulated to it’s earlier glory. It was only fitting that Aly & Fila used one of his mother’s cassette tapes. As part finished with Lost Language, their monumental of his humours start he charmed the masses 2007 release which saw the dancefloor descend with his easy going personality and creative and into meltdown as the eerily inspiring guitars ozzie specific rhymes. Keep him on the radar; he’s and stunning synth melodies captivated the bound to blow up in 2010. While a laid back event, National extremely satisfied crowd, capping off one of the Band Competition contenders, The Ca greatest trance sets ever to be unleashed upon Campus Perth. If this is the future sound of trance then Brown Horn Orchestra vocalist Rezhide got so caught up in his electric stage show, he failed it has never been in a safer pair of hands! to notice that his bum was on display for most GLEN CANNING of his set. Once he realised, rather than pulling

Lewis Galaga, The Typhoons (Pic: Lisa Businovski) up his pants, he stripped down to his navy jocks and finished the set sans shorts. Dripping in sweat he worked a majority of the crowd into a hyped frenzy. Bar a bum shot punters couldn’t help but keep our eyes locked full frontal. Paper Chain producer Naik brought back the Sunday arvo vibe, reminding punters that lounging on a picnic blanket was practically mandatory. Their set was a textured journey that illustrated that vocals can be truly optional. Monday Full Frequency presenters, Micha and Ben Mac brought us out a the Sunday daze and into a fresh set of funky trip hop, inspiring many off their blankets to move with the groove on the refreshing mushy grass. Multiple award winning collective The Typhoons took the stage to close off a picturesque fundraiser, kicking favourites from their debut album Pleasure is a Freedom Song, such as The Need and Bad News. Vocalist Natalie Alley, stole the show with her soulful peaks and pure enthusiasm. Their set oozed confidence and professionalism, so much so that when Mathas jumped on stage for a impromptu jam, he blended in like one of the gang. The front of stage filled with people dancing, and celebrating the end of a day packed with tangible evidence that while Perth may be a sleepy ‘little town’, the arts scene is booming. True to the vibe of the event, shortly after jumping off stage with the headliners the Typhoons, Mathas was back in action, without a mic- just with plastic bags encouraging people to tidy up the park- community, arts and music in its truest form. YASMIN SHERIFF

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Ù THURSDAY 24/12 FLYING SCOTSMAN (UPSTAIRS) THE THURSDAY FEEL UP! 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 curated by Pivot frontman Dave M iller and the {move} crew. Tonight it’s an Xmas Eve special- Craig McIlhinney plays snakecharmer grooves, Tristen Parr plays a Jewish Chrismukkah and Ben Elliott plays Los Angeles. $5 wine and $10 cocktail of the week, ping pong and foosball. Doors open 8pm. MOJOS GRACE BARBE Xmas eve at Mojo’s comes in the form of a kreol and reggae party, hosted by songstress Grace Barbe and her band, who recently returned to WA after a huge national tour – this will be their last show in Perth before heading off the gig at the Woodford Festival. Special guest a-plenty and loads of awesome music all night long, peppered with reggae, afrobeat, kreol, African and Caribbean flavours. Tickets $15 at the door. 8pm-12am. Get down early as tickets are predicted to sell out! MINT A VERY MINTY CHRISTMAS The festive cheer has well and truly taken over Mint, who plan to throw an absolutely huge Christmas par ty tonight, the mother of all Christmas parties! The club will be decorated in Christmas style and DJs Chris McPhee, Matt and Adrian will play party anthems all night long. Stay up dancing late enough and you might even catch a glimpse of Santa, and get your present early! Door sales only 9pm - 3am. Free before 10pm, $5 before 12 midnight, $10 thereafter.

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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 Rocket Room – Lamb Of God Afterparty - DJ Jessica Kill Rosemount - DJ Silence Rubix –DJ Pascal Sail And Anchor – Balcony Beats T-Mac/ DocSpin South St Ale House – DJ Jay The Boat – Dr Bogus The Clink – DJ Jinx The Deen – DJ Birdie/ DJ Tony Allen/ DJ Nano/ DJ Surge 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

from www.moshtix.com.au, Red Stripe Clothing Perth, Rokeby Records and loads more outlets. SHAPE (UPSTAIRS) ANTHONY PAPPA One of the most sought after DJs on the planet – Anthony Pappa – is in town to play a five hour long set! Pappa’s a master in every sense of the word – from winning DMC mixing championships at the tender age of 15, mixing comps for Renaissance at 24, then becoming the first DJ to be selected to mix the first Global Underground Nu Breed series at 25. Makes you feel lazy, doesn’t it? Pappa’s latest feat is a brand new CD series and an exclusive radio show - “Moments” – on Proton. Don’t miss your chance to learn from this great at Habitat tonight. Support from Flex, Kyran Smith and Luke Reti. Limited e a r l y b i rd t i c k e t s ava i l a b l e for $30 from www.shapebar. com.au, after that tickets will be $38. Doors open 10pm.

RISE TyDI/ AUDREY GALLAGHER In 2009, Tydi was voted Australia’s # 1 DJ in the Inthemix poll for the B E LV O I R A M P I T H E AT R E second year running, and he BREAKFEST There’s few festivals also scooped the title of #52 in that can match the amazing the DJ Mag Top 100. To celebrate b r e a k s l i n e u p o f m u l t i p l e the close of a great year in style award-winning annual festival before heading overseas, tyDi is extravaganza Breakfest. Today, teaming up with Northern Irish a host of talent including Napt, vocalist Audrey Gallagher (the Miles Dyson, Mickey Slim, Elite voice behind world #1 DJ Armin Force and The Nextmen, to name van Buuren hit Hold Onto Me a few, are set to appear at the tonight at Rise. Local support Belvoir today. Tickets $83 plus from GeRmAn, Joe Benger, Scott booking fee still available from Nelson and Simon Bar wood. LIVE Clothing, Planet Video, Mills Saturday December 26, 2009. Records, 78 Records, Moshtix Door sales only from 9.30pm. Outlets and online from the Rise members $10 before 11pm, moshtix.com.au and inthemix. $15 thereafter. Non-members $15 c o m . a u ( . ) H e a d t o A m b a r before 11pm, $25 thereafter. a f t e r w a r d s fo r t h e O f f i c i a l Afterparty, $10 on the door for A m b a r – O f f i c i a l B r e a k f e s t Afterparty 10pm. Amplifier – Pure Pop – DJ Eddie METRO CITY PENDULUM It’s Electric been a great year for new events B a r O p e n ( D o w n s t a i r s ) S o u l P r o j e c t company Knowledge Music, and – they’re going out with a bang Bar Open (Upstairs) – Frisk care of the mighty Pendulm with Finale! – TankTop/Mind Electric the original trio - Ansenic, Speed /Rob Sharp/ Chiari/ Andreas and El Hornet - performing a Sadler/Carl Drake/Cam Duff once off DJ set debuting material Bar Republic – Sexy from their forthcoming album. Basement On Broadway – DJ Hosted by MC Verse, with support Ricky from ShockOne, Sardi and Muller. Belvoir Ampitheatre – Breakfest Tickets $45 plus booking fee – Napt/Miles D yson/Stanton

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Warriors/ Mickey Slim/Elite Force/ The Nextmen/Rennie Pilgrem & MC Chickaboo/Superstyle Deluxe/ Lady Waks/Funkoars/Streetlife DJs plus more. 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 – Sarah Tout/ Jamie McDonald/ Jack Midalia/ Shanon Fox/ Gemma Pike/ Andrew Ewing/ Ryan Sandilands Flying Scotsman (Downstairs) – Transmission - Andrei Mazz Flying Scotsman (Velvet Lounge) – Minimal Esposure - Mike Bishop/ Arn/ Luke Mc Grath/ Goose/ Bokchoy/ Adam Biesiot High Wycombe – DJ Matt Inglewood – DJ Leigh Library - DJ AZT/ DJ Fiveo/ DJ Jimmy Phatz/ DJ Zeke/ DJ L Street Liquid Nightclub - DJ Matty / Ricky Leederville- DJ Loco Ren Langley Park – Polo After Party – Wig/ Paul Malone/ La Gooch Metro City – Pendulum/ Anscenic/ Spped/ El Hornet/ Shockone/ Sardi/ Muller/ MC Verse Mint – Pop Life - Darren Briais Mojo’s – Boxing Day Knockout – Courtney/ Travis/ Tyranny Mustang – DJ Rockabilly/ DJ James MacArthur Niche – DJ Manda Power/ Cee/ Adam/ Kelly/Josh D Norma Jeans – DJ Dwayne Old Bailey Tavern – Dr Bogus Paramount – DJ Meezy / Jordan / Reuben Queens Tav – Gareth Richardson Rocket Room – DJ Brett Rowe

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Ù SUNDAY 27/12 CO N N E C T I O N S ’ R O O F TO P TERRACE 27 STEPS (NO.1) Soul and good time music from key Perth selectors, a BBQ pork pit roast, beer in hand, a starry sky, and the sunset going down over Perth city, surrounded by great people – all on a rooftop? Sounds too good to be true, but that’s the exact formula of new Sunday evening 27 Steps on the Connections’ Rooftop Terrace. Join {MOVE} DJs Ben Taaffe, Ben Mifflin and Nikolas Patterson for hot-buttered beats and ice-cold treats. Entry is $5 and includes BBQ. 6pm ‘til midnight, entry via Roe St carpark (rear Connections). 27 Steps will be bringing the good times to your Sunday night from now on every last Sunday of the month this summer – keep your eyes on Salt for DJ line ups and details. ROSEMOUNT HOTEL SUNDAE – ABLE’S FAREWELL MTV Kickstart winner, Perth’s Best Emcee at the PDMA’s 2009, a lead MC of soulhop band The Typhoons (not to mention all round nice guy), MC Able, is leaving Perth to relocate to Melbourne – head down to the Rosie tonight to catch him

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spin his final selection of tracks and emcee his last words to Perth. Len Bones, King Jon Ill, Seanna and Sibalance will also all take to the decks. And get this - for $20, you can grab four Coopers stubbies in a bucket, or a longneck and a Rosemount burger! There’ll be some special stalls today from The Community (local record label/collective), MD Limited Editions and Elementree. Entry is free. Doors open 5pm.

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Ù MONDAY 28/12 Eastern Hotel – Adam Morris Th e Co t t – Sunset Sessions – Damian John/ Jamie Wood/ Groove Tube The Deen – DJ Birdie The Paddo - DJ John Paul

RISE HARDCORE MELTDOWN The temperatures are shooting through the top of the thermometer at Rise, with nine of Perth’s top DJs coming together for a showdown, featuring a much anticipated Rise debut by Perths #1 hardcore producer, Auscore. He’ll be joined by Luminate vs Whiskey, Rowdy vs DJK, Pace vs Dair and Ravix vs Reaktor. Door sales only 9pm - 2am. Rise Members free before 10pm, $5 thereafter. Non-members $5 before 10pm, $10 thereafter.

Bar Orient - DJ Lyndon Double Lucky - Substance – DJ Paul Malone/ DJ JMC Eastern Hotel – Jon Edwards High Road Hotel - DJ Matty J High Wycombe - DJ Ricky The Cott (Upstairs) - Essential Tuesdays –Maxwell/ DJ Jus Haus/ Damian John The Cott (Downstairs) – Sunset Sessions - The Kid/ Damian John The Paddo - DJ DPad

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 – Adam Kytka/ SA_ spec/ Nik Nak Vs Frankie Button/ Zelimir Hip E Club - DJ E-Funk Inglewood – DJ Shifty Mash – DJ Ricky Mint - We Love 90’s – Simon Barwood Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Kenny Mustang - DJ Rockin Rhys/ DJ Giles Paddo - DJ PDS Paramount – Bubble Party - DJ Morgan/ DJ Jordan Players Bar - DJ-Udas Queens Tav- DJ Rhys Worth Rise – Hardcore Meltdown – Auscore/ Luminate vs Whiskey/ Rowdy vs DJK/ Pace vs Dair/ Ravix vs Reaktor Rosemount Hotel – Sundae Massiv Trav/ Able/ Sibalance The Cott (Upstairs) – Miami Beats - Steve Divine/ Damian John/ Maxwell/ Jamie Wood

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) – DJ Selsect/ Travis Betts Flying Scotsman (Velvet Lounge) - Midnight Circus/ Clubfeet/ DJ Boatshoes/ The Transients 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 Paddo - Ben Merito Rosemount – DJ Shannon Fox The Cott – Sunset Sessions – Paul Malone/ Maxwell 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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Club Calypso – Felix Da Housecat/ Robbie/ Steel Pulse/ Sean Kingston/ House Of Shem JMC/ Rueben Friday, January 1 @ Salt On The Beach Monday, Januar y 25 @ ME Bank Stadium NEW Marquee – Gentlemen Of Leisure/ DJ Ego/ Maxwell Potty Mouth Kids/ James Amato Fr i d a y, J a n u a r y 1 @ B u r s w o o d Friday, January 25 @ Ambar Entertainment Complex Heavyweight Soundz – Ancy C/ MC Planet 01 feat. Sied Van R iel/ GQ Joop/Trent Mc Dermott + more Friday, January 25 @ Metro City Friday, January 1 @ Metro City Official Breakfest Afterparty Global Sound System – tyDi & Audrey Saturday, December 26 @ Ambar, Hard Wars - Episode XIV Gallagher Perth Friday, January 1 @ Rise Saturday, January 26 @ Rise NEW Pendulum Sebo K Pete Tong Saturday, December 26 @ Metro City Saturday, January 26 @ Villa Saturday, January 2, 2010 @ Villa Global Sound System Live – Tydi/ Summadayze Festival - Carl Cox/ Mowgli Audrey Gallagher 2 Many DJ’s/ The Presets/ Roger Friday, January 29 @ Ambar Saturday, December 26 @ Rise Sanchez/ Danny Tenaglia/ Sharam (Deep Dish)/ Infected Mushroom/ Boom Box – Old Skool Boat Parties Anthony Pappa LCD Soundsystem/ Josh Wink/ Eddie Friday, January 29; Friday, March 19; Saturday, December 26 @ Shape Halliwell/ Danny Howells/ Ian Carey Friday, May 21 Project and more. NEW TyDi/Audrey Gallagher 4 Strings Sunday, January 3, 2010 @ Supreme Saturday, December 26 @ Rise Court Gardens Friday, January 29 @ Rise Breakfest – Napt/Miles Dyson/Stanton Warriors/ Mickey Slim/Elite Force/ The Nextmen/Rennie Pilgrem & MC Chickaboo/Superstyle Deluxe/ Lady Waks/Funkoars/Streetlife DJs + more. Saturday, December 26 @ Belvoir Amphitheatre

Paramount Bubble Party – DJ Morgan/ Here After DJ Jordan Sunday, January 3 @ Bar Open Sunday, December 27 @ Paramount Proxy Clubfeet / Midnight Circus Wednesday, January 6 @ Shape Wednesday, December 30 @ Flying Scotsman Quantic Friday, January 8 @ The Manor

Big Day Out - Groove Armada/ Ladyhawke/ Dizzee Rascal/ Peaches/ Kasabian/ Midnight Juggernauts/ Calvin Harris/ Girl Talk and more. Sunday, January 31 @ Claremont Showgrounds

DJ Nickodemus Sunday, January 31 @ Funk Club; Southbound Festival – Midnight Monday, January 1 @ Fremantle Arts Juggernauts/Major Lzrs/ Urthboy/ Centre Origin NYE - Method Man, Redman/ DJ Yoda/Hilltop Hoods + more NEW Bloc Party DJs/Bliss N Esso/ Roots Friday, January 8-Sunday January 10 @ Tenishia/ DJ Wag Manuva/ Dilated Peoples/ Ugly Sir Stuart Bovell Park, Busselton Friday, February 5 @ Rise Duckling/ Cassius/ Bag Raiders + NEW more Nik Fish Tiësto Thursday, December 31 @ Blue Steel Friday, January 8 @ Rise Wednesday, February 10; Thursday, Oval February 11; Friday, February 12 @ Jamie T And The Pacemakers Metro City Neil Viney Sunday, January 10 @ Fly By Night Thursday, December 31 @ Llama Bar Good Vibrations - The Killers/ Malente Basement Jaxx/ Armand Van Helden/ DJ Manchild/ MC NFA/ Paper Plane Friday, January 15 @ Ambar Gossip/ Busta Rhymes/ Salt N Pepa/ Project Friendly Fires/ Kid Cudi/ Gym Class NEW Thursday, December 31 @ The Manor Jochen Miller/ Ben Gold/ Heroes/ Plump DJ’s/ Art Vs Science/ Rossco Naughty By Nature/ Sam Obernik NYE At Ambar - R o l l e r / Fo r ce Friday, January 15 @ Rise and more. Majeure/ Destination?/ Japan 4/ Sunday, February 14, 2010 @ Claremont Fresh Produce DJ Yoda Showgrounds Thursday, December 31 @ Ambar Friday, January 22 @ Villa Lupe Fiasco NEW Cott Cancun – The Mad Agents/ Dash Berlin Tuesday, February 23 @ Metro City DJ Buda/ Damian John/ Maxwell/ Friday, January 22 @ Rise Sketchism & Jackness/ Jus Haus Future Music Festival - The Prodigy/ Thursday, December 31 @ The Cott DJ Grandmaster Flash Franz Ferdinand/ Empire Of The Sun/ Friday, January 22 @ Capitol David Guetta/ Booka Shade/ Erick Cuban Club - Sambalicious,/ Randa & Morilla/ Sven Vath/ John Digweed The Soul Kingdon/ Midnight Circus/ Ministry Of Sound – Jacked - Afrojack/ and more. DJs Dexter/ George Mair/ Sam Wolfgang Gartner/ Hardwell Sunday, February 28, Ascot Racecourse Birmingham Friday, January 22 @ Metro City Friday, January 1 @ Flying Squadron Cobra Starship Yatch Club Charlie May Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ Metro City S a t u r d a y, J a n u a r y 2 3 @ S h a p e Club Paradiso – Sebastian Ingrosso/ La Roux Dirty South Raggamuffin – Wyclef Jean/ Shaggy/ Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ Belvoir Friday, January 1 @ Burswood on Swan Julian Marley/ Blue King Brown/ Sly & Amphitheatre

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SEA BREEZE ON SUNDAY The Indi Bar Sunday, December 20, 2009

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.

Music fans and those looking to escape the scorching heat found just what they were looking for at the Indi Bar on Sunday, with a cool sea breeze and live tunes from Jez Mead and Toby. For those who missed out on this superb Sunday session, don’t fret, because Jez Mead will be back for another show at the Indi on Saturday, January 23.

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Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers with DJ Rockin Rhys Cheeky Monkeys with DJ Giles MONDAY

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THE CONGREGATION THE CHURCH

The Church (photo by Duncan Barnes)

Quarry Amphitheatre Thursday, December 17, 2009 Another fine addition in the series of shows at the Quarry this summer, one of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest and most long-lived bands, The Church, were touring on the back of their recent release Untitled #23, which has received universal acclaim as one of their best yet. In support on the night, ex-Perth boy Henry F Skerritt was back in town with his Holy Sea in tow â&#x20AC;&#x201C; their sound may not have changed much over the years, but their brand of melodic, alt-country, balladeering went down quite nicely as guests settled, wined and dined on the lovely balmy evening. Henry is still not one to be shy, hogging the limelite from his

talented six-piece ensemble with his antics, like dropping to his knees perhaps a little unnecessarily. After a few more drinks, it was not long after darkness fell that The Church casually strolled onstage, with four glowing pillars of green light behind them. It was straight back to 1985, as they launched in with the frantic guitar scratching of Tantalised, off their classic Heyday record. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We love you!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; shouted one woman, and another couple ran to the front dancing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it seemed before theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d begun, The Church could do no wrong, such was the love the people had for them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; though for many of the mature crowd that love was rooted firmly in the past. While some older bands rely heavily

on the old stuff and release sparse new material more as a gesture, The Church has evolved throughout the years, consistently releasing quality, new material, which true fans would be well advised to keep up to date with. Second track, the slow burner that builds to a huge crescendo, Block, of a few years ago, is a great example. Steve Kilbey then introduced the next song by wryly commenting itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;21 years old and just got a telegram from the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - North, South, East And West off probably their biggest album Starfish was given a workout. As the night wore on, the band also became more comfortable on the large stage - Kilbey and Willson-Piper engaged in cocky banter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Willson-Piper commenting that for all its attributes the venue has no bar stools, with Kilbey countering that the song requires so much charisma, he has to sit down. Kilbey then mentioned how heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard The Smashing Pumpkins have been covering Church songs, so he figured it was only fairâ&#x20AC;Ś much to the delight of the audience Willson-Piper picked up the acoustic and started strumming Disarm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; delivering a warm version - but to be fair itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to top the original. From the new album followed Deadmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hand and the very fitting Pangea, with its Floyd-esque sounds floating off into the night sky. But, it was Under The Milky Way that got the best response, the crowd cheering as the familiar chords issued forth from WillsonPiperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 12 string. Finishing the set proper with the duelling guitars of Reptile got everyone fired up, and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long before they were back with the driving, new epic, Space Saviour, with a chorus that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound out of place in a Coldplay set. Still that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite it, as they returned with the gorgeously minimal On Angel Street, a lone pulsing organ note, as Kilbey waxed lyrical - before leaving us on a high with another blast from the past, Hotel Womb. The Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all jump up in your face, but rather drift along on listless trip down a psychedelic river of dreams. Still going strong after all these years, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a credit to this nation.

Lamb Of God (photo by Denis Radacic)

VIOLENCE OF THE LAMBS LAMB OF GOD / DevilDriver / Shadows Fall Metros City Friday, December 18, 2009

On the back of Retributionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful release, Shadows Fall were on fire Friday night. The latest material like Public Execution rips shreds out of the previous release and has blended signature Shadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; melody with techy speed, making the live set a deluxe metalcore feast. While Shadows Fall would be a headliner all of their own, as an opener they assaulted with a mega-set, not to mention vocalist Brian Fairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mega-dreads. As far as windmills are concerned, these things are magnificent and span well over a metre, making Fairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helicopter-head a new metal icon. _ALFRED GORMAN The band were literally about to catch

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a plane back to the States but didn’t skimp on the final song, incorporating a resounding chant; ‘Shadows motherfuckin’ goddamn Fall’. To wrap up with, they left us with The Lights That Blind and Brian Fair bid Metros City ‘peace’. Then DevilDriver came out with guns blazing and the middle finger held high. This sound is a groove-metal monster with enough bouts of thrash to keep it interesting. Also with a new album of their own, Pray For Villains, the band powered through the title track, as well as some nasty feedback, expecting nothing less from the audience. Vocalist Dez Fafara separated moshers to form a circle pit and the crowd got hectic. Especially when Randy Blythe popped out for a cameo roar. I Could Care Less shirts were everywhere and fans copped it when the band chewed through it as a mid-set highlight. As Perth was the final leg of the Australian tour, DevilDriver were also on their way home, Fafara pointing out that it would be less than 48 hours ‘’til I’m eating pussy and smoking legal weed’. With that, the band cranked the classic Meet The Wretched and instigated a virtual maelstrom in the middle of the pit. The venue had been slowly bloating with punters all night but by the time Lamb Of God appeared it was practically ass-to-crotch. The Passing intro gradually brewed into an epic assault of ‘riffical’ mastery and Blythe’s demonic vocal campaign, followed by nearly two hours of complete set annihilation. Early on, they tore through a lot of newer material from Wrath, like Set To Fail but the set included some older favourites, notably Omerta, Laid To Rest and the grooviermetal of Now You’ve Got Something To Die For. All performed with ferocious intensity, the band only dipping into reverie once for an awe-inspiring, back-lit, two-part guitar intro, follow by epileptic fit-inducing soloing and strobe lighting. Towards the end, Lamb Of God pulled out a thrash-punk number and Blythe got the shirt off, nicely topping off the homicidal metalhead look. Speaking of Blythe, something about him just makes people want to throw shoes at his head. Most bands cop a flying shoe or two, and Lamb Of God is no exception, especially on Friday night. Two years ago in Perth, someone threw a bottle at his melon but he caught it. This time it was a shoe, ditched directly at his face. The shoethrowing moronic underachiever managed to nail him while he was thanking Perth for such a great show, saying ‘we love you’. There’s always one, isn’t there. Nevertheless, it was mammoth night of pure American metal.

Chatsey La Rouge (photo by David Craddock)

LOFT ABLAZE CHATESY LA ROUGE / Split Seconds / Amanda Merzdan Little Creatures Loft Friday, December 18, 2009

Few music venues in Perth offer river-views and $8 blue-vein cheese boards with their rock’n’roll shows. Don’t get me wrong, I love a sweaty, stickyfloored rock gig as much as the next Malcolm or Angus, but in my rickety old-age (23) there’s something rather civilised and refined about a seated gig at the Little Creatures Loft. Super comfortable beanbags in front of the stage are perfect for acoustic performers such as opener Amanda Merzdan who may not yet be ready to pull huge crowds. A late replacement for cancellation Seven Weapons, Merzdan’s intimate, diary-entry style was well-suited to the 20-odd people who had horseshoed around the stage like kids at a sleepover, ready to be let in on her next secret. An admission to having a massive crush on Tegan and /or Sara (I can’t remember which) didn’t come as a surprise given her heart-onsleeve, super-verbose style. Lengthy and detailed introductions gave nice background to the accomplished set, but probably weren’t needed _LAURA GLITSOS given the hyper-personal, at times uncomfortably

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raw, nature of some of her material. Former New Rules For Boats member Sean Pollard’s new band Split Seconds were a highlight of the night who arguably upstaged the rambunctious party-band styling of Chatesy La Rouge. What was so impressive about Pollard’s new outfit was their ridiculously tight and well rehearsed four-part harmonies. Giving a nod to acts like Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young or Fleet Foxes in the wailing mountain-singer department, Split Seconds showed great restraint in completely abandoning the instruments and letting their four, refreshingly masculine voices (no cheesy barbershop squeakers here), take the musical lead. The maritime-y Compasses was an early highlight with some nice finger picking and dynamic ‘light and shade’ playing which only comes from the experience this band seems to collectively hold. Bricks And Bones, a border straddling, mariachitinged rocker reminiscent of Calexico suggests Split Seconds have plenty more tricks in the bag, and will be well worth following. With current members of The Panics and Jebediah, and a former member of The Bank Holidays making up their Friday night lineup,

Chatesy La Rouge have a musical pedigree to be reckoned with. Unshackled from the expectations of their regular bands, this local super-group delivered a loose, rowdy and at-times downright funny set to the by-now respectably sized crowd. The mood may have been festive, but the quality songwriting behind this outfit shone through with Technical Difficulties (possibly a gag title?) kicking things off in driving beat-pop fashion. Rolling ’60s psych-pop-sounding tune Slavia (apparently about a ‘dangerous Russian woman’) was particularly tasty with its jangly chorus and effortless, airy Nuggets vibe. Boeing continued the trip albeit in a heavier ’90s indie guitar-band kind of way with some nice jammy moments driven by Jebs’ bass-slinger Vanessa Thornton. Ian Chater (former Bank Holidays) and Jules Douglas (The Panics) seemed to enjoy swapping drum and guitar duties throughout the gig, and with a band like this having such a good time on stage, it was hard for the crowd not to follow suit. _DAVID CRADDOCK

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Arts Martial

FINE ARTS

Arts Martial are gearing up for a big year ahead, but will see out 2009 with an acoustic showcase at the Indi Bar on Sunday, December 27 (with Emma Chitty and Eva McGowan); and a full show at the Rosemount Hotel on Wednesday, December 30, with Ultra Detectives, TV Nation, and Zombie Step.

WEASEL AROUND

BAMBOO BREW

Catch The Sneaky Weasel Gang at the Norfolk Special Brew will perform at Bamboo from Basement tonight, Thursday, December 24, with 4pm Sunday, December 27. Laced Affair and The Witness.

X MARKS THE SPOT

BRAND NEWIE DAY

The Newport hosts The Forgotten, Tracksuit, X-Wray Café has a tasty treat for your ears and Woodrow from 6pm Sunday, December on Sunday, December 27, when The Fancy 27. Entry is free. Brothers and Vinyl Junkie team up from 4-10pm for Summer Sessions.

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CHRISTMAS EVE SHOWS BRINGING SEX PANTHER BACK

Tonight, Thursday, December 24, Sex Panther mark their return with a spot at the Hyde’s Club Seal. Joining the sassy ladies will be The Silents and Hayley Beth, plus DJs from 8pm.

MAYDAY

Abbe May will perform her final Civic residency show tonight, Thursday, December 24, from 8pm. A tenner will get you in.

BOXING DAY SHOWS

Claim The Throne

FULL METAL ROCKET

The Rocket Room celebrates Boxing Day with a smorgasbord of metal, featuring Pathogen, Claim The Throne, Mhorgl, Psychonaut, and Kingdom Of Ruin. After midnight, Rocket Fuel takes you to the small hours.

IT’S A KNOCKOUT!

Boxing Day Knockout will take over Mojo’s from 3pm with a barbecue and some DJs, before kicking off the main event with Project Mayhem, The Painkillers, Cal Peck And The Tramps, Raw Nerve, The Igniters, Blazing Entrails, Mile End, Cat Black, The Velvetines, and The Love Junkies. Entry is $15, and there’s all sorts of cool shit lined up for the event. The Spitfires

LOUNGE ACT Cal Peck And The Tramps

Melma, Cim Ciaru, Energy Commission, and The Pretty Babies will sooth your swollen stomachs with some tasty Boxing Day tunes at the Swan Lounge from 8pm. Entry is $5.

CRUNCH TIME

Credit Crunch Christmas 2 is a double-stage wammy at the Hydey, that will feature the everloving FAIM Project, Minute 36, The Spitfires, The Crossbars, The Smiling Assassins, Kasaden, TV Nation, and Tessa Davis. Entry is $13 from 8pm

NEW YEAR’S EVE

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GANG BANG

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EVIL LIVE

The Hyde will come alive with New Year’s Evil, which will feature the massive lineup of Raw Nerve, Cal Peck And The Tramps, Mongrel Country, Fear Of Comedy, Mile End, The Painkillers, Tomas Ford, Bible Bashers, Trevallys, Surprise Sex Attack, and Frozen Ocean performing over two stages. Entry is $20. Hittin’ the town since 1985


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NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOWS

Finnish folk metal masters Finntroll will release their new album Nifelvind (due to land February 19), and have just posted a sneak-peak for their upcoming video for the song Solsagan on YouTube. The new video was created by Vasara Films (Dark Tranquillity, Turisas) and will make its debut exclusively on MySpace on January 15, so keep your eyes glued to myspace.com/ officialfinntroll – where you can also find the band’s latest song, Under Bergets Rot. The new album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios (Apocalyptica, Amorphis, Ensiferum) in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (Children Of Bodom, Sonata Arctica, Him) at Finnvox Studios. The album cover artwork was done again by the band’s own guitarist Skrymer and visually captures the true Finntroll spirit perfectly.

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SIX APPEAL

For New Year’s Eve, the Rocket Room has put together 6 Degrees Of Rock – a night of explosive rock’n’roll featuring Homebrewe, Hailmary, Lacey, Chainsaw Hookers, Screaming Life, and The FAIM Project. $15 presale tickets are available from the venue and bands / $20 at the door

PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ

Ritz At The Loft NYE is Little Creatures Loft’s ’30s/’40s-themed party featuring Earl Cole performing Sinatra tunes, Darling Buds Of May bringing some ’40s jazz, and DJs Paul Malone and Moogy. Early bird tickets are now available for $35 (plus booking fee) through www.heatseeker.com.au. Limited door sales be available from 6pm.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Oats Supply bring you the best (and the best of the worst) of the ’80s on New Year’s Eve, taking over The Civic from 8pm. There are prizes for best-dressed, so get your best ’80s clobber on and head down.

FUNK ON THE BEACH

The Funk Club will head over to Salt On The Beach (formerly Oysters On The Beach) for the massive funkified New Year’s Eve Party. Performing will be Marva Whitney And Band, Nicodemus, Dexter, Gentlemen Of Leisure, and the Funk Club House Band. Early-bird tickets are $70 through www.funkclub.com.au and www. heatseeker.com.au.

ROSEMOUNT HOTEL

Tonight, Thursday, December 24, the Rosemount continues its new Karaoke Night. Doors open 8pm and entry is free. Saturday, December 26, ifeatures Milknurse, The Hectics, Modular Man, and Jukebox Zombies. Doors open 8pm, entry is $5. Sunday, December 27, 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 29, it’s the Rosemount’s weekly Quiz Night - see www.quizmeisters.com.au for more info. Wednesday, December 30, catch Arts Martial, Ultra Detectives, TV Nation, and Zombie Step. 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.

DOWN IN THE BASEMENT

Headed up by DJ Dwayne Smith of The Chevelles, Hitwaves 80s will take over the Swan Basement for a night of fluoro, shoulder pads and great ’80s tunes. There’ll be dancing competitions, a best-dressed competition, plus wood-fired pizzas and generally rad vibes on offer. Tickets are $20 through the venue or $30 at the door from 8pm.

JOIN THE ARMY

Sugar Army have had an immense 2009, so they’re looking forward to seeing in the New Year as the headliner of the Rosemount Hotel’s annual NYE bash. Joining the lads will be the talents of Capital City, Umpire, The Scotch Of Saint James, The Preytells, Grim Fandango, and Emperors. Doors open 6pm-late, and tickets are available from Planet, Mills, Star, and Heatseeker.

ABORTED

Just in time for their for thcoming EP, Coronary Reconstruction, death metal lords Aborted have released the title-track on their newly re-designed MySpace page. Aborted have recently announced a new lineup, featuring Sven de Caluwe (System Divide) on vocals, Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork) on drums, Eran Segal (ex-They Swarm/Whorecore), Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams) on guitar and Cole Martinez (System Divide) on bass. Head to myspace.com/ abortedmetal to hear the track and more.

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MR CHARISMA

The Charisma Brothers will light up New Year’s Eve with some cool jazz at Sandcastles Organic Restaurant, South Freo, from 6pm. Bookings are essential so call (08) 9335 2445. consisting of the 32 Crew showcase, Freekstyles and Perth’s youngest up and coming artist, Complete. 32 Crew consists of founder Smiley plus Verdikt, The Apprentice, LSD and Soma, local perth artists who have joined to help build up the local scene. This event will be held once a month for 2010 showcasing local talent, holding open mic nights and giving local artists a chance to get up and show their stuff. Doors Open 8pm-2am and tickets are $25 available from Mills, Planet and www. heatseeker.com.au.

ROCKET ROOM

Saturday, December 26, is Boxing Day Massacre featuring Pathogen, Claim The Throne, Mhorgl, Psychonaut, and Kingdom Of Ruin. Rocket Fuel takes over after midnight with Kickstart and DJ Brett Rowe ’til late. New Year’s Eve is coming up soon too, with 6 Degrees Of Rock. Homebrewe, Hailmary, Lacey, Chainsaw Hookers, Screaming Life, and The FAIM Project ring in the new year AMPLIFIER Saturday, December 26, it is the end of an era with rock’n’roll relish. Get your tickets presale when local trio The Preytells play their final from the bands or the venue for a discount on Perth show. Support comes from Apricot Rail, the entry price. The City Watch, and Timothy Nelson. Doors open 8pm. THE HYDEY FRONT BAR Tonight, Thursday, December 24, the Front Bar presents Club Seal featuring Sex Panther plus RAILWAY HOTEL Saturday, December 26, catch some Boxing Day The Silents, Hayley Beth amd DJs Laith Tyranny rock courtesy of 10 Past 6, Red Triangle, Wicked and Rex Monsoon. Doors open 8pm and entry Sky, and Stunning In Red. Doors open 8pm, $8 is $10. Saturday, December 26, the Front Bar entry. Sunday, December 27, catch The Brow hosts a Boxing Day extravaganza With FAIM Horn Orchestra for a free entry Sunday session Project, Minute 36, The Spitfires, TV Nation, The Smiling Assassins, Kasaden, The Crossbars, in the Railway’s beer garden, 5-9pm. and Tessa Davis. Doors open 8pm and entry is $15. Sunday, December 27, catch Valet, Kevin MOJO’S Got Lucky, The Corner, and Matt Cal from 6pm. Tonight, Thursday, December 24, Grace Barbe Entry is $5. Wednesday, December 30, Black band will perform their last show in WA for 2009 Sun play the Hydey Front Bar with Sounds with a bang at Mojo’s Bar in North Fremantle. Like Bears, Bulls And Bears, and Writhe from Entry is $15 from 8pm. Saturday, December 8pm. Entry is $8. 26, is the Boxing Day Knockout featuring Project Mayhem, The Painkillers, Cal Peck And The Tramps, Raw Nerve, The Igniters, Blazing JB O’REILLY’S Entrails, Mile End, Cat Black, The Velvetines, What better way to spend this Christmas Eve and The Love Junkies, plus DJs and a barbecue. than mulling over a few pints of $5 Guinness a Entris is $15 from 3pm. Sunday, December 27, JB’s and being entertainment by Red Yeti from Abbe May And The Rockin’ Pneumonia play the 8pm. Saturday, December 26 features a full final instalment of their residency, with Kevin cooked breakfast all day, and live music from Smith And The Seven Storey Jumpers and Will Brown Sugar at 8.30pm. Sunday, December Stoker And The Embers supporting from 5pm. 27, is Original Music Night with Kizzy, Kim Entry is $10. Monday, December 28, performing McDonald, and Spaceboy from 6.30pm, plus at Mojo’s for the Wide Open Mic will be a bunch Sunday roasts for $18.50 all day. of ambitious cats who will simply rock up on the night. This night is hosted by Justin Walshe THE CIVIC HOTEL 0408 755 233. Entry is free. Tuesday, December 29, Demi Monde join Squid and Annette. $5 BACKROOM entry from 8pm. Wednesday, December 30, Tonight, Thursday, December 24, is Abbe May’s the Fremantle Blues And Roots Club presents final solo December residency gig at The Civic Dilip And The Davs and Mellifluous Entry is Hotel. Playing with special guests, doors open $10/$5 for members from 8pm. Thursday, at 8pm and entry is $10. It’s Hot In The City this December 31, New Year’s Eve at Mojos is the New Year’s Eve at The Civic with ’80s party band King Brown Records opening night. Presented Oats Supply bringing in 2010 from 8pm. Tickets by founder Verdikt, the night boasts a line up are $20 from the venue. www.xpressmag.com.au

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GIBSON DUSK TIGER Gibson’s range of ‘robot’ guitars have become a world-wide phenomenon, and December marks the launch of their third-generation robot guitar – the Dusk Tiger. A k iller guitar with a look and construction that has never been seen before. Dusk Tiger represents the state of the art in electric guitars, redefining what the guitar can do with the integration of pioneering technology with the most advanced design in the industry, all in a Limited Edition package with only 1,000 sold worldwide. With a tonal flexibilit y that is unmatched by any other, Dusk Tiger keeps 100 per cent of the purity of tone realised through analogue technology, and also expands on Dark Fire’s tones by offering ultra-lownoise, programmable on-board multi-band EQ controlled by flexible editing software. Technological advancements in design allow for lower current consumption, unprecedented reliability, and the use of common camera batteries that can be replaced in seconds – and offer much longer battery life. What’s more, these refinements have led to reduced manufacturing costs, making Dusk Tiger the most affordable high-tech guitar yet. Ultimately, Dusk Tiger is a beautiful, smoothly playable guitar. It recalls the timem honored Les Paul body lines, but presents them ein a guitar with a flat top (coupled to a toneod chambered back) made from exotic hardwood ate covered with golden, amber, and dark chocolate ard hues, and accented by a unique new pickguard sing and control layout. Dusk Tiger is set up using advanced Plek technology to insure uniform feel and extreme playability. Dusk Tiger is the perfect guitar both on stage and in the studio. The combination of magnetic and piezo pickups gives traditional and more “acoustic” guitar tones, while separate outputs for each string allow you to create sounds from classic to beyond futuristic. Add to that a multichannel FireWire interface, Ableton Live 8 and Guitar Rig 4 Pro and your possibilities are unlimited. All the tones and the 18 userprogrammable alternate tunings (featuring third-generation Robot Tuning Technology) are easily accessible through a streamlined, stage-

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DESTROYER 666 The Fire Strikes Back

It has been a long time between drinks down under for controversial ‘war metal’ practitioners Destroyer 666. Heading back for their first stint of shows in Australia since 2003, JESSICA WILLOUGHBY caught up with guitarist Ian Shrapnel and vocalist K.K. Warslut ahead of their Perth date on Friday, January 8, at Capitol. Many musicians live by the ethos that if they cannot ‘go hard’ within their said profession, they might as well just go home. Destroyer 666 are definitely one such band. Flaunting a legacy that helped to form a new hybrid take in Australia on already internationally established black metal traditions since their debut in ’94, the previously Melbourne-based outfit built a new clause to run by. A doctrine that involved hitting every drum skin hard, striking every guitar string harder and bellowing a chorus of rasps so vile that every vocal cord screams for relief. But for D666, there was simply no other way. So what happens when circumstance finally gets its claws into this creed? Purists would call it a day. For D666, it was the band’s decision to relocate to Europe and write the follow-up to Cold Steel…For An Iron Age (2001) that threw a spanner in the works. “Only Matt [Razor, bass] and myself live in the same country [London],” resident axeman Ian Shrapnel explains. “K.K [Warslut, guitar/vocals] lives in Denmark and Mersus [Drummer] in Germany, so we couldn’t write the album as we had done in the past with jamming in rehearsal rooms. We tried this for quite some time and it was just too expensive and really nowhere near as productive as we had wanted or needed. In fact, we wasted many sessions. Travelling somewhere to rehearse… coming away with very little. There was a time we had decided to quit and dissolve the band. The distance apart had made it so very difficult. Every single fucking thing required 100 per cent effort to get done. We were running out of steam, the motivation was low. This was a recipe for fatigue; it was enough to drain the life out of anyone.” It was a long road to bring this quartet

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Destroyer 666 back from the point of oblivion. Two years, in fact, since these lads decided they would not tour until they had Defiance (June, 2009) in their dirty little mitts. “We had been struggling with writing this album for so bloody long; we had many many tracks that ended up in the bin,” Shrapnel talks of the writing process. “ We probably could have written three or four albums with all the songs we ended up ditching. For a while it was just plain stubbiness making us push forward. We were determined to get the fucking thing done and dusted. And we really are some of the most stubborn fuckers you will ever meet (laughs). Originally the album was going to be called Last Stand, because for a while we were pretty sure that it would be. But, with time, enthusiasm grew, ideas started to flow freely and we got the fire back in our eyes.”

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THIS WEEK JEZ MEAD

December 24 The Premier Hotel, Albany December 27 The Premier Hotel, Albany

PENDULUM

December 26 Metro City

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 Belvoir Amphitheatre

COMING UP 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 COTT CANCUN (The Mad Agents, Damian John, Maxwell, Sketchism, Jus Haus and more) 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 DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Sharam, Infected Mushroom, LCD Soundsystem) January 3 CAT POWER / DIRTY DELTA BLUES / SLEK AND THE BONE SINGERS January 6

MICACHU AND THE SHAPES January 8 GRIZZLY BEAR January 8 DESTRÃ&#x2013;YER 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 Murphy and the Holy Rollers, Courtney Murphy and Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 / 50 LIONS / HOUSE VS HURRICANE / MARY JANE KELLY January 23-24 CAMERA OBSCURA January 25 RAGAMUFFIN (Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Julian Marley, Lauryn Hill, Sly + Robbie and more) January 25 SLOW CLUB January 25-26 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 XXâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 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 GUY SEBASTIAN February 12 NO TURNING BACK February 12-13 THE CRIBS January 13 AMADOU AND MARIAM February 13-14 GOOD VIBRATIONS (The Killers, Basement Jaxx, Armand Van Helden, Gossip, Busta Rhymes, Friendly Fires, Salt N Pepa, Z Trip, Kid Cudi, Naughty By Nature, Gym Class Heroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and more) February 14 JOSH EARL February 15 DIE ROTEN PUNKTE February 16 BRITISH SEA POWER February 17-18 PIVOT February 18 THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART / BACHELORETTE February 19 YO LA TENGO February 20

Pendulum THE PANICS / WASO February 20 MISTA SAVONA February 21 ROB THOMAS / VANESSA AMOROSI February 21 DIANA KRALL February 23-24 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 FREDDYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DROP February 27 FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL (The Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand, Empire Of The Sun, David Guetta, Booka Shade, Erick Morilla, Sven Vath, John Digweed) February 28 SOUNDWAVE (Faith No More, My Chemical Romance, Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Addiction and More) March 1

CLUTCH March 2 THE BIG PINK March 2 THE SAW DOCTORS March 4 AL DI MEOLA WORLD SINFONIA March 5 AC/DC / WOLFMOTHER March 6-7 PAVEMENT March 6 SPINNERETTE March 9 NO FUN AT ALL March 11 DINOSAUR JR March 12 GRINSPOON March 12-14 DIRTY PROJECTORS March 13 WILD OATS MUSIC FESTIVAL (Grinspoon, Jebediah, The Novocaines, The Trigger Jackets, The Sneaky Weasel Gang and more) 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 / BERTIE BLACKMAN / TIM & JEAN 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 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 GROOVINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; THE MOO May 15

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