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Welcome to the final edition of X-Press for 2010. In these pages we celebrate a rather epic year in music, film, art and culture – the good and the downright awful! So dip your toes in the swimming pool, pour another Singapore Sling and let our critics stroll you through the year in CDs, DVDs, film, fashion and plenty more. 2011 is already looking to be the biggest year in entertainment yet for Perth, so we look forward to seeing you out there amongst it. And lastly, thank you to all of our loyal readers who have kept the X-Press flame alive for its first quarter century, which we celebrated in August. It’s been a hoot. Happy New Year folks, and see you in 2011.
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The sights and sounds of the tropics will take over Kulcha in Fremantle on New Year’s Eve for an Indian Ocean party the likes of which Perth has never seen before. Head on in to Kulcha to welcome in 2011 with help from Grace Barbe’s Afro Kreol from the Seychelles, the Exotisme Band from Reunion Island, Mahamoud Selimane and Band from Mozambique, DJ Luan from Seychelles and Tropical Addiction. Tickets are $60 presale from kulcha.com.au or $70 on the door on the night.
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Pack a picnic basket, grab your friends and head on down to Theatre Gardens in Subiaco at 5pm on Sunday, January 2, to indulge in an evening of free music courtesy of the Sunset @ Subi series. As the summer sun sets over Perth, Trio Alegra and The Velvettes will take to the stage for a sumptuous evening of cabaret and gypsy tunes. The fun continues every Sunday during January and February, with sets from artists such as De Ness on Sunday, January 9, Toby Beard on Sunday, January 16, and Mister and Sunbird on Sunday, January 23.
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Fremantle Art Centre’s much loved free music series Courtyard Music is happening every Sunday until the end of March. If you’re up for picnics or a cruisey Sunday session then this might just be for you. It’s a family friendly event and the music kicks off at 2pm. On Sunday, February 13, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra will be making an appearance at the beautiful event. WASO are one of the country’s top ensembles and punters will have the opportunity to soak up the sunshine and listen to their sweet tunes for free. What could be better! Other highlights on the Courtyard Music calendar include the return of iconic Don Walker of Cold Chisel fame with his band the Lucky Strikes and country pop icons, The Honeys. For more info on Courtyard Music, head to fac.org.au.
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The Wild West Comedy Festival is in May but it will come up faster than Easter so get onto this right now before it sells out. A ridiculous amount of local, interstate and international comedians will be gracing Perth town for a range of comedy shows and of course, the Opening Night Gala. Tim Ferguson and Dave O’Neil are just two of the big names that will be delivering laughter for the masses. The Gala takes place on Wednesday, May 18, at the Astor Theatre. Tickets are from $45.50. Get your hot little mittens on these bad boys now as it will sell out. For more info on everything else Wild West Comedy, head to wildwestcomedy.com.au.
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charges which professional athletes get away with every day is testament to this. On Facebook, everyone’s information is on display for all to see. There’s significantly more information on the internet about you than you would like thanks to Facebook. People’s accounts get hacked all the time and then all the friends get targeted. The advertising is catered towards your likes, marital status and anything else you write on the site. While we pay nothing to use the site, there’s plenty of valuable information on there that’s sold to marketing companies everyday. Is this really something we should be rewarding? It’s a case of rewarding big brother for distributing all of our personal details, while the man trying to even the playing field is held down. For shame Time magazine, you used to be relevant. Now you’re rewarding a website that tells us which Disney princess we are.
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Stylishly trashy, deliciously decadent – that’s the fabulous Llama Bar NYE 2011. A feast for the senses all night long with seriously good music, a jumping dance floor, saucy cabaret acts, go-go girls and more. Entertainment from Boom! Bap! Pow!, DJ Maxwell, DJ Reuben, Sugar Blue Burlesque and VJzoo. Get your entries in to win one of three double passes, for you and a friend to get your 2011 off to a cranking start. Each double pass includes a $75 bar card. Now that’s fabulous.
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One of Perth’s most loved live music venues, Mojo’s, will set the Fremantle sky on fire come Friday, December 31, with a smokin’ hot New Year’s Eve show. Featuring some of Perth’s most sizzling acts, including the likes of The Joe Kings, Felicity Groom Trio, Cal Peck And The Tramps, Hootenanny, The Love Junkies and Tracksuit, this NYE spectacular is likely to sell out so be sure to secure your spot via Heatseeker or arrive early on the night for door sales. The fun kicks off at 6pm and runs right through ’til 2am on Saturday, January 1.
The Moon in Northbridge will be putting on two nights of Going Solo, live performance sessions dedicated to solo artists (although occasionally involves some artists going duo). It is a night for local musicians to showcase their talent and a chance for punters to see what Perth has to offer. Local artists Adrian Hoffman, Brendan Gaspari and Chloe McGrath will take to the stage next Wednesday, January 5, at 8pm and the following Wednesday, January 12, will see Tanya Walker, Rick Bryant and Craig McElhinney showcase their latest works. Entry is free. Get down and support some great local talent.
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NEW YEAR’S LUXURY No idea what to do for this coming New Year’s Eve? Too many things to choose from? Well here’s another grand idea to add to your long list: Luxe Bar is hosting one of the hottest NYE parties around. Graeme Blevins who was previously Luxe Bar’s resident percussionist back in the day is returning from the UK to hit up what will surely be an amazing evening. Blevins has recently worked with Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Kyle Eastwood, Kelly Rowland, The Script, The Fratellis and too many more to list. He’s back to perform under the stars for one night only and if that isn’t enough for you- he’s to be joined by Resort, DJs Jonno Choy, Marc Allen, Feminem, VJzoo and Fliptease. Tickets are $70 plus booking fee and are available from bamBOObamBOObamBOO. com. Get in quickly, you’ll receive a free cocktail on arrival which is always nice.
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That’s right everyone. City Beach, as in, the surf clothing store in Perth Murray Street Mall is playing host to an awesome in-store music bonanza that runs over 12 dates. On the bill are some of Perth’s best up and coming acts: Tracksuit, Hostile Little Face, HYTE, Pigeon and The Corner. They’ll all be joined by US punk band (hed)pe. If you stick around, you’ll be able to meet and greet your favourite act at the in-store signing after gigs. Not only this, you have the chance to score some of the hottest gear this summer if you drop in during the ‘Hour of Power’ promotions because there will be a stack load of freebies from sponsors Loosekid Industries, Skull Candy, Sly Underwear and Unit. The events kick off today and run through until Friday, January 28. For the full gig guide, hit up the store crew or head to facebook.com/ citybeach.
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Playing a potent mixture of blues, zydeco, rockabilly, Louisiana music and western swing with an emphasis on dance beats, The Zydecats are one of Perth’s finest bands which features the likes of Lucky Oceans, Bill Rogers, Kent Hughes, Graeme Bell and Ric Eastman. They play the first Perth Blues Club gathering of the year this Tuesday, January 4, alongside the Gary Cox Band and Andrew Winton and Paul Novosel at the Charles Hotel. On Tuesday, January 11, a celebration of piano takes place with Great 88 and on Tuesday, January 18, the Shinkickers, Power Train and Rufus & The Night Herons take to the stage.
If you’re ready to get greedy, slothful and envious this New Year’s Eve, there’s no going past the Sinners’ Ball at Manhattan’s. Dance the night away in sinful style as DJs Claude, Liam M, Brenton and Jess get down and dirty for a night of reckless abandon. Doors open at 8pm and the fun will continue right through ’til 2am. Demons and devils can get their tickets from Moshtix, Planet, Red Stripe or on the door.
Did you dig the hit singles from Justin Bieber and Katy Perry this year? Then perhaps you shouldn’t vote in the Triple J Hottest 100. Voting is now open at triple.net.au/hottest100 where you can throw in your two cents on the track that will be this year’s Little Lion Man. Not only will one band have their song cast in stone for the rest of time, but by voting you have the chance to win Triple J’s Golden Ticket, which will get you into each and every Triple J supported show in 2011! Voting closes on Sunday, January 16.
If you’re still stuck for what to do this New Years Eve, then why not head down to the Rosemount? Joining the killer line-up of Red Jezebel, Will Stoker & The Embers, Sons Of Rico, Emperors, Split Seconds, Simone & Girlfunkle and Tomas Ford is the peculiar sounding Pelicans Of Paris. Even though their name might not be familiar, their faces and their set list certainly are. Tickets are $20 plus BF from Planet, Mills, Star Perth and Heatseeker, while it’s $10 plus BF to restrict your partying to the beer garden and DJ Shannon Fox’s tunes. Playing times are as follows: Simone & Girlfunkle 6.40pm; Split Seconds 7.30pm; Emperors 8.20pm; Pelicans Of Paris 9.20pm; Sons Of Rico 11.10pm; Will Stoker & The Embers 11pm; Red Jezebel 11.55pm; Tomas Ford 12.45am. Red Jezebel, playing The Rosemount Australia’s highest circulating Street Press
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At this time of reflecting on the year that was and what’s to come, BOB GORDON lends an ear to the thoughts of 10 Perth notables.
JOHN HYDE, MLA Shadow Minister For The Arts State Member For Perth
LISA SCAFFIDI The Right Hon. Lord Mayor City Of Perth I think 2011 will be like 2010 – fastpaced and dynamic. Our City is achieving much right now not only because of the preparations for CHOGM but as a global city on the move and recognised for its astute attitude to business and its fabulous livability. The City of Perth is going through a renaissance with new developments on virtually every corner from the new BHP building and re-activation of formerly vacant buildings to the start of work on the former Treasury building; redevelopment of Forrest Place; the Link project our new Arena and State Theatre; great city retail stores and small bars opening up all over. If you don’t feel the new sense of place in Perth – you are asleep or just not visiting our city! Perth is the centre of our universe and we should be proud to live in such an amazing, safe and friendly part of the world. Best wishes for the second decade of the 21st century to all readers.
2010 was another great year for small independent bands in Perth and for the alternative art galleries and street artists. The Barnett Government cut arts funding by around 20 per cent, with other agencies like Western Power closing down the Museum of Energy and the East Perth Power Station remains empty and un-artsed. 2011? Buoyed by the success of Artrage’s Spiegeltent, the Barnett Government will close down the new State Theatre Centre in Northbridge a month after its opening because none of the local companies can afford to hire it. The Spiegeltent will be erected on the site of the demolished Entertainment Centre and vaudeville will replace Shakespeare and David Williamson in local companies’ repertoires. Like other under-developed mining nations in Africa, WA will swap a shipload of iron ore for CRAP – the Chinese Regional Artistic Program. The Chinese will step in and show us how to redevelop the East Perth Power Station into the most amazing artists’ incubator and galleries district, just as they’ve done with their own 798 Industrial zone artists’ district in Beijing. The One Movement Festival will finally fulfil its $3m Barnett Government grant, with QANTAS and Singapore Airlines putting on an extra 79 fully-laden A380 superjumbos of festival-goers flying into Perth, primarily to hear One Movement’s opening concert performed by bellringers at the Belltower.
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MARCUS CANNING Artrage Director/CEO As we reach the end of 2010 and look to 2011, it’s a time of reflection, and perhaps for grand aspiration. Things are changing fast, and in the words of Ferris Bueller,“If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” It’s exciting times and a good time to be living it up in Perth. In February we’ll have a chance to experience the romance and wonder of a Spiegeltent in Perth for the very first time during Fringe World. This makes me very happy, and I know it will make heaps of X-Press readers happy come February. We’ve got the CHOGM meeting in October with an expected attendance from the Queen. Not as powerful as Oprah, sure, but expect some crazy, city-wide security to roll out regardless. Oh, and not to forget - the first European Space Elevator Competition is being held in Munich in June. Given that the preferred site for the space elevator’s anchor is a floating rig off Rottnest, this could make us one small step closer to having the world’s first permanent space tourism infrastructure on our doorstep. Welcome to Earth, it’s Perth...
HON. STEPHEN SMITH MP
2010 was fun but thank fuck it’s over. Rex Monsoon and I are getting married in 2011. I’m looking forward to that. Can’t wait to say, ‘I’m with the DJ’ and actually have the legal documents to prove it. Does that suit? I can never be serious. It clashes with my complexion. Graham Wood
GRAHAM WOOD Musician/Director Ellington Jazz Club 2010 has been the biggest and the most positive for live music in my career – the Ellington is going from strength to strength including attracting big name acts like Kurt Elling. Personally I played shows in New York with George Garzone, as well as my first tour through China.
EDDY WITHNELL Entertainment Entrepreneur
2010: busy busy busy. Resettling in Perth, extravaganza of Beck’s Music Box, new house and renovation-land, the crazy hail storm, keeping 100+ artists in check on a Spanish beach for Africa Express, change in Prime Minister, a quick-stop scouting visit to Brazil. Favourite gigs of 2010: Antony with Orchestra, Dirty Three, Jonsi, Caribou at Field Day, Gorillaz. Anticipating for 2011: Beck’s Music Box - bring it on! Summer in my new garden. Escaping winter, hopefully Hawaii! Favourite gigs: looks like there will be plenty to choose from! Os Mutantes, Joanna Newsom, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, The Books… and the rest!
2010 will be remembered in my mind as the year when (to quote the Financial Review) “The High Court of Australia finally had its Day in the Sun”. Most people perceive the courts (particularly in WA), as a dumping ground for characters from a Dickens novel: those who have fallen foul of the law, or their victims, each hollering up the halls in opposite directions, calling out for justice. But the courts play another role. One carved out through adversity with the most brutal and self-serving of all offenders – governments. They have stood against them as far back as the Magna Carte, through the English Civil war and the beheading of King Charles 1, defending the Separation of Powers on which the Westminster system of Democracy stands, boldly declaring: “who is to say that those who make a law make a just law”? In 2011 we will feel this dictum reverberating increasingly louder.
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2010 has been a long and tough year in politics. We’ve seen the closest Federal election in decades and the first minority Government since the Second World War. While it presents a new set of challenges, Parliament is working well. I was honoured to become Australia’s Defence Minister in September this year. Seeing Australians serve overseas, often in dangerous conditions, is a heavy responsibility for us. This has been a particularly difficult year in Afghanistan and our thoughts are with the 10 families who have lost loved ones. 2011 will no doubt be full of new challenges, but I am looking forward to tackling whatever arises after a traditional WA family break in the South West of Western Australia.
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Songwriter/Mother 2010 was a bit like riding a wild horse and holding on for dear life, with moments in there of cruising across the plains and then dropping off precipices Man From Snowy River Style. When I look back now it feels like a manic slide show of juggling touring with children, album releases with prekindy and dance concerts. Many moments of asking myself, ‘what the hell am I doing?’ and then other moments of playing really rewarding shows and feeling connected to my family and my songs and my audience and thinking it is all worthwhile. I spent two months in Brooklyn, doing some writing and hanging with my littl’uns. It was pretty amazing and utterly hectic at times. So 2011 is gonna be a little different, I am going to magically strike a graceful balance across all the aspects of my life that I feel passionate about, this will occur at 12:01 am 1/1/2011, and I think I might even be adorned with a flowing velvet cape and a leotard and maybe a headband. I am going to be brutal about what matters and what just doesn’t. I am going to take great care of myself and have incredible times with my man and my kids and wonderful adventures through my music. I’m going to keep on writing and am looking forward to a bit of recording as well. My mantra for 2010 was Low Expectations and High Optimism. I managed to apply it most of the time. I am carrying that little sucker forward. I like it. It makes me feel as if me and that wild horse understand each other and we both like being a little bit wild and out of control and holding on for dear life sometimes... but we both also love those magical cruises across the plains. www.xpressmag.com.au
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MARY J. BLIGE Ragga To Riches
Mary J. Blige is a truly unique character in the world of music. HUGH ROBERTSON phones in with the notoriously prickly interviewee ahead of her debut Australian appearance at Raggamuffin on Wednesday, January 26, at Fremantle Oval, alongside Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, Sean Paul and many more. When conducting phone interviews, my standard opening is to ask the interviewee what they have planned for the day. Even if there’s nothing noteworthy to talk about, at the very least it allows the artist to settle into our chat and not feel as though I’m trying to ambush them from the very start. So when Mary J. Blige replies, “Um, I’m in Los Angeles, California. Doing an interview with you. That’s what I’m up to”, I start having a bad feeling about this. Indeed, as we progress Blige seems to have very little interest in answering any of my questions with any detail whatsoever. It’s not as though we don’t have anything to discuss; the talking points, in fact, are endless. After 20 years, nine Grammys, eight multi-platinum albums and 50 million albums sold, Blige is making her way to Australia for the very first time to headline the huge Raggamuffin Festival – alongside acts like Jimmy Cliff and The Original Wailers.
“SO IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE THAT YOU LOVE, LIKE MARY J. BLIGE, OR MICHAEL JACKSON, OR JANET JACKSON – WHEN MARY J. BLIGE SPEAKS TO YOU, AND SHE’S THIS HUGE SUPERSTAR, [AND SHE] SAYS TO YOU ‘I’M GOING THROUGH THIS TOO’ OR ‘I WENT THROUGH THIS TOO’, IT MAKES PEOPLE FEEL BETTER.”
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But don’t read anything into an R&B star performing at what’s traditionally been a reggae-based festival; she tells me she’s not planning any reggae-fied versions of her enormous back-catalogue, nor is she making a statement about her love for her herbal namesake. The reason a reggae festival is what
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finally enticed Blige out here, she says, is simply because “they asked”. And when I inquire as to what she’s looking forward to most about her first trip down under, she tells me she wants to “see some things”. Another talking point? The new album Mary J. Blige is currently working on, with a rollcall of the top producers in the hip hop world that includes Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Ne-Yo and Q-Tip – along with many others. But it turns out we already know what it’s going to sound like. “I mean, basically it’s the formula that I do all the rest of my albums with,” Blige reveals. “Where I’m at right now, what’s around me, what I’m coming through, what I am victorious in… People expect from me what they want from me. So I just make what people want.” “What people want” has, for much of Blige’s career, been to hear her sing about overcoming the hardships of her life – abusive relationships, childhood torment, substance abuse. The basic template is catharsis-bynumbers, with Blige battling her demons over swelling string arrangements and R&B production. It’s the content of the songs as much as the style itself that has endeared her to so many for so long. “I think people in general just want to know that they’re not the only one suffering,” she says. “So if you have someone that you love, like Mary J. Blige, or Michael Jackson, or Janet Jackson – when Mary J. Blige speaks to you, and she’s this huge superstar, [and she] says to you ‘I’m going through this too’ or ‘I went through this too’, it makes people feel better. It makes people look at you as not so untouchable. And now you become loveable. You become touchable, and when they see you they’re not thinking about killing you, they’re thinking about hugging you. They’re thinking about giving you something that you gave to them.” Here, then, is the centre of the Mary J. Blige world view: it all comes down to respect and reciprocity. Do unto others, stay neutral, and get along. It’s a philosophy that encompasses everything, from her frequent collaborations with hip hop and very non-hip hop stars (including Sting, Elton John and Andrea Boccelli), her detachment to any of the famous rivalries and ‘beefs’ through the history of her genre, and her tendency to work with lots of producers at once (there are 17 producers listed on her last album Stronger With Each Tear, and only 12 tracks). The longer the interview goes on, the more answers Blige gives that are seemingly devoid of any real interest in the subject matter. She tells me that she features on other people’s songs “because they request [her] presence”; and she works with countless producers because “they all have something different to offer”, rather than because they reinforce her own artistic vision. This last one is especially significant because her artistic vision seems to consist of creating the music that people want to hear. And then Blige makes it easy for me, explaining that she enjoys doing guest vocals on other people’s songs because she likes “to work with people that have great personalities” – and I realise that, despite talking to her for 10 minutes, I have absolutely no sense of what she is like as a person at all. Maybe it doesn’t matter. She writes huge hits and puts on a huge show; 50 million Mary J. Blige fans can’t be wrong. And in an industry as ego-dominated as the music world (and particularly the hip hop world), Blige may well have hit on the perfect method for winning friends and influencing people: do your work, do it well, keep your head down and don’t say anything that might upset anyone. It certainly seems to be working for her.
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DARKEST HOUR Rock’n’Robe Since their inception in 1995, Darkest Hour has produced some of the most important music of its genre including 2000’s Mark Of Judas and 2005’s Undoing Ruin.The band returns to Perth to play Amplifier on Sunday, January 9. MIKE WAFER reports. On an unexpected day off on their recent American tour, Darkest Hour are enjoying some rest. Well, at least one of them is. Enter the band’s vocalist, John Henry. “I’m sitting on a tour bus, grabbing a beer from the cooler, sitting in a robe,” he explains. “I have this really hot bathrobe that I take everywhere, and I’ve been wearing it all day because we have a day off. We were supposed to play Salt Lake City tonight, but there is some big hoo-ha in the city, so we had to cancel. So we’re parked in a Flying J truck stop and I’ve got my robe on. It’s a ‘Robe Day’,” he says, sounding content. And why wouldn’t he... Robe Day sounds very promising. “It’s just the best way to relax,” he explains. “We only have one [scheduled] day off this tour, because it works better that way... you’re more in the zone that way. You get more into the routine. Sometimes after a day off you’re a bit too (lets out a big yawn). A bit too relaxed, you know?” What, no days off to rest the voice, per the usual singer’s request? Apparently not, John Henry’s laugh would imply. “No... I don’t know... to be honest I
“I THINK THAT’S ABSOLUTELY HUMAN INSTINCT ISN’T IT. WE’RE ALL GENETICALLY PROGRAMMED TO WANT TO MAKE BABIES OR SOMETHING (LAUGHS). LA IS NOT THAT.” don’t really know what I’m doing. I just get up there and scream and run around. I don’t know about resting my voice. I thought playing every night would actually strengthen it, like my throat muscles or whatever,” he says, ending with another big laugh. “But I guess we’ll see tomorrow if having a day off works.” And if it does, that means more Robe Days?
“ The next Robe Day isn’t until Thanksgiving where the tour lands in LA, which is where I live, so it works out pretty good for me (laughs). That’ll be a pretty big Robe Day too. My mum lives in LA, but she’s going to be up in San Francisco, so this is going to be a band Thanksgiving.” Inaugural, or have Darkest Hour had a band Thanksgiving Robe Day before? “Actually we have,” he excites. “Also in
LA, which is weird and coincidental, but I swear I’m not making this happen...” he trails off as he steps off the tour bus and into world. “Oh wow. I can see the whole city lights of Albuquerque right now. It looks really pretty. A buena vista, if you will,” he says with a chuckle before pausing to enjoy the view a bit more. A view that he probably won’t see again for a whole year... Which makes you wonder what life on the road does to one’s sense of ‘home’? “Well the band has a few of those around the world,” Henry explains. “Budapest, Hungary... Trier, Germany... there are places we go to where a lot of old friends come out and it becomes a very big family affair. Even places you don’t expect. We recorded recently in a town in what I think was the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it was a really nice, pretty looking place. So there can be places like that. And I personally have a few places that feel like home as well. DC, which is where I grew up... New York, where I lived for a while... so it’s nice to have a sense of home on the road. “It usually doesn’t happen though,” he adds. “Usually it’s a Flying J (laughs).” To be sure there is a price to pay. But, on some nights, you get the lights of Albuquerque too. But it’s clear how much John Henry loves the road, loves his band, and loves his life. As a band, Darkest Hour have been heavily shaped by their DC roots, but not by its now legendary hardcore scene, as most DC band stories tend to go. “We were the outsiders to that,” Henry says. “That whole Dischord (Records) scene was very intense and very political. I guess in DC you’re exposed to a bit more politics because people are talking about it when they’re out and stuff. A lot of people who work in politics work in DC. But we had a little scene outside of all that stuff. “Then I lived in New York for a while, then moved out to California. People told me LA was really cool so I was like ‘I’ll check that out for a while’. I’m not sure if it’s the final destination, though,” he says, with the topic once again returning to that sense of home. The impression is that John Henry is roaming the globe searching for a place to nest. Taking a lung-full of the air in every place he visits to see how it tastes. He is a nomad, but one in search of a base. “I think that’s absolutely human instinct isn’t it. We’re all genetically programmed to want to make babies or something (laughs). LA is not that. I don’t really like most of it. I really like Northern California, though. San Francisco – that kind of area. I could live there for sure.” Though of course the next stop on the itinerary is Australia, and, excited about coming back, John Henry is reminded of his last visit down under. “ We went to this Koala Park in Brisbane,” he starts with a laugh (pronouncing Brisbane correctly, it should be noted). “And the woman who is handling them – her arms are all cut up to shit, and this thing is biting her knuckles for 10 minutes – she looks like she’s in a significant amount of pain, but she just keeps on going. She was a very tough looking lady. Lots of scars. “You’d hear ‘Koala handler’ and think ‘aw, what a cute job’, but no dice.”
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FOALS Total Life Forever
KANYE WEST My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
On the surface music is largely a subjective medium. But deep below, amidst the folklore and tangled veins of rock’n’roll history, very few artists can take legitimate credit for redefining the parameters of popular song. A little over two years since the release of their dumbfounding debut Antidotes, Foals went and did just that! Antidotes was a breathtaking album in every possible way – a staggering display of musical aptitude, but also a goldmine of catchy anthems for Generation Y. Total Life Forever, however, would prove a more human record than its predecessor. While Antidotes sounded like an epitaph of the apocalypse, Total Life Forever was clearly more organic and dreamlike, fusing an almost tribal mantra with Foals’ trademark futuristic clatter. It proved the masterstroke that would herald a new giant in contemporary music. 2. MIDLAKE – The Courage Of Others 3. THE NATIONAL – High Violet 4. THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM – American Slang 5. BAND OF HORSES – Infinite Arms 6. DEERHUNTER – Halcyon Digest 7. ROBERT PLANT – Band Of Joy 8. YOU AM I – You Am I 9. JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE – Harlem River Blues 10. BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE – Forgiveness Rock Record
It might be a tad obvious to select Kanye West for album of the year, since he brought out the best album of the year and all, but no one else came close to matching the opus that is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye’s had everyone trying to keep him down for years. Even President Dubya said he provided one of the most “disgusting” moments of his presidency, while Obama simply called him a “jackass.” People kinda forget that while stcisk and stones may break some bones (leading to getting your jaw wired shut), words can hurt, darn it! From tracks like Power sampling the great King Crimson to the ode to the hangers on and detractors in the marvellously orchestrated Runaway – My Dark Twisted Fantasy pushes the envelope in all the right areas and will finally give people the chance to interrupt his award acceptance speeches. 2. ROLO TOMASSI – Cosmology 3.THE BLACK KEYS – Brothers 4.CONAN O’BRIEN – Live At Third Man 5.THE CORIN TUCKER BAND – 1,000 Years 6.BIG BOI – The Legend Of Sir Luscious Leftfoot 7.TAME IMPALA – Innerspeaker 8.LITTLE RED – Midnight Remember 9.DANGER MOUSE & SPARKLEHORSE - Dark Night Of The Soul 10.BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER – Songs From The 86 Tram
WORST ALBUM: GLEE – every single Glee CD. WORST ALBUM: ANGUS & JULIA STONE – Down The Way – as if the ARIAs weren’t bad enough, now Please, no more. I have to think about them every time I see a child drowning in a supermarket.
JOANNA NEWSOM Have One On Me
THE NATIONAL High Violet
Joanna really gave few others a chance to compete for album of the year in 2010. Not content with one great album Have One On Me is three albums worth of material. The lyrics are less obtuse, her voice more refined and the work still dense. You can immerse yourself inside this one for months and it still gives something new on each listen. Have One On Me is a stunning release on every measure.
After nearly a decade of being ‘on the cusp’ of greatness, there was little to suggest that 2010 would be the year that The National finally crossed a line to become the band they’ve been destined to be since the first chords of Secret Meeting rang out way back in 2004. But with the rewarding, resonant High Violet, the Brooklyn quartet synthesized the best parts of their past into a fantastic present, delivering the kind of uniformly 2. SUPERCHUNK – Majesty Shredding excellent, perfectly-realised record you’d for 3. BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE – Forgiveness Rock hope from a band at the top of their game, Record forever banishing their label as indie-rock’s 4. TAYLOR SWIFT – Speak Now ‘best kept secret’. 5. VASELINES – Sex With An X 6. PERFUME GENIUS – Learning 2. BEACH HOUSE – Teen Dream 7. THE FALL – Your Future Our Clutter 3. BEST COAST – Crazy For You 8. ARCADE FIRE – The Suburbs 4. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – This Is Happening 9. PINK NASTY – Pink Nasty 5. ARCADE FIRE – The Suburbs 10. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – The Promise 6. SUFJAN STEVENS – The Age of Adz 7. ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI – Before Today WORST ALBUM: JOHN FARNHAM – Jack – 8. PARADES – Foreign Tapes more like Jack Shit! 9. TWIN SHADOW – Forget 10. JOANNA NEWSOM – Have One on Me WORST ALBUM: M.I.A. – Maya
DEFTONES Diamond Eyes
GORILLAZ Plastic Beach
Having already written an entire album, Eros, that was put on hold after bassist Chi Cheng’s car crash in 2008 which still sees him in a coma, Deftones went back into the studio and wrote and recorded Diamond Eyes. For a band to write a record this good at any point in their career is an achievement in itself, but to do so under such traumatic circumstances only solidifies Deftones as one of the true powerhouses of modern heavy rock. 2. MINUS THE BEAR – Omni 3. HOT HOT HEAT – Future Breeds 4. CIRCA SURVIVE – Blue Sky Noise 5. STEALING O’NEAL – Don’t Sleep 6. ENVY ON THE COAST – Lowcountry 7. MILES AWAY – Endless Roads 8. THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM – American Slang 9. UNDEROATH – Disambiguation 10. KATY PERRY – Teenage Dream
Featuring the likes of Snoop Dogg, De La Soul and Bobby Womack, Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach album is easily my favourite release of 2010. Fusing electro, hip hop, soul and pop, Plastic Beach masterfully blends genres, reminding us of Damon Albarn’s unparalleled musical abilities. 2. OK GO – Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky 3. ALOE BLACC – Good Things 4. TAME IMPALA – Innerspeaker 5. LITTLE RED – Midnight Remember 6. BLACK KEYS – Brothers 7. HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY – Escapades 8. CHROMEO – Business Casual 9. THE DRUMS – The Drums 10. MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL – Record Collection WORST ALBUM: GOLDFRAPP – Head First - you may have a rocket but I aint going on it!
WORST ALBUM: SHORT STACK – This Is Bat Country (Dear Short Stack. You are a shitty, shitty band. From George.) 22
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JESSICA WILLOUGHBY SWANS My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky Michael Gira, the multifaceted man behind no wave/industrial/ apocalyptic folk outfit Swans, has become somewhat of a mythical figure for me. After almost 30 years, he still talks about his music in terms of physical suffering – that he has to bleed himself dry, metaphorically speaking, to create. It is that divine obsession, and continual need to move forward, that drove him back to his namesake project – even if past core member, Jarboe La Salle Devereaux, is no longer by his side. Often referred to as “the last of the zero men” – with his self-destructive attitude being key – Gira has mastered the art of capturing disenchantment. That exact moment, when an individual feels their psyche beginning to slip. My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky, the 11th offering from Swans, reflects every part of this description. This album never compromises on exploring the flaws of human nature; no matter how deep the filth goes. And it is this ugliness, fleshed out through Gira’s words, that makes Swans beautiful – at least in my eyes. 2. UFOMAMMUT – Eve 3. ZOLA JESUS – Stridulum II 4. RORCAL – Heliogabalus 5. BLACK BREATH – Heavy Breathing 6. GRINDERMAN – Grinderman 2 7. THE BASTARD NOISE – A Culture Of Monsters 8. HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS – Self-Titled EP 9. PALESKETCHER – Jesu: Palesketches Demixed 10. CEREMONY – Rohnert Park
BIG IN 2011 Who will be making our lists this time next year? Let’s take a look at some big 2011 releases. WIRE
Red Barked Tree
The King Is Dead
SOCIAL DISTORTION Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes THE GO! TEAM
Let England Shake
The People’s Key
Several Shades Of Why
All Eternals Deck
Computers & Decks
Collapse Into Now
Plus as yet untitled albums from: The Strokes, Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Queens Of The Stone, The Flaming Lips, Beck and the Chinese Democracy of Australian music, The Avalanches.
WORST ALBUM: DEEZ NUTS – This Ones For You
While Kanye delivered, and Gorillaz produced a brilliant concept album (not to mention the live show of the year, yes, including U2 and Muse), the album I couldn’t seem to get out of my CD player was Bonobo’s Black Sands. The pseudonym of the UK’s Simon Green, his studio wizardry delved deep into a wide and exotic array of samples to create an effortlessly organic vibe on this electronic album. An ultra-fine, timeless work of soundscapey beats, down tempo variations, mixed with gorgeous vocals, exotic strings, yet with a deep, throbbing, dubstep heart. It’s lush, sublime, dark, edgy and engaging throughout the entire 12 tracks. An instant classic. 2. KANYE WEST – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 3. GORILLAZ – Plastic Beach 4. MASSIVE ATTACK - Heligoland 5. ARCADE FIRE – The Suburbs 6. FOUR TET - There Is Love In You 7. THE ROOTS – How I Got Over 8. TRENTEMOLLER - Into The Great Wide Yonder 9. DELPHIC - Acolyte 10. THE BLACK KEYS – Brothers WORST ALBUM: Justin Bieber – My World 2.0. Bieber represents everything that is wrong and fake with the music industry – oh and his music is shit. He’ll probably have a midlife crisis before he hits puberty and be a derelict, has-been, junkie on the streets of LA before his 21st.
BOB GORDON GORILLAZ Plastic Beach More tunes and chimes than a Chinese opera. Albarn and co. showed again that the best clashes are that of music and culture and not even cartoons can get in the way. Sublimey! 2. BAND OF HORSES – Infinite Arms 3. TAME IMPALA – Innerspeaker 4. YOU AM I – You Am I 5. PARIS WELLS - Various Small Fires 6. DANGER MOUSE & SPARKLEHORSE – Dark Night Of The Soul 7. AVETT BROS - I And Love And You 8. THE NAKED & THE FAMOUS - Passive Me/ Aggressive You 9. MAVIS STAPLES – You Are Not Alone 10. GRINDERMAN – Grinderman 2 WORST ALBUM: MGMT – Congratulations
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The Year In DVDs There’s no doubt Avatar made an impact, becoming the highest grossing film of all time (in record time) into early 2010. The original midyear DVD release – which contained a simple cut of the theatrical release – might have been the biggest letdown on DVD all year if 20th Century Fox didn’t have the extended cut up their sleeve. After a quick cinematic bow in August, the eight extra minutes appeared on the two-disc release but you might still want to hold on to your money and hold out for the inevitable platinum / collectors / bells and whistles edition. So far, there are still no extras. Kick Ass polarised critics and audiences, but for our money it sucked harder than a diesel powered vacuum after the edginess of the comic book, and makes a similarly patchy, never-sure-what-it-is movie on DVD. The cultural juggernaut of Sex In The City 2 was no less embarrassing the second time – vacuous American women indulging in ostentatious excess while the western world collapses into nearbankruptcy. Setting it in a region already as beset with poverty and disenfranchisement as the Muslim Middle East was even more cringe-worthy. Disappointment followed some of the biggest films of the year onto DVD with Alice In Wonderland and Clash Of The Titans – both bone-headedly empty in cinemas. For all Sam Worthington’s carping that the latter made half a billion dollars, the simple reason is that we were all still in Avatar’s afterglow and excited by 3D – feelings one studio after another tore out of our hearts and stomped all over the floor. On the upside, this year bought us some great films that stand up much better at home. Revisiting Scorsese’s Hitchcock homage Shutter Island gives you the benefit of hindsight about the stunning reveal, and a million details you didn’t notice first time around jump out at you, making the experience feel brand new. And if the thrilling, brilliant Inception left you scratching your head (in a good way), every time you revisit it a little more of Chris Nolan’s smart, economic story unravels a little bit more – one to watch again and again. The Hughes Brothers’ biblical action film parable The Book Of Eli also had a twist, and even though some found it clunky, further viewings on DVD will further cement the outstanding way the film enmeshed the cerebral with the visceral. And from the decade made for home video came Hot Tub Time Machine, an ‘80s-style comedy with the aesthetic, humour and flavour of the era stamped lovingly all over it. That it starred ‘80s comedy poster boy John Cusack was just the first step in a brilliantly executed movie. Guilty pleasure viewing at its finest.
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GET UP, STAND UP
If you’ve ever considered getting behind the mic for a spot of standup well now’s your chance, because heats for the 2011 edition of the Raw Comedy Competition have just been announced. Renowned for unearthing some of our nation’s brightest comedy stars, Raw is held in high regard within the industry, so it’s the perfect launching pad for wannabe comics looking to make it big. Whether you’re keen to have a go or you just want to sit back and observe the hilarity, be sure to head in to the Comedy Lounge at the Charles Hotel every Thursday during January and on Thursday, February 3, and 10, from 8pm onwards. To find out how to get involved, visit rawcomedy.com.au.
A KOOL CELEBRATION
The suave chaps from Kool & The Gang will make their way down under in February for Jungle Boogie, a summer concert under the stars at the Perth Zoo. With support from an 11 piece band, Kool & The Gang will take to the stage to perform classic hits such as Get Down On It, Ladies Night and Celebration. Set to take place on Sunday, February 20, Jungle Boogie is likely to sell out so folks are advised to get their tickets quick smart from ticketek.
In its 55th year of continuous operation in Australia, the good ol’ TV, or idiot box as many know it, entertained, bored and baffled viewers. With the introduction of many new channels, including the likes of ABC News 24, Gem and 7mate, we Aussies were spoilt for choice when it came to at-home entertainment in 2010. So what were some of this year’s highlights? Let’s start with the most memorable, shall we? When it comes to live TV bungles there’s no going past the massive cock up that was the grand finale of Australia’s Next Top Model. As Amanda Ware and Kelsey Martinovich stood on stage in front of a huge live audience, Sarah Murdoch announced that Kelsey had taken out the competition, only to realise a minute or so later that it was actually Amanda who had won the crown! Those who watched the live finale will probably never forget Sarah Murdoch’s facial expression when she realised she’d announced the wrong name – she looked as if she was going to explode and throw up all at once. Hilarious! All in all it was a pretty big year for
have been able to witness the hilarity that is Dating In The Dark. Hosted by former Miss Universe contestant Laura Dundovic, the show matches up a trio of guys and girls who meet and date each other in a pitch black room. Though most contestants claim not to care about what their potential partner looks like, when their appearance is eventually revealed most choose
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ARE YOU AN EXHIBITIONIST?
If you’re a WA based artist looking for a space to exhibit in 2011 then you’re in luck because the folks at Kulcha are currently on the hunt for creative types to utilise their Fremantle space for exhibitions, performances and installations. A fairly large space, Kulcha is located in the heart of Fremantle on the South Terrace coffee strip, making it the perfect place for a variety of exhibitions. There are no fees associated with hiring the space but a 25 per cent commission fee applies to all artwork sold during the exhibition. To register your interest or to find out more, email Jessica at email@example.com or head online to kulcha.com.au.
reality TV, with shows such as Junior MasterChef attracting huge viewer numbers. After watching Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston rip shreds off the adult MasterChef contestants, Australian viewers were shown a different side of the MasterChef team as they pandered to youngsters with big food dreams. After way too many sickly sweet episodes in which precocious children cooked up dishes most adults would struggle to assemble, 12 year old Isabella took out the first ever Junior MasterChef title. In recent months Foxtel subscribers
not to continue dating in the light – very deep guys. A particular highlight of the show was when a simple minded chap called Jesse asked a fellow contestant ‘what is an orchestra?’. What is an orchestra indeed! This year those with a penchant for drama sat glued to the TV for the final season of Lost. A rather confusing shemozzle, the Lost finale left most punters scratching their heads, this reviewer included. Perhaps it will make more sense second time round…? Probably not. Until next year, that’s all folks. _EMMA BERGMEIER
MARVELOUS MUSIC The Sounds Of The Perth International Arts Festival
Fans of offbeat sounds, obscure bands and creative compositions are likely to fall head over heels for the Perth International Arts Festival’s music program. From Saturday, February 12, through ’til Sunday, March 6, the much loved Beck’s Music Box will set up shop on the Perth Esplanade, playing host to a slew of talented artists from all the corners of the globe. The fun doesn’t stop at the Music Box, with the general music program set to also take over venues such the Perth Concert Hall, The Astor and Government House Ballroom. Read on for our top picks of the 2011 season.
Irish lass Imelda May will saunter onto the stage of Beck’s Music Box in late February to enchant audiences with her genre bending mix of rockabilly, blues and burlesque. Joined by a band featuring live trumpet, drums, piano, bass and guitars, May will shimmy her way into your heart with tracks such as Love Tattoo and Johnny Got A Boom Boom. Catch Miss May on Sunday, February 27, at the Beck’s Music Box, and at Howard Park Winery in Denmark on Saturday, February 26.
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If you have the spirit of jazz coursing through your veins you won’t want to miss out on the Gwilym Simcock Trio’s Beck’s Music Box performance. Featuring Gwilym Simcock on keys, Yuri Goloubev on bass and James Maddren on drums, the trio crafts new age jazz that breathes fresh life into age old standards. Catch the Gwilym Simcock Trio on Tuesday, February 15.
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With direction from Roysten Abel, The Manganiyar Seduction promises to be a feast for the senses. A whopping 43 performers will take to the stage of the Perth Concert Hall for the show, slowly revealed in a framework of magic boxes that tower above the stage. Hailing from the deserts of India, The Manganiyars weave musical tales about life in far off lands, layering instruments and voices to create a jaw dropping cacophony of sound. There will be two performances of The Manganiyar Seduction during the PIAF season on Saturday, February 12, and Sunday, February 13. An artist talk will be held at 6pm on Sunday, February 13. www.xpressmag.com.au
THE YEAR IN REVIEW Cinema in 2010 What is it that makes us try to codify something so subjective and personal as art? It’s a weird notion, the idea that one piece of art can be measured against another, and some kind of objective ranking can be meted out, and it’s even weirder at the high end of the from, where the gradient is so fine that the qualitative differences can only me measured in nanometres. I mean, it’s easy enough to say that Iron Man 2 is a better film than Robin Hood, but they’re both pretty middling pieces of cinema, so who really gives a crap. It’s much harder to say whether, for example, Inception is a better film than Animal Kingdom, and by how much, and why. Which is a roundabout way of saying that these are the 10 best films that I saw this year, in no particular order. They’re all fantastic pieces of cinema, and well worth investigating, but I’m not going to wrack my brain comparing Four Lions to Winter’s Bone; that way lies madness. It’s enough to say that they’re both great films, and should be seen by as many people as possible. Four Lions, sadly, did not get seen by as many people as possible, which is a damn shame. In point of fact, it was barely screened here, and almost didn’t get distribution in the United States. Of course, seeing as it’s a comedy about radical Islamic suicide bombers by British comedy provocateur Chris Morris, it becomes easier to see why it had trouble attracting an audience. It’s a pity, because it’s easily one of funniest, most thought-provoking, and most warmly human films of the year. Equally rich in humanity is the
New Zealand film Boy, Taika Waititi’s ’80s-set paean to childhood, fatherhood, dreams and disappointment. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, it is simultaneously intensely personal in its concerns and universal in appeal, and marks writer/director/star Waititi, who cut his teeth directing episodes of Flight Of The Conchords, as a talent to watch out for. Much as Boy put rural New Zealand under the microscope, Winter’s Bone gives us a close examination of familial ties in the povertystricken Ozarks. Director Debra Granik paints her scenes with a chilly subdued palette that perfectly suits the downbeat noir mystery, and if newcomer Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the resourceful farmgirl tasked with tracking down her deadbeat father, doesn’t score on Oscar nomination for her performance, the fix is in. Jeremy Renner did score an Oscar nomination for his turn in The Hurt Locker, and director Kathryn Bigelow, who gave us the cult classics Point Break and Near Dark, won Best Director, becoming the first woman to ever do so. Their tense thriller about an American bomb disposal team in war torn Iraq is a masterpiece of suspense and characterisation. Suspense and character is also at the heart of Christopher Nolan’s puzzle-box action blockbuster Inception. A rare, provocative, and just downright strange film – it’s an action movie without villains, which is almost unheard of – it proved that big budget Hollywood fare need not be devoid of intellect. As did David Fincher’s excellent The
Social Network, which boasted a fantastic cast, one of the best scripts of the year by Aaron ‘The West Wing’ Sorkin, and a gripping storyline that was all about intellect, or at the very least intellectual property. I’m not placing The Social Network above the others here in terms of quality but, gun to my head, this is the film I’d betting on when the Oscars roll around next year – the Academy has owed Fincher a statue for a while now. What will be interesting is whether the exemplary Australian thriller Animal Kingdom picks up any nominations – Jacki Weaver has just been nominated for a Golden Globe for her blistering turn as the Machiavellian matriarch of a family of career criminals. First time director David Michod has given us the most exciting Australian film in years, and if you missed out on seeing it in the cinema, you should be running to the local
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video emporium to rectify the situation. It’s rare to see a remake make anyone’s Best Of list, but Matt Reeves’ Let Me In, an American reworking of the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In, is just so assured and moody a piece that it deserves mention. Plus, it gave us more of Chloe Moretz, who is proving to be one of the most capable young actors around today. even diehard fans of the original are advised to give this one a chance. And everyone needs to see Black Swan, from the simply masterful Darren Aronofsky. There’s just no way to do the film justice in a short paragraph, but suffice it to say that this surreal psychological horror set in the world of ballet demands to be seen. _TRAVIS JOHNSON
MOVIES BY BURSWOOD Charitable Cinema The Movies By Burswood season runs ’til Saturday, March 12, at two locations – the Stirling Civic Gardens on Cedric Street in Stirling and at the Burswood Parklands off Great Eastern Highway in Burswood. Find out what’s on and when at moviesbyburswood. com. Outdoor cinemas seem to be popping up all over Perth but out of the many on offer, only two can proudly declare that they donate all proceeds to children’s charities. Movies By Burswood has become a fast favourite of those looking to indulge in some charitable cinema during the warmer
months and in 2010, organisers opened their second location with Movies At Stirling. Last year the hard working folks at MBB raised a whopping $702,000 for a group of charities that includes Riding For The Disabled, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Noah’s Ark Toy Library, Wheelchairs For Kids and Friends Of Autism; bringing their progressive total up to $2.3 million! If you have a hankering to kick back with friends on a picnic blanket and watch the latest releases and classics on the big screen, read on to find out what’s showing and when at Movies By Burswood and Movies At Stirling.
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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
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Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows The Castle
Head on down to Movies By Burswood at 7pm on Thursday, January 20, to indulge in some belly laughs courtesy of local comics and comedy classic The Castle. Prior to the screening stand up stars Ben Darsow and John Robertson will get behind the mic for a spot of live comedy, followed by a screening of the much loved Australian flick The Castle.
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows
JK Rowling fans will be out in force this January when the folks from Movies At Stirling screen Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows on three consecutive nights. A much darker film that the series’ previous offerings, The Deathly Hallows sees Harry and his mates face off against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Screenings take place on Saturday, January 15, Sunday, January 16, and Monday, January 17.
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3
If the rugrats are giving you post Christmas grief, bundle them into the car and make a bee-line for Movies By Burswood to catch a screening of Toy Story 3 on Tuesday, January 4. Featuring all the characters we’ve come to know and love, Toy Story 3 is a great flick that the whole family can enjoy.
LITTLE FOCKERS All Punned Out mortality, begins to devise a succession plan as to Directed by Paul Weitz Starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin who will take over his throne. His once revered sonin-law, Doctor Bob, has had a marriage dissolving Hoffman, Barbara Streisand, Jessica Alba dalliance and is no longer in the esteemed ‘Circle The crude word play in the title Little Fockers of Trust’ which poses the question: is Greg fit to doesn’t exactly allude to expectations of cinematic succeed Jack as the family patriarch? Does he have gold and comic genius; bare this in mind and the what it takes to be‘The Godfocker’? Cue Godfathermassive underwhelming will be better received. esque melodies and theatre-wide cringes. Doctor The third installment in the Fockers franchise Bob’s deceit prompts Jack’s return to covert comes a decade after the huge success of Meet The espionage thus the storyline falls back into the Parents and to a lesser extent, Meet The Fockers, and tired conflict between the male protagonists and the crass puns and sexual innuendo that were rife all the spying, mistrust and deception that entails. A rare comic moment in an otherwise in the first two films are kept alive in Little Fockers, albeit in a far more stale and unimaginative hackneyed and recycled joke ridden affair is a tour of the ridiculously progressive Early Human manner. As the title suggests, Greg ‘Gaylord’ School, where the family hopes to send their little Focker (Ben Stiller) and his wife Pam (Teri Polo) have Fockers. Alas, the humour is marred when the had children – twins, no less. Between dealing with liberal headmistress (Laura Dern) mistakes Greg middle class issues like completing renovations and Jack for a gay couple.The hefty accompanying on their first family nest and planning the twins’ school fees along with Greg’s eternal desire to fifth birthday party which heralds an in-law influx, prove his worth to Jack provoke money concerns. Greg initially finds himself in the good books of his Enter the young, pretty and annoyingly flirtatious father-in-law, retired CIA agent Jack Byrnes (Robert Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba), a pharmaceutical rep De Niro) who, having caught a glimpse of his own vying for Greg’s involvement in the lucrative
lecturing market of Sustengo – a Viagra type drug suitable for patients with heart conditions. This may be Alba’s most two-dimensional role yet, and whilst the writers make full use of Alba and incorporate a scene where, high on Sustengo she rips off her clothes and dives into a pit, her role as the happy-go-lucky home wrecker is trite. The long running series joke about loveable family friend and new age billionaire Kevin Rawley (Owen Wilson) still being obsessed with Pam is stretched to breaking point, and the sex talk pivoted around Greg’s hippy parents, Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) and Rozalin (Barbara Streisand) was basically copied and pasted from Meet The Fockers. Instead of introducing fresh concepts and moving forward with witticisms, the writers have so desperately clung to the comic formula of sex quips, bodily function gags and risqué innuendo that made its predecessors successful, but, in this incarnation, falls short. There’s a boner scene where the phrase ‘dick attack’ is thrown around, projectile vomiting, enemas and the obligatory dinner table antics – this time with the appearance of a pet lizard, which inevitably
Imaginopolis, Breadbox Gallery, 233 James Street, Northbridge. If you could take a peek inside the creative mind of Perth installation artist Rose Skinner you might see something that resembles Imaginopolis: a spellbinding realm of surreal bubblegum coloured landscapes, teeming with bizarre dreamlike creatures, quirky sounds, delicious smells, sweet tastes, and whimsical lighting. Imaginopolis has been under construction for the last five months and is inspired by the likes of Dr Seuss, Tim Burton and Lewis Carol. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, January 9. Home Open, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle. Fremantle has always been a hive of creativity and inspiration. Western Australia’s historic port city exudes an energy that only port cities have, and artists of all generations have gathered here and made this city their home. They’ve created a place to live and work, which Cloud City by Tomas Saraceno fuels their craft and surrounds their lives. Home Open is an exhibition which tells the story of Cloud City, Langley Park, Riverside Drive, Perth. Fremantle and the environments people make Presenting his visionary art for the first time in Australia, distinguished artist Tomas Saraceno to sustain their lives. A sprawling meditation creates Cloud City for the people of Perth. The work is an ambitious massed form of white on the multiplicity of our creative minds, modules encapsulating the architectural precision and the poetically utopian ideal that is Home Open reflects the diversity and energy the hallmark of Saraceno’s highly regarded practice. Challenging the boundaries of earthly of our artists and their homes. Artists create living, Saraceno explores the possibilities of airborne living, predicting a social space in which environments that reflect who they are and moving over the world can be seamless and free, and where the environment might benefit what they make. With an eye for design and from humans inhabiting the skies. attention to detail, they collect furniture, art, Exhibition opens on Saturday, February 17, and runs ’til Sunday, February 27. objects and artifacts that continue to inspire and motivate. Guggenheim’s love of art, in particular her the 20th century – all of whom were eclipsed Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, January 23. strong affinity for two key artistic movements at times by the men they inspired. From of 20th century modern art: Surrealism and Georgia O’Keefe to Frida Kahlo, the series Insider Art – Recent Work By WA Prisoners, is an assertive yet enigmatic portrayal of Prison Gallery, Gatehouse of Fremantle Abstraction. Also on display will be personal women artists and artistic developments by photos and items which belonged to Peggy, Prison, Fremantle. women throughout the century. Genevieve Featuring work by current WA inmates, such as a pair of her famous sunglasses. Thauvette: Beheld is on display as part of The exhibition will present the vitality Insider Art offers up contemporary artworks the Perth International Arts Festival’s Visual produced by prisoners from across the state, created by the combination of European and Arts program. American artists that transformed Modernist including Roebourne, Broome, Bunbury, Karnet, Exhibition opens on Saturday, Hakea, Acacia and Casuarina and has a strong art throughout the world, and will feature February 12, and runs ’til Saturday, March 12. works by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, René representation of Aboriginal art. The exhibition also features pieces created and crafted in the Magritte, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Frozen In Time, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 various prison industries workshops around Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. Exhibition runs ’til Monday, January Finnerty Street, Fremantle. the State. Canadian artist Nathalie Daoust presents 31. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, January 30. a series of delicately hand-coloured photographs from the picturesque Alps Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection In Venice, Genevieve Thauvette: Beheld, Perth Centre i n h e r Per th International Ar ts Festival Art Gallery Of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, For Photography, 91 Brisbane Street, exhibition. Frozen In Time is a record of the Perth. Northbridge. artist’s response to the landscape during a I n Pe g g y G u g g e n h e i m : A Co l l e c t i o n I n Genevieve Thauvette presents self-portraits six-month residency in Switzerland. Offset Venice, art fans can gain a rare insight into in the guises of important women artists of by the per fect whitewashed backdrops, luminescent figures appear in awkward and unexpected places, creating a landscape that drifts between dream and reality. Exhibition opens on Saturday, January 29, and runs ’til Sunday, March 20. JOONDALUP PINES (ECU) SOMERVILLE (UWA)
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leads to a misjudged turkey carving and copious amounts of blood spurting across the table onto Jack’s face. Obviously. But the worst part is the suggestive ending that hints at the prospect of a fourth installment should the in-laws opt to relocate to Greg’s vicinity, Everybody Loves Raymond style, which is sort of fitting given the sitcom level scripting. I would not be surprised if they milked the last possible drop and titled it ‘Mother Fockers’. _JESSICA DONOVAN
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Sculpture By The Sea, Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe. Perth’s largest free outdoor art exhibition, the much loved Sculpture By The Sea, will return for its seventh year in 2011, drawing an estimated 140,000 visitors. Overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean, the exhibition will feature sculptures from local, interstate and international artists. Thirty-nine West Australian artists will showcase their talents, along with 18 other gif ted Australian sculptors. Exhibition opens on Thursday, March 3, and runs ’til Tuesday, March 22.
PERFORMANCE C i n d e r e l l a , Q u a r r y A m p h i t h e a t r e, 1 Waldron Drive, City Beach. In 2011 the Perth City Ballet will proudly present a full length production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella. With direction by Diana Waldron, Cinderella will feature artists such as Allan Girod and Shane Adamczack (as the ugly stepsisters), plus Sarah Sutcliffe
Waltzing The Wilarra, Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hammersley Road, Subiaco. Join Charlie, Elsa and Fay as they take you on a musical journey back to 1940s post-war Perth. Against a backdrop of curfews, and the fear of arrest for consorting, whites and blacks manage to form their own club. For a night they can experience rare happy times singing, dancing and with a little luck... find romance! Forty years on, as the club faces demolition, our three characters stage a musical reunion in protest. The trio reflects upon loves lost and found, dark secrets are revealed and we discover that reconciliation is more than saying sorry. A teaming of two of Australia’s leading Indigenous theatre makers, David Milroy (Windmill Baby) and Wesley Enoch (The Sapphires), Waltzing The Wilarra is an original music theatre work featuring an all-star Indigenous cast. Season opens on Thursday, February 3, and runs ’til Sunday, March 6. Bookings can be made at PerthFestival.com.au. The Red Shoes, Octagon Theatre, University Of WA, Nedlands. How far would you go to stop dancing? A young girl tricks her blind stepmother into buying her a pair of risqué red shoes. After dancing, spinning and revelling wildly in the freedom of her sensual new prize, she is horrified to discover the shoes won’t come off... or stop dancing. Luckily one man has the chops to provide a solution. This dark, witty and highly original take on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story presented as part of the Perth International Arts Festival sees a wonderfully warped cast dipping into music, mime, dance and devilishness to entertain while reminding us of life’s precariousness. Season opens on Friday, February 11, and runs ’til Saturday, February 19. Bookings can be made at PerthFestival.com.au. My Bicycle Loves You, Regal Theatre, Hay Street, Subiaco. Named after one of the great films used in the show, My Bicycle Loves You is an uplifting cabaret of vaudeville, acrobatics, a little magic and rambunctious piano hall music. The early 1900s were the golden age of travelling entertainment. Among the top acts touring Australia and the world were The Corrick Family, comprised of mum, dad, seven daughters and one son, who amazed onlookers with a mystical new medium known as ‘moving pictures’. Season opens on Tuesday, February 22, and runs ’til Saturday, February 26. Bookings can be made via perthfestival.com.au.
MUSIC Marnie Kent Quintet, December 30 Ellington Jazz Club; bookings through EllingtonJazz.com.au. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, January 13 Rosemount Hotel; bookings through BOCS. Kenny Rogers With WASO, January 29 Lake Karrinyup Country Club; bookings through waso.com.au. Roy Ayers, February 12 Beck’s Music Box; bookings through PerthFestival.com.au. The Unthanks, February 13 Beck’s Music Box; bookings through PerthFestival.com.au. www.xpressmag.com.au
If you were lucky enough to receive cash for Christmas, be sure to pop in to Billie & Rose on King Street in the coming weeks to make the most of your moulah at a massive designer sale. Open from 10am ’til 5.30pm on Thursday, December 30, Friday, December 31, and into the new year, the sale will offer up heavily discounted items from the likes of Karen Walker, Illionaire, Carly Hunter, Ellery, Alice McCall, Cheap Monday, Dr Denim, Friend Of Mine, Anti!podium and plenty more. Head on in to Billie & Rose at 68 King Street to stock up on sartorial goodies.
Third Drawer Down
Whether you’re keen to become more organised in the coming year or just want something pretty to hang on your wall, there’s no going past an Able and Game calendar. Based in Melbourne, the Able and Game crew produce wonderfully witty cards and calendars, which will see you through 2011 in style. Emblazoned with cute illustrations and funny phrases such as ‘If I was a zombie in a George A. Romero film I’d totally eat your brain first’ and ‘I don’t have a lazy eye, I was trying to wink at you’ – Able and Game calendars will have you grinning from ear to ear. View the full range of Able and Game calendars at etsy.com/shop/ ableandgame.
Inject a bit of fun into the mundane task that is dish washing with one of Third Drawer Down’s delightful tea towels. Designed by a range of artists from across the world, Third Drawer Down tea towels are almost too good to use on grubby dishes. If you’re on the hunt for something quirky, funny or pretty to hang in your kitchen, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that tops these great textile designs. View the full range online at thirddrawerdown.com or pop in to William Topp in Northbridge or Remedy in Leederville to get your hands on a tea towel or two. _EMMA BERGMEIER Able and Game 2011 calendars
PERTH WRITER’S FESTIVAL The Write Stuff The Perth Writer’s Festival is on at UWA from Friday, March 4, to Monday, March 7. Find out what’s on and when at perthfestival.com.au/ pwf. Bookings can be made through BOCS. The Perth Writer’s Festival has run, in its current incarnation as a part of PIAF, for five years now. Traditionally seen as the mustier, less-glamorous offshoot of the more flamboyant festival, the Perth Writer’s festival is in fact an important cornerstone in the Perth artistic community. Its chief function is as a celebration of new ideas, as well as their dissemination into wider society. Danielle Brenda is the brand new curator of this year’s festival, and she was quite emphatic on this point. “People should come because the Writer’s Festival is a real focus for thought and debate within the festival as a whole. People use words to discuss ideas and thoughts and it’s not just about literature but about all thought. We want to encompass people who blog or write for screen or song. People say the book is dying, but I would say that people use words to communicate and they are the best way of communicating. That’s what the Writer’s Festival is about. It’s about those ideas and it’s about what it is to be human and what it is to lead a good life.” As a consequence of this focus, Writer’s Festival events are not merely scheduled talks with various writers. Although definitely present as standard fare in festivals of this nature, the festival will also feature events catering to more combative tastes. Brenda has assured that “debates have also been scheduled. There will also be panel discussions. We want to involve the broader community. Again, the festival is about ideas and thought and what it means to live in a democracy and what the limits of that should be.” One of the prominent figures present in such a role at the festival is Tariq Ali, a well known and widely published public intellectual from the UK. His latest work, The Obama Syndrome, is described by Brenda as being “a critique on the foreign policy of the Obama Administration and their actions in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in particular how not much at all has changed (since the Bush administration).” More traditional authors appearing as part of the festival include such luminaries as Annie Prue, author of Brokeback Mountain, and Jeff Lindsay, better known to the general population as the brains behind the hit series Australia’s highest circulating Street Press
Tariq Ali author of The Obama Syndrome features on the Perth Writer’s Festival lineup
Dexter, which has garnered a popular television series to boot. “The festival will also feature Kate Holden, who wrote In My Skin, a first person account of her life as a heroin addict and prostitute; Melina Marchetta, who wrote Looking For Alibrandi, which was a real ground breaking novel when it was released; Simon Armitage, who does little bonsai short stories full of pop culture, wit and humour; and Amistead Mopan, who is the author of a series of books chronicling the gay culture of San Fransisco.” All in all, this year’s Writer’s Festival promises to present a pleasant spread of writers and ideas cut from many disparate and varied cloths. There will be something for everybody, and the chance to be part of such an esteemed and plural society is certainly not one to be missed. _JOE LUI 29
LIVIN’ IT UP AT ORIGIN Nick Douwma aka Sub Focus has always been dubbed a rising star of the drum‘n’bass scene. 2010 has, however, undoubtedly seen him rise to the highest echelons of producers within the genre. With his debut eponymous album more than a year behind him and a newly conceived live show tearing up the UK, Sub Focus talks to TILMAN ROBINSON about changing musical direction, a new album, his live show and his return to Perth for this year’s Origin NYE. Nick Douwma is not an easy man to pin down. Our interview takes place at 1:45am GMT as he races from a club in Essex to DJ at London’s drum‘n’bass superclub, Fabric. Long time friend and colleague MC ID is at the wheel. These DJ dates come hot off the heels of an epic 22 date UK tour that introduced his live show to the world. One assumes touring as a DJ is easier than touring a full live show, so why bother? Is the live show better than DJing? “They’re different things,” Douwma explains. “When I do the live show it’s all my own material so it’s great to be able to play stuff by other people when I’m DJing. At the moment, I like the live show because I have so much control over it: the lights, the way it’s presented. It’s been a breath of fresh air for me. I started doing it only earlier this year.” Foregoing the example led by Pendulum, Douwma’s live show does not follow a formulaic ‘band’ format but rather a one man performance. Douwma explains this is a conscious decision based on the sound and styles of his music. “My tunes are quite synthetic and I’m quite into synthesized sounds,” he says. “So I wanted to do it in a way that is true to the way the music was made rather than getting a live drummer to try to play my crazy drum tracks.” Continued Page 32
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ORIGIN NYE SET TIMES
Alrighty break beat, drum’n’bass and all lovers of the doof doof, the set times for this almighty Origin New Year’s Eve event have arrived. Shuttle buses will be operating to and from Guildford train station to the venue every 20 minutes. The shuttle will operate from 4-7pm and then resume at 1- 4am. Transperth trains will be running every hour all night from Midland to Perth. Gates open at 5pm.
Juicy Music is touring Australia for the first time this summer after an absolute hit in the dance music capital that is Ibiza. With performances at festivals as well as special event club nights throughout January, Juicy is bringing some of its young guns along with the biggest hitters to get the party started. Miami’s own Willie Morales who runs Juicy Music On Tour with DJ and producer Robbie Rivera will be joining the stellar lineup to bring you his recent collaborations. FYI Morales regularly performs alongside Tiesto. Joining him will be Columbian born David Solano who has taken to the Miami club scene by storm. His chart topping releases have been supported by the liked of Tiesto, Dirty South, George Acosta, Matt Darrey and Robbie Rivera too. Tony Puccio will be engaging disco-goers on the decks. Named #19 on Beatport House Top 100, this is bound to be a riot. Melbourne’s Sebastian Morxx will also be making an appearance. It’s all happening on Friday, January 14, at Metro City. Tickets are $45 from moshtix.com.au.
MAIN STAGE: 5-6pm 6-6.45pm 6.45-7.45pm 7.45-9pm 9-9.45pm 9.45-10.45pm 10.45-11.59 12.01-1am 1-2am
NYE FREE Times Three!
Local Acts Killa Kella 16 Bit High Contrast Ms Dynamite Live Nero Chase And Status and MC Rage Sub Focus Live and MC ID Spor
MOS DEF BRINGING HIS SUPERMAGIC That’s right, all you hip hop, rapping, poetry and dance/pop fans, the legendary Mos Def is coming back to our shores oh so soon for his Ecstatic Tour. In support of his fourth studio album The Ecstatic which earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album, Mos Def is returning for his first ever headline Australian tour. Mos Def’s career has spanned nearly two decades now and he’s worked with the likes of De La Soul and Da Bush Babees before going on to join Talib Kweli and releasing a full length album together. He’s now signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D and has collaborated with the man himself upon several occasions. Mos Def is not only a well renowned rapper, his screen work in the early noughties has put him up on the acting pedestal of greatness. Fans of House and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy know what we’re talking about. Early bird tickets have closed already to better jump on board quick. Second release tickets are $75 plus booking fee. Available from moshtix.com.au. It’s all happening on Saturday, January 15, at Metro City. Doors open 7pm. Oh Yeah!
STAGE FOR THE DEEP: 5-6.30pm 6.30-8pm 8-9.15pm 9.15-10.30pm 10.30-12am 12.01-2am
Local Acts Loefah Kito Evol Intent Breakage DBridge
SUPER EXTRA BONUS PARTY TUNES IN THREE SEPARATE AREAS!
Off The Rails. Photo: John Aliaga.
GOING OFF THE RAILS
JOE 19 AND CHRIS WRIGHT
PLAYING ALL SOUL, FUNK & DISCO FROM 8PM
If you’re up to date with the Perth hip hop scene, you’ll love this. The Railway Hotel is playing host to Off The Rails, a pure hip hop event featuring some of Perth’s most talented MCs and up and coming artists. Dazastah from Downsyde will be smashing out some beats, Layle and Porsah Laine from the SBX Crew will be down there as well as Cheki and Coertext from Sound Magnetiks Affiliation, Bitter Belief & Creed Birch and Complete from The Psych Ward Crew. Get your hip hop grind going on Friday, January 7, at The Railway Hotel. Tickets are $15 from moshtix. com.au. Do it.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF ON NYE
ANTON AND ANDREI MAZZ
NEW STAGE FOR SUMMADAYZE
WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIEKIDS DJ’S KICKING OFF AT 8PM.
V Energy Green Room
HARVEY FRESH (PINEAPPLE LOUNGE)
AND RAD ONE
WILL BE SPINNING A MIXED BAG OF HIP HOP, BREAKS AND DUBSTEP TUNES KICK OFF AT 9PM
Entry is free!!!
New Year’s Eve countdown is on baby! If you haven’t got any plans yet, think about this one. Ambar is bringing in the new year with Challenger Ready? NYE. There is so much talent on this lineup that it’s making us froth. Blend, Prizzy and Marty McFly will be bringing the beats in the house. They’ll be supported by Micah vs The Bootleg Brothers which is bound to be a riot of a show. If anyone hasn’t already heard the goss. Micah won Best Breaks DJ at the Perth Dance Music Awards for 2010 so you’re in for a good show. Get down and bring in the new year at Ambar. Tickets are $15. Get them on the door from 10pm. It’s gonna be a riot.
That’s right everyone. All you Summadayze fans are in for a treat because drum roll… the new V Energy Green Room has just been announced as the new stage for the upcoming dance celebration. Hosting a lineup of Australia’s hottest DJs, the V Energy Green Room is unlike anything festival goers have seen before. It is inspired by the original underground dance club era, bringing an edgy reconstruction of the club scene to one of Australia’s biggest outdoor festivals. And how is it different to the typical festival stages? Well peeps, it is darkened and complemented by an electrifying laser light show choreographed to the beat of Australia’s best DJ talent. Brought to you by V Energy Drink, the electric stage will have you buzzing all through the day and into the night with its stellar lineup of party starters including Massiv Trav, Craig Hollywood, SK Mode and Turbine 37 vs DXU. Get your energy on. You’ll even get a free sample of V Isokinetic from the V Energy Fast Blast Crew. Weeeeeee.
SUBFOCUS If it isn’t a band then it begs the question: how is it live? The answer, as with so many things, lies in creative use of computer software and intelligent programming. “I basically dissected all of my tracks, all of the individual parts, and they’re all running through (computer software) Ableton Live so I’m able to take parts of one track and put it over the drop of another or I’m able to change bass lines,” he reveals. As for live manipulation, it’s a very technical process. “I’ve been running a lot of lines through a controller that is basically a motion sensor and I can control a lot of the synth sounds, sort of like a theremin. I try to do something that’s different from the way a band would play because obviously I can only play a few of things at a time. I might be playing a synth line at one time then changing the beat of another track, so I’m doing it in an electronic way as opposed to the way a band would.” It is this live show that will be performed at this year’s Origin NYE and Douwma is excited and apprehensive about the prospect.“This is the first time I’ve taken the show out of Europe so I’m pretty excited about that,” he muses.“I haven’t been to Australia with the album yet. It’ll be interesting to me to see the reaction. Such a lot has actually changed since the last time I came over.” Sub Focus’s last performance in Perth was at Origin NYE two years ago and Douwma
Sub Focus reveals that it is not only his performance style that’s changed but also his musical interests. “I remember the last time I played in Australia I was still playing actual acetate dubplates rather than CDs and vinyl and I was pretty much playing only drum‘n’bass at that point and that’s changed since then. I’ve opened up to a lot of different types of music and have been writing a lot of different types as well. I’m excited to see how that’s received in Australia, some of the more progressive stuff
I’ve been doing. “At the moment what seems to be working in the UK is playing a real mixture of styles in the same set going from drum‘n’bass to house music to dubstep. I’ll be interested to see how that goes down [in Australia].” With his debut album Sub Focus now over a year old, Douwma has forged ahead on the production of his new album. “When I was writing the first album, I felt a certain amount of pressure to speak to people that had been into my stuff for a while,” he says. “I was keen to make an album where a lot of the tracks would work well in clubs but with enough there to make it good home listening. With the new one, I want to push forward to be more about home listening. More ‘albumy’ than a club album.” After a string of high profile remixes and collaborations, Douwma’s interests have turned towards co-writing and producing songs. “I’ve had a lot of experience recently like writing for Example and some other pop artists which is stuff I’ve been doing alongside writing this album,” he explains. “It’s exciting times, I feel like a lot of doors are opening at the moment.” The new album is a long way off however and for now Douwma is content to take his live show as far as it can go. With Origin NYE being the only live show performance on his Australian tour, make sure you’re there to witness the spectacle. SUB FOCUS ORIGIN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31 @ BELVOIR AMPHITHEATRE www.xpressmag.com.au
MIGUEL MIGS MESMERISING YOUR EARDRUMS
BREAKFEST’S BIRTHDAY BONANZA PLUMP DJS / FREQ NASTY / FREESTYLERS / THE 2 LIVE CREW / Beardyman / Kid Kenobi / Rico Tubbs / Atomic Hooligan / Far Too Loud / Soul Of Man / local lineup Belvoir Amphitheatre Sunday, December 26, 2010
Miguel Migs has remixed the likes of BritneySpears,MacyGrayandLionel Richie.Thedeephouseproducerand DJ from the creative depths of San Francisco used to play guitar and grew up playing tunes in reggae bands. But you wouldn’t think it. TYSON WRAY talks to Migs, aka MiguelStewardabouthisinfluences, almost two decades in electronic musicandthebeautyofroadtesting.
In what has become a Boxing Day tradition, thousands descended upon the lush green surrounds of the Belvoir Amphitheatre for the 10th anniversary celebrations of Breakfest. There’s always something special about the Breakfest crowd; no meatheads, no pretenders, no agro, just a warm, friendly crowd having fun with their crew and this year was no exception. Yet something was definitely different- the music! Last year, electro house seemed to be the flavour of the day but this year it was all about dubstep. Everywhere you went there was no escaping it’s drawn out, down tempo bass which started to ruffle a few feathers amongst the crowd wanting to bust out to a banging break beat that rarely arrived. Local favourites Micah and Philly Blunt played a more down tempo set than usual and looked to be thoroughly enjoying the late afternoon time slot with the biggest crowd the tent pulled for the whole day. By 7pm, there was little space to be found on the terraces as beat boxing extraordinaire Beardyman took to the stage to a huge roar from the crowd. Exceptionally
talented and an extremely gifted entertainer, Beardyman enthralled the crowd with his unique performance; his inclusion on the line up a definite highlight for many. With an epic three minute intro, the Freestylers were building the suspense maybe a fraction too long but when the beats dropped it all appeared worth it but despite the promising beginning, the rest of their set was quite uninspiring. They were both quite wooden behind the decks and although throwing down tracks like Pendulum’s Fasten Your Seatbelt and Tarantula, the set was a very commercial collection that just fell flat on its face before petering out into a less than memorable conclusion. Unfortunately one of the clashes of the day was with Freq Nasty playing in the tent at the same time as the Plumps. Breakfest’s prodigal son still commanded an impressive crowd that loved every minute of the Freq’s ‘bass music’ as he laid down some seriously impressive bass lines that could’ve done structural damage to nearby buildings. Closing out the main stage was the ever inspiring Plump DJs who launched into an explosive set that captivated an arena full of enthusiastic party people. They played an electric mix of break beat, electro house and downright dirty bass which sent limbs flailing wildly wherever one could find some room to let loose. Showcasing some cranking tracks from their Grand Hotel label including their latest
Plump DJ’s release Light Fantastic, the Plumps were the definite highlight of the night and an absolutely brilliant way to end the day. As with previous events, this year’s Breakfest was superbly organised and thoroughly enjoyed by the masses, the only concern being the proliferation of dubstep; Perth it would appear just isn’t ready to let go of the breaks. _GLEN CANNING
Miguel Steward is a globetrotter. In the early ‘90s, the world renowned master of the decks was DJing for fun at parties. The sounds booming from the speakers at these parties were more along the lines of hip hop, dub, reggae and house music, all sounds that Steward grew up around. He hasn’t abandoned these sounds though, after all, his productions draw worldwide acclaim for the creative juxtaposition he uses to create such a distinctive sound. “Growing up, I was surrounded by everything from classic rock to blues to reggae, my parents were really into music, hippies who creeped around and went to every festival and they’d always take me along,” Steward laughs. ”Because of this, I’ve always taken a lot of inspiration from all kinds of music and I try to incorporate this into the creativity of my productions. Sometimes you’ll hear a lot of funk, soul and disco, other times you’ll hear rock, dub and reggae. I try and combine, mash and meld all of these influences in subtle ways in the music that I create. I don’t really listen to electronic or dance music exclusively. I just like writing and creating songs and the whole process, whether it be on acoustic guitar or making beats in the studio, it’s the entire process which I get so passionate and inspired about.” Coming from writing and producing music from the perspective of a band, Steward started experimenting with dance and house music by messing around with electronic music on keyboards. “Everything sort of progressed when I started to produce and create music in the mid ‘90s and I began to DJ a lot more professionally,” he recounts. “I started creating a lot of music for various record labels. From that point onward, I did more work and toured around the world and now 15 years later in 2010, I’m still involved in all aspects of music; writing, producing, DJing and always constantly working on new and exciting projects.” For the most part, Steward says his sets aren’t determined by the environment he plays in but rather crowd inspiration. “I basically like to play stuff that I like and choose my tracks very spontaneously depending on the mood and vibe that I’m getting from the crowd,” he says. “I like taking risks and playing new music that no one has heard, I always love road testing stuff that I’m working on and gauging the crowd’s reaction. It’s partially to keep myself inspired and entertained whilst entertaining the crowd. That’s always what I do if I’m playing at a festival in front of 20,000 people or a club with 100 people.” And he’ll be doing just that when he hits up Summadayze shortly. “I’ve been coming to Australia for the past 11 years. I come down every single year during your summer and it’s always a blast. People are nice, the weather is gorgeous and everyone has an open mind and just wants to have a good time. I’m really looking forward to coming back.” MIGUEL MIGS SUMMADAYZE SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 @ THE ESPLANADE Australia’s highest circulating Street Press
SALT’S BEST ALBUMS FOR 2010
Undeniably one of the most innovative and pioneering electronic artists of the past decade, TYSON WRAY talks to Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison, one of contemporary music’s most illustrious beat makers ahead of his appearance in Perth this weekend.
NOT ALL ABOUT KANYE 2010sawthemusicindustrycontinue to evolve, and the concept of ‘the album’ become less important, particularly in the electronic realm, where music is dominated by those making club tracks, focussed on selling singles and EPs. There’s still something magic about a great album – it’s a snapshot in time of an artistandthereweremanystandouts. ALFRED GORMAN reminisces. It was a big year for dubstep, with the bass heavy sounds of Skream’s Outside The Box thinking just that, and exploring the boundaries, with some interesting collaborations. Shackleton was given free reign on his own FabricLive mix, Commix brought back old school, ‘intelligent’ drum’n’bass sounds on Call To Mind, and our own Pendulum took things to the next level, turning their back on the scene almost all together, to become the stadium rock beasts they are with Immersion. Techno and minimal house got exciting again, going back to its underground and experimental roots, with some welcome ambient sounds, and some truly exquisite albums. Bonobo’s Black Sands was a masterwork of soundscapey beats, down tempo variations, gorgeous vocals and exotic strings. Flying Lotus continued to as tonish with Cosmogramma, a mind bending concoction of sounds that is his most palatable yet. Holy Fuck’s Latin was another s t a n d o u t , w i t h i t s l o w k e y, s y n t h y experimentation, swirling psychedelia and chunky grooves. Trentemoller returned from the wilderness to give us Into The Great Wide Yonder; a very different, more organic album, still impressing fans with his considerable talent.
Some legends returned with fresh albums that stood up against their older material. Massive Attack’s big comeback, Heligoland was a cracking return to form that also saw the elder statesmen of trip-hop blow away at Kings Park. Damon Albarn again displayed his musical genius and vision with Gorillaz back to monkey around on Plastic Beach with a distinct theme, an abundance of interesting music and collaborators and one of the best live tours ever. The Chemical Brothers released Further, a great album that harks back to their earlier experimental, instrumental sound. In the indie crossover realm, LCD Soundsystem were again a hit with their emotional breakup album, This Is Happening. And a young band from Manchester, Delphic impressed with their energetic, New Order type sounds on debut Acolyte. On the hip hop front it was a good year with Big Boi of Outkast releasing his long awaited debut, proving to be as integral as Andre to the band’s success. The Roots outdid themselves again, producing possibly their best album to date with How I Got Over. And of course, Kanye West caused a stir with his big comeback My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, putting his music where his mouth is. Helped out by an A-grade list of collaborators, including Kid Cudi and Jay-Z, Kanye reworked Aphex Twin and overlaid a rant from Chris Rock along with a feature length, arthouse film soundtrack. It’s a complete package, transcending hip hop and his most ambitious to date. Imma let you finish yeah.
Following the release of his third album Cosmogramma, 2010 has seen Ellison’s dramatic rise to prominence skyrocket. Already synonymous with ground breaking electronic music following his first two releases; 1983 and Los Angeles, Cosmogramma has proven itself as Ellison’s most defining move yet. A meticulous and intricate production, the density and multilayering is seamlessly weaved demonstrating Ellison’s growth and development as an artist. And Ellison is more than happy with the album’s reception. “It’s been a great year with Cosmogramma,” he says. “This dream that I had, this idea that I had; it’s really touched some people. It’s really moved and inspired some people. It inspired my peers and people that I look up to and that’s a great feeling. Knowing that I created something that I was completely proud of and honest with, it’s really satisfying to know that I was ‘me’ to the fullest and that people really embraced it.” Dubbed as ‘the Jimi Hendrix of this generation’ by the illustrious Mary Anne Hobbs, Ellison is widely regarded as one of the most inspired and imaginative artists of modern day but the man himself is determined to keep his ego in check. “I just want to be Flying Lotus and do that the best that I can,” he says. “If you start thinking about all these other things, what people say and what people think about you, it really slows the work down. At the end of the day, I just want to be proud of the work that I’ve created and that’s all I’m really concerned about. “I try not to think at all and just enjoy being on my machines and making my music. It’s hard to explain. I feel that thinking about my music and getting heavily obsessive is what slows me down, it allows me to create a lot more stuff.” Although Ellison finds it difficult to articulate his creative processes, he is able to share the fundamentals of his current day performances, saying that those who have only heard his records may be surprised when they witness his live set.“I think the records are a little bit more cerebral than the show is,” he says. “The show is a party and it’s got a
Flying Lotus lot of high energy. Sometimes the records may seem like that, but I believe that they’re really headphone music.” Returning to Australia over the new year period for his third visit, Ellison’s performances have dynamically developed since his last appearance on our shores. An aurally stimulating experience, he promises this tour will carry the same essentials as his previous performances whilst showcasing his development as a performer. “It’s definitely always changing; it’s never the same show,” he says. “This time, I’m actually bringing along some musicians to play with me. It’s going to be way different from the last time I was in Australia. I’m also touring with The Gaslamp Killer and Hudson Mohawke which will be a lot of fun. It’s just going to be a really, really good party.” FLYING LOTUS BAKED NYE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31 @ THE BAKERY
BEARDYMAN NOW MORE THAN THE BEARD Darren Foreman, better known as Beardyman, is fiercely talented.The London funnyman is more than just the beat boxer he started out as. He’s an entertainer. And a bloody good one at that. Ask him about his beat boxing roots though and he doesn’t even flinch.“I don’t think I’d even say urban or beat boxing is where I’m at right now.”This guy is more original than Eminem during a stage battle and wittier than Steve Martin was in 1988. RK gets the lowdown.
Foreman is known for his beat boxing skills and use of live looping technology and despite saying this isn’t where he is right now, he does admit the beat boxing all started as a habit when he was about three years old. He didn’t really start seriously beat boxing, however, until he was 20 when he saw American beat boxer Rahzel M Brown perform.“He’s obviously on that urban vibe so it was hard for me to work out where I wanted to be,” Foreman says. “I haven’t come from an urban background so I thought dance for me was more where I was at. I focused on things like that at first; doing covers of well known songs and stuff. And sometimes when I went to a gig and did a show, I thought I might do some hip hop and some new stuff but I’ve always been one to make sure what I was doing was what I wanted as well as what the crowd wanted to hear.” Although Foreman states his current focus is dance music in its varied forms, he’s gone on to perform at both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal Comedy Festival. And not only this, his YouTube videos (some with a million or more hits) all of a sudden made him a marketable commodity, one that is uniquely creative and fiercely dignified. “I’m all about sonic manipulation technology and looping technology and improvisation,” Foreman says of his sound. “It keeps it fun for me and fun for the audience. I’m not one of these artists who does the same thing over and over. I’ve never had the time to be patient with doing the same thing twice. I’ve got too much ADD for that!” And if he isn’t a bona-fide star just yet, he probably should be. And an album should go some way to prove just that. “I’ve got my debut album coming out, there are songs without vocals; 34
Beardyman some are dubstep, some are drum’n’bass, some are IDM. But the ones that are songs - they’re the ones I’m never going to be performing exactly the same as before. I might do a harder version of one or a softer version of another but I’m always changing it up to try to keep it original not only for me but also for the crowd as well. “I think the music industry is comprised of several job markets. The performers are one part of that, whether you control your own destiny or some boy band or whatever. The fact remains that basically, if you want a career, you have to be different to other people. Sure you can get by emulating other people but you’ll never be a legend and the only people who history cares about are the innovators. “But whatever you do, whether it’s music or art you need to do it in a way that makes the best use of your abilities. I tried in the early days to pass myself off as a beat boxer that was hip hop focused. Being cool and being street is like a preoccupation. I could try to pass myself off as a hip hop artist but instead I prefer to emulate playfully rather than try to have an act. My adaptability is what makes me unique.” BEARDYMAN SOUTHBOUND SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 @ SIR STEWART BOVELL PARK, BUSSELTON www.xpressmag.com.au
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THURSDAY 30/12 Broken Hill Hotel – Fixed Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Righteous Club Bayview –Hush- Sox Draw / Maxwell Club Marakesh –DJ Simon Cottesloe Hotel - DJ Shots / DJ Andy M Double Lucky - NICKO & THE MONG Dolce – Maxwell/Damian John/ Hippo Club Eve - DJ Tony Allen Flying Scotsman ( DEFECTORS) – Cowboys / Indi Kids Flying Scotsman (Main Room) – Pasha’s Kitchen Leopold Hotel - DJ Riki / Roger Smart Liquid Nightclub – DJ Buda / Dj Nino Brown Mustang – DJ James MacArthur Newport - Mills DJs Niche Bar – Flaunt / Johnni P / Feminem Niche - Johnni P/ Rob Blandford Oxford Hotel – Johnny Taylor Paddy Hannans – Dr Bogus / Crazy Craig Swinging Pig – DJ Simon The Deen – DJ Flex/ DJ Nano/ DJ Surge/ DJ Don Migi The East End - DJ Midfield The Queens – Kapitol P The Whistling Kite - DJ Gareth The Shed – DJ Andyy Toucan Club -Shut Up & Dance - DJ PK Wolfe Lane - Soul Purpose - DJ Jimmy Mac Woodvale Tavern – DJ Melvin
English drum’n’bass producer Sub Focus will also be on our shores to deliver his only live Australian set out of the whole national tour (exciting, we know!) so if there is anyone to watch it will be him. Party starters 16 Bit are new to the game but have absolutely smashed the popularity richter scale this year, telling us that they originally got into music because they weren’t getting laid. Interesting. They do have talent. Winners of Beatport’s 2010 Awards for Best Dubstep Act and Best Dubstep Track for Act Like You Know, UK duo Nero will also be hitting the decks. It’s an incredible lineup for all those dub/drum’n’bass/ beat scenesters. Don’t miss this one. Trains will be running all night and there’s even a shuttle bus from Guilford train station to Belvoir. Jump onto moshtix. com.au to score yourself some last minute tickets. Gates open at 5pm sharp. Bring in the new year with some great beats.
FRIDAY 31/12 Belvoir Amphitheatre – Origin - Chase & Status/Sub Focus/High Contrast/Nero/ Spor/16Bit/Breakage/Evol Intent / DBridge/Loefah/ Killa Kela It is here. All those hardcore drum’n’bass, break beat and doof doof fans, hello hello. Boy, are there good things in store for you. The mighty Chase And Status, aka massive electronic production out of old London town are hitting up Belvoir to showcase some of their latest works. These boys have played with everyone who is anyone.
16 Bit Ambar - Break the Seal vs Tee El / Blend vs Marty McFly & Prizzy /Micah vs The Bootleg Brothers /Oli vs Meet Mark vs Bacich /Bob Noceros vs Dead Easy vs Bulk China Ambar’s New Year’s Eve event is set to kick off like no other. Exploding with a disgustingly good lineup of local talent, this night is set to get your dancing feet bashing the dance floor like never before. Challenger Ready? NYE as the event is otherwise
known will see the PDMA winning Micah hit the decks with popular Marty McFly and The Bootleg Brothers. Get on down and support some of Perth’s very best and bring in the new year Grafton Primary with yummy drinks at Ambar. Tickets are $15. Get them on the Bakery – Flying Lotus / Hudson door from 10pm. No excuses kids. Mohawke / The Gaslamp Killer / Harmonis 313 / Dam Funk People are scrounging for tickets for this. And we don’t need to explain why. The lineup says it all. In fact, people are so excited about this that a New Year’s Day second show has been added. American experimental multigenre music producer Flying Lotus is hitting up the decks at the newly refurbished hot house. Having released his third album Cosmogramma earlier this year, The Bootleg Brothers Flying Lotus has headed a new Amplifier – Grafton Primary / direction which has sparked Sugar Army / Death Disco DJs / even more lovin’ from fans. He’ll Carl Fox / DJ Eddie Electric / DJ be joined by Scottish electronic producer Hudson Mohawke and Ryan 80s We spoke to the mighty Sydney DJ Shadow influenced master electro dudes Grafton Primary of the decks The Gaslamp Killer. last week and boy, have they had Head to nowbaking.com.au for a big year. Benjamin, one half of tickets extremely quickly. the brother duo, got married and had to go on a pre-wedding honeymoon to fit around the band’s recent heavy touring schedule for their latest single The Eagle. Not only that, Joshua (the other half) now has an eight month old daughter too and their new album is in the works. Flying Lotus Busy busy busy. You don’t want to miss these guys. Known for re- Metro Freo - Yacht Club DJs working their sets and surprising / Pearly Whites / Jus Haus / fans with new material, you’ll be Zelimer / D Tuck in awe of their ever-changing live What’s that? Did someone say show. Joining the boys will be our pyjama party? Yep. Limelite is very own Sugar Army who have presenting an absolute cracker of taken over the airwaves in full a New Year’s Eve party. Ballarat’s force. And for good reasons too. very own Yacht Club DJs are Although not classified in the headed back for Perth to help you bust out some moves as they get dance music genre- these guys their mashups raging. Anyone never fail to impress. Psychedelic who went to their Amplifier gig pop party electro entertainer earlier in the year will tell you these Carl Fox will be there to get the guys know how to get the party crowd bouncing and perhaps started. Entertaining, talented and even Fuck Like Crazy People. totally raucous, there will not be a Perth’s grand Death Disco DJs dull moment here. It’s going to be will also be bringing you good a mother of an event with pillows vibes for the new year. This is one and general mayhem flying not to be missed. Tickets are still everywhere. In the mainroom available, hop onto moshtix to downstairs, good old Jus Haus will get yours now. be kicking out some beats. Doors
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Cottesloe Beach Hotel - Frankie Romano, Jem Quinn, Perths Chiari, Terry Waites, Sirius B, J-boy, and Keefy B Court Hotel - Tim Bee, Seb Sharp, Sir Clancealot and Flex Deville’s – Rocket To Memphis / Mondo Inferno DJS Double Lucky – Spank New Years Extravaganza Flying Scotsman (Main Room) – Time Tunnel - DJ Rok Riley/ Joe 19
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Oxford Hotel - Recliners Paddy Hannans – Crazy Craig Paramount - Flyte /DJ Morgan/ DJ Jordan Principal Micro Brewery – DJ Simon Queens Tav – DJ Rueben Rise – New Years Eve- Simon Barwood/ Rousa/ Greg Packer & Xsessiv/ Pace/ Daze/ Ravix Rocket Room – DJ Brett Rowe Rubix – Gene Bourne/ Kenny/ Riki Sail & Anchor - Balcony Beatz / DJ J-MAC. Sapphire Bar – SuperFly Toucan Club - NYE – Glow UR Mind-DJ Lee Stevens The Clink – DJ Jin The Deen – DJs Birdie / DJ Surge / DJ Nano The Eastern – DJ Midfield The Generous Squire - DJ anaru
The Newport Hotel - DJ Fossil The Rosemount Hotel - DJ Shannon Fox The Botanica Bar & Bistro - DJ’s Paul Malone & Maxwell The Saint - DJ Jordan
The Tradewinds Hotel - DJ Ray, Simba, Tutomath, Ricky Trooper, General Justice, Big Man, Mumma Trees and Sista Che Empressions Sound. The Queens – DJ Rueben The Shed – DJ Glenn 20 Tiger Lils – Paul Malone / Joby / Alex K The Vic - DJ Durra Wembley Hotel - DJ Funkybottoms / DJ Dean Charles Windsor – DJ Riki and Ray Woodvale Tavern – Dr Bogus Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin Villa – NYExcuse – Kele Okereke / Shazam/ Lightsteed/ Audageous/ FKNG MIDAS / Exploder
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Busselton - Southbound 2011 – Interpol /Klaxons /The National/ The Rapture/ Joan Jett and The Blackhearts /Public Enemy / The Living End /Eskimo Joe / Angus & Julia Stone /Birds of Tokyo /Ladyhawke /Bliss n Eso / Tame Impala /Hot Hot Heat /Cold War Kids /Sleigh Bells /Peaches/ Paul Kelly /Children Collide / Ash Grunwald /The Soft Pack / The Beautiful Girls /The Morning Benders /The Cool Kids /Junip / Kitty Daisy & Lewis /Marina & The Diamonds /Muscles /Dan Sultan /The Middle East /Cloud Control /Yacht Club DJ’s /Washington / Boy & Bear /Sally Seltmann/ Jonathan Boulet /The Bamboos / Tijuana Cartel /A-Trak /Tim & Jean /Edan the Dee-Jay /Baio (Vampire Weekend) DJ Set /Beardyman / The Cuban Brothers /Casiokids /Dan Kelly /Daara J /Jamaica / Charlie Parr /The Jezabels Big Scary /Last Dinosaurs / Sampology /The Chevelles /Pond /The Chemist /Grace Woodroofe/ The Novocaines /The Silents / Ghost Hotel /Split Seconds / Scotch of St James /Young Revelry /World’s End Press /Carus Thompson /The Growl /6’s & 7’s / Boom! Bap! Pow! The Flying Squadron Yacht Club- Cuban Club 2011 - Arrested Development / Bag Raiders / Sambalicious /Micah /Will Udall / Andy Sadler Toucan Club - DJ Samuel Spencer
SUNDAY 02/01 Captain Stirling – DJ Jay Capitol - Pathogen /Dead Letter Opener /Chaos Divine /Malignant Monster /Vespers Descent /Mhorgl /I Am Eternal /Befallen Clink – DJ Tony Allen Club Bayview – DJ Pete Euro Bar – DJ Flex Eve – DJ Birdie Flying Scotsman (Main Room) - Nathan J / Chris Wright / The Nisbit Flying Scotsman (Defectors) - DJs Gareth Richardson/ Ted Schlechte / Death Disco’s DJ Anton Mazz. Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Kenny L
Mustang - DJ Rockin Rhys Paddo -DJ Riki Players Bar - DJ-Udas Queens Tav- DJ Rhys Rise - Q-Bik / MC Seeka/ Greg Packer/ Rekab Rubix – The Rotation – Krule/ Dazz K/ Untertone/ Lyndon Toucan Club - DJ Darren The Cott - Cott Sessions The Saint - DJ Anaru The Shed – DJ Glenn 20 The Wembley – Deckeclectic DJs /FiveO/ Funkybottoms/ Boogie
MONDAY 03/01 Eastern Hotel – Adam Morris Toucan Club - Sunset Monday -DJ Lee Stevens The Deen – Plastic Max / The Token Gesture The Paddo - DJ John Paul The Shed – DJ Andyy
TUESDAY 04/01 Bar Orient - DJ Lyndon Eastern Hotel – Jon Edwards High Road Hotel - DJ Matty J High Wycombe - DJ Ricky Hipe Club – DJ Roger Smart Mustang Bar – DJs The Cott (Upstairs) –Maxwell/ DJ Jus Haus/ Damian John Victoria Park Hotel - DJ Melvin
WEDNESDAY 05/01 Basement On Broadway – Damien John/Angry Buda/ Maxwell/Headayke Captain Stirling – WhiteLabel Clancy’s (Applecross) – Upbeat – DJ Andy Connections - DJs Joby / JJ / Rueben Dusk – Blackbelt/ Aswon Eurobar – Wild Wednesdays - DJ iPod/Ben Pettit Eve – DJ Don Migi / Skooby Gold – Slick/ Adroc Hipe Club – DJ Roger Smart Mustang – DJ Giles Newport- DJ Tony Allen / DJ Tom / The Chad Niche - DJ Frankie Button Paddo - Ben Merito Rise - 4 Strings / Jason Creek/ Joe Benger/ Travis Eddy/ Piet El The Clink – DJ Jinx The Deen- DJ Zelimer / DJ Viper & DJ Benny T– Zone 1 The Queens – Wriggle on
THIS WEEK Baked NYE feat. Flying Lotus/Hudson Mohawke/ Gaslamp Killer + More Friday, December 31 @ The Bakery NYExcuse feat Kele (Bloc Party) DJ set Friday, December 31 @ Villa Challenger Ready Friday, December 31 @ Ambar Yacht Club DJs at Limelite Friday, December 31 @ Metropolis Fremantle Origin NYE 2010 feat. Chase & Status/Subfocus/ High Contrast/Nero/ Spor/16Bit/Breakage/ Evol Intent + more Friday, December 31 @ Belvoir Amphitheatre Sinners Ball feat Claude/ Liam/M@/Brenton/Jess Friday, December 31 @ Manhattan’s Cuban Club 2011 feat. Arrested Development / Bag Raiders Saturday, January 1 @ The Flying Squadron Yacht Club, Nedlands Club Paradiso feat. Digitalism/Sebastian Leger + more Saturday, January 1 @ Salt On The Beach Baked New Year’s Day ft. Flying Lotus/Hudson Mohawke/Gaslamp Killer + More Saturday, January 1 @ The Bakery
Southbound 2011 feat. Public Enemy/Bliss n Eso/ Peaches (DJ set)/Yacht Club DJs/A-Trak + more Saturday, January 1 – Monday, January 3, 2011 @ Busselton Oval
COMING UP Off The Rails feat Dazastah/Layle & Porsah Laine/Chekid & Cortext/ Bitter Relief & Creed/ Complete Friday, January 7 @ The Railway Hotel Summadayze 2011 feat. Erol Alkan/Chromeo/ Armin Van Buuren/David Guetta/N.E.R.D/Wolfgang Gartner/Rivastarr/Miami Horror/Yuksek/Aeroplane + more Saturday, January 8 @ Supreme Court Gardens Juicy Music Tour feat Willie Morales/David Solano/Tony Puccio/ Sebastian Morxx Friday, January 14 @ Metro City
Stanton Warriors Tuesday, January 25 @ Villa Raggamuffin 2011 ( Mary J Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, Sean Paul, The Original Wailers, The Black Seeds, Ky-Mani Marley , The Red Eyes + More Wednesday, January 26 @ Perth Fremantle Oval Good Vibrations 2011 feat. Faithless /Phoenix/ Sasha/ Nas/ Damian Marley/ Cee Lo Green/ Kelis/ Ludacris/ Erykah
Badu/ Friendly Fires/ Miike Snow/ Fake Blood/ Rusko/ Sidney Samson/ Janelle Monae/ Mike Posner/ Yolanda Be Cool + more Sunday, February 20 @ Claremont Showgrounds Future Music Festival feat. The Chemical Brothers/ MGMT/Mark Ronson/ Pendulum/Dizzee Rascal/ Leftfield + more Sunday, March 6 @ Arena Joondalup
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The Generous Squire Friday, December 17, 2010 Next time you’re on the hunt for an ice cold beverage in the heart of the city, be sure to check out The Generous Squire at 397 Murray Street. Offering up a huge range of delicious ales and lagers, plus an on-site microbrewery, The Generous Squire is the perfect place to kick back with friends and watch the world go by.
Civic Hotel turns on Vegas charm this Friday, December 31. Kate and the girls from Dance Etc. will be entertaining us early with an extraordinary mix of vocals and dance including Chicago and Moulin Rouge musical re-enactments. The band room will become a Vegas style hotspot with casino tables and croupiers amongst the live entertainment – not to mention the return of the King kicking off with the new years countdown and live performance.
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Bring in 2011 at The Paddo this Friday, December 31! Dress in your finest ‘back to school’ outfit for the best New Years Eve party in town. Tickets are only $20 (pre-order and on the door) which includes a drink on arrival thanks to Bacardi Breezer and Coopers Clear. Doors open at 8pm with Cheeky Monkeys playing live until 2am. $5 Coopers Clear and $7 Bacardi Breezers all night long! Hurry – get your tickets today!
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In 2011 we throw our arms around the good people of WA once again with a warm, fuzzy line up of roots, reggae, soul and worldly rhythms, beats and grooves to turn the south lawn of Fremantle Arts Centre into a New Years Day love in on Monday, January 1.
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Calling all eses and mamacitas! Get down to The Mustang Bar this New Years Eve for our Mexican Moustache Party! Put your best foot forward into the New Year in true Pedro Sanchez style and get down with Marco & The Rhythm Kings and The Damien Cripps Band. Proudly supported by Cuervo Tequila; we have Cuervo promo girls with games and gear all night and prizes for the best dressed. Wear your dirtiest mo’, your sombrero and your poncho and head on down to the ‘Stang for a night filled with lip sip suckin’ fun. Free entry! Open until 3am!
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The Newport’s New Years Toga Party this Friday, December 31, is the best value new years party in Fremantle, tickets are only $5 and if you come dressed in a toga, your entry fee will include your choice of one Corona or Skyy Blue Vodka RTD. Discounts all night on Corona, Skyy Blue Vodka Pomegranate RTDs, Carlton Draught and VB, which will be served in those happy red cups seen in American frat party movies.
THE LEFT BANK
‘Glitz and glamour’ is the theme at The Left Bank this New Years Eve, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on the party as we sure know how to throw one! Join us this Friday, December 31, for a New Years to remember and get your tickets now from The Left Bank before we sell out. More information can be found at www.leftbank.com.au or call 9319 1136. See you at The Left Bank!
Mojo’s Bar’s smokin’ New Years Eve goes like this: The Joe Kings, Felicity Groom Trio, Cal Peck & The Tramps, Hootenanny, The Love Junkies and Tracksuit. Smokin’ talent, smokin’ rock’n’roll, smokin’ good times, smoked bacon? Presales $20 are available from Heatseeker – most of the acts playing this show can sell out Mojo’s on their own so... first in best dressed! Limited tickets will be available on the door for $30. Show will kick off at 6pm through ‘til 2am on Friday, December 31.
Don’t miss our Hawaiian party, this New Years Eve at the Brass Monkey. With DJ LXS crankin’ it in the Grapeskin bar, whilst DJ Jo pumps out the classics in the glass house.There’ll be prizes and give always all night and entry is free.
The Rosemount Hotel’s New Years Eve Fiesta returns again this year to ring in 2011! Friday, December 31, sees one of Perth’s premier venues host a killer line-up of Perth’s biggest and best for the ultimate NYE party for live music fans. Perth favourites Red Jezebel will play at midnight to begin their 14th year as a band, with support from Will Stoker & The Embers, Sons Of Rico, the three-guitar attack of Emperors, indie-folksters Split Seconds and the sweet pop of Simone & Girlfunkle, and some very familiar tunes and faces in the form of Pelicans Of Paris! All this plus a special late performance from Tomas Ford and DJ Shannon Fox in the Beer Garden.
BROKEN HILL HOTEL
Like our parents always said ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ and this New Years Eve is a night at the Broken Hill Hotel not to be missed! Friday,December 31, will see one of Perth’s biggest potential venues dress up and come alive with the Black & White Party. With an exceptional line-up of five of Perth’s hottest DJs, Philly Blunt, Ben Mac, Mario Tavelli, Fiveo and Manda Power mixing up some sexy house tunes from 6pm.Tickets are only $10.
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2010 IN PHOTOS Pendulum conquer Challenge Stadium (photo: Mike Wylie)
Kelly Rowland at Supafest (photo Lisa Businovski)
Angus & Julia Stone at West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots (photo: Lisa Businovski)
Leonard Cohen at nib Stadium (photo: Matthew Hogan)
Gwar at No Sleep Til (photo: Mike Wylie)
Dave Grohl takes a back seat: Them Crooked Vultures at Challenge Stadium (photo: Lisa Businovski)
Gyroscope at Metro City (photo: Mike Wylie)
Jack Johnson at NIB Stadium (photo: Lisa Businovski)
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MADE IN WA
Heavy heroes Pathogen play their final ever show this Sunday, January 2, at the Sovereign Sampler Volume II launch at Capitol and Amplifier. The two stager also features Brisbane’s Dead Letter Opener and locals Chaos Divine, Malignant Monster, Vespers Descent, Mhorgl, I Am Eternal and Befallen.
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If you want to pogo your way into 2011 then the Civic Hotel’s two stager is for you. Featuring the Blazin’ Entrails, The New Husseins, The Bloody Hollys, The Creeps, SSA, 6 Pack Therapy, The Lungs, The Bob Gordons, The Reptilians, The Insinnerators, Lucille and Scalphunter. It kicks off at 7pm on Friday, December 31.
I SEE RED
After their latest single, Bodyline, helped Australia get back into the running to beat those dastardly Poms at their own game, Red Jezabel are pumped up for their slot at the Rosemount Hotel’s New Year’s Eve show this Friday, December 31. Joining them is Will Stoker & The Embers, Sons Of Rico, Emperors, Split Seconds, Simone & Girlfunkle, Tomas Ford and a very special guest that’s flown all the way from Japan for this show…
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Devilles Pad is awesome at the worst of times, so imagine spending your New Years Eve there! This Friday, December 31, the single Some Of The Places I Know has become musical mayhem of The Masked Avengers a massive hit for the band and even became and Rocket To Memphis head up their a theme song for the West Coast Eagles. The Gotham City-inspired party. third WA band on the BDO bill is John Butler Trio, who were the fifth most played artist on CAPITAL IDEA Australian radio this year following the release Is there a better place in Perth to spend of their album April Uprising. News Year’s Eve at than Amplifier and Other bands that took their music Capitol? Unlikely. Who else boasts party outside WA were the ever-popular hardcore hounds Grafton Primary, Sugar Army, kids Extortion on their never-ending world Harlequin League, Carl Fox, Siren Tower tour; 6’s & 7’s’ Choose The Sentinel Blooze finally and Sleepwalker along with the Death put Josh Fontaine’s songs on CD; Pond turned Disco DJs, Eddie Electric and DJ Ryan 80s heads with their Frond album, The Silents Overload? By god, grab your tickets from made a comeback with their impressive Sun A Moshtix now. Now! NOW! Buzz, while Sons Of Rico, Split Seconds, Blud, The Words, Young Revelry, Emperors and FISHNET STOCKING Vanity have each taken out Triple j Unearthed If you like fish, then Clancy’s Freo’s New prizes. The Brow Horn Orchestra continued Year’s Eve festival, Fishstock, is for you! their meteoric rise this year taking out the Next Featuring Carus Thompson, Dilip & Big Thing competition. The Davs, Billie Rogers & The Country Expect new material from The Panics, Gentlemen, The Big Old Bears and DJs, Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Abbe May, Felicity this will be a top night on Friday, December Groom, Tim & Jean, Injured Ninja, Sugar Army, 31. Thompson also plays his one and only The Panda Band, ex-pats Snowman and heaps headline show back in Perth on Sunday, January 2, at Fremantle Arts Centre. more next year! Tame Impala
As is becoming increasingly more common as the years roll on, local music continues to reach new heights in popularity and critical acclaim in Australia and abroad. There’s no prizes for guessing who has made the most waves internationally this year. Since the release of Innerspeaker in May, Tame Impala has spent most of their time touring – supporting MGMT across the USA, playing festivals in Europe, and then back to the US for their headlining tour – and they even took out the prestigious J Award for best Aussie album of the year. Plus they’ve ranked on end of year lists from Pitchfork, Rough Trade and topped the Mess + Noise critics and readers polls plus the FasterLouder list. Well dee dee done, Tame Impala! Birds Of Tokyo are another of the year’s success stories with their self-titled album reaching #2 on the ARIA charts. Single Plans also became a platinum seller and the band will hit the Big Day Out national tour again next year. Joining them is Gyroscope, who couldn’t match their previous album’s #1 debut on the chart with fourth album Cohesion, but
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Topping off a year that saw them release their EP Emotion Evolution, Opia headline the Rocket Room’s New Year’s Eve bash this Friday, December 31, along with Copious, Arkayan and SoulTree. Opia are currently working on their debut album for release next year.
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A composer, violinist, keyboardists and vocalist from Toronto, Owen Pallett has worked with such bands as Arcade Fire, The Mountain Goats, The Last Shadow Puppets, Beirut, Pet Shop Boys and Fucked Up, and remixed the likes of Stars, Grizzly Bear and Death From Above 1979, but he’s best known for his solo work. Formerly attributing his solo output to Final Fantasy, he now goes under his full name and released Heartland at the start of the year. See him in action at the Fly By Night on Saturday, January 22.
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A New York duo consisting of Mike Stroud and Evan Mast, Ratatat is an electronic rock band that begs to be seen live. The first band to ever perform at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, they released their fourth album, the creatively titled LP4, this past June. The album featured the single Drugs, which has a video clip that will make you think you’ve taken some sort of illicit substance. In addition to appearing at the Big Day Out on the Converse Essential Stage alongside the likes of Pnau, Sia, Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and more on Sunday, February 6, they also play a headline show at Capitol on Monday, February 7. Australia’s highest circulating Street Press
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BLACKTOP OF THE PILE After what seemed like centuries of waiting and pining, Fender’s all new Blacktop series is finally here in all of your favourite shapes: Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Telecaster and Stratocaster. Designed specifically for the modern player looking for that extra growl, the Blacktop series is perfect for rock, alternative, metal, punk and indie players thanks to its raw humbucking power. The Blacktop Telecaster HH is a nononsense dual-bucker Tele that’ll blow your mind without breaking the bank. Available in three colours (black, candy apple red and silver) with a black pick guard, the Tele also has some other tasty features like the 22 medium jumbo frets, alder body, maple neck with 9.5’’ radius all topped off with shiny polyester gloss and sleek chrome hardware. The Blacktop Jaguar comes in black or silver and features skirted black amp knobs, Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tailpiece, slinky 24’’ scale, and one lean and mean threeway toggle switch rather the usual barrage of Jaguar controls. The guitar is finished with gloss
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