Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
True metalheads are a breed unto themselves so this silly season story on "PM", the flagship current affairs program of Australian national broadcaster, ABC Radio, comes as no surprise. The yarn was sourced from the respected British Medical Journal.
But did you know PM host Mark Colvin (the guy making the closing comment questioning which decade the reporter is living in) and who is pictured at right was once a committed Radio Birdman fan who went on to work on then-Sydney radio station 2JJ in its formative years?
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Written and directed by Stefaniuk, "Suck" is about a group of musical wannabees in search of immortality and a record deal. The rock band THE WINNERS have sunk so low, they will do anything to make it big. After a life-changing encounter with a vampire, they rocket to stardom only to discover that fame and fortune are not all they're cracked up to be.
"I love the mixture of horror and humor,” says Alice Cooper, who stops just short of calling Stefaniuk a genius in this specific area. “And what’s cooler than a vampire?”
I dunno, Alice. Golf?
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
It seems BBC radio's persecuted/outspoken radio personality Jonathan Ross is a Radio Birdman fan. Considering what song to play upon his return from a 12-week suspension for making sexually suggestive remarks, he suggested on microblog network Twitter that the Radios' cover of "You're Gonna Miss Me" might be the go.
Even if he fluffed the song title and looks like he doesn't know it's an Elevators cover, that's still cool. Of the course the snooty Guardian newspaper thinks it should be Blondie but who cares?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Dr Tek was back there this week to mix a live Birdman album from their final US tour (are you taking note!) and also to work with a combo of past clients to lay down "San Francisco Girls", a song recorded by Texan psych band Fever Tree in 1968 for a forthcoming tribute to the studio. Here's some footage for The SugarHill Gang.
Players included Deniz's ex-US Navy mate (and DTG 1992 Australian tour bassist) Dust Petersen and Fever Tree member Rob Landis.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
That they didn’t, in fact, rise from the dusty roads of America’s heartland or the slippery banks of the Appalachian Mountains could come as a surprise for some upon first hearing their music. But, it soon becomes inconsequential where the duo hails from; no need to put a regional tag on the soulful sincerity found in such a plain and true collection of songs.
That's Crawdaddy online talking about The Darling Downs, the backwoods music duo of Ron Peno (Died Pretty) and Kim Salmon (Scientists, Surrealists, Beasts of Bourbon.) Read more here.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Almost elusive as the thing that its title refers to, "Chinese Democracy" arrived in record shops recently and the buying public went mild. I don't have any time for whatever Axl Rose pretends is Guns & Roses, past or present, but this piece in Crwadaddy online is a ripper.
I won't be buying it so if I hear any tracks it'll be by accident, but I'm betting it's not a patch the CD of the same name that beat it to the racks by Kitty and the Kowalskis.
Friday, November 28, 2008
An important missive from Prince Melon Records:
The 4th volume in the limited edition Ed Kuepper live series will be available soon. Recorded live to a capacity crowd at the Forum in Melbourne early 2008 on the Don't Look Back 'Honey Steel's Gold ' tour. It features all the hits and some rarely performed tracks such as 'King of vice' Friday's blue cheer/libertines of oxley' and 'summerfield', as well as the non lp encore of 'Electrical storm'
The Don't Look Back shows were one of the biggest highlights of 2008 for mine with the pairing of Ed and Co with Died Pretty fairly inspired. More info on this one at Prince Melon's myspace.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
And it does segue into the fact that the I-94 Bar will be presenting a Japan-Europe Tour Diary from Penny Ikinger in the near future.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
After more than 5,000 gigs over 35 years, rock fan Ray Morrissey can claim to be Britain's most prolific concert-goer. On piles of notebook pages in Mr Morrissey's front room, thousands of gigs are listed, one per line, all with a mark out of 10 circled at the end.
Then again, when you look at Ray's website recording all this it's enough to give you a headache.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Farm allegedly stood for Fucking All Right Mate but I might have disagreed with that, if only on the strength of them playing Focus and Jethro Tool songs. Click the pic to enlarge.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Ex-Heartbreaker Walter Lure toured Europe in 2007 and Italian label Nicotine Records is doing something about it. Here's the tracklisting for the live album:
1 One Track Mind
3 Never Get Away
4 Cry Baby
5 Get Off The Phone
7 Let Go
8 London Boys
9 Take a Chance
10 I Wanna Be Loved
11 Born To Lose
12 Chinese Rocks
13 Too Much Junkie Business
14 Do You Love Me?
Eyewitness accounts (thanks Greg Bowen in France) say the shows were great. Buy it here.
Elitist hipster scum that I am, I couldn't vote for much as very little of what's in these mainstream voting things reflects what's played around the I-94 Bar.
You might be in that boat too. If so, you can at least vote for the Best Australian Album Of All Time catergory. At the time of voting, "Radios Apepar" was only running at three percent. That's a bit sad - but you know what to do.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The Bratz™ are hitting the home of punk with the most devastatin’ street styles ever, and they are ready to rock! Available in four collectible styles (Cloe™, Yasmin™, Jade™, Meygan™), these girls are showing everybody how to be Pretty ‘N’ Punk™!
Friday, November 14, 2008
The Scientists' "We Had Love" fared a little better, apparently. I haven't actually seen the film - I'm a 'wait for it on DVD' kinda guy these days.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
It's a new look Top Ten this year as we've moved it over to Wordpress to allow interactive comments. Ken Shimamoto (aka Stashdauber) is the first cab off the rank and you can read his entry here - and of course do better yourself if you're not hep to his jive.
Monday, November 10, 2008
It's Johnny Casino & The Secrets Week at the I-94 Bar. There's the Review of the new album ("I Am Who I Am, Not Who You Want Me To Be"), the "Drunk & Disorderly" Podcast, now the Interview and the album and accompanying EP are both on sale in The Shop. And the Sydney launch is this Saturday at The Empire at Annandale (which I'd attend except it's The Barmaid's birthday and she has other plans.).
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Australian premiere of the festival favourite + a live Q&A with Andre himself from Chicago!
Mon 10 Nov, 2008
Greater Union Bondi
Price: $15 / $12 conc.
Rating: MA 15+
"Andre Williams makes Little Richard sound like Pat Boone." Lux Interior, The Cramps
Andre Williams has written and recorded a number of landmark hit songs and has worked with legends of the industry: Berry Gordy, Ike Turner and Stevie Wonder to name just a few. Andre has also struggled throughout his life with addiction, poverty, homelessness and the legal system.
Andre says, 'I'm going to show you the right way, because I've gone so many wrong ways.' With this statement the man known as "Mr. Rhythm" and "The Black Godfather" takes us along a fascinating, funny and distressing journey. Andre doesn't always go "'the right way' and this leads to tenuous relationships with friends, family and business partners, time in jail, eviction from his "old folks home" and subsequent struggle to pay for his room at the 'Hotel 6' where he lives between tours.
From March of 2006 until July of 2007, directors Tricia Todd and Eric Matthies followed the charismatic underground recording artist Andre Williams through his day-to-day existence. For Andre, this could mean rehearsing for a show in Chicago, recording with Jon Spencer in Michigan, performing for enthusiastic fans in Croatia, doing a radio interview in Serbia or marching in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
Throughout his 72 years, Andre has never stopped driving his creative visions forward, regardless of cost or consequence. The consequences turn out to be severe as Andre's addictive history catches up with him. Ultimately doing the right thing could be the choice between life and death for a musician who is perpetually on the cusp of newfound success.
Agile, Mobile, Hostile is a feature length documentary as told by Andre Williams with input from Jon Spencer, John Sinclair, Don Waller, Johnnie Bassett, Margaret Doll Rod and others.
Popcorn Taxi is proud to present the very first screening in Australia of "Agile Mobile Hostile" followed by a live Q&A with the man himself, Andre Williams, live down-the-line from Chicago hosted by The Naked City's, Jay Katz.
Believe us - this year with Andre will definitely leave you feeling Agile, Mobile and Hostile!
Buy tickets here and watch the promo trailer:
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Punk rock innovators the Ramones made a joyful racket, but offstage they were rarely in tune.
Band members were known to feud about everything, from their song list to politics. Guitarist Johnny Ramone was a conservative, while singer Joey Ramone was a liberal.
Johnny and Joey are both dead now, but their feud lives on in the presidential race.
You see, Johnny’s widow Linda, using the Ramone moniker, has been campaigning for Republican John McCain, and Joey’s estate is none too happy about that.
“I just want it to be clear that Linda Cummings does not represent the political views of the Ramones,” said Mickey Leigh, the president of Ramones Productions who is also Joey’s brother.
“As for Joey Ramone, the only Ramones song he would sing at a Republican event would be ‘Glad to See You Go,’” Leigh said in a press release.
It’s not the first time Linda has created dischord among the Ramones. She dated Joey but eventually married Johnny, causing the two band members not speak to each other for years, even as they continued to tour and make records.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Remember when you had to put the best of your treasured vinyl collection onto cassette just so you could play it in the car? When retail outlets actually sold albums in cassette format to suit people who travelled or moved house a lot and wanted to keep their music collection to a manageable size? When bootleggers recorded to boomboxes and DAT was something that went with DIS?
There's a scuplture at the International Surgical Museum that illustrates the Death of the Cassette Tape. See it here.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
There's been surprising little news about the fact that soul-pioneer-turned-garage-meister Nathaniel Mayer has suffered a series of strokes and finds himself confined to a nursing home.
Meyer had a series of comebacks in the last decade, culminating in a stunning album on Total Energy/Alive, "Why Don't You Give It To Me?" Mayer is backed by a contemporary cast of underground folks - Matthew Smith of Outrageous Cherry, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Dave Shettler of SSM/The Sights - and it's a classic, a ball of skeletal feedback, raspy vocals and dark creepiness.
The I-94 Bar review is here and you can download an MP3 here. Considering Mayer had his first hit in 1962 ("Village of Love") we should be thankful that he could have been bothered recording, let along delivering something as great as this album.
There'll be a benefit show in November.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This suggests endless possibilities:
- Maybe the MC3 have a spare lead vocalist who's surplus to requirements (Evan, are you there?)
- They could call it Aluminium Zeppelin
- This will be a double-headed tour with The Doors of the 21st Century
- Maybe the new singer will be unearthed via a really lame reality TV show
The bottom line is that the new group might actually be listenable. Call me a heretic but I find Plant's preening prescence and overblown hysterics about as appealing as sipping a chai latte with Jimmy Barnes.
The Stooges have now finished stooging around the world so we at easy action HQ await news from the band regarding possible work on newly acquired stooges tapes...mindblowing stuff i assure you !! Also Sir Pop 's second box set will be with us at the end of October we think you're gonna like it !...alot!
Not all Iggy is good Iggy. The guy's solo career is littered with ill-considered chapters. But when the Pop fails, at least he's interesting, and the latest installment in UK label Easy Action's archival series "Where The Faces Shine" looks to contain more ups than downs.
We're looking at six CDs, a DVD and (if you get in quick) another live CD drawn from a gig on the 1988 Australian tour. The first two CDs are from the "Zombie Birdhouse" period. Not Ig's greatest album, granted, but the shows had an air of desperation about them which is often a plus.
Next up, there's a disc of demo's and other odds and sods (the "Repo Man" song among them) from the Steve Jones collaborations. Some of these demo's have been out there for a while but it's another collection that completists will love.
A 1986 "Blah Blah Blah" tour show spans two discs. Here's where Iggy picked himself up off the floor. The live material I've heard from the time has a lot more fire in the belly than the clean, Bowie-fied album.
The final CD is the Whisky-a-Go-Go "Instinct" tour warm-up/showcase. If it's in decent sound quality, it's going to be well worth hearing. This show was documeted in bass player Alvin's Gibbs' excellent tour diary book, "Neighborhood Threat".
The DVD is culled from TV appearances of the same vintage. My memory of the tour is of a professional but sometimes compelling band. The bonus Adelaide CD is said to be aurally rough and ready but also worth hearing.
I haven't laid ears on the full box set yet but a review will appear at the I-94 Bar.
Orders are being taken here where you can also view the full track lists.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
On a speaking tour that consists of extended Q & A sessions, Fugazi mainman Ian Mackaye is still has to deal with the straight edge question after all these years. The LA Times has more here. Still, I wouldn't turn up with a six-pack.
One of the most eagerly-anticipated re-issues for this year has to be Died Pretty's staggering full-length debut "Free Dirt".
Aztec Music is planning to give it the luxury make-over with a pile of demo's, live-to-air tracks and both sides of the "Stoneage Cindarella" single making up a double-disc package. It's much the same way that Citadel treated the "Doughboy Hollow" re-birthing (a copy of which you'd be mad not to procure here.)
Roughly coinciding with the re-issue, there will be two gigs by Died Pretty - the already sold-out Homebake festival in Sydney on December 6 and the E.G. Awards at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda on December 4.
Full info on the Aztec re-issue here.
Monday, October 27, 2008
"Wide Open Road" hould be a blast judging by the look of the heavy-duty Shockwave website they've put up, from where you can download interview snippets and presumably full episodes.
Let's hope it steers away from the "let's re-write history and push certain commercial interests" that some TV-to-DVD efforts have followed in recent times.
A work colleague heard this as a backing track for the weather report on Australia's national yewf radio station Triple Jay. Ignoramuses that some of us are Down Under, we find that he's had multiple-million views on YouTube (and probably makes a zillion bucks from the annoying cross-promotion ads on the clip.)
He also writes nonsensical lyrics like this:
Dealing drugs across the states
And you wonder why the police dont hesitate
Everything handed right to you
College and money until our nation gets a clue
Do us all a favor and act like a human being
Or you belong with all the other apes in a tree
Bob Dylan he ain't.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
News from the Hitmen camp:
For immediate release
ILLNESS PARES BACK HITMEN TOUR
Venue closures in Canberra and Brisbane and singer Johnny Kannis' ongoing heart condition have resulted in some dates being cut from the Hitmen's "Monkey's Gone Wild" Tour. Refunds will be available from point-of-sale.
The Hitmen will still do two Sydney gigs with Devilrock Four and The Southern Preachers at Mona Vale Hotel on November 21 and Caringbah Bizzos on November 22.
They’ll also play one Gold Coast show at The Coolangatta Hotel on November 28 with
Mick Medew & The Rumours and Suzy Loves Dick, before their lead singer undergoes more tests and some enforced rest.
Be assured that plans are afoot to tackle Melbourne and add some other places as soon as Zeus receives the all-clear.
Details on a live album with Detroit punk rock diva Niagara soon...and she will be back in Australia to tour in tandem with the Hitmen in early '09.
“He’s a very likeable guy, he’s very affable and has a sense of humour. You see why people like him. I like him, I just don’t want him to be President.”
Rollins was never going to endorse John McCain but did you think he he might have gone in harder? More here.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Let's face it, plastic music does stink. And yes, I know it's Delta Goodrem but ever since Australian TV's turkey-necked Mr Ubiquitous Eddie Maguire fucked up her name at a Logies night, the moniker's been permanently altered around these parts.
Crawdaddy online has gone all moist over the Clash's "Sandinista". Please don't make me laugh.
This was an overblown and limp piece of excess iand if Somebody should have been Murdered I'd have nominated the putz who hauled in a children's choir to contribute. Major Fail. Two bottles of Rolling Rock outta five.
Flame me in the comments section if you disagree (you especially Bucko.)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Nice job Carol!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The Rumours have been an off-and-on concern in their hometown for five years, scoring some choice supports but only recently landing themselves in the studio to cut their debut album.
Featuring one half of The Screaming Tribesmen and two guys who should have been there all along, The Rumours are everything you remember and hold dear about good rock 'n' roll guitar music: hooks, chops and melody.
Vocalist-guitarist Mick Medew is one of Brisbane's underground rock and roll elder statesmen with a history spanning the internationally-signed Tribesmen, seminal legends The 31st and more recently The Bluebirds.
Guitarist Ash Geary was a member of latter-day Tribesmen line-ups and '90s blues-rockers The Lost Boys and also plays with Brisbane-via-The Bowery gutter punks JJ Speedball.
The engine room is manned by Paul Hawker on bass and newcomer Adam Cole on drums.
Their as yet untitled album is being recorded at Black Box Studios in Brisbane under the production hand of friend Jeff Lovejoy and is scheduled for release in late 2008 or early '09.
The Rumours' sound isn't a million miles away from that of the Screaming Tribesmen - Mick's distinctive vocal and the well-honed twin-guitar Medew-Geary crunch inevitably make it so - but there's a little more more room to move in the songs.
Citing a long list of influences including MC5, Thin Lizzy, Roky Erickson, Blue Oyster Cult, the New York Dolls, David Bowie, The Dictators and Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, The Rumours recall all those touchstones but apply their own take.
Mick Medew & The Rumours join Klondike's North 40 (featuring Hitmen and ex-Radio Birdman guitarist Chris Masuak) on I-94 Bar Records.
They'll support the Hitmen on selected dates of that band's "Monkeys Gone Wild" national tour with gigs at Coolangatta Hotel on the Gold Coast on November 28 and The Living Room in Brisbane on November 29.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
As if anyone needed reminding that punk's first flourish of youth was a long, long time ago, seminal synth-and-angst agitator Alan Vega turned 70 in June. Of course he's very lucky to have gotten that far, given the liking he and Suicide co-member Martin Rev's had of crowd-baiting in their heyday.
Anyway, there's some limited edition tribute vinyl rolling out to mark the Vega milepost (with Brooooce Springsteen contributing) and an interview freshly online at a Jewish publication here which reveals CBGB was "just one big Synagogue".
Monday, October 13, 2008
As host Big Al got wasted, things went even further downhill.
The panty liner on the forehead is a nice touch, don't you think? The song is a clue to why they were on a label called Limp Records. Peanuts McGhee, where are you today?
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I heard a leaked copy of the new Tex Perkins and His Ladyboyz contract-breaker a month ago and didn't think that much of it but I'm warming to the concept after watching the infomercial. You have to wonder though after watching Charlie and Joel in that double guitar solo.
MiniRockerz video "I was made for lovin' you"
Spare me the Gene Simmons sex tape.
Here's Mini Kiss on St Paddy's Day.
Friday, October 10, 2008
The Eastern Dark has been on high-rotation yesterday, as part of an effort to get into finishing some liner notes for a bunch of Australian music from the same time and place. I can’t help noting that this band was head and shoulders above anything else of its kind.
If it’s going to be power/punk-pop, it needs three essential ingredients.
The first of these is melody – preferably in shovel-loads. That’s a no-brainer and sometimes I despair that people don’t get this. The Ramones had melody to burn and knew, maybe instinctively, that this was at the core of all great music, which was especially crucial when they stripped it back to basics.
You also need power, some rough edges to make the ride more interesting. Then there’s a less definable element loosely described as character. This comes from themes (sex and death are often recurrent) and some sort of conviction that a band or artist isn’t putting you on, even if living in someone else’s shoes in a lyrical sense.
Technical things like dynamics and tension are important, but it’s the melody, power and character combined that make powerpop/pop-punk music memorable.
The Eastern Dark was really the vehicle for James Darroch, ex-Celibate Rifles bassist and member of a handful of other unrecorded and short-lived Sydney bands like Slaughterhouse Five. He wrote great songs (“Pretty Pictures” was his) but the Rifles weren’t big enough for three leaders, so Darroch took his leave. The Eastern Dark came about (as great bands often do) when three sympathetic players entered each others’ orbits. James Darroch sang and played guitar. Melodic bassist/back-up vocaliser Bill Gibson and un-tutoured drumming powerhouse Geoff Milne were more than just the other pieces of a puzzle, but it has to be said that James occupied the driving seat. Amazing music resulted.
That they only released one single (“Julie Is a Junkie” b/w “Johnny And Dee Dee”) when they were around is tragic enough, but that a road accident claimed James Darroch’s life is the real loss.
The Ramonic single was excellent and it’s probably an achievement that it sounded as good as it did, given stories of near insurmountable problems with the studio where it was recorded. But the posthumous “Long Live The New Flesh” EP was a jaw-dropper, especially the soaring “Walking”, the bittersweet rollercoaster “I Don’t Need The Reasons” (maybe their best song) and the simmering resignation of “It’s Over”.
There was obviously a massive emotional investment in Darroch’s tunes that tell stories of loss, lies and anger and this recording underlines that the forced demise of The Eastern Dark was indeed monumental.
While I kick myself for not seeing them more often live, buy, beg, borrow, steal or download "New Flesh" or the out-of-print Half a Cow compilation “Where Are All the Single Girls” which appends most of the live “Girls On The Beach (With Cars)” live double LP.
Just for the hell of it, here's the only known footage of the band shot at Sydney's Caringbah Inn (I wuz there.)
Thursday, October 09, 2008
With surefire "hits" like "Blitzkrieg Church", "Nazareth Affair" and "Beat on The Beast", the members of Chapel Hill's Christian Ramones (that'd be Matty, Markey, Lukey and Johnny) are surely bound for hell. Check the comments and you'll see the Bruddas' ex-road manager Monte Melnick is a fan. More here.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Is too much Clash barely enough? Ex-drummer Topper Headon doesn't think so and tells Billboard as much here. Interesting read.
Personally, the last live compilation Clash CD was a bit of a snore and even the deluxe edition of "London Calling" with the demos appended wasn't essential as the songs in their formative stages were exactly that. I'd settle for a complete, killer live gig - which the Shea Stadium clearly isn't, judging from Topper's assessment and the footage that's surfaced to date.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Fuck knows why a behemoth like the BDO would want to shoot down commentary on other fests when many of them are run by promoters who share acts and they sell out in five minutes anyway. Do the people in charge know what’s going on? Have a look for yourself here.
Friday, October 03, 2008
(Come to think about it, didn't Mark already sing about this in the Visitors' song "Disperse"?)
Ever willing to fuel such fires, Mick Farren (of the Deviants and the Pink Fairies and also the author of a fantastic autobiography covering his time in the UK underground of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s called “Give the Anarchist a Cigarette”) has penned a dissertation for LA City Beat. It's not short on the wonderful Farren invective.
Personally, I think the coffins are actually mega-sized compost bins to accommodate output from the enormous servings that US fast food outlet dish up.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
If you had purchased $1,000.00 of Delta Air Lines stock one year ago you would have $49.00 left.
With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1,000.00.
With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.
But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have $214.00 cash !!!!!
Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.
I like Neil but left it too late to buy tix. I have an aversion to the barn that is the Sydney Entertainment Centre and sitting in a seat near the roof. He's also playing the Big Day Out (headlining, no less) but I'm reluctant to endure that. I did hear BDO promoter Ken West on radio the other day talking about the decision to book Neil and had to laugh that he said it took a while for the Greendale Tour to slide from the memory.
So says their Australia-based ex-road manager Sam Cutler (pictured above with Mick Jagger) in a new book that promises to be a fascinating read.
"There's a lot of rubbish written about the Rolling Stones, especially the thing at Altamont, that we hired the Hells Angels ... and it was the Rolling Stone's free concert which it wasn't," Cutler says.
"It's kind of enter rock and roll mythology that we organised the concert, which we didn't.
"That we were responsible for what went down, which in part we were, but only in part. I wanted to write my version of the truth."
Read some more here.
Now Brother Wayne's joined Motorhead and the Pistols in selling a re-recorded song to the makers of the Guitar Hero computer game. "Kick Out the Jams" is coming to a games store near you. While the usual low-level comments about selling-out will no doubt come from predictable sources, I'd just settle to hear his latest solo album which is said to be a return to his jazzy/spoken word stylings.
And in word just in, there's a good interview with Kramer here that throws more light on the forthcoming album.
No details on how, when or if it’s coming out. We live in hope.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
The “new” Rolling Stone Australia will be coming off a low base. What was once a mildly counter-cultural, music-centric magazine is crammed with fashion ads and transparently feeble editorial stabs at being “cutting edge”. Sub-mainstream musical content is almost accidental and the over-priced rag feels like a brand extension of the Idol franchise.
Perversely it has no online presence – something that’s usually a given these days when you look at their target demographic. The former publishers even let the domain be parked with some on-seller/squatter. I suppose I could be wrong and it's a lame attempt to turn a dollar. Either way, it shows what little regard they had for their masthead.
So Jann, hope you have a good time at the party, pal. Here's to another 20 years of mediocrity.
The All Tomorrow's Parties is coming to Australia in January with performances by the reformed Kuepper-Bailey Saints and the Laughing Clowns among the highlights. Nick Cave is curator and will play the three-part festival with his Bad Seeds. Full line-ups are to be announced but the acts already unveiled include Spiritualized, Robert Forster and Rowland S Howland. Sydney Harbour's Cockatoo Island, Brisbane and Mt Buller, Victoria, will be the venues. Details here.
It was the alley where the classic cover shot for the Ramones' first album was taken by Roberta Bayley. It backs onto the rear of what used to be CBGB's postage-stamp backyard, where an abandoned car used to sit. Just like the famous punk fleapit, it's now at risk according to this piece in the NY Times.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The first "Ed Kuepper Live" disc from the Prince Melon Bootleg Series has sold out and it won't be long before Volumes Two and Three go the same way. Procure for 10 bucks plus modest postage from the Prince Melon myspace. Read a review of Volume One here with Two and Three live at the same place in a day or two.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Buggered if I'm letting Ringo Starr near my iMac.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Penny's playing solo and accompanied by a local outfit on the final show.
If that's inconvenient, there's always France and Spain where she'll be gigging with Vinz and Dimi from Dimi Dero Inc under the moniker Penelope Inc. More on that leg of the trip and full details of the Tokyo shows here.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This Friday Australian broadcaster SBS is screening a doco on Stu Sutcliffe, the original Beatles bassist who left the fledgling band to become a visual artist and died of a brain aneuyrism in 1962.
You might know the story from the Backbeat movie of about a decade ago. No doubt it'll dish a bit of dirt on the Fab Four's Hamburg days. Details here.
Former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon is now advertising butter - in stark contrast to his punk rock days when he proclaimed: "I am an antichrist, I am an anarchist."
Decked out in an English gentleman-style tweed outfit, Lydon - whose used the stage name Johnny Rotten - features in adverts for Country Life butter which will hit screens in October.
As part of his first television advertising campaign, Lydon gallivants around various British locations as he tries to decide why he thinks Country Life butter is his favourite brand.
The advert concludes, "It's not about Great Britain, it's about great butter", and will first be screened during the ITV Pride of Britain Awards next month.
Despite the British tabloid press' vehement sensationalism, Rotten always came across as a patriot - despite not having lived in the UK for 30 years. Who cares what he's advertising - although this snap from the Daily Mail's report of the Pistols' warm-up on a US talkshow earlier this week shows John's been grazing in a good paddock.
Of course the paper has tagged him 'Johnny Glutton'.
If you detect a degree of enthusiasm behind this plug for the CD re-issue of the 1978 recordings by Radio Birdman spin-off the Visitors you'd be correct and it's not because I had some minimal involvement behind the scenes.
The original Visitors existed for just a dozen shows in Sydney in 1978-79 but their songs (and a new line-up) live on. If you haven't heard their music, think the Doors meeting Birdman with a one-guitar-and-keys configuration giving extra space. The full review is here and pop over to Citadel if you want to score a copy.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Run-D.M.C. could "Walk This Way" into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 1980s rap act, along with Metallica and the Stooges, are among the nine nominees for next year's hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday.
The other nominees are guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack, and disco and R&B group Chic.
Chic? Should we feign surprise? The R & R Hall of Fame is anything but.
If you're too young to remember or from outside Australia, sharpies (or sharps) were territorial street gangs who ruled various pieces of suburban turf from the late '60s through to the late '80s. The Celibate Rifles' song "Paddo Sharps" recalls them well.
Part Clockwork Orange, part precursors to punk, the most prominent took no shit - and god help you if you were a youngster that wandered into the wrong milk bar or pinball parlour.
That's the Coloured Balls' "GOD" playing as the soundtrack, by the way. There's a website devoted to the Australian sharpies here if you're interested.
Thankfully, most of the sharpies grew up. Most became parking inspectors, lawyers or merchant bankers.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
If you lived outside of earshot of the molten aural glow of their amps in the late-'70s, or simply hadn't stumbled across a copy of their double A-sided, monstrously great mindfuck of a single, "City Slang", (until the bootleggers got into the act and actually did us a favour), chances are you'd read more about than you'd heard of this well-credentialled quartet. Which just added to the mystery, even if the sound of illegal documents like the "Strikes Like Lightning" LP sucked a large furball.
It's on Easy Action and it's a vital, fiery 2CD set, a leftover from the box set. It follows on the heels of "Live, Masonic Temple", another live show from 1978 issued by Robert Matheu on his Rock-a-Rama label. Both of these - and almost anything else issued under the band's name, save a couple of shoddy bootlegs - is essential listening. Read full reviews here, follow the links therein to buy. You won't regret it.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I-94 Bar staffer Clark Paull spotted a nice Powertrane piece in the Detroit Metro Times tonight. MC5/Stooges chronicler Brett Callwood sat Scott Morgan and Robert Gillespie down and talked about their histories and that of their current band. Read it here.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thanks to reader Dermott Kelly who twigged me to an email from Australian label
Inertia announcing their entry to Wikipedia and mentioning a spin-off label, Provenance. Provenance intends "to reissue and export important, classic and rare Australian and New Zealand music...Provenance's first release is a limited edition boxset that reissues the first three Beasts of Bourbon albums".
One schooner of new coming right up, Dermott.