Jagermeister Independant Music Awards

This year the AIR awards, or Jagermeister Independent Music Awards as they are now apparently known,  have come under a bit of criticism for being sponsored by both Jagermeister and Nova, a station not known for playing anything remotely unsigned. However you shouldn’t let that distract you from the fact that unlike the televised music awards in this country, they recognise independent music that many people in the music consuming public might not pay attention to otherwise.

Another great thing about the AIR awards is that the general public are welcome to attend. This year the tickets are = $29 +bf and the event will feature live music from nominees  Cloud Control as well as British India and Sally Seltman. It will all be happening tomorrow night (October 1st) at the Forum in Melbourne.

There are too many nominations to list here, but the ever so amazing Philadelphia Grand Jury are nominated for best breakthrough artist along with Cloud Control and Otouto.

For more information, head over to the ausindies website:  http://ausindies.com.au/

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Philidelphia Grand Jury Save Our Town

Philadelphia Grand Jury are back!

Not that they ever really disappeared. They’ve been spending the last six months in England recording, gigging and being generally awesome. They’ve released an excellent new single Save Our Town which in true Philly Jay’s style, is upbeat, fun and catchier than herpes.

They’ve also announced an Australian tour for November and December.

THU 4 NOV – Republic Bar, HOBART

FRI 5 NOV – Hotel New York, LAUNCESTON

SAT 6 NOV – Corner Hotel, MELBOURNE

THU 11 NOV – Hotel Gearin, BLUE MOUNTAINS

FRI 12 NOV – Cambridge Hotel, NEWCASTLE

SAT 13 NOV – Metro Theatre, SYDNEY (ALL AGES)

THU 18 NOV – Beach Hotel, BYRON BAY

FRI 19 NOV – Hi Fi, BRISBANE

SAT 20 NOV – Full Noise, TOWNSVILLE (PGJ ONLY)

THU 25 NOV – Beachcomber Hotel, CENTRAL COAST

FRI 26 NOV – ANU Bar, CANBERRA

SAT 27 NOV – Newton’s Nation, BATHURST (PGJ ONLY)

SUN 28 NOV – Fitzroy Hotel, WINDSOR

WED 1 DEC – High Road, RIVERTON

THUR 2 DEC – Prince Of Wales, BUNBURY

FRI 3 DEC – Capitol, PERTH

SAT 4 DEC – Settlers, MARGARET RIVER

SUN 5 DEC – Newport Hotel, FREMANTLE

WED 8 DEC – Level One, GEELONG

THU 9 DEC – Karove Lounge, BALLARAT

FRI 10 DEC – The Gov, ADELAIDE

SAT 11 DEC – Sandbar, MILDURA

THU 16 DEC – Caringbah Bizzos, CARINGBAH

FRI 17 DEC – Mona Vale Hotel, MONA VALE

SAT 18 DEC – Grand Hotel, WOLLONGONG

FRI 31 DEC – Pyramid Rock Festival, PHILLIP ISLAND (PGJ ONLY)


Philadelphia Grand Jury- Save Our Town.mp3

The Walking Dead

I mentioned a little while ago that I had been working on a documentary about the  Melbourne Zombie Shuffle, and I’ve had a few requests to see it, so I thought I’d post it here for anyone who enjoys laughing at extraordinarily bad camerawork. It’s also the reason why I haven’t been posting very much lately, because for the last month I’ve spent upwards of four hours a day editing on a computer that crashed at least once every half an hour and the IT people had no clue how to fix it. The moral of the story is don’t do media at a public school.

The Basics Live

One of my favourite bands,  recorded at one of my favourite venues, for free.

Anyone who’s listened to The Basics will tell you that they are one of Australia’s best live acts, combining hilarious banter with great pop songs and the odd cover or ten. However unlike most other bands who carry that tag, they aren’t selling out stadiums, headlining festivals or being played 50 times a day on the radio. While this means that we get to see them without paying stupid amounts of money and dealing the horrible crowds certain artists attract, it also means that they don’t have the bathtubs full of cash they probably deserve.

Why does this matter? Because The Basics have released a live album, recorded at the Northcote Social Club and mixed at Abbey Road Studios. What’s even better for us is that they’ve released it completely free. Not even in return for an email address.

If you haven’t heard The Basics yet, you really have no excuse. Every single song on the album is fantastic, even their cover of the New Kids On The Block’s (You Got It) The Right Stuff.

You can download the album here, and you really have no excuse not to.

6 on the St Interview

At the moment I’ve been focused on my end of year film project (a documentary about Melbourne Zombie Shuffle), so it seems quite fitting that I recently got in contact with Sam Wright, who is part of the team that works on 6 on the St, a documentary series that focuses on Adelaide’s live music scene.  Each episode is six minutes long and features interviews and live performances by local bands in different parts of the city. While many Australians see Adelaide as a musically deprived hole, this documentary series completely disproves this and features some great local bands such as The Thieves and The Bearded Gypsy Band. New episodes come out on the 6th of every month and if you’re at all interested in hearing new Australian Music, I highly recommend you see them.

Electric Skeleton: What made you decide to create 6 on the street?

Sam Wright: During the Christmas of 2008, my friend in Canada introduced me to a whole lot of short music videos that were filmed on the streets of France. These films were done by Vincent Moon with Chryde from La Blogotheque. I drew inspiration from these films and moved forward in an attempt to create something that would be special for emerging Adelaide musicians.

ES: How long does it take to make each episode?

SW: Generally we will shoot an episode in an afternoon and have time for a snack and drink, so only a few hours really. For the 6 on the St team, it is like going to an intimate gig on the weekend. Kieran Ellis-Jones (Director) will then take a couple of days to edit out the material into an episode.

ES: Having bands play on the street is not something you see every day. How to the general public react to it?

SW: The general public are almost too polite. They walk around our filming. Rather than through it. However, we filmed in China Town last weekend around a Bubble Tea stall. I have never seen so many skate boarder kids attempting to video bomb a production. Which we were fine with. We want the public to become part of the videos as well, as they are just part of the city atmosphere that we are trying to capture.

ES: How do you decide each location?

SW: It is a mixture of places that our team likes, with places that are well known in Adelaide, with places that match the vibe of the artist that is performing.

ES: What makes Adelaide’s music scene different to anywhere else’s?

SW: It is hard to say, as I have not been able to participate fully in any other city’s music scene. All of them would be great I would imagine and unique in their own ways. What makes the Adelaide Music Scene unique to me, is that there are so many different bands (genre wise) that you can see in one night, but you really have to actually care about good music, to actually know where the good music can be found. If you don’t care, you will probably find yourself stuck in some boring Adelaide bar eating an overpriced schnitzel and listening to some terrible cover band.

ES: How do you  choose bands for the videos?

SW: We keep our ears and minds open to all particular styles. We scan friend’s Facebook pages for local bands they are seeing. We pay attention to the Triple J Unearthed charts. We read CD Reviews. We attend many gigs. We read our street press. We eavesdrop people at local pubs. We talk to friends about music. We talk to strangers about music. We take our headphones off and listen to people busking in the mall. We do our homework. Then we make a choice.

ES: Do you know which bands you’ll be featuring in future episodes?

SW: We have a few episodes locked in for the next couple of months, but we are keeping some episodes open for local acts that make it into festivals such as WOMADelaide and Big Day Out.

The latest video was uploaded today and features Spine, who aren’t a metal band. You can check it out below.