Meat Loaf Australian Tour

As far as tour announcements go, it doesn’t get much bigger than Meat Loaf who will be playing shows in Australia during October.

He will be touring in support of his upcoming album Hell In A Handbasket and will be playing at the Day on the Green events as well are arena shows. On top of this he’ll also join the likes of Lionel Richie and er… Angry Anderson by playing at the ALF Grand Final on October 1.

Bat Out Of Hell still sells over 200,000 copies a year it’s more than appropriate they’ve named it the Guilty Pleasure Tour. Tickets go on sale July 4.

Tuesday 4th October – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
Thursday 6th October – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Saturday 8th October – A Day On The Green – Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley
Wednesday 12th October – Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney
Friday 14th October – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 15th October – A Day On The Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley
Wednesday 19th October – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Saturday 22nd October – nib Stadium, Perth


Josh Pyke Annouces “Only Sparrows” Tour

The last we heard from Josh Pyke was his involvement in the lukewarm supergroup Basement Birds. Luckily, he’s finally decided to release some new material on his own, with his newest record Only Sparrows due out on 19 August.

The new single No One Wants A Lover has been all over the airwaves and apparently this album will see him take some risks.

While his fan-club only shows sold out supersonic speed (22 minutes in Melbourne), you can catch him on a national tour during September with Emma Lousise and The Paper Kites.

Thursday 8th September – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Friday 9th September – Wollongong Uni
Saturday 10th September – The Metro, Sydney
Friday 16th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday 17th September – Bended Elbow, Geelong
Thursday 22nd September – The Northern, Byron Bay
Friday 23rd September – The Coolangatta Hotel
Saturday 24th September – The Hi-Fi Brisbane,
Thursday 29th September – The Gov, Adelaide
Friday 30th September – Fly By Night, Frmantle
Saturday 1st October – The Astor Theatre, Perth

Hottest Australian albums of all time

The Hottest 100 has gone from being a  yearly countdown to something Triple J do whenever they want to feel relevent again. The next countdown will be the Hottest 100 Australian albums of all time may not make good radio but everyone loves a good list.  I thought I’d share my top 10 Australian albums. I’ve opted to vote for my most formative albums.I’m just glad Sister2Sister aren’t Australian, otherwise I might have exposed my shameful pop past. You can vote for your own albums and go in the running for Triple J’s Green and Gold Ticket here.


10.Boys Next Door, The – Door, Door

The Boys Next Door were Nick Cave’s first band and this album was the first time I heard his music. While the band dismissed Door, Door
as too poppy, it was the exact reason why I liked this album so much. I’m sure all of you would be familiar with Shivers however the other tracks on the album also hint at Nick Cave’s flair for songwriting.

9. The Basics – Keep Your Friends Close

I probably should have included Stand Out/ Fit In as my Basics album of choice, however musically I’m a bigger fan of Keep Your Friends Close because it finally felt like the band had found their own sounds, rather than simply copying their 1960s heroes. The Basics were one of the first ‘local’ bands I discovered and provided the soundtrack to year 9, despite the fact I was also listening to a lot of horrible emo.  The Basics are on Hiatus because of Wally DeBacker’s Gotye commitments.

8. Darren Hanlon – Fingertips and Mountaintops

It’s no secret that I love Darren Hanlon and this is probably his best work. Whether it’s the tale of brushing elbows with a celebrity, letting us know happiness is just a chemical or couch surfing advice, each song tells a perfect story that complements Hanlon’s country twang.

7. The Lucksmiths  – Why That Doesn’t Surprise Me

Because sometimes music you can dance to is the last thing that you need. This album got me hooked on Darren Hanlon, Bell and Sebastian and The Smiths. God I miss the Lucksmiths.

6. AC/DC – Back in Black

I couldn’t write about Australian albums without AC/DC. I took a while to really like this album, sometimes you just need to shout along with Acca Dacca and unleash your inner bogan. I got to see them live last year, which was awesome until I had a 45-year-old man continually asking me to flash my tits during The Jack. Classy.

5.Gotye – Like Drawing Blood

This is one of the more recent albums on my list but it is already regarded as a classic. The first time Ito  really listened this album I was on a family holiday in Echuca, and while the house was old and all kinds of amazing, there’s only so much foxtel a girl can watch. So in typical style, I turned to my iPod for entertainment.  The intricate rhythms and dream like pop perfectly suited the house and Like Drawing Blood is still on high rotation today.

4. You Am I – Hourly, Daily

Boroondara Library Services have a lot to answer for. I spent a lot of my tween years borrowing random albums and while most of them were terrible I also discovered a lot of my favourite bands. This was one of those albums, and probably one of the most Australian records ever released. While I have trouble relating to Arcade Fire’s image of the suburbs, I feel like Hourly Daily perfectly describes Australian suburbia and lifestyle without being  pretentious.

3. Sunnyboys – Sunnyboys

When I was younger I used to think that all old music was ‘bad.’ This is party because my dad insists on listening to nothing but Santana, who I still cannot stand, and the fact that a lot of it sounded dated. That was until my mum got me to listen to The Sunnyboys. Even to this day their debut album sounds fresh and the lyrics of a then teenage Jeremy Oxley perfectly capture the awkwardness of your first relationships. While Alone With You still gets the odd bit of radio play, the rest of their singles seem forgotten, which is a massive shame. The band went on to release two more albums, before disbanding when Jeremy Oxley’s schizophrenia became a concern. If you like your power pop tight and danceable,  highly recommend you buy this album.

2.The Whitlams – Eternal Nightcap

The Whitlams caused quite a divide amongst my household. Despite the fact they’re my mum’s favourite band, My dad and little sister, cannot stand them. When I first told my mum I liked The Whitlams she was so excited that she burnt me their albums and made a point of playing them when we were in the car together. I still think this album is one of the best Australian albums ever released and began my obsession with sad bastard music. This album was released after the death of original member Stevie Plunder and whether it’s the melancholy No Aphrodisiac, the playful Louis Burdette (which I did not get to hear for quite some time due to the all swearing) or the haunting Charlie trilogy, it’s the sound of a band who have been through a lot.

1. Living End, The – The Living End

I know The Living End are no longer relevant, or even all that good anymore, but their debut album changed my life. I borrowed this album from the library and from the opening bars of Prisoner of Society I was hooked.  The rebellious lyrics, insane guitar solos and Scott Owen’s frantic double bass playing completely blew my 11-year-old mind. This was the album that prompted me to see The Living End for my first gig when I was twelve, helped me discover Triple J and inspired me to learn the double bass. If it wasn’t for The Living End, I’m 90% sure I’d still be listening to, wearing too fake tan and this blog wouldn’t exist.

What are your top 10 albums? Share them in the comments. Also apologies for any terrible grammar, I had my wisdom teeth out yesterday and am still not quite functioning properly.

Owls of the Swamp- Go With River

Owls of the Swamp’s second album “Go With River” is the kind of music you can get lost in.

Owls of the Swamp is actually Pete Uhlenbruch, a singer-songwriter who’s been playing around Melbourne for quite some time. While his debut album “Smokey Bay” focused on his travels to Iceland, on “Go With River” he has his feet firmly on the ground.

The album begins with “43” an instrumental that shows off Uhlenbruch’s intricate guitar playing. While it isn’t the most conventional way to start the album, it’s more than welcome and ends too abruptly.

From the First few bars of “Stones and Bones” it is clear this album is more than the kind of background music that is associated with folk music. “Pyramid’s” melody slowly weaves it’s way into your consciousness before you find it stuck in your head.

While the temp of the album doesn’t shift a great deal, Owls of the Swamp use backing vocals to their advantage. Ellen Kibble, a great musician in her own right, makes “Walking Song” stand out from the rest of the album. Aluka and Myra Ross also lend their voices to the album.

The songs on the album don’t vary all that much, it is impossible to fault the slick production and quality songwriting.

Overall, “Go With River” is an impressive album that stands out from the others in an already overcrowded genre.


Tuesday Covers 14/06/2011


To say it’s been awhile since my last covers post is something of an understatement. But I’ll make it up to you. I promise.

The only Splendor Sideshow I’m going to this year will be Pulp. And there’s a 99% chance I’ll turn into a screaming fangirl at the mere sight of Jarvis Cocker. Seeing it’s the first time the band have come to Australia is almost 15 years, I thought I’d share a Nick Cave cover. It’s a little bit sleazy and a whole lot of amazing.

Nick Cave- Disco 2000 (Pulp cover).mp3

How good is the new Bon Iver album? Not that you need to me to tell you, because no doubt you’ve already heard it and swooned to your heart’s content. He’s also released some damn good covers over the years, including a version of Vashti Bunyan’s Train Song, which Feist and Ben Gibbard covered for Dark Was The Night. but really, I just have a soft spot for indie musicians who like cats.

Bon Iver-Train Song (Vashti Bunyan Cover).mp3

2011 Community Cup

The best AFL game in Melbourne isn’t about footy at all.

Each year the 2011 Community Cup brings together local musicians and community radio broadcasters to raise money for charity by playing a football match. While this might not sound all that exciting, very little attention is really given to the game at all. Instead it’s all about the bands, streakers and Mountain Goat beer.

This year’s bands are Tumbleweed, You Am I, The Mercy Kills and The Rebelles, and each one will be performing a Nick Cave song during their set.

If you want to watch a game of footy, drink beer and watch bands for a good cause, head to the Elsternwick Oval on 26 June. Also, there’s a high possibility Tim Rogers will be wearing footy shorts. If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.