Monday Music Round-Up 15/08/11


The big music news story of the week was the cancellation of the Soundwave Revolution festival that was due to happen in October. Promoted by AJ Maddah who’s also behind Soundwave and the upcoming Harvest festivals, it was meant to include bands such as Van Halen and Alice Cooper.

Speculation about the event’s cancellation began when Steel Panther, one of the festivals acts, tweeted about its cancellation. The tweets were deleted and after a whole bunch of delay and no word on the official website, AJ appeared on Nova to discuss the cancellation before finally making an offical statement.

Festival cancellations are not uncommon in such a oversaturated market, but the way they went about it was pretty poor. Apparently there will be a series of mini-festivals instead but so far the only info we have is an annoucement of an upcoming announcement.

And really, I couldn’t imagine a band who refuses to have brown m&ms back stage performing somewhere like Melton.

In Other AJ Maddah news, the drip-feed line-up for Soundwave 2012 has started early with Trivium, CKY, Forever The Sickest Kids, Shadows Fall and The Smoking Hearts.

Remember when people couldn’t stop talking about The Dirty Three playing during an electrical storm at Meredith? Well, it’s been announced that they’re going to up the ante next year with a total lunar eclipse happening not long after Grinderman’s set. If that isn’t awesome I don’t know what is.

Gotye’s upcoming album Making Mirrors was played in full on Triple J last night and as expected it was completely awesome. While it may not be quite as attention-grabbing as Like Drawing Blood on first listen, the man sure as hell knows how to craft a tune.

His duet with Kimbra, Somebody That I Used To Know has gone platinum and he’s had to add even more tour dates because they keep selling out so fast. It’s nice to see a talented Australian getting attention for once.

His album is streaming over at the Triple J website. So if you’re up for a bit of swooning, be sure to check out before it gets taken down in a week’s time.

Finally, I have some music to share from Typhoon. I was sorting through all the music on my laptop, when I came across this EP. I don’t know I acquired it, but I’ve been enjoying it for the last few days.

They describe themselves as indie orchestra from Portland. Kind of like a less pretentious Arcade Fire.You can download their EP for $3.50 and it’s an investment you should definitely make.