Posted: 5 May, 2015

Blur On Jimmy Fallon

Blur perform a cover of 'Tender' in their first TV appearing in 15 years

 (Image from fanart.tv)

We’ve all been reliving the good ol’ days alongside Blur once again with all the (rightful) hype surrounding their new release ‘The Magic Whip’.  Not only have they managed to out rank all of the big players to take out the number 1 spot on the UK charts, but they’ve got a whole hoard of headlining festival spots booked around the world (not to mention Splendour In The Grass 2015).

But popular TV host, Jimmy Fallon, has just taken our little 90’s lovefest to the next level.

Appearing on Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ music room in their first TV appearance in 15 years, the boys cuddled up on the couch together with Jimmy Fallon to perform an acoustic cover of their 1999 hit ‘Tender’.

And what a bloody brilliant treat!

Not only is it fantastic to see generally stern front man Damon Albarn (also of Gorillaz fame) with a bloody huge grin plastered all over his face, but Jimmy Fallon lets rip the rather impressive set of pipes he has on him.

This is one little titbit of 90’s memorabilia that has just received the brush up it so rightfully deserve.

Allllll of the feels, ladies and gents. 

Catch Blur's Acoustic Jam To 'Tender' On Jimmy Fallon:

 

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Tags: Blur, Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show

Posted: 5 May, 2015

Nikki Sixx Is Over The Crüe

Nikki Sixx has declared that once Motley Crue is over... he's 100% DONE

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There's a 'buzz of excitement in the air surrounding Mötley Crüe's 'The Final Tour' hitting Oz in just a matter of days!

And after 34 years of rocking and rolling around the world, it's not all that surprising to hear the boys are more than just a little bit "done". 

But apparently none-more-so than bass guitarist Nikki Sixx.

In a recent interview with RiffYou, Nikki has promised fans that "the day Mötley Crüe plays their last show, I'll never play another Mötley Crüe song again." 

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Posted: 5 May, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Outtakes

A gallery of outtakes from the photo shoot for Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

(Image by Kirk Weddle)

In 1991 Nirvana were kickin’ it hard out at the top of the rock’n’roll chain of glory. With their first major label debut ‘Nevermind’ imminent, photographer Kirk Weddle decided to shoot a sequence of band photos to promote the upcoming musical assault.

Having just shot the now famous swimming baby cover for ‘Nevermind’ a few months earlier, Weddle came up with the idea to shoot a parody of the work and somehow managed to wrangle the begrudged boys into getting half naked in a freezing cold pool.

“I remember Kurt was like, ‘Fuck! I have to get in the pool?’” remembers Weddle. “He was not a water guy at all.”

Weddle managed to shoot around 200 images which have never been made available to the public before. “I’ve just kept them stacked in a closet, unorganized,” said Weddle.

Well now, the closet has been opened, they’ve been set free, and the work is available to view and purchase via Austin’s Modern Rocks Gallery

Nirvana 'Nevermind' Outtake Sneak Peek:

Kurt imitating the famous Nevermind baby swimming cover. 

The Nirvana boys...trying not to drown. 

A young Dave Grohl. 

Kurt Cobain, 'Nevermind' up close.

Even Weird Al got in on the fun! 

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Tags: Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Weird Al Yankovic

Posted: 5 May, 2015

5 Kurt Cobain Life Lessons

The documentary to change all documentaries is officially here! Let the eye opening begin...

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is a revelation.

Not only has the documentary provided an absolutely mind-blowing bunch of previously unknown material both produced by and about the legendary and complex being that was Kurt Cobain, but it has entirely transformed what we thought we knew about him.

With unrestrained and sometimes brutally raw access to the most intimate moments in Cobain’s life, Montage of Heck is bursting at the brim with factual titbits that’ll leave you with some serious brain hurt.

So to help you out, Triple M’s Head of Rock Mitch Braund grabbed us five essential life lessons learned from Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. 

Bask in it:

5 Things I Leant From Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck

1. Rock'n'Roll may not save lives, but it can prolong them.

You get the feeling Kurt would have checked out of this world much sooner had he not had his guitar and his art. 

2. Kurt obsessively documented his life.

It's amazing how a movie like this can be pieced together. With all of the writing and recording he did documenting his life, it's like Kurt guides you through his life personally.

3. It's unsettlingly raw.

This was as unnerving as any horror movie that  lingers with you. A front row rollercoaster seat into the inescapable despair of Kurt's mental health battles and drug addiction. 

4. There's no such thing as a chemical romance.

Think the 27 club is cool? You're a fool. Stay in school, and watch this movie. 

5. Nothing's off limits!

This is not a Director gushing over his must. It's just...real. 

Check out the Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck here -

 

Film stills from Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck -

Kurt Cobain celebrating his 2nd birthday. (Image from smh.com.au)


Kurt cuddles up to a newborn Frances Bean. (Image from nytimes.com)

Kurt and Courtney Love circa 1992. (Image from nytimes.com)

A young Kurt (age unknown) playing guitar in his bedroom. (Image from film-reviews-and-news.com)

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Tags: Kurt Cobain, Montage Of Heck, Nirvana

Posted: 3 May, 2015

Cold Chisel's 'Last Stand'

Cold Chisel will be taking to the stage for 'The Last Stand of QANTAS Credit Union Arena'

COLD CHISEL ARE BACK! 

Last month Barnesy hit the studios, giving us the exclusive on the new Cold Chisel tunes that are in the works.

Expecting an album sometime later this year, we all thought we'd have to wait until then before we could bask in the Cold Chisel glory once more. 

But today Chisel have announced that they're already set to roll! 

In 1983, the year the Sydney Entertainment Centre opened – Cold Chisel farewelled their fans at the Last Stand.

Now in 2015, before the Ent Cent closes its doors, the boys will return for one gig. One final salute… a farewell.  The last Stand of Sydney’s Entertainment Centre.

Barnes, Moss, Walker, Small, Drayton will bring the house down at the Qantas Credit Union Arena.

Concert Info

Friday, 18 December, 2015 - QANTAS Credit Union Arena
Tickets on sale 10am, Friday via www.ticketek.com.au 

Dedicated fans that are members of Cold Chisel's mailing list will get exclusive first access to the best tickets and will be able to nab up to six tickets per person using a special password which will be emailed to them on Tuesday the 5th of May.  

And if you're a member of the My Ticketek team, you'll get another opportunity to score a seat from 10am on Thursday the 7th of May. 

Some classic Cold Chisel to fire you up:

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Posted: 1 May, 2015

Blur 'The Magic Whip'

After 12 years of silence, Blur are back and outselling them all

(Photo from fanart.tv)

After 12 years of silence, epic Brit-Pop band Blur have released their 8th studio album 'The Magic Whip'...and it's taking the world by storm!

Released on April 27th, 'The Magic Whip' is set to be their 6th number 1 album. It's already outselling the top 5 tracks in the charts over the past few weeks combined, and is quickly becoming the perpetual bug in 2015's ears. 

Already receiving critical and artistic acclaim, the boys have clearly spent their time wisely by polishing their talents and coming together once again to produce something truly special.

Triple M's Dangerous Dave gave the album a spin...and a spin...and another spin...and has us all on the downlow for these dangerous new digs:

"They survived the Brit pop battle of the 90’s, they reinvented themselves and after a 12 year break the lads have returned with a new album ‘The Magic Whip’ and it’s a keeper

"A short stint in Hong Kong with some down time allowed Blur to jump into a studio and lay down a bunch of tracks.  If you are a fan of the Bill Murray movie ‘Lost in Translation’ you’ll dig this album. It’s quirky, rocky, solemn and interesting, all the hallmarks fans love about this band.

"The opening track ‘Lonesome Street’ reassures fans that they haven’t lost the plot. It’s upbeat, full of riffs with Damon Albarn’s familiar stuttering.

"Damon Albarn said in an interview with Mojo magazine, “The album has got a lot to do with our relationship.  As you get older, as your families grow up, you realise we were too young and stupid to understand or value what we had or how lucky we were. We don’t feel like that anymore. We realise that to throw away relationships is madness,”

"Bring on Splendour!" - Dangerous Dave

Grab Blur's epic 'The Magic Whip' now: 

'The Magic Whip' iTunes

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Posted: 1 May, 2015

10 Tame Impala Gems

Kevin Parker lets loose some Tame Impala treasures & here are the highlights...

(Image from Getty)

Kevin Parker from Tame Impala did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit yesterday that has BLOWN UP the Interwebz.

Tame Impala’s new album Currents is looking to drop later this year. We’ve already heard the singles ‘Cause I’m A Man’ and ‘Let It Happen’, and up until now the boys have kept quiet about what’s to come.

But yesterday Parker hit us with all the juicy details in the fan-directed online thread. And here are the gems:

  1. Tame Impala only recently started making money from International record sales.

 

“You want to know a story? Up until recently, from all of Tame Impala’s record sales outside of Australia I had received…. zero dollars. Someone high up spent the money before it got to me. I may never get that money.”

You read correctly. Apparently some mongrel business-suits ripped the boys off and left them high and dry. And it’s more common than you think. The music industry, like any business, is run on money after all.

“Blackberry and some tequila brand or something put my song in an ad. Then [with that money] I bought a house and set up a studio. I know what you’re thinking…”Wait so…when I bought an album I was helping some businessman pay for his mansion on an island somewhere, and when some dude bought a mobile phone he was helping to pay an artist? WHYYY?”,” wrote Parker.

“I’ll tell you why, IT’S MONEY. It doesn’t always go where you want it to go.”

 

2. Kevin <3’s Kanye.

 

Out of allllllll of the contemporary artists out there for Kevin “Prince of Psychedelic” Parker to admire…he chooses Kanye West. He does give his reasons! But the jury’s still firmly out on this one…

“I have to say I am very inspired by Kanye West. There’s something about his overt confidence in the face of judgement and doubt, that for someone as self-questioning as me to break off a bit of that and ingest it, it only propels you forward as an artist… Second-guessing and hesitation and doubt are such inhibitors for artists, especially these days. I can’t help but think that Kanye has found the antidote.” 

 

3. The new album Currents is more 'Pop' than 'Psychedelic'.

 

Now 'Pop' music (short for Popular Music) is a bloody vast genre of music, and pretty much anything in the music charts today can be umbrella'd under the guise. But it's pretty rare to find a rocker that's totally fine with the label...

“I’ve always thought all Tame Impala was total pop (whatever pop is these days). I guess because I don’t hear the oceans of reverb and distortion… which can influence ones perception of the “genre” of a song no doubt. Like I heard this full on piano ballad R&B cover of ‘Backwards ‘once, and I was like “Whoa! Is that my song??” There’s a lot of different stuff on the new album, it definitely has the most variation of any album I’ve done in the past.”

 

4. Who does he turn to when the mood gets a little sexy?

 

"...Frank Ocean comes to mind." Hell yeah he does! But so do these sweet baby-makin' jams...

 

5. He waved a gigantic dildo at fans from a moving van with Mac Demarco. 

 

The life of a rockstar is...unique.

“Mac is a great guy. He and his croneys are loose units. I left Coachella in their van and they were waving a HUGE dildo out the window at passersby. Then we ended up in his Jacuzzi somehow.”

 

6. Even Sean Lennon thinks he sounds like John Lennon.

 

“Funny story though: we were playing a show with Sean Lennon’s band and we decided it’d be fun for him to come and sing backups for ‘Desire Be’. I said it’d work because we have the similar voices. He smiled and said “Yeah. You sound like my dad!” Honestly, I NEVER heard it myself. For a long time I assumed it was just something someone said and then people ran with it. Then I was travelling in the car with my brother who I hadn’t seen in a long time, and he was playing me one of his recordings. And I went “dude you sound like John Lennon!” and he said “yeah didn’t you ever hear dad sing? He totally sounded like him” suddenly it made more sense.”

What an honour! 

And you can definitely hear it in The Beatles trip-out "Tomorrow Never Knows":

 

7. His music taste is supreme.

 

“I have no number 1 [favourite album]. Any of Air – Talkie Walkie. Supertramp – Breakfast in America. Michael Jackson – Thriller. QOTSA – Rated R.”

 

8. He might rock a Splendour Sideshow with Mac Demarco!

 

“OOOOHHH I DON’T KNOWWW MAYBEEE. Srlsy though… maybe.” 

ARGH! Can you be anymore vague?!

Hit the Triple M Super Splendour Sideshow Guide for updates!

 

9. His Rap alter ego is worth it...

 

 "[My Rap name would be] Defs Worthit"

 

10. HE DROPPED A NEW TRACK ON US!

 

New Tame Impala - 'Disciples' 

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Tags: Tame Impala, Reddit, AMA

Posted: 1 May, 2015

Julian Lennon Supports Aboriginal Australians

Julian Lennon - "I think history is going to be made tomorrow."

(Original image from mirror.co.uk)

Following in the footsteps of his humanitarian father John Lennon, Julian Lennon has taken to Facebook to show solidarity against the forced closures of remote Aboriginal communities in Australia.

Protests have been planned all across the country today, May 1st, and Julian has urged his followers and beyond to support the movement against the closures.

Lennon has over one million followers and said on Thursday night; “Okay folks, I think history is going to be made tomorrow. And I wonder if mainstream media can ignore this massive event?”

He then listed cities and towns in the world and added, “Communities, towns and cities, in Australia and around the world, standing in solidarity with the First Peoples of this country to stop the forced closure of Aboriginal communities.”

More than 11,000 people are expected at the protest against the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities, which follows a similar Friday-afternoon demonstration in April that brought parts of the CBD to a standstill.

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Posted: 30 April, 2015

Joni Mitchell Hospitalized

Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized again and is in a "serious condition"

(Photo from billboard.com)

Yesterday news broke that legendary folk singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell was once again in hospital – this time reportedly unresponsive and in a coma.

TMZ reported that Mitchell was “unconscious in a hospital, unable to respond to anyone, with no immediate prospects for getting better,” and published legal documents that they said confirmed their claims.

However today a representative close to Mitchell has come out and refuted the comments. An official statement on her website, which was approved by her close friend Leslie Morris, says “contrary to rumours circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected.”

Joni has had many health concerns of late, having been admitted to hospital 2 times in the past few months, the most recent of which has been the most troubling.

The message on Mitchell’s website continues to state that “the document obtained by a certain media outlet [TMZ] simply gives her long time friend Leslie Morris the authority – in the absence of 24-hour doctor care – to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts.”

Still, multiple media sources including Billboard report that “multiple sources” close to Joni claim that her health is “far worse than the public was led to believe”; one even claims that her current condition is “very serious”. 

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Posted: 30 April, 2015

Rolling Stones New Release

Waiting for the 'Sticky Fingers' rerelease to drop? Here's a teaser to quench the thirst...

(Image from Getty)

April was filled with announcements that The Stones are releasing an alternative reissue of their iconic ‘Sticky Fingers’ album, and that they may even be heading to the studios again soon to bring us some brand new tunes!

In anticipation for the Sticky Fingers rerelease the boys have already hit us with a previously unheard acoustic version of ‘Wild Horses’, but have now decided to treat us with an “alternate version” of ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’.

While we wait for the taste of The Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ to grace our lips once again, Sir Mick Jagger has confirmed that he’s ready to make a new record – with or without The Stones.

The iconic 1971 album ‘Sticky Fingers’ will be re-released on June 8 in both deluxe and super-deluxe versions. And will include both reimagined versions of tracks on the album, as well as previously unreleased bonus tracks. 

'Can't You Hear Me Knocking'? Here you can!

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Posted: 30 April, 2015

The Massive 'Best 35 Albums' Quiz

Test your knowledge of the best 35 albums from the past 35 years (1980 - 1987)

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Posted: 30 April, 2015

No BDO 2016

Another loss to the local music scene as BDO is cancelled for another year

(Image from oystermagazine.com)

It’s been like a music festival mass exodus in the Australian music scene over the past few years, with more and more events caving to the pressures of a lax economy, stricter live music venue laws, and diminishing ticket sales.

And the biggest and most notorious festivals aren’t exempt from feeling the wrath of the axe.

Festival promoter AJ Maddah (Soundwave, Harvest Music Festival, Warped Tour) let leak on Twitter that Big Day Out is unlikely to return until “2017” at the earliest.

“With the pissweak state of the AUD$ and general availability of bankable headliners I would guess 2017 at earliest,” said Maddah.

In February, Maddah said that if the festival were to return in 2016 at all it would be strictly “East Coast and Auckland only.” Blaming a recent history of poor sales and the high cost of touring the multi-stage event, organisers have been forced to consider pulling the plug on the festival (even Soundwave at one stage) all together.

But now the focus is on keeping the event alive, however restrictive future locations shall be.

Still, further battles lie in wait as familiar complaints of a lacking pool of “bankable talent” continue to burden the organisers (and consequently, the fans), and echoes of financial insecurity reign supreme.

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Tags: big day out, BDO