Posted: 27 November, 2015

Tame Impala Clean Up At The 2015 ARIAs

It capped off a stellar year for the Perth psych-rockers

For us, music shouldn't be seen as a competition.

But, the ARIAs were back on again and it is a little interesting to see who won what.

It looks like this was finally the year for the psych-rock demons Tame Impala to stamp their dominance of the Australian music scene winning an incredible five ARIAs.

The other big winner was Courtney Barnett who took out three awards.


ARIA Awards 2015 winners

Album of the Year
Winner: Tame Impala - Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia)
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records/Remote Control)
Flight Facilities - Down To Earth (Future Classic)
Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light (Elefant Traks)
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away (Liberation Music)

Best Independent Release
Winner: Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control)
Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light (Elefant Traks / Inertia Music)
Jarryd James - Do You Remember (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited)
Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions - Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions (Gawd Aggie Recordings)
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away (Liberation Music)

Best Female Artist
Winner: Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control)
Jessica Mauboy - Can I Get A Moment? (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Meg Mac - MEGMAC EP (littleBIGMAN / Inertia)
Megan Washington - There There (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Sia - Elastic Heart (Inertia Recordings)

Best Male Artist
Winner: Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away (Liberation Music)
#1 Dads - 'Nominal' (Pieater / Inertia)
Daniel Johns - Talk (Eleven / EMI)
Guy Sebastian - Tonight Again (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Jarryd James - 'Do You Remember' (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited)

Best Group
Winner: Tame Impala - Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia)
5 Seconds of Summer - LiveSOS (EMI)
AC/DC - Rock Or Bust (Alberts / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light (Elefant Traks / Inertia Music)
The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia) 

Breakthrough Artist
Winner: Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control)
Conrad Sewell - Start Again (300 Entertainment / Warner Music Australia)
Gang of Youths - The Positions (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Jarryd James - Do You Remember (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited)
Meg Mac - Never Be (littleBIGMAN / Inertia)

Best Dance Release
Winner: Rüfüs - 'You Were Right' (Sweat It Out / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) 
Alison Wonderland - Run (EMI)
Flight Facilities - Down To Earth (Future Classic)
Hayden James - Something About You (Future Classic)
Peking Duk - 'Take Me Over' feat. SAFIA (Vicious Bitch / Universal Music Australia)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Winner: Northlane - Node (UNFD)
Born Lion - Final Words (FOUR|FOUR / Universal Music Australia)
In Hearts Wake - Skydancer (UNFD)
King Parrot - Dead Set (EVP Recordings / Rocket Distribution)
Thy Art Is Murder - Holy War (UNFD) 

Best Pop Release
Winner: Jarryd James - 'Do You Remember' (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited)
Conrad Sewell - 'Start Again' (300 Entertainment / Warner Music Australia)
Sia - 'Elastic Heart' (Inertia Recordings)
Tame Impala - 'Let It Happen' (Modular / Universal Music Australia)
Vance Joy - 'Dream Your Life Away' (Liberation Music) 

Best Rock Album
Winner: Tame Impala - Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia)
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control)
Dead Letter Circus - Aesthesis (UNFD)
Gang of Youths - The Positions (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia)

Best Urban Album
Winner: Seth Sentry - Strange New Past (High Score Records / Inertia)
Citizen Kay - Demokracy (Asphalt Records / MGM)
Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha / Sony Music Masterworks)
The Meeting Tree - R U A Cop (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Tuka - Life Death Time Eternal (EMI) 

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Winner: Oh Mercy - When We Talk About Love (EMI)
John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John - Two Strong Hearts (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Megan Washington - There There (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions - Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions (Gawd Aggie Recordings / Universal Music Australia)
Szymon - Tigersapp (EMI / Eloper Music)

Best Blues And Roots Album
Winner: C.W. Stoneking - Gon' Boogaloo (King Hokum Records / Caroline Australia)
Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams (Caroline Australia)
The Black Sorrows - Endless Sleep (Head Records)
The Waifs - Beautiful You (Jarrah Records / MGM)
Tim Rogers & The Bamboos - The Rules of Attraction (Warner Music Australia)

Best Comedy Release
Winner: Matt Okine - Live at the Enmore Theatre (Century Entertainment)
Bondi Hipsters - Fuhck The Bahnks (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)
Buddy Goode - Songs To Ruin Every Occasion (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)
Ronny Chieng - Chieng Reaction (Century Entertainment)
Sammy J & Randy - Live (Head Records)

Publicly Voted Awards

Best Australian Live Act
Winner:5 Seconds Of Summer - Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour (EMI)
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Album Tour (Milk! Records / Remote Control)
Gang of Youths - Gang of Youths National Tour (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light Tour (Elefant Traks / Inertia Music)
Hilltop Hoods - Cosby Sweater Australian Tour (Golden Era Records / Universal Music Australia)
Nick Cave - Nick Cave Australian Tour (Bad Seed / Kobalt Label Services)
Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions - Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions Tour (Gawd Aggie Recordings / Universal Music Australia)
Sheppard - The Bombs Away Tour (Chugg Music & Empire Of Song / MGM Distribution)
The Preatures - The Cruel Tour (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away Tour (Liberation Music)

Best International Artist
Winner: One Direction - Four (Syco / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Calvin Harris - Motion (Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Ed Sheeran - X (Atlantic UK / Warner Music)
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways (RCA / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Hozier - Hozier (Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
James Bay - Chaos And The Calm (Universal / Universal Music Australia)
Mark Ronson - Uptown Special (Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Meghan Trainor - Title (Epic Records / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (Capitol / EMI)
Taylor Swift - 1989 (Big Machine Records / Universal Music Australia)

Best Video
Winner: Matt Sharp & Daniel James for The Veronicas - You Ruin Me (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Prad Senanayake for Alison Wonderland - U Don't Know feat. Wayne Coyne (EMI)
Charlie Ford for Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best (Milk! Records / Remote Control)
Lorin Askill for Daniel Johns - Aerial Love (Eleven / EMI)
Anthony Rose for Delta Goodrem - Wings (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Clemens Habicht for Flume - Some Minds feat. Andrew Wyatt (Future Classic)
Kess Broekman-Dattner for Hermitude - Through The Roof feat. Young Tapz (Elefant Traks / Inertia Music)
Duncan Toombs for Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Anzacs (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)
Filmery for Shane Nicholson - Secondhand Man (Lost Highway Australia)
Luci Schroder for Vance Joy - Georgia (Liberation Music)

Song Of The Year
Winner: Conrad Sewell - Start Again (300 Entertainment / Warner Music Australia)
Grace - You Don't Own Me feat. G-Eazy (RCA / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Iggy Azalea - Trouble feat. Jennifer Hudson (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Jarryd James - Do You Remember (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited)
Marlisa - Stand By You (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Nathaniel - Live Louder (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Peking Duk - Take Me Over feat. SAFIA (Vicious Bitch/Universal Music Australia)
Sia - Elastic Heart (Inertia Recordings)
The Veronicas - You Ruin Me (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Vance Joy - Georgia (Liberation Music)

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Posted: 26 November, 2015

Eagles Of Death Metal Detail Horrific Paris Attack In First Full Interview

'I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens back up'

Image: VICE

Eagles of Death Metal have opened up about the horror that was endured when  terrorists opened fire during their concert in Paris.

In an interview with Vice, the band recounted their experiences of the harrowing incident.

"I immediately knew something was wrong," drummer Julian Dorio said.

"I bailed off my stool almost immediately. I turned, looked through my drum hardware to the side of an amp and that's when the second round started."

Lead singer Jesse Hughes has vowed to return to the theatre and finish their European tour.

"I want to be the first band to play in the Bataclan when it opens back up. Our friends went there to see rock and roll and died. I want to go back and live,” he said.

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Posted: 24 November, 2015

Jack White Opens Vinyl Pressing Plant

Former White Stripes front-man Jack White is due to open a vinyl pressing plant

Jack White in front of some of his vinyl Photo:

Former White Stripes front-man Jack White is due to open a vinyl pressing plant in Detroit, the first of its kind in the American city since the 1960’s.

It's through his record company called Third Man Records, which has been producing music almost exclusively on vinyl, from artists such as Beck and Johnny Cash since 2001.

jack white, third man records, detroit location

Jack White's vinyl pressing plant in Detroit Photo:

Third Man Records released a statement on its official website saying: "we have purchased eight presses from German startup Newbilt, and we are anxious to get them up and running, which we expect to happen mid-2016."

Meanwhile, has spoken to operator Ben Blackwell about their plans.

"The pressing plant... eventually plans to house at least eight working presses. A window in the shop will let customers see the manufacturing floor as part of Third Man’s ongoing initiative to educate the public about vinyl culture and show that, as Blackwell puts it, 'all this stuff is alive and well.'

The top-hatted guitarist returned to the scene playing with alternative rockers The Dead Weather in September and releasing a new record called Dodge and Burn.

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Posted: 24 November, 2015

Justin Beiber Slammed For Wearing Nirvana

But Courtney Love came to the rescue!

(Image via Getty)

Looks like Biebz is at it again.

Justin Bieber has received one hell of a smack down from fans on social media for cranking a (rather cheap looking) Nirvana shirt featuring a heart shaped box on the front and “fear of god” on the back. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22:  Recording artist Justin Bieber attends the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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The 'Baby' singer previously upset fans by appearing on TV rocking a Metallica shirt. 

But this time Courtney Love came to the rescue with support and even a twinge of admiration! (Wha--?)

The "musician" wore the shirt to the American Music Awards (AMA's) earlier in the week, and performed a "medley of hits" from his latest album.

But not surprisingly, this whole Nirvana shirt thing is the most memorable event from his presence that night. 

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Posted: 24 November, 2015

Legendary Lineup Honours Jimmy Page

Nothing but the best rockers to honour legendary Jimmy Page with

(Image credit: Paul Lorkowski)

Members from Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, Soundgarden, and Cheap Trick have all gathered together to play a tribute concert to legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

The Founders Award ceremony saw some of the biggest names in rock smash some of the biggest Zeppelin tunes out – and Page loved it so much he just had to get up and join them!

Watch Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Duff McKagan (Gunners), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), and Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall (Alice In Chains) pay Jimmy Page  the respect he deserves in the clips below! 

'Livin' Lovin' Maid' & 'No Quarter' 

'Dazed And Confused'

'Ten Years Gone'

'Out On The Tiles'

'Satisfaction Guaranteed'

'Happenings Ten Years Time Ago'

Jimmy Page hits the stage

Full Setlist:

“Ten Years Gone”
“Custard Pie”
“Sick Again”
“Dazed and Confused”
-With Rich Robinson and John Hogg

“When the Levee Breaks”
“Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)”
“No Quarter”
“How Many More Times”
- With Jerry Cantrell and William Duvall

“Immigrant Song”
“Communication Breakdown”
“Four Sticks”
- With Kim Thayil and Duvall

“Out on the Tiles”
- With Thayil, Hogg and Krist Novoselic

“Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”
- With Hogg and Rick Nielsen

“Satisfaction Guaranteed”
- With Paul Rodgers and Brian Wheat

“Rock and Roll”
- With all of the above, Jimmy Page and Paul Allen 

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Tags: Nirvana, Guns 'N Roses, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page

Posted: 24 November, 2015

WATCH Pearl Jam's Paris Tribute

Check out Pearl Jam's cover of EODM's 'Want You So Bad' & 'Imagine'

(Screenshot via Youtube)

They may be on the other side of the world, but Pearl Jam have still been rocked by the Paris attacks last week.

Currently in the middle of their South American tour, the boys paid their respects with a two song dedication to the band and fans who were victims of the brutality.

To mark the one week anniversary of the attacks, Pearl Jam covered Eagles Of Death Metal’s hit ‘Want You So Bad’, followed by a touching cover of ‘Imagine’ dedicated to a Pearl Jam fan who died in The Bataclan attack.

“We’ve never played this,” Eddie Vedder said to the crowd before jumping straight into it. 

Pearl Jam - 'Want You So Bad'

But the stand out moment really did come from Vedder's performance of John Lennon's 'Imagine', which he dedicated to a long-time Pearl Jam fan Pierre-Antoine Henry who was killed at the EODM show. 

"It makes the senseless, senseless tragedy that occurred last week in Paris even more upsetting and the fact that it happened during concert with a great band and great Parisian fans it hurts us and breaks our hearts to the core and it broke our hearts even more when we and more deeply when we heard that someone, a really good man, a father of two, a great husband, great brother, a great son and he was always in the front row of the shows when we played in Europe.

"And we found out recently that he lost his life, when like all the others he deserved very much to still be living.”

Pearl Jam - 'Imagine'

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Posted: 24 November, 2015

Amazing Night For One For The Road

It was a great night for a great cause

Angry Anderson, Sarah Macleod & co. hanging backstage at the Enmore Theatre Photo: Becko / Triple M

It was a great night for a great cause.

The Australian rock community came together tonight to support the families of Thirsty Merc tour manager Shane Cooper and drummer Mick Skelton after a car accident in September claimed the life of Cooper and left Skelton in intensive care.

Barnsey and Diesel had the packed house at the Enmore singing along to "Flame Trees"… and look, I wasn't crying, there was something in my eye! Watch the video below.


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Jimmy Barnes rocks out 'Flame Trees' for the One For The Road concert.

Video: Becko / Triple M

Sarah McLeod brought Angry Anderson out during the Superjesus set for a cracking version of the Rose Tattoo's classic 'We Can't Be Beaten' plus other highlights included The Hoodoo Gurus, The Church's Steve Kilbey and Thirsty Merc.

The Australian rock family spent the night together last night and everything was ok for those few hours inside the Enmore Theatre.

RIP Shane, and Mick we're all looking forward to seeing you back behind the kit again soon!

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All-star jam Photo: Becko / Triple M

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Photo: Becko / Triple M

Backstage with Baby Animals



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Tags: Thirsty Merc, Jimmy Barnes, Superjesus, Baby Animals

Posted: 23 November, 2015

Foo Fighters Release New & FREE 'Saint Cecilia' EP

Go on, download it now, you know you want to!

About a month ago the Foo Fighters teased some big news with an online countdown.

A countdown to what? Everyone was asking and speculating and now we found out, a brand new and free EP (download it here)

The five new tracks make up the Saint Cecilia EP, their first new music since 2014's Sonic Highways.

The description provided on iTunes described the songs like this...

"this five-song EP captures nearly forgotten moments from the band’s 20-year odyssey—a brilliant patchwork of pieced-together riffs and song fragments that were tracked in an impromptu studio at Austin’s Hotel Saint Cecilia. The road-tested band blasts through the set of scrappy guitar-driven rockers with high-volume fury. Polished? No way. But the rowdy performances and rough edges make Saint Cecilia pack a visceral punch."

Saint Cecilia Tracklist

1. Saint Cecilia
2. Sean
3. Savior Breath
4. Iron Rooster
5. The Neverending Sigh

Saint Cecilia EP Artwork

The website also holds some interesting material, a lengthy letter written by Dave Grohl that talked about the new EP and also his sadness over the atrocities in Paris, which you can donate to straight from the page.


19 November 2015

Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems...

The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.

Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.

To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.

Dave Grohl


8 November 2015



For real.

It was in Austin, Texas March 14th, 2013, at the last show of the Sound City Players when I was given a small, but very relevant and perhaps prophetic gift from my Sound City movie producers Jim Rota and John Ramsay. An empty journal, with a note that said something along the lines of, Congratulations on everything Sound get to work on the next project! It was the most beautiful way to end something that I wanted so badly to last forever: with a new beginning.

The basic concept of the Sonic Highways album and series was born right then and there, in a small backstage room surrounded by mountains of Lone Star beer and Stubbs BBQ. 8 songs, 8 cities, 8 studios, and a musical road trip of a lifetime. Removing the Foo Fighters from our comfort zone and challenging the process from top to bottom, it breathed new life into the band, and set us on a journey that unquestionably exceeded any of our simple expectations. And now it has led us here. To another beautiful ending.

So, where do I begin?

We owe it all to Mexico City.

Unbeknownst to them, the people who attended those two concerts back in December, 2013 at Foro Sol stadium helped fund the filming and recording of the bulk of the Sonic Highways project. They were the fuse that lit this little firecracker, baby. Without those gigs, many may have never heard the incredible and truly inspiring life stories of Buddy Guy, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, Tony Joe White, Zac Brown, Dolly Parton, Roky Erickson, Gary Clark Jr, Bruce Pavitt, Fred Drake, Terry Lickona, Joan Jett, Steve Rosenthal, Nora Guthrie......a list too long to share here. But, beyond giving our band the equivalent of a rock and roll university year abroad, they gave the entire world the most priceless gift: Inspiration. So....Gracias a todos, Mexico....we couldnt have done it without you.

Before long, our rag tag crew of neer-do-wells was stumbling from city to city, coast to coast, taking in every drop (!) of 100 proof American culture we could squeeze. Dancing in a New Orleans second line parade, laying under the desert stars in Joshua Tree, walking the streets of Chicago in -30 degree was an American dream come true. Our only responsibility was to share it with you, and the brave people of HBO trusted us with that much. (very freely, I might add.) Blind faith? Perhaps. But, without Nina Rosenstein, we would not be the people who we are today. Looking back, she gave us something immeasurably generous: some of the greatest memories of our lives. These people and places that we experienced have filled our hearts...and ultimately our songs. So, thank you, Nina. We are yours. But, focused on the moment, we never in our wildest dreams could have imagined the whirlwind 23 months that lay ahead of us. We just put one foot in front of the other, and kept moving....

I must admit, I never looked at our schedule. I was too scared. I knew that this was it. This was the big one. There was talk of stadiums, and anniversaries, and TV shows. South Africa, Korea, Colombia. Letterman and Glastonbury. It all seemed too good to be true! But, as always, we kept our heads down and tried to appreciate every single moment as it fled. Because, you realize, none of this was ever supposed to happen. Ever. As we approached our twentieth anniversary, it was hard not to look back on all of those years and smile while shaking our heads in wonder and disbelief. From the Mike Watt van tour of 1995, to RFK stadium in Washington DC (my hometown gig) July 4th, 2015...those dots dont necessarily connect in real life, you know? It still boggles the mind. But, the spoils of these blessings are not lost upon us. We count every last one.

Even the disasters.

A lucky break? Yeah, you could call it that. Gothenburg was a swift reminder that life is short, and that were all here to live it together, no matter what adversity youre faced with. (Music! The perfect remedy!) Sure, weeks and weeks of shuffling around hotel rooms on my butt with a cast on my leg, trying to pack my suitcase alone before lobby call got pretty fucking stale pretty fucking quick. But, as always, I just put one foot in front of......well, the same one for a while there...

And then everything changed. The energy. The atmosphere. THE THRONE. I was no longer afraid to look at the schedule, I was glued to it. The challenge that we faced from there on out became more of a mission, or a dare, if you will. And it showed. Pats smile got even wider (an infallible barometer of all things), Chriss solos got even faster (thank God someone knows what theyre doing up there), Nates stage moves more daring (I once noticed him just to the left of me) and Taylors drum got pinker. But not without the help of scores of hardworking bad asses that some might call the Foo Fighters road crew (we like refer to them as family, in a very Manson Family kind of way...) They ultimately deserve the lions share of credit for keeping this old circus tent erect for the past 6 months. So, lets all have a nice, warm diet Coke for them tonight. Theyre the hardest working motherfuckers in the business. Cheers.

And so we trudged on. Any fatigue was met with an explosion of energy once the curtain went up. Any pain was met with the adrenaline of thousands of voices singing along. Every one of you kept us alive for a while there. One night, at a point where I felt like I was at the end of my rope, it came to me that these few hours we have together every night were something like a heavy blanket to retreat under. I could always rely on our time together to get me to the next stop. Again, and again. From Chicago to Cesena.

That being said....weve always been pretty good at knowing when to call it a day. You just....know. You get that feeling that, if youre not careful, youll run out of bread crumbs to find your way home and be lost in the woods forever. It hit me a few months back, crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder as if to say Hey...dont spend it all in one place, asshole. A sobering reminder that all good things must come to an end. Of course...we could keep going. After all, wed made it this far, right? Whats another 20 years?

Around that time we arrived in Austin, Texas for the Austin City Limits festival. A massive gig, two weekends and hundreds of acts, it was to be some of our final American performances for this album. Theres a certain bittersweet relief to that. On one hand, youre carrying these monumental experiences under your wing as you anticipate life outside of a tour bus. On the other hand, you fear that the thrill and joy of sharing music with people all over the world will leave you like an empty shell when its gone. It becomes your everything. And thats terrifying.

The Saint Cecilia Hotel, named after the patroness saint of music, is known as A lush retreat from the world. And, believe me, that it is! 14 rooms and a small bar, its tucked away in the trees within a bustling, Austin neighborhood. As our van pulled up in the wee hours of September 30th, 2015, I was struck with a rather impulsive idea: to record some songs on our days off to give to the world as a thank you for the last 2 years. Though theres a world class recording studio just on the other side of the fence (Arlyn Studios, look it up.), the hotel manager, Jenny offered that we record in the hotel. A most generous, but unrealistic offer. Though, after rolling it around in my head a few times, it made perfect sense! Returning to the city where the entire Sonic Highways concept was born, loading in one last time to a room that was never designed to be a recording studio a la Sonic Highways, and making some music! Fate? Destiny? I was too tired to figure that kind of shit out, so I hit the sack, woke up the next morning and started making some calls...

By 6 pm the next day, the office was transformed into a control room and the bar was littered with microphones and cables. Amps were in the kitchen. Drums in front of the fireplace. Instant studio, courtesy of the legendary Kevin Szymanski! (Those fancy computer things are pretty convenient! More on that another time....) Margaritas were made, friends came to visit, the sun went down, and before long we started making enough noise to drive the neighbors to start drinking along with us. Riffs and ideas were thrown around, songs that were lost in the shuffle over the years, songs that were left unfinished. Like a musical retrospective, we were going through decades of songs no one has ever heard, pieces left on the cutting room floor from every album. Our own sonic scrapbook. (The Neverending Sigh is 20 years old! Was once called 7 corners for all you die hards out there...) Without the usual pressure or expectation of making an album, we sat happy and relaxed as we played. A virtual This Is Your Life of the Foo Fighters. It was so good, but again, bittersweet knowing that it was all soon coming to an end.

By midnight, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band had arrived, and the session turned into a full on party. Guitars were abandoned for horns and the room started swinging (spinning?). People danced between the cables and microphones, dancing behind the bar, strumming acoustic guitars on the patio. Danny Clinch did what Danny Clinch does, capturing the moments in his beautiful pictures between cocktails. Gary Clark Jr. sat on the patio in the candlelight, jamming along with friends from a couch. As the hours passed, the atmosphere had reached exactly what every recording experience should be: A celebration. Always record! Always record! said Jack Black in that infamous Tenacious D episode from years ago. Truer words have never been spoken. Because you just might miss something that youll never get back again. Moments that happen once in a lifetime. By the time that weekend was over, we had recorded 5 songs in that tiny room.

Weekend two was spent recording vocals and guitars in my bedroom, room 4. More friends, more margaritas, a fire in the fire pit. The most fabulous Cambria Harkey floated in, slinging her camera to insure that this wasnt all just a dream. The porch was buzzing with activity as I did vocals in my bathroom, stepping in and out to listen to the previous takes. The coffee table became a pile of guitar pedals and scribbled lyrics, beer bottles and ashtrays. At one point, a familiar face walked in and said, Dave.....its Ben Kweller..... It had been years! Such a talented young man. We hugged, hit play to listen to the last vocal take, and he instinctively started singing the perfect harmony to my line. Without hesitation, I immediately said, Get your ass in there and sing it right now. So he picked up the coffee stained piece of hotel stationary with my lyrics penciled on it and banged out his part in two glorious takes. Always record, ladies and gentlemen. Always record. The night faded, friends and family scattered, and I fell asleep with my still glowing amp at the foot of my bed.

It was heartbreaking to leave that place, to say the least. I honestly feel like we left a piece of our band there as we were being torn away from it. The perfect unity of life, and love, and music is something that only comes around so often and in certain circumstances. When you feel it coming on, you have to take hold of it. That place and those people made it possible for our band to take one, big final breath before the curtain closes. Thankfully, we have evidence of this in these songs that were giving to you today. Thank you, Saint Cecilia. You made us feel right at home.

And, the music? Maybe these songs are the breadcrumbs that will help us find our way back when its time. We could use a nice wander through the woods right about now. Another empty journal, another tap on the shoulder...those things are never far behind. Its what lies ahead in those woods that excites me now....

So tonight, as I sit in my Berlin hotel room on our final tour for this album, counting down the days until we return home, I cant help but wonder when we will see each other again. Who knows? But, with everything Foo Fighter related, it will only be when it feels right. And thats a feeling thats easy to feel.

To each and every one of you that made the past few years the best our band has ever had, thank you. You have all given us so much, and we are eternally grateful.

For real.

One foot in front of the other....


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Posted: 23 November, 2015

Slash Rocks New Version Of Sweet Child 'O Mine

Gunners legend joined on stage by Polish pop star

Slash joined on stage in Poland by special guest Polish singer, Doda Queen Photo: SlashArmyUK twitter

Slash was joined on stage by Polish pop singer Dorota Rabczewska (better known as Doda) on the weekend during a concert at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland.

The 31-year-old Doda is famous for her controversial performances and music videos and was named as one of the top ten most influential women in Poland by Viva! Magazine.

They performed the Guns ‘N’ Roses classic “Sweet Child O’ Mine” together, with Doda tweeting after the gig that it “was a dream come true” to sing the song with Slash, as she performs it during her solo shows.

Slash with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators played with Doda to promote their European tour which continues in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday night.

Slash Performs Live With Doda Queen Video: Youtube

Slash, Doda

Slash Tour Poster Photo: Slash

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Posted: 23 November, 2015

Mark Seymour Blasts ‘Reclaim Australia’

Seymour says the group have been playing Holy Grail at rallies.

Protesters from Reclaim Australia and the Anti Racism group class during a rally held in Melton on November 22, 2015 (Getty Images)

Hunters & Collectors frontman Mark Seymour has spoken out against anti-Islam and anti-immigration group Reclaim Australia.

Seymour writes on Facebook that the group are using iconic hit ‘Holy Grail’ at their protests.

“Let me be clear. 'Reclaim Australia' is a racist organisation. We stand together with refugees and asylum seekers the world over,” Seymour wrote.

“We are opposed to bigotry, race hate and fascism. 'Reclaim Australia' has no place in Australian Society.”

Eight people, including six in Victoria, were charged following rival anti-Islam and pro-diversity protests around Australia over the weekend.

Seymour’s objections echoed those of John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes who both spoke out against the group earlier this year.

I've just been informed that 'Reclaim Australia' are using 'Holy Grail' at their rallies. Let me be clear. 'Reclaim...

Posted by Mark Seymour on Sunday, November 22, 2015

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Posted: 22 November, 2015

Eagles Of Death Metal Singer Describes Paris Massacre For The First Time

Jesse Hughes has told how Paris terrorists slaughtered fans.

The lead singer of rock back Eagles of Death Metal has told how Paris terrorists slaughtered fans hiding in the band's dressing room after striking at their concert.

In an emotional interview with Vice News, Jesse Hughes, 43, described how just one person in the room survived - by hiding under the vocalist's leather jacket.

Eighty-nine of the Paris attacks' 130 deaths were at the band's gig on November 13, where Islamist gunmen struck, firing indiscriminately at the crowd.

More than 100 more were injured in the venue.

Vice released a 55-second clip of an interview by its founder Shane Smith with Hughes and band co-founder Josh Homme, the frontman of Queens of the Stone Age, ahead of the full interview being released on next week.

In the video, a clearly emotional Hughes described the carnage.

"Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them, except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket.

"People were playing dead and they were so scared - a great reason so many were killed was because so many people wouldn't leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people."

As the terrorists held people hostage at the Bataclan theatre, armed French police stormed the building and shot one dead, while two others blew themselves up using suicide vests.

Another gunman died nearby.

The death toll from the terrorist atrocities rose to 130, one week since IS militants attacked a concert hall, the French national stadium and several cafes and restaurants in Paris, leaving hundreds injured. Ninety remain in intensive care.

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Posted: 20 November, 2015

Spiderbait Aussie Tour Dates

Get all your official tour and ticket info for the Spiderbait tour

Spiderbait have just announced a brand new tour presented by Triple M. The NSW-born rock royalty trio will be celebrating 25 years together in style.

With 5 Top 20 albums, 19 ARIA Nominations, 2 Aria awards and over half million albums sold this tour will definitely be a huge one as it marks 25 years of Spiderbait.

The tour will comprise of Spiderbait covering their immense back catalog of seven albums including seminal tracks like "Buy Me A Pony" and "Black Betty" and loads more.

Tickets On Sale

On sale from November 26 at

Tour Dates

Feb 12 - The Gov, Adelaide
Feb 19 - The Triffid, Brisbane  
Feb 26 - 170 Russell, Melbourne
Feb 27 - Metro Theatre, Sydney

Buy Me A Pony - Spiderbait

Spiderbait - "Buy Me A Pony" Video: Universal Music Australia / YouTube

Straight Through The Sun - Spiderbait

Official Links

Spiderbait Facebook
Spiderbait Twitter
Spiderbait official website


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The Rubens - Hoops (Live)

Aussie rockers The Rubens perform a brilliant version of their song "Hoops". This song is from the album Hoops.

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