If you read my website or column you’d know by now how much I love France. I got the chance to live there a few years ago on and off working in a chateau, and I go back every time I head to Europe. I learnt the language for a few years (even though it’s a little rusty!) and like to spend my time imagining a simple life living in a French loft in Montmartre, buying my baguettes every day and riding my bike everywhere with my scarf flowing in the wind on my way to gallery exhibitions.
Tina Arena has always been one of my all-time favourite artists. Over the last 30 years she’s soundtracked a number of important hallmark moments with her music. Too young to have been won over by her on Young Talent Time, my first exposure to Tina was through the release of her second single in 1990, the iconic ‘I Need Your Body’, whose video clip saw Arena dancing about what looked like Melbourne’s The Forum, almost bursting out of her tightly-fitted and booberiffic ensemble.
So I figured that it was about time that I talked about Identity Crisis. I’ve had the book for a while now – I picked up an Absolute Edition pretty cheap – but I haven’t talked about it until now because quite frankly I didn’t know what to say about it. Now, I might be something of a DC fanboy, but even I will admit that their content has been really sub-par of late.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve visited some of the biggest music cities in the US. Before I start to tell you of my adventures, it should be noted for the record that everything is bigger in Texas. From the hospitality industry to gigs, I highly recommend that if you’re headed to the US to listen to and experience the scene, Austin is on your agenda.
Whilst the weather has been warming up recently, so has the prospect of a new job. Hiring season is most definitely here, and rivalry is in the air. Considering how many young people are looking for a job over summer, you can expect the competition to be fierce.
This issue, no hanging crap on the hipsters, boy bands and acoustic guitar-playing busker types infiltrating the punk scene – I promise … mostly because this column is no place for them to begin with. Somebody ask Henry Rollins what he thinks of acoustic guitars. He’ll probably tell you they’re only good for smacking hippies with.
Planning your holiday can be one of the absolute best and most exciting things you’ll ever do, from deciding where you’re going, to how long for, what your must sees are and what to pack. You’ll probably Google where the coolest bars are near your chosen hotel and the best times to go to galleries and certain attractions you want to see. You might even look up the best way to get around with the public transport systems and read fellow travellers reviews and blogs on the areas.
After what could only be described as the most turbulent twelve months of her career, Lady Gaga finally sounds at peace with life on her meticulously crafted duets album with Grandfather Bling himself, Tony Bennett.