So, unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, chances are you’ve noticed that Marvel has put out a new movie: Guardians of the Galaxy. What’s unique about GotG is that chances are that when you first read the name, your first reaction was probably something along the lines of “Who?”
So Doctor Who has been back for a few weeks now and depending on your circle of friends either this new season has been a triumph or just more of the same … which makes it pretty much the same as every other season, or part-season, or Christmas Special of the last few years.
If you are a regular reader of The Night Vibe column, you will remember that last fortnight I talked about how much of a struggle it is to make it in the Australian music scene and one of the most interesting things I discovered was that James Tidwell from Violent Soho had to apply for a job at McDonald’s because the band wasn’t turning over enough of a regular income. I then went on to discuss as a band or a local musician where the best place is to make a start in the scene and get noticed.
Say it with me … “sprinter”. It’s that weird in between time when crossing over from winter into spring: not quite warm enough to crack out your thin flirty sun dresses, but not quite cold enough to warrant donning your chunkiest knit. It’s a very confusing time for fashion, what with there being no real rules or guidelines for what to do about this strange in between weather we experience in this transition time.
Well, The Shadow League, Bricks, Admiral Ackbar’s Dishonourable Discharge, Nurnberger, I Am Duckeye, Liquor Snatch, Bombs Are Falling and The Fckups have all just been added to the line-up for the Vic leg of the Up the Punx! festival. They’ll be joining Cult Killers (NSW), Strawberry Fist Cake, Hopes Abandoned, Glen and the Peanut Butter Men, Citywide Wildcats, the Murderballs and the Revengers (Bendigo) at The Tote in Collingwood on the 11th of October. Yowza!
Regular readers may have detected a note of concern in these columns at the general winding down of the live music scene in Geelong. The outer areas, the Bellarine, Otways and Great Ocean Road districts, are not doing too badly. Wineries are good venues, Martians Café, Harvester Moon, the Chook Shop and Saints and Sailors and a number of others.
Despite their inability to create a live-action movie series that doesn’t deviate substantially from the source material, DC can certainly churn out good quality animated movies when they want to. They’ve put out plenty of gems over the years, from classics like Batman: Mask of the Phantasm to more recent efforts like Justice League: War, based on Geoff Johns’ excellent run on the relaunched Justice League book.
This week, I thought I’d write about something a little closer to home. And when we are blessed to be living in such a cultural, beautiful and produce-filled place, why not! For my birthday a few weeks ago I decided to do a winery tour down the Bellarine Peninsula. I got the idea off a friend from Adelaide, where wineries outnumber houses and winery tours are a regular event!
Geelong audiences have a real treat coming up on Friday the 12th of September at Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues. And while I’m at it, I’d just like to say that Pete Raimundo is transforming the Geelong live blues scene through his regular bookings of some sensational local and not so local blues artists. An example of this is his booking of Pugsley Buzzard.