The blues is often seen as a resort of the older person, preferably with a black t-shirt and Harley Davidson. In my last column I talked about the origin of the blues in work songs decades ago in the south of the USA. There’s actually a large number of younger people getting into the blues, often as a result of participating in the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s ‘Youth in Blues’ program, or our local ‘Blues Boot Camp’ organised by Wayne Jury and with a high quality set of mentors including Chris Wilson, Tim Neal, Sarah Carroll, Sandy Brady, Dave Steel and David Park. Recently, one such graduate, Jarrod Shaw, was a headliner at Sleepy Hollow.
Croatia sailing, Turkey sailing, Greek island sailing – all of these are incredibly popular right now and conjure up images of clear, glass-like aqua water, wearing a glamorous broad-brimmed hat with a bow whilst drinking a glass of wine, and awesome parties with a bunch of new friends. And whilst all of these images are rightly so, there are also a few more things to consider, like the fact that depending on which trip you choose you’ll be spending between 60-100 per cent of your time completely out in the middle of the ocean, warm water is sparing, weather is unpredictable and the toilet and shower conditions can be much, much different to what you’re used to!
Pennywise will issue a collection of older songs written by their original bass player and chief songwriter, Jason Thirsk. Titled Yesterdays, it will feature lead single ‘Violence Never Ends’. Should be a very interesting listen. Melbourne punk rockers Strawberry Fist Cake and Canadians Rehab for Quitters venture into Forteville for a MASSIVE show at the Music Man Megastore on Friday, June 13 to promote their brand new albums. How massive, you ask? Well, they’ll be joined by No Idea, Australian Kingswood Factory, the Revengers and Rabid Zulu! Yowsa! The bands then play IdiotFest at the Brunswick Hotel the very next day, alongside the likes of Foxtrot, Muscle Mary, Admiral Ackbar’s Dishonourable Discharge, Kmart Warriors, The Murderballs and Shadow League!
Kylie Minogue’s latest album, Kiss Me Once, is a bitter pill to swallow. The first album under the new management of Jay-Z’s RocNation is not exactly her greatest (and, in very fact, might just be her least favourable ever) and after hearing news a ‘Dance Kylie’ style album was recorded, then shelved, which was allegedly then followed by an ‘Indie Kylie’ style album being recorded, which too was also shelved, what has apparently happened here is the two sounds we most wanted Kylie to be doing were ditched for a collection of bad judgement calls and terrible “executive producing” on Sia’s part.
For years I’d been aware that Days of Future Past was considered one of the great X-Men storylines, so I could barely contain myself when picking up a trade while visiting America. The Future Past storyline, it turns out, is only two issues in length, with the rest of the trade being filled with Nightcrawler visiting the nine circles of Hell and also some other stories that weren’t very memorable. But hey, I thought, even if the DoFP story is a little shorter than I expected, it’s still meant to be incredible. Then I read it.
So it looks like the ABC’s attempt to revive Spicks and Specks is over. According to various reports, not only will the ABC be pulling the show after airing 20 of the 26 episodes – the remaining six will air later in the year, which is usually code for “the non-ratings period” – but the ABC has also confirmed that “there aren’t plans for the show in 2015”. While this is slightly sadder news than the usual demise of an ABC panel show – unlike both Randling and Tractor Monkeys, the revived Spicks and Specks was occasionally actually entertaining – this wasn’t exactly difficult to see coming.
When exactly did television stop being the low man on the entertainment totem pole? We’ve been talking for the last decade or more about how television is currently in a golden age, but part of the reason why television – the high-end drama side of things, at least – has been so golden lately is that people just aren’t going to bother watching anything that isn’t up to the gold standard.
Hits & Pits round 3 is now but a memory – but what a memory! Face To Face killed it, Unwritten Law nailed it, and Ten Foot Pole were rock solid. The Casualties, unfortunately, suffered from a poor mix and played pretty sloppily; but hey, it’s The Casualties, and it’s always a good time! Believe it or not, round FOUR is already in the works and will take place in November.