For over thirty years now, the Astor Cinema in St Kilda has been showing classic films. And by “classic” I mean “old”. The Astor is Melbourne’s last remaining repertory cinema (screening non first-run films) out of close to a dozen or more that flourished back in the days before DVDs or video tapes.
In the very early stages of 2008, I received an email from a music promotion firm asking me if I was interested in an interview with an upcoming artist named Lady Gaga. I agreed, having heard some of the tracks from her then unreleased debut album on a few music blogs across the web. I was certainly interested in her, and the interview marked Gaga’s first-ever Australian press commitment; long before the release of her life-altering debut single ‘Just Dance’.
In a recent article by Darren Levin on the FasterLouder music website, the harsh reality of being a musician and making ends meet was discussed. One of the interesting factors to this piece was when Violent Soho’s guitarist James Tidswell admitted that at one of the highest points of the band’s career, being nominated for an ARIA for their 2010 debut album and touring America, he had to apply for a job at McDonald’s just to keep the wolf from the door.
Spring/summer 2014/15 collections have officially hit the runway. After the hundreds of notable designers show off their new creations, there are always a few standouts amongst the masses. This is what to expect as we cruise into the slightly warmer months of the year.
Courtney Love totally tore Festival Hall a new one last month. I have to admit, I was expecting some drunkenness or, at the very least, a tantrum of some sort to take place on stage. What we got was a solid, professional, fun two-hour set, complete with an extended encore! Brava!
Sometimes it feels like we’re stuck down here in the antipodes, miles from the action of the mainstream blues scene. But it’s not so! The 31st International Blues Challenge is on in January 2015, and it’s time to get ready! The Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society has called for bands and individuals to nominate for our Victorian Blues Challenge.
Who doesn’t love Deadpool? It’s hard not to, really. Despite starting out as a blatant Marvel parody of DC’s Slade Wilson (aka Deathstroke), the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ has (arguably) gained a popularity beyond that of Deathstroke himself. Depending on the situation, Deadpool can be funny or utterly vicious – usually a satisfying combination of both. I’m a huge fan of Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn’s run on the current Deadpool series – having Deadpool re-kill zombified US presidents was just nuts!
As far as Australian television goes, any way you slice it Working Dog is our number one success story. Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch, Jane Kennedy, Tom Gleisner and (behind the scenes) Michael Hirsh have been making television for twenty years – longer if you count their work as part of The Late Show and The D-Generation – and they’ve been making a lot of different television at that, from the sitcom Frontline to the panel show The Panel to game show Thank God You’re Here…
Aussie-bred Flight Facilities have been knocking about on an underground/commercial cusp since their debut in 2009. As a way of celebrating the past five years of exceptional releases, here is the Splinters Beginner’s Guide to the phenomenal Flight Facilities.