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.
If you have been paying close attention to the music festival scene over the last month or so, you may have seen that there is a common thread running through the acts. This can be closely linked to the resurgence of the Americana music genre over the last year or so. For the uninitiated, Americana music is the combination of folk, country, blues and rock and roll music.
What would you like to read about when it’s cold and rainy outside and your heater takes three good hours at work to finally defrost your fingers? How about I tell you all about my hottest holiday – when clothes were not even optional, just a hindrance? And lying on the cold tiles on the balcony (yes, san clothes) was one of the only ways to keep a little cooler and be able to sleep.
In pants-pissingly good news, (yes, people are THAT excited) San Francisco skate punk royalty NOFX are finally heading back our way for the first time in four years! Tuesday, November 18 sees the band annihilate Forte territory with a huge show at the Barwon Heads Hotel. Miss this and miss the hell OUT!
Have you gone to a travel agent and had your dream itinerary made up for you just to have them finish with, “Oh, and your travel insurance is another $300!” Uh, what? What the hell do I need that for? That was me. And I refused to get it. Until one time I had a job in Paris and they required it so I begrudgingly bought a $20 AUD policy online and off I went.