What is that they say about the third time being the charm? Not too long ago, Ben Townsend, aka Ivan Ooze, embarked on the ambitious task of releasing a freestyle track every Friday. With the release of his third video, Ivan’s name was spreading across the ol’ interwebs like wildfire.
Serving up a “righteous blast of rock and roll energy”, Sydney outfit The Dirty Earth is thrilled to welcome their debut album, Autonomic. Released at the beginning of May, the album is a heavy dose of ’70s-inspired catchy, riffy rock led by the powerhouse that is Mandy Newton. The band has shared stage time with Buzzcocks, Rollins, Hard Ons, Tumbleweed, Def FX and Hawkwind. The Reverence – August 23.
You may have heard that Jack White is beefing up his Third Man gig with Third Man Books. The first commercially available release is Language Lessons: Volume 1, a decent sized 321-page book of poetry and prose as well as two vinyl LPs of “jazz, psychedelic-punk, poetry, blues and pop” and five “frameable” poems. The book features words from Dale Ray Phillips, C.D. Wright and Adrian Matejka.
Jamie T has announced that his long-awaited new album Carry On the Grudge will be released late September/early October. The album features his recent single ‘Don’t You Find’ – his first new tune in four years. According to press on the album, it is a big step forward: “the old influences of punk, folk and reggae are all still here, but reshaped into something new whilst still defiantly the work of Jamie T”.
With Action Bronson, Peking Duk and The Preatures already announced for the new boutique camping festival, Beyond the Valley, we’d pretty much signed away on our credit card for tickets. Now seeing the additions to the lineup, we’re counting down the days until New Years Eve comes around.
They teased us, those cheeky men of the Foo Fighters, and now they have delivered the goods with news of their new album, Sonic Highways. The album is set for global release on November 10 and marks their eighth studio album overall. The cover art has been revealed, as has the first taste of their new music over at their official page.
The Forte office is looking pretty glum, with news that 63-year-old funny man Robin Williams unfortunately passed away on Monday morning at his home in North Carolina. The actor best known for some of his roles in Bicentennial Man (1999), Good Morning Vietnam (1987), Flubber (1997) and Jumanji (1995) will always be remembered for making us laugh and inspiring children worldwide to let their imagination run free.
Soundwave has been teasing us ahead of their 2015 event by releasing the odd name here and there. If you haven’t been keeping tabs, so far you’re looking at Monuments, Butcher Babies, Patent Pending, Coldrain and The Interrupters. With the 2015 outing set to introduce a bumper two-day event, you can expect a truckload more to come your way.
Would you spend an intimate evening with a Bengal tiger? Would you play basketball with an axolotl? Then why would you spend Christmas with family when you can spend Christmas with Unwritten Law’s Steve Russo and Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson? The lads are teaming up for an acoustic Christmas double-header where the only thing that will be more plentiful than the songs will be the eggnog. The Corner – December 19.
It looks as though Ed Helm may be making his way back to the small screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Helm is in negotiations to star in One Percent, a drama series about a farmer struggling to keep his business afloat. Ed Harris and Hillary Swank are also in negotiations. One Percent is set to be directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, known for his work behind the lens of Babel and 21 Grams.