With a catalogue featuring 18 UK Top 40 singles, The Jam was a powerhouse throughout their time in the sun. Now, Bruce Foxton, bassist for the punk and new wave mods, has the gig going again under the moniker From The Jam – and he is bringing them to town next year.
Last year saw Sydneysider Jonathan Boulet ship off to Germany. The move worked for him, as he returns with album number three in Gubba. According to the presser: “Gubba is entirely self-produced and bludgeons like a doom record sped up to garage-punk tempos. Gubba is faster, heavier and more direct than its predecessors. Gubba is pop music with a scummy outer later.” NSC – August 15.
Her father, Horacio Molina, is a successful Tango singer and composer; her mother an actress and music lover, so it is little surprise that Juana followed in the creative footsteps of her parents. Juana was a comedic television actress in Argentina before devoting her time to music. She has released six albums, including her latest, 2013’s Wed 21. Her music covers everything from electro to folk to jazz. Thornbury Theatre – September 26.
Australia receiving US content within hours of its US screening is something fans of the hotly anticipated Gotham series will be pinning their hopes on. Created by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) and based on characters appearing in DC Comics, Gotham is making people very, very excited. Well, it looks as though its US debut is Monday, September 22, sharing its premiere with the second series of Sleepy Hollow.
It would seem there is a lot of love (perhaps like) for Josh Thomas and his series Please Like Me. As you may well know, the second series is due to begin August 12 (9.30 p.m. on ABC2). It has also been commissioned for a third series, which is not bad at all for a show that received mixed reviews upon its debut. Please Like Me also received a screening at the Series Mania Television Festival in Paris.
Deadline has reported that Alec Baldwin is set to appear in the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Sometimes overshadowed by his personal problems, Baldwin will apparently play the head of the CIA and the man in charge of seeing Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) IMF operations. Baldwin is also set to appear in an untitled football drama starring Will Smith.
It can feel pretty good to be number one. It looks as though Aussies are going to be the first (or at least among the first) to hear some new tunes from the partnership of Detroit-based Guilty Simpson and Sydney-bred Katalyst. The two have previously worked together on the Quakers EP, but a very hush-hush full-length album has been in the works. That one is due next year. Laundry Bar – August 8.
Step aside The Voice, as another music competition has rejoined the ranks and are about to splash around some great prizes. The Melbourne Music Bank is back for another year, thanks to the folks at the Bank of Melbourne. If you’re a Victorian songwriter or musician, all you have to do is submit an original piece of music inspired by Melbourne before September 7.