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feed the dog cvrFeed The Dog – Bored! (Fantastic Mess Records)

The original album came out in 1991 and showed off a new, lean and still mean version of Bored!. “Feed The Dog” was an instant classic. Thirty years later, its guitarist, vocalist and driving force Dave Thomas is no longer with us, but be thankful that this fearsome, re-mastered version is.

If you were immersed in the Australian underground scene in 1991, you’ll know that the international name on everybody’s lips back then was Nirvana. Their debut album “Bleach” was making its mark and the over-ground success of “Nevermind” was just over the horizon. Bored! also could have gone on to huge things. 

Top Tens for 2021: Marcus Fraser from Starcrazy

marcus 2021My name is Marcus Fraser and I'm the singer in Sydney band STARCRAZY.

In another rollercoaster thunderfuck of a year, these are the tunes that kept me grounded and positive. Some of these artists I'm proud to call my friends and I'm SO stoked on all the amazing music coming out of Australia, Oi Oi Oi!

In no particular order:

  1. Molly & The Krells - Silver & Gold
  2. Pond - America's Cup
  3. Arianne Gozzing - The New Queen
  4. Thunder Fox - Not For Sale 
  5. Smoke Stack Rhino - Ultraviolet 
  6. Alpha Goose - Why Not
  7. Amyl and The Sniffers - Guided By Angels 
  8. Geese - Low Era
  9. Astrodeath - Invasion 
  10. Lucid Hoops - Kinder Company 

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Collection captures Rifles firing on all cylinders

chocomel cvrChasing Chocomel – The Celibate Rifles (self released)

Don’t let the fact that these are cassette dubs of live-to-air radio recordings deter you. A bit of compression never hurt anyone. This posthumous 22-track collection from Europe and Australia is prime-time Celibate Rifles from the “Roman Beach Party”/“Blind Ear”/”Heaven on a Stick” period, and it burns like a kerosene spill on a barbie.

As a fan of the Rifles from the get-go, I thought it was “Roman Beach Party” that showed they’d really come to grips with the studio. Foot-to-the-floor Rifles got the crowds shaking live, but sometimes the wry observations were buried under all that Sturm und Drang. You had to listen hard to appreciate what they were saying on the early records too. From here on in, you could hear Damo’s words - loud and clear.

This could be dangerous if the beer is cold

 
Australia's summer is cranking up and so is live music. Thirsty cowpunks The Johnnys are celebrating their relese from COVID lockdown by playing their first Sydney show in more than two years. They'll be at Mary's Underground (formerly The Basement) at Circular Quay on Saturday, January 8 with raunch machine White Knuckle Fever and country rockers Broham (fronted by Simon Chainsaw.) Tickets are here.

Top Tens for 2021: Joey Bedlam of DollSquad

Top Ten albums from Joey Bedlam, vocalist for Melbourne-based garage band DollSquad.

  1. Shutdown 66 – ‘’Come on girl gimme half a chance’’
  1. Le Beat Bespoke V9 (compilation by New Untouchables)
  1. Rough n Tumble – ‘’Eyes on the Road’’
  1. The Smoggers – ‘’Funeral’’
  1. The Laissez Fairs – ‘’Curiosity Killed the Cat’’
  1. The Seeds – ‘’Butterfly Child’’
  1. Calidoscopio – “Get Ready’’
  1. The Chevelles – ‘’Steve McQueen (I wish I was)”
  1. Sonny Vincent – ‘’Snake Pit Therapy’’
  1. Steve Lucas – ‘’Joshua Tree’’ (because it’s a great song about The Joshua Tree and because it’s a Christmas song!!!)

Top Tens for 2021: Sydney's Celebrity Roadie Peter "Rossy" Ross

rossy top ten 2021 

If like me, it was hard for you to get out of the house this year and experience live music, I found myself sitting on the couch watching too much TV… It wasn’t until I put together this list I realised I watch w-a-a-a-a-y too much TV…

Anyway, here’s a list of some of the music and music related documentaries I managed to consume in my COVID-19 lockdown. Let’s hope we can get some more gigs in next year.

To give you all a break I excluded every politics documentary I consumed, and didn’t include any of the hundreds, and possibly thousands, of music technology-related YouTube channels I’ve been glued to. I hope you can find something on this list you haven’t seen before...

The Johnnys aiming to put the sin back into St Kilda

 
Portable party The Johnnys are responding to the calls from Melbourne to return and play their first show in that fair town in almost three years. January 22 will find them at St Kilda Sports Club with their unique cowpunk sounds poised to get the local populace drinking and dancing. They'll be supported by locals Burn in Hell and The Lewvis Presley Experience and tickete arehere here.

New Johnny Casino single a taste of the album to come

 

"Another Girl" is the latest Johnny Casino track, and has been released digitally today via Golden Robot Records. It is the first single from his February 2022 release "5x7 the Days of Wine and Cola". The Spain-based expatriate former member of Asteroid B612, The Egos, Easy Action and his own Johnny Casino and The Secrets wrote "Another Girl" as a moody acoustic piece  -until it found its way into the recording studio on the Costa Blanca in Spain. Here, a fire had been lit underneath it, a couple of bottles of wine poured all over it and an inspired electric guitar burned into it by Johnny and his band. Stay tuned for news about the album.

 

Exalted blues noise rockers feedtime plan two sets in return to live shows

feedtime bowlo 2setsHey Sydneysiders! After COVID did its best to sink it, the "extreme dream team" pairing of feedtime and Examplehead at Marrickville Bowling Club, originally scheduled for June, has been re-scheduled to January 22...and both bands are determined to make it a very special night.

Ticket numbers were limited for the show that was originally scheduled in June 2021. A handful, surrendered by fans unable to attend the new date, remain for sale online. 
 
Once they're gone, online sales will cease and admission will be $20 at the door on the night, on a "first come, first served" basis, until venue capacity is reached.
 
The other important thing you need to know is that feedtime will play two sets - the first from 8.30pm. Examplehead will follow (approximately 9.30pm) and feedtime will close the night.

feedtime is an institution with their unique and extreme version of the blues being renowned around the world. Formed in Sydney in 1979, they manifested in various line-ups and made it to the USA after the SubPop label re-issued their back catalogue in 2008.

Examplehead were an inner-city staple in Sydney and existed from 1985-90. They lay dormant for 30 years before reforming in 2020, minus late Greg Garnder who passed away three years earlier.

Online tickets are here. If they're gone, join the Facebook event or mark the date in your calendar - and turn up promptly at 8pm.

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