The Week In Music: “45000 Metallica fans would set the town on fire”

A few things we learnt this week: The Drones think that Tony Abbot is a “fuckwit”, Soundwave’s AJ Maddah thinks the WA government is out to hurt him, and the AMP judges think that Hermitude released the best Australian album of 2012.

The Scoop: Johnny Rotten

The former Sex Pistols frontman told FL he was one of many celebrities caught up in the News International phone-hacking scandal that’s engulfed the UK over the past few years. In a soon-to-be-published interview, the typically sardonic singer described the Leveson Inquiry – a public judicial report into the ethics of the British press – as “fantastic fun”, claiming he was an unnamed victim of the scandal. “My name didn’t come up in that [the Leveson Inquiry], and yet I was definitely suffering some of that hacking and that nonsense that was going on at that time,” Rotten (aka John Lydon) said.

The revealing 40-minute interview with Lydon will be published on FL in the coming weeks.

The Issue: Why we need a triple j for adults

ARIA-nominated singer Jen Clother argued that it’s high time we had a national broadcaster that catered to people over the age of 25. “Radio is about music and people don’t stop loving music after they turn 25,” Cloher said. “If our only music dedicated national network is triple j and their charter is to serve an audience between the ages of 17-24, what are the alternatives?”

The Tour: Alt-J

Mercury Prize winners Alt J announced a return to Australia for a series of headline shows in July, all but confirming their place on the Splendour in the Grass lineup for 2013. Other acts on the rapidly growing list of Splendour rumours include James Blake, Deap Vally, Wavves, recent visitors Of Monsters and Men, Polyphonic Spree, Bob Dylan, and OutKast rapper Big Boi.

The List: Soundwave 2014 lineup “confirmations”

Soundwave festival boss AJ Maddah has warned fans that the 2014 lineup won’t be as impressive as this year’s bill, which featured over 70 bands including headliners Metallica, Blink 182 and Linkin Park. “We’re not going to top it,” the promoter revealed on Twitter shortly after the final Soundwave for 2013. “It was our 10th anniversary, so [it was] a one off big show.” However, Maddah is already looking ahead to the 2014 edition of the festival, “confirming” acts from America, Sweden, Japan and Denmark. Check out the provisional list of bands for 2014 here.

The Hero: Hermitude

For the first time in its history the Australian Music Prize has been awarded to a hip-hop act. Hermitude is now $30,000 richer thanks to the PPCA, with the duo awarded the eighth annual AMP for their self-produced fourth album HyperParadise. They beat out an eclectic field that included Daily Meds, The Presets, Urthboy, Liz Stringer, Jess Ribeiro and The Bone Collectors, Grand Salvo, Flume and the all-conquering Tame Impala, whose second album Lonerism topped FL (and everyone else’s) end-of-year poll for album of the year.

The Villain: West Australian state government (allegedly)

Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah blasted the West Australian state government’s “election grandstanding” as the cause of the power cut which ended the sets of many Soundwave festival acts early in at Claremont Showgrounds in Perth on Monday night. While Metallica were allowed to play their full set as scheduled, the festival was forced to cut the sound early on all the other stages.

Maddah launched an attack on Twitter laying the blame on the Department of Environment and Conservation and WA Premier Collin Barnett, who is also the member for Claremont. “They wanted to hurt us, but knew that if they cut Metallica 45000 fans would set the town on fire,” Maddah told his Twitter followers.

The Quote: The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard

“”It’s about fuckwits – Tony Abbott, mainly. I mean, is he lying or is he that retarded?””: – Gareth Liddiard explains the inspiration behind The Drones’ ‘The Grey Leader’

The Vision: Phoenix – Entertainment

The Sound: Grohl, Reznor and Homme

The powerhouse trio released studio footage of their epic Sound City collaboration, ‘Mantra’. The eight-minute slow burner is the closing track on Grohl’s Sound City soundtrack, featuring vocals from Homme and Grohl himself. The studio clip is just the instrumental track but it does give you a chance to watch the three rock legends playing together.

The Shots: The best of Soundwave; Future Music Fest kicks

The Meme: 50 Cent negotiates the details of his upcoming Australian tour

50 Cent’s DJ Whoo Kid has announced that the pair will be in Australia in April for a series of tour dates that are suspiciously similar to the return of Supafest.