The Week In Music: “Done for all the wrong reasons”

Hating on triple j, chatting to Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, watching Florence And The Machine and Ben Mendelsohn, winning with the EG awards and touring with Grinspoon – all in this week’s news wrap.

The Scoop: Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace

Laura Jane Grace spoke to FL about making the transformation from male to female revealing why she chose to announce the decision via an interview published in Rolling Stone, and how she’s been humbled by the experience and the reaction from fans. The interview also covers the recording of the band’s new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Grace assures us that the new album won’t be as polished as 2010’s White Crosses_ – “I think that as far as listening to it, it’s got really, really aggressive moments and it’s got really, really quiet moments but I don’t think it’s gonna sound like a completely different band or anything.” Read the interview here

The List: Ways to hate on triple j

The simplest way to develop your hatred of triple j is to slowly move out of the station’s target demographic – some cultures refer to this process as “aging” – but to help you hate on triple j more effectively we made a foolproof guide to (irrationally) hating on triple j. And it’s just in time for Ausmusic Month and the hateful J Awards.

The Tour: Grinspoon

Grinspoon will head out on a 19-date national tour in March 2013, presented by FL. Already confirmed to play the Big Day Out alongside The Killers and Red Hot Chili Peppers next January, Phil, Pat, Joe and Kris will kick off their “Black Rabbits” tour on March 13 in Brisbane. Across the course of two months the Grinners will traverse Australia’s major cities and regional centres, with gigs in Albury, Traralgon and Woombye.

Revisit our interview with frontman Phil Jamieson here

The Issue: The festival market

“It’s going to be very interesting this coming year to see who gets through the summer and who continues on next year,” promoter Michael Chugg mused at the Face the Music conference. “I think there’ll be a rude awakening for a few festivals … Big Day Out’s in a bit of trouble because it became a rite of passage for schoolies and a lot of older rock fans won’t go. There are a lot of festivals being started with the wrong intentions and they won’t remain. There’s a lot of people who want to become promoters and they don’t have the knowledge or the ability. They won’t survive.”

Chugg also admitted that his own Alternative Nation festival in 1995, promoted with Michael Coppel and Michael Gudinski, was one of these festivals “done for all the wrong reasons”. He said the event – which featured Faith No More, Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Violent Femmes, Ween, Primus and The Flaming Lips – was “done to wipe [out] Big Day Out, so immediately it had bad karma”. Other targets in Chugg’s sights included commercial radio and eBay’s refusal to help tackling ticket scalpers.

The Heros: Winners of the EG and J Awards

The seventh annual EG Awards kicked off the awards season with Tim Rogers was on hand to pick up the prize for Best Male and induct Weddings Parties Anything into the Hall of Fame. Lanie Lane took home the award for Best Female. Best Album was won by Melbourne six-piece band Alpine for their debut A Is For Alpine, while fellow Melburnians The Temper Trap, were voted Best Band. Off the back of their Deep Heat album, Oh Mercy won award for Most Outstanding Achievement (in the field of excellence), which was presented by Melbourne Music Week. Other winners included Jack White and Bombay Royale, but despite receiving four nominations apiece both Chet Faker and Twerps both went home empty-handed.

Meanwhile, Tame Impala was the big winner at last night’s J Awards in Melbourne, taking out Best Album for their second LP Lonerism. It’s the band second J Award following their win in 2010 for debut album Innerspeaker. Other winners on the night included The Rubens (Unearthed Artist of the Year) and surprise winners Kirin J Callinan and Kris Moyes who won Music Video of the Year for the creepy ‘Way II War’.

The Villain: Tour Schedules

No Foals sideshows for Melbourne. No Robert Plant or Paul Simon in Brisbane. No Wilco in Sydney. No fair.

The Quote: Alexisonfire

“”I didn’t tell the guys until about half a year later that I knew then that I had to make a decision. I think it was the right one for me but it was the hardest decision I’ve ever made.””: – Alexisonfire frontman Dallas Green tells FL why he decided to call it quits

The Vision: Florence + The Machine and Ben Mendelsohn

Moustachioed Melbourne actor Ben Mendelsohn – of Idiot Box, Animal Kingdom, and The Dark Knight Rises fame – stars in the new video for Florence + The Machine.

The Sound: Melbourne Music Week

Melbourne Music Week wraps up today (November 24) after an action-packed week of events that saw 1200 people turn up to see The Straight Arrows, Bitch Prefect, Raw Prawn and Ausmuteants in a derelict old building in the CBD; two Mess+Noise Lunchbox gigs with Courtney Barnett and Terrible Truths; early morning performances by Teeth & Tongue and Mining Boom; and a performance on the Melbourne Town Hall’s Grand Organ by legendary Italian prog outfit Goblin.

The Shot: Rick Astley

Ahead of his first Australian tour in over two decades FL caught up with Rick Astley and put him In The Firing Line to find out if he’s ever given someone up, let them down, run them ‘round or deserted them.

The Meme: Christmas shopping list item number #666