The Week in Music: “Eating glass and throwing babies”
It’s only the first week of 2013 but there’s already plenty of news.
The Scoop: Cody ChestnuTT tour?
Cody ChesnuTT dropped The Headphone Masterpiece his debut way back in 2002 – a double album of hip-hop, soul, and raw sass recorded in his Los Angeles bedroom. He toured Australia in 2006 and now he has finally released his second record, _ Landing On A Hundred_. Now ChestnuTT has told FL that he believes he’ll be in Australia later this year to tour the record, although considering his history we’ll probably still be waiting for the tour in 2017.
The Issue: Big Day Out leaving the Gold Coast?
The Big Day Out organisers have revealed that the Gold Coast is likely to lose the event next year.
BDO chief Adam Zammit says that the festival is “as good as gone” and admitted that the festival is searching for a new venue. Apparently a move to a site at Helensvale (45 minutes from Brisbane and just over 20 minutes from the Gold Coast) was blocked by the State Government and Zammit is now looking at new sites in northern NSW and Queensland.
The “final” Big Day Out at the Gold Coast Parklands will be held on Sunday, January 20.
The Tour: Sidewave shows
The List: The “real” Hottest 100
Icelandic folk and novelty hip-hop songs may lead bookies predictions for top honours in the 2012 Hottest 100 but they barely rate a mention in the “real” Hottest 100 – triple j’s most played songs of 2012. The list released by J-Play reveals that triple j’s most played song of 2012 was ‘Can’t Get Better Than This’, the debut single for Australian duo Parachute Youth.
Proving the station is well and truly hitting its Aus music quota, 56% of the most played songs on triple j in 2012 were Australian with Parachute Youth, Twinsy, Loon Lake, Dialectrix, and The Preatures all cracking the top 10.
The Heros: Hot Chip, Field Day and Sydney’s Botanic Gardens
Thanks to some last minute negotiations Hot Chip got to play two sets at Field Day. The London based crew had been scheduled to perform an hour long show from 5.35pm but when their equipment didn’t arrive as planned they were forced to play a DJ set instead. However, they also got to close the New Year’s Day action with a brief 30 minute, four song set. In a post on Facebook, the Field Day crew thanked Hot Chip for playing two sets, their crew for pulling out all stops to get the show on with hardly any sleep, and the Botanic Gardens for “moving heaven and earth” to get approval from the EPA to allow us a half an hour extension on our license”.
The Villain: Australian commercial radio
The list of the Most Played Songs on Australian Radio in 2012 has been released backing promoter Michael Chugg’s recent claims that “mainstream radio will not fucking play Australian music until they have to”. The list of Australian acts that did manage to rack up radio time in 2012 makes for depressing reading. Only Corby, Hilltop Hoods, 360, Havana Brown, and reality show stars Timomatic, Guy Sebastian, Justice Crew and Delta Goodrem made the top 100 cut.
The Quote: Dropkick Murphys
“Agnostic Front’s Victim is a true classic that still makes me want to eat glass and throw babies.” – On The Record: Dropkick Murphys
The Sound: Spain
FL caught up with Los Coronas to get their guide to the best music from Spain – from bands that merge Flamenco with Progressive Rock to the one of the ‘80s most important underground acts. Los Coronas are currently on tour – check out their tour dates here