The Week In Music: “Helter Skelter meets Scentless Apprentice”

A few things happened in the news this week. Did you know that Paul McCartney joined Nirvana?

The Scoop: Lara Bingle – The Rock Opera

Ordinary musicians get drunk and write songs. Not Chris Bailey from The Saints. He gets drunk and writes rock operas about Lara Bingle. The legendary singer recently caught up with FL from his Amsterdam home, confessing that he came very close to penning a concept album about the divisive fashion model and star of her own TV show, Being Lara Bingle. “I’ve never thought about writing a rock opera – although when I was drunk one night I thought I would write one about Lara Bingle,” he told FL. Read the full interview with Chris Bailey here

The List: The 35 acts that will define 2013

Thanks to the folks at triple j and the BBC we now know which 35 acts will define the next year of musical hype, as both stations have released their playlists tip sheets for 2013.

triple j’s list features eight Victorian acts, four-and-a-half acts from both New South Wales and Queensland (Mr Hill & Rahjconkas are split between both states). West Australia and Tasmania are each represented by one band, but no one from South Australia, Northern Territory or the ACT has been selected as part of the class of 2013.

triple j Next Crop 2013:

Asta (TAS)

Bored Nothing (VIC)

Chet Faker (VIC)

City Calm Down (VIC)

Courtney Barnett (VIC)

Flume (NSW)

Hayden Calnin (VIC)

Hey Geronimo (QLD)

Jackie Onassis (NSW)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (VIC)

Kingswood (VIC)

Millions (VIC)

Mr Hill & Rahjconkas (QLD/NSW)

Northlane (NSW)

Sticky Fingers (NSW)

Stillwater Giants (WA)

Ta-ku (WA)

Thelma Plum (QLD)

The Trouble With Templeton (QLD)

Tyler Touché (QLD)

BBC Sound of 2013 list:



Angel Haze




King Krule


Laura Mvula

Little Green Cars

Palma Violets



The Weeknd

Tom Odell

The Issue: Bruce Springsteen snubs Perth, Adelaide

Bruce Springsteen’s Australian promoters apologised to fans in Perth, Adelaide and across New Zealand, explaining that while his recently announced tour won’t be visiting their cities next March it’s not due to “disrespect or lack of love for these other cities”. Springsteen is currently scheduled to play two shows in four locations on the east coast – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Hanging Rock

The Tour: Public Image Ltd

Public Image Ltd, aka PiL, announced they will tour Australia for the first time in over 20 years. After re-forming in 2009 for a tour that was paid for with money frontman John Lydon had earned doing an advertisement for Country Life Butter, PiL returned to the studio last year to record their first material in two decades. The 2013 tour will include the band’s first dates in China, as well as a visit to Japan before they arrive in Australia in April. As well as songs from new album This is PiL apparently we can expect them to be showcasing “live favourites from PiL’s vast history such as ‘Rise’, ‘This Is Not A Love Song’, ‘Death Disco’, ‘Flowers Of Romance’, and ‘Warrior’”.

The Hero: New Nirvana frontman Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney joined Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear on stage for a “Nirvana reunion” at the 12.12.12 Sandy Relief concert in New York with the “supergroup” will be performing a new song ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ that’s “kind of ‘Helter Skelter’ meets ‘Scentless Apprentice’”.

The Villains: The folks who book festivals in Australia

Scottish indie crew Frightened Rabbit took to Twitter this week to vent their frustration with Australian festival promoters, telling fans that “the folks who book festivals in Australia really don’t like us. We may never get the chance to come back at this rate”. The band say that they’re “pretty bummed out” to find that they can’t lock in a return to Australia despite touring here three times since 2008 playing headline shows and as part of the festival lineups at Laneway, Splendour in the Grass, Pyramid Rock, Woodford Folk Festival and Peats Ridge.

The Quote: The 25 best interviews of 2012

Over the course of 2012, we’ve spoken to dozens of musicians and “colourful music identities”. We’ve battled it out with Billy Corgan, discussed the fine art of “pulling chicks” with Jason Mewes, sat in the presence of Noel Gallagher’s “Godlike Genius,” talked smut with Steel Panther and found out what Fat Mike keeps in his sex dungeon. In honour of some of these finer moments we look back at 25 of our favourite interviews from 2012.

The Sound: The Stone Roses

For a band with such a tiny catalogue, the Stone Roses cast a mighty long shadow. Their entire output consists of two albums, a handful of singles, and a new remix of ‘Fool’s Gold’ every time a new genre of dance music appeared – and like heroes The Smiths, the number of compilations vastly outnumbers their proper releases. In celebration of their first Australian tour since 1995, Andrew P Street put together the 10 essential Roses jams.

The Stone Roses Future music sideshows went on sale on Thursday and quickly sold out in both Sydney and Melbourne; the Brisbane show is still on sale.

The Shots: Meredith, Homebake, Alexisonfire

The Meme: Kurt-Faux-bains