The Week In Music: “There’s racks and racks of evil tools”
We condense everything that’s happened in music this week into something you can skim over in five minutes on the train.
The Scoop: Aussie Invasion 2.0
Thirty years after Men At Work, INXS and Midnight Oil took over the world, Australian music is mounting its next challenge. FL editor Darren Levin caught up with Danny Rogers (the managing director of Lunatic Entertainment home to Temper Trap and Gotye), Esti Zilber from Sounds Australia, Bonnie Dalton (manager for Little Red, Vasco Era and Husky) Twerps co-manager Ben O’Connor and The Jazabels to bring you an extensive report on the second Aussie invasion.
The Issue: Lana’s GQ shoot
Posing nude can be an empowered act – there is nothing inherently wrong with a woman enjoying being looked at by men – but Lana Del Rey’s nude Woman of the Year spread in British GQ has the whole internet abuzz, guys! Is it because she looks so beautiful and sexy? Is it because it’s naughty to be naked? Or is it because there’s a sinister, exploitative vibe to these images? All signs point to “ugh” says Caitlin Welsh in her opinion piece on the issue – Lana Del Rey: The Naked Truth.
The Tour: Morrissey
Attention Morrissey fans: cheer up you miserable bastards your god is returning for a tour in December.
The former Smiths frontman, outspoken vegan and star of the world’s best tumblr of cat related artist promo shots, has announced his first Australian dates in a decade. The Moz was last seen in Australia on the lineup for the Livid festival way back in 2002 but the dates for his return visit won’t please everyone – there are no shows West of Melbourne.
The Hero: Bob Dylan
“Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It’s an old thing – it’s part of the tradition. It goes way back.” That’s his Bobness responding to accusations that he plagiarised the work of Japanese author Junichi Saga’s Confessions of a Yakuza, and the Civil War poetry of Henry Timrod on his recent albums in an interview with Rolling Stone ahead of new album the Tempest, his 35th (!). Dylan also took aim at those who called him “Judas” for going electric at Newport in 1965. “All those evil motherfuckers can rot in hell,” he said. ” If you think you’ve been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that. Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified.”
So for shutting down anyone that ever cried out Judas in a crowded theatre we award Dylan the prized FL “Hero of the Week” accolade.
The Villains: ‘Daylight’ and Stevie Wonder
Sigur Ros posted an official announcement on their website after their set at Bestival to complain they had “a thoroughly miserable experience on stage” at the event. Apparently “a perfect storm of production issues and technical problems [and] the expansive demands of the headliner” Stevie Wonder conspired to force the band to play during the day with out proper lights or visuals.
The Quote: Fat Mike
Fat Mike’s “In The Firing Line” interview provided a stack of potential quote-of-the-week comments but it’s hard to go past his description of his private sex dungeon: There’s a sling with suspension, a suspension bar where you get tied up and suspended from the ceiling or hung upside down or something. There’s a cage which fits two people, not that comfortably, but it does fit two. What else? There’s racks and racks of evil tools, evil implements of pain and destruction. There’s a gynecological chair, if you need that. There’s, I don’t know what they’re called [those things] to hold bags of saline. There are scalpels, closets full of all kinds of outfits – tons of hoods, gas masks [laughs]. It’s a huge, 800-square-foot dungeon in a downtown apartment. Like a loft.
The Vision: Feelings
Former Philadelphia Grand Jury frontman turned solo artist Simon Berckelman (aka Berkfinger, aka Feelings) created quite a stir last week when he went In The Firing line with FL last week. Now he’s hoping to create a similar reaction with the premiere of the video for his new single ‘One In A Million’. Directed by Erin McBean and inspired by a dream Berckelman had a week before the shoot, it draws inspiration from Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and John Lurie’s Fishing With John. The moral of the story: Always be careful what you watch before bedtime…
The Sound: Bento
We finally have the closest thing to an explanation for Silverchair’s unexpected demise: Bento, a new music project from former drummer Ben Gillies. Bento sees Gillies step out from behind the muscular shadow of Daniel Johns as lead singer and songwriter for his very own group. GillIies has revealed the band’s first single ‘Diamond Days’ alongside a video, in which the drummer channels Michael Hutchence and “does frontman” as best he can – dropping to knees and grabbing his face in “really feeling it” contortions.
(Special thanks to Bento for reminding us to dig out that Kiss inspired Bento box as the lead image on The Week in Music wrap-up. So tasty.)
The (Cover)shot: Drunk Mums
The cover art for the debut album from Melbourne garage outfit Drunk Mums features “some haggard, aged titties” (to use the band’s own words). It has been rejected by iTunes but the band has defiantly refused to provide an alternative cover. In a statement sent to FL the band explained that “this image is spot on and best represents Drunk Mums. All the people who matter will still find us buy our record.” The band come up with the concept for the cover after a brainstorming session over a few beers. “We put an ad on Gumtree and within an hour got a response from a ‘stripper’ named Peaches. Hepped up on VB we jumped in the car and drove straight to her club and for a small fee – well, we got the album cover we wanted, and a quick lappie. Bonza!”
The meme: Harvest 2013 lineup
Using a carefully thought out and thoroughly scientific process FL has uncovered the lineup for next year’s Harvest festival. Check out our festival analysis to see the full lineup, learn how to describe Sigur Ros’ music, and bluff your way as a Dexys fan.