The Week In Music: “This doesn’t feel right”
All the news of the week including lazy Nordic grooves, more metal for Soundwave, the greatest announcement in the history of Bluesfest, stolen Mumfords, Billy Bragg on chasing pussy, ass everywhere, and a guide to identifying Chet Faker.
The Scoop: Gypsy and The Cat’s new album
On their second album, Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers of Gypsy and The Cat wanted to move away from the “yacht rock” sound that defined their critically acclaimed debut Gilgamesh. Looking for inspiration they turned to the psychedelic sounds of Spacemen 3, Supertramp and The Zombies. The result: The Late Blue, an album of “dreamscape ballads, driving tom-fuelled rock, lazy Nordic grooves and liquid tones”.
And you can hear it in a city near you when they play shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth this November or listen to it on the exclusive FL stream.
The Issue: ‘Independent’ Music Awards
“This doesn’t feel right, but at the same time I’m honoured.” – 360 winning yet another gong for his second album Falling & Flying at the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards in Melbourne.
360 was, of course, referring to his association with EMI, who distribute his records in partnership with his own label, Soulmate. It once again reiterated just how blurred the line is becoming between “indie” and “major”. Earlier in the night, a heckler yelled out “not independent” when Lanie Lane went up to accept her award for Best Independent Blues and Roots Album. Her debut album To The Horses was put out through The Ivy League, which despite being distributed through Universal, conforms to AIR’s guidelines to a tee. Ivy League’s managing director Chris Maund later explained that while the issue of independency isn’t “black and white … we proudly call ourselves an independent label and are proud to be a long standing member of AIR”.
Controversy aside, the night was perfectly summed up by Tim Levinson aka Urthboy’s impassioned opening speech, during which he asked how could any award even get within an inch of matching the heartache, the pain, the pleasure, and the soul-searching associated with working as an independent musician. “We should tip our hat to the Independent Music Awards for even trying.” Read his full speech here
Check out the full list of Independent Music Award winners here
The List: The ever-expanding Soundwave 2013 lineup
Next week we’ll see another two bands added to the lineup for Soundwave 2013, which already features 73 bands. The most likely candidates for these two new places on the lineup are sludge metal crew Baroness, and Creed and Alter Bridge lead guitarist Mark Tremonti.
So we have added 2 more bands to SW line-up. Not because we had to, but because we want to give you more! Announcement next week. #SW13
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) October 17, 2012
The Tour: “The greatest announcement in the history of Bluesfest”.
Bluesfest promoter Peter Noble has declared that the next announcement for the 2013 lineup is “possibly the greatest announcement in the history of Bluesfest”.
Considering that recent Bluesfest lineups have boasted the likes of Bob Dylan, BB King, Grace Jones, George Clinton and Elvis Costello (2011), and The Pogues, Buddy Guy, John Fogerty, The Specials and My Morning Jacket (2012) the “greatest announcement in the history of Bluesfest” promises to be something very special indeed. Is this just festival hype, or are we set to see a visit from Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, or Robert Plant in 2013? Sadly the Bluesfest promoters have ruled out speculation that Tom Waits will join the lineup.
The (Possible) Tour:
Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has revealed that Black Sabbath will “definitely” be touring here in spring next year. We’ll believe it when we can actually see Ozzy gargling bat blood as he sings ‘Paranoid’ to a sold-out crowd.
The Hero: Newtown Social Club
Anyone opening a new live venue is a hero (or just mad). The team behind Melbourne’s Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club have announced plans to open a sister venue in Newtown. While details are still scarce, a Facebook page for the Newtown Social Club promises the “same atmosphere that’s known and loved at our Melbourne venues”.
The venue is described as a “free entry social club with friendly staff, great food, great drinks and all our favourite local, national and international tunes pumping through the place”. There are also plans for a self-contained band room, with the venue’s address and an opening date to be announced soon.
The Villain: Bob Mould
If you’re struggling to buy tickets to see Bob Mould’s Australian tour in March next year there’s a simple explanation – the tour has been cancelled. Tickets were supposed to go on sale earlier this week, but local promoter Metropolis confirmed the last minute cancellation telling FL that no specific reason has been given. Bob Mould had been booked to tour Australia in March 2013 playing Sugar’s classic 1992 album Copper Blue in full, plus a “healthy dose of Hüsker Dü” and solo tunes including tracks from his new album, Silver Age.
The (Extra) Villain: The Mumford and Sons thieves
With a flurry of banjo, Mumford and Sons kicked off their Australian tour in Perth earlier this week but unfortunately someone broke into their backstage area and stole some pretty important things – the monitoring devices that allow the band to hear themselves on stage. Read our interview with bass player Ted Dwane here.
The quote: Billy Bragg
“Jeff Tweedy seemed to be drawn to ones that had religious metaphors. I was drawn to the ones where he was chasin’ pussy.” – Billy Bragg explains the division of labour on the Woody Guthrie archive sessions with Wilco.
The Vision: Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo
Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo has released a new video for single ‘Stranded’ (not a Saints cover).
Shot in stark black-and-white, it features an Omega man-type character who meanders through the desolate streets of New York, until he happens upon a map. Making its world premiere on FL, the clip was directed by Kelly Jeffrey, who also shot the cover photo for new Ranaldo’s acoustic solo album Between The Times and The Tides. (Look out for his cameo at 2.25).
The Sound: FL Recommends – October
Our monthly round-up of the best emerging bands on the internet – from a collection of psychedelic savages to a Melbourne home-recorded project and New Zealand’s latest surf-pop export. Meet your new favourite bands – Grand Prismatic, Ghost Wave, The Preatures, and Bored Nothing.