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Dean & Britta – London – 30 July 2010

Releasing their soundtrack to 13 of Andy Warhol's screen tests was an opportune moment for ex-Galaxie 500/Luna star Dean Wareham to fully express his love for Velvet Underground and the stars of Andy Warhol's Factory. The screen tests alone, wavering between the visually arresting and the arrestingly mundane, were elevated into a new realm with the musical accompaniment provided by Wareham and partner Britta Phillips. Bringing the 13 Most Beautiful show to London (having frustratingly been given its UK premiere in Dunfermline last year) was a long-anticipated occasion.

By | 2015-08-10T05:01:54+00:00 August 17th, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Pixies – Brisbane – 31 July 2010

A few nights before this Pixies warm up concert for Splendour in the Grass, I had a vivid dream. In it I was the tour manager or press officer for the band and they were being put up in a luxury hotel with a huge swimming pool which they were swanning around in and (in)famously not getting along and refusing to do the show. It ended with me giving them a “look all the great rock’n’roll bands are dysfunctional, but when you’re on stage for that hour and a half you come together, that's when you work, that's when you function!” speech. And then I drove them to the Zoo in a black hummer.

By | 2015-08-10T05:02:01+00:00 August 6th, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The Drums – Stop and Take a Bow (2010)

The cross overs. Every year has them; bands that get touched by the hand of hype and go from being blogged about to actually selling significant quantities of records/MP3s along with world wide tour schedules and high billed festival slots. This year one of those bands is Brooklyn’s The Drums who have certainly enjoyed a lot of column pixels and radio play on the strength of their back to basics c86 indie-pop as imagined by Phil Spector self titled debut album and its omnipresent lead single “Let’s Go Surfing”. Static’s Chris Berkley has a drink with three quarters of the band for a lesson in how to avoid being drowned by the waves of success.

By | 2018-08-19T01:19:30+00:00 August 5th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Mark Kozelek – London – 29 July 2010

“Give me a minute and I’ll blow your minds“. The crowd laughs, so does the man who just uttered those words. The mood, somewhat quiet, respectful, shiftless, is lightened, and Mark Kozelek begins another master-class in tinkling the nylon strings of his Spanish guitar like Liberace would the piano. “I’m old” he breaks the silence again, “I’m fat, I need water, I need lyrics to my songs”. From my pew to the right side of the stage I have to squint to see if it’s not Neil Young sitting there complaining about his arthritis. To Kozelek’s credit, he’s still as ageless as ever, and that gut you were grabbing at? I’m pretty sure you’ve been carrying that for a while now.

By | 2015-08-10T05:02:32+00:00 August 4th, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

LCD Soundsystem – Still Happening (2010)

During their recent visit to Australia for Splendour in the Grass we caught up with LCD Soundsystem's main man James Murphy who gave us reason to put away the hankies for LCD's much reported demise - "It’s not necessarily the last record. I would make another record. It’s more the end of this part – three records that go together, an arc. We became a bigger band than I ever expected. Something needs to stop, for me, for us all to be happy." He also waxes lyrical about making the record in the LA of his imagination, growing up and wanting kids, his Greenburg soundtrack experience and his many and varied future projects.

By | 2018-08-19T01:37:13+00:00 July 29th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Kaki King – London – 13 July 2010

When does standing in the front row give you a direct line to god? Just because your idol, or current object of interest, is able to look you in the eye while they’re singing doesn’t mean that this is your opportunity for some face-to-face "let's get to know each other" time. Really, it doesn’t. And it’s rare that a concert is marred by one asshole that doesn't get the hint and won’t shut up, but shit does happen, and it happened to Kaki King and to the respectful crowd who had to endure this one "fan" and his relentless pursuit in establishing a "connection".

By | 2015-08-10T05:02:39+00:00 July 23rd, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Spoon – Mother Knows Best (2010)

Spoon's latest album, Transference, seemed to show the band finding new ways to tie their own shoelaces, searching out their own "Mystery Zone" or what Britt Daniel will later say in the interview "we gotta try to please ourselves first". Notable for being our first interview where the band asks us the questions, Spoon have perhaps realised there's more to making music than pleasing yourself. You've still got to please your Mom too...

By | 2018-08-19T02:24:55+00:00 May 13th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Dum Dum Girls – Everybody’s Out to Get Them (2010)

New York has definitely handed over its crown as being home to earthshaking epicentre of what's hot, hip, and happening. These days all eyes are firmly focused on the eclectic sounds of the West Coast -- as it seems that every single band we talk right now calls the place home. With Katy Perry (of all people) singing the praises of California Girls, just like the Beach Boys did in the 60's, so are we with Los Angeles' Dum Dum Girls.

By | 2015-08-11T02:22:50+00:00 May 11th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Chris Thile – Los Angeles – 26 April 2010

"You must be the most attentive audience, ever" joked Chris Thile, during his performance at LA's gem Largo at the Coronet, "It's not often that you can hear the performer's water bottle snap back into place." And it was true -- in this intimate setting of about 75 people (including fan Minnie Driver), Mr. Thile was the center of everyone's attention. There was no heckling or chatter between songs, just enthusiastic, almost rapturous applause for this mandolin virtuoso.

By | 2015-08-10T05:03:10+00:00 May 1st, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

HEALTH – Breaking the Sound Barrier (2010)

Finding unexpected notoriety through their collaboration with electronic arsonists Crystal Castles, Los Angeles Noise Rock quartet HEALTH have been a prominent musical force in the LA scene over the past couple of years. With their second album Get Colour released late last year, the band have evolved beyond being nihilistic noise makers into an act that is pushing the textural accessibility switch.

By | 2015-08-11T02:23:00+00:00 April 26th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Hold Steady – Ready for Heaven (2010)

“Listening again to everything The Hold Steady recorded. Is this the greatest American band now? They just got me through a rough month.” Bret Easton Ellis, Twitter Nov 2009. Lauded by fans, critics and other creative minds for the scope, depth, truth and heart that they bring to chronicling the American rock myth, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady hold court to discuss (via impersonal record label Q&A) their forthcoming blue collar opus Heaven is Whenever, due for release on May 3.

By | 2015-08-11T02:23:17+00:00 April 6th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Their Pop Aesthetic (2010)

A firm favourite last year with those of a pop persuasion was the debut album of Brooklyn four-piece, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. An example of youthful exuberance and melodic indulgences, The Pains (is it ok to call them that?) were as easy to swallow as a chocolate sundae with all the toppings -- and just as addictive and in no way fattening. Recently on tour in Australia, we spoke with guitarist Kip Berman.

By | 2015-08-11T02:18:54+00:00 March 16th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Vivian Girls – Joining the Sophomore Set (2009)

Cassie, Katy and Ali aka Vivian Girls are back again with their sophomore album Everything Goes Wrong and we caught up with them in a place where nothing ever goes wrong, unless you have a show scheduled at the Hopetoun Hotel this week (fyi girls - it's closed).

By | 2015-08-11T02:20:08+00:00 September 29th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments