Sunday, 28 February 2010
I've been to hundreds of shows, wandering from room to room, and my memory is not the greatest at the best of times.
So if anyone out there can help me out, remembers seeing something with me that I've missed, let me know! It will be greatly appreciated!
Baobinga & ID
Cut Le Rock
Deekline & Wizard
Dom & Roland
Fat Boy Slim
Felix Da Housecat
Food & DK
Grand Master Flash
Koma & Bones
Krust & Die
Layo & Bushwacka
Masters At Work
Mix Master Mike
Rae & Christian
Skool of Thought
Soul of Man
State of Mind
The Rogue Element
Oh, and I've left off Australian DJs because, although I think most of them are fantastic and easily some of the best in the world, there are just too many of them and I don't want to offend someone by leaving them off :)
I've also included DJ "live shows" like Shadow & Cut Chemist, Kid Koala, Daft Punk and so on... shows good enough to transcend the simple mixing of records to be a full show.
The ones in bold are the one's I saw in the last year or so.
Afro Celt Sound System
Afrobeat Public Opinion Orchestra
Alien Ant Farm
Atari Teenage Riot
Beasts of Bourbon
Black Eyed Peas
Blue King Brown
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
Cooking on 3 Burners
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist
Easy Star All Stars
Faith No More
Fat Freddy's Drop
Gorilla's Sound System
Handsome Boy Modeling School
Hilltop Hoods & Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Hunters and Collectors
Itch-E & Scratch-E
Jamie T & the Pacemakers
John Butler Trio
Luke Slater’s Freek Funk
Machine Gun Fellatio
Mark Ronson's Version
Muph & Plutonic
My Chemical Romance
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nightmares On Wax
Nine Inch Nails
Pet Shop Boys
Pop Will Eat Itself
Porno for Pyros
Queens of the Stone Age
Rage Against The Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Roni Size’s Raprezent
Sarah Jones & the Dap Kings
The Cat Empire
The Chemical Brothers
The Cruel Sea
The Crystal Method
The Dandy Warhols
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
The Flaming Lips
The Hard Ons
The Living End
The Red Eyes
The Smashing Pumpkins
The Tea Party
The White Stripes
You Am I
Thursday, 18 February 2010
Here's my entry:
(sung to the tune of Blondie’s “Rapture")
Toe to toe
fighting very close
until you’re comatose
Wall to wall
And they’re stepping heavily
Stuck each night in Rapture
And a mass attack
Face to face
And it’s finger chopping
Twenty-four hour dying in Rapture
Tenenbaum told me everybody’s high
Atlas spinnin’ not savin’ my mind
Adam is fast, Adam is cool
Fontain say don’t be a fool
And you don’t stop, Suchong
Ryan is makin’ you do wrong
And you get in your sphere and you trip real far
And you dive all night and you’ll see no light
And it fills with water and sinks to the ground
And out comes a man from above
And you try to run but he’s got a gun
And he shoots your head and freezes you dead
And then you’re in the main foyer
Dancing with an ex-lawyer
You kill many slicers
to make the place nicer
And you don’t stop, you keep on killing stars
And you just get more scars
You go out at night and into the deserted streets
Race to face, fight cheek to cheek
One to many and man on man
Fighting toe to toe
Don’t move too slow, ’cause the Big Dad
Is through with slicers and he’s very mad
wall to wall, Through door and door, up hall to hall
He’s gonna get ‘em all
Rapture, be pure
Take a tour, through the sewer
You’ll strain your brain, go insane
You’ll be singin’ la la in the rain
I said don’t stop, drop a block
Well now you see what you wanna be
Make your choice on the VT
‘Cause the man upstairs he won’t care
And now he’s gone back down to hell
None of this bodes too well
And you flip flop, but you don’t stop
Just blast em with a sure shot
‘Cause the man over there is killing and screaming
And now he smokes cigars, level up!
Monday, 15 February 2010
It comes as a shock to many people that I'm an AC/DC fan.
But AC/DC remind me of my youth. I remember sitting up all night listening to AC/DC with Philly D as we played computer games.
So why deny my bogan heritage any longer? Sure, during the 90s I essentially shunned AC/DC, and I fucking hated growing up in Elizabeth, but then I just lost the hate. The people I grew up, many of whom I'm still proud to call friends, shaped me into the person I am today, and the music we listened to was a massive part of that.
And Back in Black is one of the world's greatest albums, especially considering the time it was made, and It's A Long Way To The Top is one on the world's greatest songs.
So, when they announced the tour, I wasn't going to miss out. I camped by the internet and hit refresh until I snagged a ticket to the Melbourne Saturday night concert. Sure, it's not as exciting and romantic as camping out for days under blankets sharing the camaraderie that line waiting brings, but it's a fuckload easier.
After losing my job last November, I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to make it. Job offers from interstate and overseas never eventuated, so the worry was misplaced.
Getting to Etihad Stadium was easy - the train stops just outside, although I had to find a internet cafe to print my ticket out. Thank the universe for the internet!
I got in just as Calling All Cars finished. I downed a few scotches and then found a nice spot mid centre of the stadium. It was pretty packed even at 7:30pm, and although I could have pushed my way further to the front, I knew there would be cameras and screens, so I just didn't feel the need to.
Wolfmother opened for them, and were really good. They kicked off with Dimension, then played a couple of new songs, then got the crowd singing with Woman. During the slow bit of White Unicorn, you know, the bit that sounds like Riders on the Storm, they actually started playing Riders of the Storm. Stockdale's voice is perfect for a Doors cover, and I'm surprised they don't do more of them. They closed with Joker & Thief.
I thought they were a brilliant selection for AC/DC's opening band. They're liked well enough by a wide range of people that people would be singing along, rocky enough to fit in with the overall vibe of the gig, yet not good enough to overpower AC/DC (if that was indeed possible).
After a short wait, the screens lit up and showed a short video of the band on a train. Full of childish innuendo and sexually suggestive images, the "train" then smashed onto the stage as the band played Rock and Roll train. Right from this very first moment I knew we were in for a rocking show!
They played another off their new album, something I'm not overly familiar with, and then got into the older tunes. Dirty Deeds, Shot down in Flames, and Thunderstruck. All the while the whole audience is singing and screaming and having a great old time.
But things really got wild when Brian started singing She's Got The Jack. The screen started showing all the girls on the guys shoulders, and up came the shirts. Brian even said "get your eyes off those titties" at one point, and then Angus started his strip. Much like Devo, these old rockers still know how to entertain.
The classics came thick and fast. The bell lowered for Hells Bells, with Brian swinging from the bottom of it. Shoot to thrill and War machine - a track I do know off Black Ice - had cool visuals with the live action on stage, but nothing was as cool as High Voltage, done as a tribute to Bon Scott with his grinning face looking down at the thousands singing along with his lyrics.
More classics - You Shook Me All Night Long, TNT and Whole Lotta Rosie, which featured a massive fat lady riding the train. Let there be Rock was where Angus got loose, and showed that even at 60 he can still play that guitar well. The encore of Highway to Hell and For those about to Rock was absolutely brilliant.
I would have liked to hear more of my favourite songs - If You Want Blood and Who Made Who would have been nice, but overall I couldn't have been happier with the set. This was what a rock concert should be like! Entertaining and fun, no matter what was played.
I felt the same after AC/DC as I did after Madness, Devo, Primal Scream and The Specials last year. Sometimes I admit I caught up in too much negativity and cynicism, and it takes old farts like these to remind me life is all about having fun. If they can do it at 60, then I should be doing it now, and keep doing it until I'm 60, too.
Friday, 5 February 2010
The only role ACA / TT play in society is to sell advertising to those too lazy to switch the channel after the news.
If you think it’s anything else, then you’re an idiot. Simple as that.
However, before you have a go at me for being “puffed up with moral superiority” I also think this of MOST journalism. Including Crikey.
Journalism has never been about the “Truth”. It’s never been about “Facts”. It’s never been about “Democracy”. It’s never been about “Reality”.
Journalism’s first and continued motivation is profit for the owners.
The very first broadsheets were advertising forums for shipping services, designed to profit those who advertised. These morphed into the first newspapers and they too were all about profit.
The very first photo published in a magazine was a montage - two images spliced together. Never mind the fact that this was the first photo published in a magazine - that wasn’t sensational enough - so they had to fake the truth of that photo.
And this sensationalism and profiteering has always existed in the media. The fact that some of it does some good in the world doesn’t excuse or counter this very basic fact about media.
If I make a good product, you’ll buy it. Likewise with media - it’s simply a product. If someone makes good media - and the definition of “good” changes with the individual - people will consume it.
When ACA expose a charlatan, don’t think for a minute they’re doing it for “the good of the people” - they want people to view the adverts and to make a profit out of that.
Likewise, Crikey’s exposure of the tactics ACA use is fantastic, but don’t think for a minute this was published for any other reason than making people want to subscribe to Crikey.
I want to expand on it later too. I think some may view this as extremely cynical, but I don't, and will explain why in a later post.