Big Boss Benefit to be headed by The Mark of Cain, Iron Sheiks

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If you’re are in Adelaide on Friday, June 7 then get on down to Fowlers Live where The Mark Of Cain will be performing a very rare live show in benefit of their good friend and original vocalist Rod Archer, aka Big Boss, who is battling cancer.

The Iron Shieks  - another former band of Rod's that’s pictured above - will be reforming and rounding out the all-Adelaide bill will be The Plague (reforming for this show only) and Crackling Static Fuzz.

Bring your money with you as there's be merchandise and some special artwork for sale including rarities from the Cosmic Psychos. Attendance numbers will be limited to 500. Tickets are just $25 and available here. The Facebook event is here.

 

The Fools to release posthumous CD single

sandmanRemember that long lost album by The Fools that we told you about? Sales of a cache of forgotten copies of the long-defunct Newcastle band’s CD album have funded the pressing of a posthumous single.

“Jesus Drives a Sandman” is a two-track CD single dedicated to vocalist John Robertson who took his life back in the ‘90s, also bringing down the curtain on the band. The full story is here.

We’ve been granted a preview of the single and can tell you it’s much in the vein of the music on the “In Heat” album - so that makes it essential.

You can pre-order copies for $A9.90 each. Postage is $2.10 within Australia or $7.40 overseas. It will sell out so e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. without delay. The band is considering pressing this on vinyl if there’s sufficient demand.

Screamin' Stevie gets his digital download thing on

leftys liveBrisbane’s off-the-wall garage soul master, Screamin’ Stevie, has dived head-first into the digital world with two name-your-own-price albums, one of originals and the other of cover tunes.

The “Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall” releases are live recordings from October 2014 and are now available via Screamin’s Bandcamp site. They’re being released ahead of a full-blown studio album (probably on vinyl) and a flurry of live shows around Brisbane in May-June.

Heya Bar - Friday May 8
Heya Bar - Friday May 22
Heya Bar - Friday May 29
Greaser - Friday June 19
Ric's Bar - Saturday July 4

You'll find the digital albums and various other Screamin' Stevie releases here.

 

Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside and Outside of AC/DC By Mark Evans (Allen & Unwin)

dirty deedsA quick trawl through the memory banks shows that AC/DC books have figured more prominently on my personal playlist in recent years than almost any others. You’re entitled to ask why.

It’s not that I’m a fan of the band or anything like that. The personal take on them runs along these lines:

Their music is formulaic in a way other “band brands” like the Ramones have never been. Yes, the drummer (Phil Rudd most prominently) swings like the proverbial shithouse door in a cyclone, but there’s not much else doing in the songs apart from well-meshed, chugging riffs. The lyrics were inane (not always a bad thing), the solos predictable (one man’s classic is another man’s so-so), and the whole package was seemingly contrived (songs about venereal disease, schoolboys chucking browneyes) to attrract and repel a certain broad audience. Americans especially took to them in a way they never did with punk.

Frontman Bon Scott had a certain lewd charm but it always seemed that The Powers That Be (that’d be Malcolm and Angus) imposed a certain way of doing things – and god help anyone who wanted to depart from the template. 

Adventurous is one thing they have never been but, fuck, they have marketed themselves well.  

So why read books about them? 

Cheap Trick tribute looms on Aussie label

cheap trick tribPerth’s powerpop label punching way above its weight, Zero Hour Records, has announced a double CD tribute to Cheap Trick.

The 38-song collection includes music from The Affections, Rob Smith and Danny McCarthy, Plasticsoul and Spike Priggen and is due out on May 22.

Pre-orders get a swag of extras and you can take the plunge here

You can also pick up dirt cheap stuff from Dom Mariani (his unplugged acoustic album is an underrated gem), Turnaround and a slew of lesser-known acts from the garage-pop underground.

2015 is looking distinctly fuzzy

fuzztones logoThat most durable of bands from the ‘80s revival of acid punk, The Fuzztones, are primed for a bumper 35th anniversary year with a European tour and a flurry of record releases.  

UK label Easy Action is releasing the 5-CD boxset "Psychodrama” any tick of the clock now. It will include several previously out-of-print classics, with some new artwork, new photos, liner notes and bonus tracks. Also included will be a 7” single of the infamous Live with Screamin' Jay Hawkins & The Fuzztones EP, as well as a Fuzztones DVD capturing one of the band's greatest performances. It is available for pre-order here.

Not to be outdone, US label, Cleopatra, will be releasing a 3 LP boxset entitled "Alive & Deadly", which includes the Screaming Jay & Fuzztones 12" EP, "Fuzztones Gonn Primitive" (The Fuzztones & Craig Moore LIVE!) and a never-before-released live show from 1984 featuring several songs the band never recorded.

Last but not least, Germany's Houndgawd label will be re-releasing the classic “Lysergic Emanations” LP on vinyl, including bonus tracks from the 1985 John Peel radio sessions. An August release date is planned.

Watch the I-94 Bar for live dates. 

King Khan and BBQ Show bring their bad news Down Under

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The raucous rock ‘n’ roll legends that are The King Khan & BBQ Show have announced Australian side shows to their Splendour In The Grass festival appearance.

They’ll play gigs in Sydney and Melbourne in celebration of their recently released album “Bad News Boys”, their first in five years.

The fabled duo of singer/guitarist King Khan and drummer/singer/guitarist Mark Sultan made their Australian debut at the request of Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson for the 2010 Vivid Festival - and promptly hit the wall.

Blank Generation by Pete Astor (Bloomsbury - 33 1/3 series)

blank generation bookWell, this is going to be interesting…

See, the Barman scores books by McGarretts, with three being the top score.

So, the book (one of the 33 1/3 series about "classic" albums) gets TWO separate scores, for two separate reasons. It’s up to you to figure out if I’m being fair or not.

However, I’m not quite sure how to imagine half a Steve McGarrett. Which would be the least offensive do you think, the top or the bottom half..?

You see, the reason Astor gets a half McGarrett is because it’s a bloody effort to read. Astor is now an academic, no longer an enthusiastic and rebellious teen, and there is way too much turf, not enough surf. Astor’s haphazard organisation is apparently designed to prevent you reading it, and he apparently has neither enough understanding of either the time (which is just plain weird) or the impact the LP had, and there is certainly too much literary analysis where it seems superfluous.

Supersuckers call off double-headed Oz tour with BellRays

That highly-anticipated Australian tour by the Supersuckers and the BellRays in May has been canned.

In a statement on their Facebook over the weekend, Supersuckers said that “contractual issues” made it impossible for them to make the trip.

Promoters Nightmare Music say refunds are available from the point of purchase and added: “We hope to bring The BellRays back to Australia in the coming months for their third headline tour of Australia…Details will be announced in the coming months."

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