In which the complete recorded works of the 1980s and ‘90s are compiled on one double CD set, spanning 38 tracks.
You have to give it to Easy Action. They know how to package a legacy. And Scott Morgan, of course, has had lots of legacy to restore.
Michigan’s Best Kept Musical Secret had been around the metaphorical block a few times by the time the ‘80s rolled around, but up until that point his bands hadn’t produced many recordings. If he hadn’t invented blue-eyed soul, Morgan played a big part in its arrival in the '60s when front-man for Ann Arbor’s Rationals who took a detour into soulful, pastoral-flecked psych before running out of steam.
“Touched” LP is this six-piece Wollongong band’s second full studio album release in eight years. Their last long player (“Devil at My Door”) passed by the Bar without dropping in for a beer, so I’m not up-to-speed with everything that’s occurred along the way.
The thing I know is that there’s a marked difference between “Touched” and the early “Guide To Sedation & Isolation” EP, so let’s focus on that.
You want more Bob Short? He's back with Episode 15 of The Complete History of Rock and Roll. It's entitled "More of the Same Old Same." What does that mean? You'll have to listen to find out. Tracklist after the MORE button.
Mainstream media’s full of stories about the re-birth of vinyl, but anyone with half a clue knows the format never died. What’s glossed over in all the breathless reportage about black platters is the Art of the Seven-Inch Single. Consider the facts…
Back in rock and roll’s heady days of the ‘60s - long before FM radio and the LP format took hold - singles were the deatyh or glory, one-shot-at-the-prize for many bands. The A side of a 45 was a distillation of a band’s essence. The B side was for experimenting.
Melbourne musician Steve Lucas is a big fan of the 45 and acutely aware of the place in music that the format holds.
UK proto-punk pioneers the Pink Fairies have been in the recording studio.
The current line-up - including Andy Coulquon and including Sandy Sanderson - went into Brighton Electric studios on January 18 and recorded three new songs for an upcoming record: “Skeleton Army”, “ You Lied To Me” and “Naked Radio”.
The Pinks have been playing sporadic live dates in the UK throughout 2014. No word on a release date or label but we’ll keep you informed.
The Hoodoo Gurus have announced the departure of Mark Kingsmill, their drummer for the last 30 years, from the end of March.
In a Facebook post, frontman Dave Faulkner said: “I won't invade Mark's privacy by going into elaborate detail about his reasons other than to say he feels he's had enough of this vagabond rock 'n' roll lifestyle we all lead.
“Though he still enjoys playing drums, Mark has completely lost his appetite for the endless travelling and the many hours of hotel room boredom.
“The physical demands of playing the drums as energetically as he does are also exacting a higher toll on his body than ever before. Really, who can blame him for wanting a change?”
Here’s a taste of the forthcoming studio album by garage rock pioneers the Sonics. Recorded at Seattle's Soundhouse Studios with killer producer Jim Diamond behind the controls, It will be their first LP release since 1980 and first album of all-new material since 1967.
The album will be accompanied by a US tour (check our Living Eye section at right for dates.)
One of Australia’s few remaining dangerous rock and roll bands, Brisbane's wonderful HITS, is heading out on the road again in February…and it’s all in the name of Disaster Relief.
WTF? We’ll let the band explain in its own words:
“As many of you already know 2014 was a bittersweet year us little Hitsies, but behind the scenes things went quite a bit shit.
“Gregor broke his leg quite badly, Evil is currently sporting two broken ribs and ringworm, Tam almost had her finger amputated, Stace fell off her balcony and someone tried to cut Andy's rats tail off while he was asleep. But we aint dead yet!!!
“We are hitting the road again with some of our best friends and bringin' our bullshit with us to spread across your toast like Vegemite.”
Here’s the word on the dates they’ll play. More details about venues and supports as soon as they send ‘em:
FEB 26. NEWCASTLE with FRONT END LOADER FEB 27. SYDNEY with FRONT END LOADER FEB 28. WOLLONGONG with FRONT END LOADER MAR 6. MELBOURNE with THE NEW CHRISTS MAR 7. GOLDEN PLAINS FESTIVAL (SOLD OUT) MAR 9. GEELONG with THE OBLIVIANS (USA), WARPED + More MAR 13 BRISBANE WITH MICK MEDEW AND THE RUMOURS MAR 20 ADELAIDE WITH THE MEATBEATERS MAR 21 ADELAIDE WITH THE MEATBEATERS