This could be dangerous if the beer is cold

 
Australia's summer is cranking up and so is live music. Thirsty cowpunks The Johnnys are celebrating their relese from COVID lockdown by playing their first Sydney show in more than two years. They'll be at Mary's Underground (formerly The Basement) at Circular Quay on Saturday, January 8 with raunch machine White Knuckle Fever and country rockers Broham (fronted by Simon Chainsaw.) Tickets are here.

Top Tens for 2021: Joey Bedlam of DollSquad

Top Ten albums from Joey Bedlam, vocalist for Melbourne-based garage band DollSquad.

  1. Shutdown 66 – ‘’Come on girl gimme half a chance’’
  1. Le Beat Bespoke V9 (compilation by New Untouchables)
  1. Rough n Tumble – ‘’Eyes on the Road’’
  1. The Smoggers – ‘’Funeral’’
  1. The Laissez Fairs – ‘’Curiosity Killed the Cat’’
  1. The Seeds – ‘’Butterfly Child’’
  1. Calidoscopio – “Get Ready’’
  1. The Chevelles – ‘’Steve McQueen (I wish I was)”
  1. Sonny Vincent – ‘’Snake Pit Therapy’’
  1. Steve Lucas – ‘’Joshua Tree’’ (because it’s a great song about The Joshua Tree and because it’s a Christmas song!!!)

Top Tens for 2021: Sydney's Celebrity Roadie Peter "Rossy" Ross

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If like me, it was hard for you to get out of the house this year and experience live music, I found myself sitting on the couch watching too much TV… It wasn’t until I put together this list I realised I watch w-a-a-a-a-y too much TV…

Anyway, here’s a list of some of the music and music related documentaries I managed to consume in my COVID-19 lockdown. Let’s hope we can get some more gigs in next year.

To give you all a break I excluded every politics documentary I consumed, and didn’t include any of the hundreds, and possibly thousands, of music technology-related YouTube channels I’ve been glued to. I hope you can find something on this list you haven’t seen before...

The Johnnys aiming to put the sin back into St Kilda

 
Portable party The Johnnys are responding to the calls from Melbourne to return and play their first show in that fair town in almost three years. January 22 will find them at St Kilda Sports Club with their unique cowpunk sounds poised to get the local populace drinking and dancing. They'll be supported by locals Burn in Hell and The Lewvis Presley Experience and tickete arehere here.

New Johnny Casino single a taste of the album to come

 

"Another Girl" is the latest Johnny Casino track, and has been released digitally today via Golden Robot Records. It is the first single from his February 2022 release "5x7 the Days of Wine and Cola". The Spain-based expatriate former member of Asteroid B612, The Egos, Easy Action and his own Johnny Casino and The Secrets wrote "Another Girl" as a moody acoustic piece  -until it found its way into the recording studio on the Costa Blanca in Spain. Here, a fire had been lit underneath it, a couple of bottles of wine poured all over it and an inspired electric guitar burned into it by Johnny and his band. Stay tuned for news about the album.

 

Exalted blues noise rockers feedtime plan two sets in return to live shows

feedtime bowlo 2setsHey Sydneysiders! After COVID did its best to sink it, the "extreme dream team" pairing of feedtime and Examplehead at Marrickville Bowling Club, originally scheduled for June, has been re-scheduled to January 22...and both bands are determined to make it a very special night.

Ticket numbers were limited for the show that was originally scheduled in June 2021. A handful, surrendered by fans unable to attend the new date, remain for sale online. 
 
Once they're gone, online sales will cease and admission will be $20 at the door on the night, on a "first come, first served" basis, until venue capacity is reached.
 
The other important thing you need to know is that feedtime will play two sets - the first from 8.30pm. Examplehead will follow (approximately 9.30pm) and feedtime will close the night.

feedtime is an institution with their unique and extreme version of the blues being renowned around the world. Formed in Sydney in 1979, they manifested in various line-ups and made it to the USA after the SubPop label re-issued their back catalogue in 2008.

Examplehead were an inner-city staple in Sydney and existed from 1985-90. They lay dormant for 30 years before reforming in 2020, minus late Greg Garnder who passed away three years earlier.

Online tickets are here. If they're gone, join the Facebook event or mark the date in your calendar - and turn up promptly at 8pm.

Top Tens for 2021: The Barman of The I-94 Bar

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The Barman’s Best Albums of 2021, in reverse order of release.

1. Back For More – The On and Ons (Citadel)
Perfect rocking powerpop from Australia’s most consistent exponents of the art. If you haven’t heard them yet, shame. Start here and track backwards.

2. Snake Pit Therapy – Sonny Vincent (Svart)
New York punk’s (almost) last man standing bounces back with his best-sounding and arguable most well-rounded album ever. Sonny has been hidden in plain sight for the many for far too long.

3. You’re Class, I’m Trash – The Monsters (Voodoo Rhythm)
Beat-Man and his buddies have made trash an art form like few others before them. This record should make a junkie of you.

Top Tens for 2021: Steve Lucas of X

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X singer-guitarist and solo artist in his own right, Steve Lucas, has selected 10 X songs that fit with a COVID-19 theme.

  1. Where Did I Go Wrong?
  2. The Feel.
  3. At Home With You
  4. Waiting
  5. Suck Suck
  6. Home Is Where The Floor Is
  7. Revolution
  8. Police
  9. I Don't Wanna Go Out
  10. Hate City.

Steve: "Titles and lyrics cover the whole pandemic, to my mind at least. Merry Xmas!"

 

The art and tragically unnecessary death of Martin Harris

MartinHarris1How best to remember Melbourne graphic Martin Harris who left the world a week ago?

The Barman has asked a few of us to write about our Top Tens this year. Well, like most of us, I didn't go out much, and didn't listen to much either.  However, one thing which has dominated this year is depression and its many variants.

What has this to do with rock and roll?  Plenty. If you don;t agree, you can't have been listening to the greats, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Cash, New Order, Amy Winehouse... 

See, I've always thought the impulse to create rawk is only a single manifestation of what I call 'the creative imperative'. This imperative is stronger in some than others, of course. But if you would take the imperative to success on a gigamax scale, you not only need luck, you need determination, hard work AND more luck. 

Queen, for example, were so determined to succeed that before they were gigamax they rehearsed in their stage gear. They worked hard for their success. Ask any musician: songs don't just drop from trees, fully formed. Some folk are stupidly talented, but with most creatives, genius rarely spontaneously happens.

Anyone reading “Get in the Van” gets an idea of how determined Rollins has been to succeed. What do P.G. Wodehouse, W.E. Johns and Dick Francis have in common? They wrote at least a book a year (Johns sometimes churned out three or four per year). But not only did they each have a lot of luck, they all worked damned hard. (Alright, so PG had several flops and weathered two gigantic, very public (and bloody funny) scandals but even so).

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