Last week we reported that the Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood was under threat, after a complaint from a neighbour about the noise of the awesomely noisy bands.
The owners met with VCAT and set up a petition for locals to protest the proposed closure. They report back:
“We had a phenomenal response with over 10,000 signatures in 48 hours! Your support played a pivotal role in stalling the Yarra Council’s interim order in VCAT and working with the Bendigo to find a solution. We are still in negotiations with Council, but things are looking good and all future gigs will be rocking on. We’ll let you know when we have completed negotiations and what else we can all do to ensure all live music venues in Melbourne are better protected in the future.”
Dear the Internet,
In case you’ve not heard as yet, the Big Day Out have responded to the departure of Blur from the 2014 line up with not one, not two, but three bands: US metallers Deftones, Swedish power-pop-punkers the Hives, and Beady Eye, aka The Last Lineup Of Oasis Plus Some Guys Minus The One That Knew What A Tune Was.
It’s a bold and exciting move that should placate approximately zero point none per cent of the ticket holders irked by the departure of the Britpop legends a week or so back.
Why is that? Well, it’s because of the graceful interplay of fan enthusiasm for all the different elements involved, which I have illustrated graphically because I am very talented:
My impressively professional-quality use of free online Venn diagram creators can be broken down as follows:
1. Some Hives fans are Blur fans, some Deftones fans are Hives fans, but no Blur fans are Deftones fans.
2. While there are many Blur and Hives fans, the act of complaining about Blur pulling out has more fans than both bands combined, and
3. There is no such thing as a Beady Eye fan, and anyone who claims otherwise is being deeply sarcastic.… Read more
Itself inspired by Nuit Blanche – the dusk to dawn festival that began in France and spread to Berlin, Havana, Barcelona, St Petersburg, Naples, Cairo, Buenos Aires and other cities – White Night premiered in Melbourne in February 2013, drawing crowds of over 300,000 to the CBD.It’s expected to attract half a million in February 2014 and has stretched to a larger area to accommodate this.
A little influence may also have crept in from Hobart’s phenomenally well acclaimed Dark Mofo festival, particularly with the addition of a crepuscular beam that will be visible from all over Melbourne. It’s constructed so that you can walk under it. Then there’s the pedestrian bridge across the Yarra, which will have a sci-fi style vortex to walk through. Illuminations and installations will once again be a key factor of White Night.
We’re gathered today in what’s been dubbed the Northern Lights district, being the northern end of Swanston Street that’s been added to ease congestion on the night. There will be a big stage here, as well as one in Bourke Street Mall dedicated to music.… Read more
Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, will be surprising tourists and office workers in Federation Square’s Urban Amphitheatre today at 12.30 with an acoustic set. Not you, though. You’ll be ready.
He’s had a big year, with a sold-out tour and his single ‘Let Her Go’ topping the charts across 16 countries. In Australia alone it went seven-times platinum, so you can expect Fed Square to fill up pretty swiftly once people get wind of this.
Dear The Internet,
With the ARIAs just around the corner excitement about the Australian music industry generally has shot feverishly up to “lukewarm” – a level of tepid passion that will reach its climax on Sunday at the biz’s night of nights, when the nation’s brightest musical stars come out to shine on digital television.
Since the ARIAs are financially supported an industry who’ve mainly survived the lsat few years by trading promo CDs for packets of ramen, the 2013 budget has been necessarily tight – but fortunately they’ve gotten some actual Australian dollars via the support of government and industry in the creation of a handful of exciting new awards which will be making their debut this weekend.
The Spotify Award for Greatest Online Royalty Earnings
In a celebration of the New Musical Income Model, in which old-economy things like “records” and “touring” are considered loss leaders for the lucrative possibilities of “exposure” and “buzz”, this award will eventually be given to first Australian artist to receive a three-figure royalty cheque from streaming services. The $60 prize voucher is expected to accumulate each year until that threshold is reached, meaning that the eventual winner will take home an estimated $6,000.
The Department of Immigration Award for [Redacted]
When asked who was nominated for this mysterious new award, immigration minister Scott Morrison angrily insisted that the nominations were an operational matter and therefore classified.… Read more
Melbourne Music Week went out with a 12-hour bang on Sunday, wrapping up one hell of a (nine day) week of live music and events.
Red Bull Music Academy proves it still knows how to party, loading up three trams with music fans from Howler, the Corner Hotel and the Espy for an hour of DJs and dancing as the trams bee-lined through the city before the final stop off at the Residence.
For 12 solid hours, the Music Week hub was taken over by the ultimate wrap up party, Discolypse, with afro-beats and funk from international acts Awesome Tapes From Africa, Tako, Invisible City Soundsystem and homegrown locals Andras Fox, Jamie Bennett, Kano Hollamby, Ennio Styles and Elvix Aljus.… Read more
You can stream Britney’s audaciously AutoTuned new album – Britney Jean – on iTunes ahead of its release this week. First track, ‘Alien’, was leaked a week ago, but that’s no big dealio since you can actually listen to the whole thing. Second track ‘Work Bitch’ sees Brit channelling Keith from the Prodigy (although the effect she was going for may have been Rihanna), so make sure you persevere that far. Britney’s been working with will-i.am and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia, so unsurprisingly it’s an album aimed at club dance-floors – check out massive tunes ‘It Should Be Easy’ and ‘Tik Tik Boom’ (not to be confused with Chk Chk Boom). Good cheesy fun.… Read more
Ahhh… we do not like reporting more bad news for local music festivals, but there’s been two big hits in about as many days. First Blur announced they were pulling out of the Big Day Out, writing on their Facebook page: “Only 8 weeks to go, the band feels that with the constantly shifting goalposts and challenging conditions of the organisers, they can’t let it drag on any longer and want to make this announcement, to be clear to Blur fans that they won’t be there. We’ve done our very best to work with the organisers and considered every option to make it happen, but they’ve let us down and let everyone else down too.”
And now Dog Blood will no longer be performing at Stereosonic, after one half of the duo – DJ Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex – pulled out. According to a statement from Stereosonic: “Sonny Moore of Dog Blood has expressed his regret towards the announcement: ‘Due to unfortunate circumstances that are beyond my control, I won’t be able to make the Dog Blood Stereosonic dates this year. For the record, I love the Stereosonic team and the One Love crew who puts on these events and this has nothing to do with them on their side.’”
In ‘Some Solace’ news: Dog Blood’s other half, Alex Ridha, will perform as Boys Noize at the festival.… Read more
The latest music venue under threat from local residents (or, in this case, resident) is the Bendigo Hotel. Beloved pitstop of punk bands the country over, it’s on the receiving end of an official complaint.
Says a representative: “The Bendigo Hotel is under threat of being closed down because of one new resident complaining to the City of Yarra. The Council has decided to take the Bendigo Hotel to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and try to stop live music at the venue from Wednesday 27 November 2013. This will have a devastating affect to the local live music scene, community and economy.
We request the City of Yarra recognise the importance of the Bendigo Hotel and help protect live music venues in the area.”
The Bendy folk are meeting VCAT this afternoon to see what gives, but in the meantime they need your signature.
It takes the wind out of one to wake to the news that one of the planet’s greatest songwriters has died. It’s especially galling when it’s Lou Reed, a man who really should have lived forever given the comprehensive going over he gave his body during the last 71 years. You certainly can’t accuse him of not having lived.
There are a slew of obituaries popping up (Rolling Stone’s is especially good) talking about his life and work, but let’s concentrate on five reasons why you, the casual Reed-o-phile, should be feeling this as keenly as any devoted fan.
I’m Waiting for the Man, 1967
This ode to tardy smack dealers was on the first Velvet Underground album,The Velvet Underground & Nico, and was pretty much every garage band that ever came after. There’s not a bad track on the first two Velvet’s albums (and not much wrong with the subsequent ones either), and this could have been ‘Venus in Furs’, ‘Heroin’, ‘Sunday Morning’, ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’, ‘White Light/White Heat’ or pretty much any other cut. But: that beat!
Perfect Day, 1972
The David Bowie-produced Transformer was Reed’s second post-Velvets solo album and start to finish probably his finest piece of work.… Read more