26 November

Darryn Lyons is Mayor of Geelong

Darryn Lyons

If you thought Toronto had it rough with a crack-smoking mayor, Geelong is entering the race for most colourful character in charge.

Darryn Lyons, aka Mr Paparazzi, took to the throne on Monday, ditching his signature blue mohawk for a more demure white-blond do. After a 20-year foray into the world of celebrity photography in London establishing his company Big Pictures, Lyons has returned to his pimped out pad in his hometown of Geelong, where he owns local nightclubs Eureka and Home House.

Never far from controversy, newly engaged Lyons is already in strife on day two in office, with alleged links to dodgy strip club owners and bars, though that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been following the former Big Brother contestant, who’s far from shy when it comes to talking about his party boy past.

From covering the Bosnian War to chasing celebrities as a photographer, including snapping friend Princess Di, Lyons is no doubt at home on either side of the camera.… Read more

26 November

Britney Spears: stream the new album for free

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Britney Spears

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

26 November

Skrillex and Blur out: festival favourites dropping like flies

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Skrillex

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.… Read more

26 November
25 November

The Bendigo Hotel under threat

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bendigo-hotel

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.

Who you gonna call? Changebusters!… Read more