Gospel Gigs

Thinner wallets ahoy!
Disclaimer: If you’re saving your doll hairs, then feel free to read this post because no live show in their right mind would accept doll hair as a valid currency. But if you’re saving your dollars, then don’t torture yourself, unless you’re into that, OR unless you’re saving your dollars FOR CONCERTS!

We’ve well and truly entered that season of lineup announcement hysteria. Every email from frontier touring company, every festival post, every tweet clogging up my feed is punctuated by fan-girl screams and menacing laughs of debt collectors. So spend wisely and come to one of these wiv meeeee

Tofu-totin’ Smiths frontman, MORRISSEY, is coming! He’s doing an East Coast tour (take that Perth, ya jerks!) and Sydney has lucked out with 2 shows- one at Enmore, one at the Opera House. Recent reviews indicate that he’s still got IT and refuses to give IT back.
And with no new songs, this isn’t one of those shows where a haggard, creatively-zombified star-of-yester forces their recent ‘hits’ down your ear-stomach. The guy is 53 and still has a croon that could probably beat you at singstar AND would potentially get a Mark Holden touchdown. He’s also apparently retiring at 55, so it could be your last chance to see him.

Morrissey, Enmore Theatre 21st December, Sydney Opera House 22nd December, Price: Not sure, does it matter?
Presale tickets on the 24th September hereUPDATE: i wrote this a while back and it’s sold out, making this article pointless and potentially fuel for anger and vitriol (yew BlUeJuIcE!!).

Roy Orbison reincarnate, Alex Zhang Hungtai, aka, Dirty Beaches, is coming out for his debut Australian tour in February. He’ll bring his post-rockabilly hybrid creation reminiscent of Elvis with flecks of Joy Division to the FBi Social. Tickets here.

One half of The Go-Betweens, Robert Forster is playing at The Vanguard on November 9th and 10th. The brief says “For this very special show, his first after taking a year off from performance, Robert will be appearing solo and he shall be presenting a sparkling cross section of his catalogue – old, recent, borrowed, and new, to mark this occasion.” It’s off the back of a Go-Betweens Best Of, i can almost smell the Spring Rain. Tickets here.

RIP Grant McLennan

Remember my spruiking of Bored Nothing? Well he/they have been doing some shows, i missed the last one up here and i’m determined to not make the same mistake twice. He’s playing at the relaunch of Purple Sneakers’ new Sydney night ‘Discovery’ which Step-Panther are headlining. Not bad at all for $12. More info here


Housekeeping – Apology / Snacks to Bide You Over

Just when i was building some consistency, i fold like a Ben.
I’m a current victim of the end-of-semester student serial-butt-head. But i’ll be back and regular in a few days time, with a frequency that could heat your food with questionable safety.

In the mean time, here’s a few special treats i picked up from the servo just for you:

Breakbot feat. Irfane – 1 Out Of 2

My ben-friend Ben (not Folds, he’s not a folder, in fact he hates folders, he’s more of a binder-kinda-guy) introduced me to the deadly Breakbot – Irfane combo one night and i swear i didn’t poop for a week, in a good way. I think it was because everything inside of me wanted to keep listening to Baby I’m Yours, including my fecal matter.

Well they’re back and so’s the Metamucil. Disco-droppin’, Club-bangin’, Romp-pomp-a-chompn’ berry-bliss-balls.

R.L Jones – Everybody wants to be your friend

Sound Doctrine were kind enough to share this beaut; Rohin Jones from Middle East fame has released a Kurt-Viley, The War On Drugs-ish, poppy-er, track and i don’t care what you say- i’m double dipping.

Speaking of The War on Drugs and Ben Folds and not pooping, Harvest got announced this week!

Again, poaching quality over quantity, they’ve nabbed Beck, Sigur Rós, Grizzly Bear, The Black Angels, The Dandy Warhols, Beirut, Santigold and some other cool dudes. Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane is oddly high on the bill as well, either my perceptions of musician’s status is out of whack or maybe it was like a condition of playing- own trailer and ego-massaging 3rd spot on bill.

And i also got you a curly-wurly :)

Gospel Gigs: Mayyyyyy(te)

Being May and all, the month of fertility, it’s pretty applicable that The Darkness are here, with there sultry stares set to impregnate. Lock up your daughters/girlfriends/wives/mothers?, Justin Hawkins is coming (dangerous pun territory). It’s not to late to get a one way ticket to hell…and back, they’re playing UNSW Roundhouse of all places.

The Darkness (with Voodoo Suns), Sunday 6th – University of NSW Roundhouse ($72 through Ticketek)

FISHING are bringing the tang, and it’s freeee. FREE TANG! (I’m pretty sure it’s free, and if it isn’t, it’s definitely cheap, and if it isn’t than maybe you and me have different ideas on what is cheap and what isn’t, or different priorities, or are in different financial situations. Perhaps you should write up a budget, consult financial help, you know, get your life together. It’s gonna be ok, i’ll even shout you the entry, but you’re paying for your own tang man.)

FISHING (with Albatross & Nakagin), Friday 11th – Beach Road Hotel (PROBABLY FREE)

Destined 2012-hullaballoo stirrers, OPOSSOM, make music by day and parties by night (unbeknownst to most, it was the party industry that kept Australia afloat during the GFC). Lucky for us, the’ve decided to throw out their cycle and make some music at night for us, which means we’ll have to make the party for them instead.

OPOSSOM (with Kill City Creeps and Bloods), Wednesday 16th – GoodGod Small Club ($13 through Moshtix)

Taken from Brooklyn Vegan

The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Nuf said.

BJM (with the Raveonettes), Thursday 17th – Metro Theatre (SOLD OUT), Saturday 26th – Oxford Art Factory ($72 through Moshtix)

Gospel Gigs: Vivid: LIVE


Seekae are sleekae. For Seekae trims and doos, contact their management. Photo from Rice is Nice

I’m convinced Vivid: LIVE organisers are involved in some vertical integration plot with hysteria medication and credit card companies.
If their was a school subject called ‘get really good bands to come play in Australia at the opera house, oh but the opera house has to be lit up’ then they’d probably top their class, or at least get band fives or sumfin. But no, instead we’ve got maths and english; the BOS just don’ get it.

There’s a whole bunch of teeth-melting incredibility on the bill-bo baggins (that’s hobbit for bill), buuuuut my picks are as follows:

2 June. Tickets from $59.
3Delightful. Amon Tobin’s conquering audiovisual experience, nay, enlightenment.

BRYCE DESSNER, NICO MUHLY & SUFJAN STEVENS (USA) – A VIVID LIVE commission with The Barbican London & Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
28 – 30 May. Tickets from $59.
It doesn’t specify what kind of collaboration is going on here; my money is on sitcom or thank-god-you’re-here improv.

26 – 27 May. Tickets from $59.
Man oh man.

MODULAR NIGHT – Tom Vek , Jonathan Boulet & Kindness (UK, AUS)
26 May. Tickets $45.
Tom Vek can fit his full name on the screen when bowling. I don’t now who Kindness are but i’m wary of them and their duel citizenship.

27 May. Tickets $30.
Seekae! Sick aye? See (what i did there)kae? Sneekae. One of the best Australian bands going around at the mo.

Check out the full lineup (which includes Karen O, Temper Trap, Florence & the Machine, Zola Jesus, Efterklang and more), here.