EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: September 20th, 2013

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Another week of shake-ups in the local festival scene here in Australia with the cancellation of Harvest Festival and the probably not coincidental announcement that AJ Maddah (Soundwave, Harvest) had become a partner in Big Day Out with Ken West and US company C4. It seems a bit strange that one week Maddah is bemoaning the indie-centric BDO lineup as one reason for Harvest’s slow ticket sales and then the next week he cancels the Harvest dates and the BDO partnership is made public. Obviously the deal would have been in negotiation and discussion for a long period and Maddah would have been privy to the BDO line-up a long time ago. Regardless it could be a good thing in the long run. The BDO assimilates more indie type acts to balance the rock elements and Soundwave becomes the premier hard rock/metal touring festival. Laneway is growing every year and that too should benefit from Harvest being off the calendar. Speaking of Laneway, their first line-up announcement happens next Tuesday.

In terms of new releases this week there only a couple of notable ones that have caught my ear. The wonderful folk voice of Nathaniel Rateliff, Elvis Costello & The Roots’ LP sounds like it might deliver, Mark Lanegan’s covers album Imitations (he should be singing the Great American Songbook, not Rod) and Crystal Stilts maintain their quality output on Nature Noir.

In my daily trawl of the net and via the deluge of band, record company and publicist emails there are often bands that jump out as having something that catches your ear before you have a chance to hit delete or skip. Two in particular stood out this week in The Golden Awesome out of Wellington, NZ and The Grand Rapids from Melbourne, AU. Both deal in psychedelic flavoured rock and shoegaze but they’re coming at it from different angles. See what you think.

Next week Swervedriver kick off their Australian tour playing their seminal album Raise in full plus various other highlights from the back catalogue.

September
Thu 26th – Brisbane – The Zoo
+ support We All Want To / Mosman Alder
Fri 27th – Sydney – Metro Theatre
+ supports Charlie Horse / Greta Mob (Bom Aterg)
Sat 28th – Melbourne – Corner Hotel
+ supports Iowa / White Walls
Sun 29th – Melbourne – Northcote Social Club
+ supports Infinite Void / Lunaire
October
Wed 2nd – Adelaide – The Gov
+ supports Horror My Friend / No Action
Thu 3rd – Perth* – Rosemount Hotel

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NEWS: Buffalo Springfield to play Bridge School Concert…

Exciting news in the world of Neil Young with the announcement of this year’s Bridge School benefit concert line-ups. The biggie is that three of the surviving members of Buffalo Springfield will reunite for 2 sets, something they haven’t done for 42 years.

Buffalo Springfield was Young’s first entrance into the contemporary music scene in the US in the late 60s. The band featured Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina and though they only released three albums (Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Again and Last Time Around) they were widely considered one of the most important bands of the time – attracting the nickname  ‘The American Beatles’.

Bassist Bruce Palmer passed away in 2004 as did drummer Dewey Martin last year and reports at this stage suggest the remaining trio will play acoustically without guitarist Jim Messina.

LINEUP

Oct. 23

  • Buffalo Springfield
  • Pearl Jam
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Elvis Costello
  • Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson
  • Jackson Browne with David Lindley
  • Billy Idol
  • Modest Mouse
  • Grizzly Bear

Oct. 24

  • Buffalo Springfield
  • Pearl Jam
  • Elvis Costello
  • Modest Mouse
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Elton John and Leon Russell, who will be part of T Bone Burnett’s Speaking Clock Revue, also featuring Stanley, Costello, Neko Case and “Crazy Heart” star Jeff Bridges.

The Bridge School shows will again be held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Tickets go on sale Sunday on Ticketmaster.

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