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Aussie Bands, Parties and More!
Sexfunk supergroup Machine Gun Fellatio are set to unleash their new album, On Ice, next month. The brats took to the airwaves recently and asked Triple J listeners to choose the first single for the album because they couldn’t decide on one themselves. Guitarist Loveshark explains, "We couldn’t make up our minds. Mostly we don’t have minds to make up. Not anymore. I had a mind but it fled. Some time ago." To his delight, the fans had their minds in tact and chose the aptly titled “Troublemaker” as the first single. A title that their record company, FMR, will no doubt agree with after being less than impressed with the band’s unorthodox approach to the decision-making process and being kept in the dark about it all. Singer Pinky Beecroft sums it up well when he says, "Look. FMR is a great record company. They’ve stood by us and they’ve always fully supported us. But you know… f**k “em." Let’s hope that the record company gets to hear the album before October 17 when it is scheduled to be released.
DOUBLE DOSE OF POWDERFINGER
Oz rockers Powderfinger are about to launch two double-sized releases set to have you camping outside your nearest record store. The first of these works, These Days: Powderfinger Live in Concert, is a Limited Edition Double Live CD that captures the band during their recent Vulture Street tour. Disc 1 features the band’s live set from their recent Sydney Entertainment Centre show, while disc 2 provides an intimate insight into the band’s sound and was recorded at an exclusive Low Key acoustic set earlier this year. This strictly limited release hits the stores on September 6. The second doubly delicious release is a Double Live DVD consisting of a concert film from the Live On Vulture Street tour and the band’s December 2003 exclusive Low Key performance. This one hits the stores on October 4. Considering the fact that their last album Vulture Street has sold over six times platinum and still counting, it might be wise to get in quick!
Bodyjar have announced Shane Wakker as their new drummer. The 20-year-old beat out a whole host of drummers from around the globe because "he hits the skins like they owe him cash." The band is currently negotiating South American and European tours while working on the follow up to Plastic Skies.
Guy Sebastian, Jet, John Butler Trio, Pete Murray and Shannon Noll have all been nominated for the Best New Australian Artist on Commercial Radio award for 2004 as part of the Australian Commercial Radio Awards. The winner will be decided by vote from commercial radio program and music directors and announced at a gala ceremony to be held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on October 16. The Awards will also include 27 other categories, which cover all areas of radio broadcasting and will be hosted by renowned Austereo radio personality Kyle Sandilands.
It has been announced that multiple Logie winner Rove McManus will host the 2004 ARIA Music Awards at the Sydney Superdome while Jet have been confirmed as the first live act to perform on the night. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 17, 2004, playing host to 2152 industry guests and over 5000 members of the general public. Industry tickets go on sale from September 9 and can be pre ordered through Susan Robertson at email@example.com , while general public tickets will be on sale from Monday September 20.
In other Rove related news, his partner Belinda Emmett has recorded a track with Marcia Hines for her new album, Hinesight. Says Emmett, “I was so flattered to be asked to sing with Marcia and so honored to be on an album with someone I have admired for so long. I think I’m Marcia’s biggest fan. Her voice is stunning and she’s such an amazing, soulful woman." The album, which was produced by John Foreman, is out on September 6.
After months of build up, Regurgitator have finally entered the bubble where they will be stuck for three weeks to record their new album. Just before he went in, the band’s drummer, Peter Kostic, gave us a low down of the items that he was taking in with him. He says, “What I’m taking into the bubble is pretty much exactly what I take on tour: my drum kit and cymbals and a very tatty looking bag that has my clothes in it. I’ll leave the techo stuff up to the other guys. That’s their field of expertise.” You can catch Peter and the rest of the crew live from 5.30–6 p.m. daily on Channel [V] (repeats at 9.30 p.m. and 7.30 a.m. the following day). Those of you lucky enough to have Foxtel Digital can catch all of the action 24 hours a day on Channel 802.
For those in Sydney, a twin set of free music industry seminars will be taking place on Monday September 13 at the Enmore Theatre. Melbourne-based music lawyer Phil Dwyer (whose new book, "When The Writ Hits The Fan," which covers 30 years of a broad range of contentious Australian music business lawsuits, has just been released) will speak, as will noted LA-based producer/engineer Roger Sommers and Cold Chisel manager and famed industry veteran Rod Willis. It all kicks off at 5 p.m. with an hour’s introductory "Meet & Greet South by Southwest" mixer, followed by a three-hour intensive session from 6 p.m-9 p.m. on "How to Avoid The Scams & Shams of the Music Industry." The lovable Phil Tripp will moderate the free session and no bookings will be required if you want to attend.
“CHICKS WITH DECKS” GIVEAWAY
Wake up Sydney! The chicks are back and this time they’re armed with some heavy-duty artillery of the deck variety! In what is set to become one of the most spectacular parties of 2004, Chicks With Decks is making an astonishing comeback to UN Nightclub on Saturday, September 25. Initially held as a one off party back in July, which was headlined by arguably Australia’s most popular female DJ, Kate Monroe, the growing demand by punters ever since has brought it back from the dead to make way for another night of clubbing bliss. The “chicks” will take clubbers on a wild musical journey in the UN House room while the 2nd room will feature the usual uplifting dance that UN is well known for. This is an exclusive showcase event so only those with VIP passes can be guaranteed entry. We have a whole bunch of these passes to giveaway. If you’d like to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 24. All winners will be notified by email and will be treated to FREE entry and FREE cocktails from 10 p.m. on the night. This promises to be one of the parties of the year so don’t miss out! Sydneysiders, you have been warned!