Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Closing the Tote was a symptom of a broader disease

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

When people bought discs and tapes, fans of smaller bands cheered them on to reach a bigger audience – they spoke to us so they’d speak to other people – they deserved to break through and be heard.

When Nirvana did that it seemed like a victory for underground. The people who believed they REALLY listened to music and knew what rocknroll was about felt vindicated as the mainstream embraced grunge and a degree of alternative chic.

In Christmas 1995 I went to midnight mass with my cousins in Charters Towers then we wandered over to the town’s nightspot, Club 69, to see what was doing. It was cranking – a huge crowd was impressively drunk and there were strippers taking over the dance floor every few songs. It was appalling, but at the same time the wildness of it was pretty fucken cool. (more…)

Cat Power vs the Gold Coast

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The Gold Coast hospital gets a lot of work from the Coolangatta Hotel. Local surfers and assorted derros get liquored up and punch on, then end up in the emergency department.

A lot of bands play there – it’s the pick of the Gold Coast’s live music venues. Its name is a throwback to the 70s and 80s glory days when people still came out in numbers to see live music – most of it Australian.

I’ve ducked it for most of my period of exile on the coast – it causes my wife so many late night work call-ins that ‘the Cooly’ is about as popular in my house as smoking and riding without a helmet.

But I went, for Cat Power. (more…)

That ain’t rock & roll

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

One Saturday night I got a message from Splendour in the Grass stating: “Birds of Tokyo: worst band ever.” (more…)