Industrial Strength

Posted 15 Aug 2013 @ 2:55pm

13 Melbourne bands have teamed up to put together an online compilation album called The D-Files to showcase their music. It will be a free download from Bandcamp.


The involved bands are Damn Terran, The Pretty Littles, La Bastard, The Battery Kids, Shoot The Sun, The Harlots, Seri Vida, Yard Apes, Digger and The Pussycat, Euphoriacs, Hounds Hounds Hounds, San Gras and Midnight...

Posted 15 Aug 2013 @ 12:43pm

Bruce Springsteen seemed to have had such a good time on his 2013 Australian tour – his first for ten years – that it looks likely he’ll be back early next year for the second leg of his Wrecking Ball tour.


According to a report, he’ll do six arena shows through the country with the Melbourne date at AAMI Park on Saturday February 15. The report also says that the opening act...

Posted 14 Aug 2013 @ 11:47am

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) this morning announced two major changes for this year’s  Independent Music Awards.


Carlton Dry has come in as the major sponsor for the awards (as well as for the AIR weekly charts). Until now, the awards were sponsored by Jagermeister.


Andy Meldrum, general manager of CUB (Carlton United Breweries)...

Posted 12 Aug 2013 @ 9:19am

Snakadaktal’s debut album Sleep In The Water has come into the ARIA album chart this week at #9.


Things have certainly changed for the band. Their self-titled EP made it all the way up to #78 in December 2011 before doing a U-turn and stampeding out.
Also making a debut this week was Pez, whose One Life featuring Tys, came in at #52. It is his sixth Top 100 entry...

Posted 8 Aug 2013 @ 11:22am

Bill Putt, long time bassist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with Spectrum, died yesterday of a heart attack. He was chopping wood at his home in Melbourne.


The lanky musician with the walrus moustache teamed up with Mike Rudd in the progressive rock Spectrum, which formed in Melbourne in August 1969. One of the first songs that Rudd wrote, the chart topping I’ll Be Gone...

Posted 8 Aug 2013 @ 10:58am

Loon Lake are the first Australian act to sign with the newly established Caroline Label Services, and will release their debut album Gloamer in October.


According to the band, Gloamer is that time “after sunset and before dark” – “a moment of hope and want and the prospect of what’s to come.”
Written during sessions on the Victorian coast and in Bali, the album...

Posted 5 Aug 2013 @ 10:37am

Inertia has bought 50% of Grant Gillies’ Melbourne-based Gaga Music. Gaga is an independent music publisher, music publisher, licensing agency and rights management business representing over 20,000 copyrights in Australia and New Zealand. Set up in 2007, it represents artists, songwriters, publishing houses and record labels from all corners of the globe.


Colin Daniels,...

Posted 5 Aug 2013 @ 10:14am

Former Taxiride singer and songwriter Jason Singh has signed with Ambition Records/EMI Music, it was announced this morning.


His solo album Humannequin is out on Friday September 20. The lead-off single Hold On Forever will impact radio Monday August 12 and will be available digitally on Friday August 16.


The album was produced by Charles Fisher, one of...

Posted 2 Aug 2013 @ 4:29pm

Melbourne based record company Remote Control has launched a new marketing and publicity arm called Recon Music. Its services include album, EP & single promotion; tour, festival and special event publicity and music servicing across online, radio, print and TV media.


Specialist services include mailing list management, international blog servicing and client-personalised...

Posted 2 Aug 2013 @ 10:10am

Songwriters in the Darebin area are invited to enter the 2013 Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award. They have until 5pm Wednesday August 21.


Prizes include $2000 cash thanks to APRA, an ad in Beat, studio time at Head Gap Studios, mastering at Indie Masters, duplication services courtesy Implant Media, a $200 Guitar World voucher and tickets to the Face the Music conference...

Posted 30 Jul 2013 @ 10:41am

Two of Melbourne’s best known performers, Paul Kelly and Kylie Minogue, were lauded at last night’s national Helpmann Awards at the Sydney Opera House.


Kelly’s acclaimed tour with Neil Finn (himself once a Melbourne resident) won Best Australian Contemporary Concert.


Minogue was honoured for her lifetime achievement, a recipient of the JC Williamson Award...

Posted 29 Jul 2013 @ 10:38am

Melbourne has proven itself – again – to be the live music capital of Australia, and Victoria remains a strong state for performances.


In the 9thTicket Attendance And Revenue Survey, released this morning by the Live Performance Australia association, Victoria is the only state to post significant growth in the Contemporary Music category in the last 12 months in both revenue...

Posted 29 Jul 2013 @ 10:34am

Plans are moving to make Hanging Rock a regular venue for major concerts. After shows there by Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and Leonard Cohen proved a boom to the local economy, the Macedon Ranges Shire Council has signalled it wants more.


Last week, Council voted to sign a five-year deal with a concert promoter.


The idea of holding shows there came from...

Posted 25 Jul 2013 @ 9:35am

A Melbourne-made application called Soundhalo will be launched globally on Friday by Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace at a London show.


Soundhalo is a new piece of technology which allows fans to download songs played at a concert anywhere in the world minutes so that they can re-live the experience. The MP4 visuals and sound come straight from the stage to provide that 'actually...

Posted 15 Jul 2013 @ 3:17pm

Music streaming service Rdio is planning to beef up its presence in the Australian market. It announced that it will work with local talent to provide “exclusive content” for its global subscribers and spend advertising on featured artists, and also set up partnership deals with music festivals, events and tours.


The person driving this is former MTV executive Paola Cracknell...

Posted 14 Jul 2013 @ 8:03pm

Melbourne venues have been the best performing in Australia for the first half of 2013.


According to the annual survey by America’s live music bible Pollstar, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena was the best performing arena, after selling 243,184 tickets in the six month period.


Rod Laver Arena ranked #21 in the world’s top 100 performing arenas. There were five other...

Posted 14 Jul 2013 @ 8:03pm

Frank Ward, the highly respected Head of Production at The Arts Centre, has passed away.  


He had been battling colon cancer for some time. Colleagues said he had faced his battle bravely. He posted on Facebook, “Some days are good others not so great but hey I’m still hanging in there for now. It’s strange what you can get used too…it just seems normal to feel this way now…...