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I know it feels like compilations are a bit naff these days, but look, if you need a good Christmas gift for dad or that little brother who is on the cusp of having OK taste in music then look no further than Four|Four Music’s Stranded: The Chronicles Of Australian Punk. It features some of our country’s finest, including The Saints, Radio Birdman, Birthday Party, Sunnyboys, right through to Frenzal, Eddy Current and The Peep Tempel. It’s out now.
 
I was pretty excited to hear that Ship Thieves (formerly known as Chris Wollard and The Ship Thieves) will be releasing their third full length album via No Idea in January. Wollard is better known for sharing vocal duties in Hot Water Music but sans any further developments on that front, I can’t wait for No Anchor.
 
How do we all feel about The Used releasing a live acoustic album? I’m currently unsure that anyone really wants to hear the tender refrains of Box Full Of Sharp Objects sung acoustically, but they are proceeding nonetheless. Live and Acoustic At The Palace will drop on April 1 next year (April Fools maybe?) and preorders are available now via 24hundred.net.
 
Can’t wait for some good excuses to flee the fam this festive season? Don’t worry, Ceres have put together a bill with Slowly Slowly, Kissing Booth and DJ T-Bone Blazin at Shadow Electric for Friday December 18. The Bendigo Hotel is also throwing an Orphans Christmas Party on Christmas Eve. Eric Melvin from NOFX is going to come to the party and spin some tunes while Mesa Cosa, Laura Palmer and Blind Man Death Star are hitting the stage. Anty from The Bennies and Stevie from Clowns will also lend their DJ skills and there will be giveaways from Afends. That’s Thursday December 24.
 
The penultimate ever Next club night will go down this Thursday November 26 with Danger! Earthquake!, The Brilliant Dance and Ever Rest bidding farewell to the Thursday night party venue. The usual super cheap drink specials apply.
 
Frenzal Rhomb have added an extra show in Lorne to their upcoming tour. The gig will take place on Sunday January 10 at Lorne Hotel with special guests Clowns. Grab tickets now.
 
The heavy music community is coming to the aid of The Ghost Inside who were involved in a crash in Texas when their tour bus hit a semi. Several people died in the collision and the damages are starting to stack up so they’ve appealed to fans via GoFundMe to help pay the expenses.