With over three decades and nineteen albums under their belts, fierce Japanese girl pop, girl punk band Shonen Knife have more than proved their staying power. Although they’ve remained consistently productive during that time (and their most recent album prior to this one, Overdrive, was only released in 2014) the band have undergone a dramatic line-up shift, adding drummer Risa and bassist Naru with only Naoko Yamano remaining of the original line-up. Despite this, Adventure, written by the group collectively about their experiences of the last few years, doesn’t greatly depart from form: if you’re looking for Ramones-influenced pop punk with their trademark cute and quirky lyrics, here you’ll find more of the same.Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Shonen Knife, Adventure, 05.04.16
The final product above, as published in April 2016.
The Drones later shared the cover on their Facebook page, which was very sweet. Glad they liked it.
I took High Fidelity as my holiday reading when I realised I’d already read all the other Penguin Classics in the airport bookshop. High Fidelity is the story of a 30-something deadbeat who decides his life is over as his long-term girlfriend leaves him because he’s a massive, whingey, manipulative jerk. After some soul searching, mainly centred around tearing down the other deadbeats who frequent his failing record store and having awkward sex with a folk musician, he contacts all the women who have dumped him in the past in an attempt to find out what it is that makes him a deadbeat – and maybe even fix it.Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Nick Hornby, High Fidelity (1995), 06.02.16
The ever-charming Mr Fidler had me on his late night talk show Midnight Special in the Up Late slot of RTRFM on Tuesday morning, and if you click the link you can hear me rant about 2016, read the first part of my online sequential fiction piece Wormwood, and gush over the playlist. Also on were Korrin Stoney, a beaut artist, performing two songs for us and Danni McGrath, fine artist, talking about the Perth art scene for the year past.
- Wilson Tanner – Long River
- The Legendary Pink Dots – The Light In My Little Girl’s Eyes
- Korrin Stoney – Live Performance #1
- Kanye West – Facts (Charlie Heat Version)
- Pool Boy – Thaw
- Richard En – Live Reading
- System Of A Down – Suite Pee
- Mr Bungle – Desert Search For Techno Allah
- Korrin Stoney – Live Performance #2
- No Zu – Ui Yia Ula
- Tevor Scruffles feat. Furchick – Trev dog sings for carrots
- Cake – Short Skirt Long Jacket
- Prince – Sign O The Times
- Solange – Cranes In The Sky
Some time ago Pelican Magazine interviewed me relating to their Space edition’s cover, featuring the Drones’ frontman Gareth Liddiard. It’s soft and vague and I talk a bit about being queer and being a cartoonist in it, and you’ll see some art I haven’t shared elsewhere.
Thank you Claudia, Kate, Ruth and all the Pelican crew for giving us artists so many opportunities, and for using such a soft filter on my face.
Thus, here are some photos of the art work and the artist. If you like it, I’ll totally sell it to you, what, $300? Ha ha. Perhaps I can be talked down.
In addition, someone wrote a review of this? Why’d they do that? They were quite kind though.
As the music evolves into more cohesive ideas, within the soundscape, an element of a desolate landscape appears in Richard En’s painting. Capturing the essence of the music, the painting of a barren skull creates quite a specific visualisation of the music’s harshness.
Thank you Hayden, Caz, Tom, Jess, Kate, and everyone involved in this wonderful night.
Board, synthetic ink, acrylic, pva glue, paper.
Mostly done at a live art show, Hidden Mountain, on 16.07.16.
First foray into “fine art”.
Many thanks to Northbridge Piazza, Emiko Watanabe and Fresh Prints for having Xero back this year even though I put pictures of a dog vagina and a bong on the giant screen and read a poem about heroin to a crowd of families last year.
Emiko, you’re an angel. We’ve worked through Xero (and bongs and dog vaginas) to resist the kitschification and gentrification of art in this city where you work with it – and bless you, when you create something beautiful and kitsch and family friendly like Fresh Prints, you still invite us to take part. I really can’t say thanks enough. Sure, I think what we do – resistance – is important, but no one can function alone and this is not a war. Thank you so much for always inviting us along as a weirdo presence in your lovely events. Maybe if the other people in our lives growing up had embraced our weirdness as much as you do, we wouldn’t be half as hurt as we are today.
They even put our art in the cute little video!
And of course, thanks to Hayden Dalziel and Caz Bank for helping out with the stall, you know I couldn’t do it without you guys, and Clara Seigla and Ben Yaxley for keeping us laughing, and everyone who came down to see us and buy our stuff as always.
I was on our local radio station with usual presenter Alex Griffin to talk about Australian punk and post punk from the last 20 years-ish and play a few key tracks. Playlist below the cut, AG is Griffin’s choice, RE is mine and RTR are features for the station. If you click through above, you can even listen to it. Continue reading LISTEN: RTRFM’s Up Late with Alex Griffin, 27.01.16