BRRRAP: Meme Rapper Big Shaq Is Coming To Australia

BRRRAP: Meme Rapper Big Shaq Is Coming To Australia

The population of Australia is set to increase by one (quick maths!), with the announcement that earth-conquering meme rapper Big Shaq will be bringing the fire down under this New Year’s Eve.

The ‘Man’s Not Hot’ MC (portrayed by Michael Dapaah) will be on hand at Perth’s Origin NYE festival when the countdown clock’s ting goes skrrra pap pap ka ka ka skidiki pap pap! to usher in the New Year.

The grime spooflord joins a monstrous lineup featuring ScHoolboy Q, Stormzy, Danny Brown, the recently-announced 6LACK and more, with the fest to go down at Perth’s Claremont Showground on 31st December.

Hopefully he decides to extend his stay in Aus a little longer, but for now, catch the full lineup and ticketing deets for Origin NYE, below.

Origin NYE 2017 Lineup

Big Shaq

Joining…

6LACK

Joining…

Danny Brown
Giggs
Alix Perez and Skeptical
Kučka
Swindail

Joining…

Kaytranada
Flatbush Zombies
Princess Nokia
A.M.C. & Turno

Joining…

DJ Snake
Mura Masa
Schoolboy Q
Stormzy
Andy C + Tonn Piper
A-Trak
Baauer
Camo & Krooked
Eptic B2B Trampa
Gentlemens Club
Goldie Vs My Nu Leng
High Contrast
Killbox (Ed Rush + Audio)
Moonbase
Pomo
Rezz
Sub Focus (DJ Set)
$uicideboy$ (Only Aus Show)

+ More TBA

Origin NYE 2017

Sunday, 31st December
Claremont Showground, Perth
Tickets: Ticketbooth

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Björk – ‘Utopia’

Björk – ‘Utopia’

In 2011 the British cultural critic Simon Reynolds asked , “Is Björk the last great pop innovator?” Reynolds decided that she is, even as he weirdly stated: “I confess that I’d half-forgotten how interesting she was as an artist – and just how long she’d stayed interesting.”

Today Björk belongs to the same pantheon of auteurs as David Bowie, Prince and Kate Bush – sonically, aesthetically and technologically. The Icelander doesn’t so much as ‘reinvent’ herself as expand – her back catalog both poly-genre and metatextural. Leaving the cult alt-rock group The Sugarcubes, Björk would be one of the first pop acts to embrace electronic dance music on 1993’s Debut. But, in interviews, she pointedly lauded black American pioneers like Larry Heard and Derrick May over the UK’s acid housers. The Goddess of Art-Pop, Björk has influenced everyone from Radiohead to Lorde to Kelela – plus the occasional outré Eurovision entrant. She also challenged a music industry traditionally pivoting on the US/UK axis.

Björk’s ninth album (excluding a project as a child prodigy!), Utopia is sublimely philosophical. In 2015 the enigmatic star unveiled the brutally bare Vulnicura, chronicling her split from American artist Matthew Barney – with whom she has a teen daughter. (Some 14 years before, Björk channelled the couple’s passion into the sumptuously glitchy Vespertine.) She was awakened by her rage. Superficially, Utopia is about the thrill of finding love again – Björk playfully describing it as her “Tinder album” . But Utopia is so much more. In conceptualising new beginnings, Björk writes about humanity, idealism and optimism. Amid the Trump era, this carries a political subtext: Björk, a sometime punk, is espousing DIY change.

Björk co-wrote the incongruous ‘Bedtime Story’ for Madonna’s 1994 R&B foray, Bedtime Stories. Like Madonna, she’s often perceived as a canny curator – liaising with cutting-edge producers. After all, Björk reached out to Timbaland for 2007’s Volta – her highest-charting album Stateside, the curiosity so immense. But, when promoting Vulnicura, Björk protested that she isn’t widely recognised for her studio prowess because of sexist assumptions. Others work WITH her, she clarified, not FOR. Björk collaborated with Alejandro “Arca” Ghersi – the buzz Venezuelan IDM DJ/producer previously credited on Kanye West’s Yeezus – in this capacity on Vulnicura. Unusually, for Utopia, Björk allowed him greater input – signalling her trust. She knows that achieving autonomy shouldn’t mean disconnection.

Utopia is pastoral electro. Björk has long explored the dichotomy between nature and civilisation, just as 1997’s Homogenic was inspired by Iceland’s surrounds. Björk used a topographical allegory, too, for Vulnicura‘s emotional apex, ‘Black Lake’. She sets Utopia in a matriarchal island paradise. Birdsong is audible throughout the album. And there is yet more arcadian folkiness. If Vulnicura was heavy on string arrangements, then Utopia is about the flute. Björk, who studied the instrument in childhood, has assembled an all-female woodwind ensemble.

While ever intricate, Utopia waves between minimalism and maximalism; the celestial and discordant. Opening the LP is the aerial hymn ‘Arisen My Senses’, with harp, synths and Björk’s layered vocals. In ‘The Gate’, the fragile lead single, Björk transcends Vulnicura‘s heartache, singing, “My healed chest wound/Transformed into a gate.” Ironically, the 10-minute epic ‘Body Memory’ reveals a disembodied choir, and a wraith of a groove, as Björk realises her thread-like resilience.

However, Björk hasn’t wholly let go of that “personal drama”. Utopia is interrupted by a defiant trilogy of songs, starting with ‘Losss’ – less electro-acoustica than hushed techno (here, the Texan Rabit contributing production). In the quasi-hip-hop ‘Sue Me’, Björk expresses latent anger at Barney. And she advocates erasing the patriarchy for her offspring (“break the chains”) in ‘Tabula Rasa’ – hyper freak-folk with its flutes.

Alas, missing from Utopia are the melodic tunes that defined Björk’s early career (remember ‘Human Behaviour’?). Only ‘Blissing Me’ is an obvious single – being a sensual beat ballad in which Björk falls for another “music nerd”. Nevertheless, even as the most avant of avant-pop LPs, Utopia is surprisingly on-trend. Undoubtedly, Björk has flipped the recent bizarre predilection for flute loops in hip-hop (and, in fact, ‘Courtship’ is kinda flute n’ B.) So, yes, Mr Reynolds, Björk is an innovator – but she’s not the last. Indeed, for Björk, Utopia extols progression – as she closes with the feminist manifesto ‘Future Forever’.

‘Utopia’ is out today. Listen here.

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Chet Faker’s ‘Talk Is Cheap’ Gets Reworked By Timberwolf On ‘Like A Version’

Chet Faker’s ‘Talk Is Cheap’ Gets Reworked By Timberwolf On ‘Like A Version’

Adelaide singer-songwriter Timberwolf (real name Chris Panousakis) has covered Chet Faker ‘s Hottest 100-winning track ‘Talk Is Cheap’ on triple j‘s Like A Version covers segment.

Panousakis’ intricate and expressive version of the 2014 Nick Murphy Chet Faker single featured saxophone, some super-smooth vocal lines and even a bit of scat for good measure.

While in the triple j studios, Panousakis also performed his original track ‘Washed Out’, which features on his debut album Íkaros.

Watch both performances, below.

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Thrashville Announces 2018 Lineup With Frenzal Rhomb, King Parrot & More

Thrashville Announces 2018 Lineup With Frenzal Rhomb, King Parrot & More

Limber up your neck ’cause it’s gonna get one hell of a work-out at the 2018 Thrashville festival, which has just dropped an absolute doozy of a lineup.

The one-day boutique punk and metal bash in the NSW Hunter Valley is returning for a second instalment of circle pit mayhem in January, with rowdy sets from the likes of homegrown punk legends Frenzal Rhomb , grindcore maniacs King Parrot , sludge-punks Batpiss, lords of brutality Frankenbok, folk-infused progsters Troldhaugen, Gay Paris and more.

Following the breakout success of the debut event earlier this year, promoters say it was “abundantly clear that punk, rock and metal fans are looking for a grassroots event” and they’re happy to have a crack at making Thrashville an annual thing.

Anyone who sympathised with this Aussie metal dude’s 15-minute rant about the Download Australia 2018 lineup will probably appreciate the more punk and metal-focused lineup for next year’s Thrashville.

The “slightly heavier” younger sister to the annual Dashville Skyline fest will also feature a bunch of mouthwatering food trucks, skate demos on the Dashville half pipe, live graffiti art and “lots of other fun times”.

Tickets to Thrashville 2018 are on sale now. Catch the full lineup and all the other festival details below.

Thrashville 2018 Lineup

Frenzal Rhomb
King Parrot
Batpiss
Frankenbok
Gay Paris
The Australian Beefweek Show
Troldhaugen
Voiid
Post Truth
Paper Thin
Rort Menace
Jones The Cat
Dashville Progress Society

Thrashville 2018

Tickets on sale now

Saturday, 20th January
Dashville, Lower Belford, Hunter Valley NSW
Tickets: Ticketbooth

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Drummer Nathan Johnston Of Melbourne Band Dr. Colossus Has Died

Drummer Nathan Johnston Of Melbourne Band Dr. Colossus Has Died

Nathan Johnston, the drummer of Simpsons-themed and Melbourne-based band Dr. Colossus , has died.

In a statement, Johnston’s bandmates Jono and Mike say Johnston played his final show at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar on Saturday night, and “destroyed it”.

“He was in fine form. Grinning at Grindhouse’s set and just thoroughly enjoying the night,” they say.

Johnston’s bandmates say his death “doesn’t feel real”.

“We are thinking constantly of Nath’s beautiful wife Kate and the entire family. We send love and support to them all,” they say.

“Nath appreciated all the support our band got and would constantly share things he found online of people who had written something nice about the band or got involved somehow.

“Enjoy life and enjoy the music Nathan Johnston created and left in his legacy.”

Read the band’s statement in full, below.

Dr. Colossus Statement

It is with our deepest regret that Mike and I must inform you of the passing away of our dear friend and drummer, Nathan.

The last couple of days have been incredibly hard to wrap our heads around. It doesn’t feel real. We are thinking constantly of Nath’s beautiful wife Kate and the entire family. We send love and support to them all.

Nath played his last show on Saturday at Cherry Bar in Melbourne and destroyed it. He was in fine form. Grinning at Grindhouse’s set and just thoroughly enjoying the night.

I will miss playing with him sorely, and I will miss having him around even more. I was lucky to have a friend like Nath and we have had such a great time doing this band and it has given us so many laughs and allowed us to be stupid and play music we love.

Nath appreciated all the support our band got and would constantly share things he found online of people who had written something nice about the band or got involved somehow. You all meant a lot to him. Mike and I thank you all from the bottom of our riff filled hearts for the joy you brought Nath and us all in your support of the band.

Enjoy life and enjoy the music Nathan Johnston created and left in his legacy.
Cheers to you all.

Jono & Mike

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This Dude’s 15-Min Rant About Download Festival’s Aussie Lineup Is A Wild Ride

This Dude’s 15-Min Rant About Download Festival’s Aussie Lineup Is A Wild Ride

There was a mixed reaction when Download Festival unveiled the lineup for its first-ever Aussie event earlier this month, with a pretty even split between those giving it the thumbs up, and those raising a different finger instead.

And look, metalheads can be a very passionate bunch, especially when it comes to music…

One particular Aussie headbanger was filled with so much emotion about the Download Australia lineup that he felt compelled to go on a swear-y 15-minute-long YouTube rant to point out what he perceives as its various flaws, and oooooh boy is it something.

“God fucking damn it. They had one fuckin’ job, and they didn’t do it right, and they fucked it all up, and now I’m all pissed off,” YouTuber ‘Down With This Sort Of Thing’ proclaims at the start of his video as he sips from a tinnie, before turning his verbal shade cannon onto most of the bands on the lineup.

Bemoaning the choice of Korn to headline, he puffs: “I don’t think that they’ve been relevant for at least 10 years. It’s not fucking 1999.”

And don’t even get him started on Limp Bizkit.

“Fucking Limp Bizkit just jumping out and waving their dick in my face right off the bat,” he says. “Again they’re just going for that fucking nostalgia thing, trying to get everyone who felt angsty and edgy in fucking 1998 or whenever Limp Bizkit were actually relevant, and trying to get them to come spend a whole butt-tonne of money at the fucking festival.”

To boil it down, this man’s central thesis seems to be that the Download Festival promoters have “ignored the metal market” with their debut Aussie lineup, instead selecting bands who are “poppy and shit”, which — he contends — is exactly the same mistake which led Soundwave to “fuck up and die in the arse”.

“If they want to fucking die off like Soundwave did, keep doing this,” he warns, as a Wacken 2014 poster hangs reverently in the background.

It’s definitely one wild ride. Give it a watch below, alongside our band-by-band walkthrough of the Download lineup.

EXCLUSIVE: The Big-Name Acts Download Festival Australia Missed Out On

Get To Know The 2018 Download Festival Australia Lineup

(In no particular order…)

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Download Festival “Not In A Hurry” To Expand Across Australia

Download Festival “Not In A Hurry” To Expand Across Australia

Download Festival ‘s Australian booker says the event is “not in a hurry” to expand across Australia, given the current state of the country’s festival economy.

Organisers had previously announced plans to expand the festival into other cities after its Aussie debut in Melbourne next year, but in a just-released ‘short documentary’ about bringing the event down under, Download Festival Melbourne booker Nigel Melder says organisers will be taking their time.

“Ideally, we’re gonna build this. We’re not in a hurry. It’s a very hard economy, and we can’t be putting up eight stages and touring things all around Australia from the get go, and I don’t know if it will ever get to that point again,” Melder says.

“Or if it will, I think it’s gonna take a very long time to reset.”

That said, Melder claims the Download team still wants to “see this thing go for a very long time, as it has done in the UK and as is building in Europe”.

Elsewhere in the video, which you can watch below, Download Festival’s UK promoter Andy Copping says organisers first started considering bringing the festival down under around 2013, when the now-defunct Soundwave Festival was still alive and well.

“We’ve been thinking about bringing Download to Australia for the last few years now,” he says. “I guess we first started talking about it around four years ago.”

Copping’s comments come after Soundwave Festival founder AJ Maddah — who isn’t involved with Download Australia — said heavy music fans need to give the event “a chance to grow” , after its debut Aussie lineup was met with criticism from some music-lovers .

The first-ever Australian edition of Download Festival will take place on Saturday, 24th March 2018 at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. Learn more about all of the acts on the lineup in the gallery below.

EXCLUSIVE: The Big-Name Acts Download Festival Australia Missed Out On

Get To Know The 2018 Download Festival Australia Lineup

(In no particular order…)

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A.B. Original & King Gizzard Dominate The 2017 Music Victoria Awards

A.B. Original & King Gizzard Dominate The 2017 Music Victoria Awards

The 2017 Music Victoria Awards have been dominated by rap duo A.B. Original and relentless psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard .

Taking place at Melbourne’s 170 Russell last night, the awards saw Victoria’s best acts, releases, venues and festivals take out awards, with A.B. Original snagging Best Album, Best Hip Hop Album and Best Aboriginal Act.

King Gizzard, meanwhile, took home Best Band, Best Song and Best Live Act, and The Teskey Brothers claimed two awards for Best Emerging Act and Best Soul, Funk, RnB And Gospel Album.

This year’s publicly-voted awards came from a pool of over 73,000 tallied votes. Late music producer Tony Cohen was also inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame.

Catch the full list of this year’s winners, below.

The Age Music Victoria Awards 2017

Genre Award Winners

BEST BLUES ALBUM
Fiona Boyes – Professin’ The Blues

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Raised By Eagles – I Must Be Somewhere

BEST SOUL, FUNK, RNB, AND GOSPEL ALBUM
The Teskey Brothers – Half Mile Harvest

BEST JAZZ ALBUM
Brenton Foster – The Nature of Light

BEST HIP HOP ALBUM
A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia

BEST ELECTRONIC ACT
Client Liaison

BEST HEAVY ALBUM
Divide and Dissolve – Basic

BEST ABORIGINAL ACT
A.B. Original

BEST GLOBAL OR REGGAE ALBUM
Lamine Sonko and The African Intelligence – Afro Empire

BEST FOLK / ROOTS ALBUM
The Mae Trio – Take Care, Take Cover

BEST EXPERIMENTAL / AVANT-GARDE ACT
Winter Sound School / Bridget Chappell

Publicly Voted Winners

BEST FESTIVAL
Meredith Music Festival

BEST REGIONAL VENUE (UNDER 50 GIGS PER YEAR)
Theatre Royal (Castlemaine)

BEST REGIONAL VENUE (OVER 50 GIGS PER YEAR)
Workers Club (Geelong)

BEST VENUE (UNDER 500 CAPACITY)
The Tote

BEST VENUE (OVER 500 CAPACITY)
The Corner Hotel

BEST REGIONAL ACT
Cosmic Psychos

BEST LIVE BAND
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

BEST EMERGING ACT
The Teskey Brothers

BEST MALE ARTIST
Paul Kelly

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Jen Cloher

BEST SONG
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Rattlesnake

BEST BAND
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

BEST ALBUM
A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia

Hall Of Fame

Tony Cohen – Aria-Award Winning Producer & Engineer

Outstanding Achievement Award

Zo Damage – 365 Day Live Music Photography Project

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Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter Responds To Rape Allegation

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter Responds To Rape Allegation

CONTENT WARNING: The following article discusses an alleged rape

Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter has responded after former singer Melissa Schuman accused him earlier this month of raping her 15 years ago.

Schuman made the accusation in a blog post , in which she wrote of an incident she said occurred when she was 18 and Carter was 22.

In a statement provided to CNN , Carter has now denied the allegation, and said he is “shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations”.

“Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual,” he said.

“We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally.

“This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

Schuman said the alleged rape occurred when she and Carter were working together on a TV movie, when he invited her and a friend to his apartment.

Schuman claimed that Carted led her into a bathroom and performed oral sex on her despite her refusals, before allegedly forcing her to perform it on him. Schuman also claimed that Carter took her into a bedroom and raped her, despite her pleas that she was saving herself for marriage.

“The one thing I had held as a virtue had been ruined,” she wrote of the alleged incident. “I went limp, turned my head to my left and decided I would just go to sleep now. I wanted to believe it was some sort of nightmare I was dreaming up.”

Schuman said her experience with Carter left her “traumatized”, and led to her losing interest in pursuing a music career.

If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732.

For help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala Hints An At The Drive In Song Is About His Wife’s Alleged Rape By Actor Danny Masterson

Cedric Bixler-Zavala Hints An At The Drive In Song Is About His Wife’s Alleged Rape By Actor Danny Masterson

At The Drive-In ‘s Cedric Bixler-Zavala has hinted that a song off the band’s most recent album was inspired by That 70’s Show actor Danny Masterson, who allegedly sexually assaulted the frontman’s wife.

Masterson — who played Hyde in the hit comedy series — is facing rape allegations from four different women, including Mrs. Bixler-Zavala aKA actress and model Chrissie Carnell.

After confirming his wife as one of Scientologist Masterson’s alleged victims on Twitter, Bixler-Zavala went on to say that fans “might wanna go back and re read my ‘nonsensical’ lyrics” off his band’s recent album Interalia.

As NME reports, the singer revealed in an interview earlier this year that the album track ‘Incurably Innocent’ was “a song about sexual abuse and being able to finally speak out”.

The song features the lyric “Marching to the coffins on Franklin Avenue”, which is the location of the Church Of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles.

Give it a listen below.

If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732, while Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14.

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