"I note here that the first Australia would have known about all this would have been Soviet nuclear strikes on US facilities at Pine Gap (near Alice Springs), Nurrungar (Woomera) and North West Cape (near Exmouth). We know that this was likely because Western spies for the Soviet Union in the late 1970s had given Moscow some insights into the significance of these intelligence and communications facilities for what it saw as US nuclear war-fighting strategy.
" -- former Australian deputy secretary of defence Paul Dibb talks about Able Archer
, the 1983 NATO nuclear warfare exercise that the Soviet Union almost mistook for the real thing. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on Oct 19, 2013 -
"Rhyece O’Neill is an intense young man. A polemical folk singer, a producer of bass-heavy dance music, a protester, and a digital media worker for a major record label. He’s unlike anyone else in Australia’s dubstep landscape.
" Cyclic Defrost interviews O'Neill
, aka electronic/dub/dubstep producer Westernsynthetics
, and head of the Sub Continental Dub
label. You can skip the rest and hear two streaming mixes from Westernsynthetics
, 19 tracks from the Sub Continental Dub label
, plus the label's first three singles
, or continue inside for background, context, and even more music. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 27, 2012 -
There's a new crop of Australian bands that take inspiration from old blues, but twist the music in a strange fashion. The trend may have started with CW Stoneking (Jungle Blues
, Love Me Or Die
), who channeled the old bluesmen despite being a young man.
Its continued on to Sydney's Snowdroppers
, who started out as a house band for burlesque shows
and kept that dirty sensibility up with songs like Rosemary
, Do The Stomp
, and their signature tune Good Drugs, Bad Women
(lyrics NSW). Frequent Snowdroppers touring partners Gay Paris
add a Southern horror twist (House Fire In the Origami District, My First Wife? She Was A Foxqueen!
) and an antic stage energy. Some of the bands relay on gimmicks, like Adelaide's The Beards
, who sing about how you should consider having sex with a bearded man
and point out that if your dad doesn't have a beard, you've got two moms.
The Beards recently performed at the World Beard and Mustache Championships.
Horror-country-rockers Graveyard Train
have picked up the torch dropped when Sydney psychobilly masters Zombie Ghost Train
disbanded. Graveyard Train tunes like Mummy
, Ballad for Beelzebub
, Tall Shadow
and Dead Folk Dance
combine cheerful Misfits horror theming with stompy country. Most of the singers from this loose scene are joining forces in Sydney this week to pay tribute to Tom Waits.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn
on Oct 4, 2011 -
New Weird Australia
is a not-for-profit, government-sponsored initiative promoting new eclectic & experimental music - plenty of free downloads & podcasts are available on the site.
posted by UbuRoivas
on Dec 4, 2010 -
Ryan Strathfield has uploaded hundreds of rock and pop songs from Australia and New Zealand to YouTube, organized by year (full list inside). Here are some favorites, Marcia Hines' Eleanor Rigby
, The Boys Next Door's Shivers
, The Falling Joys' You're in a Mess
, Split Enz' I See Red
and Warumpi Band's Blackfella Whitefella
. Strathfield focuses on the period 1974-89 but it extends back into the 60s and forward into the 90s. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 31, 2009 -
50 years ago Johnny O'Keefe released "Wild One"
and Australia had its first homegrown rock'n'roll star. To commemorate the 50th year of Australian rock'n'roll The Age newspaper has asked various Australian music industry figures to pick the top 50 Australian albums
(scroll down for the Top 50 - or check the (more inside)). [more inside]
posted by awfurby
on Jul 14, 2008 -
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
doesn't speak much, but when he takes up his guitar, he sings
, literally and figuratively. He sings of growing up in an Aboriginal community on a remote island off the north coast of Australia; he sings of coming to terms with being born blind; and he sings the creation stories of his Yolngu
posted by dhruva
on Apr 22, 2008 -
If you who hear a symphony each time you open a beer, here's
a little Friday fun.
(Check out the 'Behind the Scenes' video too.)
NB: Flash and music.
posted by essexjan
on Mar 7, 2008 -
Master of the 'didge'
- after veins burst in his throat some years ago while he was playing the didgeridoo, doctors warned that continued playing would threaten his life. Admitted to hospital last week with bleeding on the brain, he died on Sunday from a brain haemorrhage. He was 40. [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Feb 28, 2008 -
The Night Air
is a beautifully constructed radio show broadcast on Radio National here in Australia. It's essentially cut up bits of documentary, music and audio art .. woven together into a one and half hour themed show. It makes great headphone listening at work.
posted by mrben
on Aug 11, 2003 -
for an Australian concert series akin to Lollapalooza
over here in the states, has one of the coolest flash intros I've seen. I love those clouds.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 12, 2000 -