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  • swc wideFrank with The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs.

    TOP TEN ALBUMS

     Cheap Trick – "In Another World" 
    The masters of hard rock power-pop return with another banger. What year is this? How is it possible these guys are still so good? 

    The Wildhearts – "21st Century Love Songs"
    Ginger
    is one of my favorite songwriters and this Wildhearts album is a ferocious reminder that he is still at the peak of his powers.

    The Darkness – "Motorheart"
    My favorite Darkness album since their debut, this one has swagger, hooks, and lots of blistering guitar riffs!

  • dylan webster 20221. Do The Pop! Festival, October 2022 - Port Campbell, VIC.
    One of the best rock n roll experiences I’ve had since the glory days of the Big Day Out in early-to-mid-1990s. A good sized, easy going crowd, all (mostly) attending for two good reasons: beer and rock 'n' roll. An exceptional line-up featuring a range of established and up-and-coming bands. Big thanks to Mick Simpson of Grindhouse and friends for organising what will go down as one the great inaugural festival events. No question this is my Number One pick for 2022. 

    2. Howlin’ Threads EP "Of The Sea"(Meinshaft Records)
    It was great to self-release this 4 x track EP featuring contributions from a wicked array of Australian rock n roll legends, including Penny Ikinger (Wet Taxis) on vocals, Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) and Kent Steedman (Celibate Rifles) on lead guitar, James McCann (Harpoon) on slide and harmonica, and Brent Williams (New Christs) on keys. I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity to work with all these amazing people. For those keen to own one, a few Deniz Tek autographed copies are available here.

     

  •  Chris Masuak at Resurrectionfest 2022 by Santiago Carollo 1

    Chris Masuak at Resurrectionfest 2022 by Santiago Carollo

    CHRIS KLONDIKE MASUAK’S TOP SEVERAL FOR 2022

    Is it really that time again? 

    I can never summon up the ennui to diss Christmas. I get that it pushes some people’s buttons but I’m bucking the buzzkill. 

    This is the time to be relentlessly cheerful, if not for your sake, for those that  need it.  

     So, put “A Christmas Gift For You”, “Rockin’ Little Christmas”, and “It’s Christmas Time Again” on high rotation.

     At mind numbing volume!

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    Address to the Nation - Chris Masuak and the Viveiro Wave Riders (I-94 Bar Records)
    Bomber Down - Bomber Down (self released)

    “Address to the Nation” and “Bomber Down” come out of the blocks, fiery and roaring, full of piss and vinegar. Tight strong songs, stuff that belongs on the stereo, in the car, loud at parties and annoying pimply neighbours who ruin the neighbourhood and go to bed at 8.30.

    “Address to the Nation” is Klondike's fourth long-playing solo band CD; the others, although most readers of this site will have them, were Klondike's North 40: “The Straight Path”; Chris Klondike Masuak “Workhorse”; Chris Masuak and the Viveiro “'Brujita”.and now this all issued by the website you're reading now.

    Full Disclosure nonsense: I like Chris too. Also, I knew the members of the immediate precursor to Bomber Down, Phil, Sean, Rob and Tony. Rob and Tony are no longer with us - it's not been a good year.

  • julie and johnThe second instalment of “Raining Treasure”, the rather excellent countryfried salute to Sydney underground rock and roll’s heyday by Sydney’s Urban and Western master, John Kennedy, is on its way.

    A crowdfunding campaign is in full swing and rewards range from autographed copies with your name on the cover to a show in your own home.  

    You can make sure you’re part of the action with John and his band The 68 Comeback Special by going here.

    The second in a series, “Raining Treasure Vol 2” will features covers classic ‘70s and ‘80s songs (and obscurities) by The Boys Next Door, The Riptides, The Passengersand  Radio Birdman.How do you say Yeah Hup with a country twang? 

    Flaming Hands vocalist Julie Mostyn-Gilbert is a guest on the album and is pictured at the recording session with Kennedy.

  • white mice

    Here’s one you might not have expected: Adelaide’s hard ‘n’ heavy Exploding White Mice are reforming for shows, in conjunction with the Adelaide Film Festival.

    The Mice were a staple in the ‘80s and ‘90s with their landmark “Nest of Vipers” EP (1983) and a string of albums with a variety of line-ups. They were renowned as one of the best Radio Birdman-Ramones influenced outfits in Australia and took a distinctly poppy turn in their later days.

  • FranklinAvery williams tekStudio work: Jqmes Williamson and Deniz Tek. Franklin Avery photo.

    It’s a back to basics, guitar album but “Two To One”, the joint effort from James Williamson (Iggy & the Stooges) and Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman), had a complicated gestation that birthed a record in the nick of time. 

    Commissioned by Los Angeles label Cleopatra Records a year out from its planned release, most of its 11 songs were worked up in face-to-face sessions in Hawaii, where Tek now lives and Williamson spends half his year at his vacation home. 

    After Williamson went back to his home in San Francisco, the songs were refined via file sharing before Tek flew to the mainland in December last year for rehearsals and a recording session for the basic tracks at Studio D in Sausalito, California.

    Sessions for vocal tracking and guitar overdubs followed on both sides of the Pacific. The record was mixed and about to be mastered when the first ripples of the COVID-19 pandemic became a global tidal wave.

  • After collaborations for singles with Petra Haden (“Blues Jumped The Rabbit”), Lisa Kakuala (“I Love My Tutu”) and Maia (“Sickkk”) in the last six months, ex-Iggy & the Stooges guitarist James Williamson is poised to release an acoustic EP with Radio Birdman’s Deniz Tek.

    “Acoustic KO” is being released digitally and as a vinyl EP on March 31. The track listing is “I Need Somebody”, “Penetration”, “Night Theme” and “No Sense Of Crime” and you shouldn’t need to be told that the first two come from “Raw Power” and the others from the Williamson-Pop “Kill City” album. Tek provides vocals and guitar on three cuts and Williamson contributes guitar (naturally) but expect acoustic drums, guest singers and an orchestra in there too.

  • fanforce 01

    Many people have tried to make a Radio Birdman documentary. For a variety of reasons, only one has succeeded.

    And it would have been so easy for Jonathan Sequeira to fuck it up.

    Don’t worry. He hasn’t. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

    “Descent Into The Maelstrom” was screened to a select audience of band members, followers, media and other hangers-on in Sydney last night. The venue was the Chauvel Cinema, deep inside – ironically enough – Paddington Town Hall, the scene of the definitive Radio Birdman line-up’s last Australian stand.

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    Rob Younger at The Factory Theatre. Shona Ross photo.

    Radio Birdman
    + Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers
    + East Coast Low
    Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
    Friday, June 21, 2019

    Radio Birdman
    + Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers
    + The Dark Clouds
    Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW
    Saturday, June 22, 2019

    The Aints!
    + Colonel Kramer & The Eamon Dilworth One Man Brass Ensemble
    Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW
    Friday, June 28, 2019


    Your own legacy is a hard act to follow. This is a tale of two bands.

    On one hand you have Radio Birdman, a thoroughly re-tooled and different beast to its previous incarnations and still carrying a substantial reputation. They’re a prime reason why The I-94 Bar exists.

    On the other, you have The Aints!, who are led by foundation Saints member Ed Kuepper and armed with a setlist partly planted in that band’s past, with the balance comprising songs that were written for the old band but never recorded.

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