December 30, 2009

R.I.P Rowland S. Howard

Rowland has recently passed away due to liver cancer. He'd been sick for a while with illness and so it's sadly not surprising to hear of his death. He was my favourite Birthday Party member and i've recently been caining his new album, "Pop Crimes". I was at his last performance on October 29 at the Prince Of Wales, he played well and was in good spirits. It's unfortunate that only in the last few years of his life he's finally gained public acceptance. I suppose it's the way with people when they are on the way out.

I'll be listening to his back catalogue for a while this summer.

Read the article

R.I.P Rowland


Oh P.S!, don't quote me on it but i think the last interview with him(that was any good) was in Mountain Fold #3 - go to the Mountain Fold site to snag a copy.

Also, Rage released this statement: ''We're very saddened to hear about Rowland S. Howard's passing - Rage will be paying tribute this Saturday night at 11.15pm on ABC1.''

December 29, 2009

2009 End Of Year Sum Up

It's been a pretty rad year here in Melbourne.

We had U.V Race rocket to stardom, Royal Headache in Melbourne, Ghost of Tape Man Tour, a few Eddy Current Suppression Ring shows, Reuinions by Grong Grong, The Hitmen, Primitive Calculators, (am i forgetting anyone else?), Jay Reatard smashing it at Laneway, Late Arvo Sons album, Slug Guts Melbourne shows, The Gimmies from Japan, The Stabs album, Flip Out Festival, Ooga Boogas LP, Thee Oh Sees tour.. (am i forgetting anything?)

Bring on 2010!

December 18, 2009

Thee Oh Sees + Eddy Current Suppression Ring tonight!



Thee Oh Sees are doing a (not so) secret show on sunday(my birthday!!), if you don't know about it and you want some info then get in touch or check Mess+Noise!


To download the set or watch a video of it, go here!




December 13, 2009

Deaf Wish Interview

After drinking so much at the Tote for Dan Lewis' birthday, by the time i bumped into Jensen at Prudence bar i was pretty wasted. Can't quite remember how the interview came about, but i think it came out okay.

Deaf Wish Interview

Jensen = J
Zac = Z

Z- When does the album come out?

J- December 19.

Z- Whats your favourite track on it?

"Bartender hits the Last Drinks gong"

J- Probably, ahh good question... Track 7 Slow Me Down or Smash, track 2.

Z- Did you write those songs?

J- No, no we all write everything together.

Z- Is there a reason why they're your favourites?

J- Yeah they happened really quickly.

Z- Naturally.

J- Yeah yeah, that's why they're my favourites.

Z- Does that help them to translate live very well?

J- I think so, i think so because when you record them real quick they can only get better live.

Z- So when you're going into a show with Deaf Wish, is there something you're looking for in it?

J- Yeah i wanna be real. I want it to be real.

Z- Real?

J- Yeah you want it to be real. And you don't want to repeat yourself so much.

Z- So is there something you want from the crowd?

J- I can't see the crowd, because i'm short sighted. Yeah i can't really see past four or five metres. And when i had more hair- for years it was just hair. Thats all i could see.

Z- So if you could see would you be worried about it?

J- Probably but you know, i went to see my girlfriends band last night and i saw what they were looking at and it wasn't that scary.

Z- So when you've got like 2 hours before a show, do you look at your clothes and think about whether you should change?

J- That's a weird thing, i used to- i used to think about it. Now i just try not to repeat myself. I bought 20 flannellette shirts from a shop in North Melbourne just around the corner. That was my wardrobe for about 4 years. Now i just don't want to repeat myself. Like i'll have my Cut Sick shirt with the red flannie or maybe the Cut Sick shirt with the green flannie. I wish i was good at it but i hate thinking about it.

Z- So you just try not to think about it then?

J- Yeah, getting dressed.

Z- The way you present yourself is important- even if you don't want it to be, It kind of is.

J- Yeah your exactly right, you do think about it.

Z- But i guess your not about to buy an Armani suit for a gig?

J- I would like to though, I'd like to look really good. I'd like to look really sharp. Like how Amy supported Jon Spencer last night. He looked really sharp.

Z- But he's probably worn the same suit for 10 years.

J- Probably.

Z- So is there anyone in Deaf Wish that you're jealous of?

J- Daniel Toomie started wearing turtle necks between Tri-State Lovers and Hate Club and our mate Sam Agostino(Digger & The Pussycats, Kamikaze Trio) said to him "I know now why you wear the neck tie and it's because when you go to play, you go to work." and he's been wearing neck ties ever since.

Z- Do you think it makes him play better?

J- He's always played great. You know i was at this jeans shop last year loading up on black jeans and-

Z- You love your bulk shopping.

J- Nah i just hate shopping that much.

Z- If i need a pair of jeans i buy one, with the intention of buying more. Even if i've got the money, i'll just get one. Because i figure i'm not gonna waste money on clothes, i'd rather buy six 7 inches. Then the one pair.

J- Well i like that about you.

Z- So have you got a favourite suburb to play in? How do you feel about playing St. Kilda?

J- Yeah St. Kilda's always been kind of fun. How do you describe going to St. Kilda and playing the Espy. I like the Lounge bar up the front, that's the one you want. In terms of Melbourne places to play, Town Hall Hotel in North Melbourne. Probably seen and played the best gigs of my life there. When i moved to North Melbourne it was 2001. You'd see punk bands playing with no shirts on a tuesday night. I've never wanted to leave North Melbourne since.

I do like playing the Pony 2am shows as well, always an interesting night. But i suppose if you want to talk about venues with good stages and spiritual significance, you can't go past The Tote Hotel. You can't go past it. The only time you can beat the Tote Hotel is on the footy field.

Z- Go the East!







(Photos taken by Zac O at Sydney Flip Out - Manning Bar 2009)

December 12, 2009

Recent photos from my phone

Hey guys i was just looking through some photos on my phone and thought i'd make a post with them. These were all taken within the last week.

Dick Diver instore at Polyester on Thursday.

UV Race live to air at PBS. Friday

Late Arvo Sons at Cobra Bar. Friday

UV Race at The Tote. Marcus. Friday

UV Dan.

UV Al and Georgia.

December 10, 2009

Dick Diver instore at Polyester 2nite!

Dick Diver is playing at Polyester- the city one on Flinders Lane and Elizabeth St.

Starts at 6 tonight!

- Right now i'm listening to M.O.T.O - Kill Moto!, this rules.

December 08, 2009

Useless Eaters - Sucked In 7"

Official Distro bio:
Using cheap amps, cheap mics, and cheap tricks, Seth Sutton has created a fantastic and fascinating body of work as Useless Eaters. Taking his name from a snotty Vomit Pigs track from a snotty Killed By Death compilation, Sutton has aligned himself with the losers, the forgotten, and the never-were-knowns of "back in the day." Think Legionaires Disease, or The Trend, or Tampax, or Unnatural Axe--all fantastic bands content to dwell in the gutter, spewing out noxious, humorous, untamed punk rock with cheap and nasty equipment. Barely out of high school, Sutton has absorbed all the lessons of punk rock's first thirty years and avoided the traps of sentimentality, phoniness, and the urge to impress anyone outside of the band.

Useless Eaters hate fashion, hate proficiency, hate snobbery, and probably hate you. Singles on Jay Reatard's Shattered Records, Italy's Goodbye Boozy, and other obscure vinyl outposts worldwide are spreading the sound.

Useless Eaters are the real deal. Get in on it now, and share the secret. Or don't,

-Useless Eaters really don't care.

Friday is all about The Tote (for those not at Meredith)

The Tote Hotel, what can you say about it? If i was stranded on an island and could only have 1 bar, it would definately be The Tote.

Tote Front Bar Every Friday! 6-9pm
Knock off early and come on down for Special Guest DJs and free pizza each week
Plus it’s Happy Hour from 6-8pm!
This week’s special guest DJ is DJ Tim Scott The Maggott!

‘Animal Corrective’

Warragul Disgrace




Hammocks & Honey

+ Love of Diagrams DJs & DJ Shags

$5 - Doors 8pm

Dan Lewis is a short man who wears glasses. He also knows most of Melbourne which is a great effort since he was born and raised in New Zealand. He likes music and birthday parties so he has combined his birthday party and music and come up with his birthday party gig at the tote. Popolice are playing and it's an ex New Zealand guy making deadly noisy pop.

Dachen are also playing and they feature a member from Woollen Kits. XTX are playing this shindig and they feature members from repairs and Splitfoot.Hammocks and Honey are playing and this is a wozza who is really into lady gaga and glitter so lets hope she is into tight spandex costumes as well.

There is also some band called the Warragul Disgrace who will play last and some of them are from Warragul and all are disgraceful.After the bands have played to get every one in the mood for loving and shagging there will be love of diagrams djing and shags will also be djing. So bake a birthday cake and eat it then come to dan's party to dance the cake off your hips. from marcus.

Upstairs in Cobra!

Baptism of Uzi

Late Arvo Sons

Little Killing


$7 - Doors 8pm

From below the West Gate Bridge Baptism of Uzi ooze to the city to play the Cobra Bar on Friday December 11th. After a year of hypnotising subjects with their garage psychedelia the dudes will play their final show of the year in the vine infested pit of Cobra Bar. The Late Arvo Sons, Little Killing and HalfHeads are also featured on what sets to be a night of electric rock in the jungle.

Extortion in Melbourne, 1 show only!

December 9th @
The Birmingham Hotel


$10 Entry
8pm Doors

Tuesday show!

December 8th @ the tote!

"Franco Cozzo on first at about 8pm followed by Constant Mongrel then Fuckyouastrology! Come down on a lazy tuesday night, heckle the bands, drink some beer and make good of that 'friend' request thing on this book of faces. Hope to see you there!"

Franco Cozzo

Constant Mongrel


December 06, 2009

Blog Lust

So it's Sunday the 6th. Lots of good stuff happening soon- i'm heading to New Zealand for CAMP-A-LOW-HUM in January, Thee Oh Sees are touring and i have the new Useless Eaters 7" coming in the mail this week from Goner.

I just added a list of my favourite blogs --->

As you can tell i spend a lot of time trolling through Blogger profiles, lists and blogs.

I tried to narrow down my top 10 best but couldn't discount any of these.

Let me know which ones you like-


December 01, 2009

Spooky Fest

Spooky Fest ruled, i took a bunch of photos, here's some favourites-

DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS - First show back in Australia from their Euro tour




Melbourne loves the Hick - that really isn't my hand, though i have an idea whose it is

The 6 Ft. Hick set on sunday with The Jacknives was good too, i dj'd with my brah's Jack and Jimi- the Pissing On The Mainframe dj's. Request us for your next birthday or banquet!