Returning music to Australian TV – what should it look like?

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It’s something that’s been discussed around tables in pubs, in homes and online for many years: the lack of music on Australian TV.

For a long time, you could barely turn the box on, particularly on weekends, without seeing artists performing (or miming in less-enlightened times) on either dedicated music shows or on some sort of variety show. It’s hard to believe now but before Australian free-to-air TV became predominantly the home of averages joes cooking, renovating or trying to become an overnight singing sensation (and the endless repeats of these shows), there were actually programs that gave local acts an opportunity to be seen and heard by more than just dedicated music fans. Unbelievable, I know.

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All My People, Right Here, Right Now – Ten of 1997’s boldest and loudest indie rock albums

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During their recent week of features discussing the best and worst of pop culture from twenty years ago, The A.V. Club said that 1997 is a “frequent contender” for the title of Worst Music Year.

Sure, their point was strongly made by the fact that, during a two-week period in June and July of that year, albums were released Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Limp Bizkit; a beefcake triumvirate that provides no finer representation of everything that was absolutely horrid about music in the late 90s/early 00s.

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The Creases – Tremolow

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★★★★

After forming in 2013 and releasing the Gradient EP in 2014, a debut long player has been a long time coming from The Creases. While the Brisbane foursome’s first release was a propulsive blend of post punk and shoegaze, debut album Tremolo is a brighter, brasher record.

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Treasure hunting at Amcorp Mall Flea Market

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Amongst Malaysia’s multitude of mega malls, Petaling Jaya’s Amcorp Mall is fairly unremarkable.

There’s no sign of the designer chains that fill the ultra-slick, ultra-modern, super air-conditioned centres you’ll find in most parts of Kuala Lumpur and surrounds. Nor is there an entire level devoted to food stalls offering delicacies from all part of the region and from around the world.

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