Primal Time

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OVER THREE DECADES AND 11 ALBUMS, PRIMAL SCREAM HAVE TACKLED EVERYTHING FROM ROCK TO ELECTRONICA. NOW THEY RETURN TO AUSTRALIA.

FOR MORE THAN 30 years Bobby Gillespie has been one of the leading figures in British music. As the founder, frontman and only constant member of Primal Scream, Gillespie has steered his group through numerous changes in personnel and musical direction while remaining a singular presence. Just as comfortable dissecting politics as he is talking about his band’s music, or his favourite record of the year (Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s Lotta Sea Lice), interviewing Gillespie often feels more like catching up with an old friend.

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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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Ten songs Paul McCartney should play on his return to Australia

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It’s been a super-long time since Paul McCartney toured Australia. The last time he was here, Hypercolour, E Street, focaccia and Peter Andre were all things. Shane Warne was better known for his skills on the pitch than for his moves off it. Paul Keating was the Prime Minister. The internet wasn’t a thing! This outfit was somehow something people thought was acceptable to wear.

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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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New Order

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In late 2011, New Order reformed to play two benefit shows for long-time friend and collaborator Michael Shamberg.

It came as a surprise to many who believed the influential Mancunians to be well and truly over following a very public split with bass player Peter Hook in 2007. All the more surprising was the announcement that original member Gillian Gilbert, who’d left in 2001, was back after a decade outside the group.

It came as a surprise to many who believed the influential Mancunians to be well and truly over following a very public split with bass player Peter Hook in 2007. All the more surprising was the announcement that original member Gillian Gilbert, who’d left in 2001, was back after a decade outside the group.

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