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2016

Here's my favourite Aussie albums, gigs, etc of 2015
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Favourite Aussie albums of 2016:
(in alphabetical order)
"A New Version Of Now" Peter Garrett
"As Above, So Below" Stonefield
"Astral Debris" Georgia Fields
"Deep Dark Savage Heart" Melody Pool
"Feelin Kinda Free" The Drones
"Let Love Rule" Archie Roach
"My Script" Kim Salmon
"Nonagon Infinity", King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
"Panacea" Sahara Beck
"Roller Coaster" Claude Hay
"Valles Marineris" Palace Of The King
Special Mentions
Henry Wagons, Harry Howard & The NDE, Harts, Vida Cain, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier

Favourite Aussie EPs of 2016:
(in alphabetical order)
"B-Grade University" Alex Lahey
"Black Smoke" Emily Wurramara
"Love One" Delsinki Records & Brooke Taylor
"Miles Away" Tully On Tully
"New Magic" Ella Hooper
"Pillar Of Light" Babaganouj
"Saturn Returns" Loose Tooth

Favourite Aussie gigs of 2016:
(in order of when they happened)
Vic Simms' 70th Birthday: Vic Simms, Coloured Stone, Luke Peacock and Laura Imbruglia. Bella Union, January 27th
Milk Records Showcase: Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Fraser A Gorman, Ouch My Face, Eat Brunswick All Girls Choir, and The Finks. Howler, March 5th
Tully On Tully. Workers Club, April 16th
Stonefield pre-tour secret(ish) show. Workers Club, June 7th
Dallas Frasca, Devil Electric and Plaster of Paris. Penny Black, June 24th
Sarah McLeod. Bennetts Lane, July 30th
The Mercy Kills Halloween Show. Cherry Bar, October 31st

Favourite Cover Song:
"Solid Rock feat Shane Howard" Darlow (Goanna cover)

Favourite video:
"Elevator Operator", Courtney Barnett

Freakiest video:
"Gamma Knife/People Vultures" King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

Favourite Drum Solo:
"Gamma Knife" King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard (Michael Cavanaugh)

Favourite Guitar Solo:
Anything on Harts' "Smoke Fire Hope Desire" album

Favourite Bass Line:
Tie: "Are We Flirting" Abbe May/"Tall Trees" Peter Garrett

Favourite song title:
"You've Underestimated Me, Dude" Kate Miller-Heidke

Favourite line from a song:
'Do the tampons on the cistern remind you of me? When you're standing in the bathroom taking a pee'
"Daily Detritus" Ella Hooper

Act I saw live the most:
Tie: Sarah McLeod, four times (solo three times and once with The Superjesus)
Stonefield, four times

Trend Of The Year:
Releasing a new single every month (Dave Graney, Yunyu)

Disappointments Of The Year:
The government still determined to remove Community Television from the airwaves

The Wait is Over:
Katy Steele's solo album
The Avalanches' 2nd album

Still Waiting:
All Our Exes Live In Texas' debut album
For The Espy to reopen

Gone to the Great Gig In The Sky:
Adrian Slattery (Big Smoke)
Dr Allan Zavod (composer)
Andrew Carswell (My Friend The Chocolate Cake)
Bek Moore (Clag, Scrabbled)
Bruce Mansfield (broadcaster)
Hugh McDonald (Redgum)
Jon English (solo artist, Sebastian Hardie, actor)
Ken Sparkes (broadcaster)
Max Walker (broadcaster, author, sportsperson)
Michael Shrimpton (co-creator of “Countdown”)
Mick Fettes (Madder Lake)
Ray Columbus (Ray Columbus & The Invaders)
Robert Stigwood (band manager, film producer, promoter)
Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool, The Pink Finks, The Party Machine, Mighty Kong, busker, solo artist)
Wayne Duncan (Daddy Cool, The Black Sorrows)

Welcome Back:
End Of Fashion
Peter Garrett
Superheist
      "For One Night Only"
Addiction 64
The Baby Animals (original line-up)
Died Pretty
george
Killing Heidi
Red Ink
The Earthmen
The Flairz
The Vasco Era

Farewell:
Bonjah
Jericco
The Shadow Electric (venue)
Shebeen (venue)
The Beards
The LuWow (venue)
TVS (Sydney community TV station)
World's End Press
      On Hiatus:
The Audreys
Skipping Girl Vinegar
The Dirty Three

Still With Us:
Community television stations C31 Melbourne & Geelong, 31 Digital Brisbane, Channel 44 Adelaide & West TV Perth
#CommitToCommunityTV

Happy Anniversary:
The Seekers "Georgy Girl" single (50 years)
3CR (40 years)
The Saints' "(I'm) Stranded" single (40 years)
Triple R (40 years)
The Chantoozies (30 years)
Crowded House's self titled album (30 years)
Crowded House's "Woodface" album (25 years)
Spiderbait (25 years)
The Baby Animals self titled album (25 years)
The Onyas (25 years)
The Wiggles (25 years)
Yothu Yindi "Teaty" single (25 years)
Yothu Yindi "Tribal Voice" album (25 years)
The Fauves "Future Spa" album (20 years)
george (20 years)
Killing Heidi (20 years)
Recovery (TV show) (20 years)

Who I interviewed in 2016:
Amy Findlay from Stonefield, Bob Spencer (ex-Skyhooks/ex-Angels), Charles Sale from Babaganoüj, Delsinki Records & Brooke Taylor (performed live), Henry Wagons, Josh Cashman, Mereki, Natalie Foster from Tully On Tully, Nick Cowan (director of the Dave Graney & Clare Moore documentary "I'm Not Afraid To Be Heavy"), Nkechi Anele from Saskwatch, Sahara Beck, Sarah McLeod, Sibylla Stephen from The Little Stevies and Teeny Tiny Stevies, Todd Hunter from Dragon, Wilbur Wilde, Yunyu.
Plus Jeff Jenkins from The Music and I had our annual end of year chat.

As always a big thank you to all the publicists, managers and artists who made the above interviews happen

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