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Aussie artists
Welcome to Living in the Land of Oz

2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people please be advised that this page
contains the names of indigenous people who are deceased

Here's my favourite Aussie albums, gigs, etc of 2017
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Favourite Aussie albums of 2017:
(in alphabetical order)
Alex Lahey “I Love You Like A Brother”
Jen Cloher “Jen Cloher”
Kardajala Kirridarra “Kardajala Kirridarra”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard “Murder Of The Universe”
Paul Kelly “Life Is Fine”
Ron S Peno & The Superstitions “Guiding Light”
Saskwatch “Manual Override”
Sophie Koh “Book Of Songs”
Tex, Don & Charlie “You Don't Know Lonely”
Wet Lips “Wet Lips”
Plus one covers album
Rick Price and Jack Jones “California Dreaming”

Favourite Aussie gigs of 2017:
(in order of when they happened)
Kate Miller-Heidke with the MSO. Plenary, January 28th
Killing Heidi, Abbe May. Zoo Twilights, February 25th
Twilight Sounds Festival: Dallas Frasca, Ella Hooper, Liz Stringer. Heidelberg , March 18th
The Tommyhawks, Press Club. The Curtin, April 23rd
Andy White. Bella Union, April 26th
Dave Graney. Some Velvet Morning, July 23rd
Georgia Fields & Phia, Baby Black Espresso Bar, August 5th
Coloured Stone 40th Anniversary feat Shane Howard, Kutcha Edwards, John John Miller, Yung Warriors
     and Uncle Jack Charles. Darebin Arts Centre, October 12th
Djerriwarrh Festival: Antipodean Rock Collective, Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca. Melton, November 18th
Stolen Generations Marker Fundraiser: Dan Sultan, Ella & Jesse Hooper, Kutcha Edwards, Clairy Browne,
     Kira Puru, Uncle Jack Charles, Brian Nankervis. The Croxton, December 2nd

Favourite Cover Song:
“Black Boy” by Emily Wurramara (Coloured Stone)

Favourite Song Title:
“I Wanna Be Adult” by The Stress Of Leisure

Kickin’ Arse and Takin’ Names:
A.B. Original
Alex Lahey
Gang Of Youths
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Tash Sultana

Disappointment Of The Year:
Abbe May having to change the name of her upcoming album from “Bitchcraft” to “Fruit”

Favourite Podcast:
TEAM effort with Ed Kavalee

Favourite Radio Show:
The Friday Revue (ABC Melbourne/Victoria)

Weirdest TV Show:
Catcam (Channel 31)

Best Real Life Soap Opera:
Network Ten

Gone to the Great Gig In The Sky:
Anthony Lycenko (producer/sound engineer)
Auriel Andrew (musician)
Dan Webb (broadcaster: Seven News Melbourne, “It’s Academic”)
Gary O’Callaghan (radio presenter)
Geoff Mack (composer of “I’ve Been Everywhere”)
George Young (musician; The Easybeats, Flash & The Pan. Songwriter, producer)
Gurrumul (Geoffrey) Yunupingu (musician; solo artist, Yothu Yindi, Saltwater Band)
Iain Shedden (drummer; The Saints, music journalist)
Jeff Denny (drummer; Strange Tenants)
Jimmy Chi (lead singer of Kuckles and writer of the musical Bran Nue Dae)
John Clarke (comedian, satirist, actor, writer, “Fred Dagg”)
John French (producer)
Johnny Dick (drummer; Max Merritt, The Aztecs, John Paul Young and The All Stars, Doug Parkinson In Focus)
Kevin Stanton (guitarist; Mi-Sex)
Les Murray (broadcaster)
Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
Nathan Johnston (drummer, Dr. Colossus)
Robbie Souter (drummer; Dynamic Hepnotics, Mental As Anything)
Rory O’Donoghue (musician, actor; “The Aunty Jack Show”)
Simon Holmes (musician; Hummingbirds, The Aerial Maps, producer)
Steve “Leggman” Legg (musician; Playground, The Secrets, Her Majesty’s Finest. Former co-host of 979fm’s “Show Us Your Indies”)
Tony Cohen (producer, sound engineer)
Val Jellay (entertainer, actor)
The former lead singer of Kuckles and writer of the musical Bran Nue Dae
[name not published in respect for indigenous beliefs]

Welcome Back:
COG
Diana Anaid
Girlfriend
Lano and Woodley
“For One Night Only”
Def FX
The Espy (music venue)
Skunkhour

Farewell:
ABC TV’s Ripponlea studios
Babuska (Ballarat music venue)
Bella Union (Melbourne music venue)
Beloved Elk
The Black Arm Band
The Flying Saucer Club (Melbourne music venue)
The Greyhound Hotel/GH (St. Kilda music venue)
Legends Of Motorsport
Mandy Kane
Newtown Social Club (formerly the Sandringham Hotel) (Sydney music venue)
Ouch My Face
The Snowdroppers
Suttons House Of Music (Ballarat music venue)
Sydonia
On Hiatus:
The Drones

Regenerated:
Tully On Tully -> Press Club

Happy Anniversary:
“Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)”, Johnny Farnham single (50 years)
“April Sun In Cuba”, Dragon song (40 years)
Coloured Stone (40 years)
“(I'm) Stranded”, The Saints' album (40 years)
INXS (40 years)
“Radios Appear”, Radio Birdman album (40 years)
X (40 years)
Australian Made tour (30 years)
“At First Sight Violets are Blue”, The Stems album (30 years)
"Kick", INXS album (30 years)
“My Island Home” Warumpi Band single (30 years)
The Waifs (25 years)
The Whitlams (25 years)
Def FX (20 years)
“Guide to Better Living”, Grinspoon album (20 years)
“Torn”, Natalie Imbruglia single (20 years)
TV Tonight (blog/website) (10 years)

Who I interviewed in 2017:
Ben Dowd from APES, Jeff Apter (biographer), Katy Steele, Mark E from The Mercy Kills, Matt & Beki from The Mavis’s (performed live), Carolyn Laffan (curator at the Australian Music Vault). 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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