• Good ol' rock

    10 May 2007, 7:51

    Wed 9 May – Nine Inch Nails, Serena Maneesh
    Great gig, I'll say that much. The lack of seats really fucked me off, but great gig. Everyone thrummed with energy. Plus, I got No You Don't! YES!

    Hurt killed everyone, fucking terrific rendition. March Of The Pigs was awesome, so was Head Like A Hole. Plus, we got Good Solider & Me, I'm Not - which no one has. HAH! IN YOUR FACE BRISBANE!

    So sore from being in my first every moshpit for a good ten minutes ... go me. Just stood at the back after that. Not worth the crushing and the elbows. Though I did get a nice up-close perve on Rezface.

    Much love to NIN. Now, onto Silverchair!
  • Short but worth it

    10 May 2007, 0:18

    Fri 4 May – 30 Seconds to Mars, Angela's Dish
    30STM played a terrific set, they really did. Not enough from the first album - fuck you everyone who voted for The Mission over Buddha For Mary ... seriously - but still great. Jared seemed to have more energy then he knew what to do with, which was a bit detrimental to singing, but he made up for it in the slower songs.

    Opening band, Angela's Dish, were pretty crap. Music was good, however the singer had this unfortunate urge to open his mouth.

    Was lucky enough to leave before Attack and thus got into the front of the line for the signing, which meant not much of a wait, thank God. Got my copy of the debut album signed, Jared was the nicest of the lot, which may surprise some. I think Tomo and Shannon were just tired.

    Anyway ... short, but worth it!
  • Protest

    19 Mar 2007, 8:57

    I'm going to chain myself to a tree. Or maybe a sheep. I have a cause, and I'm protesting.

    Don't doubt me; it's meaningful. Little did you know I could be meaningful. This is my protest.

    Silverchair have their Sydney concert on the same night as Nine Inch Nails have their first night, to which I've already gotten tickets.

    Now, that is just not nice to fans of alternative (but not full-on indie crap) music. Be nice, Mr. Johns.
  • Almost-Endless Quiz

    1 Feb 2007, 4:22

    1. What are you listening to right now? Snow (Hey Oh)

    2. What song makes you sad?
    Shilo is a sure bet. Plus lots of Radiohead stuff. Oh, and of course, Better Be Home Soon

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    That stupid Love You Right song.

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    If I had to pick, I'd probably go Nine Inch Nails.

    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    Queens of the Stone Age

    6. Best female voice?
    Amy Lee from Evanescence. Judging not by talent but by favourite, Tori Amos.

    7. Best male voice?
    Maynard James Keenan.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    Alternative/industrial rock, but not really obscure stuff.

    9. What do you listen to hype you up?

    10. What do you listen to to calm down?
    Neil Finn or Tori Amos.

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Tool. Or Jaywalker, depending if that counts.

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?

    13. Most hated band?
    The Pussycat Dolls.

    14. Song that makes you think?

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    The Tea Party. They're in no danger whatsoever of getting too mainstream, so I think I'd like a bit more love for the boys. They should get back together too!

    16. Coolest music video?
    That's a hard one. Probably Into the Void

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?
    Hmn ... that's difficult. I'll probably go with Reedemer from Queen Of The Damned. Because Jonathan Davis's voice makes me hot, and so does Stuart Townsend. Oh yeah baby.

    18. What "do you play/would you play" in the bedroom to spice things up?
    Jakalope, Nine Inch Nails or Korn, depending on the situation. The last two are kinda rough-sounding. The first is veeeery relaxing to me in those kind of situations.

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    Does a few simple drum beats count?

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    Not a proper one, and I never want to.

    21. Are you in a band?

    22. If yes, what kind of music does your band play?
    Magic music.

    23. Ever dated a musician?
    Not really.

    24. If yes, what kind of music did he/she/they play/instrument/band?
    Gee, he played guitar. *sigh*

    27. If no, would you consider?
    Fuck yeah!

    28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    Certainly. I'd love to be able to make music.

    29. Best chick band you know of?
    Chick /band/ ... hmn ... Jack Off Jill.

    30. Best guy band you know of?
    The Tea Party. NIN does doesn't really count.

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd...etc...?
    On tape, Hunting Bears

    32. What do you think of Classical music?
    Big Beethoven and Tchaikovsky fan. And go the FourPlay String Quartet!

    33. What do you think of Country music?

    34. What do you think of Death metal?
    Occasionally I don't mind it, if I'm in the mood.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?

    36. Are you a groupie?
    Probably would be if I was given the chance.

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
    Not really. The occasional French rendition of a song doesn't count.

    38. What famous musician do you find sexy?
    Most of them. But I'll do Chris Cornell and Kurt Cobain as the top of the list. Ooh, ooh, and Jared Leto!

    39. Worst concert moment?
    Trent Reznor calling us all fucking retards and skipping the part of Starfuckers Inc. where we get to chant "don't you!" That broke my heart just a widdle.

    40. Funny Concert moment?
    Jeordie White doing a hilarious rendition of Master of Puppets.

    41. Sad Concert moment?
    Jess and I bawling to both Overcome and Hurt/

    42. Best local act you can think of?

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
    Ermf ... no real idea. According to Jess, a cello. Me, I'll vote a harpsichord!!

    44. Do you listen to the radio?
    Not overly much, but enough.

    45. Do you watch music TV?
    I used to all the time, now I don't have Austar. So I download the clips!

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?
    A bit. Enough to be disgusted.

    47. Have you meet any famous musicians?
    I got to meet Jeff Martin at a signing, that was pretty darn special. Had a good chat with MC Lars, and briefly met Eddie from Butterfingers and only realised afterward who the hell it was. Not used to seeing the performing artist at a concert wandering around the foyer.

    48. Are any of your friends/family etc musicians?
    A few, but not pro's.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    You and Whose Army. Not for the lyrics, but the music. Feeling tired, lethargic, but triumphant.

    50. Song that describes your life?
    Happy Phantom. Or at least that's what I pick

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    If I'm a big fan. I can list them for about twenty or so, I think.

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
    No, more then other way round. The music influences the physical attraction.

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?
    Jared Leto. Gimme.

    53. Favourite movie sound track?
    Queen of The Damned.

    55. Any musician pet hates?
    Fred Durst.

    56. What do your parents listen to?
    Dad: ABBA, Cher, Enigma, Roxette, Enya, etc. etc. Never fear, he's straight.
    Mum: The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Crowded House, lots of Hillsong stuff.

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
    In my head, Happy Phantom.

    58. Do you wear band T-shirts, hoodies, etc.?
    T-shirts, very often.

    59. What do you think of people who do?
    Love it. Lets me pick people who love the same music I do. I'm shallow that way.

    60. What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
    Alt-rock. I guess. Not really any. My own culture!Blink's pretty rock though.

    61. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    I said, Happy Phantom! Gah!

    62. Do you sing in the shower?
    If there's no one around, I sing anywhere.

    63. If so, what? If not, why not?
    Whatever's stuck in my head. Usually Tori.

    64. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?
    Ooh ... hard decision. Marry one.

    65. What is in your walkman/discman right now?
    In my tape-player in my car is Amnesiac. That's about all, everything else is mp3.

    66. How important is your partners taste in music to you?
    Massively so.

    67. Hanson moves in next door to you, do you go introduce yourself, or do you arrange to beat them up?
    Introduce myself! I like some of their later stuff.

    68. Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll, you dig?
    Just the rock n' roll.

    69. Do you cook to music?
    I do anything I can to music,

    70. Do you sing in the toilet?
    If there's no one around, sure thing.
  • ABC Of Music

    30 Ene 2007, 23:32

    For every letter of the alphabet, a band you love. Simple.

    A - A Perfect Circle
    B - Butterfingers
    C - Crowded House
    D - Disturbed
    E - Evanscence
    F - Franz Ferdinand
    G - Grinspoon
    H - Holly McNarland
    I - Incubus
    J - Jeff Buckley
    K - Korn
    L - Live
    M - Marilyn Manson
    N - Nine Inch Nails
    O - Orgy
    P - Placebo
    Q - Queens of the Stone Age
    R - Radiohead
    S - Soundgarden
    T - The Tea Party
    U - U2
    V - Velvet Underground
    W - White Stripes
    X - I'm cheating. X, Static. Static-X. Deal with it.
    Y - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Z - Zed
  • Morbid Survey

    15 Ene 2007, 1:24

    {1} Do you ever see garbage bags on the side of the highway and wonder if there are body parts inside?

    {2} If you ever got the chance to practice cannibalism, would you?
    So long as I didn't have the kill the guy, probably. Supposed to be pretty good for you, depending on who you listen to.

    {3} If forced to overdose on a drug, which one would you choose?
    A tasty one.


    {4} Shot or stabbed?
    Probably shot, but it all depends on which one's going to kill me.

    {5} Asphixiated or exsanguinated?
    Asphixiated, thanks. I've lost enough blood for now.

    {6} Drowned or buried alive?
    Drowned. Supposed to be quite peaceful in the end.

    {7} Killed by blunt-force trauma to the head or crushed to death?

    {8} Poisoned or overdosed?
    Again, which is tastier.

    {9} Killed by a flesh-melting virus or by rats or ants slowly pecking at you?
    Man, you have too much time on your hands. Flesh-melting.

    {10} Out of all the above choices, which one do you like best?
    Drowning, thanks.

    {11}...Which is the worst way to die in your opinion?
    Slowly and painfully.

    {12} Killed (by a person) intentionally, or by accident?
    Intentionally might be quicker, due to fear of cops. Accident could be long and slow.

    {13} Killed by a serial killer (for pleasure) or a hitman (for profit)?
    Not sure. Hitman would probably be quicker, but serial killer might make history.

    {14} Killed in a car crash or a plane crash?
    Plane, thanks.

    {15} Killed in your home or away from home?

    {16} Killed in your sleep or while watching TV?

    {17} Killed by someone who knew you, a stalker, or a complete stranger?
    Stalker. Could make for interesting conversation.


    {18} What do you want done with your body when you die?
    Buried sounds good to me, but the coffin idea ruins it. So cremation it is.

    {19} You're forced to have your funeral at a place OTHER than a church -
    Cathedral Cave.

    {20} What song/s would you want played at your funeral?
    Tori Amos - Happy Phantom.

    {21} What outfit would you like to be buried in?
    My black dress. I never get to wear that thing.

    {22} Who do you want to give your eulogy?
    Whoever wants to. I won't be around to hear it.

    {23} Any other specifics about your funeral you'd like to share?
    I'd like lots of plants there.

    {24} Would you rather be forgotten about when you die, or remembered but hated?

    {25] Would you rather die alone, or die loved but leave a heartbroken mate behind?
    Die alone.
  • 10 Influential Songs of 2006

    10 Ene 2007, 4:30

    Did this in my journal proper, so thought I'd do it here too. The ten songs that helped shape my 2006.

    Venus in Furs
    I had a major obsession with this song for a fair while there, and it was the first inkling of interest in BDSM. Ended up being my little anthem as my interest grew. Thus, my tag on pretty much all BDSM sites is now "whiplash girlchild". Felt it fitted.

    Battle of One
    Track of absolute defiant freedom. Used to love hollering it out in my house alone, when no one could hear me.

    Better Be Home Soon
    The song I chose to be played over the slide I made for my mother's funeral. Can no longer listen to this song.

    Spawn Again
    Another great, aggressive song. Urged me to at least give veganism a shot. Too bad I'm now anemic, though it's unrelated.

    All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey
    Jess and I share this song for our new life in Sydney. "Move into the city, worry all your mental health", etc. Just a fun, happy song that we often listen to coming home from work as a pick-me-up.

    You and Whose Army
    Listened to Amnesiac on tape so many times it's not funny. And this song came to be perfect to me; lonely and comforting. It's a song I run to when I'm feeling like I need to find myself.

    Raspberry Swirl
    Defiant break-up song for me, a bit. Boyfriend at the start of the year was saying he'd never go down on a girl, it's not gross. But us going down on guys, that's fine. I hold this song up proudly: "if you want to get inside her world, boy you better make her raspberry swirl". Plus, it's just a great dance song, one of our regular songs before we go out for the night. "Waiting for the boys, can't be men". Fuck 'em!

    Happy Phantom
    Got me through many a bad day in my old job. Be feeling crap and stressed on right on the edge, and I'd just keep humming it to myself, singing it in my head. Sustained me brilliantly.

    Faster Than Light
    Discovered this at work, was another relaxation song. Listened to it a lot at home and work, was just a beautiful song that lifted my spirits time and time again.

    Feel It
    Heh ... well. Frankly, this song for me will now always be associated with BDSM and sex, though it's about sex anyway. When I was first ... well ... experimenting, this song plus a fair few other Jakalope songs were the music I used to relax myself and open my mind a bit.

    So there we go. Ten songs that made my 2006.
  • Club Blink

    28 Dic 2006, 4:09

    Just thought I'd put out a nice little notice to anyone who happens to visit Sydney, or is already here, or frequents this place. Or whatever.

    Club Blink is in the CBD district of Sydney, at the Agincourt Hotel. You people can Google that yourself. I'd read about it in free music press for ages, and after I moved to Sydney, finally got the chance to attend.

    I have never met a nicer bunch of people. Everyone was friendly, complimentary, polite, and loving the music. Had some wonderful conversations in the female toilets, met cool people while just sitting on the pavement outside. And the music is phenomenal.

    Korn, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, Mindless Self Indulgence, Marilyn Manson, The Living End, Static-X, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, and so on and so forth.

    Admission's only $10, on every Friday. Seriously, if you like alternative music, give it a shot. It's utterly terrific. If you like it even heavier (Slayer, etc.) then there's a level downstairs just for you.

    Cannot recommend highly enough.
  • 30 Seconds To Mars

    10 Nov 2006, 6:24

    Time for a bit of a bitch.

    30 Seconds to Mars are obviously a band I like a lot, being that they're number nine on my Most Listened list. I've been listening for about a year and a few months now - not for ages, but longer than A Beautiful Lie has been around. And now, finally, after countless wishes, they've been released in Australia. Yay!
    Only not. See, I dreaded this, and it seems to be happening: they're becoming 'cool'. Popular. Whatever. The point is, I'm seriously afraid that one of my most-loved bands is about to become the domain of trendy emo-kids, or teeny-bopping girls who just "luuuurve that Jared guy!" There's nothing worse than having a band you've loved and nurtured, and then everyone invading that special relationship.

    Another thing that's now bugging me. I've been plugging this band relentlessly on my community radio station where I do a few shows a week, playing them pretty much every show, encouraging listeners to try it out - especially since I know only people who take music seriously listen to that station. And now I hear it on every commercial station possible. Gah! I am getting sick of The Kill; not something I thought would ever happen, since no one here knew them. But geh.

    Stupid commercial masses ... we Aussie Echelon stick together.
  • Farewell to The Glass House

    1 Nov 2006, 10:51

    One of the finest shows on Australian television, The Glass House, has been dropped by the ABC Network. It's getting the highest rating's it's ever had, but apparently for a "commercial reason", it won't be returning next year.

    What a load of crap. This show had a left-wing view, that's why it's going. Ask Wil Anderson, he practically said so himself. But may I say, it's producing it's best shows yet. They're not afraid of backlash or cancellation; they've got nothing to lose. They're pulling out all stops.

    If you're Australian, and not already hooked on this show, tune in and see it at 9.30 Wednesday night on ABC. I can guarantee you that you won't regret it.