Ok, we've got a lil' bit o' this and a lil' bit o' that today. But first things first IMMA EAT YOUR BRAINS, THEN I START ROCKIN' GOLD TEETH AND FANGS, Argggh, curse you Nicki Minaj!
Sorry about that, so, first things first, Al's Music Rant - the hour-long comedy show based on this very blog which debuted as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, will be playing as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2011. Which means that come March 30th, you'll be able to see the show that critics called "a brilliant masterclass in music appreciation" (thanking you kindly, Mr. Flaherty, or should that be Mr. Flattery!); it also means you'll start seeing little Leunig logos all over my mug. But let's cut to the chase.
Click here to go to the official festival event page:
A shortcut to skip the promo and get some tickets:
But in short I'll be on from March 30th - April 10th at Eurotrash Bar, Level 1, 18 Corrs Lane.
and as per the Fringe show, I'll be updating and promo this mofo as it develops to the big opening night. Not only that but there's some fellows and friends in the comedy fest that i'll be reccomending in the coming weeks.
Speaking of which, I should make a little announcement *sound of champagne flute being nearly shattered* - I'm also directing a show in the comedy fest called Archibald Wheeler Whets The Whistle. It's a one-man narrative comedy by my good friend, the very funny Patrick Miller.
That's Pat there, looking up longingly at all those pretty words. You may recognise Pat from the peerless comedy ensemble Vigilantelope. His show is certain to be a ripper, so do check that out, and more details on all things Comedy Fest related as they eventuate.
Don't worry lovers and loathers of contemporary popular music, there's still plenty here to whet your whistle. So let's get straight to some music happenings of the last couple days.
I Heard The News Today, Oh Boy
- In case you were living under a non-cyberspace enabled rock the last couple of days, Radiohead are releasing a brand new album The King Of Limbs, which comes out tomorrow (!!!! breathe... breathe...); but that's assuming you've already paid for a preoder for a digital download or the lavish physical version touted as "the world's first newspaper album." So head to the website and buy up, or this time tomorrow you may miss out.
- Speaking of that imminent release, the band have released a new press shot which has the five members posing with the tree that inspired the LP's title. Also, it's only 24 hours before we can tell if music blog OneThirtyBPM's tracklist predictions were accurate. If you're chomping at the bit tonight in anticipation, it's a good read and a better listen. (via AtEase and OneThirtyBPM)
- Need more Radiohead? Fine, well about how this satirical take on the new album from the cheeky blighters over at Vice magazine? And if that doesn't tide you over, well just go to bed, by the time you wake up there should be new music from Radiohead in the world! (via Vice)
- Alright, moving on. Bonkers prog-metal titan Devin Townsend has released a free live EP courtesy of InsideOut. For just the price of a tweet, or a facebook post, you get five tracks taken from Townsend's recent European tour - complete with riddick stage banter. (via InsideOut)
- Speaking of prog-metal, genre hopefuls TesseracT have released a single in anticipation of their forthcoming debut, One. Entitled Nascent, it is the second taste of the record, after the djent-y (google it) goodness of their Concealing Fate EP. Both are available now from iTunes. (via TesseracT)
- Finally, there's only two days left in AMR's inaugral competition. All you have to do is come up with a new title for my section currently labeled with the bland heading "What I Have Been Listening To Lately" And here's what the winning entry gets (aside from the infamy of naming the segment)
That's right, The Jezabels' Dark Storm (winner of the coveted Best EP award as part of the 2010 The Good, The Bad & The James Blunt); and Big Scary's excellent At The Mercy Of The Elements (which you can read up a bit on here). All you have to do is the following:
- email me at email@example.com with your subject line as "Competition"
- include your name, competition entry and maililng
- entries close at 10pm Sunday 20th Feb.