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Chrissy Amphlett: 1959 – 2013

This is the worst article I have ever had to write. The news is still fresh in my senses, and I’m still yet to fully believe it.

Chrissy Amphlett, Divinyls frontwoman and queen of Australian rock, is gone.

The hole she has left behind is enormous. I’m stuck in a loop of watching old Divinyls videos on YouTube and reading tributes on Facebook and Twitter. It isn’t making me any less sad, but it is fortifying to see just how spectacular she was, and to know this is how she will be remembered. She truly was amazing. Continue reading

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10 Unearthed Bands To See in 2013: A New Years Eve Playlist

Photo by headylife, via FlickrExperiencing great live music is truly one of the most invigorating ways to spend one’s time, and in my opinion, is even better when it’s a coming from a brilliant new band you’ve never heard before. Easily the best part of the year-or-so I spent living in Canberra was the ability to walk into any of a number of venues (most commonly The Phoenix and The Polish Club) and find myself in the grips of a delightful new musical discovery.

The number of times I asked musicians, “Do you have a triple j unearthed page?” is far too high to count, but thankfully I was regularly rewarded with an affirmative answer, allowing me to wander through their recordings and relive some of the best indie gigs of the year. In this post, I share some of those recordings from bands that I loved live in 2012, and who you should definitely be keeping an eye out for in 2013. You can find the playlist here, but for the full visual experience and links to relevant profiles, you’ll have to read on!

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Commercial Radio Australia lobby against local music quotas

Commercial Radio Australia LogoIt’s been a big couple of weeks for Commercial Radio Australia, with the industry hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

First was the decision from the ACMA that 2GB’s Alan Jones had been found guilty of breaching the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice, in regards to his coverage of native vegetation laws. (Some reports say he’ll be up for investigation about his climate change-related broadcasts in the coming months.)

Then, in the same week, FM shock jock Kyle Sandilands decided to make some rather unkind comments about a journalist who wrote a less than glowing review of his and Jackie O’s TV show.

Social media fumed! Petitions were signed! Advertisers pulled commercials in droves! All round, November was not an easy month for Commercial Radio Australia (CRA). Sure, people were talking about radio, but for all the wrong reasons.

But one good thing had come out of these scandals; they took the heat off comments made by CEO Joan Warner in regards to the Australian music quota and its place in the current radio environment.

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