It’s been a slow news day today. I think it’s to do with the Labour Day public holiday, and partly because all the media companies are hung over and returning from Golden Plains. As the summer festival season has come to a close, with Future and Golden Plains now over, it’s time to start looking for the next bunch of line-up announcements, namely Splendour in the Grass and Vivid Live. In the last week Vivid rumours have been heating up, and the lovely people over at FasterLouder have hinted that Bjork may well be on her way to present her Biophilia set. Having already confirmed Sufjan Stevens for the Sydney-based festival, Vivid is on its way to match last years effort, a festival that included The Cure, OFWGKTA, Tame Impala and The Avalanches.
We’re about a month away from the first Splendour announcement as well but there have already been a couple of clues as to who will be playing. You can as good as lock Last Dinosaurs in, as their track Zoom featured on the Splendour teaser video. In international acts, The Shins have claimed they’ll be here in June, and The Ting Tings and Band of Skulls have both said they’ll be coming twice in the next year, with Splendour seemingly a certain. I think the headliners are still a little hard to pick, but with Jack White headlining Fuji Rock, you’d think he’d be favourite for one of the nights, and with Bloc Party due to reform they could be another shout.
Gig of the Week
I wrote about their new album two weeks ago, but this Friday, The Dirty Three play a sold-out show at the Palace Theatre. It will be weird to see them somewhere other Meredith, but it will be a magical set. For gigs still with tickets available, check out The Beards at the Corner hotel on Thursday, The Fearless Vampire Killers at the Toff in Town on Saturday, Velociraptor at The Tote on Saturday, or free the tight-arses reading, Rapskallion will play a gig of gypsy brilliance at Bar Open on Saturday. That last one is free.
Album of the Week
The Shins – Port of Morrow
The Shins have been one of my favourite bands for years, but they haven’t released an album since 2006. I’m personally pretty excited for this one, that comes out on Friday, and I’m already loving first single Simple Song. I’m hoping that the change of band-members has not disrupted James Mercer’s genius too much.
What I’m listening too
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
We went and saw them on Friday night in what was one of the weirdest gigs I’ve ever attended. Even at the moment, we’re arguing over who should review it because we really don;t know when to start. But nevertheless the album is brilliant. The man is a genius!