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Iain Shed­den’s must-read mu­sic col­umn

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shed­den

AMER­I­CAN bluesy rock troubadours the Black Keys have been cre­at­ing a buzz around the coun­try this week, play­ing their first shows since last year’s al­bum El Camino launched them into the big league of are­nas and fes­ti­val head­line spots. Drum­mer Patrick Car­ney and singer-gui­tarist Dan Auer­bach haven’t let their new-found sta­tus go to their heads, how­ever. The two mu­sos could be seen work­ing the room into the wee small hours when they at­tended a party in their hon­our at Sydney’s fash­ion­able res­tau­rant Porteno on Mon­day, fol­low­ing the first of their two per­for­mances at Sydney’s En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre. The duo also played a more in­ti­mate show to a se­lect au­di­ence at the city’s rock ’n’ roll haven The An­nan­dale on Wed­nes­day.

PORTENO, in­ci­den­tally, is where tables are much in de­mand and where meat cooked in an Ar­gen­tinian style is the hot favourite. It may come as a sur­prise to those rock fans who have, through the years, come to de­spise the food on of­fer at rock fes­ti­vals that the res­tau­rant’s chefs and own­ers, Ben Mil­gate and Elvis Abra­hanow­icz, are turn­ing their hand to cater­ing for the hun­gry hordes at the Big Day Out next year. The two food­ies are invit­ing culi­nary wizards from across the coun­try — in each of the BDO’s lo­ca­tions — to be part of Chow Town, an idea that has been handed down from fes­ti­val pro­moter Ken West’s new Amer­i­can part­ner, Cre­ative Fes­ti­val En­ter­tain­ment, which runs a sim­i­lar foodie phe­nom­e­non at its US Lol­la­palooza event. Chow Town will have its own sec­tion within the BDO com­pounds across the coun­try and will of­fer rel­a­tively ex­otic fare to the pun­ters. Among the dishes be­ing con­sid­ered are Amer­i­can bar­be­cue-style brisket, pulled pork, lob­ster corn dogs, hand-held tostadas de atun fresco and Chi­nese duck baos. It re­mains to be seen whether this level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion in BDO cater­ing will ap­peal to the masses but it’s a wel­come al­ter­na­tive to the stan­dard fes­ti­val menu.

SOME of you may have read the Re­view yarn last week on where-it’s-at Amer­i­can muso Beck, who has taken the bold step of re­leas­ing his lat­est col­lec­tion of ma­te­rial purely as sheet mu­sic in De­cem­ber. Fol­low­ing the ar­ti­cle Spin Doc­tor re­ceived an email from Cana­dian band Au­to­matic Toys, whose singer Nachum Peter­seil was keen to share his band’s ver­sion of Do We? We Do, the one song that has been made avail­able so far from Beck’s Song

Reader, as the book of dit­ties is ti­tled. The Toys’ read­ing is just one of many that has found its way on to YouTube since Beck re­leased the sheet mu­sic ver­sion. Our own Me­gan Wash­ing­ton was one of the first to per­form the song, on Triple J. No doubt we can ex­pect an avalanche of cov­ers when the other songs are pub­lished. If you would like to hear the Au­to­matic Toys’ ver­sion, it’s easy to find on YouTube.

THAT wind of change whirling around Tam­worth’s Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val re­fuses to die down, with the an­nounce­ment this week that Joan Dou­glas, chair­woman of the Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia, has stood down af­ter a year in the job and many more as sec­re­tary and board mem­ber. The new chair­man is well-known and re­spected coun­try mu­sic mover and shaker Jeff Chan­dler.

HAPPY birthday this week­end to Du­ran Du­ran front­man Si­mon Le Bon, who turns 54 to­day, and to Shad­ows gui­tarist and Perth res­i­dent Hank Marvin, who reaches 71 to­mor­row.

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