Birds of Tokyo is a five-piece alternative Rock band from Perth, Western Australia. In 2010 the band released its highest charting album to date, Birds of Tokyo, which reached No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart. They are playing at The Plantation Hotel, Wednesday 20 March.
Stacey Piggot’s new book, Blow Your Own Trumpet, A Musician’s Guide to Publicity & Airplay is a book for self-managed artists, budding music managers and music industry students. It was written to dispel myths and provide a collection of tools to help the reader promote their own music or that of the bands they are representing, without handing over cash to a third party. It’s a book of ideas, guidelines, philosophies and stories telling the many pathways one can choose to create a media presence in Australia.
Tell us about the motivation behind this trip?
I suppose its always been one of those ‘bucket list’ items, and when the opportunity came up, I jumped at it. The amount of history surrounding this 96 km stretch of track is amazing and from an Australian point of view, probably the closest we have ever come to war being on our doorstep. Whilst there were attacks on and around Darwin and the East Coast during WWII, there was a real chance of the Japanese establishing a garrison at Port Moresby, after which anything could have happened. Read more
George A. Cecato is a true inspiration to all new Australians – a man who has triumphed the challenges of migrating to a new foreign nation. He has been the Australia Day Ambassador in the past and this year he celebrates the Australia Day Ceremony with the community at Botanic Gardens on Saturday, January 26 from 9am.
At Casuarina, the buildings and classrooms look different and students aren’t required to wear a uniform. Principal Toni Wright-Turner talks us through community stigmas and helps us bust some myths!
I have long been a fan of INXS and their music, previously described by band members as “big, basic dirty noise” and “white boy dance music” and had the pleasure of meeting Michael Hutchence when working as a publicist on MTV (Music Television) at Channel 9 in the early ’90s. At the time, INXS was lauded as the consummate rock band, enjoying chart-topping singles such as What You Need, Never Tear Us Apart, New Sensation, and Suicide Blonde. Interview by Karen Farrell.
Wintersun is Australia’s longest running retro nostalgia festival, and this year celebrates its 25th birthday in Coffs Harbour. We find out more from festival director, Barry McNamara.