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The Rock-itt : December 2010
Dec 1, 2010 – Summer is here and this is not only a great time for independent rock music it is also the festival season. Events such as Byron Blues Festival, Peats Ridge, Splendour in the grass and the Big Day Out are coming events that each year are high on the expectations and usually live up to being bigger and better that the year previous. The festival events are no longer the place for the bong happy hippy sitting in the mud, with loud music and not much else, though you may still have to deal with the mud! The innovative almost city like atmosphere of these events are more like a mobile metropolis. They can boast services such as shops, banks, support services like government help lines, green information, multiple bars, entertainment areas with rides and side shows and even chill out and recovery tents. It is a far cry from the early concerts I went to in the seventies and early eighties. In those days the farm, the stage, the bar and a place for your tent were the only facilities provided. What remains the same is the atmosphere and hype that makes a festival a unique and awesome experience. Being part of a weekend dedicated to seeing some of your favourite bands, discovering some new favourites and being immersed into the festival without the distractions of TV or home and work pressures is priceless and well worth the occasional wallow in the mud. FESTIVALS November - The Open Arms festival on at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds. Coffs Harbour hosts and all-Australian line-up is headed up by The Living End who are aficionado’s of the live scene despite a small hiatus in the last 12 months while they worked on their new album. The line-up includes Birds of Tokyo, Graftom Primary and Horrorshow. December The Falls Music and Arts Festival Marion Bay in Tasmania and Lorne in Victoria. The Falls Festival will have been running for 8 years in Tasmania and this will be its 18th year for Lorne. It started small and has grown though still retains its country feeling. This year it will run over 3 days from December 29 to January 1 in Marion Bay and for 4 days from December 28 to January 1 in Lorne. The massive line- up of music, arts and comedy include headliners Interpol; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; English indie-dance band Klaxons. Hight the hit list to see will be Public Enemy performing Fear of a Black Planet in full. This was PE’s most notorious and raucous album it established them as force and was influential and a trailblazer of 90’s at time where same same was the norm. Peaches are also doing a DJ set, The National, , Cold War Kids; and Sleigh Bells; plus a few more choice DJ’s and heaps more. The Festival of the Sun December 10 and 11 at the Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park in Port Macquarie. The FOTS festival turns a sleepy little tourist park and beach at the end of one of the picturesque north coast towns into raucous and hedonist rock and roll venue. With only 3000 tickets sold it is also one of the most exclusive. With one stage and a line up of bands starting Friday night and going though to Sunday, the adrenalin keeps pumping and punters can’t help to be pleased. The bands also love this venue it gets you close to the audience but maintains the Festival big vibe feeling. On the line up for the event are Xavier Rudd, Regurgitator, Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings, British India, Calling All Cars, That One Guy, Dallas Frasca, Mojo Bluesmen, Lissa, Bob Corbett, The Mcmenamins, Lee Rosser, Ebb N Flo, Mojada, Sierra Fin, Slow Down Honey, Barrel House, The Chemist, The Seabellies, The Gin Club and Minnie Marks. This pick for me will be Regurgitator who will be venturing down from their Brisbane bastion. The “gurge” who are renowned for regurgitating a number of styles during there set never disappoint and always enliven the audience with something different and extraordinary. HARDWARE FACTS Set Guitar Necks (also called glued necks) The above photos show how set necks (also called glued necks) are made. All Gibson S.G's and Les Paul's use the same sort of joints. Early SG's (around 1961 - 1967 I think), have a neck that meets the body around the 20th fret (this is the model that is popular with Angus Young and many S.G’s including the Epiphone are based on). These necks were not very structurally sound and were further compromised buy routing out the neck joint to fit the rhythm pick up closed to the end of the fretboard. This is why from around 1967 onwards, they changed the neck to meet the body around the 16th fret (like a Les Paul does). You can tell the different models by the longer and thicker re-enforced heel at the back of the neck on the later models (like the popular Gretche Electromatic Corvette). The advantages of set-in neck as apposed to a bolt on neck is players believe they can gain a warmer tone and usually have better access to top frets in comparison to bolt-on necks utilizing a metal plate. Some of the disadvantages include harder and more expensive to mass manufacture than bolt-on necks and much harder to repair / service than a bolt-on neck. Also, the player has no control over the neck-to-body angle; changing it requires disassembling the instrument and re-glueing the neck by an experienced luthier. Although commonly believed to have more sustain, this appears to have been the subject of lot of conjecture with the belief that greater sustain is achieved depending more on the quality of the joint rather than a simple difference between bolt on of fixed neck. Mikes Music Gumbo Mikes meandering mind of music mumbo jumbo reviews of the nations live music mayhem and events. By Mike Williamson