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My Day With The ASO

On the 28th of February, I attended the Big Rehearsal at Grainger Studio in the centre of Adelaide. For those of you who don’t know what the Big Rehearsal is, it’s an opportunity for young, classical musicians to spend a day playing with and learning from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Basically, I spent a full day playing first horn for the ASO.

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“Tank” by The Seatbelts

Isn’t it great when you find a song you’d completely forgotten you loved? That happened this morning to me. Browsing through my iTunes library, I happened upon this gem by The Seatbelts, a Japanese blues/jazz band led by the composer and instrumentalist Yoko Kanno. She’s fairly well-known for writing the soundtracks to many anime films and shows, in particular Cowboy Bebop, for which “Tank” is actually the opening theme song.

So sit back and enjoy the awesome, jazzy sound of The Seatbelts.

Band Of The Week – Paramore

Paramore is an American alternative rock band formed in Tennessee in 2004. They started off with the members Hayley Williams (vocals), Josh Farro (lead guitar, backing vocals), Zac Farro (drums), Jeremy Davis (bass guitar) and Taylor York (lead and rhythm guitars). However, Josh Farro and Zac Farro split from the band in 2010 after disagreements with Hayley Williams.

Paramore - the original lineup

Paramore – the original lineup

Paramore’s sound was at first a simple blend of alternative rock blended with emo rock, but after Josh and Zac Farro split, the band came back with a softer, less rocky sound, releasing the self-titled #1 album Paramore in April 2013.

And now for the music video, and this time it’s Misery Business, one of the most popular singles from their second album, Riot!, released in 2007. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check back next Tuesday for another Band of the Week post!

You can visit Paramore’s website here.

Iron Maiden – When The Wild Wind Blows

I’ve been really getting into the heavy metal recently, and Iron Maiden are easily one of the best metal bands out there. I love the guitar solos, the catchy riffs and the sheer epicness of so many of their songs. One of my favourites is ‘When The Wild Wind Blows’, which at 11 minutes long is one of their most epic. Enjoy 😉

Band of the Week: Jack’s Mannequin

I have to be honest here.

Jack’s Mannequin are without a doubt one of my favourite bands of all time. Maybe it’s because of the smart, soulful blend of piano mixed with rock. Maybe it’s because of the lead singer Andrew McMahon’s deep, meaningful lyrics. Or maybe it’s because McMahon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of 22, and not only beat the cancer but came back with two more albums and founded a non-profit charity to raise funds for cancer research. Whatever way you look at it, this band is pretty awesome.

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Andrew McMahon at centre

Jack’s Mannequin was an American rock band formed in 2004. It originally began as a solo project for Andrew McMahon, the former frontman of Something Corporate. Over the course of eight years they released three albums. In late 2012, it was announced that McMahon would discontinue releasing music under the Jack’s Mannequin name, preferring to use his own name instead.

You’ll love Jack’s Mannequin if you like ….

  • Something Corporate
  • Andrew McMahon
  • Valencia
  • The Format
  • The Rocket Summer
  • Augustana
  • The Starting Line
  • Matt Nathanson
  • The Academy Is …
  • Dashboard Confessional

Below is one of the singles from their first album, called ‘The Mixed Tape’

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Vintage Band Of The Week: The Smiths

The Smiths were a British indie rock band that formed in Manchester in 1982, and broke up in 1987. The band was incredibly influential and has since achieved a cult following.

The members were Morrissey (lead singer), Johnny Marr (lead guitars), Andy Rourke (bass guitar), and Mike Joyce (drums).

 

The Smiths in 1985.

The Smiths in 1985.

Over the course of five years they released four studio albums, several compilation albums and numerous singles.

You’ll like The Smiths if you like….
+ Libertines
+ Pink Floyd
+ The Cure
+ Crowded House
+ Morrissey
+ REM
+ The Doors

One of their best songs:
‘There is a light that never goes out’

The Smiths are without a doubt one of my all-time favourite bands, due to their amazing lyrics, catchy tunes and general all-round awesomeness.

Thanks for reading, check back next Monday for another Band of the Week Post!

Parkinson: Masterclass by Lang Lang

Last night on Parkinson (ABC 1), there was a Masterclass by Lang Lang, who is considered the best Chinese pianist of his time. He has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and all of the top American orchestras. He has inspired more than 40 million Chinese schoolchildren to take up piano throughout his career. Needless to say, his interview with Parkinson was fascinating as he talked about his childhood and technique, and played some of his favourite pieces, before giving a masterclass to a Royal Academy of Music student.

For the musically inclined, his advice is invaluable, his playing almost entrancing. He is truly a gifted pianist and musician. For the next 13 days, you can watch the catch-up episode here on ABC iview. And you can also watch this fantastic video of him performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18.

Enjoy!