VALE CHRISTIAN HOULLEMARE

We lost a good one this week when Happy Hate Me Nots bassist, and one-time member of both The New Christs and The Someloves decided to check out early, way too early. Like his close friends and family we are shocked by Christians final decision. “No words” being the most uttered response to the news. Christian was a lovely man, a genuine nice guy and a rick solid bass-player. Rather than mourn, lets celebrate his life via some of his best work, 1987′s Salt, Sour & Brighton from his beloved Happy Hate Me Nots.

Look after each other.

MICK TURNER AT THE GALLERY OF VICTORIA

Another to appear at the NGV’s Italian Masterpieces Friday Nights musical selection is Mick Turner. The Dirty Three guitarist released his latest solo album Don’t Tell The Driver to great acclaim earlier this year and toured Australia as support to Cat Power to promote it. Mick, with full-band, will appear at the NGV on Friday 11th July. Tickets are on-sale now

LLOYD COLE – THIRD SYDNEY SHOW ANNOUNCED.

You read that right. Lloyd Cole’s show at The Basement in Sydney on June 19th has sold-out leading to a third and final show – also at the Basement – on Saturday 21st June. Tickets for the 21st and any remaining tickets for the Basement show on June 18th are on-sale now.

But wait, there’s more… joining Lloyd for all three Sydney appearances will be Sydney stand-up comic Bruce Griffiths. Bruce is an award winning comic and behind the scenes comedy writer for many TV shows. Bruce has also appeared in comedic support to Henry Rollins and at the Sydney’ Dig It Up! Invitational in 2013.

Meanwhile, in Melbourne, 30 tickets remain for Lloyd’s performance at the Thornbury Theatre on June. Lloyd Cole’s other two Melbourne performances, at the Caravan and Flying Saucer Clubs, are know sold-out.

BEN WATT (EX-EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL) DEBUT AUSTRALIAN-TOUR

Following the release of Hendra - his first solo album in over 30 years – sometime DJ, sometime author and one-time Everything But The Girl songsmith Ben Watt, makes his debut Australian visit this August performing solo and intimate mode for shows in Sydney and Melbourne only.

Featuring collaborations with Suede’s Bernard Butler and Berlin-based producer Ewan Pearson, Hendra is the meeting of worlds: languid folk, distorted rock and fizzing electronics. Hendra (live)

Performing both acoustic and electric, Ben Watt brings material from Hendra plus other works to Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria as a part of their Friday Nights At Italian Masterpieces musical selection and will also perform at Sydney’s The Basement. Tickets for these exclusive shows are on-sale Friday August 9th.

ED KUEPPER – BELLINGEN SOLD-OUT

The Return Of The Mail-Order Bridegroom, Ed Kueppers first studio album of all new recordings since 2007, is out now via Consume and receiving (as expected) great reviews. Conversely all of Ed’s shows on his May / June are close to selling out with his first time appearance at Bellingen already done and dusted.

Herr Kuepper will play for upwards of 2 hrs each night without support except in Sydney where Johnny Casino (solo) opens at the Newtown Social Club show.

Don’t be the only kid at school who missed what all the fuss is about. Tickets and full details here.