Paul Kelly wonders if “Every Fucking City” will go over in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 21, 2002 By Steve Newton There are a couple of favourite things that come to mind when I recall my five-week holiday in Australia in ’86. One is what they called the “drive-in bottleshops”. You could just pull in off the street and have some guy hand you … Continue reading Paul Kelly wonders if “Every Fucking City” will go over in Vancouver

Beatles freak Jon Auer says the Posies want to emulate the Fab Four

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 25, 1996 It’s just after 11 p.m. when Jon Auer from the Posies rings up, but he’s still just scraping the sleep dust from his eyes, and the familiar clink of ice cubes is evidence that potent liquid refreshment is speeding the transition to wakefulness. It’s actually late … Continue reading Beatles freak Jon Auer says the Posies want to emulate the Fab Four

News of Angel City singer Doc Neeson’s death gets the Newt sadly typing

Just noticed an e-mail from fellow Vancouver rock writer "Big Al" MacInnis relaying the sad news that Doc Neeson, the singer from Angel City--or the Angels, as they were called in their native Australia--passed away today at the age of 67. Man, I used to love Angel City tunes like "Marseilles", "Shadow Boxer", and especially "Take … Continue reading News of Angel City singer Doc Neeson’s death gets the Newt sadly typing

John Butler Trio relishes its musical independence

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 26, 2010 BY STEVE NEWTON History shows that the major record labels have done all right for themselves while bringing Australian music to the masses. Atlantic signed AC/DC to an international distribution deal in 1976, and for years afterward its stockholders reaped the benefits of monumental blues-metal. During the ’80s … Continue reading John Butler Trio relishes its musical independence

Xavier Rudd finds new sunshine

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 2, 2010 By Steve Newton In the booklet that accompanies Xavier Rudd’s new CD, Koonyum Sun, there’s a picture of the Aussie roots artist in concert at an outdoor venue in Banff. He’s laying down some lap-slide guitar while his young sons Joaquin and Finojet bust moves across the stage floor. … Continue reading Xavier Rudd finds new sunshine