The Vulture Nest: Latest Music News
National youth radio station and Splendour in the Grass partner Triple J has landed in some hot water following the station’s coverage of the Byron Bay festival. The trouble began when Wolfmother front man Andrew laughingStockdale retaliated to a Twitter post during the band’s set at Splendour.
Stockdale then unleashed his frustration onstage during Wolfmother’s support set for the Smashing Pumpkins sideshow in Sydney, as FasterLouder reported:
“Left wing conservatives sitting up in their offices on their government paid wages… triple j can go fuck themselves!”
To this day, we have no idea what a left-wing conservative is…
In reply to this, and the heavy criticism levelled at Drive presenter Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall in which he was widely accused of self promotion and “douchebaggery” during the radio station’s Splendour coverage, Triple J posted the following statement to their Facebook page:
“After the online outcry on two fronts yesterday we were left with one obvious solution… We’re very happy to announce we’re replacing Lindsay Triple J McDougall with Andrew Stockdale as the new host of the triple j Drive show, effective immediately. Andrew is looking forward to collecting his ‘government paid wages’ with his ‘left wing conservative’ co-workers. When asked for comment, The Doctor said ‘triple j can go fuck themselves’.”
We’d like to see a bit more maturity on Triple J’s part. If you’re supposed to be the leading influence in Australian music, participating in and antagonising petty hostilities is, frankly, pretty unprofessional.
Next on the agenda, famed international music festival Lollapalooza is adding another country to its list. Israel will join Chile and Brazil in hosting the massive festival, which just this weekend past had to temporarily evacuate its Chicago site due to harsh weather and thunderstorms and led to the cancellation of the bad weather-prone Temper Trap’s set. Lollapalooza Israel will take place in the capital Tel Aviv from August 20 – 23rd 2013.
Controversial Melbourne outfit Teenage Mothers have been booted off another tour. They had reportedly been asked to support London’s Mystery Jets by personal request of the band’s singer Blaine Harrision, but following an alleged intervention by Chugg Entertainment; they have been dropped before the tour even started. The band posted a letter to their Facebook page, which outlined their dissatisfaction with the massive promoter, complaining, “your company is running a nasty and unjustified vendetta against a young punk band from Melbourne… Chuggy… don’t pretend [you] kicked us of the Mystery Jets tour to ‘save costs’…your company repeatedly punished a young band for the most insignificant ‘crime’”, which is reference to a nangs incident at an M83 gig earlier this year, which led to their expulsion from that tour. They seem to have forgotten they accidentally lit the stage on fire that night, too.
Finally, a Muse video shoot has been interrupted by a police chase/drug bust. A crowd had gathered to watch the British rock trio, but found themselves in the midst of a thrilling police chase that ended with a car accident and a drug bust with illicit materials littered over the road. According to CBS News, a Land Rover was attempting to flee the scene and nearly ran over a bicycle-mounted police in the process. A police motorbike joined the pursuit, the driver of the Land Rover took a wrong turn down a one-way street and collided with a pair of vehicles just near the music video shoot. Muse are due to return to England where they are scheduled to perform the closing ceremony of the Olympics.