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Midnight Oil – Alice Springs rolls out the red dirt carpet for a classic rock show

Midnight Oil – Alice Springs rolls out the red dirt carpet for a classic rock show

The Oils were in classic rock mode. No new songs, rarely testing the boundaries of tried and true winners, the audience wasn’t really challenged. Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey enjoyed the brilliant clarity of the sound and delivered most of the thrills.

That incessant noise … King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. From Darwin to the Billboard charts

That incessant noise … King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. From Darwin to the Billboard charts

Our son's band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard--named in a fit of fun when they were all playing in other bands and thought they'd be getting together only once to play a friend's party--are in the middle of their fifth US tour.

WARU!! Fire in Australian Aboriginal art

WARU!! Fire in Australian Aboriginal art

The Gumatj clan language, Dhuwalandja, is itself the tongue of flame. This language, or tongue, like the flame, cuts through all artifice. It incinerates dishonesty leaving only the bones of the truth.

A Territory Testamentary Tale

A Territory Testamentary Tale

The takeaway message from this Territory Testamentary Tale is a simple one. Making a valid will isn’t as straightforward as it might look. You certainly shouldn’t draw it up yourself nor should you get a non-lawyer friend to do so. Using one of those DIY wills kits that you can buy at a newsagent is probably okay in a straightforward situation, as long as you are capable of reading and carefully following the instructions.

“Learning to play the typewriter” – Andrew McMillan’s life of words and rock ‘n roll

“Learning to play the typewriter” – Andrew McMillan’s life of words and rock ‘n roll

"The best advice that I ever got was given by members of Status Quo “Whatever you do, don’t puncture your skin.” Snort it, drink it, smoke it, swallow it … but don't ever stick a needle in."

Gurrumul, Sammy Butcher, ‘mature quail’ and great footy. Barunga Festival day 2

Gurrumul, Sammy Butcher, ‘mature quail’ and great footy. Barunga Festival day 2

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu came to Barunga, captured our hearts and left us all better for it. My report from day 2 of the 2013 Barunga Festival.

“Something to remember me by” – Mark Mordue, the Sunrize Band and the Careless Horserider

“Something to remember me by” – Mark Mordue, the Sunrize Band and the Careless Horserider

I was freelancing for rock'n'roll magazines and having the lazy time of my life. A visit from half a dozen traditional Aboriginal men from Australia's Top End was well into the realms of the unpredictable, but they were rock'n'roll and so was I and that seemed enough to seal the occasion. Nonetheless I began battening down the hatches and warned all my friends that I had some pretty unusual visitors coming to stay. This is how it happened according to my diary at the time.

Ballot-boxes, turtle-juice and countrymen – Syd Stirling on getting in the vote in Arnhem Land

Ballot-boxes, turtle-juice and countrymen – Syd Stirling on getting in the vote in Arnhem Land

The Territory has challenged all who have come to its shores except for the first Australians who managed to live in harmony with all of its natural elements for many many thousands of years – probably somewhere within that lies the key for the rest of us.

Vale Andrew McMillan, 1957 – 2012

Vale Andrew McMillan, 1957 – 2012

Andrew was one of the Territory’s great eccentrics—but also one of its best contemporary writers,” said Mr Mackinolty. “He came to the Territory chasing music as a journalist, which led to the influential book Strict rules which covered the Warumpi Band/Midnight Oil tour of the Territory and never looked back as a writer. “He followed this with Death in Dili, Catalina Dreaming and An Intruders Guide to East Arnhemland—the latter led to his being awarded NT Writer of the Year in 2009.

Alice Desert Festival diary day two – the Bush Bands Bash

Alice Desert Festival diary day two – the Bush Bands Bash

The best band of the night for mine on the night was the Iwantja Band from the remote South Australia town of Indulkana. They didn't have the slick moves and showmanship of Papunya's Tjupi Band but they sure had their musical chops down.