PNAU

PNAU are one step closer to cracking the elusive European market thanks to an unexpected fan: Elton John.
The flamboyant British singer is such a big supporter of the Aussie dance outfit, he’s just signed them up with his management company.

Toni Collette encouraged Elton to see the band while he was here on tour last December. He did, and was so impressed he bought dozens of copies of their latest album. He’s also stayed in touch with the lads, and become an invaluable support.

“We talk more about art than business and hopefully introducing us to that part of London, artists like Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Sam Taylor-Wood,” Nick Littlemore told The Daily Telegraph.

“His tenacity is something we admire because it’s something we have had from day one, always trying to do something new. And when we’re worried about money and how much it is going to cost to record there, he reminds us we’ll be able to use the studio he is building there.”

With offers like that, the Aussie lads must be feeling very good indeed!

Image sourc: PNAU media resource

Sam SparroAussie flavour of the month Sam Sparro may be the man to resuscitate Lindsay Lohan’s musical career.

The “Black and Gold” singer is set to work with the troubled starlet after he was recommended by Mark Ronson, the Grammy award-winning producer and brother of Lindsay’s gal pal Samantha.

“Working with Lindsay is an interesting proposition,” Sam said. “I’ve always been a big fan and I think she’s cool.

“I’ve never met Samantha Ronson but I have met her dad and her sister Charlotte when I was working with Mark at Coachella. They are a great family.”

Sam will head to Los Angeles and New York in a couple of weeks to work with Lindsay and a few other artists.

Mixing with paparazzi favourites like Lindsay could be just the thing to get this Aussie ex-pat noticed in the US!

Image source: Bex Wade @ Flickr

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Well here’s some unexpected news: CDB have reformed! If you weren’t a teenage girl in the 90s this will probably mean nothing to you, so let me refresh your memory.

CDB were Australia’s very own boy band. Along with Human Nature, they showed local girls that we didn’t need the Backstreet Boys or Take That. Their pop-soul anthems like “Hook Me Up” and “Let’s Groove” sold plenty, but then after two albums they disbanded.

But let’s face it. Gary Pinto is wasted as a back-up singer on Australian Idol. And I’d much rather see his brother Brad shaking his booty than working behind-the-scenes writing and producing.

So why reform now? Andrew De Silva sheds some light on this surprising turn of events.

“We have rediscovered the reasons why we first formed the band. The chemistry between us and the combined skills just amaze me,” he explained in a press statement. “It’s been great pursuing our individual goals, but there’s something really special about this group and what we create together. During our time apart we’ve acquired new skills and ideas that we bring back to the band. We have rediscovered CDB but this time with greater experience and promise.”

It looks like the lads have taken some inspiration from Human Nature’s recent Motown success. After all, their 90s contemporaries have managed to stay relevant on the modern musical landscape, so they’re a pretty good model!

So CDB are paying tribute to their favourite artists with The Funk Sessions. It’s due out in October.

Until then I’ll just have to be content watching old footage like this performance of “Hey Girl” on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Those dance moves are even worse than I remembered, not to mention those ice cream suits. But it was the 90s!

When I read some time ago that Ben Lee had composed the soundtrack for the new Aussie movie The Square I became quite excited. New Ben Lee is always cause for joy, but I was particularly intrigued because he was handing singing duties over to Jessica Chapnick. I heard the song for the first time on Sunrise this morning, and I’m impressed. She may star in Home & Away, but Jessica is far from those disposable soap popettes we’re so familiar with. Instead she’s cut from that serious balladeer mould that is sure to interest fans of Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby. Ben has excelled with these romantic yet original lyrics. All in all, I’m in love with this song.

Angus Young

Anticipation is building as AC/DC’s comeback draws ever closer. The latest word out of the camp of the Aussie rock supergroup is that they plan to embark on a massive 18-month world tour to support their new album.

We’re all looking forward to welcoming back our favourite sons, but the best news is that the local leg may be more exhaustive than you’d expect.

“Concert industry sources at Coachella said AC/DC leader Angus Young wants to do major centres and has asked promoters to put Alice Springs in the tour schedule. Asked about the significance of Alice Springs, Young says it’s a gesture of giving back and he wants to take a major tour off the main road. The tour is likely to happen early next year,” said The Herald Sun.

The first single from the new album is slated for release next month. How exciting!

Albert Hammond JrAlbert Hammond Jr has cancelled his Australian shows which were scheduled for this week.

But unlike the Mary J Blige’s of this world, The Strokes star has a very good reason.

He’s suffering a severe throat infection which has caused him to lose his voice. Understandably, his doctor’s advised him not to perform.

The cancellation affects tomorrow night’s Melbourne show, as well as gigs in Sydney and Brisbane and his slot at Splendour in the Grass.

If you’ve got a ticket you can take it to your place of purchase for a refund.

Image source: Lorne Thomson @ Flickr

I caught the video for The Sunpilots‘ “You’re Gonna Be a Star” while watching Video Hits this weekend, and it hooked me in instantly. I’d never heard of this darkly melodic rock outfit before, but a quick Google search confirmed they’re homegrown. Make sure you give these lads from Sydney a listen – they’re definitely the real deal.

Tin Alley

Melbourne rockers Tin Alley are keeping busy on their first national tour. But vocalist and guitarist Jim Siourthas found time en route to Brisbane to tell me about crazy Australian towns, MySpace, and his band’s debut album Every Turn.

You’re just wrapping up your first national tour. How have the crowds been responding to your music?
We’ve had great shows in most cities/towns we’ve visited – some busier than others but all in all they’ve been great shows.

What can people expect from Tin Alley live?
Great musicianship, energy and great songs that will surely leave you wanting more.

Any crazy tour stories to tell?
Where do I begin … my favourite is some town names we have driven past: Bobbin Head, Bald Nob and Woodenbong. They are real towns – look them up! They definitely keep the drive interesting!

I heard you worked with American director/producer Max Ribitzky on the clips for “In Your Hands” and “Polar Bear.” Is it hard to develop these things together when you’re half a world away?
It was a unique experience because we used various internet technologies to facilitate our collaboration. We used Messenger, YouTube, Skype and e-mail to communicate and work together to complete the film clip.

You’re one of the many bands who has a MySpace page rather than a traditional website. How important is MySpace for getting exposure?
Myspace is a great tool for any band because it provides a way to reach fans with music, video, pictures, news – all the necessities of a good website. It is good for exposure to new listeners but MySpace alone cannot win fans – it is a great starting help though.

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Rogue Traders Play Sydney

It’s been a month now since Natalie Bassingthwaighte split from mega dance outfit the Rogue Traders. We’ve heard from lovable Rogue James Ash, the fans, in fact everyone but the girl herself. Until now.

Nat spoke to The Sunday Telegraph today from London to set the record straight.

Firstly, her relationship with Rogue Traders drummer Cameron McGlinchey didn’t go sour. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth!

“Cam and I are so together. I love him to pieces. I’m missing him, so he’s coming here and I can’t wait,” she gushed.

She says the decision to leave the band was a difficult one, but necessary. James wanted to continue his career, and Nat decided it wasn’t fair for him to sit around waiting for her to come back to the fold while she pursued her solo one.

“It’s always hard when people make up their own stories and don’t know the truth. I guess you could make the decision to go out there and say: ‘No, no, no’ and do 20 million interviews and tell everyone what the real story is.”

Instead of doing that, Nat got away from it all. It sounds like a much nicer option!

“I actually went on holidays with my best friend to Paris and Spain and all around the globe, chilling out. I had the best time. I just needed to relax and be somewhere people didn’t know who I am.”

But Nat Bass fans don’t have too long to wait before she returns to the spotlight. Her first solo single is out in October, the same month she’ll host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Add to that her hosting duties for the next series of So You Think You Can Dance in 2009, and Nat’s going to be one busy bee!

Attention budding musos! Pete Murray wants to teach you how to play guitar, and if you’re a good enough you could win your very own axe signed by the man himself.

Pete’s filmed this very special guitar lesson designed to teach his fans the chords for his new single, “Saving Grace.” Learn the moves, the film yourself playing the song in your own individual style. Once you’ve got your clip, just upload it to Pete’s YouTube channel.

Pete will judge the videos and give his favourite musician a personally signed Cole Clark acoustic guitar. What a prize!

You’ve got until August 21 to get your entry in. So start practicing and give it a go. And tune in to Pete’s YouTube channel on September 4 to find out who’s the lucky winner!