I would like to take this opportunity to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported and visitied this year. The response from fans and readers everywhere has been quite phenomenal. So many hits to the site are from parts of the world I did not know existed! Who would have thought that would entertain readers in Panama or the Dominican Republic?!
As we draw 2012 to a close, theaussieword is proud to end the year with Melbourne being the Number 1 city to hit the page, followed closely by the people of Brisbane and Sydney. Peeps in London love a good read on the blog while the people of New York are forever loyal. Your ongoing support is really appreciated – thank you!
THANK YOU to all of our countries who have stopped by for a read, particularly our Top 10. The United States of America has been by far my biggest audience – for this I am honored. Thanks to the 70,000+ visitors who have dropped in from the USA! Australia, you guys are also amazing and loyal, always there to push our local Aussie content across the globe! Strength in numbers I say! Rounding out the Top 10 is the UK, Germany, Ireland, Italy, France, Canada, Russia and the Ukraine. The people of Spain, Malta, China, Brazil and Portugal are just outside the Top 10 – the support from all of you has been fantastic. The site has become a bit like the United Nations, the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games… We’re all connected! 🙂
I have also made such a great circle of friends, a network that just keeps growing and growing… You all know who you are! 😉 …I have formed some pretty fun and professional partnerships over the last year, I’m looking forward to working closely with you again in 2013. A big shout-out to all of my Sponsors and Foundation Members – you guys have been very loyal and supportive. Here’s to more craziness and general randomness in 2013!
Brian xx

K25: Kylie Minogue Anti Tour 2012 ‘Bittersweet Goodbye’

Opening night of Anti Tour in Melbourne was phenomenal. All I could do was stand there and soak in the atmosphere from up the front. Here’s Bittersweet Goodbye, shot on opening night right here in Melbourne! Such amazing sound and acoustics. Fingers crossed this is released on DVD soon…please Kylie!

K25: Kylie & Jason! Especially For You Live Thrills 02 Arena In London!

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan together and LIVE! The 02 Arena erupts as the two perform the massive hit Especially For You to a deafening roar from a capacity London crowd. They thrilled, they smiled and they sang with Jason sweeping Kylie off her feet for the traditional spin! I can tell you I’ve waited a long time to see this… brings a tear to the eye. I have to agree with Kylie, that was #amazing



New Music: Half Moon Run ‘Full Circle’

How good are these guys! With the industry buzzing, global label deals about to be announced and the worldwide release of their album Dark Eyes slated for March, 2013 will be the year of Canada’s Half Moon Run
Across the globe from NME to Brooklyn Vegan, tastemakers and musicians (including Mumford and Sons) are all singing the trio’s praises and Australia is lucky enough to get the year’s first look, in a run of intimate venues around the country. Half Moon Run’s unique sound fuses together the restless elements of indie, pop and roots with beautiful rhythmic harmonies, delicate guitar lines and a hint of warm electronica. Since attracting the attention of industry in a run of global showcases throughout 2012, the international buzz has kept building. The band released their first single “ Full Circle” in their home country, quickly gathering nearly 300,000 YouTube views before setting off on a US and European tours with Metric and Patrick Watson. The track attracted the attention of tastemakers including BBC1’s Zane Lowe and influential LA station KCRW. Their run of global shows will bring their unique sound to Australian audiences including the Woodford Folk Festival and Peats Ridge. 
Aged between 20-24, Half Moon Run combine varied musical backgrounds, often trading instruments and multitasking to great effect. Their increasingly complex arrangements are probably best explained by seeing them live. Devon Portielje’s vocals are on a level rarely seen in the indie music scene and are backed up superbly by Conner Molander and Dylan Phillips. Phillips often plays drums and keys simultaneously as Molander and Portielje shuffle between guitar, keys, samplers, and percussion. Strong three-part harmonies hold down moody, psychedelic arrangements and electronic-infused soundscapes. Check out the brand new video for Full Circle >

Exclusive Interview: Kim Churchill asks Kim Churchill those pressing questions in a one on one exclusive!

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Classical guitar when I was in primary school. Finished high school and set out in the back of a van busking and playing where I could. The journey has turned and exploded in all kinds of incredible ways and I more or less just hold on and figure out ways to create new forms and styles of music. Experimenting is the most interesting part for me.
What had you first interested in music?
I quickly became the kid who played guitar in school. I think from a very early stage in my life it was an identity thing. However the music itself was something I was passionate about and by 17 I was ready to embrace everything I could find beyond just playing guitar.
Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
Everything that comes my way in any form I think you can’t help but musically mirror the life your living and what’s happening in and around it.
Do you have any planned tours coming up?
Yes, I am embarking on several different tours this summer in Australia and heading to a bunch of great festivals as well.
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
Purely to add to the general evolution of music, to give the world something it has never heard before and to motivate as many as I can to live life to the fullest..
What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
I am hopeful to make a serious musical expanse. The live show has for a long time been a real experiment in sound-scaping and layer as much as anything. I’ll be bringing an electric violin player on board from New Caledonia who seems to be as obsessed with effects as I am. I think between the two of us there will be a limitless amount of directions any performance could go. Other than that, more albums, more shows…more good times.
Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I think the secret is to never look down. Biggest highlight would have to be meeting John Paul Jones. Can’t think what will ever match that. Jimmy perhaps..
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Neil Young and Bob Dylan are the two big figures for me. They have dedicated their whole life to the form of song-writing and have always pushed to musically evolve. Similarly, with more contemporary figures like Jack White or Justin Vernon. I bashfully admit I think Chris Martin is a song-writing genius, especially melodically.
How would you best describe you and your music to your fans?
Fluid and constantly morphing. Live is more of a multi –instrumental exercise in sound scaping. The songs become the canvas’. Transitional folk-metal.
What can you tell us about your latest album?
‘Detail of Distance’. Recorded it in Vancouver and was my first experiences recording alongside a drummer and string quartet. The album really delves into my experiments with distortion and delays. I think that’s my strongest memory of making it, all the distortion and delays.. And  the Omnichord.
Are there any new exciting projects in the works?
Always. For the next 2 months I’ll focus on the live work with the Violin player. Have just finished an acoustic album alongside the same string quartet I used on ‘Detail of Distance’, though I’m not sure when I’ll release it.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
In  a bigger van with any luck.. one that’s got a stove top to boot.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Jeff Lang, Benjalu, Marshall O’kell, Angus Stone and Lloyd Spiegel.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
It seems no matter how the world changes we are still chained to the fact that a good song is a good song. The art is still at the core.
Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of with here today?
If you not living on the edge your taking up too much room..
Twitter: @KimChurchill

Smokin’ Joe’s DJ World Record Attempt!

Can you DJ for 7 days straight….168 hours non-stop? Well my buddy up in Sydney Smokin’ Joe Mekhael is going to give it an almighty shake! He has forked out $7000 out of his own pocket to have an official adjudicator from the Guinness World Records flown to Australia to watch every disc spinning effort. The best part, you all get to watch and listen to every single second with a live stream from Sydney’s Empire Hotel in Kings Cross! Smokin Joe commenced Sunday the 16th and is due to wrap it up at approx 4pm December 23rd. If you can, get to the Sydney Empire Hotel…drop in and say g’day – make sure you tell him TheAussieWord sent you!