Save Our Scene Launch Petition To Help Save Victoria’s World-Renowned Music Scene
“If we do not protect our live music venues and clubs [...] there will be nowhere for musicians to perform when the dust settles.” Save Our Scene is asking the Victorian Government for a staged roadmap to reopening music venues and financial support for our local music industry in the meantime. You can help by signing the petition.
Deeper Read: Meet Triple R’s Radiothon 2021 Artist Carolyn Hawkins
“I wanted to create something that would lift people’s spirits.” Discover what inspired Carolyn Hawkins’ artwork for this year’s Radiothon – and how playing in bands, such as Parsnip, School Damage and Chook Race, has influenced her illustration style.
Stylin’ Celebrates 1000 Episodes – And Releases A Free Compilation!
Big news: this Friday, Ennio Styles clocks up 1000 episodes of Stylin’! As well as tuning in for the very special episode, listeners can check out Ennio’s free download compilation that celebrates the show’s anniversary, featuring soul, beats, jazz, house and other assorted grooves from right around the world.
Deeper Read: Meet Triple R’s Most Remote Subscriber
Geography is no barrier to subscribing to Triple R – as Cliff Davis well knows. Cliff, a long-time subscriber, is spending his fourth winter at Antarctica’s Casey Research Station. Now an Antarctica correspondent and weather reporter for Radio Marinara, Cliff tells us all about his life during the long winter months of continuous isolation – and what shows he’s blasting at the South Pole.
Cheers To Davey Lane For The Radiothon-Inspired Tune!
Here's some lovely news: local muso Davey Lane has released a digital EP with all proceeds going to Triple R during Radiothon! The EP also celebrates Triple R with its lead track, “Revolution, Restoration, Revelation”, featuring this year's Radiothon slogan, It's Your Station.
Discover The Radiothon 2021 Prizes!
Of course, the main reason to subscribe during Radiothon is to provide essential funds for Your Station, but there are also some pretty damn incredible prizes that you’ll automatically go in the draw to win, too: a year’s supply of pizza, a getaway to the Pyrenees Ranges, an e-bike, and heaps more.
Vale Lee “Scratch” Perry
Triple R sends deep condolences to friends, family and fans of Lee “Scratch” Perry, the reggae titan and revered dub pioneer who sadly passed away over the weekend. Very few can ever claim the impact that Perry has had – his legacy can be heard across the entire spectrum of modern music.
Watch Cong Josie Live On Breaking And Entering
Cong Josie is the hedonistic side-project of musician Nic Oogjes, bandleader of Melbourne ensemble NO ZU. Cong Josie joined Simon Winkler on Breaking & Entering for an amazing live stream performance on Thu 22 July. Have a squiz at the wild video right here!
Geraldine Hickey’s Last-Ever Breakfasters: Photo Gallery + Audio Stream
The fabulous Geraldine Hickey bid listeners a final farewell on Friday morning, after five and a half years as a Breakfaster! A huge lineup of special guests joined the show to pay some emotional tributes to Gez along the way. Job well done, Gez!
Host A Morning Tea For Culture With VACCA
The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency is running Morning Tea For Culture 2021. VACCA is inviting everyone to learn more about Aboriginal culture and fundraise for programs by organising your own Morning Tea For Culture. You might like to arrange a Morning Tea online, according to current restrictions – or get started with your registration to receive your host pack and consider a Morning Tea in the coming months when safe to do so in person.
Deeper Read: Q&As With Some Of Triple R’s Off-Air Volunteers
Did you know it’s National Volunteer Week? This is always a very special time of year for Triple R, as the station relies on the hard work of over 800 volunteers – but the past year has seen many volunteers needing to go remote or put their work on hold. We catch up with four off-air volunteers from among Triple R’s ranks to discover how they’ve stayed connected with the station from afar.
Watch Scott Ludlam Live In Conversation On The Grapevine
The Grapevine’s Dylan and Kulja are joined by very special guest Scott Ludlum for a live-streamed in-conversation event. The activist and former politician has just written his first book, Full Circle, which explores what happens when ordinary people stand up to corporations and tyrants. Watch the live stream here.
Deeper Read: The Science Behind Human-Canine Friendships
Humans enjoy a whole lot of health and emotional benefits from interacting with pooches. Kate Leaver, journalist and author of the book Good Dog, tells Uncommon Sense host Amy Mullins about some of the research on our unique connection with canines.
Watch Kee’ahn Live During Good Fortune
To celebrate April Amnesty, Triple R is excited to bring you a bunch of special, live-streamed performances across the month. First up is Kee’ahn, who brings her lush melodies and rich vocals to the RRR airwaves, when she joins Good Fortune’s Jazz Feldy. Watch the live stream right here.
Deeper Read: Jadah Pleiter On The New Deadly & Proud Campaign
“Victorian people might know about Aboriginal culture in a broad sense, but what about local culture? What about local language, the local traditions and the histories of this place? Those are the things that help you to identify with and feel like this is our history, not just Aboriginal history – it’s our history.”
Devastating news over the weekend that we lost Daphne Camf. Daphne was a formidable singer, songwriter and synthesist for many well-loved and often-played bands on Triple R, including SaD, NO ZU, Rat Vs Possum and more. She also regularly co-hosted the program No Pants with Sara Savage on Triple R on Sunday nights in 2013.
Your Handy Guide To Triple R’s 2021 April Amnesty
Due to COVID-19’s impact on Triple R’s sponsorship revenue, listener support remains essential to keep Triple R – forever. If you can, please consider donating and subscribing during April Amnesty. You’ll go in the draw to score some sweet prizes, too!
Bonus Listening: A Quiet Life From Beat Orgy’s Steve Cross
A year ago, when lockdown hit, Triple R presenter Steve Cross started dropping weekly playlists on Spotify under the banner A Quiet Life. It now features well over 1000 tracks and runs on a parallel track to Beat Orgy. Think of it as a weekly bonus disk to the Saturday evening radio show – for those of you who simply need even more music in your lives.
Watch June Jones Live During Out On The Patio
Triple R listeners are in for a treat: June Jones will join Out On The Patio's Kate Kingsmill for a special live stream performance of her new album Leafcutter – a collection of rich, symphonic synth-pop alongside sparse and heartbreaking ballads – today. Watch the live stream right here.
Watch Behrouz Boochani, Luke Styles & Omid Tofighian Live In Conversation On SmartArts
To celebrate the world premiere of No Friend But The Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle, Behrouz Boochani, composer Luke Styles and Dr Omid Tofighian will join Richard Watts on SmartArts for a special live-streamed conversation at 11am today. Watch the live stream right here.
Move Your RRRs 16th Anniversary: A Photo Gallery Of The Move To Brunswick East!
This week marks 16 years since Triple R relocated from Victoria St in Fitzroy to its current digs at the corner of Blyth and Nicholson Streets in Brunswick East! Cop a squiz at the hard yakka that went on behind the scenes.
Deeper Read: Dr Jen’s Weird Science Guide To Living Through A Global Pandemic
Why has it felt like we’re living in a time warp? Why does Zoom make us feel so exhausted? And will the pandemic leave a permanent record on the planet? Breakfasters “Weird Science” presenter Dr Jen sheds scientific light on a whole bunch of pandemic ponderings.
Congrats, Dr Linden!
Super-exciting news: Einstein A Go-Go’s Dr Linden has been awarded the 2020 AMOS (Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society) Science Outreach Award! The award recognises her ongoing work helping to educate people and influence public opinion on past and future climate change.
Watch Hachiku Live On Breaking And Entering
Dream pop outfit Hachiku have just released their debut album I’ll Probably Be Asleep. To celebrate the long-awaited release, they’ll join Simon and Lauren on Breaking And Entering for a special live-streamed performance at 5pm today. Watch the video right here.
Donate To The ASRC To Help Support Refugees In Detention And Fight For Their Freedom
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is fighting for refugees in offshore detention and hotel prisons in Australia. But they need financial support to keep fighting for people’s rights and support their basic needs while in detention.
How To Support VACCA’s Christmas Gift Appeal 2020
The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency are raising funds to help ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care and in their programs receive a gift this festive season and families have the support they need. Here’s how to get involved.
Mon Joins Breakfasters While Smithie’s On Parental Leave
Big thanks to Out On The Patio’s Monique Sebire for jumping in the chair for Sarah Smith, while Smithie’s on parental leave. While Mon’s spinning tunes and chatting on Breakfasters, Rachel Short will jump out of the overnight pop-ups and fill in for Out On The Patio.
Deeper Read: How Triple R Made Remote Broadcasting Happen
The coronavirus outbreak prompted Triple R to devise a way for broadcasters to present their shows live from home. It took Triple R’s technology team three weeks to build the system. But what is the system? And how was it created? Technology Manager Cameron Paine explains the nuts and bolts of it all in glorious, nerdish detail.
Some Mental Health Tips For Getting Through Stage Three Restrictions
Radiotherapy’s Steve Ellen, aka “Dr Dolittle”, is on Breakfasters this Friday at 8.15 to give us some mental health advice for getting through Melbourne’s second round of Stage Three restrictions – but in the meantime you can read his top tips right here.
Local First Nations And Black Organisations You Can Lend Your Support To
There are heaps of ways that you can offer your support to local First Nations and Black organisations doing critical work in our community right now. Here are some places you might like to check out, connect with and donate to.
Deeper Read: A Graveyarder’s Lament
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve regrettably had to suspend any programs with rotating hosts, in order to reduce the number of people coming into the Triple R studios. This includes The Graveyard Shift. One of our dedicated Graveyarders, Jamie McCarthy, tells us what he misses about the 2am to 6am shift – and why it’s so special.
Deeper Read: Things You (Possibly) Didn’t Know About Lucinda Williams
Now lauded as one of the great American songwriters, Lucinda Williams spent the first two decades of her career in the cracks between rock and country music. We shed some light on the musician who made Good Souls Better Angels, Triple R’s Album of the Week.
How To Listen To Triple R On Your Smart Home Speaker
Smart home speakers with assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa have surged in popularity over the last two years. If you’re using one of these already, we’ve got the lowdown on how to access the Triple R livestream and podcasts on these devices.
Live Broadcast from Share The Spirit Festival 2020
Still Here co-host Paul Gorrie will broadcast live from Share The Spirit Festival 2020, a free festival presented by Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation, celebrating the survival of Indigenous people in Australia, on Sunday 26 January at Treasury Gardens. Listen from noon till 2pm.
How I Do My Show: Dan Dare
Every week, Dan Dare listens to a gargantuan amount of tunes for How High The Moon – streaming with one earpiece while pushing a pram, scanning through songs on his lunch break... He'll even sometimes buy tracks from Bandcamp during the show. Catch up on all of Dan's behind-the-scenes processes in this detailed convo, now that he's back on the airwaves for 2020!
Triple R’s Summer Programming Is Here
Triple R is serving up another sizzling plate of summer programs across December and January while our regular presenters take a well-earned break. Listen out for new and familiar voices presenting a swag of different shows, covering everything from rock, roots and beats, to comedy, law and design!
Deeper Read: A Tribute to The Muffs’ Kim Shattuck – a ‘Total Punk-Rock Badass’
The world recently lost a rock n’ roll legend: The Muffs’ Kim Shattuck (she also played with Pixies and The Pandoras). Triple R volunteer writer Katherine Smyrk traces the life and times of this extraordinary woman, who passed away at 56.
Meet Beci Orpin – the Artist Behind the Triple R Radiothon Artwork
The only arcade game Beci Orpin grew up playing was Street Fighter – ‘mostly because I thought Chun-Li was cool and it was fun seeing her beat the crap out of Ken,’ she says. Learn how she became such a gun in the Melbourne visual arts world – and how she cooked up our 8-bit-inspired Radiothon artwork.
Discovering Different Versions of Success: Lucy Roleff on Art and Music
Painter, musician, collector – Lucy Roleff's vocations are varied, but all of them link to form an appreciation of the spaces we inhabit, a feeling explored on her new album Left Open in a Room. Nicholas Kennedy interviews Lucy on her connections with art, music, success, and domesticity.
Your Guide to Triple R Folks Appearing at Changes
We’re pretty damn chuffed to see so many talented RRR folks appearing at Changes Festival this week – from Neon Sunset’s Annaliese talking music and podcasts, to Still Here host Neil Morris hosting a conversation about what a perfect future working with sound looks like for First Peoples, and so much more.
How a Traditional Matrilineal Society Inspired Tiana Khasi’s Debut EP
Brisbane-based future-soul artist Tiana Khasi (performing live for Triple R subscribers soon) is proud of her Khasi heritage. The society is stridently matrilineal: the youngest daughter of the family inherits all property; men live in their mother-in-law’s house after marriage; and children take their mother’s surname.
Lessons from a Who-Infused Childhood
Triple R volunteer Kelly Herbison was born on the day The Who released their rock opera Tommy (albeit many years later). With a Who-obsessed father, the music not only provided her with a window to his life, it also provided an entry point into complex social issues.
Progress Festival: Disrupting Ideas through Music, Theatre, Comedy and a Thought-Provoking Talks Program
This month Monash Clayton brings together ideas, music, theater and performance that looks to interrogate the word ‘Progress’ while attempting to evaluate its scope, resonance and currency (and the lineup is pretty damn awesome).
Here’s What You Need to Know about Robodebt – Insights from Senior Lecturer at La Trobe Law School Dr Darren O’Donovan
No idea how to make sense of Robodebt? Neither do a lot of people. 150,000 folks who’ve received a Robodebt letter from the DHS have paid the debt without a ‘formal review’. But you can get help; Breakfasters guest Dr Darren O’Donovan explains how.
Walking Through This Year’s Yirramboi Festival – from Yothu Yindi to the Blak Market Sunday Jam Session
Yirramboi Festival (which means ‘tomorrow’ in the shared language of the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people) officially kicks off today (Thursday) and celebrates the ongoing diversity and creativity from over 2000 generations of Indigenous culture here in Australia.
Two New Shows Join the Triple R Grid!
Let’s hear it for these ace new programs: Highly Melanated with Eva Lubulwa, ‘celebrating the creative genius of melanin-soaked people – locally, nationally and worldwide’, and The Mission with Daniel James, ‘exploring the issues that impact the lives of Aboriginal people and those at the wrong end of social justice in this country’.
Made You Laugh: Tom Gleisner Explains What Makes a Successful Comedy Show
He’s helped make so many iconic Aussie comedies – from Frontline to The Castle to Utopia. But how did Tom Gleisner get into this caper? And why have the Working Dog team enjoyed so much success? Steph and Daniel Teitelbaum have a natter with the multi-talented Tom to find out.
A Brief History of Shrimpwitch
‘Shrimpwitch is just Kim Prawn and Georgi Goonsack, but they sound like 10 people. Or more.’ In a few short years, local punk duo Shrimpwitch have gone from playing Cramps songs in a Brunswick shed to closing out Meredith. We trace their trajectory and analyse their awesomeness.
By the Meadow 2019: Photos and Memories
‘The drive out to Bambra in Friday night traffic is a Fury Road-style dust and wind nightmare complete with semi-trailers nipping at my heels…’ Triple R volunteers Alix Palmer and Clara Slewa capture the beauty, the rain and the characters at this year’s By the Meadow music festival.
How Kate O’Halloran Became an AFLW Reporter (Plus, a Beginner’s Guide to AFLW!)
‘As soon as a boy is one year old, he gets gifted a football […] Women just don’t have that inherited cultural entitlement.’ Kick Like a Girl host Kate O’Halloran gives us the full rundown on all things AFLW – the good, the bad... even the jargon.
Sound the Alarm! April Amnesty Is Here (and So Are Heaps of Ace Prizes)
Subscribe during April Amnesty and you’ll automatically go in the running to win: a swish new bike; a year’s worth of Victorian-grown olive oil; a trip for two to Tassie’s lush north, including flights, accommodation and wine; and oh-so much more.
Deeper Read: Why 25 Year Old North London Rapper Little Simz Is Our Album of the Week Artist
Kendrick described her as possibly ‘the illest doing it right now’ – but mainstream recognition has been slow for London rapper Little Simz. Her new record ‘GREY Area’, Triple R’s Album of the Week, could change all that, though.
Deeper Read: How DJ Screw Changed the Sound of Hip Hop
From the thousands of mixtapes he sold from his driveway, Houston legacy DJ Screw established the now-famous chopped and screwed DJ technique – but the closest thing he had to a ‘single’ was a mixtape he made for a friend’s birthday (by now, it’s likely to have sold enough to be a platinum record).
Treat Yourself to an In-Depth Exploration of Melbourne’s Feminist Punk History
Something pretty cool went down here in Melbourne recently: ‘Rah! Rah!’, a feminist punk retrospective of the last 30 years of female, femme and non-binary sounds from this city. We broadcast three of the talks panels on International Women’s Day – and they’re now available for your streaming pleasure!
Say Hello to the Artists Performing During our International Women’s Day Live to Air Extravaganza This Friday
It’s official – we’re pants-wettingly excited for to feast our eyeballs and earholes on the absolutely ripper lineup of women and gender non-conforming musical artists who’ll be tearing down the house during Dropout Boogie for International Women’s Day.
Deeper Read: Meet the Players in Melbourne’s Indie Videogame Scene
Ever heard of Necrobarista, a visual novel game about the living dead set in a Melbourne café? Or what about Bush Bash, an arcade cabinet made out of the front half of a Mitsubishi sedan? These are just some of the works coming out of our city’s thriving independent videogame scene. The Byte Into IT crew introduce us to some of the talented individuals behind the scenes.
Deeper Read: How to Be an Excellent Communicator with Einstein A Go-Go’s Dr Shane
‘The audience member will always read the PowerPoint slide text before the speaker gets through it […] This is particularly problematic where dinner is served at presentations because people may be tempted to poke their own eyes out with the fork due to boredom.’
Deeper Read: Why David McComb’s Deleted Solo Album Is a Lost Treasure
Triffids founder and songwriter David McComb died 20 years ago this week – and his long deleted solo album Love of Will has finally been digitally re-released. Under the Sun’s Jonathan Alley, who’s wrapping up a documentary on McComb, reappraises a forgotten gem.
Tim Thorpe Is Awarded Order of Australia Medal
Huge congrats to our very own Tim Thorpe, who has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to broadcast media – and in particular, to community radio. We’re bloody chuffed that his legendary status has been now been made extra-official. Well done, Tim!
Deeper Read: Three Music Books Worth Reading According to Jonathan Alley
‘Great music books aren’t actually about music; they’re about life, if they’re up to snuff. About madness, falling in and out of love, sex, death, triumph, the crazy shit people pulled off before they died early, and the few transcendent moments life casually throws at us, if we’re lucky.’
Summer Programming Is Here!
The sun’s out, the mercury’s rising, and Triple R’s summer programming is in full swing! New and familiar voices present a swag of different shows, covering everything from rock, roots and beats, to comedy, politics and design, while our regular presenters take a well-earned break.
Gilles Peterson and Clem Ford: Live at RRR
Gilles Peterson and Clem Ford are going to be live in conversation at RRR! They won’t actually be in conversation with each other, mind you (although, that would be pretty remarkable). John Bailey will be chatting to Gilles, while Michelle Bennett will be conversing with Clem – and you could be in the audience for one and/or both events.
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