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.
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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