The Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavik. The festival runs from 30th October to 3rd November 2013; the date of Robert's performance is to be confirmed.
16th May 2013... Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship 2013
The application period is now open for the 2013 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship. The Fellowship was established in 2007 by the former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie in honour of Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens. The Fellowship consists of an award of $25,000 to a Queensland-based songwriter to allow them to undertake a two month trip to New York, Berlin or London. More information on the Fellowship is on the Arts Queensland website. Applications close on 28th June 2013.
16th May 2013... Adele Pickvance at Women of Letters
Adele Pickvance will be reading at Women of Letters at The Zoo, Brisbane on Sunday 9th June 2013. More information from The Zoo and Women of Letters.
20 April 2013... Robert Forster plays Primera Persona
Robert Forster will be playing at this year's Primera Persona festival in Barcelona, on Saturday 4th May 2013. More information from the Primera Persona website.
19 April 2013... Hangover Lounge Grant McLennan tribute
The third annual Grant McLennan tribute at the Hangover Lounge will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 5th May 2013. Playing live will be David Westlake, Elizabeth Morris (Allo Darlin') and The Mexican Postcards. More information from the Hangover Lounge website.
16 August 2012... Ed Kuepper wins Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award
17 July 2012... Grant McLennan memorial Fellowship Show
The recipient of the 2012 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship will be announced on Friday 3rd August 2012 at the Bands of Your Town event at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane. Appearing at the show will be Fellowship finalists Edward Guglielmino, Kellie Lloyd, Laneway and Sue Ray. The event will be hosted by Ian Haug and Adele Pickvanve and will also feature performances from Scott Spark and Sally McLennan.
2nd July 2012... Quiet Heart: The Best of The Go-Betweens
The 18 tracks have been chosen by the members of the band and cover the whole of the Go-Betweens career, from their debut single in 1978 to their final album in 2005. A bonus disc with the album, Vienna Burns, features a live show from May 1987.
The album will be released only in Australia and New Zealand.
20th June 2012... Robert Forster live shows
For his first live shows in over a year, Robert Forster will playing two nights at The Vanguard in Newtown, NSW on Friday 9th November 2012 and Saturday 10th November 2012.
29th April 2012... Adele&Glenn live shows
Adele&Glenn have some live dates coming up:
23rd May 2012: The Standard Hotel, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
24th May 2012: The Vanguard Newtown, Newtown, New South Wales
31st May 2012: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, Queensland
14th July 2012: The Powerhouse, Brisbane, Queensland
15th July 2012: The Powerhouse, Brisbane, Queensland - Live Spark
Adele&Glenn will be heading to Europe in October2012.
There is an interview with Adele Pickvance on the Sounds of Oz website.
18th April 2012... Grant McLennan tribute in London
To mark the 6th anniverary of Grant McLennan's death, the Hangover Lounge in London will be staging a tribute afternoon on Sunday 6th May 2012. Opening at 2pm, the afternoon will feature live sets by Queensland Station (Pete Astor, Phil King and Ben Phillipson) and David Westlake. Full details can be found on the Hangover Lounge website.
26th March 2012... Adele&Glenn single
The opening track and first single from Adele&Glenn's newalbum Carrington Street is I Dreamt I Was A Sparrow. The video for the single can be seen on You Tube.
17th March 2012... Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship 2012
Applications are open for the 2012 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship. The Fellowship was established in 2007 by the former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie in honour of Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens. The Fellowship consists of an award of $25,000 to a Queensland-based songwriter to allow them to undertake a two month trip to New York, Berlin or London. More information on the Fellowship is on the Arts Queensland website. Applications close on 5th April 2012.
2nd March 2012... Robert Forster on Davy Jones
Robert Forster has an article on Davy Jones of the Monkees in today's edition of the Sydney Morning Herald.
6th February 2012... Adele&Glenn
Adele&Glenn, ex-Brisbanites and former Go-Betweens members, are about to release their debut album 'Carrington Street' in June this year.
And at midday on Monday 9th May 2011, RTE 2xm in Dublin will be presenting a show combining music and interview clips - more information here.
27th April 2011... Grant McLennan tribute in London
To mark the 5th anniverary of Grant McLennan's death, the Hangover Lounge in London will be staging a tribute afternoon on Sunday 8th May 2011. Opening at 2pm, the afternoon will feature a live set by The Mexican Postcards at around 3pm, DJs, and a screening of the 16 Lovers Lane documentary. Full details can be found on the Hangover Lounge website.
12th April 2011... Amanda Brown wins Best Australian Composer award
Amanda Brown was recently awarded 'Best Australian Composer 2011' at the WOW film festival for her score to the documentary Dancing With The Prime Minister, a film about the first indigenous Australian debutante ball in 1968 at Sydney Town Hall.
Amanda also recently performed at Notes in Sydney, accompanying David Lane, with Dean Manning and Richard Boxhall, on the Grant McLennan and Steve Kilbey song Providence.
8th April 2011... Robert Forster Talk at the New South Wales Art Gallery
Robert Forster will be giving a talk and playing a song at the the New South Wales Art Gallery at The Domain in Sydney, for their Art After Hours series. The talk is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 13th April, in the gallery's entrance court.
6th April 2011... Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson play Brisbane
21st August 2010... Robert Forster on BBC World Service
Robert Forster appeared on BBC World Service's Newshour programme on 21st August 2010, as part of their Striking A Chord series. The show can be heard on the Striking A Chord website.
4th August 2010... Robert Forster download single
Walcott, taken from the EP included with the Foruli edition of Robert Forster's book The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll, is released as a download single on Monday 9th August 2010. The song is a cover of a track by Vampire Weekend.
18th July 2010... Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship 2010
Brisbane songwriter team Danny Widdicombe and Andrew Morris, of The Wilson Pickers, have been announced as the winners of the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship for 2010. They have selected Berlin as their destination where they would like to establish a European base to further their performing and recording career.
18th July 2010... Glenn Thompson and Adele Pickvance gig
Glenn Thompson and Adele Pickvance play at the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills on Friday 23rd July 2010, supporting Halfway.
9th July 2010... The Go Between Bridge opening
The Go Between Bridge in Brisbane was officially opened on 4th July 2010. Present for the opening were Go-Betweens members Robert Vickers, John Willsteed, Lindy Morrison, Robert Forster, Amanda Brown and Adele Pickvance, with Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman. Reports on the opening of the bridge can be found on the Brisbane Times and the Courier-Mail websites.
9th July 2010... The Go Between Bridge Concert
The Go Between Bridge Concert took place on Friday 25th June 2010, to celebrate the opening of the Go Between Bridge in Brisbane. The concert will featured Robert Forster, Angus & Julia Stone, Josh Pyke, Bob Evans, Yves Klein Blue and John Steel Singers. A review of the concert appears on the mess + noise website.
8th July 2010... Robert Forster England tour and Brisbane show
Robert Forster makes four appearances in England in July 2010:
13th July 2010 - The Jazz Cafe, London (15 Songs About London)
14th July 2010 - The Stables, Milton Keynes (supporting Richard Hawley)
15th July 2010 - Latitude Festival, Southwold (discussing 'The Ten Rules of Rock and Roll')
16th July 2010 - Rough Trade East, London (acoustic set and Q&A)
Robert also makes an appearance as part of this year's Brisbane Festival:
18th September 2010 - The Powerhouse, Brisbane (15 Songs About Brisbane)
25th May 2010... Robert Forster London show
Robert Forster plays '15 Songs About London' at the Jazz Cafe in London on Tuesday 13th July 2010. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.
20th May 2010... The Go Between Bridge Concert
The Go Between Bridge Concert takes place on Friday 25th June 2010, to celebrate the opening of the Go Between Bridge in Brisbane. The concert will feature Robert Forster, Angus & Julia Stone, Josh Pyke, Bob Evans, Yves Klein Blue and John Steel Singers. In honour of the occasion, the artists will be perfoming versions of Go-Betweens songs. Tickets for the show go on sale at 9am on Friday 21st May. For more information and to buy tickets please visit qtix.com.au.
15th May 2010... Special edition of The 10 Rules of Rock And Roll
A limited edition hardback edition of Robert Forster's book The 10 Rules of Rock And Roll will be published by Foruli Publications in June 2010. This special edition of the book will be a box set limited to 500 copies and will be signed by Robert. It will include a 10" vinyl EP. More information at robertforster.net.
4th March 2010... Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship 2010
Applications are now open for the 2010 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship. The Fellowship was established in 2007 by the former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie in honour of Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens. The Fellowship consists of an award of $20,000 to a Queensland-based songwriter to allow them to undertake a two month trip to New York, Berlin or London. More information on the Fellowship is on the Arts Queensland website. Applications close on 31st March 2010.
4th March 2010... Lindy Morrison interview
A lengthy interview with Lindy Morrison appears in John Broughton's podcast, available from the Retrospectives page on the podomatic website.
18th January 2010... Melbourne><Brisbane: punk, art and after
The Go-Betweens feature in a major new exhibition opening at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne in February 2010.
Melbourne><Brisbane: punk, art and after will trace the extraordinary interaction of the alternative music and art scenes between Melbourne and Brisbane during the punk and post-punk years, 1975–85. The exhibition reveals the entwined artistic and musical histories of the two cities through music, film, ephemeral publications, photographs and paintings by artists including Howard Arkley, Tony Clark, Brett Colquhoun, Peter Cripps, John Nixon, Peter Tyndall and Jenny Watson, and bands such as Anti-music, the Saints, the Go-Betweens, Nick Cave, the Birthday Party, Ed Kuepper, and the Laughing Clowns.
The exhibition includes concert videos of Robert Forster performances in Brisbane in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and a Warm Nights performance from 1995.
18th January 2010... Robert Forster interview in The Word
An interview with Robert Forster appears in the current (February 2010) edition of The Word magazine. A longer version of the interview can be heard on the Word website.
8th November 2009... Amanda Brown wins APRA/Australian Guild of Screen Composers award
Amanda Brown has won the APRA/Australian Guild of Screen Composers award for Best Music for a Documentary, for the film Sidney Nolan; Mask & Memory. More information on the awards can be found on the Australian Guild of Film Composers website.
21st October 2009... Robert Forster bookshop tour
Robert Forster will be playing two live shows in Germany in December 2009 and will be making selected bookshop appearances in Australia in October/November 2009 to promote his new book The Ten Rules of Rock and Roll, published by Black Inc. robertforster.net carries full details.
11th October 2009... 'Son Of A Lion' nominated for ARIA award
The soundtrack CD to the film Son of A Lion, featuring music composed and performed by Amanda Brown, has been nominated for 'Best Original Soundtrack' at the 2009 ARIA Awards. The awards will be announced on 26th November 2009.
29th September 2009... The Go Between Bridge - video report
Queensland University of Technology News have produced a short video about The Go Between Bridge. The video, which features Robert Forster, can be seen on You Tube.
29th September 2009... The Go Between Bridge
The Hale Street Link in Brisbane has now been named 'The Go Between Bridge' following a public vote earlier this month at namethatbridge.com. A full report on the naming of The Go Between Bridge can be read on the Courier Mail website.
17th September 2009... Robert Forster book release
Robert Forster's first book, 'The Ten Rules of Rock and Roll - Collected Music Writings 2005-09' will be published by Black Inc in Australia in early November 2009. The book will contain new and unpublished work. The Robert Forster website has more information.
2nd September 2009... Go-Betweens shortlisted for bridge name
'The Go-Between Bridge' is among the names shortlisted for the new Hale Street Link bridge in Brisbane. Brisbane City Council have invited people to vote on their preferred name from the shortlist of 11.
Robert Forster plays the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane on Friday 18th September as part of the Met Up Late series. Tickets are available from qtix.
11th August 2009... Q Song Awards 2009
This years Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievemant Award at the Q Song Awards 2009 was presented by Grant's sister Sally to The Bee Gees. A report on the awards is in the Courier Mail.
23rd July 2009... Lindy Morrison, Rainy Season in Home of Strangers movie
Lindy Morrison has a cameo role in new film Home of Strangers, which has its premiere on 1st August 2009 at the Schonell Cinema, University of Queensland, Brisbane. The film was written and directed by Dr Doan Nguyen of the University of Queensland. More information on the film is on the Home of Strangers website. Music by The Rainy Season, featuring Lindy Morrison and Amanda Brown, is featured in the film.
23rd July 2009... The Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship 2009
The winner of the 2009 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship has been announced. The winner, chosen by a selection panel comprising Robert Forster, Adele Pickvance, Glenn Thompson and Sally McLennan, is Brisbane songwriter Helen Franzmann, who will travel to Berlin as part of the award. Read more in the Ministerial Media Statement from the Queensland Government.
22nd July 2009... The True Story of Butterfish download single
Two tracks from the The True Story of Butterfish, It's Not What You Think by Robert Forster and The Light That Guides You Home by Adele Pickvance, are available to download from emusic.com, amazon.com, itunes and other music retailers.
An article by Nick Earls about the songs and their place in The True Story of Butterfish is on The Random Blog
8th July 2009... Robert Forster at the Darwin Festival
Robert Forster will be playing at the Darwin Festival on 22nd August 2009. Information and tickets from the Darwin Festival website>.
3rd July 2009... The True Story of Butterfish article in Brisbane Times
The True Story of Butterfish is the subject of an article in today's Brisbane Times.
13th June 2009... Robert Forster, Adele Pickvance score The True Story of Butterfish
Robert Forster and Adele Pickvance are writing the music for the Nick Earls play The True Story of Butterfish, running at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 1st to 25th October 2009. Tickets and more information on the Powerhouse website.
9th June 2009... Robert Forster in Homelovin' fanzine
The new issue of Homelovin' fanzine (issue 10) features pieces about The Evangelist, last year's Robert Forster show in Lancaster Library and the fanzine's editor, Paul Haworth, doing a painting of Robert Forster. The fanzine is available from the editor - information on the Homelovin' website.
3rd June 2009... Beachfield shows
Beachfield, featuring Glenn Thompson, have shows coming up in Sydney (4th June), Toowoomba (5th June) and Brisbane (6th June) Full details on the tour ad.
14th May 2009... the John Steel Singers
Robert Forster has been helping Brisbane band The John Steel Singers with pre-production work on their debut album. Recording for the album starts at the end of May, after the band return home from their current UK tour. More information on the John Steel Singers and their live dates on their MySpace page: www.myspace.com/thejohnsteelsingers.
13th May 2009... Go-Betweens store re-opens
The Go-Betweens on-line store has now re-opened following some technical problems. On sale on the site are CDs, vinyl and t-shirts, including The Go-Betweens' Live In London CD and the last few 'McLennan' shirts.
20th February 2009... Robert Forster to play Brisbane's 'Fire and Flood' benefit show
Powderfinger, The Grates, Robert Forster, The John Steel Singers, The Boat People and Dan Parsons play the 'Fire and Flood' benefit show at The Tivoli, Brisbane, on 6th March 2009.
Fire and Flood is set to show support, build morale and raise funds for the communities affected by the Victorian fires and the Queensland floods.
Profits from the show will be donated evenly across The Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal and The Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal. Tickets for the show are available from Ticketek.com.au.
18th February 2009... Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship 2009
Applications are now open for the 2009 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship. The Fellowship was established in 2007 by the former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie in honour of Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens. The Fellowship consists of an award of $20,000 to a Queensland-based songwriter to allow them to undertake a two month trip to New York, Berlin or London. More information on the Fellowship is on the Arts Queensland website. Applications close on 31st March 2009.
16th February 2009... Robert Forster supports ABC bushfire/flood appeal
On Saturday 14th February, Robert Forster appeared as part of ABC Local Radio's Victorian bushfire and North Queensland floods appeal. Robert chatted and performed If It Rains. His appearance can be heard on the ABC website.
9th February 2009... Robert Vickers DJ spot on WFNU
Robert Vickers will be joining DJ Daniel Blumin for a special post-Valentine's Day guest DJ set on New York radio station WFMU, on Sunday 15th February, midnight to 3am. Robert will be spinning some tunes and talking about the late 70's scene in Australia, early 80's New York and the Forster/McLennan partnership. The show can be heard on the WFMU website.
14th November 2008... Amanda Brown CD wins 'best music' at IF awards
The soundtrack CD to the film Son of A Lion, featuring music composed and performed by Amanda Brown, has won the 'best music' award at this year's Inside Film awards, the Australian film awards chosen by film-goers. The film was also awarded the 'Independent Spirit' prize and was nominated for 'Best Film'.
8th November 2008... Carrie Brownstein writes about The Go-Betweens
Carrie Brownstein, Sleater Kinney member and Go-Betweens collaborator, writes about The Go-Betweens in her latest Monitor Mix article.
3rd November 2008... Glenn Thompson Sydney gig
Glenn Thompson will be playing a gig at the Sandringham Hotel in Sydney on 13th November.
3rd October 2008... Robert Forster to play All Tomorrow's Parties Australia
Robert Forster will be playing the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Australia in January 2009. The events take place in Mt. Buller Ski Resort, Victoria (9th-10th January 2009), the Riverstage in Brisbane, Queensland (15th January 2009) and on Cockatoo Island, Sydney, New South Wales (17th-18th January 2009). More details on the All Tomorrow's Parties website.
9th September 2008... 16 Lovers Lane makes iTunes top 10
Following the broadcast of Great Australian Albums: 16 Lovers Lane on Saturday 6th September, The Go-Betweens album 16 Lovers Lane has entered the iTunes Australia top 10 chart, peaking at number 2. This is believed to be the highest ever chart placing for a Go-Betweens release.
3rd September 2008... new Amanda Brown CD
A new CD by Amanda Brown has just been released on Phantom Sound & Vision. Son Of A Lion is the soundtrack to an independent Australian film directed by Benjamin Gilmour and with a score by Amanda Brown, who has a new MySpace page and also appeared on the recent album by Youth Group. More information.
2nd September 2008... Great Australian Albums: 16 Lovers Lane on DVD
The episode of Great Australian Albums dedicated to The Go-Betweens 1988 album 16 Lovers Lane (see news story 29th August 2008) will be released on DVD by Madman on 17th September and is available for order now from their website.
1st September 2008... The Brisbane Sound: fact or fiction? lecture
'The Brisbane Sound: fact or fiction?' will be the final lecture in the spring semester 'Cultures of Popular Music Seminar Series' at Griffith University in Brisbane. The lecture takes place on Monday 27th October 2008 at Griffith Graduate Centre, Queensland College of Art, South Bank, Brisbane and will be given by David Pestorius.
29th August 2008... Great Australian Albums: 16 Lovers Lane
The Go-Betweens' 1988 album 16 Lovers Lane is the subject of the first episode of the new series of Great Australian Albums. It airs on SBS on Saturday 6th September 2008 and features contributions from Amanda Brown, Robert Forster, Ben Lee, Lindy Morrison, David Nichols, Sean Sennett, Mark Wallis and John Willsteed. A preview of the show can be seen on the SBS website. Other episodes in the series will feature albums by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Powderfinger and Hunters & Collectors.
A DVD of the programme will be released on 17th September.
24th July 2008... The Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship 2008
This year's Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship has been awarded to Halfway. The Fellowship was awarded by a selection panel comprising of Robert Forster, Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson and will allow Halfway to travel to London for five weeks to write material for their forthcoming album. More information can be found in a Courier Mail article on the Fellowship award.
8th July 2008... Go-Betweens feature in Mojo magazine
Mojo magazine recently featured an article on the top 10 Go-Betweens albums (issue dated August 2008). How to Buy ... The Go-Betweens can now be downloaded from this site.
The Australian Independent Records Labels Association have announced the results of the voting on the 'greatest Australian independent albums of all time'. The Go-Betweens feature strongly in the final results, with Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express at no. 4, Before Hollywood at no. 12 and Send Me A Lullaby at no. 28. Only one other act had as many albums in the top 30.
3rd July 2008... Go-Betweens Songbook now available in the USA from Yep Roc; Go-Betweens feature in Mojo
The Go-Betweens Songbook is now available in the USA by mail order from Yep Roc Records. More information on the Songbook is here.
The new issue of Mojo magazine (issue dated August 2008) includes a 'How To Buy' feature on The Go-Betweens, listing their top ten recommended albums. Number 1 is Oceans Apart, number 2 is 16 Lovers Lane and at 3 is Liberty Belle and The Black Diamond Express.
22nd June 2008... The Go-Betweens nominated for 'The Greatest Australian Albums of All Time'
To celebrate Independents Day 2008, on 4th July the Australian Independent Records Labels Association will announce the 'greatest Australian independent albums of all time'. Voting is open for this poll until 3rd July 2008 on the Australian Independent Records Labels Association website. The Go-Betweens are nominated for three albums: Before Hollywood, Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express and Send Me A Lullaby.
30th May 2008... more Robert Forster tour dates; Ranger in the Courier Mail and live
More dates have been added to Robert Forster's 2008 tour and these can be seen at robertforster.net.
Ranger, who feature Adele Pickvance, have an article in the Courier Mail and play the Brisbane Powerhouse this Sunday, 1st June 2008.
2nd May 2008... Robert Forster tour dates and audio interview
The first dates for Robert Forster's 2008 tour have been announced and can be seen on robertforster.net
The tour will visit Australia, the USA and Europe; full dates will be announced shortly.
An extensive audio interview with Robert is available on the ABC Brisbane website.
20th April 2008... Robert Forster writes article for The Sunday Times
Robert Forster has written an article about The Evangelist for The Sunday Times. It appears in the 20th April 2008 print edition and it can also be read on-line here
19th April 2008... Robert Forster plays Brisbane in-store
Robert Forster, accompanied by Adele Pickvance, will be playing at Rocking Horse Records in Brisbane on Saturday 26th April. For full details visit the Rocking Horse Records website.
30th March 2008... ***** 5-Star review for The Evangelist from Uncut
The Evangelist has been reviewed by Uncut magazine in the UK. Uncut have awarded the album five stars. The review can be downloaded here. The same issue of Uncut also has a short photo feature on Robert and The Go-Betweens; it can be downloaded here.
21st March 2008 ... Ranger have iTunes 'Single of the Week'
Ranger, featuring Adele Pickvance of The Go-Betweens on bass, mandolin and backing vocals, are currently the single of the week on iTunes Australia and the track, Secret Places, is available for free download from iTunes in Australia until Tuesday 25th March.
15th March 2008 ... The Go-Betweens Songbook
The Go-Betweens Songbook is being issued in April, to coincide with the release of The Evangelist. The book comprises music and lyrics for 26 Go-Betweens songs, an extensive essay on the history of the band by Klaus Walter, many previously unpublished photographs and an introduction by Robert Forster. The book will be available by mail order from amazon.de or directly from the publisher, Schott Music. The book is published on 4th April 2008.
14th March 2008 ... new Robert Forster download single
Yep Roc Records in the USA have released Pandanus from the new Robert Forster album The Evangelist as a download single. It is available from the Yep Roc website now. The Evangelist is available for pre-order from the Yep Roc website; the first 150 copies of the album will be signed by Robert Forster. The Evangelist is currently being streamed from the Yep Roc website.
7th March 2008 ... new Robert Forster website and download single
The new Robert Forster website features information on the new album The Evangelist, videos and a full list of Robert's writing.
The latest Robert Forster article to appear in The Monthly is Bowled Again ..., a report on the recent Big Day Out festival. It appears in the March 2008 edition of The Monthly.
2nd March 2008 ... Is This The Brisbane Sound?
An extra event has been added to the schedule for The Brisbane Sound. Is This The Brisbane Sound? - A public discussion about a place where art, music and memory collide, organised by John Willsteed, will take place on Thursday 6th March at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. For full details download the flyer.
29th February 2008 ... The Times Online: Robert Forster podcast
The Times Online (UK) has a new podcast featuring an interview with Robert Forster. The podcast was recorded in February 2008; during the 30-minute interview Robert talks about the making of his new album and some selections from the record are played.
27th February 2008 ... Go-Betweens plaque first to be added to the Brisbane Walk of Fame
The Go-Betweens were today the first of ten plaques to be installed in Brisbane's new Walk of Fame, commemorating major performers in Brisbane musical history. A full report is on the Courier Mail (Australia) website.
18th February 2008 ... new Robert Forster single released
Robert Forster's Let Your Light In, Babe, taken from his forthcoming album The Evangelist, will be released as a download-only single by Tuition throughout mainland Europe on 7th March 2008. The track is coupled with Demon Days, which also appears on The Evangelist. Both tracks featured on the single are 'radio edits'.
Robert appeared on ABC's Sunday Arts television programme on 17th February; he was interviewed about the Andy Warhol exhibition at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Arts. The programme is available for viewing on-line (Australia only) via the Sunday Arts website.
17th February 2008 ... tracklisting for
The Brisbane Sound CD
The tracklisting for the Brisbane Sound CD is now available. The album contains two early tracks from The Go-Betweens, as well as a track by Zero featuring Lindy Morrison on drums and with lyrics by Robert Forster.
5th December 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in
The latest Robert Forster article to appear in The Monthly is Sunshine On My Brain, which concerns the pop genius of The Monkees. It appears in the February 2008 edition of The Monthly.
27th January 2008 ... Go-Betweens tracks included with
The Brisbane Sound catalogue
Two previously unreleased Go-Betweens tracks, I Am An Architect from 1979 and I Know Why from 1981, are to be included on a compilation CD included with the catalogue for The Brisbane Sound exhibition.
The CD includes many of the artists featured in the exhibition.
Robert Forster's evening at The Brisbane Sound at Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art will now take place on Saturday 8th March and not as previously advised.
29th December 2007 ...
The Brisbane Sound
The Brisbane Sound runs at Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art from 9th February - 8th March 2008. This show, which explores the connections between Brisbane's independent music and arts scenes between 1978 and 1983, includes several events and exhibits likely to be of interest to readers of this site.
On Saturday 16th February8th March, Robert Forster curates an evening of music including performances by The Apartments; Adults Today (featuring Glenn Thompson); Robert Forster and Adele Pickvance; and Trevor Ludlow and the Hellraisers.
Exhibits on show during the month include a 1979 television commercial for the Toowong Music Centre starring Robert Forster and Grant McLennan; the short film Heather's Gloves, scripted by Grant McLennan and starring Robert Vickers; a selection from an October 1980 photo-shoot of The Go-Betweens by Graham Aisthorpe, which marked Lindy Morrison's entry into the group; posters for the Lee Remick and People Say singles; and Jenny Watson's original portraits used on the Send Me A Lullaby cover.
21st December 2007 ... Glenn Thompson interviewed in
The Sunday Times
Where a Go-Between went next, an interview with Glenn Thompson, recently appeared in The Sunday Times (issue dated 16th December 2007). The interview, about Glenn's album with Beachfield, Brighton Bothways, can also be downloaded as a jpeg.
12th December 2007 ... 'Robert Forster plays The Velvet Underground' reviewed
A review of Robert Forster's recent performance at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art appears on the Mess + Noise website
5th December 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in
Robert Forster has a new article in the latest issue of The Monthly. Confession & Hits (Hits & Confession) reviews Delta Goodrem's latest album, Delta, and appears in the December 2007-January 2008 edition.
15th November 2007 ... Robert Forster plays The Velvet Underground
Robert Forster will perform a set of songs by The Velvet Underground as part of the opening programme of the Andy Warhol exhibition at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art. The show takes place on Saturday 8th December.
Joining Robert for the show will be Adele Pickvance, Dylan McCormack, Susie Patten and Karin Bäumler. Tickets for the evening go on sale on Monday 19th November via gtix.
15th November 2007 ... 'Surfing Magazines' quoted in book about surfing
Some of the lyrics from The Go-Betweens' Surfing Magazines are quoted as the prelude to a chapter in High Surf, a book about the lives of famous surfers by Australian write Tim Baker recently published by Harper Collins.
15th November 2007 ... Glenn Thompson album reviewed in NME
7th November 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in The Monthly
Robert Forster's latest article for The Monthly, An Afternoon at Rough Trade, appears in the November 2007 edition of the magazine. In the article, Robert writes about a recent visit to the Rough Trade record shop in London.
1st November 2007 ... Robert Forster album news in Mojo Magazine
A short report on the making of Robert Forster's new album The Evangelist appears in the new (December 2007) edition of Mojo magazine.
26th October 2007 ... Robert Forster article included in Best Music Writing 2007
Best Music Writing 2007, an anthology of the best music writing from the last 12 months from around the world edited by Robert Christgau and Daphne Carr, has been published by Da Capo Press. It contains Robert Forster's article on Grant McLennan, A True Hipster, first published in The Monthly. For a full list of the contents of the book click here.
22nd October 2007 ... new Robert Forster album nears completion
Recording is nearing completion for Robert Forster's new album, his first solo recording in 11 years. The album has 10 new songs and features the talents of Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson as well as a number of other musicians.
The album is produced by Mark Wallis and Dave Ruffy and is due for release in early 2008.
An archive radio session of The Go-Betweens recorded for the John Peel Show in 1984 is featured on BBC 6music's Gideon Coe show at 10pm BST tonight. The show can be heard on-line.
3rd October 2007 ... Glenn Thompson album released
Beachfield, featuring Glenn Thompson, have their debut album released throughout Europe on Tuition Records. The album will be released in Germany on 5th October and in the UK (with distribution via Shellshock) on 5th November.
4th September 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in The Monthly
Robert Forster writes about The Saints recent reformation in Brisbane in the new (September 2007) issue of The Monthly.
Robert Christgau's review of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan's Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997 appears on the Rolling Stone website.
16th August 2007 ... The Brisbane Sound exhibition
In February 2008 the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane will be presenting an exhibition entitled The Brisbane Sound. The exhibtion will include graphic work, sound, films and concerts covering the indie music and experimental arts/music scenes in Brisbane in the early 1980s. The work of Ed Kuepper, Robert Forster and Eugene Carchesio will be featured and each will curate a concert during the exhibition. Also showing will be a 1979 television commercial for the Toowong Music Centre by The Go-Betweens.
Work on The Brisbane Sound project has commenced at the Pestorius Sweeney House where more information can be found.
7th August 2007 ... Robert Forster on Australia Talks
Robert Forster appeared on Australia Talks on ABC Radio National on Friday 3rd August, in a programme discussing Australian songs and songwriting. The programme is available as a podcast from the Australia Talks website.
5th August 2007 ... reviews of The Four Ages of Robert Forster
Reviews of the recent Four Ages of Robert Forster shows at the Brisbane Powerhouse appear in the current issue of Rave magazine and in The Sunday Mail.
2nd August 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in The Monthly
Robert Forster writes about Meg Baird's new album Dear Companion and about the current psychedelic folk scene in the new (August 2007) issue of The Monthly.
29th July 2007 ... Robert Forster plays The Go-Betweens
23rd July 2007 ... David McCormack writes about The Go-Betweens
David McCormack has written an article for MAG about The Go-Betweens, including his memories of the first time he saw the band play live. Write Your Inspiration Down can be read on the MAG website.
Also on the MAG website is a review of The Go-Betweens tribute CD Write Your Adventures Down.
A review of the Robert Forster and Grant McLennan album Intermission: the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997 appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 21st July.
23rd July 2007 ... Go-Betweens honoured by Brisbane Council
The Go-Betweens are the first act chosen to have a plaque in the new Rock 'n' Roll Walk of Fame to be installed in the paving of Brisbane's Brunswick Street Mall. A further nine acts will be chosen to have commemorative plaques - these acts will be chosen by public vote from a short-list of thirty. The Go-Betweens plaque will be installed in September.
22nd July 2007 ... Plan B Intermission review
A review of Intermission from Plan B magazine has been added to the Intermission page.
17th July 2007 ... more Intermission reviews; new Robert Forster interview
More reviews of Intermission, including those from Word, Uncut, Q, Mojo and Record Collector, have been added to the Intermission page.
An extensive new interview with Robert Forster recently appeared in The Courier-Mail.
3rd July 2007 ... Robert Forster Teletext interview
The recent Teletext interview with Robert Forster is now available on this site. It includes discussion of the recent Intermission compilation of Robert Forster's and Grant McLennan's solo recordings and a look forward to Robert's next album.
3rd July 2007 ... more reviews for Intermission
Reviews of Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997 appear in the new issues of Mojo, Q and Uncut magazines (all issues dated August 2007). The Uncut review includes a short interview with Robert Forster.
3rd July 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in The Monthly
Robert Forster has an article in the new edition of The Monthly magazine (issue dated July 2007). "Pop Producer in B-Grade Movie Actress Murder Trial” reviews the new autobiography of Phil Spector, Tearing Down The Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector, written by Mick Brown.
23rd June 2007 ... new Robert Forster interview
A new interview with Robert Forster will be on Teletext.co.uk. Part one of the interview will appear on Monday 25th June, with part two following on Tuesday 26th June.
19th June 2007 ... more reviews for 'Intermission'
More reviews for Robert Forster and Grant McLennan's Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997 have been published, in The Sunday Times, TNT, All Music Guide and Westzeit. Links to all reviews can be found on the Intermission page.
15th June 2007 ... The Independent reviews 'Intermission'
The Independent in the UK has published a review of Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997. The review appears on The Independent website and in today's print edition.
11th June 2007 ... Sydney Morning Herald writes about Go-Betweens tribute album
The Sydney Morning Herald has an article, Go-Betweens a hit 30 years on, about the new Go-Betweens tribute album Write Your Adventures Down.
The article includes and interview with the album's co-producer, David McCormack.
7th June 2007 ... Beggars Banquet web page for Intermission
Beggars Banquet have a web page for the Robert Forster and Grant McLennan release Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997. It contains full details of the release, videos for many of the tracks, downloadable artwork from the album and a 1996 audio interview with Robert and Grant discussing their work with The Go-Betweens.
6th June 2007 ... new novel references The Go-Betweens
A new novel, 'Iraqi Icicle', written by Bernie Dowling, has been published. A modern detective thriller, it uses the history of the Go-Betweens as a metaphor for Australia's geo-political place in the world and quotes liberally from The Go-Betweens' lyrics. The novel is available as a print edition or as a download from Lulu or Lulu UK.
Write Your Adventures Down will be launched at the Pauhaus Festival at the Powerhouse in Brisbane on Saturday 9th June. Performers at the festival include Ed Kuepper, The Grates, The Panics and David McCormack.
16th May 2007 ... Robert Forster live shows
Robert Forster performs four nights at the Queensland Music Festival at the end of July. The shows, entitled The Four Ages of Robert Forster, will be different each night and take place from 25th-28th July 2007 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. For more details and for ticket information see the Queensland Music Festival website.
7th May 2007 ... Go-Betweens tribute show repeat broadcast
The Go-Betweens tribute concert recently broadcast in Australia on JTV will have repeat broadcasts on ABC2 on Tuesday 8th May at 10pm and on Sunday 13th May at 10am. For more information see jtv Live: The Go-Betweens Tribute on the ABC website.
1st May 2007 ... Go-Betweens tribute show repeat broadcast; Robert Forster article
The Go-Betweens tribute concert, recorded at the Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane on 30th November 2006, will be broadcast on Saturday 5th May at 11pm by ABC TV on JTV Live. Performers in the concert include Sarah Blasko, Glenn Richards (Augie March), Kevin Mitchell (aka Bob Evans), Darren Hanlon, Dan Kelly, Ian Haug (Powderfinger), Cameron Emerson and Toby Martin (Youth Group), and a house band of David McCormack, Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson.
Robert Forster's article on Bryan Ferry's new album of Bob Dylan covers, Dylanesque, appears in the May 2007 edition of The Monthly magazine.
29th April 2007 ... more on Intermission - the best of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan
A press release explaining the gestation of Intermission, the forthcoming release of the best of the solo recordings of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, has been released.
10th April 2007 ... Intermission - the best of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan
Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997, a compilation of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan's solo recordings, will be released in June 2007 by Beggars Banquet in Europe and the USA and by EMI in Australia. Intermission is a 2 CD package with lyric book, with one CD comprising the best of the Robert Forster recordings and one CD the best of the Grant McLennan recordings. The recordings on each disc were chosen by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan respectively.
Robert Forster's latest piece for The Monthly is entitled A West Side Story and concerns the Belvoir St Theatre production of Keating. The article appears in the February issue.
15th January 2007
Future Pilot AKA's album Secrets From The Clockhouse will be released in the UK on Creeping Bent Records on 5th February. The album includes the track The City of Lights, which features Robert Forster and Grant McLennan on vocals. Other guests on the album include Damo Suzuki, Alasdair Gray, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Davy Henderson and Mike Watt.
1st January 2007
Robert Forster sings one track on the album Songs For The Young At Heart, released on City Slang and V2 in February 2007. The album also features contributions from Jarvis Cocker, Stuart Murdoch and Bonnie Prince Billy and was compiled by Stuart Staples and Dave Boulter.