Saturday Nov 30: 10.30am – 11.30am
Saturday Nov 30: alllll night from 11.30pm on ABC1
“From 80’s alt-rocker to Japanese bamboo flute master, we’re excited to welcome Violent Femmes founding member/bassist Brian Ritchie to the rage couch. Responsible for forever-catchy hits like ‘Blister in the Sun’, ‘Kiss Off’ and ‘Gone Daddy Gone’, The Violent Femmes were undoubtedly one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the 80s, having sold over nine million albums.
Ritchie has also released numerous solo records, exploring his inklings for world music, folk and jazz. Since moving from Milwaukee to Tasmania in 2006, Ritchie has pursued many projects – banding together with ex-Midnight Oil members to form surf rock group The Break, playing alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra, learning the art of the shakuhachi, and running a tea house.
Ritchie is also the director of MOFO, the annual art and music festival at Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art. The festival has included performances from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Elvis Costello and PJ Harvey since its beginnings in 2009.
His eclectic interests are reflected in his rage selections, playing classics care of Roxy Music, T-Rex and Iggy Pop, some good old Aussie rock from The Saints, Australian Crawl and Midnight Oil, plus a few true surprises like Die Antwoord.”
Admittedly, that was all lifted from the Rage website. They really dig Brian.
Coincidentally, so do we. At MONA in Hobart, Brian curates our annual Festival of Music and Art (FOMA).
This Saturday, Brian is hosting Rage. www.abc.net.au/rage
Coincidentally, it’s the same day the full MOFO 2014 program is released.
Brian’s Rage special showcases some MOFO 2014 artists like John Grant, Astronautalis, Bombay Royale and Roland Tings. It also stems the usual neglect of Tasmanian artists by programing Psycroptic, Ben Wells and the Middle Names, Asta and the Stickmen. Typically, you’ll see a lot of stuff that would otherwise go unseen – that’s the MOFO way.
Here’s Brian’s Rage teaser video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK8AMOgiBuU
Saturday. Watch it. Live-tweet the show. Take us down a notch. Make a request. Tell Brian to get a haircut and a real job. Post photos of your grumpy cat. And whatever you do, ping us back: @MONAFOMA #MOFO2014 #brianritchie #partyallthetime
MOFO 2014 golden tickets are on sale now from www.mofo.net.au
Don’t be a knob and miss out!
Rebecca Fitzgibbon Events Media Manager Museum of Old and New Art