November is Ausmusic Month on Double J
November is a great month for so many reasons.
It’s close enough to the Christmas holiday season to get excited without being too stressed. The Australian test cricket season begins. People walk around with (often terrible) facial hair as a way of raising money for charity, which is both hilarious and benevolent.
It’s the month where we celebrate World Toilet Day (more important than it sounds) and World Kindness Day (well-meaning, but could use a little of World Toilet Day’s practical oomph). It’s the month where lots of people get excited about horse racing and lots of others get real upset about it.
But we all know that November is the best month because it’s Ausmusic Month. And we’re set for an absolute cracker in 2017.
There are still a few more exciting events to be announced as well, so watch this space.
Songs of Your Streets: Bernard Fanning
Australian rock royalty Bernard Fanning treated a small army of passionate fans to some intimate insights into his life and creative process in conversation with Double J’s Jacinta Parsons recently.
As part of Ausmusic month, we take you into that room where you’ll discover a side to the Powderfinger frontman and acclaimed solo artist that you’ve never heard or seen before.
The conversation is deeply personal, the songs are absolutely stunning.
Hear it on Double J from 6pm Monday 13 November or online any time after that. And watch it on ABC iView any time from 6pm Monday 13 November.
Live at the Wireless
It’s all Aussie sets on Live at the Wireless this month. Tune in every Tuesday from 3pm (or Saturday from midday, or anytime on this very website) to experience live sets from the following amazing artists:
Tuesday 7 November: Jebediah and Something For Kate
Tuesday 14 November: Missy Higgins with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday 21 November: Special Ausmusic Month Concert (to be announced!)
Tuesday 28 November: Archie Roach
The J Files
Of course we’re keeping our weekly music history show all Australian through Ausmusic Month as well, with deep dives into some of our country’s most important artists and scenes.
Thursday 2 November: Best of the West: A Focus on Western Australian Music
Thursday 9 November: INXS
Thursday 16 November: Midnight Oil
Thursday 23 November: George Young
Thursday 30 November: Double J Australian Artist of the Year
Artist In Residence
We can’t imagine a band like Custard coming from anywhere else but Australia. It’s not that they seem in any way nationalistic, they just have that kind of scruffy charm that the most endearing of Australians possess, and they inject every bit of it into their excellent music.
We’re incredibly excited to usher the band into the Double J studio each Sunday afternoon throughout Ausmusic month as they raid our enormous music library and spin plenty of yarns about the excellent music they’ve chosen for their four shows.
Hear them Sunday afternoons from 3pm, repeated Wednesday nights from 10pm, or catch up anytime online.
The J Awards
The J Awards is a celebration of the absolute best in Australian music of the past year. The field for 2017 is as strong as ever, with some absolutely incredible talent recognised not just by us, but by our friends at triple j and triple j Unearthed as well.
Click here to get more info about the nominees for the Double J Australian Artist of the Year award. It's the fourth time we're awarding it and we are pretty damn excited about being able to show whoever wins just how much their contribution to Australian music has meant to us over the past 12 months.
The winners of The J Awards will be announced on Thursday 23 November.
Caz Tran has selected some cracking albums from throughout the past few decades for a very special Ausmusic Month series of Classic Albums.
Monday 6 November: Pnau – Pnau
Monday 13 November: Kylie Minogue – Impossible Princess
Monday 20 November: The Hummingbirds – loveBUZZ
Monday 27 November: Hilltop Hoods – The Calling
And, as always, we’ll continue to dedicate so much of our online offering to Australian music. We’ve got you covered reports on the best new music and insights into the great music from your past.