Get your Homebake at home

Bad news for Homebake fans – the organisers have pulled the plug on the Aussie “locals only” festival for this year as they have not been able to have the “planets align” – although there was a bit of admitted procrastination on their part as well. But no need to despair, they have guaranteed that Homebake 2011 will be a “unique return version of Homebake to take place during the first week of December.”

Meanwhile, you can have your own Homebake festival with your mates – get together some of your favourite home baked tunes and dance your heart out – here are some of the latest new releases from your local favourites to add to your collection:

Jimmy Barnes, Rage and Ruin – Barnesy’s back in this limited edition 2CD/DVD album that has the star harking back to his true blue Aussie roots – rock and roll style. The all-time Number 1’s record holder in Australia has seen and done it all when it comes to the music biz and this latest collection is the album his rock fans have been waiting for – and it does not disappoint. There are some catchy mid-tempo grooves along with rockin’ hard stompers that’ll have you up on your feet. Top it off with a few swoon-worthy ballads and you’ll see why Barnesy continues to be a living rock legend.

Birds of Tokyo – over the past year, the Birds of Tokyo have been working hard on their latest self-titled album release. Included in this new album are the popular singles “The Saddest Thing I Know” and “Plans”. Throughout September and October, the group will be touring with Silversun Pickups at capital cities as well as Gosford and Bathurst.

Kylie Minogue, Aphrodite – with the cancelling of Homebake for 2010, rumours were abound as to why organisers came to this decision, with some sources even saying that the crew had tried to secure Kylie Minogue before the arrangement fell through – it’d be hard to recover from a disappointment like that! Meanwhile, the Aussie queen of pop is regrouping her loyal subjects with her latest album release, Aphrodite, in July. The album debuted in the UK at number one, making Kylie the only female artist to have a Number one album across 4 decades. Kylie gets back to her pop dance floor roots with the hit singles “All the Lovers” and “Get Outta my Way”.

Bliss n Eso, Running on Air – for the hip hop crowd, Sydney-based Bliss n Eso have released their fourth studio album, Running on Air which debuted on the Australian ARIA charts at number one in early August. Escaping the hectic distractions of urban life, the group stowed themselves away in rural Victoria for the six months it took to produce the album – and their surroundings feature prominently in the lyrics and for arrangements such as “Down by the River”.

Keep an eye out for the return of Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival 2011 at The Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens in December 2011. In the meantime, get your Homebake fix when you buy music online for your favourite Aussie acts.

SABUNG AYAM