Website of the Week: Setlist.fm


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This week’s Website of the Week is Setlist.fm. I was at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday night to see Arctic Monkeys play one of the handful of gigs they have been doing to promote their latest album AM here in Australia. Apart from witnessing a predictably excellent performance I was interested to see for myself how closely they stuck to the setlist they have been playing on the tour so far. Australian gigs have been supported by the Perth band Pond, two members of which have been part of fellow psych/rock/glam/garage band Tame Impala up until late last year.

There has been quite a bit of press about the band with accusations from one American support band The Orwells that every Arctic Monkeys show of this tour is identical. The Orwells who supported the band on the US leg of their AM tour went so far as to say not only are the songs on the setlist the same but they are played in the same order and with every seeming ad-lib “choreographed” into the bargain.

Adelaide Gig 10/05/14

Alex Turner, frontman and  principal songwriter  for the band responded in the sort of fashion that has garnered him fans and critics in equal measure. That is to say he responded like a Rock Star, and that is his job afterall…

This naturally got me to thinking of how to find out what songs bands play when and how often, on which tours and over time. If you follow a band’s career closely enough you can sometimes find fan posted setlists for the latest tour but not much more. Setlist.fm is a Wiki that by contrast offers an incredible wealth of information about bands, past and present, their touring info and really comprehensive setlists. It is constantly being added to and amended and provides not only gig by gig setlist info but comprehensive statistics on which songs come from which album and how often they are played.

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What’s the Librarian Reading Now?


VAGABONDHOLES   Author Biography

Mr Bull is currently reading Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids edited by Chris Coughran & Niall Lucy and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical by Robert Shearman. David McComb was an Australian singer/songwriter best known as the Lead Singer/Guitarist with groundbreaking Perth band The Triffids. Named after the British writer John Wyndam’s famous dystopian novel, McComb Garnering wide critical acclaim with this band especially in the UK and Europe. The lineup included McComb’s brother Robert, future Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds bass player Martin P. Casey and pedal and lap steel guitar legend, ‘Evil’ Graham Lee. McComb became a member of The Blackeyed Susans, as well as forming  a shortlived post-Triffids band The Red Ponies. His only solo album Love of Will has become highly collectible following the singer’s untimely death at age 37.

Robert Shearman is a prolific English playwright and screenwriter who has produced three volumes of short stories, this being the second. His other claim to fame is as the first writer to bring back the Daleks in television’s Doctor Who in his hugely popular episode, Dalek. Check out my post about his appearance at the Adelaide Writers Festival 2012.

What’s the Librarian Reading Now?


Sweet Tooth  ten rules

Mr Bull is currently reading Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan and The Ten Rules of Rock and Roll by Robert Forster. Ian McEwan is one of England’s pre-eminent contemporary novelists. His awards include The Booker Prize, TheWhitberad First Novel Award and many others. For a full list of his awards visit his website here. Several of his books have been made into successful films including Atonement and Enduring Love. Robert Forster is an Australian singer/songwriter/writer best known for his work with seminal Brisbane indie/post punk band The Go-Betweens.