One for the Sydneysiders – Bob Dylan is playing the Enmore theatre in a couple of weeks, Sun 19th Aug. Nice small place, tickets correspondingly run from very-expensive to oh-my-god. Goes on sale tomorrow (Mon 6th). I’m not curious enough to justify it, definitely not a fan, and several leagues away from being anywhere near knowledgeable on the catalog. Keep trying to convince myself to buy the albums everyone recommends and never get round to it…
Well this was a surprise. UKers are probably aware of this from back in the day when it was released, but I’d not seen it on Oz TV. The only reason I watched it was because it was Don Letts and I had enjoyed his ‘Punk’ doco so much. I have to admit, my knowledge of skinhead history was down around the Daily Mail/Express front-page level of ignorance and mis-informed garbage.
It doesn’t help that ‘skinhead’ is now synonymous with ‘fascist’, ‘racist’ and ‘thug’, particularly in other countries. I think I’ll show it to my kids, mainly because the period footage from the early 70s is absolutely how I remember the UK as it was before I left in the 80s (pre-Cool Britannia), and it was why I left. Things might have been better elsewhere around the country at that time, and certainly things have improved since then (but not everywhere), but jeez it was bad. And it was amazing to find out Gary Bushell wasn’t quite as big a tool as I had thought (he’s still a fairly substantial tool though).
I had no awareness whatsoever of the Monks Of Doom till today. Listening to the Underwater Sunshine podcast, this track off their 2006 covers album “What’s Left For Kicks” came up and I have been playing it repeatedly ever since. The Calvary Cross (link down thread), sounds like it’s being done by The Gin Blossoms with added technical ability. That’s a good thing for mine. OOAA.
Here’s a heresy – I think it’s better than the Richard & Linda Thompson original…
What very little I’ve heard so far is all over the map, so this may not be considered representative. The other one that caught my ear was a sort of proggy/country/zappa-esque thing. Then they do Oh Well very convincingly.
David Immergluck from Counting Crows, plus everyone else from his earlier stint with Camper Van Beethoven. Except David Lowery. Perhaps.
The rather wonderful Grant Lee-Philips is touring Oz from next week, Sydney on the 16th and lots of other places either side, along the East/South coast. That is all…
It was a sell out crowd at the Metro, the place was rammed and had a really nice atmosphere.
Dr John Cooper-Clarke opened and was hilarious. Having not seen him before I hadn’t realised quite how much his schtick is a blend of stand-up and poetry, done in a horse-racing-caller delivery. Priceless. Shame about the noise spill from the band next door, kind of spoiled it a bit making it a little harder to pay attention, and it needs your attention.
Following on from @SteveT back in 2016 (http://theafterword.co.uk/squeeze/) I think we might have got a similar show – opening with Please Be Upstanding and Hourglass, a fair few tracks off the most recent albums, and a canter through the hits. The band were rock solid, it sounded perfect….but….there was only Glenn Tilbrook from the old days. I know they’ve had a relatively stable line up for nearly 10 years and a couple of new albums, but… Difford “won’t fly”, the drummer looks a bit like Gilson (and he hits the skins bloody hard), but it still comes across as Glenn and a backing band.
I’d be guessing » Continue Reading.
For example – Why isn’t AC/DC a Scottish band ? The Youngs (scots), Bon (‘Bonnie’) Scott, Geordies, general poms, Taffs. Ok, some Aussie passport holders but it’s pushing a point to call them an Aussie band really. It’s possibly the most Commonwealth band there’s ever been,
This is reasonably upsetting. My favourite gig place in the city may be closing up….here’s some Jeff Lang
What a surprisingly fun night, on a balmy Sydney Saturday evening. We turned up to see the tail end of the support act, a very professional looking karaoke singe called Klue. We also found a polar vortex billowing around the auditorium, the air con turned up to 11. Thoughts turned to the merch table and a t-shirt for purely insulation purposes, but thankfully the crowd piled in and once the Enmore was rammed with people shared bodily warmth took over.
When Thievery Corporation came on (early I thought, at 8.30), I really didn’t know what to expect – I know very little about them aside from a couple of hits. What I wasn’t really expecting was a rotating roster of vocalists, 6 all up coming in and out of the proceedings. The blend of dub, hip hop, rap, rock, middle eastern, eastern, and all through the americas (well, Argentina to New York up the east coast) was a constant surprise. Really nice. Not so sure about the dancing dickheads around the place which caused us to move a couple of times, but when you’re on the dance floor whaddyaexpect.
For my tastes, the dub » Continue Reading.
My ears really picked up when this came up on the Underwater Sunshine podcast…foreign Fields and ‘I Have Your Weapons’. Bon Iver (also a related artist to Foreign Fields) meets The Blue Nile.
(Thanks for the tip @Wheldrake – loads of interesting stuff i had absolutely no clue about)
Another farewell tour kicks off. Pretty good run though, hope he’s well. Don’t suppose we’ll be seeing him at the Aspidistra and Hatstand any time soon.
Tapping the collective wisdom/hive mind of the massive, are there any recommendations out there for cameras ? I want an SLR or similar camera which can also do video, particularly in low light (school events) and sports (school again), as well as the obvious stills for sport and landscape (my amusement). It’s an xmas present to myself so I want to get it right…well, more than I would for someone else. Thoughts below
Loudon Wainwright III is on the latest WTF podcast. Usual caveats apply…skip 10 mins if you can’t stand Maron’s rambles.
It was fairly recently that I expressed one of my major regrets was not seeing the Willard Grant Conspiracy a couple of years ago when they toured Australia, not long before Robert Fisher died. So I was blocking out the office ass-hats earlier today (the dipsticks who use speakerphone in an open plan office, or feel they need to project into the phone for a conf call), and I was listening to the Let It Roll album, as loud as my phone and headphones will allow, and my god this title track is fantastic. Like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds meets Jim Morrison, playing with Counting Crows. And half of Train. No jazz guitar or Manzarek keyboards. Must be played loud…I just tried it as background and it doesn’t work.
Please note, the intro is about 3 minutes…then you’re getting warmed up.
That’s still rather a lot of vodka.
Well here’s the lovely Nadéah with a swinging version of ‘Too drunk to find your way home or something like that’.
Camelot Lounge, Marrickville (that’s inner western Sydney for most of you)
This was bloody brilliant. The whole of the Black Sea album (pre re-issues and re-masters), rendered so well that I now have to go back and reconsider Burning With Optimisms Flames because I think I misjudged it.
Then after an intermission a quick canter through the rest of the catalog, a few hits (like Nigel) and some famous tracks (Chalk Hills and Children). Great musicianship (as promised by Mousey), really authentic sounding. They even managed to emulate a lot of double tracking, for voices, guitars, keyboards, drums…and you don’t hear Travels In Nihilon every day now do you ?
The audience was one of *the* amazing things – it was The Massive incarnate, like every Mingle photo I’ve ever seen extrapolated. If there was an Afterword demographic in inner western Sydney they all turned up – 200-300 in a pokey fire trap warehouse; what’s not to love.
It made me think..
I’ll be back for a Nonsuch night. And I finally realised (through a bit of googling) that when I actually saw XTC in Dunstable in 1981, it was their last-but-one UK concert. » Continue Reading.
The Factory, Marrickville
Well, this was a very pleasant surprise. I didn’t know Clouds when they were a going concern back in the late 80s/early 90s, back when I first arrived in Oz. When I did become aware in recent years, the few Youtube videos I saw led me to believe they’d be a bit wan and fey – not my sort of thing at all. But I went anyway because I know one of the band, and the surprise was a very muscular sound, way more so than even their recent videos. I’d credit the drummer a lot for that, very solid, very tight, very sharp, and the lead guitar chopping around on top – very much my sort of thing indeed.
I still couldn’t tell you a single thing they played (entirely due to my general ignorance), but it was a really enjoyable night. A nice blend of tempos and dynamics. Worth catching if they’re round your way on an Australian national tour this month.
As far as I could see, almost exclusively people who’d have been 20ish in 89, but that’s to be expected with a heritage act I guess
Freedom for Canvey!?$@!? All a bit ‘Passport to Pimlico’ isn’t it…will Wilko need a passport to gig ‘on the mainland’?
I saw this Grauniad article and thought wow, Bob Downe directing Star Wars, now that is what I call left-field. Turns out I’m just an idiot and confused Mark Trevorrow and Colin Trevorrow. Still an appealing idea though.
Here’s Bob doing the pina colada song. No, don’t thank me, all part of the service.
The Infinity Sessions, 4 weeks and a lot of footage (in the comments) as previewed by Mousey back in http://theafterword.co.uk/new-ways-to-record-an-album/
Evening of Sunday Sept 17 at the brass monkey in Cronulla. Can’t immediately see any of their stuff on YT.
Merde. Il pleut a Sydney.
So The Stranglers are touring the land of Aus in the new year, so I wondered if anyone here’s seen them lately and whether it’s going to be worth going ? Any thoughts from the Massive ?
Yet another WTF Podcast alert, this time Maron was talking to Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal. Quite interesting, even veering into a little bit of guitar nerdery.
Further to @twang ‘s post back in January (http://theafterword.co.uk/alternatives-to-photobucket/) it seems that Photobucket have decided they’re going to ping you US$400 for the privilege of hosting your pics for consumption on blogs like these. If you have an account there, it might be time to make sure you have your own copies and accelerate your decision on an alternative hoster…
So, off to the Enmore to see Icehouse. I had hopes given a longstanding love of their albums, saw them back in the 80s, and I was warm to the idea of a hits package. It seemed like a good idea, that they would have been well oiled from a series of dates earlier through the year. And yet, it was a huge disappointment.
Iva and Paul are very obviously the old stagers to pass muster for calling it Icehouse, just with the sound of a very competent tribute band / pub covers band behind them. That said, Iva could presumably turn up with anyone and call himself Icehouse. I couldn’t fault them technically as musicians, but it took me about 3 or 4 numbers to realise my main issue – they were playing them too fast, like they had to get through too much material before curfew. The drummer was good technically, even the joke drum solo was tolerably short. But every song was metronomic, right on the beat with none of the swing in the original tracks (at least how I hear them).
Then there were the high notes…that Iva isn’t » Continue Reading.