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.
The Jesus and Mary Chain are musical guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert tonight. Didn’t see that coming. Genuinely surprised.
We are a few hours behind the US, but I expect it’ll be on YouTube soon enough
Have we done a Steve Hackett best-of recommendations or where to start clip-fest ? I can’t find one.
Anyway, many moons ago (early 90s I’m referring to here) there was a Saturday sports show on Ch9 in Oz, the Wide World of Sports. It was as tedious as it’s UK brethren I can assure you. But every now and then there’d be something of niche interest that hit the spot, and there was a surfing video which to the best of my knowledge had a Hackett track as the soundtrack which I could never place. Probably because I was completely wrong, but what the hey…could have easily been Steve Hillage or Steve Coogan given my general lack of awareness at the time (and since).
So there have been many Hackett reviews and references round these parts, almost as much love as RT, so what’s the good oil ? What’s the G.O. ? Where should I start on Youtube ?
The latest Nerdist podcast is an interview with Dave Gahan. Should be interesting. Will report back when I have wifi….
The Basement, Sydney
Frontman from Jet previews his upcoming solo album with his Italian backing band, to an audience of what looked to be predominantly music industry types. Strangely enough it was a pretty good night anyway. We went on a gamble and it was worth it.
Support was Olympia, a solo singer/muso backing herself with pedals and loops, alternating between guitar and keyboards. This was pretty interesting and effective, building up walls of sound and stacked vocal harmonies. I’d listen to that again. Damned if I could remember what the lyrical content was about though, even as the songs finished. I may have been toasted by this point.
Then the main act came on. The songs came across really well. I have little or no knowledge of Jet, let alone this album which hasn’t been released yet, but it was a really good blend of hard rock and a fair chunk of soul. My only quibble was a couple of tracks that were basically wall-to-wall cliches musically and lyrically. But that said, the album will be worth checking out, and hopefully the recording will do the band justice.
The all-Italian backing was 2 drummers, keyboards, » Continue Reading.
I’ve realised that no matter how much I like a piece of music, when my 10 year old insists on playing one track on repeat for hours (or at least feels and seems like it), I will eventually come to hate it.
It’s my own stupid fault I ‘spose. He loves Guardians of the Galaxy, I bought him the ‘Awesome mix’ soundtrack as a cheapie in a 2-for-3 at JB Hifi, ripped it to his iPod, and he started playing “Hooked on a Feeling” over and over and over….that was most of last week. I couldn’t shake HoaF as an earworm one day last week at work, it just kept going round inside my head. Not even my usual antidote to all things Billy Joel could shift it – singing Centrefold to myself.
Yesterday was the turn of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. On repeat. Till I had to leave the house. I won’t be able to listen to either of them again.
Also means we’ll have to be very careful and selective about what he gets on his iPod.
I love John Clarke. Some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever seen. Clever too.
Giant Dwarf Theatre Sydney
As advertised, this was very much a work in progress. Preparing for a London run in July, it was definitely a bit ragged around the edges, but it was an immensely charming evening.
I’d not seen him live before, only heard of his reputation in passing. Since reading Stewart Lee’s brilliant “How I Escaped My Certain Fate” praising him to the skies and insulting him mercilessly, and in the wake of the ComCom podcast (mentioned elsewhere) which carried a lorraluv, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. Glad I did – well worth the trek across town in the rain.
Yes, his own closing assessment (“zero structure, some content”) was valid, and there were a couple of small patches that sounded like familiar themes from many years ago, on the whole it was thoroughly enjoyable. Even when he was struggling to remember his own threads of logic and material the crowd were happy to play along and have fun. The crowd work was interesting, and I’m pretty sure the observational comedy surrounding Tim Tams won’t make it to London. Worked for us though. Local jokes get you local work » Continue Reading.
For those of us in the land of Oz, Daniel Kitson is touring. That was remarkable enough, but next week in Sydney he’s playing a tiny venue I had never heard of, and for a ticket price I havent seen since the 80’s, or maybe the 70’s – $12.
For those who like Stewart Lee, and possibly for those who hate him too, there’s a brilliant interview with him on The Comedian’s Comedian podcast, where among other things he explains the character ‘stewart lee’ that he’s playing (or maybe it’s multiple “characters”) and why he approaches some things the way he does. I found it very interesting, but it is very long though, around 2 hours…
The Metro, Sydney
The Damned came to The Metro in Sydney. What can I say… It was heaps of fun, the place was rammed full, they played pretty much all the hits and most of Machine Gun Etiquette. I had spent the afternoon listening to the oldies and they had all the best stuff included. That old Proustian rush kicked in right away with Melody Lee as the opener, weaving through New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Waiting For The Blackout, History of The World pt 1, Looking At You, Disco Man, Billy Bad Breaks, Stranger On The Town, Love Song, Noise Noise Noise, Anti-Pope (among others) and Smash It Up for an encore, it was great stuff.
The crowd was about 80-90% in the 50+ age group, and 70-80% male, with lots of ill-advised singlet/wife-beater tee shirts and a couple of magnificent mohawks.
The dipsticks doing flash photography from near the mixing desk only got blinding flashback from the bald spots in front. There was even a bit of an OAP mosh pit going on in front of the Captain, although it seemed to be limited to pushing each other from side to » Continue Reading.
So I thought I had a pretty good handle on what I thought was the most beautiful car in the world, and it’s close rival. Then I saw both of them in a local store yesterday, the Industrie Garage in inner western Sydney. Images below.
Can anyone come up with anything (automotive) more beautiful ?
Oi @twang – there’s a band called ‘A Band Called Twang’ playing Sydney this weekend. Thought you should know. Or you’re actually in the band (and you’re already here). Either way, maybe we should do something to commemorate the occasion – maybe record it and post the results, no matter how glorious and/or hideous…
Is anyone else struck by the likeness between Martin Shaw and Stewart Lee ? Have they been seen in the same room ? Both from Birmingham…related perhaps ? Images below.
Following on from ChrisF’s post at new year regarding the RT acoustic sessions (http://theafterword.co.uk/richard-thompson-acoustic-vol-2/) there’s a small selection of RT acoustic tracks available on Noisetrade for a free taster.
– I want to see the bright lights tonight – 1952 Vincent Black Lightning – I misunderstood – Beeswing
I heard someone give Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell a big up on the Afterword podcast, so I gave it a go and thank you very much to whoever mentioned it.
I bring it up because the 8th episode ‘Hallelujah’ is right up the Afterword alley – talking (briefly) to Alan Winstanley about working with Elvis Costello and making an album they all hated (Elvis, Alan and mega-fan Gladwell); the creation and eventual emergence of Halellujah as a classic covered by all and sundry; the difference between Dylan and Cohen and much more.
The rest of the series is very interesting too. Made me think about my thought patterns, behaviours and choices on more than one occasion… The tryptic on education started making me very angry.
This would typically be nowhere near my kind of thing, but I was down the Youtube rabbit hole and watched this gear rundown of Angus and Stevie Young’s kit and found the simplicity fascinating. Key takeaway – Angus’ sound is just a vintage Gibson SG with Marshall 100W valve heads where the settings are all pre-defined and unchanging, little or nothing in the way. Malcolm/Stevie’s is just a Gretsch and Marshalls. All the amps have the required settings stuck on them. Then he just plays the primary SG till it goes out of tune, then swaps to the secondary SG while the first is tuned. He isn’t showing you his guitar collection. They only fix something when it breaks, but you would have probably guessed that kind of attitude from the music…
And in another Angus interview he talks about why he uses the SG – because he’s a little guy (his description) and the Les Paul is too heavy. Simples.
“Report alleges Donald Trump paid for ‘golden showers’ and Twitter cannot contain itself”, including gratuitous explanations. Nice to the SMH keeping things classy.
As we mark the sad passing of another one gone, Phil Chess at the age of 95 (pretty good innings actually), here’s an idea – let’s do a Chess death-by-youtube thread.
There’s been some love round these parts for Sara Watkins in the past. Her new album “Young In All The Wrong Ways” is streaming on Noisetrade at the moment if you fancy checking it out. Some nice stuff there.
The Lovecraft-meets-James-Bond-meets-BOFH (Bastard Operator From Hell – http://www.theregister.co.uk/data_centre/bofh/) series continues on another tangent, and this time we’re following the vampires of the secret service into another Case Nightmare scenario. Without the Sysadmins. Up to now I only recall Case Nightmare Green being mentioned, but as was obviously implied, there are others…
It’s heaps of fun, even when it gets really dark, very nasty, and ultimately sad, while still keeping a wacky undertow. That was a pretty neat trick actually. The tension builds rapidly, and escalates exponentially. There even seemed to be some cross pollination from Neal Stephenson’s ‘Seven Eves’ in a sub-plot and narrative driver. There were a couple of spots where the (admittedly very thinly stretched) plausibility was taken over the edge, but still a hell of a lark.
I’m a fan, so highly recommended, but don’t start here – you would need to start back at the beginning with the Atrocity Archives. If that doesn’t float your boat the rest won’t either.
It was almost too abrupt, too abbreviated. I would have liked more of a post-script, and known a bit more about some of the outcomes to the threads that were launched so wildly » Continue Reading.
So one of the threads sent me off on a tangent, and I found out that Phil Lynott was born in West Bromwich. At Sandwell Hospital FFS. At least, according to WikiPedia. Maybe that explains the 30 years fixation on Lizzy. What with him (coming from where I spent a large part of my teenage years) and Steve Winwood from Aldridge (just the other side of the M6 from where I was born and grew up and spent my early teens), I was wondering… who else might come from the spitting distance of (north) Birmingham that you might not expect…