Runs out of puff but pretty funny at the start
oK last time I looked at it but tonight it shuts down my browser ,chrome or safari, everytime I try to open it.
Mrs Wells and I are in the Top End on hols. That is the Northern Territory in Australa Tonight we are in Darwin and they are celebrating Territory Day which is in remembrance of attaining self govt in 1978. Anyway as we drove into town it seemed every second store was selling fireworks. 2 for 1 at Acme fireworks – Roadrunner where are you ? They can only buy them and let them off on this one day of the year and as I type a lot of them are doing just that. With apologies to those who have experienced the real thing it is like a war zone the pop pop in the background punctuated by the squeal of a rocket passing overhead. Been going on for hours. The last time I had access to fireworks to blow up the neighbours letter box was in the seventies. So my question is – how common is the availability of fireworks these days ?
A few years ago I painstakingly converted my albums and some singles of Zimbabwean pop from the halcyon days of the early 80s editing out pops and clicks etc. Took forever.
I sent them off to my friend Matt Temple who now runs Matsuli Records in London.
He is making the 4 volumes available for download.
The pictures are from my time seeing bands in Harare 1981/82.
I first saw Rodney Crowell in a small sit down event a few years ago. He played acoustic and had another guitarist with him.It was around the time of the Sex and Gasoline album. I remember writing on the old website that after seeing so many uninspiring, mediocre gigs this was one to remember, one that restored my faith. Such a songwriter, such turn of phrase, such strong melodies. He’s continued that fine form with last year’s TarPaper Sky still on high rotation at Junior’s pad. He has also put out a book on his childhood “on the wrong side of the tracks” in Houston.
I’ve seen Emmylou Harris twice before and have a bunch of her records but still she underwhelms me. Sure she has a voice as pure as driven snow, crack bands, excellent song selection, But something about her is, well, boring. She deosn’t appear to have much personality. Crowell’s songs on the other hand and his lived in face speak of a life doing the wrong things and ,for me, the music is the better for it.
So onto the gig. Just the one show and not a sellout. » Continue Reading.
I’ve got 3-4000 records. A wide range but mainly blues ,jazz ,rock, African and reggae.
A mix of US and UK pressings and a lot of Aussie pressings.
People say it must be worth a heap,especially these days with vinyl’s renewal – see thread by @LOUDspeaker.
But I doubt it. Go to a second hand record shop and they are likely to offer you about A$5.00 or if it something that was popular, Boston, Hot August Night etc they wont take it.
Equally those less populist albums often don’t attract much because there is not much demand for them. Mark Almond record anyone? It is only good nick copies for the big names Stones, Beatles ,Zep that they will pay big money.
Curiously crappy Aussie pressings can sell ok overseas because the covers ,awful as they were ,were sometimes different to overseas versions.
Stuff that seems to have solid demand are blues albums, some jazz ,classic funk and some indie Australian bands from the 60s and 70s. I mean you see crazy prices on discogs but anyone ever sold or bought at these prices?
But I’d be surprised if my whole collection would pull more than 10 » Continue Reading.
After a few false starts he finally performed. His shows were restricted to the Vivid festival in Sydney so I didn’t see him.
The reviewer is a comedian so it’s a smart arse review but you get the idea.
Just as critical to the sound of the Birthday Party was Rowland S Howard and his jaguar guitar. He was the one who wrote Shivers at 16 I think. He died waiting for a liver transplant.
Before and after the BP he lived in St Kilda, Melbourne. Nice that his memory will endure with this renaming of a lane.
Check this video out from 1965
Look at the other guitarist >sexy black woman in tight evening dress. Hubba hubba
She was one of the first woman guitarists in rock n roll /r’n’b
Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
I first saw Tord with a different line up in a double bill with Tomasz Stanko as part of the Melbourne Jazz Festival some 6 years ago. Since then I’ve bought most of his records and never been disappointed. I love that ECM/ European jazz sound. I’ve been struggling to find words to describe it, sparse, chime-like, brooding, evocative of cold landscape or is that latter description just me projecting. Anyway this time he has come back ,as he says, with less hair but a bigger band. He has added sax which is on recent albums and a different bass player. Happily the drummer Jarle Vespestad remains- beaming with the sheer pleasure of playing and the lightest touch I’ve ever seen -plenty of use of brushes and tapping cymbals so gently they didn’t move. Dragging the end of the stick across them for a soft screech was effective too.
Tord is low key in his introductions, soft and almost gravelly- perhaps due to having done a workshop earlier in the day.
With this quarter the influence of Jarrett’s European quartet,to me, is more in evidence especially when the soprano sax was brought out. » Continue Reading.
gotta worry when even the Queensland police are sticking it up ya
From an Aussie TV show that analyses the media
Matt Temple at Matsuli Music has done a great job resurrecting some fantastic afro jazz from Sth Africa in the 70s. All fantastically packaged, heavyweight vinyl, thick card, good liner notes you can actually read. And here is his latest release . Read on – there’s a track you can play too.Takes a bit for John Williams to be gobsmacked and for Diabate himself to seek confirmation that it was just one guitarist playing.
Read some English rag was up in arms over the prospect of an Aussie coach. Surprised. Dont recall much fuss being made in Australia when Sth African Mickey Arthur was appointed coach over here.
Sequencing of shorter improv pieces to simulate those pre chronic fatigue epics.
got a mate going over in 3 weeks I think for a week. Staying uptown in Manhattan. Bass player .likes his music,books .Goes for quirky stuff, more obscure things. I suggested Blue Note, Rockefeller Museum, Lincoln centre but all a bit obvious. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Anzac Day is a timely date to post this speech by former Australian prime minister PJ Keating launching a book on Churchill and his relationship with Australia.. The book is written by Graham Freudenberg former master speech writer for Gough Whitlam and occasionally Keating too. As you’d expect from Keating it is a thorough and thoughtful speech. Seems like he actually read the book.
So I googled and lo and behold there’s an interview with him in the Guardian , talk of a box set and reference to legal action from Keith Levene. Be amazed if the latter took exception to being described as having been a junkie.
Love his playing
I’d trust her more than Victor Bockris….or Lou.
I didn’t see this show but thought people would be interested in the review.
I have actually researched this before resorting to the Massive but the answers are incomprehensible or not relevant to my set up. The isituation:watching some, some but not all you tube or a streamed movie. The problem the sound coming out of my hi fi speakers is slightly delayed to the visual. The set up: a smart TV,an optical out that bypasses the TV speakers, feeding into optical in on my Marantz stereo amp. Doesn’t seem to be so bad on all you tube but is a problem on a lot. Some people say turn TV speakers down but these are bypassed in the settings.
Friends had a similar problem when trying to use TV as a slave screen to a laptop but I wouldn’t expect to have the same problem with a smart TV doing the streaming. Thanks
170 Russell St, Melbourne
170 Russell St- how is that for a venue name? talk about functional/All that is missing is the area code. Smallish place with terraced viewing.Stinking hot until the A/C eventually kicked in. I’ve heard all the buzz and watched a bit of youtube but not overly familiar with the catalogue of the guy who ( probably to his chagrin) is billed as the future of the blues or the new Hendrix. A four piece band and hazy lighting – no glaring spotlights on his Gretsch/Gibson SG/ Fender Strat. More groove type blues with a lot of fuzz -hence the Hendrix reference presumably. Zero stage craft -just the occasional mumbled intro. His voice was okaaay but nothing special. I thought the show really went up a notch when he went into Fourth Stone From The Sun. This was followed by a lovely “love song” clean blues notes on the Fender with surprisingly falsetto ala Prince surprisingly. I loved ti when he said I just feel like playing some more and stretched out the solo. Yep he can play alright. New Hendrix- no way.
Fair range old blues fans, younger set and » Continue Reading.
Having had a few performance issues I employed disk utility on the Mac and then sought out our good friend applejack however when I go to that single user thingammy with the black screen it doesn’t go to the usual line where you enter “applejack”. Instead it has bash-3.2#
I think it might be to do with an OS pgrade.
Currently on Yosemite.
All advice appreciated.