Sunday, November 19, 2023

There is always a Past

As Blogger has told me that I should get right back on that horse I thought I should also amalgamate the short blog I used after Megaupload fell over. It held a few posts (seen below as one big post). 

 I'll let you know when the files are linked.
Me Mu Miou
You have never heard of them. I saw them three times I think. You love them or hate them. I love them. Twin sisters on keys and stuff and a drummer who is a joy. DIY Jazz Noise or something. Recording bands like this for posterity whatever that is is essentially why I do this. I hope they find a few more fans.

Clash Of The Titans 

This was a monster show featuring The Hoodoo Gurus, The Stems, and Radio Birdman in a beer barn on the edge of town just like the old days. Probably an even better bill than the up-coming Stoneage Romeo tour. You be the judge. Unless someone dies and leaves me $69.30 + b/f I won't be at the said show unfortunately. Saving up for Golden Plains 2012. 

Golden Plains Festival Merideth March 8 & 9 2008 and Pre Shows 

What can I say apart from WOW, what a festival. Easily the best weekend of music I have had the pleasure of attending. I will return. Nice crowd. Great music. Magic setting. 

 I was in Melbourne for the two days before and saw Jay Reatard, The Dirtbombs, Future of the Left and supports [including the great Ooga Boogas] at Northcote and East Brunswick. Both good venues. Those shows are included here as well. 

Northcote Social Club

East Brunswick Club

Golden Plains 2008

Gold Coast Big Day Out Jan 2008 

You go to BDO these days cause it's BDO. Seriously if you can't find a few hours of decent music and enjoy the atmosphere somewhere on the site then you have a problem that no amount of bitching will fix. 

I have a distinct preference for tent shows rather than the main arena and this year that preference was reinforced by the lack of detail in the Arcade Fire sound. I could see violins but stuffed if i could hear them. What you do hear is clear enough but there's no details. I know there were complaints of the patchy sound in RATM as well. So apart from Bjork and Arcade Fire [who i didn't record] all I saw was inside and this is what they sounded like. 

Spoon - Live @ BDO GC 2008 
Kate Nash - Live @ BDO GC 2008 
Paul Kelly - Live @ BDO GC 2008 
Cut Off Your Hands - Live @ BDO GC 2008 
Die! Die! Die - Live @ BDO GC 2008 
Bjork - Live @ BDO GC 2008 

NOTE Fans only. The sound is muddy which is exactly how I heard it. I didn't get any more cause I was enjoying myself wandering around and I try not to record partial sets. 

The Grates Go Out In Style 

Out of 2007 that is. Cause they'll be back next year better than ever. To a sold out house that still seemed less than full [what happens perhaps when you give so many tickets to industry types] they ran through their hits and debuted 6 new tracks. 

 The new songs are recognizably Grate but different. Some are a little more complex in structure and John and Alana certainly work for their money. Pae is up to it and as a result the new stuff got almost as many cheers as the Gravity material. I say almost cause there is nothing like the tingle you get down your spine when the intro to 19/20/20 rings out or Pae tells us "Some Motherfuckers think they're born to dance" [personally my favourite Grates song if not just favourite song period] 

 Highlight was Pae in sweaty red silk? dress launching onto the crowd and surfing about 15 feet before a perfect backflip to the floor thus ending the show. Other bands appeared of course. 

Yves Klein Blue did a good job warming up the crowd. Quite a few fans there who enjoyed their work. 

Whitely I haven't seen before and was impressed though his band is a little quiet and the room was quite loud at times and it was difficult to follow his quieter stuff. Nice solo version of Bjork's Hyperballad. 

Dr Dog from the US I wasn't so impressed with unfortunately. Fairly standard US style rock with some blues influences. They are quite competent and I liked their vocals and harmonies but it's not my thing. So not so much a Xmas party as a celebration of a big year for a wonderful band. 

The Grates - Live @ The Zoo - 11 Dec 2007 

John Cale at The Tivoli - 8 Nov 2007 

 Contrary to every article I saw promoting this concert John Cale has appeared in Brisbane before. He did a show at the Rialto Theatre in West End, a solo set just John on piano. It was a magical night. Last night was no less magical . The concert material spanned his career commencing with a drone piece which was probably from his first LP. I recognized the beat but the melody escaped me. My wife who is not familiar at all with John's earlier work asked why they were doing that to her. I found the textures oddly soothing. 

He finished with a gentle encore of the ballad, Gravel Drive, from his latest LP, Black Acetate. In between was the weirdest Heartbreak Hotel I have ever heard, plus songs from Fear, Helen of Troy, Hobo Sapien, Black Acetate, a beautiful Chinese Envoy, and a whole lot more i now have to look up dammit Mr Cale. I only have so much money you know. 

 I don't know if Hey Ray and The Common Cold have been recorded yet but if not I can say John still has a lot left to give us. I like the Tivoli as a venue. The sound is great. John's band gave him a solid base to work on with some nice work from the guitarist and a drummer who was obviously enjoying himself. The bowed bass in Gravel Drive was beautiful. 

The crowd was a bit strange. Everyone was obviously enjoying the show but I'm not sure that was seen from the stage. A couple of odd interjections [is Baby's On Fire a John Cale song in some universe?]

The only disappointment was no second encore which on the set list at least included Fear, Pablo Picasso, Leaving It Up To You and Chorale?. Don't know why he didn't come back for that one. I suppose I wouldn't have known what I missed if I hadn't asked the sound guy for a copy of the set list.

On balance a great night and I'd urge anyone even half interested to get out for it. The man is a genius. 

John Cale - Live @ The Tivoli - 08 Nov 2007

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Custard Some new songs at The Triffid

Custard played their new LP at The Triffid. A packed house. By all accounts it was very good. See for yourself.

Custard -- Live @ The Triffid - 12 Dec 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to Market Day and the idea of Turn It Up

Though today isn't the blogs actual birthday it is the 9th anniversary of the last 4ZZZ Market Day where I used in battle for the first time my brand new mini-disc recorder with Sound Professional in-ear binaural mics fed through a Sound Professional Microphone Pre Amplifier that had arrived in the mail the day before.

My practice was turning up the stereo really loud and singing along really loud. This particular tape has disappeared; possibly a good thing.

What hasn't disappeared is the recordings of a single song from Bertha Control, and full sets from Sekiden, Giants of Science, i heart hiroshima, jump2lightspeed, and Iron On. Grab them all put your headphones on and Turn It Up!

First Day

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Marlon Williams at the Black Bear Lodge

I saw Marlon Williams at Meredith 2014 on Sunday morning and it was a wonderful performance. I love Sunday mornings at Meredith.

Marlon and The Yarra Benders played at Black Bear Lodge on the last night of their tour and I was not disappointed though I thought the support act Laura Jean had a good voice but the material uninteresting.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders - Live @ Black Bear Lodge - 07 July 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Laneway 2015 Three of The Best

Well I would say that wouldn't I.

I saw these three acts on the outdoor stage and fortunately by the time they appeared most sound problems had been worked out. I'm assuming they were problems but who knows. The sound treatment of early acts is notoriously bad.

Perfect Pussy who I saw first was unlistenable. The singer was really getting into it but I didn't hear a word of her performance and the guitar sound was buried in the wash produced by the electronics guy. I'd like to see them in a better setting.

The Connan Mockasin set has had the really loud bass quietened down. It annoyed people around me in the crowd so it wasn't just me.

Meanwhile over on the main covered stages the metal roof made everything pretty harsh. Down the front it may have been better but halfway back it was annoying.

So back to the outdoor stage for Pond and St Vincent. I sat out the back drinking beer during Future Islands but what I heard didn't thrill me too much.

Connan Mockasin - Live @ Laneway 2015 Brisbane - 31 Jan 2015

Pond - Live @ Laneway 2015 Brisbane - 31 Jan 2015

St Vincent - Live @ Laneway 2015 Brisbane - 31 Jan 2015

Almost forgot. I missed the last 5 min or so of St Vincent so I didn't get the last song [unless she went longer] Also I do recommend you listen to all of these sets with headphones or buds at least. Noise canceling cans are best but whatever you have will sound better than speakers. And St Vincent deserves that.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Some Prince Of Wales sets

Finally found the password. Must be more careful.

Last night in all its glory. For a number of reasons I didn't get Front End Loader. Maybe next time.

Greig - Live @ The POW - 17 Jan 2015

Giants of Science - Live @ The POW - 17 Jan 2015

with bonus punk and whatever the hell you call Lovecraft from a show god is it that long ago.

The Leftovers - Live @ The POW - 30 Sept 2012

Lovecraft - Live @ The POW - 30 Sept 2012

I have written the password on a piece of paper. As soon as I remember where I put the piece of paper I'll post more stuff.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hits. All Hits. Nothin but Hits.

Supporting The Scientists at the Hi-Fi Bar. Truly wonderful stuff. The Scientists stood side stage for much of the set and seemed to enjoy it too. Really looking forward to the LP Launch in a few weeks.

Hits - Live @ The HiFi Bar - 27 Mar 2014

Batteries died as The Scientists hit the stage. Late. And they played till after midnight. But do we care it was a school night. No cause we are hardened rock beasts. Or in the case of the front row, retired.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Girls Germs and The Flangipanies

One off reunion show before one germ departs for the USA. Supported by The Flangipanis and Loud Goes Bang who I didn't record as I got there a little late.

Half the Flangipanies set is Blister covers before they kick off their own stuff with 'My boyfriend likes ebay more than he likes me'. Good fun band.

Girls Germs were local heroes in the 90s. I missed them first time round which is a pity. Brisbane had some world class pop punk power pop whatever bands and these guys are among the best.

Flangipanis Live @ The Crow Bar 8 Feb 2014

Girls Germs Live @ The Crow Bar 8 Feb 2014

Monday, July 15, 2013

Scott & Charlene's Wedding at The Garage, London, England

First Scott and Charlene's Wedding who I did not know were playing in support of Mission of Burma so I got a pleasant surprise. A short rocky set which means n Epping Line and just the four on stage so no Spazzy's. But it was fun.

Scott & Charlene's Wedding - Live @ The Garage - 01 July 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

No Anchor with O at The Waiting Room

Last night at The Waiting Room O were good. No Anchor were great. Such a good venue. Thanks Cam.

No Anchor - Live @ The Waiting Room - 31 May 2013

O - Live @ The Waiting Room - 31 May 2013

And thanks to Mediafire for making it just that little bit harder to operate.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Golden Plains 2013

A few acts only. Sorry. I was in the best place in the word to be in a bad place that weekend so I'm thankful for that.

Redd Kross - Live @ Golden Plains - 10 Mar 2013

Bushwalking - Live @ Golden Plains - 10 Mar 2013

Opossum - Live @ Golden Plains - 09 Mar 2013

Couple more to come

Screaming Match, Screaming Match, The Fancy Boys, King Tuff in that order

Two nights , two sets by Screaming Match, last night of The Fancy Boys, and King Tuff do Brisbane very quickly. It was a good week. Apart from The Fancy Boys going their separate ways to China, Indonesia and whichever part of Brisbane X lives in.

King Tuff were OK and would have been better with more people. The front section was pretty happy though. Workmanlike performance.

Fancy Boys will be missed. Adam Scott will be missed especially. I am sure he will find a bunch of guys in Jakarta to make music with.

Screaming Match are really really good. Listen and find your own references, there are many. But it all comes together with it's own voice. If you only want one set get The Primitive set. But get both.

Screaming Match - Live @ The Underground - 13 Apr 2013

The Fancy Boys - Live @ The Underground - 13 Apr 2013

Screaming Match - Live @ The Primitive - 26 Apr 2013

King Tuff - Live @ The Primitive - 26 Apr 2013