Wednesday, October 03, 2007
One of the first interviews to get out with Radiohead, ahead of their pending opus, In Rainbows.
Thank goodness someone is thinking of a new way of selling albums. Having just got out of the music industry after ten years, i am tempted to write a satirical expose on the thing. This helps push me closer.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
This comes from the Cat Empire blog:
Later, we found some Cheetos in the vending machine backstage. Remember Cheetos? If you're in the USA you probably won't be impressed. But I'm pretty sure we haven't had Cheetos in Australia for about 20 years. Just when I started to think Cheetos had become passe on this side of the Pacific, Pat proved me wrong when he revealed his Cheetos TATTOO.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Two things I implore all of you to get from the internet; this review, and the music of this band.
- From the review, " We are not the first, or the last, to be confronted with this dilemma... a type of universal disaffection synonymous with drowning." More
- And from the band: " Somethin' filled up - my heart with nothin', someone told me not to cry.
But now that I'm older, my heart's colder, and I can see that it's a lie."
I discovered the band when U2 played the song Wake Up as the intro to their recent Australian Vertigo concerts. This song, played to a stadium over the largest speaker-stacks I ever hope to see, moved me nearly as much as the U2's all-powerful first song. (Shame for them that my first response when seeing their live show is to go by the background music, but they'll cope).
I now own the only two albums this diverse Montreal mod-rock group has released, Arcade Fire (below) and Funeral (above).
With compelling basslines, all their songs run headlong into a furnace of piano and rhythm. The lyrics are invariably complex and bleak, but the advanced musical arrangements have optimistic rises to match the falls, and are as close as rock may get to classical composition. Delicate and propulsive - a little like Nick Cave's latest Abbatoir Blues.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
I always did like Kochie.
But sadly, these comments are the antithesis of those offered to my wife and I since we announced we were expecting. We were and are thrilled to be having children. It has been a long and hard road. It is nothing short of a gift.
[ Some background: We took around 20 months to fall pregnant. When we did, my wife had a full molar pregnancy, which is a complicated and potentially cancerous form of tumour that forms in the uterus - in place of a child. This, as you can imagine is traumatic, even beyond the severe and under-appreciated trauma of a 'normal' miscarriage. ]
So, to now be told;
"get all the sleep you can"
"make the most of your last few months of freedom"
or that children are variously; inconvenient, painful, noisy, an error...
It is not just unhelpful and rude, it is as damaging as it is ludicrous!
I have lived for thirty years, so I have had enough sleep-ins.
Nor can I enjoy the sleep I am having now, any more.
We know children act childishly, they are dependent on their parents for attention, are a distraction from going out and will mean a major life change. This is what we have been aiming for, just as all our parents did too, at some point.
The strange thing is that since we have had this happening, I have come across a few big names acting more like loving parents than most people I know.
David Koch - just named Aussie Father of the Year - and much maligned new dad Brad Pitt!
Brad Pitt has said publicly this week that he loves raising children and is considering a fifth!
I always did like Brad. Especially in Kalifornia. And Kochie has always worn his fathering badge on his sleeve.
I hope and plan to be a father who doesn't criticise his children behind their backs, nor regret having children to pregnant couples (of all people!)
As a final quote, I read recently Johnny Cash's autobiography.
In it, Cash believed, "bragging about your kids is one of the most wonderful feelings you can have in life."
I always did like Johnny.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Condition: used for 1 week. in perfect condition.
TEVION USB Graphics Tablet with Cordless Mouse and Drawing Pen
And let's call it AUD80.00
This has now sold. I was inundated by people who thought the tablet was edible. Idiots.
She started off so strong, she played every festival, we couldn't escape her catchy-as-measles song 'Scar'. But something has happened to our girl-next-door, Missy Higgins.
Has anyone else noticed that Missy Higgins, in her latest incarnation, presenting her latest album On A Clear Night, seems quite disinterested in the whole process. Not just bemused either. The monotony of being Missy seems to be getting her done and she probably wishes we'd all just leave her and her music the hell alone.
Missy was on Sunrise last week; approachable, gorgeous smiles and a cheeky joke here and there, but she let slip that she never wanted to be famous. "I wanted to be successful but I didn't realise that fame necessarily came with it."
This now puts her recent behaviour in perspective. In my last job I got to meet her a few times as photographer, and watched a two recent interviews from behind the camera. I got a feeling then that Missy was looking over it. During her live appearance on Live Earth, I got the same vibe. And it goes beyond her having to recycle Scar, or The Special Two another twenty times.
The most convincing evidence is Missy's most recent songs. The first single, Steer, is rather pleasant pop but lacks the swing or originality of Scar. The video was the real let down. Playing out a metaphor of a girl employed to be a crash test dummy (Steer, get it?) was not profound or even clever. It felt thrown together.
Remember the compelling clip for Scar? We all watched it over and over. Steer hardly keeps you to the end of one viewing.
Missy's second single is Where I Stood. Song's so sad it feels like it was meant to embody a kind of depression or fatalism. Fun!
The video features a very disappointing clip of Missy moping about in Sydney's Museum station, pining for a lover I presume. But, unless Missy is an outrageously good actor, the overwhelming impression you're left with is that Missy is bored to tears by all of it. The musical cycle, the publicity, interviews, the performances, the rigmorol of fame. This clip. This take. This angle.
Still, if you are feeling sorry for Missy, do what I do and go back to hear her at her sparkiest - on the Sound of White.
61 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney, NSW 2011."
I am glad to report that Edun's fine fashionable gear, all ethically produced, is now available to us in Sydney.
Yes, ethically produced clothes cost more - protecting all workers, from grower to sower - but so does organic milk. So don't waste too much time on it.
Ben Folds' Photos: "Ben's Photos"
How irritating that this courageous singer/songwriter who refuses to rock like his contemporaries also takes a good photo. I just found Ben has a new website up. Which he also oversees, regularly posts on, and does well. Check it all out.
This is one artist whose music i still pay for.
The Wired Wanderings of a Postmodern Pilgrim" -
This philosophical but very accessible audio feed comes from a midwestern Lutheran minister with a whole load of cred in my book. His pop-cultural references and indie rock throws are up there with Stephen Colbert while his ideas on what church could be shame our Sydney-centric debate. In his own words, a regular podcast exploring the spiritual journey as it is lived out in the wired world - on the net, in film, in song, where ever questions of faith, life and meaning are being asked.
Biggest bugger - he doesn't do enough
Gimme - Wired Jesus
2) The Piper Podcast
John Piper, another minister high on my chart, wrote the inspired book Desiring God, and now makes his sermons podcasts. Nothing classy there, except you have probably never heard any string of messages so clear and driven by his close connection with God that you can't help but listen,be moved and then be moved to action.
Biggest bugger - who has 40minutes to hear one in full?
Gimme - Desiring God
3) The Daily Show With John Stewart
Because we should all lighten up and satire is the last remaining vestige of good reporting. In fact, it's getting just as much flack as journalism, surely enough proof that it is to be taken at least as seriously.
Plus, if satire is the one of the best ways to hold those in power accountable, as i believe it is, then it is also the best way to keep religious and moral leaders under an equally strong microscope. Remember Christians, you can't laugh at jokes about gays, politicians or any other groups, if you can't let others laugh at your group.
Biggest bugger - too many American-only in-jokes
Gimme - Don't pay $2 to iTunes, watch best bits on comedy central's website
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
gleebooks Events Upstairs @ 49 - Events: "Tanya Levin
People in Glass Houses:An Insider's Story of a Life In and Out of Hillsong
Published by: Black Inc.
In conversation with Steve Cannane
Venue: gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Cost: $10/$7 conc. gleeclub welcome
Book: gleebooks - 9660 2333 or Request a place
Buy People in Glass Houses:An Insider's Story of a Life In and Out of Hillsong"
This looks interesting, based on this woman's somewhat emotive but still well-documented departure from Hillsong, as seen on tonight's Enough Rope with Andrew Denton.