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  • Straight To You

    Nov 14 2011, 9:02

    Thu 10 Nov – Straight To You: Triple J's Tribute to Nick Cave

    First of all I had planned to do a decent review of this but I am full of the cold at the moment so what follows is mainly a stream of conciousness post. I might come back and tidy up in the future so it reads better.

    When I first heard about the Nick Cave tribute show that JJJ were putting on I was excited that they were coming to Ballarat. The live music scene in Ballarat is dominated by the KAROVA LOUNGE which does an amazing job attracting up and coming Australian acts, however the line up, production and setting at Her Majasty's was something that couldn't be ignored.

    I am a long time Nick Cave fan and while I have never seen him perform live I have listened to every Bad Seeds album, both Grinderman albums and all of his soundtrack albums. I also enjoy his work with The Birthday Party and his two books he has published. So you could say I had great potential to be disappointed by the night if they were to butcher my favourite tracks (it didn't happen folks).

    When I saw the line up JJJ had set up for this night I was excited to see and hear Adalita, Lisa Mitchell and Dan Sultan... Everyone else was just a bonus for me. Now onto the actual night.

    Arriving at the theatre I couldn't help but think how strange it was to hold an event like this at a venue like Her Majasty's. I couldn't quite get my head around how we were sitting in one of the most beautiful buildings in Ballarat (Victoria possibly) and were settling down to a night of murder/heart break descriptions. The night however was flawless from the opening of Red Right Hand until the end where Adalita belted out Straight To You. The three I was really keen to see were amazing, Lisa Mitchell did an amazing version of The Ship Song and then came back later and beat that by singing Into My Arms. Dan Sultan was everything I imagined he would be, I tweeted after the show that:

    "100% of the women and 99% of the men wanted to have sex with him"

    I stand by that comment, the guy has a stage presence that you rarely see. Some other highlights that I can mention are a brutal contrast between back to back songs from Johnny Mackay, first of all thrashing out a Birthday Party song and immediately following that with an acoustic People Ain't No Good (which I think was my favourite track for the night). The rap version of O Children was interesting and something I really enjoyed, it was probably the most re-worked of the renditions for the night.


    If I was going to be picky I would say there weren't enough Grinderman songs and there could have been more songs from non Murder Ballads albums. But that would be finding fault just to find fault. If you get a chance to go along and see this show please do it, you will not be disappointed.
  • 50,000

    Dic 8 2008, 0:26

  • The perfect day out

    Ott 9 2008, 4:16

    Pick 7 bands to play at your dream festival.

    - The first act plays 5 songs.
    - The second act plays 5 songs.
    - The third act plays 7 songs.
    - The fourth act plays 7 songs.
    - The fifth act plays 10 songs.
    - The sixth act plays 10 songs.
    - The seventh act plays 14 Songs.

    First up - Led Zeppelin
    1 - Kashmir
    2 - Immigrant Song
    3 - When the Levee Breaks
    4 - The Battle of Evermore
    5 - Stairway to Heaven

    Second artist - Paul Kelly
    1 - Everything's Turning to White
    2 - When I First Met Your Ma
    3 - From Little Things Big Things Grow
    4 - To Her Door
    5 - Deeper Water

    Third Artist - The Mountain Goats
    1 - Song for Dennis Brown
    2 - Love Love Love
    3 - Sax Rohmer #1
    4 - Yoga
    5 - Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod
    6 - This Year
    7 - No Children

    Fourth Artist - Missy Higgins
    1 - Warm Whispers
    2 - Scar
    3 - The Special Two
    4 - Going North
    5 - Secret
    6 - Forgive Me
    7 - Sugarcane

    Fifth Artist - Bob Dylan
    1 - Like a Rolling Stone
    2 - I Shall Be Free
    3 - 4th Time Around
    4 - Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
    5 - Tangled Up in Blue
    6 - Oxford Town
    7 - It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
    8 - Mr. Tambourine Man
    9 - Visions of Johanna
    10 - Desolation Row

    Sixth Artist - Bruce Springsteen
    1 - Born to Run
    2 - Atlantic City
    3 - Nebraska
    4 - Radio Nowhere
    5 - Long Time Comin'
    6 - If I Should Fall Behind - The sessions band would be lurking
    7 - Backstreets
    8 - Highway Patrolman
    9 - Jungleland
    10 - The River

    Seventh Artist - Rage Against the Machine
    1 - Bulls on Parade
    2 - Sleep Now in the Fire
    3 - Ashes in the Fall
    4 - Wake Up
    5 - Down Rodeo
    6 - Bombtrack
    7 - Born of a Broken Man
    8 - The Ghost of Tom Joad
    9 - Maggies Farm
    10 - Tire Me
    11 - No Shelter
    12 - Know Your Enemy
    13 - Killing in the Name
    14 - Freedom
  • Melbourne BDO 2008

    Gen 29 2008, 23:15

    Mon 28 Jan – Big Day Out

    My Big Day Out was a ticket to see Rage Against the Machine, if they weren't playing I wouldn't have gone. That's not to say I wasted my day before they came out though.

    I pretty much stuck myself at the Essential stage all day and was really impressed with everyone I saw.

    British India were very good I thought, put on a very good show and got the crowd involved. Great way to start the day I thought.

    Cut Off Your Hands were alright, I didn't really get into it thought and decided that it was time to load up on food half way through their show... Lunch was shithouse though.

    Kate Nash, I have heard some people were disappointed by her performance but I thought it was really good after she fixed the vocal levels. Just a shame she took so long to do it. My first real highlight came here when Billy Bragg came onstage for a duet of A New England... Awesome stuff.

    Enter Shikari were the biggest surprise packet of the day. THEY ROCKED. Amazing performance, I almost didn't stick around to see them but I am so glad I did. I was singing their praises to all my mates who said I was a dickhead for not getting into the D barrier for Rage at the time. Awesome performance, best surprise of the day.

    Billy Bragg was superb. Unlike Kate Nash he picked up the low vocal level right at the start of his set and adjusted it. By this stage of the afternoon I was leaning against a black security fence in the shade relaxing. Billy mixed in great songs with passionate talk and political speeches. He was my second favourite performance of the night (after Rage, and nothing would top them).

    It was at this stage I headed over to the main stage area and caught the end of Grinspoon... From what I saw they were pretty good.

    Arcade Fire put on a good show but because I was just on the outside of the D barrier on the side of the blue stage I was presented with some awful audio mixing coming out of the speakers. This was a problem that would get worse later in the night. I still enjoyed their performance but it was a bit of a let down after reading so many reviews about their live performances... But they had no control over it, the audio was shocking.

    Silverchair rocked. I was stoked when they played older songs and mixed in some of the new stuff. Daniel Johns is a great showman and had me laughing with some of the things he was saying. Highlight of the the show was Freak.

    Bjork again suffered because of the orange stage audio problems we got. From what I could see her performance was energetic but the big screen was mainly showing some guy sliding up and down a thing on a computer screen... Not the most interesting thing ever. By the end of it I was glad she was gone. I normally don't mind Bjork but due to the audio problems she was shocking. People front and centre will no doubt disagree but to experience it from where I did was a huge disappointment.

    Then came the highlight of the day.

    Rage Against the Machine. What a show these guys put on. However it was 2 songs into the set that I realised I had chosen the wrong spot to appreciate their greatness. The crowd surges reported were indeed true, it's not fun getting crushed by 40,000 people and I am very surprised some of the women around me didn't get crushed... It was too much for me and I retreated to a calmer place. (about 20 metres infront of the speaker stand all those idiots were on lol). I have never seen a show like the one rage put on, full of energy, passion and power. I thought the set list was good, nothing from Renegades though which was a shame, I would have loved to hear The Ghost of Tom Joad. But I am just getting picky now. Highlight of the show was Freedom.


    I thought the event was setup very badly, bottlenecks everywhere and we can only thank Elvis that nothing bad happened that would have resulted in emergency evacuation... It would have been a disaster. The sound problems going across the 2 main stages were a bit of a disappointment.

    All things considered though I had a great day, Rage were everything I thought they would be and some other bands were just fantastic (Billy Bragg, Enter Shikari and Silverchair).
  • The Inevitable Top 10 Albums Journal!

    Dic 4 2007, 4:44

    I thought it was time to do a list of my top 10 albums of all time. I started with a list of 25 albums and narrowed it down to 10 before ranking them. After a bit of moving them around I finished with the following, and I am pretty happy with them.

    1 - Rage Against the Machine

    The greatest album of the 90's (and all time according to me). Starts of with three of the most powerful sounding songs in history, and ends with the greatest song ever. A truly fantastic album, go buy it.

    2 - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

    Bob's best work in my opinion, others will disagree but an album with this many good songs needs to be loved. And I do love it. There will be more Bob down the list.

    3 - Born to Run

    Bruce in his element, what a track list this album has. Born to Run, Backstreets, Jungleland are some of Bruce's greatest works over his career and the fact they are on 1 album goes to show how good it is.

    4 - Blood on the Tracks

    The ultimate album about a woman ripping your heart out. This album is probably not as approachable today as it was back when it was released. You need to listen to it the whole way through to appreciate all the songs, not one song here and there... Listen to it all.

    5 - The Sunset Tree

    I didn't think this would rank so highly at the start, I don't tell people about this album but doing a list like this shows me how much I love it. If you want to listen to the mountain goats it's a great place to start.

    6 - Dark Side of the Moon

    It almost has to be in your top 10 doesn't it? That's not to say I don't like it, because I do. Some of the best times of my life were spent listening to this album. Another album where 1 song by itself doesn't work, you have to listen to the whole album.

    7 - Nebraska

    I wanted to put this higher, I really did. Even looking at it now I am thinking about putting it above The Sunset Tree but I won't mess with it. Great album from Bruce, full of amazing lyrics and simple music. Just the way I like it.

    8 - Highway 61 Revisited

    Lots of people think this is Bob's best album, and I have no problem with them thinking that. It is a great album which is finished with one of the best songs ever, Desolation Row.

    9 - London Calling

    Almost guaranteed to be in everyone's music collection. Great album with some great songs. Revolutionary at the time and still sounds amazing.

    10 - The Doors

    Ah Jim, what a legend he was. My favourite Doors album and one everyone should listen to.


    Almost got there:

    Blonde on Blonde
    Houses of the Holy
    Transformer
    The Wall
    Evil Empire

    So, let the arguments begin.
  • A look at my top 10 artists

    Ott 9 2007, 10:40

    I am really bored so I thought I would take a look at my top 10 artists and see if there are any surprises.

    #1 – Bob Dylan: Not really a surprise, I listen to Dylan all the time mainly due to his lyrical greatness and the fact that he doesn’t overcomplicate his music. I have always known about Bob Dylan but didn’t start listening to him until late last year when I finished high school. My favourite albums are Blood on the Tracks, Highway 61 Revisited and Bringing It All Back Home. Some of my favourite songs are Visions of Johanna, Desolation Row, Mr. Tambourine Man, A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall and It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry. I will listen to Bob Dylan until the end of my days. He is a legend.

    #2 - Rage Against the Machine: My favourite band by the length of Australia, these guys have so much power and their lyrics hit you like a freight train. I first hear RATM at my friends house when I was 10, he said put on Rage Against the Machine, I did and it blew my mind, I still remember Zack screaming in Killing in the Name, Tommy jamming in Fistful of Steel and the all round greatness of Freedom. That day is etched in my mind as the day my outlook on music changed; it opened my mind as to what music can do. Rages are the greatest band in mind.

    #3 – Bruce Springsteen: This man has rocketed up my charts over the last 3 months, going from pretty much zero plays up into third position. I can’t remember the first time I heard him as you are almost always going to hear Bruce while you are growing up, but the first time I listened to him was when I caught a short snippet of his Live in Dublin concert on TV. After this I went and brought Born to Run and a couple of his other CD’s. I love his lyrics and his voice, he sings about life and experiences that we all can connect with; love, growing up, the happiest days of your life and at the opposite end of the spectrum can sing about injustice and oppression. Nebraska and Born To Run are my favourite albums. Bruce will continue to climb in my charts and will probably be second only to Dylan soon.

    #4 – The Beatles: Not sure what I can write about the Beatles, again they are so high in my charts because of their amazing lyrics and simple songs. You always hear the Beatles growing up, you don’t get a say in it. I remember the first time I heard Hey Jude though, Paul was going off his head at the end and I remember thinking how awesome it was. Then I got the One album for Christmas and listened to it a lot. Lennon/McCartney is a songwriting combination equal to anyone in history

    #5 – The Mountain Goats: I first heard the mountain goats coming home from a hard days cricket, JJJ played This Year and because I was in my final year of high school the song spoke to me like few others before it. Then after a while I heard No Children and became addicted and decided I had to buy a couple of albums, The Sunset Tree and Tallahassee were the ones. Again they are very simple songs, mostly acoustic but the lyrics are so fantastic. They were as high as 3 in my charts but I have been listening to a lot of older music lately so they have slipped.

    #6 – Oasis: Along with RATM they are the shining lights of the 90’s music scene. Noel’s songwriting mixed with Liam’s voice is one of the finest combinations in music history. I first heard Oasis in a pub while playing a game of pool, my mate decided to play Don’t look back in anger, it was that song which made me fall in love with Noel’s songwriting. These guys have slipped down my charts though and probably will continue to, I still think they are fantastic though.

    #7 – Pink Floyd: Another one of those artists that everyone hears growing up. My earliest memory of them where I listened to them properly was at a mates house when a group of us were sitting around drinking, he put on
    Dark Side of the Moon and I remember that was one of the best nights of my life. Whenever I hear the word 'epic' I think of Pink Floyd, their songs are massive, they take you to a place few other bands can take you. Wish You Were Here is a my favourite album, followed by The Wall. They will continue to climb in my charts, or they will stay around this position. They won't drop that's for sure.

    #8 - Paul Kelly: My first Aussie artist. I first heard Paul Kelly when my parents played it at home, I always loved his guitar work and about 5 months ago decided to give him a listen to get the old childhood memories flowing. I found though that as an adult you discover the man is a genius. Songs from the South: The Best of Paul Kelly is the one and only album I have of his, my favourite songs areDeeper Water, To Her Door and How to Make Gravy. He will continue to climb I think. He is fantastic.

    #9 - Led Zeppelin: I got into Zeppelin through my mates father, he always listened to them. You can't really go wrong with Page, Plant, JPJ and Bonham. They rock out like few other bands and few other bands will ever come close to the musical greatness this band possessed, Led Zeppelin IV is amazing, if you don't own it you don't love music, When the Levee Breaks, Kashmir and The Battle of Evermore are my favourite tracks. They will always be in my top 10 I would imagine.

    #10 - Van Morrison: My parents listened to Van Morrison so much when I was growing up I had little chance but to like the man. The Best of Van Morrison was played so much I could probably sing the whole thing without effort. Favourite songs are And It Stoned Me and Wonderful Remark

    Anyway.. that's a long journal entry and I was going to do my top 20 originally... But that idea got destroyed half way through this one. If you read it I hope you enjoyed it.
  • 25,000

    Ago 9 2007, 12:36

    The River Live version from Live 1975-1985
  • 20,000 tracks played

    Mag 21 2007, 7:35

    Good on me...

    20,000th track = Freedom
  • I'm back

    Mar 15 2007, 5:06

    Well I am using lastfm a lot now and I thought what better way to annoy everyone than to do a pointless survey :)

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    The last couple of tracks on The Wall

    2. What song makes you sad?
    Tears in Heaven

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    Black Eyed Peas – My Humps.

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    Rage Against the Machine

    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    The Cure

    6. Best female voice?
    Sarah Blasko or Sarah Mclaughlin

    7. Best male voice?
    Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley or for pure energy Zack De La Rocha

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    60s 70s and early 90s Rock

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
    Rage Against the Machine

    10. What do you listen to, to calm down?
    Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd Anything really, most music calms me down.

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Probably some no name band ages ago.

    12. Bands you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton

    13. Most hated band?
    Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat dolls, all that stupid shit that has no musical or lyrical worth.

    14. Song that makes you think?
    Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    The Mountain Goats

    16. Coolest music video?
    For me, "Weird Al" Yankovic – Fat

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?
    I Just Dont Know What to do With Myself

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
    The Captain Planet theme

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    A better question would be "Can you play a musical instrument well

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    Yeah

    21. Are you in a band?
    No.

    22. If yes, what kind of music does your band play and what is your role in it?

    23. Ever dated a musician?
    No.

    24. If yes, what kind of music did he/she/they play/instrument/band?

    27. If no, would you consider?
    Well, she would have to be female

    28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    I dream everynight that I will wake up a classical pianist.

    29. Best chick band you know of?
    I think I have to pass on that, I cant think of any that I listen to.

    30. Best guy band you know of?
    Rage Against the Machine

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio?
    I don't listen to the radio anymore

    32. What do you think of Classical music?
    I listen to a fair bit, mostly the really well known stuff but I like it.

    33. What do you think of Country music?
    Johnny Cash is a legend

    34. What do you think of Death metal?
    I listen to Fear Factory Thats probably not true death metal though. I dont like really heavy stuff.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?
    None.

    36. Are you a groupie?
    No.

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
    Rammstein

    38. What famous musician would you like to have sex with?
    Dunno, I wouldnt want to catch any diseases so that cuts about 90% out.

    39. Worst concert moment?
    None.

    40. Funny concert moment?
    None.

    41. Sad Concert moment?
    None.

    42. Best local act you can think of?
    Generals Band...cant think of the name of it

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
    A beat up old guitar - Full of character

    44. Do you listen to the radio?
    No.

    45. Do you watch music TV?
    Hell no.

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?
    No.

    47. Have you met any famous musicians?
    No.

    48. Are any of your friends/family etc musicians?
    No.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    Comfortably Numb

    50. Song that describes your life?
    This Year

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    Pretty Much

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
    No - there is only one female muso in my top 50 (Janis Joplin) and she is there because she can sing like no one else.

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?
    None.

    54. Favorite movie soundtrack?
    Pulp Fiction

    55. Any musician pet hates?
    Crap songs that go longer than 5 seconds

    56. What do your parents listen to?
    Most of it is pretty good stuff. Mostly easy listening stuff and classical

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
    Wonderful Tonight

    58. Do you wear band etc T-shirts?
    Yeah I have a couple

    59. What do you think of people who do?
    I saw a guy wearing a Pink Floyd shirt today, I gave him the thumbs up, he gave me the thumbs up, we moved on, happy...Life was grand

    60. What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
    Stupid question.

    61. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    God's Gonna Cut You Down

    62. Do you sing in the shower?
    Yeah, I am awesome

    63. If so, what? If not, why not?
    Whatever I feel like belting out in the morning

    64. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?
    Be one myself.

    65. What is in your walkman/discman right now?
    Nothing, and my zen is fubar

    66. How important is your partners taste in music to you?
    I suppose they had some impact on what I listen to now, but most of what I do listen to I found myself or was recommended by mates.

    67. Hanson moves in next door to you, what do you do?
    Go see if they have sisters...

    68. Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll, you dig?
    Shovels dig

    69. Do you cook to music?
    No

    70. Do you sing in the toilet?
    Yes - Bohemian Rhapsody goes a treat

    Now if you read all of that, thanks for wasting a small portion of your life reading my musical thoughts. If you skimmed over it because you were directed here because of my tags leave a comment and whinge.
  • The Best Number of Tracks Played Ever

    Lug 5 2006, 12:20

    Twas indeed a fantastic moment when I looked at my total number of tracks played and I saw 12345 staring back at me, here is a glorious picture for you all.



    As you can see the 12345th track I played was Bonny by AC/DC