A day of gratitude

  A nice little mention of The Last Unicorn by John Reed who chose the tracklisting on Cherry Red’s new 5 CD collection, Still In A Dream: A story of Shoegaze 1988-1995) made me smile 🙂                 Here is the link...

Country goodbye

Country goodbye

Golden memories abound here, accentuated by the view across the paddocks in the early afternoon. A painter’s palette on fire, copper tones blend with a burst of yellow wattle that hints of spring. Flies buzz, birds tweet and whistle, and the squeak of a pre-war, rusty wheelbarrow heading to unload for the last bonfire all murmur cathartic sounds. Do we dare throw the Hammond organ in the fire? I allow myself one last solitary walk across the paddocks amidst the hidden memories where the old tyre used to swing. Half-built dreams, a half-built mud brick house with an underground cellar, where is that? I look, but only find the mud brick steps, and underneath these steps a passage that may connect with the cellar somewhere further along. Where’s the abandoned piano...

On the Road

On the Road

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road   An old on the road story…   I bumped into the Hayes brothers, they were doing a Shout Brothers gig in Canberra for the Boot & Flogger revival in Green Square, Kingston, and I loved it, their version of The Boys are Back in Town rocked!!   I spoke to Justin about my respect for his brothers, and stood having a drink, and told him of my fondest memory of Stevie.   I was about 20 when we’d just started...

Vinyl Appreciation

Vinyl Appreciation

We went to buy fruit and veg at the market, and stopped in at the second hand wares stall and noticed the record sale. Vinyl – 6 boxes full. We began looking through and came away with The Triffids – You Don’t Miss Your Water till your well runs dry, blue colored vinyl, The Saints – All Fool’s Day, The Church – HeyDay, Split Enz – True Colours, Skyhooks – Guilty Until Proven Insane, Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model,   and the prized possession was a green coloured vinyl, The Plunderers – Trust Me. So back to the lounge room, it’s Friday night, and I go and get the only record player in the house, an old AWA Radiola, a small box, the lid is the speaker, the on knob isn’t turning on, it’s a bit old and sensitive, finally it clicks and the turntable begins...

“How many records are you going to make in your life”

“How many records are you going to make in your life”

“How many records are you going to make in your life; how many are you going to remember?…You will remember the defining moments in your life, and if you’re really lucky you’ll be able to share them with others. You’ll be able to look at each other later down the line with the easy feeling that, for a time at least, you were ‘in’ a record – you were part of something, and, believe me, that is a sensation that makes a lifetime of bad pay worthwhile.” Rick O’Neil Here is the link to the full article Calm and Crystal Clear written by Rick O’Neil. LAST_WORD/AT58_LAST_WORD.pdf Rick O’Neil worked at Festival Records at the same time as Mark Thomas, who engineered Swirl’s album The Last...