Off the Grid

Off the Grid

Diesel Generated Album Mickey and Annie’s place is “Off the Grid”. There are solar-powered panels up on the hill, gas bottles alongside the house and studio, and a Generator in a shed below the studio. We recorded and mixed as winter came, and there was little sun – solar power was minimal, so regular trips to the service station to fill up with diesel were needed to top up the Generator. From this I became part of the off-the-grid crowd, regularly greeting other locals at the servo topping up with diesel to keep the power on. Mickey would always check the charge percentage to make sure there was enough power to turn the generator off. The hum of the motor was a constant in the background, except when we were recording. During the ten days I was there to...

Art Groupie

Art Groupie

ARTGROUPIE 2012 AN EXHIBITION OF VISUAL ART BY MUSIC MAKERS FEATURING REG MOMBASSA + PETER O’DOHERTY MENTAL AS ANYTHING / DOG TRUMPET STEVE KILBEY THE CHURCH
MICK TURNER DIRTY THREE + MANY MORE Groovescooter Records, da dAdA and Eastside Radio 89.7 present the return of ARTGROUPIE – a series of collective art exhibitions featuring musicians, producers, DJs and vocalists who also work as visual artists. After a huge turn-out to our last exhibition, this 3rd staging of ARTGROUPIE includes new paintings, drawings, photography,video work, installations and more, from an eclectic group of local noise-makers, and offers a fresh insight into the artists’ imaginations. For 2012 we’ve also added a second room of music photography by former NME staffer,...

Castlemaine Coffee Tour 2012 – by Drew

Castlemaine Coffee Tour 2012 – by Drew

One of my favourite relaxations is reading my morning newspaper. As a sport, politics and share market junkie, newspapers are marvellous things. Fortuitously this hobby has been nicely complemented by the booming coffee culture that has taken hold across Australia over the past 20 years. I can now venture almost anywhere, pull up a seat and happily do my own thing sitting in the corner by myself with a paper and coffee. So when I recently found myself staying in the Chewton Hills just south of Castlemaine, with time to kill, a local coffee tour was a no brainer. First stop was Pepe’s. Now to be honest, Pepe’s isn’t a cafe as such, its’ actually the lounge room of our friends Mickey and Annie. Mickey was recording an album for my partner Nicola, who in the...

From Swirl to Soundtracks

From Swirl to Soundtracks

During the 90’s I played bass and sang in the Australian indie band Swirl. We started in a northern beaches garage (actually, in our case it was a Yurt and a granny flat), as many bands do, and soon our musical chemistry was good enough for us to begin playing the Sydney pub circuit and build a following. Luckily Nic Dalton and Stephen Pavlovic, two of the mainstays of the Australian independent music scene liked what they saw in Swirl and we were soon releasing records and touring. We enjoyed numerous releases through Half a Cow Records in Australia, Kitty Records in Japan and Dirt Records in the US. Swirl had fun touring America twice, zig-zagging across the countryside in a van, dodging deer, playing local bars and pizza joints with underground bands such as...