BRUCE Slideshow

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See a slide show of photos here. Every week round my place is my own personal Fête de la Musique but a couple of weeks in March were very special. Friday 15th started with getting carried away by the cimbalom propelled stylings of Sydney-based The Volantinsky Trio  (the cimbalom sounds like a Doctor Who villain but is in fact a 78-string member of the hammered dulcimer family) at the  Blue Mountains Music... read more

Mamer and Yat-Kha

I’m always on the lookout for new Central Asian music – from Tuva and other Turkic communities within Russia, from far western China, from Mongolia. Mamer’s album on Real World came out a few years ago but I only just caught up with it. He’s from Xinjiang province in China and speaks Kazakh.  His style has quiet a folky/singer-songwriter vibe and it’s fabulous.  According to... read more

8tracks Milestone

I recently posted my 100th 8tracks mix, a demonstration of my dedication to muso-narcissism.   My favourites generally are my “This Week’s Mix” which are 8 or 9 songs I’ve been listening to that week, of all genres and kinds.  Naturally the most popular in terms of other people listening and liking them are the ones on a theme.  Here are a couple of both.   [8tracks url=”[8tracks... read more

Sydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film Festival starts up again next week and again I got a 10 ticket flexipass.   Here’s what I chose, mostly docos as usual. I’ll probably pick up some of the last minute $10 tix they offer to other things. Muscle Shoals – doco about the legendary Alabama studio. This Ain’t No Mouse Music – doco about Chris Stachwitz of Arhoolie Records Narco Cultura – doco about the Mexican genre of... read more

Robert Plant – Sydney Entertainment Centre

Last week the offer of a couple of tickets to Robert Plant at the Entertainment Centre came my way. As the only Led Zeppelin song I know is that stairway one (an neither honestly have I been all that grabbed by his recent excursions into Americana which is more in my wheelhouse) so I didn’t jump at the chance. That is until I later read that his touring band the Sensational Space Shifters included Justin... read more