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Wrapping up 2015 …

Some brief notes of a few records that haven’t been previously noted …. And then on to 2016!  The first big release of which looks to be Lucinda’s Ghosts of Highway 20 – the two songs off it she did at her recent Sydney gig “Dust” and the title track are available now and sound great. 50 Million Beers – Welcome Stranger  (website) The Beers are stalwarts of the... read more

Dave & Phil Alvin and The Guilty Ones @ The Basement

When the Bluesfest acts (and therefore, most importantly for me, Bluesfest sideshows in Sydney acts) were announced, one stood right out as my must-see: Dave and Phil Alvin (with The Guilty Ones).    They did not disappoint. Phil has the horizonless, slightly tart classic blues shouter voice and Dave the songwriting and lead guitar, which you think would make them perfectly suited to each other musically... read more

Bob 2014

I’m doing Bob’s five Sydney shows in September – 3 at the State and 2 at the Opera House.  I decided not to go interstate since there are 5 in Sydney and one shouldn’t be greedy and also the seated arrangement means its a lottery as to how close to the front you can get (I will spare you my thoughts on the somewhat shambolic organisation of the sales, suffice to say Chuggy could... read more

Film Festival Picks

Got my usual 10 ticket package, plus one to the opening night.  Time’s a little tighter this year with my Russian exam during second week not to mention the World Cup ensuring some early mornings so I don’t know if I’ll get to any others. Usually I see about 80% docos, it’s a little different this year as I a) chose to see a couple of the buzzier films, which I basically never do.... read more

Hanggai – The Basement

  Chinese band Hanggai put on another great show at the Basement a few weeks back.  Pretty similar to their 2012 show at the same venue – with addition of some tunes from their new album Baifang – which is fine by me because they are great. Lead singer Ilchi is a real rock star and the blend of traditional instruments like the morin khuur blend perfectly with the Fenders.  And of course... read more

Must See: Valerie June

  A big discovery last year was Valerie June and her debut album Pushin’ Against a Stone.    She’s going to be at Bluesfest this year, and is opening for Booker T in Sydney and Melbourne.   I love Booker T and would be going to see him anyway, but it’s a pity Valerie June isn’t getting her own show.  I predict (hope) she’ll be back soon as a headliner. Here’s a... read more

Recent Live Shows

Leonard Cohen, Ent Cent, November What more can one say about Leonard Cohen?  What need one say?  Nothing.   He is sublime. If you are not of this view, pray shuffle on from my presence (far from my presence) in silence. A photo I took. And a video I didn’t.   Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn, Opera House, December Like all right thinking people my first wave of obsession with Mandy Patinkin was from... read more


At the Red Rattler tonight for some beards n... read more

Sydney Film Festival: Narco Cultura

A Mexican kid stands at the border, looking across to the US. “They don’t kill people over there,” he says. In Ciudad Juárez, homicides are commonplace and the crime-scene unit deals with thousands of cases. Across the Río Grande in El Paso, murders can be counted on one hand, but perversely the image of Juarez and its all-powerful drug cartels is inspiring an American counterculture. In... read more

Sydney Film Festival: This Ain’t No Mouse Music!

Documentary about Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records.  The only thing I don’t like about Arhoolie is that Australians can’t download the albums from eMusic anymore. SADFACE.  “It’s impossible to look at the history of blues, Cajun and Zydeco music without looking at Chris Strachwitz’s role. He’s a monumental figure.” – Bonnie Raitt And look at his role this doco does,... read more

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

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