Heck, bring the missus - what could be better than following up a wedding anniversary with the chance to hang out with a bunch Melbourne Dead Heads? :) I hope Burt does Sugar Magnolia for ya.
I just posted this at Jazz Corner:
About fucking time ...
When I went to see the Hitmen just between NYE and Xmas, I opined to a friend that the most anxiously awaited - a wait strateching into decades - reissue in my life was the mid-'80s classic Pilgrim's Progess by Melbourne outfit Harem Scarem.
Back in my life - and making my hair stand on end, sending chills up my spine and giving me multiple cases of goose bumps as I write.
Put out in a masterful reissue by Aztec.
Oddly enough, the balls to the wall, Stonesy guitar riffing sounds perfectly obvious; at the time it sounded like rock 'n' roll cataclysm to me, such an invigorating blast was it. Still sounds awesome, though - simply a brilliant rock 'n' roll album.
Chris Marshall's singing bears comparison with the likes of Tim/Jeff Buckley - any tendancy to the pretentious is swept aside by sheer bravado and passion.
The arrival of harp man Chris Wilson, drummer Peter Jones and guitarist Barry Palmer - all future fixtures, along with the other guitar man, Charlie Marshall, on the Australian scene in years to come - lifted a workmanlike Melbourne blues/rock outfit into the stratosphere.
It's my wedding anniversary on February 9th: Dinner at "Silks" followed by "An Evening With Burt Bacharach" at the Melbourne Concert Hall. So....I should be good for a leave pass on Sunday. See you all then!
... during my lunch break.
Which all reminded me of another Melbourne gig/band/aggregation that I was very Grateful to catch - at the 2000 Melbourne Jazz Festival:
SPACE IS THE PLACE (A Tribute To Sun Ra)
Successfully paying tribute to an enigmatic cult figure such as Sun Ra was seemingly littered with obstacles that could have produced a display of pretentiousness.
Such fears were spectacularly, explosively rendered an instant non-issue by an expanded version of local outfit Bucketrider, performing as the Molecular Omniverse Chaos Myth Arkestra.
The more exotic and ritual trappings of Sun Ra's art -- the costumes, the chanting -- seemed perfect foils for the music, which was was performed at suitably intoxicating high volume and with mind-shredding goosebump intensity.
Six horns, including a rare stanza of duelling bass saxophones, two drummers, funky acoustic bass, jagged guitar, keyboards, percussion and vocals rocked the house.
This was jazz that simultaneously evoked the ensemble cacophony of the music's earliest days and the electronica of the present and the future.
This show, the festival high point, deserves much wider exposure.
Meeting is on in Melbourne...Feb 10 Sun at 2pm on til around 5/6pm.
Address is 45/91 Moreland St Footscray Park outside on Parker St please and walk thru gate and around chimney to black double doors.....ring 45 and I'll fetch you
0411 030 952
Will provide some snack type stuff, but welcome to bring your own, as well as BYO drinks
Please let me know if you can make it....
The Estimated Prophet
Just got back from seeing this local country rock band at Manchester Lane, Mlebourne. Encored with Friend Of The Devil (the fast version)..
... definitely ain't gots mine. I'll be addressing this issue when I return to work next week.
There's an email for a person named Casson on the relevant thread who's dealing with this shambles.
She works for the fulfillment company involved, "fulfillment company" being a phrase that fundamentally gives me the creeps. Kinda, you know, definitely NOT a GD vibe.
Small consolation: Going by the "listening party" they, it sounds like a dog anyway - a judgment confirmed by a Maldon GD buddy who HAS got his copy.
Did anyone pre-order Road Trips Vol 1 and actually receive it? I pre-ordered on November 3rd and then waited until January 4th before emailing a complaint to the Dead Store that it had not received. It was shipped again and arrived in 6 days!
"Lost in the post" - well maybe, except that I know at least 3 others Aussie Deadheads who had the same experience with this shipment.
... spotted in Blenheim, NZ: 0
Musical highlight: Hearing "Everlasting Love" by U2 on the plane home. Now that's a band I generally loathe, but it's a great tune. I wish I still had the album with it on by the tune's composer, Mac Gayden, AND all the great Barefoot Jerry stuff.
... to all my fellow Melbin/Oz Deadheads.
Bennie and I are bunking at Grandma's joint in Blenheim (top of the South Island) for the next week or so. With nothing more strenuous planned than movies, A-League and Premier League and Food Channel on the box, the odd movie, winery eats, lots of reading (Michael Moorcock's Gloriana) and so on.
I look forward to hooking up with you all on our return.
Anything happening in Sydney or Adelaide? I'll be in those two cities in December and January.