Reasons to lurve Melbourne No. 253: Today I scurried up Elizabeth St with a view to partaking of something spicy at one of my fave cheap eats - Bismi's Gold An Fork. But that groovy Indian cafe was jammed with a queue of 20 or so. So I kep on walking towards the market and eventually settled on a new Vietnamese place called Red Wall. I ordered my standard bowl of rare beed pho before I realised it was a hybrid Sino-Viet joint. Now don't get me wrong - I love the variety of food dound in such joints and Bennie and I haunt them in the west on a regular basis. But I've always found that unless a place specialises in pho, it's best not to order it Well blow me down and call me happy, but out it came - as fresh, fragrant, tasty and momentously delicious as any pho I've ever had, anywhere, anytime. The broth was rich and dark, the meat was tender, all was fresh. Sublime.
Pho - proof that God exists.
I was a round-eyed little Australian country boy on my first over-seas trip. I used to devour Time magazine in my high-school library to see what the hippies were doing next. I finally made it to San Francisco in December 1970. I was a little late for Haight Ashbury, but I was determined to see what this was all about anyway, so I took myself down to Winterland for New Year's Eve.
I was given a ticket by someone waiting outside who had a spare, I was given a big doober to smoke by another freak who thought anyone listening to the 'Dead had to be stoned, and it just got better from there. I have been a Deadhead ever since. I was given Dylan and the Dead for Christmas 34 years on.
The expression “ÿou’re a long time dead” can probably change to “you’re a long time a deadhead”.
Me and my left-ear tinnitus couldn't handle that sort of strife these days.
Looking for deadheads in NZ for a catch up on old times. Also, I do a little bit of Dead-inspired music when I have spare time with two upcoming shows in Wellington and Masterton (have a look at richardleschen.com).
If you can't make it to a show thats cool, maybe we can meet for a coffee while I'm on the road...
see ya, R
Here's a tip for my fellow Melbourne souls:
Vegetable pakoras, $5; Madhumoti, 95 Irving Street, Footscray.
Most often the pakoras I find in Melbourne - especially at the cheaper end of the spectrum that Bennie and I favour - are variously greasy, too spicy and tough as old boots.
These are heavenly
For your five bucks you get four good-sized patties deep fried just right, non-greasy but crunchy and full of juicy veges, with sweet onion to the fore. Yummo!
I'm still finding my way through the longish menu for the other good hits at this newish, clean friendly, cheap eatery that is on the corner oppositie the Dancing Dog Cafe.
Then again, maybe we could meet at: Motorhead @ The Forum, October 19.
OK - a question for my fellow Melbournites: Anyone you can tip as playing around Melbourne these days who does GD-type thing?
For the past couple of years, after three decades of incessant gig-going, I've been laying pretty low and doing other stuff. And the decade before that was mostly jazz at Bennetts Lane and elsewhere, so I'm singularly ill-informed.
The Paul Williamson Hammond Combo plays every Monday night (free) at the Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy and are fantastic. Straighahead jazz/blues/R&B in their own fashion, but they groove as hard as anybody. And every week they have sit-in guest which always makes it interesting.
I think the clearest GD trip I've ever experienced regularly came froma now defunct outfit called Diana Kiss, which - like the Hammond Combo - had a long-running residency at the Espy. Lineup: Ross Hannaford (gtr), Peter Jones (dms), Jex Saarelaht (keys), Russell Smith (keys/tpt), Stu Speed (bass). Monster grooves all 'round and a Dead-like way with cover versions, same as with the Hammond Combo. And I reckon it could even be said that Hannaford is Australia's version of J Garcia.
Then there's a band called Checkerboard Blues Lounge - i suspect they, too, inhabit a jammy world, although they don't play too often.
BTW, I reckon a Monday night at the Rainbow would be a great time/place for a first-up Melbourne Deadhead gathering. Any Monday, all Mondays!
Hey all, happy to see other Melbourne Deadheads, I knew you guys were out there! A Deadheads Club as mentioned or any other contact sounds great.
greetings fellow deadheads from down under been on the bus for 40 very odd years and ain't
getting off till the end.
cheers from oz!