November 17, 2012
The bass player of The Who performed at the Isle of Wight Festival (1969) in a skeleton jumpsuit. In an interview he revealed that the jumpsuit was so too tight he couldn’t comfortably sit down whilst wearing it. Prior to the concert he had to stand up for about 2 hours. I think this drawing is more engaging and dynamic than a real photo of John Entwistle in his outfit. I particularly like the boots and the way in which the tibia falls so nicely on the flare bottoms. This drawing is by Entygirl and I think it is fantastic. Lastly, I wish to say Entwistle, Entwistle, Entwistle because it is such an unusual name.
December 29, 2011
What did you do for your Christmas break? I sat on a canon in my lycra.
This photo is best viewed whilst listening to this:
Feel the power.
June 7, 2011
“Who will tell my drunken friend that she will die and go to hell?” is a catchy lyric of the inspiring and long-serving Australian electronic band Severed Heads. Pioneering the use of video graphics in filmclips and during live performance (hello VJs), I got reacquainted with the band after being given the CD collection of a good friend from the 1990’s. I was wondering what had become of Severed Heads in April this year when I noticed that they would be supporting Gary Numan for his latest Australian tour. Supporting?! I found it a real shame that they didn’t perform their own show, but having said that, the Forum was a good venue to get up close and have a good look at these Australian legends. I imagine a bit more dancing might have occurred if the audience was crammed into a small warehouse. (Are there are any left in Melbourne?)
Placed between the two band members was a central screen filled with engaging 3D graphics: cat’s head turning into flowers, skeletons, pilots from hell, humans with cars attached to their heads, a pinball machine and a naked man-machine walking in a pool of blood. As for the sounds, I do swoon upon hearing the elocutionary voice of Tom Ellard. This was beautifully coupled with choice synth sounds and driving beats. I was so pleased to have seen and heard Severed Heads play. I will admit that a slice of nostalgia did contribute to my enjoyment, but I wouldn’t have missed it.
p.s This has not much to do with anything – I think it’s called “painting a picture” in writing terms – but there were a lot of 40-something males at this gig who decided to take their leather jackets out of the wardrobe and give them a good outing/airing. Needless to say I was in close contact with a few stale smells. I think the leather was for Gary Numan, not Severed Heads. That is all.
Links: http://severedheads.bandcamp.com/ http://www.sevcom.com/
April 28, 2011
I’m feeling sad about the impending closure of the Arthouse: my favourite pub in Melbourne. I was introduced to this place by my brother, who has regularly played in bands there for about 15 years. All were always welcome at the Arthouse, from the after-5-business-crew to the punks. The Galaga tabletop machine and the graffiti in the torlets were highlights, not to mention the friendly staff and music.
I attended a grindcore show there last Sunday with the following line-up:
FUCK IM DEAD
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING
ROADSIDE BURIAL [SYD]
DIE PIGEON DIE
There was lots of fast drumming to watch, especially by The Kill. (Even with no double-kick pedal.) I have a special place in my heart for this 3-piece. Superfun Happyslide and Captain Cleanoff were also full of energy, however, Fuck I’m Dead pulled off the most amusing performance- with the lead singer spitting tampons into the crowd and managing to finish the second-last song whilst vomiting. Good times.
October 12, 2009
Artist – Song/s – Album
Speech Debelle- Live and Learn, The Key – Speech Therapy
King Cannibal- Dirt – Embrace the Minimum EP
The Big Pink- Velvet – A Brief History of Love
Anti-Pop Consortium – Volcano (Four Tet Remix) – Volcano EP