Friday, February 9, 2018

Brisbane - Prod & the Moonbaby/Ash in October

A bit of Brisbane electronic music history has made
it to vinyl in this Prod & the Moonbaby/Ash in October
split album release
Lee Ingram has done a great job in getting this out,
it sounds cool and sound quality on the wav files ive
heard are great, the vinyl must be fantastic
So Ill hand over to Lee to fill you in on the history
of this part of Brisbane music

I have made a lot of music over the years
 but these were some of the first songs
I ever worked on. Robert Draycott and I
were just 15 when we both bought cheap
Casio keyboards and started writing songs
together under the name Prod and the Moonbaby.
Within a matter of months we had recorded an
album in my bedroom on a 4-track cassette recorder.

The sound was primitive and bad quality
but was full of adventure and spirit.
Local radio 4zzz started playing our songs
so we self released a couple of cassettes.
Once we finished school we formed a real band
with Richard Fenney and Paislie Hadley
called Ash in October. We had access to a proper
(but dodgy) recording studio and spend many
weekends recording
. We played live gigs as often as possible
but venues in Brisbane in those days were scarce,
especially for bands using synthesizers
and a drum machine.
We plodded on and again found that 4zzz radio
were very supportive.
We released several cassettes as well
as a vinyl single.
This album has some of those Prod and the Moonbaby
songs recorded in my bedroom in 1984
as well as songs by Ash in October
which were recorded I think 86 and 87.

In Brisbane it is available at Phase 4 Records 
in the Valley. 
It is also available in Melbourne
and is also available through lots of
online stores in the EU.

Soundclip here -

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Peter Milton Walsh - Junk Bar 3-2-18 Brisbane

It was a beautiful and intimate evening of song
from one of the greatest songwriters ever
at the Junk bar last night.
Peter accompanied on a few songs played and sung
from the back catalog of his band the Apartments
taking us back some 30 years interspersed
with more than a few shorterned versions of stories
that those songs brought up.
His story telling, his beautiful often sad melodies
and his spellbinding songs all made for a special
evening, but then it always is


I've included a few shots and a video of one 
of those special songs
Mr Somewhere

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jimmy Little - Messenger

Well its that day again when many celebrate the nation of
Australia and many don't instead celebrating survival
and remembering the begining of a series of crimes
against their people.
And many of us stand in solidarity with the first nation
people of this great southern land

For myself I'm one of those, no waving the british flag for me
It is also the day this blog began, 10 years ago today I made
my first post and I still do every 26th of jan mark this time
with a post and a great Aboriginal artist
Jimmy Little was a pioneer, a trailblazer whos long and amazing
career was the inspiration for many indigenous artists after
From 1960 until 2012 he release over 30 albums, this album
Messenger is from 1999 and is him definitive collection of
Australian songs of the 1980's
There are many of this blogs fav artists in there
So download and put this on what ever your doing
and remember this ancient land has a proud and strong
past that stretchers back over 40 000 years

Track listing
01 Down Below (Cruel Sea)
02 Under the Milky Way (The Church)
03 The Way I Made You Feel  (Ed Kuepper)
04 Randwick Bells (Paul Kelly)
05 Quasimodo's Dream (Reels)
06 Into Temptation (Crowded House)   
07 Cattle and Cane (Go-Betweens)
08 (Are You) The One I've Been Waiting For (Nick Cave)
09 Black Fella / White Fella (Warumpi Band)
10 Alone With You (Sunnyboys)
11 Bring Yourself Home to Me (The Jackson Code)
Download Here

Sunday, December 17, 2017

John Kennedy's 68 Comeback Special, Junk Bar 16-12-17

 A few photos from last nights gig,
Support from Brisbanes The Gatekeepers who
played a great set
John and the band put on an excellent show,
the band were on fire.
Its always a pleasure to see one of Brisbane's
finest come back to bris vegas and sing some songs
from his vast career even if theres a few about leaving Brisbane,
just kidding I love them too

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ed Kuepper Celebrating The Saints, 9/12/17 Lefty's old time music hall, Brisbane

Some pics from last nights fantastic gig with Ed Kuepper
and an electric trio, with the Nonsemble strings
arranged by Robert Davidson.
Lefty's is like this mountain lodge for eccentric weirdos,
yep like rocky horror, great atmosphere,
the band were on fire and Ed was in fine form

There was songs from across the 3 albums,
instrumental versions of song,
blistering renditions of old favorites
The instrumental version of All times through paradise
with the strings was amazing
This was the last of a heap of gigs Ed has done this
year celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release
of "Im Stranded"
And what a great venue for taking photos!