Thursday, May 5, 2016

Has it been 10 years!

Has it really been 10 years since Grant left us?
I try imagine what he would have achieved,
the music he would have made, such a loss.
I can remember when I heard, the conversations
I had with friends, the sadness.

But like love, life goes on and on
and like that beautiful song he penned
How I miss your quiet , quiet heart.

Quiet Heart - Grant McClennan

The heater's on
The windows are thin
I'm trying hard to keep this warmth in

I turn to her, she's sound asleep
Someplace I don't know
Doesn't matter how far you've come
You've always got further to go

I tried to tell you, yeah
I can only say it when we're apart
About this storm inside of me
And how I miss your quiet, quiet, quiet heart

Two hours on
My eyes are open
There's bad blood between us

And what did I say that made you cry?
Our dream won't die
Doesn't matter how far you come
You've always got further to go

I tried to tell you, yeah
I can only say it when we're apart
About this storm inside of me
And how I miss your quiet, quiet, quiet heart

What is that light? That small red light
Scorpio rising
Doesn't matter how far you come
You've always got further to go

I tried to tell you, yeah
I can only say it when we're apart
About this storm inside of me
And how I miss your heart

I, I tried to tell her, yeah
I can only say it when we're apart
About this storm inside of me
And how I miss her quiet, quiet, quiet heart

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Record Store Day 16-04-16 Vital Juices Redcliffe

World Record Store day was celebrated in style here in Brisbane's
Northern suburbs.Vital Juices is my local record store and its
fabulous that we have one here, there's not to many around anymore

It was Brisbane all the way with local legend Jeremy Neale,
from Velociraptor fame and his amazing solo work.
A big fav with my 3 boys so we were all on hand for a rare
all ages performance. He was also selling vinyl and cds
and doing signings, lovely fellow!
He played quiet a bit of  Velociraptor stuff and his solo stuff.

 After Jeremy, Ben Ely took to the corridor, Ben is better know for his
work with Brisbane super band Regurgitator, he has in recent times
embarked on a solo career and his brilliant new album is worth
getting hold of. I got a copy on the day and Ben signed it for me
so that was cool.
He played a heap of his solo material and a few eclectic covers
from Jonathan Richman to Black Sabbath to Elvis Costello
Brilliant time!
I missed the last performance of the day which was West Ends fabulous
Floyd Family Breakdown but I'm sure that was great too 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Kutcha Edwards - Hope

Well its that time of the year we here in Australia
very strangely celebrate the birth of a nation
of the day a bunch of british land thieves landed
or as Kev Carmody put it "the first boat people land"
And the destruction of the oldest continuing society  
on earth began.
The incredible bad taste I view this with is almost
as big as the contempt I feel for Nationalism and
its inevitable displays of contempt for those who
have suffered as a result of this evil
Kutcha Edwards isn't as well known as some of the
amazing murri koori artists but he should be.
His story is inspirational, his songs so very moving
and this album is a landmark album in that regard
His song " Is that what we deserve is" is a song that
should be played around the country tomorrow,
Cause we all know that's the message this country
needs to hear, maybe then you can all pick a nicer
date for your flag waving.
So download this brilliant work and play it loud
Tomorrow also is the day this blog celebrates its
birthday and in 2016 the SSS blog turns 8 years old.

Download Here

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Late Century Modern Recordings

Hello SSS readers,

Long time no post!

This week, I officially launched my label out of a Valley laneway, a tiny hole in the wall record and cassette bar Phase 4.The label's name is LCMR. The plan was and is to release Brisbane music that has never appeared on record before - whether that be the Outpatients, the Bex Crystals or some other band you may have only read about.

In the first instance, I went for an album that was never released on LP. The historian in me had to fill that void. And in that (vast) Kuepper catalogue, you'll notice that 1992's Black Ticket Day came out through the three major format options at the time: CD, LP, and cassette; and 1994's Character Assassination was much the same. However, the album in the middle (Serene Machine) did not - it was only a digipak CD and cassette release despite the fact it was recorded at Electric Avenue as an under forty minute, twelve track LP with half shared over sides one and two.
Serene Machine was made in an edition of 300 copies from MPO in France with Don Bartley's  master, the record cut by SST Br├╝ggemann in Germany. Judi Kuepper's original photograph was sourced after a bit of detective work, and the cover was restored to its proper ratio.

At the time of writing, it's available via the Phase 4 Record and Cassette Bar in Bakery Lane, 680B Ann St, Fortitude Valley and via LCMR's online store

Is there something LCMR should release? Drop a line in the comments section.

Have a lovely December!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Robert Forster "Songs To Play" Album Launch 21-11-15 The Triffid Brisbane

 Well Its been 7 years since Roberts last solo album and its
a remarkable record, so it was fitting the album launch was
a remarkable gig. Ive seen Robert play so many times over
the years and this was one of the best.
He remarked a few songs in how the band was on fire
and indeed it was.

Joined on stage by his wife Karin Baumler, Luke McDonald
and Scott Bromiley from the John Steel Singers and
Chris ONeill on drums, they played loads of songs from
the new album, a few Go-Between Classics and a few
earlier solo songs. Robert was in fine form, getting loud
cheers  from the audience as he sung those classic Robert
lines like,
"I'm not the joker I'm the sheriff of this town "
And so much hilarity when he sang "I love Myself"

So many highlights, the beautiful "Clouds", the angst of "Cleaning
the pool for you"  or the pop brilliance of "Head full of Steam"
and of course the totally hammed up "Danger in the Past"
But the real highlights were the new songs from Songs To Play
Especially the opening track "Learn to burn", these songs are
some of the best Robert has ever written.
A Brilliant gig and even better was my position front and center
so I could take some of the best gig shots I've ever taken