Friday, August 15, 2014

Brisbane Electronic Music 1979 to 2014: The BNE Event

For lovers of Brisbane Music and Culture this is one
of the greatest things to happen here for ages!

This has been a massive undertaking, 
but an incredible journey of discovery. 
Brisbane has always been a unique and 
sometimes challenging place for artistic endeavor, 
particularly with respect to our city’s social, political 
and geographic context and BNE captures the spirit of true 
innovation in the modern art form that is electronic music. 
There are some wonderful stories in BNE,
 but most importantly there is a lot of amazing music.


Luminary Brisbane electronic acts reform to celebrate
the city’s electronic music achievements
The BNE Project celebrates 35 years of independent
electronic music production in Brisbane from 1979 to 2014,
through the release of a new book and music archive featuring
140 bands & artists and over 260 tracks.

BNE was researched and produced by
Dennis Remmer – co owner of Brisbane record label
Transmission Communications (Trans:Com)  and will be launched
at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday, 6 September 2014.
The BNE event features live performances from The Megamen,
Vision Four 5, Soma Rasa, and Boxcar, supported by DJ Jen-E;
all of which are luminaries in the Brisbane scene and several
of which who have reformed' exclusively' for 'this' event.
The event will also feature a pop-up record store dedicated to
rare and unique Brisbane only music productions.

Tickets for the event are only $30 for standard,
or $90 for the deluxe package
(which includes a copy of the BNE book and music archive).
Tickets are strictly limited in number and should be booked
through the Brisbane Powerhouse ticket office or

BNE is a unique project and event, not to be missed by anyone
who loves Brisbane and its unique music cultural history

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Vital Juices Records First Birthday

        One of the more fantastic things to happen in my neck
of the woods in last last year was this wonderful
     record store opening and just a few months before
I decided to return to vinyl.

I have been introduced to some amazing music by shop
patron Grant and have picked up lots of old favorites.
There's a fantastic buzz about the place and Grant 
pulls out all the stops when celebrating  
Along with his incredible musical knowledge and
service I can't recommend this place enough. 
There's so few places like this these days so you
 have to support them and I can tell you Grant
 supports the local music scene and quite a lot of the
 local acts are releasing on vinyl now. 
 As part of the first birthday celebrations there was
 an art exhibition, something that's happened here before,
 as well live music performances and a photo booth
 project, where people could come in and get 
 photographed with there favorite album that they 
 bought here in the last year.
 I had so many good one to chose from but went 
 with Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left 
 while my Youngest son came along with his pick
 The Hits, Hikikomori, a much hipper choice than mine
 The Hinterlanders where once again fantastic to see, 
 putting on a fine performance
 and very unfortunately I had to miss Halfway, 
 but I will see them one day!



Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Sports - Don't Throw Stones

Formed in 1976 in Melbourne the Sports towered above so
many bands to become one of the best and fondly remembered
Australian bands from the era.
When Andrew Pendlebury joined in 1977 one of Australian music
most enduring partnerships begun, with both artists helping the
other out on their later brilliant solo projects.

This their brilliant debut Lp was released in early 1979 and became
part of the new wave of music that was called um,
New Wave oddly enough.
The album had 3 singles and the photos here come from my vinyl
copies I picked up recently that included the
Reckless/Mailed it to your Sister 7 "single.
Which I haven't included in this download.

The Sport went on to release other 3 or so EPs
and 3 or so Lps as well as a couple of greatest hits
type compilations.
They split in 1981 and both Stephen and Andrew embarked
on successful solo careers.

Download Here

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mark Ferrie - Actual Reality

 Mark Ferrie is Australia Music royalty, he has a long and expansive
career and has contributed a lot to this blog!
 Bass player for the Models, Sacred Cowboys,
The Slaughtermen, The Mercurials and the RocK­wiz Orkestra.
He toured and recorded with both Steven Cummings and Andrew
Pendlebury in their post Sports days
He has somehow managed to squeeze in this debut solo album and
later a second one called Nuts and Bolts,
which I would love a copy of!
Its brilliant stuff, Mark sounds like Lou Reed but don't take my word
for it have a look at the video and grab this rare and wonderful

Track List
01 Poor Excuse, Baby
02 I've Fallen (And I Can't Get Up)
03 Just A Kiss Away
04 Veronica
05 Easy Lovin'
06 The Way From Now On
07 Actual Reality
08 New York, New York
09 Easy Lovin' (Instrumental)

Download Here

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gamarra - Kalmadyne Goombridge, Matt Williamson and Friends

The incredibly talented Folk artist Matt Williamson who has
shared so much of his wonderful music has
sent me this beautiful recording that could hold its own
against anything I've heard in contemporary Australian Folk.
He has a heart for this country and for Murri, Koori
spirituality and this is an impressive work> 
So download it have a listen and tell Matt what you think,
as he asks below.

Gday Bob. thought you might enjoy this songcycle we've performed a few

times in bathurst. might have a crack at some crowd funding for this so
would love to get some feedback from your listeners.

 Gamarra. is a story in song of Kalmadyne Goombridge. 

 A Gamilaroi man Wiradjuri sung,  
 it is a story of the spiritual power of the Wiradjuri land 
 and the importance of culture  and tradition. 
 It is a story of feeling. Matt Williamson has used his poetry 
 and music  and the poems of Kalmadyne Goombridge, 
 to create a beautiful and powerful work, 
 that is not only entertaining and informing those who have 
 been lucky enough to catch these few performances, 
 but empowering all those involved. 

The players are.

 Kalmadyne Goombridge (narration).
 Matt Williamson (guitar and vocals).
 Aaron Hopper of "stringman sassy". (guitar)
 Keith Manning of "kanguru". (percussion and tempoura)
 Paul Mcllwraith of "kerrianne cox band". (bass and recording)
 Ashley Bland (didgeridoo).
 Abbie Smith and Sophie Jones (backing vocals).

 01 Tell me a story

 02 Gamilaroi man wiradjuri sung
 03 Identity
 04 48 years
 05 Mother earth
 06 The water
 07 Moree swimming pool
 08 I now know
 09 Boundary rider
 10 Blessed be love 

Download Here

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Clergy - Glow

Back in the early 90's maybe lat 80's a band of young but
talented musicians formed a band called The Clergy.
They hail from Rockhampton in Queensland,
some 600 hundred kms north of Brisbane.
Now I'm sure many of you haven't heard of this band
but maybe you have heard of Brisbane band Halfway.

This was John Busby vocalist and guitarist of Halfway's first
band, its a wonderful pop band reminiscent of so much
Australian indy music of the time.
Well worth a listen for fans of the Brilliant 8 piece Halfway,
that includes John Willsteed in its number and who's last
couple of Lps have been produced by Robert Forster.
There is a great interview with John Busby on The Clergy and
Halfway you can find here

Download Here

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Robert Forster - WASSERMUSIK Festival Berlin 03.08.13

Another wonderful Robert Forster recording thanks to Ron
in Berlin, this time one of his own from the 2013
Wassermusic  Festival organised by Dietrich Diederichsen who
once was a guitar player in Forsters band (Danger In The Past)
Also a few photos from Ron as well.

Just Robert with a new german band playing through
the highlights of his Go-Between and solo back catalog
some 19 songs that include songs from the start of the
Gobs to the end
And an appreciative German audience
that can really understand a song like here comes the city!

Thanks Ron for all the wonderful music!

                                                 Track List

01 Baby Stones
02 Spirit
03 I Can Do
03 RF Welcome
04 Surfing Magazines
05 German Farmhouse
06 Your Turn My Turn
07 I'm Alright
08 Head Full Of Steam
09 121
10 Rock and Roll Friend
11 People Say
12 Draining The Pool For You
13 Heart Out To Tender
14 Here Comes A City
15 Dive For Your Memory
16 Too Much Of One Thing
17 Born To A Family
18 Spring Rain
19 Darlinghurst Nights

Download Here

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hits - NYE 2014

Hits have a new album out.. called 'Hikikomori" - you should buy it… it fucking rocks alot and rolls some too.
I was a bit slow in getting their first cd.. rookie mistake… it fucking rocks alot and rolls some too..
They have this sound that made that guy from Radio Birdman and New Christs produce this new cd… whats his name… bugger.. will think of it later…
Anyway go to and order a copy before they disappear..
Rob Younger.. now i remember.. great producer.. he did this project justice.
I cant be fucked pretending to be a journo or some creative writer dik on this one.. if yer quick you can write yer own review from the stream of the cd they put up here - .. maybe Bob will post it.. who knows.. who cares… i already know it's good.
They are shit hot live too ya know… saw em on NYE a few months back.
you can watch it too if ya wanna -->>

It was a great night with Leftovers and X and a few other ppl i cant remember right now..

Saturday, May 10, 2014

BNE Project

Well this is an incredible project!
Dennis Remmer co owner of Brisbane record label Transmission
Communication is celebrating 20 years and releasing what is the
largest undertaking of its kind in the world, a document that
archives 35 years of electronic music history in one city.
Everyone is here the document is a 113-­page “coffee table”-­style book
and USB archive of 260 tracks from 140 bands and artists.
BNE will be launched in conjunction with an exhibition and showcase
event.The BNE book will feature comprehensive information, photos,
timelines and histories.
Profits from the release are being donated to the
Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust which aims to improve the
wellbeing of the most marginalised, vulnerable members of
the Brisbane community.
 Orders start later this month
check out their web site for more details and for orders here

Do Re mi - Self Titled ep 1982

The debut 12" EP by Australian band Do-RĂ©-Mi which was released on the Green Record label in August 1982