Monday, October 24, 2011

The Triffids - Brisbane Powerhouse

Here's a gig I've been waiting a long time for.
I saw the Triffids back in the day,
it was a magical concert complete with a bubble machine.
Something I haven't seen since.
Truly one of the greatest bands to come out of this
country. I've heard a couple of recordings of the
Secret in the shape of a song performances
which celebrated the music and the memory of
David McComb and it appears this reformation
gig is in the same vein.
I have my tickets so be quick!

THU 24 NOV 2011
The songs of David McComb (17/02/62 - 02/02/99)

"The Triffids are one of Australia's best-loved bands, regularly making the top ten of both critics' and music fans' lists of the best Australian albums of all time. It is over thirty years since David McComb’s haunting music and lyrics inspired a generation of Australian songwriters.

The five remaining members of The Triffids with a select group of friends celebrate the music and the memory of David McComb In a very rare stage performance at The Powerhouse on Thursday 24th November. This two and a half hour performance will showcase the extraordinary songwriting genius of David McComb, from early gems such as ‘Stand Up’, recognised classics like ‘Wide Open Road’ and ‘Bury Me Deep In Love’, through to exclusive renditions of unreleased works from McComb’s later years. The Triffids and friends will sing these songs and many more in a performance devoted to the memory of a quintessentially Australian life in art and music that continues to be played out on the international stage. It's the least they could do for their friend and brother and his many fans around the world.

Hosted by David's good friend and longtime tour manager Handsome Steve Miller, accompanied by some of the original slideshows employed by the band, interspersed with readings from McComb’s prose, poetry and wickedly funny letters and postcards, played and sung by his bandmates and a select cast of friends and admirers, McComb’s legacy will touch hearts again as profoundly as ever.

This will be a long, long night of song that no-one wants to end............

Duration 2 1/2hrs, no interval

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Frank Yamma - She Cried

As a follow on from the Brisbane multicultural festival
posts last week, here's a great video of Frank Yamma
doing his fantasic song "She Cried"
and a 2nd video I took at his performance
at the Brisbane multicultural festival doing
the same song with David Bridie and Helen

The Mouldy Lovers' Fresh Flesh Cabaret

Brisbane has a diverse and talented scene and this night out
in wonderful West End proved that one more time.
The Fresh Flesh Cabaret was a very entertaining night,
described as one insane night of cabaret, circus, acrobatics and
gypsy madness!

And that was it! Some great music, with fantastic circus acts
that were very good.
And all with a very underground feel to it,
very cool!

Bands were Bullhorn, These Dirty Bones, The Mouldy Lovers
and A French Butler Called Smith.
Held in the old Ice Cream Factory in West End which is
an interesting venue I tell you and of course West End
is a great place for a night out!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Frank Yamma, David Bridie and Helen Mountfort, Brisbane's Multicultural Festival 2011

Ive been wanting to see Frank Yamma for a while now,
I missed his show recently a couple of nights after Ed
played and I was well excited to see him today.

But the icing on the cake was David and Helen of
My friend the Chocolate cake fame playing
with him!

What a wonderful gig it was, a beautiful Brisbane spring day,
A bit of a breeze, plenty of sun and the most wonderful music.

Frank is a fantastic talent, truly original, incredible voice.
He is a Pitjantjatjara man who speaks 5 languages and sings in
both Pitjantjatjara and English.

Day gigs are fantastic for getting great photos and
after some encouragement from Chuck I even took
a little video which is at the end of the post.

So this is part 2 of my multicultural festival post, the 1st part
is below this one.
If you get a chance do get and see Frank play!
He is wonderful!

Frank Yamma with David Bridie and Helen Mountfort
16 oct 2011, Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane.

Brisbane's Multicultural Festival 2011

Brisbane's annual multicultural festival is always worth the trip,

it was at this festival one year I saw the Go-betweens.
It was one of their last shows! This year was great, six stages
across five precincts, including a fantastic children's area,
all within the beautiful Roma Street parklands.

There was heaps of food, over a 100 stalls, something like
70 different cultures represented and most of the talent local.
Popular with an estimated 50, 000 people attending and
often with a surprising addition to the program which
is all free!

I love just wandering into a venue and seeing something I
wouldn't normally, such as these guys.
The Russian Folkloric Ensemble were fantastic,
performing their traditional Russian, Cossack
Gypsy and Ukrainian music.

These guys called Laique are described as a vibrant mix of banjo,
ukulele, guitar, violin, double bass and drums.
Original songs influenced by the music of France and Spain.

A little bit of Zen to calm the troops, that's my 3 boys,
who are getting restless by this stage.
Carl Rathus and Takako Nishibori doing their traditional
Japanese music on the Koto and the Shakuhaci.
I love this stuff!
But the main event is still to come!
That will be the next post.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Melbourne Single Launch by the Apartments!

Well this is well worth a plug,
I hope some of our Melbourne readers can get along!
Maybe we will get a show in Brisbane soon!
Its well worth seeing this legendary band,
They have done a handful of shows since 2007
and the 3 I saw were fantastic!

You can listen to the new song Here


On Sunday October 23 at the Toff In Town, revered pop romantics
the Apartments play their first Melbourne show since 2007,
launching their first release since 1998,
new vinyl single Black Ribbons, .

Sunday October 23, 7.30pm
Toff In Town
with support from Guy Blackman
tickets via Moshtix / 1300 438 849

Friday, October 7, 2011

Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses - 7-10-11,Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane

It was one of those gigs last night that you walk out of
on a high, people around saying things like
"That was even better than I expected"
and feeling that you just saw something well worth seeing.
According to Tex we were in for a good night because
the soundcheck was bad and by musician folklore
Bad soundcheck - good gig, good soundcheck bad gig!

Well it was an exceptional gig, Tex was in fine form and the band
were incredible. Playing many, many songs from the Dark Horses
back catalog they played with no support for 1 and half hours,
doing 3 encores. Beautiful dark country done in only the way
Tex can.

Charlie Owen was a joy to watch, boy can the man play guitar!
Other band members for the 2011 tour were, Joel Silbersher
and two new members, bassist Steve Hadley and drummer
Gus Agars. Sorry no video Chuck I got busted taking shots
as it was. The Judith Wright Centre is still a fantastic venue!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ups & Downs and The Huxton Creepers reformation gigs

Talking of Ups and Downs, this legendary Brisbane band is reforming
along with Melbourne 80's band The Huxton Creepers for some shows
to promote the release of their retrospective CD Out Of The Darkness
and The Huxton Creepers are touring to support the re-issue on CD
for the very first time of their classic debut 12 Days To Paris.
Support is Mick Medew (former frontman of the Screaming
Tribesmen) and his band the Rumours,
For a list of gigs around the country look Here
The show is is Brisbane on the 11th of Nov at the Hi Fi.
Check it out Here