• The Stems, 2004 (Leopold)

    8. Jul. 2011, 8:00 von earthcrossing

    Sat 11 Dec – The Stems

    Brief notes...

    "I left pretty early - as soon as the band was finished, basically. Oh, and I should mention the bands themselves from last night. The first one I didn't hear much of, but I wasn't hugely impressed by what I did hear. The second one reminded me of a cross with early Hole and Magic Dirt. Anyway...I enjoyed the second band - they were all girls, hence similarities to Hole and MD (though MD only has one girl, Adalita Srsen, she's the centre of attention by rights! Though there is a very cute guy elsewhere in the band) but the main band was really great. Apparently they had a song in Young Einstein. They played it in the encore. The band was The Stems and they've been around for over 20 years if my info is correct. They're veterans and they are sooo well matched and in sync with one another."
  • 1300 artists in my library

    13. Apr. 2010, 2:21 von earthcrossing

    Recently I hit '1300' artists in my library, so I thought I'd make a list of them all for posterity! Of course, I already removed one of those artists frmo my library during this process (it was my music, but under the wrong name...) and there are others I can probably get rid of immediately. But I want to take care in doing so.

    Anyway, without further ado...this is the result of coming on up 5 years of scrobbling here at Last.fm, and away from it (on iPod). There have been times when I wasn't able to scrobble, so a lot of data wasn't recorded then. But other than those times, this is what we have...

    A
    * A Camp (7s)
    * A Perfect Circle (210s)
    * A Streetlight Song (1)
    * Abbe May (88s)
    * Abbe May and the Rockin' Pneumonia (5s)
    * Abra Moore (7s)
    * Ace of Base (2s)
    * AC/DC (64s)
    * Adam Cohen (2s)
    * Adele (2s)
    * Aerosmith (8s)
    * Afghan Whigs (1)
    * AFI (29s)
    * Aimee Allen (22s)
  • I've been waiting 20 years for this

    10. Mär. 2008, 2:58 von RedRage

    The location was Melbourne, Australia. More specifically, the University of Melbourne sports fields. The date was April, 1988, meaning it was autumn and the leaves were changing colors. I was 19 years old.

    I was on campus with a buddy of mine that played professional rugby in New Zealand and was meeting a few other like-minded, hard-hitting, friends for a quick game. Seeing how this was just my second attempt in playing rugby, and some of the guys had actually earned money playing the sport, I lasted five minutes, max.

    Instead of risking life, I chose to sit in the car and a write a few letters to family and friends back home in the States. I scanned the radio for something decent and came across a program on Triple J featuring new Australian acts. Perfect. I began my writing, which started with the usual...send more money. I occasionally took note of an artist being played, but nothing was jumping out at me.

    An hour or so later…
  • Thanks for your sweat (BIG DAY OUT 2008)

    5. Feb. 2008, 0:51 von earthcrossing

    Sun 3 Feb – Big Day Out

    We came, we saw, we nearly died from heat exhaustion. I only came away with a tiny bit of sunburn so I'm pretty cheery.

    Kele and I got there at about 1:00, just in time to see Kate Nash all the way from the U.K. She was certainly impassioned. I think she dealt with the overbearing heat pretty well. The audience was drenched in waterfalls of sweat, even those of us who just stood there not moving. We were in the Essential stage building and it was beyond a sauna. Also, Kate Nash is hawt and everybody knew it. Billy Bragg appeared as a guest onstage for a song. Kele knew him by his hat, when she spotted him side-stage.

    Next we saw Brash+And+Sassy in Lily World - where I got a lovely mojito - who are a homegrown Perth outfit full of synthesizers, big hair, bold make-up and 80s clothing. They informed the audience that they'd really "enjoyed our technical difficulties."

    Dizzee Rascal did a good job of pumping up the crowd in the Boiler Room. …
  • Hoodoo Gurus -- The Acacia Ridge Hotel

    4. Okt. 2007, 23:26 von Dsthenes

    Sun 16 Sep – Clash Of The Titans, Radio Birdman, Hoodoo Gurus, The Stems

    Hoodoo Gurus, Radio Birdman, The Stems
    September 16, 2007
    The Acacia Ridge Hotel

    Old and grizzled punks with shaven heads and Ramones t-shirts and middle-aged outer urban yuppies in blue jeans make an odd combination, but this is the sort of audience that the Clash of the Titans – three of Australia’s best bands of the 70s and 80s – has drawn to the brooding ambiance of the Basement Bar of the Acacia Ridge Hotel tonight.

    First up in this no-holds barred musical battle are the Stems – classy exponents of shimmering 60s-style guitar garage-pop and undoubtedly one of the finest outfits to ever emerge from Perth. And from get-go to close, they’re firing on all cylinders, winning new fans and charming old ones.

    Continue reading "Hoodoo Gurus -- The Acacia Ridge Hotel".
  • Blasts from the Past

    15. Sep. 2007, 13:15 von smc2911

    On Friday night, Sydney's Enmore Theare hosted the Clash Of The Titans, bringing together showcasing three rather different Australian bands whose glory days spanned the 1970s to the 1990s.

    The night started with The Stems. Hailing from Perth, The Stems only recorded one EP and one album (until this year's new release, that it), but they made a big splash in the Sydney pub music scene in the mid 80s. It didn't matter that I only knew a couple of their songs: the band's driving energy fired us all up. It was a great warm-up for what was to come.

    Next up were 70s Australian punk pioneers Radio Birdman. More than 30 years after their heyday, these guys still know how to tear into a set! The drummer was obviously a new recruit (he was well under 50 years old). By the time they got to Aloha Steve and Danno the crowd was going wild and I was pogo-dancing for the first time in years. Sadly, I'm paying the price now, with aches and pains everywhere.

  • Doing This Instead of What I Should Be Doing on a Bank Holiday

    28. Mai. 2007, 13:55 von western4uk

    Listening to stuff on Last FM instead of proof reading the dissertation that I need to have read and amended for a library user by tomorrow.

    The family being away don't help, I feel I have all the time I need in the world though I know it's running out.

    Instead, Bic Runga seranades me right now with a sweet sound that is unexpectedly mainstream for me and I begin the tagging process that I should have done earlier.

    Should also be sorting stuff out for work (Fade Library). But then listening to The Stems beckons too. What can you do? Seem to be on a bit of an Antipodean bent as The Chills kick in too. Time to reach for the coin to decide waht to do first and reach for the hour on half hour off time management strategy. But first coffee.

    Got to say I'm loving Last FM for bringing to me a bit more variety than I'd normally listen to, when else would Dub Syndicate come into my listening orbit.
  • Early 2007 Mix

    2. Mai. 2007, 4:12 von uniko509

    Early 2007 Mix


    I tend to make mix CDs at least twice a year, but usually more. This is the first of 2007, I do believe.

    Most of the time, I make a huuuuge big deal about the track listing but this time, I just threw in songs in pretty much no specific order. {I always have it in my CD player on shuffle anyway, so what the hell?}

    The songs are usually things that I pirated, don't own the CDs to {yet}, or just think should be in the mix. Basically, a "singles" of early 2007, though not necessarily music from 2007. Just stuff I find to be my favorites. It's sort of a "snapshot" of the mood I was in at that time of year and I find it helps me remember exactly what was going on at that time period.

    You get the idea.

    Here's the tracklist:

    1.) "It's a Good Thing" - That Petrol Emotion
    2.) "I Don't Do Crowds" - Camera Obscura
    3. "I Begin To Wonder" - Dannii Minogue
  • Concerts I've Attended

    30. Apr. 2007, 4:50 von smc2911

    This will be a work in progress, so bear with me as I dust the cobwebs from the brain. This effort was inspired first by slimduncan who has posted here and here and also by redhalo who has an impressive listing here.

    Pre-1986
    1980 Studio audience of Countdown - Gore Hill Studios, Sydney.
    Bands included Mi-Sex and Moscow was #1 on the charts.
    1982 (approx.) Radiators and Australian Crawl - A paddock somewhere outside Nowra, NSW
    1985 (approx.) Sandii and the Sunsetz - Tivoli, Sydney

    1987-1991 - University
    1988 Pink Floyd - Entertainment Centre, Sydney (30 January)
    1988 Nick Cave reading from And the Ass Saw the Angel - Mandolin Theatre (23 March)
    Shriekback - Holme Building, Sydney University
    They Might Be Giants - Holme Building, Sydney University
    1990 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Enmore Theatre (July)
    1990 Depeche Mode - Hordern Pavillion, Sydney (31 August)
    Soul II Soul - Hordern Pavillion, Sydney
    Run DMC - Hordern Pavillion, Sydney
  • Round the world: Australia

    22. Apr. 2007, 15:49 von MattWhitby

    The Someloves were fronted by Dom Mariani (The Stems and DM3) and Darryl Mather (The Lime Spiders).

    They released a single album: Something Or Other (1990).

    A re-release under the title: Don't Talk About Us was released in 2006 through the Half a Cow label.