• A Brief Rundown of My Glastonbury

    1. Jul. 2008, 22:04 von twilightchill

    So. Glastonbury. The last time I went was in 2000 and it was glorious sunshine. I was worried. I don't like rain. I was stewarding. The idea of standing for hours in the pouring rain, battling my way through mud, and answering questions from drug-addled revellers became less appealing as the time approached.

    But, of course, I had an amazing time. Mostly due to the wonderful friends I was with, largely due to the general lack of rain, lots to do with the atmosphere, and a bit to do with the music. Not to say that I didn't enjoy watching bands, but in general I think festivals aren't the best way to see gigs because things are often programmed at unsuitable times of day, and there's a lack of intimacy with the larger stages. THe sound is never going to be as good as in an enclosed space, and mostly it's difficult to actually see the stage.

    So. Friday. It was muddy. I spent an hour walking around looking for the Guardian Lounge to meet Sophie. I was forced to listen to a bit of Kate Nash in this lost state. …
  • Latest Music reviews and news

    8. Mai. 2008, 1:46 von ChrisChinchilla

    I’m a bit out of late with some of the stuff here but I’ve got a few bits and pieces to tell you all about, that I’m hoping you will be interested in…

    Firstly, I’ve been working hard on getting together loads of guest speakers and facilities for the latest rounf of Melbourne City Library’s “Street Press Workshops”. These are a series of eight free workshops at the City Library in Melbourne CBD for anyone interested in any aspect of Street Press, they start on Wed 14th May and you can find more at www.citylibrary.org.au or join the facebook group.

    Now, I have a few reviews of local acts to get out and about and catch up with, they are :

    Actor/Model, Bachelor Of Arts, Die! Die! Die! @ Revolver
    Young & Restless, Dardanelles, The Galvatrons, Cassette Kids, Flamingo Crash, Reptiles @ The CornerTV for Cats, Skull Squadron
  • The Duke Spirit - Koko 25/3 and The Hub 5/4

    29. Apr. 2008, 0:37 von twilightchill

    To begin chronologically,with Koko. I had already booked tickets for the Exeter gig as I was going to be in Devon at that time anyway, but The Duke Spirit have topped my Most Played list for weeks and Koko is beautiful so I figured I may as well go to both.

    I arrived really early and stood watching the venue fill up, which was enjoyable. Wrote a couple of poems standing up on the first balcony, appreciated the decor, thought about the mirrorball and how many people it would kill if it fell off the ceiling (for some reason that always comes into my head when I go to Koko). I also saw my favoourite thing ever, which was two people on the dance floor below who obviously fancied each other and who were obivously flirting (obviously enough that I could tell from 10 metres away, anyway!). It was fun watching them and their body language, and even more fun watching them eventually snog after ten minutes of beating around the bush. It gave me a warm glow (ugh, what a hideously trite expression that is).
  • Turns out, last.fm is actually good for something.

    25. Nov. 2007, 5:39 von Daisy5679

    I don't pay much attention to the artists last.fm recommends to me. In fact, right now 6 of the 10 listed are Bob Dylan & someone else....Bob Dylan & Joan Baez, Bob Dylan & Paul Simon, etc. I already know I like Dylan so that isn't very helpful. What has been helpful is listening to neighbors radio stations and checking out the related artists on the pages of bands I already like. I don't like a lot of it but there have been some gems. Here are 9 bands that aren't very well known that I am very glad to have stumbled upon.

    1. Billy Bragg & Wilco


    I don't like Wilco and only like a few of Billy Bragg's solo work, but the 2 albums they did together are wonderful.

    Favorite song: Walt Whitman's Neice

    2. 16 Horsepower


    Some reviewer on Amazon.com described this band as "Appalachian Gothic" which fits perfectly. Very dark and brooding lyrics.
  • Australian adventures and London gigs...

    9. Mär. 2007, 1:37 von ChrisChinchilla

    Been a while, now seems a natural point to update you all on what I've been up to...

    As now I have a home, and not only a home, but my first permanent address for nearly a year, which I was quite excited about, but now I also feel a little down as I have commitments again for the first time in nearly a year, it feels like the end of the Holiday.

    This is compounded by the fact that I need a little more work, whilst the journo work I have is paying, and it covers rent and bills, it covers little else, I need some part time work, maybe 2 - 3 days a week, so I'm very paranoid about money...

    All that sort of negative stuff aside, everything else has been going pretty well, things with 'Australian Lady' (don't know if they want to be named in my public outpourings to the world, yet...) have been strangely easy, all things considered.

    I am enjoying Melbourne, it's a very vibrant city, full of life, variety, character, multiculturalism and culture. …