• Meme of the top 30 artists

    29 May 2008, 01:05 by aikakone

    Use your top 30 to answer the following questions:

    1. How did you get into 29?
    Live: I heard and liked a song from their first album, but it was their massive 2nd album Throwing Copper that had lots of radio singles. When I bought it, I could listen to about 6 songs (tracks 2-7 on CD) straight through and over again ad nauseum.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    King's X: It might have been one of the singles from the first album, but it was most likely Summerland from the second album Gretchen Goes to Nebraska

    3. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    Fall Out Boy: I own two separate albums, but I have 3 distinct copies of Infinity on High

    4. What is your favorite song by 15?
    Dave Dobbyn: Right now (all favorites can change) Just Add Water

    5. What is your favorite song by 5?
    Neil Finn: One of the best songwriters there is. My favorite just as I do this meme of his solo stuff is Truth, but with Neil my favorites do change frequently.

    6. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
  • Euphonium! Mandolin! 12-String Guitar!

    30 Apr 2008, 15:46 by JungleSlug

    Mon 28 Apr – Crowded House, Don McGlashan

    After last summer's tour, Crowded House announced that they were going to tour again and play longer engagements at smaller, more intimate venues. This show was the first of these and demonstrated why the band wanted to do this: the crowd was fully engaged and enthusiastic and everyone (including the band) got to have a great time.
    Don McGlashan opened the show but only the Kiwis knew anything about him, and even their knowledge was limited to his material with The Mutton Birds - one fellow insistently called for "Dominion Road" even into the Crowded House set. Despite most people not knowing his material he graciously showed off his fantastic songwriting abilities to such an extent that people were singing along with his choruses by the end of his time on stage. He also joked with the crowd and introduced us to his euphonium (though he didn't call it that by name; most thought it was a tuba) by recording himself playing the horn track…
  • top 10 survey

    11 Feb 2008, 01:32 by BobInMelbourne

    1. Crowded House
    First track heard: I Feel Posessed
    Track that made me get into the band: Better Be Home Soon
    Seen live: Unbelievably, yes, four times at the time of writing this! I never thought I'd get to say that. Last time I did this survey I wrote 'never have, never will'. Never say never, eh.
    Favourite track (all-time): Walking On The Spot
    Favourite track (atm): She Walked Her Way Down
    LPs (I own): Crowded House, Temple Of Low Men, Woodface, Together Alone, Recurring Dream, Afterglow, Time On Earth, about a thousand bootlegs of live shows...
    DVDs (I own): Dreaming: The Videos, Farewell To The World, and again lots of bootlegs of random stuff
    Fan since: 1988

    2. Split Enz
    First track heard: I Got You
    Track that made me get into the band: Six Months In A Leaky Boat
    Seen live: In Melbourne, July 2006 for the reunion tour, and next month in Auckland, yay!
    Favourite track (all-time): Message To My Girl
    Favourite track (atm): Matinee Idyll
  • Updated musical survey

    7 Dec 2007, 00:51 by BobInMelbourne

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Into Temptation

    2. What song makes you sad?
    Better Be Home Soon

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    CDE Had a boat, round and round the corner floats...Thank you Mark Hart! It was the first song he learnt on piano and incidentally one of the first I learnt to, and just thinking about it gets it lodged in my brain.

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    Crowded House

    5. Your newly discovered band is?

    6. Best female voice?
    I can't really pick between Kate Miller-Heidke, Bic Runga, or Sarah Blasko.

    7. Best male voice?
    Neil Finn or Tim Freedman from The Whitlams.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    singer songwritery stuff, mostly.

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
    The Grates or Words

    10. What do you listen to, to calm down?
    Jack Johnson

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Kate Miller-Heidke at the Corner

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
  • In the Same Room with Genius

    22 Aug 2007, 22:04 by Big_Baby_Jesus

    Mon 20 Aug – Crowded House

    I stood in the same room as Genius.

    Neil Finn can toss off marvelous pop songs, that are deep and thoughtful as easily as most of us breath. He is also one hell of an entertainer.
    The entire band was marvelous to behold, to be fair. However, don't doubt for a moment that Neil Finn is the centerpiece of this band. Like Macca, he may enjoy the dynamics of a band, but it is still a vehicle for his creativity.

    The show lasted about 2 hours, with a couple of encores. Gotta hand it to them, Crowded House made us work for those encores. At least my middle-aged feet felt that way. And they saved some surprises for the encores. Like Mark Hart being asked to sing a song since KC is close to his home ground. Mark chose "Born on the Bayou." I don't know whether it was truly impromptu, but it felt like it.

    I didn't bother with a set list, and it isn't needed anyway. Long on familiar songs, and short on material from Time On Earth
  • Crowded House Concert

    6 Aug 2007, 01:33 by Roguelazer

    I went to see the Crowded House concert yesterday at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA, and it was awesome. The opening act was supposed to be Liam Finn, but he was unable to attend (for unspecified reasons), so he was replaced by two members of The Winterpills. I guess I would classify the Winterpills as a modern indie-folk-rock. They were proficient, but nothing that they did in their brief (35 minute) set stood out in my mind.

    After a not-so-brief sound-check, Crowded House themselves came on. The did almost every track on Time On Earth, and a lot of their big hits from way back when. In the main set, I'd say that my favorite song was Distant Sun, which was about half-way through. The balance was pretty good by that point, and the band seemed to be getting into it a bit more than they had been with the newer, more sedate music. Of course, after the main set, they came back for five (!) encores, all of which were great.

    The band seemed very tight, especially considering that they've only been playing for a few months. …

    14 Jul 2007, 16:15 by zepmeister7

    The Feeling

    I Want You Now
    Fill My Little World
    Never Be Lonely
    Video Killed The Radio Star
    Join With Us
    Love It When You Call

    Crowded House

    Locked Out
    Weather With You
    Pineapple Head
    Transit Lounge
    Don't Stop Now
    Fall At Your Feet
    Distant Sun
    Silent House
    Private Universe
    Heaven That I'm Making
    Four Seasons In One Day
    Mean To Me
    Better Be Home Soon

    The Feeling got on stage shortly before 5pm and proceeded to romp through their set. Again, Join With Us was included as the Old but New song appearing on the much awaited second album. As expected, a very good, if truncated, set.

    We suffered the odd shower whilst waiting for Crowded House to appear on stage, but we were quite lucky in that regard. Neil Finn and co then appeared, to a rather large welcome. (I'm afraid that I subscribe to the theory that Neil Finn is Crowded House and vice versa, since Neil writes 95% of the songs, sings 99% of them, plays most of the instrumentation etc. …
  • Mark Hart: Nada Sonata (a review)

    13 Jul 2007, 16:18 by aikakone

    One of the editorial reviews of this independent solo album calls it a "coup," and I believe that whole-heartedly. The bottom line is that if you enjoyed Mark Hart's work in either Crowded House or Supertramp you will definitely enjoy this album. If you like good rock where the emphasis is on a well-crafted and well-performed song, this is for you, too.

    Three of the album songs can be heard on his website MarkHart.Net. Having heard those, I was curious for more of his album. My concern after hearing those songs was that all of Nada Sonata would be one low-key style, but much to my relief, the album shows many different styles that Mark handles well. He has ballads, harder rockers, plus jazz and strings thrown in for good measure.

    Mark plays most of the instruments himself, but he does have a few guest appearances from musician friends, such as other Supertramp members. It is mind-boggling to realize how much this one man can do because he is playing so much of it and singing all the vocals.