The List: January

As promised, to celebrate my 50th year I’ll be posting (per month) some (anything and anyone I can remember) of the cultural shenanigans I’ve been fortunate to see, hear and visit (and those I want to visit) as well as national days. Note I have been unable to get dates for some of my intended […]

Aussie Music Month / Triple M Top 10 (with extra bits!)

In Australia the radio station Triple M conduct a top 10 of Aussie Songs as selected by members of key Aussie bands, so I thought I’d have a go. In addition it’s Aus Music Month in November and the Michael Hutchence movie Mystify is about to hit the UK. It could be said that Australian […]

Barcelona: Music from the Great Beyond

Hey! Just wandering around the gorgeous and very cultural Gracia district and they have two cool record stores as well as a travel bookstore. The first store is called SURCO, which has been in existence 44 years and they had some nice new vinyl in stock from among others A-ha and David Sylvian. You know […]

Music: Keep Brand and Carry On

Recently events on opposite sides of the world have engulfed Facebook. Not a terrorist offence or a natural disaster but the old problems of the shock of the new, the band wreckers, and band brand. In short should bands continue under the same name with new singers? In Australia Boom Crash Opera have announced they […]

SPECIAL: Post World Bowie

Well it was a shock to the system wasn’t it, the wind has blown, the fallout may take years to settle. Where are we now? That of a world post David Bowie. Strangely I am more a fan of artists’ inspired by him, nonetheless his presence loomed indirectly during my upbringing. For me his star […]

Australia Day

Earlier this month I wrote about Back to the Future and that seems relevant to this post too. The choices that our parents make can affect us for life. I fancied Australia but my father opted for its neighbour. A decision I am still paying for in that, at the time of writing, a Kiwi […]