Hi folks. Welcome back and thanks for tuning in.
Last weekend I rode in the 24hr mountain bike race here in Canberra. I can safely say that I have never ridden in so much mud in my life. There were parts of the track that were impassable and necessitated carrying the bike and running. Other than that it was a lot of fun. I got to camp with two of my good friends and we were well looked after by Team Crankensteins in the catering department!
While I was in the mud, Zoë was in Sydney getting ready for her trip to France. Although I think she might have liked the trip to Luna Park and the roller coaster a bit better! Not to mention all the cafes she went to with DJ Al-U-R-mySunshine.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Rollercoaster of Love - http://youtu.be/4-lbIfaqm0U
I picked up the new Green Day album a week ago. Personally I like their stuff. They write great pop melodies and usually groovy lyrics. And they look like they’re having a great time live on stage – no eyes down at the floor looking dopey! This album has regular pop-punk mixed with some Clash-esque sounds. My only criticism is their never ending use of the ‘f-word’, it gets old really quickly in my opinion. It’s a more fun album than “American Idiot” or “21st Century Breakdown” (both of which I like a lot). If you liked their classic from 1994 “Dookie” then this should suit you down to the ground.
Green Day – Troublemaker - http://youtu.be/p7bWJ7eFju4
DJ FatBoy turned 50 last week, that’s a milestone! We’ve been really good friends since being thrown together by the Army in 1994. He’s mellowed a lot I reckon. When the State of Origin Rugby League is on TV we can only hear him cheering from the next state these days rather than from overseas!
Brian May & Foo Fighters – Have A Cigar - http://youtu.be/tl1_RtklXpY
The search for a tremolo pedal for my guitar is over! Hoo-bloody-ray! After an aborted attempt to buy one locally I weakened and ordered via the internet. I ended up with one made in New Zealand by a company called Red Witch. It’s simple – two dials, one switch (on/off). Even groovier is that it runs from a lithium-ion battery (like your mobile phone) and only needs charged once in a while. Here’s two songs that make liberal use of a tremolo pedal/effect so that you know what it does. It gives the guitar that shimmering or pulsing feel.
The Smiths – How Soon Is Now? - http://youtu.be/HUMh8GQnDW8
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born On The Bayou - http://youtu.be/wIjUY3pjN8E
The wait is almost over – Billy Bragg is in Australia! DJ SamSpam saw him last week in Wellington, NZ and his review makes the gig sound like a real cracker. I’ll be heading out on Tuesday with H and DJ Alee to see him. Apart from the drugs they gave me in hospital recently when I had kidney stones, the Bragg concert might be the closest thing to spiritual nirvana that I get all year.
Billy Bragg – Never Buy The Sun - http://youtu.be/l1P6KUyOhBc
Alison reminded me of this song yesterday. I may have played it before but it’s worth another airing. I’m not a huge fan of Kris Kristofferson’s voice but for this track it is perfect. I think if I had to choose songs to sing myself then this might be on the list…
Kris Kristofferson – Pilgrim’s Progress - http://youtu.be/0bPC39okRwQ
I’m feeling pretty lucky really, the band I play in has a small gig this evening. It’s a pearler of a setlist with H making some inspired and wide ranging choices. Here’s a couple of the tracks that will feature.
KT Tunstall – Tangled Up In Blue - http://youtu.be/emoNTRyV5OU
Roger Hodgson – Had A Dream – http://youtu.be/2ECkMzBcQPk
To finish off let me congratulate DJ’s Duck & Chicken on the great news that they will become parents in March 2013. Just remember that no-one really knows what they’re doing the first time. It’s all about love, patience and dirty nappies.
Axiom - A Little Ray of Sunshine - http://youtu.be/DWOJ6c9JUrA
And all you Canberra folks – don’t forget to vote on Saturday!