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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 1:45:04 AM PDT
Steve K says:

Thanks mate....... I looked for a link on utube for that song but to no avail..perhaps you can provide a link?

With a song name like that I think I need to have a listen...... LOL!

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 1:51:21 AM PDT
Steve K says:
The Jezabels:

Indie rock band The Jezabels has won this years Australian Music Prize for their debut album "Prisoner".

The Sydney based band beat favourites Goyte and Boy and Bear for the $30,000 of course the inevitable profile boost and extra sales that come with winning the award. Honestly, this is such a great album and I highly recommend it. Its so polished... not what you would think from a debut effort!!

The AMP is awared to an Australian album, based on excellence rather than commercial success. Previous winners include Lisa Mitchell, The Mess Hall and The Drones.

The Jezabels are currently touring the UK.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 6:33:07 AM PDT
Val H. says:
Just got home from seeing St Vincent (New Yorker, Annie Clark - well, New Yorker via Oklahoma and Texas) and I can honestly say she is completely unique. I've never heard anyone like her. Her style of music is quite a lot heavier than I usually go for and there were an awful lot of blokes demonstrating an awful lot of air guitar in the audience.

But I wanted to say a bit about the support act which I was very taken with - they go under the name of Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! - and they're from Adelaide! Very professional little outfit with some excellent songs. I read on Wiki that they formed at school seven years ago - no wonder they're so polished. Hear more at

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 2:04:37 AM PDT
Steve K says:
Thanks Val,

I had a look at St Vincent.......never heard of her and she certainly is "different"....loved the song "Marrow"

Also Fire! Santa Rosa Fire!....another unknown to me...... had a listen to a few tracks... not sure about them but found the track Panther Shrine to be very good...... sounding a bit like Lenka/Decoder Ring on that one..

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 12:47:35 PM PDT
Rips says:
My favorite band from Australia John Butler Trio- April Uprising

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 11:06:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 10, 2012 11:07:34 PM PDT
book lover says:
Eskimo Joe???
r they Aussie???

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 5:28:15 PM PDT
Steve K says:
Cold Chisel's "No Plans" has been released April 6.

No Plans
All For You
HQ454 Monroe
Dead And Laid To Rest
Missing A Girl
Too Late
I Gotta Get Back On The Road
Our Old Flame
This Day
Summer Moon
The Horizon
I Got Things To Do " Everybody"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012 5:33:05 PM PDT
Steve K says:
Book Lover,

You are correct!

Eskimo Joe is an Australian alternative rock band formed by Stuart MacLeod on guitars, Joel Quartermain on drums and guitar and Kavyen Temperley on bass guitar and vocals, in East Fremantle, Western Australia in 1997.

Their debut album, Girl, was released in 2001, which peaked into the Australian Albums Chart top 30, and was certified gold. Their second album, A Song Is a City, was released in 2004 and reached No. 2. It was later certified double platinum. The first single from that album, "From the Sea", debuted in the top 40 of the Australian Singles Chart, as well as being voted No. 3 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2004. Eskimo Joe issued their third album, Black Fingernails, Red Wine, in 2006, which peaked at No. 1 and was certified four times platinum. Its first single was the title track, "Black Fingernails, Red Wine", which became their first top 10 hit, and took out No. 2 in Triple J's Hottest 100 in 2006. The group's fourth album, Inshalla, was released in May 2009 and also reached No. 1. Its first single, "Foreign Land" peaked at No. 13. Their fifth album, Ghosts of the Past was released on 12 August 2011.

Eskimo Joe have won eight ARIA Music Awards, including four wins from nine nominations in 2006 for work associated with Black Fingernails, Red Wine.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 6:20:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 11, 2012 6:22:34 PM PDT
Val H. says:
Hi posters. I went to see L.A. band Dawes last night (second time I've seen them in a week as they turned up as the support act for My Morning Jacket last Thursday). Anyway, I wanted to highlight last night's support act, Busby Marou, from Rockhampton, Queensland. I had bought their album a few months back on the strength of their appearance on Rockwiz on TV.

They made for a good accompaniment for Dawes as they are both groups that feature catchy melodies and interesting lyrics. Plus they both feature some virtuoso guitar work.

Triple J has given a lot of airplay to their single "Biding My Time"

and their cover of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" was on Triple J's latest "Like A Version" album.

Nice blokes too.

More tracks available for listening at their MySpace site:

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 9:38:02 AM PDT
Don't you like beer?
Fosters could use some help.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 10:28:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 15, 2012 10:28:35 PM PDT
Steve K says:
Spiritual... Youre right Fosters could use some help...alot of help.. lol!

No one drinks it here and Im pretty sure they dont even sell it here anymore. Certainly isnt our beer of choice as is marketed only to international customers as our favourite Aussie beer... go figure.

For me, its a local West End Draught.

But our best Aussie beer is a Crown Lager..... well call em "Crownies"

:) nice to see you here !

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 2:08:46 AM PDT
Steve K says:

I can certainly see why you like Busby Marou... very much a blend of Folk and Country styles.

When going thru the videos I came across My Island Home... by the Warumpi Band 1988. The thing is, I always thought this was a Christine Anu composition. You learn something new everyday! The Warumpi band were very under rated back in the 80's which is sad because if you check out some of their music and videos they really did have some talent and passion. Im remembering Suzanne Dowling praising them highly on the old Rock Arena show.........

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 2:32:02 AM PDT
Steve K says:
Hey friends,

This Saturday the 21st is Record Store Day...... all over the country music lovers are urged to visit local record stores to buy discsd and vinyl and see local artist perform instore...........

Im going to see The Audreys at 1pm at the Blackwood Sound store here in Adelaide... cant wait.. maybe Ill get a photo with them or something!!

For my other Aussie regulars here Val and Alexis, please check this website for who is where in your own States,

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 5:39:35 AM PDT
Val H. says:
Hi Steve,

I'm a regular at Independent Record Store Day every year - my trawl through Melbourne's CBD sees me calling in at the following:

Polyester Records
who are offering cupcakes, 5 DJ sets and 2 live bands and usually have good discounts.

Missing Link
where all the heavy metal dudes hang out - they look scary but are usually the biggest push-overs. Friendly staff and great specials on the day.

Specialises in classical and jazz but also has good sections on soul and world music - often see imports here that you don't see elsewhere and it's a nice venue for the live artists they have

and my favourite Basement Discs
where there are quizzes (hosted by Brian Nankervis), show bags and great live entertainment. This year's list includes Lisa Miller, Shane O'Mara, Chris Wilson, Jeff Lang, Charles Jenkins, Suzannah Espie, Sarah Carroll, Rusty Rich, The Spoils, etc.

I'm hoping I'll manage to get there this year but I've got a good friend going into hospital and I may also have visitors on the day. If I don't make it, it will be the first time I've missed so I won't feel too guilty - and it'll save me a fortune!

Have a great time with The Audreys.

And don't forget another very important visitor coming to Adelaide. I expect you to be there!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 6:02:44 AM PDT
Val H. says:
Steve - re "My Island Home". I believe it was written by Neil Murray from The Warumpi Band and he's a whitefella. I've got a couple of his albums (they aren't easy to find and are pretty pricey) but he is one of our best songwriters. Here is an article from The Melbourne Age by one of our best writers (especially on footy), Martin Flanagan:
Songs of a Defiant Heart
By Martin Flanagan, The AGE, 23 May 2003.

I first met Neil Murray at Yuendumu in 1987. He wasn't disrespectful but I felt his impatience for journalists.

We might not have met again but a few years later I read "Sing For Me Countryman", his autobiographical novel based on the history of the Warumpi Band. There are moments when you commit to an artist and that was when I committed to him; I knew I'd read one of the great Australian books of the period. The fact that it is now out of print confirms the paradox of Murray's career: the more he has walked towards the centre of this country the more he has moved out of sight of most Australians.

I subsequently did a story on him in The Age and found him difficult to get on with but in a way I could cop. His art is about precision and, if you're going to represent him, you better be precise. If you want to write cr @ p about him, that's your business, but don't expect him to talk to you in the future.

Murray has seen things most Australians will never see. He was living in the desert of central Australia when there were still old Aboriginal people about who had grown up and lived totally outside the ambit of white culture. Most of them are dead now.

It seems that if whitefellas pursue Aboriginality far enough it eventually leads them back to the place they're from, even if that's at the other end of the country. "Dust", the album Murray wrote after returning to Lake Bolac in western Victoria in the mid-'90s, is the first time I connected seriously with his music. "Melbourne Town", my favourite Melbourne song, is about a solitary man walking home in the rain on a Saturday afternoon after the footy.

It has one line that I associate with Neil Murray above all others: "This wind that blows knows me now too damn well." The wind features often in his poetry as a symbol of the elemental nature of truth.

Another more jaunty song on "Dust" about Burke and Wills has a line a mutual friend, Shane Howard, is fond of quoting: "Mr Burke, where did all the blackfellas go?" Without the blackfellas, the explorers are doomed: Burke has shooed them away. When he was a young man, Murray spent a night sleeping out on the bank of Cooper's Creek where Burke died, revolver in hand.

"Dust" has several hymns to the earth and "Native Born", his anthem to Australia, which begins: "Australia, where are your caretakers gone?" Whitefellas with an interest in Aboriginal culture are now ritually ridiculed for being impractical romantics; much of Murray's fascination with Aboriginal culture derives from the fact he grew up on a farm corrupted by salination and instinctively appreciated a culture that lived in balance with such a harsh environment.

Murray's engagement with Aboriginal Australia has lasted now in various forms for 25 years and I am one of those anxiously awaiting the sequel to "Sing For Me Countryman". It is yet to arrive, although there was a book of poetry, "One Man Tribe", published two years ago. What he has kept producing regularly is music.

His previous album, "The Wondering Kind", had a lot of grief in it. Many of the lyrics concern a child taken from her father by the courts. That is also the subject of several songs on his new album, "Going the Distance", but the music is gentler now, lighter in touch. One of the love songs to his children, "Over the Moon", is almost playful.

Murray has always spoken of what he doesn't like and the new album has two sardonic songs, one about the male beer culture, which risks being misunderstood since it is sung in the voice of one of their number. The most beautiful song on the new album, "Myall Creek", is about reconciliation. If I said it sounds like running creek water, maybe it's because there's a sense of recoverable innocence about it.

Somewhere along the way, Neil Murray and I became friends although he still thinks I ask too many questions. He wrote the last song on the album, "Tom Wills Would", after reading my novel, "The Call", about the founder of Australian football, Tom Wills.

Murray and Wills are from the same part of western Victoria, what Aboriginal people would call Tjapwurrung country. Wills's father was the first white settler in the area; Tom Wills spoke Tjapwurrung, knew their games and dances.

Neil Murray's Tom Wills is different to mine. I saw a man destroyed by the weight of contradictions bearing down on him, caught as he was between black and white culture. Murray sees a man who acted from choice throughout, even choosing a self-inflicted death.

His Tom Wills is the man who supports the local team when no-one else will, who won't abide being dropped from the team ("I won't go happy I'll go mean, bugger me age and me cranky ways, I'll send my bones to the contest again"). He's the man who won't bootlick to authority:

"And when the shadows draw long on my final day of play,
Don't drag me to a cold room, don't send me out that way,
Let me run on burning bright with dancing song,
And stun the opposition, as Tom Wills would."

I don't pretend to see Neil Murray's work as critics do. I see him as being like the Tom Wills he sings about, a solitary defiant man who has gone his own way and will do so until the end.
Neil Murray launches "Going the Distance" at the Corner Hotel in Richmond next Thursday night.

Tom Wills Would - Neil Murray

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 7:28:25 AM PDT
Val H. says:
I know Steve and I are footy fans and I've been collecting footy songs of late (see Neil Murray's "Tom Wills Would" above).

Here's a few more:

That's What I Like About Football - Greg Champion (some classic footage here)

One Day In September - Mike Brady

Up There Cazaly - Mike Brady

Aussie Rules I Thank You - Kevin Johnson

Last Ones Standing (written by Dennis Cometti)

The Holy Grail - Hunters & Collectors

Tom Wills - Shane Howard

Monday's Experts - Weddings Parties Anything

Under The Clocks - Weddings Parties Anything

Leaps & Bounds - Paul Kelly

Tom Wills - Mick Thomas

A DVD & a New Tattoo - Mick Thomas

Ball... Yes! - Alloi Head and the Victa Motors

Tough Time - Weddings Parties Anything

Shut Up! The Footy's on the Radio! - TISM

I R 00ted A Guy Who R 00ted A Girl Who R 00ted A Guy Who R 00ted A Girl Who R00 ted Shane Crawford - TISM

The Back Upon Which Jezza Jumped! - TISM

Game of the Gods - Mike Brady

Red Hot Go - Greg Champion

Killing Us Softly With Handball - Coodabeen Champions

Knee Reconstruction - Coodabeen Champions

Footy - Spiderbait

When The Outer Roars - Greg Salter

Our Australian Football - Mike Brady

There's A Little Bit Of Cazaly In Us All - Mike Brady

Not a song but dramatised piece on Tom Wills (Channel 10 - 100 years of AFL football)

Some of our Aussie Rules TV ads:
I'd Like To See That

Bill Hunter - The True History Of Australia

AFL - Australian Rules Football the Greatest Sport in the World

A good one not on Youtube:
The Swans Return - Weddings Parties Anything
"There's just so many tricks, that an old dog can learn
and I will spend my life waiting until the Swans return"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 2:53:02 AM PDT
Steve K says:
Thanks for the info on Neil Murray Val and of course Ive just spent the last half hour or so going thru all those footy clips and Im ready to put my boots on and go out and kick a few goals! stirring stuff, cheers ! :)

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 3:18:02 AM PDT
Steve K says:
Sad news out of Melbourne today,

GREG Ham, the flautist from iconic Australian band Men At Work, has been found dead at his Melbourne home.

The news broke this afternoon, with Derryn Hinch, 3AW and Ben Fordham all reporting the man famous for that Down Under riff had died.

Police confirmed they were investigating the discovery of a man's body in Melbourne's inner north.

Ham's was found by a friend at his house in Canning Street, Carlton, this morning.

"Police have established a crime scene, and the local crime investigation unit are attempting to determine cause of death," a spokeswoman said.

Ham, 58, was an integral member of the hugely popular Men At Work, fronted by Colin Hay.

The pop-reggae band dominated during the early 1980s, when they released one of Australia's most beloved classics, Down Under.

Ham's flute riff is instantly recognisable in any Australian household, and he also lent his hand to the keyboard and saxophone until the band parted ways in 1985.

Melbourne man Ham leaves behind two children, and a career that also included an acting stint on While You're Down There.

Police are yet to say how he died or if the circumstances are suspicious, and homicide squad detectives are at the scene.

"There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today, and we're assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred," homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O'Connell told reporters.

A post-mortem examination will be held to determine the cause of death.

"At this point in time, because of the early stages of our investigation, we're not prepared to go into the exact details of what has occurred," Det Sen Sgt O'Connell said.

A friend went to check on Ham this morning after not being able to get in contact with him for the past week, leaving when no one answered the door. He later returned with another friend and they found the body.

Ham lived by himself at the home.

Men at Work achieved international fame in the 1980s but Ham feared he'd end up being remembered mostly for the copyright dispute over the flute riff in their 80s hit Down Under.

A court in 2010 found the riff was unmistakably the same as Kookaburra, penned by Toorak teacher Marion Sinclair more than 75 years ago for a Girl Guides competition.

The decision left Ham shattered.

"It has destroyed so much of my song," he told Fairfax at the time.

"It will be the way the song is remembered and I hate that. I'm terribly disappointed that that's the way I'm going to be remembered - for copying something."

Neighbour John Nassar said he knew Ham for about 30 years and the pair would stop and say hello.

"He was a lovely human being, never judgmental about anyone, " Mr Nassar told reporters.

"He was a very friendly human being."

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 8:29:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2012 8:30:11 AM PDT
Val H. says:
It is indeed very sad news Steve. I saw Colin Hay play at the Corner Hotel a few years back and Greg Ham joined him on stage, playing flute on "Down Under' and sax on "Who Can It Be Now". It was obvious they were great mates.

That law suit has a lot to answer for. I seem to recall that the writer of "Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree' had long since died but that some third party bought the copyright and thought they'd make a few bucks by suing Men At Work. It's darn well un-Orstralian!!!

Not a good week what with Dick Clarke dying and Robin Gibb and Levon Helm being close to death.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 11:02:07 PM PDT
Steve K says:
Have a great time at your Record Store Day Val..... youve got so much to see!!

Im looking forward to tomorrow, in actual fact Ive the Audreys playing now in anticipation!

Re the Bombers, ... well did you remain loyal to your team or have you picked Carlton to win?

Im going to Black Caviar on the second weekend... the 12th I think it is so looking forward to that.......

And racing tomorrow..... More Joyous in the Doncaster.... $5.50 fixed at the moment is pretty good so shes my pick for this one.

In Adelaide your "money horse" is Verco Road, Race 7 No 4 $10 each way. Its overpriced and underrated at the moment and you can get $23 fixed but Ill wait to see the price closer to the race.

Joys sister has been very ill this week in ICU ( still) been there a few days after an op went wrong. Ill let you know by email... anyway.. so Im a little behind with your package but it wont be long.

Well, the good thing about day shift is getting home early..... so the spa is warming up and the beer is cooling down.

The weekend is here! :)

Have a good one Val... I think you will ! :)

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 12:17:06 AM PDT
Alexis says:
Hello my Orssie friends. Glad to see you're all making an appearance.

Very brief message:

YOU GO, GOTYE !!!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 12:34:55 AM PDT
hi steve, just looked at your randwick tip, ibacked her @$4.75 nice little earner. Now for the big news caviar is running in ADELAIDE, money well spent if you live there and go back her........ you live around there !

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 12:36:48 AM PDT
ANOTHER good one in R n R heaven

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 7:01:27 PM PDT
Steve K says:
Gday Ian,

Ill be seeing Black Caviar on the 12th. But wont be backing her, whats the point ? LOL!!

Glad you had a win on More Joyous........ Verco Road paid me $31 and $6 !!!!! great win!

Alexis... Ahoy there...... youve been quiet... let me know when to send your parcel...... its sitting here ready to fly.

And yes, Gotye with Kimbra make US number 1!! thats an acheivement... Go Ozzie!! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 9:02:25 PM PDT
hi Steve, maybe they should run a book on how close frankel will get to black caviar, maybe the punters will be able to get some hard earned.
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