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In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 1:27:24 PM PDT
Steve K says:
Ian,

Didnt mean to offend but I dont understand a word you said.... your first post ( 9/5/12 3:16:44). Perhaps you could elaborate?

Posted on May 10, 2012 1:08:14 AM PDT
bye

Posted on May 10, 2012 2:27:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2012 2:43:20 AM PDT
Steve K says:
Ian,

As I said.. I didnt mean to offend you and certainly dont want you to leave, so I apologise for my brazen comment ... which was meant to be lighthearted. My mistake.

Come back some time.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 5:17:58 AM PDT
S. Little says:
the wiggles evolved from a great band called the cockroaches

Posted on May 11, 2012 8:04:30 AM PDT
trouble with most bands mentioned on this thread are old, most rock these days is ..crap, look to AMERICA, they always have and had the BEST, australians have gone there for years like the KIWi'S come to OZ

Posted on May 22, 2012 4:15:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2012 4:19:57 AM PDT
Steve K says:
Gday Posters!,

Katie Noonan has another Project out. This review from the Adelaide magazine "Rip It Up" really sums it all up. Its going on my wish list!!

"Noonans Southern Skies".

Katie Noonan has teamed up with classical guitarist Karin Schaupp to record an album of some of Australia and New Zealands best classical, folk, jazz, and pop songs from the Finn Brothers, Cold Chisel, Nick Cave,Icehouse,Bic Runga,Gurrumaul,The Easybeats,Vince Jones and Goyte, through to traditional folk songs. Special guests on the album "SONGS OF THE SOUTHERN SKIES" include Iva Davies,Gurrumul,Maori diva Whirimako Black,Sydney Symphony oboist Diana Doherty, young members of Brisbanes Voices Of Birralee and The Living End's Chris Cheney.

"This project brings together my two main musical loves- classical and pop music" Noonan explains. "As an artist I love blurring the boundaries of genre and hearing musical worlds collide. This project is a wonderful opportunity for Karin and myself to do exactly that".

"Katie and I had a huge shortlist and its been very hard to whittle it down to just one program" Schaupp says. "We really are spoilt for choice in our own musical backyard. We have spent most of our professional lives in very different musical worlds, but we also share alot of common ground, an unspoken intuitive understanding of the substance of the music, regardless of its style. Our collaboration allows us both to expand our musical worlds, but it also means we put a new spin on this music, while remaining respectful of its origins".

The more I hear Katie Noonan sing the more I love her! Ive also just purchased the classic album by George 'Polyserena' OMG.. is there some great songs on that one.

Try this one... the last song from Polyserena "Spawn" her voice just soars!

http://youtu.be/KJ8M2UMzCxI

Val and Lex, if you want a copy.......
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Posted on Jun 23, 2012 10:17:38 PM PDT
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Steve K says:
Hello friends,

Well they say nothing lasts forever.

Lately Ive felt Ive had little to contribute to the Aussie thread. Not that I'm losing interest in my Aussie music, I just feel I may have taken this thread as far as it can go.

Taking this thread to over 3000 posts has been just awesome. Without the help of my 2 dear friends Valerie and Alexis this thread would never have got this far.

Thankyou dear Val and Lex for your unwavering support and contributions. xx

I will be concentrating my posts over on your thread Ed, as its more active and I can still spruik all of our great Aussie artists over there when I feel the need to.

Thankyou to all the past contributors here. I feel the 13 email trackers are long gone. And Rob Csozek, if you ever read this, I miss you man...please contact me.

The thread isnt closed and open for anyone who would like to keep it going.

But for now, thankyou.

Aussie Aussie Aussie
Oi Oi Oi !!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2012 5:26:14 AM PDT
Alexis says:
Steve, don't give up on this thread. I've felt I haven't had much to contribute either. I haven't been as engaged in seeking out new music lately but I'm hoping that will change soon.

I mentioned Emma Louise on Ed's thread as one of the clips I viewed on rage early this morning. I was captivated by her voice and her angelic looks. She happened to appear on tonight's Rockwiz and I'm hoping she will be 'the next big thing' to come out of Oz.

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 8:07:51 AM PDT
Alexis says:
Also check out I, A Man / Scenic Route

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZfK3Z7C03k

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 1:22:21 PM PDT
Steve K says:
Hi Lex :),

Thanks for your words of encouragement. Just visiting here quickly before work and listening to your link for I, a Man...... Hey I love this one... the bass line is great, love the downbeat style and very open feel of the song. I see they are very new and have an EP out. How did you find this mob? Do you have the EP?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012 6:37:56 AM PDT
Judd Collins says:
Hey Stevo!!! POP! Here I am... Anyway, I also used Alex' link to the I, a Man track & also find it highly enjoyable. And I also was sent a link to a band called Husky from Melbourne who sound really good; not sure if they've been mentioned here....

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 8:52:06 PM PDT
Alexis says:
Unless I'm mistaken, Husky may be the first name of a performer. I saw him on RockWiz in Melbourne several weeks ago. I'll have to check.

Anyway, just wanted to say I have been listening to The Triffids' "Wide Open Road" , courtesy of Mr Kelley.......and lovin' it. Thanks Mr K.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 8:54:29 PM PDT
Alexis says:
Judd, we were both right. Husky Gawenda fronts the band Husky.....
Husky's live show is crafted to take audiences on a journey through their captivating songs. This has earned the Australian quartet critical praise for their "lush...warm and evocative" (Sydney Morning Herald) and "outstanding" (Beat Magazine) performances. "Their live craft is so assured that it lands in the heady realm of being downright enchanting" (shout4music.com).
Husky's album, 'Forever So', is a full-realized, long-playing album that holds up start-to-finish, from catchy opener "Tidal Wave," with its hum-along harmonies and surprise psychedelic midsection, to the understated, intertwined brass parts that conclude "Farewell (in 3 Parts)." In the syncopated rhythms of "Hundred Dollar Suit" or the reverberating piano strings and laid back bass that underpin "The Woods," you can sense fingers moving over instruments and lungs giving breath to voices, the unfolding of ephemeral ideas into fresh yet fully-realized songs taking forth before your very ears."

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 8:55:48 PM PDT
Alexis says:
Val......where are you?

Sending out an SOS.......

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 12:37:43 AM PDT
Val H. says:
I'm never far away - just lazy.

I've been meaning to post re Husky. The band were the support act for The Shins last week and I really liked their set. Very melodic, soulful pop - a good match for The Shins.

I also saw him (Husky Gawenda) on RockWiz a few weeks back. I always set my machine to tape the show and it's becoming must-see TV these days with "drop in" guests like Steve Harley, Ziggy Marley, etc. I know the gorgeous C.C. Adcock from Louisiana's swamp-pop kings, Lil' Band o' Gold, has recorded an episode so that should be coming up soon. Our U.S. friends can catch up on episodes/music clips at

http://www.sbs.com.au/rockwiz/

After seeing The Shins last Monday, I saw Jack White on Wednesday and his local support act was Lanie Lane - the retro girl who shot to fame singing the theme from the ABC drama "Crownies". And very good she is too (Jack White has produced some of her music)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTHs8bllsCY

So Lex, when are you going to send me your home address so as I can send you some music (when I've done Steve's lot).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 6:16:53 AM PDT
Alexis says:
My apologies Val, I totally forgot. I thought I had......

Good to see you're still getting out and about.

I saw the episode of RockWiz with Steve Harley. He was a bit of a hunk in his day, don'cha think?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 6:18:35 AM PDT
Alexis says:
Steve, missed your post. No I don't have the EP. I may look around for it, though. Our local library hasn't got much of a selection.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 6:23:56 AM PDT
Val H. says:
I agree, Steve Harley was (and still is) pretty yum. And as I said above, keep an eye out for C.C. Adcock - I always think he has a touch of Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl; Memphis Beat; Almost Famous) about him.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 5:14:39 PM PDT
Steve K says:
Hi all !,

heres the link for Katie Noonan's new album.......

http://katienoonan.com/2012/07/11/new-album-pre-order-offer/

and have a listen to this,

http://snd.sc/NeuSFp

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 7:55:09 AM PDT
Val H. says:
Thanks for the info Steve. Your 2nd link is playing as I type. Nice, simple arrangement.

Went to see "The Sapphires" this evening - I saw it done as a play in 2004 and wasn't let down at all by the film adaptation. It did remind me a bit of "The Commitments" - but that's no bad thing. Deborah Mailman is fantastic and Jessica Mauboy surprised me with both her acting and singing. The other two girls (unknown to me) were also great. It's a bit cheesy in parts but ultimately enjoyable.

I've been listening to Shackleton 3's "Just Turning Pages", - they're a side project for Mick Thomas (Weddings Parties Anything), Anna Burleigh (The Killjoys, Red Lantern, and surely Australia's best female singer) and Liz Stringer. Nice stuff. And speaking of Mick Thomas, I'm sure I've mentioned before that I'm an official "patron" of his. He runs this thing called Mick's Monthly Music Club. Basic membership costs $35 a year. Every month I get a password which opens up a digital file which can include everything from new songs, demos, soundtracks and photos to recipes, chord charts, video diaries and the occasional exclusive recording session. I go for the gold membership for $100 and at the end of the year I get the cream of the monthly offerings on CD. Last year I got a triple CD, this year it's a triple CD and DVD, so I reckon I get my money's worth.

I've booked tickets for some of the events at the upcoming Melbourne Arts Festival (which is never a patch on Sydney's Festival or any of the many festivals held in Adelaide - Guitar Festival, Cabaret Festival, etc). Going to see Billy Bragg, a Chet Baker tribute, Antony & The Johnsons and Paul Kelly. The latter show is described as:
"Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly joins forces with ten young performers from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) to present the world premiere of an original song cycle, based on the poetry of W.B. Yeats, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Judith Wright, Kenneth Slessor and Les Murray, as well as several new lyrics of his own. Created by Kelly in collaboration with ANAM's 2011 resident composer, James Ledger, Conversations with Ghosts is a bittersweet reflection on the nature of mortality and an uplifting memorial to those who have been lost. From Slessor's incantatory `Five Bells' and Yeats's `Sailing to Byzantium' to Murray's `Once in a Lifetime Snow', Conversations With Ghosts pays
homage to some of the English language's greatest wordsmiths, offering a unique and unforgettable evening of music and lyricism."

Fingers crossed it's a good 'un.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 1:31:08 AM PDT
Steve K says:
Hi all...Ive just been playing around on utube seeing what Aussie bands need looking at so I searched up Perth band Karnivool... wow ! pretty good stuff... heavy but not to "metal". Guess whe the lead singer of this band is ? Ian Kenny from Birds of Tokyo !! anyway.. heres a couple of songs from them..... gotta get some of this in my cd collection.

Albums
Themata - Independent/MGM (KARN001) (7 February 2005)
Sound Awake - Cymatic/Sony (KARN004) (5 June 2009) AUS No. 2

http://youtu.be/18SUFbABxNQ All I Know

http://youtu.be/Cjvtx3HMUks Simple Boy.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 7:47:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2012 7:48:49 AM PDT
Val H. says:
Hi Steve,

I've heard the name Karnivool but that's about it. Birds of Tokyo is a good recommendation so I'll check out the youtube clips.

Did I mention Daughter No. 1 went to see Kate Miller-Heidke last Thursday at the Corner Hotel? She had bought Kate's new album and studied up on it and of course the gig did feature mainly new stuff from the album. She thought it was a great gig and recommends the new album - Nightflight.
http://www.katemillerheidke.com/

And sorry to be always rabbiting on about Mick Thomas but ...... As you all know, I work in a primary school library and this week is Book Week all around the country. On Friday, the Children's Book Council of Australia announced the winning titles in the six categories that make up the Book of the Year Awards. This coming week on Thursday and Friday, our school will be visited by a well-known illustrator, Craig Smith, who illustrated one of the nominated books this year. He has illustrated heaps of books but I only learnt on Friday that he had also animated a video clip for one of my favourite Mick Thomas songs, The Lonely Goth. How has this passed me by all these years??? In the clip, it looks like a book, but there is no book release.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5YbXb0FbcA

Talking about books in conjunction with music, some of you may be interested in a series of beautifully illustrated children's books based on Aussie songs:

http://www.onedayhill.com.au/category/childrens/from-little-things-big-things-grow/
From Little Things Big Things Grow - Kev Carmody/Paul Kelly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbaQ6hI0Elk

http://www.onedayhill.com.au/?s=solid+rock
Solid Rock - Goanna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV_0Mf9YcyA

My Island Home - Neil Murray
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0iKnxYrB_M

Took The Children Away - Archie Roach
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLXzKYP1uCw

Black Fella White Fella - Neil Murray
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch71lxPJImw

These are all beautiful books and readily available for purchase. Check out prices at http://booko.com.au/.

And tho it doesn't have much to do with music, can I also recommend another recent Australian book that is a little ripper? It's called "Archie's Letter" and it's also an illustrated children's book by Martin Flanagan.
http://www.onedayhill.com.au/?s=archie%27s+letter

If you have any interest in Australian history, it's a must. And if you don't shed a tear when reading it, you're a stronger person than I am. Actually, I can make a tenuous music connection. Martin Flanagan is a great writer who writes a lot of articles on footy (Aussie Rules) for the Melbourne Age. He is also the author of a book and a play about Tom Wills who invented our national game and they (the book and the play) inspired Mick Thomas to write a great song called "Tom Wills". Hear it at:
http://www.myspace.com/mickthomassongs/music/songs/tom-wills-37957983

Other songs about the great man are:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqcAD15N-aA (Shane Howard)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCUm2IZMrbc (Neil Murray)
http://youtu.be/AZMmIiCNYVk

Okay, I think I got carried away, so I'll stop here. Till next time .....

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 1:27:54 AM PDT
GE Burrell says:
Little River Band were in a class of their own. Can't beat them anywhere.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 8:10:41 PM PDT
Alexis says:
Love, love, love this song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSQ7ScJwJhk&feature=related

Nantes from Newcastle. This song "Fly" was used for the latest Renault ad.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 8:28:34 PM PDT
Val H. says:
Hi Lex!

Thanks for the Youtube link. I don't think I've seen (or noticed) a recent ad for Renault. Good stuff!

I picked up on this song from the latest episode of "House Husbands"

http://miamilan.bandcamp.com/track/i-wont-cry
"I Won't Cry" - Mia Milan (Perth-based)

The album currently glued in to the car CD is The Waifs' Live from the Union of Soul and in particular the track SunDirtWater
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Igxon-AS4
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