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thermalben started the topic in Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 at 6:47pm

Alright, time for some discussion on what yr all listening too. My iTunes inventory is getting a little stale so I'm up for some inspiration.

Currently loving The Drones' album "Havilah".. incredible songwriting and some of the best recorded guitars and drum I've heard in a long time. I'm a little late to the party with this album but it's on high rotation at the moment and will probably stay there a while. I've seen these guys live once (Fowlers, Adelaide) and fortunately they're incredible on stage too. Can't wait to see them again.

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factotum commented Wednesday, 7 Aug 2019 at 11:11am

I concur Mattlock. Their first effort on Waterfront is kicking around somewhere I'm sure in my brother's vinyl collection (which was once mutual...before travel took over).

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 10 Aug 2019 at 12:42am

Damien Lovelock Tribute on now ABC Rage (Friday Night)

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Snuffy Smith commented Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 at 7:54pm

good stuff.....

Balls of fire

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Snuffy Smith commented Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 at 7:57pm

Balls of fire

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Snuffy Smith commented Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 at 7:59pm

Balls of fire

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factotum commented Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019 at 10:14am

The Peep Tempel! Sadly gone from us too soon...

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chook commented Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019 at 2:49pm

bit of talk about waterfront records recently...so here are the lighthouse keepers...

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factotum commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 12:07pm

Surf music? Or a surfer and his music?

The Artisans.

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stunet commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 12:38pm

That a young Gerry Wedd eyes angling downward?

I covet thee crockery...

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factotum commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 12:42pm

AKA South Coast Morrissey.

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factotum commented Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 10:52am

For those in Sydney...A tribute.

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factotum commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 1:24pm
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factotum commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 5:42pm

Fuggit. I'm there. Frequent Flyer points. HUZZAH!

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 6:09pm

I'd come down for that show too, but can't get away that weekend. Bummer. 

Have fun!

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 6:11pm

Seeing these guys tonight! Looking forward to the wall o' sound.

 

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factotum commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 6:26pm

Good stuff!

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 10:18pm

Wasted no time scooping fresh sounding Ride LP on release. Wore it out!
Nice one Ben.. extra jealous....crew will flip the Double Play while you surf the gig!

Ride: Twisterella
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ8y87YQDX4

Sharp Lyrics & that jangle & cymbal combo with tight snare work is totally wired.
Don't leave us hangin' Ben...please do report back!

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thermalben commented Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 7:54am

Show was great.. well worth the twenty five year wait. Broad mix of songs from all albums, and everything hit the mark... mix was good, they played well and the crowd were very stoked. 

And they played Twisteralla too! One of the better pop songs of the 90’s.

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 1:01am

Love the sound of that Ben!
Special thanx for taking the crew along for the Ride!

Next years 1993-95 a ragtag bunch of UK Chix' tracks crept under the Radar
These two gritty songs barely skirted the wrath of 1994 'Wire scam!'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKxTQgwnzKg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlOje4ly4hg

Someone somewhere slipped Elastica a sweet tasting pill with a bitter after taste.
Wire accused 'Elastica' of stealing their sound (This song / LP in particular)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilKcXIFi-Rc

No matter how good Elastica's original songs, their salute to Wire backfired.
Whatever anyone says, verdict was Elastica Chix could perfectly master any sound.
Damn these chicks have swagger!

Wire were ahead of their time & Elastica salutes quirky sharp short new wave.
But somehow the vital connection is made.
A chance encounter you want to avoid the inevitable!
tbb was a big fan of the shotgun wedding.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m4WlBBEj9g

tbb loved Elastica at Big Day Out 1996 (Way too many good acts that Gig ...Wot!)

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thermalben commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 6:32am

I remember in the 90's wondering why so many people got their musical tastes stuck in the 80's, or the 70's, or the 60's. There was so much great stuff coming out, how could you not want to be a part of it?

And now that I'm in my mid-40's, I totally get it.

My current Spotify playlists seem to have stopped in the early-mid 00's, I'm still rediscovering a lot of the same music I listened to when I was in my early 20's. I just don't have time to search out new tunes any more (it pains me to say this, having worked in a record store for a few years and priding myself on an intimate knowledge of the entire Australian independent scene). 

Oh, how I mocked those people back in the day who went to see some legendery 70's band do a reunion tour. When I've just gone to see Oxford's finest shoegazers after a hiatus of two and a half decades!

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ojackojacko commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 9:26am

I was overseas all through the 90s and missed most of the music / films / TV of the time. I've seen a fair few 90s (and 00s) bands with my kids since I returned to Oz, and have found very little music of the time that interests me. what you grow up with and associate the music with is extremely important

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thermalben commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 10:05am

Totally agree. Smells, sounds, tastes, everything is locked into your memory and revisiting it evokes that time period in a flash. 

Though, as for surfing sessions, we've got a habit of only remembering the good ones: https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2019/01/11/eternal-sunsh...

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stunet commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 10:17am

It's called 'reminiscence bump' and every human does it. Older people can more readily recall memories from their adolescence then then their 30s, 40s, or 50s, even though those memories are more recent.

The memories that get laid down in your youth - and that includes music - run deeper. Which is another reason they call them your formative years.

I think it's good to be aware of those thought patterns so you don't fall into the rut (too much).

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ojackojacko commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 10:48am

agree with all of that stu. but with music i think there's also something more - you engage with music emotionally so even new music can engage you if it hits the right chord (pun intended) at the right moment for you. we do move on musically (you know, you hear a song from a band you haven't heard for decades and spend a day chasing songs from that band and others remembering how good those songs were), so i think in addition to the 'reminiscence bump' there is an emotional link with music. the stuff that hits you in the heart/guts can stick at any age. you're more likely to be hit in the heart and guts during adolescence so that's a factor too

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crg commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 10:55am

Here's an ugly thought connected to 'reminiscence bump'. In the development phase of a new poker machine the target age for the player is selected and all the imagery and sounds that appear in the features and win spins are based upon what was popular during the target players adolescence. Purposely to activate their 'feel good' subconscious and engage them to play longer. C*nts.

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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Blowin commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 11:32am

So I’m to expect a range of pokies to hit the local RSL with background sounds of bong pulls as Gen X ages ?

Looking forward to a run on the slappers with Blur’s “Song 2 “ as the theme.

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stunet commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 11:34am

It raises questions about free will vs govt intervention.

Libertarianism vs the Nanny State.

How much is the former a valid political stance when companies employ psychologists to turn our minds against us?

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Blowin commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 12:29pm

Can you think of a single song that would brainwash you into feeding your pay into the pokies , Stu ?

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stunet commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 1:06pm

I can think of hundreds of songs that'd have that effect on me.

 

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Blowin commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 1:33pm

I love that song.

Chris Bystrom played it during a Cheyne Horan section in one of his movies . Maybe Blazing Boards ?

Let’s face it , if Barbi Girl by Aqua was dubbed over a nice bit of shredding then I’d be humming it for years.

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AndyM commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 2:48pm

An absolute killer...

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AndyM commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 3:00pm

Ride had quite a few really good songs - it seems they were under-appreciated, at least in Australia.

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thermalben commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 3:30pm

Holy shit Andy, that's my favourite song on that album. Even covered it a few times with one of my bands.

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AndyM commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 3:52pm

So many good songs covering all moods - I've often said you can almost see the drizzle on British streets while listening to that album, all shimmer and melancholy, light and shade.
An American band couldn't have made those albums.

Nice choice Ben.

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indo-dreaming commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 3:52pm

I go through phases where i go searching hard for new music online YouTube, band camp, live bands etc, but i find it so hard to find stuff i like, everything is just so saturated now its like you have to dig through piles of trash to find a diamond, everything sounds like something else.

Even when i find something half unique i like there is almost always one aspect i dont like, like vocals etc

But then when i go revisit bands from the 90s that i never got into, i often get into them.

IMHO there is just something about late 80s 90s music that i dig, maybe its the analogue factor, mix, certain distortion pedals that were popular, use of feed back etc

I think good music was just easier to find back then, maybe there was less and the crap bands never got past recording and EP and even struggled to get airplay even on public radio.

Also you had to invest more in music, now its so easier to flick through stuff, before if you found out about a band from say one song on public radio or a surf video or rage, you had to buy the vinyl or CD and even if on first listen you didn't dig the other songs, you had spent $30 and it was all you had, so you had to invest a good deal of time into the music and really give it a go.

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indo-dreaming commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 3:56pm

Personally never got into Ride gave them a good listen as had no choice one of my mates loved them, but always prefered Swerverdriver who are in a similar vein, not a big fan of British music though, just find the accents grating, always dug USA and Aussie stuff more.

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AndyM commented Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 4:22pm

I love a lot of Yank music but Brit stuff (pop music more specifically) seems generally more nuanced and intelligent and addresses more diverse themes then U.S. stuff.
American pop music is mostly fucking awful, cookie cutter industrial churn.

Heaps of other good stuff coming from the States though.

At least the Brits are still proud of their accents whereas in Australia the cultural cringe is massive, and in music anyway, we hate the sound of our own accent and rarely have the confidence to address local issues.

Or maybe that's just what the radio puts across.

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indo-dreaming commented Sunday, 8 Sep 2019 at 9:36am

I have a weakness for Asian girls and good music.

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thermalben commented Sunday, 8 Sep 2019 at 9:42am

Swervedriver were probably my biggest influence through the mid-late 90's. I was fortunate enough to play a few gigs with them too. Hard to pick a favourite album, they're all really good for various reasons.

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indo-dreaming commented Sunday, 8 Sep 2019 at 9:50am

Interesting, check out her stuff some sick covers

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factotum commented Monday, 9 Sep 2019 at 2:07pm

England is losing its shit...

Sleaford Mods - 'Bang Someone Out' from Chris Floyd on Vimeo.

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truebluebasher commented Monday, 9 Sep 2019 at 9:20am

Soundz like hick wap huh? Crack! Crack! Over Over.
Sex Pistols now too posh for the Classical Music record bin at trendy Vinyl Urinal.
Critics were silenced as another shite record goes Gold...

Just one solution...swellnet crew will now summon the demons of snuff rock!
1983 tbb's shockerz MCB killed off local talent quest with this cry for help...[0][0][0]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7PQxA7ffAo

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Snuffy Smith commented Monday, 9 Sep 2019 at 10:58am

Balls of fire

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Blowin commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 12:26pm

I can’t stop this song from going round my head :

https://youtu.be/GTWqwSNQCcg

Judge me as you will. Nothing will dislodge it.

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stunet commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 2:20pm

Have you tried singing it from go to woah, out loud, in public?

Old wives take for dislodging earworms.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 4:11pm

I can’t get two lines into the first verse without being slapped.

Sometimes by strangers.

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 1:00am

Authur Sharpe sounds like a 70's folkie & offers up a soft touch with the poison pen.

Theme song from mental TV series Flowers. (Hooked on the deadbeat swagger)
Authur Sharpe " My only Worry "...do yourself a favour & scroll the choice lyrics!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6uakVRsxbo

Double Flower Power Play :

This folkie has unimaginable texture like no other...you'll never hear better!
Imagine Donovan's flower power love child...(Drifts you into another realm)
Lio Vancauwenbererghe - "Black Pig" from series (Public Enemy)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIzWAlxJR5E