Category ART AND ABOUT

COVER ART | ON THE CHAIR

As we inch towards Summer, what could be better than Australian Crawl and a classic Leunig cartoon… While others seek warmth inside a green house. Leo Kottke is one of the masters of finger-picking guitar. “Greenhouse” came out in 1972 and while not quite as jaw-dropping as his classic “6 and 12 String Guitar” LP, […]

COVER ART | ON THE TURNTABLE

A selection of what has recently been on the Vinyl Connection turntable. * Bowie’s 2003 release is a strong album. Really enjoyed it during a recent re-visit. * “The Hermit” (Transatlantic 1976) John Renbourn was one of two brilliant guitarists in Pentangle. He also had a rich solo career, including this excellent album. * Bo […]

COVER ART | ALBUMS AL FRESCO

It’s Spring in Melbourne. The weather tends to be varied—drizzle, downpours, showers, storms, occasional sun—but when time and inclemency allow, I’ve been taking some records for walks. They need a change of scenery after the long lockdowns. * The adventure began in the back garden, celebrating Joni Mitchell’s 78th birthday (7 November) during a break […]

COVER ART | A HALLOWEEN COLLECTION

I partook of a #Halloweenvinyl challenge over at the ‘gram. Here is a selection… * JEAN MICHEL JARRE — Oxygene [1976] * GOBLIN — Suspiria [OST 1976] * Two Suspirias being better than one, hello Radiohead’s Thom Yorke… THOM YORKE — Suspiria [2018] * A kind of a black magic vibe, also marking Peter Green’s […]

ALBUM COVERS | INSTA EDITION

For reasons I can neither fully comprehend nor explain in any coherent way, I decided a couple of weeks ago to dive into Instagram. Having had a Tumblr account since the dawn of Vinyl Connection I largely ignored the world’s largest image sharing social app, a choice that says much about my ability to pick […]

ALBUM COVERS | WALKING THE DOG

  * PAUL McCARTNEY — Paul Is Live  [1993] VAN MORRISON — Days Like This  [ 1995] NEIL YOUNG — Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere  [1969] JAMES TAYLOR — One Man Dog  [1972] JONI MITCHELL — Dog Eat Dog  [1985] JIMMY SMITH — Back At The Chicken Shack  [1963] JACK BRUCE — Things We Like  […]

ALBUM COVERS | A DOG’S LIFE

* ANIMAL LOGIC — Animal Logic  [1989] RUSH — Signals  [1982] ERIC CLAPTON — There’s One In Every Crowd  [1975] BLUR — Parklife  [1994] THE CRUEL SEA — Three Legged Dog  [1995] WEEZER — Raditude  [2009] RICK SPRINGFIELD — Working Class Dog  [1980] THE CHURCH — Priest = Aura  [1992] PAVLOV’S DOG — Pampered Menial  […]

SOME PROGRESSIVE TREATS (1975 EDITION)

Although variety is a hallmark of Vinyl Connection, the heart of the matter is a love of all things progressive. Inspired by a posting of the fourth Greenslade album on a fb group, I found myself diving down a 1975 rabbit hole. It was great fun, with progressive jazz-rock being a wobbly kind of through-line. […]

RAINBOW VINYL — SUMMARY

The collected rainbow vinyl posts. Because it’s pretty. Red — Orange — Yellow — Green — Blue — Purple * * The feature image is, naturally enough, what you get when a rainbow is de-prismed. The white knights were:  

RAINBOW VINYL — BLUE

Coloured vinyl. Guaranteed to lift the wintertime/summertime blues. * This excellent LP from female quartet Beaches has appeared in these pages before. In fact, it was one of Vinyl Connection’s more gushing reviews. Playing it today, I was again mightily impressed with this excellent debut. * Sydney’s Sunnyboys were also on the end of a […]