Tag Archives: Writing about Music

WHAT TRIBE ARE YOU IN?

What type of music do you enjoy? Rock? Jazz? Indonesian Gamelan music? Perhaps you do not even think about types or styles of music. But some people do and seek out or avoid others with tastes that complement or conflict. And we all fling about opinions on what is ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’. That font of […]

ASTRONAUT GODS

It is not easy to appreciate the interest – the fervour even – generated by Erich von Däniken’s book Chariots of the Gods? when it was published in 1969 (the year after the original German publication). Without doubt the excitement was fuelled by the Apollo 11 moon landing in July of that year. Anything seemed […]

THE WINDOW AND THE WALL

In the late 80s I was living alone in a small house in Footscray, an inner-west suburb of Melbourne nestling between industrial docklands and a waste management terminal. Bunbury Street was quite special not for any Oscar Wilde association but because a railway line ran underneath it, lengthwise. It was a goods line from the […]

ETERNAL WARRIOR RETURNING

One of the tell-tale signs of the activated Vinyl Hunter-Gatherer is how their speed increases when they approach a Record Store. Up on the balls of their feet, there is a pronounced spring in the step as the shortest possible distance from here to the records is calculated with pinpoint precision. Breathing may be more […]

OFF THE WATER, BACK TO LAND

There are a number of interesting things about San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips, not least their idiosyncratic approach to spelling. Here are a few others: They were formed in 2003 by Ripley Johnson with the express purpose of creating innovative music and not being famous. Following a Captain Beefheart tradition, they explored playing instruments with which […]

THE MUSIC QUIZ IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: AN END-OF-YEAR REFLECTION

“What’s this?” says Uhg to Glurg. He purses his lips and trills a series of notes. Glurg frowns and puts down his club. “That’d be a Yellow-throated Warbler.” “Close,” says Uhg. “A Mountain Warbler. My turn again.” “Mammoth droppings! That was never a Mountain Warbler. Yer Warbler from the mountains has  more vibrato. Yellow-throated for […]

KIDSBOP! – LESSONS IN BRAINWASHING YOUR CHILD

I was always going to fertilise my child’s life with music. In utero he heard Miles Davis In A Silent Way almost every night of the third trimester. His mother and I loved the album and often relaxed into its kind of blue groove, so why wouldn’t it enhance the development of a soon-to-be-released little […]