Sunday, September 26, 2010

Last Tram Home presents...#6- the video.

Well, that was a fun if slightly weird night. Lot of lost-looking football fans wandered in, and either left quickly or relaxed and settled in. The bands were great and no one got punched in the chin this time, which is nice.

My mate Carbie shot some great photos, and some video, too. So for those who weren't there, or were there and want to relive the moment, here's a tune each from the Bulls, Ninetynine and Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist.

The Bulls @ Old Bar, Fitzroy (25th Sept 2010) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.

Ninetynine @ Old Bar, Fitzroy (25th Sept 2010) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.

Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist - Bodysnatcher Blues @ Old Bar, Fitzroy (25th Sept 2010) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.

Enjoy. No one filmed my post-band DJ set, which is probably a good thing. I have to say, talking 80s Australian music with someone like Dave, who was a pretty big part of it AND knows his stuff, was a tad daunting, even for me.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ATP NY- last mention.

I promise this will be the last time I boast about crow over mention my trip to ATP.
But this review I wrote may give you an idea what it was like.
And can I just say what a pleasure it is to be back at the Bar again.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Last Tram Home presents...#6

It's nearly a year since these LTH nights started, and I reckon this one may have the strongest line up yet.
Presenting for your listening pleasure:
Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist
As usual, this is going on at the Old Bar, 74 Johnson St. Fitzroy, this Saturday night (yes, Grand Final night). Doors at 8.00 or so, a mere $10.00 to get in, and it all goes on til 3.00am.
I will have a fistful of the excellent LTH stickers available for those who want or need some.
See you there.

Bad art.

It's that time again.
The Museum of Particularly Bad Art is launching this year's exhibition at the Chapel off Chapel, in Prahran, on Tuesday night (21st.)
This is last year's winner:
and I know for a fact that the guy who painted that has an entry this year, too.
It kicks off at 6.30pm, with a gold coin donation for entry, and runs until Sunday 26th. See you there- hopefully not framed as a portrait.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Back in the saddle.

Well, as promised, back to business as usual.
Unfortunately, things seem a little quiet this week. But as always there are a couple of options.
One is this:
The Lovetones are launching their album "Lost", at Ding Dong tonight (Friday) with support from the Sandpebbles and the Priory Dolls. I haven't actually heard it but I reckon I'd go to this on spec.
Then on Saturday:
See the living legend himself Mr Brian Henry Hooper take to the stage of Yah Yah's on Saturday September the 18th 2010 with special guests Jules Sheldon & Yomi, the new project from Sailors & Swine's Billy McCabe. Entry is free and it all kicks off at 9.00pm.
I couldn't have put it better myself.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Normal service.

OK. After stopping off for a couple of quick martinis at LA airport's amazing Encounter bar:
I flew home.
Normal service will resume shortly, as soon as I have sorted out my dirty laundry, and stuff.

Friday, September 10, 2010

And with that...

I hit three biggies on my last full day here. First up was Graceland.
This was odd. Kinda nice house, but fuck, the people who were there almost scared me off, right from the start. If you want to have a great experience ruined by fuckwits- by which I mean "60-something year old women who cry and leave teddy bears on every tombstone"- this is the place for you. The Jungle Room is nice.
Then I went over to Goner.
I spent some fine time here with Eric, Zac and Joe, picking and choosing the contents of a reasonably large parcel which will hopefully arrive in the near future. Click on the pic to enlarge.
Then, finally:
Gus's Fried Chicken.
We got eight pieces, with coleslaw and beans, which were eaten overlooking the Mississippi while drinking a beer and talking blacksmithing. There was also a shrimp boil. Awesome.
Great town, great trip.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

International/interstate update.

A great day wandering round town spotting things at random:

and eating fine food- I had the pork sandwich, if you are wondering, and it was great.

Took some time out tonight to spread the word: this is at the Buccaneer- a fine place.

And then ducked over the bridge/state line to Arkansas, to buy cheap cigarettes and take a leak. Seriously:

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Safety first.

I do like to stay somewhere with a fallout shelter, if at all possible.
ATP update to come- the place had shitty internet and I have stacks of photos to sort through, like this one:
Guess who?

Friday, September 03, 2010

"First, we take Manhattan..."

Yes, LTH meets TS:
Actually, having been all over Manhattan, and Berlin, this one little corner will do me.
Upstate tomorrow, better finish these Tecates and get some sleep.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Must sees, 2

There is some great architecture here- and luckily, both the Bradbury Building and Union Station are in very good condition:

It's really hard to show the scale of Union Station- that room is so big. And empty- no longer the headquarters of the Blade Runners, I guess.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


I'm going to the Ivar to see my girfriend
I want to see the way she takes off her clothes
I want to see what the other men see
I want to see everything she can mean to me
"Agony Shorthand", the Flesheaters
"Hey c'mon, let's all go to Oki Dog."
Darby Crash, the Germs

Also worth noting- El Duce of the Mentors worked as bouncer at the Ivar in it's 70s strip-joint heyday.