Archive | September, 2011

Back to Front

30 Sep

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Over at a friends tumblr post, T put forth the idea of seeing how strong an album is, and proving it by listening it from the last song to the first instead of the other way around. Ever since I read that I’ve been eager to give it a shot. Yesterday I bought two new albums: Wilco – The Whole Love, and Kimbra – Vows.
I set up the playlists, and this morning on a very good looking day, as I was making my way to work I listened to Wilco’s latest album in full. It was my very first listen (apart from a few sneaky songs on the live stream last week). It started slowly and built, instead of the alternative. For this artist and this album, I thought it felt a refreshing way of listening. I was just waiting for it to take off. Which it did. The only negative is that it then felt like it ended slightly abruptly. I don’t think the concept of listening to an album will work for all music, but it was a great new experience for me.

Troy has a great tumblr site including his own artwork, music, videos etc… For more tumblr goodness from Troy check out his site here.

Corn Fritters

29 Sep

I recently found this recipe on the Taste website which I have been making on a very regular basis. They turned out awesome. I am pretty obsessed with them at the moment. The only two additions I make to the current recipe is lots of parsley so the mixture has a good element of green throughout, so I feel like I am being extra healthy. And lately I have been chopping up some bacon and mixing that through which gives it some smoky, tasty flavour. Served with lashings of sour cream and sweet chilli sauce they are a very good mid-week meal. And great left overs for the workday following!

Cheery song for your Wednesday

28 Sep

How awesome is Kimbra???

Book Obsession

24 Sep

All of my life I have had a book obsession. I remember distinctly as a child having two big boxes of books of books that alternated. One packed away, the other out on my bookshelf. It was a distinctive try by my mum for my books to appear fresh and new every six months. It worked! One of them I distinctly remember was Penny Pollard’s Diary. Maybe I loved it because from a very young age I was given a diary and had been keeping track of the events of life.

I still love books, I love reading, I still keep a diary. I carry the book or one of the books I am reading most days in my overly heavy bag. I like the way books look and feel. I love seeing them on my bookshelf. They reassure me. I get how “convenient” e-books may be but I still want to feel the heaviness of the book and the smell of the paper in my hands. I’ve been taking the train to work most days this week and I’ve been reading voraciously.

What are you reading this week?

I’m continuing my Nick Earls infatuation from the Brisbane Writers Festival and I’ve just started Perfect Skin.

Sunset Studies of Sunset Boulevard

22 Sep

I’ve been a close follower of all that Augie March do since receiving a recommendation from a friend of mine, G. He suggested buying Sunset Studies, late 2000. I was instantly a fan from the start of track one, I remember playing over the album again and again. I subscribed to the mailing list, and read every comment from all these seemingly crazed fans. Upon closer inspection they certainly were not crazed, just passionate and really loyal ones who had a deep love for this unique Aussie band.

For years all I had to go on was listening to their CD albums and the singles that I picked up along the way. Finally in August 2006 my trip to Brisbane coincided with a gig and I got along to see Glenn and the band play at the Tivoli. I think even if the night was mediocre I would have found it hard to not be grinning stupidly. I had a great time. They sounded great.

Move forward a few years now, Augie March are on an extended hiatus and Glenn is pursuing a solo phase. I’ve been waiting to see him again live. And now, two weeks ago now Glenn Richards, Dan Luscombe, and Mike Noga made an appearance at the Old Museum in the Valley. It’s a great venue, I’ve only ever been there for Finders Keepers craft markets.  I did balk initially as it was a seated gig. But B, M and I took our seats near the back and luckily the whole thing felt intimate and personal. Like Glenn and his friends were just playing for us. They started with Brundisium. Perhaps a little mis-step. Aprehension. Fearing it would feel stilted. But the rest of the set just got better and better. And Glenn was in a great mood. Glenn and Dan exchanging cheesy jokes. And paying out the people of Maroochydore.
I was beaming, especially with all the inclusions of the songs from the past Augie albums. Highlights for me included Turn On You, Here Comes The Night, Train and There Is No Such Place. The room cleared quickly after their one encore track and all of a sudden we found ourselves in a wrongly lit room. There should never be that much fluorescent light at the end of a gig.

Once outside we realised that Glenn and Dan were greeting fans while sipping their drinks. In a moment of bravery I walked back and stood nearby waiting to speak to Glenn.

Cut back over four years ago. I was in LA, on the streets of Sunset Boulevard. E and I were spending the day before flying to NYC just walking the streets fairly close to our accommodation.  I saw a guy walk past me with huge sideburns and a pink paisley collared shirt, with really wide lapels. I turned to E and said, “Hey that looks like Dave from Augie March!” Sniggers. As if! The next minute all I remember seeing is a large old maroon beat up van, door open revealing the rest of the members of Augie March. Heart palpitations. E coaxed me up and asked them, “Are you Augie March?” YES!!! We chatted, they had just played a gig the night before in LA to a subdued crowd. I got autographs and I think I skipped down the street. What a moment? Meeting Augie March on the famous street in the US!

The following week another friend of mine, S and I went along to see them play at the Mercury Lounge. And after their set we met up with the band, except for Glenn who made a speedy getaway.

So after the gig at the Old Museum the first thing I asked Glenn was, “Hi Glenn, do you remember two crazy Aussie girls you met on the side of the road in LA?” And he did!!! It was a thrilling moment. We chatted for a bit. Glenn told us that the same day they had been out searching for a restaurant, and when they failed to find it they stopped the car and went to ask a woman on the side of the road. They then realised she was an Aussie. And after talking to her for a few minutes they realised it was Delta Goodrem!

Fantastic evening. As you can imagine I travelled back to West End, speechless, tired but oh so satisfied.

I Feel Better

21 Sep

Just what I needed. Thank you Wally! I feel better already!


17 Sep

I’ve lived in Brisbane for just over four years now and something that has become a permanent part of my local events is the Brisbane Writers Festival. I remember the first year I wandered down on the Sunday to check it out. I didn’t get along to any of the sessions, but just walked through the State Library and the temporary bookshop.

Since then I have made sure I have picked up the schedule for the festival about a month beforehand and sat down expectantly with a highlighter marking the ones that caught my interest. This year was no different. I think I get more and more excited about the program. I got along for two half days and all day Sunday.

I completed a survey whilst there that asked me what I liked about it. For me it’s all about the atmosphere. Being amongst so many other passionate book-lovers. I love striking up conversations with people in the queues. Being mistaken for a person of note. Perhaps a writer? No, just really loving hearing other peoples stories. Highlights: Friday and Saturday I went to sessions that were all about the process of turning a book into a movie or a TV series. There was many passionate publishers pitching their clients works to the producers. It gave me much great insight into the world of books and publishers and if you are dreaming of your book becoming a movie – give it ten years, the average amount of time it takes to transform.

Sunday I spent most of the day at the Festival, much of it with my friend S. Before she arrived, I got there early and headed over to the Breezeway. It had been referred to as the Freezeway the day before because of the icy winds that had shook the red tent. I started the day listening to local Brisbane writer, Nick Earls in conversation with Krissy Kneen about his new book The Fix. He’s fabulous. So witty, and such a great story teller. I liked what I heard so much that I just had to buy the book and later get it signed by the man himself. Face to face, and one-on-one Nick was just as hilarious. I think I have a little literary crush.

Next up a sold out session of readings by three authors: Jonathan Franzen, Ann Patchett, Gail Jones. I love listening to authors reading their books. I love hearing their stories exactly the way they are supposed to be told. Ann started it off with a very tense tail of a Anaconda in the Amazon. The man who really attracted me to the session was Jonathan Franzen.  He read from his novel, Freedom, which I purchased on the weekend as I’ve been hearing much about it and it has been on my “to-read” list for quite some time. He read very quickly, in a really comical manner.

My final session was  Writing for Film & TV. The main draw-card? The wonderful Marieke Hardy who appeared in black dress, red tights, brown boots, feather in her hair, sunglasses, red poncho and of course bright red lips.

S and I ended up at Quan Than on Hardgrave Rd, our usual hang out to digest all that we had experienced. A fantastic weekend of books. I wish it was on more often. I can’t believe I have to wait another 12 months for the next one.

What are you reading at the moment?

It’s starting to feel a lot like summer!

15 Sep

Rumours are that there is a top of 29c predicted for Sunday!! I can’t quite believe it. I’m not entirely dreading summer but I still have such a fondness for the cooler evenings and mornings we’ve been having, I’m reticent to say goodbye. But… the warmer temperatures will be upon us soon so it is time to start thinking about things to get excited about. The local pool is opening again tomorrow which is exciting.