I’ve stepped up my daily caffeine intake and it looks to be yielding positive results in the field of post-radio blog writing – WOOT WOOT! My sanity, heart rate and yellow-tinged eyes are other matters for another time…
For those of you who listened to FBi 94.5 tonight – big thanks of course. Now let’s unpack this sucker.
We ripped into the show with a track from 19-year-old songwriter Marcus Gordon, aka Spookyland. His debut EP, Killing One Bird With Two Stones is released this Friday and is being launched at the Sandringham Hotel in Newtown on Saturday night. It’s a solid effort, bolting out of gates (apologies, it is Melbourne Cup Day) with a couple of rousing, noisy openers (‘An Eroding Song’ and ‘Eight Split Knuckles’) before moving on to more pensive folk ballads.
I played ‘Failures’, which I can’t seem to find online… So you’ll just have to trust me on this one and go to the gig on Saturday and fork out some coin to hear the lovely bitter verses build into an aching, desperate departure. But you can hear the other songs I have title-dropped on Spookyland’s myspace.
And here’s a re-working of ‘Walk On The Wildside’ for coverz loverz.
We also heard new music (read: newly released in the Land of Oz) from the world’s most morose baritone, Micah P. Hinson. Album #4 from the Tennessee-born troubadour, is a predictably but oh-so-rewardingly dark meditation on the death of the American dream inspired by Walt Whitman’s “Pioneers! Oh Pioneers!”:
All the hapless silent lovers,
All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked,
All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
I played ‘Take Off That Dress For Me’ because I’m easily wooed by a good juxtaposition of sweetness and dignity lost/never had. You can find out more about the record by heading here.
And although there’s no actual vision, you can make up your own mind about the sweetness/dignity lost dichotomy by having a listen to this.
And if that’s not enough deep-voiced heartache for you in one setting, check out this awesome footage from a recent concert in Paris.
Other highlights from the show included the sweet sorrow of Californian freak-folk soprano, Sea Of Bees. Julie Baenziger has a wail that could stop time. Check her out below…
Next up on the blog, I’ll be posting a fresh Midweek Mixtape courtesy of Sydney songwriter Matt Corby. And I’ll also do a wrap of this Thursday night’s ARIA awards. Best Country, Adult Contemporary, Classical and Comedy release for 2010 are all being announced at a pre main-event event that I’ve somehow managed to weasel an invite to. It’s an outdoor gig and it’s forecast to rain, so if you know where I can get some high heel gumboots from, be sure to get in touch beforehand!