Prince is dead

The greatest musician of my lifetime is dead. Prince Rogers Nelson was 57 when he was reported dead today at his home at Paisley Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I really don’t know what to say but I feel like I’ve got to say something because Prince has been the single biggest musical influence in my life. I didn’t notice the whole Purple Rain thing when it happened. I was a teenage headbanger at the time and some funny-looking fairy with frilly shirts didn’t exactly do it for me. How young and stupid was I? I was a little older when […]

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Australia Will Be At Eurovision 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!

WTFOMGBBQ!! It’s just been announced that Australia has been awarded a wildcard entry into Eurovision 2015!!!! How did this happen, you ask? WHO CARES!?!? We’re going to Eurovision, baby! Eurovision has grown in popularity every year here in Australia and we send a TV crew to Europe every year to cover the event. Last year, we were invited to provide a non-competitive performer for the contest. A little light entertainment. Jessica Mauboy took on that role and did well. But now we’re actually in the contest itself. AND we get to vote!!! All this begs the question – who will […]

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Prejudice – Part 2

by turbin Follows on from Prejudice Part 1. Well the ruse worked for about 5 minutes. Yes maybe I had some people thinking about SAAB, and why not? It could just have easily been the case, as it has been for many. Recently I have questioned my prejudices much more robustly and taken more time to understand why I might feel a certain way. It also helps me understand where others might be coming from. Why it wasn’t about SAAB is only because I have purchased two post-2003 SAABs, one a 06 9-3 SportCombi shortly after they came out and […]

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Build Your Own Guitar – Week 1

The Background I decided to get back into music earlier this year (long story, not worth the telling). When I saw an ad for the Australian Guitar Making School I figured there would be no better incentive to start playing again than to build my own instrument. AGMS is based in New South Wales but it’s run by a former Tasmanian – Strato Anagnostis – and he runs an intensive guitar build once a year back in his home state. That’s the course I’m doing at the moment – six days a week for three weeks. Strato’s been building things […]

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A Year With The Beatles

[hr] [dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of my goals for 2013 was to get more familiar with The Beatles. I was born in 1970, the same year The Beatles released Let It Be, and subsequently took their own advice and broke up. I grew up hearing plenty of Beatles hits on the radio, but aside from a taped copy of Abbey Road given to me by an ex-girlfriend in the 80’s, I’ve never owned any Beatles albums. That all changed this year. This year, I bought one album a month, which gave me their whole studio catalog (OK, there were 13 albums, but I […]

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AC/DC iTunes experiment – results

Thanks to all who listed their Top 10 AC/DC songs – the ones they’d buy from iTunes. The query was, of course, a generational one. Bon Scott vs Brian Johnson, but with a twist. Let me explain. I’ve never given AC/DC much specific thought. They’re a bit like the walls of your house – they’re always there. They’ve never needed much specific thought. You didn’t have to go out and find their music, it was always around, always enjoyed. In high school, the first rock band I played in had a repertoire consisting of AC/DC, the Beatles and Dio. Odd […]

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AC/DC iTunes experiment

I have a little theory running around in my head and I’d appreciate you helping me out with it. AC/DC have just launched their entire catalogue on iTunes, giving fans the opportunity to digitise their whole collection or pick and choose the favourites they want to purchase. Let’s suppose you’re an AC/DC fan and you want to get some of their music to rock your iThingy. Due to budget limitations, however, you’ll restrict your purchase to just 10 songs. Which 10 AC/DC songs would you buy?

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Happy 70th Birthday, Jimi Hendrix

I didn’t realise until I checked in on Facebook this morning, but Jimi Hendrix would have been 70 years old yesterday, the 27th November. The first Hendrix song I ever heard was The Wind Cries Mary. I can’t remember how old I was but I do remember wondering why I hadn’t heard this guy sooner, so I can’t have been too young. What a shame to not have heard him earlier. There are a million-and-one guitarists out there who can shred like you wouldn’t believe. They know their scales backwards and their fingers move like supersonic pistons. It’s only a […]

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Trivia, west coast grunge and the obsessive mind

My mind is trivia-oriented.  A psychologist would probably diagnose all manner of syndromes if they ever took the lid off but I’m pretty happy just to accept that I like to know details.  I obsess about the big picture too, but details matter just as much and somehow I function with this parallel focus.  Thus, in the same manner that my forebears may have spent a Saturday night reading the dictionary or checking the shipping news (more interesting than you’d think), I spent last Saturday night clicking though links in Wikipedia. Wikipedia’s myriad of links work the way my brain […]

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Karise Eden – The Voice

The TV singing show “The Voice” is being run in different countries, right? You’ve all got your own national versions of it, I assume. The votes still have to be counted, but the Australian version will be won tomorrow night, I’m quite sure, by a young woman from New South Wales named Karise Eden. I can be as cynical about ‘reality’ shows as the next person, but the emergence of this girl via this particular TV show has made the last 10 years or so of reality TV worthwhile for me. Maybe she would have been found anyway. Either way, […]

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