May 14, 2009
Last week Tim and i hit the city for an early movie ..
11am in the central place, the new beginning/ prequel version of star trek, with Sylar Guy as Spock. Ooh he’s a good actor.
The action is non-stop.
i’ve never ever cared about the original star trek characters, but this remake brings everyone back to life. Superbly!
Then a whole day of mooching around the city looking for new and exciting ways to stimulate the economy:
- the latest buffy comic at minotaur (Dawn is still suffering from that awkward spell by the jealous thricewise)
- some music including the latest spoonbill venture at collectors corner (can’t wait to listen !)
- lovely smelly things from the body shop.
mm. Retail therapy .. much needed.
Ooh look here’s Zachary officially denying that he’s in the film.
March 10, 2009
A Masquerade Ball is always the way to feel fabulous. This was fun.
Melbourne’s Underground folk turned out in their finest dress-ups to celebrate the powerful mystique of our local music scene. What could be better than dancing to the Barons of Tang and then Spoonbill.
Hobo Piano in the foyer .. tattooed glamour from wall to wall.
Zeena and Cam and i danced the night away, revelling in everything.
i just wish i’d taken me camera ;-[
Look out for gigs at this very gorgeous Thornbury Theatre.
September 23, 2008
What a beautiful day.
i am completely blessed .. as the wonderful Louise invited me to a delightful brekkie in the wilds of westgarth, only moments from the action.
Yes this is the first year i’ve been an off-world visitor to planet northcote during the high vibes festival. i was feeling a bit sad, but being rescued with French Toast and Fruit Salad is such a good way to build up your spirits and get ready for a day of pleasure.
as i arrive, gray is tapping away on Renato’s drum kit, in time with Bessie Smith. Life is deliriously gorgeous.
The sun is shining, there are thousands of angels pouring gigalitres of love into the whole festival, and i’m filled with joy, as we wander up the hill to join the throng.
Everything is so packed, and the weather is so gorgeous that we don’t actively listen to much music .. but i dance to a couple of Tzigas numbers outside Open Studio; and Gerard has a funky dj in his backyard next door. That was fun.
The gig that i really savour later on is the magnificent spoonbill at 303 .. who plays a very enjoyable set. Listen here to his version of Gum Tree:
It was a bit weird when he invited dj drizzle on stage to do some MC work, and this guy just wouldn’t let go of the microphone. Some of the crowd shouted at him to get off so we could enjoy the spoon .. but mr bill was too polite to grab back the mic.
Ah madness. Oh fun. Potato cakes and broken yellow buckets. Huge sunglasses and crazy thongs made out of rubber LP shapes. Lots of wonderful people from the Northcote tribes.
.. and i forgot my camera, so only mobile phone photos. Will post if i can get the blue teeth to work.
Later in the week, i read in the local paper that there were 100,000 people at the event .. 30,000 more than last year. Big !!
March 25, 2007
i’ve never seen the Spoonbill before so i wasn’t ready for the mix of visuals (2 vj’s), funny theatricals, and broad australian samples from TV, movies and radio. But i loved it ..
Opening with two unfolding puppet spoonbill dancers, the deep throbbing tones of ‘Low and Easy’ grabbed our attention straight from the start.
The dancing was energetic and hilarious, and the Social Club has very good bass on their speakers, the low kind that send chunky vibrations through your legs.
Their last song was hard and thumping, like chemical brothers meets wolfmother, as the solo guitarist went well over the top to meet the crazy laptop beats.
Spoonbill has a song called “half a lamington”.
How much fun is this guy!!
and miso is just too gorgeous for words. The singer has a funky and balanced phrasing that is very trip hop; and the cello + double bass combo work well over the top of laptop-rhythm guy.
i’d go back for more of either of these two bands