Sep 4, 2014

Bob Dylan @ State Theatre

There are singers, there are great singers. Then there are legends. Bob Dylan is most certainly a legend. You could make a strong argument that he is the greatest songwriter we have ever seen. But I had never seen him live. So the opportunity to see him in a great venue such as the State Theatre was too good to pass up. But, as they say, time waits for no man. And at his advanced age I didn't really expect his voice to be strong and vital. But I wasn't prepared for this. At first it was hard to latch onto this show, his voice failing to reach in any way. But I soon got used to it. But here's the kicker. I certainly didn't expect a medley of great hits. Even Bob Dylan doesn't want to do that. But the whole show was nearly made up of more recent material. Which to be honest, isn't very good. The band was great, but a lot of the music was moderate mid tempo rock. We did hear a few classics. "She Belongs To Me" for example. But it just didn't do it for me. Even "Blowin' in the Wind" was unappealing in its cabaret version. I guess I should be grateful that I finally got to see the legend that is Bob Dylan. But I left feeling a little underwhelmed.

Set List
Things Have Changed
She Belongs to Me
Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
Workingman's Blues #2
Waiting for You
Duquesne Whistle
Pay in Blood
Tangled Up In Blue
Love Sick
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Simple Twist of Fate
Early Roman Kings
Forgetful Heart
Spirit on the Water
Scarlet Town
Soon after Midnight
Long and Wasted Years

All Along the Watchtower
Blowin' in the Wind

Aug 22, 2014

Jonathan Boulet @ Goodgod Small Club

An interesting conundrum when a band or artist changes their sound. Sometimes it can be confounding and even confronting. Jonathan Boulet has been one of my favourite Australian artists of recent times. His first two albums were full of exquisite melody and supreme joy. Then he departed for Europe, Berlin. Which would produce album number three in "Gubba" released this year. It's a doom laden sledgehammer of an album. I am actually still coming to terms with it. It smacks you on the head and there is little room for light. But it is exciting in parts and there are some great tunes.

Which is sort of how their return Sydney show at Goodgod on Thursday night felt. Clocking in at short of an hour it was a heavy, banging night of dark and powerful tunes. Some worked and some felt a little lacking in subtlety. I really liked "Hold It Down" and "You're A Man" in particular but it was definitely two older numbers that took my complete attention. "You're A Animal" and "Trounce" were played as heavily as they probably ever have been but they were huge adrenalin shots that elevated the night in my opinion. Still, Boulet is certainly an exciting talent. I can't wait too see where his next steps lead him to.

Set List
Don't Call Me Champ
High Five Guy
Is Anybody Dooming?
Hold It Down
You're A Man
Stand By Your Man
Set It Off
Strut King
You're A Animal

Aug 9, 2014

City Wrecker-Moonface

Well, this made my week. Moonface announced a new album. "City Wrecker" will be released on September 16 on Jagjaguwar. Enjoy the greatness!

Aug 3, 2014

Interstellar Trailer

This looks pretty amazing. New film coming from Christopher Nolan!

Jul 20, 2014

War On The East Coast-The New Pornographers

Love this new video from The New Pornographers from their upcoming new album.
How cool is Dan Bejar? 

Jul 13, 2014

Best Albums of 2014 (so far)

I'm back! Still consuming music. Just not finding the time to do the writing. But in the early parts of July I thought I would share my favourite albums released so far this year. It was a hard choice to figure number one. Both the albums from Woods and Sharon Van Etten are fantastic, but in the end I settled for the brooding, complex amazing beast that is "Lost in The Dream". I have posted a recent performance to reinforce this opinion.
1. Lost in The Dream-The War on Drugs
2. Are We There-Sharon Van Etten
3. With Light and With Love-Woods
4. Tomorrow's Hits-The Men
5. Have You Ever Done Something Evil?-Hallelujah the Hills
6. Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything-Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
7. Black Hours-Hamilton Leithauser
8. Shrink Dust-Chad Vangaalen
9. Darlings-Kevin Drew
10. Axxa/Abraxas-Axxa/Abraxas
11. Atlas-Real Estate
12. Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son-Damien Jurado
13. Free Will-Bry Webb
14. Mess-Liars
15. Here and Nowhere Else-Cloud Nothings
16. Love-Amen Dunes
17. Drop-Thee Oh Sees
18. Whine Of The Mystic-Nap Eyes
19. Close To The Glass-The Notwist
20. Lazaretto-Jack White