Searchin' for their mainline

we mainline dreamersWe Mainline Dreamers - Garry Gray and Edward Clayton-Jones (Spooky Records)

Top-drawer stuff from the Sacred Cowboys frontman Garry Gray and the wicked guitar sidemagician best-known for his work with The Wreckery and The Bad Seeds, Edward Clayton-Jones.

Hasten thou to the magic credit card... 

In the next few weeks I shall be taking a sabbatical from reviewing for most of a year. However, I must unzip myself first. "Full disclosure" as The Barman says. 

First, I've eaten salt, broken bread and shared a jug of wine with both culprits (and I've written songs with Garry). 

Second, while I have a tendency to get very excited over new music, when it's closer to home, when reviewing I am if anything more restrained. Also, there's always that slight anxiety before I start listening: will this be crap?

Episode One of Thursday Evening Gunk is here

The first episode of series two of "Thursday Evening Gunk", the I-94 Bar Internet TV show, is here for replay in case you missed it on Thursday night. It's themed on the early, post Oxford Funhouse days of Sydney punk. You can stream future episodes live via the MoshPit Bar Facebook at 8pm AEDST on Thursdays or search for the Facebook event. You can catch the archived version here on the I-94 Bar a day or two later.

Dead Poets Society

The Baudelaires portrait

Melbourne band The Baudelaires take their name from Charles Baudelaire, a talented, troubled, decadent and ultimately doomed 19th century French poet and essayist whose writing is said to be the vanguard of the Modernist Movement.

The Baudelaires, in contrast, evoke the spirit of psychedelic exploration, a trippy triangulation of bent Texas psychedelia, Krautrock discipline and the dearly departed elastic brilliance of Yura Yura Teikoku. Six years after releasing their debut album, “Musk Hill”, The Baudelaires have returned with a new album, “TiLT” on Wally Kempton’s effervescent Cheersquad Records.

Patrick Emery spoke to drummer Blair Wittstadt.

Gunk is back and here's how to watch it

 
The I-94 Bar TV show "Monday Evening Gunk" returns this week as "Thursday Evening Gunk" - on Thursday nights (there's a surprise) for an eight-week series, courtesy of Sydney's MoshPit Bar and City of Sydney Council. Episode 1 will stream from the MoshPit Facebook page at 8pm (AEDST) and you can sign-up for a reminder by joining the Facebook event here. It will be available to watch on the I-94 Bar soon after.
 
The series launches with "Ground Zero For Sydney Punk", an episode focussing on the post-Oxford Funhouse high energy scene that grew around the Grand Hotel, hosted by Steve Lorkin and Bob Short and featuring guests Peter Davie (Rocks) and Bruce Warner (Thought Criminals).
 
 

The Johnnys elicit a lotta love at The Tote, 40 years on

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The Johnnys
The Tote
Friday 14 October 2022

There’s some audio of The Johnnys live at Le Tote sometime in 1983, couple of years after the Doherty family had decided to host bands in the band room of The Ivanhoe Hotel in an attempt to address the pub’s precarious financial future.

The set is good ol’ sloppy cowpunk fun, replete with lyrical signposts to The Johnnys’ inebriated schitck and irreverent celebration of country music. “You know why we’re having fun?’, guitarist-singer Roddy Radalj calls out rhetorically. “Because we’re drunk!”

Too much fuzz is never enough for Dez Dare

“Trashin’” is the latest video single from Dez Dare, the alter ego of expat Geelong boy Darren Smallman (ex-Warped among others), now living in the UK. It’s taken from the album “Ulysses Trash” and you can procure it here.

The Stranglers announce Australian tour

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Iconic British punk and new wave rockers, The Stranglers, have announced they’ll be touring Australia, playing shows across five cities in April 2023.

First forming in 1974, the band's no bullshit attitude saw the band blaze an experimental trail, from Art Rock to Goth to New Wave Pop, inspiring a wave of prog rock guitar players and confrontational vocalists to find their roots in The Stranglers unabashed confidence. 

Baby, you can drive his car: Kevin K revs it up

cadallac man cvrCadallac Man – Kevin K (Vicious Kitten Records)

Around these parts, Kevin K records are like a comfortable pair of slippers: You slide in and feel at home with his slashing or chugging guitar and mewling vocal drawl. This record is sized extra-large with 26 songs putting it in the realm of what used to be called a double album.

For the uninitiated (and shamefully there still are some), Kevin K is a Buffalo, New York State raised, New York City-tempered veteran of the Lower East Side-CBGB scene, who remains musically true to that long-gone playground. This is his 33rd album of gritty, street-level rock and roll, and it’s more of the same.

So what's the buzz, cock?

buzzcocks sonic lpSonics in the Soul - Buzzcocks (Cherry Red)

I'm gonna be as objective as I can. I loved the Buzzcocks. I mean, I'm not alone. Everyone loved them, didn't they?

Okay. I came in at the beginning, heard their journey, was delighted by their first two LPs, their singles, then ... that third LP which initially bewildered me, but I grew to love better than the other two. Except, of course, the compilation, “Singles Going Steady”. 

Then, 42 years ago and five years after it all started (particularly with the “Spiral Scratch” EP, which unleashed the DIY independent music scene in the UK), came those three singles which sort of worked, but didn't quite. Something had changed. Because, you know, change happens.

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