Monday, December 17, 2007
So after a few weeks of working til 2.30am in the morning I decided to take it easy today and crack open a beer at Beer O'clock this afternoon (5pm)!
(Amazingly we discovered a bottle shop that not only stocked San Miguel but ALSO Red Stripe- 2 of our favourite beers. Pity the shop is in Richmond!)
The internet is only narrowly saved from my drunk rampaging by my dinner cooking duties.
I'm bbq-ing some lamb, eggplant, capsican and maybe some marinated mushrooms and corn on the cob.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
But all I want to do is sit outside in the sun and drink beer. Or maybe throw the football around.
INSTEAD I shall waste time on the dusty old blog. It's been a bit neglected lately both by myself and YOU! Nobody reads this anymore anyway.
I was just renewing online my library books and thought I'd list the things I've borrowed this year.
Lists are always an easy blog topic. I get to show off my cultural superiority and you, the reader, most luckily come away with nothing but disgust and/or bewilderment with me.
Here we go:
The West Volume 1
The West Volume 2 (Ken Burns doco)
Blues masters Volume 1, The essential history of the blues
Lone wolf and cub 6, White heaven in hell
Red Dwarf 5 : byte two : quarantine
Vietnam (The Australian tele series with Nicole Kidman)
The crocodile hunter : collision course
The crocodile hunter Volume 2, Steve's scariest moments
Musa the warrior (Korean sword-fest movie)
Six feet under : the complete second season
The Sopranos. The complete fifth season
Six feet under : The complete first season
The Wonderful world of dogs
The crocodile hunter. volume three
Last stand at Saber River (average Tom Selleck western based on a Elmore Leonard book)
Walking with dinosaurs/ Walking with monsters
Gladiatrix (doco about a woman wanting to be a gladiator in re creationists historical battles)
BBC Great wildlife moments
Daredevil : the man without fear! : decalogue
V for vendetta
Y the last man : paper dolls
Just a pilgrim : garden of Eden
Planetary : crossing worlds
Small Gods Vol1: Killing Grin
Hawaiian Dick : the last resort
John Constantine, Hellblazer : dangerous habits
Y the last man : kimono dragons
The long haul
De : tales
Spike vs. Dracula
Eightball: Like a velvet glove cast in iron
Negative burn : the best from 1993-1998
All is forgiven - Tex, Don & Charlie
Everyone deserves music -Micheal Frenti
April in Paris- Count Basie
Robert Johnson: the complete recordings
Grace Knight: Stormy weather
Duke Ellington: It don't mean a thing Vol. 2 ; 1930-1934 : classic recordings
Sidney Bechet : great original performances 1924 tp 1938
Sly and the Family Stone: Greatest hits
Best of G. Love and Special Sauce
Tex-Mex: the full enchilada
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Plastic fang
Bit of a mixed bag up there, but thats whats great about the library. You can try whatever you want without having to invest any money so you can experiment a bit.
I'm not going to tell you the books I've borrowed because honestly it's pretty embarrassing.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
When I got up and asked what was wrong she said she thought she swallowed a bug in her sleep.
Then she pointed to a spider that was on the wall near the toilet.
Ainslie has a pretty big fear of spiders so she was freaking out that she might have swallowed one.
Growing up in the bushy 'burbs of Sydney I've had plenty of VERY close encounters with our 8 legged friends. In the summer we'd have to walk around the pool to make sure there weren't any funnel webs (the worlds most deadliest spider- in case you didn't know) hanging on the bottom. It was common practise to bang your shoes well before putting them on if they were left outside.
I've had to deal with a very large and upset spider (I think it was a mouse spider) on the inside of the windscreen. While driving. Through the CBD of Sydney.
I've woken up with a Huntsman Spider-a pretty peaceful but LARGE and HAIRY spider- on my bare chest.
So while I'm not particularly COMFORTABLE with spiders I'm not unreasonable dealing with them. The big & dangerous ones I don't like around- but I try and relocate them rather then squash them.
But anyways... getting back to last night- that was the third spider of that kind we've found in our house in the last 2 weeks . I wasn't sure what kind it was. Small & black. Quite fast but not aggressive. So I caught it in a jar and released it outside then spent about half an hour trying to convince Ains that it wasn't a spider she swallowed.
Anyways, I just did a web search and found out they were WHITE-TAILS.
There's a lot of stories and urban myths about these guys and I don't think I've ever really seen one before. And now it looks like we have a few. Or it's the same one who keeps on coming back in.
Like I said before- I don't belief in killing spiders- but these guys can be pretty nasty. Symptoms range from no reaction at all large scale necrotic lesions (if you happen to be allergic to them).
Not sure what to do about it- but I will keep you INFORMED!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I should remind people that I'm not really buying comics anymore. Instead I like to borrow them from the library or from other peoples collections. I'm rarely moved enough by them anymore to part with my cash (I'm so Scottish in my old age!). Except for the odd local produce!
So this is what I got:
CHARACTER SKETCHES- Gestalt Publishing.
At a hefty $16, it is quite a lavishly printed and designed book. However like just about every anthology every created the contents are hit and miss. Lovely cover by Ashley Wood.... I mean Ben Templesmith... err.. I mean Justin Randall. The highlight story I've gotto say is by Christian Read and Chris-Bret-Burns-Bones which tells of Christians experience in a children's burns ward.
WITCH KING- Autobiography of a Dark Lord- Phosphorescent Comics.
I've been wanting to get this graphic novel for awhile but I've been out of the country since it was published. Written by Christian Read and art by Paul Abtruse- both these guys are friends with whom I rallied with in the Australian comic trenches way back when. Christian offered me The Witch King as an option to illustrate back in it's -and Phosphorescent's- infancy (for those keeping score I chose The Watch instead). I think I was Paul's very first publisher as I printed a pin up of Dollboy back in issue 3. (Paul came across the original art recently and gave it too me on the weekend).
Anyways this book took years in production before it finally saw the light of printed day and I actually really enjoyed it! I was surprised at how much I did enjoy it! Although Pauls art made it quite hard to follow the story in some places I was captivated by Christians story. I was reading it way past bedtime! My big secret is that I sometimes ...er... enjoy fantasy fiction- so Christians world building and retelling of the rise of the bad-guy was a kick! The ending came as a tad anti-climatic and while a sequel is possible, I guess that part of the story isn't the important bit. It's the HOWs and WHY's that was the focus.
KNIGHT EDGE # 4- Gary Lau
Even though this is only issue 4, Knight Edge has been a mainstay in Australian comics. It's about Ninja'a and romance etc. A very nice hybrid of Manga and western style comics- which fits Gary very well! I think the more titles Gary does the better the book will get. Very nice production values and a nifty shiny cover. PLUS a selection of pin-ups in the back the best of which is by Dean Rankine which MUST be seen to be believed!
Got a bunch of Holgate's books as well.
SURE SHOT Presents CHECKMATE WORDSWORTH/SPAGHETTI WESTERN- SureShot comics.
I really dig Mark Selans SureShot Presents series that aims to publish some of Australia's best cartoonists in little A5 mini's! Although I don't mind the lo-fi-ness of the publication I can't help but feel that colour covers would help the success tenfold. This flip-book features 2 of Holgates own stories that he's done in past 24 Hour contests and shows just why he's as good as everyone says he is. Both are very character driven stories and are very charming in the artwork. I've yelled at HOLGATE many times in the past for not rubbing out his pencil lines- but in Checkmate Wordswoth he's practically SLAPPED me in the face with his lovely artwork SANS-inks! Looking forward to MORE Wordsworth- a true international adventure hero!
THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS #5- Image Comics
I was beginning to really enjoy this title until the story kinda lost it steam a little bit around issue 3. Was really looking forward to this issue as it was exciting to see one of my best mates guest drawing one of the more exciting titles around. What SHOULD'VE been a mind bending comic that SHOULD'VE rocked the industry to it's knee's ended up being very low key. Don't really know what happened there and it's a real shame because Doug's art here is at it's BEST! Pity the story let him down as it was quite cliched and forgettable. How come people are dropping the ball when it comes to exciting Mexican wrestling stories?! ACE cover! Did I mention that?
PREHISTORIC AUSTRALIA- Random House
This is the first in a bunch of books focusing on "Amazing Australian" things. Written by Kevin Patrick and illustrated and designed by Holgie. This turned out very nice and the guys should be well pleased! A great present for any youngsters! Kevin's enthusiastic personality infects this book with his zest of cool and exciting facts and information. Lots of dinosaur drawings that hark back to our formal training as Plant and Wildlife illustrators. Good to see that Doug hasn't forgotten any of the old tricks!
And thats all I got.
Just between you and me (and don't tell anyone else) it's got me very keen to get back to doing my own comics again. I've got a few things in the works and my current paid work is a comic so WHO KNOWS what'll happen at the next Nerdcon?!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
An hour later it was evacuated and not long after the whole building burnt to the ground.
From Ains' mums house in West Hobart we had a good view of the spectacle as we partied on to celebrate Ains's birthday.
At about 6pm:
Then, about 30 mins later it started to fireball:
Luckily no one was hurt. However the heritage listed exterior of the building was totally destroyed. The nearby small stores would've been affected by the fire from smoke damage, ash and water damage from the firehoses.
The cities only comic shop is situated right next to Myers (it shares a wall)- so it's a good chance thats trashed!
One of my friends owns a custom culture clothing store nearby too. The CBD was closed down and lots of people are now out of jobs.
The cocktail bar had a special drink that night called "A Flaming Myer". It was pretty tasty.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Don't you love spring!!!
That real change in the seasons... where the cold and wet (sorta) slowly rolls into the UV baked, drought-ridden, dusty oven-like temperatures of summer in Melbourne.
Things are looking pretty good.
I've just handed in the first pencils of a cool project that I'm having fun with.
Drawing like a demon.
Got 2 new playlists that I'm cranking out. One rock, the other hip-hop.
About to head into town for a spot of latenight shopping. It's Ains birthday on sunday.
We're celebrating it down in Hobart. I'm heading down tomorrow for the weekend.
Got a new wallpaper courtesy of Jones and the his latest Wayward Cartoonist challenge for the HBO theme. (Mines a'coming!)
As the sun slowly sinks down outside I can still spy one of the doves sitting in the same tree.
Is that the afterglow I detect or are they contemplating the mistake they just made?
Wondering if the other will ever call them again?
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I recently asked around for reading recommendations for "important" and good books that I might enjoy.
These are what some friends replied:
#"Dunno about important. But recently read The Book of Dave. Loved it!"
#"Alain de Botton, "consolations of philosophy". It is great fun and quite profound at the same time. It's possibly my favorite book."
#"John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men. Short little novel (so won't be a massive in between book). Story of poverty, the working man in depression America, friendship and fate! Excellent!
#"Rona Jaffe's "Mazes & Monsters", the *ahem* true story of depressed D&D players in the 70's committing suicide by getting drunk and (hence) lost in the tunnels beneath their uni. From the perspective of a street hardened PI who has an ethnic sidekick."
Quick! TO THE LIBRARY!
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Enjoyed it and am looking forward to seeing the rest of the games.
Rugby Union players are such monsters. In particular this French fella:
SEBASTIEN CHABAL (aka The Caveman!)
Now THATS a sport worthy of the Roman Colosseum!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
A range of traditional, folk and jazz type.
And then there were these guys:
The weren't the BEST breakdancers I've seen. Maybe they'd be better if their sound system was bigger, so you could.... actually HEAR the music.
Respect must be given to them for their hardcore-ness. Notice they don't use a mat? That 2nd guy, the one spinning on his bare-back on that hard cobble stone, came away with bleeding grazes along his back.
You know thats going to sting in the shower!!
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I WAS going to pick up a car and load it up with stuff thats been sitting at my parents house for years and drive it down to Melbourne. Stuff like the rest of my book collection, a kick arse fishtank, a bunch of comics and maybe a book case.
However the car fell through so I'm catching a plane back on monday.
On the saturday I'm going to play paintball skirmish with my younger brothers and his friends as it was his birthday the other day.
I've played paintball atleast half a dozen times- but it was all a few years ago now. It's awesome fun but very punishing on your body. The running, the throwing yourself against rocks and tree's, the leaping over ravines and not to mention the impact welts when you get hit.
I'm out of shape and afraid sunday I'll be a wreck.
Speaking of sunday- I'm catching up with some good old friends for an afternoon session at the pub. It's been too long between drinks!!
Friday, July 27, 2007
Now normally I'm prone to rant on my blog while I've got some alcoholic beverage in my hand. Maybe a beer. If it's late at night chances are it's a scotch.
BUT even though it's friday afternoon and FAST approaching Beer O'clock- I'm drinking my 2nd pint glass of water.
Maybe it's because I've just gotten in from riding my bike into the city (30 mins each way)- or maybe it's because we don't have any beer in the house.
ANYWAYS.... here are some random thoughts.
1. Comic shops suck! Comics suck! I went into Minatour here in Melbourne for the first time in months. I also purchased a comic for the first time ALL YEAR (the latest Dee Vee). Not quite sure why I came away with such negative feelings. Maybe it was the foul body odour of some of the people in the store, or perhaps it was the shit comics available. Actually there were a handful of comics I saw that I wouldn't mind reading- but not buying. Especially when the comic prices were double the US cover price- EVEN THOUGH the Australian dollar is doing so very well as the American dollar. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT??!!
2. Deadwood season 3 is out on dvd. Costs $50. I almost bought it, and am now wishing I did.
3. There are lots of fucked up people in Melbourne.
4. I enjoy my local library. I went in on my way home and picked up a large swag of goodies. Walter Mosley novel, 2 cds (Duke and a Sidney Bechet which I'm quite digging), a bunch of dvd's ( Vietnam- that old Aussie tv series with Nic Kidman, Crocodile Hunter movie and a BBC best of wildlife doco) and a graphic novel. I've steadily been going through the libraries collection. I love being able to read these shitty comics without having to blow my money on them. It's also good as the clear contact them- so they don't get too fucked up when you throw them across the room in disgust.
5. For the first time in years I've been sketching and doodling for my own enjoyment. I cannot remember the last time I sat drawing while watching tv. And it's for my own pleasure! The problem with this burst of creativity is now I've got schemes building up and the problem with that is if you have to many balls in the air- you end up not getting any of them done. So I'm trying to keep it simple and achievable for now.
6. It takes 3 pages on Google image search "Scott Fraser" before you come across anything about me. And then nothing for the next 10 pages. (I got bored and gave up).
7. My two younger brothers are coming down from Sydney to visit next weekend and I'm not sure where to take them. It's not as if Melbourne has great scenic tourist attractions. There's plenty of great bars and restaurants- but not much else!
8. I might be heading up to Sydney the following weekend to, amongst other things, play paintball with the brothers.
9. I really feel like a beer now.
Monday, July 23, 2007
I picked up a copy and turned to the very last page. I read the page and put the book back.
So.... I can tell you who DOES NOT die.
Also, the very last sentence that finishes up the entire series?
-Isn't very good.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I've given my website a complete extreme makeover!
I couldn't really justify having a Flash website anymore, and for what I had in mind I set about trying my hand at creating a site with Dreamweaver. Haven't looked at that software in years.
So go and have a play! Let me know if you come across any problems with it!
There's also some new work up there that you might not have seen before!
(now that I've gotten my website out of the way I'll get about to writing more here!)
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Had an ACE trip.
It's nice to unpack the bag and not have to repack it tomorrow, have clean clothes, not have to spend half of tomorrow jumping on buses, trains, plans and taxis. It's nice to be able to drink the tap water.
However the open road is a powerful drug- so we'll soon see how long it takes before I get bored here.
Travel stories to come.
By the by, you can get me on FACEBOOK. It's all the rage over in Europe. Still getting my head around it- but so far it seems alot nicer to use then My Space.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
We popped some herbal sleeping pills, put the ear plugs in and the eye masks down and passed out for the next 7 hrs, waking up at around 5am as we approached Hong Kong.
It was a humid morning in HK. Temps of 31 degree's with some light showers clearing.
Lush green hills surrounded the airport.
1.5 hrs later we were back on the plane heading towards London.
An hr into the flight we discovered NONE of the onboard entertainment worked in our seats. Neither did the reading lights. Water started to drip from the ceiling above the seats infront.
12 hrs to go- with NOTHING to do.
I chose to obtain a trance-like mediative state. Staring into nothingness, not moving (which was lucky- AS THERE IS NO ROOM TO MOVE IN ECONOMY!).
Ains chose to weep. Weep, despair and get free vouchers for duty free from the air stewards.
Amazingly, somehow, we made it to heathrow with our lives and relationship intact. We lost some sanity though.
However we were quickly re-introduced to London bullshit incompatence as our plane made it's way to the gate.
There was no gate for us....
We had to wait on the airstrip for 30 mins while Heathrow, y'know, found somewhere we could, like... GET OFF!
Then.... once we got to a gate.... we had to wait a further 40 mins while, y'know, Heathrow found some landing crew to, like, open the FUCKING DOORS!
The air stewards started of appeasing the passenegrs with good humour, but by the end of it they stated "We'd try and tell you a joke, but quite frankly we're as pissed off as you guys!"
Once off and through customs we had to, like, wait another 45-60 mins for our baggage to get OFF THE PLANE!
I think only one baggade handler was actually working that day. I think he had to walk to the plane, grab a hand full of bags, walk all the way to the baggage carousel, throw them on it, stop for his smoko, then repeat.
Heathrow have aplan to appease the customers when waiting for their luggage. They throw a decoy bag out on the carosel that gets everyones hope up. But after 20 mins of watching this bag go around without getting picked up, you soon realise the scam.
Anyways, FINALLY with our bags claimed, we made or way OUT! Ainslie had to step right into her sisters Hens' party while I made my way to The Rad pad, Borough.
Once off the train and into London I was hit with the smell of London in summer and that pugent scent sparked a stream of really good memories. Such adventures we had!
London in summer is truly fantastic! Everyone is out and in very good moods. The weather is super! The sun is your friend here, not the burning sphere of destruction it is in Australia. There is loads of stuff to see and do and there is a real sense of inspiration and awe!
After a shower and change of clothes I went to a friends bbq, where I zombied through the night. Then crashed for a solid nights sleep!
Sunday ex house mates, Anika and Anna and I walked to Spitafield markets where we meet up with two other good friends. Had an amazing cheap lunch! (You can get cheap, good food in London- it just takes awhile to work out HOW).
The girls were going to spend the rest of the afternoon in the park, but i had to jump on a train and head north of London in Harpendon to a family get together. Traditonal English roast!
Oh yeah... daylight saving!! It was still light at 10pm when we jumped on a train to come back!
Yesterday (monday) we walked into the city via the whiskey shop. Nice way to start the morning while spending about an hr talking scotch and getting free tastes of top premium single malts. It was great! The great thing of scotch is the diversity of noise and palletes! It almost rivals wine!
I think I know what purchases I'll be making at the end of the week. Got my eye on a rare lowland malt that's no longer in production- and it's a reasonable price! Ains has her eye on another lowland malt thats quite fruity and flowery. It has a nose of peaches and pink carnations!
After getting a nice buzz on we were going to the Tate Modern, but we passed that and crossed the Millenium Bridge and headed towards St Pauls Catherdral- my favourite building in London. We were hungry so we hit a beautiful pub designed in the early 1900's in Blackfriars for a pint of English ale (Timothy Taylors) and some pub grub!
We then walked up to Travalgar Square and went to the National Portrait Gallery- which was ace and very inspiring!
Followed by a coffee break then a spot of shopping in Covent Garden and then back home.
The old neighbourhood is looking pretty good. Less like a warzone ghetto and more like a nice area. The high street has a few new restaurants and we had dinner at one of them. Lebanese.
Once again, great food and amazingly for London- excellant service! We drank a quite nice Lebanese white wine!
Today Ains has gone out to face the BRUTAL Oxford Street shops. I couldn't bare it, so I'm just chilling at the flat- planning to do some work type applications and maybe head out for adventure this afternoon.
There's a rabbit warren of back alleys and shops in between Carnaby St and Soho that I want to explore. I also want to return to the Natural History Museum and get a photo of the Blue Whale skeleton- but if I go alone- who'll take the photo of me and the whale??
Or I might pop into my old work. I was planning on doing that later in the week but.
London is RAD!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
However I thought this was worth spreading the news about.
Some of us artistic reprobates have banded together in a weekly drawing challenge in order to stimulate some inspiration and creativity
First of the "Home For Wayward Cartoonists" weekly challenge. This weeks theme is "GUITAR".
Not one for the cock-out rock, I looked at other geetar types of music.
I cranked it old skool with watercolours. I haven't touched them in...7 years. They say it takes 10 years to master watercolours.... despite the less then stellar results, it was very fun using them again!
Inspired, I did another! "The Wildcat Serenaders!"
And a digital version:
Check out the HWC for more scandalous hi-jinks from dubious and untrustworthy vagabond cartoonists!
Monday, May 21, 2007
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Friday, May 04, 2007
I'm Count Basie!
Take Which Jazz Musician Are You? today!
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Wednesday, May 02, 2007
1. B For My Name
2. 14th St. Break
3. Suco De Tangerina
4. The Gala Event
5. Electric Worm
6. Freaky Hijiki
7. Off The Grid
8. The Rat Cage
9. The Melee
10. Dramastically Different
11. The Cousin Of Death
12. The Kangaroo Rat
It's an all instrumental album too!! I've been wishing they'd do this for the last two albums! If you didn't know, the Beastie Boys are also exceptional musicians, as can be heard on their previous instrumental tracks on "Check Your Head" and "Ill Communication".
They are getting too old to be busting out the punk/b-boy jams like they were young kids.
I'm looking forward to it!
Oh yeah, they're currently touring through Europe and they're doing some instrumental ONLY shows. Sometimes I sorely wish I was back there!!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I rarely get sick. I haven't been to a gp in over 7 years. But about once a year I'll get hit with a cold.
This one came without warning and mercy. Both Ainslie and I woke up monday morning feeling like death. I wanted to die on tuesday. Just lifting my head hurt.
Felt better yesterday. I was dopped up on drugs, so I could walk around. Today I still feel bad.
Which, of course, SUCKS!!
Yesterday was a fantastically nice day. We had a public holiday, people over and a new BBQ to baptise!! I couldn't even drink BEER!!!??
Soo much to do, and I just don't feel up to it. There's also tradesman in my house banging away.
I just typed "Sux to be me"- but I deleted it.
It could be worse.
I heard the other day that someone I knew from London has cancer. Really bad.
I can't say I knew her really well- but from what I did- she was a very active, positive and bubbly person. She's only 26 and there's no family history of it.
..... BUCKLE UP, Frase!
Stop your whining!
(I'm going to have another hot water and lemon slice).
Thursday, April 19, 2007
On a local front I'm enjoying CW Stoneking! Saw him play live a little while back here in Melbourne, and to be honest, I really didn't like it! You may have seen him play on certain mainstream media of late. Well, I thought he was faking it! I thought he was some white dude from Melbourne putting on the airs and graces of an illiterate, poor, down-south delta black bluesman. My delicate sensibilities were quite challenged- especially when he did his song "Dark Town Strutters Ball". I wondered if he'd ever even set foot in America - let alone daring to play and talk that way on stage.
(I must say my experience was clouded by seeing a similar confounding scene at another venue on the SAME street a few days previous. It was a live funk band, doing (pretty good) James Brown type material. All the band members were white ( and in an inner-suburb way). All the crowd were white (in an even more suburb/skip way). The singer was going on about getting our "jungle rhythm " on. As we were leaving- and I kid you not- the bouncers were stopping a group of black guys from coming in. I'm not sure WHY they were stopped. They were dressed well and weren't in any way threatening to look at and the venue was far from full. But there you go!)
Anyways, despite what I thought was his shtick- by the end of the night I couldn't help but enjoy the music - it was REALLY good shuffle/swing/blues!
I was a bit confounded by all this- but after a bit of asking around and watching him interviewed turns out CW grew up in the Northern Territory out near an Aboriginal settlement. He didn't have any friends so he threw himself into listening to old blues records. He recently moved down to Melbourne to start his career in music after drifting around the country towns and outback trying to get work as a handyman.
Really quite an interesting artist! Definitely check out his music! And all you Europeans- he's currently touring there. Really recommend you go along and see this modern Australian bluesman! (also great to dance too!)
I came across this website this morning.
Haven't had a good look yet- but seems very interesting for that old-timey jazz, blues and gospel!
Also check out Tasmanian Pete Cornelius who's touring around the country. He released an all acoustic blues/roots album in 2005 which I've yet to get- but should be ACE!
I've also been getting in touch with my HONKY side of late and really digging the bluegrass/folk/country sounds of Nashville band, Old Crow Medicine Show!
Locally (again) I'm enjoying Melbourne band, WAGONS! They've got a few albums out- but not every track translates the awesomeness of their live performances!! Think Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Jack Black with a drunken Melbourne ramble!
Been leaning increasingly away from JAZZ and SWING of late (with the exceptions of some kick-arse numbers which I can't get enough of- Louis Armstrong- "St Louis Blues" & Billie Holiday- "Spreadin' Rhythm Around")
Also of note is that Royal Crown Revue have a new album out. This band continue to defy the odds and trends and go from strength to strength by playing the music THEY want to! Haven't got the album yet- but it's on my list!
Totally removed from the above types of music- I'm digging The Jungle Brothers hip-hop album, V.I.P!
Friday, April 13, 2007
I was going to write up a blow-by-blow report, but I can't be bothered. Also it'd take to long as we filled practically EVERY waking moment doing something. Although it would also inculde a daily 40min drive to places, then 40min back. Sometimes we were driving for 2hrs. Holiday traffic!!!
But anyways, we did things like:
Giving Ains a bit of a tour of my old hood.
"Thats where I learnt to ride a bike"
"Thats where I stacked my skateboard and grazed up my face"
"Thats where we used to get drunk"
"Thats the street lamp we used to throw rocks at"
(Like most suburbs, there isn't much to do as a teenager so you have to create your own fun.)
Went to an excellant Art Gallery Opening for one of my favourite Australian comic artists, Matt Huynh (aka Stickman)
Caught up with some old friends over dinner, lunch and apertiffs!
Went out to the hotspots in Manly with my older brother!
Spent time with the famillius at the Fraser Ancestrial Homestead and at the weekender in the bush (bushwalking and chopping wood) .
and out on the water in Pittwater. (UK readers, Pittwater is the body of water where they set HOME & AWAY. )
We spent the night at The Basin, accessible only by boat- it's one of Sydney's best secrets!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
The city if Melbourne is very bike friendly. It's very flat, has wide roads, every 2nd street has a bike lane and there's ample bike racks to chain your bike up.
A few of our friends use bikes as their main mode of transport.
HOWEVER- when we first moved here I was quite hesitant to get a bike.
Why? Well, do you remember awhile ago when I stated that I had no phobia's?
It turns out that's not entirely true.
Seems like I WAS afraid of something after all.
The more I thought about this, the more I became anti-bikes! I was familiar with the related HAT HAIR "condition" (we don't call it a disease).
I spoke to a few people about this. Sam suggested I just get a helmet friendly haircut. That way I could still look cool AFTER I took the helmet off. Garth rode sans-helmet, letting his long locks blow in the wind flaunting the law and his safety. Others were happy to put up with helmet hair.
One night though- I had to ride a friends bike. And it was very fun! So I cracked!
Not long after I bought a chop-shop bike from some little guy in our neighbourhood. It's a wicked looking thing. And it only cost me $40!!!
I still wasn't committed to the idea of riding it WITHOUT a helmet, but nor was I over my fear. I hesitantly rode it around the quiet local streets- until I ran over some glass and popped the tire! While it was out of commission I discovered how much freedom it offers for getting places. So when I had the tire fixed- I bought myself a helmet.
I'm certainly not convinced that bike helmets look good on anyone- but I don't really care much.
Although I have since gotten a helmet-friendly haircut- so everythings good in the hood, yeah?
Got my bi-cycle action on!
Except, I ran over a metal splinter that pierced my tire and inner tube. Again!
$20 later and I'm mobile again!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Jan and Feb I was in down time. Waiting for work to start. Drawing like shit. Sitting on the couch.
Come March when the big project starts, I'm starting to draw well. Suddenly my eye is in. ALSO I am inundated with work- both paying and extra-caricular.
Where was this extra work and kick-arse drawing skills earlier on in the year? When I had the spare time??
Because the Universe just dosen't play that way, Holmes!
ALSO: "Heroes" is starting to bore me. YAWNSVILLE!!!
Thursday, March 08, 2007
My old stomping ground!
Went down for work- which was really neat! Back working with Blue Rocket Productions. As in the past really nice people to work FOR, and inspiring fun people to work WITH! As someone put it, "it's like having the family back together!"
It's a huge new project we're working on. Quite daunting really... I'll be continuing working on this from here in Melbourne.
What was also nice (if a bit overwhelming at times) was catching up with everyone socially. You can rack up quite a social history in 5 years in a small town. You can't walk out the door without tripping into someone you know...
The first day there I started to consider what it'd be like to move back there. The good work, the scenic city, the clean air and good food, the AMAZING local bands.... but after day 2 or 3 the charm wore off and I was reminded why I left there when I did.
So I'm back in Melbourne, trying to knuckle down and work.
Right now we have two house guests asleep on our sofa bed. Diane and Andy from Brisbane. You may now Di from such adventures as:
Also the NYE 05 DJ BATTLE!!
Unfortunatly round 3 of our battles will have to be postponed.
We're going to leave them to run havock in our pad on saturday as Ains and I will be heading to PHILLIP ISLAND!
My folks will be there. Bashem is racing his car down there!
ALSO, all Sydney-siders note: The Traveling Frase & London Girl Show will be in my hometown for easter!!
Catch-ups a MUST!!!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
My Birthday isn't until monday, but we'll be holing up in a pub on the saturday!
Last year we escaped the horribly cold, wet and grey London weather in a grand pub and it proved to be an awesome birthday!
This year it's forcast to be 38 c+......