DIIV Inspiration

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DIIV Inspiration

I can see myself strutting along Benambra Street back home in Broadmeadows, TDK cassette in the Walkman, volume cranked to 11 listening to this.

 

It's that post punk echo chamber guitar twang. The Shoe gazing drone. The feedback loops and sweet melodies. 

It's everything I loved about music and still do.

 

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DIIV Inspiration

I can see myself strutting along Benambra Street back home in Broadmeadows, TDK cassette in the Walkman, volume cranked to 11 listening to this.

 

It's that post punk echo chamber guitar twang. The Shoe gazing drone. The feedback loops and sweet melodies. 

It's everything I loved about music and still do.

 

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live at The Fillmore East, 1970.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live at The Fillmore East, 1970.

So it's Melbourne Cup Day.

Surely that calls for some Group 1 Crazy Horse! 

On a day that requires an all court game in the kitchen, cranking out crazy curries and heavenly chocolate cake these guys are my chosen companions.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have the chemistry of an electrical storm. Wild, powerful and awe inspiring.

Get so blown away... 

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The Smiths - "How Soon Is Now."

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The Smiths - "How Soon Is Now."

30 years on, it never fails to floor me. 

The "Stairway To Heaven"  for the 80's bedsit bookworm generation, "How Soon Is Now" is surely the greatest achievement of the decade.

For anyone. Doing anything. Anywhere.

Why does its power still resonate so? 

Is it that Johnny Marr's guitar motif climbs free of the technology and production of the times that emasculated so many others?

The guitar pulses, hums and howls like a wounded beast.  

Which of course the singer personifies. 

Morrissey may be accused of purple prose on many occasions but here he is plaintive, direct and confronting. 

"I am human and I need to be loved." 

Stunningly simple, it speaks to the doubt, desperation and aspiration we all know. 

The Smiths always strove for genius. 

Here is where they reached the summit. 

 

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The Smiths - "How Soon Is Now."

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The Smiths - "How Soon Is Now."

30 years on, it never fails to floor me. 

The "Stairway To Heaven"  for the 80's bedsit bookworm generation, "How Soon Is Now" is surely the greatest achievement of the decade.

For anyone. Doing anything. Anywhere.

Why does its power still resonate so? 

Is it that Johnny Marr's guitar motif climbs free of the technology and production of the times that emasculated so many others?

The guitar pulses, hums and howls like a wounded beast.  

Which of course the singer personifies. 

Morrissey may be accused of purple prose on many occasions but here he is plaintive, direct and confronting. 

"I am human and I need to be loved." 

Stunningly simple, it speaks to the doubt, desperation and aspiration we all know. 

The Smiths always strove for genius. 

Here is where they reached the summit. 

 

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Mercury Rev and a snowflake's chance in hell.

When you create a record so beguiling and iconic as Mercury Rev's 1998 masterpiece "Deserter's Songs" it can become a guilded cage. 

What next? Will anyone listen? Does the golden moment become a self imposed exile from a meaningful future?

For Mercury Rev it would seem so.

 

I've been tracing the fault lines of their attempt to sketch a future beyond "Deserter's Songs"

They deserve that at the very least.

Unsurprisingly, they've found it challenging to reach the summit again.

Sometimes you can only climb so high just once. 

"Snowflake In a Hot World" is an audacious attempt to get back there. 

You can't say they didn't give their all. 

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Courtney Barnett Hits The North.

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Courtney Barnett Hits The North.

Debut albums should be damn good. 

After all, you might only get one shot at the title. 

Are they meant to be this good though? 

 

Melbourne's Courtney Barnett's debut "Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit"  is a heavyweight contender for album of the year. 

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Scritti Politti's Big Boom.

I've always held a fascination with artists who do things solely on their own terms. 

To hell with fashion, fame and good fortune. 

 

Green Gartside is one such pop refusenik. 

Too smart to be a cookie cutter pop star.

Too self assured to need to be too self important.

Still straight from the top shelf.

 

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Tackhead - Funky Fiscal Conspiracy.

Odd one this. 

Tackhead's 2013 album "For The Love of Money" is part freaky funk karaoke, part dissident disco. 

 

Somehow it all hangs together.  

 

Though gh after the title track you may be tempted to hide your bread under your bed... 

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COURTNEY BARNETT'S SOUND OF THE SUBURBS

Courtney Barnett is the most exciting, young Australian songwriter I've heard in years.

Smart, heartfelt, plaintive, funny and delightful.

Here she talks us on a tour of Melbourne's north, where something so ordinary reveals the beauty and sadness in simplicity.

 

Brilliant - again.

 

 



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