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PAUL DEMPSEY – PEEP SHOW…

The Peep Tempel – Tales (2014)

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The Peep Tempel are a three piece band from Melbourne and their second album ‘Tales’ is due out in a few weeks. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy early because a buddy of mine recorded it for them and I’ve been thrashing it in the car for the last few weeks despite the fact that it makes me feel yuck.

I’ll attempt to explain that last bit…

Reminiscent of an early Martin Amis novel (think ‘Money’ or ‘London Fields’) or one of the (two?) good Guy Ritchie films (think ‘Lock, Stock…’ or ‘Snatch’), this album is jam-packed with vile and repugnant characters who are either up to no good or are about to come to no good… and it’s impossible to look away.…

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FRANCIS LEACH – BELIEVE THE HYPE

Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)

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It made no sense at all.

An avalanche of jack hammer beats. An exploding cluster of chaos samples. A river of righteous rhymes that hit like a right hook from Tyson.

Few records tip the world of its axis. Public Enemy’s “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” kicked it to the kerb and told it to find it’s own way home.

Back in 1988 Hip-Hop was still a novelty sideshow. Music’s idea of slum chic. A little exotic, a pinch of danger and a splash of street fashion.…

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SEMI VINYLIST DAN MERRETT – CHILI SAUCE…

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I shudder to think how many copyright laws are being broken in using the accompanying visual image for Daniel Merrett’s next entry in this series. Probably just one really big one actually. Still, given that The Simpsons is still a smallish cult show, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers merely a mid-level bar-slash-stadium band, we might just get away with it.

We move now into the do or die section of The Vinyl Series, and meet our guest scribe’s second week choices: their very own semi-vinyl contenders.

Dan kicked our Vinyl Series off beautifully last week choosing Jimmy Eat World’s self titled fourth album as his Qualifying Vinyl choice.

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BOB MURPHY – CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA…

OasisBobWe are quite delighted to throw the spotlight on to our fourth Vinylist for The Vinyl Series, Mr Bob Murphy. When we were thinking of people we’d love to contribute to this series, there were a few strict criteria we had in mind:

1)   MUST have played over 250 games for the Western Bulldogs and be a champion of the club.

2)   MUST have a regular weekly column in The Age.

3)   MUST appear on a specialist football show at least once per week, preferably on a Tuesday night.

4)   MUST have a strong love of music and own record player.

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PAUL DEMPSEY LIKES SHARON VAN ETTEN…

In another life, today’s Vinylist Paul Dempsey could be playing in the ruck and resting up forward for his beloved Saint Kilda FC. He’s got the height, the love of the game, and let’s face it, his vertical leap is probably elite. Had he pursued that option however, we would be aurally poorer for the fact that his 20 year musical would have almost certainly have been derailed by the training, recovery sessions, media commitments, and of course, actual games. As it happens, Paul’s contribution to the Australian musical landscape as part of Something For Kate and as a solo artist have been magical, and become a huge part of many, many people’s lives – as SFK’s recent sold out 20 Year Anniversary tour and album reissues showed.

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PRESENTATION NIGHT ON THE RADIO…

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I am delighted to announce that our management arm has struck a lucrative deal with radio station Double J for our talking services. The station beat out other bids from rivals the FoxFM network, Radio One (UK) and WKRP in Cincinnati.  I will be talking sport every Thursday morning at 11.30am with the wonderful Myf Warhurst. I will do this in my guise as an actual human man called Andy rather than as a blog called Presentation Night for obvious logistical reasons. Our management arm hasn’t actually said as much, but I rather suspect this opportunity has come about as a result of the phenomenal global success of the Presentation Night franchise. …

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SERVING THE COMMUNITY…

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We’ve been very Sydney focused this week at PN Towers, and we’re not quite finished yet. We kicked off the week ruminating about the Harbor City’s unique relationship with footy, spent Wednesday night in the company of Jude Bolton and Urthboy at the Vic on the Park, and now look forward with breathless anticipation to the third annual Reclink Community Cup, Sydney style, this coming Sunday the 17th of August.

If you’re a footy fan, a lover of rock and roll, hip hop, jazz, sadcore, ryhthmic dancing, body percussion – okay, too much – or any other form of contemporary music, the Community Cup is basically the realisation of every single one of your dreams coming true, blended together and served piping hot on a football field in Marrickville.…

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SYDNEY: SCREAMERS, BURGERS, POETRY…

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As you can see from the picture accompanying this post, our show last night at the Vic on the Park was an absolute screamer. Thankyou Sydney people for coming out with clear eyes and full hearts – we could never lose. There was a lot of love in the room, and that’s exactly how we like it. A successful Presentation Night all comes down to the people on stage opening up about their lives in and outside of football and music, and the people in the room – that’s us – wanting to come along for the ride. Jude Bolton and Urthboy treated everyone in the room to an absolute masterclass in humility, humour, intelligence and story telling.…

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WE. WILL. ROCK. YOU (TONIGHT)…

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Wednesday night. Is there any more hotly anticipated evening in live entertainment in the harbour city? Friday? Yawn…Saturday? Please…don’t be condescending. Anyone can go out on those nights. No, we – all of US – prefer the sanctity of the mid-week sit down, the hump day chit-chat if you will. That’s why tonight we look forward with eager anticipation to the realisation of a dream. A dream ‘they’ said could never eventuate in much the same way the nay-sayers said ‘nay’ to the Swans heading north from South Melbourne to the harbour city all those years ago. “Presentation Night in Sydney??” they said, eyebrows raised, a look of utter disgust upon their faces.…

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MY CITY OF SYDNEY…

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When I first moved to Sydney in the late ‘eighties, there was a telephone hotline you could call that informed you of the current levels of pollution in the water of city beaches on that particular day. Having moved from landlocked Canberra in search of a mythical lifestyle that included the living by the beach, seeing bands every night, and ‘making it’, this came as a bit of a shock. More often than not the advice from the disembodied recorded voice at the other end of the line advised that the level effluent and e-coli detected in the water at Bondi was too high for any sane person to enter without the risk of exiting at the end of their swim with red eyes, a raging sore throat and a body riddled with disease.…

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