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DENNIS COMETTI & DAVE GRANEY…

PNScreen Shot 2015-06-17 at 6.44.30 PMWe’re absolutely delighted to announce today that our next live show is the stuff of footballing and musical dreams. Commentary colossus Dennis Cometti joins rock and roll’s cosmic boundary rider, Dave Graney at  The Corner Hotel in Richmond on Sunday the 16th of August for our next evening of footballing and musical conversation. The thought of this maverick combo on stage has always tickled our fancy, and we’re excited, delighted, and stoked that the fancy is finally being tickled. With two such unique and enormous talents together on stage it’s going to be a conversation for the ages.

As always, the night will be hosted by our very own Francis Leach, and we can’t wait.…

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WRITE THE THEME TUNE, SING THE THEME TUNE…

UglyDaveBannerWith a new football season mere days away, the anticipation that swells inside all of us at the thought of our own teams’ inevitable and glorious victories are hard to suppress. Sure, we’re cautiously optimistic and well aware that there will be some tough games ahead, but in the gentle pre-dawn light of possibility that characterises every seasons’ beginnings, somehow we just KNOW that our beloved 22 man bands will end most of their games linking arms to belt out our club song. We’ll join them from the stands, from the lounge room or the pub. Along with our heroes, we’ll figuratively shower the first-gamers with energy drinks, playfully ruffle our teammates’ hair and humorously raise our eyebrows at the camera.…

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THE FAIRY TALE…

SSGFOne of the many great things about sport is its ability to produce fairy tale endings. It’s fair to say that this weekend’s victory by South Sydney over the Bulldogs in the NRL Grand Final fitted very comfortably into this category. 43 years of wishing and waiting finally came good for the Rabbitoh faithful as the cardinal and myrtle ran over the top of the plucky but never-quite-up- to-it Bulldogs.

The day before the Grand Final, Danny Allen gave us his fantastic reflection on what his team, South Sydney, means to him. I’ve known Dan for nearly twenty years, and it was on a whim that I asked if he’d like to write something about the Grand Final for that ‘other code’ for the site.…

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SOUTH SIDE STORY…

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We’ve never previously tipped our hat in rugby league’s direction at Presentation Night, but living in Sydney in the lead up to to the NRL Grand Final what we love about the caper is that it ignites exactly the same type of passion that those of us of an ‘Aussie Rules’ persuasion know so well. With South Sydney taking on the Canterbury Bulldogs in their first Grand Final since 1971 this weekend, my thoughts turn to the pure unadulterated joy that one of the finest men I’ve ever had the pleasure to know, Mr. Daniel Lee Allen, must be feeling. He’s the handsome fella with the South Sydney tattoo in the picture to the left.

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GRAHAM TEASDALES’ SUIT: 3 VOTES…

We’re not suggesting that a brown velour suit should be presented to tonight’s winner of the Brownlow along with the actual medal itself – we’re insisting upon it. Has anyone ever topped South Melbourne’s Graham Teasdale for sartorial elegance on football’s night of nights? In 1977 he was not only adjudged to be the finest footballer in the VFL competition, he also raised the bar to impossible heights in the fashion stakes with his velour suit, beard, and general ‘vibe’. In our humble opinion, he’s never been topped, and we’re not letting the fact that we’re basing this opinion entirely upon three black and white photographs get in our way. 

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PAUL DEMPSEY – MOSMAN ALDER

 

Mosman Alder – Humdrum Star (2014)

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Dear reader, allow me to begin by pointing out, if it hasn’t been sufficiently evident already, that this whole Vinyl Series™ business is not at all about album reviews in the usual sense (a fact worthy of some celebration).*

Rather, this is all about an opportunity to share with you some of my own favourite recent releases. Objectivity has no place here. Total Bias™ is the name of the game. So the fact that I served as producer on this very record should matter about as much as the possibility that I may be wearing Mosman Alder face paint as I type these very words (PHOTO UNAVAILABLE).…

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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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DUFFLE COATS AND DREAMS…

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As a North Melbourne-mad youngster growing up in Brandon Park, Matt Davis bought his sporting apparel directly from Leigh Matthews and wore Schimma’s name proudly on the back of his duffle coat. Matt is what you what might call a Renaissance Man. He played on the junior Satellite Tour as an aspiring young tennis pro. He formed one of our favourite Australian bands of all time, Gersey. He currently lives in Paris composing film scores and playing with his new band The Wonder. He also has a novel written. Yes, he’s quite the achiever, and a dear friend.  This is his story… 

In the late 1970s, when Leigh Matthews wasn’t breaking goal posts or opposition players’ jaws as a Hawthorn hardman, he ran a small sports store just down the road from our house he cleverly named Leigh Matthews’ Sporting Goods.…

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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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THE MAYOR & THE SAINT…

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Several weeks ago – okay, nearly two months ago – we held Presentation Night #3  featuring the outstanding talents of Cameron Ling and Paul Dempsey chatting about music, footy and life together with Francis Leach at The Corner Hotel in Richmond. Just as we’d hoped, it was a fantastic evening of reflection, conversation, music and generally good vibes both on and off the stage. One of our favourite writers Dugald Jellie reflected on the night on the wonderful Tiger Tiger blog not long after the show, and has very kindly allowed us to run his piece again here. This is great for two reasons: firstly, he’s a great writer with his own unique voice bringing a beautiful personal aspect to all of his writing; secondly, I’ve been halfway through writing about the night for nearly two months getting nowhere, and his piece is far better than anything I was ever going to come up with.

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