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PAUL DEMPSEY – ST VINCENT

St Vincent – St Vincent (2014)

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Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, I’d like to thank you for indulging me over these past few weeks as I’ve rambled on about some of my favourite recent releases. It seems only fair that the album to take out my ‘Grand Vinyl’ selection should be the one that has spent far more time than any other in my car stereo since it’s release earlier this year, so with that I give you the fourth album from the wonderfully talented and refreshingly unique, Annie Clark, aka St Vincent.

Once upon a time in a land called the 1980’s, there was a gigantic laboratory that dominated the landscape called ‘pop music’.…

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DANIEL MERRETT – ARCTIC MONKEYS

ARCTIC MONKEYS – AM (2013)

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The Final Vinyl.

So it’s come to this: the last weekend in September.

What record do you play for the biggest game of the year?

Do I go for the classics…The Beatles, The Stones or Dylan??

Well, I’ve stuck with a somewhat modern theme and have selected Arctic Monkeys’ latest album ‘AM’ as my finalist.

A modern classic rock album from the biggest rock band in the world at the moment.

The lads from Sheffield have really stepped up their game up with ‘AM’, particularly lyrically. I love the cheeky line from ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? 

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BOB MURPHY – BIG STAR

Big Star – #1 Record (1972)

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It’s been said before I’m sure, but one of the great things about owning a record player is how it slows down the speed of life. It’s a bit like driving an old car; the vinyl bench seat across the front and the column shift on the wheel, the motor must warm up properly before the journey begins. Driving this kind of vehicle takes time, patience and care. There’s a certain mood that comes with this, a calmness. It is the same with a record player. It’s not an inconvenience to sort through the vinyl albums displayed on my lounge room shelf and then carefully extricate the blackened wax from the sleeve, it’s a prayer.…

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FRANCIS LEACH – THE CLASH

The Clash – London Calling (1979)

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What’s it like to touch perfection?

To know that everything is in its right place, that no moment can match this one? To feel that all roads travel here to this place and time.

That for this moment, however fleeting, this is the only thing that matters .

Few rock bands have been there.

The Clash have.

“London Calling” was that moment.

4 sides of brilliant gonzo rock gumbo that broke out of punk’s straight jacket to become the greatest double album of all time.

In 1980 The Clash were more than a band, they were a creed, and it felt like they were writing the future between the grooves of every record.…

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BOB MURPHY – HEARTBREAKER…

Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker (2000) 

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I remember being at an under age disco around ’97 in my hometown of Warragul and the ‘Rage Against The Machine’ song ‘Killing in the Name Of’ came on. Every kid in the scout hall shouted the words back at the speakers as one with their fists in the air. They really meant it. It was the time of grunge and teen angst. Only problem was, I didn’t have any. I liked my parents, I was happy enough at school and if I had’ve been in charge of the set list at the “Underage Rage” I probably would’ve played the hits of Van Morrison, the Beach Boys and Joe Cocker.…

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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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