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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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