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Noone Said It Would Be Easy

Lovers one and all, Lovers of those who wear their hearts on their sleeves:

Here’s a new addition to my collection of late: ‘Cloud Cult’ – organic farmers, artists and multi-instrumentalists from Minnesota and so much more.

I’ve been churning through the eight album back catalogue; all recorded in their organic farm homestead basement and then sent out to punters on reused recycled re-loved jewel cases.

This track – Noone Said It Would Be Easy – has so much going for it. The intro alone is an exquisite study in cosmic polyrhythms par excellence. And the lyric is a yearning of the most righteous.

Their story is one of heartbreak though, with the lead singer/songwriter and his accomplished singer painter wife losing their two year old son suddenly! This and their greater creative story as a collective of high ideals made real, is told in an online doco that you can buy here:

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Stream Dream

I just devoured this southern hemisphere analysis of the music streaming phenomena:

As a result I’ve just installed Spotify on my Mac and signed-up for Pandora Radio.

With Spotify I can now stream ANYTHING from their 15 million track library (albeit with the periodic interruption of annoying audio ads – with the free version) from my Mac desktop and then send it to my Airplay speakers (this due to the fact that I’ve got Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion which has AirPlay built in*) in the lounge room.  I can do the same from Pandora’s web-based radio. In difference to Pandora and LastFM, Spotify is machine-based (not web-based) and allows the playing of albums. It also has the ‘radio’ concept like the other two services, which plays selections based on an artist you first select to name your new ‘radio’ after.

(* Apple iTunes has had AirPlay built in for some time. But if you’re not using a Mac with OS X 10.8, and you’re not using iTunes for your music, then you’ll need other solutions to wi-fi your music to external speakers from desktop services like Spotify or the web-based services like Pandora or LastFM.)

Today I listened to Local Natives’ new 2013 album Hummingbird – nice high and quirky. And now the Freelance Whales new Diluvia (2102) – sweet tinkly and longing. But the biggest find has been Cloud Cult, which came to me yesterday from Cinema Purgatorio, who were promoting the band’s new documentary film release based on 16mm archival footage and their collective audio/visual creative anthology. And so I’m streaming Cloud Cult and Cloud Cult-based ‘radio’ as I type. And I’m going to look at their new film.

Meanwhile, on Spotify, I’ve turned off all social networky stuff, like letting other Spotify members know what I’m playing, or sending updates to my FB or Twitter accounts of similar nature. I’ve also turned on Private Listening, which would stop all permitted/authorised social networking in one foul click.

The Spotify app is also now on my iPhone. However, without paying for the service, you can’t steam or listen to anything. You can use the app though to research band stats, biographies and other related tidbits.

In difference to the iPhone Spotify app (at least in the Southern Hemisphere – geo-licencing constraints apply), the Pandora iPhone app allows free radio streaming.

And so I’ve entered the world of streaming music. Does this mean I stop buying CDs

Not yet! I still love the light-bending plastic

Yours from planet lars

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Darkness on the Edge

With my ‘Darkness On The Edge of Town’ 1978 Tour t-shirt on, we set off through the darkness on the edge of town.

It was 04:30 and mum and dad were driving me from Hyams Beach to Bomaderry to catch the 05:13 train service to the Domestic Airport. I was on my way to see The Boss! And indeed all good journeys start somewhere. In the darkness. On the edge.

Later today at the base of the famous Hanging Rock in the ancient Mount Macedon Ranges, my mate B and I will be joining the faithful for the open-air ‘Wrecking Ball’ concert by Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band. It’s sure to be a special one at this hallowed ground – historically already the place of picnics and swooning ladies.

Temperatures have dropped they tell me and a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius is expected. Lets hope we warm things up down there!

The last time I saw Bruce Springsteen was early 1985 at the newly-built Sydney Entertainment Centre. It was his first tour Down Under. It was my first ever live music experience! I was 17 years old. He was 35. And boy we’ve both done some ‘Growin’ Up’ since then!

The new album and tour is called ‘Wrecking Ball’. And ironically my mate B’s construction company is the one currently responsible for the massive Darling Harbour redevelopment. This will involve the complete destruction -amongst other things – of the Sydney Enterntainment Centre.

So bring on the Wrecking Ball! Bring on the power of words and music. And bring on the memories that no wrecking ball can ever destroy!

On board a South Line train
Southern NSW
Easter Sunday
31 March 2013

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The Waterboys, Perth Concert Hall, Saturday, 2nd February 2013

In symphonic mayhem befitting a North Atlantic Irish cove, “Don’t Bang The Drum” kicked off proceedings at the Waterboys’ Perth Concert Hall tour finale last night. After a first set of well spread back catalogue pieces, we were greeted after interval by Mike Scott’s homage to Ireland’s poet hero, Mr WB Yeats (whose poetry of which is the subject of the Waterboys’ latest album). After some play-time and mask-wearing mystery, along with some ‘Room to Roam’ (album) jigs courtesy of Steve Wickham, we were back into ol’ familiar ground. And before the end of the evening the audience were jumping on their feet. “A Man Is In Love” with Mike and Steve twirling it wildly like forest nymphs was a highlight. But then came “Whole of the Moon” and the roof lifted off da house! And we kept jumping right through “Fishermen’s Blues”. At this point an inspired Mr Scott had the whole Concert Hall doing twirls on the spot to his enthusiastic counts. And then a third encore, which came when the five men were standing in line at the front of the stage smilingly soaking in the roaring adulation and Mike suddenly glanced sideways at Steve and they both nodded in agreement. The crowd roared when they realised a further final offering was on its way. And a fitting departure it was: Prince’s “Purple Rain”. And my, don’t The Waterboys own that one now! They rendered it true to the full emotion soaked, purple-blood-wrenched version. And after thirty years of waiting the Waterboys had finished their NZ/Australian tour. Yes Boys, Bang Your Drum. And come again!

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