Shuffling the dishes

One of the things I sometimes do is put the iPod on random play shuffle while I do the dishes (that is, the dishes that can't be efficiently washed in the dishwasher). I find that because I can't readily skip to the next track, I end up hearing stuff from my music collection that I'd forgotten about, and often enjoy more than I thought I would. This week's unexpected highlights: Missy Hig

Memes rule, pass it on, music

One artist challenge

I'm only doing this 'cos (a) Rae tagged me (a while back) and (b) I had a smartarse answer for the first question. The ONE ARTIST Challenge ! Choosing only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 15 people you like and include me. You can't use the band I used. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Pick Your Artist: The Who


A Day In The Life

I was reading my old copy of The Beatles Recording Sessions the other day, in particular about the creation of A Day In The Life -- which recently was voted number 24 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time. I was interested in the orchestral crescendo of sound halfway through the song and again at the end, but I also mentioned to the kids the "dog whistle" sound just after it. The book reveals i

music, Retrospectives

Who are you?

When I was younger I used to focus on a fairly narrow range of music, heavily influenced by what my peers had introduced me to. One day circa 1988 Raoul brought over a VHS tape of some band he liked called The Who. It was a compilation called Who's Better Who's Best. I remember I sat and watched and was particularly awestruck by the final song on the tape: Won't Get Fooled Again. At the end, the

Culture, Politics and activism

Did we get fooled again?

Last night I found myself watching some of the Concert For NYC, in particular The Who's performance. I'm still not going to splurge out on their forthcoming concert (dubbed rather cruelly by one friend as "Who's left?"). But this four song performance from 2001 is great music. And remembering it in context, very moving, a gesture across the Atlantic, reaching out to a shattered city. What I fou

Film, music


Top CDs/songs to play really loudly when you realise you no longer have neighbours to annoy, and even if you did annoy someone you can't be evicted because you're moving next week anyway: Hoodoo Gurus: 1000 Miles Away Paul Kelly: Deeper Water the Edge Of Darkness soundtrack Most of Who's Next, obviously and Led Zeppelin 4 U2: Achtung Baby Professor Ratbaggy Spiderbait: Run Sky: