Posts by Hugh Wilson

  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House, in reply to A Dry,

    Interesting old photo of St Stephens ave there - the Bishops (?) spot on the left is still there, as are those big old houses on the right and possibly that Norfolk Pine too. The Church obv got in early and secured all the good land around Parnell, indeed the land at 43 St Georges rd was owned by the Church (is the term leasehold or similar?), which always struck me as a peculiar scenario.

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  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House,

    Oh boy, I grew up in the house across the road, 43 St Georges Rd. We lived there from the mid 70s until around 1987. I never knew you lived there Russell, or Fane Flaws, or Bruno Lawrence but I do remember the house being busy (and noisy), a bus being parked in its circle driveway (was it the Blerta bus?) and have vague memories of that incident with the bambino. There used to be a lot of Saturday night parties there, and my Dad was known to put speakers on our porch Sunday morning with loud classical music blasting out in return. Me and my brothers went inside a few times, but I can’t recall much. Ol Odyssey House next door was similarly large but better maintained with majestic gardens, and down the back in the gully was what seemed a very mythical type spot(to a young boy) with little paths and bridges around water fountains etc that were no longer running.

    Anyone who’s read Simon Grigg’s ‘How Bizarre’ might recall St Georges Rd popping up there too, as both Simon and Pauly coincidentally lived in neighbouring properties if i recall right, and Simon would wave to the then very young Pauly playing in his backyard.

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  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves,

    Good to see a music post RB!

    Lockdown and jazz go together quite well, although its a vast field and you really need to find those niches, artists or periods you like. And then there will be more, artists you’ve heard of and those you hear of. Unfortunately it’s often the passing of folks that makes you realise how much more there is out there. Mike Longo, McCoy Tyner and Bubbha Thomas all in the last little while.

    And Bitches Brew is 50: https://www.pastemagazine.com/music/miles-davis/bitches-brew-50-anniversary/

    And Nathan Haines did a Lockdown jazz special.

    https://soundcloud.com/thisiszootmusic/march-29-2020-sunday-jazz-special-lockdown

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  • Hard News: Music: Some deep belief,

    The Chills documentary got a write up in the Guardian - Australian cinema release in July apparently:

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jun/14/the-chills-review-martin-phillipps-triumph-and-tragedy-told-with-extraordinary-candour

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  • Hard News: Music: The urgency of Mr Arabia,

    Meant to post this one up before too - deserves some shine.

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  • Hard News: Music: The urgency of Mr Arabia,

    On U sound certainly makes ones ears pick up. I see theres a vinyl on the bandcamp site too, hmmmm. On a side note I recently finished Richard King’s ‘Original Rockers’ – which is about life in a Bristol record shop over the late 80’s / early 90’s. Adrian Sherwood gets a mention as the delivery driver for an independent distributor (as do the early Blood and Fire releases, which were initially viewed with skepticism by the admittedly snooty author/store clerk!).

    As for RSD, haven’t seen many releases announced yet but did spy a Soul Jazz Studio 1 45/7 inch boxset on the socials. Tempting, much like the upcoming Herman Chin Aquarius Sounds 7 inch boxset on Pressure Sounds but I do have a few such box sets that mostly sit around – more of an LP guy I guess. Dreadful stuff, but I did recently cop an RSD18 release that turned up in a local shop – a Bongo man (Studio 1 sub label) comp via Soul Jazz. On the rootsier side, tuff stuff, and big thumbs up but would prefer simple black wax as opposed to a tri-coloured red/yellow/green eyefull!

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  • Hard News: Always asking the wrong…,

    Perhaps Graeme Hill could explain Headband's 'The laws must change to' Duncan

    That 'break' from ~8.40 in the clip

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  • Hard News: Music: Three Festivals, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    I wasn't working at the show, but would have been in your office earlier that afternoon. Funnily enough I do recall seeing you and your then neighbour Anita there :) Still got the T shirt as well.

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  • Hard News: Music: Three Festivals,

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    Difficult for everything – including the weather – to line up for Festivals, but agree they are of enormous cultural significance in many & varied ways. Woodstock, Sweetwaters, Sunsplash, Glastonbury, BDO etc the list goes on.

    And the Massive Attack drink ticket was something I found a few weeks back – from the Auckland show down near the old Railway station/yards. Clearly surplus to my needs, as my memories of the night are a bit blurred due to booze at the show and the old passage of time. Great clip, wish they’d tour these ways again.

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  • Hard News: Music: Telling Stories,

    I can't quite recall the deets but I think HMV ownership is a bit fractured, which is partly why is survives as a brand in JP, and an essential stop at that for visiting tourists, ooops I mean diggers.

    And I always enjoy some year end lists! With the reissues, we are in the 'golden' era for quality product as Egon from Now Again has noted several times so one needs to be attuned to whats coming out and available. Happened to be in a shop yesterday where the proprietor was lamenting the fall of the $AUD and having to hold off making orders, which made me think of the reissues I need to grab (Bunny Wailer comps on Dubstore, I see you). Its a cruel habit at times, but here's to more good music and good listening in 2019 !

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