Music articles

Sweet Country

By Chris Mineral The amber light on the switchboard lit up.  Late cold night, a desert wind. At the station, the radio announcer picked up the phone. Brief introductions, and then the request – to play Johnny Cash singing Peace In The Valley … There are a trifecta of songs of note from the superb Warwick

Interstellar Cigars

Gary Numan was at the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne. There, amidst the neon buzzing of the Joseph Kosuth show A Short History of my Thought, you could hear the intro to a Gary Numan song, the magnificent droning prelude before 20th-century analogue synths kick in. The Joseph Kosuth show is a whole collection of neon

An experience of sublimation 

By Chris Mineral Rommel was in North Africa and Colonus the mudlark won the Melbourne Cup the year the MSO first performed Debussy’s La Mer. Debussy inspired Maurice Jarre, the French film composer who sired Jean-Michel Jarre, whose Oxygene 4 would be the theme music for the 1980 Americas Cup updates from Newport Rhode Island.

Daughter of Mustang Ford

By Chris Mineral  Deborah Conway did not come to the Athenaeum Library Reading Room for a look around.  Conway was there to sing songs and have a yack to Jenny Vallentish, library member, rock journo and inquisitor. Her musical foil Willy Zygier was by her side. Crowded house at the reading room on September 8

Heinous Hounds cherry hot cherry blue

By Chris Mineral Sunday arvos at the Cherry Bar and Max Crawdaddy and co have the blues happening.  On occasion, a disparate group of musos called The Heinous Hounds are assembled, cajoled, rounded up and appear on stage. At times, they are an utter shambolic train wreck, trying to figure out what key the song

Lovetown at the library

By Chris Mineral The Burke and Wills monument had been removed, hoardings had been placed around City Square, Chautaqua had won the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick racecourse and nearby at the Athenaeum Library on Collins St, a full house awaited the arrival of the singer/songwriter Stephen Cummings.  The Melbourne ambience was overcast, grey and

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