Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Oceanography - 13 Songs About Driving Nowhere in Alphabetical Order

Only just out (2021). Boy oh Boy - this is great. One of those releases that grabs you then kebang. My measure of greatness is very simple - you just keep playing it, tell everyone and blog. That's what's happening here.

This is actually the second album (the first being 'Collier Canyon') and was recorded mostly live. I like that. The sound is full and you'll probably hear influences from My Morning Jacket, The Shins, The National, The War on Drugs, The Cars, Destroyer, Echo & The Bunnymen, Spoon and Pavement. I can hear all of these artists in Oceanography. There are notable muso's lending a hand: Scott Barwick (Jonathan Richman), Peter Labberton (Parquet Courts, St Vincent), Bevan Herbekian (Teenager, Colors) and Kirt Lind (Donald Beaman). However, the mainstay is Brian Kelly. He basically is Oceanography so what you hear is one single 'feel ' to the albums. It's not all over the shop and meshes together.

I have not included any downloads but a link to the excellent website. There you will find songs to listen to and shop. 

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

The Eyes - Tube Vision

Never stopped playing this back in the day (1980). Best summed up as a classic Aussie New Wave/Pop album. Catchy. Infectious.

Released on Ata Records - a long standing record label responsible for Col Joye, Sandy Scott, Andy Gibb, Little Pattie, Smokey Dawson etc. About as Aussie as it gets but this is an oddity in their repertoire.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Pelaco Bros - The Notorious Pelaco Bros EP and Lost Demos (with extra tracks)

Released in 1976 on Ralph Records and features Stephen Cummings, Jo Camileri, Ed Bates, Johnny Topper, Carl Wolfe & Peter Lillee. Bit of a who's-who of the Melbourne scene in the mid-70's (Rock n' Roll + Rockabilly = Essential Listening).

Extra tracks from 'Inner Sanctum' and 'The Auto Drifters and The Relaxed Mechanics meet the Fabulous Nudes and Pelaco Bros' Compilation are included with this EP download. On top of that, you can also get 'The Lost Demos' from The Pelaco Bros.  

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Gary and Dave - Together

First album, released in 1973. Canadian pop duo composed of Gary Weeks & Dave Beckett. Best known for the songs "Could You Ever Love Me Again" & "I May Never See You Again".

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Gary and Dave - All In The Past

Second album, released in 1974. They had difficulty replicating their success in the States and eventually got tired of touring and recording. Avid aviators, they wound up being pilots for Air Canada - flying between Ottawa and Montreal. Dave had a stint as a flying instructor for Boeing in South Korea and lived in Brazil. Gary went on to become a preacher based in Ireland and later returning to Canada.

Gary and Dave - 14 Greatest Hits Of

A tidy little sum of their hits (and misses). Always a good way to finish up.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Cowboys International - The Backwards Life of Romeo

2004 release from these guys. I completely missed this when it came out but always enjoyed their first album ('The Original Sin'). Purchased it recently but it's for completists only. Sounds nothing like their first (boo-hoo) and features only one original member - Ken Lockie. He plays most of the  instruments with a little help from family. Hey - it's Cowboys International. What more do you want!

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