Bourgeois Bigots & Bad Magic launch gig!

It’s a double launch, this Saturday the 29th of July upstairs at the Tote! Bourgeois Bigots, my drums and keys improv duo with Jesse Clark, will be launching our @ Albert’s Basement Fest cassette – out now on Albert’s Basement. Bad Magic, Jesse’s current solo project, will also belatedly launch his self-titled debut which I released on my label Frustration Jazz late last year. We’re joined by Asset Stripper, The Charles Ives Singers (featuring David Palliser who’s Lame and Free I also released last year) and Propolis. Looking forward to playing at the Tote again and in such great company! Click on the poster for the Facebook event.

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Bourgeois Bigots tape released this month

A live recording of my improvised drum and keys duo with Jesse Clark of Howling Gruel, etc. Recorded at Dane Certificate’s Magic Tricks, Gags and Theatre late last year, a venue greatly missed by all who played, listened, watched and communed within and outside its walls. Released on Albert’s Basement this month (July 2017). You can hear a sample below.

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Electricity and the Bouzouki – Revisited

So I thought it was about time I wrote about this again because some further thoughts have been stewing in my mind since I first ranted about the topic five years ago. Basically what I said was that I didn’t like … Continue reading

I started a record label

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I started Frustration Jazz earlier this year, initially to put out my own music and I’ve been keeping it pretty quiet until now because of that. But after just three releases – two solo and one by The Drunken Boat – I’m really excited to be puting out the first recordings that I’m not directly involved in. David Palliser’s Lame & Free is a 3-track album of freely improvised music, played mostly on alto sax, influenced by free jazz but definitely non-idiomatic in its approach. David is a member of Melbourne free music legends Charles Ives Singers amongst other acts, as well as being an awesome painter. As for the label, I plan on keeping it pretty wide ranging with a definite bent towards sounds from outside, underneath and in-between. And as much as I like the more free and fucked-up elements of jazz, it’s NOT a ‘jazz’ label.

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Solo, July 2016

I played a couple of solo gigs in July, the second was at LongPlay in Fitzroy North. Contact mic’d acoustic bouzouki running into a PA, 6 strings not 8 of course, in a free-folk kind of vein. I was pretty happy with the way it went (wouldn’t share otherwise) but I reckon I’ve still got a way to go. Tim Coster was also on the bill that night, making his amazing analogue/digital looping drones, along with the debut of McKosker/Harris/Callaway – two basses and a synth, hope to hear more from those folks soon!

New Drunken Boat album on Chemical Imbalance label!

Album number four for The Drunken Boat has just been released on Sydney DIY label Chemical Imbalance, our first to be released by someone other than the band (I released the third one on my own label so that doesn’t count)! Side Show is three long tracks of ethno-forgery/psych/noise improvised in September 2014 and housed in handmade sleeves designed by Mitch at Chemical Imbalance. Copies are very limited so get in quick. Click on the image below for the link and whilst you’re there check out some of the other awesome releases on the label.

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Rebetika and Catharsis

I just stumbled across this article on rembetika/rebetika in a therapeutic context, haven’t had an opportunity to read it myself yet but it relates to the current financial and social crisis in Greece. Should make for interesting reading. The article is written by researcher Yona Stamatis, PhD, who is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Art, Music and Theater at the University of Illinois, Springfield. It appears in Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy Vol 15, no 3 (2015).

Rebetika and Catharsis: Cultural Practice as Crisis Management