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Canberra Musicians Club Presents: The Cashews Album Launch

 

The Canberra Musicians Club

The Cashews CD Launch

The Cashews, Andy Walker, Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens, The Ellis Collective, Cam & Ry, Chanel Cole, Big Score, Sanjiva de Silva, The Wedded Bliss, Smitten, Ocean Moses, Margaret Helen King, Dubba Rukki, Horny Vagrant Buffoons, Alice Cottee, Mr Fibby, Mutley Sniggers, Hashemoto,

Free Big Envelopes @ CCAS MAnuka

Free Big Envelopes @ CCAS MAnuka

Coffee Bitch #46. My Rainbow Dreams, Dickson

Coffee Bitch

one and a half beans

My Rainbow Dreams

I can almost hear the ambient “spiritual” music. However it is successfully over-run by a pumping industrial techno drink fridge. The middle of a shopping centre is possibly not the best place to chase rainbows.

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Chiffon #80. Rode into the Road

Chiffon

Hi there,

Yeah I jus dough no whazup. Fukc that’s different. I feel these days perhaps I should not wait for life to notice me, but it is not life so much, just idiots livid life, maybe it is the life I livid?1 I am getting annoyed at the drop of a hat.

Just recently I have had the pleasure of reclaiming my licence to drive but it is fast turning into a painful exercise. Aside from the unusually cold temperatures that I embraced the other morning and notwithstanding the wait endured, I fronted, I was informed by Trish that I required a passport and or birth certificate in order to be able to proceed to the Commonwealth Medical Officer and depending on the colour of his socks I may find myself in a position to avail myself of one hundred and fifty five dollars  in order to have a twelve month only probationary licence with a photo, to drive a motor vehicle with the same conditions and everyting which may or may not go along with that.

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Carny Immortalised in Song?

My mate John over at RiotACT has had the terrific idea of asking local musos to enter a song writing competition called ‘The Ballad of Todd Carney’. The only flaw I can see is that most musicians (and most sane people) have no idea who Todd Carney is, notwithstanding RiotACT’s relentless coverage. References to ‘doing a Carney’ and ‘going all Carney on yo ass’ etc. initially had me bemused. Were they talking about carnival folk?

Rather it appears to be another hopeful attempt to raise into the lexicon a phrase derived from the name/deeds of a sporting moron. A recent(ish) contender, ‘the Hopoate’ – to poke your finger up your mate’s anus, doesn’t seem to have taken hold, perhaps for the lack of occasions suitable for its use. ‘Doing a Carney’ could mean all manner of moronic behaviour, the champion footballer apparently being quite a dick when he’s drunk, but the RiotACT are pressing for it to assume the meaning ‘to urinate’ or ‘to urinate on people’, I’m not sure which, although the allegation is that Todd was responsible for some unscheduled irrigation works at Old Bald Nun recently. Here’s my entry:

Put away your penis mister

You’re not in the dunny, that bloke’s not the pisser

That girl’s not a girl and you shouldn’t have kissed her

But thanks for the John Hopoate

CCHB @ Soul Bar

CCHB @ Soul Bar

Chiffon #79. Hard Done By

Chiffon

HELLO,

I was home the other night when my friend who was having a bath called out asking me to boil some hot water which I did. It was very cold and yes, if you are going to languish in the tub, one definitely needs to top it up to keep it hot. The bath heater is not big and you are hard pressed even getting a bath in winter. To cut a long story short the water was cold and it put her in quite a foul mood and although I know it is not pleasant, it was still only just a bath.

And then while I was watching a news bulletin I heard a woman complaining that when she turned up to the hospital to have her baby she was told by hospital staff she had to travel one hundred miles away to birth (not ‘have a baby’). I was livid. How unjust, cruel, heartless, can life be? That poor woman. Someone should tell her she could stay at home.

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Julia and the DSS @ The Greenroom

Julia and the DSS @ The Greenroom

A Fair Arrangement @ QL2

A Fair Arrangement @ QL2

(Gorman House, ex Choreographic Centre)

Quantum Leap @ The Playhouse

Quantum Leap @ The Playhouse

Into the Light @ The Front

Into the Light @ The Front

opening Thursday 25/7, 6pm

Gore’s challenge, Australia’s hope

Al Gore, ‘climate change warrior’ (or ‘ozone man’ if you prefer George Bush’s nickname for him), gave a speech in Washington on Thursday challenging the United States to produce 100% of its electricity supply from wind, solar and geo-thermal sources within ten years. According to Gore, doing so, while having an enormous upfront cost (one wonders if it would exceed the cost of the War in Iraq?), would represent a win-win-win for America in economic, environmental and security terms. It would, according to Gore, solve the problem at the root of America’s current travails – reliance on ever-more-expensive fossil fuels, mostly imported, and largely on the never-never.

George Bush & Co. remain the major stumbling blocks to any real progress on CO2 emissions on a global scale. The recent G8 Summit cemented the view that Bush, while latterly mouthing placatory verbiage on climate change, will resist any real action during the remaining months of his administration. It is farcical to imagine him sponsoring any such scheme as Gore proposes. Bush, like all good climate change denialists, loses one battle and assumes one fallback position after another. His latest confection is that the developing world, responsible for a miniscule proportion of historic CO2 emissions (and still producing about one-fifth per capita), must agree to curb their growth before the US, responsible (like us) for the glutton’s share, will join in. He might as well say ‘there’s more money to be made out of the status quo’. And so we wait. [Read more →]

Mace Francis Orchestra

12 July 2008 at The Folkus Room

by Simon Milman

Another chilly Canberra evening, but this did not deter punters from rolling up to the Folkus room in Mawson for some big band jazz from Western Australia. Crowds have been growing steadily at the Folkus, and they present quite a large variety of different music in a cosy environment. If you haven’t been there yet check out the program at www.thefolkus.org.au

Mace Francis Orchestra

The Mace Francis Orchestra are a 13 piece big band and they performed mostly original music by conductor Mace, saxophonist Dan Thorne and trombonist Tilman Robinson.

There were many textures, moods and sonorities explored with the soloists weaving in and out of the ensemble. Beautiful chords were often followed by more acerbic sounds and big band swing often gave way to more adventurous rhythms and accents. [Read more →]

Chiffon #78. Some Girls

Chiffon

Hullo,

Well what do you know? The Demo cats, the weal keep the bastards, honest bastards, honest. Yeah right oh, whatever. It did not work. And few people remember Don Chip starting it up. But they do notice Natasha despot. Natasha stott destro ya. You know the little blonde one wrapping it up. But, really, thanks for the G.S.T. Meg.

Finally it looks as if neglect of children is becoming topical as two women appear in courts. Now these are not recipients of Johnny Howard’s intervention policy, nor are they from far flung communities. These are our suburbs. I have lived in both of the cities concerned and sadly these are not the worst nor are they isolated incidents. It is in my opinion the problem of a society that has been focused on pointing the finger of blame so as to avoid taking responsibility. Here is a list of what Australians have been focused on just recently: [Read more →]

Birthing Pains

Hello and welcome to the new home of the web site formally known as loadedog.com. It’s now known as culturazi.com, a domain that I registered with a kosher registrar, rather than allowing my #@#%*))% former web hosts to do it for me resulting in them owning it and not me. You live and learn. My new web hosts, hostbaby.com (a relative of cdbaby.com) have so far been very helpful in getting the site transferred and running smoothly and, at $20/mth for 2 gig of data storage and unlimited traffic, are in the cheap range between dirt and insane. They’re mostly set up for bands to make quick easy template sites, well worth a look if you’re thinking of making a site. And no, they’re not giving me any discount to say that.

As you can probably deduce, besides looking completely different, the site is pretty much exactly the same as it was. Those of you sensitive to large slabs of red at each side of a page will be grateful to Johnboy of RiotACT for his influence in that regard. Feel free to comment if you can’t stand large slabs of steel grey. Speaking of which, we welcome Johnboy back to Canberra, he having recently reassumed the mantle of editor in chief of that august, in Canberra weblog terms, institution. Apparently he’s being paid this time, something he always deserved, and something only time will tell about whether the little blog that roars ‘Riot!’ can afford. We wish him and it well.

If you’re reading back through the site a little ways, you will find instances of apostrophes turning into a series of question marks, as in ‘”?’. This is apparently a result of the incorrect charset being used when uploading the database. If your mind is now doing a version of ‘”?’, welcome to my world, but the good news is my new web hosts think they can fix it soon. If anyone knows how to extend my left and right sidebars all the way to the bottom of the page, I will buy you a six pack.