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Chiffon #129. Seriously

Hullo,

Frazzled yet, well, let me tell you, I am not fucking over it, not at all. In fact I find moderating my intake of anything is a much better alternative to any other variation of consumption, although with that statement I must admit moderation of anything from my point of view has been an illusion, a dream, a fantasy. And of course the thing I am talking about is smoking. Well, not exactly. The thing I am talking about is an addiction, which is just  a tad different with regard to the mindset that treats the condition.

It is time to deal with reality.

The reality should look like this. You have stopped smoking, so that should not be  the issue. You may feel like you want a smoke in order to fill that empty space which has been left (that is the issue) and presumably having a smoke will fill that space. This is commonly called a craving. You can recognize a craving, they sound like this. GIVE ME A FUCKING SMOKE BEFORE I KILL SOMETHING!

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Lucie Thorne @ McGregor

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Super Best Friends at McGregor Hall

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Chiffon #128. The Rot Sets In

Hullo,

I… no no, not me, you must be feeling a bit like myself if you have been undertaking any kind of experiment with the giving it up thing and the walking against want thing and now the rot is setting in and what to do about it.

The premise for the following is simple. A  week ago I undertook to stop smoking for twenty four hours, admittedly just to be able to see what would happen? This situation arose because my cash flow had stalled and I had run out of cigarettes. Further I had been asked to produce a booklet type thing for my drug and alcohol counsel person a few days earlier. I grabbed hold of the opportunity as I wanted to express myself in and on a number of issues surrounding addictions.

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Chiffon #127. Walk Against Want

Ullo,

No means no! And it is final, but it doesn’t have to be,  necessarily, a voice mentioned. What on earth do you ever mean? I replied, almost shocked by what I believed was being suggested. Well, when you are by yourself under the pretext of being busy, no one would know if you had a smoke, just to relieve the symptoms of giving up, you know. Yes that had occurred to me I snapped irritably, and I would know, I added and went on, you know, it is sort of self defeating. The aim of the exercise is no smoking. I sat in silence waiting for the voice in my head to have some snappy comeback, but there was no need, the seed was planted.

This was one of those thoughts that didn’t seem to have a place and it kept walking around in front of me as I had my coffee this morning, without my cigarette(s). This I found an itchy and unsettling time and, as a result, I decided to walk into the town and then the few kilometers up the road to visit my friend who happens to drink and smoke and watches the news on a variety of different television channels conseculativly all day. He doesn’t say much except ordnery! in answer to how are you? And shut up willya when I talk to loud and were you born in a tent when I leave the door open to air his stuffy front sitting room. Oh well! I love the boy.

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INSATIABLE BANALITIES #127. Lady Grey

Lady Grey

Present: Jim Boots, John Griffiths, Sharkie

Our guests are Luciana Harrison, Sarah Greet, Robin Dalton, Nicola Hearn and Eloise Menzies of Lady Grey

Click Play Audio to play podcast. Click here to download

If you’d like to download the podcast, tap this URL: http://the-riotact.com/~john/insban/pod127.mp3 into iTunes or your media player or whatever.

There is a facebook fan page for people to marvel at here.

This link is for people who have podcasting software which you can find here.

Recorded on Tuesday 29th June.

Click read more (if it’s working) for the track list and more pics, including one of Johnboy snorting a condom up his nose and out of his mouth.

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Chiffon #126. Give it Up

Grrrrrr!

I am a little bit of a lot of things in my head. I should explain. I was asked to express my thoughts and opinions and produce a booklet (or similar) for the purposes of sharing my technique for giving up dope, marijuana. Not that I am an expert or anything like this, however I suppose that my D.A. (drug and alcohol) counsellor, whom I have been seeing for a few years, considers me something of a standout as I have been abstinent from alcohol for a number of years. Not that you could tell if you had to edit my articles. Or listen to me sing or look at my art works of which I am the biggest and best as well as most consistent. Etcetera.etcetera. I digress .

Before I started writing about this I had bumped into my friend who told me he was giving it up as he maintained his thinking, his mind, and the way it worked was under examination. Now I don’t know whether his decision was one of those questionable ones, but he told me it was only an experiment and all power to him.

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Spencer B Lonely

Spencer P. Jones, The Basement, 26 June, 2010
by Amy Dowler

In case you didn’t know, Spencer P. Jones played in Canberra last Saturday night. I’m guessing, unless you were that guy playing pool at the back, or in one of the other bands on the bill, you were blissfully unaware. It’s great that the Canberra Musicians Club exists and the regularly strong crowds to be seen at the many local gigs it promotes is phenomenal. This success is only made more stark when seen in relief – that is, in contrast to the woe that is a good gig not properly promoted in Canberra.

Spencer P. Jones is a wonderful guitarist, song writer and performer. He put on a great gig at the Basement. He reacted to the pathos of the scene facing him with a Crazy Heart style disheartened countenance which served only to enhance the regret-laden, booze-addled, downtrodden blues in which he specialises. But no one this good should make a loss from bothering to come to our small, cold city and the door takings on Saturday would not have covered the petrol as far as Euroa.

It’s good that Canberra, and the CMC, supports its own. Getting bands from beyond the territory line to come here of their own volition is pretty rare and it would be great to encourage those that make the effort to keep coming back. Surely there are enough music lovers in Canberra to muster that?

INSATIABLE BANALITIES #126. Fun Machine

Fun Machine

Present: Jim Boots, John Griffiths, Sharkie, Feline, Gertrude

Our guests are Fun Machine

Click Play Audio to play podcast. Click here to download

If you’d like to download the podcast, tap this URL: http://the-riotact.com/~john/insban/pod126.mp3 into iTunes or your media player or whatever.

There is a facebook fan page for people to marvel at here.

This link is for people who have podcasting software which you can find here.

Recorded on Tuesday 15th June.

Click read more (if it’s working) for the track list and more pics, including one of Johnboy snorting a condom up his nose and out of his mouth.

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Fever

Full Moon Fever @ McGregor Hall, Sat 26th June, 2010
by J. James Montgomery Fahy. Pics by Richard Barker (more pics here)

An eclipse will presage oddities and wonder on the most quotidian of winter nights. Full Moon Fever gripped the brows of a hundred people at MacGregor Hall, and the unusual was unleashed from the very first act. Remarkable for their hats alone, Gravy Tram filled the hall with rocking guitar and ironing board beats, their vocals intertwining pleasingly. Listening to their EP after the gig sets the air alight with unusual song structures and constant melody, trading off chilled lead guitar with twinned boy and girl vocals – the lyrics alone were worth the purchase of the EP, a presage to the complete album that we are eagerly expecting from these guys, though starting with exhortations for the audience not to listen is an interesting editorial decision.

Gravy Tram

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