INSATIABLE BANALITIES #13. The Cashews

Recorded on Tuesday 14th June, 2005, Insatiable Banalities, podcast #13’s special guests are The Cashews, Alison Procter and Pete Lyon. The music is beautiful, gentle and sweet with gorgeous harmonies and clever interplay between the two guitars. The songs are local in inspiration, with references to local landmarks like the Tuggeranong Parkway and Sullivan’s Creek, and universal in appeal. All the music in this show is recorded live during the podcast.Scroll below to see the track list and a summary of the insatiably banal topics of conversation.For new listeners, you can either download the file (about 60 meg) and listen to it on your mp3 player, or you can stream it, which means you only have to download as much as you can be bothered listening to.

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Track list

Sullivan’s Creek. 10:09
Home. 23:40
The Water’s Great (I think that’s the title). 45:16
The Metal Stream (again, I think…). 1:00:10

Banalities

We begin with a potted biography of the Cashews, learning how, in a manner strongly reminiscent of Yoko Ono and that other guy, Alison stole Pete away from his former band ‘The View From Here’. This leads to an experimental emulation of Ono’s ‘Comb Music’.
This is followed by, during an intro to the song “Sullivan’s Creek’, Johnboy’s revelations of getting to third base on a park bench down by that very creek.

Jim Boots has also been amorously involved down by that ‘drain’ as Johnboy contentiously describes it. We all (including Alison) learn that the song wasn’t inspired by Pete walking along the creek with his son (as Alison was led to believe), but who he was walking down there with (if anyone) is not revealed. The Cashews employ a collaborative song writing process, wherein Pete will start a song with music and some words, then steps in Alison, and in the case of ‘Sullivan’s Creek’, the romantic becomes historical, though not without poetic allusion (and charm). Jim Boots suggests there ought to be a collection made of songs about Canberra (and if you’ve written one, please let him know). He goes on to tell of his ‘personal’ connection with Drew of Dawn and Drew through tribe.net. This leads to a discussion of the difference between ‘real’ friendships and virtual ones, interrupted by a prankster ringing the front doorbell ( a world first?). To relieve the tension, the Cashews play a song, namely ‘Home’.

After Jim compliments our guests on their harmonies, Alison cites The Clouds and Clare Bowditch as influences. Then Jim brings up the issue of accent.

Does Alison intend to sound ‘Australian’? Yes, she does. Her accent reminds Jim of Matty Ellis’ who is allowed the right of reply to some criticism that a song we played during podcast 12 had borrowed heavily from some well-familiar chord progressions. The prevailing view seems to be that there ain’t nothing new under the sun and songwriters are perfectly entitled to ‘reference’ the compositions of others. Fair enough.

New topic? What the hell is an EMO BAND? Nothing conclusive emerges. Somehow we segue to Mr Snuffaluffagus (from Sesame Street), thence to Alison’s childhood imaginary friend. Enough chatter. The Cashews play ‘The Water’s Great’ (I think that’s the title) featuring the ‘Little Tykes’ xylophone and apparently referencing “I Love Lee Remick’ by the Go Betweens.

Jim enquires as to the nature of Alison and Pete’s extra-musical relationship. For any that are interested (and there are some previous expressions of interest in this regard) Pete is happily familied (with someone else) and Alison is recently single. Hmmm.. Perhaps if Alison takes some water with her when The Cashews play their upcoming gig in Goulburn she would increase her chances of picking up?

Talking about water, Johnboy tells us (via Reuters) that some cats somewhere set fire to a house by peeing on a printer? Both Pete and Anne have children who have urinated in unconventional places.

We’re nearly finished. The postcard challenge is reiterated (send us a postcard to PO Box 4332, Hawker, ACT, 2614, Australia). The Cashews play their final song (about driving along Tuggeranong Parkway), Gertrude tells us her favourite line from The Sound of Music (surely the Mother Superior wouldn’t say ‘cunt face’) and we say goodbye.

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