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Two albums in 2019. ONE MILLION YEARS DC by Dave Graney and Clare Moore and ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? from Dave Graney and the mistLY. WORKSHY - 2017 memoir out on Affirm Press. Let's get Tight - 2017 CD with Clare Moore. Moodists - Coral Snakes - mistLY. I don’t know what I am and don’t want to know any more than I already know. I aspire, in my music , to 40s B Movie (voice and presence) and wish I could play guitar like Charlie Christian or Grant Green -but not in this lifetime, I know.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

From a remote location.

pic Bleddyn Butcher.

We have continued our Thursday Night 8pm AEST sets via Stage It and they have been much more enjoyable since we hooked up to the NBN.
Our next show is Thursday July 2nd. Tickets link here

We will also be doing another UK Sat Night/Australian Sunday Morning show. That's on Sunday July 5th at 7am in Melbourne WHICH IS OF COURSE 10pm SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE UK.

pic Barry C Douglas

I have also continued to do a weekly radio show at Triple R in Melbourne every Tuesday from 12-2pm.
I talk via Skype from our studio to Andrew Delaney at Triple who comes in as a volunteer to man the desk and keep the show on the tracks. The station is in East Brunswick and the office has been closed - or manned by a skeleton staff- since March/April. It is a community station run by volunteers and driven by sponsorships and subscribers. A lot of the sponsorship came via venues and performances or tours and that has all stopped as well. So a subscription to the station is a must for Melbourne people.

Here is a page which outlines all the benefits for subscribers.

My show? You can listen back to programs via this link.

Melbourne has experienced a surge in Covid 19 which has resulted in an extended lockdown. The State premier, Daniel Andrews, has been pretty amazing in his efforts and has suffered incredible pressure from the Federal government and the filth Murdoch press to open up the economy and get the slaves back to work. They were at him for being too draconian and now, of course, they are at him for not being tough enough.

So these shows are our outlets and we have been loving doing them.

I got a call tonight from a Melbourne venue owner about doing a show. Took me by surprise as it's been a week of rising infections announced every day in Melbourne. It was nice of him to call and everything but I was filled with dread as I'm not really ready to just "get out there" and "snap back".  In some ways I have enjoyed this radical shift in the world and in my life. I was hoping to come back into a different world as well, a better one, not just the same old scene. In our Stage It sets we have been presenting different sets each week from our albums. Doing stuff we haven't done in years or have never done. I have been really digging it. People are up close to us and we are playing from inside our studio - inside our house. The idea of going out as a commodity and identifying and representing the tiny parts of our work that are recognized as being worthy of commodifying in a commercial area was a long way off from my mind.

Here is a clip I found from about 2011 or so. I think. Barry C Douglas filmed and edited it. The song is from our re-recordings album we made for Liberation. It's called We Don't Belong To Anybody.
The clip is full of little dramatic moments as my guitar cuts out and I try to fix it as we play the song. 

We have this digital album out called In Concert. a one off show from Februry this year in Canberra by myself, Clare Moore and Robin Casinader. I made a clip for it. We played three shows in this keys, guitar and mellotron trio amid areas either burning with bushfires or soaked in semi tropical rain so there was no real opportunity to film it.

The album is quite unique and contains a lot of material from our 90s period done in a real concert style with lyrics right up front.

We have just mastered the second of our releases from the vaults which should be out next month. This time its a set from 2017 when Clare Moore and I played a lot of dates in the UK and Europe with Malcolm Ross and Georgio "the dove" Valentino. It will be a 17 track album from shows in London and in Hull. It sounds great.

Otherwise, Clare Moore and I have been learning songs to play and also have begun a recording project which involves the use of a Four track Tascam cassette machine. Its been challenging - and very interesting. I have a lot of songs to get down. Different guitars and tunings.

We have been watching the Persuaders on DVD. A 70s UK show with Tony Curtis and Roger Moore as rich  guys swanning about in Europe fighting crime for kicks. made around the same time and by the same company that made Jason King. (Which was much better).

It does have the most fantastic theme tune by John Barry which I want to play and which we used to walk on stage to when we were playing as Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes. One of those things in that time that I was quite sure no one in our audience knew about. I felt a gulf between what I was throwing out and what people were getting. That was why I was a mixture of recklessness and strict control in those years. I'd blurt stuff out and then retreat into the shadows. perhaps I've always been like that. Excited by trangression but uneasy in the spotlight.

Maxim Porter from Sydney did a podcast interview with me for ART WAR. He is a great young musician and gig producer . Its on Spotify and elsewhere but here it is on Youtube.

Its late on a Tuesday night and the infections are rising. the future is unknown. Australia, like the UK and the USA has in power probably the worst people that they could have chosen for such a critical time. Hopeless student politicians who know nothing but marketing and do the bidding of mining companies and Rupert Murdoch. I hope we get lucky again. Thats all we have ever had here. Luck.

I am reading a  1979 book by Patrick White, our greatest ever author. Its called The Twyborn Affair. I don't know where that is going either. It is pretty great though. Queasy sexuality and manners, rich Australians in Europe in 1914. Who else could take you there?

I saw a picture of a Sydney street online the other day and felt a  wave of emotion. Bittersweet feelings of walking out into a street scene like in the picture. It wasn't that I was young or anything, it was the time that I could walk into a mythic plane of reality. The humid air and the pubs with icy beer open onto the street. A place that existed for itself and was humming there as I was strolling into it. Steak sandwiches. The shops full of books and papers. Stuff to burn.

A bientot comrades!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

IN CONCERT - new digital album and Stage It shows

In Concert is the name of a digital album we have out now. Its at Apple Music and bandcamp. A digital release only.

This is our first of a projected trio of live albums from the vaults for 2020. We are working on the next one at the moment.
In Concert Elegant partners, hand in hand with a room full of long time, brave listeners

One night in Canberra in February 9th 2020.
  In Concert…Dave Graney on guitars, Clare Moore on vibes, keys, backing vocals and percussion and Robin Casinader on piano and Mellotron.

Songs drawn mainly from their intense period of music making as three fifths of  Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes in the 90s- along with more recent works. Presented in a minimalist, beat free, freewheeling CONCERT mode.
13 Songs delivered from the stage to a seated, attentive audience peppered with much garrulous wisdom and song related SCIENCE from Dave Graney.

We had meant to drive up to Hardys Bay from Melbourne with Robin to do the gigs but he got some terrible news regarding  a family member just as he walked down the driveway of the house he stays in when in Melbourne. So Clare and I drove off,  expecting to do the shows as a duo. We got to Sdney and then Robins situation changed and he was able to do the gigs. We picked him up at his Sydney hotel and all drove through pouring rain to Hardys Bay on the Central Coast. Clare and I had been in NSW and Qld late in 2019 and the place was on fire, smoke and flames everywhere and highways shutting and reopening as we approached and drove down them. This time the joint was flooding. Hardys Bay was on a Friday night and we loaded the gear in to the van and then into and out of the venue and then out of the van back in Sydney in torrential rin. The gig itself was really enjoyable. Our trio idea of vibes, guitar and mellotron really hummed along and the seated audience in the club just went with it. A long room with a stage in a really beautiful heavily wooded part of the Central Coast. 
I did  a Parlour show the next day, by myself this time but again dealing with pouring rain to get into and out of the premises. (You couldn't rest anything on the sodden ground, anywhere) . It was Sydney rain. Big fat raindrops that just start to pour and then keep it up for days. (In Melbourne a shower starts and finishes in ten minutes).
Then we drove to Canberra to do the show that was recorded by the house engineer Bevan Noble and which we have released as a digital album. We were at that level of exhaustion and strange fogged focus that is akin to a drugged state. We were in some sort of zone. We hadn't rehearsed a lot due to living in different cities and Robin had been  over some arrangements with headphones on in the back of the van as we drove down the highway. One of those nights, it all just came together.

1 Tuning Up - You're Just Too Hip, Baby - Feelin' Kinda Sporty 12:19
2 Warren Oates 6:58
3 Apollo 69 5:05
 4 You Need A Kleek, Klook 4:27
5 Night Of The Wolverine 5 6:25
6 I’m Gonna Live In My Own Big World 4:48
7 The Birds And the Goats 5:42
 8 I’m Never Off 4:58
9 I Ain't Hi Vis 4:38
10 Be Sad For Me 4:14
11 You’ve Been In My Mind 6:07
12 The Stars, Baby, The Stars 5:04
13 Three Dead Passengers In A Stolen Second Hand Ford 3:52

Dave Graney, vocals, electric, acoustic guitars
Clare Moore, vibes, percussion, keys, backing vocals.
Robin Casinader, keys (organ/piano, Mellotron  
Recorded at Smiths in Canberra February 9th 2020 by house engineer Bevan Noble.
Mixed at the Ponderosa in Melbourne March 2020 by Dave Graney.
Mastered by Greg Wadley.

All songs written by Dave Graney. Copyright Control except Feelin Kinda Sporty which has music by Dave Graney and Clare Moore, I’m Never Off which has music by Clare Moore, Apollo 69 music by Rod Hayward and Three Dead Passengers which has music by Graney and Stephen Cummings. All words by Dave Graney.

 Those were the only shows we did so there wasn't a real lot of footage available to make a clip. So I put one together with still photos, mostly being the work of Barry C Douglas over the preceeding few years.
Other shots are from the sorts of venues Clare Moore and myself have come to love playing in around Australia. Not regular beer hall rock pubs, just small, boutique, community rooms where people have set up a situation to hear some music. Places like the Junk Bar in suburban Brisbane, the Dusty Attic in Lismore,  The Pelican Playhouse in Grafton, the Dust Temple on the Gold Coast, Scrub Hill 1869 on Ballarat Rd toward Newlyn. All of these places are dark at the moment and I fear many will never open again. 

The clip starts with a shot of the interior of Her Majestys Theatre in Adelaide taken when we were filming some shots for Nick Cowans projected bio on myself and Clare. Early 2019. The facade of the theatre remains but everything else has been torn down to be modernized. It had an amazing wall backstage with generations of actorly scawl across it.

The film? A short "teaser" was shot and edited and I still hope that Nick Cowan will be able to pull it together. 

I might put the teaser up here in  a while. It looked pretty good to me. 

Here are some stills.


We are doing Thursday nights at 8pm AEST from our studio. Its been going great. Very social in a strange way and we have done about ten shows. Number 11 happens Thursday night.
Thursday June 4th at 8pm. A small fee to access and away we go. Click here

For our mates in the USA we are doing a set on your Saturday night. Thats 6pm in Los Angeles, 8pm in Chicago and 9pm in New York. (For us and anybody who's up to it here in Australia it will be Sunday at 11 am). Click here.

We have been doing a different set each show and playing deep cuts of ours as well as some choice covers. Shows go for 30 minutes with an encore time that is 20 minutes. e always play to the limit. 
Covered songs have included Black Stick by the Cruel Sea, Strange I've Seen that Face Before by Grace Jones, Hyacinth House by the Doors, Taboo by Arthur Lyman, 1-2-3 by the Len Barry Combo, The Lowdown by Boz Scaggs, You're Gonna Miss Me by the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Dolphins by Fred Neil and Sweet Surrender by Tim Buckley. Probably a few I have forgotten and also dozens of songs of our own. 
Why not Join us? 


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Stage It SEVEN Thursday May 21st 8pm AEST

First things first- Our next Stage It show is Thursday 21st at 8pm AEST. A link to get access here.

photo Bleddyn Butcher.

Hello comrades, am I alone in finding the current situation enlightening? I doubt it.

A great article on this feeling here. Prepare For The Ultimate Gaslighting.

I hope all the musicians are feeling it. Keep strong. The greatest periods in popular music have been brief moments when the players are in control and everybody else is catching up with them. Psychedelia, hip hop, bebop, reggae, punk. Fuck the business and people who want to get the ship back where it was, because where it was was not in the players favour.

I heard a Melbourne club owner talking on  radio about closing their business. How they couldn't afford to keep it going. All the people that were involved. The cleaners, the bar staff, the lighting people, the djs, the bookers and all the people who are contractors like musicians.... Last in line.

Well that business is closing but the players will abide is all I can say.

Hey we have this album coming out tomorrow as well. It's the first of three planned for this year. All from the vaults, different times and places and songs. This was from a one off gig we did in early February in Canberra with myself on guitars, Clare Moore on vibes , keys and percussion and Robin Casinader on keys/mellotron . Its called In Concert because that's the eay we played it and we had a  wonderful room and audience who let us play that way. (Even though it was not an actual theatre - more of a seated club).

You can preview and pre order for a very low price here at Apple Music.

 Our next Stage It show is Number seven. This includes a couple we have done in USA or UK friendly times. It has been pretty exciting. So many variables, the browser, the upload speed, the sheer number oif people online in THIS SITUATION. 

It has indeed exposed the poor quality of Australian internet possibilities, a plaything of the ruling conservative party since Labour came up with the idea of a national NBN and the conservatives - under Mr Nopey the Mad Monk Abbott - had to oppose EVERYTHING ( and were rewarded with government for doing so). They were mainly acting for Rupert Murdoch who feared a good broadband would undermine his Foxtel business. So they did his bidding. Abbott tossed the NBN to his party nemesis Malcolm Turnbull to gut and and enfeeble while explaining it would be cheaper. Turnbull did so - and still huffs and puffs that it is the best. Fuck that toff. In the nose.

So we are armed with a mobile broadband dongle as we dont get NBN until next month. But really, is there any other country on the globe which could benefit from good internet as much as distant (especially from each other) Australia?

Hey, I'm sounding angry! Oh well.
Stage It is quite a good platform and we have enjoyed a couple of Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift shows from their pad in Nashville. We also just saw that Ramsey Lewis is doing one soon! (4am Australian time makes it harsh though )  There is no facility for watching back - its all IN THE MOMENT.

Last week we ran through the Cruel Seas Black Stick, Taboo by Arthur Lymon and Frankies Negative by the Moodists as well as some deep cuts from our 1998 album The Dave Graney Show. (One of our favourite albums.) 

Other times we have done Sweet Surrender by Tim Buckley, High Coin by Van Dyke Parks, The Lowdown by Boz Scaggs, Dolphins by Fred Neil, Time Waits For No One by the Stones, You're Gonna Miss Me by The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, The Bogus Man by Roxy Music, 1-2-3 by the Len Barry Combo and others - as well as different cuts of ours from different albums each week. Clare on vibes, keys and percussion and me on guitars. Why not give it a burl?

We have been watching BERLIN BABYLON which is set in Berlin 1928/29 and is such a high quality German production.  Highly stressful viewing. But we can take it and have just started series three. 

Bryan Ferry apparently loved it so much he started doing music for it and then appeared in Series two singing in a  cabaret.

 A marvellous, subtle way of stringing out the politics of the time. People in power desperate to head off the Marxists, something called National Socialism in the background. Rough kooks they think they can use. Desperate poverty and casual violence. 

We have also been addicted to THE LAST DANCE. The story of the Chicago Bulls in their halcyon 90s period. Such a cast of characters and amazing skills. 

Started an occasional game of chess after lunch and reading a  few books on that. (If its good enough for the RZA!) 

Otherwise, just keeping up on some French Grammar and starting a book here and there. Finding it hard to settle on one.

Say strong and enlightened comrades! Lets hold the thoughts of a different world!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Stage It ONLINE show Four! 8pm Thursday May 7th.

So, as you may have heard there is a bug going around, a virus. If you will.
Do I fear it? Yes I do.
Our Premier in Victoria , Daniel Andrews, has been fuckin great, forcing the dirty feds into doing things they would never think of. I still hate those bums so hard.
I don't want the world to "snap back" to what it was. What it was got those shitheels into power!
They are champing at the bit to get some austerity happening and get rid of any climate change talk. Or any kind of talk that doesn't involve mining. because their owners are mining companies.

Hard to gather, herd or pin down a persons thoughts and put them in some sort of arrangement.
The internet is very slow at night. Because of the people, the persons,  looking for themselves in there.
Is that saying something?
Hard to pin down yourself actually.
Well, it seems that way. At times.
The time itself seems to pass in different ways. Like most musicians, this isolation isn't really that much of a stretch. We know how to spend time with ourselves and how to scare up deadlines and projects.
No, I haven't been putting a  jigsaw together.
Having no actual deadlines, or a whole bunch of them just fall away, has been quite relaxing , enchanting.
Then you have a bit of a panic as your thoughts turn to income- scratch - economic power.
Then you get distracted by something.

The weather in Melbourne has been quite lovely too. It's easy to just go for a walk around the hills and not really see more than two or three people. Clare says hello to all the dogs and cats in the yards. Our neighbours are really cool.

Due to the early weeks of panic buying by whoever those hoarding people are we discovered items in the supermarket that we'd never much seen before. The only things that were still available. Canned mushrooms and frozen broadbeans. Yes!

Been eating very well. Very healthy. Doing some weights and skipping and walking. But I've always done that sort of thing.
Mixed a live set from earlier in the year and it should be out in three weeks. A digital album from a night in Canberra in February. me on guitar, Clare moore on vibes and percussion and Robin casinader on keys and mellotron. Sounds deluxe.

Will be putting another couple together now. Its been great mixing the different albums.

I got contacted by a guy from the Age wanting to write a story about musicians coping with the new shut down world. I replied...

"Hi , thanks for getting in touch. Sounds fine, it looks like youd be taking a  photo from a  distance. Don't know if we are really out of work. In some ways its pretty normal for us, dave"

The fellow got back..."I know that you play regularly in Melbourne and around the country, so I expect you have lost a few dollars through cancelled gigs, and we would be interested in the impact of that, along with the uncertainty as to when you will be able to perform publicly again? Also it would be good to  get your thoughts on the lack of Government support for the arts and creative industries through the coronavirus pandemic. Have you applied for Jobkeeper as a sole trader?"

This got my gander up for some reason..."Okay , if you want my opinion. I see stories about musicians in mainstream papers and it’s generally if they are ill or dying, rarely for their work. Musicians get to places BEFORE other people. Case in point . The gig economy. How is that for everybody? Did anyone ever ask a player? I also never talk about an arts “industry” either. Cos I don’t believe in one. Clare might make more sense.
I felt a bit guilty so I got back again...
Sorry if I appeared a bit cranky. Just a mixture of responses to the situation. In some ways it’s been very interesting and relaxing. The role of govt also interesting as they have had to appear caring. Hard for some of them. But we have no shortage of work and have loved doing online shows from our studio. I still don’t want to talk about Centrelink . I follow Noel Cowards edict, “ don’t complain don’t explain” Dave 

Then the fellow got back.." But given that you and Clare are doing well in terms of work ( glad to hear) and that our story revolves around people who are out of work and struggling I think we will look for some other musicians that are doing it a bit tougher."

So I guess I was right, he already had the story written and just wanted some sad stooges for a picture! Oh well.

The "shows from our studio" I was referring to are via Stage It. We have done a couple so far and the fourth is Thursday May 7th at 8pm. We are doing loosely themed sets. Myself and Clare and it has been a great experience.

You can get into the show by clicking here. Its a live event, no facility to watch it back.

I did a spot on the last episode of MAD AS HELL with Sean Micallef. I hadn't been out of the house for a week and had only been to the shop once every seven days for the last month so it was strange driving into town. A lot more traffic than I thought there would be. Trucks and work vehicles mostly.
I got into the ABC car park in South Bank and was met by a Nikki, a production woman from the show. I had a mask and gloves on. We walked to the lift with my guitar and amp and up a couple of levels to the studio. Ros Hammond, one of the (brilliant) regular character actors, was leaving as I entered. We said hello like shift workers. Shaun Micallef was there as were several camera people, a guy with a boom mic (no fiddling about clipping mics to clothes), a continuity person, a floor manager and director. No make up or green room or other performers at all. We went through my bit with me sitting down and standing up (in the seats where the audience used to be ) and then I left. Shaun held the studio door for me and punched the button for the lift. Perhaps 40 minutes and I was back on the freeway to the hills.

You can see the show here. (My bit is way toward the end).

I have been dipping into a few books but not really obsessively in the spell of anything. I have L'Or by Blaise Cendrars by my bed and the story of the Monty Python collective at breakfast time. I am also reading bits of a Richard Francis Burton book about his journey to the source of the Nile.

On the tv we have been watching dvds of The Avengers and also Mannix.

The former is endlessly entertaining due to the actors involved and the latter is great for the late 60s modern style of interiors and cars and wigs and carcrashes, fights and expensive tv budgets in general.

Still doing BLB on RRR. You can listen back to the show here . Doing it remotely from our studio with Andrew Delaney at Triple R manning the desk.

Be seeing you!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hello-Hello again

It's been a while.
Now the world has changed.
That sort of thing is typed out somewhere into a  computer all over the world every few minutes.

Feb 20th we did a fantastic show in St Kilda with the mistLY. Such a  great room.
Then Clare Moore and I did two excellent gigs in Hobart with guitars and vibes. One at Mona Musem and another at a beautiful out of town hotel called the Longley International.

At Mona

Clare Moore in Salamanca Place- the waterfront patch of Hobart.

I played six shows by myself in five days in West Australia in the last week of February and had the most enjoyable time of it.
A couple of house shows, a theatre style performace at Fremantle Social Club, drives to play in the Margaret River and Bunbury and back in Perth again. Well the last one was technically in a beach suburb called Scarborough about 20 minutes out of the city but I called it Perth. I used a beautiful Fender Blues Deluxe borrowed from former Triffid Alsy McDonald. Was great to catch up with him and Jill Birt. Martyn Casey and Bleddyn Butcher were at the gig too.

People were so nice to me, at several of the gigs mother and father were there with their young adult children, the whole family having grooved on my work for decades. People hugged me and a man gave me a beautiful artwork - a eally excellent landscape painting.

Could not have had a better time of it. Even the last show which was notable for the presence of a country basketball team, all dressed in white terry towling hats and shorts like 70s cricket thugs who just talked and stunk up the room for the whole show. Just young, dumb hicks who were staying at the hotel too and whose idea of a gig would have been a TV talent show. They didn't know what a show was or what I was doing. Some dill coming up and asking me if he could play a song on my guitar etc. No...

They were there until the bitter end until I packed up. The second set had seen people in the audience standing up and yelling at them to "fuuuucccckkkk ooooooffff!" It could have gotten silly but I handled the situation. Yes, they were still there as I packed up, singing some stupid song that they all knew. I was staying there too. I took my guitars and amp to my room and there was a bunch of them standing around the door. I got out my key and one of them said, "you was on Spick and Specks last week 'ey?" (Australian tv show which we had played some musical parlour game on- "we" being Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes"- for a 90s special. We had recorded it in October.) "Yeah" I said, not really feeling like engaging with them after they'd done their best to ruin the gig. They were impressed by that tv stamp of authenticity and stared at me a bit like I was on tv again and just continued to drink beer in the corridor.

 Spicks and Specks 90s special - we played elements of 90s hits and the panellists had to guess which. You can catch it on iview here.

Oh well, see how much text I spent on the bad rather than the good? thats life ain't it? You only remember the arseholes. The stiffs.

Adele Pickvance, who played with us for three albums in the late 90s, early 2000's came to Melbourne (from Brisbane) to do a couple of brilliant shows with her  band Adele and the Chandeliers/ Both shows were with the Routines (Jane Dust, Clare Moore, Emily Jarrett and Will Hindmarsh).

Then I came back to Melbourne March 2nd with the gathering pandemic starting to get some attention. Clare went to Adealaide to do shows with Alyce Platt and also with The Songs Of David McComb. I pretty much have only left the house once since then to do a radio show Tuesday 17th March. The last two radio shows I have done remotely via skype to the studio and with Andrew Delaney in at Triple R.

You can listen to the latest episode of the show here.

Melbourne is now close to locked down. Our Federal government has been slow and wholely concerned with the economy. It hurts them to have to think of people. The State government of Victoria has been great and has really been leading the Feds to more effective action.

We went to the shops once this week. I wore clothes from the back of the wardrobe, including shoes I could leave outside our front door.

Shopping kit.

We have no gigs so no income and things are looking grim.

The weather has been so lovely in Melbourne though. A very David Lynchian moment. Blue skies, birds going mad with the quietness of the city and this nagging sense of doom with the invisible terror...

If you wanted to buy some of our music from Bandcamp that would be a great help.
We have CDS available as well as digital downloads.

I'll be putting up some more stuff soon. 90s cds and some badges and cassettes. Stay tuned.

I have also been mixing a show Clare Moore and I did in Canberra in January with Robin Casinader. Its almost finished and could be out in a matter of weeks as a digital download album. It sounds deluxe and is a set of songs leaning heavily on our 90s output. It is to be called IN CONCERT.

There will be two or three other digital albums to come in the next months. One is a set we did in London and Hull in 2017 with Malcolm Ross and Georgio "the dove" Valentino and another is a show we did in Melbourne in November 2019 at Birds Basement Jazz Club with the mistLY. That will be LIVE AT BIRDS.

I have also collaborated on an album with UK electronic artist Robin Rimbaud aka SCANNER and that sounds stellar. Just a serendipitous thing we talked about online about 18  months ago that got some time to attend to in December-January. Yes, Pre-Corona.

We are also thinking of doing some live streamed shows. We did one recently on Facebook for a winery in Penola, SA. Well it was for a group of people who are connected to that page. It took a whie for us to get it happening, more Facebooks problem than ours.  Might be be able to see it via Facebook here.

Stay safe, everybody and stay home!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Ember Lounge then Hobart then out West then North

We were in NSW and QLD in November and all that beautiful subtropical area was burning. That wasn't really country that should be on fire. A couple of days in the smoke was bad enough for us. People put up with it for months! Adelaide had hills of fire in December and all kinds of smoke enveloped Melbourne in January.
Our most recent run of shows were in Sydney, Central Coast and Canberra and it was like the movie WATERWORLD. Torrential, unceasing rain. We had to load and unload gear in the rain, learning how to do so without ever putting anything on the ground which was more often than not running water. Then getting changed into almost dry clothes again. Thanks so much to everybody who came out it was so heartening! Those shows were with Clare Moore on vibes, percussion and keys, Robin Casinader on keys and myself on electric and acoustic guitars. It was really challenging - and very much so for Robin on a personal level - but also very rewarding.

One of the shows was a PARLOUR gig at a house in the inner West of Sydney and was really great. Always unpredictable situations. This was really like being among old friends. They had everybody dressed up as icons from pop culture of the last 50 years. There was a small vocal PA in the lounge room. Took me a song to find my bearings and away we went.
Kids served food and there was a digital photo booth that send pictures to your phone.

 I enjoyed it a lot and am up for some more PARLOUR GIGS. It's a system or portal where you can book artists to come play in your PARLOUR - House - Apartment - Back yard etc. I have  done some  of these with a mic and guitar plugged into my acoustic amp. Thats if its in driving distance from Melbourne. Very flexible! Very do-able!  Click here for more PARLOUR details.

You can also contact us DIRECT and sort out an event. (This would be easier and probably preferred)

This Thursday Feb 20th we play a rare MELBOURNE SHOW with the mistLY at the Ember Lounge (Memo Music Hall) in St Kilda. Clare Moore and Dave Graney duo shows are then scheduled for Hobart on the 22nd and 23rd. Both daytime shows and details are below.

On the 23rd Feb, the ABC will be televising a  SPICKS AND SPECKS 90s special which was filmed in October and for which Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes were involved.

My amp reconfiguration. My Roland GC408 (solid state 80 watts through 4 8" speakers) which I've had for about 13 years and which lay unused because the reverb tank had tanked and my dead Fender M80 red knob. I took the reverb from the Fender and dropped it into the Roland and then rigged the M80 as an extra speaker box. Hey it’s the most beautiful clean reverbed sound. So we are playing two guitars bass and drums MistLY style at the Ember Lounge/memomusichall this Thursday. Looking forward so much to playing raveups with @clarecmoore Stu Thomas and Stuart Perera. The rehearsals were excellent.

2020 shows
Feb 20th Dave Graney and the mistLY play the Ember Lounge (Memo Music Hall) St Kilda.
Feb 22nd , Mona Foma, Hobart 1pm show
Feb 23rd , Longley, Tasmania 2pm show
Dave Graney solo dates in WA in February.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore
Friday March 27th
Junk Bar, Ashgrove, Brisbane QLD
Saturday March 28th Junk Bar, Ashgrove, Brisbane QLD
Sunday March 29th Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast , QLD

 Clare Moore is in  the Routines, a  band created and led by Jane Dust with Emily Jarrett and Will Hindmarsh from Go Go Sapien. Here is a clip called SEX from their debut ep. They play The Esplanade in Melbourne March 6th and the Old Bar March 7th with Adele and the Chandeliers. Adele played in Melbourne recently with Robert Forster (she was in the 2000s reboot of the Go Betweens) and she also played in the Dave Graney Show from 1998-2003

David Eastaugh
does a fantastic podcast from the UK called C86 , focusing on indie pop from the eighties. Recently he did an hour with Dave Graney talking about this period and the MOODISTS.

To get the full picture you should really hear the earlier podcast interview on THE MOODISTS that David did with CLARE MOORE.

"Dave Graney and Clare Moore return with a second album for 2019 with the intriguingly titled “One Million Years DC”. The collection of 11 songs is uniquely different to the years earlier offering  Zippa-DeeDoo-What Is/Was That/This? , which was more rock based. Here we return to the cool jazzy pop sounds that were encountered on The Coral Snakes “Soft ‘n’ Sexy Sound” or The Dave Graney Shows “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” or  Dave and Clare’s “Hashish and Liquor” and “Keepin’ It Unreal” releases". BOB OSBORNE SALFORD UK PODCASTS AND RADIO

Album Out now- A digital only release.
Get  'One Million Years DC' at Apple Music HERE

Details about the making of the album here.
 A page with all Dave Graney lyrics on the OFFICIAL PAGE

A blog from 2012 where I invented a music genre called SQUELCH.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Pop Ruins - a clip made for us by Delaney Davidson

Delaney Davidson was over from New Zealand in late November/early December to do some shows in Melbourne and he shot some images on his phone when we went to get a coffee in Box Hill.
He shot some of Clare at a  show she was doing in Reservoir and just this week he sent us this clip. Thanks so much Delaney!

The song is one of the central thematic pieces on our album ONE MILLION YEARS DC, along with COMRADE OF POP.

Two opposites really. One focuses on abandoned, brokedown palaces and rock'n'roll movie sets and hotels with Marquee Moons and the other riffs on the underground connections a person can make in the musical demi monde of shadows and elemental shapes in the smoke machined interiors you spend so much time awake and dreaming within. Doncha?
The lyrics reference houses and scenes associated with the Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley , the Saints and the potent names of famous theatres and clubs


Oh look at that beautiful song lyin’ there in the sand 
hey, where did that sand come from? 
must’ve come in with the song 
Pop Ruins 
 I love this song! 
Hey, you know, we built this song 
this song in the sand 
Pop Ruins 
Edith Grove - Powis Square - 56 Hope Road - Petrie Terrace 
This Brokedown Palace on Shakedown Street 
this Family Dog 
we listened from a window in the Mars Hotel 
there’s a Marquee Moon as well 
absolutely wrecked 
Pop Ruins 
The Roxy - The Odeon - Apollo - Palais - Olympia - The Whiskey - Detroit Grande 
yeah I felt bad for places and times that were never mine 
Brooklyn 79 
back in the day, back in the day 
the Zen Arcade 
with the Jimmy Castor Bunch 
Pop Ruins 
yeah I love this song 

credits Dave Graney - vocals, guitars. Clare Moore - vibes, bass xylophone, melodica, backing vocals Stu Thomas - backing vocals

Otherwise, I've been writing a lot of songs. We have some dates coming up this weekend in Central Coast NSW and Canberra and then further. Working out what and how to play things. While doing thata. I've been writing more songs. I'm at a time of my life when its just all rushing at me and through me. This incredible time of political corruption and attendant bending of reality via the  corporate media when run alongside the absolutely crazy weather is really pushing me to try and understand or articulate things about my life and world. For instance, Australia used to be a place you could feel good about being a part of. Its being trashed by thugs.

I've been thinking of recording some things on a  4 track cassette player and that got me to pulling out a load of re-recorded cassettes that have been sitting on a  shelf for DECADES.  

I've been throwing up the listening experience on Instagram. (I shared some on Twitter but thats a different kind of social media. people argue and comment a lot more. Not as much as Facebook. Instagram is the softest. Nicest.) I'll share them again here. Its been very enjoyable opening up this box of sound.

Old School double cassettes in the house. Deadheads, Jerrys playing is great on this and the two drummers sound terrific. The Tim Buckley Dream Letter double live has been very inspirational over the years. The fearlessness of the playing within the minimal format #cassettes #timbuckley #gratefuldead #dreamletter #withoutanet

 Today’s cassettes and today’s truck. #derekandclive #vanmorrison #blackandblue

 Today’s cassettes and vintage ride. #weatherreport #sydstraw #jaguar

 Yes I was trying to get organazized (Travis Bickle word) and got distracted. By a deluxe tape deck I haven’t been using enough. Today’s cassettes. And truck. #keithjarrett #gatobarbieri

 Today’s cassettes and vintage muscle car. In homage to sulphuric Sydney nightlife as sung and played by rogues such as Peter Wells (Rose Tattoo) and Marc Hunter (Dragon). I loved their music and got to say hello to each once- sadly- at benefits for them when they were in ill health. #peterwells #rosetattoo #marchunter #dragon #kingscross #sydney

 Today’s vintage ride and cassettes. Some vintage British individualities. Ian Dury with Kilburn and The High Roads, Roxy Music with Paul Thompson , Phil Manzanera oh and BRYAN, and Clare Moores fave AUDIENCE with the amazing Howard Werth and the brilliant Hipgnosis sleeves. #roxymusic #audience #howardwerth #kilburnandthehighroads #iandury #hipgnosis

Today’s cassettes and vintage vehicle. The Associates POPERA and two late 80s bootleges. The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Bought latter at a stall as we walked out of the Hammersmith Odeon from the actual gig! It was the Blah Blah Blah tour. Barry Adamson on bass and Seamus on guitar/ keys. He’s the figure Australians have seen for years on the opening to RAGE tv show in the Alien Sex Fiend shirt. We bought tickets at the door, it was his first tour since Bowie’s hit with China Girl allowed him to stop touring and get healthy. He came on and did side one of Funhouse with short hair and a black leather jacket. #theassociates #iggypop #jesusandmarychain

Today’s cassettes and vintage ride. A Morris Major Woody van I think. Barry Adamsons amazing debut Moss Side story, all instrumental but I wrote some liner notes. Coming out of his bass player corner to be a band leader/soundtrack composer, He started singing on subsequent albums and has kept up a stellar flow of superb quality music. Cyndi Lauper , I love her songs like I Drove All Night and Money Changes Everything. Henry Rollins finest recorded moment letting his freak flag out with the Hard Ons on an AcDc song. My sister Julie left this with me. She and her mates came out of Waverley after a rare Saints win and put this tape in as they put the foot on the gas and drove back to inner city civilisation. #henryrollins #thehardons #cyndilauper #barryadamson #mosssidestory

“I was on the backseat. Being taken to Bordertown. There was nothin for me there. I pulled the window and let my hand stray. I Held The Cool Breeze.” PIC JULIE GRANEY

 Today’s vintage cassettes and ride. Sorry for the break in posts, I was looking for another Robyn Hitchcock tape, Queen Elvis. Unfortunately the house has eaten it. First got into Robyn via what was to be his last album with the Egyptians,the masterful Respect CD. It contained the brilliant sex-religion splainer SERPENT AT THE GATES OF WISDOM (think about it) and the wonderful musical pastiche homage THE WRECK OF THE ARTHUR LEE. Since then I’ve kept up as best as I can. He works a tight and well defined area but brings you into a universe. So this is Globe Of Frogs. Note the rare landscape perspective cassette album artwork. Also Jeremy Spencer, a solo album from a member of the best era of Fleetwood Mac. Back then, to leave a band you had to lose your mind with acid, bring Yoko to a rehearsal or join a religious cult. Jeremy did the latter I think. #robynhitchcock #jeremyspencer #fleetwoodmac #liptontea

Today’s vintage cassettes, ride and slide. Southern Rock was a fave jam when I was a teen. The Allman Brothers Live At Fillmore East. They apparently played until dawn. Duane and Berry both dead before the next release. Amazingly dramatic band. Invited to Jimmy Carter’s inauguration. Fellow Southerners. Is Texas “southern” ? ZZ Tops Billy Gibbon was in The Moving Sidewalks on Nuggets. That came out in ‘72 and ZZ Top were still on the boogie circuit. They hit biggest in the 80s. I hear Billy is an art collector. Abstract.  #zztop #allmanbrothers #treshombres #riograndemud

 Today’s vintage cassettes and truck. The Everly Brothers and Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps. The latter were Mark E Smith’s faves as he approved of the way they were said to like a fight on occasion. The Boys Next Door also did a great version of Genes song CATMAN which suited them so well. John Cale could be heard to speak highly of the Everlys beautiful harmony singing. They liked to disagree as well. The music of both acts is so simple and should be studied by any indie act as examples of what you can do with a few simple elements. Almost acoustic recordings. Of course you need talent, immersion in a vibrant, rich culture from a young age, obsessive drive, beautiful and loud Martin guitars. And maybe some great diet pills. And grease for your hair. #pomade #everlybrothers #genevincentandthebluecaps #dietpills #martinguitars

 Today’s vintage cassette and ride. An American Prayer by Jim Morrison with music by The Doors. Well an awkward construct there as Jim was in The Doors too but the music business always had to isolate the singer. Music added after Jim’s death. Some live tracks, some recordings of his poetry and him just talking. Fantastic, as is everything put down by these young guys in “five mean years”. I love his rap on astrology here which ends “ gonna get my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up on flames” . I also covered Ode To My Cock in our show Live In Hell. “Death and my cock are the world”. Once drove from the city to our place ( an hour trip) in our old HQ on a hot day with Kim Salmon getting very angry in the back seat as I made everybody enjoy this piece of magic ( he don’t like the Doors) . #jimmorrison #anamericanprayer #thedoors #kimsalmon #Itouchedherthighanddeathsmiled

 Today’s vintage cassettes with no rides (street level stuff here) . I got to stress, these tapes have been sitting on a shelf since the cassette era ended! There are also the mixtapes. Street Beats is very early hip hop with Grandmaster Flash headlining but great support from Treacherous Three and also West Street Mob #streetrap #streetbeat #queenofclubs #discofrenzy #oldskool

Today’s vintage cassettes and truck. When I was a teen in Mt Gambier everybody had Vans album Tupelo Honey and I heard THEM classics like Here Comes The Night on radio. That was a Bert Berns production and co write, I’d learn later on. He was Vans mentor in the USA. Apparently they argued on the phone and Bert died of a heart attack and his widow blamed Van. Van wanted out of the contracts he’d signed and the settlement was that her company would own the copyrights to his next album. He recorded this one TB SHEETS which is pretty harrowing stuff. The next album was Astral Weeks and some of those tunes were in the deal as well. (I was told to listen to that thinking of the singer being obsessed with a young girl). Anyway, any Van Morrison album is touched with some magic. Veedon fleece has such a unique sound and I love his mid 70s AOR FM songs like Wavelength.#vanmorrison #them #tbsheets

2020 shows
Feb 7th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast NSW
Feb 9th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Smiths in Canberra with Coral Snake Robin Casinader joining them on mellotron.
Feb 20th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play the Ember Lounge (Memo Music Hall) St Kilda.
Feb 22nd , Mona Foma, Hobart 1pm show
Feb 23rd , Longley, Tasmania 2pm show
Dave Graney solo dates in WA in February.


Starts with a Kinksy groover sketching a 21st century populist tyrant who coasts in power on waves of public resentment at those on the lowest rungs of the ladder (He Was A Sore Winner). Sweeps across a sci fi terrain with nods to songs in the sand at the end of the world (Pop Ruins) and nods to the ties that bind in the underground communities (Comrade Of Pop and Where Did All The Freaks Go?). Songs about intense, long relationships, defunct technology that didn’t answer back, severe social status definition (I’m Not Just Any Nobody), people wandering through your mind as if it was a garage sale, the anxiety of the long running showman (wide open to the elements again) and ends with a song that’s “a little bit Merle Haggard and a little bit Samuel Beckett”. " Edith Grove! Powis Square! 56 Hope Road! Petrie Terrace!.. The Roxy! The Odeon! Apollo! Palais! Olympia! The Whisky! Detroit Grande!” Pop Ruins!"


ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? (The title comes from the chorus of “Song Of Life” ) is a classic rock’n’roll album. Classic if you lived through what has become known as ”the classic rock era” as it rolled out new and even broke onto the beachhead and morphed into punk. That’s the direction Dave Graney and Clare Moore have always been coming from. They have spent their lives schooled by and immersed in rock ‘n’ roll culture. Neither attended higher education and they dived in deep and kept swimming. From the Moodists through the Coral Snakes /White Buffaloes to the mistLY This is an album with their band, Dave Graney and the mistLY. Stuart Perera has played guitar with them since 1998 and Stu Thomas on bass since 2004. MARCH 2019 ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? 2019 album out on Compact Disc - available here via mail order...
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2014 solo album from Dave Graney. *****"If I've learnt anything in my years of writing about music it's that if you are going to do anything of worth in this tough game, you better have your own thing. Today's generic is easily replaced by tomorrow's. And yet you need to be flexible, to follow wherever the songs demand. In the case of this, only the second credited as a solo album among 30 or so Graney releases, it's a curious yet welcoming lane he walks you down, with acoustic guitars, not much percussion, vibes, smooth sounds. At the end of it you feel like you've awoken from a strange yet pleasant summer's dream. As shot by Luis Bunuel. It ranges from off-kilter reveries (A Woman Skinnies Up a Man, The Old Docklands Wheel) through to the softly seductive (How Can You Get Out of London) and the downright arch (Look Into My Shades, Everything Is Great In The Beginning.) This is music that is neither folk, nor blues, nor country, but it's all Graney, somewhere out to the left field beyond Lee Hazlewood's raised eyebrow. It's astringent on the tongue but sweetens in the telling." Noel Mengel Brisbane Courier Mail

you've been in my mind

June 2012 super high energy pop rock album - blazing electric 12 strings - total 70s rock drive. Greatest yet! available via paypal - $20 pp

rock'n'roll is where I hide/- 2011 "vintage classics/ re recordings" on LIBERATION

SUPERMODIFIED - August 2010 remixed/re-sung/re-strung//remastered/replayed comp via PAYPAL

also available as a digital album

Knock yourself (2009)-first ever dg solo set-filthy electro r&b-available via Paypal- $20

available as a digital album too

We Wuz Curious (2008)-blazing R&B jazz pop album available via paypal-$20


Keepin' It Unreal-(2006)-minimalist/lyrical vibes,bass and 12 string set - digital or as CD

Hashish and Liquor (2005 double disc by Dave Graney and Clare Moore) available via Paypal $25

Single album HASHISH available as a digital release

Heroic Blues- "folk soul" set from 2002-Availableas a digital album via BandCamp

UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

It is written,baby-book released 1997- available $10 via paypal