dave graney - Moodists-Coral Snakes-mistLY-FEARFUL WIGGINGS

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Current album Dave Graney and the mistLY LYVE AT BYRDS. Two albums in 2020, "Dave Graney and Clare Moore In Concert with Robin Casinader" and "Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove" Valentino and Malcolm Ross". 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 Dickey Betts, John Cippolina or Grant Green - but not in this lifetime, I know.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

conflict? I tried to avoid it but it's in the very air we breathe. War stories

I don't like conflict or arguments or feuds. Though I do enjoy observing other people dealing with them. And I am by natural dispostion a bit of a shit stirrer. In general, I have been surprised by what people get upset about. And who can get upset.

Just yesterday I commented on some social media about a  tv show about WW1. The show began with a  warning that it "contains depictions of deceased military personnel..." I thought this was a very modern thing. To be so soft and delicate in a day which was infused with images of ISIS beheadings, EBOLA plagues, American race riots  and GAZA bombings. Oh and Clive Palmers warnings of Communist Chinese mongrel invasions. I compared it to more honest shows like COMBAT, BILKO and DADS ARMY. Shows made be people who had actually been involved in wars.

The actual company that made the film , as  a part of the WW1 celebrations which will be absolutely peaking in 2015, had a go at me and made pathetic reference to the show perhaps not being "hip" enough. I identify myself by name and the branded company took offence. How do you talk to a company? Should you? That'd be treating them like a person? Fuck that.

A waste of your brief time on this earth.

I grew up with war movies and comics and tv shows.

These little comics full of stories about the Pacific war.

Endless, and even to a kid, pretty corny US and British propaganda films. Though some like  Powell and Pressburgers " a matter of life and death" was absolutely magical AND terrifying.


In my deeply Catholic young life- the visualized stairway to HEAVEN sequences were amazing...

Powell and Pressburgers films are among my favourites. "THE BOY WITH THE GREEN HAIR", "AGE OF CONSENT", "PEEPING TOM", THEY"RE A WEIRD MOB". Greatness. Magical!

As a young teen, Marvel comics had pretty much jumped the WW2 shark with the hilarious NICK FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOES!

ANZAC day was not what it is today. It was not HIP at all. My father was a teen in khaki in Borneo and I never knew him to march.

Later, when living in London, I loved Patrick Hamiltons book of desperate wartime life in the city, "Hangover Square".

aaaaah , I've forgotten that online bickering already.

We play in Darwin at the HAPPY YESS this weekend. It was bombed extensively in WW2 but they didn't tell anybody until recently as to how much. Still worried about the peoples morale. So we get a  constant feed of Gallipoli stuff. Much more to come. I am glad, that I am actually HIP TO THAT!

August 22nd Happy Yess Club - Darwin

NZ TOUR- dave graney and clare moore
Wed 27th August: Auckland. .... Golden Dawn
Thurs 28th August: Wellington - MEOW
Fri 29th August: Christchurch - Darkroom
Sat 30th August:
Christchurch - 9.30am - appearance at Writers Festival
Sat 30th August - Dunedin - Chick's Hotel

Wed Sept 3rd - Ararat Live
Sept 14th - matinee show - Northcote Social Club - tix here 

 EURO DATES  for Harry Howard and the NDE and some solo/duo shows from myself and Clare Moore...

Cherbourg 23 NDE
Brittany 25 LE GALLION NDE
Rennes , Brittany 26 LE MONDO BIZARRO NDE
October 01 La Feline Dave Graney/Clare Moore and also the NDE

Lille 02 NDE

03 cologne

04 Kaffee Burger  - NDE
05 VALENTIN STURBEL- dave graney solo show
06 – Sofa Club for Graney Moore/ NDE Duo's

07 – Auster TBC
08  - White Trash -confirmed for NDE

Prague 09

Ebensee 10
Vienna 11

London 12 bar – Dave Graney/Clare Moore and also Harry Howard and the NDE - Thursday 16th   

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Was Lou Reed gay?" he asked. Darwin, NZ and Euro dates.

Heading to Darwin this weekend , then a week in New Zealand. We have been to the latter only once, at the Big Day Out in Auckland 1997.
Looking forward to both environments. The New Zealand trip is a bit more of a leap into the unknown, who knows who will turn up? Anybody?
I have so many songs to choose. I will have the opportunity to present myself in whatever way I choose.
You'd think.
I hope.
Those NZ dates will be myself and Clare Moore.
Stu Thomas will be making the Darwin show.

That show at the Drunken Poet was my second turn on that wooden floor. It's like playing in a pub in the UK. Quite homey. Perhaps it's a lot of backpackers using the pub as their front room.

I stood there and played whatever I liked on my 6 string Maton. Songs like "robert ford on the stage" , "listen to her lover's sing", "I was the hunter and I was the prey". If the material in a set is solely up to me I just like to play interesting chords and lines. I could do it all day. But of course, you have to think of people.

One day, I'll be expressing myself fully on that dimension. But where or why or when could you finally speak your mind? And who to?

I must admit I'm getting pretty loose as far as my profile goes. I mean the angle at which I put my supply lines in regard to my front line.
Ever since that time last year when a man came up to me at a pub in Melbourne with his drunken mate, as if he was standing up for the sook, saying to me , "so are you gonna play his song or do we have to knock you around a bit?" I smiled because it seemed so stupid. Luckily there was nobody really tough there. I just played with the drunk, asking him what song he meant, and he didn't know the title. (No one knows the name of my most requested tune) . It was free to get in too. I take Ross Wilson's law to heart , "you want gold you pay gold!"

Played in Adelaide last month. This fellow comes up to me after the first set and asks do I like the Velvet Underground. I reply that , yeah they're okay but I really liked Lou's solo albums too. He says he loves "Perfect Day". I say, "that's his gayest tune. The most gay". He pauses and says " "What - is Lou Reed gay?" I leave a long pause....

Then I say ... "yeah, maybe .......you better Google some of this stuff? ......... hey maybe not...."

See sometimes you think you're playing to a room full of wise and knowledgeable people. Incidents like this can play on your mind... What's that Monster Magnet tune ?     "dopes to infinity".

We're also doing a Melbourne afternoon show at the Northcote Social Club  September 14th.

August 22nd - Happy Yess- Darwin

Wed 27th August: Auckland. .... Golden Dawn
Thurs 28th August: Wellington - MEOW
Fri 29th August: Christchurch - Darkroom
Sat 30th August: Christchurch - 9.30am - appearance at Writers Festival then Dunedin - Chick's Hotel
Sept 3rd - Ararat Live- Ararat
Sept 14th - matinee show - Northcote Social Club - tix here  Special guest Anna Smyrk 


We're coming back to Sydney in November for a run of dates.

But before that, Clare and I will be heading to Europe as part of Harry Howard and the NDE for dates in France, Germany, Austria and London. I'll be doing some acoustic shows with Clare as well. More details soon.

We've put up some albums digitally at Bandcamp too.

There's my effort from 2005 "Hashish"

And Clare Moore's "Liquor"

They were previously only available as a double. The cd is out of print.

Clare also has her first album "The Third Woman" available

We shall speak anon....

Saturday, August 2, 2014

FEARFUL WIGGINGS - further links and notices

Peter O'doherty from Dog Trumpet has an exhibition on at Goulds Gallery in Sth Yarra for the next month. Its at 270 Toorak Rd, right up near the Chapel st intersection. It's called "From the street"
Here's a link to it.

 Dog Trumpet also have a new album out. A double. Masterful players, writers and great guys!

While we're on the O'doherty kick. Here's Claudia O'doherty with a series of WEBISODES from the UK.

An interview I did regarding FEARFUL WIGGINGS with Myf Warhurst at Double J

From TIM magazine. I get asked what's on my ipod. I don't have one but tell what vinyl LPs were at the turntable.

 An interview with Radio Adelaide. I was standing in a freezing shopfront in a country town along the highway from Melbourne to Mt Gambier. It was raining.

 Rolling Stone Australia reviewed FEARFUL WIGGINGS. The first album of mine to be honoured so since 2003.

 4ZZZ in Brisbane reviews FEARFUL WIGGINGS

Dave Graney - Fearful Wiggings

Cockaigne / Fuse
"The latest installment from iconic Melbourne musician (and Triple R broadcaster!) Dave Graney is as compelling and unique as ever. On this record we hear the distinctive vocals and poetically concise lyricism Dave is known for presented in new and ever more expressive sonic form. Throughout the course of the album Dave Graney and partner Clare Moore explore everything from sparse folk, jazz, to adventurous art pop, all with a richly textured ambience".
Triple R  album of the week- SIMON WINKLER

 Q&A in the Sydney Morning Herald

 An interview in Rhythms magazine

Played with Harry Howard and the NDE last night, opening for the Models in Elsternwick. Always love playing as part of the NDE .

Clare was suffering a cold. the Models are a strange but lovely bunch of guys. They have a great, loose set. Sometimes funky, always unpredictable. 

As I packed my stuff up a man asked me if I was Dave Graney. I said I was . He asked me if that was "Coral Snakes" as he pointed at Clare. I said yeah that's Clare. He asked if I was still playing - with the Coral Snakes. I said I hadn't played  with them since the end of 1997 and had probably done a dozen albums since then. he asked if I was touring. I said yes, actually. All the time. He asked what he should look up. I said well, try DAVE GRANEY and see how you go. 

2014 shows
dave graney and the mistLY

August 17th - dave graney solo at the Drunken Poet in Melbourne

August 22nd Happy Yess Club - Darwin

NZ TOUR- dave graney and clare moore
Wed 27th August: Auckland. .... Golden Dawn
Thurs 28th August: Wellington - MEOW
Fri 29th August: Christchurch - Darkroom
Sat 30th August:
Christchurch - 9.30am - appearance at Writers Festival
Sat 30th August - Dunedin - Chick's Hotel

Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove" Valentino and Malcolm Ross

Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Robin Casinader - In Concert


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...
If you are from outside of Australia and wish to purchase a Compact Disc copy of ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? please use this button (different postage)



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