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

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

Sunday, April 17, 2016

SALFORD and the first set at ATP

The Salford show was a small room adjoined to a cute pub in a grim looking backstreet. Old school Salford surroundings. The Eagle Inn. The band room was a terrace house with the ceiling knocked out. People could look down from a  mezzanine area onto the stage. A lot like the old 12 bar club in Denmark street, Soho.
Poppycock were an 8 piece band, all female save for the drummer, led by Una Baines who was an original member of the Fall from 1976-78. That means she must have played on "repetition", one of the few pop songs to name-check contemporary power names President Carter and Chairman Mao.
They had lots of harmonies, guitar, keys and flute and a variety of feels. Loved the track "Cleaning Woman".

We played our regular tour set we had been cooking up, though tonight we had a go at "chads car" and "you're just too hip, baby". (Because Una asked for it).

Health was slowly improving though Clare and Stu are still coughing like miners.

Thanks to Bob Osborne for helping to organizing the gig. 

We made our way to Wales the next day. A drive that took a couple of hours.

We arrived and got set up in our chalet and caught the Necks who opened proceedings.  I always want them to just slip into a nice groove like ELPs version of fanfare For A Common Man. Didn't happen. Again.

We were intending to play two shows, one that night and one on Sunday and thought we might as well do the same set in the two different rooms. The Festival booklet had it written that I was set to do a solo set though. Not having brought an acoustic guitar I did a  set with an electric through a Vox amp on very clean settings with Stu Thomas on bass and vocals and Clare Moore on percussion and vocals.
We did songs like....

I wanna get lost again
anchors aweigh
you put a spell on me
saturday night bath
I will have always been here before  ( as an homage to Roky Erickson)
my schthick weighs a ton
chads car
rock'n'roll is where I hide
all our friends were stars
everything was legendary with Robert
a woman skinnies a man up

It went down really well and sounded great.
Clare and Stu were heaving up for air and coughing madly after each song.
A hardcore roadie told me I was part Jonathan Richman and part Scott Walker. High praise!

Later that night we saw Roky Erikson play an amazingly good show . A young band fully committed to backing him on a set on Thirteenth Floor Elevators tracks. The guitarist was excellent. The sound was a bit too much on the big bass drum side of things but I got used to ignoring it and loved the show. Roky sat front of stage with a  big hollow body and sang every tune- lots of words in those songs. The last three songs were "I've got levitation", "Reverberation" ( which really took off) and "you're gonna miss me". They came back on to encore with a solo track , "two headed dog". Amazing how many characters from that psychedelic period Roky has outlived!

The next day we caught Stewart Lee do a whole comedy show in the room we'd played in teh night before. A great live performer.
We also saw the Raincoats who must be one of the most difficult acts to describe. Three woman, violin, guitar, monosynth, bass and electric guitar. Three singers, not really harmonizing, just all singing. Not at all slick, pretty loose and wild. Riveting.

The highlight of the day was seeing Giant Sand. Howe Gelb and two guys from Tucson on guitars and a bass player, drummer and female pedal steel player from Copenhagen. Loved the songs and the dynamics. Howe is like a country singer. One minute he's talking and then you realize he's singing. You don't see the shift in gears. He played mostly electric guitar but also gave space to the two other guys to sing a tune while he changed a string and came back with a different hat to sing a great, upbeat (?) version of "he stopped loving her today". Some bloke dressed like an old hobo called Jason Lyttle came on for two songs which everybody went mad over but he was a lot straighter in his chords and delivery. I just wanted Howe's moody, dark eye-browed, grey weirdness. Excellent!

The Fall played after this. People will forever be asking , "what was that all about?" Powerful band, drilled and tense with such clarity. Then Mark.

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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

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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 - available $20 via Paypal

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-Available $20 via Paypal

UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

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