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

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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.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? 2019 album out now




Our 2019 album ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? 2019 album is out now on our favoured format, Compact Disc, and in digital stores. In Melbourne you can source it at Rocksteady Records and Basement Discs. In Sydney you can find it at Redeye Records. Otherwise, it can be sourced at our live shows or mail order via this blog or from our web site.

A link for several digital portals hereiTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

Track Listing
1 Baby, I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star  3:55
2 Song Of Life  4:30
3 ULTRAKEEF  5:46
 4 Gloria Grahame  3:59 
5 Your Masters  3:54
6 Is That What You Did?  8:14
7 Where’s My Buzz?  7:01
 8 You’re All Wrong  4:51
9 Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star - darkly blues version  5:41
10 Song Of Life remixed/extended original version  5:30
11 Gloria Grahame (fuck or die) original electro glitch version  3:39
12 Is That What You Did? alternate version  7:24
13 Where’s My Buzz? alternate version  6:53




Available as a high quality digital album or on Compact Disc via Bandcamp.
Dave Graney, vocals, electric, acoustic guitars, bass, autoharp, occasional keys .Clare Moore, drums, vibes, marimba, percussion, keys, melodica, backing vocals. Stuart Perera, electric guitar, backing vocals. Stu Thomas, bass, backing vocals.
Tracks 1-3 and 5-7 and 12-13 recorded over two days in  in July 2018 at Soundpark Studios in Melbourne, Australia and engineered by Andrew “Idge” Hehir. Track 4 built up from a live track recorded at Smiths in Canberra October 2018. Robin Casinader guests on synth.
ULTRAKEEF mixed by Andrew “Idge” Hehir and Your Masters mixed by Henry Wagons.All others recorded and mixed by Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Ponderosa during 2018. Mastered by Greg Wadley December 2018. Photos by Barry Douglas. Video by Donna McRae and Michael Vale.
Cover art by Tony Mahony.
All songs written by Dave Graney. Copyright Control, except for ULTRAKEEF and IS THAT WHAT YOU DID? which have words by Dave Graney and music by Clare Moore, Stu Thomas, Stuart Perera and Dave Graney.

 A great review of ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? at Your Music Radar.




There’s a side A : Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star, Song Of Life, ULTRAKEEF, Gloria Grahame and Your Masters.
Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star first appeared as it does on Side Z with me playing all the instruments (except for Clare Moore on drums). Clare suggested we do it with the mistLY and it came over all swinging and bright with pounding toms, pop oomph and zinging twelve string guitars. That was the idea of the album, to have songs done in different styles and tempos.
Song Of Life is the title track, in a way. The chorus has the line “ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS?”. Song Of Life was recorded and released in February 2018, an extended version of that original, clean and very pop version appears on Side Z of the album. We started playing it with the mistLY and it sounded great so we wanted to do it again.Words written while I lay in a hospital bed after an appendix operation. Thoughts naturally drift to an overview of your entire life.

ULTRAKEEF began with a rough demo of a couple of slurred block chords and an idea to set them against a cowbell heavy beat. Then to tell a story within those confines of a badass rock’n’roll myth. To take that myth to the nth and push it over the edge of the falls. It helps if you are versed in the lore of the Stones, a popular beat group that came straight out of Dartford in the UK. This track was mixed by Idge at Soundpark.


  

Gloria Grahame (fuck or die), another tale of showbiz chutzpah and flash. They’ve all got it. Infamy! A film actor who was wild in private life and lived even hotter in underworld gossip. She did it her way. Great films like The Big Heat with Lee Marvin and In A Lonely Place with HumphreyBogart. Originally recorded and released in April 2018 with me playing keys over a one chord beat I glitched up one day, I started to fool around with open tuning and  a slide guitar on my archtop guitar and a live performance in Canberra late 2018 saw Coral Snake Robin Casinader jump onto the bandstand with us to play some synth over the G chord and the loping beat. We added some sounds to it in the studio
(good enough for Lou Reed on Street Hassle) and we had another kind of song.

Your Masters was originally written and recorded for The Dave Graney Show album in 1998 in repsonse to John Howards election as PM and his invention of a group of blue collar “battlers” whom he dubbed “aspirationals”.
Then he was re-elected another three times. Started playing the song again and it kept staying relevant. The chorus says “you know they’ll never let you in

There’s a side B: Is That What You Did?  Where’s My Buzz? and You’re All Wrong.
The idea of the album was to have songs done in different styles and tempos. The two longest tracks, Is That What You Did? and Where’s My Buzz? seemed to be pieces that would always be different. There would never be a perfect version, just different ones.

When I say “the “sou’westing ballroom jam” that is the eight minute plus “Is That What You Did?” I mean to say its springing from my youthful immersion in Southern Rock (Allman Brothers/ Lynyrd Skynyrd) and West Coast jams like the Grateful Deads DARK STAR. Of course, I loved The Blue Oyster Cult , Doors and Television as well.
I’m saying that’s where I was aiming for us to stray near to.
Lyrically? It stems from people asking me after shows - or even during shows whether what I was doing is what I did. What they’d heard that I did or was supposed to have done. Was that it?

The soft fusion chordal folding trick that is “Where’s My Buzz?” .
Yes, this song has a lot of chords but it flows. Wonderful playing from everybody on this track. Also wonderfully recorded by Idge. I guess this has some “yacht rock nods” . There’s a few songs on the album that pose questions.
This is a legitimate question. Of the universe. Where Is My Buzz?
Originally released digitally in April 2018 and remixed/remastered in a slightly longer version here. I discovered open tuning and a slide for my archtop guitar and a whole bunch of songs stole out of it. More to come. “You’re all wrong – not everybody – just you –  but all of you – you’re all wrong…”

And a Side Z: Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star (darkly blues version), Song Of Life (remixed/extended original version) , Gloria Grahame (original electro glitch version) and alternate takes/versions of Is That What You Did? and Where’s My Buzz?
Of course they’re all on one Compact Disc and there are no sides to it but we’re making that call. We are partitioning it, thusly. Because.


Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star – darkly blues version.  This is the original version. More downbeat, more funk. More bluesy.
Song Of Life original electro glitch version. There is wise blood flowing through “Song Of Life” We extended it and remixed it for the album.
Minimal keys and less guitar over a beat driven by Dave Graney”
“Gloria Grahame-manifest-manifestly-manifesto..”
“Dave Graney drops down to his mean pulp groundwater with a pulsing, keys driven celebration of film noir icon Gloria Grahame, star of the Big Heat and In A Lonely Place recently the subject of the movie “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool”. The song celebrates her cold power and resilience and enigmatic, restless persona. It touches on an apocryphal incident where, as they watched a couple having sex in a hotel room, she allegedly pulled a gun on husband Nicholas Ray and gave him the choice, fuck or die
?”

I brought Is that What You Did? to rehearsal a couple of years ago but this was it’s time to come together. presented here in two different versions. Different takes altogether. This is the alternate take. It’ll always be an alternate take whenever we play this song.A bit faster? Looser.
Where’s My Buzz? is more of a chordal avalanche, a blues-jazz cri de cour. Two different takes, both snaking out over seven minutes in length.
It asks all the relevant questions, the buzzing questions.
That was the idea of the album, to have songs done in different styles and tempos. The two longest tracks, Is That What You Did? and Where’s My Buzz? seemed to be pieces that would always be different. There would never be a perfect version, just different ones.



"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.
Out of Melbourne, Australia. Album number 33 (approx.) from Graney and Moore


From the homage to the silhouette of the baddest droog that ever threw shade on both Life, Death and breakfast – ULTRAKEEF, to the “sou’westing ballroom jam” that is the eight minute plus “Is That What You Did?” through the soft fusion chordal folding trick that is “Where’s My Buzz?” through the attitude that speaks truth to all on the solo “You’re All Wrong” and the badass female geist of “Gloria Grahame”, it’s an album steeped in lore, myth and musical language as much as lyric power. Graney’s voice is up in the mix and the guitars, drums and bass have real tension, energy and bounce. Plenty of space, too.
There are eight songs done thirteen ways. Trembling blues, sliding guitar guitars and infinite grooves. Clean sounds and yacht rock nods. There is wise blood flowing through “Song Of Life” and “Your Masters”. (The latter being a re-recording of a song originally realized in 1998 with the Dave Graney Show). There are many alternate takes and versions.
Eight songs thirteen ways.
What Is that?
What Was This?
The album begins with the post heist-gone-wrong confessional “Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star”. A song that’s never been written before.
ZIPPA DEEDOO
Out on CD and digitally March 2019

 
People involved in the ZIPPA DEEDOO project.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore : songs , guitars, keys, vibes, bass, drums, vocals, production in their studio, administration of live performance arrangements and band personnel. Irish Australian and Irish-Greek Australian heritage. Melbourne based. Moodists-Coral Snakes-mistLY.
Stu Thomas:  bass player, member of the mistLY since 2004. Melbourne based. Australian of Chinese, Portuguese heritage. Also performs as The Stu Thomas Paradox.


Stuart Perera : guitar player for the mistLY since 1998. (Longest association of any player with Graney and Moore) Melbourne based. Australian of Sri Lankan/ Chinese heritage.

photo Katey Shearer
Tony Mahony, cover art for every Dave Graney and Clare Moore release since 1992. Also film director for features, ads and video. Melbourne based.
Barry Douglas: photographer and video maker who has documented Dave Graney and Clare Moore’s activities closely over the last five years. Melbourne based.
Robin Casinader : solo artist, Canberra resident , current and former member of the Coral Snakes who contributed synth to Gloria Grahame.
Donna McRae and Michael Vale : directors of the video clip for ULTRAKEEF. Melbourne based film makers for whom Dave Graney and Clare More contributed the ssoundtracks for their feature length films, JOHNNY GHOST (2013) and LOST GULLY ROAD (2018)
Andrew “Idge” Hehir, engineer/proprietor of SOUNDPARK STUDIOS where most songs were recorded and who also mixed ULTRAKEEF.
Henry Wagons : Solo artist and also leader of THE WAGONS, radio broadcaster and songwriter who mixed Your Masters.
Greg Wadley : Mastering.
Dex Audio: Manufacturing of CDs .
The Orchard : Digital Distributor.
This is roughly the 33rd stand-alone physical album from Graney and Moore.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

ULTRAKEEF. The song and the clip.

Dave Graney vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars
Clare Moore, drums and backing vocals
Stu Thomas, bass and backing vocals
Stuart Perera elecric guitar and backing vocals.

words: dave graney music: dave graney clare moore stu thomas stuart perera

Recorded at Soundpark July 2018 by Idge.
Mixed at Soundpark by Idge
Mastered by Greg Wadley

ULTRAKEEF is a song from our album ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS?
I made a rough demo of it with Clare Moore a couple of years ago. The only idea was to have a cowbell ringing in the beat and the block chords just seemed to write themselves into place. It's mainly in E and then moves to a D for a change and then to A7.

We just knew it should be spaced out and to let the words tell a story.

The story was inspired by all the goofy, dopey guitarists (mainly) that we have known or watched from a distance as they aspired to live DOWN to the badass image of a pirate-guitar slinger as most famously thrown by KEEF aka Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. So many have DIED trying to be as bad as KEEF is reputed to be.

I was very impressed when I read in his book how he never eats at meal times or sleeps at normal times. He eats when hungry or sleeps when tired. That was more impressive than all the much talked of and seemingly heroic drug taking and boozing.

I never got into rock music for that stuff. I came from a very hedonistic family and a very hedonistic culture. I didn't need to get into rock music to get wasted. And nothing I ever saw in that world was as wild or carefree as the country stoners and hot rod crazy football playing mill workers I grew up with.
But I was impressed that Keith - KEEF - made the world bend to his leanings from early on. He made his rules.

So the words of the song are ...

Fuck you day
fuck you time of day
fuck you breakfast
fuck you food
fuck you mealtime
fuck you bedtime
fuck you Dartford
fuck you London
fuck you England
fuck you France
hello D-O-P-E hello dope
hello B-O-O-Z-E hello booze
hello Bentley/hello guns ‘n’ knives ‘n’ kohl
kohl for my eyes
goodbye Brian
hello Anita
sorry Anita
zzzzzzzzz
fuck you old man
fuck you young girl
fuck you Mick
kiss me Charlie
fuck you Canada (Toronto)
fuck you Australia
hello Jamaica
hello Walter Raleigh and Henry Morgan
fuck you life
fuck you death 


We rehearsed the song with Stu Thomas and Stuart Perera and they brought a real lot of groove to it. We played it a few times during our Croxton residencies last year and people really clicked with it , immediately.
We put it down all together in at Soundpark studios and thought we'd do a  clip for it.

Donna McRae and Michael Vale are two film makers Clare Moore and I have worked with, doing the soundtracks on their films Johnny Ghost and Lost Gully Road. They had previously done a clip for Clare Moores band The Dames.

They asked us for a few ideas and we suggested a few approaches and we came up with this clip. It contains nods/references/traces of a certain 1974 clip from the Rolling Stones. I'll leave it up to the reader to guess which one.



The crew were VIDEO Directors: Donna McRae & Michael Vale
DOP: Laszlo Baranyai HSC, ACS
Production Designer: Michael Vale
Editor: Donna McRae
Camera Assistant: Peter White
Lighting Assistant: Stephen Loats
Art Department Assistants: Katherine Murray, Xavier Nathan




The clip has aired two weeks in a row (very late/early in the morning) on the ABC tv show Rage and people have responded quickly to it. Even tyre kickers wandering on to the comments section of Youtube to tell me that "the lyrics are bad" and I'm "phoning in the vocal". People have funny ideas about what musicians and songwriters do and why they do anything! Also, the two commenters (most people have been much more positive but its a weird truism that you focus on negative things much too much) both said they were "fans of (my) work. If I was a fan of somebody I would never - ever - come  to tell them what I thought of it. Especially when it was still jumping on the plate! I would just enjoy it as it happened. Something else from the source of something I liked.....

ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? is available mail order through our website  and is released this Friday March 22nd as a digital album. You can preorder it via this link at a  stupidly low price.

The album is on Compact Disc, our favoured format, and can be found at Rocksteady Records and Basement Discs in Melbourne.  In Sydney it is available at REDEYE RECORDS.

We will also have it available at our live shows. We will be heading out firstly to do some duo shows. Myself and Clare Moore. Then we will be doing some shows with the mistLY.







Shows below are by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.
Thursday 28 March - Stag & Hunter, Newcastle
Friday 29 March - Bent On Food, Wingham
Saturday 30 March - 5 Church Street Bellingen
Sunday 31 March - Brunswick Picture House
Friday April 12th - Memo Music Hall opening for Stephen Cummings (with whom Clare Moore is playing drums) .
Saturday May 4th The Gov- Adelaide CLARE MOORE AND DAVE GRANEY opening for Stephen Cummings.


Shows below are by Dave Graney and the mistLY

Wednesday 8 May
- Brass Monkey Cronulla
Thursday 9 May - The Bunker Coogee
Friday 10 May - Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville
Saturday 11 May - Metro Social, Katoomba
Sunday 12 May - Dangar Bowlo.NSW

Friday May 24th - Tanswells Commercial Hotel - Beechworth

Sunday May 26th - Northcote Social Club (afternoon) ZIPPADEEDOO album launch show.
Friday June 21st the Bison Bar, Nambour.
Saturday June 22nd- Sunday June 23rd - the Bearded Lady, Brisbane.
Saturday June 29th - The Caravan Music Club - Bentleigh
July 12th - THE GOV - Adelaide




ONE MILLION YEARS DC

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?

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)

LETS GET TIGHT

FEARFUL WIGGINGS

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


UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
AVAILABLE AS A DIGITAL album

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


UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
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