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.

Monday, July 29, 2019

It Don't Stop!

Well I guess IT will have to stop at some stage but while we can shake IT and make some noise we might as well, 'ey?
Though we are instituting a new kind of year zero attitude from here on in. No more setting our  moves to some other time code. No more values imported from outside. We'll be setting off our own timeline. Soon.
I'm referring in some ways to this second album for 2019 which will be finished soon. It will be a digital only release. It's an album that has eleven songs sizzling away at the moment. Just a few more finishing touches. Pretty much all instruments played by myself and Clare Moore.

Though we are having some touches put on by a special guest on an exotic instrument and once again, Will Hindmarsh and Emily Jarrett have added some amazing vocals to one track.
The projected title is Dave Graney and Clare Moore - ONE MILLION YEARS DC.
There will be no arguments entered into!
October is the month.
We will probaby sneak a song out before the whole thing is let out of our precious bag.

Thanks to everybody who came to our ZIPPA DEEDOO shows. We ended up in Adelaide at the Gov, a wonderful venue that we hope to return to at some stage.
Like our Caravan Club show, we played a set mostly from the last decade of music and mostly from ZIPPA DEEDOO and LETS GET TIGHT.

yeah, these were on stage at the end of the night, nestled under my 12 string.

Then Clare Moore and  I had to concentrate on some material for a Scott Walker tribute that we'd agreed to be involved in. That was harder for me as I'm not really match fit as far as boning up on other peoples songs and arrangements go. I had said "yes" to it in a joyful spirit of can do and then I had to face the reality of how many lyrics there actually were in the songs I'd chosen. Clare was playing drums as well as vibes for about 22 songs. Steve Hadley on bass (who had asked us to be involved), Bruce Haymes on keys, Shane Reilly on pedal steel and guitars and Jack Howard on trumpet. The singers chose the material, whatever they knew or thought they knew, and away we went. Ended up having two rehearsals in the week of the gig. We played the Thornbury theatre and the Caravan Music Club. The singers were myself and Rob Snarski, David Bowers, Moogie Morgan and Alyce Platt.

I opened proceedings with Boy Child and Plastic Palace People and later on did Black Sheep Boy, After the Lights Go Out , Blanket Roll Blues and the Old Mans Back Again, Moogy did Mathilde, My Death, Ne Me Quitte Pas, Amsterdam (in french) and Jackie . Alyce Platt did a different arrangement of Amsterdam in English. Rob Snarski did The Amourous Humphrey Plugg, Lady Came From Baltimore, The Worlds Strongest Man and Duchess and David Bowers did My Ship Is Coming In, The Lights Of Cincinatti, Montague Terrace In Blue, No Regrets and the Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore.
I played extra guitar on several and did backing vocals, percussion and emcee'd the show. The music was played in two sets.
I introduced songs and generally talked people through it, presuming they would be knowledgeable Scott Walker fans, i.e, a tough crowd.
Each song had a lot of finicky arrangement and textural touches. Lots of concentration involved. It was surprising to realize that each little package of sound was rarely more than two minutes long because inside them they were so intricate and detailed.
This was the second tribute/homage show I'd been involved in other than the Bowie In Berlin nights we did in 2018.

There has been talk or more shows down the track, who knows?

Then I went back into the studio. We are organizing some shows for later in the year in NSW and Qld.

A review of ZIPPA DEEDOO in the i94bar.

I'm at the first 100 of an 800 page John Cowper Powys novel. Set in 14th century Wales. Owen Glendower.
I've watched four episodes of THE LOUDEST VOICE, the dramatized story of Roger Ailes and Fox news. Never have I watched a show with such absolute turds as the lead characters. Russell Crowe is pretty good as AILES but its hard to cheer on a guy who has had such a profoundly shitty influence on the USA and so, the world.

Oh yes, we had an election too somewhere in there. Like most people, I'm still getting over that. And hoping the Labour Party doesn't chuck itself out of the bath in haste to become attractive to swinging zombie voters. In the UK a tiny bunch of people make Boris Johnson their leader, in the US its Trump, voted in by a percentage of a third of the country . In Australia we have someone leading a  real pack of inept, thoughtless bozos- but we have compulsory voting?!@#&^%#@!

I'm still interested in doing shows outside of pubs and clubs. 

I am up for some 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 a few of these with a mic and guitar plugged into my acoustic amp.
Click here for more details.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

2 Melbourne then Adelaide then

This was our second ZIPPA night in Melbourne. We played North at the Northcote Social Club May 26th and then this show Southside at the Caravan Music Club.

In the week before the gig, Clare Moore and I did an interview with Raf Epstein on ABC Melbournes Conversation Hour. You can stream it here

Sean McMahon played an opening set with his band. Excellent people.

We played a long set, probably  75-80 minutes. Its a great room and there were seats, tables and stools all around the place. Great audio and lighting. If you didn't get there, you missed a classic night.

I started the show alone on the stage with the curtains opening and me playing part of a new instrumental piece on my archtop. As I got to the second chorus Stu, Stuart and Clare walked on and we moved into I Wanna Get Lost Again

We played straight through with songs from recent albums and earlier as well as ZIPPA DEEDOO

pic Graeme Tressider.

At the end I asked if there was anything people came wanting to hear and somebody called out for RUNAWAY, (The Moodists) which we then played. Somebody else wanted us to play Three Dead Passengers In A Stolen Secondhand Ford and we did that as well. We closed with CODINE.

 It was a very wintry day and we had a really fantastic time. Many old friends showed up and I thank them all.

On July 12th we head to Adelaide to play a final ZIPPA DEEDOO tour show at the Governor Hindmarsh. We have the Sunday Reeds opening. Tickets here.

Work is progressing on a new album. Settled on a title and Tony Mahony is working on a  cover.  
It's sounding great! Credited to Dave Graney and Clare Moore. October, I hope. 

On the show I do at Triple R I just got an album by a band who proudly say its "their first for twelve years".  Strange, they must be very rusty, you would reckon.

"the Serge Gainsbourg/Lee Hazelwood/Jim Morrison/Scott Walker/Skip Spence/Ern Malley/Lenny Bruce of Australian music.
A genius songwriter with effortless presence and command, and yet also an invisible chameleon, a reflecting surface, an anonymous conduit.
Anyone who saw his and Clare Moore’s ATP sets last year will not want to miss these.
Dave is one of the all time greats. I learned much of what I know from him. Rock and Roll is where he hides
”. Stewart Lee

"You can dip in almost anywhere into the vast Graney catalogue and find something deeper and more satisfying than the pop fizz of the day. But if you are starting out, this album and attending a Graney gig on an extensive Australian tour in the next few months is an excellent place to begin".
Noel mengel - MusicTrust.com
"This is your Guernica, your Imagine, your XYGTHO Phase 3, your Raging Bull. Everything you have created before has culminated in this true masterpiece of recorded music. Life, Death, Pathos, Humour, Groove and above all Aplomb = Zippa Dee Do what is-was that-this? Congratulations to you, Clare and the mistLY and thank you for an album that will be on regular rotation in my shack for the remainder of my days".
Grame Tressider
"Dave Graney and the mistLY new album “Zippa Dee Doo What Is-Was That-This?” - guaranteed deep grooves, dangerous themes and hip-heating hot Rock action.
Get the good oil at Rocksteady Records"
Pat Monaghan
"This is described as a “rock and roll” album and in that it reflects music from the late 60s/early 70s (pre-punk if you will) that is a reasonable description but i’d say it goes beyond that basic description as there are modern elements, nods to jazz, the use of current technique, and of course the unique Graney/Moore stylings all present. It adds to and enhances a formidable body of work.
I commend it to you without reservation"
Bob Osborne - Analogue Trash Radio (UK)
Graney has always been a raconteur – with equal doses of smooth, smug and wit. They say rock ‘n’ roll is a musical genre on the decline – but with this unusually titled album Graney has raised the rock ‘n’ roll flag and wears his love for the genre on his sleeve, meshed with some blues and psychedelia.
An album title that will cause confusion, but a set of songs that remind us of what a maverick Graney is. Liking his music will make you feel smarter!
Brian Parker- Your Music Radar

”...brilliant show. Best band in this country by miles. Graney and Co. are totally unique. Whatever line-up, always amazing. And FUN!”.
Jon Schofield (musician)

"Just a quick note to say how much I’m loving the new album. Front-loaded with hits, and then a series of great band workouts. Superb.
Can’t decide which version of ‘Song of Life’ I like best. And ‘ULTRAKEEF' is a bloody classic. Am spreading the word on that clip.
And surely you’re catching up to - and have maybe even overtaken - Mark E. Smith in terms of output! Congrats, yet again".
"Dave Graney gave me his new album Zippa Dee Doo whatis-was that-this. I saw the Mistly perform 'ultra keef' at one of the those marvellous Croxton Sunday arvo gigs. Fell in love with it and asked him if I could record it. Ending up recording a bit on the album, Dave mixed it. So many great f words on this track, very cathartic. A story about keef, everytime I've seen him play it the lyrics are different, genious".
Idge (Soundpark)

"Had this on high rotation today whilst driving from one place to another and back again. It’s a fantastic and thought provoking unique new album from Dave Graney and the mistly. A whole bunch of truly original well played weird, whack and wonder existentialist outsider art with the usual dash of wit and humour- oh and I can’t stop singing the hit song over and over in my head, “Bam! Baby I wish I’d been a better pop star” - excellent work guys - love it!- congrats".
andy jans brown
Dave Graney and Clare Moore CD Let's Get Tight available at iTunes and Bandcamp now.
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I can’t forget the bill that hot night at the Palace in St. Kilda many years ago…The show opened with a guy called Dave Graney, the song and dance man, the loveable rogue, ‘the love rustler’ with his Coral Snakes, and the serene Clare Moore keeping everything together in the back. Then the Cruel Sea shambled onstage with Tex Perkins, tearing a hole in the night, a bellowing, rancid Lizard King in a ripped Jaws t-shirt. Finally, the Bad Seeds, with Cave mounting the fold-back, capes flowing in an impossible wind, like some perverse southern gothic evangelist, braying to the raptured who were already certain to be damned, and didn’t care. The Palace heaved that night with sweat and obscenity. And we were right there, in Melbourne, at the molten core of the rock world, drinking in the magma. Not even a thousand beers as we poured out of there, and drifted over the tram tracks to the Esplanade, could calm us down and quell the charge. But it was the unstoppable Graney, in his natty jumpsuit, with his wit, and his ways, dipping into the slow chords of ‘Night of the Wolverine’, that we knew we’d found a poet, whose lines were etched like the statue of Carlo Catarni outside and had announced himself, that night, there and then, as a put-down-your-glassss superstar. xo

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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, 12 string set - CDs sold out - digital only

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