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
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!
- dave graney
- 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.
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)
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
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
Hashish and Liquor (2005 double disc by Dave Graney and Clare Moore) available via Paypal $25
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Single album HASHISH available as a digital release
Heroic Blues- "folk soul" set from 2002-Availableas a digital album via BandCamp
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