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.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hey whatcha been doin?

Hey whatcha been doin'?

Well just hangin' around the house really. Like everybody else in the entire world.

Since early March. A weekly visit to the shops, a short drive away. Reading books, watching some long form tv series. Some old and some new. Scrolling through social media. Waiting for the daily press briefing from the Victorian State Premier and health officer. (There has been a bad spike in Melbourne Covid infections. Either a second wave or the actual real first wave).

Cooking more variety of food than ever in my life. The first lockdown was in late Summer/Autumn so seemed a little easier. This second one has been a winter experience. We have gas heating but also a fireplace so for May and June I was just burning wood that was laying around our block. Fallen tree branches and some logs from a tree trunk that we had had cut up. Lots of bark and stray bits of wood. Then we had to buy some firewood. Hard wood and red wood is about $120 for half of a square metre. There are quite a few places out on the highway. Otherwise the service stations 12 kilo sell bags for about $12.

The places that sell wood also sell mulch and stone and decorative pebbles. The people who work there are tough as the work they do.

My daily clothes have consisted of a few items. Several layers of shirts, jumper and jacket, scarves, socks and boots.

We have played a bit of chess and kept up with physical exercise.

Our weekly shows via Stage It have been  a great focus for us. We have been playing every Thursday night at 8pm AEST and have also been doing every second Sunday morning at 7AM to make a show happen 10 PM Saturday  in the UK/ Euro zone. The latter shows have been really enjoyable as I had not ever experienced performing at that early hour. It is like a being in a half dreamy or softly drugged state. Very enjoyable! Though it destroys us for the rest of the day which we spend wandering about in a jet lagged fog.

The shows are live and there is no facility to record or watch it back. We endeavour to play a different set each week using vibes, keys, guitars, melodica, autoharp and rhtyhm machine. Whatever is needed. So far we have played roughly 73 songs of mine...

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (2000)
Song Of Life (2019)
Where Did All the Freaks Go? (2019)
Be Sad For Me (2017)
Anchors Aweigh (2001)
Everybody Loves A Mass Killer (1997)
The Devil Drives (1997)
Drugs Are Wasted On The Young (2000)
Tuning Up (2020)
Mt Gambier Night (2012)
Answering Machine (2019)
The Brother Who Lived (2003)
Twilight Of A Villain (2003)
The Stuff That Night Is Made Of (2000)
Vengeance Is On It's Way (2000)
Night Of The Wolverine (1993)
I Need Some Scratch (2000)
A Woman Skinnies A Man Up (2014)
Midnight To Dawn (2003)
Chads Car (1981)
All Our Friends Were Stars (2003)
Everybodys Gone (2005)
A Man On The Make (1997)
Comrade Of Pop (2019)
My Schtick Weighs A Ton (2005)
Where's My Buzz? (2019)
Apollo 69 (1995)
The Birds And The Goats (1995)
Lifes a Dream (2012)
Bodysnatcher Blues (2009)
Baby I Wish I'd Been A Better Pop Star (2019)
Hell Is You, Babe (2019)
You've Been In My Mind (2019)
I Wanna Get Lost Again (2005)
Sometimes You can See Yourself (2005)
I Will Always Hate You (2001)
I Will Have Always Been Here Before (2001)
Ruperts Pets Grave (2017)
Are You Out Of Your Mind? (2017)
Your Masters Must Be Pleased With You (1999)
Lets Live Properly (2005)
We Don't Belong To Anybody (2011)
You Need To Suffer (1993)
We Need A Champion (2012)
You're All Wrong (2019)
Saturday Night Bath (2005)
Everything Was Legendary With Robert (2014)
Have You Heard About The Melbourne Mafia? (2000)
You Put A Spell On Me (2000)
Finally I Come Clean (2019)
Blues Negative (2012)
They Wanted To Be Players (1999)
I'm A Comander (1999)
Lt Colonel Cavalry (1999)
Only The Stoned (2005)
Am I Wearing Something Of Yours? (1999)
That's Frankies Negative (1984)
Ultrakeef (2019)
The Stars, Baby, The Stars (1994)
Eye O' The Vibe (2001)
Where The Trees Walk Downhill (1980)
Clinging To the Coast (2001)
You Need A Kleek, Klook (2017)
I Ain't Hi Vis (2017)
Are We Goin' Too Fast For Love? (2001)
Playin' Chicken (2012)
I Need To Be Hot (2017)
Matey, From On High (2017)
I'm Not Just Any Nobody (2019)
Flash In The Pantz (2012)
This Is the Deadest Place I've Ever Died In (2017)
You Can't Have Your Boogie (2019
Runaway (1983)

And we have done these 22 songs by other artists,

My Foolish Heart (Bill Evans-John McGlaughlin- Billy Eckstine and many others)
Theme From Midnight Cowboy (John Barry)
Time Waits For No One (Rolling Stones)
High Coin (Van Dyke Parks - Charlatans- Jackie De Shannon)
We May Never Love Like This Again (Maureen McGovern)
Clang Of The Yankee Reaper (Van Dyke Parks)
Diamonds Fur Coat Champagne (Suicide)
Lowdown (Boz Scaggs)
Hyacinth House (Doors)
So You Wanna Be A Rock N Roll Star (Byrds)
Baby I'm A Want You (Bread)
Walkin' On The Water (John Fogerty- Richard Hell)
Walk On Water (Kevin Ayers)
Alabama Bound (Charlatans)
In A Misty Morning (Gene Clark)
Midnight Rider (Allam Brothers)
Taboo (Arthur Lyman - Martin Denny)
Black Stick (The Cruel Sea)
You're Gonna Miss Me (Thirteenth Floor Elevators)
The Dolphins (Fred Neil - Tim Buckley)
Sweet Surrender (Tim Buckley)
Parchman Farm (Mose Allison)

I must pay credit to Clare Moore for learning this amount of material, when she mainly knew them as a drummer. Learning all the chords and arrangements to play them on vibes, keys or melodica has been amazing. (I am really terrible at learning material other than my own). She also really stepped up with the tech by getting her small keyboard to work via midi with a digital mellotron via an aged ipad, no mean feat to do any of that but degree of difficulty with old operating sytems and recalcitrant apps is HIGH!) . There has also been the wrestling with Dropbox to access rhythm tracks we have gravitated to working with.

The first month or so of shows (March) were stressful and occasionally glitchy but since we have had the NBN the upload has been great and sound and vision work perfectly. The sets go for 50 minutes and people "talk" to us and each other in the text area of the sscreen.  They are quite social occasions.

It has been really great for us. A highlight of the week.

Our next show is Thursday 8pm AEST show. This will be our 25th hit out. Here is a ticket link for Thursday August 6th. The cost is basically Five Dollars American (though you can pay more). When I use the platform I use Paypal.


This image contains a photo by Bleddyn Butcher and elements or graphic art by David Western from an illustration he did for us in 1988.

Otherwise we have an album at Bandcamp and Apple Music (and elsewhere) August 7th. Its is a 17 track collection from a  tour we did in Europe and the UK in 2017, myself and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove"Valentino and Malcolm Ross. I will write more on it in a separate blog. It is a great recording and is the second of three "from the vaults" releases we have planned for this year. (It follows the album Clare and I did with Robin Casinader - IN CONCERT- which came out in May).

This one is called Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove"Valentino and Malcolm Ross.

The artwork was done by Matthew Robertson from Bath in the UK who had worked on the imagery as a tour poster.

I made a clip for a song from the album. Clare and I did our parts in our Melbourne studio, Malcolm Ross did his in Leith, Scotland and Georgio did his in Athens, Greece.
The song is WE NEED A CHAMPION and the audio comes from a show at the Betsey Trotwood in London.

These album releases have been supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.

Thank you!

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