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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Guess what! Our forty first Stage It Dot Com show


photo by Bleddyn Butcher - art by Dave Western

Something happened to us just last week at our Thursday Stage It Dot Com show. Something was happening and we really didn’t understand did we? Yes, it was balls of confusion all around. King Of The Dudes was the billing. Sorry for the drama, we are working something out with head office. What do I mean? Turns out we might’ve played a GHOST SHOW! But we played the whole time! We will be fronting up again at the doorway to the universe/the possible void this Thursday at 8 pm AEST ( as well as a Sunday 7am/Saturday night show for our mates in the Northern hemisphere this weekend.

Ticket link for Thursday Oct 22nd night 8pm AEST.

Ticket link for Saturday night 9pm Saturday night Oct 24th GREENWICH TIME / 7 am Sunday morning Oct 25th MELBOURNE TIME.

You know what pandemic time is like! Fast but still. Slow but tense. It folds up on ya! Anyway, these shows have given us a great outlet and focus. What’s on ? A pretty different set. Drums, vibes, bass vibes, rhythm tracks, instrumentals and our rhythm ace drum machine, 12 string and 6 string electric and my little Maton Alver given to us by  Des Hefner in 1985 which was more of an ornament over the years (and indeed stayed in a storage chest for five years while we were in the UK)  but I got it fixed by Maton and have been playing it on these shows. In open D. Yes, I've been fooling around with some tunings and the house has guitars in every room, all tuned to different keys.  


I Read a book lent to me by Tony Mahony and found a documentary about Dean Reed aka Comrade Rockstar aka The Red Elvis. Born in Colorado and Hollywood pop deserter . Huge entertainment figure in South America, Spain and Italy then the USSR and the GDR where he lived. Stuff I never knew! 
Here is a link to a film about him.



Our shows go for 50 minutes and there’s a small fee for admission. We have this set very low but you can pay more if you are flush. We play a different set each week. The other week (I forget which) there was a real focus on the Devil Drives album from 1997. Well we played four  or five songs from it. Artwork by Tony Mahony and title glommed from a book about Victorian era explorer and linguist Sir Richard Francis Burton. It was released to radio with an interview disc called Coffins Have No Pockets where I was interviewed by HG Nelson aka Greig Pickhaver. Oh and Lee Marvin seemed to fit too. 

We also played two songs by Love and another new instrumental, our third over the last month. The inspiration was my getting a delicious sound from my electric twelve string after a decade of hit amd miss attempts. the secret was a pedal I'd only used on my bass before and Clare had used on her keys. A Digiyech Bass Synth Wah. I was looking for a sound for my other guitar that Keith Richards got on Some Girls. I guess he was drying out from long term heroin use and also he looks super fit in pictures of the time so maybe his ears were more sensitive? Anyway he apparently used some sort of  MXR Phase 100 pedal on the whole album. I had a more pronounded autowah setting at first but dialled it back to a subtle octaving boost at the bottom end. I don't turn it off.


I also made a breakthrough with my small Red Witch delay pedal. Again I was erring on the side of good taste and just using a short repeat but after a while I turned it right up and that has also been a revelation. I remembered Rod Hayward who played guitar in the Coral Snakes talking about the development of his playing and he talked about amps and guitars and strings and straps and he finished by saying  "then you discover delay....". Hey! He was not shittin"us! 




We have also had a real crack at playing our pandemic epic, We May Never Love Like This Again (theme from The Towering Inferno) properly. We have almost achieved it, several times. One of those 2:20 pop tunes with a unique arrangement and a thousand slight chord variations. 


This week? Vibes, drums, 12 and 6 string guitars, voices, live from our Melbourne studio. Thursday night 8pm AEST and then Saturday night GREENWICH TiME - it’ll be 7am for us but 10 pm Saturday night in the UK and afternoon or evening depending on which coast of the USA you are near or nearest. No worries. 

Work continues on our next release,  Lyve At Byrds.  Its a real rock'n'roll epic recorded at Birds Basement in Melbourne with the mistLY in November 2019. Blazing!

In other more BLOGLY type news, I'd been finding it hard to settle on a book. I read the Dean Reed bio and then Albert Camus' THE PLAGUE (in French so I was struggling), then some short stories and Stanley Booths saga of the Stones 1969 tour of the USA but couldn't really settle into anything. 

I tried Clive James DANTES INFERNO but its an impressive, howy achievement but alas, not for me. I can never get over once reading him railing against John Coltrane and the bebop generation and championing Louis Armstrong and trad jazz. I do like Louis and haven't really heard a lot of Coltrane but I love Charlie Parker and Charlie Christian and the whole bebop era. I can dig both. The poem is about 400 pages of strict rhyme. Very strict. I have read Byron in that long form but that was Byron. This just didn't grab me. Sorry Clive. Too much has happened in poetry since Dante and I must say, Ed Dorn is more my thing. Wild and scrappy 60s/70s small print stuff. 

"We’re inside
the outskirts, announced the Horse,
a creature of grass and only marginally
attracted to other distortions.
Here we are in the sheds
and huts of the suburbs. There are
some rigid types in here.
It’s kinda poignant
but that doesnt move it any closer to the centre.
Yup! empty now of all but a few
stubborn housewives
and disturbed only by the return
of several husbands known to be unable
to stay away during this celestial repast
called lunch. Thats where youre out
before you leave. Theres a man
turning on his sprinkler, it should be illegal
a small spray to maintain the grass, the Edible
variety no one doubts.
But I see none of my friends grazing there
these green plots
must be distress signals to God
that he might notice
their support of one of his minor proposals
He must be taken by these remote citizens
to be the Patron of the Grass
Holy shit, Lawn grass…
from the great tribe
they selected something to Mow"

Then turned to Paul Bowles who guided me through the 80s as I read all his works. Started on his collected letters. He leaves NYC in the mid 40s on a freighter ship with 3 other passengers. His room has a bed, a  "large table for composing" (he was a musician first) a porthole on two walls and a door opening onto the deck. It cost $200 and he was heading to Tangier where he had been once before the war and would stay for the rest of his life.

 Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don't know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It's that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don't know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.
Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky





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...
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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

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