Bohemian Rhapsody

November 5, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Drama Film, FILM, Modern Music, MUSIC, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(dir. Bryan Singer) (2018) If you don’t get a shiver down the spine during the opening scene of Bohemian Rhapsody, as we follow Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) onto the stage at Live Aid, you don’t deserve Freddie, or this terrific film – a goose-pimpling, foot-stomping bio-pic with heart. Yes, it follows the usual trajectory of ambitious boys putting their all into their music, despite evil managers and uncaring music company execs.  Yes, we know the story, and the film may not be entirely historically accurate, but like its namesake song, the whole is more than the sum of its parts.  Some…

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Look Now

November 4, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

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By Elvis Costello and the Imposters (2018) Elvis Returns! With a typically eclectic record containing hints and echoes of the grand past.  There’s a little spirit of Painted From Memory, Imperial Bedroom, and Mighty Like a Rose, but the material is still starkly new.  We’ve only had time for about 10 spins so far, but at this early stage, we particularly like his #me-too classic, “Under Lime,” about a louche, washed-up star waiting in the Green Room, which is both hip and wise, and witty. Likewise his re-working of “Unwanted Number” is terrific, and we love the melody of “Dishonour the Stars”…

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“No Milk Today”

October 6, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Songs in Our Heart # 92 No Milk Today (Herman’s Hermits) (written by Graham Gouldman; released September 1966) (Yes, some TVC staff are old enough to remember when milk was home delivered, sometimes in carts!) [The Varnished Culture loves glorious jeremiads (sad songs), and this one haunts us too, a chippy, up-beat, toe-tapping, sweet little tune of utter blackness and despair… “How could they know Just what this message means? The end of my hopes, The end of all my dreams…”]

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Tiny Wheelwrights of the Dawn

September 8, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC, PETER'S WRITING |

1968-1974; 1995 As they became known to their legion of fans, “The Wrights” rode the high wave of prog rock in the late 1960s and early 1970s, re-surfacing briefly (and disastrously) in the Age of Grunge.  From the time of their second album, if not their first, they were unsurpassed for arty, ambitious, meticulously structured, and extremely long records, produced according to the principles obtaining from nature, such as the spinning of a spider’s web. As their putative leader, Rael Conan Doyle, declared to ‘Cacophony Magazine’, “we don’t want you to hum; we don’t want you to dance. Don’t tap…

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Footy Finals Song # 3: Norwood and Sturt

August 25, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Modern Music |

Here’s some not so-grand old rags… We link to both versions, in the interests of balance (sigh), and offer our alternate version(s): “It’s a Grand old flag, It’s a brown paper bag It’s chook-wrap for me and for you, It’s the emblem for the team we deplore The team of the [red and the blue / two-toned shade blue], Every heart beats faint for that [red and blue paint / double-blue paint] As we warble this song to you……can you believe? ‘Should old acquaintance…we forgot’ There’s no football on New Year’s Eve!“

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