of a nugget this one. Released by the National Sound Archives,
it contains original
songs by Australian 50s artists, including
Red Perksey and his orchestra, The 4-speeds, Johnny Reb and
his Rebels, The thunderbirds, John Laws (yes, THE John Laws),
and the Denvermen. To name but-a-few.
Priceless. Shonky Elvis covers,
Another complete corker. Re-released
by Canetoad records, it is a compendium of some of the greatest
acts of the era. Acts include Johnny O'Keefe, Barry Stanton,
Dig Richards, Lonnie Lee, Vic Simms, Digger Revell, Lucky Starr
and Judy Stone.
Pretty Hep Stuff.
Also a bit of a nugget this one.
Released for the 50th Anniversary of Festival records, and
was released in two volumes of two double CDs (four CDs in
all) . The first CD in set one, covers 1952-1965... You can
the rest out.
Great Stuff. Col Joye, Dig
Lonnie Lee, Noleen Batley, Lucky Starr, Jimmy Little, The Delltones
you name 'em.
Got to be honest, a few nuggets
on the second CD of volume 1... If you exclude the sea shanty
and the odd song about wheat.
If the spirit and mood The Legend
Feel Co. could be put to music, then this would be it. Great
Stuff, originals like This aint no place for a lady, but you
look right at home, go well with covers like Drugstore
truck drivin' man, by Gram Parsons, and The
Gambler, by Kenny Rogers
(is that a surmane or a verb?).
Sydney visionaries Spurs for Jesus
put together Repenthouse a few years back and it has been a regular
on the turn-table
every hep-cat ever since. Their second album The Dark Side
of the Saloon was also released last year, which is bound
a classic, all originals, all Hep.
Check out these and other details
on what Spurs are up to on: www.myspace.com/spursforjesus right
after you've ordered
a t-shirt from us.
Holy Smoke, who is this guy? He looks
like Elvis, sings like Roy Orbison and writes some absolute scorching
tunes, ANNNDDDD he plays a white 1956 Gretsh Falcon!
In a world full of Brittney Spears and
her ilk, it is refreshing to stumble across Tyron 'Gretsch' Lyles
and his modern eldorados.
The irony is this is OLD country. Nudie suits and all. If I
had the readies, I'd fly to the US and check out one of these
gigs lickety-split, just to hear that Gretsch and his Gretsch
hum like a top.
You have to check out his website www.themoderneldorados.com which is a mighty-fine and well-crafted site too.
This guy is slicker can cat shit on lino, let me tell you.
guys have has three albums out, Walk
alone, Distance between and Mile
between is a damn fine album BUT Walk
alone and Mile markers have to
be heard to be believed.
The Bastards are basically one guy, Mark
Stuart, and he contains too much talent for one guy. Even Johnny
Cash fully endorsed
the use of his name. That ought to give you an indication of
these guys talent.
look on iTunes, The BSOJC's biggest selling song is Radio
Girl, and you'll know
why when you hear
it. The BSOJC?
Another Cat who seems to be out there
doing the good stuff is Reno Nevada. This album is surprisingly
good (think Roy Orbison and Chris Isaaks' love child) and seemed
to come from nowhere. The design and packaging are pretty Hep
Now out of print, so good luck
In the tasteless, brash, world in which
we live, it's easy to understand why a band like The Jackson
Code never made it big. They never made it big because they were
by any measure-- excellent.
by Matt Snarski (no doubt related to Rob Snarski, form the
Black-eyed Susans) about Hep stuff like
and the breakdown of both. Go and buy this is what you need today,
it's great, although pretty much every song on the album mentions "mattress" or "bed" for
some strange reason.
There is a hidden Elvis/Highwaymen track
on it, which makes you feel glad you're alive -- just to know
that someone somewhere
is being Hep.
|Trying to capture
Australia aurally has proved to be bloody hard, but we reckon
these guys have done it well, so lay your dollars down and score
Hep Country. Simple. Elegant, All
Listen to Sarah, and Highway
loving man, on Empty
Arms Broken Hearts, and everting on Big
Black Guitar, which is available
included with an EP called I'm
floating mamma, which includes
a great song Even I wouldn't
put up with me.
As Dave says it's the sort of songs "you
should hear in a Yass service station through old speakers"
Listen to Night
of the Wolverine on the album of the same name is about as good as music gets.
The whole album is
want to be there, but you don't want to travel is a good album.
He also has a book called It
is written baby which is great.
The CD of Buried
Country is an unbelievable
source of rich, rich music. Artists include the usual suspects,
i.e. The Dude:
Jimmy Little; Gentleman Jim, Bobby McLeod; The King, Roger
Knox; and the Rebel, Vic Simms.
However, there are artists that
we (and presumably everyone else) has been oblivious to;
Herb Laughton; George Bracken
(who has to be heard to be believed); and a host of other
dudes who deserve a lot more recognition that Gay Sebastian
bloke and all
the choad-smokers like him.