Moss # 1, Brunswick, photo by Alicia Bee, Sunday 25 July 2010.

Gather no moss.

Australian music can get mossy if you hang around town all Winter; when it comes down to it, Tuckers Daughter is a childhood memory. Rock and Roll is very different and we aren’t just the Kids In The Kitchen of Sunbury parents.

We are now the elders of music Melbourne and people look up to our example.

I am the very picture of the good people of melbourne.

You may already have seen my photos, I am a model.

I give you this advice if you need a blog to be inspirational; keep moving.

Get back in the ring take another swing.

Also know that moss and other cultures like mold can be good for you; that they leave the most amazing shade of green that can be seen in the picture above. It can be one of the most amazing colors of earth.

Good Culture + Mold

Wine
Cheese
Alcohol
Mushrooms
Bread
Yoghurt

Bagels
Baker’s yeast
Brewer’s yeast
Buttermilk
Canned and frozen fruit juices
Cider
Citric Acid
Coffee
Dates
Figs
Grapes and Grape Juice
Horseradish
Malt beverages
Mincemeat
Mustard
MSG (often extracted from autolyzed yeast extract or from wheat)
Nutritional yeast
Olives
Pickles
Powdered Milk
Pretzels
Prunes
Raisins
Relish
Ricotta Cheese
Root Beer
Rusk
Salad Dressing
Sake

Sausages
Sour Cream
Sour dough bread
Soy sauce
Steak Sauce
Tea

Tempeh

Vinegar
Vitamin B supplements (depending on the source of the vitamin B)
Yeast Extract (Bovril, Cenovis, Marmite, Oxo, Promite, Vegemite)

The Night Terrors

Glasfrosch

Poems.

Vintage Fashion.

Movies that take ages to make/ old movies

The Traveling band; The Night Terrors

Alicia Bee chatted with Miles Brown from The Night Terrors before they go away on tour, and say goodbye at The Tote tomorrow, Friday 10 September.

GIG: The Night Terrors (Euro Tour Farewell Show!) + Gosteleradio + These patterns + Cinnamon Dynamo on Friday 10 September at The Tote, Johnston Street Collingwood.

Alicia Bee: How many dates have you got already? With who? Why Germany first?
Miles Brown: So far we have 32 shows confirmed, but we’re waiting on a bunch of confirmations so it should end up around the 40 show mark this time. We’re doing a really huge range of shows this year, from three dates with Black Mountain, two with Melt-Banana, two with the amazing Serena-Maneesh, the Incubate Festival in Tilburg with 200 acts including Neu!, Dan Deacon and Pamelia Kurstin (one of my favourite theremin players!) and the Bracara Extreme Fest in Portugal with Heirs, Rotten Sound and heaps more. So that’s a very broad range of crowds and styles. We lovebeing able to play with doom bands one night and electro bands the next – for some reason The Night Terrors seem to be able work on any kind of line up – with the possible exception of a‘cappella. We’re hitting Germany first because that’s where our flights go in and out from, and also that’s where we hire our van and equipment for the tour. Berlin’s pretty much home base for us while we’re over there.

Alicia Bee: Did you meet any of those acts in Australia? Do you have a story you could share about one of them?
Miles Brown: Yes, we met Melt-Banana when we played with them at the Vivid Live Festival at the Sydney Opera house in May. They are one of my all-time favourite bands so it was very full on to get to meet them, and even stranger that Agata (their guitarist) and I ended up jamming onstage at the Opera House with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Marc Ribot , Oren Ambarchi, members of Zond and Bardo Pond…if I’d told my 17 year old self that was going to happen his brain would probably have exploded.


Alicia Bee: Why reissue Back To Zero? is this for a different audience?
Miles Brown: We were approached by Trendkill Records, who were involved with the shows we did in France with Nick Oliveri in 2009, to do a European reissue, mostly because the album didn’t have any distro in Europe the first time it came out through EXO. We’re pretty excited about the European release, and it’s interesting as Trendkill is essentially a metal/rock label. We imagine there will be some interesting new exposure for us through this experience.

Alicia Bee: How many shirts do you take on tour? do you ever buy clothes on the way?

Miles Brown: Considering we have one of the silliest collections of equipment that we take with us – and we have to try and sneak through customs every time we fly (you can’t really hire theremins very readily in other countries) – we tend to travel pretty light on the old outfit front. I go for a total of seven shirts so that in the very likely situation that we don’t get to do our laundry for a week, I can still feel vaguely human without carrying around huge bags of costume changes everywhere we go. Having said that – I’m a big fan of the t-shirt swap with bands we play with, so I’ll accumulate more as we go. I’m also definitely going op-shopping in Berlin this time – one of my giant friends told me those places are a goldmines for beanstalk-sized fashions.

Alicia Bee: I would love to go op shopping in berlin, oh how fun. What sort of accommodation do you get? have you been to these places before?
Miles Brown: We are mostly put up by the venues/promoters at the places we play. This can range from gold-plated hotel rooms with views of the Alps, to a scrap of cardboard on the floor of an underground squat venue. Usually we’re pretty exhausted so anywhere with stable gravity is a suitable place to snooze. This time around we’re revisiting quite a few venues from last year, especially the unusual ones we really loved such as Caves du Manoir in Martigny, Switzerland. But we’re also going to some new countries this year – the Bracara Extreme Festival in Braga, Portugal (on Halloween!) is one I’m really looking forward to!

Alicia Bee: What’s happening with Nov 4 France? Won’t you be too tired?

Miles Brown: That’s actually the show our record label is organising for us. Marseilles is Trendkill’s home town. We’re touring with Heirs for the second time this year, and we love those guys so much that being super tired is usually over-ridden by laughing like idiots and eating copious quantities of salty pretzel sticks. We’ll have time to appreciate the finer things in life such as regular meals and non-erratic body clocks when we get back home.

Alicia Bee: Where are you going to go when you are not playing? eg. art gallery? specialist shop?

Miles Brown: If last year is anything to go by, we’ll probably spend our free time trying to find music shops to replace broken gear, wandering around in a daze searching for coffee and falling asleep in wonderful European museums /art galleries. Plus we’ll be going to check out one of the other zillion bands touring around at this time of year. It’s gonna be a hoot!

‘Grasfrosch LP cover’ graphic design by Nathan Jurevicius and Andrea Kang.

NEWEST MUSIC: Glasfrosch

The whisper is that this new band Glasfrosch is really going to happen in about two months. They aren’t yet ready, and will feel better after they get their recording done very soon. A later 14 December date at The Old Bar just may be their first live performance of the new lineup and songs. Alicia Bee spoke to Justin Ashworth about the direction of the band lyrics.

Alicia Bee: Who is in the band?

Justin Ashworth: The band is me (vocals/guitars/electronic), Adam Rudegeair (piano/melodica/synths) Ed Crocker (drums/percussions)

Alicia Bee: How did the lineup come together?

Justin Ashworth: Glasfrosch is the next phase of what was the Justin Ashworth Band. It just took 4 and a half years to decide on a cool name. Adam and I have been playing together for about 10 years in various outfits, and he’s been my piano collaborator during the whole development of this project. Ed joined in the early part of 2010. We’ve had lots of drummers, but Ed is the first to really fit. Nat Grant (Ed’s predecessor) is the drummer on the soon to be released album, and she was with the group for 2 and a half years. Replacing her was hard, but the new direction with Ed has great (possibly more) potential.

Alicia Bee: What are some lyric lines? please quote-

Justin Ashworth: Lyrics eh? Lyrically I write in circles. I like to conceive something abstract, something philosophical, and then I try to respond to that concept subjectively on an emotional level. In a sense the lyrical process is a distillation of ideas from haiku and surrealism. This way, songs aren’t about anything specific, but hopefully provoke an emotional response from the listener. Like in The song “Analogies for the universe”- “When you’re head decides for you, you’ll be the greatest thing the world has ever known, you’ll see then what I saw all along”, was directed at my girlfriend’s lack of faith in her own abilities, and her insecurities that I wouldn’t love her if she failed at something. It’s also about not giving up. In “Green”, the mantra of “He waits a lonely minute/ It’s long without her/ tells himself don’t worry, this is just how long she takes”, is basically responding to jealous moments in life, when the one your “with” is off doing their own thing. I really don’t like long wordy lyrics (unless that delightful Tom Waits is involved). I’m a fan  of saying something short and to the point (unlike this response).

Alicia Bee: where does the music go?

Justin Ashworth: I’m not sure what you mean by “where does the music go?” I guess its come from a place of personal experimentation, and is continuing along that path. Each song has its sonic, and compositional challenges. In a sense the music on the album goes through a range of states and emotions, and genres. There’s a very strong experimental side to things,and then pop- lots of radiohead and bjork influence. But lots of jazz and film music influence too. Both live and on the record we’re trying to take the listener (i don’t want to resort to the cliche “on a journey”, but..) through a unique experience, give them something of ourselves, that’s hopefully new, but that they can connect to. If you mean, “where does it go from here?”, well, the “new” album, which is now almost a year since recording (and still being delayed on release) has some elements that will be further explored in our new work, and as we’re now writing as a band unit (opposed to me dictating everything) The music will go through some new processes and hopefully come out the other end (and we’re planning 2 follow up EP’s for over the next 2 years) with more emotional depth and stronger compositional ideas. Lyrically things are shaping up as before, but musically more complex structures and arrangements. more interplay between melodies.

new drawings

After using the good country club horse in my posters and designs for the past 5 years, I have drawn a new horse design in my playful whimsical DO-IT-YOURSELF cartoon style. A tiny version of the horse will be found on the cover and one page of my new poetry book called ‘Bathers On The Beach’ launched October 30 at Brunswick Bound. Though it may not be seen this horse is an evolution from the other badly drawn horse and shows much improvement and evenness in mane and tail. (Note: it looks very childish).

newhorse

Drink a Bottle of this Wine; you will be like a rolling stone.

Non Vintage Bunch Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Muinier  which is available from The Workers Club on Brunswick and Gertrude Streets in Fitzroy. They say its McLarenVale South Australia though its label is an Elsternwick address. No online information available. Holds its bubbles.

POEM;

Make A Move

Unpublished, by Alicia Bee

You’ve just got to shake a leg and make a move,

You’ll have to roll out of bed before you loose,

Break the thought pattern before you wake up dead,

You’re doing nothing while staring at the roof,

Keep a chin up and get into the new groove,

You’ve just got to shake a leg and make a move.

Depressing music got you down then change the tune,

Newspapers come each day with something to prove,

You need to eat something and then clean your tooth,

Get up morning glory and make some bread,

Write your life story the book’s not been read,

You commit suicide in the room of doom,

You’ll have to roll out of bed before you loose.

You need to beat beast of burden before noon,

Stop repetition going around your head,

You’ll have to roll out of bed before you loose,

You’ve just got to shake a leg and make a move.

END. Alicia Bee © 2010.

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