Sunday, May 24, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
You see these two scallywags here? These two are the reason my bloglife, physical output and liver came to a screeching halt over the last couple of weeks.
Mikey and Fung. They came out at separate times. Mikey arrived in mid March and moved over to Torquay and Fung came out the day I also got back.
Both are amazing friends of mine from the town I was living in America, Encinitas and both know how to have a good time.
Mikey is out on a working holiday Visa, but Fung was just out on vacation. So it was my duty as the local and token Aussie to provide the location for the goods times to be had. We started off throwing ourselves right off the deep end. Arriving into Melbourne at 8am after a solid 15 and 18 hour flight respectively Fung and I where greeted with a beer and a hug from my Brother and Mikey. Next it was the hour trundle down the road where it was decided that Fung needed to see a local footy (and by footy I mean AFL) match. And wouldn't you know it, our timing was perfect. Today's game was the local derby. BH vs OG for the rights to the bridge that connects our towns.
After a quick shower and a couple of extra beers we where off. Where our deck chairs and ute trays where open for business...
Sub note: Please note that this IS NOT a rodeo. That at playing at a ground with no stadium one must make do with the best they can. This is just our way.
To be continued...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Holy moly... So i've been back in the motherland for just over a week and, dang, my body hurts. So bad.
The reason being is that i flew home with a buddy from the States and met up with another mate who is out here on holidays. The celebrations that have followed and the amount of bar stools fallen off is incomprehensible.
So i guess this post is saying that right now my mind is mush. Pure and utter mush. Im planning on a big post soon with a total update on just what the heck has been going on lately...
But in the meantime just before i bailed the US, there was this amazing and totally crass show on HBO called East Bound and Down. Funniest clip ever.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
John Denver would be stoked.
Alright so, just before you start. No, im not giving up on my blog. Im determined to see this thing sprout into a wonderful thing. However, for the last week and a half i've been busily packing up my little studio in Leucadia for my return to the Land of Oz.
Yep im going home. After just under a year in the USA the time has come for me to start the journey home before a) I get a case of the Swine Flu or b) Immigration stat chasing my ass all over the country. Neither if which interest me.
So tomorrow is it. See ya Obama. Its been real. And Gov Arnie, dont worry. I'll be back.
Monday, April 20, 2009
This is one of my favorite songs from The White Buffalo's new album Hogtied Revisited....
Every single one of these songs give me a chill... He is amazing.
If you haven't got it already, shame on you! Go to iTunes now to redeem yourself... Actually, better yet, go to your local non-corporate record store and get it.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I've been reading this blog for a while now and these kids are definitely on to a good thing.
The Modern Collective is a film Project by a buddy of mine Kai Neville and his unique angle on the modern surf film is insanely refreshing.
Working under the guidance of legend Taylor Steele, the Modern Collective is Kai's first major project. And if what he did with the leftovers of Steele's 'Stranger than Fiction' flick 'Days of the Strange' is anything to go by, plus this little teaser the boys are almost turning this into a cult.
The same way that Taylor defined a generation with the Momentum series, Kai and the rest of the rat pack of salty hair scoundrels (Dion Agius, Jordy Smith, Dusty Payne, Mitch Coleburn, Yadin Nichol & Dane Reynolds) are defining surfing's progression and screaming the voice of generation now. These lads are as smooth on land as they are in the water... And people want in.
The future of surf films is in good hands.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
So i want to begin by saying that i always start things with the best of intentions. Always. Its like my own little personal motto. If i dont i feel weird and everything usually goes to shit fairly quickly.
Over the last few days i've been trying to think of something to write. Sunday's little gem came to me during the afternoon haze in my friends backyard, well, you know the rest. But this week, nothin', zip, nada. Its like my brain has been in the clouds all week long. And everything i find online that im stoked on is already everywhere and of no real relevance anymore. Are my investigative skills that lame? God i hope not or im going to waste a lot of pretend people time.... (Apart from you Snowpea. Mwah!)
I think this funk has come from the situation im in right now. Im basically killing time at a place i've mentally checked out from. My old job. However, i still have just over 2 more weeks to go on my agreement.
At the start i thought i'd be able to handle it (there is that best of intentions ref), ya'know, make the most of the time i have left there, after all the people there are pretty rad and we all get along great. But now, to be honest, its just getting tedious. Im not really interested in what's going on. It's difficult trying to focus on the future when you are stuck in a stagnant now. Its seems as though all my good vibes from last week have been soaked up by a place that doesn't warrant them anymore and its starting to bug me....
But, nothing can be done about it right now. Its feeding my ability to have fun for the last few weeks im in America. Which is awesome....
Anyways tomorrow is FRIDAY so the weekend draws near. Time to release. Yay!
Hopefully a good candle burning will spark the mind....
Happy Easter Y'all.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The unofficial, yet world renowned day of rest just came and went for me... And it was an amazing day. Low 70's and not a cloud in the sky, me on a blanket under a tree with friends listening to jazz.....
It got me thinking....
In an in-direct, but totally High Fidelity influenced post, here is my top 5 Sunday Jazz/Motown playlist (in no particular order):
Dave Brubeck: Take 5
John Coltrane & Miles Davis: 'Round Midnight
Louis Armstrong: Mack the Knife
Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald: Stompin' at the Savoy
Oscar Peterson: Little Girl Blue
Saturday, April 4, 2009
So last night i got home from work, almost fell asleep watching the woes of the world on CNN and ate. The last thing i thought i would be doing would be going to a bar in El Cajon...
But, thats how we do things these days, with only a limited time left here in California its time to throw off the shackles of reason and just go with the flow. And im glad i did.
I found the most amazing bar last night. The Beauty Bar. Now, upon further investigation this place is not an anomaly, which takes a little of the uniqueness and originality from it but, dang, what a fun place to go. The place is basically an old hair salon converted into a bar. But not just any kind of salon. Im talking about 50's style. Like the massive dome hair perm thingo's, checkered floors, chairs with ash trays in them, the works.... I wish i had taken my camera, but it was out of batteries. Rookie error.
We where there seeing one of my good mates play in his band Dynamite Walls and a pre-birthday bash for his girlfriend.
My friends, i wish i could tell you more but, and i wish what i just wrote had made more sense but my head hurts really bad and, guess what, i got a party to go to!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
What's in a name?
Wolfmother's LP was no joke one of the best things i've ever heard. Ever.
But we all know that the boys have gone there separate ways, but the signer, Andrew kept the band name and re-filled the empty positions....
So Wolfmother are back! But the question lies, will it still be Wolfmother? Or a strange spin-off?
Listen for yourself, right now on there website they are offering a free track download....
I like writing to a pretend audience....
So, this is my first time back in blog-land since, well, the first time i got into blog-land.
I know these days everyone has one and its no longer "edgy" or whatever you want to call it to have a blog, but, its nice to know in this crazy old world there is a place where you can express yourself and then get to pretend that out there you have this audience, hanging off your every word, or perhaps offering a wonderful point of argument, or a view that you had not considered and get to learn that little bit more about human society.... Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it.
Y'see this is where I'm already getting anxious.... I want all of that, except, what the hell is going to be my angle? For those of you who don't know blogger, there is this section that you get to fill in under the main title of what ever your blog is called and you get to briefly describe just what yours is all about, and that is where my problem lies... Im not sure...
For about 2 days this is a question that has plagued me.
I want it to be an insight into what I'm thinking and a place where i can write and post things that matter to me. Or find and post things of what other people think and have done that i like and want to share with my pretend audience.
But its not a place where i want to get all serious and deep either, i'd like it to be fun and lighthearted with a wisp of sarcasm thrown in for good measure. After all, i want my pretend audience to keep coming back right?
See? See what i mean? I got no idea! There is almost too much to cover...
But i've come to realize that its probably the best way. Because out of nothing always comes something. Out of this crazy haze of a situation with things flying everywhere and wanting to turn left and right at the same time as going straight, somehow there is a moment of clarity...
So, thats the angle I'm going to take right now. The angle is there is no angle. And you know what? I think I'm ok with that. You guys take what you want from it and leave what you don't. I'll always be here to try again tomorrow... Unless it ends up like my first time....