Best rock rant in history

Ed Roman is a ‘guitar shop to the stars’ kind of guy. He is based in Vegas and appears to have been dealing with rock star types since god started designing dirt. And his rant here proves it. I stumbled upon his celebrity guitars web site the other day and have been reading through his ‘celebrity guitar’ pages for almost a week. It’s stupid crazy addictive for a muso. Ed’s created a site that despite not being updated in a while and a few old school design elements (I’m always up for a redesign project Mr Roman!), the content is just so bloody good. Anyway, after I’d gone through all the heroes, there was the celebrity page for Def Leppard guitarist Viv Campbell. This article sums up Def Leppard beautfully as one of the most talented yet clearly irrelevant groups in rock history. Ed’s article goes from talking about Viv into a two page manifesto of what’s wrong with rock today. There’s literally about 3 lines about Viv and Def Leppard in the whole thing. It’s all about how people could really play in the eighties and everyone’s a three chord poseur now. In the 80’s, you had to know how to play your guitar or you couldn’t join a rubber band. I mean today a lot of these so called garage bands can barely tune their instruments. So instead of learning how to play their instrument or how to use their gear, they just babble on about 80’s hair head bands and call them spandex sissies. Then he draws on personal experience to point out the poseurs: Just...

Lamborghini Garage Sale

So you’re walking down the street and you see a garage sale sign. Normally you might think “meh it’s probably just junk”. But wait till you see the car this garage sale sign was on! Yes only in Prahran in Melbourne will you find a Lamborghini owner having a garage sale. Sure LA is full of them, but how many owners are out there enough to have one of the most flambuoyant garage sales ever!? Yes the garage sale was the average house bric a brac for sale. Oh yes and the Lamborghini Gallardo itself, yours for $599,999.99. Bargain. Turns out the bloke didn’t have room for the big bull and his Porsches. The sale went down a few weeks ago. Sadly I haven’t seen the car since. Someone must’ve wandered past with six hundred grand burning a hole in their pocket. Ecomonic crisis, bah humbug! Sadly I couldn’t get better photos. It was a really sunny day and the camera on the iPhone sucks. Without doubt the best garage sale promo...

You Am I Let’s Be Dreadful Tour

Saw the boys last night at the Westernport Hotel in San Remo gig. Absolutely mind-numbingly fantastic. It sounds like the boys have really been rehearsing for months, hard. They’ve also tarted themselves up with some new suits and lighting so it all looks great too. Davey Lane’s even bought himself a new Epiphone Casino guitar, in the same piss yellow natural stained finish as mine. Nice one! One things for sure, You Am I have really got their stage production shit together. They looked brilliant. To be honest, I was still in two minds about the latest album, thinking it’s a bit too Radioheady. So the gig starts with the stage lights coming on and some of the ‘samples’ from the latest album playing. They walk through the crowd onto the stage somberly, get up and just let rip with about 4 new songs non stop. I’m no longer so undecided. The new songs rock. The album is still a bit too concepty for my liking, but it truly comes together live. And the mighty You Am I have lost none of there delivery. In fact, Rusty is hitting the skins harder than ever. His fold back kept visibly shaking the whole night! Set wise, they played a decent spectrum of songs. And a very decent 2 hours worth! Virtually every song on the new album got a guernsey. At least 8 or 10 of them. At one point, Timmy unrepentently mentions that the band are playing what they want to play, fuck the singles. Although, Berlin Chair, Mr Milk and a hearty piss take of Heavy Heart were...

Art Deco. The Birth of Bling

I’ve just seen the NGV art deco exhibition and it’s an absolute corker. Probably not the normal abjective you hear for art shows but who cares, it really is. Before seeing this, I thought art deco was funky, old solid apartment buildings in South Yarra and St Kilda in Melbourne. But this exhibition shows that it was far more than that. Art deco as a movement in the 1920s to 1930s that brought together the exotic, the modern and uber luxury on a global scale. More importantly, art deco was bling in its purest form. On display at the NGV are so many objects that capture the era: porcelain, glassware, furniture, fashion, cars, rugs, jewelery (and we’re talking Cartier here. No costume jewelery, the real deal) you name it. There’s even half of the lobby of the London Savoy Hotel from when that was art deco. This in itself was amazing. Much like hip hop has done for music today, art deco was a movement that captured so many inspirations in its wake and made something new. They took in aincient influences as well as things never done before. Like shiny lacquers, mirrors, chrome and plastics. While also taking influence from Africa, China, even Japan. Like the samples DJs grab from god only knows where, art deco drew upon equally eclectic influences to innovate. You could almost describe art deco as a renaissance but it would be totally missing the point. The fact all involved were trying to create something truly new couldn’t be more evident than in this exhibition. And while there are some concessions made to modernity...

Airbourne and Lemmy equals cool

Found this Airbourne music video with Lemmy today. It came up on a Facebook alert so it has to be reasonably fresh. Lemmy Kilmister should officially be in everything. He’d make Desperate Housewives a lot more interesting anyway. But for now we’ll have to content ourselves with Lemm’ as a trucker driving Airbourne on a renegade gig around Los Angeles. Check it out here:...

Melbourne 2008 Motorshow review

Well I’m flabbergasted. The Melbourne Motorshow was actually bloody fantastic! A little something for everyone. If you want a highlight, it has to be the Bolwell Nagari. Why? Because it’s an Aussie kit car with true heritage and unlike the Evo Rex brigade, it may not be around for long. It has absolute classic potential. So I was sure to grab a brochure for future eBay investment. Not that you would want it to die, it looked fantastic – truly. Second bigbest highlight had to be the Ford stand. I’m loathed to admit I’m a bit of a Ford man and you couldn’t pick a better year to go if you are. All the new XRs, G series Fords and Mondeos are on display and you can have a sit. Oh yeah and the FPVs. Especially the FPVs were a highlight to have a sit in. Oh what a great year for Fords. Seriously, they’re great looking cars. Although it looks like Ford haven’t resolved the driver’s seating positioning problems in the FG. But we won’t truly know until it can be driven. Stands you can walk straight past are the Holden and BMW stands. Don’t think you missed the Mercedes stand, because this year they couldn’t be bothered. Truly, they couldn’t give a rat’s arse about Melbourne, so neither should you about Mercedes. The other two are basically shopping centre car parks, full of shapes and colours you’re already pretty familiar with. You can sit in most of the Audi range and the R8 is on display too, which would’ve been an even bigger highlight if there wasn’t...