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Releasing a digtital single every month since February 2016. I don’t know what I am and don’t want to know any more than I already know. I aspire, in my music , to 40s B Movie (voice and presence) and wish I could play guitar like Charlie Christian or Grant Green -but not in this lifetime, I know.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

After the flood! - Bowie In Berlin shows - I NEED TO BE HOT

2016 ended for us with a deluge in outer Melbourne of biblical proportions. Had just gotten home froma  long drive from South Australia. I'd been working in the basement studio but turned the desktop computer off when I heard thunder and lightning. Was sitting around watching the rain stream down the windows, hoping we were watertight and went to look downstairs again and saw, to my horror, rain streaming like an open tap from a light fitting directly above the computer, archival back up hard drives, mixing desk, keyboard and preamps. It was a swamp!

Brought all the gear upstairs as the rain eased and assessed the damage. Of course, you think the worst. It's all cactus.

Checked insurance coverage. Couple of days later took the computer and (seven) hard drives to  a digital recoverybusiness. they opened all the devices and had a look and found they were all ok.

In the mean time we were rehearsing for a run of Bowie In Berlin shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Clare Moore was playing drums on 22 tracks and had to get across the material. I was one of five singers and had to get to grips with three orfour songs. Mick harvey was musical director and evenytually got the two sets together and assigned which songs to which singers.
The band , aside from Clare, was Stu Thomas on bass and vocals (amazingly well prepared) , JP Shilo and Penny Ikinger on guitars (ditto for chops, sounds and shating of parts), Miles Brown on vintage synths and theremin and Robin Casinader on piano and mellotron. Mick Harvey had vocals, percussion, guitar, sampler, kazoo and general band direction and conducting to take care of. it all sounded great.

The singers were myself, Ron Peno, Kim Salmon, Max Sharam, Kylie Auldist and Michael Nolan. (Jess Ribeiro also performed in melbourne)

The first show was a Friday night at the Triffid in Brisbane, kind of a hot house rock club show. the second was at a  seated Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Saturdaty night and then Sunday at Hamer Hall in Melbourne. Friday 14th January we play at the Reagl Theatre in Perth. For this gig, Mick Harvey will be replaced by a  local MD whom nobody knows so we are a bit tense about this. Mick is in Singapore playing with PJ Harvey.

I chose some pretty obscure songs for some reason. Joe The Lion and Blackout from Heroes and Yassassin from Lodger. I also pay harmonica on the instrumental A New Career In A New Town from Low.

It's been a great experience. So much respect for ALL the players getting across the material. A lot of the songs are great David Bowie pop rock grooves with a  finicky veneer of artsy stuff happening in the arrangements and the mixing. Great guitar licks buried where they could have been bigger and more pronounced. Vocal lines coming in and out at odd, disjointed angles. Queer timings and extra bars here and there. (Everybody got to searching Youtube to see how Bowie and band actually played some of the tracks a couple of years or even decades later and found that they themsleves had had to straighten some of the kinks out, too.)
It's also been hliarious spending down time with Ron Peno and Kim Salmon. All of us used to performing whole shows and here, just running on to do a song or two as part of an ensemble.

Several singers wanted to do Heroes but Mick Harvey brought in Michael Nolan, who had been involved in some LINER NOTES type arts shows based around classic albums and performers, to do that song and he totally ruled it.

A review from the Sydney show by ross clelland

I have eventually re assembled the studio upstairs and everything seems to be working though I am furiously backing everything up again.
Apart from the music files going back more than a decade I had a couple of unpublished books.

Water damage downstairs has to be addressed and its not really an environment to be sitting in. Mould has set in part of the ceiling. Will be assessed in a  fortnight as so much damage happened in the area. Quite a start to teh year.

We have a new digital single out and I'm figuring ut what to do for February's release.

This time it's, I NEED TO BE HOT.





We have some live shows coming up. Coral Snakes and mistLY shows to start with. A trip to New Zealand and a run of duo shows with some European friends in April.

Dave Graney And the mistLY
Friday Feb 10th 2017
Appearing with VICTORIANA GAYE who are launching their new album
Caravan Club - Melbourne

Harry Howard and the NDE
Flying Saucer Club Feb 17th

Dave Graney And the mistLY
Feb 22nd Aotea Square concert Auckland Feb 23rd , Golden Dawn, Auckland
Dave Graney and Clare Moore NSW dates w/ special guests from Brussels/Miami Georgio "the Dove" Valentino and Patrizia.

Sunday 2nd April(2.30pm - 5.30pm TBC)- Dangar Island Bowling Club NSW
Tuesday 4th April (7pm - 9pm) Georgio only @ The Bearded Tit -
Thursday 6th April - Oxley Wine Bar Cowra
Friday 7th April - Tooses Wine Bar , 490-494 Argyle St, Moss Vale
Saturday 8th April - Gearin Hotel, Katoomba
Sunday 9th April - Smiths Canberra



Thursday, December 15, 2016

I Ain't Hi Vis - December single for Dave Graney and Clare Moore. 2016 all up in our grills



It started in February with I'm A Good Hater and has continued for all of 2016.
A single song written, recorded and released each month. All instruments played by myself, and Clare Moore (except for Drifting Donna Reed which was an experiment in reusing an older band track (in the 70s reggae style), in this case that of You had To Be Drunk from 2007). Most of the tracks were credited to Dave Graney and Clare Moore.

There is a page on the official website with information and sound video links and lyrics to each track. Otherwise, you can follow these links.

I'm a Good Hater
This Is the Deadest Place I've Ever Died In
I Been Trendy
Drifitng Donna Reed
Are You Out Of Your Mind? (Get Back In) 
You Need a Kleek, Klook
Rupert's Pet's Grave
Matey, From On High
Let's Kick this Mob Out
I Ain't Hi Vis

and to come in January..   I Need To be Hot

What was I on about in these songs? I'm past being any kind of narrative writer. I always dropped gags in regard to what dopey thing my songs blew up from. I'm better than most songwriters. Its a known fact! People have terribly low expectations in regard to songwriting in general though. Being a musician is quite annoying sometimes because you're always running into people who think they know all about it. Hey - they know squat, really. Only a fighter knows what its like to get punched right in the mush. So I'll throw a few feckin' bones out here. Don't get mad- I know I ain't for everybody. I was thinking on what someone told at a party - to get started, then Willie Nelson, Al Green, Charlie Parker, the internet, John Mayall, Rupert and his attack dogs, Wyndham Lewis, Scott Morrison - Peter Dutton, Bligh, Work clothes and authenticity and is it better to be hot or cold?

There were articles published in the Adelaide Review. The latest of which is focussed on Henry Reynolds book, Unnecessary Wars.

Also Banana Lounge Broadcasting every Tuesday on Triple R.  Got to speak to amazing people like Shirley Collins, Genevieve Fry, Barry Adamson, Kamasi Washington, and historians Henry Reynolds and Staurt McIntyre.

There was a tour of Europe , mainly built around an invitation to play at what may be the last ATP festival, curated by comedic artist, Stewart Lee.
These shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Wales, London, France, Amsterdam and Brussels were great to play. A special experience playing with Malcolm Ross on guitar again. The two guitar band with Malcolm and myself was excellent fun. (When we played in the late 80s and early 90s I could write songs on the guitar but never performed with one.)  Very fresh, people would say, "it's like Television!" Malcolm and I would look at each other with raised eyebrows and nod our heads and go along with it. Got to take compliments like that on the chin!


We played further shows as Dave Graney 'n the Coral Snakes , all of which were very enjoyable and powerful events More are planned for next year.




We also played shows in Australia as Dave Graney and the mistLY. Thats me, Clare, Stu Thomas and Stuart Perera. Highlights were two gigs at the jazz club bennetts Lane and the Grandview in Fairfield. The band is so perfect for my songs. Playing at a low volume like you have to do at Bennetts is a real treat. Everything at the level of the bass drum. The voices all present in the room. I loved it. Very different to the Coral Snakes, though each band plays songs all written by me. With the Coral Snakes I don't play guitar, I just bring some moves and work the mic.


photo by Barry C Douglas

We recorded the third album for Harry Howard and the NDE before we left for Europe and it came out when  we got back. More shows were done and harry and Edwina toured Europe with some players from over there. (We were unable to do the dates due to other committments)




I wrote a second memoir which is being considered by a publisher for release next year and continued to work at a novel I've been trying to crack for years now.

At the moment we are focussed on rehearsing for the Bowie in Berlin show we are both involved in (as well as Stu Thomas on bass) for the first week of January.


Then there are shows booked for the mistLY, the Coral Snakes and a run of shows as a duo in regional NSW. Dave Graney and Clare Moore alongh with international comrades, Georgio "the Dove" Valentino and Patrizia F.

We intend to be back in Europe mid year.

Thanks to everybody for your support in 2016! Now we all enter the Trump years of what I have heard termed as THE AGE OF ANGER!

We've got to live through it so let's be tough together. Let's Get Tight!


Upcoming shows
4th annual Boxing Day Joint- Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Hotel Metro in Adelaide. Playing with special guests the Cowboys Of Love.
Monday Dec 26th



Dave Graney – one of several vocalists (with Kylie Auldist, Kim Salmon, Ron Peno, Max Sharam) in the show BOWIE IN BERLIN – music director Mick Harvey. Clare Moore drums, Stu Thomas bass, Robin Casinader keys, Miles Brown on classic synths.

Jan 6th – Triffid Brisbane
Jan 7th Enmore theatre Sydney,  
Jan 8th Hamer Hall Melbourne  
Jan 14th Regal Theatre Perth

Dave Graney And the mistLY
Friday Feb 10th 2017
Appearing with VICTORIANA GAYE who are launching their new album
Caravan Club - Melbourne

Harry Howard and the NDE
Flying Saucer Club Feb 17th

Dave Graney And the mistLY
Feb 22nd Aotea Square concert Auckland Feb 24th , Golden Dawn, Auckland
Dave Graney'n' the Coral Snakes
Melbourne NGV March 3rd

Lizottes in Newcastle March 31st.
Sydney April 1st - the Basement 

Dave Graney and Clare Moore NSW dates w/ special guests from Brussels/Miami Georgio "the Dove" Valentino and Patrizia.

Sunday 2nd April (2.30pm - 5.30pm TBC)- Dangar Island Bowling Club NSW
Tuesday 4th April (7pm - 9pm) Georgio only @ The Bearded Tit -
Thursday 6th April - Oxley Wine Bar Cowra
Friday 7th April - Tooses Wine Bar , 490-494 Argyle St, Moss Vale
Saturday 8th April - Gearin Hotel, Katoomba
Sunday 9th April - Smiths Canberra

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Let's Kick This Mob Out - November digital single.

Yes, first post since Trump got elected. Nobody saw that coming. Though the hot takes on why what happened happened have been dizzying. Post believing anybody situation.
Can only be bad for humanity, that's a given. IMHO.

The right wingers are so happy. Here we have the drivelling idiots led by Red Headed Hanson saying " I told ya so!". Malcolm Roberts, wild eyed Senator voted in by 77 people, acting as if he is representing the nation. Calling out the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meterology, NASA... hey every scientist in the world, that climate change is a sham.  God help us. I have empirical evidence, he is an idiot. But what do I know? I mean , what do I do with what I know?




Brandis, what an arse. Attorney General for business, former arts minister.

Scott Morrison, minister for Cronulla. His language is reaching for ? Dunno. Not anything poetic or grand. Formerly the immigration minister, he delighted in "taking the sugar from the table", so asylum seekers could not espy a glimmer of hope. .
Now he's the Treasurer. He uses phrases such as "the government has wiped it's face". I don't know what he's trying to say. I think it's an allusion to a small child getting it's face dirty and wiping it. Some small idea of domestic irritation and mad, sugar driven activity again.
Then he  started going on about Labour "squeezing the lemon". He was saying "you can only squeeze the lemon so much...." I found this most disturbing as it has always been a sexual metaphor. Muddy Waters or Willie Dixon used it and then Led Zeppelin stole it for "The Lemon Song". I don't want politicians talking in sexual metaphors!
Next he'll be weilding and waving his "throbbing purple headed Gila Monster " at some poor woman on the ABC. (Not with Ray Hadley, who hosts Morrison regularly). Keep it in your pants, mate!

Then Dutton. The immigration minister. From Northern Queensland. A former cop. I'm writing in three letter sentences. An evil brute.

The Trump election has hypercharged all these right wingers and encoraged them to really let fly.
They are really telling us what they reckon. Dutton thinks the Liberal govt of 1977 let in too many Lebanese. Thats how far back he's gone so far.




DUTTON DRESSED AS MAN!

I wrote this song during the election in June. But it kept being relevant. Times are tough, bastardry everywhere.

The IPA running policy. Who are they? Neo Con bastards. Bastards Incorporated!

This was how Rupert  directed his readers in Sydney in the 2013  election.



In case you missed it , we had a  release asking what will happen to Rupert's pets? The generously salaried lapdogs who do his bidding? Who do they sup with now? How will history see them? Who will clean their graves when they die?





No more shows for 2016. Getting busy in January, as part of this David Bowie show.





Upcoming shows

ANNUAL BOXING DAY show at the METRO in Adelaide Dec 26th - Dave Graney and Clare Moore with special guests.
Dave Graney – one of several vocalists (with Kylie Auldist, Kim Salmon, Ron Peno, Max Sharam) in the show BOWIE IN BERLIN – music director Mick Harvey. Clare Moore drums, Stu Thomas bass, Robin Casinader keys
Jan 6th – Triffid Brisbane, Jan 7th Enmore theatre Sydney, Jan 8th Hamer Hall Melbourne Jan 14th Regal Theatre Perth
Dave Graney And the mistLY
Friday Feb 10th 2017
Appearing with VICTORIANA GAYE who are launching their new album
Caravan Club - Melbourne

Harry Howard and the NDE
Flying Saucer Club Feb 17th

Dave Graney And the mistLY
Feb 22nd Aotea Square concert Auckland Feb 24th , Golden Dawn, Auckland
Dave Graney'n' the Coral Snakes
Melbourne NGV March 3rd

Lizottes in Newcastle April 31st.
Sydney April 1st - the Basement


The monthlty digital releases will keep happening . Decembers will be "I Ain't HI Vis".




Sunday, October 9, 2016

audio and video links to the October single, Matey From On High - show at Bennetts Lane Oct 23rd

Matey From On High is at itunes and Bandcamp now.




The title came from a line in THE APES OF GOD By Wyndham Lewis. It just jumped out at me. His writing was like that. He was also a painter, a great favourite of Captain Beefhearts.





Two Genius's.

 It's a song about how I feel I might distractedly, half engage with people. Sorry about that.

The language of the song is playful. It's not at all a narrative thing. It's all in the present, the drifting chorus which kicks in pretty quickly and stays in the groove. The chords continually rising and the drums swinging hard on the ride cymbal.

I played acoustic , electric , bass guitars and keys. Clare Moore played the drums.
Stu Thomas played  the trumpet and sang some amazing backing vocals, along with Emily Jarrett and Will Hindmarsh who appear courtesy of Go Go Sapien.



We are playing  a rare show in Melbourne for 2016 at Bennetts Lane Sunday Oct 23rd.



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October single out on Friday. "Matey, From On High"

It's a jazzy groover. The chords and the beat drive it. Clare put down the beat before heading interstate and I cooked it with bass, guitar and keys. Stu Thomas added trumpet and backing vocals and Will Hindmarsh and Emily Jarrett - courtesy of Go Go Sapien - added some harmonies too.


It has words.
Here they are for you to consider.


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digital dope o' mine

telco moloko

go pro

pro quo

anti bono

friendly fire!

Oh pal!

oh betacam!

Oh wifi!

a big skype of ooh scream

feel the singularity!

tickled pixel

aaaah

matey, from on high

go viral!

song

go viral!

infection!

I'm liking the passion

we have to have a conversation 
I dose

I want

I don't

I me

limey

aura

you're a

aurora

standin' at the door

can't get past

can't cross the floor

il y aura

aurora

can't stop

can't start

is it your....?

aura?

or a ....?

bored to the core

hangin' on at the door

I saw...

stuck in my craw

not craw!

started out bawlin'

ended up bawlin'

the frenchy couldn't stay on

there were millions of us

half of me got through

I broke the lore

the lore

matey, from on high

if you need me

listen

I'll be at the foot of your head

matey, from on high



yeah!


photo of dave graney by Barry Douglas

Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes in Adelaide - here's how I saw it , dudes

Hey the show we did in Adelaide on the weekend was a blinder. It was to be at Semaphore Music festival - right on the beach - but due to the horrific storms and flooding it had to be moved indoors to the Flour Shed in Port Adelaide.

In many ways it was  a community festival. We came in from the clouds and busted the joint wide open.

This probably sounds less than humble but hey - we were fuckin' great! No one else stood near us back in the day and it's even better now. The show is compressed. Tight as the proverbial.

We get a really different crowd in Adelaide. The best.

Quite blue collar. Lots of vintage, intelligent women.

A man came up to me with fire in his eyes and a really old Lynyrd Skynyrd t shirt on. Hey - I hugged him!
He compared me to Ronnie Van Zandt.

How cool is that?

Someone else posted this on Social Media...

 
"What strange states of consciousness does this man conjure? To which tradition, literary or theatrical, does he belong? I am experiencing not cognitive dissonance, but a kind of mental atonality. He was fantastic, but my categories are not working. How do I understand what I have just seen? " Keith J.

Thanks to Trish Smells Flowers for catching this clip. 




Next show for us is with the mistLY at Bennetts Lane Sunday October 23rd -  at 8pm.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rupert's Pet's Grave- new digital release - nsw shows next week



The title? Hey it's a double possessive!

Rupert's Pet's Grave.

I'm worried about Rupert's Pet. How will history view it?
Who will shine it's grave?

A whimsical song. You know, "Once upon a time".

In a world................
Where there's this powerful character called Rupert and he has influence and wields it through his vicious PETS who he sends out to yell at people, bully them, create envy, division, unhappiness and misery. General instability in the community.

In the song I say "everybody has to work". But I'm wondering how some of these PETS might sleep at night. And I'm also wondering do they ever think on what will happen when the King carks it?

You read what happened to Stalin's crew when he popped his cork?


There was a purge, mate! Reap what youse sow!

And those successive Elizabethan/ Tudor monarchs and their challengers when each threatened to get up and be a thing? They'd be on the death bed and the crowd would be thinning out as their sycophantic courtiers backed out of the room to race to suck up to the next in line. The dying king or queen left alone in their cot?


Rupert's Pet's Grave
Who's gonna shine it?
After they sweep away the trash and clean the paint?

Rod Stewart in the 22nd century, tells a story of his days as a grave shiner. He was kept hoppin', cleanin' the screen of whatsisname-  Rupert's Pet's Grave

Will there be guards?
Will they be proper, white?
How the man was hated! Stirred the pot so tight.
Who's gonna clean Rupert's Pet's Grave?

He wasn't a "people person", oh how he hated people!
Hate won't keep you alive
It''ll drench your mind - and the lousy words you traded in!

Everybody dies! It's not just a story!
Everybody's got to work - I understand!
Who's gonna clean Rupert's Pet's Grave?

And before that? At the grisly end?
who's gonna wipe?
What poor minimum wage... is gonna clean his privates?
Make him respectable?

Cos when the powers gone to someone else and the crowd drifts off with the force .
And he lays in his cot in a wilderness of unrequited hate...

Everybody dies! It's not just a story!
Everybody's got to work - I understand!
Who's gonna clean Rupert's Pet's Grave?

credits

released September 1, 2016
Dave Graney - guitars, bass , lead vocals.
Clare Moore, drums, percussion, keys , backing vocals.


UPCOMING SHOWS 

dave graney and clare moore at bowral bowls club friday sept 16th.


dave graney and the mistLY  at smiths alternative, canberra sunday sept 18th 



FEARFUL WIGGINGS

2014 solo album from Dave Graney. *****"If I've learnt anything in my years of writing about music it's that if you are going to do anything of worth in this tough game, you better have your own thing. Today's generic is easily replaced by tomorrow's. And yet you need to be flexible, to follow wherever the songs demand. In the case of this, only the second credited as a solo album among 30 or so Graney releases, it's a curious yet welcoming lane he walks you down, with acoustic guitars, not much percussion, vibes, smooth sounds. At the end of it you feel like you've awoken from a strange yet pleasant summer's dream. As shot by Luis Bunuel. It ranges from off-kilter reveries (A Woman Skinnies Up a Man, The Old Docklands Wheel) through to the softly seductive (How Can You Get Out of London) and the downright arch (Look Into My Shades, Everything Is Great In The Beginning.) This is music that is neither folk, nor blues, nor country, but it's all Graney, somewhere out to the left field beyond Lee Hazlewood's raised eyebrow. It's astringent on the tongue but sweetens in the telling." Noel Mengel Brisbane Courier Mail

you've been in my mind

June 2012 super high energy pop rock album - blazing electric 12 strings - total 70s rock drive. Greatest yet! available via paypal - $20 pp

rock'n'roll is where I hide/- 2011 "vintage classics/ re recordings" on LIBERATION

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SUPERMODIFIED - August 2010 remixed/re-sung/re-strung//remastered/replayed comp via PAYPAL

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also available as a digital album

Knock yourself (2009)-first ever dg solo set-filthy electro r&b-available via Paypal- $20

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available as a digital album too

We Wuz Curious (2008)-blazing R&B jazz pop album available via paypal-$20

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UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
AVAILABLE AS A DIGITAL album

Keepin' It Unreal-(2006)-minimalist/lyrical vibes,bass and 12 string set - available $20 via Paypal

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Hashish and Liquor (2005 double disc by Dave Graney and Clare Moore) available via Paypal $25

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UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
Single album HASHISH available as a digital release

Heroic Blues- "folk soul" set from 2002-Available $20 via Paypal

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UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

Night of the Wolverine-1993-Reissued 2004 w/extra tracks from the future-available $20 via paypal

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It is written,baby-book released 1997- available $10 via paypal

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