20 Songs About September

Songs about SeptemberSeptember is a big month on our house – several family birthdays (and of course Father’s Day here in Australia) and yesterday I heard Earth Wind & Fire’s September for the first time in ages. It made me think of a couple of other songs about September, and before I knew it another list was underway. What is it about this month? Initial searching revealed several hundred September songs, although I have to admit there were a bunch of artists listed I hadn’t heard of and there are a lot of songs simply called September that I’m not sure aren’t covers (yes, I could listen to them all to figure it out, but there aren’t enough hours in the day!). Here, then, are the September songs that I’ve actually heard of – but I’d welcome any suggestions you’d like to add! Continue reading

Shuffle Aces: Party People In A Can – Tourist Shooting Tar Balls

Party People In A CanHere’s an interesting one! I found this song as a piece of background music on a YouTube surfing clip and immediately wanted to know a bit more. Piecing together the few bits of info I’ve been able to find, it turns out Party People in a Can is the surf rock band of Pedro Costa, a member of Portugal’s Stealing Orchestra. He uses the band as a vehicle for some pretty laid back tracks that do a great job of recreating that classic ’60s/70s surf sound but with a more modern twist. Continue reading

Original Song: One Man

original songI got the bulk of this month’s original song down in the first week of August. I played it to a couple of my “advisors” who both made the comment that I’m channeling my inner Nick Cave. It’s a reasonably common comment that is strange given I’ve never really been a Cave kind of guy and rarely have listened to his work. Maybe I should! They also made a couple of great suggestions about things I could do to improve the track, but sadly I just haven’t had the chance to act on their advise – so what you get here is pretty much the original take with a couple of tweaks I made over the weekend. Continue reading

Shuffle Aces: Mark Crozer And The Rels – Broken Out In Love

Mark CrozerA couple of weeks ago I attended the WWE show in Sydney with my sons. It was pretty good entertainment, but the absolute highlight was when the Wyatt Family entered the arena. For those not in the wrestling know, this entails the lights going out and everyone in the audience holds up their phones (in the old days it would have been lighters) and swaying back and forth. Then the music starts as the good ol’ Wyatts wander down the ramp in darkness towards the ring. The music is, as I now know, the Mark Crozer and the Rels song Broken Out In Love (but renamed Live In Fear by the WWE crew after they bought the rights to it. Bottom line is that it’s an awesome track. Continue reading

RockArt: Tom Scharpling Music Videos

Tom Scharpling

Jon Hamm as Scharpling

I recently came across a reference to the work American comedian Tom Scharpling has done in directing music videos. All it said was that he’d pushed the boundaries a bit – so obviously he had to be checked out. Turns out he has worked with a number of bands, generally ones that he is friends with, with the common thread of strange story lines, celebrity cameos and a very low budget. Sounds good doesn’t it – what’s not to like? Continue reading