James Dibble, the original ABC Television newsreader (from 1956-83) and possessor of award-winning diction, died this week aged 87. The reason for your continued interest in James here is that he played an unlikely part in Russell Guy's gonzo radio mind-bend 'What's Rangoon to You is Grafton to Me' which first aired on Double J in 1978. One of the most requested radio programs ever made, and a prince of the bootleg cassette trade-routes of the 80's, you can now download an MP3 of it here. Tony Barrell told me that Dibble couldn't make time to come back to the studio and finish the second half of the script, that's the accidentally genius reason you hear Dibble and Russell Guy woven together in voice as one blur in the program........
Again, the MP3 of 'What's Rangoon....' is here. Enjoi.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
"Sydney's confused soca punks Gallucci deliver a peculiar mixtape for ABC Radio National's The Night Air this week, exploring 'The Lighter Side of Male Paranoia'. From watching the waistbelt, to lady worries and fear of the big man, all angles of this humourous and primarly masculine twinge are opened up for pot shots and low brow hubbub. Musically you'll hear Hot Snakes, Minutemen, Coltrane, Daniel Johnston (tons more too) along with ABC archive of Devo, Thomas Pynchon & Tony Barrell with Hunter S. Thompson, as well as tasty contributions from Ray Ahn, Richard Meltzer, Mike Watt, Michael C. Ford, Mykel Board (and anyone else you can think of named Michael)...... Join Gallucci on Paranoid Parade!"
If you reside anywhere down under, hear it on your local Radio National frequency, as part of The Night Air; 9pm Sun 14th Nov. or Midnight Sat 20th Nov.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
G'cci Jumps!....... and very quickly gets very wet. This is the original bungee spot in NZ, the Kawarau Bridge. This historic suspension bridge (which I fell off) was built in 1880, desgned by Harry Paisley Higginson. The schist masonry towers have a superb affinity with the surroundings and the main wooden truss provides a strong visual link across the 90 metre gap. A thoroughly well-designed structure, it's still showing its sound construction 130+ years later. How do I know all this? Rather than watching others jump while I waited, I read the detailed bronze plaque maybe 50 times.....
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Opera House, as part of the Graphic Festival, Regurgitator are performing a live soundtrack to the western world's first real taste of Anime in 1988, 'AKIRA'. I don't get out of the house much nowdays, but I'm not missing this one for the world.... Unreal!