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Wadaiko festival concert

When I learnt to drive earlier this year, I discovered how much fun it was to learn something new. So I decided to learn how to play taiko drums.

I haven’t started yet, but had a chance to audition my new hobby last night at the Wadaiko Festival concert in Box Hill. It was ah-maaaaaay-zing. I can’t wait to start my lessons.

There was a bit of Wadaiko Rindo on the taiko:

and the incredibly cool Fuefukuro playing flute:

and the decidedly bluegrass-y Ichimadin playing three stringed guitar-y instruments:

So good!

Billy Bragg Nostalgia

I was just telling Greg that I bought tickets to see Billy Bragg at Hamer Hall in October and he reminisced about the time he saw Billy Bragg circa 1985.

“I saw Billy Bragg in the caf at uni. He made us sing along to Internationale and gave us a few disposable protest songs to take away and use.”


Dag Hammarskjöld on Growing up

“Is life so wretched? Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddied? You are the one who must grow up.”

– Dag Hammarskjöld

Quote seen at The Happiness Project

Speaking of Happiness Projects, I’m listening to an album of the same name by Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think. He invited his neighbours into his house to record their thoughts on happiness, then turned their words into music. Lovely.

Christmas mix 2008

Christmas in my apartment

Without further delay I present my Christmas Mix for 2008. There are a few Christmas Mix 2008 CDs floating around and hopefully reaching some mailboxes before the 25th but if one doesn’t reach your mailbox in time you can download the whole thing here (using the very nifty drop.io):

Christmas Mix 2008

Track listing:

  1. Vivaldi: Gloria in D, Rv 589 – Negri Vittorio
  2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Death Cab for Cutie
  3. It’s Christmas! Let’s be Glad! – Sufjan Stevens
  4. Every Christmas – Destroyer
  5. Angels We Have Heard on High – Sufjan Stevens
  6. Blue Christmas – Bright Eyes
  7. I Love N.Y.E – Badly Drawn Boy
  8. Chestnuts Roasting on – Arcade Fire
  9. I Saw Three Ships – Sufjan Stevens
  10. Christmas Reindeer – The Knife
  11. Ding! Dong! – Sufjan Stevens
  12. White Christmas – Mark Kozelek
  13. Donna and Blitzen – Badly Drawn Boy
  14. Christmas Blues – Canned Heat
  15. Christmas Song – Mogwai
  16. O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Sufjan Stevens
  17. Happy Christmas (War is Over) – Polyphonic Spree
  18. Jesus the Mexican Boy – Iron & Wine
  19. Holy, Holy, Holy – Sufjan Stevens
  20. Fairytale of New York – Stars

Bonus Track for download only: Christmas Must be Tonight – The Band (Can’t be found on any of the CDs. Special huh?)


P.S.  I’ve lifted giant chunks from other compilations. Links to the original albums:

A Very Indie Christmas

Songs for Christmas

About a Boy


The Sea & the Rhythm

Another thing I want to do in Melbourne

Perfect timing on my part, the Melbourne International Arts Festival is on while I’m home!

I’m scanning the catalogue now and there seems to be a lot of very cool stuff on, including Patti Smith collaborating with just about everyone to tribute just about everyone else in every possible art form. I hope to see her at least once. Unfortunately some events are already sold out. Let me know if you have your eye on anything in particular.

Pattu Smith and Philip Glass (image taken from the festival website)

Patti Smith and Philip Glass (image taken from the festival website)