Sunday, 22 March 2009

Another year, 23 seconds slower

Today was the 2nd Mt Coot-tha Cycle Challenge, once again featuring a timed ascent of the mountain. The times have already been released, and I was 23 seconds slower than last year. I expected this, being in worse shape, having hardly done any decent rides or climbing since the Mutual Community Challenge Tour 155km in Adelaide. Despite the slip in time, I'm still reasonably happy to have made it up in around 10 and a half minutes. During my own training it takes anywhere from 12 to 13. Last year I remember my heart rate reaching 104% of its supposed "maximum" and staying like that for most of the climb. Today it was more like 96%, meaning I was not able to push myself quite so much. I was also extremely distracted by a fast but rather old guy who was wheezing the whole time like an old dog being taken out for a run. But I still overtook heaps of people and had a fun climb.

The rest of the 70km ride was pretty uneventful, but it was a nice day for it and I finished in around 2.5 hours. Then I cycled home and spent the rest of the day being pretty damn lazy :)

the hazards of love

I've never really gotten into the Decemberists. I enjoyed Picaresque, but not enough to motivate me into exploring their other albums. However, I think I'm just one of many people who has already been captured by their epic plot-driven new album - The Hazards of Love. And I'm saying this without having taken the time to investigate or follow the tale behind these songs, I'm speaking only in terms of the music and songs themselves.

The pinnacle (for me), at Track 8 is The Wanting Comes In Waves. It wasn't until I heard this on my first listen that the album struck me in the way it has. I think this will become a true classic, although only time will tell how the story and true end-to-end listening experience settles in to my mind.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

mogwai at the tivoli, 3rd March 2009

I can't write about this gig, because I can't do it justice.

So I will simply link to another review and echo the set-list they published:

The Precipice (last on The Hawk Is Howling)
Friend of the Night (Mr Beast)
Scotland’s Shame (The Hawk Is Howling)
Hunted By A Freak (Happy Songs for Happy People)
Mogwai Fear Satan (Young Team)
I Know You Are But What Am I (Happy Songs for Happy People)
I Love You, I’m Gonna Blow Up Your School (The Hawk Is Howling)
I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead (The Hawk Is Howling)
Thank You Space Expert (The Hawk Is Howling)
2 Rights Make 1 Wrong (Rock Action)
Like Herod (Young Team)
Bat Cat (The Hawk Is Howling)
New Paths to Helicon Part 1 (Ten Rapid – collected recordings ’96-97)
We’re No Here (last on Mr Beast)

Simply awesome. I don't know how or why I missed them on their last two tours in Brisbane. I hadn't seen them live since their CODY tour at The Zoo, a long time ago now. Silly me.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

the gigs of february 2009

This has been one of the best months for live music that I remember in years. I think January-March is always the busiest time of year for both international and local acts touring in Australia, but this February has been truly exceptional:
  • Laneway Festival- Stereolab (!) and The Drones are particular highlights. I've seen Stereolab here many times over the years, but this was the first time they had returned since Mary's passing.
  • Propagandhi, first time back in Brisbane since 1998.
  • Dave McCormack doing a Sunday arvo Powerhouse show.
  • British India at The Zoo - shit crowd, but good band and DZ were an awesome local support act.
  • Death Cab for Cutie at The Tivoli, supported by Youth Group.
Now if that's not enough.... I can start March off with Mogwai at The Tivoli this Tuesday.