Going Up The Country – November 15, 2008

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Greetings from beautiful Meeniyan where we are ensconced in the motel. Soon we’ll at the local pub and then see Martha Wainwright at the Meeniyan Hall. It should be a great gig. I just saw Martha walking down the street and said, ‘I interviewed your Dad a few weeks ago in San Francisco.’ She smiled politely.

We met Lise and Ken – from the New Orleans trip. They are going to thr gig tonight and have gone off to dinner up the road.

It was a huge morning on Off The Record this morning. Stephen Cummings seemed as happy as the title of his latest album Happiest Man Alive. He has almost finished his book about his career in music and I look forward to it to its emergence in May.

Then American singer songwriter Dan Wilson came in to talk and play a few songs from his latest album Free Life. Dan is lucky to have had his name on a song on a Dixie Chicks’ album and no doubt the royalties from the mutli-platinum sales have set him up.

Then the guys from Augie March came in and talked (softly) and sang beautifully. Their latest album Watch Me Disappear is a glorious album and one of the year’s best.

I didn’t want to mention the fact that the album had entered the ARIA chart at No.4 and dropped to No.36 where it sits perilously. How is it possible that such a good record is not in the Top 10.

How do you explain that the Fauves’ excellent new album When Good Times Go Good didn’t even get intot he ARIA chart?

It’s a mystery. And how do you explain that Andre Rieu sells out several concerts at Telstra Dome with his ridiculously elaborate stage and his brand of ‘classical lite’, which to my mind makes a joke of classical music (though I know others will find it vastly entertaining). It’s music for people who know about classical but ike to think they do. How do you explain that Andre is responsible for 11 of the Top 40 music DVDs. What the hell is going on?

Jeff Jenkins, Pat Delves and I pondered these questions over a drink after the show and none of us could come up with an answer.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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