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July 13, 2017

Unsigned Only song contest entry
Just found out that Dad Joke Blues did not make the cut for UO this year. To be fair, this was a long shot entry in the Folk Singer-Songwriter category so it's not really surprising ... still entereed in two... More
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April 29, 2017

Entered Dad Joke Blues in the ASA song contest
At long last I've entered a song in the Australian Songwriters Association Songwriting Contest. I've been the Brisbane Regional Coordinator for several years now, but have never entered a song until now - mainly bcause until recently, RCs were not... More
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February 17, 2017

Entered USA Songwriting Contest
Today I entered Dad Joke Blues into the USA Song Contest. Cost me US$35 for the version below to enter the "Comedy/Novelty" category. Winners will be determined by November 15, 2017.... More
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February 8, 2017

Entered Unsigned Only song contest
OK, so the Dad Joke Blues just got entered into the Unsigned Only Music Competition for US$35. The version posted below was entered into the Folk/Singer-songwriter category, which seemed the most appropriate ... Winners for the 2017 competition will... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:47 PM | Comments (0)

August 5, 2016

Australian Songwriters Conference review
In June I attended the Australian Songwriters Conference at Ettalong Beach. It would be an expensive exercise and I knew nothing about the conference but I am trying to develop as a songwriter so I felt the "not inexpensive" fee... More
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April 30, 2016

Dad Joke Blues
Last weekend the family went up to the farm. We had a stack of fun patting Dopey the steer and generally chilling, and in a moment of intense craziness we came up with a future project idea: the Huge Family... More
Posted by Huge at 12:53 PM | Comments (0)

September 6, 2015

What's been happening?
OK, so it's been far too long since I updated this site. Much has happened that will be detailed in following posts, but here's a quick run-down on the status quo: I have a girlfriend. Sue. She's awesome and we... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:25 PM | Comments (0)

September 3, 2015

War and peace ... and other stuff
Just posted this as a comment on Dave Rowlands' Facebook post. Thought it was meme-worthy so I'll create a meme for it soon and see what happens: "The sooner we stop thinking that killing our opponents ends the argument, the... More
Posted by Huge at 1:17 PM | Comments (0)

November 13, 2014

The trouble with Spotify ....
There's been a stack of discussion about Spotify and its effect on the music industry lately, mainly driven by Taylor Swift's label's decision to withdraw her entire catalog from Spotify, which adds her to the list of acts who want... More
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Budget Crisis
As readers of this blog will know, I have some fairly clear and strong political leanings. I've never been a member of any party but I know what I think is a good way to run the country: full equality... More
Posted by Huge at 10:45 AM | Comments (0)

November 10, 2014

I'm wearing my breakfast
Many years ago, when my kids were babies, I wrote this silly ditty for my son, Edward, who was looking very proud of himself for finishing his breakfast - except that he was wearing a lot of it. I used... More
Posted by Huge at 2:31 PM | Comments (0)

April 29, 2014

Turning attention into traction - Mouthzoff column
This is my ninth column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in December. While a network fo highly skilled and motivated people in the indutry is vital, so is the attention of fans. Only they can form a foundation for... More
Posted by DrHuge at 2:21 PM | Comments (0)

March 28, 2014

Independence - the power is in the network - Mouthzoff column
This is my eigth column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in November. This one concerns an essential skill that any business owner - especially an independent artist - needs to develop: networking. You can't do it all yourself, so... More
Posted by DrHuge at 12:05 PM | Comments (0)

February 25, 2014

The art of making enough good art - Mouthzoff column
This is my seventh column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in October. This one aims to help reassure artists that they are already good enough and that they simply need to get there stuff out into the market, seek... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

January 27, 2014

Beware the trap of fixed ongoing service fees - Mouthzoff column
This is my sixth column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in September. This topic doesn't seem important to a lot of Indies, who just want as much cash as they can get quickly. But it's vital to make smart... More
Posted by DrHuge at 1:42 PM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2014

Woodford Folk Festival 2013/14 review
This year I had the great honour and priviledge to gain a spot as a Stage Manager at the Woodford Folk Festival, one of the biggest live music events in the world. I was initially appointed to Bill's Bar, which... More
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January 11, 2014

New year, new perspectives, renewed focus
I'm not one for new years resolutions. I take the view that there's no resolution I can make on new years day that I couldn't have made on any earlier day. Life and success are about strategic evolution and constant... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:12 PM | Comments (0)

December 1, 2013

The technology trap - Mouthzoff column
This is my fifth column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in August. The topic is one that many Indies find confusing and upsetting: technology. If it's all so easy and helpful, why isn't it working for me?  Last edition's... More
Posted by DrHuge at 11:18 AM | Comments (0)

November 1, 2013

Your fan base wants a relationship - Mouthzoff column
This is my fourth column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in July. The topic is one of vital importance to anyone building a career using new music models - because in this environment, he who dies with the largest... More
Posted by DrHuge at 11:08 AM | Comments (0)

October 15, 2013

Review: Jason Blume songwriting workshop - Mouthzoff column
As readers know, I'm a keen songwriter and heavily involved in helping Brisbane songwriters develop and grow. So when the opportunity came up for me to attend this workshop by one of the best, Jason Blume, I jumped at it.... More
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October 1, 2013

You need fans before you can ask for fan funding - Mouthzoff column
This is my second column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in June. The topic is one that causes a lot of confusion among Indie - fan funding - because they can see it work for others and don't understand... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:55 AM | Comments (0)

September 1, 2013

You can't lose sales you would never have had - Mouthzoff column
This is my first column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in May. The topic is one that I get asked all the time by Independent Musos: should I protect my copyrights and if so, HOW?In 1999 global record sales... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

August 5, 2013

Writing for Mouthzoff Mag
OK, so some time ago I started writing a monthly column for my good friend Randy G's monthly e-zine. It's a brand new publication aimed at the south-east Qld music scene and I like to support anything that supports local... More
Posted by DrHuge at 5:12 PM | Comments (0)

February 25, 2013

Step 10: Regularly take time to review your goals and efforts
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)You can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards.- Steve Jobs Sometimes, if all you're doing is focusing on your next goal, its very easy to forget how far you've come and gloss... More
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February 24, 2013

Step 9: PLAN each step of your development
I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.- Thomas Edison It's a cliché that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. As we discussed in the intro, just by having... More
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February 23, 2013

Step 8: Design each step according to 5 principles
(Photo credit: Engineering at Cambridge)You usually find that what works is better than what looks good. You know, the looks good can change, but what works, works. - Ray Eames New technologies have made the life of a DIY artist... More
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February 22, 2013

Step 7: Work hard to maintain those relationships
The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. - Stephen R. Covey Most musicians think that their job is to get on stage and play the... More
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February 21, 2013

Step 6: Look to build relationships
(Photo credit: Burns!)Artists, of all people, understand that the more information we all share, the better it is for our business and for ourselves.− Janis Ian Business, and the music business in particular, is built on relationships. To reach your... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2013

Step 5: Use your abundant musical assets as gifts
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)You're far more likely to have a song that is not heard than a song that is heard and stolen.- David Hooper Digital stuff is "non-rivalrous", which is fancy economist-speak for "me having it doesn't stop you from... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)

February 19, 2013

Step 4: Work hardest on creating the best art you can
(Photo credit: A.Davey)The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.- Stephen R. Covey Successful people are very good time managers who maintain a healthy work/play balance. Of course, that's much easier when you regard your work as... More
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February 18, 2013

Step 3: Understand your art
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.- Frank Zappa Your art starts with your music but goes way beyond it. Every show you put on, every video, every interview, every album cover, every T-shirt, every class you teach, every... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:36 AM | Comments (0)

February 17, 2013

Step 2: Create something remarkable
(Photo credit: marsmet461)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:33 AM | Comments (0)

February 16, 2013

Alive and Alone - and slow
You might have noticed by now that I've stopped posting about the Alive and Alone recordings. That's because I burned out badly (literally) trying to record in my house in the heat, then turn u to work feeling refreshed. Also,... More
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Step 1: Define your musical goals clearly
Don't die with the music in you.−    Wayne Bennett Take time to know who you are, what you are good at, and what you are prepared to do to build your career. Be realistic about how you are best able... More
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February 15, 2013

Introduction
The Way that can be expressed is not the eternal Way. - Lao Tsu Thanks for reading this workbook. It aims to help you define and achieve your musical life goals and by doing so you are helping me... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:22 AM | Comments (0)

January 11, 2013

Alive and Alone - percussion permission
This week I've been mucking about with the percussion parts. Not every song has one, but since that's my strong suit I thought I'd start there. As you may have noticed, I have a heap of percussion toys to play... More
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January 7, 2013

Alive and Alone - better than expected ...
Tonight, after a hard day back at the office I say down and listened back to the guides I recorded yesterday. I had feared that, given my fatigue levels and lack of concentration, some of them would be incredibly sloppy... More
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January 6, 2013

Alive and Alone - stage 1 accomplished
Recorded all the guide tracks today. Happy with that but it's not as much as I'd hoped to achieve. I was hoping to have some of the main guitars down as well.There were several reasons for delays - one was... More
Posted by Huge at 5:00 PM | Comments (0)

January 5, 2013

Alive and Alone - the plan
In 2007 I released I am Leaving! I am Leaving! and toured the USA and Canada, playing some solo acoustic shows on my way to interview people and attend the Independent Music Conference in Philadelphia, at which I played more... More
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December 16, 2012

This space left deliberately blank
For the victims of the Guangshan stabbings and the Sandy Hook shootings.... More
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December 5, 2012

Whiskey and History
In recent years I've spent many nights contemplating my life and future by the fire in my back yard. This has been an important part of my recovery from my divorce and associated trauma, and has all too frequently been... More
Posted by Huge at 4:44 PM | Comments (0)

October 5, 2012

Red Hot
I have always loved what John Butler does. I'm not a big fan of his songs as a general rule, but some of them are awesome and his playing is always incredible. Ditto Keith Urban, so when I saw their... More
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July 22, 2012

Where have I been?
OK, so it's been a long time since I blogged.Quite frankly, it's been because I have been working too hard for other people and because I have been quite depressed and unable to find the energy for any of this... More
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September 30, 2011

If I Had Stew - The major label response
Well, I'm gobsmacked! No wonder the major labels are in so much trouble. A complete contrast in the response from two publishers in my pursuit of a simple clearance to record my parody.First things first - credit where it's due.... More
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September 25, 2011

If I Had Stew - Update 3
OK, still no word from Sony but I got lovely emails from Stephan at Kobalt UK and Alicia at EMI Australia with forms to fill out in order for me to get a "quote" on the price of my parody.... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2011

Well done, Broncos.
OK, so Manly's first try was a blatant double movement and the Broncos couldn't buy a break in the first half, but the fightback was inspirational and the season result extraordinary. Be proud, boys. In some senses it's a sad... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:31 AM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2011

If I had Stew - Update 2
Still no word from Sony, despite me following their advice. However, I did get a response from tomas at Maratone on 14 Sept. He very kindly told me that I need to get in touch with Kobalt Music Publishing, who... More
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September 7, 2011

If I had stew - update
Not good so far. In response to my emails to Maratone and Sony all I have to show is an auto-response from Maratone saying they are "out of the studio, back in mid September"; and a one-liner from Sony telling... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:22 AM | Comments (0)

September 3, 2011

If I had stew
I like to think I'm a pretty funny kinda guy with an ear for satire, so since I first heard Adam Lambert's "If I had you" I've known it would be dead easy to rip off. I've been playing with... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:26 PM | Comments (0)

August 21, 2011

You Gotta Dance
I generally try to keep my family out of this blog but this was a bit special. Some time ago my 9-year-old daughter, who's been trying everything get my attention post-divorce (how does a 40-year-old man relate to a 9-year-old... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:57 PM | Comments (0)

August 14, 2011

Technical difficulties
OK, so I bought this really expensive PC because the salesman assured me that his company only used the best quality components and it came with a great warranty. Most expensive upgrade EVER and the ONLY one that has ever... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:45 PM | Comments (2)

July 3, 2011

Next chapter
Well, I've been absent from this blog for far too long. What I've been doing, however, has (hopefully) set up the next chapter of my life, which will see a lot more action around here. At long last, the PhD... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:01 PM | Comments (0)
How to succeed at anything
"Champions just work harder, practice longer; they are tougher, more resilient and more focused than the average performers; and they are relentless in pursuing their dreams." - Phil "Gus" Gould. Taken from this article about Darren Lockyer. He's talking about... More
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June 17, 2011

Free is just one form of convenient
Lately I've read several articles providing "the artist's side of the story" as to why music "can't be free". These include: Mark Mulligan's Why Music Can't Just Be Free: The Artists' Side Of The Story, Rick Chazan's On Music Piracy,... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

February 18, 2011

The Musician's Third Leg - extended ...
It's nice to see the concepts I created enter the thinking of others - or at least, appear in their writings. Over at Music Think Tank (for whom I aspire to write), Bruce Warila (whose work I respect and admire... More
Posted by DrHuge at 7:00 AM | Comments (0)

February 8, 2011

Don't Make Me Steal ... please
Just found the Don't Make Me Steal project via Hypebot. It's an appeal from movie fans to movie makers, setting out a manifesto for the conditions under which they promise not to illegally download movie online. Great idea ... Of... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:36 PM | Comments (0)

February 6, 2011

The Most Popular Music Websites In 2010 - hypebot
This map is a really freaky depiction of the relative amounts of US traffic for each of the major websites where music is streamed or downloaded (websites with less than 100,000 monthly visits are omitted): The article around it explains... More
Posted by DrHuge at 8:29 AM | Comments (1)

February 3, 2011

Huge's January Review
Well, 2011 is not off to the start I had expected! Floods, cyclones, dead websites, lost mobile phones ... still no PhD ... can we start again, please? :-) Special thoughts go out to Tah Phrum Duh Bush, who came... More
Posted by Huge at 5:50 PM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2011

It's all about engagement ...
This morning there are some great articles in various other publication that point to something I've been thinking about for a while now: building a career as an Indie is all about directly engaging with people who like what you... More
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January 30, 2011

I'm back!
Right! I'm now back on the Blog ... Had a few problems with my host over the past few months, but those are now sorted, thanks to the awesome Mihai. Thanks, dude ... Lots to discuss, lots to fix, lots... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:50 AM | Comments (0)

October 14, 2010

Who was that masked surgeon?
This Dr is part of the team that saved my father's life from a malicious and malignant tumour. This incident and interview are further evidence of her composure and unassuming nature. Possibly the greatest tribute a surgeon can be given... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:24 AM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2010

I hate to say I told you so ...
But I just found this Techdirt report, which says that uncle Rupert's paywalls are causing him a lot more trouble than they're worth. Now, I'm hardly the only one to have predicted that paywalls would be unhelpful to newspaper publishers,... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:58 PM | Comments (0)

September 10, 2010

The definition of damn fine music
All you art-wankers and Alt/Indie activists can kiss my arse. There's no substitute for a shit-hot performance of a great tune. If this don't get your pulse racing then you're a corpse. Timeless! Eternal! Blessed music, thy name is this... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:11 AM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2010

She Don't Want Your Love
I have a friend about whom I care for very deeply. This friend held my life together after the end of my marriage. She turned up on my door every morning and listened to my drivel. She took me for... More
Posted by Huge at 2:21 PM | Comments (3)

August 12, 2010

The decline in professional musicians
In recent times I have come across several mentions of the complaint that the number of professional musicians in declining. This is usually followed by some declaration or lament that without professional status, less or worse music will be made.... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:59 PM | Comments (0)

August 4, 2010

Responding to a reviewer
Found this review of my E-book. So happy that someone has engaged with the ideas!! Actually, I'm honoured that although Jillian disagrees with the central premise of Part 1, she still wants to read Parts 2 and 3. Working on... More
Posted by DrHuge at 1:00 PM | Comments (1)

August 2, 2010

Review of Music Xray's S2O service
I read about Music Xray's S2O service in a LinkedIn forum and thought "what a great idea" so I signed up and entered The Genre Benders' album into the system (free). The "matches" the S2O system produces are based on... More
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July 29, 2010

The best New Music approach is holistic
Mike Masnick makes a lot of sense when he points out that big concerts are only a fraction of the live concerts staged,and in some ways they are more difficult to run profitably than smaller concerts. He's also right that... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:25 AM | Comments (0)

July 28, 2010

How the record industry got it so wrong (and how their mistakes point to your glorious musical future).
OK, well the E-book is out. I have completed Part 1 with the assistance of the incredible art of Mr Darren Fisher. The blog version is here and free but a more convenient version can be downloaded for free... More
Posted by DrHuge at 4:04 PM | Comments (0)

July 20, 2010

How NOT to impress music-business decision makers
Just read this blog from my colleague Rick Goetz. Rick advises musos to do three things at music industry conferences: Find like-minded peers Make sure you and your product present well Have a plan He's spot on, but I'd take... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:40 PM | Comments (1)

June 28, 2010

What a great weekend ...
Woke up this morning back home after the NTRA State of Origin 2010. Had a great weekend but, just like last year, came down with a head cold immediately after. What is with that? We won all three of our... More
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June 15, 2010

Sports update
Haven't mentioned my one true vice for a while so I thought I'd post a coupla quick thoughts I've had on the sporting world. First, well done The Matildas. Awesome effort, girls, to become the first Australian soccer team to... More
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June 6, 2010

Never a truer word spoken ...
Just read this rant from Street Carnage, which points out the brutal reality of playing in bands and advises people not to. Can't say I disagree, ironically. Life on the road can be boring, but it's also an opportunity to... More
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June 3, 2010

16 Answers from an Entrepreneur and Freelancer
Just read Seth Godin's latest. As always, brilliant in its insight and thought-provoking in its focus. He posed some questions that seemed highly pertinent to the space I'm about to enter, so I thought I'd answer them with respect to... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:00 PM | Comments (0)

May 18, 2010

Breaking an act ...
Just read this post from Mike McCready. I like the way Mike thinks about a bunch of things, but I think he's on slightly the wrong track with this one. To start with, the whole notion of "breaking" and act... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:00 AM | Comments (0)

May 10, 2010

Things Indies can learn from Idol ...
Found this article via Bob Baker. It's pitched at writers but it's also very true for Independent musos. No matter what people think of American Idol, or any other variant of the Idol franchise, the performers on it are coached... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:57 PM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2010

The Melbourne Storm fiasco cont ...
Following on from my original post on this subject, back to Melbourne for a minute more ... The second issue is that the current NRL administration has been shown to be completely incompetent at policing its own rules. That's taking... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:42 AM | Comments (0)

April 25, 2010

The Melbourne Storm fiasco
I'm kinda over this already. It makes me sick to think about it - so totally against everything sport stands for. It's a bureaucrat's issue, not a sporting issue ... Despite my hatred of his Blues heart, I find myself... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:59 AM | Comments (0)

February 27, 2010

How to make a viny record - from 1956
Willy sent me this incredible short film by RCA Victor detailing the process of making a vinyl record. It's quite long but it goes through the recording process (no multi-tracking!), then the molding and then the pressing and distribution. It's... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:02 PM | Comments (0)

February 23, 2010

It's better to reliquish control; Kulash gets it. Why doesn't EMI?
Interesting op-ed in the New York Times by OK Go singer Damian Kulash. Kulash notes that his band acted in violation of their record contract when they posted their famous treadmills video on YouTube and he gets stuck into EMI... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:59 AM | Comments (0)

January 31, 2010

New Merch store
Hey there ... long time no see ... I've been playing with ReverbNation and have made this funky online store. It's got all the GBs tracks in it, plus some t-shirts and ringtones and other stuff. It would mean a... More
Posted by Huge at 10:24 AM | Comments (0)

January 30, 2010

Another attempt to control digital rights?
Just found this article outlining a new audio file format that is supposed to replace MP3s. It essentially uses a downloaded MP3 as a Trojan Horse - ostensibly to allow users to download lyrics, artwork, etc to their player. Users... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:33 PM | Comments (0)

January 27, 2010

I'm back!
Now that I have successfully negotiated the post-Christmas holidays with my beautiful kids, I can announce that I'm back! The other news is that I have completed two drafts of my PhD and hope to present it to the University... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

January 26, 2010

Federal government: don't be stupid enough to try to censor the Internet ...
... please ... ??? http://www.internetblackout.com.au/ Join the protest!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:14 PM | Comments (0)

January 14, 2010

This space left deliberately blank ...
... for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti and their families.... More
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December 9, 2009

Music as a visual artform
One of my immediate thoughts on the death of Michael Jackson was that his legacy is his contribution to making music a visual artform. Michael's songwriting was OK but fairly forgettable, his musicianship was also marginal ... but to way... More
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November 16, 2009

Newspaper have always been filters ...
What media organisations have not yet come to terms with is that their business model has always been about filtering available news, not generating content. By their own admission, they don't create the news, they report it. News has always... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:25 PM | Comments (0)

October 13, 2009

The nature of love
Great quote from an interview with my buddy Derek Sivers: If you think love needs to look like “Romeo and Juliet”, you’ll overlook a great relationship that grows slowly. This is so true, and particularly pertinent to my own recent... More
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October 2, 2009

This space left deliberately blank ...
... for the victims of the Samoan tsunami and their families. And for those affected by the earthquakes in Sumatra.... More
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September 16, 2009

Nigel Tufnel on Joe Satriani ...
"You can't really be jealous of something you can't fathom." Love it! Nigel Tufnel talks about Joe Satriani and how they got on together in this classic clip. No idea where it came from or what it's doing but it's... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:25 AM | Comments (0)

September 14, 2009

Wombats Anthem
This is a silly song I made up for the NTRA Over35s team when I played for Australia the first time in 2006. I originally wrote this main bit and a few verses for some of the players, including Beardy,... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:35 PM | Comments (0)

August 14, 2009

The world's biggest jam and recording session ...
Musicians and bands who have performed original music in Brisbane are being invited to participate in a Guinness World Record attempt for the longest recording session with multiple artists, possibly the world’s longest jam. This is a unique opportunity for... More
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August 12, 2009

This space left deliberately blank ...
... for the victims of the typhoon in Japan and Taiwan.... More
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August 2, 2009

Seth Godin on the value of social networking
The lessons of Tila Teqila in 2 minutes … http://www.brandinfection.com/2009/08/01/seth-godin-on-social-networking/ Great stuff and so important for indie musos to understand. Seth's talking about business, and Indies need to understand that that's what they are if they want to make a... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

July 17, 2009

Reznor's latest advice ... another beauty
Techdirt has another gem from Trent Reznor. Advice for indies on how to run their business. It's fairly general advice, but pretty good. Some of the comments provide interesting additional advice and so on. Rather than just report this, I... More
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July 16, 2009

Well done, the Blues
They wanted it more, they got the rub of the green, they earned it ... They salvaged some pride and showed they NSW do think that contesting the State of Origin means something. Well done. We'll take the last 4... More
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June 25, 2009

Queenslander!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a sensational period for us ... Personally, I won my two games (there was no need for a third) 9-1 and 8-1. QLD won the NTRA tournament 13 divisions to 3. Tonight QLD SOO wins a record 4th straight... More
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June 22, 2009

Goal 1 down. Goal 2 just beginning ...
Well, last weekend I played touch for NTRA QLD over-35s against NSW in Coffs Harbour. This was the achievement of the first physical goal I set myself at the start of the year. Actually, we smashed NSW in both games:... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

June 13, 2009

Sweet Freedom
In the past 6 months or so I've started doing some work for a social-justice oriented, not-for-profit record label called Sweet Freedom. they've been around for a while with considerable success but they realised that they knew little about online... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:44 AM | Comments (0)

June 10, 2009

Maintaining relationships ...
Just caught Techdirt's coverage of Shaun Groves' pontifications on the importance of fan relationships (got it via CDBaby on Facebook - how networked it THAT!!) Shaun discusses the changing nature of relationship-building for indies - about how the only important... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:32 AM | Comments (1)

June 1, 2009

Not really a model ... yet
Just read Mike Masnick's take on U2 manager Paul McGuinness's rather tiresome whinge about the online music environment. I generally agree with Mike but I wanted to pick up on one thing he said that I think is misleading. Mike... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:10 PM | Comments (0)

May 25, 2009

Brian Eno's spot on ... sort of
Found Hypebot's extract from an interview with Brian Eno, in which he outlines a "Recipe For New Music Business Success". He makes is sound very simple when he talks up the virtues of monetising the aspects of music that are... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:36 PM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2009

I'll say it again: "Idol" is not about music ...
I*'m not sure why people bother writing this crap any more, since it's pretty much self-evident, but the New York Times has, once again published a destruction of the American Idol final result. Predictably, this article complains that the winner... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:35 PM | Comments (0)

May 18, 2009

Go, Danger Mouse ...
Just found the great news via Techdirt (via Dubber): Danger Mouse is releasing his new album without any music on it. Of course, this was done before by Green Day, but DM has put a whole new spin on it.... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:07 PM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2009

New Music I've discovered
For my birthday a short while ago I was given a copy of Preston Reed's Handwritten Notes. It's an interesting album with some really cool stuff, but ... sigh ... I just find it hard to get into this solo... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:26 PM | Comments (0)

May 13, 2009

New toys
In order to make these new recordings, I have invested in a new electric guitar. It's a Michael Kelly Valor Custom T (Amber), which is sweet as. I wanted something with twin humbuckers to complement my fat Strat (which is... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:15 AM | Comments (0)

May 12, 2009

Re-Bending of the Genres
OK, well, after a long absence I have decided that the best way to rekindle my interest in music and music studies is to start doing musical things once more. For this reason I have re-entered the studio and resumed... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:01 PM | Comments (0)

April 8, 2009

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for the victims of the Italian earthquakes and their families.... More
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March 31, 2009

Accurate sarcasm ...
Just read this little snippet from Techdirt, which notes that since the German School shooting a lot of people, including a Police Chief, have called for a ban on violent video games - citing a link between them and school... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:53 PM | Comments (0)

March 2, 2009

Killng the music industry - Torrentfreak style
Great article on Torrentfreak about the factors affecting recorded music sales. It lists 8 changes since the advent of Napster that would have had a major impact, and it's not wrong. Of course, it's a little self-serving in denying that... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:00 PM | Comments (0)

February 9, 2009

This space left deliberately blank ...
... for the victims of the bushfires in Victoria and their families.... More
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February 5, 2009

Another one down
I have just submitted my third article to First Monday for review. This gives me three submissions, which is the minimum for my PhD. My first has been accepted and is due for publication in the middle of this year;... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

January 30, 2009

American Idol Discriminates
American Idol Discriminates from TJR on Vimeo. This is TJR's song about how American Idol only allows contestants under the age of 29. The original video was pulled by Youtube because Fremantle Media claimed breach of Copyright. So TJR made... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:01 AM | Comments (0)

January 22, 2009

eMusic data supports the Long Tail
Some time ago there was a study showing that of 13million tracks available on the Internet, 10 million hadn't sold at all. This, it was claimed, proved that the Long Tail theory was bunkum. Chris Anderson, proud daddy of the... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:34 PM | Comments (0)
Support critical reflection!!!
My [MusicThoughts] buddy TJR made a really great song about American Idol. He made a video for it using clips from the show and posted it to YouTube. The Video was a huge hit, getting 20,000 views in a week.... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:35 AM | Comments (0)

January 21, 2009

Congratulations, President Obama - now the world is watching
It's great to see a Black Man in the White House. Long overdue and hopefully will set the tone for a fresh perspective on life all over the world. Congratulations to Barack Obama and his team - it's an extraordinary... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:27 AM | Comments (0)
Inside Midem
A wonderful and revealing article in Techdirt about what's happening at annual music industry conference Midemnet. It clearly shows the state of the industry in one little snippet - new experiments that show new possibilities and much confusion among the... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:17 AM | Comments (0)

January 11, 2009

Understanding women
"Hellboy: When a woman’s mad about something but she’s really mad about something else – you can’t ask because then they get angry 'cause you had to ask." I watched Hellboy II last night and this quote is particularly pertinent... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:04 AM | Comments (0)

January 1, 2009

Happy new year
I hope 2009 brings you much success, joy and fulfillment. It has to be an improvement on 2008.... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:55 AM | Comments (0)

December 25, 2008

Season's best wishes to all
Wishing you the best of your season, whatever your race, colour or creed. May your life be filled with joy and wonder now and into 2009.... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:05 AM | Comments (0)

December 21, 2008

10,000 hours = 3 years?
Chris Anderson, always a guy who can be counted on for an interesting thought, has just suggested people need to change jobs every 3 years. He then equates this, through some fairly tendentious maths, to Malcolm Gladwell's "it takes 10,000... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:39 AM | Comments (0)

December 11, 2008

Hypebot's top Music 2.0 posts
Hypebot has posted a summary of their best Music 2.0 posts of 2008. It's got some really good stuff in it. Very important in years to come, I'm sure. Check it out, read their literature and get into the resources... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:36 AM | Comments (0)

December 9, 2008

Musowiki update
Right! Need to get back into updating regularly. Sorry about that. News: I have submitted the Musowiki paper for my thesis. It's been submitted to the International Journal of Community Music, who will hopefully find it enlightening enough to publish.... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:37 PM | Comments (0)

December 2, 2008

Myspace is dead. Repeat after me: MySpace is dead.
Just got this ripper of a story about MySpace taking over the URL of a band called Mobile just because they wanted www.myspace.com/mobile as part of their strategy for entry into the mobile music marketplace. This is a classic demonstration... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:46 AM | Comments (0)

November 28, 2008

This space left deliberately blank ...
for the victims of the violence in Mumbai. All of them.... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:56 AM | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

"Debunking the Long Tail"?
The Register published an article some time back about new research that claims to "debunk the Long Tail". It takes a critical mathematical approach mainly to the precise shape of the curve - is it a Pareto curve, as Chris... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

November 23, 2008

Damn!
Well done, the Kiwis. Proved that they are genuine contenders and World Champions. Wayne Bennett is a genius. The Aussies just lacked that passion for the win, which the Kiwis clearly possessed, and couldn't produce the game-breaker when they needed... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:23 AM | Comments (0)

November 4, 2008

Diabolical neglect
Rugby League, Rugby League World Cup, channel nine, Rugby League on tv, tv coverage, sport coverage, international rugby league, Kangaroos More
Posted by Hughie at 7:26 AM | Comments (0)

October 29, 2008

On albums
[Musicthoughts] recently had an interesting discussion about the value of albums, inspired by a Lefsetz rant. I thought this might provide a slightly different take on the idea: For the record, I agree with Stephan's thinking completely: "I don't think... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:35 AM | Comments (0)

October 5, 2008

I HATE daylight saving!
I heard the game was on at 5.30 ... I arranged to be home by 5.30 to watch the game ... I turned on the TV to watch the Grand Final of the NRL ... I got half an hour... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:14 PM | Comments (0)

September 27, 2008

MySpace Music
So, MySpace Music has finally launched in a most unexpected manner ... how predictable. All I know for sure is that since the launch I have not been able to listen to any music on MySpace. I click on the... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:11 AM | Comments (0)

September 25, 2008

What it means to do it the hard way
John Watson had a lot of gems at the Big Sound conference, but on the "big industry" panel he addressed the issue of getting signed and whether that meant anything in the new environment. He and the others gave several... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:24 PM | Comments (0)

September 23, 2008

The most important ingredient for success
One of the most compelling, thoughtful and thought-provoking panellists at Big Sound 2008 was John Watson of John Watson Management. He's the guy who signed Silverchair, among others. John was the most aware and articulate person I've ever seen at... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:05 AM | Comments (0)

September 20, 2008

Where we come from
At the "Managing your own release" panel at Big Sound 2008, Danny Rogers, manager of Gotye, Clare Bowditch, Litlte Red and Temper trap, among other things, was discussing how artists can build networks and find other people to help them... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:55 PM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2008

Making a pitch to the punters ...
At one of the final session of the Big Sound 2008 conference, entitled "Managing Your Own Release", Carlo Santone from Blue King Brown made a great point about the way entertainers should think about their interactions with the music-buying public.... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:40 PM | Comments (0)

September 16, 2008

OK, So I've been missing a lot recently ...
That's for a bunch of reasons, mostly to do with the end of my marriage and resulting stresses on my family, but also to do with my PhD (lack of progress) and other work things. I'll save the details for... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:33 PM | Comments (0)

August 17, 2008

Can you feel it?
The return of an asinine TV show called "Australian Idol"? Actually, no, I can't feel it. I have far more important and ugly things to think about right now and in any case I'm having trouble raising any interest in... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:25 AM | Comments (0)

July 27, 2008

Well done, Wallabies.
Not often you put four tries on the All Blacks. Playing with an enthusiasm and commitment I've not seen for a while, the boys proved they deserved all the hype and nonsense that led up to the game. Robbie Deans... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:42 PM | Comments (0)

July 22, 2008

Musowiki turns 200
This morning I posted the 200th entry in Musowiki.net -- not counting redirect entries and a couple of odds and sods that are in there for ... dunno why. Anyway, this is a nifty milestone to reach at this point... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:30 PM | Comments (0)

July 9, 2008

Vanessa Amorosi live
One of the things Dec Cluskey recommends is to get out regularly and see charting artists at work. Dec says if you want to perform like a star you need to study the way stars perform - reasonable point! So... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:30 PM | Comments (0)

July 3, 2008

QUEENSLANDER!!!
Well, done, boys! What a great win! Backs-to-the-wall, tight and tense. Great stuff - what Origin is made of. And well done to the Blues, too. They looked the better team for much of the game and the second half... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:40 AM | Comments (0)

June 24, 2008

Musowiki turns 100
Yesterday I put the 100th entry into Musowiki.net. There are now 114 entries. This is wonderful progress and I am so happy about it ... but there's a long way to go before it becomes a really useful resource. The... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:24 PM | Comments (0)

June 22, 2008

Fete de la Musique
What an amazing musical experience I had yesterday! It pretty much covered everything that is great and awful about life as a musician. If only everyone could share something like this ... It started with the Brisbane Fete de la... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:02 AM | Comments (0)

June 8, 2008

MiTunes
I have to say that I was quite disappointed with SBS's exploration of the impact of file sharing on the music industry. It was shallow and unilluminating. It presented far too many stock lines from self-interested parties (APRA, ARIA, IIA)... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:39 AM | Comments (0)

June 6, 2008

Harry Potter ...
Last night, at about 2am, I finished reading the last of the seven books in the Harry Potter series. Much to my surprise, I had started it at 9am and found it impossible to stop reading. This, unfortunately, followed on... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:11 AM | Comments (0)

May 30, 2008

My version of a Free Song Strategy
I've not been an avid reader of Bruce Warila - but I like what I do read. Now Bruce has enunciated (almost) exactly my thinking on the best way to "give away" your music. This is a brilliant and very... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:49 AM | Comments (0)

May 28, 2008

10 Best Practices of Online Music Promotion
Just found this list by Nancy Baym of 10 best practices for online promotion. Nancy is a professor at Kansas U and has been studying fans culture and fan behaviour for a while now. She has some great ideas and... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:22 AM | Comments (0)

May 27, 2008

The power of radio
Anyone who doubts the importance of radio airplay in establishing your value as a musical performer needs to take a long, hard look at the APRA awards. The nominees for Song of the Year are all big radio hits, as... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:26 PM | Comments (0)

May 25, 2008

Meeting the millenials
Interesting report released by Music Tank last week called "Meet the Millennials". It's written, at least in part, by Nettwerk's Terry McBride, so it's certainly worth reading. Now, I'm always highly skeptical of anything that makes broad claims about the... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:32 AM | Comments (0)

May 23, 2008

The best advice you don't have to buy
Derek Sivers has just released his manifesto for being heard. Derek has long agreed with the view, which I believe was first expressed by Cory Doctorrow, that the enemy of the unsigned artists is not piracy, but obscurity. This is... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:09 AM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2008

Bugger!
Not good enough, Maroons! What is it about that stadium? Whenever the Maroons play down there they just seem to be drained of all energy and enthusiasm. Last the night the Blues were fired up, enthusiastic, passionate ... and Qld... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:18 AM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2008

It's Origin Time!!
Love this time of year! Both side look really good but I think The Mighty Maroons have a slight advantage in the halves ... QUEENSLANDER!!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

May 14, 2008

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... for the victims of the earthquake in China.... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:10 PM | Comments (0)

May 12, 2008

Myspace has very little to do with it ...
The other day I read this interview with Ingrid Michaelson, which is billed as revealing how MySpace can help musos "make it" on the same scale as Ingrid has. Since I found the article via Myspace For Musicians, I think... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:35 AM | Comments (0)

May 9, 2008

20 Biggest Record Company Screw-Ups of All Time
I love a good list and I love a good story of stupidity, so this list of acts of stupidity in Blender is right up my alley. Hard to disagree with number 1, though I think some of the others... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:35 AM | Comments (0)
Well, that blew out some cobwebs ...
Played at the Kenmore Tavern last night for Fretfest. A little 6-song solo acoustic set: Be Free Vital Signs When It's Over Mighty Fine Day Heart's With You Simplicity I was reminded the hard way that you play how you... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:55 AM | Comments (0)

May 7, 2008

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For the victims of Cyclone Nargis.... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:20 AM | Comments (0)

May 6, 2008

This space deliberately left blank ...
For the victims of Cyclone Nargis.... More
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The predictable response
Well, it was always going to happen and here it is (thanks, Rachel!). A response from some New Media-savvy people pointing out how stupid the in-tune campaign is. It's a slightly over-done reaction (I basically just yawned) but, well, this... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:51 PM | Comments (0)

April 30, 2008

Australian Music In Tune?
Puh-lease! Will someone wake the major music industry bodies up?? This is getting ridiculous. How out-of-touch do they ant to seem? This initiative is pathetic, and a PR disaster. It's the sort of idea you'd expect a bunch of pissed... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:31 PM | Comments (0)

April 25, 2008

The demise of Sonific
It's sad to see that another experiment in approaches to independent music has gone the way of the dodo. Sonific, like a lot of Gerd Leonhard's stuff, was a great idea cruelled by harsh reality. Gerd bills himself as a... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:39 AM | Comments (0)

April 11, 2008

MusoWiki stage 1 is complete!
One of the reasons I have not been posting much lately is because of the amount of time I been spending building www.musowiki.net. I'm pleased to announce that the Global component of the site is now complete and ready for... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:57 PM | Comments (0)
Literacy in Vanuatu
Just got word of this worthy cause. It's raising funds for Vision Generation Qld, this year specifically to improve literacy in Vanuatu. Unfortunately, I'll be at Gumby's wedding, so I can't get there ... Come on all you crazy Queenslanders!... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:28 PM | Comments (0)

March 28, 2008

Support Earth Hour 2008
Lately I haven't been able to do much but here's something that is pretty effortless for everyone: join Earth Hour and turn off your lights for an hour. Tomorrow night at 8pm, just turn off all the lights and appliances... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:19 AM | Comments (0)

February 23, 2008

Missing in action
I apologise for my significant absence recently. Things here have been very ugly with regard to my family, so I have made this blog, my study and my music a fairly low priority. However, things should pick up again soon,... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:44 AM | Comments (0)

February 13, 2008

Sorry
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Posted by Hughie at 8:21 AM | Comments (0)

February 5, 2008

We'll miss you Jackie
Just read about the death of Jackie Orszaczky. I never met him personally but I read his name on so many album credits and spoke to so many people who played with him that I feel like I knew his... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:11 AM | Comments (0)

January 26, 2008

How to form and run a rock band
Just found this resource via an e-mail list. It looks like a pretty cool heads-up for the muso who wants to get started in playing in a band, or whose wondering (as we all do) what went wrong in their... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:19 AM | Comments (0)

January 23, 2008

Fergie/The Police
Caught this show at Suncorp Stadium last night. WOW! Unfortunately, the guys I went with were more interested in boozing it up than catching the show so I missed the first act and the start of Fergie's set. Also, we... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:45 AM | Comments (1)
Music Market=share market for labels
I apologise for my absence - been busy. This morning I fielded a question from Jon David Francys via MySpace mail. He asked a very good question about the future for independent labels in the new environment and I thought... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:29 AM | Comments (0)

January 9, 2008

The "musical middle class"
Over at Hypebot there's been an interesting discussion going on about the idea of a musical middle class. This is the idea that more acts, bands and/or artists are now making a living from music than ever before. They may... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:38 PM | Comments (0)

January 8, 2008

Another great summary
Seth Godin has been raking over the entrails of the music industry figures from 2007 and has come up with some lessons from recent experience. I'm not convinced about some of them or the order in which they're placed ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:14 AM | Comments (0)

January 7, 2008

A great summary ...
Just found this post by Ian Rogers about how new technologies have changed the music industry. It's a fantastic summary of the impact (or not) of the new environment. Complete, thoughtful, insightful. You have to read it and understand it... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:46 AM | Comments (0)

December 30, 2007

Someone agrees!
For some time now I've been working on what I've called my "tentacle theory" of business for indies. This is basically the idea that you need to extend your reach as far as you can into the rest of the... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:46 PM | Comments (0)

December 28, 2007

Being not boring
I was at the Art of Record Production conference at QUT last week and listened to Hank Shocklee talk about the creation of Public Enemy. It's an amazing story and Hank was very open, frank and forthcoming about the music... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:02 AM | Comments (0)

December 24, 2007

Season's Greetings
Whoever you are and wherever you come from; whatever you believe and however you may appear, we wish you all the best for this time of year. We hope 2007 was great and may 2008 be even better.... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:59 AM | Comments (0)

December 21, 2007

Playing with Demands
Just trying this out. But it will work if you click on it ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:23 PM | Comments (0)
Coke or Moonshine?
David Byrne, formerly of Talking of Talking Heads, had a great piece published in Wired, in which he examines the future of the music industry and maps out some strategies for independent artists. Packed with real data and analysis, it... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:59 AM | Comments (0)

December 14, 2007

Be Free
I've had this acoustic guitar-runny lick bit in my head for quite some time and was having a nap one afternoon after playing with it, wondering where it might lead, when this idea popped into my head, which I immediately... More
Posted by Huge at 12:22 PM | Comments (0)

December 13, 2007

The Genre Benders go Live! Twice!
At long last, The Genre Benders go live with a splash this weekend at The Alley Bar, 2 Frew St, Milton! We're on Friday night at 7pm with Yield, Triplickit, A Date with Apathy and Lord Byron. Doors open 5.30.... More
Posted by Huge at 9:06 AM | Comments (0)

November 28, 2007

Playing to 20,000 people
The other night I went to see Kaki King play at the Powerhouse in Brisbane. She was interesting, though a little wet for my taste. The girl can certainly play guitar ... Anyway, in the midst of a huge name-dropping... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:46 AM | Comments (0)

November 26, 2007

Vale, Matt Price.
It's a sad time for Australian politics and journalism. One of the most entertaining, fair-minded and insightful political commentators died of brain tumours on the weekend. Matt price was the beacon of reason in a sea of right-wing nonsense in... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:14 AM | Comments (0)

November 22, 2007

Awesome Olyroos!
Great to see the Olyroos have qualified for the 2008 Olympics with a draw over Korea. Keep it up boys, and bring home the big prize ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:25 AM | Comments (0)
Go Tah! Go Tah! Go Tah!
Just heard that my best Brooklyn Buddy, Tah Phrum Duh Bush was voted "Favorite Male Hip Hop Performer" at the first Annual Upper States Awards at the Palace Theater in Syracuse, NY. Excellent and well deserved - Tah's a legend.... More
Posted by Huge at 9:12 AM | Comments (0)

November 21, 2007

Radiohead's "success"?
Comscore have issued a report that estimates the rate of paid downloads from Radiohead's pay-what-you-like experiment. In a nutshell, they found that in the first 29 days of October, the album was downloaded about 1.2 million times and paid for... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:30 AM | Comments (0)

November 20, 2007

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for the victims of the Bangladesh cyclonic floods, their families and their communities.... More
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November 19, 2007

Wot an awesome weekend!
The Netball girls are World Champs, the Socceroos had a win V Nigeria and the Olyroos had a win over Iraq. Also, the Aussie cricket team are slowly massacring Sri Lanka and the Volleyballers have started well in their World... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:57 AM | Comments (0)

November 12, 2007

This space left deliberately blank ...
... for the victims of the Jokela high school shooting in Finland and their families.... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:05 AM | Comments (0)

November 9, 2007

What we'd be like if we were monkeys
My darling showed me this really cool video. I think it needs no comment. Pretty much says it all. Well said, Ernest Klein!... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:45 PM | Comments (0)

November 8, 2007

Vinyl and MP3 vs CDs
Occasionally I come across articles like this one, which talk about the return of vinyl as a force for music sales and another "nail in the coffin" of the much-criticised CD. Oh, come on! It's a crock! Look at all... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:36 AM | Comments (0)

November 6, 2007

Giving music away or making it available??
An interesting point came up on the MusicThoughts list yesterday and it peaked my interest - especially in light of an article from Andrew Dubber that I'd read earlier. Here's the original meme and my response: >> When you give... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:05 AM | Comments (0)

October 29, 2007

Podcasting
I just spent today listing my podcast in as many places as possible, including this one, which asked me to publish this bit of code here: My Odeo Channel (odeo/a0359c902d0ff2f1) Of course, there are lots of other sites that list... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:49 PM | Comments (0)
Most predictable ARIAs ever ...
Well, I predicted the winners of all but two ARIAS last night. I missed Gotye, mainly because I knew nothing about him - never heard his music and had only heard his name in connection with his nomination; and Sarah... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:34 AM | Comments (0)

October 28, 2007

Music files may be abundant, but listener value and attention are still scarce.
Just came across this Techdirt article, in which Mike discusses the economics of abundance and therefore the virtues for an artist/band of making music available for free. This is an example of slightly muddled and mistaken thinking but before I... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:17 AM | Comments (0)

October 26, 2007

Some sense from the other side
I am often amazed at the one-sidedness of discussion about free music. It always seems to reflect the view that bands, artists or record companies have been ripping consumers off for so long that therefore any steps taken to obtain... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:29 AM | Comments (0)

October 25, 2007

7 Stupid Mistakes
I found this yesterday. The e-book is not bad and you can get it free if you tell four other people about it. It's called "The 7 Stupid Mistakes People Make Trying To Get Into The Music Business" and it... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:50 AM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2007

Song contests
Coupla years ago a friend of mine won a major songwriting contest in Australia but, much to his frustration, told me that success didn't translate into better fortunes as a performer. Since I heard that story I have been wondering... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

October 22, 2007

Well done, Springboks.
At least the Webb Ellis Trophy is back in the southern Hemisphere where it belongs - albeit on the wrong side of the Indian Ocean ... After Sunday morning's bore-fest I'd be surprised if the tournament won any new fans... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:41 AM | Comments (0)

October 19, 2007

Awesome election rap battle
A friend of mine posted this to Facebook, and I thought it was so brilliant I'd have to share it. Have to find out more about these guys: The Axis of Awesome.But first, here's their election rap:... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:22 AM | Comments (0)

October 18, 2007

The murky aspects of life ...
Last night I caught an episode of House and then half of Life on Channel 10. I love House because most of the time it deals with those murky areas of life where what is good and pure and right... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:18 AM | Comments (0)

October 15, 2007

OK, OK, I now have Sonicbids ...
Despite my own better judgement, I have finally got around to signing up for a Sonicbids account for The Genre Benders. I have resisted this for a long time because I could not see the value proposition in it as... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:26 PM | Comments (0)

October 14, 2007

Hypebot's 100 Free & Affordable High & Low Tech Music Promotion Tips
I've been following this for a while now and there's some really good stuff in here. Handy, simple and cheap. Of course, not all of them will work for everyone and some of them will not work at all once... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:41 PM | Comments (0)

October 12, 2007

Jmag's best advice ...
Jmag, Triple J radio's print extension, has started publishing its "How to ... " section on a blog. I've not read many of these, but they seem to be packed with a bunch of great advice for indies on various... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:59 PM | Comments (0)

October 11, 2007

Not Radiohead, Regurgitator!
Like the sheep I can sometimes be, I defied my track record of finding Radiohead's music boring and art-wanky and downloaded the free new album. I paid nothing for it, on the promise that I'd send them something if it... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:02 PM | Comments (0)
Me at fRETfEST
My mate Graham came to see me play at fRETfEST last Saturday night and used his mobile phone to record my performance. It's been uploaded to YouTube, and here it is: The picture quality is awful but the sound is... More
Posted by Huge at 9:21 AM | Comments (0)

October 9, 2007

Darn! Fell at the last hurdle.
Missed out on the fRETfEST final. I can't really argue with the people who made it in - they're all interesting - but there are a couple that I wonder what the judges see in them. I take comfort in... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)
Radiohead wrap
This came out of a discussion on MusicThoughts. There's heap of commentary about the new Radiohead approach to releasing albums but I think a lot of people are reading far too much into this. The strategy is transparent and ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

October 8, 2007

More of me in Philly
Again, from Rachel Rocks, a review and another photo ... "HUGE came all the way from Australia to check out the IMC. When he performed, he came out wearing these funky pants, that made you think he’s a little crazy,... More
Posted by Huge at 2:41 PM | Comments (0)
Vital Signs
This song came to me in two separate parts. The chorus woke me up about 2am one morning while I was enjoying a cuddle with my beloved wife and I starting thinking about how lucky I am to be in... More
Posted by Huge at 10:29 AM | Comments (1)

October 7, 2007

Well done, England.
It pains me to say it, but the Poms played very well last night and deserved their win. They wanted it more and played accordingly - the Wallabies were disjointed, distracted and never really in the match. They played too... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:10 PM | Comments (0)

October 2, 2007

Well done, Melbourne!!
Never thought I'd cheers a Melbourne sporting success but I love it when anyone beats Manly. Awesome, boys - comprehensive and clinical. They had to work for it, but they got there in the end and deserved their win. Now,... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:41 PM | Comments (0)
Through to the Semis!
Wow! I'm in the final 20 performers in fRETfEST. Given the competition I saw last Saturday, I'm blown away by that. They were all so good ... some amazing songs and great performances. Honoured to be in that company. This... More
Posted by Huge at 9:13 AM | Comments (0)

September 28, 2007

Keeping fans' interest
At IMC, one of the more unexpectedly interesting perspectives came from David Cooper, who's an accountant. He specialises in making stuff to help artists at the back end - the accounting and management jobs that most artists struggle with. We... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:46 PM | Comments (0)

September 27, 2007

How to stand out in the crowd
Jim Fetzer was great for a quote at the Independent Music Conference. At one stage we were discussing the difficult issue of how a band can get people to notice them in this world that is flooded with acts doing... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:15 AM | Comments (0)

September 26, 2007

Have the confidence to be rejected
Got this one from Derek Sivers' website. Derek's an incredible guy who I had the honour to meet a couple of Big Sound Conferences ago. He knows what it takes to be in independent artist and delights in helping indies... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:46 AM | Comments (0)

September 25, 2007

Keep your eyes on the prize ...
James Fetzer, fetzer music management, covers, covers bands, covers songs, originals bands, original songs, covering songs, playing covers, independent music, independent artists, independent musicians, original music More
Posted by Hughie at 2:12 PM | Comments (0)
Made it into Fretfest!
Got an e-mail last night confirming that I passed the audition and made it into the first heat of Fretfest in the Middle-age Farts category. I played my latest song, "When it's Over" (slightly reworked after IMC07), and got some... More
Posted by Huge at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2007

Confidence to be rejected
Got this one from Derek Sivers' website. Derek's an incredible guy who I had the honour to meet a couple of Big Sound Conferences ago. He knows what it takes to be in independent artist and delights in helping indies... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:46 PM | Comments (0)
So, Melbourne V Manly?
The two best teams all year end up in the Grand Final! Very appropriate and just what I wanted to see ... Go the Storm! I don't care who beats Manly or by how much ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:39 AM | Comments (0)
Why should people care??
Jim Fetzer has a unique approach to managing Indie bands ... or any band, for that matter. He has an interesting take on life. But in one of the IMC07 panels, he made the point that for all the new... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:21 AM | Comments (0)

September 23, 2007

Words you will never hear ...
At the IMC07 I attended a session on song arrangement run by Lawrence "Gelboni" Gelburd. It was very informative. He basically just showed us how he had re-worked a song by a band he was helping. The song was already... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:00 PM | Comments (0)

September 21, 2007

Music discovery
Just found this post from Hype Machine. They asked readers "How do you discover music?" and, not surprisingly, the top answer was from online editorials, followed by friends' recommendations. The lowest rating was given to "Online Mechanical", which means via... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:31 AM | Comments (0)

September 20, 2007

Me in Philly!
Thanks to Rachel Rocks at the Pennsylvania Musician magazine, here's a photo of me in action at the Independent Music conference in Philadelphia on August 30. It's always interesting to see yourself as others see you .. not that you... More
Posted by Huge at 3:34 PM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2007

The Big Picture
Independent music conference, IMC07, independent music, tips for musicians, tips for artists, tips for independent musicians, tips for independent artists, help for artists, help for musicians, how to become an independent artist, independent music career, music business, music industry, independent music business, independent music career More
Posted by Hughie at 1:46 PM | Comments (0)

September 10, 2007

This space left blank ...
for Hannah Ethel Bonfield and Lydia Mae McLeish-Edwards who were victims of a house fire last night. And for their parents, Claire and Chard, who are shattered. Such beautiful children, close friends, lost so tragically. But for the grace of... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:56 AM | Comments (0)

September 6, 2007

Now in Canada
Since I last posted I have had my mind blown by the IMC at Philly, been driven to New York (unexpectedly) by Mike "Lapdance" Lapke (thanks, maaate) and am now at Ottawa International Airport, Canada. This trip has been a... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:51 AM | Comments (0)

September 1, 2007

Greatly relieved
Popped the cherry last night at the IMC07 peer-assessment show. I was on very late and very tired, but the crowd seemed appreciative and I got some valuable feedback. This conference is great value and I'm learning a lot and... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:30 AM | Comments (0)

August 30, 2007

In Philadelphia now
and attending the IMC07. Last night was the pre-conference party and setup thing, which was fairly low-key. Not many people there and we had a good jam at the sound-check. Met a heap of really nice people and song a... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:55 PM | Comments (0)

August 29, 2007

Nashville via LA
Well, I'm in Nashville right now. Arrived yesterday via LA the day before and am struggling somewhat with a lack of sleep ... But Nashville is an amazing place. The people are so friendly (especially compared to LA) and the... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:36 AM | Comments (0)

August 27, 2007

I'm in L.A.!
Over here for a series of interviews with prominent and not-so-prominent independent musicians. Just one night here (hoping to catch up with Winjow) and then off to Nashville for two days and then Philadelphia for the IMC07 ... Stay tuned... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

August 22, 2007

The slow decay of MySpace?
Just read an interesting but revealing article about the different fortunes of MySpace and Facebook. Now, the article is framed as a discussion of how the two sites compare from the point of view of growth and total numbers, but... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

August 20, 2007

This space left deliberately blank ...
... for the victims of the Peru earthquake, their families and their communities.... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:57 AM | Comments (0)

August 17, 2007

When It's Over
This song is testimony to how hard it is to occupy two headspaces at once. For the past two weeks I have been trying to write a theory paper for my PhD, which is quite complex and difficult to get... More
Posted by Huge at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

August 16, 2007

The value of your brand
Found a great article about the David Lee Roth reunion with Van Halen. Gotta say I'm a huge Van Halen fan and all three singers worked for me - although the Cherone things is not my favourite album. Perhaps that's... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:00 AM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2007

Business approaches for indies
This post arose out of a discussion on the [MusicThoughts] e-mail list. We were pulling apart the benefits and weaknesses of using Tunecore or CDBaby as your service of choice to digitally distribute your music - at least that's roughly... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:45 AM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2007

What I would have written
The other day I bought Ty Cohen's book "The New Music Industry: How to Use the Power of the Internet to Multiply Your Industry Exposure, Fan Base and Income Potential Online!" Despite its technical flaws and marketing-at-all-cost philosophy, I have... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

August 9, 2007

BTW - all clear
Got the results of my mole scan yesterday and all's well. No cancer in the bit they cut out ... next checkup in about a year ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:06 PM | Comments (0)
The GBs on iTunes
The Genre Benders' I am leaving! I am leaving!" is now available on iTunes: Enjoy!... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:18 PM | Comments (0)

August 6, 2007

Technical difficulties
I'm offline right now because I bought a new PC (the old one was bought in 2001) and for some reason it won't connect via ethernet to my old router ... though the laptop still connects wirelessly. Weird. Back soon... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:12 AM | Comments (0)

August 1, 2007

Congratulations, Iraq!
It's a stupendous achievement to win any international sporting event, but to win an intenational football event is one of the toughest, and to come from the mess that is Iraq and win the Asia cup is even more extraordinary.... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:01 AM | Comments (0)

July 31, 2007

Songwriting as expression
Just found Patti Witten's nifty story about her experience at a songwriting workshop run by Rosanne Cash (Johnny's daughter, among other things). I've never been much of a one for these sorts of workshoppy gigs - I recognise the lonliness... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:51 PM | Comments (0)

July 30, 2007

Recommendations and fans!
The Genre Benders' debut is now available for sale from CDBaby and I've uploaded it to Last.fm and Amie Street, where the opening track has been recommended - how cool is that! I'm working on getting it to Garageband.com, but... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:45 PM | Comments (0)

July 27, 2007

Well, there you go ...
Since I finished "I am leaving! I am leaving", I've sent it out to a lot of people and places. Some of them have completely ignored me, but to date all of the feedback has been positive. Until today ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:05 PM | Comments (0)

July 25, 2007

Well done, Netballers
Always good to beat the Kiwis and especially good to exact revenge on them for previous losses :-) Also, the manner of the series win - big first win, narrow loss, then tight but solid final win - bodes well... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:24 PM | Comments (0)

July 24, 2007

Sensational weekend ...
Last weekend I went away for our 10th wedding anniversary to Treehouses of Montville. We had the most wonderful, indulgent weekend we could have asked for ... Totally recommend them to anyone who wants to get away from the rat... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:40 PM | Comments (0)

July 18, 2007

Bureaucrats
One of my pet hates in this life is bureaucrats who see their existsnce and jobs as an end in themsleves. I have no problem with the need for bureaucrats - someone needs to take responsibility for delivering administration services... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:47 PM | Comments (0)
The Album is up on Last.fm
OK, I've uploaded it to http://www.last.fm/music/The+Genre+Benders/I+am+leaving%21+I+am+leaving%21 - that's the album page. I've embedded it it here: table.lfmWidget20070718023725 td {margin:0 !important;padding:0 !important;border:0 !important;}table.lfmWidget20070718023725 tr.lfmHead a:hover {background:url(http://panther1.last.fm/widgets/images/en/header/radio/regular_red.png) no-repeat 0 0 !important;}table.lfmWidget20070718023725 tr.lfmEmbed object {float:left;}table.lfmWidget20070718023725 tr.lfmFoot td.lfmConfig a:hover {background:url(http://panther1.last.fm/widgets/images/en/footer/red.png) no-repeat 0px 0 !important;;}table.lfmWidget20070718023725... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:34 PM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2007

Music and dancing ...
Got this one from my supervisor, Steve Dillon, the other day. He's not sure where it came from but it's a beaut. Perfectly captures the futility of most forms of cultural critique: "Writing about music is like dancing architecture" Damn... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:44 PM | Comments (0)

July 15, 2007

Vale, Mark Gillett
Got the saddest news yesterday. My good friend Mark Gillett, writer of Dancing With the Stones and many other great tunes, died last April of cancer. He is sorely missed in the folk music community of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:32 PM | Comments (0)

July 12, 2007

Got an international gig!
Just got confirmed as performing at the Independent Music Conference in Philadelphia in August/Sept. Not sure of the exact dates yet. I'm hoping this will be an accoustic set of about 1/2 hour as a "showcase" (IMC hates that word... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

July 11, 2007

Genre Benders album is nearly here
OK, it's being replicated, so if you want to pre-order the CD, please do so here using the PayPal shopping facility. If you'd like to hear it before you buy, go to The Genre Benders' website. For people ordering the... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:22 AM | Comments (0)

July 7, 2007

Another WOFTAM
Apparently I got nowhere in the QSong awards. The finalists have been announced and none of my three entries is present. The finalists list looks like the usual suspects ... Still, I comfort myself with the knowledge that the greatest... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:50 PM | Comments (0)

July 6, 2007

Oh, well ....
So close, but nobbled at the last hurdle. The mighty Maroons should have won that one but didn't stand a chance once the injuries depleted them. 14 men just can't beat 17 in the modern game. Mind you, the Blues... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:30 PM | Comments (0)

July 4, 2007

Go Maroons!
Make it 3/3 boys! We wanna Maroon-wash of this State of Origin series - especially at home. But beware the Blues. They'll come out hard and fast like they always do - and might last a bit longer this time,... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:51 PM | Comments (0)

June 29, 2007

Great advice, Brian
Just got Brian Austin Whitney's latest e-newsletter, and it's a beaut! Personally, I've gone through some pretty life-changing stuff lately and it can be very intimidating at times so it's great to get some sage advice from a guy who's... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:56 AM | Comments (0)

June 28, 2007

Thank God It's Nearly Here
Channel Ten obviously think they're onto a thing with this blanket promotion of upcoming shows. No sooner did I whinge about the promos for Pirate Master than they started giving Thank God You're Here the same treatment. I saw promos... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:50 PM | Comments (0)

June 21, 2007

Over Pirate Master already
When will the morons in charge of TV marketing learn? Channel Ten's new show "Pirate Master" has been promoted and hyped so much in the past few weeks that, although it starts tonight, I'm not going to watch it ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:08 AM | Comments (0)

June 14, 2007

How good was Guy Sebastian??
Update: Guy's official site is here. Thanks to Nessa for reminding me to include it. One of the absolute highlights of last night's Origin game had to be Guy Sebastian's version of the national anthem ... Now, I object to... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:47 PM | Comments (4)
Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy ...
Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy,... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:54 AM | Comments (0)

June 13, 2007

My studio
Thought I'd take some pics of the studio to show you ... it's pretty primitive. Here's the mixing setup, which is what I'm doing most the time at them moment: It's in one half of my garage ... and cannot... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:05 AM | Comments (1)
Queenslander!!
Go Maroons! Win at Telstra! Win the series! Bring it home for us, boys ... Show the cocky Cockies how the game's played ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:20 AM | Comments (0)

June 11, 2007

A Working Class Hero?
Great to hear that politics is back on the musical agenda via this song and Green Day. It's one of my favourite songs - has everything that a great song needs. I also really dig Green Day - they're a... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:38 PM | Comments (0)

June 7, 2007

Damn in French = rien!
Just got a letter from France saying that Bun' Ber E's French distribution company, Jam Label, has gone into liquidation. This is a bummer, but they never actually earned us anything ... at least, they never paid us anything. We... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:23 AM | Comments (0)

June 4, 2007

A bootleg?
UPDATE: the finished product is now available and can be ordered from here. If you want to listen before you buy, the songs are available here. OK, my engineer just presented me with a bunch of quick mixes of the... More
Posted by Huge at 10:50 AM | Comments (1)

June 2, 2007

Hardware malfunction!
My PC died this afternoon! I am writing this on my son's PC. I'll have to replace my old PC, which had been misbehaving for some time, as soon as possible. Hopefully I haven't lost any of the info on... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:34 PM | Comments (1)

June 1, 2007

Astral Traveller
Another of the riffs Tristan came up with turned into this funky number. It's a bit of a nonsense song, really. At the time I wrote (most of) the lyrics I was interested in what my darling and I called... More
Posted by Huge at 3:56 PM | Comments (0)

May 31, 2007

Entered Songwriting contest
OK, I've just driven to the Valley and lodged a three-song entry in the QSong awards 2007. I entered the bootleg mixes of "Heart's With You" (Country category), "12 Good Bars and True" (Blues/Roots category) and "Dirty" (Pop category). I'm... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:28 PM | Comments (0)

May 30, 2007

Dirty
Several years ago (~1995) I was in an unsuccessful 3-piece band called 'Lifta". The band came and went nowhere but the guitarist, Tristan Rogers, had a real flair for making up interesting guitar riffs. Tristan is the brother of Adam,... More
Posted by Huge at 3:53 PM | Comments (0)
Keeping it all in perspective
I've had quite a frustrating and disappointing week but it has all been brought into stark relief this morning with the news that my kids' school's Deputy Principal, Monica Reid, died last night. Only a few weeks ago she was... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:58 AM | Comments (0)

May 23, 2007

Happy happy happy happy ...
Love it when Qld wins!!! But there's a long way to go in the series ... and the Blues weren't far off the mark. They'll be back for more in Sydney next time. Go you Maroons!!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:03 PM | Comments (0)
Go Maroon!
State of Origin time again!! Love it! Go you Maroons!! Queenslander!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:24 AM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2007

IT IS DONE!!
The album is in the can! (except for a sax part ...) I still have to edit things a bit and choose which take to use in a few places. But it is all recorded except for the sax part... More
Posted by Huge at 9:06 AM | Comments (0)

May 21, 2007

Welcome back, Casey ...
Heard an interview with Casey Donovan on the radio this morning. That's the Australian singer, not gay the porn star. She was talking about her life since Idol and her new music. Interesting listening to her new music ... she's... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:58 PM | Comments (0)

May 18, 2007

So Far Away
In about 1993 I broke up with a girlfriend of 3 years: Erin. I found this profoundly upsetting but ultimately life-changing as it pulled me out of a rut and got me looking to the rest of my life. Just... More
Posted by Huge at 3:58 PM | Comments (0)
Predictable dreams
Sometimes my brain works in such predictable ways. Had a shocking case of insomnia last night following the dream that always haunts periods of near-achievement. In this case, I dreamt I was called in to play bass for the Police... More
Posted by Huge at 10:25 AM | Comments (0)

May 17, 2007

Nope, not quite ...
I just went and checked, and I have two bits to add to the music: "Mighty Fine Day" needs an accoustic guitar and "So Far Away" needs a triangle. And, of course, there's the sax part on "Long for the... More
Posted by Huge at 11:16 PM | Comments (0)
Dare I breathe it? The music is done ... at last???
As of about an hour ago, I think ... well, I'm pretty sure ... as sure as I can be ... although tomorrow might tell a different story ... the music for the first album is in the can. That... More
Posted by Huge at 8:04 PM | Comments (0)

May 9, 2007

Missy Higgins ... musical chick lit
The other day my darling and I were driving along discussing why I don't get Missy Higgins. Don't get me wrong, I think she's a great peformer, always immaculately produced with obviously great material ... but her songs just don't... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

May 7, 2007

Manifesto for New Music Strategies
Just found this. It's brilliant summary of the New Music environment. These are the principles by which I operate and into which I am conducting further research (as is its author, Andrew Dubber). I won't summaries it because it's a... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:37 PM | Comments (0)

May 3, 2007

I taught Zoran!
Last night, while waiting patiently for a new Simpsons, as advertised in the TV guide but which never appeared, I caught half an hour of Big Brother.I was rather purprised to note that Zoran was one of my former students,... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:17 AM | Comments (0)

May 2, 2007

Having some fun ...
Went out to the Lounge Room Gallery in Red Hill last Saturday night for an Open Mic ... There was some real talent on display, though the venue was a little cramped, and it was good fun. I played three... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

May 1, 2007

Peter Costello
Brilliant quote I heard that was attributed to Paul Keating, who's notorious for his creative insults: "The thing about poor old Costello is he is all tip and no iceberg." I heard it had been used at the ALP National... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:21 AM | Comments (0)

April 30, 2007

Well done, cricketers!!
Excellent result, boys! Shame about the end of the game, but umpires do that sort of thing sometimes ... I felt very sorry for the Sri Lankans having to endure that agony twice. It must have been awful to know... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:54 AM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2007

Come on Aussie, Come on! Come On!
Let's go, boys! One game to the World Cup. We've played some awesome cricket so far and really dominated the tournament ... don't drop the bundle now. We want another trophy and three in a row ... Go hard, boys!!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:31 AM | Comments (0)

April 23, 2007

Well done, Broncos
Good to see the second win for the season last night - pity it spoiled Joey Johns's night. Andrew Johns is an absolute champion and it would have been nice for him to go out in better style, but I'd... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:00 AM | Comments (0)

April 22, 2007

Live vs virtual music ...
Here's a great expression attributed to Warner Music Group's Lyor Cohen in Forbes magazine. He's talking about the A&R process adopted by the major labels and how online connectivity can be faked by bands wanting a deal. As much as... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:35 PM | Comments (0)

April 18, 2007

Well said, Bernard!
I was reading an interview with Powderfinger from last weekend's Australian about their new album, Lost and Running, this morning, and there's this quote in it from Bernard Fanning (he was talking about writing his solo album, Tea and Symphony):... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:03 AM | Comments (0)

April 17, 2007

This space left blank ...
For the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting and their families, friends and community.... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:52 PM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2007

Thanks, Joey!!
Just got the news that Andrew Johns has retired. The game and all its fans are gonna miss him. Even though he was a Blue, he was one of those players who you loved to watch whether he was on... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:44 PM | Comments (0)

April 6, 2007

Best wishes for the season
Whether Easter is a holy occasion or just an excuse for a holiday to you, I wish you and those you love all the best for the season. May this time meet your expectations and fulfill your needs with love,... More
Posted by Huge at 9:55 AM | Comments (0)

April 5, 2007

Songwriting emotions
Found this one via a Blogging Muses post that quoted Ananova.com. It's from Bono and about songwriting: "Feelings are stronger than ideas or words in a song. You can have 1000 ideas, but unless you capture an emotion, it's an... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:21 PM | Comments (0)
Conversations with Lefsetz
Had a recent exchange with Bob Lefsetz about the phenomenon I noticed in iTunes. Now that I've had a few days to think about it, I thought I'd blog on the subject ... First of all I have to say... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:20 PM | Comments (0)

April 4, 2007

Sony wakes up!?
Good to see one of the major record companies has finally found a good use for the web. Shame it's not one that works to the advantage of everybody else ... But it makes perfect sense to them and doesn't... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:46 PM | Comments (0)

April 3, 2007

Can Apple manipulate the digital music market?
I just sent this e-mail to Chris Anderson, Bob Lefsetz and the [Musicthoughts] e-mail list: Hi Chris and Bob. Thought you might be interested in this phenomenon, as observed via the [MusicThoughts] e-mail list. Its members are mostly independent artists... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:17 PM | Comments (0)

April 2, 2007

King Konker ...
We watched the Peter Jackson remake of King Kong on Saturday night. Or rather, I watched the start and then gave up and went to bed ... What a shocker! To start with, Jack Black was the worst casting in... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)

March 30, 2007

Giving the music away?
music business, music industry, music business models, giving music away, giving recordings away, free music, legitimate free downloads, Barenaked Ladies, MC Lars, More
Posted by Hughie at 1:16 PM | Comments (0)

March 28, 2007

Haaapyyy birth-day to meeeee ...
I was hoping that if I ignored this day it would be cancelled but apparently that's not gonna happen. My lovely family gave me an Aretha Franklin 3-CD set (yaaaay!), a pair of Homer Simpson PJ pants ("You'll have to... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:52 AM | Comments (0)

March 26, 2007

How good is synchronised swimming?
Surprise packet of my weekend: Synchronised swimming rocks!! I was watching the Friday night NRL at the Club and had to finish my beer before going home at the end of the game, so I tuned in to the World... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

March 24, 2007

Getting closer
OK, the album is slowly getting closer. I'm really happy with the way So far Away is coming up, though I'm perplexed about the chorus - it needs something to lift it a bit. Perhaps some backing vocals, or another... More
Posted by Huge at 10:19 AM | Comments (0)

March 23, 2007

Gonna try again
OK, after a few weeks of resting my foot (sort of), I'm going to try playing footy again tonight - very gently. I'll probably have a short run and not try to do anything very enthusiastic. Of course, it will... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:10 AM | Comments (0)

March 19, 2007

Life returns to normal
Great to see the NRl back on TV. I've missed it over summer. I was disappointed that the Broncos and Titans lost but they both went well, showed glimses of what they're capable of and have plenty of improvment in... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:26 AM | Comments (0)

March 13, 2007

Producing the Genre Benders
Getting ever closer slowly. I now have drum parts down for 6 tracks (two don't need drums) and keyboards for two, thanks to Kathy Hirche. The guitars are getting closer to final parts and the vocals are still guides. I've... More
Posted by Huge at 10:16 AM | Comments (0)

March 12, 2007

No Van Halen at their own show??
Distubing news at the pinnacle of the industry: Van Halen will not be performing at their own induction into the Hall of Fame. Not with DLR, not with Sammy, not at all. That's ridiculous!! Apparently, it's not uncommon for R&... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:54 AM | Comments (0)

February 28, 2007

Bye, Bye, Billy
Awful news this morning about the passing of Billly Thorpe. The world is a lesser place without this great performer and character. I wasn't into his music much but I enjoyed what I knew of it and respect anyone who... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:39 PM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2007

One step closer
Played at the Casuarina Cup again last Saturday. Came second in the Over-30s (again). Beaten by the same mob. At least it was only by 1 this time ... we let them get to 3-0, pegged them back to 3-3... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:48 AM | Comments (0)

February 19, 2007

Onya Ricky!
There's not enough politics in music these days, so it's great to see that Ricky Martin got into trouble for making a political statement about George W Bush while performing in Puerto Rico. Even better, he had the balls to... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:31 PM | Comments (0)

February 16, 2007

Thanks, Dec!
Amazing what a difference a bit of professional advice makes. For the past little while I've been re-working and re-recording the song for my first solo album based on the advice (mainly) of Dec Cluskey. He's been spot on about... More
Posted by Huge at 10:37 AM | Comments (0)

February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day all
Had a lovely (if brief) lie in a cuddle this moring. Hope you did too ... That's what it's all about - buying presents and other material things are optional.... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:49 AM | Comments (0)

February 6, 2007

Taking a break from footy
Last night I played the grand final of the Unitouch Chapel Hill competition. We came second after leading 2-1 at half time. Never mind. That will be the last game I'll play in that comp for a while. My foot... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:45 PM | Comments (0)
Congratulations, Your Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II has been in that position for 55 years today. I reckon 55 years in any position is a noteworthy acheivement and she should be given full credit for eaching the milestone. She has aquitted herself with integrity... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:58 AM | Comments (1)

February 5, 2007

Easier Typing
Typing this on my new keyboard. Same old computer and other stuff, but my darling persuaded me to invest a new I/O on the grounds that the old one had a dysfunctional F9 and a sticky K - which was... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:03 PM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2007

Crime TV? It's ART
I've noticed that the new series of the Commercial TV Networks' prime time dramas is about to begin. I noticed some time ago that they all feature excessive amounts of lettering in their names - this seems to be a... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:57 PM | Comments (0)

January 30, 2007

Microsoft not copying Mac? What's new?
This is classic. A NYT columnist shows why the Microsoft have NOT blatantly ripped off Mac OS X ideas in making their new Windows Vista system: I'm glad he says it's "much more secure" than previous Windows releases. It needed... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:48 AM | Comments (0)

January 26, 2007

12 Good Bars and True
Just yesterday I was listening to ZZTop and thinking about how over-complicated music can get - as opposed to their predominantly simple but effective take on it. Today I am going down to the local club to jam with the... More
Posted by Huge at 9:53 AM | Comments (0)

January 22, 2007

The day of many Kates
Saturday was interesting. We went into the City for a bit of a day out. First we had a great feed at the Pancake Manor in Charlotte Street - always good value. Then we walked down the hill to Archive's... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:00 AM | Comments (0)

January 16, 2007

Van Halen gets a gong!
Just got the news that Van Halen are to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Now, I'm not a fan of the Hall of Fame - too much cronyism and wankery associated with it - but if ever there... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:36 PM | Comments (0)

January 15, 2007

Could Koopa be the first?
In my thesis research so far I have been at pains to distinguish between music that has become popular of its own - via the network of fans and so on - and music that has become popular because a... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:20 AM | Comments (0)

January 11, 2007

Great stuff!
Wish I'd known about these guys before. Bob Lefsetz used this song to make a point in one of his diatribes, and it's a ripper! Have to try and find the video and/or DVD. There are some other Three Dog... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:32 PM | Comments (0)

January 10, 2007

An unhappy withdrawal.
Just had to pull out of the NTRA tour to NZ. Bummer! The problem is mainly with my knee, which is just not healing fast enough to allow me to go. I also have Plantar Fasciitis in both feet, which... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

January 9, 2007

Ten things losers do on MySpace
My MySpace friend Rosie sent me this rant, which I thought very apt and quite funny. She said I could republish it, in fact requested that it be repubished, so here it is: TEN THINGS LOSERS DO ON MY SPACE!!!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:02 PM | Comments (2)

January 6, 2007

Well done, thanks, seeya
Warnie, Pidgeon, JL, Marto, thanks! It's been a pleasure to watch you compete on the international stage and I wish you all the best for your respective futures. To the cricket team re the whitewash of England: well done, boys.... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:04 PM | Comments (0)

December 30, 2006

More awesome stuff
Also via the Digital Music Weblog, found Andy McKee - accoustic finger-style guitarist beyond belief. Check out this, for example: These are the kinds of amazing artists that ought to be receiving major publicity and airplay from the major labels... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

December 29, 2006

Amazing stuff
On the Digital Music Weblog, they give props to this performance: Awesome, yeah? Not a new idea but an excellent way to use it. Must have a go at something similar myself. I wonder what the words are??... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)

December 25, 2006

Season's greetings ...
... to all. Whatever your location, creed or beliefs, may this time of year bring you peace, happiness and joy. May the New Year bring you success as well ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:03 PM | Comments (0)

December 18, 2006

Welcome back, Ashes
Well done, boys. Superb effort, not just in winning the Urn but in the way you did it: three from three and some awesome, electrifying results among them! Now, there's still two games to go in the series - give... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:27 PM | Comments (0)

December 14, 2006

Comparison of digital distributors
Just found this comparison via a roundabout way. It's a table of the costs, processes and other aspects of some digital distribution companies that I knew nothing about. In fact, I knew nothing about some of these companies! But that's... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:30 PM | Comments (0)
Gotta gig!
Went to see Jess at Bar Soma last night and she tentatively booked me for a 45 minute set, Wednesday, Feb 14 2007. Valentine's day. All originals - the beginning of something? Let's hope so. Think I'll play my standard... More
Posted by Huge at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

December 12, 2006

This is cool ...
Just found this via MySpace this morning. A woman called Mary wanted to b a friend of Bun' Ber E and she had it playing on her site. TSO describe themselves as "classical" but this is a very heavy-metal version... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:28 AM | Comments (0)

December 8, 2006

Is MySpace dying?
There's an interesting assessment in the Washington Post, which argues that MySpace may be yesterday's place to meet and therefore a business in trouble. Now, I've argued before that MySpace was "dead in the water" but for different reasons. I've... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:11 PM | Comments (1)

December 6, 2006

Well done, the cricketers ...
What an incredible win! What an incredible game! Who would have picked any result, let alone THAT result with a day to play. I guess this demonstrates the power of positivity. After the Poms were unable to bowl Australia out... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:12 AM | Comments (0)

December 5, 2006

The Amazon Advantage?
A question was posted to the Musicthoughts list about Amazon and how to best get sales through it. I have kept my eye on this for some time but have never considered it viable. The perfect solution for Bun' Ber... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:49 AM | Comments (0)

December 4, 2006

Dungiggin'
Bun' Ber E played our last gig for 2006 yesterday at Dicey Reilly's. It was a load of fun but I'm sort of glad the playing commitments are over for the year. Frees me up to concentrate on The Genre... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:02 AM | Comments (0)

December 1, 2006

Don't often agree with the Pope but ...
I read this morning that on his visit to Turkey he called on all religious leaders to "utterly refuse to support any form of violence in the name of faith". That's a great leap forward and long overdue - especially... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:44 AM | Comments (0)

November 27, 2006

As long as WWII? That's too long
I read yesterday and this morning that today marks the day that the US has spent as long in the War in Iraq as it did in World War II. That's a tragedy for all concerned. Of course, Michael Moore... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:55 AM | Comments (0)
The Show must go on
Sir Elton, well done. That performance demonstrates well and truly that the show can always go on - especially when you have Davey Johnstone on your side. I would have loved to have seen that show but ... well ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:20 AM | Comments (0)

November 22, 2006

Opportunity and power
This one came up in a conversation today. Dr Terry Flew and I were discussing the future appointment of a colleague to QUT and I was interested in how negotiations had panned out over a couple of sticking points in... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:48 PM | Comments (0)

November 17, 2006

So, Dean Geyer's gone ...
And there's just Damien Leith and Jessica Mauboy left. Well, they're both fine performers so it really doesn't matter who wins - the world is a better place for having heard these two. That said, I'm cheering loudest for Jessica... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:20 AM | Comments (0)

November 13, 2006

Lullabye
I started writing this in Alameida, CA (USA) in 1994 when I learned of the creation of my first son. This was a truly moving experience and an unusually emotional time for me. I got to put my own desires... More
Posted by Huge at 2:45 PM | Comments (0)
Coming second
Played in the Pan Pacific Masters Games touch football tournament at Southport last week. Came second out of six teams in our division. Considering that we're a ragtag bunch who play together only occasionally, that's a pretty good effort. I... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:12 AM | Comments (0)

November 9, 2006

All that way for nothing ...
Yesterady wa supposed to be the start of the Pan Pacific Masters Games touch competition 2006. I drove all the way to Southport in the rain. The traffic was horrendous and when I was almost there I got a call... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

November 7, 2006

Enough said ...
http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/73821-print.shtml Saddam must face justice, not a judicial farce that subjects him to the very punishment for which he was reviled. In supporting this sentence we reveal ourselves to be no morally better than the accused.... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:27 PM | Comments (0)
What next?
Well, since I last posted about Australian Idol, Ricky's gone and now Chris has gone, leaving Jessica, Dean and Damien. So, who's going to the final? No idea, but my head says Dean and Jessica ... I think. Those two... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:57 PM | Comments (0)

November 2, 2006

We got bubby possum!
I was in the studio yesterday afternoon when the female possum who lives in my garage wandered down to introduce me to her baby ... very cute. Now I understand why she's been so touchy lately. The baby is about... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:14 AM | Comments (0)

October 31, 2006

About time, guys ...
Just read about R.E.M and Van Halen making the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame nominations. Why has this not happened earlier? Van Halen are one of my all-time favourite bands (though perhaps not personally inspiring ...) and I think... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:15 PM | Comments (0)

October 30, 2006

Lovely stuff, Tracey
A couple of weeks ago, at the Big Sound conference, I met the lovely Tracey Saxby and have been playing her CD, "Barefoot Accoustic" regularly ever since. She's an interesting girl - grew up in Bundaberg but based in westen... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:45 AM | Comments (0)

October 27, 2006

Lisa's gone?
Well, there you go ... how wrong can I be? I guess that's what I get for not really paying attention - only tuning in occasionally. Still, it's all the more pity becuase I thought the last two times I... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:44 AM | Comments (0)

October 24, 2006

Huey's cooking show
I've noticed in my server logs that people are finding my site by looking for "Hughie's cooking show". I apologise for disappointing those people, but my cooking is not worth eating, let alone making a TV show about. What you... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:30 AM | Comments (4)
Happy birthday, iPod
Just read that it was five years ago today that Steve Jobs launched the iPod, which well and truly changed the digital media landscape and set the standard for digital music. Apple's iPod, and the iTunes store that came shortly... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:18 AM | Comments (0)

October 16, 2006

Good to have a win
Played in the NTRA State of Origin touch tournament in Coff's Harbour on Saturday. The day was hot and windy, very tough conditions for the players, and we played three games, at 8.40, 10.40 and 13.20. Queensland lost overall, but... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:21 AM | Comments (0)

October 11, 2006

Lavina Fan Club
Can't believe the best voice in the competition has been voted off already. So much for Idol being a singing contest. Still, Lavina's shown what she's got on the national stage and should be proud of what she's done. You... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:59 AM | Comments (0)

October 9, 2006

So close, Hockeyroos ...
For the Hockeyroos to lose the World Cup final is a harsh way to exit - though there's only one good way to exit a tournament like that :-) Still, it's a great comeback from fifth at the Champions Trophy... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:25 PM | Comments (0)

October 2, 2006

Go Broncos! Go Broncos! Go Broncos!
Isn't it nice to have a win! And what a win. As Wayne Bennett said, it wasn't pretty but it was effective. A great Grand Final - plenty of back and forth, plenty of opportunities for both sides, gritty and... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:50 AM | Comments (0)

September 29, 2006

Go Broncos!
Wanna see the boys get up on Sunday.For the club's sake as well as Shane Webke's. Webby's a champion and deserves to go out a winner, but it would be great to see the club come good after a few... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:24 AM | Comments (0)

September 26, 2006

Klancie? You're kidding!
Once again I am reminded that Australian Idol is not a singing contest. To have the bottom three we had last night after the performances of Sunday night was ridiculous. Dean Geyer's fans have only themselves to blame - we... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:21 AM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2006

Well done, ladies!
Excellent work, the Opals! World Basketball Champs after a couple of thirds is a superb effort and you should all be proud of yourselves. Even better, they had to beat the Yanks, who've been the basketball benchmark for years, to... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:36 PM | Comments (0)

September 22, 2006

How to play guitar
Just found this guitar-playing resource. How cool! Has everything you could possibly need to learn to play guitar and then some. Even better, it has links to more advanced things and a store that sells instrumnts, amps, strings, and so... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:29 AM | Comments (0)

September 20, 2006

The competition is that weak??
Interesting to read about the field for honours at the "American Music Awards" this year. I can't believe there was so little high-quality music this year that so many of the usual suspects were nominated multimple times. I can think... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:15 AM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2006

Lavina fan club
What a voice! She was one of only two Idols to really rock it up on the "rock" show last night - is there anything she can't do?? That was, as Kyle said, disappointing - especially Mutto. (Coldplay on a... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:37 AM | Comments (0)

September 15, 2006

The Genre Benders are born
Well, after a long time discussing, planning and figuring stuff out, The Genre Benders had their first rehearsal/bash in a live setting two nights ago. Of course, various members have been writing and recording bits and pieces for a while,... More
Posted by Huge at 10:37 AM | Comments (0)

September 11, 2006

This space left deliberately blank ...
For this victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks -- the thousands who died in the attacks and the thousands who have since died because of them.... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:01 AM | Comments (0)

September 5, 2006

Onya Mutto!
Good to see my boy got up! Now, next time you sing a song that seriously rocks, LET IT ROCK! I agree completely with Kyle and Mark about that last effort: it didn't make it - and also with Marcia... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:03 PM | Comments (0)

September 4, 2006

Mutto Fan club
Last time I didn't start fan clubs for Idol entrants until they's been voted off, but this time I'm getting in early with support for Mutto. I'd love to see a raw rocker get in there and spark up the... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:51 AM | Comments (0)

August 29, 2006

Dean's a special
I have been avoiding Australian Idol up to this point, but my darling was watching it on Sunday night (I slept through last night's episode) so I caught the guys performing. The only real standout to me was Dean "the... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:29 AM | Comments (0)

August 21, 2006

Raindrops (What will be and what is ...)
I wrote this one years ago during a storm. I was sitting on my parents' mountainside front verandah watching it steam in from the coast and thinking about all the little things and little people that get lost among the... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:07 AM | Comments (0)
Nearly!
Well done, the Wallabies. Good effort but not quite close enough. Much better aggression at the start but lost concentration at the end of the second half and the All Blacks were just too good. I can't understand why the... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

August 18, 2006

Summing up Leyton Hewitt
Caught the new Channel 10 show David Tench Tonight last night. It was mostly pretty egotistical and forgettable, though worth keeping an eye on. The show's website says he's returned to Australia after broadcasting in the US for years -... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:05 PM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2006

Great entertainment ... ??
Went out Sunday night to see John Harley Weston and Indy Clark play accoustic sets at Ric's Bar in Fortitude Valley. Great value! Picked up both their CDs with autographs! Real live performers playing real live music fromtheir hearts and... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:33 AM | Comments (0)
Never a truer word spoken ...
Yesterday I read a great post from a great songwriting blog. It makes a simple but profound point for all those of us who value the expression in songwriting: "What 'serious' songwriter would've thought? Imagine sitting down with a publisher... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:58 AM | Comments (0)

August 9, 2006

An inspiration to this site, and a lot of others
Wayne Bennett's book, "Don't Die With the Music in You", was one of the main reaons I decided to pursue my current course of action. Personally, the title was very applicable because I'd pretty much resigned myself to doing exactly... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:55 AM | Comments (0)

August 7, 2006

What a load of rubbish
I'm disappointed to again read the predictable crap about Big Brother's ratings. The fact is that 1.88 million might not be as big as previous years, but it's still VERY healthy. Not to mention that the show had THREE entries... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:21 PM | Comments (0)

August 4, 2006

A headlne-writer's gift
Just read the story about a dog destroying Elvis's teddy bear. It came under the title "Hound dog destroys Elvis's teddy bear". What a gift! Wait for the "man bites dog" angles to follow ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:28 AM | Comments (0)

July 31, 2006

Battling Broncos
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and respond to cries of "post-origin slump" about the Broncos before I've even heard them: The problem the Broncos experienced yesterday had nothing to do with post-origin anything, it had everything to... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:18 AM | Comments (0)
Bye, Bye Bledisloe.
Well, they came, they saw, they defended brilliantly, and the All Blacks walked away with the silverware. Well done. The Wallabies threw plenty at them but the All Blacks turned up to stop every advance - especially Ritchie McCaw. How... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:57 AM | Comments (0)

July 28, 2006

Well done, Matildas
Great to see that, after the success of the Socceroos, the Australian women's soccer team has also qualified for their World cup finals. Excellent stuff!! Not that I've seen any of their games .. even les so than ther mens'... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

July 27, 2006

Upgraded service
OK, I've now upgraded to Moveable Type 3.31 in the hope that it will help me beat some of the chronic blogspam I have been copping. So far, so good ... :-) However, the upgrade has taken me all morning... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:04 PM | Comments (0)

July 26, 2006

Kerry Stokes, you good thing
Great to hear that Kerry Stokes has bought and donated a Victoria Cross back to the War Memorial. That kind of history belongs to the mythology opf the people and should never be allowed to fall into the hands of... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:02 AM | Comments (0)

July 21, 2006

Couldn't have said it better ...
Well said, Antony Lowenstein. The problems of he violence in and around Israel are complex and intractable but one glaringly obvious fact is that violent responses from either side have only the effect of prolonging the agony for all concerned.... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:36 AM | Comments (0)

July 20, 2006

Back on the paddock ...
Played my first full game of touch since breaking my shoulder last night. Went OK. We had a win, but made hard work of it. The shoulder held up all right ... a bit sore making a few touches at... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:11 AM | Comments (0)

July 17, 2006

Who'd have picked that result?
49-0 over the Springboks?? Keeping them scoreless for the first time ever?? I love to watch the Wallabies win, but that's ridiculous ... The Springboks weren't that bad ... but they dropped some crucial ball and had a guy sent... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:36 AM | Comments (0)

July 13, 2006

This space left blank ...
for the victims of the Indian bombings and their families. When will this madness end?... More
Posted by Huge at 6:00 PM

July 6, 2006

How sweet it is ...
I've just realised that since this blog began, Queensland has not won the Origin series. Well, now they have. And what a win. Had to overcome the Blues AND some disgraceful refereeing decisions. It takes great courage and determination to... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:21 AM

July 4, 2006

Changing the world?
Quote from Nassim Taleb: "You may not be able to change the world but can at least get some entertainment & make a living out of the epistemic arrogance of the human race." I shall have to remember that one... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:58 AM

June 30, 2006

What have I been up to?
This blog has been dominated by sport stuff lately, but the tagline points out how wrong that its ... especially when I'm doing music full-time for the first time. So, what's doing? Well, right now I'm working on Bun' Ber... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:51 AM

June 27, 2006

Oh, well ...
Darn ... ripped off at the last gasp! Still, so close! But I gotta say, I thought we didn't play well enough to win. With all that possession and all those opportunities, the Italians down to 10 men for most... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:02 AM | Comments (0)

June 23, 2006

E-excellent, Socceroos.
Just when I thought the sporting stars were leaving nasty trails, the boys came through. Funny sort of game, though. I mean, I don't really understand soccer at all but some of those decisions had me totally gazumped. The boys... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:07 AM | Comments (0)

June 15, 2006

The stars ARE aligned ...
What a win, Queensland! Well done, boys. Came out hard and kept in the Blues' faces for the entire 80 minutes. Willie Mason never got a look in. So much for Danny Buderus's dynasty. The only fault I could find... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:55 AM | Comments (0)

June 13, 2006

Awesome Socceroos!
Well done, boys. Never give in, never give up! Superb comeback and great result in the end. It seemed to me (not that I know anything about the finer points of soccer that we had by far the better of... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:12 AM | Comments (0)

June 12, 2006

Well done, Wobblies, come on Socceroos!
Excellent result for effort last night, boys. Just what we fans were looking for. Much improved in the scrum (though still some work to do there), excellent lineout, brillint front-on defence and great scrambling. Shame about the last-pass handling, but... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)

June 6, 2006

Somebody heard me!
Just had a delivery guy here who heard me on Triple M the other week. He was a Blues supporter, but that's OK. He said it was hard to hear the words, though he was listening in his truck, but... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:13 AM | Comments (0)
What a waste of a day
Spent most of yesterday arguing with Pro Tools. I was trying to loop the bagpipe drone samples, and had to kill the pops at the joins. Pro Tools has a really cool device called a crossover that does this neatly,... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:00 AM | Comments (0)

June 5, 2006

It takes more than two ...
I was forced, by my family's insistence and the complete lack of alternatives, to watch the second half of Channel 7's It Takes Two last night. I'm astonished that anyone bothers to watch it ... It hardly seems fair to... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)

June 1, 2006

Long for the Day (take 2)
Re-wrote this one after getting some songwriting advice from Jimmy Webb and Sammy Cahn. The original version is here. Also re-recorded it (MP3, 3MB - streaming version here) for a presentation to QUT. I think it's better but still has... More
Posted by Huge at 11:33 AM | Comments (1)

May 29, 2006

Well, that didn't work!
I have completely failed to turn off comments, as I said I would. Apparently it's more difficult to do that than I thought, but I'm consulting the makers of Movable Type and have another couple of options to investigate. However,... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:36 AM | Comments (0)

May 28, 2006

Damn! Damn! Damn the blog spam ...
I apologise to all innocent parties, but I'm going to shut comments down on this blog for a while. This is the direct result of a recent increase in blog spam being posted here - I don't have the time... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:04 PM | Comments (0)

May 25, 2006

I got the Blues ...
Well done, NSW. You did enough to win the match at home. But the young Maroons can take a lot out of what they experienced. I was really a classic game of youth vs experience. The Maroons came out at... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:54 AM | Comments (0)

May 24, 2006

Me, in The Cage
Yesterday afternoon I got a phone call while I was in the studio. The message was from Marto, who'd found the letter I sent them last year about my State of Origin Song. He couldn't find the CD I'd enclosed... More
Posted by Huge at 7:54 AM | Comments (1)

May 23, 2006

Origin time!!
Have to belatedly note the impending State of Origin Rugby League contest tomorrow night. Love it! Both sides have gambled for the first game: Queensland on youth, form and enthusiasm and NSW on the tried and true. As always, my... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:18 PM | Comments (0)
Doubly predictable
[sigh] Madonna was always going to do something to grab promotional headlines by annoying the Church in her new show and the Church was always going to help her by biting at her barbs ... Why is this news?? Why... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:13 PM | Comments (0)
Recovery
The shoulder is recovering slowly. My physio, the wonderful Alison, has told me to take it out of the sling most of the time and has strapped it up tight. This is great as it's reduced the pain involved in... More
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May 21, 2006

Toughest gig ever
Last night was the hardest gig I've ever done. It was a 3.5 hour Ceilidh with Bun' Ber E at Acacia Ridge School so there was not a lot of playing but with a sore shoulder, there was intense pain.... More
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May 19, 2006

Missing shoulders
What's the most annoying thing about having a sore shoulder? I have been pondering this point for a while now. There are plenty of candidates. For example, I have learned that these simple operations rely on the unimpaired use of... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:27 AM | Comments (0)

May 16, 2006

Pain!
Managed to have a large person fall on top of me last night at touch football and have hurt my shoulder. Can't play guitar or even sleep ... Plenty to do, not much capacity to do it. Kids have been... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:05 AM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2006

Download sites growth
It's incredible how may sites have sprung up trying to make money by selling music in download form on the Internet. I've been compiling a list of them for my PhD and have racked up 15 without trying. That's just... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:22 AM | Comments (0)

May 11, 2006

To true, Bert!
Quote apprearing in today's Australian Media liftout: "We're celebrting tonight 50 years of Australian television. And concurrently, of course, 50 years of American television on Australian television." - Bert Newton at the Logies. Sickening! It would be a joke if... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

May 9, 2006

Welcome back, Beaconsfield boys
Congratulations to everyone involved in rescuing the Beaconsfield miners, Brant Webb and Todd Russell. Well done. As ?someone? said on TV this morning, the only measure of a rescue operation is that it succeeded - and this one did (tell... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:10 AM | Comments (0)

May 8, 2006

On the subject of champions ...
Congratulations to John Wood for finally winning the gold Logie. I'm not much of a fan of the kind of TV John's involved in (although I used to watch Blue Healers every week back in the 90s when it was... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:14 AM | Comments (0)
Joey, you good thing!
Andrew Johns, what a football player. Loved watching him Friday night, hated watching him Sunday afternoon. In both cases, though, he's a class act. I'll miss him in a Kangaroos jumper and be grateful he's not wearing sky blue in... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:01 AM | Comments (0)

May 5, 2006

The pain of songwriting
Just bought a copy of Tunesmith by Jimmy Webb. I've only just started it, but on page 2 he's discussing the difference between amateurs and professionals, and how amateurs fail to appreciate the amout of work needed to write a... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:05 AM | Comments (0)

May 1, 2006

Good to have a win
Went out to warwick on Saturday for the NRA State trials. Played in the Puretouch Punishers Mens Seniors team. We went through undefeated and won the final in extra time - 3-on-3. This was my first win in rep colours,which... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:36 PM | Comments (0)
Tryhard Television
You know Channel Nine are struggling in the ratings when they try such a blatant milk of a story of distress. Last night's repeated crosses to the Beaconsfield mine disaster in Tasmanian were pathetic - typically, Mike Munro was in... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:24 PM | Comments (0)

April 20, 2006

Before the music dies
Great to see some respect being paid to the creators and developers of the less-acknowledged music in the USA. I haven't seen "Before the Music Dies" but it's long overdue, given the sad history of exploitation of performing artists. Can't... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:58 PM | Comments (0)

April 18, 2006

Artistic threats?
"The greatest threat to an artist is obscurity, not piracy" Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing. Cory absolutely right, but the major labels want to draw attention to the issue that affects them and maintain the obscurity of artists not signed to... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

April 14, 2006

Punter, you good thing
Well done, Ricky Ponting! A fantastic captain's knock from an athlete who's really come of age and is getting better with experience. Gotta say, though, it was pretty ordinary to put the boys in that position to start with ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:00 PM | Comments (0)

April 12, 2006

Getting old
From Keith Richards via the Sydney Morning Herald: "Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get the older you want to be." Damn straight, and ironic coming from a guy who has done his best never to get... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:15 AM | Comments (0)
Ignorant journos ...
Can't even get the basics right! The Sydney Morning Herald is today reporting on the Stones' Sydney concert, which was, by all reports, a beauty. However, they say Skeiff started the night with "a black Stratocaster guitar slung around his... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:13 AM | Comments (0)

March 28, 2006

Haaappy birthday ...
tooo meeeee .... Had a great return to park-lvel football last night at Unitouch, where we stared the season with a 13-0 whitewash of "Chargers". They had plenty of speed and skill but no real structure or discipline. Next time... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:06 PM | Comments (0)

March 27, 2006

Beaten by the Kiwis
Didn't win a game against the Kiwis over the weekend - damn! Closest we came was a 5-all draw in the third game. In the final we just didn't fire up at the start and couldn't claw our way back... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:37 AM | Comments (0)

March 23, 2006

Commonwealth Games
Can't ignore the CGs, thugh I'm tempted to. Superb efforts all round and some great competition. It's a pity the media re obsessed with the medal count and Australia's position in it, because tere's some great stuff going on that... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:13 AM | Comments (0)

March 17, 2006

Happy St Patrick's Day!
Gonna spend most of today and tomorrow playing at Irish events in Brissie! Dicey Reilly's today, and tomorrow - the races! How Irish is that! Bun' Ber E will be out there and in the the thick of it all.... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:02 AM | Comments (0)
CDs as a sales force
Interesting article on Slyck examining the prospects for the CD as a music sales medium. It's pretty thorough and goes over a recent report by NPD (pdf, 1.68MB) pretty well, concluding that, depsite the NPD finding, digital downloads will replace... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:58 AM | Comments (0)

March 13, 2006

Footy's back!
Ggreat to have the footy back on TV - all codes! Disappointing start to the season for the Broncos but well done the Cowboys! Ouch! The Broncos are champions. They'll be back!... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:13 PM | Comments (0)

March 8, 2006

The wages of stress
Just had a period of a couple of days in which stress got the better of me and not much has happened - cerainly nothing much musically. Got some issues with money (obviously), children, house maintenance, etc and it's got... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:13 AM | Comments (0)

March 2, 2006

Propaganda, media and John Howard
Lyn Allison, I couldn't have said it better myself. Very astute observations about the use of mediated propaganda to disguise reality ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

February 27, 2006

We be jammin'
Had a great bash with the boys down at the club yesterday. It was a bit short notice - I got told about it Sat morning - but I got to play drums all afternoon, and sing a bit. Sensational!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:42 AM | Comments (0)

February 21, 2006

Well, that was odd ...
Played in the Casuarina Cup touch tournament on the weekend. We entered the over 35s but ended up playing against two teams with under 35s in them who been allowed to enter just to make up the numbers. Our best... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:47 PM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2006

The death of the album ...
I've been reading articles like this one for a while now. They all basically claim that since digital delivery allows consumers to pick and choose individual tracks, this means that sales of packages of tunes in the form of albums... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:43 AM | Comments (0)

February 9, 2006

Mighty Fine Day
I wrote this one last week and arranged it in a day. Took a bit longer to perform it to demo standard, though. There's an MP3 version here (3.2MB) or streaming here. The studio bootleg version can be streamed here... More
Posted by Huge at 1:07 PM | Comments (0)

February 6, 2006

What a difference a week off can make
Amazing form reversal from Adam Gilchrist. Also a refreshed approach from Ricky Ponting. Great to watch. Felt a bit sorry for the Proteas last night - they had no chance of chasing the score that Gilly and Punter set up.... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:17 AM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2006

The Cost of putting a price on education
Andrew West, I couldn't have said it better myself. The degredation of education as a means to open minds is as short-sighted and narrow-mainded as the degredation of scientific research that is not imediately prodcutive. They are both completely destructive... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)

January 27, 2006

2006 Update
OK ... where have I been? Family duties, distraction therapy, building my backyard ... all the usual excuses. However, as of next week (Feb 1) I will be studying for a PhD at the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT, examining... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:20 AM | Comments (0)

January 18, 2006

Value in old media
Interesting to note that a piece of paper with Beatles lyrics written on it is worth a lot of money. Goes to reinforce the old adage about easy things being worth less than difficult things - for all the copies... More
Posted by Huge at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

January 16, 2006

New years
Well, I'm back on deck now from family stuff and "holidays" and all that. Got a lot of organising and thinking to do and then I'll get serious about all this again. For 2006 I've been granted an ICI scholarship... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:49 AM | Comments (0)

December 25, 2005

Season's Greetings
To all. Whatever your race, colour, creed musical preference or belief system, best wishes for the holiday period and for the future. May 2006 turn out to be a lot nicer that 2005 ... Peace.... More
Posted by Huge at 2:52 PM | Comments (0)

December 23, 2005

Late-year spleen venting
Thought I'd get a few things off my chest just before the end of the year - sort of "leave them in 2005" idea. This post will probably be the last of 2005 since I'm spending time with family until... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:13 AM | Comments (0)

December 20, 2005

Learning from Idol mistakes
Great to read this morning that SonyBMG has signed all of the final three Idol contestants: Kate DeAraugo, Lee Harding and now Emily Williams. It shows that they've learned from their experience in missing out on finalists who've sold very... More
Posted by Huge at 10:27 AM | Comments (0)

December 15, 2005

Shame, Australia, Shame
The sort of behaviour that has been seen on Sydney's beaches is un-Australian. It is not appropriate from any group of Australians: migrants, indigenous, black, white, brindle or polka-dot. It is a black spot on our national soul. John Howard... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:46 PM | Comments (0)

December 9, 2005

Drowning!!
Aaarrgh! Drowning under a wave of comment spam - of a most peculiar kind. Most of it seems to be providing irrelevant text and links to legitimate sites. This is clearly aimed at getting legitimate sites put on the blacklist... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:07 AM | Comments (0)

December 7, 2005

CDBaby rules!
Thought I'd better post something here about what a great job CDBaby do as a distributor of recordings. Not only do they sell the hard-copy CDs for Bun' Ber E, but they also have a digital distribution program, which puts... More
Posted by Huge at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)

December 2, 2005

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December 1, 2005

I guess it had to happen
Interesting to note that the Grateful Dead, long champions of the "give the music away free and make up for it elsewhere" philosophy, have come to a crunching commercial reality. The upshot of this is that they may decide not... More
Posted by Huge at 12:14 PM | Comments (0)
The Australian Industry in America
Great to read the article by Tony George in themusic.com.au about government assistance for Australian musicians into the US market. This is a great boon and I'm sure Tony will do a huge job and have a heap of fun... More
Posted by Huge at 9:23 AM | Comments (0)

November 30, 2005

More on Idol
Couple of late notes from other sources on Idol. I didn't watch the finale or the results, largely because I'm bored with Idol, but I got the following by e-mail after it: Idols gave no respect 23 November 2005 I... More
Posted by Huge at 9:46 AM | Comments (1)
Ausculture, Oz style
Just found the Ausculture blog, which offers a reasonably unique take on the trivial (and occasionally not-so-trivial) issue in Australian culture. It's run by "Jess" and has some absolutely cracker commentary on things. Jess is a lot more prolific than... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:15 AM | Comments (0)

November 28, 2005

well, that's sport.
Well done, the Kiwis, Wales and West Indies. Both Rugby results and the excellent fightback in the cricket are the result of great performances from great competitors. I must say it was astonishing to see the League result: 24-0 and... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:09 AM | Comments (0)

November 25, 2005

Schools, bombs and cakes stalls
"It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need, and the Air Force has to hold a cake stall to buy a bomber." --Unknown Came across this quote many years ago and have always... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:13 AM | Comments (0)

November 23, 2005

Another excuse gone ...
Excellent to read about Angus Young winning "greatest short dude" in America's Maxim magazine. That's one less excuse for me to not get anywhere! I'm the same height as Kurt Cobain and US basketball star Spud Webb (5' 7"), and... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:20 PM | Comments (0)

November 21, 2005

Great week for Aussie sport
Well done the Socceroos, Kangaroos, Wallabies and cricketers (keep it up, boys). It's great to have Aussie sporting teams back in the winners' circle. That said, I have to gripe about the manner in which the Wallabies won. Same old... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:57 AM | Comments (0)

November 17, 2005

Well done, Socceroos!
Excellent result, boys. Made hard work of it but got there in the end! For those among you who are unsure where our opponents came from, Uruguay is here: The CIA fact book on Uruguay is here. Notably, they have... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:38 AM | Comments (0)

November 16, 2005

Defending Idol
I have to defend Australian Idol from some ridiculous statements about its failure to rate on TV. I have read repeated statements, when reporting the poor ratings for this series of Idol, attributing its performance to the "end of the... More
Posted by Huge at 11:07 AM | Comments (0)

November 1, 2005

Getting toey
Right. Had a hit-out with Lizard Drinkin' on Saturday night. It was fun and blew out a lot of cobwebs. More have been booked in December. I was discussing the show with my favourite critic and she reminded me that... More
Posted by Huge at 2:54 PM | Comments (0)

October 27, 2005

Worrying trends in Australian music
What does this graph tell us? It's taken from the APRA annual report and shows the 5-year trend of money coming into and out of Australia for music royalties. You'll note that the annual amount of money coming into Australia... More
Posted by Huge at 5:11 PM | Comments (0)
Post-Arias discussion
Well, the Aria Awards have been handed out for another year. It's good to see the majors get together and congratulate themselves as an industry. Well done to the winners - that's a reward for all the hard work you've... More
Posted by Huge at 9:11 AM | Comments (0)

October 24, 2005

Common problems for performers
It was interesting to read in The Weekend Australian an extract from Chrissie Amphlett's autobiography in which she wrote about her initial difficulties being outrageous on stage. The most interesting bit was the part about the difference between playing her... More
Posted by Huge at 9:00 AM | Comments (0)

October 19, 2005

The faceless Dream Factory
BTW - I've decided that from now on I will refer to the major record company approach to the music business as "the dream factory". It seems appropriate, since that's exactly what they offer: dreams. When you wake up it's... More
Posted by Huge at 5:37 PM | Comments (0)
Why stick to just one approach?
Watched the final episode of The Hit Game last night and it drove home to me yet another aspect of what's wrong with the music industry: The fixation with making artists stick to one "brand" of music. I thought the... More
Posted by Huge at 5:35 PM | Comments (0)

October 13, 2005

Never a truer word
Got some fairly sombre e-mails from my mate Phil Graham yesterday. He's in Canada for work but has had enough and wants to return to sunny Brisbane. Among other things, I suggested there was a song in one of the... More
Posted by Huge at 9:02 AM | Comments (0)

October 9, 2005

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October 7, 2005

The wierdest feeling in sport
OK, after almost a week I think I've got a handle on it.Sunday's NRL grand final produced the wierdest feeling for me because I was wearing an old Balmain Tigers jumper but cheering for the Cowboys. Up to the moment... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:40 PM | Comments (0)

October 5, 2005

Hits and misses
I've been watching The Hit Game on the ABC for the past two weeks. Last night's episode was a brilliant expose of exactly what's wrong with the music industry. A talented, beautiful and experienced young Belinda-Lee Reid hangs her entire... More
Posted by Huge at 2:11 PM | Comments (2)

October 3, 2005

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September 27, 2005

Well done the Cowboys!!
One more to go, boys ... But who should a former Balmain supporter support?? (tremble) I guess it doesn't matter. Should be a great game of footy, either way!... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:52 PM | Comments (0)

September 25, 2005

There's a fisrst time for everything
Well, yesterday I had two wins in sport: the Swans and the Tigers, but it felt really wierd supporting a NSW team ... icky, in fact. Of course, I used to be a Balmain fan, so supporting the Tigers wasn't... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:07 AM | Comments (0)

September 23, 2005

Damn straight, Gus
Interesting comment from Phil "Gus" Gould in today's prescription for the Tigers winning their NRL semi-final against the Dragons: "Winning is 90 per cent mental." Of course, that was exactly the Broncos problem towards the end of their season -... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:22 PM | Comments (0)

September 21, 2005

Promoting songs
Well, last week I got my copies of Australian Music Marketing Abroad's A'n'R magazine. In it (page 40), and on the accompanying CDs is "Heart's With You" (streaming version). The ad cost me Aus$700 and, given the company it's in,... More
Posted by Huge at 12:08 PM | Comments (2)
For the good of the game, rub Barry out
I'm struggling to believe the nonsense about Barry Hall's escape from sanction for attacking an opponent during a game. It's not that I think the opponent didn't milk it - he did - nor that there was much force in... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:16 AM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2005

Vale, Broncos 2005
Oh, how close they came. But the Tigers scrambled, struggled, were more desperate and kept them out - then took every opportunity that came their way. The Broncos showed that they were almost back to their best, creating 6 opportuniies... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:52 AM | Comments (0)

September 16, 2005

Well done, Joel
Just read about Joel Turner winning the world beatboxing championships in Germany. Excellent effort! Of course, I don't actually "get" beatboxing - it does nothing for me musically - but you only have to listen to the guy to hear... More
Posted by Huge at 5:35 PM | Comments (1)

September 13, 2005

Well done, the poms
They deserved to win back the Ashes. The Aussies were off their game and the Poms played brilliantly, with none of their past hesitancy and lack of confidence. Freddy Flintoff looks like a truly world-class athlete - the kind the... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:46 AM | Comments (0)

September 9, 2005

On ya, Nick
I'm not much of a fan of Nick Cave's music but this story, wherein he threatens to walk out of a gig if he can't take his beer and cigarettes onto the stage, is a classic. It's a win for... More
Posted by Huge at 4:13 PM | Comments (0)

September 8, 2005

How is that possible
I dunno, some of this media commentary just doesn't make sense. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina,plenty of pundits were forcasting its dire consequences for the US economy. Some even suggested that it might knock the whole thing over. But,... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:15 AM | Comments (0)

September 2, 2005

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August 29, 2005

The band was cookin'
Managed to catch the last bit of Australian Idol last night - quite by accident. The singing was predictably ordinary but the band was cooking. Of course, this just served to remind me what can be achieved with a bit... More
Posted by Huge at 9:16 AM | Comments (0)

August 25, 2005

Does Bali attract idiots?
I don't often agree with our Prime Minister but he was spot on when he described people who are associated with drugs in Indonesia as "stupid". How much of an indication do people need that Indonesia does not tolerate drugs... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:37 AM | Comments (0)

August 23, 2005

Well, there you go ...
It's hard to be down on the Wallabies after Saturday night. They tried their hearts out and had the better of most of the game. The attack looked patchy - quite inept in places - and lacked any kind of... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:31 AM | Comments (0)

August 19, 2005

Ignoring Australian Idol
A couple of people asked me the other day at a gig whether I'm watching Australian Idol this time. I gotta confess that I'm not. (interesting to see the IdolBlog this time around - and that a Google of "Australian... More
Posted by Huge at 9:48 AM | Comments (1)

August 18, 2005

Return to form
Last night featured a spectacular return to personal form in the touch footy. We won 10-3. I hadn't played since the Grand Final due to a combination of late-night games and illness, so it was good to have a trot.... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:56 AM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2005

Heart's With You (Irish version)
This is a rewrite of the song of the same name posted earlier. When Bun' Ber E recorded Unplugged, I wanted to include an original just to see how it would go. Thought occurred to me that this sentiment would... More
Posted by Huge at 10:23 AM | Comments (0)
A rare pleasure
I got a rare and unexpected buzz on Saturday morning! As we were complaining about how cold and miserable it was at the Sunnybank RSL's 60th anniversary of VP day celebrations, a fan requested that we play "Heart's with you".... More
Posted by Huge at 9:38 AM | Comments (0)
A sporting dog's life
What a pig of a weekend! The cricketers are in all sorts or trouble, the Wallabies got hammered, the Lions got flogged and the Broncos got hammered as well. Even worse, the Wallabies and Broncos, about whom I care the... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:38 AM | Comments (0)

August 11, 2005

Lost the footy, though
Not been a good sporting life lately. The Aussies lost the cricket (but what a fightback!), the Wallabies lost two in South Africa (when are they gonna figure out that kicking the ball away to the Springboks at altitude is... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:39 AM | Comments (0)
Interesting idea, that ...
Just read about the Backbench World Problems Index. Not sure the mathematics will work out precisely but it's a great start to analysing a problem that has plagued Australian media for quite a while. Even if the numbrs are debatable... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:21 AM | Comments (0)

August 5, 2005

Ain't it strange??
On the gig front, you go through long periods of nothing happening and then all of a sudden, several pop out at once. Two weddings in the space of two weeks, after almost a year of nothing for Lizard Drinkin'.... More
Posted by Huge at 10:42 AM | Comments (0)

August 1, 2005

Getting on with it.
OK, the drum parts are coming along reasonably. Got a couple of bass parts down, too. Plenty of work to be done. Today I'm off to ACRO to get the next stage of the re-recording of State V State done.... More
Posted by Huge at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

July 28, 2005

Thick crusts of barnacles
Mental note: you can't just pick up an instrument having not played it for several years and expect to play recordably on it. That's been my frustating experience playing the drums over the past few weeks. I'm sure I wa... More
Posted by Huge at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

July 25, 2005

Explaining suicide terrorism
Keith Suter says it far better than I ever could here: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=3707. It works nicely with an article in the Australian Financial Review, in which Scott Burchill examines the way proponents of the "War on Terrorism" use a false 'us... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:13 PM | Comments (0)
An industry in crisis.
Last night I was reading a book called The Rise and Fall of Popular Music, which quoted the following figures: in 1985 the US music industry made a pre-tax profit of US$200 million on gross sales of US$4.5 billion -... More
Posted by Huge at 10:38 AM | Comments (0)

July 22, 2005

What am I up to??
This blog is supposed to be about music and stuff but it hasn't featured much of that lately. So, what is going on? Well, several things, really. I'm planning to re-record "State against State", which was ignored by everyone except... More
Posted by Huge at 9:49 AM | Comments (0)

July 18, 2005

They just don't get it ...
I don't often agree with The Australian's Foreign Editor, Greg Sheridan, but on July 9, just after the London bombings, he said this: There is a persistent desire to pretend that the war on terror is an American exaggeration, or... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:17 AM | Comments (0)

July 8, 2005

Again
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July 2, 2005

Well, that makes sense, I guess ...
It's absolutely despicable - and clearly indicative of the mindset in this country - that the Live 8 concert won't be shown live. Instead, Channel Nine will show Wimbeldon - featuring no Aussies, BTW - with a potted Live 8... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:14 PM | Comments (0)

July 1, 2005

Reasonable point that
My dearest darling hit me with a home truth last night. I've been away for a few days taking the kids to their grandparents' farm and when I returned, she announced that she'd watched Big Brother uncut, late and live,... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:31 PM | Comments (0)

June 24, 2005

What's all the fuss
You gotta laugh - well, at least, the promoters of Big Brother's current series must be laughing. They started this season with a previously-avoided emphasis on sex in the house - deliberately choosing singles and advertising their sex appeal at... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:08 AM | Comments (0)

June 20, 2005

Well, that was fun but ...
We lost the over-35s touch series against NSW but it was a great experience. Overall, Qld won 8 of the 16 divisions and so did the Blues, so it was declared a draw and the Blues kept the trophy they... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:28 AM | Comments (0)

June 16, 2005

Well done, Joey.
How good is he? Mind you, the Qld defence didn't put much pressure no him. They stodd still and watched him cut them up most of the time. A deservd win for the Blues. Seeya at Lang Park in a... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:08 PM | Comments (0)

June 13, 2005

An update ...
Well, the ABC, at least, has run with the Downing Street memo story. There's still no update from the SMH or News.com.au, though. Not that I'm holding my breath for News Limited to give the story any air ... But... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:07 PM | Comments (0)
Well, that's no surprise.
Just found this article, which concerns the revelation that the UK government knew the Yanks were not ready to invade Iraq but decided they had to justify the invasion anyway. It's one of a long series of articles about the... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:48 AM | Comments (0)

June 8, 2005

Finished part 1
I've finally finished marking my first-year assignments! At last. Now all I have to do is mark the second-year assignments and set up their exam - then I'll be clear to do lots of music stuff for a while!.. Yayyy!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:45 PM | Comments (1)

June 2, 2005

Shame, Australia, Shame
There is no excuse for the attack on the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. None! We have no right to retaliate against any perceived injustice in the legal systems of another country. Especially not based on the impossibly limited information about... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:38 PM | Comments (1)

May 26, 2005

Get Rythm ....
when you get the Blues ... Well done, Maroons. I thought you'd killed yourselves there for a while but the Qld spirit shone through for all to see. Of course, that's only the first game, and the next one is... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:37 PM | Comments (0)

May 25, 2005

Go Maroons!!
It's Origin time and, although I've had no response to my Origin song, I really hope the Maroons kick butt tonight. (and the next game) (and the game after that) (and next year, too)... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:41 PM | Comments (0)

May 20, 2005

Sorry about that,
I've been a little quiet. A combination of having a skin cancer surgically removed (not as interesting as Kylie Minogue's cancer scare) and too much marking to do. This cancer was small and not really even a BCC yet -... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:41 PM | Comments (2)

May 4, 2005

The campaign continues ...
The Murdoch press continues to talk up the Internet following Murdoch's ASNE address (noted earlier). Last week's Media liftout contains a gem on the front page called "Print learns to love the web" and a two-page "Interactive special report" in... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:33 PM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2005

Nice to have a win!
Just read about the impending changes to Queensland's town planning laws, which will create a "cultural precinct" in Fortitude Valley and stop residential developers from destroying live-music development in Brisbane. I have been a direct victim of this myself, when... More
Posted by Huge at 11:25 AM | Comments (2)
Interesting, Mr Murdoch
I notice the first move of Rupert Murdoch's "digital age" has been to appoint a former MacDonald's marketing guru, Joe Talcott, as Australia's new group marketing director. How appropriate! In the same Media liftout, News Limited advertised for an Editor... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:25 AM | Comments (2)

April 26, 2005

Oh Dear
Seems some people just don't learn. I was disgusted to find out that Disco music had been played at the Gallipoli Service at ANZAC Cove. As I mentioned earlier, modern music, particularly party tunes like Stayin' Alive, have no place... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:10 PM | Comments (0)

April 21, 2005

State Against State
As heard on Triple M's The Cage!: Click here to download (MP3, 2MB) or here to stream. As you might have figured out, I'm a huge Rugby League fan. Grew up with it, dad coached it, used to play it,... More
Posted by Huge at 10:17 AM | Comments (1)

April 13, 2005

What am I up to??
Thought I'd better bring readers up to speed with where I'm at in this project. I've been rather quiet lately ... sorry. The short answer is that many things are happening, not all of which seem as productive as others.... More
Posted by Huge at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)
Excellent ... thanks, Leigh
I seem to be posting a lot on sport lately, but that's where the most action is happening in my (limited) attention span ... I was delighted to hear Brisbane Lions coach Leigh Matthews say yesterday that he thought there... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

April 9, 2005

Mea culpa
OK, so that's what you get for writing to whinge before the end of the game - Penrith scored again and I'm a dufus. In retrospect, Penrith did play really well and Melbourne did make a lot of mistakes, but,... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:30 PM | Comments (0)

April 8, 2005

Wot woz that?
Just watched the NRL Friday Night Football match between Melbourne and Penrith and I don't think I've ever seen a more disgraceful display of incorrect officiating at this level. Picky and inconsistent penalties, non-existent knock-ons, blatant ineptitude - nearly all... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:52 PM | Comments (1)

April 4, 2005

See you later, Casey?
Well, it's increasingly apparent that Casey Donovan Mark 1 is over. For her sake, that's a pity. Of course the music that she and the Idol gurus produced was entirely forgettable, which is also a pity, but that's the nature... More
Posted by Huge at 12:23 PM | Comments (2)

April 2, 2005

I'm back
Back from a few days' holiday at the beach. Nice and relaxing. A couple of observations on world events: 1) I think what happened to Nick Riewoldt in theSt Kilda vs Brisbane game has no place in sport. It is... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:56 AM | Comments (0)

March 24, 2005

Bugger!
Lost the Grand Final last night in sudden-death extra time. We started well, leading 3-1 at one stage, and then dropped off to be 4-4 at half-time. Got hammered early in the second half to trail 7-5 but clawed it... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:47 PM | Comments (0)

March 17, 2005

Happy St Patrick's Day
Had a great morning with Bun' Ber E down at Dicey Reilly's, Garden City. Then Wylde Thyme took over and I went home to write a lecture for tomorrow ... which I still haven't done ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:50 PM | Comments (1)

March 16, 2005

I'm not washed up yet!
Just received the letter advising that I've been picked in the NTRA over-35s team for the annual State of Origin at Coffs Harbour this year!! What a buzz. I guess this proves that even when you feel completely unfit, outclassed... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:35 PM | Comments (1)
Cry to Heaven
Several years ago I was in a band with a guy called Adam Rogers, with whom I also shared a day job. The band never went anywhere for a number of reasons, but one of the highlights was that we... More
Posted by Huge at 12:01 PM | Comments (2)

March 12, 2005

The planets are back in alignment
Last night saw the first game of the 2005 NRL season proper. The AFL's pre-season final is this weekend the premiership kicks of next week. The Super 12 is in its third week ... Footy is back on telly, the... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:15 AM | Comments (0)

March 6, 2005

Welcome to my UQ communications students
A big welcome to any students from my COMU2010: Communications Skills New Media class. This is my blog and you are more than welcome to read all of I and tell me what you genuinely think. This is a place... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:00 PM | Comments (0)

March 1, 2005

Latest offerings
I'm afraid I've been rather slack about keeping readers up to date with the latest events here, but things have gotten reasonably interesting. Yesterday, I took delivery of this, which is the latest version of Longing for the Day -... More
Posted by Huge at 10:54 AM | Comments (0)

February 22, 2005

Interesting developments
Wanted to make a few observations about some articles I've been reading lately. I think the sum of them really is nidicating that I have been right all along about this medium and its potential. The first and most intuitive... More
Posted by Huge at 1:52 PM | Comments (0)
Touching days, scorching heat
Well, the NTRA state titles was an experience. Didn't win a game but had a great time - stinkin' hot but. Got just a little sunburned despite caking myself in sunscreen. Some photos of the action, including some of me,... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:23 AM | Comments (0)

February 18, 2005

Vale Casey Donovan's first career
Well, I predicted it, and now Immedia is reporting that Casey Donovan's career is over as her debut album sales slump. Seems her album is almost out of the top 100 after failing to reach the expected heights. However, I... More
Posted by Huge at 11:12 AM | Comments (31)
Agreeing with your opponents
I don't agree with John Howard on a lot of his policies but I wholeheartedly applaud his intervention to "encourage" Telstra to re-instate its funding of the Lifeline telephone service. This service has made a huge difference to thousands of... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:38 AM | Comments (1)

February 17, 2005

The thin end of the spin
So, a policeman walks around the corner of a street in his neighbourhood and sees two armed guys standing on either side of another guy who has a sack over his head. Standing in front of the guy with the... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:56 AM | Comments (0)

February 14, 2005

Bun' Ber E in Japan
Also wanted to note that a Japanese radio program, Yellowbeat, has put one of Bun' Ber E's tunes on rotation. Apparently they'll start by playing Orange & Blue, off our latest album, Unplugged, on Friday Night (Tokyo time). Thanks, guys.... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:52 AM | Comments (0)
Returning to form
Well, I'm now officially back to playing serious touch. I've joined a rep team from Puretouch (mixed - called the Pumas) and will contest the National Touch Rugby Association State titles next weekend, 19 Feb. The Pumas are an interesting... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:45 AM | Comments (0)

February 11, 2005

History repeating??
Someone pointed this out to me the other day aand I just had to note it here for future reference: The election in Iraq is a significant and important step along the road to a more peaceful world, but it's... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:43 AM | Comments (1)

February 10, 2005

It's getting harder every time ...
Now that I'll be 35, I'm trying to nominate for the Qld >35 touch footy team and try out at the State Titles on the 19th. But it's getting harder for two reasons. The first is that I've picked up... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:52 AM | Comments (0)
Australian Idol: Travesty or Treat?
Interesting debate in The Sydney Morning Herald, which I heard about via the Australian music Council's e-newsletter, about whether or not Australian Idol is "good for the local record industry". It's an interesting debate, not so much because interesting or... More
Posted by Huge at 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

February 8, 2005

Super things
Watched the Superbowl the other day. The whole thing - from start to finish. This was the first time I'd had the opportunity to do so and I was determined not to miss it. What did I think? Well, it... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:37 PM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2005

Well done, Leyton
I gotta say that I'm not as worried about Leyton Hewitt as a lot of people are. Seems to me he did nearly everything right in his quest for an Australian Open title. But, as he rightly pointed out, Marat... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:12 AM | Comments (0)

January 27, 2005

Popularity and diversity
Found an interesting article that argues that too much diversity can make people jaded about choice. I think this is spot on, and it's why a lot of the hyperbolic suggestions about the Internet providing venue for lots of alternative... More
Posted by Huge at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

January 20, 2005

Lies, damn lies and the music industry
Finally, some respectable research has pointed out the utter bollocks that ARIA has been sprouting about music sales figures in Australia. I almost gagged on the contradiction between the sales figures and the spin when they were released, and it's... More
Posted by Huge at 9:39 AM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2005

Making something out of tragedy
I hope Adam Gilchrist is right. If there's one good thing that has come out of the Asian Tsunami, it's the opportunity for the West, particularly the "Coalition of the Willing" to put some effort into making a third-world nation... More
Posted by Huge at 2:05 PM | Comments (0)

January 10, 2005

Devastating Media Tsunami
Welcome to 2005. I have to confess I'm not sure which I find more nauseating: the scenes of horror coming out of (mainly) Indonesia and Sri Lanka or the thinly-disguised orgy of self-interest that's dominating our media ever since. Simon... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:50 PM | Comments (0)

January 3, 2005

Asian Tsunami
(This space left blank in silent respect for those who have lost everything)... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:03 AM | Comments (0)
Happy new year
Well, it's that time of year again. Having busted a gut in the lead-up to a New Year's Eve rock-out, I'm off to the farm for a week's holiday with the kids. Plenty of exciting news to discuss when I... More
Posted by Huge at 8:01 AM | Comments (0)

December 23, 2004

Season's greetings
Best wishes to all, whatever your persuasion. I'm not much of a fan of Christmas per se, but it is a good opportunity to reflect on the state of humanity and one's place in it. Besides, the world could use... More
Posted by Huge at 5:52 PM | Comments (0)

December 21, 2004

Unplugged CD Launch - International version
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hugh Brown, +61 7 409 622 395 news@bunbere.bizhosting.com http://www.bunbere.com Aussie Celtic survivors the last band standing. Brisbane, Australia. 2 December 2004. Bun' Ber E Celtic Bands will launch their latest CD release, Unplugged, at Dicey Reilly's,... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:52 AM | Comments (0)
Apologies
Sorry for my recent absence. It's been a combination of a couple of things. The first is my father's accident - he fell out of a tree and broke his second Lumbar vertebra. He'll been fine if he behaves for... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:11 AM | Comments (0)

December 3, 2004

Unplugged CD Launch - Australian version
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brisbane Celtic survivors the last band standing. Brisbane, Australia. 2 December 2004. Bun' Ber E Celtic Bands will launch their latest CD release, Unplugged, at Dicey Reilly's, Garden City, on Sunday, 12 December 2004 at 9am. Unplugged... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:29 AM | Comments (0)

November 19, 2004

Reflections on Idol
Well, it's good to be liberated from having to watch TV at certain times ... I've just been told that Ngaiire will perform, apparently, at the finale. That's awesome and is a good reason to watch again. For the record,... More
Posted by Huge at 2:38 PM | Comments (0)

November 18, 2004

Footy season off to a flying start
Well, we've won two from two so far, but last night I had a night like I've never had. Couldn't catch a cold! At one stage I was over the line and dropped the ball; another time I was in... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:33 AM | Comments (0)
Unplugged is almost here
Cool! After much effort, argument, delay and stress, Bun' Ber E Unplugged will soon return from the factory. We're taking advance orders via PayPal here. This has been an interesting experience. Our first CD, Ceilidh, was recorded in a professional... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:23 AM | Comments (0)

November 9, 2004

Latest Events
OK, well, footy season got off to a winning start. We've decided to change to two mixed teams and no men's, which is fine by me. I don't feel fit enough to play two games, anyway. In other news, I... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:32 AM | Comments (0)
Moving on.
Well, I didn't watch Idol last night, and according to the papers, lots of others agree with me as audiences decline just when they should be growing. I read the result in this morning's paper and it only confirmed my... More
Posted by Huge at 9:21 AM | Comments (0)

November 2, 2004

New Footy Season!!
Starts Wednesday Night. We're back at Citytouch after a season at Puretouch. Had a great winter, won the comp, but the club wants to come back closer to home. This makes perfect sense, but it's a bit of a pity.... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:10 AM | Comments (1)
Over Idol
I guess you've figured out about now that I'm largely over Idol. Rather disappointed that it's not more about singing and performance, but fascinated about what, exactly, it is. Unfortunately, without more information, like exact vote counts, and without the... More
Posted by Huge at 8:05 AM | Comments (0)

October 24, 2004

Marty Fan club
Right! I give up ... There's no point in trying to pick this comp ... there's no justice to the public's voting patterns. I notice that this evening Marcia was very careful to put the Kybosh on any suggestion that... More
Posted by Huge at 9:27 PM | Comments (0)

October 17, 2004

Ricky-Lee fan club
NOTE: Since I posted this, I've had lots of comments that seem to indicate that people think this is Ricki-Lee's website (see below). It's not, and I don't know how to get in touch with her, either. Her website is... More
Posted by Huge at 8:44 PM | Comments (16)

October 10, 2004

Three more years of ...
OK, I'm officially pissed off. I made no secret of my desire for an end to John Howard's tyranny of the pathetic, and now I just hope I'm wrong. It's odd, because I, personally, might be better off with JH... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:48 AM | Comments (0)

October 3, 2004

Springsteen voting for change
Just read about the long-awaited Vote 4 Change concerts. As a long-time Springsteen fan, I've gotta confess It's no surprise to see the man stand up against what he percieves as the destuction of the America he loves. I'm no... More
Posted by Huge at 1:32 PM | Comments (0)
What are the Idols thinking???
Caught the song selections for Sunday's "own choice" show - these people are not listening to the judges' comments! An Italian hymn? George? They may be the best band in the land (I don't agree, with that, BTW) but they're... More
Posted by Huge at 12:35 PM | Comments (0)

September 27, 2004

Idol predictions
OK, well, I was right about Emilia but wrong about Marty and Casey. I'm not surprised at Marty - he's been sailing close to the wind for a few weeks. But I agree with Mark that it would have been... More
Posted by Huge at 9:23 PM | Comments (0)

September 26, 2004

Another Idol moment
A few notes on tonight's performances: Casey: A trademark powerful performance but it seemed to lack something. Went for the big note at the end and hit it big but didn't do much with it ... hmmmm ... nothing wrong,... More
Posted by Huge at 9:58 PM | Comments (0)
Footy finals
Commiserations to the Lions and Cowboys on their defeats this weekend. In the Lions' case, Port just plain wanted it more. Every time a ball was spilled and up for grabs, a Port player seemed to be the one who... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:54 PM | Comments (0)
Extremists?
ROTFL!!!! I just saw a TV ad for the Family First Party. For this mob to call the Greens "extremist" is the pot calling the kettle black. These guys are driven by the ideology of a fundamentalist Christian church (I... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:48 PM | Comments (0)

September 20, 2004

Missing Idol
Didn't manage to catch Idol last night because I went to see my parents and they watched Bradman ... also a good show. However, there seemed to be no surprises in the bottom three ... except I'm still waiting for... More
Posted by Huge at 7:47 PM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2004

Well done, the Cowboys!
To be honest, the Broncos haven't looked like a side that could win a final for about four weeks. Gordy said they were having trouble getting up for finals whe they'd already cemented third place, but that's not good enough.... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:15 PM | Comments (0)

September 16, 2004

Utterly forgettable Idols
Enough said. But the beatbox thing is interesting. I'll be watching those guys with interest.... More
Posted by Huge at 9:25 PM | Comments (0)

September 15, 2004

Best wishes, Dan
Well, I was shocked to see Dan knocked out. But I was not displeased. As I have noted before, Dan had the weakest voice and one of the weaker on-stage presences in the competition. I was sure he'd go further,... More
Posted by Huge at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

September 13, 2004

Federal Election comments
OK, I'll probably only say one thing about this election: I hope John Howard loses. The vindictive part of me wants him to lose badly and be personally humiliated by the defeat, preferrably going down in history as the worst... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:52 PM | Comments (0)

September 12, 2004

Still being Idol
Didn't post last week following the Jakarta bombing. Thought Thursday night's show was interesting, but don't have time to go into it here. Tonight I'll try to give an entrant-by-entrant critique in order - then a summary and prediction ...... More
Posted by Huge at 8:04 PM | Comments (0)

September 7, 2004

Angie fan club
Well, I was disappointed about Ngaiire, but I'm gobsmacked about Angie. I picked the other two to be in the three, and probably expected Amali to be the one to go, but Angie is just so fabulous. That said, her... More
Posted by Huge at 12:31 PM | Comments (0)

September 5, 2004

Ngaiire fan club
I'm very disappointed. Perhaps they should have reversed the wildcard selections and had 2 by popular choice. Still, the two they picked are not bad. A quick note before I watch the first final - I'm backing Dan to win.... More
Posted by Huge at 7:32 PM | Comments (11)

August 25, 2004

Interesting public releases
OK, I have heard about the ALP's "Truth Overboard" thing - it's not hard to find. Interesting catalogue of statements - I was wondering when the ALP would do this. What's even more interesting, though, is the unavailability of the... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:21 PM | Comments (0)

August 22, 2004

Tri-Nations finals
23 - 19 A couple of terrible mistakes, a couple of unlucky close calls ... some awesome Springboks pressure .... I gotta wonder, though, why the Wobblies haven' tried the short kick behind the line more often. It took an... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:12 PM | Comments (0)
Missing Idol
Next hought it would happen but ... due to a family miscalculation ... I missed the first half of Idol tonight. hence, I won't try to pick the winners. However, a quick observation is that they were all better than... More
Posted by Huge at 9:06 PM | Comments (0)

August 16, 2004

Idol moments #2
OK, so, Angeline, Liza, Amali and Daniel. I'd give myself 2.5 for that. Angie was no surprise - she was the pick of the night and will only get better with practice. Amali I picked as well, actually, I wrote... More
Posted by Huge at 9:00 PM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2004

Australian Idol, round 2
OK, I wasn't impressed at all by this lot. Lots of potential that didn't materialise. Marcia was very defensive, especially of the youngsters, and so she should be, but they really weren't as good as last week. Mark said it... More
Posted by Huge at 9:44 PM | Comments (0)

August 10, 2004

Idol moments
Well, Australian Idol has gotten serious, and I'm pleased to say that, after half-watching Sunday's show, I picked the four finalists from last night - though I got the order slightly wrong, in that I thought Ngaiire would go through... More
Posted by Huge at 4:30 PM | Comments (0)

July 29, 2004

A new job ...
Well, I'm sitting at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Qld and wondering how this happened. This morning I gave my first lecture in "Multimedia Journalism" - scary stuff. I have had to slow down a... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:03 PM | Comments (0)

July 5, 2004

Blowing out the cobwebs
Well ... had me some fun yesterday down at the local club. We had an open-slather jamm - all welcome, any style. Yesterday, I lent them my PA, played accoustic guitar, had a sing, played drums and percussion, clapped, cheered... More
Posted by Huge at 9:42 PM | Comments (1)

June 27, 2004

Where am I?
OK, now that I'm back on line, I thought I'd take stock of where I'm at. Wanted to be a lot futher advanced than I am by now, to be honest. I've recorded (to my satisaction) two first goes at... More
Posted by Huge at 9:27 PM | Comments (0)

June 22, 2004

Apologies
Sorry, I've been offline due to a technical glitch for the past few weeks. Back online now and looking forward to getting back to it!... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:38 PM | Comments (0)

May 29, 2004

Simplicity
This one took a couple of years to write. It started out as a little guitar lick one night of deep drunken depression when I was living with my brother in a crumbling house in Cadell St, Toowong - not... More
Posted by Huge at 10:59 PM | Comments (0)

May 26, 2004

It's Origin Time!!
Love it!! Go Maroons!! http://www.stateoforigin.com.au... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:53 PM | Comments (0)

May 17, 2004

We're on iTunes!
Just found Bun' Ber E's debut CD, Ceilidh, in the Apple iTunes store. What a buzz!! Awesome to see it for sale in the same space as all of my heroes! Never thought I'd see the day, and even if... More
Posted by Huge at 9:13 PM | Comments (0)

May 7, 2004

Determination
Well! This morning on the radio I heard an interview between the hosts and one of the nobody comperes from Australian Idol. They were trying to arouse interest in the upcoming Brisbane auditions. Inevitably, the question was asked why Idol... More
Posted by Huge at 9:33 PM | Comments (3)

April 28, 2004

Dancing with the Stones
This one was written by my good mate Mark Gillett, with whom I used to work at Maroochydore DSS office (now Centrelink). Not sure what inspired it but it rocks. I played it (on drums) with The Hinterland Band in... More
Posted by Huge at 9:37 PM | Comments (0)

April 22, 2004

Heart's with you (Hillbilly Lovesong)
This is a silly song that was inspired by my good mate Phil Graham. When returned in 2002 from walking the Kokoda Trail, I mentioned to Phil (by e-mail) the mountains I had climbed and complained that I had sore... More
Posted by Huge at 9:42 PM | Comments (2)

April 15, 2004

Irrelevant media coverage
Apart from me, is there any else out there who could not care less about where David Beckham did or did not have sex with anyone apart from "Posh Spice"? More
Posted by Huge at 10:14 PM | Comments (1)

April 12, 2004

Being a father
I don't go along with the line that we need to increase our population just for the sake of economic growth. There are already more than enough human souls on this planet - what we need to work on is improving the quality of life of the ones who are here. There's plenty of possibilities for economic growth in pursuing that mission. More
Posted by Huge at 12:25 PM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2004

Wanting the best for Iraq
One day the holier-than-thou leaders of ths debacle will be forced to admit that Western standards of decency and the rules of wear don't apply to a people who think they're fighting (rightly or wrongly) for their very existence. It you're struggling on that basis (or, at least, you think you are) you're going to do whatever it takes. Dying defending your home and family is better than staving to death or being brutalised along with them. More
Posted by Huge at 12:02 PM | Comments (0)

March 29, 2004

Australian Idol
On a lighter note, I was persuaded by my family to audition for Australian Idol. I went to the site to check it out and discovered that I'm too old. They didn't mention the age restrictions on the show. Glad... More
Posted by Huge at 9:15 PM | Comments (1)
The politics of right
The short summary of my position is this: I think helping the US administration to invade Iraq was a bad idea but now that we're in there we should stay until Iraq looks like it might genuinely become and remain a stable democracy. More
Posted by Huge at 9:10 PM | Comments (0)

March 13, 2004

What a week I've had!
Well, it's been one of the best weeks I've had for a long time. On Tuesday I received notice that a nice woman in Florida, USA, liked Bun' Ber E's CD enough to buy it from CDBaby. That was a... More
Posted by Huge at 11:19 AM | Comments (0)

March 9, 2004

Success of sorts
Well, we've just sold our first Bun' Ber E CD from CDBaby! Thank you to the person who bought it. Florida will never sound the same again. This is a very exciting turn of events and I hope it will... More
Posted by Huge at 8:18 PM | Comments (0)

March 5, 2004

Love me footy
Not that I haven't been here before, or that we're playing for sheep stations, but it's always exciting being close to winning something. More
Posted by Hughie at 9:51 PM | Comments (0)

March 2, 2004

That's what it's all about
The New York Times recently ran this (requires registration). It looks at the "Grey Album" and the drive to produce new art by merging the old and the new. I thought I was a bit of a no-brainer, to be... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:52 PM | Comments (1)

February 27, 2004

Serendipity and musical appreciation
I was stuck by the feeling "I love Music!" Where else could it all come together? What a wonderful, many-splendid thing we have and how precious it is. More
Posted by Huge at 4:12 PM | Comments (2)

February 14, 2004

Ahhh ... predictions.
I notice that Roy Masters has made ten predictions in his SMH column today. I don't see much reason to doubt most of them - they seem pretty sensible - but I think this year I will keep him honest.... More
Posted by Huge at 9:58 AM | Comments (0)

February 9, 2004

Lost weekends
Well, I now know what it takes to wield a jackhammer for a day and I've gotta say that anyone who can do that has my undying respect. If I never see a jackhammer again, I'll die happy. More
Posted by Hughie at 9:08 PM | Comments (0)

February 2, 2004

Reviews
Bongoes and bagpipes may seen a quantum leap, as may double time reels that suddenly drop into military marches and reggae rhythms under waltzed, but in the hands of consummate professionals, good music is always good music � it just gets better. More
Posted by Hughie at 8:42 PM | Comments (0)

January 24, 2004

(Pop) music's lack of cultural examination
Germaine Greer finally said something with which I agree. She wrote in the OZ "If your ambition is to live on Ramsay Street, where nobody has even been heard to discuss a book or a movie, let alone an international event, then Australia may be the place for you". I have to say that that's frighteningly (and unpleasantly) accurate from my limited experience. More
Posted by Huge at 10:34 AM | Comments (3)

January 21, 2004

Spam - the scourge of the Internet world ...
I wonder how long it will be before some firm sues for the cost of spam ... or some law firm takes a class action on behalf of people bombarded by the crap. More
Posted by Huge at 11:58 PM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2004

Another belated update about day jobs.
I love my day job. If I had to pick a day job to do, this one would be it. The boss is great and I get to "read and think all day" as my Angie puts it. So why would I long to give it up? More
Posted by Hughie at 9:33 PM | Comments (0)

January 7, 2004

Songwriters must get with the program, too ...
I'm glad that my efforts at this web site have been designed to oppose these "music industry" trends. I want the music associated with this site to have as diverse a source of inputs and to be distrubted as widely as possible. More
Posted by Hughie at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

January 6, 2004

Tuesday Update
OK, I've been rather busy and Angie has been using the PC with the Internet connection to do her Honours thesis research ... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:39 PM | Comments (0)

January 1, 2004

I Long for the Day
I started writing this for a bet in 1996. At the time I'd just had *another* band fall apart through no fault of mine and had move in with my then-girlfriend (now wife), Angie, quit my comfortable public service job and gone back to Uni to study journalism. More
Posted by Hughie at 10:31 AM | Comments (1)
Getting on with it
Well, so far, so good. Got the basics up and running - now trying to make it all look half-decent. More
Posted by Hughie at 10:01 AM | Comments (0)

December 31, 2003

Making a start
Well, at long last I have launched the vehicle that will enable me to live from my creative output (I hope). More
Posted by Hughie at 11:30 AM | Comments (0)
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