It’s Christmas! We have shared the family rituals, waffles on Christmas day followed by a screening of Galaxy Quest. We have finished our Christmas dinner and are about to start a DVD marathon. Bliss.
Highlights in this mix include Cat Power from her slo-core album Moon Pix recorded in Melbourne in eleven days with backing musicians Mick Turner and Jim White of the Dirty Three, True Widow with some heavier slo-core, Molly Hamiliton from Widowspeak, and Karianne from The Whines who have a similar snooty shtick with grungy guitar, Youth Castles / Sight Seeing with more 90’s grunge, Shoegaze from Seam, Flying Saucer Attack, Still Corners, Cosmicdust, and Ceremony, then Dee Dee giving it her all with Coming Down before Trevor Powers aka Youth Lagoon sings us out.
Ross Upchurch (this is not him) was from sunny Wainui Beach. He was (and hopefully still is) a laid back surfer. In the 1980’s he was studying art at Otago University. We took him skiing to Queenstown. I was there when he saw his first snow. Looking up at the Remarkables laced in snow he was overcome. “It’s just like a breaking wave” he said.
My surfing memories involve knee boarding the wild surf at Colac Bay and then struggling to build a fire so we could eat baked beans out of a can. I used to hang out at the Skating Rink at Riverton. At night they blasted loud, distorted Beach Boys tracks and lots of surf guitar into the dark.
I am sure there is a surf film in there somewhere. Here is the soundtrack.