RRR's Trip magazine for it's loyal subscribers is going to do a section on the Last Laugh Theatre written by the man who started it all - John Pinder. Check it out if you can...and speaking of music:
I've had three albums on high rotation at the moment -
Koop - Koop Islands. Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simmonson aka Koop are a wonderful cross dressing Swedish duo who a class act when it comes to spiffy electro jazz. Koop Islands features singers Ann Brun, Yukimi Nagano, Earl Zinger and Mikael Sundin and is eclectic as it is electric. Here's their MySpace page which has some sublime tracks for your listening pleasure and a great video to boot.
Brazilian Girls - Brazilian Girls. I can't tell you how much this album rocks my world. It's got everything. A beautiful lead singer who speaks 5 languages, hypnotic bass lines, wry tongue in cheek lyrics, catchy pop snags, Brechtian trousers, a chorus that you can't play to your kids (no darling, it's about a Persian king's Pet cat...Pussy, pussy, pussy Maharajah...) Get it today and you too can have that smug self satisfied look of someone who knows, baby...who knows...
BG: vocals: Sabina Sciubba, keyboards: Didi Gutman, bass: Jesse Murphy, drums: Aaron Johnston
Yann Tiersen - Black Sessions (slightly disappointed that it wasn't self titled in keeping with the others). You know Yann - he did the music for Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulaina yeah? This was a live music broadcast at a French radio station in 1992 and features him playing an assortment of instruments including a toy piano and includes guest appearances from Domenique A, Bertrand Cantat of Noir Desir, Les Tetes Raides, The Married Monk and Neil Hannon of Divine Comedy. Great stuff.
Last week I went and saw La Clique at the Spiegeltent. I had an permanent erection for a day afterwards (apologies for the terrible mental image). It’s a great, great, funny, sexy show with a dozen or so fabulous acts all tumbling out one after the other. I’m not gay but - by god - David O’Mer in the bathtub is one of the most sensual things I have ever seen. The whole show is like stepping into Woody Allen's Orgasmatron.
BubbleGum Card courtesy of BubbleGumFink - this guy is amazing - go now and check out his blog.
Theatresports Semi Finals are on this weekend and we got a nice rave in the Age (I was in this History replay scene which was satisfying) and they used my image from the flyer - yay!
Tonight I'm off to see The Time Is Not Yet Ripe - a great new/old piece of theatre directed by Jane Woollard who I did the squid play with... here's the guff:
The Time Is Not Yet Ripe
by Louis Esson
15 - 25 November, Wed-Sat 8pm (except Fri 24th at 8:30pm)
Venue: Studio One at Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote (enter via laneway off Westbourne Grove)
Bookings: 9481 9500 $20/$10 concSee you.