I’m interrupting Knitting and Crochet Blog Week to continue with my usual Wednesday blog series, Stuck In My Head.
I’ve been blogging for as long as I can remember, and in every one there was always music. Music is such a constant in my life. CDs take up more space in my house than yarn (true fact), and its very rare for my ticket wallet to be empty.
So my Stuck In My Head project started as a way to try out my music journalist skills (turns out I have none), and has developed into choosing a song (or two) to represent each week of the year.
At the end of the year I have a nostalgic playlist which takes me down memory lane revisiting bands I’ve seen, conversations I’ve had, or what mood I was in that week.
If you follow me on twitter you’ll know that Sunday was In The Pines, Perth’s local music festival. Set at the gorgeous Somerville Auditorium, this year celebrated 20 years of In The Pines with a great lineup looking back on the past 20 years of Perth’s local music scene.
The line up included some bands who reformed just for the occasion as well as some new favourites. I walked away with 2 CDs which is always a good sign.
Our local community radio station RTRfm puts on the event, which I went to for the first time last year and had a blast.
So Timothy Nelson & The Infidels were one of the bands where, as soon as this song played I had that ‘aha’ moment. It seems like this song had been following me around for 2 weeks before In The Pines and now I finally know who it’s by.
It certainly tested my ability to knit and dance at the same time.
Sometimes the best music is sititng undiscovered in your own city.
How I haven’t heard Elk Bell before is a mystery. But this is why community and local radio is so important.
I don’t listen often enough (mostly because it ends up costing me a fortune in buying new music), but every time I do I hear something different.
Elk Bell is one of those enchanting voices, which I haven’t been able to forget.
Nothing says ‘summer is coming’ quite like Skipping Girl Vinegar.
Their first album was chock full of rocking, sing along, folk songs which always make me smile.
As well as having the cutest band name story, giving out baked goods at their live shows, and being really awesome people to hang with after shows, they’ve done what I think is the way forward for independent bands.
Which is a way for people like me to ensure that their money actually goes to the band.
With more and more people downloading, streaming, and even buying CDs, I’m always looking to make sure that I support local Aussie bands. I always try to go to shows, buy merch, and I always subscribe to my very awesome local independent radio station. (They have a live stream so check it out. )
Skipping Girl Vinegar take it one step further by asking for pledges to fund upcoming trips, recording sessions, and basically ensure that they can keep making quality music.
I think this is the way of the future and Skipping Girl Vinegar are leading the way.
Plus their film clips are always gorgeous and they sent a monkey into space.