Chapter Ray Forthcoming EP

Been listening to a pre-release copy of Chapter Ray’s latest EP. Sounds really big – the boys have laid down an excellent follow-up to last year’s debut. Drummer Mick Brown who’s been working on the new venue (he’s also a builder extraordinare) gave me the CD on Sunday. They’ve been spending a lot of time and effort over the past months, recording, mixing, agonising & mastering. Look out for it when they launch (we’ll also let you know here when it drops).

Chapter Ray Recording
Chapter Ray, guitarist Brendan Young in studio, recording forthcoming EP (pic from Facebook).

In the mean time, Chapter Ray are playing plenty of shows around Melbourne. Check their Facebook in the build up to launch time.

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Bulldogs Shock Win

They did it again in a thriller – the Bulldogs shock win against the Swans in Sydney on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Both sides throwing everything at it, the Dogs lead at every change. Then a late charge by Sydney saw them wrestle back the lead with minutes to spare. But the Bulldogs found something in the heavy wet conditions, a spectacular mid-air volley by Easton Wood on the goal line to take back the lead by 4 points. The upset of this season so far, unbelievably, the Dogs sit 3rd on the ladder after round 5 – a situation nobody, even their fans, thought possible.

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Three High Acrobatics – Rue

As you might know, I’ve been working bar shifts at Collingwood Spiegeltent. Been a few months now. Valuable experience for a guy building his own bar, who never actually worked behind one. Anyway, doing 3 Spiegeltent shifts in a row this week for circus troop Three High Acrobatics & their latest show called Rue. Really enjoyed last night. Spectacular stuff, set to celtic punk tunes, played loud. Rock & roll circus at it’s finest. 2 shows to go – tonight and tomorrow night. Tix still available if you’re inclined.

As for yesterday’s ‘demolition report’ – just finished, off to Officeworks to print, then council to submit. Fingers crossed.

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Red Tape #4

Delivered a 40 page document to council today, outlining who lived here & how the building has been used for the past 15 years. All part of info required by bureaucracy so we can change the use of the building to what will eventually be a live performance space. Was told at the planning counter, council still needs a ‘demolition report’. I said “but there’ll be no demolition. We’re building things in – not tearing stuff down”. Apparently, if you change a sink in a toilet, removal of the old sink classifies as ‘demolition’. So now, we need to write a report, outlining the ‘demolition’ of an old sink. If you cut a small hole in a roof to insert a roof vent, the little circle of tin being removed classifies as, you guessed it, ‘demolition’. F#ck me.

Richmond Town Hall
Richmond Town Hall, council headquarters.

Playing the game…
More red-tape news soon, no doubt.

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Red Tape #3

Back to the State Library this week & the Vic Electoral Commission. Spent most of Monday researching the identity of previous tenants in our building. As mentioned, need to prove someone was living here prior to us (names, dates etc), as part of submission to council to change the ‘use’ of the building. They need to know the building has been partially and continually residential (for 15 years with no break) – so we can keep living here, and in turn, change said ‘use’ to a live music & performance venue. It’s tricky & hopelessly bureaucratic – but a game we’re stuck playing for now.

State Library 2
State Library Melbourne.

Pretty much found all the info we need. Documenting & hoping to present to council later today. First round of plans already there & scrutinised. More ‘exciting’ news soon, as we work the red tape.

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Dogs Maul Crows

Video highlights from Sunday night – Bulldogs vs Adelaide. It was a beautiful thing.

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AFL On It’s Head

Big weekend of football done. Highlights video of the Bulldogs/Crows game not available yet – the biggest upset of Round 4, the Dogs absolutely thumping  the comp’s top side Adelaide. Unbelievably, Western Bulldogs were a whopping 75 points up at 3-quarter-time. In lieu of said footage, it was great to see Melbourne (who’ve been struggling for a decade now) get up & comfortably beat hot favourites Richmond. More on the Dogs game later…

The comp’s now wide open after this weekend – It’s been a stunning 4 weeks. Plenty of signs hot-favourite sides are not so hot, and promising signs for teams who’ve been down & out in recent years, like Melbourne & The Dogs.

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ANZAC Day, Frontier Wars

ANZAC day tomorrow & the hundredth anniversary of the Gallipoli landing & subsequent slaughter. A time to remember Australians who have fought and died at war.

The Australian frontier wars were a series of conflicts that were fought between Indigenous Australians and European settlers that spanned a total of 146 years. The first fighting took place several months after the landing of the First Fleet in 26 January 1788 and the last clashes occurred as late as 1934.[citation needed]

Frontier Wars
Mounted police engaging Indigenous Australians during the Slaughterhouse Creek Massacre of 1838.

The most common estimates of fatalities in the fighting are at least 20,000 Indigenous Australians and between 2,000 and 2,500 Europeans. However, recent scholarship on the frontier wars in what is now the state of Queensland indicates that Indigenous fatalities may have been significantly higher. Indeed, while battles and massacres occurred in a number of locations across Australia, they were particularly bloody in Queensland, owing to its comparatively larger pre-contact Indigenous population. (Read more)

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Alpine, Foolish

Really liking this song ‘Foolish‘ by Melbourne band, Alpine. Been hearing it for about a month now – single release from their forthcoming 2nd album, Yuck (set to drop 12th June). Great production & songwriting. Happy pop sound with an indie edge, dreamy vocals & catchy as hell. Said in an interview, they were going for a slightly Austin Powers vibe…

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Red Tape Item #2

New Venue Update: Well into the process, dealing with local council & associated rules and regulations. This week, a new obstacle – they want a ‘demolition plan’, which we don’t have. And we don’t have one because… there will be no demolition. We’re fitting out a venue, not pulling the building down. Apparently we need to write a document explaining why demolition is not required (again) & requesting an exemption from providing said ‘demolition plan’. Stay tuned for more red tape.

Demolition Plan

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