Tales from Urban Dilettantia


More Heart Than Me

Music has, as ever, been a saving grace in an upsy-downy year, and so I’m sharing a few of the songs that have been stuck in my head throughout.  Some of these took quite a bit of finding, being rare/old/live, and the last one I think, is surely one of my theme songs for the year almost gone.

My Friend the Chocolate Cake – More Heart Than Me
Jeff Martin – Love The One You’re With (cover) – I don’t think a good video of this exists, so you’ll just have to go buy the album.  It’s just about my favourite love song of all time.
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wheel – rare piano version; this just breaks my heart.
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Gardener
Billy Bragg – Greetings to the New Brunette
Machine Gun Fellatio – Unsent Letter
Nick Drake – Time Has Told Me
Pendulum – Propane Nightmares
Manic Street Preachers – You Stole the Sun from My Heart
Radiohead – No Surprises
Tom Waits – The Piano Has Been Drinking
The Triffids – Tender is the Night
Tool – Wings for Marie
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Warren Zevon – Poor Poor Pitiful Me
Karnivool – Sleeping Satellite (cover)
Kaki King – Pull Me Out Alive
Amanda Palmer – In My Mind

But maybe it isn’t all that funny,
   but I’ve been fighting all my life.
   But maybe I have to think it’s funny,
   if I want to live before I die,
   and maybe it’s funniest of all, to think I’ll die before I actually see
   that I am exactly the person that I want to be.

World Magnetic

I have been in Melbourne, enjoying cocktails, the feeding of chameleons, wonderful company, fantastic food, historically significant roller-coasters and plush hotels. Oh, and checking out the bike sharing scheme – more on that to come. But for now, here are the set-lists for the Metallica shows I saw this year in Perth and Melbourne, posted for posterity:

Burswood Dome, Perth – 22 Oct 2010
That Was Just Your Life
The End Of The Line
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Fade To Black
Broken, Beat And Scarred
The Four Horsemen
Sad But True
The Unforgiven
All Nightmare Long
Master Of Puppets
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman

Breadfan (Budgie cover)
Hit The Lights
Seek & Destroy

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – 21 Nov 2010
That Was Just Your Life
Disposable Heroes
The Thing That Should Not Be
Fade To Black
Of Wolf And Man
Leper Messiah
Sad But True
The Unforgiven III
The Call of Ktulu
Master Of Puppets
Fight Fire With Fire
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman

Die, Die My Darling (The Misfits cover)
Trapped Under Ice
Seek & Destroy

I think these two pretty much speak for themselves.


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