Travelin’ music from the Land Down Under

Last Sunday, we were invited by good friends to a backyard south of Decatur for an informal potluck/concert. We had 50 or 60 people, a deep-fried turkey or two, a good supply of beer and a guitar player from Australia by the name of Geoff Achison, taking a break from his American tour to play a one-man impromptu concert for us.

Sitting in folding chairs in the heat of a Georgia afternoon, sipping cold beer and listening to live music made for a great way to wind down the weekend. The cops even showed up, which made it an official party.

Achison is a great guitarist out of the Duane Allman blues-rock tradition. If you like the cut below, he’s playing tomorrow night at the Sautee Nacoochee Center north of Helen with Randall Bramblett, and at Shorty’s Pizza in Tucker on Sunday. For a guy who talks funny, he sure has this American music down.

– Jay Bookman

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Logical Dude

June 24th, 2011
3:48 pm

The cops even showed up, which made it an official party.

“Papers please!” ?

;)

Normal

June 24th, 2011
3:50 pm

Well,
off to take Mom out to dinner…have a great night all y’all…

If it’s music from down under, do you have to turn your guitars up-side-down?

Logical Dude

June 24th, 2011
3:52 pm

I’m glad to see the music today, the previous thread about Republicans driving the country out of control was kinda gettin me down.

It’s fun to e there when the cops show up, especially if a whole bunch of people suddenly disappear into the neighborhood. (well, for the younger crowd who may be streatching the drinking age). “No Officer, this isn’t MY BEER. Jay asked me to hold it for him. No, I don’t know which way he went. I thought he was just checking out the back yard.”

Peadawg

June 24th, 2011
3:52 pm

Wow…very nice, Jay. Very nice.

I may have to give him a listen on youtube…

Peadawg

June 24th, 2011
3:54 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMGHmUnYZEE

Geoff Achison does Whipping Post – LIVE

Not a bad cover at all.

Bosch

June 24th, 2011
3:56 pm

Yeap, it’s not a party until the cops come — and we always offered them a beer.

josef

June 24th, 2011
3:59 pm

Hanging out with the folks from Down Under were ye? The cops? Oh, they got you in youtube…

.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DJC-ECU8IE

ByteMe

June 24th, 2011
4:00 pm

The singing comes at the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKunEn9VUrw

RIP, Peter.

josef

June 24th, 2011
4:00 pm

ooops…I see Imam was controlling my keyboard…lemme try that again…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DJC-ECU8IE

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
4:03 pm

In honor of the monkey, I nominate the “If you like Pina Coladas, let’s plan our escape” song.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

June 24th, 2011
4:04 pm

Well, Columbo’s dead and I don’t feel so good myself. I never could figure out how he figured out who the killer was. No music to me tonight. I think I’ll just drown my sorrows at Billy Bob’s.

jewcowboy

June 24th, 2011
4:09 pm

In honor of those down under:

http://youtu.be/CTN5n1hBYl4

Message from Matti

June 24th, 2011
4:15 pm

Mr. Bookman,

Will you be at “JJ” tomorrow night? I’d love to say hello.

Jay

June 24th, 2011
4:16 pm

Yeah, he did Whipping Post Sunday, Peadawg. Excellent. I don’t play guitar, but that seems to me a particularly difficult song to get right.

And Josef, that’s hilarious. It would bring a smile to the face of anyone but Scout, and even he might have to fight one back.

jewcowboy

June 24th, 2011
4:17 pm

Here is a song for Mr. Cantor:

http://youtu.be/bb6cBKE3WzQ

Jay

June 24th, 2011
4:18 pm

No, Matti. Never been. I tend to stay away from partisan events like that.

godless heathen

June 24th, 2011
4:19 pm

Hear ya’ll got a monkey on the lamb up in the Big A.

http://youtu.be/zbYNxuOYzhw

Message from Matti

June 24th, 2011
4:26 pm

Mr. Bookman,

I go because I get to meet and listen to some interesting people, not specifically to drink any sort of kool aid. Because of your job, you probably meet more of these people than you want to!

Nice tune! Smoove tones. Thanks for sharing.

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
4:34 pm

Monkey, if you are reading this, meet me tonite at Manuel’s Tavern. I’ll buy you a banana daquari and give you a long form birth certificate. Maybe you can be President one day.

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
4:35 pm

Yep, that’s one kickin’ Aussie.

And that axe of his one I don’t recognize; might be a custom job…

For all the Yerkes folks and their missing two year old rhesus…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z2s4xOQi-c

josef

June 24th, 2011
4:37 pm

okay, Friday, Down Under and memories of youth gone by?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBJLoYd8xak

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
4:40 pm

Was that monkey born at Yerkes or Kenya?

carlosgvv

June 24th, 2011
4:40 pm

When the cops showed up, did you tell them you want to keep all the millions of illegals here and not deport them? Or, did you wimp out and say “why don’t you cops do you job and get rid of all those illegals? Or, did you just keep quiet and hope they didn’t know who you were?

THE TRUTH

June 24th, 2011
4:40 pm

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
4:34 pm
THAT MONKEY COULD NOT DO ANY WORSE THAN THE IDIOT NOW.

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
4:43 pm

If they see that monkey driving, can the Police pull her over, or would that be ‘profiling’?

Escaped She-Monkey

June 24th, 2011
4:43 pm

Hi! Are there any messages for me?

THE TRUTH

June 24th, 2011
4:44 pm

I know most Libs have brains like momkeys, you don’t suppose the run away monkey is a liberal do you.

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
4:46 pm

In that Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds vein, an 80’s Aussie pop band that had some nice stuff…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXArBZItqGc

THE TRUTH

June 24th, 2011
4:47 pm

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
4:43 pm
The police can only pull the monkey over if it is breaking a law, we would not want the ACLU filing a suit against the police for profiling.

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
4:48 pm

She Monkey, you look like a real swinger, come here often?

Peadawg

June 24th, 2011
4:48 pm

” I don’t play guitar, but that seems to me a particularly difficult song to get right.

Judging from Guitar Hero…I’d say so.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_00hOoZndA

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
4:49 pm

She Monkey, that IS a banana in my pocket, AND I am glad to see you.

THE TRUTH

June 24th, 2011
4:50 pm

I can imagine Al Sharpton protesting the police, accusing them of being racist for harrassing the monkey driving down the street.

THE TRUTH

June 24th, 2011
4:52 pm

How do you catch a monkey ? Go to a swinging joint.

josef

June 24th, 2011
4:53 pm

Just in from Yerkes from the Rhesus Liberation Front…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJKwSJdVNsY&feature=related

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
4:54 pm

She Monkey to husband……….Honey, does this dark fur make my butt look big and red?

Brad Steel

June 24th, 2011
4:54 pm

Here’s is another Aussie guitarist worth listening to. To his own admission, he is a Chet Atkins acolyte.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQJ1k2HMoRU&feature=related

Joe Mama

June 24th, 2011
4:57 pm

Bada — “She Monkey to husband……….Honey, does this dark fur make my butt look big and red?”

I saw this hilarious LOLPIC once — it was a picture of a red-butted ape from behind, and the caption said “I (HEART) U.”

But instead of the “(HEART)”, there was just the monkey’s red behind all pointed at the viewer, right where the “(HEART)” should have been.

Guess that monkey was showing the photographer what he thought of him. :D

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
4:58 pm

She Monkey to friend……Have you ever seen a human baby, they are so cute? They almost look Simian.

pogo

June 24th, 2011
4:59 pm

josef

June 24th, 2011
5:00 pm

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
5:03 pm

If I was that monkey, I would head straight to Little 5 Points. No one would even notice it.

godless heathen

June 24th, 2011
5:05 pm

10,000 monkeys walk into a bar and order beers.

The bartender says, “We don’t get that many monkeys in here.”

godless heathen

June 24th, 2011
5:07 pm

This just in: Escaped monkee seen on the way to Habersham County.

http://youtu.be/1KSHyXGy6XA

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
5:07 pm

50 probationers, a monkey, and Jay Bookman walk into a bar. Stop me if you have heard this ………………

josef

June 24th, 2011
5:08 pm

godless heathen

June 24th, 2011
5:11 pm

Ahhh josef… Men at Work and the Buckhead Bar scene in the 80’s. Those were the days.

josef

June 24th, 2011
5:18 pm

heathen

A tip of the beret…I couldn’t hook it…great job!

josef

June 24th, 2011
5:20 pm

scout, del and usmc

Better leave her alone…she ain’t fond of Marines… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7cXffLxwiA

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
5:26 pm

Country songs for Monkeys
“You don’t sling poop no more”
“If this tire swing’s arockin, don’t come aknockin”

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
5:27 pm

Brad, very impressive.

Whenever I see someone playing a Martin, I sit up and take notice. Some of the very sweetest instruments ever made.

Yessiree, pogo, NO homage to Aussie rock is complete without that band.

I remember in 1980 the first time I heard You Shook Me All Night Long, I thought, well, rock and roll is certainly wounded, but it damn sure ain’t dead!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQHZ7nvBSLY

oldguy

June 24th, 2011
5:28 pm

Oh Jay,
you are so cruel!
I read your subject line and got my hopes up that you were moving to Australia!!
Now I find out you were only going to Decatur!
Just keep in mind: Australia needs you!!!
They have a minority problem (Abs), no guns except for the criminals, rivers full of hungry crocks and a beach situation where you can choose between killer box jellyfish or a varity of man eating sharks and deadly sea snakes with no known antivenom.
Pretty Please?!? With cream on top !! They are desperate for SuperLibs!!

pogo

June 24th, 2011
5:29 pm

Yerkes research monkey. Hmmm. Hope it isn’t carrying some weird zombie virus. Of course if it did happen to go into a bar and infect the patrons, it would be hard to tell the infected ones from the fried ones. Blood tests would be in order (unless of course there were those that were chewing on somebody’s forearm, which still would not be a totally reliable indicator).

Soothsayer

June 24th, 2011
5:30 pm

The sky is very dark to our north and west here. Looks like another good storm tonight.

oldguy

June 24th, 2011
5:31 pm

Actually Jay, without you I would have to find some other way to get my blood pumping!!!
So stay.

Jay

June 24th, 2011
5:32 pm

I appreciate the offer, oldguy, but my missionary work here has yet to be completed. :>)

pogo

June 24th, 2011
5:36 pm

Excellent Amvet. The Who were nothing fancy, but they were great. They were working class. Townshend’s song-writing was brilliant (weird, but brilliant). Plus they were very, very loud but yet the distortion did not take away from the obvious talent of the all members of the band. “Live at Leeds” has to be one of the best rock albums ever done by anybody. Just bloody incredible.

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
5:38 pm

pogo, @ 5:29, LOL.

I’m glad I’m an old fart now (relatively speaking of course) and no longer hang out in gin-soaked dives!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfRPwvI70cg

(And I actually wore out that Live at Leeds cassette to the point it started falling apart…)

oldguy

June 24th, 2011
5:39 pm

p.s.
Their Fosters is good also, and it comes in extra large cans so you can tell the highway patrolman (but sir, I only had one!) >)

getalife

June 24th, 2011
5:41 pm

pogo

June 24th, 2011
5:45 pm

Don’t worry oldguy, Jay isn’t going anywhere until Cynthia Tucker gives him his marching orders! (}:>)

And Amvet, Silverchair deserves at least a small mention. While their music often seemed to be an attempt to capitalize on whatever was “in” at the time (which for them was grunge), there were signs of some serious talent.

Message from Matti

June 24th, 2011
5:48 pm

I’ll see your down under, and raise you one slow and easy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW4LQN1Bx1Q

josef

June 24th, 2011
5:50 pm

Well, it’s worth a try if you get caught..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTbqegXF8jQ

SOUTHERN ATL

June 24th, 2011
5:51 pm

oldguy

June 24th, 2011
5:55 pm

Jay,
I’ll raise the Anti (is that spelled correct?)
They have good looking women…..and….LOTS of nude beaches!!!
Not tempted yet??? >)

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
6:00 pm

Oldguy, you ain’t foolin’ no one. Your bark is worse than your bite. (grin)

Since we’re on kind of a heavy kick now, a great, albeit very obscure, Welsh band.

From late in their career (1981) this rock and roll doozie…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgM-sf0sF5k&feature=related

josef

June 24th, 2011
6:04 pm

Let’s not forget, now, the Aussies are well-educated members of Western Civilization..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQycQ8DABvc&feature=related

Joe Mama

June 24th, 2011
6:08 pm

And those fine fellers can DRINK, Josef.

josef

June 24th, 2011
6:11 pm

on a more serious note from Down Under…sung by the writer, Scots born, but Aussie raised…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG48Ftsr3OI

BADA BING

June 24th, 2011
6:13 pm

Monkey’s favorite country song………” Don’t be a cryin when you simian the arms of another man”.

oldguy

June 24th, 2011
6:17 pm

Thanks AmVet,
Great rip! Takes me back to the 70s!!
Must be my Welch side!! >)

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
6:23 pm

josef, mind if I call ya Bruce?

BADA, it so King Kong now, it is not *the* monkey, it’s just monkey. Primitive but beautiful.

I smell rain in the distance…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_4E5LTSsvg

josef

June 24th, 2011
6:25 pm

josef

June 24th, 2011
6:29 pm

ZamVet

It’s already started here…sounds rumbly…

It’s hot enough to boil a monkey’s bum and no poufters..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f_p0CgPeyA

Joe Mama

June 24th, 2011
6:30 pm

Rumbling and blinky power in Sandy Springs just now.

Mighty Righty

June 24th, 2011
6:35 pm

The cops heard Jay was there. They were looking for weed.

josef

June 24th, 2011
6:41 pm

She may be on the way to New Jersey…hear she’s got relatives up that way….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReQsRgQXgQY&playnext=1&list=PLB37434D59CE068FA

josef

June 24th, 2011
6:46 pm

reports from Cajun Country say she was seen over at getalife’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2q-78L1Ypk&feature=related

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
6:50 pm

jo, that TW stuff was some of the very best of its time, wasn’t it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ89HHSq9b8&feature=related

Soothsayer

June 24th, 2011
7:12 pm

josef

June 24th, 2011
7:13 pm

josef

June 24th, 2011
7:21 pm

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
7:23 pm

Soothsayer, you read my mind. I love it when that happens.

For the ladies…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PhCbxDzALA&feature=fvsr

Roybama

June 24th, 2011
7:28 pm

Hey guys, there’s this thing called MySpace. You can post a blog with links to music and videos and people can post comments. You can even play games with each other and share pictures with each other. Check it out.

wet wiccan

June 24th, 2011
7:32 pm

My contribution for Monkey Night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjgwRBHu6rw

(Does he really say “I’m a cold Italian pizza” ???)

josef

June 24th, 2011
7:32 pm

Okay ZamVet…
She’s a MOT! She’s making Aliyah as we speak…
(warning language may be offensive to some…)

:-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6mGtAYG5l8

Bruno

June 24th, 2011
7:33 pm

Howdy gang. I didn’t see anyone mention this Aussie band. Not one of my personal favorites, but they had a few hits. Sadly, the lead singer committed suicide a few years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANTNVK6mdrE

Smeat

June 24th, 2011
7:42 pm

Wife took the kids to her mom’s house. I have the place to myself. Ahhhhhh.

Then the power went out.

iPhone4 on Hotspot blue toothed to the iPad2 and i can blog by candlelight with Sam Adams.

I haven’t listened to the music posted yet but if the theme is Australia then I must post these two

http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=TziyOcb96q0

http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=vnSegu4A5Uc

Bruno

June 24th, 2011
7:51 pm

As for the monkey theme, AmVet came through with a nice one from Peter Gabriel, then wet wiccan knocked it out of the park @ 7:32.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KSHyXGy6XA

stands for decibels

June 24th, 2011
7:54 pm

evenin’.

This Aussie Geoff fella, he can play a little, can’t he?

Smeat

June 24th, 2011
7:57 pm

Fluck… Power is back and my wireless router is AFU.

Soon we won’t need the wire from a cable company. This hotspot thang is the future.

Cable and Sat Dish companies are making the same mistake newspapers made 15 years ago.

Wireless internet and a la carte video channels, movies and other content will be the norm in 5 years.

Somebody soon will offer custom TV, Net, Bandwidth. You pay only for what YOU, the consumer, want. That somebody will be a zillionaire almost overnight.

NET NEUTRALITY IS EVIL !!!!!

stands for decibels

June 24th, 2011
7:58 pm

I already linkeed the Feelies’ cover of “Everybody’s got something to hide (’cept for me and my monkey)” last week, so I guess I got nothin’ for the monkey subthread.

except this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi4MOA_1MYA

stands for decibels

June 24th, 2011
7:59 pm

Smeat, WTF are you worried about? the fix is in. Net neutrality ain’t happening. Your corporate overlords will be “free” to crush upstarts.

sheesh.

Dave R.

June 24th, 2011
8:04 pm

I feel as if I’ve created some monster with this Yerkes Primate Center thing – good!

Here’s my simian contribution for the weekend:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmTmvBzNFY4

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
8:06 pm

wiccan, one of their best.

Regarding that second 7:32, If not so vulgar, Ed Sullivan would be proud!

Dude, is Heather Nova related to Aldo Nova?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viFZHh1PDFE

Smeat

June 24th, 2011
8:11 pm

decibels,

Huh? Congress has already decided NN is not to be, but the Obama administration directed the FCC is disregard their legislation and move forward anyway under the guise of providing high-speed Internet to rural and low income locations. ie – Obama is trying to force ISPs to wire areas where they will lose money. The infrastructure that private companies built with their private money doesn’t belong to Uncle Sam… The ISPs are right absolutley right to tell the government to go to hell.

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
8:18 pm

They were going ape over that nice boogie woogie, Dave.

Smeag, howzit hangin’?

Don’t fret. Uncle Sam pretty much gives them what they want, because he needs them when he wants to spy on you. And what the higgety? You know the deal here on Friday night. Lay some tunes or bug out! (grin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB9tqgdCt5I

Smeat

June 24th, 2011
8:22 pm

Fair nuff Vet

I posted AC/DC earlier but how ’bout sumthina little more different… ?

http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=Jk1nw4Uoxig

josef

June 24th, 2011
8:31 pm

DAVE

That was funny as sh*t! :-)

ZamVet
Some Costa Rican Nova for ya….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pumthUVlio

wet wiccan

June 24th, 2011
8:37 pm

AmVet

Back at your 8:18

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdBnNzQz67A&feature=related

Bruno – I still haven’t gotten over those Rebel Sons videos you posted last week! (smile)