COLONIAL VIGOR

Port outward, starboard home

Archive for South South Pacific

From the Archives [sic]: COLOURED BALLS “G.O.D.” (1973)


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Too cross-eyed by jet lag to do anything other than repost something from the old place; I just don’t have any other Australiana to hand. I urge you to watch the Youtube on the other end of the link. It remains awesome.

We weren’t in Melbourne and I didn’t see any Obvious Sharpies in Adelaide or Alice Springs but let me tell you the airport in Darwin in the middle of the night is full of people displaying similar plumage (a high tattoo-to-teeth ratio) and behavior (rapid lager consumption).

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THE KINKS “Australia” (1969)


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There’s 20 inches of snow on the ground in DC but whatever because in T minus 72 hours the wife and I will be heading for the summer. It’s 85 degrees and sunny in Adelaide as I type this.

Update: While I’m in the Antipodes blogging will be light, all 12 of you will devastated to hear.

THE TAHITIAN CHOIR “Tamaiti Hunahia” (1992)


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These Tahitians don’t quite deploy the vocal firepower I love so well in sacred harp singing but there is some crazy interlocking and overlapping shit going on here that I don’t know nearly enough about music to describe.