Episode 27 - The Sound of Young Melbourne

Melbourne has no Harbour Bridge. No Taj Mahal. No Leaning Tower.

But it does have the things which make life worth living. The world's most liveable city, sure, but cliches have to come from somewhere. For now, at least, it remains supremely livable. A legitimate question is how do another million people get absorbed into a city which has shown little flair for forward thinking sustainability in the past? For now, though, yes, livable.

Or at least in the eyes of businessmen seconded to the city, which is what The Economist measures. Yet it truly is the home of good food, good music and as much sport as you can handle. When in doubt, build a stadium.

And, good music. 

I'm a relative newcomer to the city, thirteen years in. But there's always been a vibrant music scene, and, as mentioned in the transmission, I vividly recall as a teenager using up one entire lunch break in my store walker job to hunt out The Friend Catcher by the Birthday Party. I found it in the tiny Virgin Store, dwarfed by the corporate HMV behemoth, but home to the cool elite of Coventry. Ahem.

So, here we are, with a sampler of what's bubbling up in Melbourne right now. Some amazing music here. My especial thanks go, not just to the groups concerned, but to Joanne and Luke, my co-curators. What it lacks in 64-track polish, these songs more than make up for in what makes Melbourne great (apart from the avocados, the Sherrin and the coffee beans). A passion for sound.


Fitting In Well, The Girlatones

All I Must Do, Blond Moss

Hija Comunista, Trouble Peach

Communist Daughter, Neutral Milk Hotel

Barrage, Creek

Got To Go, Sal Wonder

Breathe On Mars, Sonic Moon

Sunken World, The Tall Shores

The Friend Catcher, The Birthday Party

Bliss Born, Cope and Drag

Wategos, Doona Waves

Collider, Super Symmetric

Rockley Gardens, Closet Straights



Episode 26 - The Natural World

The very first songs were most likely about nature. A plea for the gods to be kind: to switch on the sun and bring long days of fertility once winter had abated. Green grass, flowers in the spring, lambs born in the meadows. And who knows, some lovelorn lad or lass may have sadly strummed the first wistful lament to their departed love, tending the sheep, or by the fireside in the evening.

Folk music is the bridge back to that past, and there’s a flavour of folk in this episode. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci from the Welsh valleys, Nick Drake, deep in rural Warwickshire and Fleet Foxes from the hills of Washington state all show glimpses of what might have been had that shepherd or shepherdess had access to a recording studio.

We’re in globetrotting mode elsewhere, roaming to the shores of Iceland with Mum and, not before time, Australia is well represented. Two of its finest shine, The Triffids and The Go-Betweens, the latter with maybe their finest track, Cattle and Cane, a paean to Grant McLellan’s childhood days among the canefields of Queensland. 

The episode is bookended with a couple of electronic tracks: the ambient dub of The Orb's classic Little Fluffy Clouds, and In a Beautiful Place Out In The Country from The Boards of Canada. The sinister vocoder on the latter a useful reminder that nature does not answer to humanity in the domain of The Great God Pan. Tracklist:-

Little Fluffy Clouds, The Orb

Poppies, The Teardrop Explodes 

The Crystal Lake, Grandaddy

How I long to feel that summer in my heart, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci

Cattle and cane, The Go Betweens

Raining pleasure, The Triffids

Seaweed, Mt Eerie

Passing afternoon, Iron and Wine

Even dogs in the wild, The Associates

River man, Nick Drake

Green Grass of tunnel, Mum

White winter hymnal, Fleet Foxes

In a beautiful place out in the country, Boards of Canada

Episode 25 - Silver Anniversary Special Requests Edition

25 editions, my my.

To celebrate, ‘Friends of Sombrero Fallout’ – why not join on Facebook? - were invited to request a track they liked from the first 24 shows. 

It turns out democracy has its limits however, as the politicians of western Europe are discovering to their cost. So this is a semi-curated/semi-citizen-content hybrid. Perhaps a workable model for those same politicians to consider? 


Digital, Joy Division (Kat Frame)

Ceremony, New Order (Michael Mosselmans)

Up the junction, Squeeze (Michael Mulcahey)

Eighties Fan, Camera Obscura (Kat Frame)

Dust, Parquet Courts (Josh Bulafkin)

Friends of the night, Mogwai (Ollie Wearne)

Foxy Lady, The Cure (James Shaw)

2017, Four Tet (Isabel Dupey)

Let me back in, Rilo Kiley (Ollie Wearne)

Trailer Trash, Modest Mouse (Wil de Souza)

Fall of the high school running back, Mountain Goats (Michael Mulcahey)

Dead man’s curve, Nash the Slash (Danny O’Neill)

Somewhere in Hollywood, 10cc (Adrian Langford)