Stay Cool Dad

Feed me with your kiss by joshglid
August 15, 2006, 11:12 pm
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I’ve been having a bit of a My Bloody Valentine moment lately, and discovered this clip/review of their first LP – Isn’t anything – on, where else, but youtube.

The reviewer calls it a “missed opportunity”, which is amusing given that their followup album, Loveless, is now hailed (according to one writer I came across recently) as being “part of the canon”.

Then again, I was listening to pro-am radio the other day (AKA FBi) and the deejay took great pains to define the term “shoegazer” and then played Ride’s Vapour Trail as an example. That’s well and good. Ride were shoegaze. Vapour Trail is a lovely song, but surely if you’re going to give an impromtu seminar on shoegaze you’d simply play something (preferably “soon” or “come in alone”) from Loveless and be done with it.


Show Me Where by Simon Sharwood
August 13, 2006, 2:36 am
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Picking up on the theme of Rainbow’s End (grown ups getting left behind by tech their kids wield without a second thought), I was chuffed to learn about, a page that lets you make your own Google Maps!

So I did! Have a look at this map and maybe you’ll consider me one spatially-enabled cool dad from now on!

I think its great that people abstract ths stuff so those of us without the nous to hack it for ourselves or the time to learn can still play. Thank you Show Me Where for showing me how!

Exposure by Simon Sharwood
July 27, 2006, 6:26 am
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I’m getting a great deal of pleasure from The Go-Betweens at the moment.

And it makes me remember the first time I saw the band: on Channel Nine’s Sunday program, at some point in the late 80s.

Sunday is a pretty highbrow affair aimed at adults. I was probably watching half out of boredom and half in anticipation of the sport shows that followed.

But the fact my introduction to the band came in such an odd place strikes me as somehow important. If my family had not been one interested in serious current affairs, I might never have encountered The Go Betweens.

I wasn’t led to water. I was exposed.

At this point I feel like I want to say I should expose the kids to everything and anything in the hope they can take away an encounter like mine that gives them such lasting pleasure.

But I cannot say it with a straight face, because I’ve been carefully NOT mentioning it might be worth watching the news this week, for fear of having to explain the middle easy conflict to a four year old.

Exposure is a good idea. Now I gotta figure out how to put it into practise …

Shared rituals by Simon Sharwood
July 24, 2006, 1:34 am
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I’ve just come back from a week in the USA, where I managed to sneak out to a baseball game in the midst of a week of training.

The game was fun, but one of the more interesting aspects was the cultural rituals associated with the game.
Of course I expected that between innings in the 7th the crowd would all sing “Take me out to the ball game.”

What I did not expect were things like the entire crowd pumping their fists and punctuating “Sweet Caroline” with hearty “Ba Ba Ba’s” at other times, or a host of other things during other songs. Kids, grannies, everyone knew them and did them.
It made me wonder why we don’t have that kind of shared, universal ritual in Australia and made me a little sad I don’t have that kind of thing to pass on to the kids.

Shouting “where’s your Labrador?” at the umpires during footy matches just isn’t quite the same and is rather more destructive and random …

On another note, my lovely wife bought me this book about The Go-Betweens for my recent birthday. I’m enjoying it a lot.

Remixing Thomas by Simon Sharwood
July 8, 2006, 7:50 am
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The boy loves Thomas the Tank Engine and friends.

But oddly, he didn’t like this.

I do, though.

Wonderful by Simon Sharwood

Check out this fabulous YouTube video of Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street.

If only the show would invite the likes on again today it would make for some great StayCoolDad moments!

re Kiddie Music by Simon Sharwood
June 23, 2006, 11:32 pm
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God, it’s been so long I forgot you can’t post a comment.

JG, very brave of you fighting on alone all these weeks. I’m sure Simon will be dark with me when he gets back from his jaunt, but hey I have my reasons …

It’s now almost a full calendar year since I bought the best of TMBG back from the states and my sprogs still love it (not for sale on iTMS, but you could get it from uh, Sanity or wherever you buy music).

In fact, they still mostly just want track 2, “Meet James Ensor”. Even after well over a hundred listens. Boy, they really latch onto things those sprogs … There’s an acoustic version of this track on the latest TMBG podcast.

Lately we’ve been having fun with track 26 “Dr. Evil” where I theatrically stomp around after them like Nosferatu and they squeal and collide with things in their panic to get away. (Like it how I casually put FW Murnau and Austen Powers in the same sentence? I mightn’t post often, but they pack a wallop!)

And if you have girls, nothing beats dance of the sugar plum fairies and a couple of $5 tutus.