Sunday, 4 February 2018

THE GRAHAMS (BROWN AND DAWSON) TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE 'PARADISO'

Look at these guys will ya?  Look like they're having a good time?  They are. They love livin' down  here on the Sapphire Coast and they dig hangin' out in The Shed.

So much so that all the songs Graham has written for PBGB are either about The Shed............ 'Forgot My Words' and 'Georgie' , or about our fabulous beaches......... 'Bar Beach Groove'.  All those songs are right here on our blog. Look 'em up and have a listen.

Graham's latest offering, 'Paradiso' is also about our little piece of paradise on the beautiful Sapphire Coast. He brought the lyrics in and sort of hummed it. Being a percussionist, Graham loves Latin feels, so we got the picture and put a little bit of beachside sway  behind his lyrics.

Dawson, with his uke and his general all 'round South Pacific laid back vibe, was the obvious choice for vocals.

What a team!  All you need is a couple of cocktails, you know those ones with  the parasols sticking out, a deck chair and some sunscreen to join them in their delight of our little piece of Paradiso.

Join the soiree by clicking  HERE  for a listen

Graham Brown                wrote Paradiso and played Percussion
Dawson Graham             sang and played Ukulele
Steve Faggotter               played the Guitar
Mick Nadin                      played the Harp and Melodica
Louise Nadin                   played Bass
Pete played                      played Drums
Neil Porter                       produced the song for us

Thursday, 18 January 2018

MICK NADIN WARNS..............BEWARE OF MR. FIXIT !

Mick originally set his lyrics for Mr Fixit as a story about a handyman.......you know, that friendly guy who comes in to do the odd job about the house. But while he was running the lyrics around his head Chris Ralfs strolled into The Shed and laid down a heavy hittin' bass line........... no particular context, just Ralfin' around. Chris does that.

Mick loved Chris's riff, and figured he might put two and two together. Suddenly the mild mannered tradey became a rather nasty, not to be crossed, ugly piece of work ...........a handy man with a gun !  A man with a serious nature.   Proud of his workmanship........ indeed !

A song about a dude like that has to pump, no doubt about that ay, so we dialled up  some gritty settings and off we went.

We recorded the basic track, added a bit of this and a layer of that. Neil took it home for a twiddle, and THIS is what came out.

Of course we of The Shed have no issues with the good folk of Frankston........... love 'em...............but we do have a cautionary warning...... ............'if you happen to be hanging out down Frankston way and you come across a nasty looking codger knocking back Whisky Sours, just nod politely and quickly move on...........nothing to see here thank you !!



Mick Nadin wrote and sang the lyrics
Chris Ralfs came up with the bass riff but he wasn't there when we turned on the recorder, so
Louise Nadin played the bass
Manny Aigner played the guitar (s)
Graham Brown shook the tambourine
Pete played the drums
Neil produced the track

Monday, 1 January 2018

MANNY AIGNER'S 'BUT MOSTLY'


Manny's been at it again. Thing is, he's versatile. So, a cuppla weeks back, when just Manny, Mick and Pete were hanging in The Shed, we figured what the hell, no matter, the three of us could probably do something useful.

As it happened, a week before, we had been foolin' about with Manny's 'But Mostly'. We liked it, and thought we'd give it a shot.

What with Manny being able to handle the guitar, bass and vocals, we figured the three of us could put it together layer by layer.

So we turned on the recorder and laid down a scratch take with Manny on rhythm guitar and vocals, Mick on harp, and Pete on drums. Then we added Manny on bass. Then we added Manny on lead. Pete wanted to re-do his drum track, so he did, and that was about that. Top to bottom in less than three hours. Great fun !!

Manny wrote But Mostly inspired by the idea that every situation we find ourselves can be viewed as an opportunity to learn. Manny believes everything is transitory - being rich, being poor, being famous, being healthy, being sick.............it's only the way that we view such life experiences that give them real meaning. He believes it behoves us to learn from everything we go through. 

Manny sees negative emotions like blame, jealousy, and vengeance, as wasteful responses to life's experiences. For Manny, such emotions are peripheral.......... they shift our focus away from what are really opportunities to grow into a better person.

As Manny sings..................."But mostly you've got nothin' honey, if you don't learn from it all "

It's a great song thanks Manny and we are very pleased to add it to the PBGB oeuvre. More of those please sir !!

Manny wrote it, sang it and played the guitar and bass
Mick played the harp
Pete drummed

We sent it up to Neil who did a great job of tying it all together.


Have a LISTEN.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

MICK NADIN NEEDS TO KNOW...... 'WHO DO WE BLAME?'

General Mikey and his Harp Arsenal
Mick pretty much takes care of what leads go in where, and which knobs to twiddle, on the Shed's recording set-up and PA.

'While back he fired everything up for a Sesh ...... nothing worked. Big Blank. Oh dear !

Mick was perplexed, and maybe a bit concerned that he might have done something wrong and blown up the whole shebang.

We managed to get it sorted............we'd pressed an Up-Date button and didn't realise we had to re-set the audio gizmo ( or something ).

Mick was righteously relieved. Not his fault. Settle down and have a beer Mick.

Not long after, he turned up with a song called 'Who Do we Blame?', and encouraged us to  'rassle up a bit of reggae riddumming.

It was fun tackling that weird back to front reggae feel.  But good fun thanks Mick.

Anyway, THIS is what came out.

Relax Mick, it's all good............. Ya didn't do it.

Mick Nadin wrote the song, sang it and harped on
Louise Nadin played da riddum guitar
Chris Ralfs da bass
Graham Brown hit all sorts of things
Peter Reid played upside down drums
Kerry Hynes chimed in with 'Such a Shame'
Neil Porter mixed it all down and did his Production thing.

Hope ya like it !

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

MANNY AIGNER SOLOS ON HIS 'MADLY DEEPLY'

Manny has been a very welcome Shedder for a couple of months now. He recently moved down to Pambula from Jindabyne and was looking for some like minded souls to play music with. It was while he was playing at the Candelo Blues Club that somebody, maybe Brother John Drews, suggested he get in touch with PBGB.

Well he did, and we invited him along to check out the Shed scene.  Much to our delight he seems comfortable in The Shed, and has settled in as a regular. Fab!  Suits us just fine!

Manny is a great guy who plays tasty acoustic and electric guitar, sings, can handle the bass, and writes the odd song. He's a professional music teacher to boot, so he knows his stuff, and that comes in handy in The Shed as well.........we do, after all,  have plenty more to learn.

Manny has already made his PBGB Blog debut ................ check out his groovy guitar lines on Mick's 'A Dream' and Jock and Yarni's 'Mama Told Me So'.

We were, however, keen to feature Manny shining in his own light. We knew he had a few originals up his sleeve, one of which, 'Madly Deeply' is an instrumental that Manny uses as a warm up on his solo gigs.

So a couple of days back we took time out to record it .......... listen to Manny soloing on 'Madly Deeply' by clicking HERE.

Hope you like it  !

Manny casually knocked it out in one take with the aid of his trusty looper pedal.

Thanks for hanging out in The Shed with us Manny. We're looking forward to featuring more of your work  on the PBGB Website.

Friday, 24 November 2017

GOOD VIBRATIONS - PBGB "PLAYS OUT" :)


Steve Faggotter, Neil Porter, Graham Brown, Peter Reid, Mick Nadin, 
Louise Nadin and Manny Aigner took to the "stage".
After two short rehearsals, a collection of PBGB players were released into the wild on Friday night 24th November to entertain participants and friends at the 2017 Merimbula Classic.  An appreciative crowd enjoyed 6 original PBGB songs plus a couple of covers, as well as some jamming with various people from the audience, including PBGBer Kerry Hynes for a couple of songs - welcome back Kerry!

Our anticipated/planned/rehearsed 30 minutes of playing turned into well over an hour and a half, and a good time was had by all.  Congratulations to Louise on her first gig - which was also the first time most of us have played together outside The Shed.  Indeed, this lineup had only ever played together once before.

Henry Jones and John Drews have been very supportive of PBGB over the years, and it was really good to be able to give them something back in return - thanks John and Henry - love the t-shirts.  

The whole gig had such a warm and friendly vibe despite the impending weather (which never actually pended), and it was great to see so many familiar faces in the crowd.

In two words: GOOD FUN!



Friday, 10 November 2017

HEAR YE, HEAR YE, DAWSON GRAHAM EXHORTS ONE AND ALL............ 'NEVER FORGET'

Dawson always has a song or three up his sleeve. And so it was a cuppla weeks back when we were in The Shed hankerin' on recording a new song. Dawson pulled out a song we had never heard before and laid it on us.

Within an hour and a half we had it down, and we were pretty darn pleased with how it sounded.

Have a listen to Never Forget and see if you agree.

Dawson says it's about the reality that although every one of us is on a different journey through life, it is important to remember where we each come from and the lessons we learned from our  families in our early days.

This song, says Dawson, is part of his journey.

It was, as always, brilliant to be able to hear a fresh song, shuffle it around a bit, find the right feel, and just lay it down by the seat of your pants. Nothing stale here.............done and dusted while the initial adrenaline was still flowing. Pure Sheddery thank you Dawson !

Dawson Graham wrote it, sang it, and played slide on his acoustic guitar.
Neil Porter played bass and produced it.
Peter Reid played the drums.

Simple, good.

Hope ya like it !!

Monday, 30 October 2017

MICK NADIN DRIFTS OFF INTO 'A DREAM'.

Here comes Mick again !

Mick's appeared on some twenty PBGB songs since strolling into The Shed just over two years ago. That's a great effort, but will come as no surprise to those who appreciate the gusto with which Mick throws himself into all things PBGB. He's an enthusiastic regular who picked up on The Shed zeitgeist with a passion. Mick always has a new song ready to throw into the ring, is happy to have a sing, and loves blowing his harp. He's also stuck his head into the technical side of things and is now a good pluggerinnerer...................all in all a brilliant Shed all rounder !!

If you listen back to the songs Mick has written, you'll quickly realise that Mick's songs offer up a sharp image of his views and opinions on a wide range of socio / political  issues. The titles of his songs bear witness.................'Bureaucracy', 'Nanny State Madness', and 'Destiny'.

Mick continues on this path with his latest offering 'A Dream'. With a tip of his hat to John Lennon, Mick delves into free speech, religion and politics, and laments what might be in a world without war or poverty.............. a world of equality and compassion.

Nice thoughts Mick, beautiful dream.................if only ay ??

'A Dream' was a great song to put together...............a relaxed approach to a steady groove, with a neat little end passage.........thanks Mick, that was cool fun.

And we should point out that 'A Dream' features Louise' debut on Bass!  Yep, just like hubby Mick, Lou will happily have a go at anything and has of late been picking up the bass in a bid to help out with the eternal Shed Achilles heel..................a dearth of bass players. Well done Lou, great job.............keep it up please!

Mick wrote the song, sang it and played harp.

Helping Mick out on 'A Dream' were

Manny Aigner on Guitar
Louise Nadin on Bass
Graham Brown on Percussion
Peter Reid on Drums
Neil Porter did the Production work

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

LOUISE NADIN IS IN LOVE WITH 'THIS PLACE'

Louise has been a regular and consistent Shedder since 2015. Since signing on she's made great strides with her guitar playing, her singing and her song writing. She's great .........enthusiastic, fun to be with, keen to learn, lots of smiles. A pleasure. Lou gets plenty of Shed Koala Stamps !!

Louise has contributed to ten songs featured on the PBGB website.................see her 'Musos' Page' for details. 

We always encourage Shedders to bring original songs to the table. That's our bag. We tend to kick the bones of a song around until we think we are on the right track............everybody throwing their two bob's worth in as we get new songs together.   

Louise offered up her first original song 'This Place', in early 2017. We tried a few different feels, set a tempo, and started shaping it up. When the concept was locked in Tony Green offered to produce it. Tony has the wherewithal to add overdubs at home, so he took the bare bones of the song home, and from there he and Louise worked together to decide on the details. They patiently glued it all together with the help of Dawson and Mick.

Louise tells the story behind the song......................

"This Place came to me while trekking the South Island of New Zealand. On the second day, which happened to be my birthday, it started raining. Our small group hurried off to the next location leaving me to enjoy my own company, at my own pace.

It was euphoric. I had no distractions. I was surrounded by stunning natural beauty. I was feeling at one with my surroundings and the universe.

Next thing a tune and words popped into my head. That was the beginning of 'This Place'.

Nice one Lou, and congratulations on your achievement - a recording of your own song featuring your good self on guitar and vocals !!

Helping Lou out are:

Tony Green                  Bass, Keyboard and Production
Dawson Graham         Ukelele
Michael Nadin             Harp and Backing Vocals
Peter Reid                     Drums

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

JOCK AND YARNI LOGUS SHOULD HAVE LISTENED UP WHEN............. 'MAMA TOLD ME SO'


Jock
Jock has been a regular Shed frolicker for the best part of a year now. Always fun to have around. She's belted out stellar vocal contributions to Dawson's 'It Ain't Right', and Tony Green's  'You And The Blues'.

Yarni, Jock's husband, works in Canberra, comes to The Shed when he can. Good guy. We hand him a beer and a bass and he smiles.....  happy Yarni.   

Some time back, Yarni and Jock let slip that they had an original up their sleeve............ 'Mama Told Me So'.

We were curious. Fooled about with it a bit, liked what came out, decided that next time Yarni was in The Shed we'd hit record, see what happened. 
Yarni

John on keys, Manny on guitar
Last week, Yarni was available for two Seshes in a row. Opportunity knocks. We dragged out Mama, shaped it up, knuckled down, got serious, and .........

THIS is what came out. 

What a ripper !  Go Jock !  WooHoo !

The title says it all.  It's about all the good advice that mums dole out..............advice we sometimes ignore. And what do you know? Mostly, later on,  we figure Mama was right after all.  Should have listened.

We had a ball with Mama Told Me So. Jock sang her heart out, and Yarni nailed the bass. John Drews laid down a hip Hammond groove, and Mick threw in a dollop or two of tasty harp.

The great guitar chops belong to Manny Aigner. Manny's  very new to the Shed........he'd hardly arrived when this happened.  Welcome aboard the good ship PBGB Manny ! 

Go team Mama......... that was fun !

The team:

Jock Logus                         Co-Writer and Lead Vocals
Yarni Logus                       Co-Writer and Bass
John Drews                       Keyboards
Manny Aigner                   Guitar
Mick Nadin                        Harp
Dawson Graham              Backing Vocals
Graham Brown                 Percussion
Peter Reid                          Drums
Neil Porter handled all the Production work.     Thank you Neil.


We're stoked..................we finally got to post Jock and Yarni's song, and, big bonus, to introduce Manny. Welcome to the PBGB Family Yarni and Manny. Great to have you on board guys !!!