Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

What can I say? Just read it.

Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Small Change

Small Change is one of the standout tracks on the most recent CD from Gersey, and it's appropriate as I'm going to use this post to talk about some of the music I've been listening to recently, which is just a small change from all the cycling-related posts I normally write. That said, I'm sure the world will manage for a while.

Before that, however, I have another matter to address. My very good friend Rodney Olsen has been wrongly imprisoned! This Friday he will be held in a Fremantle prison, and his release will be dependent upon people making donations for research into Cystic Fibrosis. You can read more about that here. I'm going to donate $20 myself, and I defy everyone who reads this post to match it.

The most recent CD I bought was Black Holes and Revelations from Muse, and it may well be the album of the year. From the opening track, the rhythms and the voice of the lead singer grab your attention, but what's most impressive about this album is the lyric. It's rare these days that a band has the balls to tell it like it is in the world today, but these guys don't hold back. Tracks like Soldier's Poem and City of Delusion ensure that we are right in the picture. Yet tracks like Invincible move beyond that, almost providing hope for the future if things change in the world.

What Was Left from Clare Bowditch and The Feeding Set might also have been a contender for "album of the year" if I hadn't taken so long to get around to grabbing a copy. Why I took so long on the strength of the previous album is a mystery. The acoustic arrangements on this album make it easy to listen to, with a real laid-back feel. Some of the more melancholy aspects of contemporary life come out in the lyrics, and there's almost a yearning for something simpler.

Wincing the Night Away is the third album from The Shins. They had a hard act to follow after Kissing the Lipless, and seem to have gone for a slightly more contemporary sound. For all that, however, the distinctive sound of The Shins is still in evidence, largely through the voice of James Mercer. They also combine great song-writing with sweet melodies, and of course, the notoriously strange song titles.

The fact that I named this post after a track from No Satellites, the latest album from Gersey, and the fact that this was on my playlist when I still had this listed on my blog template some time ago, says a lot. They also had an impossible album to follow up in Storms Dressed as Stars (arguably the greatest album of the last decade), but they have just about pulled it off. They have a uniquely atmospheric sound, and the lyrics to complement that perfectly.

The only downside is that they are so good, they'll probably never get the airplay they deserve, simply because the great unwashed simply aren't cultured enough to appreciate probably the best Australian band for a decade or more.

Moo You Bloody Choir from Augie March is a title that would do The Shins proud. The album itself isn't half bad either. A lot of the tracks seem to have a mellow, late night feel about them, although both times I've managed to play it have been late at night, which might explain that. Nevertheless, the lead singer's voice is gratifying, and musically the album is comfortable to listen to.

It's also worth mentioning that I am, for course, still regularly listening to both albums released by Sarah Blasko. If you haven't taken a listen to Sarah yet, you have simply deprived yourself of the opportunity to hear the most beautiful voice in the world. It's said of some exceptional singers that they "could sing the phone book". A recent ABC TV program, Spics & Specs, had Sarah sing an excerpt from a cook book, and she actually pulled it off. I think that says a lot.


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