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TONY COHEN – A TRIBUTE TO AN AUSTRALIAN ROCK MUSIC LEGEND

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Record producer and sound engineer Tony Cohen has been remembered as a national treasure, a genius, and as the brain, ears and fingers behind some of Australia’s best music.

Tony died in Dandenong on August 2nd. He was 60.

He made hundreds of records and won three ARIA awards in a career that began in 1975. Tony worked closely with Nick Cave, and produced for The Cruel Sea, TISM, The Beasts of Bourbon, Split Enz, Models, The Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly and many others.

Tony helped create so much great and ground-breaking Australian music. Listen to the Tony Cohen story here

An early Tony Cohen record

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Posted by on August 8, 2017 in music

 

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DOES BOB DYLAN DESERVE THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE?

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I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan for as long as I can remember, through all the ups and downs of my life and his career. I’ve tuned in for the sublime and the inspirational, and yes, for the dross as well. It’s been a long and usually rewarding journey.

So I’ve been intrigued by the global kerfuffle that followed the announcement of his Nobel Prize in literature last month. Rejoicing fans, academic snobbery – and some downright mean-spirited spleen venting too.

There are some big questions conjured by giving Bob the Nobel. Are song lyrics literature? You could make a case either way – but I vote “yes” on that one.

The bigger question is how can we give a bloke a prize in a specific category when he’s spent his whole career exercising his chameleon-like ability to resist, to defy categorisation? Dylan was famously asked at a mid-60s press conference whether he thought of himself as a singer or as a poet. “I think of myself more as a song and dance man”, he replied.

Recognition, it seems, extends to even the most mercurial.

I’ve done a radio piece on Dylan’s Nobel gong for the ABC Digital Show It’s Just Not Cricket – hosted by the marvellous Glynn Greensmith. It’s a 16-minute journey through the literary landscape of Bob Dylan songs, in which I suggest that literature is meant to be heard, as well as read. That literature should not repose like dead kings in musty books on dusty shelves, never to be visited or re-invented.

You can stream the audio here

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2016 in music, rd on the road

 

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THE MUSIC OF CAIRNS FESTIVAL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

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The Cairns Festival gets underway tomorrow – as always, there’s some great local music on the program. Tony Hillier picks some highlights.

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PLAYLIST 

Shape Of The DayMangrove Jack – self-titled album

Rum and Coca-Cola from the new Seaman Dan album A Caribbean Songbook

 Kick It from the new Kooii  album Call Out

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in EFFINCUE, music, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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THE SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR IN CAIRNS – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Choirs are our theme this week on Tony Hillier’s World of Music – in honour of the Soweto Gospel Choir visit to Cairns. Their gig at the Tanks Arts Centre was sold out long in advance – not surprisingly. Music from them and other choirs from  the South Pacific, Bulgaria and Haiti/Cuba.

PLAYLIST

Seteng Sediba — Soweto Gospel Choir — African Spirit (2008)

Morotiri Nei — The Tahitian Choir —  self-titled 1992 album

Pilentze Pee — Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares —  self-titled 1988 album

Chen Nan Ren — The Creole Choir of Cuba — Tande-La.(2010)

Shosholoza  — Soweto Gospel Choir — African Spirit (2008)

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Posted by on August 24, 2014 in EFFINCUE, music, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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NEW RELEASES FROM TWO OF THE GREATS – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Two of America’s most endearing and enduring troubadours have simultaneously released two of the strongest records of their respective careers 44 years after their debut albums. Loudon Wainwright III and Chris Smither share other characteristics and qualities. Both are uncompromising and committed singer-songwriters whose consummate blues, country and folk-flavoured compositions record life’s absurdities, injustices, vicissitudes et al with wit and wisdom, candour and concision and an ear for poetic rhyme. In this week’s World of Music, TONY HILLIER picks the eyes out of their respective new releases, Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet) and Still On The Levee.

PLAY LIST

Depression Blues from Loudon Wainwright III’s new album Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet)

Love You Like A Man Chris Smither Still On The Levee

The Morgue  Loudon Wainwright III

What They Say Chris Smither

 

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in EFFINCUE, music, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

This week, Tony Hillier features some of the superlative string-benders that knocked his socks off at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival last weekend.

 PLAY LIST

Vendredi 13 from the Stochelo Rosenberg 2010 album Djangologists

Brejeiro from the Yamandu Costa 2003 self titled debut album

Kirwani One Five Eight Five from the Debashish Bhattacharya 2013 album Beyond The Ragasphere

You can read Tony’s review of the Festival at https://rhythms.com.au/reviews/adelaide-guitar-festival-2014

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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in EFFINCUE, music, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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BEAUTIFUL AUSTRALIAN VOICES EXPLORING THE WORLD – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

This week, Tony Hillier presents songs from three brand new Australian releases featuring the exquisite voices of female singers who draw on world music for their inspiration.

PLAYLIST

Benta by Miriam LiebermanBirds Of The Moon

Maika i Sin – Chaika – I Monti

Navaie –Tara TibaA Persian Dream

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