The day the wind changed

“The day the wind changed” is a documentary conceived, narrated and filmed – I assume – by a resident of Strathewen where dozens and dozens of people died. Perhaps over a hundred if yopu include the surrounding districts. I watched half this documentary during my lunch break today, and the rest just then.

It opens with some pretty compelling footage. It’s told from a local perspective. It’s a human story rather than a traditional history. It has a lot of tears and a lot of conflicting opinions about what this all means.

At the time I was really angry that so many people died in cars. And there is a guy that wants to cut a million trees down just to prevent some idiots dying trying to out-run fire at the last minute. But then there is an awesome dude who says that the trees in fact protected a lot of people and it was paddocks that gave the fire more impetus. But at the end of the day, I am not really sure if there is an answer. The bush is the bush.

I don’t know if this link works – but here it is. Worth seeing.

http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/889059

The Honey Pies

I really, really like this band. From Adelaide. They have 2 albums. If you want an introduction try “Girl”. They have other clips – and one that is DEFS “NSFW”. But it is amazing! Anyway here is “Girl” and I love the Apple “waiting-wheel” for the chorus. GENIUS.

They are so rich in sounds, so diverse, so natural. I cannot help but thinking they have that irreverence, that “element of crap”, that freshness, and that overwhelming sense that these kids up there on stage – are just like you, only transformed into rockstars. They’re just “having a go”. Just writing shitty, personal songs – pilfered from a wide range of crazy influences – and putting it down without really worrying if anyone liked them.  You might even tag them with that Q word. The one Custard got labelled with. Yep, “QUIRKY”. It was a bit passe back in the 90s, a bit of an albatross around a band’s neck – but I have said it. I can’t take it back now.

This is their blog:

http://thehoneypies.blogspot.com.au/

Can i just say – they are an amazingly SEXY band too!

whoa.