Everything I Need

Everything I Need is the 6th clip to be lifted from An Ear To The Earth. Filmed by Paul Melnyk in a home that was being gutted for renovations – in fact a home in which Mark spent a large portion of his childhood. This is also the first clip that features Mark’s band – the very same line up who recorded an Ear To The Earth a year ago in a empty guesthouse -live and straight to 1″ reel to reel tape – almost a year ago. Jamie Hutchings on percussion, Scott Hutchings on drums, Lee Hutchings on clarinet, Reuben Wills on double bass and Adam Lang on banjo. Mark posted a nostalgic ramble on his Facebook page a couple of days ago which provides a little background on the history of the house the clip is filmed in. You can read that piece below…

A couple of weeks back
We filmed clip no. 6 in a house
where I spent 1/2 of my childhood
A house where as a nipper
we ran around around the feet
of Jamie and Scott Hutchings’ Dad, Lee,
as he practiced his
leaning intensely
over his charts
spread across the dining room table
Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman licks
Myxolydian Scales
Trills, triplets and fingers flying
I still say my love of jazz
comes from listening to him
and his record collection
hearing him play
tenor/soprano sax
their old house in the Eastern Suburbs
is being gutted for renovations
it’s currently an empty shell full of memories
Of music we made as kids
9 years old
Charging our parents to watch us
Miming to Beatle records in suits
Early noisy attempts at starting bands
The Fallen Scarecrows (is what we called ourselves)
listening to
The Church, The Celibate Rifles, The Plunderers, Spy Vs Spy, Split Enz, Midnight Oil, Happy Hate Me Nots, Ups and Downs, The Stems mixed with Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Parker
A barrage of happy noise

It was perfect timing for me
to return to their home
with the greatest of old friends
Scott, Jamie, Lee and
(their) Brother-in-law Reuben (brother I never had)
old (newer) friend Adam Lang
and film a clip
for one of the songs on
An Ear To The Earth that Lee played on
– Everything I Need –
amongst the demolition, bricks and debris
before it all disappeared
beneath a new facade
all those years in the rubble…

Post To Wire: Six Strings


Six Strings on Post To Wire

Thanks to the wonderful folk/americana blog, Post To Wire, for having a chat with me this week for their regular Six Strings feature. (and for the 8/10 review) Want to hear me rambling about my parents 70’s dress sense, old Holdens (or was it a Valiant?), boom boxes, Marc Ribot, Neil Young, Dylan, touring with The Church and nostalgia filled tunes? Read the interview here.


After The Goldrush: A Celebration Of Neil Young’s Music

After the Goldrush: A Celebration of Neil Young’s music in support of beyondblue: The National Depression InitiativeMark will be joining a bunch of other Sydney musicians to perform one very special, one-off show at Notes in Newtown on 25th August 2011. For one special night, witness some of Sydney’s fineset musicians pay tribute to Neil Young’s classic album ‘After the Goldrush’ and his Greatest Hits. Backed by the 6 piece house band -‘The Shakeys’, especially put together for this event. Proceeds from the show will be donated to beyondblue.This special event is the passion-project of Sydney singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa. Wanting to give something back to music, the idea of a charity show to support beyondblue was born. beyondblue: the national depression initiative is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia. Proceeds from this show will be donated to this great organisation. www.beyondblue.org.au.Mark will be joined by Jason Walker, Paul Andrews (Lazy Susan), Bryan Estepa, Tom Stone, Sam Shinazzi, Emma Swift, Suzy Connolly, Danny Yau, Simon Bruce, Jo Meares with more to be announced. So come join us for what will surely be a great night of rock and roll and a joyous celebration of Neil’s music. A night not to be missed! Tickets are available NOW at the Notes website or at this link:
http://noteslive.oztix.com.au/default.aspx?Event=21994Pre-ordered tickets go into the draw to win prizes on the night.

For more information visit http://www.yauami.com/afterthegoldrush

This event is also proudly sponsored and supported by Sydney’s iconic Rock Shop – Troy Horse.

The Waiting Room: Top 25 Albums For 2010

The Waiting Room has made it into the Top 25 Album releases of 2010 on the Doubtful Sounds site. You can read their original review from earlier this year here. Their Americana themed sister site Post To Wire also placed The Waiting Room in their Top 12 for 2010 alongside Justin Townes Earle, Neil Young, Mavis Staples and Robert Plant.