Wolfpanther vs Batty Marlow

Setlist from vinyl DJ set at the Metro, 6/4/14. Wolfpanther in plain text, Batty Marlow in italics.

  • Scorched Earth Policy – Mekong Delta Blues
  • Bill Callahan – Jim Cain
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Melody
  • Scout Niblett – Just Do It!
  • Snapper – Buddy
  • Spinning Rooms – It Can’t Not
  • Bird Nest Roys – Joringel
  • Nightmarchers – Thar She Blows
  • Shellac – Boycott
  • Kasha – It Will Come Back
  • Crow – The Charley Horses
  • My Disco – Troubled Receiver
  • Steve Reid Ensemble – Don’t Look Back
  • Terrible Truths – Diamonds
  • Talking Heads – Memories (Can’t Wait)
  • Old Mate – I Think Of You
  • Ed Kuepper – Sea Air
  • Shellac – Uranus
  • Raime – The Dimming Of Road and Rights
  • Forces – Idolize
  • Burial – Rival Dealer
  • PVT – Shiver
  • Squarepusher – My Sound
  • Lost Animal – Lose The Baby
  • Delicate Steve – Ramona Reborn
  • Mogwai – Drunk and Crazy
  • Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful … [Kicking Horse on Brokenhill]
  • Absolute Boys – Old Dub
  • Sagor & Swing – 16-bitarspolskan
  • Cocteau Twins – A Kissed Out Red Floatboat
  • The Gist – Love At First Sight
  • Steely Dan – Do It Again
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – As Long As I Can See The Light
  • Neil Young – Out On The Weekend
  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I See A Darkness
  • Tom Petty – A Face In The Crowd
  • Low – Breaker
  • The La’s – Feelin
  • The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
  • Townes Van Zandt – Loretta
  • Weekend – Red Planes
  • Fleet Foxes – Grown Ocean
  • Pentangle – Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
  • Lou Reed – Satellite Of Love
  • John Cale – The Endless Plain of Fortune
  • Leonard Cohen – So Long Maryanne
  • Pearls Before Swine – The Jeweller
  • Tom Waits – Raised Right Men
  • Magpahi – My Soul Was Lost, My Soul Was Lost & No One Saved Me
  • Bob Dylan – Lay Lady Lay
  • Ennio Morricone – Sixty Seconds To What
  • The Drones – I See Seaweed
  • Nirvana – Come As You Are
  • Slint – Good Morning Captain
  • Earth – A Bureaucratic Desire For Revenge Part 1
  • Velvet Underground – Heroin
  • Laughing Clowns – Laughter Around The Table


SA Election Result

The SA 2014 election has now been decided with the return of the ALP government with the support of Independent Geoff Brock. The final result for seats in the lower house was 23 ALP, 22 LIB, 2IND, with 24 needed for a majority.

There has been much complaining from both Liberal supporters and figures within the party that this is unfair given that the Liberals won the two party preferred (2PP) vote. Some comments on this:

  • The 2PP is an artificial construct that plays no official role in our electoral system.
  • It is a fact of mathematics that even in a simplified situation with only two parties in a first past the post election, a result based on electorates does not necessarily agree with a simple majority of the whole population, for example, take 3 equal electorates A,B,C. Suppose party P puts all their effort into A &B and win 51% of the vote, but do not contest C. Then P win the election but the other party wins the 2PP with 66%. There is no cheating, this is the system. If it were any different then no doubt P would put effort into winning votes in C.
  • Accusations of a gerrymander are pathetic, particularly coming from supporters of a party which kept in power for many years with an actual gerrymander (i.e. engineering electoral boundaries to maintain an unfair advantage). The SA electorates are redistributed between electorates by law, this is done by the neutral electoral commission and is available for public consultation. The Liberals had a chance to have input and had some changes made in their favour (in particular in Bright). Part of the complication is that they are failing to gain swings in marginal seats, it is questionable that the electoral commission should compensate for this.

Now we are starting to see the attacks on the Independent Geoff Brock.

  • In deciding whether to support a minority government an independent is under no obligation to consider the 2pp vote for their state or whether their electorate is “naturally conservative”.
  • If you do want to make guesses about the voters of Frome, it’s worth noting from Antony Green’s analysis of the redistribution that “On paper (the redistribution) reverses the two-party preferred margin in Frome, the Labor two-party majority of 0.1% in 2010 becoming an estimated Liberal margin of 1.7%.” The way some people are talking makes it sound like a safe conservative seat where it is very marginal. Given that the Liberal vote was almost 36% percent then it appears that a large majority of the people who voted for Brock would prefer the ALP, and while it is quite possible that the full preference distribution will show more preferred LIB to ALP it is unlikely to be any great majority. The fact is that if people in Frome wanted a Lib government they could have voted Lib.
  • There is all sorts of insinuation that he is selling out for personal gain. Once again, his electorate is marginal and his base is Port Pirie, where is was formerly mayor, a strong ALP area in the electorate. I suspect that his parliamentary voting record would show much agreement with the ALP in the previous term. When first elected he had how to vote cards putting Labor above Liberal. This isn’t some sort of about face, it would seem more surprising were he to support the Liberals. He has accepted a ministry for regional development, but still can vote independently on any issue in parliament, this is surely the best way to represent the people who voted for him.



Who are you giving your preferences to?

In South Australia we are 1 week away from a state election, as usual I’ve noticed the question “Who are you giving your prefences to” asked of candidates and will no doubt get the question when handing out how to vote cards on election day.

The problem is there is no easy answer to that question. If the person is asking it of a lower house candidate then it doesn’t make sense because they do not allocate preferences. As in federal elections, to cast a formal vote the voter must number all boxes themselves (* slight disclaimer below), candidates or parties have no say in what happens to your preference apart from giving recommendations on how to vote cards which you are free to ignore.

If the question is about the upper house then there is still no sensible answer. The most accurate answer I could give is that everyone preferences everyone else because they are required to by law. This is not a helpful answer but that’s because the question is not clear. How else could you answer? You could say who is next on your preference list after your own candidates, but is this really what they want to know? Quite often the very next candidate is already eliminated by the time your preference is distributed anyway.  Instead it could be who is higher out of Labor or Liberal, but this might not be helpful either, perhaps another candidate who does have a realistic chance of being elected is higher then both of those in your list. You could try to just give the order of candidates who might be elected but this is impossible, as we saw in the federal election it is impossible to predict who might have a realistic chance of being elected.

So here is what you need to know about preferences:

  • In the lower house a formal vote requires you to fill in all preferences yourself, in which case nobody else will allocate your preferences in any way.
  • In the upper house you can either allocate preferences to all candidates yourself (this site could help www.clueyvoter.com/) or you can vote for a party or group above the line meaning your preferences are distributed according to their ticket. You are choosing to let someone allocate your preferences.
  • The preference tickets are not secret. They are available right now, Antony Green has posted them here www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-03/sa-group-voting-tickets/5294444.
  • My recommendation is to decide who you want to vote for in the upper house, and look at their preference ticket. If you agree with it then there is no problem voting above the line. If not, then choose your own preference. Don’t try to predict who is likely to win or where your preference will end up, this is impossible and unnecessary, and advantage of a preferential system is that you are free to put who you like in the order your like without having to predict their chances of winning.
  • You can see examples of how preferences work with Antony Green’s calculator www.abc.net.au/news/sa-election-2014/legislative-council/

Finally some examples – what happened to your vote in the 2010 election if you voted above the line? These aren’t necessarily indicative of what will happen this election, they mostly show that preference flows actually did very little at that election.

If you voted Green – your vote elected Green candidate Tammy Franks and then a very small surplus helped to elect Dignity for the Disabled candidate Kelly Vincent over a Liberal candidate (though the Greens surplus was so small as to not really make a difference at this point.)

If you Voted Labor – Your vote helped elect the top 4 Labor candidates and the surplus put Kelly Vincent ahead of the Liberals for the last spot.

If you Voted Liberal – Your vote helped elect the top 4 Liberal candidates and was not distributed any further.

If you voted for Dignity for the Disabled – your vote elected their top candidate at the last stage so no preferences were distributed.

If you voted Family First – Your vote elected their top candidate, a very tiny surplus was distributed to Dignity For the Disabled though they would easily have beaten the liberals for the last spot anyway due to ALP preferences.

If you voted Nationals – your candidate was excluded, your vote moved on to Fair Land Tax party, and when they were excluded it passed to the liberals and was with them when they lost the final spot.

In 2010 Nick Xenophon did not run a group in the state election, however his 2006 result is of interest. His vote was high enough to elect both himself and Anne Bressington, and with a left over quota which looked to put him in the running for a third candidate for a while. In the end his ticket votes were exhausted in the final race between his third candidate and the Greens’ Mark Parnell. Note that Xenophon himself is not contesting this election as he quit his seat to run for the Senate instead, but he is supporting John Darley who replaced him. He is not supporting Bressington who he got elected in 2006 and she is not running for re-election.

Where are ticket votes likely to end up this time? Keeping in mind that accurate predictions are impossible I can still outline some possible outcomes.

Greens – most likely to be used in the attempt to re-elect Mark Parnell. Chances are if he isn’t re-elected it would be at the last stage and your preference would not be distributed, if he is re-elected a distributed surplus is likely to be very small and would most likely go to Dignity for Disabilty (DfD), Xenophon Team or perhaps Labor (at which point it would likely be them against Liberals or Family First).

Labor – It’s very hard to predict how many preference might be distributed from a major party vote, but after elected a number of Labor candidate any Labor preferences would help the Greens and if distributed further could end up with DfD or Family First (i.e. the could conceivably help FF beat Xenophon or Liberal candidate for a spot). With the majors there’s always a fair chance that the preference won’t be distributed at all as well, it can end up in a losing battle for the last spot.

Liberal – once again hard to know how big an effect the preferences will have and there is good chance the preferences will not be distributed at all as in 2010 but if they are they are most likely to elect Family First, with Palmer United and Xenophon Group as other possibilities.

Xenophon – I have no idea what sort of vote the Xenophon group is likely to get without the man himself as a candidate, but due to their split ticket any preferences are likely to help DfD, and then even split between Labor and Liberal if they flow beyond there. If you want to vote Xenophon and you strongly prefer one of Labor or Liberal to the other, or someone else to both of those then a vote below the line would be recommended.

Family First – If preferences flow they could help Palmer United, and most likely would end up with the Liberals if they go any further. They do filter through a lot of right wing microparties on the way though so if there is any big preference harvest (a la Sports or Motor Enthusiasts in the Senate election) then the FF vote could play a big part in it.

Dignity for Disability – If they get elected they won’t have much surplus, but if they fall short I expect they would have a big preference flow that could decide one of the last positions, in which case they are most likely to help Greens, Xenophon, or Labor (in that order so they would help Greens in Greens vs Labor, or Labor in Labor vs Liberal and so on).

Palmer United – prefences are most likely to flow to FF or Lib, though also a number of micro parties such as Shooter & Fishers could benefit.

Shooters & Fishers – Filters through every small party there is but likely to end up with FF or finally the Libs if they are up against Lab or Green at a late stage in the count.

Fishing & Lifestyle – presumably for people who like fishing but not so into shooting. Prefences go straight to Family First. Could end up with DfD or Libs at a later stage.

Multicultural Party – Don’t know much about them, like many micros their preferences go through lots of others so could get caught up in a preference harvest, otherwise likely to end up with DfD or FF. In fight between the bigger parties their preferences end up with Labor (i.e they would support them against Greens or Libs).

For all the others I’ll point out their top amongst the most likely to win spots (based on who has won previously and done well in recent Federal election) – ALP, Lib, Green, Xenophon, FF, DfD, Palmer. Also I’ll show who they have last, i.e. a ticket vote for them means any of the other big parties will be supported against the last one, and I’ll show who they’d support between ALP vs Lib

F.R.E.E Australia Party – top FF, bottom X, Lib
Liberal Democratic – top DfD, bottom Greens, Lib
Stop Population Growth – top Greens, bottom ALP/Lib, ALP/Lib (split ticket)
Nationals – top FF, bottom Greens, Lib
Katter – top FF, bottom Greens, Lib
Joseph Masika – top DfD, bottom X, Lib
Environment Education Disability – their preferences are complicated with lots of lower candidates on party tickets placed higher, I think the top leading candidate is Green, last Palmer, their ALP & Lib prefs are mixed around amongst individual candidates to the extent that you can’t really say who they’d support, it depends on which individual candidates would be left in the count.
Powerful Communities – top Greens, bottom FF, ALP
No Domestic Violence- top ALP, bottom Palmer, ALP
Legal Voluntary Euthanasia – top ALP, bottom FF, ALP
Mark Aldridge Alliance – top Palmer, bottom X, Lib (slightly mixed up between individual candidates but favouring Lib)
Animal Justice – top Green, bottom X, ALP
Your Voice Matters – top DfD, bottom X, ALP/Lib split



* technical point: as I understand it SA elections differ slightly from federal ones in that candidates are required to submit preference tickets for the lower house which are used to save votes which would otherwise be informal by not numbering enough boxes. If you follow the instructions and submit a formal vote this can have no effect on you whatsoever.

Wolfpanther vs Sistas From Different Mistas

Setlist from vinyl DJ set at the Metro 2/3/14. Wolfpanther in plain text, Sistas in italics.

  • Rites Wild – Rites Wild Theme
  • Panel of Judges – Wonderful Thing
  • Peak Twins – The Dolphins
  • Karate – Outside Is The Drama
  • The Verlaines – Death And The Maiden
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – Thorn of Crowns
  • Broadcast – You Can Fall
  • Deerhoof – L’amour Stories
  • Beastie Boys – What Comes Around
  • Hole – Over The Edge
  • Dead Famous People – Barlow’s House
  • Swell Maps – Full Moon In My Pocket / Blam!
  • The Fall – Craigness
  • Sebadoh – Too Pure
  • Sonic Youth – Expressway To Yr Skull
  • Lemonheads – Ride With Me
  • Pearls Before Swine – God Save The Child
  • The Grifters – Get Outta That Spaceship and Fight Like A Man
  • Laughing Clowns – The Year Is More Important
  • Magic Dirt – Shovel
  • Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf
  • Melt Banana – Got The Head Back
  • Demdike Stare – Mephisto’s Lament
  • Blake Babies – Rain
  • The Pentangle – Bells
  • Augustus Pablo – Way Out Rockers
  • Winston Edwards & Blackbeard – Whitehall Scandal
  • Twilight Circus feat. Boney L – Jah Light Jah Love (version)
  • Barrington Levy – Money Makes Friends
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno
  • The Gist – Love At First Sight
  • Dump – Good Medicine
  • cLOUDDEAD – Bike (Peel Sessions)
  • Geiom – Overnight Biscuits
  • Mark Pritchard – Elephant Dub
  • Kode 9 & the Spaceape – Curious
  • Laurel Halo – Sunlight On The Faded (Dub)
  • SMF – How Many Ways
  • Soundmurderer + SK1 – Dreader Than Dread
  • Sound Of The Future – The Lighter (DJ Friendly Mix)
  • Burial – Rival Dealer
  • No Joy – Slug Night
  • Julia Holter – Horns Surrounding Me
  • Jessamine – Don’t You Know That Yet?
  • Low – Medicine Magazines
  • Heart – Magic Man
  • Sage Francis – The Makeshift Patriot
  • Ugly Ugly Ugly – Living In A Sponge
  • Rat Vs Possum – HDRD
  • L7 – Shove
  • Swervedriver – Year Of The Girl
  • Modern Lovers – New England
  • Delicate Steve – Wally Wilder
  • Sister Nancy – Gwan A School
  • Pointer Sisters – Pinball Number Count (DJ Food Edit)


Wolfpanther vs DJ Cup Of Water

Setlist from the Metro, 2/2/14. Wolfpanther in plain text, Cup of Water in Italics.

New War – Ghostwalking
Native Cats – Mohawk Motif
Sugar Minott – Love Gonna Pack Up
The Congos – Fisherman
Roots Manuva – Highest Grade Dub
Manitoba – Mammals vs Reptiles
Plaid – Coat
Tortoise – Adverse Camber (Autechre remix)
Four Tet – Hands
Tarentel – Tied To A Tree In A Jungle Of Mystery
Rangda – Bull Lore
Cave – Requiem For John Sex
The Verlaines – Death and the Maiden
Sonic Youth – Karen Revisited
Laughing Clowns – Song of Joy
John Fahey – Waltzing Matilda
Peak Twins – Salvation
Old Mate – I Think Of You
Tortoise – Gooseneck
Tortoise – Djed
Pye Corner Audio – November Sequence
Earth – Hung From The Moon
Pearls Before Swine – Did You Dream
The Band – The Weight
Bob Dylan – Tell Me That It Isn’t True
The Zombies – Beechwood Park
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist – It’s The Real Thing/Milk
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Hopscotch Willie
The Triffids – Hell Of A Summer
Wooden Shjips – Loose Lips
Public Image Ltd. – Albatross
Battles – IPT2
Kode 9 – Xingfu Lu
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Cosmic Surfin’
Penny Penny – Shibandza
Deadbeat – Slow Rot From Rhetoric
Sherwood & Pinch – Music Killer (Dubplate Pressure)
Aphex Twin – Flim
Konx-Om-Pax – Silent Reading
Where Were You At Lunch – Milwaukee
Jaga Jazzist – Animal Chin
Tortoise – The Taut & the Tame
Themselves – Good People Check (Hrvatski remix)
Four Tet – Swimmer
Autechre – Vose In
John Fahey – Dance of the Inhabitants of the Invisible City of Bladensburg
Swans  – God Damn The Sun
Les Coney – The Old Sundowner
The Great Unwashed – Hold Onto the Rail
Pavement – Grave Architecture
The Gist – Love At First Sight





Wolfpanther vs DJ Hot For Teacher setlist

Wolfpanther in plain text, DJ Hot For Teacher in italics.

  • Ornette Coleman – Forerunner
  • John Coltrane – Afro Blue
  • Fats Domino – It Keeps Rainin’
  • Elvis Costello – Everyday I Write The Book
  • Dick Diver – Alice
  • Bitch Prefect – Better Next Time
  • Mick Jagger – Memo From Turner
  • Woollen Kits – Maths
  • Richard & Linda Thompson – Hokey Pokey
  • Fairport Convention – Matty Groves
  • Bob Seeger System – Evil Edna
  • Laughing Clowns – Nothing That Harms
  • Ty Segall – Thank God For Sinners
  • The Shins – Kissing The Lipless
  • Ween – Gabrielle
  • Penny Penny – Shibandza
  • The Pogues – Lorca’s Novena
  • Raincoats – In Love
  • Royal Headache – Eloise
  • Straitjacket Fits – She Speeds
  • King Tuff – Bad Thing
  • Swervedriver – She’s Beside Herself
  • John Prine – Pretty Good
  • Pearls Before Swine – The Jeweller
  • John Phillips – Holland Tunnel
  • Jean-Claude Vannier – Dans Mes Rêves
  • Kurt Vile – Wakin’ On A Pretty Day
  • Smog – I Was A Stranger
  • Roy Orbison – Lonely Wine
  • Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – My Little Yellow Bird
  • The Bobby Fuller Four – Let Her Dance
  • Yo La Tengo – Stupid Things
  • Fleetwood Mac – Second Hand News
  • Neil Young – The Needle and the Damage Done
  • Warren Zevon – Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School
  • P.G. Six – Talk Me Down
  • ZZ Top – Waitin’ For The Bus
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It On The Grapevine
  • Neil Young – Barstool Blues
  • Swirl – So Far
  • Sparks – Rock’n'Roll People In A Disco World
  • New Order – Temptation
  • Courtney Barnett – History Eraser
  • Julia Holter – Maxim’s I
  • Robert Palmer – Johnny and Mary
  • James Pants – Strange Girl
  • B52′s – Dance This Mess Around
  • Quannum MCs meet Jurassic 5 – Concentration
  • Black Lips – Veni Vidi Vici
  • Stereolab – Plastic Mile
  • Big Star – Oh My Soul
  • Robert Pollard – Release The Sunbird
  • Chris Knox – Not Given Lightly
  • Dead Famous People – Barlow’s House
  • Michael Hurley – Be Kind To Me
  • Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument – Anchin Alay Alegn
  • Orange Juice – I Guess I’m Just A Little Too Sensitive
  • The Wedding Present – A Million Miles
  • Faces – Ooh La La
  • Beach Boys – ‘Til I Die
  • Boards of Canada – Aquarius
  • Diplodocus – Summer’s Gonna Hurt You
  • Seekers International – Touch Riddim
  • Leroy Wallace – Far Beyond
  • Dr Alimantado – Revenge
  • Cedric Im Brooks – Idleberg
  • Laurel Halo – Ainnome
  • Burial – Come Down To Us
  • Jon Brooks – Please Drive Carefully
  • The Gist – Love At First Sight
  • The Cure – Lullaby
  • The Smiths – Cemetry Gates
  • Belle & Sebastian – This Is Just A Modern Rock Song
  • Ed Kuepper – Also Sprach The King of Euro-Disco
  • Mouse On Mars – Ape
  • DJ Rashad – Let U No


Wolfpanther vs Heathworks setlist

Setlist from DJ set at the Metro, 1/12/13. Wolfpanther in plain text, Heathworks in italics.

  • Miles Davis – In a Silent Way / It’s About That Time
  • Spectrum – What the World Needs (Is a New Pair of Sox)
  • Jessica Bailiff – Take Me To The Sun
  • Alex Chilton – Rock Hard
  • Buzzcocks – Something’s Gone Wrong Again
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Working For MCA
  • Silver Jews – I’m Gonna Love the Hell Out of You
  • Dinosaur – Mountain Man
  • Spinning Rooms – Julia
  • Steely Dan – Black Friday
  • Belle & Sebastian – I Love My Car
  • Ramones – Questioningly
  • Mick Harvey – Story of Love
  • Leon Russell & the Shelter People – The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen
  • Suicide – Cheree
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City
  • Pearls Before Swine – Casablanca
  • Von LMO – Flying Saucer 88
  • Quickspace – The Precious Mountain
  • Rolling Stones – Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
  • Beasts Of Bourbon – Drop Out
  • The Fuckin’ Flying A-Heads – Swiss Cheese Back
  • Scorched Earth Policy – Mekong Delta Blues
  • The Scientists – Happy Hour
  • Laughing Clowns – Clown Town
  • The Saints – Lost and Found
  • The Triffids – Field of Glass
  • The Birthday Party – Big Jesus Trash Can
  • The Dead C – Power (Fallujah Version)
  • George Brigman and Split – Part-time Lover
  • Dirty Three – 1000 Miles
  • Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers – It Hurts Me Too
  • Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is
  • The Byrds – Space Odyssey
  • Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Omaha
  • Iggy & The Stooges – Johanna
  • Don Cherry – The Creator Has A Master Plan
  • The Fall – Music Scene
  • The Fall – New Face In Hell
  • Brian Eno – Needle in the Camel’s Eye
  • Ride – Unfamiliar
  • Led Zeppelin – Out on the Tiles
  • Delicate Steve – Big Time Receiver
  • Muddy Waters – Champagne & Reefer
  • Weathermen – Same As It Never Was
  • Heart – Magic Man
  • Pentagle – Bells
  • Neil Young – Albuquerque
  • Bill Callahan – Let Me See The Colts
  • Pavement – Blackout
  • Beach Boys – Surf’s Up
  • J.T. IV  – Destructo Rock
  • Guided By Voices – Do the Earth
  • Pere Ubu – Non-Alignment Pact
  • Passage – The Unstrung Harp
  • Devo – Strange Pursuit
  • New Order – Dreams Never End
  • The Mothers – Little House I Used To Live In
  • Royal Trux – RTX-USA
  • Dave Dobbyn – Slice of Heaven
  • Sneaky Feelings – There’s A Chance
  • The Penetrators – Shopping Bag
  • The Stones – Down & Around
  • The Living Eyes – Stuck In My Own World
  • Boo Radleys – Lazarus
  • Donovan – Hurdy Gurdy Man
  • Sun Araw – All Night Long
  • Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf
  • Sleep – Dopesmoker (Part 3)
  • Ariel – Confessions of a Psychotic Cowpoke
  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Picket Line – The Glory Goes / Wolf Among Wolves
  • Neil Young – Last Dance



Wolfpanther vs Sorry Bones setlist

This is what we played at the Metro on Sunday 17/11/13

Wolfpanther in plain text, Sorry Bones in italics


  • Hannibal & Sunrise Orchestra – Forest Sunrise
  • David Murray – David – Mingus
  • Billy Bangs Sextet – Sinawe Mandelas
  • 23 Skidoo – Coup
  • The Son of PM – Lhow Lenum
  • Booker T & the MGs – I Got A Woman
  • Rasputin’s Stash – Mr Cool
  • The Meters – Ease Back
  • Lincoln Chase – You’ve Got To Be A Little Crazy
  • DJ Food feat. Ken Nordine – The Ageing Young Rebel
  • Funkadelic – No Compute
  • Herbaliser – The Real Killer Pt 2 (Rooftop Prowler)
  • Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • Thawfor – Where Thawght Is Worshipped 2.2
  • Gonjasufi – Klowds
  • Thundercat – It Really Doesn’t Matter To You
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglan Is A Bitch
  • Barrington Levy – Englishman
  • A Tribe Called Quest – The Hop
  • Prefuse 73 – Love You Bring
  • Boards of Canada – Twoism
  • Pye Corner Audio – Toward Light
  • High Places – From Stardust To Sentience
  • Circular Keys – Eurogrand
  • Pantha Du Prince – The Splendour
  • Baths – Aminals
  • Zinja Hlungwani – Gezani’s Daughter
  • Nâ Hawa Doumbia – Dan Té Dinyé La
  • Lee Scratch Perry – Black Spell
  • Peaking Lights – All The Sun That Shines
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Victorious Dub
  • Jake Slazenger – Nautilus
  • Space – Magic Fly
  • New Order – True Faith
  • Kraftwerk – Metropolis
  • Matt Gray – The Last Ninja (Song 2)
  • Pixies – Mr Grieves
  • Pearls Before Swine – The Jeweller
  • John Fahey – Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Invisible City Of Bladensburg
  • Pentangle – Jack Orion
  • Thurston Moore – Queen Bee & Her Pals
  • P.G. Six – Palace
  • Atlas Sound – Criminals
  • Straitjacket Fits – Down In Splendour
  • Nina Simone – Plain Gold Ring
  • Cinematic Orchestra – All That You Give
  • Roberto De Simone – Secondo Coro Delle Lavandaie
  • Shackleton – Man On A String Part 1
  • Flying Saucer Attack – Whole Day Song
  • Autechre – Drane
  • Four Tet – Wing Body Wing
  • Burial – Rough Sleeper
  • Boards of Canada – Dawn Chorus
  • Amon Tobin – Slowly


Wolfpanther vs Chrome Dreams II

Setlist from vinyl DJ set at the Metro, 6/10/13. Plain text played by Wolfpanther, italics by Chrome Dreams II.


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On Senate Reform

In the wake of the (still to be finalised) recent election results there has been quite a bit of commentary about making changes to the senate. I’m in fairly broad agreement with the opinions given by Antony Green here, but do have a few comments of my own to add.

So what is the problem? The main motivation for changes seems to be that candidates with very small primary votes are looking like winning seats. I would suggest that this on its own is not necessarily a problem. For example consider an election for 6 senators (so a quota of about 14%) where 30% vote Labor, 30% Liberal, 16% Green and the remaining 24% of the vote is spread roughly evenly between 12 candidates. Clearly 2 Labor, 2 Liberal and 1 Green would be immediately elected but then each has a surplus of 2% to go towards their next candidate and there are another 12 each with about 2% so you have at that point 15 different candidates each with about 2%. Who should the last candidate be? There is no obvious winner without distributing preferences, but if the 24% who voted for small parties predominately prefer that anyone except the big three get elected, then a perfectly democratic outcome would be for one of the candidates with a very small primary of about 2% to win. Now suppose a similar setup, but with one of the 12, candidate A, quite popular with 8% and the remaining 16% shared between 11 candidates, so after electing 5 senators we have 3 bigger parties on 2%, 1 on 10% and 11 with 16% between them (let’s say none bigger than 2%). Then it appears that candidate A should win, but suppose that all of the other small parties have similar interests but don’t like candidate A, and the big parties don’t like them either. Then of the remaining 28% or so (there is a rounding error that stops it from adding up precisely here) of votes, 8% like candidate A but 20% would prefer for any of the other candidates to win, so it is perfectly reasonable for a candidate with about 2% to beat the candidate with 8%. So a candidate getting up to win with a small vote is not necessarily bad. To some extent this is what has happened in the current election, many people have voted for small parties and do not want senators from larger parties, quite often the biggest of these votes are for the likes of the Sex Party or Family First, but most people voting for one of these do not like the other, however they, and various other small party voters, would prefer the likes of the Motor Enthusiasts or the Sports party to the larger ones. It is not completely unreasonable that such candidates are the preferred choice of this large constituency disillusioned with the more established parties.

The real problem is that the preferences as allocated might not reflect people’s true preferences due to Above The Line (ATL) voting. In principle every voter should give a full choice of preferences for all candidates, in practice this tended to result in a level of informal voting deemed to be unacceptable so the alternative was to vote for one party above the line, with your full vote then coinciding to a preference ticket provided by the party to the AEC. Some people are rather misguided in raging against secret deals and complaining that their votes have been traded around by the parties. This is not how it works, the parties must provide their preference tickets in advance, they are published before the election and are available to view at polling booths, they are not secret. You still have full control over your vote if you choose to vote below the line. I don’t think any individual has reasonable grounds to complain about what happened to their own vote, however if lots of people aren’t aware of these things and some preferences are allocated in unusual ways this is something that one can reasonably be concerned about when taking an overall view of the outcome. For example there is the possibility of parties being formed with a name to appeal to certain voters which then channels their votes to someone they wouldn’t normally preference.

Tied in with this is the problem that ballots are becoming very large and difficult to deal with, with a disincentive to vote below the line due to the time taken and higher possibility of failing to number it correctly and rendering it informal.

So how to deal with this issue? Some people think that preferences themselves are inherently the problem and are unfair, they take a simplistic view that if only each voter had just one vote then it would be fair. This is very, very wrong. First past the post is one of the worst voting systems and would lead to less democratic outcomes.

Another suggestion is to have a minimum quota of first preferences for someone to be elected, but as I pointed out above, people being elected on small votes isn’t really the problem, so I don’t see this as the solution.

The real problem is above the line voting.

The simplest way around this is to allow for preferences above the line. A voter would have the choice of either numbering every party above the line or every candidate below the line. This would make the count more complicated but I think would be worthwhile.

Something else often suggested is allowing optional preferential voting. I tend to prefer full preferential voting, but in an election for multiple candidates such as in the senate, then optional preferential with a reasonable minimum number of preferences required would be acceptable. My problem with optional preferential is that it allows for many votes to exhaust, so at later stages of the count candidates can be elected from a much smaller subset of voters. This is balanced by the problem that in the senate there are so many candidates that voters know very little about, so it is not necessarily meaningful for them to rank them in order of preference.

I do think that lots of people want optional preferential for the wrong reasons, for example someone might resent that they have to number the Liberal candidates because they are a Labor or Greens voter, but leaving a number blank is not a vote against someone, it just means that once all the ones you do number are elected or eliminated you’ve given up your right to have a say. With optional preferences I would still allocate a preference to the Liberals even though I don’t like them because there are others I like less, for example, if it ended up coming down to a choice between Liberal and One Nation then I’d certainly still want to have my say and would happily prefer the Liberal. In such a scenario those who exhausted their preferences might be quite happy to say they didn’t vote for either, but they could effectively be helping One Nation to win the seat. By allocating as many preferences as possible you don’t have to make guesses as to who might realistically have a chance at each stage of the count, you get to express preferences regardless of what happens. Something like this is happening in the current Tasmanian count, after the Greens candidate is elected there is a surplus to be distributed and the remaining candidates are Liberal, Palmer United, and Liberal Democrats. Most Greens voters probably don’t like any of them, but at this stage one of them has to be elected, not because of the distribution of Greens surplus, but because the vast majority of other voters who are still being counted like one of them. In such a situation, I would rather choose between three options I don’t particularly like then say nothing at all.

So basically, I think that a combination of above the line preferencing, and optional preferential but with a high enough minimum number to stop too many votes exhausting would be a reasonable reform.

A further reform to help keep ballot size reasonable and to stop people trying to exploit the system with ‘front’ parties would be some tightening of the rules for candidature. It would seem reasonable to require parties to be registered for longer before an election and to stop the same people registering numerous parties. I think the required number of party members should be counted for a single party only as well (i.e. parties can still allow dual membership but their submitted list of members to qualify for party status on the ballot cannot include members counted for another party). I would be wary of setting the bar too high though (particularly with regard to monetary cost) so as not to make it too difficult for genuine new parties to contest elections.