Wolfpanther vs Home For The Def

All vinyl DJ set at the Metro, 3/1/16. Wolfpanther in plaintext, Home For The Def in italics

  • Maximum Joy – Let It Take You There
  • Jackie Mittoo – Wall Street
  • Neneh Cherry – Out of The Black feat. Robyn
  • Genesis – Who Dunnit?
  • Julia Holter – Vaquez
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (Graduate OST version)
  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • Don Williams – I Keep Putting Off Getting Over You
  • Matt Sweeney & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Life In Muscle
  • Roger Miller – Heartbreak Hotel
  • Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City
  • Sacred Cowboys – Nothing Grows In Texas
  • Laughing Clowns – Diabolic Creature
  • Bloodloss – On the Rack
  • Snapper – Hang On
  • Thug  – Dad
  • Einstürzende Neubauten – Morning Dew
  • Flipper – Sacrifice
  • Jesus & Mary Chain – The Hardest Walk
  • The Leaving Trains – She’s Looking At You
  • Sonic Youth – Death To Our Friends
  • Loudmouth – Tear My Hair Out
  • Screamfeeder – Around A Pole
  • Trotsky Icepick – The Light Pours Out Of Me
  • Pan Ron – unknown title
  • Run DMC / Winston Churchill – Walk This Way / various speeches
  • Beastie Boys – Sure Shot
  • Dancin’ Exercise / Arnold Palmer – Another One Bite’s The Dust / Personal Golf Instructions
  • Run The Jewels – A Christmas Fucking Miracle
  • The Art Of Noise feat. Max Headroom – Paranoimia
  • Coldcut – Panopticon
  • Bazz & Pilko – Song For Don
  • Moon Wiring Club – Cobwebby Whodunit
  • Richard Harris – There Are Too Many Saviours On My Cross
  • Ennio Morricone – L’Uomo Dell’Armonica
  • The Veterans – Nigel Gold Grows Old
  • The Advisory Circle with Hong Kong in the 60’s – Seasons Change
  • Pere Ubu – Love Love Love
  • R.E.M. – Stand
  • Fancy – I’m A Woman
  • Roxy Music – A Really Good Time
  • The Dead Milkmen – Life Is Shit
  • Look Blue Go Purple – Cactus Cat
  • Rolf Harris – On My Electric Finger
  • The Builders – Alien
  • The Klaxons – The Clap Clap Sound
  • The Residents – Hello Skinny
  • ALF – Stuck On Earth
  • Nyam Nyam – Fate
  • Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok
  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  • Roger Miller – My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died
  • Blank Realm – Too Late Now
  • Mark “Jacko” Jackson – I’m An Individual
  • Sleaford Mods – Tarantula Deadly Cargo
  • Talking Heads – Drugs
  • Jane Weaver – Your Time In This Life Is Just Temporary
  • Revolver – Heaven Sent An Angel
  • Dick Diver – Year In Pictures
  • Morris Minor & the Majors- Another Boring B-side
  • Dr Alimantado – One Trouble
  • Naram feat. Asher Senator – Mayhem
  • Francis Bebey – Sanza Tristesse
  • High Wolf – Wild At Heart
  • John Callaghan – Give Me Some Air
  • Joanna Newsom – Divers

Wolfpanther vs DJ Featherpants

Setlist from all vinyl set at the Metro, 6/12/15. Wolfpanther in plaintext, DJ Featherpants in italics.

  • John Cale – Half Past France
  • Patti Smith Group – Because the Night
  • Sleater-Kinney – Hey Darling
  • Kenickie – Come Out Tonight
  • Love of Diagrams – Story Up
  • The E-Types – Put The Clock Back On The Wall
  • Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is
  • Crackajacks – Long Blonde Hair
  • Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight
  • Paris Angels – Perfume
  • Swirl – So Far
  • Shop Assistants – Somewhere In China
  • Lower Plenty – White Walls
  • Triffids – Beautiful Waste
  • The Moffs – Another Day In The Sun
  • The Chills – Pink Frost
  • The Chills – Kaleidoscope World
  • Os Mutantes – Panis et Circenses
  • Robert Wyatt – Team Spirit
  • Still Corners – Don’t Fall In Love
  • Jessica Bailiff – Slowly
  • Grouper – False Horizon
  • Fair Maiden – Blue Moon
  • Woollen Kits – Cheryl
  • Old Mate – Steven
  • XTC – Life Begins At The Hop
  • Toy Love – Squeeze
  • Chris Knox – Not Given Lightly
  • Straitjacket Fits – Down In Splendour
  • Primitives – Thru The Flowers
  • Dead Famous People – Barlow’s House
  • The Clean – Tally Ho
  • The Verlaines – Death and the Maiden
  • The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast – Tael of a Saeghors
  • Listening Center – Our Material
  • Sleep ∞ Over – Outer Limits
  • Circular Keys – Eurogrand
  • Stereolab – Lo Boob Oscillator
  • Broadcast – Look Outside
  • Pel Mel – Shoes Should Fit
  • New Order – Everything’s Gone Green
  • Heaven 17 – (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thing
  • Art Of Noise – Close (To The Edit)
  • Rhoborhythmaticons – Knife + Fork
  • Holly Herndon – Morning Sun
  • 10cc – I’m Not In Love
  • Melanie Oxley & Chris Abrahams – Benchtop
  • The Creatures – Right Now
  • Nancy & Lee – Some Velvet Morning
  • Beasts of Bourbon – Psycho
  • Kim Salmon & the Surrealists – Put Your Trust In Me
  • Teenage Fanclub – God Knows It’s True
  • Truck Train Tractor – Starforce (USA)
  • The Pastels – Different Drum
  • Beat Happening – Cast A Shadow
  • Guided By Voices – Big School
  • Look Blue Go Purple – Safety In Crosswords
  • The Hummingbirds – Get On Down
  • Ed Kuepper – You Must Endure What You Cannot Cure
  • The Grifters – Bronze Cast
  • Sebadoh – Vampire
  • The Lighthouse Keepers – Gargoyle
  • Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies – Randolph’s Going Home
  • Unrest – Yes She Is My Skinhead Girl
  • Raincoats – Lola
  • Veronica Falls – Beachy Head
  • Terrible Truths – Lift Weights
  • Chook Race – Dentists
  • Laughing Clowns – Ghost Of An Ideal Wife
  • Cheveu – My Answer Is Yes
  • Parquet Courts – Vienna II
  • The Bats – Block Of Wood
  • Jean-Paul Sartre Experience – Flex
  • Christmas Island – Nineteen
  • Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
  • Todd Rundgren – I Saw The Light
  • Roxy Music – Casanova
  • The Records – Starry Eyes
  • The Shins – Turn A Square
  • The Corn Dollies – Forever Steven
  • Ed Kuepper – Also Sprach The King Of Euro Disco
  • Hellfire Sermons – The Best Laugh I Ever Had
  • The Gist – Love At First Sight
  • McCarthy – Frans Hals
  • Quickspace – The Flat Moon Society
  • Low – If You Were Born Today (Song For Little Baby Jesus)
  • Yo La Tengo – Deeper Into Movies
  • The Sea Urchins – Pristine Christine
  • Belle & Sebastian – Dog On Wheels
  • The Darts – The Boy From New York City
  • Talk Talk – Give It Up
  • Altered Images – Don’t Talk To Me About Love
  • Kate Bush – Hammer Horror
  • Sponooch – Lady Dracula
  • John Callaghan – I’m Not Comfortable Inside My Mind

How to get rid of the two party system

It’s quite common to see people complain about the two party system in Australian politics and wish we could get rid of it. The good news is that we can, and that is because our voting system is not actually a two party voting system at all, the two-party aspect is just an artifact of the way most people choose to vote. The way to get rid of then is easy – vote for somebody else.

What follows is all about why you don’t have to vote for Labor or Liberal, but it isn’t intended to tell you who to vote for. You’ll see my opinions on this on other posts on this blog, but I like to keep posts about the electoral system as neutral as possible. As this is specifically directed to the people who complain about having to vote for the two main parties, then it is mostly explaining why you don’t have to. If you are not one of these people and you like one of the two main parties, then you can go on voting for them.

The reason why many people think that there is a two party system is that election counts are often given in terms of a two-party preferred count. This is not part of the system which determines who wins though, this is just a useful way of viewing the outcome given that the overwhelming majority of voters have voted for two parties (including the coalition as a single party for these purposes). If people voted differently this would be less useful to the point where it might not be used.

It is also commonly thought that preferences somehow inevitably funnel votes to the major parties, but once again this is not true. The result of preferences is to redistribute votes from candidates with a very low vote to their voters next preferences until a candidate has the support of over half the electorate. In almost every electorate the largest primary votes by far are for the Coalition and Labor, so if preferences are distributed, those candidates are likely to survive until later stages of the count and receive preferences – it’s just because of their high primary vote. In fact, in many electorates preferences are not all distributed, or sometimes not even at all if someone already has a majority, thought a distribution is shown for the two-party count. Again, this is just recognising that these two parties are the only ones with enough support to be in the contest for government so this is just a way of measuring their relative support, it is not part of the count which determines the outcome.

One aspect of our election system which does favor dominance by two parties is the use of single member electorates in the lower house. This means that parties with a significant level of support but spread evenly across the country can easily have no representation there as you need to get over 50% after preferences in any individual electorate to win a seat. So this tends to hand most of the seats to the most popular parties, though also it does allow for candidates with a large amount of localised support to do well. This is balanced to some degree by the proportional representation of the Senate. Importantly though, it is still not built into the system that lower house seats must go to the Coalition or Labor, and we see this in practice with Adam Bandt in Melbourne, Andrew Wilkie in Denison, Cathy McGowan in Indi and Bob Katter in Kennedy.

Of course to vote for someone else you need to feel that there is someone else worth voting for. During an election campaign most sources of information will be talking only about the Coalition vs Labor, and quite a bit on the relative personalities of the leaders. To an extent this is fair, the media of course should look at the most likely contenders for the prospective Government, however also it can turn into “horse race” journalism, where it is covered purely as a competition involving points scoring and who is winning, and devoid of any analysis of the merits of the parties’ respective policies. The other main source of information will be info form candidates in your letterbox, once again this is most likely to come from the big parties since they have lots of money from corporate donations, plus incumbents have extra resources available to them as well. All this means you may have to go further to find information on other candidates.

The good news is that if you do like any other candidates, then it is perfectly safe to vote for them without any risk of wasting your vote, because you still get to express preferences for all of the other candidates, so for example if your favoured candidate gets eliminated because not enough other people voted for them,  and it comes down to Labor vs Liberal, you still get a say in it.

If you see no way anyone other than the big parties will win your electorate, but there is someone you prefer, it is still worth voting for them. Firstly because your number one vote determines allocation of public funding, so if you have a favourite candidate this is who you want that money to go to. Secondly, a lot of people feel like this until there is a third candidate that looks like winning. You can see this in the Greens vote in Melbourne, as the vote increased from election to election and it looked more like a winnable seat, many more people decided to vote Green, but it took a bunch of people voting Green before it was obviously winnable to get to this point. Once again, given preferential voting it is a perfectly sensible strategy to vote for who you like, even if only boosting their vote to put them in a winnable position and a later election, since you still express a preference between those likely to win this time. But also – who knows, maybe you’re electorate will be one which elects a different candidate this time.

 

 

 

Wolfpanther vs DJ Trout Fishing

Setlist from all vinyl set at the Metro, 1/11/15. Wolfpanther in plaintext, DJ Trout Fishing in italics.

  • Dave Graney & the White Buffaloes – I’ll Set The Scene
  • The Apartments – Sunset Hotel
  • Neil Young – The Old Country Waltz
  • Silver Jews – Tennessee
  • Dillard & Clark – Train Leaves Here This Morning
  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • Tidewater – Wild Horse Plains
  • Bonnie `Prince’ Billy – My Life
  • Fairport Convention – Book Song
  • Paul Giovanni & Magnet – Corn Rigs
  • Bert Jansch – Poison
  • Fairport Convention – Matty Groves
  • Phyl Sheridan – Black Gypsy
  • Mike Cooper – In The Morning
  • The Executives – Don’t You Sometimes Baby Find That I Am On Your Mind
  • Nancy & Lee – Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman
  • The Grateful Dead – Friend of the Devil
  • Ed Kuepper – I Am Your Prince
  • The Bats – Claudine
  • The Great Unwashed – Hold On To The Rail
  • The Triffids – Raining Pleasure
  • Chris Knox – Not Given Lightly
  • The Clean – Slug Song
  • Look Blue Go Purple – I Don’t Want You Anyway
  • Ugly Ugly Ugly – Blowwave
  • Parkay Quarts – Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth
  • Bob Dylan – Tears Of Rage
  • Bob Dylan & The Band – The Weight
  • The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
  • Scott Brothers – Looking Out My Back Door
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Melody
  • Movados – Sha La La
  • ?
  • Donovan – Atlantics
  • Pan Ron – Snaeha
  • Chris Montez – Going Out Of My Mind
  • Jennifer Lara – My Man
  • Dianne And The New Worlds – Come See About Me
  • The Meters – Cissy Strut
  • Dianne And The New Worlds – Babylove
  • Irma Thomas – What’s So Wrong With You Loving Me
  • The Rolling Stones – That’s How Strong My Love Is
  • Aaron Neville – You Can Give But You Can’t Take
  • The Kinks – Got Love If You Want It
  • Old Mate – Steven
  • The Troggs – With A Girl Like You
  • Blank Realm – River of Longing
  • Harry Nillson – Jump Into The Fire
  • Guided By Voices – Weed King / Pimple Zoo
  • Dee Donovan – Radio Song
  • Roy Harper – When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease
  • Colin James, Olive Bice & the Bluebirds – Friend In Need
  • Dick Diver – Left Overs
  • The Burra Boys – Redruth Jail
  • Lower Plenty – White Walls
  • Michael Hurley – Slurf Song
  • Pentangle – Willy Of Winsbury
  • Incredible String Band – October Song
  • Paul Giovanni & Magnet – Willow’s Song
  • Fairport Convention – Autopsy
  • Bill Callahan – Cold Blooded Old Times
  • West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Shifting Sands
  • The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up
  • The Beach Boys – Girl Don’t Tell Me
  • Jesus & Mary Chain – Nine Million Rainy Days
  • New Order – Chosen Time
  • Art Ensemble Of Chicago – Funky Aeco
  • Laughing Clowns – In Front Of Your Eyes
  • Laughing Clowns – Eternally Yours
  • Rowland S Howard – Shivers
  • Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot
  • Wireheads – Billy
  • Sleater-Kinney – Funeral Song
  • Old Mate – Police In The Valley
  • Ought – Habit (I Feel A)
  • Swervedriver – Never Lose That Feeling / Never Learn
  • Peaking Lights – All The Sun That Shines
  • High Wolf – Wild At Heart
  • John Callaghan – I’m Not Comfortable Inside My Mind

Wolfpanther vs Chops!

Setlist from vinyl DJ set at the Metro, 4/10/15. Wolfpanther in plaintext, Chops! in italics.

  • The Panthers – Malkaus
  • Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance
  • The Fall – Middlemass
  • Bitch Prefect – Shipped It
  • Old Mate – Police In The Valley
  • Thigh Master – Head Of The Witch
  • Wireheads – Mack Superliner
  • Nikki Sudden & the Jacobites – Jangle Town
  • Crime & the City Solutions – Six Bells Chime
  • Roy Orbison – Only The Lonely
  • Nancy & Lee – Sand
  • Lee Hazlewood & Suzie Jane Hokom – Califia
  • Beat Happening – Black Candy
  • The Fall – Solicitor In Studio
  • Silver Jews – I’m Gonna Love The Hell Out Of You
  • Gene Clark – Life’s Greatest Fool
  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Dawn McCarthy – Omaha
  • Meat Puppets – I Split Myself In Two
  • Per Purpose – Loss Recuperation
  • Swell Maps – Spitfire Parade
  • Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
  • Pete Shelley – Homosapien
  • Public Image Ltd. – Poptones
  • Brian Eno – Mother Whale Eyeless
  • The Gist – Love At First Sight
  • Talking Heads – Girlfriend Is Better
  • Kate Bush – Moving
  • The Smiths – I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish
  • Look Blue Go Purple – Winged Rumour
  • Go-Betweens – Sunday Night
  • Art Of Fighting – In No Good Way
  • Split Enz – Six Months In A Leaky Boat
  • REM – I Could Turn You Inside Out
  • The Triffids – Save What You Can
  • Ed Kuepper – You Must Endure What You Cannot Cure
  • Nikki Sudden – Stuck On China
  • Laughing Clowns – Just Because I Like
  • Go-Betweens – Ask
  • The Wreckery – Everlasting Sleep
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – All Tomorrow’s Parties
  • The Dirty Three – Hope
  • David Bowie – Station To Station
  • Dick Diver – Percentage Points
  • Dick Diver – Flying Teatowel Blues
  • The Triffids – Being Driven
  • Brian Eno – Cindy Tells Me
  • Mike Cooper – Don’t Talk Too Fast
  • Nathan Roche – Serafina
  • Bob Dylan – Meet Me In The Morning
  • The Byrds – Nothing Was Delivered
  • Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is
  • David Bowie – Win
  • Swervedriver – The Director’s Cut Of Your Life
  • Total Control – Carpet Rash
  • Pixies – Is She Weird
  • Modern Lovers – Old World
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  • Captain Beefheart – Clear Spot
  • Sleater-Kinney – You’re No Rock’n’Roll Fun
  • Sonic Youth – Reena
  • Sleater-Kinney – Memorize Your Lines
  • The Triffids – Raining Pleasure
  • Raincoats – Lola
  • David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging
  • Suicide – Cheree
  • The Feelies – The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness
  • The Twerps – Shoulders
  • David Bowie – Scary Monsters & Super Creeps
  • Black Sabbath – After Forever
  • Neil Young – Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)
  • Richard & Linda Thompson – Calvary Cross
  • David Bowie – Heroes / Helden
  • Beasts of Bourbon – Black Milk
  • Scientists – Revhead
  • The Triffids – Just Might Fade Away
  • The Feelies – The Last Roundup
  • The Fall – In The Park
  • The Fall – Totally Wired
  • The Wedding Present – Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
  • The Gun Club – The House On Highland Ave
  • Parquet Courts – Raw Milk
  • Avant Gardeners – Story of My Life
  • Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies – Randolph’s Going Home
  • Brian Eno – The True Wheel
  • Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders – Model Worlds
  • David Bowie – Fame
  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  • Nikki Sudden – Channel Steamer
  • Beastie Boys – Super Disco Breakin’
  • Roxy Music – More Than This

Wolfpanther vs DJ Power Thighs

Setlist from vinyl DJ set at the Metro, 13/9/15. Wolfpanther in plaintext, DJ Power Thighs in italics.

  • The Triffids – Suntrapper
  • Rose Tattoo – One Of The Boys
  • Bored Games – Marilyn Monroe
  • Exploding White Mice – Fear (Late At Night)
  • Screamfeeder – Tower
  • Public Image Ltd – Annalisa
  • Talking Heads – Memories (Can’t Wait)
  • The Fall – Bombast
  • Mark Stewart & the Mafia – Learning To Cope With Cowardice
  • The Inner Space – Agilok & Blubbo
  • Jane Weaver – Mission Desire
  • Divine – I’m So Beautiful
  • 52nd Street – Cool As Ice (Jellybean Mix)
  • Bronski Beat – Johnnie Remember Me
  • Listening Centre – Quotidian Forgotten
  • Ringo – Legalize It (Don’t Criticize It)
  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
  • The Marvels – Rocksteady
  • Dr Alimantado – Born For A Purpose
  • Tina Turner – Bet’cha Can’t Kiss Me (Just One More Time)
  • Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions
  • Marcus Hook Roll Band – Natural Man
  • Guided By Voices – Do The Earth
  • Stevie Wright – Hard Road
  • Times New Viking – Love
  • The Saints – Erotic Neurotic
  • Toy Love – Squeeze
  • Cosmic Psychos – Down On The Farm
  • Feedtime – Clowns
  • Protex – Strange Obsessions
  • The Apartments – Help
  • Royal Trux – Water Park
  • Hydromedusa – Weight of the Universe
  • Dead Boys – What Love Is
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Suzie Q
  • Aretha Franklin – Think
  • Otis Redding – Home In Your Heart
  • Betty LaVette – Do Your Duty
  • Laughing Clowns – Sometimes
  • Franki Valli & the Four Seasons – Walk Like A Man
  • Super Wild Horses – Adrian
  • Exploding Hearts – Rumors In Town
  • Sleater-Kinney – Hubcap
  • Penetrators – Life Stinks
  • Rowland S Howard – Exit Everything
  • Prince Philip – Another Fool Like Me
  • Beasts Of Bourbon – Words From A Woman To Her Man
  • Dead Ghosts – When It Comes To You
  • Husker Du – Celebrated Summer
  • Lecherous Gaze – Bagagazo
  • Pin Group – Jim
  • Mike Cooper – Don’t Talk Too Fast
  • Nancy & Lee – Some Velvet Morning
  • Linda Perhacs – Sandy Toes
  • Yo La Tengo – Naples
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Pauvre Lola
  • Bob Dylan & The Band – It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Old Match
  • Dick Diver – Percentage Points
  • Ed Kuepper – You Must Endure What You Cannot Cure
  • Look Blue Go Purple – Circumspect Penelope
  • Jean-Paul Sartre Experience – Own Two Feet

Wolfpanther vs DJ Masterchef

Vinyl DJ set from the Metro, 2/8/15. Wolfpanther in plaintext, DJ Masterchef in italics.

  • Earth – There is a Serpent Coming
  • Rowland S Howard – Golden Age of Bloodshed
  • Native Cats – I Remember Everyone
  • Swell Maps – Collision With A Frogman Vs. The Mangrove Delta Plan
  • Dave Graney with the White Buffaloes – I’ll Set The Scene
  • Crime & The City Solution – Adventure
  • The Triffids – Field of Glass
  • Kid Congo – In the Heat Of The Night
  • Bruce Springsteen – State Trooper
  • Magazine – The Light Pours Out
  • The Fall – Mountain Energi
  • The Pastels – Baby Honey
  • Truck Train Tractor – Long Time Gone
  • Venom P Stinger – Inside The Waiting Room
  • The Dead C – Power (Fallujah Version)
  • Die Haut – Sad Dark Eyes
  • Einstürzende Neubauten – Morning Dew
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Stranger Than Kindness
  • Serge Gainsbourg – La Chanson De Prévert
  • Françoise Hardy – Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles
  • Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood – I’ve Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me
  • Rowland S Howard & Lydia Lunch – Some Velvet Morning
  • Ensemble Pearl – Painting On A Corpse / Wray
  • The Swans – My Birth
  • Shellac – Song Of The Minerals
  • Mob – Glass Eye
  • New War – Ghostwalking
  • Rule of Thirds – Fingerprints
  • Sonic Youth – Cotton Crown
  • Anita Lane – Lost In Music
  • The Swans – Love Will Save You
  • Cabaret Voltaire – Do The Mussolini
  • Shark Vegas – You Hurt Me
  • Gang Of Four – I Love A Man In Uniform
  • Coldcut – More Beats & Pieces
  • James Chance & the Contortions – Almost Black
  • Laughing Clowns – Sometimes
  • The Birthday Party – Deep In The Woods
  • Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies – Randolph’s Going Home
  • Karen Dalton – Katie Cruel
  • Pentangle – Willy O’ Winsbury
  • Shangri-Las – Give Him A Great Big Kiss
  • Curley Moore – Don’t Pity Me
  • Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot – Bonny & Clyde
  • Paul Giovanni & Magnet – Gently Johnny
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Wanted Man
  • Bob Dylan & The Band – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • The Gun Club – Goodbye Johnny
  • Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time
  • Talking Heads – New Feeling
  • Delicate Steve – Wally Wilder
  • Dick Diver – Year In Pictures
  • Ed Kuepper – Burned My Fingers

Wolfpanther vs DJ Leisure Hive

Setlist from all vinyl DJ set at the Metro, 6/7/15. Wolfpanther in plain text, DJ Leisure Hive in italics.

  • Weekend – Nostalgia
  • Patrick Cowley – Mocking Bird Dream
  • Angel Eyes – The Sighing Hours
  • Japan – Sons of Pioneers
  • Julia Holter – Marienbad
  • The Triffids – My Baby Thinks She’s A Train
  • The Wreckery – Everlasting Sleep
  • The Stone Poneys – Different Drum
  • Richard & Linda Thompson – Calvary Cross
  • David Bowie – Width of a Circle
  • Roxy Music – Out of The Blue
  • 13th Floor Elevators – You Don’t Know
  • Toy Love – Squeeze
  • Ultravox – Can’t Stay Long
  • Parkay Quarts – Pretty Machines
  • The Cure – Fire in Cairo
  • The Apartments – The Black Road Shines (On a Rainy Night)
  • The Slaughtermen – I Hate You
  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – There Will Be Spring
  • Dusty Springfield – 24 Hours From Tulsa
  • Dick Diver – Year in Pictures
  • Sunnyboys – Happy Man
  • Ed Kuepper – You Must Endure What You Cannot Cure
  • The Sleepers – Intro
  • The Stones – Something New
  • Ded Nats – How To Keep Your Husband Happy
  • Sonic Youth – Intro / Brave Men Run
  • The Wake – Something Outside
  • New Order – Dreams Never End
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – My Kingdom
  • Look Blue Go Purple – Hiawatha
  • Romeo Void – Never Say Never
  • Love of Diagrams – Different Way
  • Your Funeral – I Wanna Be You
  • Crime & the City Solution – Six Bells Chime
  • Bauhaus – Slice of Life
  • The Fall – Craigness
  • Lou Reed – Street Hassle
  • Scorched Earth Policy – Mekong Delta Blues
  • Militia – Ritmi
  • St Vincent – Hysterical Strength
  • Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
  • Art of Noise – Moments in Love
  • Neon – My Blues is You
  • Curve – Galaxy
  • Depeche Mode – Master and Servant
  • Public Image Ltd – Love Song
  • The Human League – Love Action (I Believe in Love)
  • The Gist – Love At First Sight
  • INXS – Suicide Blonde
  • Sleater-Kinney – Get Up
  • The Divinyls – I’ll Make You Happy
  • Siouxsie & the Banshees – Arabian Knights
  • Gary Numan – M.E.
  • Old Mate – Truth Boy
  • Chris & Cosy – October Love Song
  • Hunter Complex – China Rain
  • Kraftwerk – The Hall of Mirrors
  • Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
  • Snowy Red – Mad Man
  • Passage – Creature in the Classroom
  • Grace Jones – Nightclubbing
  • ESG – Erase You
  • Roxy Music – Beauty Queen
  • Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies – Randolph’s Going Home
  • Love – A Message to Pretty
  • Pearls Before Swine – The Jeweller
  • Kate Bush – Pull Out the Pin
  • Alice Coltrane – Going Home

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Deal or No Deal on Pensions?

The agreement between the Greens and the Coalition on the aged pension has drawn a bit of silly commentary. I don’t have strong feelings about the legislation myself, but I do strongly object to the way in which every instance of negotiation over legislation is portrayed as some sort of shady deal, and the crazy idea that somehow this means the Greens have sold out.

What is it about?

The Greens have a fact sheet here. Basically, the Government wants to make savings on the pension, they initially planned to effectly cut it across the board by tinkering with indexation. Instead, the Greens have agreed to support a bill that reduces the threshold at which the part pension cuts out which winds back changes made by the Howard Government to give wealthy people part pensions. On the other hand, at the other end the threshold at which a full pension is reduced has been lifted, so people with some modest savings can still get support form the pension.

Overall this seems pretty sensible to me, the Greens would do much more (including raising the full pension) if they could, but they are not in Government and don’t get to make policy. Note that the Greens do point out that “This is an outcome that stakeholders including the Council of the Ageing, Uniting Care and ACOSS have been seeking for a long time”.

Wasn’t it some sort of deal?

The “deal” in as much as there is one is basically an agreement over this legislation, though in addition the Greens have requested a review into retirement incomes as part of the Tax White Paper. It has been wrongly portrayed as the Greens agreeing to legislation to get something in return, which the Liberals won’t even do anyway. This is ridiculous when you consider that the point of the legislation is to undo changes the Greens have opposed since 2007. The legislation is something they want, and in addition they are getting a review, it isn’t an exchange. Quite clearly the Government will not change tax on super regardless of the outcome of the review – this is known by the Greens, but it will allow evidence to be collected that may still be used at some future point. It’s not much but it puts an important issue on the agenda, and is the best that could be hoped for right now – and remember.

There is no point just opposing everything

Some people are not happy because they want the Greens to oppose everything from the Government. Some even seem to think this will magically give them a new election – this is a misunderstanding (partly based by organisations like March in March wrongly promoting the idea that we could easily get a new election) – there is essentially no way of getting a new election without the Government calling it, the events of 1975 were quite exceptional and are unlikely to be repeated. The fact is that a Government has been voted in and they will govern for a full term or less if they choose. As a Greens member I expect the Greens parliamentarians to hold them to account, but also to support any legislation they agree with. In this case it appears to be the hole the Liberals have dug for themselves by loudly declaring a budget emergency (which does not actually exist), which makes them keen enough to claw back some savings to actually take back pensions from wealthy people.

Labor’s Role

Labor are opposing the legislation – perhaps partly opposition for the sake of it (after all, reducing handouts to the rich would seem like something they would otherwise support), or more likely, given that they frequently vote with the Liberals anyway (e.g. Data Retention) they see it as an opportunity to have a go at the Greens. Thus they have played it up as some sort of grubby deal, and claim the Greens are naive because the Liberals won’t hold up their end of the bargain – but a moment’s thought sees this narrative collapse completely, there is no bargain because the Greens are not giving anything up, they are voting for something they support.

See also an article by Peter Martin on why the change is a good one that Labor would normally support and speculation on why they haven’t. He thinks Labor were still hoping for some sort of concession of taxation of Super, I think the Greens were right in thinking that the current Government isn’t going down that road.

 

Wolfpanther vs Meltmind

Setlist from DJ set at the Metro, Sunday 3/5/15. Wolfpanther in plain text, Meltmind in italics

  • Sleater-Kinney – Price Tag
  • The Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles – Big Bang Reincarnation
  • Cave – Arrow’s Myth
  • Goblin – Suspiria
  • Sparkspitter – Vortechne
  • Herbie Hancock – Hang Up Your Hangups
  • Lloyd McNeill – Home Rule
  • Dimlite – Kalimba Deathswamp/ Kurt Feelingx
  • Biting Tongues – Meat Mask Separatist
  • Flying Lotus – Camel
  • Amon Tobin – Searchers
  • Gonjasufi – Nickles & Dimes
  • The Congos – Fisherman
  • The Upsetters – Dyon Anaswa
  • Cedric Im Brooks – Idleberg
  • Bonobo – Cirrus
  • Sagor & Swing – Fugan Som Förlorade Sin Orgelstämma
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra – You Know You Know
  • Julia Holter – Maxim’s I
  • Funkadelic – Can You Get To That
  • Richard & Linda Thompson – The Calvary Cross
  • Eugene Blacknell – Wah Wah Funk
  • 23 Skidoo – Coup
  • Eugene Blacknell – Early Jam Session
  • Caribou – Julia Brightly
  • Gene Harris and the Three Sounds – Shades of Slim
  • Mal Waldron – Walk
  • Ronnie Foster – Mystic Brew
  • Dewey Redman – For Eldon
  • Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues
  • Talk Talk – Give It Up
  • Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy
  • Pye Corner Audio – Inside The Wave
  • DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World
  • Deltron 3030 – Look Across The Sky
  • Nas – The World Is Yours
  • Beastie Boys – Root Down
  • Madvillain – Accordian
  • Jaga Jazzist – Real Racecars Have Doors
  • Black Milk – Everyday Was
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Intoxicated Man
  • The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin
  • Chris Knox – Not Given Lightly
  • The Velvet Underground – Who Loves The Sun
  • The Apartments – Help
  • The Rolling Stones – 2000 Light Years From Home
  • Ought – Habit (I Feel A)
  • Cargoe – Horses & Silver Things
  • Dick Diver – Competition
  • Soul Mann & the Brothers – Theme From Shaft
  • Cedric Im Brooks – Shaft
  • Sly & the Family Stone – Just Like a Baby
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Put A Spell On You
  • James Brown – The Payback
  • St Vincent – Hysterical Strength
  • Stevie Wonder – Maybe Your Baby
  • Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding
  • Van Morisson – The Way Young Lovers Do
  • Laughing Clowns – Laughing Clowns
  • The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
  • Blank Realm – Falling Down The Stairs
  • Stone Roses – (Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister
  • These Immortal Souls – King Of Kalifornia
  • Cannibal Ox – Straight Off the D.I.C.
  • Burial – Stolen Dog
  • J Dilla – Lightworks
  • The Gist – Love At First Sight