Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Smiths: 50 greatest songs: pt 1

Recently MOJO magazine listed the 50 greatest Smiths songs. While such lists are subjective and can lead to many a disagreement, I thought it a good time to share the list and some of the music. When I first learned to play guitar, a Smiths fan at my school taught me to play 'please, please, please let me get what I want'. He also suggested that if I wanted to start with any Smiths Lp, the best one to start with was the compilation- 'Hatful of Hollow'. I since realised how right he was. It is my favorite of their albums, compiling non album singles, b-sides and live tracks.

The Smiths formed in Manchester in 1982 and ended in 1987. They released four studio albums;The Smiths, Meat is murder, The Queen is dead, and Strangeways here we come. A live album 'Rank',  a slew of singles (including many non-album singles), and a handful of compilation albums.

Here is Mojo's list from 50-21

50. Barbarism Begins At Home
49. Ask
48. Cemetry Gates
47. Meat is Murder
46. Is It Really So Strange?
45. Nowhere Fast

 44. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
43. Suffer Little Children
42. You've Got Everything Now
41. I Want The One I Can't Have
40. This Night Has Opened My Eyes

39. Pretty Girls Make Graves
38. These Things Take Time
37. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish

36. Rubber Ring
35. Jeane
34. Shakespeare's Sister
33. Rusholme Ruffians
32. London
31. What Difference Does It Make?

30. Half A Person
29. Well I Wonder
28. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
27. Handsome Devil
26. I Won't Share You

 25. Accept Yourself
24. Death Of A Disco Dancer
23. A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours

22. Asleep
21. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Here are some new tunes I have been listening to. The last music post was decidedly guitar based and raw, this is quite the opposite.

Kari Faux- Fantasy.

Aside from great lyrics, this track has an interesting clip, which I can't stop watching.

Mark Pritchard (feat Thom York)-  Beautiful People.
This track has a meditative quality to it. I first heard it on a quiet sunday morning.

Trentemøller- Redefine.
This track has a nice groove to it, but I have no idea what is going on in the film clip!

Case/ Lang/ Veirs- Atomic Number.
If you are a music fan you will know those names. Neko Case, Kd Lang and Laura Veirs are three amazing  singer-songwriters who came together to make a beautiful lp.

Lastly, I have been relistening to some older Kate Bush and yes, I still love this track.

 Kate Bush-Wow

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016


AK and I went to Brisbane (and Nth Stradbroke Island) for a couple of days. It was beautiful.
Here are some photos I took.

At the hotel/apartment:

At the train station:

At the gardens:

All photographs copyright matthew schiavello 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Torn, decayed and beautiful

I thought it time to once more share some of my urban decay works. These are works, where I find beauty in spaces which are widely believed to be devalued.

All images copyright matthew schiavello 2015-2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Local music

Recently I have been really enjoying some music which just happens to be local, or local-ish.

DMA's their LP 'Hills End' is really strong and well worth exploring. They are from Sydney and sounds like they have a bit of a brit-pop/oasis influence, which is especially noticeable in their track 'Timeless'
Here are two songs from them:

DMA's- 'Delete':

The next clip is full of interesting older people, it was filmed at the Globe Pub in Hackney, London. I can't stop watching!

DMA's- 'Timeless':

This next band, Gold Class, are from Melbourne. I am really enjoying their LP 'It's you'. Spiky, raw and urgent, this may not be for everyone. You can buy their work on bandcamp! Here are two tracks from them.

Gold Class- 'Life as a gun':

I love the clip for this next track and especially love the 'echos' of each person projected on and behind them.

Gold Class- 'Bite down':

This last band, Methyl Ethyl, are from Perth. I quite like the cover to their lp 'Oh Inhuman Spectacle'. I keep meaning to check out the LP and hope to soon!

Methyl Ethel- 'Twilight driving':

Here is their Lp Cover:

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

More Melbourne

Following on from my last post, here are some more images of Melbourne that were considered for a small job. Some of these may have been previously shared on this blog before.

all images copyright matthew schiavello 2012-2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


I have been working on a small photography job, where I needed to provide four images of Melbourne to have put in a small city shop. In the process of taking some new shots and relooking at some older shots to possibly use, I thought I would share these with you. Some of these have been shared previously on this blog.

all images copyright matthew schiavello 2012-2016