Merry Christmas Sounds of Oz readers. I hope that whatever you’re doing for the holidays you’re enjoying it.
I’ve probably been up since the wee small hours, because I’m still a big kid at Christmas. I’m wearing oversized bell earrings and a tacky necklace with flashing lights which is likely to annoy my younger sisters immensely. I’m sure I’m drinking and eating too much, but sometimes that’s the best way to deal with the small children that inevitably come with family get togethers. I’ve also probably been thoroughly spoiled by my husband and parents. They’re good like that.
I’m certainly not working. I wrote this post well in advance so I could take the day off. I think after a busy year of blogging I deserve the rest, don’t you? I’ll leave you with The Bedroom Philosopher’s very unique take on “12 Days of Christmas” which comes from his A Very Beddy Christmas EP. With a vengeful ex-girlfriend sending the “gifts”, it’s far from the usual seasonal fare!
The Bedroom Philosopher is looking to warm up your winter with his Head Sex and Bed Socks tour. Nothing beats those chills like a good belly laugh after all!
The Bedroom Philosopher will perform an intimate set featuring songs from his previous albums, including last year’s surprise smash Songs from the 86 Tram, as well as cuts from his forthcoming album Man. I’m pretty intrigued by this release which is set to feature “a series of manthems for the modern day retrosexual.”
You can get a good dose of The Bedroom Philosopher’s raw masculinity at the following shows.
18 August 2011 – Beavs Bar, Geelong
19 August 2011 – The Promethean, Adelaide
20 August 2011 – The Toff in Town, Melbourne
25 August 2011 – Powerhouse, Brisbane
26 August 2011 – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
27 August 2011 – The Vanguard, Sydney
9 September 2011 – Republic Bar, Hobart
The concept album appears to be a dying art these days, but no one told The Bedroom Philosopher. With his third studio album Songs from the 86 Tram, the man otherwise known as Justin Heazelwood has created a vivid cast of commuters.
Each song is told from the point of view of a particular character, and The Bedroom Philosopher creates these personalities beautifully. Each is incredibly realised, with a unique voice and outlook. I was particularly fond of the nan of “In My Day,” and the self-important suit of “New Media.” “Sudanese” is another stand-out, a clever satire of multicultural Australia.
While these characters are Songs from the 86 Tram greatest strength, they’re also its biggest weakness. I found it quite difficult to understand the voices of many of the figures; they speak too softly, or too quickly, or with accents that I can’t quite grab onto. The music too tends to overwhelm the lyrics at times, making it difficult to pick up each and every word. There were other instances where I felt I was simply out of the loop. Perhaps it comes from living my life in suburban New South Wales, as a friend from Melbourne insists this album is one of the greatest he’s encountered. However I found that Victorian-centric approach difficult to embrace. Comedy is all about the message, and when you can’t communicate it – whether the message isn’t heard or simply not understood – that humour is lost.
Having said that, there’s a lot to like about The Bedroom Philosopher and his Songs from the 86 Tram. Musically it’s incredibly strong, and there are some genuinely funny moments. This is a very clever disc, but it might not be as clever as it thinks it is.
Following the release of his third musical comedy album Songs from the 86 Tram, The Bedroom Philosopher, aka Justin Heazlewood, is rounding up his band The Awkwardstra and hitting the road.
The Bedroom Philosopher says “my live show is both a remarkably memorable life changing experience and cause for major concern.”
If that sounds like your kind of gig, make sure you grab a ticket for the following shows.
12 August 2010 – Jive Bar, Adelaide
13August 2010 – Hotel New York, Launceston
14 August 2010 – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (All ages matinee)
14 August 2010 – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
15 August 2010 – Arts Theatre, Burnie (All ages)
18 August 2010 – ANU Bar, Canberra
19 August 2010 – Harpe Hotel, Wollongong
20 August 2010 – The Factory, Sydney (All ages)
21 August 2010 – Northern Star, Newcastle
22 August 2010 – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla
25 August 2010 – Indi Bar, Scarborough
26 August 2010 – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury
27 August 2010 – Rocketroom, Perth
28 August 2010 – Troubadour, Brisbane
29 August 2010 – Old Museum, Brisbane (All ages matinee)
30 August 2010 – The Great Northern, Byron Bay
1 September 2010 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
2 September 2010 – National Hotel, Geelong
3 September 2010 – The Palais, Hepburn Springs
4 September 2010 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
5 September 2010 – Spanish Club, Melbourne (All ages matinee)
5 September 2010 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
The Bedroom Philosopher, aka Justin Heazlewood, has just released the video for his new single “Northcote (So Hungover).” The film clip’s lots of fun, with some great cameos from Tim Rogers, Angie Hart, Kram, Hannah Fox, and Josh Earl. You’ll want to watch it a second time, as the first you’ll be too busy star-spotting! “Northcote (So Hungover) comes from The Bedroom Philosopher’s recently released third album Songs from the 86 Tram.
Melbourne comic The Bedroom Philosopher has just released “Northcote (So Hungover)”, the first single from his upcoming album Songs from the 86 Tram. You can listen to the song here.
The Bedroom Philosopher has quickly become a Triple J favourite with his witty satire and shoe-gazing rock stylings. I also like that he’s an equal opportunist comedian, similarly at home taking pot shots at hip hop wannabes, bogans, backpackers, and the elderly.
If you were looking for musical comedy that’s a bit edgier than Tripod and Scared Weird Little Guys, The Bedroom Philosopher may just be your cup of chai. You can catch him at the upcoming Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals and a few other cities over the next few months. Check him out at the following venues!
25 March -18 April 2010 – Victoria Hotel, Melbourne
28 April 2010 – The Front Café, Canberra
29 April 2010 – The Vanguard, Sydney
5 May 2010 – Grace Emily, Adelaide
6 May 2010 – Alley Cat, Hobart
7 Friday May 2010 – Royal Oak, Launceston
9 Sunday May 2010 – Powerhouse, Brisbane
Lauren Katulka cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her life. Raised on an eclectic diet of Van Morrison, The Eagles, Cold Chisel, and Barbra Streisand, she remembers saving all her pocket money for weeks so she could buy cassettes featuring her favourite singers. At the tender age of 11 she saw her first live concert when Jimmy Barnes took his Soul Deep tour to Newcastle’s Civic Theatre. There was no looking back.
Today Lauren is a happily married freelance writer living on the New South Wales Central Coast. When she's not obsessing about the latest band, or some old favourite, she loves to experiment with new recipes, watch indie films, and cuddle her Devon Rex cat Gizmo.