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Almanac Music: Sunnyboys

Matt Zurbo shares more music experiences from his younger days; this time, a performance by the Sunnyboys, and a girlfriend named Sonja. [Warning: Adult themes mentioned. -Ed]

Almanac Music: ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’

Nina Simone had a stellar but at times controversial career over her fifty years in the music business. ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’, recorded in 1967, is fine example of this great artist in one of the many musical phases she passed through.

Almanac Poetry: Vienna Dream

Although they lived in the same city – Vienna – in the same era, there is a school of thought that Schubert and Beethoven never actually met. Along these lines, this week’s poem from Kevin Densley speculates upon what a near-miss would have looked like.

Almanac Life (and Music): Sheepish Confessions

Sheepish confessions … we all have things we like that make us feel a little embarrassed, whether it be a band or film, or something similar. In this Friday’s column, KD makes a sheepish confession, and invites Almanackers to share one of their own.

Almanac Music – Aussie album review: Weddings Parties Anything ‘Roaring Days’

In the 15th of his reviews of classic Australian albums, Smokie looks back on “Roaring Days” by Weddings Parties Anything, an album to which he has found himself turning during Melbourne’s lockdown

Almanac Music: Angel

Matt Zurbo begins a regular series of stories about his extensive experiences related to music and its impact on his life and relationships.

Almanac Music: Reprise – The Footy Almanac Spine Tingling Playlist

A couple of years ago The Footy Almanac came up with a list of favourite spine tingling songs nominated by our readers and made them into a Spotify playlist. We reprise the playlist and seek further nominations to be added to the list.

Almanac Poetry: The Anni-Frid, Björn, Benny and Agnetha Syndrome

ABBA’s upcoming release of their first album of new material in 40 years reminded Kevin Densley of a poem he’d written, loosely based on fact, inspired by the band in their then retirement.

David Bridie prepares for the Grand Final with a chat and a rendition of ‘It’s a Grand Old Flag’

David Bridie is a lifelong Dees’ fan. He has lived a Dees’ life. In case you missed the Footy Almanac’s Grand Final lunch on Zoom on Saturday, check out John Harms’s interview with him, including a couple of great renditions of the Melbourne theme song on a unique instrument.

Almanac Music: Miles Davis – ‘Kind of Blue’

Miles Davis is recognised as the greatest exponent of ‘cool jazz’, his seminal album ‘Kind of Blue’ remains the biggest selling jazz album of all time.