The Ilfracombe scoreboard

Scoreboard Pressure welcomes aboard Sasha Lennon, whose first contribution to the unofficial national register of scoreboards is the rugby league scoreboard in Ilfracombe, central west Queensland.

Almanac Music: Final Stereo Stories concert for 2016

Our final show for 2016 is a 60 minute concert at the grand and gorgeous Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

The show, on Sunday 20 November at 4pm, is part of the 2016 Word For Word Festival, a celebration of non-fiction writing.

Mental Health Week – a son’s tale

Jesse Maskell puts in his two cents’ worth about mental health. “I made this little video not for me but in the hope of reaching out to others who might need it.”

Almanac Music: Nankervis, Frampton, Hudson.

Got nine minutes to spare? Take a look and have a listen to this Stereo Stories performance featuring Brian Nankervis and The Stereo Stories Band – with a little help from Frampton, and a brief nod to Peter Hudson.

It’s a story about travel, romance, music and, fleetingly, footy.

Twin flags for FIDA Seagulls

The Williamstown FIDA Seagulls capped off a stellar season by winning two premierships on Sunday 28 August at Central Reserve, Waverley.

Almanac Music: Anson Cameron, friendship, and The Kill Devil Hills

Anson Cameron’s debut Stereo Story is honest to the bare bones: Rare times, he writes, a hole opens in a life and a song appears from nowhere to fill it, explain it, exploit it.

FIDA Grand Finals this Sunday

The FIDA footy season comes to a finale this Sunday 28 August, with four Grand Finals, all at Central Reserve, Glen Waverley.

Almanac Music: Stereo Stories in concert in Albury

Stories by Anson Cameron and Darren ‘Smokie’ Dawson will be very much part of the Stereo Stories’ first interstate gig. Yep, we’re going over the border to New South Wales.

Almanac Music: Stereo Stories in concert – via YouTube

So, you might have heard of the Almanac off-shoot called Stereo Stories and wondered, What’s it all about? How does it work, especially the concerts? Now, thanks to YouTube we can show you.

Stereo Story: Phil Dimitriadis on drinking, demons and the song Soma Mou

Last week Phil Dimitridis wrote bravely about the demons of drink, the legacy of Tom Wills, and the importance of the band Weddings Parties Anything.

Here, in this Stereo Story, he once again opens up, this time focusing on a song called Soma Mou, by Notis Sfakianakis.

450 scoreboards, and counting

A few seasons ago Almanackers Les Everett and Vin Maskell began their Scoreboard Pressure project: a website about, yep, scoreboards. From Adelaide Oval to Airport West to Afghanistan; from the MCG to Uranquinty, from Yarck to Yea to Yealering.

Book now for Willy Lit Fest: Stereo Stories, A Passion For Footy, and more.

Time for music-loving Almanackers to book at table at the next Stereo Stories show and see Smokie Dawson on his home ground, sharing the Stereo Stories stage with the band and several writers, including Andy Griffiths and Brian Nankervis.

Between The Bars: A tender Mother’s Day Stereo Story

New Zealand writer Maria Majsa always digs deep when she writes a Stereo Story: deep into a dark past, deep into a song. ‘Every so often you come across a song which can demolish you; take you down in slow-mo, floor by floor like an old hotel, ending in a puff of plaster and dust.’

Record store pilgrim

Stereo Stories celebrates Record Store Day (today, 16 April ) with a 2011 story about lunchtime temptations, a 1960s photo from Sydney, and a 1981 song by Ian Hunter, Old Records Never Die. Cheers. Visit Stereo Stories.

Stereo Stories next gig next Sunday

Stereo Stories’ second show of the year is next Sunday, 3 April, at Williamstown Library

Stereo Story: karaoke in North Korea

You’re in North Korea. On a holiday. You’re in a karaoke bar. What song do you choose?

Stereo Story – a neck brace and RocKwiz

Julia Zemiro, RocKwiz’s vivacious host, spots my neck brace. (It’s hard to miss.) She touches me on the arm. “What happened?”

Stereo Stories takes The High Ground: an intimate triumph

Stereo Stories was privileged to perform at The High Ground (Wurdi Youang) at the Geelong Library on Sunday 7 February.
An audience of close to 200, most of them new to the emotional pendulum of Stereo Stories, thoroughly enjoyed the weaving of personal story and popular song: laughter, tears, lovely music.

Summer Stereo Story – Beach house records part 3

The beach-house record collection, like the beach-house itself, is virtually a museum. The records are of a vintage that matches the family photos, the well-worn furniture (including Dad’s brown Jason Recliner), the faded curtains, the rusty bikes, the board games.

Summer Stereo Story – beach house records, part 2

Vin Maskell continues tracing the history of his family’s record collection, with cameos this week from The Screaming Tribesmen and The Girl From Ipanema.

The more I look at my list of nine columns the more I realise that none of the records belong to anyone anymore. They are not mine or my brothers’ or my sisters’ or my parents’. Or my brother’s wife’s. They belong to the beach-house at Moggs Creek.