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Richard Cartwright, the titular frontman of Sydney sunshine-psych outfit and claimant to property rights inside your mind, never misses an opportunity when it comes to the weird and the wonderful. In peculiar prose, Richard explains the origins of the brass, the beach and the bovine that grace the cover of Richard in Your Mind’s latest EP titled Mozzarella, which is available now on iTunes.
The cover photo was taken in Haridwar, Rishikesh
In India in the year 2000
I took the photo
On the banks of the Ganges, in the north of the country
It’s like a grey, stoney beach.
There is an Israeli girl named Sharon beckoning to a cow
And there is a man in the background playing saxophone in his speedos
Who once made Joni Mitchell cry
At the Isle of Wight.
His name is Joe
We hung out with him for a week or so
And he told us of his life.
He was a yogi
And had heard om twice,
Once was when he was on acid.
I would jam with him -
He played sax while I played guitar.
He enjoyed it and offered to take me as a student
So that I too could hear om.
I was tempted…
But I declined
He seemed nice but kinda weird.
We later found out that he made Joni Mitchell cry.
He had a classic old car
Which he drove all around India in,
listening to jazz.
My friend Phil and I sat in the boot
When he drove us to a waterfall one time.
That was nice.
He told us he no longer smoked Charas,
But ate bhang powder.
I think this was because while the effects of the ganja helped him on his spiritual journey,
The effects of the smoke were negative and counteracted the spiritual benefits.
Our friend Josh recognised him from the Isle of Wight doco
Message to Love.
He asked Joe about it, and sure enough he said he was there.
He didn’t seem too happy about the memory.
He rambled when recalling it and I think he was very high back then.
He mentioned being employed to paint the fences invisible
And how he was frustrated about coming up against a kind of resistance in his task.
I remember him quoting her song Woodstock, talking about being “caught in the Devil’s bargain, and we have to get ourselves back to the garden”
We watched the Isle of Wight doco
When we got home to Australia.
And there he was,
Interrupting Joni Mitchells set to make an announcement.
It seemed it was very important to him.
He was met with resistance
And was forcibly removed from the stage.
Joni Mitchell was sad about the violence.
She was just trying to be a peaceful hippy songbird
And Joe’s enflamed mind rose up and smashed things about a bit.
It must have been very upsetting.
If you ever find yourself watching the doco
About the Isle of Wight and you think to yourself:
“I wonder whatever happened to that guy?”
He moved to India
Became a yogi
Had some kind of enlightening homoerotic experience
When Sai Baba touched his butt one time
Lots of other stuff
Jammed on a beach with some Australians, an Isreali and a cow.
We had a massive label party at the Annandale hotel last Sunday, Here are some pics and a video of the amazing Straight Arrows. Thanks also to the wondeful Vikki Ing for all her hard work!
The Laurels in front of the sold out Annandale.
A bit of Donny on the side.
The stunning Seja.
Richard in Your Mind
Rice Is Nice
Saturday night saw the one and only Donny Benét take the stage at Barrio for the Adelaide Festival. A massively entertaining set followed which had the crowd dancing across the entire festival bar.
Barrio is an absolute delight and we urge you to get down there to see some music before the festival ends. Donny heads back into Donnyland studio now to record the follow up to ‘Don’t Hold Back’.
Here is the latest MOJO Magazine with Seekae’s cover of ‘Ultra violence’ on the New Order tribute CD.
So, Tasmania was one lucky place last month. It has SPOD recording a whole new record and Donny Benet graced Mona Foma’s stages twice. Tasmania is probably the greatest place in the world. The End. BUT the thing that made it even better was when Donny came to town. Oh the things we did. Oh the fun that was had. Oh the curried scallop pies we enjoyed and Oh the oysters were so freaking good and cheap and I really wish I was back there right now.
However, we couldn’t just sit around and eat oysters all day, there was Donny Benet love to spread.
Donny played Mona Foma to a full room of Donny converts on pink bean bags. It was touch n go after the support band tried to psych all of Tasmania out with it’s ACDC chanting. Which I am all for, it can just become a little too all absorbing. ACDC holds a lot of power. REGARDLESS, Donny got right up there and showed everyone a thing or two. There were a surprising amount of beautiful mums in the crowd and in turn, a lot of suggestive tweets from those beautiful mums. You shoulda seen em!
Donny then played a late night set at a club. I’ve never seen so many people in Tasmania. They were all in that room. They were also really getting into Donny, and I mean really getting into it. A crowd of Donny inspired lovers. I must say thank you thank you Mona Foma for having Donny Benét play. It truly is the greatest festival Australia has to offer. Speaking of inspired…SPOD converted a Tasmanian art studio bus into an album recording bus. SPOD had views of the mountains and bay which inspired him to create some epic masterpieces.
So what I am saying…is…SPOD is back.
We will all get to hear the first snippets sometime this year. He has a lot of work to do, but it is going to be to our benefit. SPOD actually debuted some new material at Joel Connolly the great’s 30th birthday party.
Joel was apart of the ‘boy’s night’ chorus along with Richie Rich and Connie.
On that fateful night of naughty rappers, Donny Benet and SPOD came a collaboration so very special…that’s right…Donny and SPOD joined forces to play Regulate. I feel like it might be one of the greatest collabs I have seen in a long long time.
Speaking of best things, I saw Jason Lytle last night and I really cant believe that happened. I was right up front, sitting next to a guy who flew from New Caledonia with all his Grandaddy records, just for this one show. That one show…His name was Sebastian and I wanted to get the set list for him, but I blew it. I hope he got his stuff signed and has a great 3 days in Sydney before going home. It really was that special and worth an international flight. Money well spent Sebastian!
It’s thunderstorming now. oggie boogie.