Bland On Bland – Australian Country Towns


Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Australian Country Towns “.

Great theme this week and JVG back from his holiday. 

It was a huge Indie Record Store day at Basement on Saturday. I confess to feeling a little under the weather having talked to so many people at Basement Discs, and what great performances.

My hat is off to the awesome team there, I dont know how you manage to do it year after year.

If you were there you will know what I mean, if you weren’t put it in your phone for next year. A not to be missed event ( and Andy White playing this Friday lunchtime )

The inimitable Ed Bates is providing backing as usual today, and once again in fine form. Have a listen to how it went below…

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Bland On Bland – Dislike, Disdain, Disrespect


Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Dislike, Disdain, Disrespect “.

A completely different show this week. JVG decided to go for the “long weekend” option and left the show under the guidance of the inimitable Dr Pump.

Regular listeners to the show were given on a completely different experience than they would have been used to.

Ed was in the studio this week, and in blistering form, one of the most memorable backings he has played in a long time. Brilliant stuff Ed and in complete accordance with the theme. Have a listen to how it went below…

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Bland On Bland – One…


Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ One … “.

It was a great show this week, JVG and I had a longish chat about the how my book was going and why I hadn’t done a CD to go with it ( there is always Vol II Jon)

I felt sure that we had used “One” as a theme before but I guess not. I was looking for an idea and found myself strolling through the  “neighbourhood”, stumbled on the question people ask “If you could change just one thing” and before you know it I had a poem.

Great to have Ed on guitar this week. Have a listen to how it went below…

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Bland On Bland – After The…


Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ After the … “.

Back in November Last year I started the saga of Alf and Bunny in a poem called “Low“.

It was such an epic that it had to be cut into two parts, earlier this week I was reminded that I hadn’t put finished the story and this weeks theme was made for it.

So here is part two of Alf and Bunny’s tale…

You may want to refresh your memory of part one – listen here before continuing with this weeks. You can listen to the conclusion below…


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Bland On Bland – Breathing

Bland On Bland – The Book

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Breathing “.

I took the opportunity to head back to the “neighbourhood” this week. Second time in weeks.  It was one of those ideas that jumped into my head but took ages to get right

Jon and I also discussed the sad passing of Chuck Berry, and the importance of him to popular music. A true giant.

Ed Bates supplied the appropriately atmospheric backing this week, have a listen to how it went below…

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Bland On Bland – Female Sonic Trailblazers

Bland On Bland – The Book

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Female Sonic Trailblazers “.

JVG has handed over the running of the show to DrPump today. Jon came up with some lame excuse about playing at the Port Fairy Festival.

We reckon he just wanted a lie-in after a big night.

Anyway it’s a ripper theme and gave me a chance to drag out some memories of growing up here in Melbourne.

Great to have Ed in the studio today providing backing on slide guitar, have a listen to how it went below…

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Bland On Bland – Coffee and Tea


Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Coffee and Tea“.

Dropping things, picking things up, carbonated drinks and this week “Coffee and Tea”.

Does any one else see a pattern emerging for the topics this year?

Does JVG have some inspired master plan for topics this year.?

Who knows?

But for the record, I enjoyed writing this week’s poem over a green tea and  of course its The Stones, no contest ( I await your angry tweets and messages )

Big thanks to those of you who came to the gig at the Lomond . Great night had by all

Backing for today’s poem  supplied by Ed Bates, have a listen to how it went below…

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Bland On Bland – Carbonated Beverages

Bland On Bland – The Book

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Carbonated Beverages“.

Great show today, Sarah Carroll was in co hosting the show with JVG. Always look forward to Sarah visiting and her singing on to Warner Corner was a ripper

I went with a Noel Coward inspired piece today, the topic seemed to call for it. 

Ed Bates captured the “Cowardesque” feel rather well I thought, have a listen and see what you think.

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