July 9 2009
Emilie Zoey Baker, 360, Nick Powell,Â Joelistics
As midwinter set into Melbourne, Wordplay fired a warm flame in the heart of it. This was a relay change-over: Geoff arrived back from tropical Malaysia the day before the show (commitment to spoken word if ever you saw it), while Joelistics was packing his bags for a departure to China and beyond just a day or two afterwards. In fact he still hasn’t come back. Fellow rapper 360, well-loved for his work with Pez and Forthwrite, came on board to form a two-pronged hip-hop attack. Emilie Zoey Baker was there as well, always one of our favourites. And it was a joy to briefly welcome back poet Nick Powell, who left Melbourne for Finland a couple of years previously and hadn’t been seen since. He also left Melbourne shortly after the show. So, captured here is a brief moment of stability amid the flux. A little burning light among the swirling winter wind.
A couple of notes: someone clever pulled out a lead during recording this, which means we lost the end of EZB’s last piece, and the first couple from 360. Sorry that these sets are a little curtailed. The others are epically sized in compensation.
Here Are Some Things To Pray To In Helsinki
Shit (for Davi)
Colouring the Grey
Dear Leaning Tower of Unanswered Correspondence
Looking at the Construction Through a Peephole
Sweet As (interlude)