2013-adelaide-audio-almanac Photo Steve DavisIn the tradition of Keith Martyn’s famous South Australian almanacs comes episode 019 of Another Boring Thursday Night In Adelaide.

It is crammed full of South Australian goodness, from lists of our top five bars, suburbs, shops, walking trails, etc, sure to be a helpful audio reference tool for generations to come listeners this week.

It also features our top five South Australian Drinks Of The Week, so get your shopping lists handy!

And the main feature of this double-length extravaganza is the playing in full, with introductions, of 13 musical shrines from Brett Monten’s Musical Pilgrimage which has been (and will continue to be) a popular and revealing part of our weekly show.

If you are South Australian, you need to listen to this episode because you will be amazed by how much we have crammed into 2-and-a-bit hours, and how much is crammed into life in Adelaide and the rest of South Australia!

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Show notes

Intro: Our original theme song is here, Adelaidee Hoo. Note, throughout the podcast we also use free sfx from freesfx.co.uk for the harp and the visa stamp. The drum roll is courtesy of HolyGhostParty via freesound.org licensed under Creative Commons Sampling+ license.

Top 5 South Australian Drinks Of The Week: These are the top five South Australian produced drinks featured on our podcast in 2013. The ratings are based on the overall review and memories of the presenters:

  1. Howard Vineyard 2010 Amos Cabernet Franc
  2. Paracombe Premium Perry
  3. Rosemount Estate District Release 2012 McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
  4. Two-Bit Villains Soda (external link)
  5. Lady Bay Vineyard 2010 Tempranillo

You can read more about these drinks at their respective pages on our site.

Top 13 Shrines of Brett’s Musical Pilgrimage In 2013: These 13 tracks make up the top songs by South Australian artists shared on our episodes throughout 2013.

  • Falling For You Again – Bill Parton Trio (Dynamic Adelaide band, piano-driven, strong and distinct melodies)
  • Plan B – Plan B (Brett is the lead singer with Plan B, this song was the song the band was named after, Brett was with Plan B in Thailand at the time of recording)
  • Circles – Courtney Robb (ukelele, light-sounding lyrics that pack a punch)
  • I Don’t Think You’re Lonely – Kelly Breuer (guitar with a bounce, a delightful dissing song)
  • Shining Light – David Robinson (unveiling Facebook through song)
  • All I Have Is My Name – Gorilla Jones (energy, brass, try sitting still!)
  • One Day Dry – The Saucermen (simple, upbeat, rockabilly)
  • Pogue Mahone – The Shambolics (fun, Irish, not safe for work in Ireland)
  • If Your Dad Doesn’t Have A Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums – The Beards (fun, upbeat, folk about facial hair)
  • All Living Beings – Heather Frahn (an anthem for veganism, sparked biggest debate we’ve had in the Musical Pilgrimage to date)
  • Wangary – Ben Searcy (haunting tale of a South Australian bushfire)
  • RUOK – Brett Monten (Brett’s anthem for tackling depression head-on)
  • Got The Monkey Off My Back – Susan Lily (contemporary country, SA-style)

You can wander through Brett’s notes about these songs in his Musical Pilgrimage pages.

Lonely Planet’s Top 5 Reasons To Head To Adelaide In 2014: The Lonely Planet article, and responses to it, got plenty of coverage on our podcast and in national media during 2013. In case  you missed them, here are the five reasons given for visiting Adelaide:

  1. Festivals – lots of them
  2. The refurbished Adelaide Oval and numerous makeovers happening throughout the city
  3. Norwood, Unley, Croydon and other pockets of boutique shopping
  4. South Australian wine, particularly in the Adelaide Hills
  5. Henley, Grange and the rest of our beautiful beaches

Read the Lonely Planet article.

The Advertiser Food Awards 2013: The best restaurant went to Hentley Farm at Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley. It is a venue where you place your complete trust in the chef and allow him to take you on a journey of discovery for just over $200 a head including paired wines. You can look at the complete list of winners here.

Trip Advisor’s Top 5 Things To Do In Adelaide 2013: At the time of recording, New Year’s Day 2014, here are the top five things to do in Adelaide, as voted by users of Trip Advisor:

  1. Cleland Wildlife Park
  2. Adelaide Botanic Garden
  3. River Torrens Linear Park Trail
  4. Art Gallery Of South Australia
  5. South Australian Museum

You can check the current listings (all 83 attractions at the time of publication) at the Trip Advisor Greater Adelaide page.

Dave Walsh’s 5 Free Things To Do In Adelaide In January 2014: January 2014 will be hot but fun, as Dave Walsh points out in his list of free activities on the Weekend Notes website. Here are five:

  • Jan 12: No Pants Tram Ride
  • Jan 22 – Feb 2: Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures
  • Jan 26: Adelaide Night Market (last Sunday of each month)
  • Jan 26: Australia Day parade and free concert – multi-cultural parade through the city to Elder Park, capped off by fireworks
  • Until Feb 23: free Tomato Festival, Botanic Gardens

Get more details, more events and lots of links at Dave Walsh’s page on Weekend Notes.

South Australia’s Top 5 Songs: The Advertiser asked readers to vote on the best South Australian songs of all time, and the top five were:

  1. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again – The Angels
  2. Khe Sanh – Cold Chisel
  3. I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) – Redgum
  4. Nosebleed Section – Hilltop Hoods
  5. Say Goodbye – I Killed The Prom Queen

Sadly, Turn Up Your Radio by Master’s Apprentices just missed out in position 6. You can see the full list on the Advertiser website.

Steve The Bartender’s Top Five Bars In Adelaide: This list by Steve The Bartender himself, is based on his personal experience and he says he took no under-the-counter payments for the rankings. He thinks these are our top bars:

  1. Cushdy (Cocktail Bar) – left in the list even though it closed its doors in September 2013
  2. Clever Little Tailor (Wine Bar)
  3. Udaberri (Wine Bar)
  4. The Warradale (Front Bar/Pub)
  5. Press Food & Wine (Wine Bar)
  6. Fumo Blu (Cocktail Bar)

You can see Steve’s full list (and read the comments) on Steve’s blog.

The Top 5 Music Venues In Adelaide by AU Review: The AU Review lists these as our top music venues of 2013:

  1. The Gov, Hindmarsh
  2. Thebarton Theatre, Torrensville
  3. Jive, Hindley Street, Adelaide
  4. HQ, North Terrace, Adelaide
  5. The New Ed Castle, Currie Street, Adelaide

You can get more details at the AU Review.

Top 5 Adelaide Shops: Living among us are Emma Aiston and Daniel To of Daniel : Emma! Ever heard of them? If not, you are not alone. Yet these guys have quite an international following for their ‘cute and quirky functional designed objects’ (quote from thedesignfiles.net where this top five list was found). Here are their top five shops around town:

  1. One Small Room, Croydon
  2. RHD (Right Hand Distribution), Ebenezer Place, Adelaide
  3. Treadly Bike Shop, Ebenezer Place, Adelaide
  4. Bauhaus, Rundle Street, Adelaide
  5. Khai Liew, Norwood

You can dive deeper into the reasons for these shops making the list at The Design Files.

Best Suburbs Of Greater Adelaide: Homely.com publishes a list of the ‘best’ suburbs in Adelaide as determined by reviews on the site. Here is the current list of the top five suburbs in Adelaide, as of January 1, 2014:

  1. Evandale – inner-city, handy to CBD and Norwood
  2. Seaview Downs – 20 minutes to the city, away from the hassles
  3. O’Halloran Hill – quiet, safe, friendly, with parks
  4. Aldgate – Adelaide Hills
  5. Clarence Gardens – a quality suburb

You can read the reasons and look over the list, even add your say, at the Homely website, Adelaide page.

Top 5 Weirdest Science Stories Of 2013 As Shared On Radio Adelaide: Director of RiAus (RiAus is Australia’s unique, national science hub, based in Adelaide, where it acts as a Science Exchange, trading in ideas and knowledge), Dr Paul Willis, shared the five weirdest stories from the world of science in 2013:

  1. Japanese scientists created a two-wheeled robot small enough to be driven by male silk moths, who immediately used it to drive closer to female silk moths
  2. Dogs behave differently depending on which side their tails are wagging, perhaps suggesting a form of left/right brain influence
  3. Clapping spreads through audiences like a disease – how much you clap depends on those around you rather than the quality of the performance itself
  4. Size in males DOES matter to females
  5. Popcorn is one of our core categories of smell, just like sweet and sour are core categories of taste

You can hear the interview on the Radio Adelaide website or explore RiAus on its website.

Top 5 Walking Trails In Adelaide: Simon Inverarity from Snowys Outdoor Specialists, has put together a list of the top five bushwalking trails around Adelaide. Here they are, if you want to try them:

  1. Hikers Hill, Montacute Road – 2.0 hours, sweat factor 4/5
  2. Horsnell Gully, Horsnell Gully Road – 2.0 hours, sweat factor 3.5/5
  3. Mine Track, Black Hill Conservation Park – 3.0 hours, sweat factor 3/5
  4. Waterfall Gully, Mount Lofty – 2.5 hours, sweat factor 3/5
  5. Onkaparinga Gorge, Onkaparinga Gorge National Park – 1.5 hours, sweat factor 1/5

You can see the full list on the Snowys website.

Top 5 Adelaide Fringe Comedy Acts of 2013: Dave Walsh is back on Weekend Notes with this list from the Fringe in 2013. He says the best comedy acts were:

  1. Best Of The Fest Late Show
  2. Jimeoin
  3. Theatresports Clash
  4. Sound And Fury (Dirty Fairy Tales, Hamlet and Juliet, Testaclese And Ye Sack Of Rome)
  5. Tom Gleeson

You can read Dave’s rationale at his Weekend Notes page.

Happy New Year everybody.

Steve, Colin, Brett and the two Nigels.