As the world’s New Year resolutions slide on down the proverbial gurgler, so does my simple yearning to start a rock band and change the world. After listening to the epic, intergalatic rock ‘n’ roll ramblings on The Mars Volta’s newbie, The Bedlam in Goliath, I reckon it’s best to leave that stuff to the [...]
We spoke recently with Thom Moore, frontman for Sydney-based buzz band, Mercy Arms. How does it feel to have finally released your debut EP, Kept Low? ‘It’s great to finally get it out. It’s been so long, but we just took our time with it without rushing like some bands make the mistake of doing. It’s a great feeling to see your work on the shelf at a record store’.
I’ve been a big fan of Michelle Vandermeer’s work since I came across her Mini Majellen zines at this year’s Sydney Writers Festival. Describing herself as a doer — as in one of those people who are always doing or making something — Michelle’s work, which includes book binding, illustration, jewelery making and her zines, stems from an internal creative springboard and a double degree in architecture and graphic design. Her work is smart and succinct.
We’ve been touting the work of Australian illustrator Lang Leav, creator of Akina, for some time now. She’s just created a new character — Pandora [above] — as well as re-launched her website, so we figured it was a good time to get the low down. We last spoke to you in July. What have you been doing since then? ‘Since July, I have been really focused on defining what Akina is and in which direction I want to head. I have decided to stay away from mainstream fashion and carve a little niche for myself that hones in on the three things I am most passionate about — art, books and fashion’.
Ian Brown has never been a man to look back. Formerly the lead singer of the Stones Roses – an eclectically talented group that never quite reached full potential – he has since carved out a successful solo career, moving well beyond the poppy melodrama of Fools Gold and into a more left-field sonic terrain.
PJ Harvey is a wearer of many hats. Or a woman of many faces, depending on how you want to look at it. Her latest release — White Chalk — is as different to Uh Huh Her as it is from Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. Confused? Don’t be. Let Harvey’s beguiling [...]
Sarah Blasko has been a firm favourite with Australian punters since her 2004 debut album, The Overture and the Underscore. Our suspicions that she may be harboring some real talent (and I mean, real talent) have only been confirmed with the release of her sophomore recording, What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have, which [...]
Ahhh, Patrick Wolf. What words can I use to describe this man. Talented? Yes. Creative? You betcha. Musical genius? Perhaps. When I watched him perform the other night at Sydney’s The Metro, I was absolutely blown away. Armed with his ukulele, violin, high kicks and dress ups, it was like having David Bowie — circa [...]
Opinion tends to be divided about Sydney band Mercy Arms. If you believe the knockers, then you’ll say that they’re over-hyped. But if you’re like me and countless other fans, including The Strokes, The Pixies and TV on the Radio, you’ll be too busy singing along to their sweet but pessimistic rock to care what [...]
Listening to Mum’s fourth album — Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy — for the first time, I was awash with sentimentalism. Amidst carnival trumpets and burlesque beats, there’s a sense of this being a bohemian rhapsody. Perhaps it’s the mix of cello and brass with experimental electronica. Or maybe it’s just the soft vocals [...]
Kate Nash is doing the rounds as the new Lily Allen, albeit with more control of an eyeliner pencil. But I think she’s much better than that. Telling tales of English life which rival that of Mike Skinner, she’s got a witty sense of humour and is self-deprecating without sounding like she hates the sight [...]
I love birthdays, even when they’re not my own. So I’m all for celebrating hip hop label Big Dada’s 10th birthday. Home to some of the coolest hip hop acts out there — such as Roots Manuva, Spank Rock, New Flesh and Bigg Jus — the British label was formed back in 1997 by Will [...]
On a recent trip to China, I visited the province of Jing De Zhen (about seven hours southwest of Shanghai), where they have been hand turning and hand painting porcelain pieces since the Ming Dynasty. Known as the Ceramic Capital of the World because of its highly graded porcelain and the skill and patience that [...]