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New single, The Bug, from Sydney band Cogel

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By Mark Barwald in New Music on Thursday 27 October 2011

Cogel have just released the music video for The Bug, the first single from their debut album, due out in March 2012. I’m picking up whatever poetic percussion they’re puttin’ down.

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Aquarium: the new single by Sydney band Cogel

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By Mark Barwald in New Music on Thursday 6 October 2011

Sydney indie outfit Cogel are fast developing a following with their ethereal vocals and layered percussion. They recently opened for Wally De Backer (aka Gotye), who also laid down vocals for their track, Rocks on the Sun. Their self-titled debut EP is available on iTunes.

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Interview with Australian artist Anthony Bartok

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By Mark Barwald in New Art on Thursday 12 August 2010

I caught up with emerging Sydney artist, Anthony Bartok, at the opening of his current show at Global Gallery titled Modern Living. I’ve been following his work for a few years and every show is a stylistic 180 degree departure from his previous one. This one is no exception. I’m not sure which is more unnerving, the grey Bacon-esque serial killer portraits from 2009, or this current series of large-scale, empty interiors, painted from real-estate sales collateral.

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Interview with Marvin Joseph

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By Mark Barwald in New Photography on Tuesday 3 August 2010

Marvin Joseph, a fashion photographer who has followed a winding path to Sydney, has found more than a few die-hard fans in the models he photographs, as well the clients that seek him out. He believes that we are born to create and has his sights, and his heart, now firmly set on that creative beacon-of-dreams, New York City.

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Interview with Australian artist Steve Cakebread

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By Mark Barwald in New Illustration on Monday 26 July 2010

Steve Cakebread has been a graphic designer and cartoonist for twenty years. His off-kilter cartoons, which are a wry comment on human condition, have been published in newspapers and surf titles like The Bulletin, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Good Weekend, The Melbourne Age, Australian Surfing Life, Fleur (Brazilian Surf Magazine). When I asked why he doesn’t take his cartoons to job interviews, he told me he thinks they might just be an acquired taste, and wouldn’t want to upset any delicate palates. I’m starting to understand what he was getting at.

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