Chasing the Storm: a time lapse video

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By Cormack O'Connor in Video on Wednesday 20 March 2013

Sometimes I like to gaze up at the sky and slowly watch the clouds swirl around overhead, or look at the different ways that light hits portions of a vast valley. I think that’s what I like about nature: the fact that nothing is ever the same, nor will it ever be again. Therefore, I’m […]

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Spanish Magic: Underground music for your ears

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Friday 15 March 2013

Spanish Magic are a rad underground music label from Sydney. Selling a bunch of stuff at Vox Cyclops in Newcastle until they shut down, Spanish Magic releases are now most easily accessed via their online store. Dropping everything from noise rock to trippy electronica, you can always expect to have new musical worlds opened to […]

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Interview with Australian band Birds of Tokyo

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Tuesday 12 March 2013

Coming from humble beginnings (a collaboration between members of Tragic Delicate and Karnivool), Birds of Tokyo have gone on to become one of Australia’s most influential bands. Their ability to adapt, build and totally recreate themselves has been impressive. The writing and recording of their fourth album, March Fires, has seen them rip apart anything […]

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Carry a six pack on your bicycle

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Friday 8 March 2013

If you’re a fan of cycling everywhere but find riding your bike to parties a little too awkward with all your yummy, malty beer, we may be about to change your life. The Six Pack Bicycle Frame Cinch by Walnut Studio has just been made available in Australia through Cycle Style. Yes, now you can […]

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Firekites music video: Same Suburb Different Park

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Sunday 3 March 2013

Firekites, my favourite Australian band, are set to follow-up the release of 2008′s The Bowery with some new material very soon. But, looking back, one of the best tracks off The Bowery is Same Suburb Different Park. If you haven’t heard it, you need to, and if you haven’t seen the video clip, you haven’t […]

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The Slap: an awesome Australian TV series

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By Cormack O'Connor in Video on Saturday 2 March 2013

A man slaps a child that isn’t his own at a family barbecue. This is the incident that starts The Slap, an amazing eight part Australian TV series which is based on a novel of the same name by Christos Tsiolkas. I really loved the book when I read it and usually books are better […]

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Australian film The Time That Remains

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Film on Tuesday 26 February 2013

The Time That Remains is a double channel, black and white film from Australian-based sister duo, Soda Jerk. Forming part of their series, The Dark Matter Cycle, The Time That Remains explores the concept of hauntology and it’s related social theories. Joan Crawford and Bette Davis move in and out of dream states during the […]

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AÃRK Collective: stylish watches from Melbourne

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Friday 22 February 2013

AÃRK Collective are an independent business based in Melbourne with the philosophy of creating well designed products that actually last. Split into three categories (classic, timeless and iconic), the watches are beautifully crafted: very clean and simple. Oh, and did we mention that the casings and bands have a matte satin finish which makes them […]

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Is Cookie Melbourne’s best restaurant?

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 21 February 2013

Cookie is one of those places. You know the type: tucked away, easy to pass by without batting an eyelash and frighteningly good. Hidden above Melbourne’s bustling Swanston street in Curtin House, Cookie takes everything you know about Thai cuisine and flips it on its head, adding a signature modern spin. If you’re looking for […]

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Filmme Fatales: an Australian zine written by women for women

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Wednesday 20 February 2013

Have you ever wonder how feminists perceive the portrayal of women in film? Wonder no more! Filmme Fatales is a quarterly zine full of feminist perspectives on the places where film and feminism intertwine. Issue one is based primarily on women in their 20’s and includes a whole bunch of stuff like articles about Brit […]

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Seventeen year old Australian artist Lucy Dickinson

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Illustration on Tuesday 19 February 2013

Lucy Dickinson – the seventeen year old girl behind fashion label Make Me Loco – is a one man band in the arts world. Inspired by the 1980′s punk movement, Dickinson is a designer, photographer and artist. While her clothing line is rad and her photographs are fantastic, it was her artwork that caught our […]

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Vintage tea cup candles from Sydney-based Whiskers Lane

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Tuesday 19 February 2013

Whiskers Lane are a company from Sydney that make lovely jewelry, accessories and homewares. And everything they create is handmade. Starting off in 2010, the brand has slowly grown and is now stocked all over Australia and in parts of New Zealand and Europe. One of my favourite products they create is their vintage tea […]

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Interview with Australian designer and artist Jane Abma

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Illustration on Monday 18 February 2013

Jane Abma is a talented art director, graphic designer and illustrator from Sydney. Dipping her toes into everything from branding to musical tour posters, Abma is an all-in-one package. We had a chat with her about launching her career, working for Miranda Kerr, and having her own studio. LAEM: How did you get into art/design? […]

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Review: The Necks at Lizotte’s Newcastle, Australia

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Friday 15 February 2013

From the darkness, a tiny clatter of bells came bubbling – it reminded me of the sounds I’d heard whilst spending time at a Buddhist temple, opening my mind to foreign spiritual concepts. It’s funny that I should bring up religion so early, but what followed that tiny clatter was a huge wall of emotion […]

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Sia’s stunning video for Soon We’ll Be Found

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 14 February 2013

Sia is one of my favourite Australian musicians, known for her quirky pop songs and voice that makes easy work of big ballads. Way back in 2008, she released a vivid and colourful music video to accompany her song, Soon We’ll Be Found. Incorporating a great deal of sign language, the video never fails to […]

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