Vibrant work from South African artist Marna Hattingh

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By Michelle in New Art on Friday 15 March 2013

Marna Hattingh is a Cape Town-based artist, active in the art world since 1999. She is also a well known children’s book illustrator. As a contemporary South African artist, Hattingh works forms part of the new school of expression. There may be elements of an African-ness in her work, particularly the use of colour, but she […]

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SPONSORED: An interview with RockCorps CEO Stephen Greene

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Tuesday 5 March 2013

RockCorps is starting to kick along nicely here in Australia. With The Script, Tinie Tempah and Guy Sebastian taking to the stage in a matter of months, we had a chat to RockCorps CEO Stephen Greene about all things volunteering and music. LAEM: You’re the CEO of RockCorps. How did you gain that position? SG: […]

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Photographs of a century-old hospital for dolls

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 27 February 2013

Established in 1913 by Harold Chapman Jr., the Original Doll Hospital is located in Bexley, Sydney and is now run by the third generation of the Chapman family. Well-stocked with replacement parts, the hospital staff perform miraculous repairs on toys beyond dolls, such as teddy bears and rocking horses. The hospital recently celebrated its 100th […]

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SPONSORED: RockCorps Sydney – 5 minutes with artist Judd Shoppee

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

We sat down with Sydney artist Judd Shoppee – the man responsible for painting a mural in just four hours at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion for Optus RockCorps – to ask five sneaky questions. Loose, simple and fast, that’s his motto and it’s definitely how our chat felt. LAEM: How did you get into painting murals? […]

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SPONSORED: RockCorps Sydney: volunteer video mash-up

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

RockCorps is really about two things; doing good for the community and music. The powerful combination has worked many times in many locations because of the pure magic that is made when the two combine. One of the volunteer crews from the RockCorps project in France have created this video that combines charity work and […]

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SPONSORED: RockCorps: Jose’s Story

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By Cormack O'Connor in Video on Thursday 14 February 2013

You know a bit about the Optus RockCorps program in general and a bit about the musicians, but what about the volunteers? What about the people like you? Jose was involved in cleaning up a vacant lot in South Central LA to earn tickets to a Rock Corps event; the video above is his story. […]

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Photo series about human alterations in environments by Chris Round

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Tuesday 12 February 2013

Chris Round gave up on painting when he decided that the results didn’t come fast enough. He was just a kid when he switched to the speedier art of photography. Now the Sydney-based photographer consistently produces solid work centering on the concept of human alterations in the environment. Every image seems to have humanity’s finger […]

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World’s Only Zine: a Sydney publication all about music

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

‘It’s totally self indulgent’, confesses Megan Clune – classical musician and World’s Only Zine Editor. ‘I studied the clarinet and since graduating I’ve really struggled to find good performers, venues and stuff to read’. Clune’s musical palate is a dirty little hybrid; growing up on a mix of classical, pop, indie and her dad’s insane […]

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Vanishing Elephant: Australian fashion label

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Friday 8 February 2013

Vanishing Elephant are an exciting, Sydney-based fashion label that offers men’s and women’s clothing with a classic aesthetic. While not trying to reinvent the basics, the label aims to highlight the many subtleties of clothing. Started in 2008 by Arran Russell, Huw Bennett and Felix Chan, Vanishing Elephant have grown in leaps and bounds, opening […]

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SPONSORED: Optus RockCorps’ Busta Rhymes 2007 flashback

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 7 February 2013

So now that you all know what Optus RockCorps is about, we thought we’d help you make more sense of it by taking you all the way back to 2007, when Busta Rhymes performed at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. As you can see, the crowd is absolutely lapping it up: and they […]

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A look into Australian artist Kid Zoom’s childhood home

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Wednesday 6 February 2013

Ian Strange, aka Kid Zoom, is an Australian-born visual artist now based in Brooklyn. Just when we thought we’d lost him to the US forever, he recently returned home to built a giant replica of his childhood home inside Cockatoo Island’s famous Turbine Hall in Sydney. Running for just over a week, the project also […]

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Awesome debut range of skateboards from Lucid

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Wednesday 30 January 2013

Lucid Skateboards are a company from the Northern Beaches of Sydney that have just launched their astonishing debut range of skateboards. Covering everything from longboards to shortboards, Lucid even have a special Fibreflex range (a unique blend of Canadian maple and fibreglass). From their site, you can pick up pre-made skateboards or purchase your deck and hardware separately if you’re feeling a little creative. Moderately priced, beautifully constructed and expertly finished … you should be glad they ship worldwide.

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Australian artist Lisa Rodden’s paper cut work

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Tuesday 29 January 2013

Sydney-based artist Lisa Rodden’s multifarious background shines through in her artwork. She is a colour consultant, an interior designer and an arts volunteer in Aboriginal communities. Her amazing hand cut paper creations present the beauties of life in a different light: cranes, peacock feathers and waves all cut and coloured with expertise. Did we mention she takes commissions?

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Jazz City Milk Bar, Sydney

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Friday 18 January 2013

Dessert bars. I’m convinced that they’re the understated trend to come in 2013. And one hot spot that is leading the pack is Sydney’s Jazz City Milk Bar. Decked out in checkered floors and retro signage, this inventive dessert bar comes complete with Bazooka Joe Bubble gum and banana splits. Here, you chill out and fun. But that doesn’t mean the food is pedestrian. Choose a malted milkshake in flavors like passionfruit, peanut butter, and raspberry (respectively, of course).

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Review: Hot Chip at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 12 January 2013

Cars had packed out Sydney’s Enmore Road: not an unusual occurrence, but definitely bad for me. At 8:30pm the mercury was still hitting a sweltering 37°C as I stumbled through the back streets, bass lines flooding out onto the road from the Enmore Theatre. Making my way into the grand building, I was delighted to see that the pit wasn’t completely packed out. Melbourne band Worlds End Press were just finishing up their set; a polished and energetic performance from what I saw.

Maybe I had spoken to soon though. Within ten minutes the whole of the theatre was packed in anticipation for Hot Chip to take the stage. The temperature rose even further and I had to fight my way through the buzzing crowd to reach the entrance to the photographer’s pit.

As the lights went down and the crowd burst with excitement, Hot Chip bounced onto stage; strobe light blazing along to the quirky synth lines and heavy bass beats of Shake A Fist.

Alexis Taylor seemed to hide off to the side at first but quickly warmed up, chucking his shaker into crowd as he danced. Hit after hit followed the amazing opening; And I Was A Boy From School, One Life Stand, Over And Over and How Do You Do? were all included. I was extremely pleased that the English lads drew on older material as well as playing newer hits.

Slower numbers such as Look At Where We Are didn’t really seem to resonate with the crowd as much as the more upbeat tunes. Everyone was there to party! A cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Everywhere got the crowd all singing along as Hot Chip added their unique sound to the classic.

For me, the night culminated in a greatly extended version of I Feel Better. Steel drums, synthesized strings, Alexis’ beautifully breathy vocals and an amazing crowd vibe combined to bring the house down. Sweat pouring down my face, the crowd was one as we jumped together; water being thrown into the air to provide temporary relief from the heat.
The final song was an extra euphoric rendition of new tune Let Me Be Him.

The crowd screamed the oohs and aah’s of the chorus perfectly as sweat flew through the air – Hot Chip thanking the crowd for being so enthusiastic despite the heat. It was the perfect end to a wonderful dance concert on a hot summer’s night. I’ll remember this show for years to come.

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