Monthly Archives: September 2012

We Are… Obsessed

Frank Ocean. If you haven’t heard about this kid, you are surely living under a rock.
I bought his album Channel Orange as soon as it was released and it’s been on repeat ever since.

Three days ago he released the full length clip to his track “Pyramids”. It is epic.If you like sweeping vistas, sexy strippers, motorcycles and guitar solos by John Mayer (I have never really been a fan until this clip.. It may be love), then this needs to be on your must-see list TODAY.

Get this in your brain now.

Jess

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We Are… Getting Fishy

Late at night I lie in bed and think up all these amazing ideas that I would love to do/see/make – but I’m either too lazy, don’t have the skills to create what I think up, or I’m just happy to leave them as fantasy in the crazy jumble that is my brain. For instance, I love the idea as fish as pets but I don’t like the standard tanks or bowls that most people keep them in. I’ve seen images of people who have retro-fitted vintage televisions, but i like to think big. How about a car as a tank? What about a BUS – you could even get a shark in there! Occasionally though, some other crazy jumbled brain has had the same thought as I did, but unlike me, has the skills and motivation to make that awesome idea come to fruition!

Cue the crazy kids from Kingyobu, a five-member art collective from the Kyoto University of Art & Design. They weren’t quite on my bus/shark wavelength, but they do think big. Telephone booth big. They installed goldfish-tank phone booths on the streets of Osaka with the aim of “Conveying respect for cultural sensibilities in the modern world through traditional research and work on the production and presentation of goldfish.” The goldfishes are a symbol of happiness, luck and prosperity.


If this is just a first taste of what these crazy kids are capable of, then I say it’s a pretty darn good indication of some fun and interesting art in the future. Certainly one to keep an eye out on!

Jess

– via ShockBlast

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We Are… Swigging Whisky

In the lead up to the release of their second album Babel, the fabulously switched on minds behind Mumford & Sons have come up with an innovative way to get fans involved.

From 14-28 September 2012, The Mumford & Sons General Store will be setting up shop in Sydney, fronting a coffee store by day and whisky saloon by night, whilst plugging all things Babel.

With the new album playing overhead, be sure to pop in between 10am – 10pm for a free coffee, admire street artists at work, enjoy a cheeky game of Monopoly or perhaps Scrabble, or simply toe-tap along to a few of the best folk bands Sydney has to offer.

Get your hash tag on – #MandSGeneralStore – and your pics will pop up on the store’s website. Yay for photo love!

Babel will be released 24th September.

Ness

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We Are… f*ckin’ AWESOME!!!!

Love to thrift?

Big fan of “vintage”?

Queen of Nanna-Chic?

King of the G-Pa sweater?

Then I just found your soundtrack to life! You’re welcome.

Jess

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We Are… Captivated in the Stroke

Adam S. Doyle creates beautiful paintings.

Oh, you wanted more? Well.

 

Doyle, does in fact make beautiful paintings – his images capture an almost painterly craft aspect. He strives to keep the footprint of the brush itself in his work – the brushstrokes adding depth, and showing the energy of the image itself. When i first saw his work, it reminded me of the art of Shodo – Japanese calligraphy. I love the flow and grace and seeming simplicity of Doyle’s images, yet as with Shodo, the control of, and the understanding of the paintbrush is apparent.

 

Doyle is obviously passionate about his art – you can feel the emotion in every piece, whether it’s a bird in flight, or the starkness of bones. He says, “My work always begins with a love for the magic of creation- the blank surface about to be transformed into a living thing or another world. This act has been with mankind forever and yet never ceases to be awe-inspiring.”

Feel the awe, love and magic of Doyle’s work, and visit his website for more information.

 

– via Colossal

 

Jess

 

We Are… Suddenly Toey

What do you get when you have an acclaimed visual artist, a filmmaker, and a lead singer whose vocal prowess is considered foreplay in certain states?

A kick-ass debut album and a film clip that is deserving of 70s porn.

Icky indeed.

Compliant to no specific genre, Icky Blossoms are determined to attract with a sound inspired by electro slash blissrock slash retro-pop, delivered with certain artistic flair. Quickly developing a reputation for their fiery live performances, the Nebraskan natives have supported the likes of Crystal Fighters, Diplo, booked a coveted spot at SXSW, and toured with Washed Out – all in 2012 alone.

TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek was recruited to produce their self-titled debut EP, which was released in July of this year. You can stream the album here. Their goal: ..to get people in any possible way to move in any way, shape, or form”.

And boy did they move… Check out their latest gift of the film variety and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Ness

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We Are… Besotted By Cinderblocks

You know, I can’t say I’ve ever been truly infatuated by another human being. What I can say is that alt-J deliver musically enamored chaos with such dapper, that I have this sudden urge to join an online dating site and find my “soul mate”.

alt-J’s Breezeblocks genuinely brings the fear back into romance. Of falling so deep that pure emotion takes control. The idea that if I cannot have you, no one will.

If you’re in the mood to “feel” something, that even the butterflies in your stomach need to pop a cheeky Xanex, make sure you suss out these Meistersingers. September sees the start of a 9-month tour through the US and Europe, with a 2-show stopover in Oz this October – Such considerate boys, aren’t they!

Tickets go on sale 9am today, Thursday 13th September, through Moshtix.

Our tip to you: if there’s a stage-5 clinger in the room, it might be a smart idea to overt their eyes from the clip below. Wouldn’t want to give them any ideas…

Amazingly intense.

Please don’t go, I’ll eat you whole

I love you so, I love you, so I love you so

Please don’t go I’ll eat you whole

I love you so, I love you so, I love you so, I love you so

Ness

We Are… Proper Chillaxed

There are many reasons to love living in Sydney. One of the most recent additions to my list is how impressed I am with the current local music scene. I feel that one measly pair of ear holes just doesn’t cut it if you really want to make the most of what’s on offer these days, and the amazing thing is that so many gigs are free! Yay! Bless their cotton socks because I am poor… damn the man.

So my first gig of the week – thank EFF the good people at Beach Road Hotel in Bondi have wrangled lo-fi indie cats Twerps to perform tonight because I’m sure I wasn’t the only fan that was left sans ticket when their show sold out at Goodgod last month. Having toured with the likes of Deerhunter, Yo La Tengo, and The Black Lips, Melbourne’s pop darlings got themselves noticed at SXSW earlier this year, had an 8-week US stint supporting crooners Real Estate, and are returning States-side in October for more. Greedy mothers.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about then it’s time to sort your poop out and pay attention – or you’re gonna be missing the essential part of any summer road trip… the perfect soundtrack!

Do your Kombi proud and treat yourself to their latest musical trinket, He’s In Stock, which can be found on their upcoming 7″ titled Work It Out available September 18th.

Ness

We Are… Choc And Cheese

Alright all you sweet-tooth bandits. Anyone who knows me personally can vouch for the fact that I will hurt you if you get in the way of me and my warmed up brownie, served with vanilla ice-cream. That’s no lie.

So imagine my absolute delight when we discovered this taste-bud pleasing cheesecake brownie extravaganza – this is our slightly altered version, but feel free to use the original recipe by Deb at Smitten Kitchen! Not only are these a chocoholic’s crack, they please the cheese lovers too by mixing the best of both worlds. Oh, and they’re so easy to make that my “I don’t bake, I’m a bloke” dad threw them together last week.

The Goods

Brownie Mixture – 220g unsalted butter, 200g dark chocolate, 2 cups brown sugar, 4 large eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/3 cups plain flour, Pinch of salt

Cheesecake Mixture – 450g cream cheese, 2/3 cup caster sugar, 2 large egg yolks, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease an 18cm x 28cm rectangular slice pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing the paper to overhang on all sides. To begin the brownie mixture, melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave at 30 second bursts stirring each time, until you have a smooth consistency. Be aware of not overheating and burning. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Set aside.

For the cheesecake mixture, place all ingredients in a bowl and beat together until smooth and creamy.

Spoon the brownie and cheesecake mixtures alternately over the base of the pan. Use a skewer to swirl to create a marble effect.

Bake in oven for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan to cool. Cut into squares to serve.

You will lose your absolute mind when you bite into one of these puppies, I assure you – Derricious is an understatement.

Enjoy… just don’t hate me when your jeans get a lil’ tight haha!

Ness

We Are… Moved

Flying Lotus – otherwise known as FlyLo, needs to be in your ear-holes right this second if you have not as yet had him there previously.

An experimental music producer – mainly within the electronic genre/sub-genres – he combines smooth beats, driving bass, velvety vocals and a melange of instrumentals to create magic in auditory form.

In anticipation of the October 2012 release of his upcoming album, Flying Lotus collaborated with director Kahlil Joseph who created a short film, “Until The Quiet Comes” inspired by a selection of tracks from FlyLo’s album of the same name.

Featuring beautiful cinematography, the velvety vocals of Erykah Badu and Niki Randa, stunning dancing by Storyboard P, FlyLo himself as a ghetto collector of souls and themes of lost childhood innocence, death, beauty in the face of violence and the afterlife – or at least the passage from this life to what lies ahead.

 

Watch. Listen. Be Moved.

 

Jess