RAIN (A Mini Festival for Bushfire Relief)
15th of December
The Basement, Sydney.
29 Reiby Pl, Circular Quay
1pm – 1am
The Sydney Soul music community is uniting together for ONE NIGHT only, bringing together some of Sydney’s most revered musical acts for a special Bushfire and Wildlife Fundraiser mini festival.
RAIN boasts an eclectic array of artistic expression, with over 16 musicians, artists, and DJ’s donating their talents and energy for ongoing local emergency for those affected. The recent NSW bushfires have decimated regional communities throughout the state with tragic consequences. RAIN is more than a fundraiser. RAIN is for the people, a celebration of life, solidarity, and mateship.
Artists on the day will include ALPHAMAMA headlining the mini festival, Cumbiamuffin, P.Smurf + Big Village special guests, Milan, Monday OG’s, Rosïe and the Bees, Alice Terry, The Venusians, Ambre Hammond and Marcello Maio, Thandiwe Phoenix, Bravo Child, Phil Toke (Soul of Sydney), Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Daniel March, Billie McCarthy, Brian Campeau, Broken Thought Theory, street artists Stayfly Sydney, hosted by MC MIRRAH.
All proceeds from ticket sales for RAIN will be donated to charities working to provide bushfire relief. A smorgasbord of artists will be performing over two separate stages providing a constant array of entertainment throughout the day!
Tickets are available online through Moshtix and through The Basement
website www.thebasement.com.au or Moshtix:
COST: $20 + booking fee
For any further information please contact the event organiser directly Billie McCarthy 0401237017 or email@example.com
FACEBOOK INVITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/428608860573891/
The MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards for 2013 was heralded in on Thursday night. The night began with the red carpet in which each of the artists in the award’s shows 18 categories.
The big winners of the night were band I Am Sam taking out the award for the Australian Artist of the year. Other winners included Mama Kin taking out two awards on the night including the Blues and Roots Award. Silver Cities took out the award for Christian/ Spiritual. Battleships, who are currently touring with Boy and Bear, won the award for Alternative. Jono Fernandez took out the award for Producer of the Year.
There were some stellar performances on the night from Aussie rock legends Irwin Thomas and Steve Balbi who were also recognized under the Aussie Rock Legends category. There were also some great performances from some of the nominated artists including Kid Mac, Blind Munkee, and Neon City. There was also a performance from former Australia’s Got Talent contestant Liam Burrows.
Although, the execution of the awards felt somewhat unorganized on the night, the awards show itself was a pure celebration of local talent; and the atmosphere in the room was one of local artists supporting each other.
The whole Australian Independent Music Awards has helped to launch up and coming faces of Australian music as well as provide them with a pedestal to have their music recognized locally and internationally.
Photographs from the Australian Independent Music Awards are available at Mosca Media Australia
Tonight will herald the 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards presented by MusicOz. Heading up the night will be a host of independent Australian artists including Steve Balbi (Noiseworks), Tania Doko, Peking Duk, Bernard Fanning and Jimmy Barnes. There will also be performances from Spirit of the Land and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.
The Australian Independent Music Awards work to provide a platform for unsigned artists with over 180 finalists in all genres and the Producer of the Year Finalists. You can party at the Star and get your tickets here: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MUSICAWA13
Red Carpet 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Pirrama Rd Entrance to The Star
Pre-Show Event 6.00pm – 7.30pm
The Deck – outside the Event Centre
Award Show 7.30pm – 9.45pm
Event Centre at The Star
EventAfter Party 10.00pm – 3.00am
Marquee Nightclub at The Star
The classy French indie-music label has endorsed this rare vintage fashioned by a local Melbourne artist, Chela. The lo-fi sound quality of the keyboard synth oozes a flavourful fusion that compliments Chela’s snappy vocals.
This electro-indie pop bubble gum is pure creativity, from the faded animation colours to the classy interpretive dance moves; she definitely rocks her music video with a hip bohemian panache.
To be included in a ‘Kitsuné Maison’ record, it requires particular requisites; ‘Romanticise’ certainly showcases a unique musical taste. An original piece that is overwhelming with chic. This is one composition that is truly worthy of a nod from the house of Kitsuné.
Since the passing of Steve Jobs, a movie celebrating the man’s life achievements has really been an inevitable project for Twinkleland. I don’t think that anyone could deny what a massive effect Steve Jobs had on the world with his revolutionary approach to technological production. That’s why a movie like JOBS, directed by Joshua Micheal Stern and starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, just generally really annoys me. We all already knew what an amazing man Steve Jobs is and, in particular the Mac groupies among us, will know why his amazing creative approach to the personal computer changed the way we lived our lives. This movie was nothing but a 125 minute recap of the highlights of Steve Job’s life with the mandatory Hollywood sexing up of his personal life sprinkled in between.
A movie like JOBS could have had the potential to dig deeper into what made Steve Jobs tick as a person or into what made the Apple company different. I feel though that this movie just managed to miss all those marks – it wasn’t analytical enough to be in anyway revelatory and it wasn’t niche enough to be attractive to the true Mac geeks among us. Not to mention the stench of saccharin monologues throughout the movie from Kutcher’s supporting players singing his prasises – just in case we forgot that Steve Jobs was amazing. No really guys I don’t know if you’ve heard but Steve Jobs was actually awesome and everyfink. The part that annoys me most about movies like this is that they are movies about a topic which is actually very niche marketed at a mainstream audience. In the process of trying to hit the biggest numbers possible they try to sex up geeky – geek chic – and forget about the most amazing part of being a geek – what they can achieve from behind a keyboard. As an audience, we are encouraged to look into a geek’s world – the outside looking in – rather than see the world from the perspective of the geek – the inside looking out. The worst part about that is that we are then also encouraged, to a certain extent, to stigmatize nerd culture in the process. I think it’s time Hollywood stopped sexing up geeks and started and realized that if something was even in the slightest bit niche our senses wouldn’t be thoroughly offended.
Symbolic. Melancholy. Hope. These are the themes that envelop the song and comprises
the new cinematic clip of Electric Empire, ‘Changin’, which communicates a powerful idea about a one’s struggles in life. The journey of the transformation, from a bad situation to something that we can look forward to.
The music video showcases the talent of Logie Award Winner Gyton Grantley, as he masterfully interprets the well crafted music produced by the fine gentlemen, Jason Heerah, Dennis Dowlut, Aaron Mendoza and Simon Olsen.
A hypnotic tune stirs the intro and carries the modern vintage flavour throughout the song. The smooth classy vocals then deliver the strong connection that emphasises the emotion. And the dynamic ensemble details the composition of a truly soulful creation.
The band is currently on a break from touring and right now producing more musical diamonds. For the moment, you can enjoy the single, which is available for purchase on iTunes.
“You’re only allowed to blink to liquidate your eyes, no smiling is allowed, no facial expressions and no body contact. Any of the above and you’re OUT!!” These are the rules for the first ice-breaker of the night at Alphamama‘s first show for “13 Trips” based on her debut album Truth, Trips and Revelations.
Once the first winner was established, Alphamama decides that we’re going to have two more rounds and asked for contestants – I bravely put my hand up. The rules are repeated again and then I deeply stare into my opponents eyes, all the while thinking what a funky and creative way to start the night. I win my first round but lose the semis, but as a participant receive an EP with a collection of Alphamama’s songs – ‘If Ya Gon Lie’, ‘Bad Appel’ (feat. Ngaiire), ‘Moodjack’, ‘Dawning’, ‘Bad Appel Shadow Remix’ and ‘Bad Appel Studio Tann Dubstep Remix’.
Our show starts and is infused with an excerpt of a pre-recorded story of which the audience need to follow, at first it took me a couple of minutes to decipher the story and how Alphamama very boldly incorporated this with her first music set, the song being “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke feat T.I. & Pharrell.
The night continues with the video excerpts, all the while keeping the audience thinking, deciphering the message. Fully supported by the various song covers. Being a “90′s” child myself I loved hearing “Creep” by TLC to a backing of “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison and other such covers.
The vocal arrangements were definitely a highlight of the night, and having two very different styled singers accompany Alphamama really blended well, especially when hearing “Indie” reminded me of an Amy Winehouse meets Janis Joplin type voice. Being the first time hearing Alphamama, her charismatic stage presence did not disappoint – she had my full attention.
Aside from the soulful voices we had a freestyling rap / poetry segment that occurred. The topics / themes were based on lies that our audience had told at some stage of their life and we were requested to write these down prior to the start of the evening of which, Alphamama and her creative team would then apply a lyrical flow. The hook was amazing, but to see the creative standard of the freestyling ebbs and flows was something from another world. Whilst I would just see words, the Alphamama team see lyrics to a song, lyrics to a rap, a meaningful and deep source to create a number one selling single maybe?
All in all Alphamama is definitely not a show that you want to miss!!! A very confident young woman with style and grace who knows how to grab your attention through her art and even more-so knows how to captivate, maintain and command the attention of her audience.
The Band, the myth, the legend, Pearl Jam is back with their tenth album Lightning Bolt, to be released on the 15th of October. Their new single, ‘Mind Your Manners’ is now available on iTunes.
‘Mind Your Manners’ an aggressive track that seem like ‘Spin in the black circle’ meets ‘Lukin’. However this new single has got its own distinct essence. The build up bit on the verse before Mike McCready (lead guitarist) shreds his solo, is extremely uplifting.
It is gritty, powerful and definitely reminiscent of the good old days, when the grunge boys from Seattle pioneered their own brand of music. The intensity that is delivered from the initial taste of what has yet to come is very exciting. Grunge Rock is alive and well!
Remember that song from the movie Reservoir Dogs, where Michael Madsen was dancing to as they played it on the radio while he tortures the policeman? That was a very cool soundtrack.
Franz Ferdinand has introduced an amazing new single, ‘Right Action’, which mirrors the Stealers Wheel’s song from the same movie.
The Glasgow indie rock quartet has created a frame-by-frame illustration of random shots and images to portray their song word for word. A list of desaturated vibrant colours highlights each scene from the video.
Concepts of eccentric ideas were shown relating the theme. Puzzles, spheres, cow, cell division, eye ball. All This relates to the quirks of the alternative genre which is communicated in the kinks and bends of the songs bouncy beat that is irresistibly groovy. The new fun and friendly Franz Ferdinand pseudo-folksong is sure to be a hit.
The Sheffield sons, English rock indie band Arctic Monkeys have a new single and the music video for ‘Do I Wanna Know’ is quite spot on in portraying their new creation. You should know.
The idea behind the video is rather abstract as it shows a string bending and flexing to the shape of the song. It then evolves to various quirky concepts being depicted, “tired women”, a flying yellow bird, a blue eyeball, and a jumping a purple fish.
This visual has a dark monochromatic animation, probably to emphasise the part with colour, and the images portrayed can be compared to a Mike Judge cartoon. If you have seen Beavis and Butthead, you will understand.
The music itself is entertaining, it has an interestingly haunting beat and a gloomy grungy tone played with subtle dynamics, a classic Arctic Monkeys.