Posted Sept. 26, 2020, 10:19 a.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Bodriggy Bodriggy must be the newest Australian brewery we are covering as part of this series and it was unbeknownst to me until very recently. Thing is once you see the eye-catching designs that adorn Bodriggy’s cans, you would understand that one would ... read more
Posted Sept. 25, 2020, 10:25 a.m.
Water of Life – Wild Turkey Master Keep series Wild Turkey is a benchmark on this earthround with its portfolio that runs the gamut from ubiquitous affordable every day bourbons that are easy to obtain to special edition releases, each of which have not only the mastery of the ... read more
Posted Sept. 24, 2020, 9:08 p.m.
Van Gogh Alive Royal Hall of Industries Sydney, Australia September 18, 2020 Incepted by Bruce Peterson and brought to life under the helm of his entity Grande Exhibitions the name is not misleading: Van Gogh Alive is a multisensorial, interactive exhibition that set out to infuse art with a heartbeat ... read more
Posted Sept. 22, 2020, 7:49 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Urban Alley Not unlike it would be the case in North America, specifically the craft beer industry in Australia is dominated by hairy males, with female fronted entities being the exceptions. Case in point: The only female headed brewery we have so far ... read more
Posted Sept. 21, 2020, 8:12 p.m.
The Formative Years – Rockpalast In times long before the advent of the internet and its algorhythmic echo chambers along with the possibility to check out any music and gain access to background information anywhere at any time via the push of a button, it proved to be a tad ... read more
Posted Sept. 20, 2020, 10:21 a.m.
Water of Life – Borders Distillery The Borders Distillery is based in Hawick, which used to be the home of Scotland’s renowned plant hunter William Kerr, to which Borders Distillery’s gin is an homage. Honouring local produce such as barley and their own water for the base spirit, the ... read more
Posted Sept. 19, 2020, 7:29 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Akasha Brewing Akasha has been one of the breweries that almost got away as it has been on my to-cover list for the longest time and as they have very recently undergone a rebranding exercise, it was high time for a feature as ... read more
Posted Sept. 18, 2020, 6:11 p.m.
The Formative Years – Falco Talking about formative years, the influence Johann "Hans" Hölzel’s exerted long before my exposure to punk cannot be overestimated. I do not believe in the concept of “guilty pleasures” and to this day, I enjoy music from the Eighties independently from the confines of ... read more
Posted Sept. 17, 2020, 9:08 p.m.
Water of Life – Puni Italy is not exactly an epicentre when it comes to the distilling of whiskies and after attending a tasting about two years ago, I was pleasantly surprised about being proffered a dram from a very sleek bottle of what has its source in the ... read more
Posted Sept. 16, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Wayward Brewing With bottle shops and liquor shops on terra australis looking like candy stores these days with the array of colourful cans of craft beers on display, the sheer sensory overload sometimes makes one walk past the true gems that have refined ... read more
Posted Sept. 15, 2020, 8:10 p.m.
Water of Life – Wolfburn Help for Heroes Having resurrected its operations merely nine years ago, Wolfburn has been one of my favourite old “new” distilleries for a while now for a range of reasons, so when it was announced that they were going to release a limited expression ... read more
Posted Sept. 14, 2020, 5:43 p.m.
The Formative Years – Dischord Records Not unlike it is the case with a lot of great things, the premise of Dischord Records has always been and can be simmered down to a simple common denominator, i.e. the documentation of music coming out of their community in Washington D.C. ... read more
Posted Sept. 13, 2020, 10:14 a.m.
CBD Alright, where do we start? When one hears “cannabis products”, there is still at times a perception that at the core of it, there is the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the component responsible for making you “high" (THC). Being the primary yet non-psychotropic cannabinoid in the ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
Water of Life – Tomatin Located in the Scottish Highlands, Tomatin is a distillery with a longstanding history that under new ownership started to elevate its endeavours to new heights from the 1990s onward, which established them as one of the more distinguished distillers from the region on the ... read more
Posted Sept. 11, 2020, 9:22 p.m.
Rone - Street Art and Beyond Thames & Hudson The unofficial and independent nature of what is labelled as “street art” is both its appeal as well as something that can be questioned as it is at times perceived to be a mere free-for-all and oftentimes hardly more than ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2020, 6:01 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Eden Brewery Independent craft breweries in Australia are popping up not unlike mushrooms, most of which emit fantastically creative brews, others could be labelled at least in the “interesting” category, with passion for the craft seeming to be the common denominator. Eden Brewery ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2020, 9:08 p.m.
Water of Life – Annandale Distillery Having effectively started its operations in 1830, Annandale Distillery is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland – shame on me that it had not been on my radar so far, especially since the revamp and restoration of the distillery in 2007 saw ... read more
Posted Sept. 7, 2020, 9:21 a.m.
Water of Life – McNair We have covered the fantastic Speyside distillery GlenAllachie and their tremendous expressions in all their glory as part of our series before, so when I became aware that its master distiller was going to channel his alchemy in blending peated and unpeated whiskies from ... read more
Posted Sept. 6, 2020, 10:26 a.m.
The Formative Years - Slap-a-Ham Records There have been many labels within the realm of punk and hardcore that had a lasting impact on me with both their emissions and the way the protagonists behind them carried themselves. Being a fiend of fast hardcore, Slap a Ham Records was one ... read more
Posted Sept. 5, 2020, 11:46 p.m.
Water of Life - Redbreast For many moons, every time I have harped on about my favourite Irish whiskies to other connoisseurs, the question was raised if I had ever tried Redbreast. Until very recently I had not. Shame on me. The trademark of Irish whiskies at large and ... read more
Posted Sept. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Changing the Subject – Philosophy from Socrates to Adorno There are quite a few books crowding my bookshelves that offer an overview on Western philosophy and while each and everyone I find to have merits; some lack an engaging component. Enter Raymond Geuss. What I found refreshing from the get ... read more
Posted Sept. 2, 2020, 9:11 p.m.
Water of Life - Rampur The uninitiated seem to be surprised when one raves about the fantastic whiskies emanating from the subcontinent, however, the connoisseurs know that India is home to distilleries that consistently push the boundaries of what is thought possibly when it comes to the refinement of ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – T-Bone Rye IIPA T-Bone Brewing was first introduced to me by Peter Bignell when he told me about his son’s brewery while sampling his fantastic Belgrove Whiskey and we were chewing on a pig’s ear in Hobart. A long story... Tom Bignell is ... read more
Posted Aug. 31, 2020, 6:40 p.m.
The Formative Years – ZAP Magazine During my early teenage years as a juvenile delinquent in a pre-internet age, any punk and hardcore related information I could come by – be it through observation or exposure - was soaked up in a sponge like manner and what seemed to ... read more
Posted Aug. 30, 2020, 9:49 a.m.
Water of Life - Glenlivet When it comes to my peers and whiskies, many like their “Glens” and adjectives like “sm00000th” are often used in combination with sliding hand gestures which seem to indicate that the drinking experience does not provide complications. I got my favourites in that section ... read more
Posted Aug. 29, 2020, 9:16 a.m.
Music and sports - Puma The notion that music and sports make a formidable duo is something that is hard to argue with. The relationship stretches across different domains, be it crowds chanting along to fire up their teams or themed music performances that have become integral components of ... read more
Posted Aug. 28, 2020, 7:52 p.m.
Water of Life – W + A The world of whisky is a varied one with a myriad of offerings that cater to tastes and preferences of all kinds. Once you determine your favourite drops and delve a bit into the rabbit holes flooded by the water of life, finding ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2020, 8:17 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – 3 Ravens Special editions The story and evolution of 3 Ravens sound familiar: Having emerged from a microbrewery, the emissions were received well by the local community, demand outstripped the supply of their mainly European expressions and things started to be built up ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2020, 7:56 p.m.
Cult Status As Phillip Seymour Hoffman once quipped, you can view anything as a “cult” and some might claim that a “cult” is a religion with no political power, or is it? Media luminary Tim Duggan takes us on an insightful journey down the rabbit hole of what constitutes a ... read more
Posted Aug. 25, 2020, 9:02 p.m.
Water of Life - Aberlour A'Bunadh Speyside’s Aberlour is a much fabled about distillery – one that releases its emissions in idiosyncratic batches, which might vary a tad in terms of quality, yet have the common denominator of having the same copper-ruby appearance derived from its exclusive maturation in ... read more
Posted Aug. 23, 2020, 9:50 a.m.
The Formative Years – Rocket from the Crypt Given that it was released on Nemesis Records, I ordered the first Pitchfork album blindly and while it did not exactly blow my mind – mainly due to the rhythm section - I liked the way the songs were written, the interesting ... read more
Posted Aug. 22, 2020, 3:20 p.m.
The Fundamentals of Graphic Design Bloomsbury Publishing What do you associate with “Graphic Design”? Aestheticism? Form vs function in the two-dimensional space? A realm of individuality? Eccentricity? Ornamental crinkum-crankum? Whatever your personal interpretation is, here is finally an introductory book to the world of Graphic Design that will make ... read more
Posted Aug. 21, 2020, 5:57 p.m.
Luminous World Light. Nuances. Shadows. Endless variations and spectra. The perception and (dis-)appearance of contours. Wavelengths. The intersection of the spiritual and the mundane. Enlightenment. Seeing the light as the ultimate spiritual experience. Light can be many things and exists in manifold incarnations, no matter if it is absorbed, reflected, ... read more
Posted Aug. 19, 2020, 2:12 p.m.
Water of Life – Bladnoch x Boilermaker House collaboration If you follow this series, you would notice that the term “boilermaker” makes frequent appearances. Pretty simple in nature as far as the concept is concerned, in essence and in this context, it usually refers to the pairing of a ... read more
Posted Aug. 18, 2020, 9:11 p.m.
Water of Life - Spring Bay single malt whisky Having had a firm focus on the distilling scene in Tasmania for the longest time, I feel borderline embarrassed to have missed out on one – a feeling that is counteracted with sheer delight when I get to sample a ... read more
Posted Aug. 16, 2020, 8:37 a.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Tallboy and Moose Brewery Quite an extravagant name, you might quip when you pick up a can that emitted from the Tallboy and Moose Brewery. Then again, after a bit of research and learning more about both the physical features, i.e. height, and ... read more
Posted Aug. 15, 2020, 3:06 p.m.
The Sports Shoe: A History from Field to Fashion Bloomsbury Visual Arts Both my wallet and my better half praise the fact that my sneaker collecting days are over, with only a few remnants remaining that I am unlikely to ever part with. Not that I ever camped out ... read more
Posted Aug. 10, 2020, 8:19 p.m.
The Formative Years – Maximumrocknroll There are many ways to skin a cat when it comes to the creation of a fanzine. Having the core interests and common denominator somewhat defined as it was the case with punk rock in the 1980s and the potential audience having had to overcome ... read more
Posted Aug. 9, 2020, 8:32 a.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Jetty Road Brewery Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visits to the local watering hole have become few and far between, however, when possible they are occurrences to be savoured. During a recent one, the owner and craft beer enthusiast of my local of choice ... read more
Posted Aug. 8, 2020, 11:27 a.m.
Karl Hagemeister - Das Licht, das ewig wechselt Wienand Verlag “…das Licht, das ewig wechselt” is a tribute and compendium of Karl Hagemeister’s oeuvre. Now, chances are that the villages in the German region of Brandenburg, which is where Karl Hagemeister grew up and remained focussed on with his ... read more
Posted Aug. 7, 2020, 9:49 p.m.
The Triffids Fremantle Press Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids Despite having left a legacy of fantastic music and an album that should not be missing from the record collection of anyone remotely into independent music (my entry point recommendation would be the classic “Born Sandy Devotional” album), ... read more
Posted Aug. 6, 2020, 8:17 p.m.
Water of Life - Kings Cross Distillery It was about high time for Sydney to have its own locally grown gin distillery and since July this year. While Australia has a myriad of gin distillers, up until July this year there was a King Cross Distillery shaped hole, i.e. ... read more
Posted Aug. 5, 2020, 8:23 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – The Velvet Sledgehammer If Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art – MONA is not of your bucket list of places to visit, we cannot be friends. Opened at the beginning of 2011, October of the same year saw my first visit and ... read more
Posted Aug. 3, 2020, 8:08 p.m.
Jeremy Kirwan-Ward: You Can See It From Here Fremantle Press One of the qualities of art is to offer to grind a new lens and the opportunity to transform and change viewpoints, which can result in one recalibrating one’s outlook. With Australia’s unique rugged landscape, there are a myriad ... read more
Posted Aug. 2, 2020, 9:47 a.m.
The Formative Years – ACME 7” In 1993, I received a demo tape “Menschenmaschine” by a band from the Northern regions of Germany that had just changed its name from New Deal. The artwork, new band logo and presentation did not exactly catch my eye and it took a ... read more
Posted July 31, 2020, 10:23 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – The Southern Highlands Brewing Co Formed a decade ago, it is a shame that I became only very recently aware of the existence of The Southern Highland Brewing Co. With the name being a telling one, i.e. the brewery being located in the ... read more
Posted July 29, 2020, 6:31 p.m.
High Adventure in the Great Outdoors - Bellroy When it comes to what is commonly being labelled as “Everyday Carry Essentials”, there is no shortage of self-proclaimed premium brands that look the part, however, when put to the test, most of them do not lend themselves to go the ... read more
Posted July 27, 2020, 5:41 p.m.
The Formative Years – Born Against and Vermiform Records Sometimes it is funny how music and the ideas it portrays strike a chord upon first listen. Musically and looking at individual sonic ingredients, it might be the song writing, energy and catchiness that will sink its hooks into you immediately ... read more
Posted July 26, 2020, 9:52 a.m.
Wik & Co I own quite a few perfumes for different occasions. There are perfumes that I like for their top notes and others where the base notes win me over, as it is for example the case with some of the fragrant emissions from Tom Ford. Ultimately, the ... read more
Posted July 25, 2020, 9:35 a.m.
Water of Life - Drop Club Bruichladdich unpeated Bruichladdich’s smoke and peat heavy Port Charlotte and especially Octomore ranges are amongst my top ten favourite expressions from the isle of Islay. However, the progressive Hebridean distillery that was established in 1881 is channelling its alchemy in range of exquisite ... read more
Posted July 23, 2020, 7 p.m.
Hot Stuff - Bunsters If you have been following this series, it should not come as a surprise that is being utilized on the regular to enhance what I consume on a daily basis, which explains why I am delighted when I come across local entities producing quality emissions. ... read more
Posted July 20, 2020, 5:59 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – La Sirène Every now and then, just when you thought you’ve got the terrain covered, you come across a brewery that stands out with a philosophy and recommitment to philosophies that honour traditional brewing methods and deliberately refrain from entering novelty territory in ... read more
Posted July 19, 2020, 11:38 a.m.
Water of Life – Islay Mist If you have delved a tad further into the world of whisky than the fringes of offerings your local frat bar has on its shelves, you would know that blended varieties do not necessarily have to be less sophisticated than their single malt ... read more
Posted July 18, 2020, 11:43 a.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Holgate Brewing Word around the campfire has that genesis for the founding of Holgate Brewing can be traced back to the founders’ trips to the old and new world, which inspired them to commence brewing beers in both traditional British and North American ... read more
Posted July 17, 2020, 11:22 a.m.
The Formative Years – Pogar Records and Vinyl Boogie As part of this series, I will cover quite a few labels that have had an impact on my socialisation with punk rock, however, the releases of Pogar Records have had an unrivalled influence that reverberates to this day. Vinyl ... read more
Posted July 15, 2020, 7:43 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Mountain Culture Beer Co If you ever descend on terra australis and happen to find yourself on the East coast, a visit to the Blue Mountains is mandatory. Apart from scenic lookouts and fantastic trails around the National Park, the region has established ... read more
Posted July 14, 2020, 6:48 p.m.
Water of Life - Iniquity Single Malt Whisky Batch 18, 19 and SS Ferret Rum When it comes to Australian whiskey, Ian Schmidt and Vic Orlow are royalty. Evolved from a collaboration with Southern Coast Distilling their Tin Shed Distilling Co spawned Iniquity Single Malt Whisky with the logo of ... read more
Posted July 13, 2020, 9:03 p.m.
High Adventures in the Great Outdoors - Outlaw Soaps Fragrances can be many things - enhancing mood and being a seduction tool being two of them. Now, my dear crust punks, what are the qualities that makes a soap good? Sure, there’s the ability to lather, to trap the ... read more
Posted July 12, 2020, 10:59 a.m.
How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy Allen & Unwin In this turbulent day and age, the question how the world thinks is an interesting one and Julian Baggini’s endeavour to determine a common denominator behind what fuels beliefs and forges answers to moral questions intrigued me. ... read more
Posted July 11, 2020, 11:03 a.m.
The Formative Years - Weird System Records This new series will be focussed on bands, labels and people that proved to be immensely influential during my formative years as a juvenile delinquent, and Weird System shall be the first entity to be shed light on as its focus had always been ... read more
Posted July 8, 2020, 8:09 p.m.
Hot Stuff - Dingo Sauce Co. There is no shortage of novelty “hotter-than-thou” sauces that do damage but severely lack in the taste department. How nice is it to come across a brand that is being driven by a chef with over two decades of experience under his belt? ... read more
Posted July 7, 2020, 6:09 p.m.
The Story of Looking Mark Cousins Allen & Unwin We are drowning in images and the accessibility and affordability of smartphones with ever improving cameras has massively changed both our approach to taking photos and our behaviour in them. In this book The Story of Looking Mark Cousins examines ... read more
Posted July 6, 2020, 5:53 p.m.
Water of Life – Kavalan Port Cask and Distiller’s Reserve Rum Cask Where do I start with Kavalan to give the uninitiated a faint idea of what they have been missing out on? Based in Yuanshan, Taiwan, Kavalan has firmly established itself on the firmament of top distilleries that ... read more
Posted June 27, 2020, 7:36 a.m.
Hot Stuff - Marysol The realm of hot sauces is plastered with novelty brands that sacrifice flavour for the sake of hear. While the destruction of tastebuds might be an end in itself for some and can be fun to explore at times, if there is no flavour experience, ... read more
Posted June 26, 2020, 7:20 p.m.
Water of Life - Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky For anyone following our Water of Life series, the fact that I harbour a weak spot for anything that is distilled on the Hebridean island Islay should not come as a surprise as I love the iodine coastal flavours, ... read more
Posted June 23, 2020, 5:12 p.m.
Monocle – Book of Japan Thames and Hudson Tyler Brûlé and his brainchild Monocle have had an intensive relationship with Japan ever since the inception of the magazine – a relationship which could be claimed to have been borderline formative as the magazine was informed by the core crew ... read more
Posted June 22, 2020, 8:31 p.m.
Motown: The Sound of Young America Thames & Hudson For the uninitiated – 2020 marks the sixtieth anniversary of Motown Records and everything surrounding it not only dominated the first half of the sixties, but left an imprint on popular culture, the reverberations of which can be felt to ... read more
Posted June 21, 2020, 11:18 a.m.
Nicole Hartje-Grave Von Max Ernst bis Eduardo Chillida - Die Sammlung Wilfried und Gisela Fitting Wienand Verlag Ever since I was first exposed to Max Ernst as a teenager, his fascinating life and oeuvre has never not proved to be immensely influential on me and anyone remotely interested in ... read more
Posted June 14, 2020, 9:52 a.m.
Endurance Louis Rudd Pan Macmillan As we go by Lord Byron, prolonged endurance tames the bold but there are some individuals who have perfectioned the art of concentrating patience and conquering bad fortune by endurance, one of which is Louis Rudd, who among other accomplishments has completed many tours ... read more
Posted June 12, 2020, 10:18 p.m.
Water of Life – Overeem Distillery As part of our whisk(e)y-centric series, we have covered a wide range of Tasmanian distilleries, most of which I have had the privilege to visit and meet the protagonists behind the still. The one that almost got away and that has been ranking ... read more
Posted June 8, 2020, 6:32 p.m.
Kaizen Sarah Harvey Pan Macmillan For the ones looking for inspiration, there has never been a shortage of wisdom that could be extracted and adopted from the lifestyle and philosophy that forms the foundation and DNA and Japan. The principle of Kaizen, i.e. the idea and methodology to take ... read more
Posted June 7, 2020, 9:46 a.m.
Me by Elton John Pan Macmillan As far as I am concerned, the rocket man has always been around and once I overcame the self-imposed stoic juvenile orthodox phase of not being interested in anything else than what emerged from the confines of the punk rock ghetto, I was ... read more
Posted June 6, 2020, 11:48 a.m.
Water of Life – Jack Daniels Single Barrel and Sinatra Select After having covered a myriad of distilleries as part of this series, it is almost sacrilege that we have not touched on one of the most prominent American ones that produces whiskey yet ticks the boxes of bourbon ... read more
Posted May 30, 2020, 8:55 a.m.
High Adventures in the Great Outdoors Outdoors - Everyday Carry Essentials I like running whenever possible and when given the opportunity also to and from work. Now unless, you actually work in a gym and swag around in your active wear all day, chances are that you know the ... read more
Posted May 17, 2020, 9:29 a.m.
Water of Life - Peat's Beast Now we are talking – having lusted for the longest time to find out what the emission with the punchy name of quality bottler has to offer, I finally got to experience it in the old world. When it comes to peated nectar, I ... read more
Posted May 10, 2020, 9:45 a.m.
Water of Life – Tomintoul Full disclosure: Tomintoul Distillery was not exactly at the forefront of my mind when it came to Speyside distilleries. This is mainly due to the fact that so far, I have not had the pleasure of sampling their emissions yet, despite having been a ... read more
Posted May 3, 2020, 9:59 a.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Exit Brewing Saison Having made many treks to Belgium, I harbour a spot not only for the delicious local chocolate but also Belgian beer and while it is difficult to make generalizations due to individuality of their thirteens beer variants, there is something ... read more
Posted April 26, 2020, 9:51 a.m.
Water of Life – Archie Rose With the distillery having started out with a focus on “white” spirits currently being dedicated to the large scale production of hand sanitiser to combat the spread of Covid-19 and their stunning bar being closed, it surely must have been exciting news coming ... read more
Posted April 24, 2020, 7:48 p.m.
Ignite Penguin Random House Shannah Kennedy Lyndall Mitchell have reinvented themselves under the moniker “the Essentialists”, with the focus on the release of gift books, the Ignite instalment of which is meant to spark the reader into action to make positive changes and elevate their lives. What to some ... read more
Posted April 8, 2020, 5:04 p.m.
Re-assessing your view on life during Covid-19 Live Like A Stoic: 52 Exercises for Cultivating a Good Life (Penguin Books) Rome was neither built nor burned in a day. However, the embers of thought that emanated from the Roman and Greek empires lit beacons that still provide guidance on how ... read more
Posted April 7, 2020, 8:12 p.m.
Punk and Hardcore related podcasts Chances are you've got a favourite one. Maybe you are making one. A pod of your own. A medium that has democratized the talk-audio space by offering exposure for niche creators. Listeners and makers of immersive, intimate and, in some cases, life-changing qualities of audio ... read more
Posted April 3, 2020, 8:29 p.m.
Sidney Nolan: The Artist's Materials Getty Conservation Institute The Artist's Materials series is indispensable for anyone who want to scratch the surface and learn more about the technique and materials modern painters are using to channel their alchemy. One of Australian’s most widely known painters of modern times is ... read more
Posted April 2, 2020, 7:38 p.m.
Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics Getty Research Institute Käthe Kollwitz’s oeuvre found its defining phase the first half of the twentieth century with her graphic depictions that covered the span of two world wars and depicted the implications and changes that the turbulences of that time brought – in ... read more
Posted March 28, 2020, 10:03 a.m.
Hot Stuff – Crowley’s Hot Sauce The good ole, reliable “Great Beast” Aleister Crowley once quipped that the pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing. Harbouring a weak spot for anything hot and spicy, I doubt that the chief had in mind ... read more
Posted March 27, 2020, 9:24 p.m.
Girlvert: A Porno Memoir Oriana Small Rare Bird Books The title of this tome is a telling one as it details a span of ten years that evolve from modelling to full-on adult films on the, let’s call it more “extreme” end of the scale. Girlvert is a melange ... read more
Posted March 20, 2020, 7:06 p.m.
Caspar David Friedrich: Nature and the Self Yale University Press Classifying Caspar David Friedrich’s oeuvre and paintings as “atmospheric” would be an understatement par excellence. The way CDF channelled his alchemy and the intricacy with which he outlined figures lost on musings on the need to be and contemplation ... read more
Posted March 16, 2020, 6:29 p.m.
Whisky Eddie Ludlow DK Australia Eddie Ludlow’s mission consists not only of preaching to the converted and expanding their horizons but getting non-believers turned on to whisky – the man likes bringing people together over a dram and genuinely, passionately lives breathes, eats and sleeps whisky. Whisky is one ... read more
Posted March 15, 2020, 10:01 a.m.
Water of Life – Meticulousness and Attention to Detail The AMC series Breaking Bad has chronicled the exploits of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher turned drug lord who with meticulous attention to detail perfectioned an ingenious recipe for ultrapure methamphetamine. Now, I am not saying that what David ... read more
Posted March 14, 2020, 12:08 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Exit Brewing The endless saga…just when I thought I had my favourite Australian IPA go-tos firmly established, a brewery pops up that disrupts it all: Enter Exit Brewing, which shall be the focal point of this instalment, a brewery that begs the question ... read more
Posted March 13, 2020, 9:31 p.m.
The Darkness Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia March 13, 2020 It has been a few moons since I first saw The Darkness incarnate in a live environment, which was in the UK shortly after they landed their hit album ”Permission to land” and which saw their nonetheless fantastic live performance mildly ... read more
Posted March 9, 2020, 6:13 p.m.
Water of Life – Kavalan Vinho Barrique and Daneson Toothpicks We have shed light on Kavalan and their excellent emission from various angles over the last years and I have yet to come across a dram from this unique and by now accolade decorated Taiwanese distillery that would disappoint ... read more
Posted March 8, 2020, 11:21 a.m.
Rare Bird Publications special: Mutations: Twenty Years Embedded in Hardcore Punk Sam McPheeters Rare Bird Publications Sam McPheeters first entered my life via Born Against during my formative years as a juvenile delinquent and left an indelible mark, which continued with his other emissions and involvements, e.g. his writings, ... read more
Posted March 7, 2020, 9:58 a.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Holgate Brewhouse Sometimes it takes a bit longer to come across what eventually proves to be a stalwart of the Australian craft beer brewing scene and one wonders how one could have possibly been so ignorant. Case in point: Holgate Brewhouse. Having honed ... read more
Posted March 6, 2020, 5:32 p.m.
Sleaford Mods Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia March 4, 2020 Sleaford Mods have come a long way. What should have never worked out on paper, turned out to become a phenomenon with an avid army of loyal followers. Blame it on the arcane pop cultural references, the witty lyrics, the ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2020, 10:16 a.m.
Ben Quilty Penguin Random House Winner of the Archibald Prize, activist artist Ben Quilt has had quite a few of solo exhibitions, which I have been lucky enough to witness in different Australian state museums. No matter if it is his latter compelling art informing by his stint with ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2020, 8:21 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Ballistic Beer What a time to be alive – especially if you are a hop aficionado and based on terra australis. The array of quality craft beer breweries popping up and channelling their alchemy in delicious brews seems to be never ending. Every ... read more
Posted Feb. 26, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Aesthetic Theory Think Art Dieter Mersch Posthumously having seen the light of day, Theodor Adornos take on what underpins the principles of art is much more than what the title suggests and it not only focusses on the core subject but expands on exploring the implications on sociology, art, ... read more
Posted Feb. 22, 2020, 8:09 a.m.
Stiff Little Fingers Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia February 21, 2020 There is a chance that I need to revisit The Clash’s early oeuvre, however, in my humble opinion Stiff Little Finger’s “Inflammable Material” is, as far as an early, snotty political punk record is concerned, a near perfect release ... read more
Posted Feb. 21, 2020, 7:04 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Sauce Brewing Co Now, not sure if what originally start as a microbrewery in the inner-west of Sydney can still be classified as such, as it has evolved to one of the more prominent representatives of the local craft beer scene. Starting out ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2020, 5:27 p.m.
Fire Fight Australia ANZ Stadium Sydney, Australia February 16, 2020 It has been thirty-five years since the eponymous Live Aid festival was organised by Bob Geldorf to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine – the impressive array of artists that participated made it one of more memorable ... read more
Posted Feb. 17, 2020, 9:34 a.m.
Otto Dix – The Evil Eye Prestel Publishing Ah, Weimar! An intriguing period that specifically in the Rhineland region has spawned artistic conglomerates that revolutionised what art was thought to be. Having started out with producing straight forward portraits, evolving via flirts with Dadaism and Otto Dix has become ... read more
Posted Feb. 15, 2020, 10:57 a.m.
Yves Zurstrassen – Free Mercator Fonds A name like Yves Zurstrassen, at least the correct pronunciation might not roll easily off your Anglo-Saxon tongue and it might be an artist that has not crossed your path so far. I have to admit that I was not too terribly familiar ... read more
Posted Feb. 3, 2020, 5:23 p.m.
Henry Darger Prestel Publishing “Outsider art” is an interesting term as it can pertain to art outside the confines of the well-trodden path of mainstream art and autodidactic artists that add another enriching facet dimension to the culturally sanctioned world of art as well as a questionable justification for ... read more
Posted Feb. 1, 2020, 10:18 a.m.
What’s Sumatra with You? East Forged As I travel this earthround, more often than not on more exotic territory, I find myself reminded of Abraham Lincoln musing that if what I am proffered is supposed to be coffee, I’d rather have tea and if it is supposed to be ... read more
Posted Jan. 27, 2020, 8:14 p.m.
Glenturret Burns Night Sydney Opera House January 25, 2020 Sydney, Australia Reimagining a traditional Sottish gathering and weaving in indigenous Australian components is an exercise that demands a delicate balance, let alone when it comes to honouring the memory of the Ayrshire-born Scottish poet Robert Burns. Then again there ... read more
Posted Jan. 25, 2020, 8:41 a.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Moon Dog Claiming that it is currently not a bad time for Australian craft beers and breweries would be an understatement par excellence. We are not talking brewing concoctions for the sake of novelty, but beer making that excites the palate and makes ... read more
Posted Jan. 24, 2020, 10:41 p.m.
Water of Life – Kavalan’s celebration of the fourth decade of the King Car Group Kavalan is one of those distilleries that might go under the radar of the most dedicated whisky aficionado until, well, until you get to try any of its expressions. This might be partly due ... read more
Posted Jan. 23, 2020, 9:19 p.m.
Christian Dior: History and Modernity, 1947 – 1957 Hirmer Verlag / Thames and Hudson No matter if you are a fashionista or completely detached from the world of haute couture, chances are you will have come across Christian Dior and his creations in some shape or form with him ... read more
Posted Jan. 20, 2020, 12:47 p.m.
Water of Life – Rest and Be Thankful So far we have our focus mainly set on covering distilleries, which makes sense as they make the spirit. However, given that distillers swap, sell and exchange their emissions both old and new, there are a myriad of whisky companies that ... read more
Posted Jan. 19, 2020, 9:24 a.m.
Tim and Eric Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia January 15, 2020 For the uninitiated, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, “Tim & Eric” is a comedy duo that has garnered a cult following through the shows they have created on the Adult Swim network. Having honed their craft since the mid-nineties, they ... read more
Posted Jan. 18, 2020, 8:56 a.m.
Life – The Show Spiegeltent Sydney, Australia January 9, 2020 Given that the creative entity that is Strut & Fret is known for assembling superbly talented performers for their productions and that it has seen very successful stagings of their LIMBO and Cantina shows at previous incarnations of Sydney Festival, ... read more
Posted Jan. 16, 2020, 10:11 p.m.
Mclusky Oxford Art Factory Sydney, Australia January 12, 2020 Mclusky…rings a bell, huh? I remembered that they were one of the better bands in the 1990s that emerged out of the delicious swamp that was influenced by the better emissions out of Amphetamine Reptile records. Grimy guitars and a ... read more
Posted Jan. 13, 2020, 6:19 p.m.
Gotta Get Theroux This Louis Theroux Macmillan Louis Theroux and his documentaries are known the world over due to two things: Theroux’s idiosyncratic, self-deprecating approach to journalism and unique way of eliciting information and the themes that are more often than not situated on the outer rim of mainstream ... read more
Posted Jan. 12, 2020, 9:15 a.m.
Double Delicious Carriageworks Sydney, Australia January 8. 2020 Food and the need to eat is universal and a common denominator. As Maya Angelou put it so eloquently, the exercise of eating is of intimate nature in that it is very sensual – by inviting someone to sit at your table ... read more
Posted Jan. 11, 2020, 8:50 a.m.
The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design, 1930–1995 Yale University Press Huh, the phenomenon of ubiquitous pop art! A topic that has not exactly suffered from a lack of attention and discussion of its significance. Thomas Crow’s elaborations approaches the sujet from the ivory tower of academia, which ... read more
Posted Jan. 10, 2020, 9:33 p.m.
The Art of Nick Cave: Critical essays University of Chicago Press Birthday Party. The Bad Seeds. Grinderman. Movie scores. Poems. Screenplays. Acting. Et cetera, et cetera. The incarnations and collaborations of Nick Cave are manifold as is the quality of his artistic emissions, the breadth of which have ... read more
Posted Jan. 7, 2020, 7:06 p.m.
Original Grin: The Art of Ron English Thames and Hudson In the realm of art, sometimes things are so overt that it could not be more covert or subversive, specifically when it comes to pop art. Ron English has established himself as a spearhead on the front of artists ... read more
Posted Jan. 1, 2020, 4:32 p.m.
Japan Supernatural Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, Australia Some claim that “supernatural” is in essence a null word as in that one man’s magic is another man’s engineering. Now, while there might be not unlike with many sayings a shrapnel of truth to it, there has certainly ... read more
Posted Dec. 27, 2019, 11:19 p.m.
KAWS – Companionship in the Age of Loneliness Brian Donnelly is KAWS. The man has been behind the moniker for a quarter of a decade and if you are not familiar with the name, I can guarantee that you would have come across one of his emissions in some ... read more
Posted Dec. 17, 2019, 6:09 p.m.
Critical Terms for Art History University of Chicago Press One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and it is not much different with art. So how does one define and describe what art is objectively and accurately without letting preferences take over? Critical Terms for Art History tries to ... read more
Posted Dec. 15, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
High Adventures in the Great Outdoors - Quality Shoes Ah, shoes! Sure, there are many things that make an appearance but no matter if you are still in the midst of your adolescence growing up in underground subcultures wearing your Vans or whatever Hypebeast touts as drop you need ... read more
Posted Dec. 14, 2019, 9:43 a.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Brew - Moo Brew Yes, we have covered MONA, i.e. the Museum of Old and New Art, based in Hobart, Tasmania and have sung its praises many a time. Ditto for its founder David Walsh, the founder and visionary behind what is one of the ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2019, 10:02 a.m.
The Beasts Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia December 6, 2019 Over the span of his illustrious career, there have been many incarnations of Tex Perkins and he has proved times over again that there are many nuances to him channelling his alchemy, with substance over style having always been the common ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2019, 9 p.m.
Gilbert and George – The Great Exhibition @ Astrup Fearney Museum Gilbert & George are two constituents that form an artistic symbiosis the total of which is much more than the sum of its individual ingredients. Actively challenging the status quo, the perception of what is acceptable and not ... read more
Posted Nov. 25, 2019, 8:13 p.m.
Into the Night Prestel Publishing If you pay close attention to the portrayal of night clubs and specifically cabarets, the artistic portrayal thereof plays an integral part in creating both perceptions and images. No matter if it is the iconic 1920ies jazz clubs or cocktail bars, the etablissements that ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2019, 10:33 a.m.
Virgil Abloh: Artwork Prestel Publishing Louis Vuitton’s creative director Virgil Abloh is a phenomenon by any standard. A phenomenon beyond hype and marketing. Abloh’s creative output seems boundless and is unleashed in an unparalleled abundance, with most of his emissions being sold out immediately. Opulently illustrated with close to ... read more
Posted Nov. 23, 2019, 8:34 p.m.
The No Meat Athlete Cookbook: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts—and the Rest of Your Life The Experiment I live a pescatarian lifestyle ninety five percent of the time – not religiously but as something that has naturally evolved and has proven to be beneficial on many ... read more
Posted Nov. 21, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Art Lover’s Guide to Japanese Museums Yale University Press Wow! I love Japan, Japanese art and Japanese museums but I did not expect such a quality book - in both content, and physical quality. Not unlikely the quality standards one is used to when it comes to Japanese emissions, ... read more
Posted Nov. 17, 2019, 9:53 a.m.
What’s Sumatra With You? – Suntory Boss Coffee I remember the first time I touched down in Japan. Apart from the feeling you get as soon as you exit your plane, i.e. that you have entered a fantastic alien universe, I felt like I was being watched. Watched by ... read more
Posted Nov. 16, 2019, 9:35 a.m.
If nothing else and no matter if you like whisk(e)y, this series should have gotten you excited about not only the big-ticket Australian spirit emissions, but especially about the more boutique-y offerings away from what is forced down your hatch by the mainstream industry. Every now and then when ... read more
Posted Nov. 12, 2019, 9:23 p.m.
In Vino Veritas – Ninth Island and Norfolk Rise For this instalment of our vino centric series we are going to zero in on Tasmania again as the previous instalment of Kreglinger and Pipers Brook has piqued my interest: The Northern part of Tasmania is home to the estate ... read more
Posted Nov. 10, 2019, 11 a.m.
Punk Reader - Research Transmissions from the Local and the Global The University of Chicago Press It has been more than forty years since the inception of punk – a statement that holds true no matter if you think that the cradle of the movement was in the United ... read more
Posted Nov. 9, 2019, 9:44 a.m.
Propaganda Art in the 21st Century MIT Press Some people say that an accurate portrayal of what is actually happening behind the scenes is the best propaganda. Fair enough. However, we are in what is widely considerably to be the “post-truth” era, which significantly shifted the coordinates of how ... read more
Posted Nov. 6, 2019, 9:28 p.m.
Haunted Bauhaus MIT Press What is often perceived to be informed by irrationality, i.e. the movement from 1919-1933 known as Bauhaus, has never ceased to give impulses on all facets of our society, be it lofty artistic ones, the very foundation of pursuits on architectural territory, and decorative design. ... read more
Posted Nov. 5, 2019, 4:38 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Willie the Boatman As part of our beer-centric series we have covered specifically Australian breweries far and wide, however, sometimes there are ones in relatively proximity that are dangerously underrated. Named as an homage to the convict William Kerr across what eventually became ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2019, 3:27 p.m.
Archie Rose x Sydney Opera House: Outside and Inside Gins We have recently covered Archie Roses’ foray into whisky territory and as I mentioned as part of the article, their bread and butter is the clear spirit distilled from grain or malt that derives its DNA from juniper berry ... read more
Posted Oct. 27, 2019, 9:44 a.m.
Mike Parr: The Eternal Opening Carriageworks Sydney, Australia October 25, 2019 Attentive readers would recall Mike Parr’s various and often spectacular incarnations we have covered as part of MONA’s annual Dark Mofo festivals and having established himself on the forefront of boundary pushing artists on international terrain, you would have ... read more
Posted Oct. 26, 2019, 12:24 p.m.
Water of Life – An Ode to Octomore Victor Hugo quipped something along the lines of the ode living upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real. If the aforementioned holds true, Octomore resides in the sublime. We have covered the emissions of the ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2019, 6:19 p.m.
In Vino Veritas – Moorilla and Domaine A Claiming that I harbour a weak spot in my left chest for anything related to Tasmania would be an understatement par excellence. At least twice a year I carve my way to Hobart for their annual winter festival Dark Mofo, which ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2019, 5:29 p.m.
Renoir: The Body, The Senses Clark Art Institute Impressionism is one of the more underrated genres when it comes to mainstream recognition, specifically the genre that focuses more on experimentalism. There are few that reached the league of Pierre-Auguste Renoir dominated, an artists that diligently honoured classical traditions and ... read more
Posted Oct. 20, 2019, 9:39 a.m.
I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola Yale University Press Bill Viola has long been on my lists or artists to check out and this tome proved to be a formidable entry point to access his body of work because it ... read more
Posted Oct. 14, 2019, 5:51 p.m.
Water of Life – Whipper Snapper Distillery Upshot As part of our Water of Life series, we have covered whisky from terra australis in many variations, however, the focus so far has mainly been set on the east coast. Looking at Western Australia, where the world’s remote city Perth ... read more
Posted Oct. 13, 2019, 9:56 a.m.
Water of Life – Iniquity Distillery Batch 017 You are not mistaken if you claim that Iniquity and its artisanal expressions have been previously covered as part of our Water of Life series and it is never not a delight to indulge in their meticulously crafted batches, the constituents ... read more
Posted Oct. 12, 2019, 11:21 a.m.
The World’s Toughest Races Ali Clarke Affirm Press People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But I don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they ... read more
Posted Oct. 7, 2019, 8:25 p.m.
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities Cirque du Soleil Big Top, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park Sydney, Australia October 2, 2019 Cirque du Soleil is quite something. Ever since its inception I’ve had the fortune to see its incarnation on different continents with the residency one in Las Vegas having been ... read more
Posted Oct. 6, 2019, 11:43 a.m.
Water of Life – Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky 3rd Batch Archie Rose is the one that almost got away. Having made a name for itself on the forefront of craft gin distillers and having established a wonderfully moody and well curated bar next (including an engaging and knowledgeable ... read more
Posted Oct. 5, 2019, 11:24 a.m.
Oceania Burger Special - Grill’d There are burger outlets aplenty on this earthround. A myriad of mediocre ones, novelty ones, ones known for having heart attacks to go on their menus, ones with semi-secret menus and secret handshakes that need to be applied to get something prepared in an ... read more
Posted Oct. 4, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
In Vino Veritas – Kreglinger Estate Founded shortly before the dawn of the nineteenth century, Kreglinger Wine Estates not only dominated the old world from their headquarters in Antwerp but eventually extended their operations to Southern Australia – a move that retained their European origins but also managed to skilfully ... read more
Posted Oct. 1, 2019, 9:24 p.m.
Water of Life - Paul John Chalk it up to the not exactly exuberant or eye-catching presentation of the bottle or the fact that when it comes to Indian whiskies, I have so far been focussed on Amrut, but unfortunately Paul John is a distillery that has largely eluded ... read more
Posted Sept. 30, 2019, 7:09 p.m.
Tipsy Clare Burder Affirm Press Ah, not sure what your poison is but navigating the world of tipples can prove challenging territory, specifically if one is set in one’s ways. No matter what your go-to is, there have for sure been instances where ignorance has been publicly exposed – ... read more
Posted Sept. 29, 2019, 1:35 p.m.
Hi-Fructose: New Contemporary Fashion Thames and Hudson Chances are that if you harbour a modicum of interest in fashion, art and the interactions of it, you have come across the entity known as Hi-Fructose Magazine, which has firmly established itself on the firmament of boundary pushing artsy and aesthetically ... read more
Posted Sept. 28, 2019, 7:25 p.m.
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival Palace Cinema Sydney, Australia September 17, 2019 Eighteen years since its inception, the Italian Film Festival is going stronger than ever with what can be considered a unique array of over two hundred movie theatres engaged each year. Gradually grown to a major event, ... read more
Posted Sept. 28, 2019, 8:32 a.m.
L Just when one thought that one had identified pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to craft beers and specifically IPAs, a contender pops up that one had almost managed to overlook: BentSpoke is a micro-brewery situated in Canberra, Braddon, an environment that lends itself well ... read more
Posted Sept. 22, 2019, 9:31 a.m.
Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World J. Paul Getty Museum Based on an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World the focus is firmly on what became known as the “bestiarum vocabulum”, a relict from mediaeval times ... read more
Posted Sept. 21, 2019, 12:12 p.m.
Monet: The Late Years Kimbell Art Museum If the claim that impressionism is light holds true, Claude Monet was the equivalent of the sun as what he emitted affected the world of art in every facet. The later years were defined by a hiatus caused by the departure of ... read more
Posted Sept. 15, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors Unlikely that you have not come across internationally renowned activist and artist Ai Weiwei and his commentary on the status quo in some shape or form. His exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, is a telling name as it is musing on ... read more
Posted Sept. 14, 2019, 11 a.m.
CaI-Guo Qiang: The Transient Landscape National Gallery of Victoria The National Gallery of Victoria is yet to disappoint when it comes to expertly curated exhibitions, some of which present juxtapositions specifically orchestrated to be presented nowhere else within its halls. This Australian Winter sees a Chinese extravaganza incarnate with ... read more
Posted Sept. 13, 2019, 7:01 p.m.
Sydney Contemporary 2019 Carriageworks Sydney, Australia September 12-15, 2019 For the uninitiated: Sydney Contemporary has established itself firmly on the firmament of intercontinental art fairs as the pre-eminent Australasian ones, with more than ninety Australian and international showrooms providing a forum for emissions in a myriad of media from more ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2019, 3:08 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Dainton Brewing If you have followed this series it should not come as a surprise that terra australis has a myriad of crafty and innovative breweries that are constantly pumping out quality brews that push the envelope of what was thought to be possible. ... read more
Posted Sept. 7, 2019, 2:52 p.m.
Architecture and Action Cambridge Is the way buildings are designed significant? Does it affect you, your well-being and the world at large? Some say that if a building becomes “architecture” then it effectively morphs into becoming a piece of art. Over the time, the function of the desicipline has ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2019, 3:22 p.m.
Water of Life – Bakery Hill Now, this instalment of our series is a special one – special because Bakery Hill is the one distillery that almost got away. I have pursued the oldest and most established single malt distillery on Australia’s mainland for quite a while and every time ... read more
Posted Sept. 2, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Water of Life - Sullivans Cove Special cask release and Hobart Gin It is a shame that the world started to appreciate the liquid emissions of Tasmania’s Sullivans Cove distillery as it makes it harder and harder to get a hold of their excellent regular releases, let alone the ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties Tom O’Neill Penguin / William Heinemann I think it is safe to say that Charles Manson, the case around him, the man, the myth, the legend will always have a place on the firmament of Western pop ... read more
Posted Aug. 31, 2019, 11 a.m.
Adventures in Quantumland: Exploring Our Unseen Reality World Scientific Publishing I have been following philosopher and physicist Ruth Kastner explorations on what constitutes and lies underneath of what we refer to reality for quite a while. This tome of hers is divides into two components: While the first half ... read more
Posted Aug. 30, 2019, 9:04 p.m.
Water of Life - Wolfburn With a name like Wolfburn and a marketing department that has calibrated it approach to achieve a result oriented outcome, expectations were high right out of the gate for the this fairly new kid on the block – partly due to the fact word ... read more
Posted Aug. 28, 2019, 9:37 p.m.
Water of Life – Absinthe Friends I’ve danced with the ever elusive green fairy many a times and sometimes in more profound ways than other – be it in Berlin or Prague. There is certainly no shortage of myth, folklore and fabrication around la fee verte and its qualities ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2019, 6:21 p.m.
The Simpsons: A Cultural History Rowman and Littlefield Using a flipchart to outline the immense influence The Simpsons have had and still have on the fabric of our cultural DNA would hardly to justice to the impact of the show that once derived from The Tracey Ullman Show. What ... read more
Posted Aug. 25, 2019, 10:14 a.m.
West Side Story Opera House August 20, 2019 Sydney, Australia There are few dance musicals that are as internationally known as the result of the joint effort between the quartet of what has become well established as luminaries in the world of musical, i.e. of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, ... read more
Posted Aug. 22, 2019, 9:50 a.m.
Philosophy and Poetry : Continental Perspectives Columbia University Press Footprint Books Sure, there is a myriad of treatises and books on schools when it comes to studying the fundamental knowledge of the nature of thought, aestheticism and how it ties in with different styles of literature. Philosophy and ... read more
Posted Aug. 19, 2019, 8:09 p.m.
In vino veritas – Vin Diemen’s Taste of Tasmania Another instalment as part of my constant push for you to have your mind blown by what Tasmania has to offer: The annual Vin Diemen’s Taste of Tasmania extravaganza is one of the events of the year for anyone remotely ... read more
Posted Aug. 12, 2019, 9:58 p.m.
Anselm Kiefer in Conversation with Klaus Dermutz Seagull Books I travel the world for many reasons and one think I made sure of, is hunting down Anselm Kiefer’s artistic emissions in museums around the globe while doing so. The man and his ever-expanding body of work is a never ... read more
Posted Aug. 11, 2019, 5:34 p.m.
Water of Life - Flor de Caña Rum Nicaragua is a blank spot on my world map. “Blank” as in it has yet to be visited, I am intrigued about its location and anything emerging from it, catches my interest. Unbeknownst to me Flor de Caña, a family owned ... read more
Posted Aug. 9, 2019, 9:18 a.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Stockade Brewing Co Stockade Brewing Co surprised me a bit as it seemed to have emerged out of nowhere. Further research revealed that it evolved from the purchase of Australian Independent Brewers (AIB), which subsequently morphed into the contract craft beer brewing entity ... read more
Posted Aug. 4, 2019, 2:58 p.m.
Yeezy and Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 – 4 Zine Thames & Hudson The Yeezy phenomenon is one that ties in with the zeitgeist of artificially created hype and scarcity. Camping outside of store days ahead of a new limited drop has become a common occurrence with the reward ... read more
Posted July 27, 2019, 10:58 a.m.
Water of Life - Hernö One of the perks of roaming this earthround is that you get to try local spirits from the source. After a stint in Finland, a local juniper aficionado introduced me to Hernö Distillery for the first-time pre-ambling the experience by highlighting that it the first ... read more
Posted July 26, 2019, 10:14 p.m.
Thus Let Es Drink Beer - Modus Operandi My prayers for a great local, bold yet easily accessible IPA that ticks all the right boxes were answered with the fourth one in the core can range for Mona Vale’s master brewers Modus Operandi, who ever since their inception in ... read more
Posted July 23, 2019, 9:40 p.m.
Water of Life – Illegal Mezcal God, I love a good sipping tequila. It does not have to be in the heat of summer to make this a thing of beauty along with a nice Mexican beer. Mezcal is territory I ad so far not dabbled in and my ... read more
Posted July 21, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
A.Bandit: A Secret Has Two Faces Prestel Publishing With the collaboration that we got here, we have a a case par excellence for the resulting whole bigger much bigger than the mere sum of the individual constituents. On one end of the spectrum we have the conceptional artist Glenn ... read more
Posted July 20, 2019, 10:55 a.m.
The Streets Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia July 19, 2019 Alternative hip hop headed by an MC and multi-instrumentalist, huh? Truth be told, I do not think The Streets had ever left a remarkable blip on my radar – neither before their heyday nor during what could be described as a ... read more
Posted July 19, 2019, 8:06 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – T Bone Brewing It is funny how things work. Sometimes you accidentally come across something you start to hold in high esteem, you get into it and it sends you down the rabbit hole, opening the doors to more discoveries. We have covered Belgrove ... read more
Posted July 17, 2019, 9:38 p.m.
Water of Life - KI NO BI gin Gin has experienced a renaissance and celebration the extent of which is yet to subside. Craft and micro distilleries are popping up left, right and centre including novelty ones and questionable variants. Now, I have expressed my deep respect and interest ... read more
Posted July 15, 2019, 5:22 p.m.
Aesthetics Equals Politics: New Discourses across Art, Architecture, and Philosophy The MIT Press There are a range of quotes that came to mind from the title along, e.g. Paul Rand’s formulation that design can be art or aesthetics, i.e. the idea of beauty, and that the fact that it ... read more
Posted July 12, 2019, 3:16 p.m.
ZIRK! CIRCUS SYDNEY OPENING NIGHT Moore Park Sydney, Australia July 6, 2019 As the Colombian sculptor and figurative artists Fernando Botero put it oh so eloquently: “ The circus allows one to be logical and unreal at the same time. In the circus, all is possible: there can be a ... read more
Posted July 10, 2019, 9:29 p.m.
Water of Life – Amrut Naarangi and Kadhambam I have always had a weak spot for sludge metal from New Orleans and Down’s “Bury me in smoke” is a song that we have done a cover version of, however, in a bid to pay homage to my weak spot ... read more
Posted July 9, 2019, 9:11 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Edge Brewing Project There seems to be a newer ending influx of newly established breweries dabbling in the creation of craft beers with never not “interesting”, but not always delectable results that hit the spot. Needless to say that I am getting all ... read more
Posted July 7, 2019, 12:31 p.m.
Water of Life – Sullivans Cove Sullivans Cove is quite something. Not that the Australian and specifically Tasmanian whisky scenes lack allure – au contraire – fantastic distilleries are not only mushrooming but the established ones keep releasing expressions that make me wish that they would not be as ... read more
Posted July 6, 2019, 1:38 p.m.
Water of Life – Michter’s Ah, bourbon – the whisky of the South! Full disclosure: On the road, I find it indefinitely harder to locate a good bourbon within the confines of say a hotel bar with more pedestrian offerings than it is to find a bearable Scotch. However, ... read more
Posted July 1, 2019, 5:46 p.m.
Open Frame Festival 2019 Carriageworks Sydney, Australia June 28-29, 2019 Open Frame is an annual festival of transgressive sound that is curated by the entity behind the moniker Room 40, an homage to the cryptanalysis section of the British Admiralty during the First World War. Not entirely sure if Room ... read more
Posted June 30, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Camp: Notes on Fashion The Met Love wearing a furious look and strutting around like the good ole drama queen (or king) you are? Ah, the world of fashion and the profound influence everything camp and queer has had throughout the ages – not merely on garments themselves but ... read more
Posted June 29, 2019, 9:11 a.m.
Thrones! Opera House Sydney, Australia June 25, 2019 Full disclosure: I have never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones, which puts me in the same shoes as one of the main protagonists of tonight’s performance. The beauty of Thrones! Is that despite me not having the faintest idea ... read more
Posted June 23, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Water of Life – GlenAllachie I am all about Islay and its distilleries when it comes to whiskies that excite me, which is not to say that I am unable to appreciate and enjoy drops from other regions for their own idiosyncratic flavours and merits. Speyside is an interesting ... read more
Posted June 22, 2019, 12:44 p.m.
AUDINT -- Unsound: Undead Urbanomic / Art Editions – The MIT Press Noises. Sounds. Frequencies. Ultra-. Infra-. Audible. Inaudible. An endlessly fascinating realm that the UK based research unit AUDINT group has been exploring, with a focus on shedding light on the outliers and the peripheries of sonic perception ... read more
Posted June 21, 2019, 8:06 p.m.
Water of Life – Dark Mofo Winter Feast edition: Hobart Whisky and Belgrove Distillery Dark Mofo’s Winter Feast is a definite highlight of the annual festival that not only offers access to the best of Tasmanian produce and cuisine, but also the best of what the local distilling, brewing and ... read more
Posted June 20, 2019, 9:29 p.m.
Water of Life – Evolve Spirits Bar There is the textbook definition of “fossil”, i.e. pertaining to any remains, impression, or trace of a living thing of a former geologic age, as a skeleton, footprint, et cetera, and the metaphorical one that refers to a markedly outdated or old-fashioned person ... read more
Posted June 14, 2019, 7:51 p.m.
Water of Life – Kavalan Concertmaster If you have followed my previous advice and have tried Kavalan’s Solist as well as other expressions, you would not find it further wondrous that Kavalan has transcended the well-calibrated symphony its expressions create into the realm of naming them accordingly. This time ... read more
Posted June 12, 2019, 8:42 p.m.
Water of Life - Koval bourbon Ah, Chicago you windy city with your colourful underbelly history. It has been a few moons since the days of prohibition, the moonshining it prompted and the emergence of a proper distillery since the eighteen hundreds: Koval is an entity dedicated to crafting the ... read more
Posted June 10, 2019, 9:47 p.m.
FKA Twigs Carriageworks Sydney, Australia June 9, 2019 Full disclosure, up to tonight I had not been exposed to the microcosm that is FKA Twigs – a circumstance I quite enjoy when it comes to exploring and experiencing artists and one that is rarer to come by in this ... read more
Posted June 9, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Energies in the Arts by Douglas Kahn The MIT Press Hmm, “energy”. . . the good ole indestructible conserved quantity that is convertible in form and can be transferred to an object in order to get work done. Douglas Kahn’s book explores that inhabit whatever is part of or ... read more
Posted June 8, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Water of Life - Buffalo Trace It has been a few moons between visits to the Big Apple – visits that will never run danger of losing their appeal that comes with plugging into the electrical current that keeps the city pumping and ultimately makes it one of the most ... read more
Posted June 7, 2019, 9:55 p.m.
Neo Rauch Michael Glover Lund Humphries Now, here is an interesting one that might not necessarily be on everyone’s radar: Neo Rauch has come to prominence via subtly exposing political unjust and the decline of Western civilisation and alienation by channelling them through his multi-layered, dreamscape like scenarios that ... read more
Posted June 3, 2019, 9:08 p.m.
Le Salon Dada - A Surrealist Dinner and Show Claire’s Kitchen It has been close to fifty years since the Rothschild’s much fabled about “Surrealist Ball” was held and attended by a smorgasbord of influential figureheads of the early 1970s – an event that seems to have been more than ... read more
Posted June 1, 2019, 1:08 p.m.
Water of Life – Kavalan Solist Whisky distilleries pop up in the most unexpected regions these days. Unfortunately, often, apart from the novelty factor truly great drops are not commonplace outside the confines of established whisky regions, however, every now and then you come across a gem that pumps ... read more
Posted May 31, 2019, 8:19 p.m.
The Watch – Thoroughly Revised Thames and Hudson I used to collect watches and do appreciate a well-crafted timepiece, despite an Apple watch having taken over the real estate around my wrist for quite a while now. For the uninitiated and the ones merely familiar with the old-guard brands, ... read more
Posted May 30, 2019, 7:29 p.m.
Water of Life - Port Askaig and Kilchoman Oh Islay, glorious Islay! Every time when one thinks that the main distilleries of the island have been covered and the prime expressions have been sample, something comes your way that makes you reassess the state of play in the best ... read more
Posted May 29, 2019, 8:32 p.m.
MOULD - A Cheese Festival Carriageworks Sydney, Australia May 24, 2019 Fromage, fromage! One does not need to have French heritage to harbour a thorough appreciation for cheese – be it aged, soft, hard, blue, white or even vegan variants. MOULD is the mecca for anyone related in cheese ... read more
Posted May 27, 2019, 9:45 a.m.
Slow Art: The Experience of looking. Sacred Images to James Turrell University of California Press James Turrell was first exposed to me via his on-going collaborations with MONA, specifically with his emissions focusing on light and him tinkering with perceptions, the interactions between real and artificial lights and him ... read more
Posted May 26, 2019, 9:59 a.m.
Mark Rothko: Toward Clarity Yale University Press Let’s start with words from the man himself – words that would have lead to choosing the title of the book: “The progression of a painter’s work…will be toward clarity; toward the elimination of all obstacles between the painter and the idea, ... read more
Posted May 25, 2019, 12:45 p.m.
Water of Life – The Whisky Show Anyone who is paying a bit of attention to this series would have come across the name David Ligoff, a man that has been and is wearing a myriad of hats: Founder of World of Whisky, the only specialist whisky store in ... read more
Posted May 23, 2019, 8:37 p.m.
High Adventures in the Great Outdoors Everyday Carry Essentials pt.1. “EDC” – everyday carry essentials. Everyone has them, be it your phone, gum, keys, phone, condoms, what have you. Fragrances have not been part of mine. Now, I do appreciate a fragrance that is housed in an elegant and well ... read more
Posted May 22, 2019, 8:29 a.m.
Prime Movers: From Pericles to Gandhi Simon and Schuster Needless to say that each of us would have a list of what we would deem to be influential thinkers. Fair enough. Ferdinant Mount zeros in on his top twelve political thinker and does it with an accuracy and clarity ... read more
Posted May 21, 2019, 8:34 p.m.
Water of Life – The Canberra Distillery Again, despite being the capital of Australia, I have never felt the urge to visit – that has recently changed as more and more high-quality small batch distilleries emerge that are unconstrained by the need to produce volume and can focus on ... read more
Posted May 19, 2019, 10:10 a.m.
Water of Life – Underground Spirits Canberra There are busier and more happening cities than what has been chosen to become the capital of terra australis. Canberra is certainly embedded in a picturesque countryside and given the wholesome context, it is not further wondrous that it serves as fertile ... read more
Posted May 18, 2019, 9:58 p.m.
Water of Life Launch of Highlander Whisky Bar and Bunnahabhain My first and long overdue encounter with Bunnahabhain was at the recent opening of the Highlander Whisky Bar at the Sir Stamford Hotel at Circular Quay, an establissement that has established itself as the home of whisky shows and related events, ... read more
Posted May 17, 2019, 9:25 a.m.
Water of Life – ArteNOM Now, if you care for Tequila a tad more than shooting it, there are worlds to discover once you delve beyond the mainstream offerings that are crowding the shelves of your spirits dealer of choice. The beauty with Tequila is that contrary to other spirits, ... read more
Posted May 16, 2019, 6:49 p.m.
Bret Easton Ellis – White Panmacmillan White is in essence a compilation of eight essays based on two central themes responding to contemporary culture: The drawing of a demarcation line between generations and the way people conduct themselves in this day and age, i.e. devoid of integrity and authenticity. ... read more
Posted May 15, 2019, 8:52 p.m.
Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped Russell Brand Look at Russel Brand – what an evolution! I would be hard pressed to claim that his recent emissions do not hold merit. While he has proved entertaining in the past, he has evolved to a stage where a deeper understanding ... read more
Posted May 14, 2019, 8:02 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – 3 Ravens Every now and then one cannot help but think that certain alcoholica are covered. Been there, tried that, the rest are variations. Then you come across an entity that infuses the game with its idiosyncratic twist and makes things exciting again. Enter 3 ... read more
Posted May 13, 2019, 8:11 p.m.
Rammstein – Self-titled new album The release of the yet untitled upcoming seventh studio album by the entity that heralded the dawn of what has been classified as “German Neue Deutsche Härte”, i.e. Rammstein, is upon us. My personal relationship with the individual constituents of a band that has conquered ... read more
Posted May 12, 2019, 10:12 a.m.
Bruce Dickinson: What does this button do? No matter if you like Iron Maiden or his other incarnation in the field of music, it would be hard to deny that Bruce Dickinson is a renaissance man of sorts as he has reinvented himself constantly, be it as a commercial pilot, ... read more
Posted May 11, 2019, 2 p.m.
Water of Life - Amrut I vividly recall the whisk(e)y tasting where I was first introduced to the “nectar of the good”, which is what the Sanskrit “Amrut” translates to. The Amrut Distillery evolved from having a small focus on brandy and rum to a veritable heavyweight in the international ... read more
Posted May 10, 2019, 7:29 p.m.
Conscious Experience: A Logical Inquiry Anil Gupta Harvard University Press Empiricism. Consciousness. Rhyme and reason. Now, while the title of Anil Gupta’s book might at first glance invoke the impression that it is one of those airy-fairy esoteric tomes, the opposite is the case. In a very concrete manner, ... read more
Posted May 9, 2019, 8:54 p.m.
Rum is something I am slowly getting into so, well, let’s talk molasses instead of barley and malt for a minute. A commonality is that not unlike most whisk(e)s, Diplomatic Reserva Exclusive is matured in rather small oak casks for an average of twelve years before being bottled. With the Diplomatico ... read more
Posted May 5, 2019, 10:10 a.m.
Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction University of California Press If you like art but have not come across the oeuvre of Hans Hofmann, I pity you. Prolific in nature, his body of work comprises seven decades and a consistent output of innovative pieces, be it simple based ones ... read more
Posted May 4, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Dominic Büttner – Dreamscapes Scheidegger and Spiess Dreamscapes is a more than suitable term to depict the oeuvre of the Swiss photographer Dominic Büttner, one that is comprised of performances that have been accumulated and captured over an extensive period both at night and day in a myriad of ... read more
Posted May 3, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
High Adventures in the Great Outdoors Be Spunki No matter if I am traveling or how long my days are, in a bid to balance stress and all that comes with a busy schedule, I try to get exercise in whenever possible. While it is more often a very enjoyable ... read more
Posted May 1, 2019, 8:52 p.m.
Essential Duchamp Exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales Yale University Press It would prove hard to underestimate the impact of one Marcel Duchamp – a disruptor par excellence, whose body of work is to exert an influence over generations to come. With the Art Gallery of ... read more
Posted April 30, 2019, 8:53 p.m.
Alice in Slasherland Old Fitzroy Theatre Sydney, Australia Despite “Alice in Wonderland” being an immensely influential piece of work among Carrol Lewis’ oeuvre, the men himself is fabled to have given in to neither instincts and less wholesome endeavours during his time, which is where one could draw parallels to ... read more
Posted April 29, 2019, 9:30 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – 4 Pines We have covered The Calyx at Sydney’s Botanical Gardens before. If I was pressed to describe it, I’d probably draw a parallel to an event centre, yet one architecturally embedded in a meaningful way in the context of the beauty that is ... read more
Posted April 28, 2019, 10:38 a.m.
In vino veritas Gauchito Gil Malbec Day Carriageworks Sydney, Australia April 14, 2019 Being the Argentinean equivalent to Robin Hood, Gauchito Gil enjoyed outlaw status not unlike Ned Kelly on terra australis. It is not further wondrous that with his “taking from the rich and given to the poor” ... read more
Posted April 27, 2019, 7:54 p.m.
Water of Life Talisker Select Reserve Game of Thrones House Greyjoy Ah, Game of Thrones and the hype around it. Claiming that the series, spin offs and everything that comes with it is omnipresent would be an understatement par excellence. Full disclosure: Your humble narrator has never seen a single ... read more
Posted April 25, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
The 15th Annual Sydney Comedy Festival – Gala Event Opera House Sydney, Australia April 24, 2019 Comedy and laughter are widely perceived to be a valve and pressure release – an antidote to the grimness the world throws at you daily. To administer the comedic medicine, Sydney holds an annual ... read more
Posted April 24, 2019, 8:43 p.m.
Water of Life – Joadja Whisky Just when you thought that you got a grip on the Australian whisky scene and at least identified the cream of the crop when it comes to the production of quality hooch, another one pops up that blows things out of the water: ... read more
Posted April 23, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Water of Life - Arran Arran is not exactly one of the oldest island distilleries – having been around for less than three decades and based at Lochranza - that most prominently has become known for their beautiful and good value 10-Year-Old expression, whose distinct alveolar character and maturation in ... read more
Posted April 22, 2019, 8:35 p.m.
Water of Life – Hobart Whisky Tasmania is quite something. Hobart and MONA have become a second home. We have covered Tasmania in terms of whisky numerous times and just when you thought that we have covered the lion’s share of the most delicious distilleries, a new one emerges whose ... read more
Posted April 20, 2019, 10:17 a.m.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia April 20, 2019 There are bands and the protagonists driving them that you want to experience in the third dimension at least once. George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are one of them and disappointed I was not: What materialized on stage ... read more
Posted April 18, 2019, 9:42 p.m.
Iggy Pop Opera House Sydney, Australia April 15, 2019 The godfather of punk is certainly a big title. Having been active since the second half of the 1960s and actively involved in shaping the foundation and creating the fertile ground that punk could blossom on, warrants it especially since I ... read more
Posted April 14, 2019, 7:08 p.m.
King Dude Vanguard Sydney, Australia April 13, 2019 Having emerged as what appealed to an appreciative underground audience as a neofolky, luciferian lone-troubadour, TJ Cowgill, the man behind the moniker of King Dude has evolved to become an entity that still wears its DNA on its sleeve yet has carefully ... read more
Posted April 14, 2019, 1:35 p.m.
Water of Life - Tin Shed Distlling I have sung the praises about Tin Shed Distillery and their product of formidable artisan whiskies before. Given the meticulous attention not merely when it comes to the ingredients of their limited batches, i.e. the sourcing of locally produced grain and peat along ... read more
Posted April 12, 2019, 1:51 p.m.
Water of Life Never Never Distilling Co. / Caffe Bartolo collaboration Never Never Distilling Co. has been on my radar for quite some time. Upon finally experiencing the emissions of the distillery that was founded by three blokes with a blatant disregard for any obstacles that might be thrown their ... read more
Posted April 6, 2019, 4:12 p.m.
Water of Life Tiger Snake & Limeburners/Pirate Life collab I hear you – the flags of everything Bourbon and Sour Mash are in most people’s minds thoroughly planted on terrain in the South of the new world. Terra australis has not only emerged on the world map of quality spirits ... read more
Posted April 4, 2019, 6:55 p.m.
Philip Anselmo and the Illegals Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia March 30, 2019 Phil Anselmo has quite a back catalogue and since his days with Pantera has proven his front man qualities over and over again with exquisite acts and the crème de la crème of what the NOLA scene and ... read more
Posted April 1, 2019, 8:58 p.m.
Rose Tattoo Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia March 29, 2019 Claiming that Rose Tattoo is an iconic band is an understatement par excellence. While they are held esteem on stage around the globe both by fans and bands that have formed in their wake, them incarnating on stages down under is ... read more
Posted March 31, 2019, 10:20 a.m.
Water of Life – Whiskey Makers / Master Distiller’s edition We have established previously that when it comes to anything Jameson, Brian Nation is the authority to give his nod of approval for any emission from the hoochery based out of Midleton – given that he worked through all facets ... read more
Posted March 30, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Tony Robbins Awaken the Giant Within and Unshakeable You would have come across his name in some form or another as he has established himself as the quintessential and prolific multi-disciplinary business and life coach. Awaken the Giant Within is one of his most prominent emissions amongst an oeuvre ... read more
Posted March 27, 2019, 8:31 p.m.
Atheism Alexandre Kojève Columbia University Press Given the standing and prominence of French philosophers, Alexandre Kojève’s oeuvre was almost eclipsed in the new world but has been immensely influential in Europe and the predecessor of the union thereof. Jeff Love’s new translation of Kojève’s unfinished emission, i.e. Atheism, is focused ... read more
Posted March 25, 2019, 6:17 p.m.
Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development, and Wellness 1st Edition Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci The Guilford Press Alright. Self-help and all that garbage. You don’t need that. I hear you. However, Self-determination theory (SDT) might sound like one of those airy-fairy concepts that are being ... read more
Posted March 24, 2019, 6:09 p.m.
Water of Life - Bushmills 21-Year Old I dig Scotches. The more peat and smoke, the better. While I have yet to encounter one that is an utter disappointment, Irish whiskeys that blow my mind are few and far between. The milk chocolatey nuances of Bushmills Single Malt Whiskey 10-year-old ... read more
Posted March 23, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Water of Life – Whisky and Meat Now, whisky and food make for an interesting combination. Interesting in that it has to be calibrated extremely well, specifically when it comes to pairing meat and whisky as the intense flavours of one can easily overpower the other. Enter Smoky Sue’s. Given ... read more
Posted March 18, 2019, 9:04 p.m.
Time Out Sydney – Bar Awards Not entirely sure how you keep abreast of what is happening in your town outside the confines of crustpunk shows in the basement of your local squat, but if I find myself in one of the over one hundred cities that Time Out Magazine ... read more
Posted March 17, 2019, 7:59 p.m.
Water of Life Sydney Gin Palooza Let’s talk about distilled artisanal drops that are predominantly derived from juniper berries as the main core ingredient. Not unlike with whiskey, the gin landscape down under has blossomed and bloomed over the last couple of years with a myriad of distilleries are mushrooming ... read more
Posted March 15, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Anselm Kiefer: Books and Woodcuts Anselm Kiefer has been an immense impact on me ever since I was exposed to him in the late 1980s. I travel just to experience Anselm Kiefer’s emissions in the flesh and have yet to be underwhelmed by what I find, no matter if ... read more
Posted March 12, 2019, 8:17 p.m.
If you have paid a bit of attention to this series, you would be aware that peat and smoke is something that resonates immensely well with my DNA, hence covering and tackling the big eight of Islay’s Distilleries is big on the agenda. Full disclosure: I have not had a ... read more
Posted March 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Let’s enter the den of iniquity, shall we? Based in Adelaide in the South of Australia, Iniquity is not merely one of the many distilleries that have recently mushroomed across terra australis – they started operations over a decade ago under a different guise and have consistently honed their craft ... read more
Posted March 10, 2019, 5:50 p.m.
Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi Prestel Publishing For the uninitiated, the book title is a telling one as it zeros in on Frank Bowling’s large-scale map paintings, which are more often than not of borderline monumental scale. Location and history have always been major sources of inspiration for Bowling, who channeled ... read more
Posted March 10, 2019, 10:33 a.m.
Download Festival 2019 Parramatta Park Sydney, Australia March 9, 2019 There are some interesting parallels between the close to two-hundred-year-old festival site of Download Festival and the line-up this year as both hold significant cultural and historical significance. The location proved ideal as a backdrop for a festival that has ... read more
Posted March 9, 2019, 1:29 p.m.
The Beasts Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia March 8, 2019 It is not exactly the best kept secret that The Beasts of Bourbon are one of my favourite Australian bands. Given last year’s departure of their bassist Brian Hooper and Spencer P. Jones, two integral constituents of this fantastic band, one ... read more
Posted March 8, 2019, 9:50 p.m.
Water of Life -1800 Tequila Tequila. Shooting it is sacrilege. Well, that and getting the cheap tequila that one can only get down the throat by shooting it and masking its taste with lime and salt chasers. I for one like sipping tequila. It might not be my favourite tipple ... read more
Posted March 7, 2019, 8:07 p.m.
Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again Whitney Museum of American Art Even the die-hard pop art head would have lost count on how many books have been released on their idol. Every fact of the man, his approach and immense and still reverberating impact on the ... read more
Posted March 5, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Zen and Japanese Culture Princeton University Press Zen and Japanese culture are inextricably linked and this tome on the topic explore how embedded in its original context Zen is much more than what the public would perceive as religion. It makes for both a delightful and profound read as ... read more
Posted March 3, 2019, 12:30 p.m.
Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne, Australia M. C. Escher, one of the many prolific artists that form the art pantheon of the Netherlands, might not ring a bell, but trust me, in some shape or form you would have encountered one of his ... read more
Posted March 2, 2019, 9:56 p.m.
Punk and Perfume. Jean Paul Gaultier. Visionary. Icon. Designer. Fashionista. Born in Paris. London mindset during his formative years. Belle Époque meets punk meets mainstream meets recycling meet androgyny meets challenging the conventions of taste. He ascended to the firmament of international fashion design and eventually established his own couture ... read more
Posted March 2, 2019, 9:23 a.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Co-Conspirators Co-Conspirators Brewing Company and the awesome designs of their cans instantly caught my eye when I was perusing the craft beer section. Word around the campfire has that it after having excelled in DIY brewing competitions and having first convened as part of the ... read more
Posted March 1, 2019, 8:52 p.m.
J Mascis Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia March 1, 2019 Dinosaur Jr. is one of those trios the mere mention of elicits goose bumps from folks devotedly invested in independent music. While the distortion riddled mothership can turn up the volume quite a bit when it comes to dishing out riffage ... read more
Posted Feb. 27, 2019, 8:53 p.m.
Watain Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia February 24, 2019 Watain have somewhat come to encompass the quintessence of Black Metal for me as they combine all facets, e.g. sinister accelerated passaged, aggressive raspy vocals, melodies, riffage galore along with lyrical content circling around theistic satanism, misanthropy, individuality and more philosophical themes. ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Black Metal has always been synonymous with Norway and with its anti-establishment take on things combined with the demonization of Christianity, it has never ceased to be one of the more fascinating and obscure constituents of the partisan metal cosmos, which reached its peak during the late 1980ies. The genesis ... read more
Posted Feb. 24, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
The Water of Life – Old Kempton It comes with the history of Australia that it does not have a history that is particularly long in harking back, so it is nice every now and then to come across an entity that found its inception in the nineteen hundred not ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2019, 10:13 a.m.
Eddie Izzard State Theatre Sydney, Australia February 23, 2019 Eddie Izzard, not unlike every great man, exists in multitudes. Conferencier. Marathon runner. Comedian. Cunning linguist. Cross-dresser. Entertainer par excellence. Activist. Actor. Possible London mayor candidate. In the context of a comedy show, Eddie Izzard has transcended localities and pursues a ... read more
Posted Feb. 22, 2019, 8:19 p.m.
Quantum Art and Uncertainty Paul Thomas Intellect Press Art and science. A quest for answers. Creativity. There are a range of similar approaches and synergies that apply to all of the aforementioned. Quantum Art and Uncertainty explores what could be described as inbetween-ness and hard to define middle ground ... read more
Posted Feb. 21, 2019, 7:08 p.m.
High Adventures in the Great Outdoors Accessories and Traveling Traveling internationally and the daily humdrum that comes with it, especially when it comes to packing and organising one’s essentials can be a chore. I like traveling light yet need sturdy gear to rely on, so the more valuable electronics do ... read more
Posted Feb. 19, 2019, 9:10 p.m.
Thus Let Us Drink Mead - Stone Dog Meadery Mead has quite an interesting history, harking back much further than what has manifested in Norse mythology to many thousand years before Christ and locations like China. In essence, mead is a completely naturally made honey-based wine and depending on the ... read more
Posted Feb. 18, 2019, 9:59 a.m.
Pieter Bruegel: Drawing the World Heralded as the Netherland’s draughtsman of the early seventeenth century, Pieter Bruegel’s flag is firmly planted in the pantheon of greats alongside Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Duerer, influences of which can be found resonating throughout Bruegel’s oeuvre. The way Bruegel mused and drew on the ... read more
Posted Feb. 17, 2019, 10:18 a.m.
Water of Life – Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10-year-old Bruichladdich at large and specifically its Octomore emissions enjoy a near cult-like following, which I do not find further wondrous. I have yet to encounter an evening that did not dramatically improve by pairing the smokiest whisky on this earthround and a ... read more
Posted Feb. 16, 2019, 10:22 a.m.
Why Would One Want To Wear a Hat? As Philip Treacy put it, how a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about. Now, I am sure your baseball hat makes you feel like a thousand yen, yet I would like to delve into more traditional styles. ... read more
Posted Feb. 15, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Yungblud Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia February 14, 2019 Prior to tonight’s performance I had not been familiar with Yungblud and his oeuvre. Anticipating an “urbanite” artist from the name alone, I was pleasantly surprised to witness an alternative newcomer with an energetic Andrew WK-esque performance anchored more in alternative, pub- ... read more
Posted Feb. 14, 2019, 7:28 p.m.
Cat Power Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia February 11, 2019 It has been nearly two and a half decades since Chan Marshall incarnated with her debut album as Cat Power and while she has ever since established herself as a fixture on the firmament of independent music, her singer-songwriter career ... read more
Posted Feb. 11, 2019, 12:31 p.m.
Wondrous Potions and Libations - HempOZ Ah, the advent of hemp and its derivates – be it the psychoactive THC containing variety and its never-ending march forward in the new world or the one without – is unstoppable no matter where you look and has created a rather crowded marketplace. ... read more
Posted Feb. 10, 2019, 11:34 a.m.
Water of Life - Hartshorn If you have remotely followed this series, you would know that I harbour more than a mere weak spot for all things originating from Tasmania, given the consistent quality that specifically tipples, and libations of that origin prove to uphold. Boutique-y Hartshorn Distillery with their sheep ... read more
Posted Feb. 9, 2019, 10:22 a.m.
Thus let us drink beer – Wildflower There is certainly no shortage of Australian craft breweries. Head in general direction of Sydney’s Inner West and you will stumble across a myriad of offerings. Most are good, few have something truly special to offer. Wildflower belongs to the latter category. Incepted by ... read more
Posted Feb. 8, 2019, 5:57 p.m.
Water of Life – Timboon Distillery I am in love. But first things first: Timboon is a community in Victoria, Australia where in the nineteenth century a rogue by the name of Tom Delaney channelled his alchemy into the production of distilled goods. Folklore has that the bootleg operation ... read more
Posted Feb. 3, 2019, 10:01 a.m.
Water of Life - Mount Gay Lord Byron claimed that there is naught so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion. While I concur with Karl Marx who has attested to the calming effect of religion, i.e. declaring it as opium for the masses, I am new to ... read more
Posted Feb. 2, 2019, 9:24 a.m.
Good Music - What It Is and Who Gets to Decide John J. Sheinbaum Now that’s a good question, innit? What constitutes “good music”? Is it possible to designate, rank and classify music objectively? What is the criteria? Traditional ones? Can they be applied to artists and their emissions ... read more
Posted Feb. 1, 2019, 9:26 p.m.
Jill Sanders – Present Tense Prestel Publishing You might only know her from being a spearhead when it comes to haute couture: Jill Sanders has been in the fashion game since the nineteen sixties, however, her output and oeuvre has had a lasting impact on the design of products, ... read more
Posted Jan. 29, 2019, 9:18 p.m.
Thus let us drink beer - the Oceania / Ireland Axis Let’s start this instalment in Oceania before we branch out to the ole world: Steinlager from New Zealand, given its telling name, is not hard to accurately classify as an European Pale Lager, which clocks in at an ABV of ... read more
Posted Jan. 28, 2019, 8:33 p.m.
Water of Life – Mother’s Ruin The neutral spirit Gin that is usually enriched with juniper, coriander, orange peel and angelica, not only experienced a renaissance in the old and new worlds but specifically on terra australis. The country is dotted with crafty, artisanal distilleries that channel their alchemy in ... read more
Posted Jan. 27, 2019, 9:43 a.m.
John Waters: Indecent Exposure University of California Press You might know him from cult classics of the raunchier kind like Pink Flamingos or his emissions that appealed more to mainstream audiences, e.g. Hairspray. and other great, funny and raunchy movies. John Waters is many things: Style icon, agent provocateur, ... read more
Posted Jan. 26, 2019, noon
Water of Life – Whisky Co-op Sydney Tasting curated by Scott (The Oak Barrel) at the Wild Rover The age-old question - what makes a good whisky? Many roads lead to Rome and even more to creating the water of life bottle of whisky, which vary across the gazillion of ... read more
Posted Jan. 23, 2019, 8:57 p.m.
Water of Life Bass and Flinders Distillery and Bundaberg’s 130th Anniversary Spiced Small Batch Release Good god, the gin industry – especially on terra australis is exploding with new distillers popping up like mushrooms. Given the myriad of flavours and infused variants, it was only a matter of time until ... read more
Posted Jan. 21, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Drop Powerhouse Books Street wear couture has always been a culture, but the combination of the advent of the internet, the crossover involvement of designers, the renaissance of cross-pollinating hip hop, everything associated with Hypebeast and pop stars along with their A&Rs having their ear close to the street ... read more
Posted Jan. 20, 2019, 9:49 a.m.
Paul Capsis with Jethro Woodward and The Fitzroy Youth Orchestra Spiegeltent Sydney, Australia January 18, 2019 Paul Capsis is a unicum and the versatility that has informed the myriad of his incarnations over the last nearly four decades make him a jack-of-all-trades. No matter if it’s within the realm of ... read more
Posted Jan. 19, 2019, 10:11 a.m.
Mumford and Sons Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia January 19, 2019 Mumford & Sons has risen from a niche band to one that commands stadium crowds. Following a show at the local Qudos Bank Arena, the London folk-rock quartet decided to use a day off to incarnate in more intimate surroundings ... read more
Posted Jan. 17, 2019, 7:28 p.m.
Water of Life – Chivas Mizunara and XV Inspired by the attendance of Chivas’ recent Sydney incarnation of The Blend, my curiosity was sparked to explore Chivas’ expressions that so far have not come across my palate. As mentioned before, Chivas has been a reliable and accessible companion even in ... read more
Posted Jan. 16, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Neneh Cherry Carriageworks Sydney, Australia January 15, 2019 Since the beginnings of the 1980s, Neneh Cherry has incarnated in many forms: Be it hip hop, trippy hop, R&B, minimalist electronic, jazz or even more rocky and endeavours informed by punk rock – no matter how many breaks were taken in ... read more
Posted Jan. 13, 2019, 10:42 a.m.
Masters of Modern Sound Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, Australia January 10, 2019 The Art Gallery of New South Wales has a history of continually challenging the things are traditionally done via reinvention as well as the expansion of existing and new mediums. The after-dark experience in ... read more
Posted Jan. 12, 2019, 10:24 a.m.
David Lynch Someone is in My House Prestel Publishing With a myriad of projects spanning across a plethora of disciplines and media, David Lynch has established himself to be a bit of a renaissance man, who idiosyncratic approach to art pervades every emission no matter if it is film, ... read more
Posted Jan. 6, 2019, 6:34 p.m.
Interpol Opera House Sydney, Australia January 5, 2019 Joy Division. A band whose legacy and focus on mood, melancholy and expression has never ceased to reverberate through the realm of alternative music. Musically, it would be difficulty to deny that Joy Division’s sparse eerie spatiality and illusion of physicality, i.e. ... read more
Posted Jan. 3, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Mind Over Matter – Cryo Every now and then it is perfectly okay to let go and cry, unrepressed and unhindered -- after all showing emotions is what makes us human and crying provides relief from inner weight you are lugging around. What? No? Oh, Cryotherapy it is? Gotcha. Now, ... read more
Posted Jan. 2, 2019, 8:16 a.m.
Water of Life – Chivas The Blend Bell & Brio Sydney, Australia Chivas is an interesting one. In layman terms, Chivas represents the epitome of an amalgamated whisky as the traditional expression is a melange of over forty germinated cereal and regular grain whiskies that make the DNA of it. ... read more
Posted Dec. 30, 2018, 12:41 p.m.
What’s Sumatra with You? Wonderous Potions Yawn. I know - recovery and energy drinks are flooding the beverage markets and come in manifold colourful variations that promise everything from hydration to performance enhancement. I hardly ever feel the urge to use them, if not for the occasional can of wings ... read more
Posted Dec. 29, 2018, 12:56 p.m.
The Offspring. A band I’ve always had an interesting relationship with. Interesting in that I have yet to come across a musical emission from them that I do not like. Be it their debut on Nemesis Records or what followed and catapulted them to become one of the biggest bands ... read more
Posted Dec. 28, 2018, 11:06 p.m.
The Lock-In Curious Cartel The Wanderer Sydney, Australia December 22, 2018 First things first: Curious Cartel is a conglomerate of seasoned creative types that have honed their respective crafts in the realms of production, specifically pulling the strings behind the scenes in the domain of TV productions. Their endeavours eventually ... read more
Posted Dec. 24, 2018, 10:33 a.m.
Water of life – Fortaleza Tequila Let’s take the highway to Mexico to shed light on some premium tequila, shall we? Disclaimer: When I talk of drinking tequila, naturally I do not mean the emission that you have to shoot and frame with salt and lemon to get it down ... read more
Posted Dec. 23, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
Water of Life – Brix Distillery What’s in a name? Before it gets too Shakespeare-an, let’s delve into science, shall we? In a very confined nutshell, “Brix” is defined as the sweet tasting soluble carbohydrate content of watery solution, i.e. with one-degree Brix being equivalent to one gram of sucrose ... read more
Posted Dec. 21, 2018, 9:29 p.m.
Agents of Faith – Votive Objects in Time and Place BGC Yale University Press Faith. Offerings and tokens to express gratitude. Infusing mundane objects with meaning and thus elevating them to another level. The tome explores this practice and the objects that were made “ex voto” and casts its ... read more
Posted Dec. 20, 2018, 6:31 p.m.
Water of Life Jameson IPA Caskmates / Launch at JJ’s Place Ok, full disclosure. I like a good boilermaker. Ever since I got word about Jameson’s Caskmates series, a mild excitement welled up in me. A justified one as their collaboration with local stalwarts Young Henrys was a delightful thing ... read more
Posted Dec. 18, 2018, 8:55 p.m.
Water of Life – Johnnie “White Walker” Now, Johnnie Walker. Marius Mueller Westernhagen’s go to. If you are remotely into Scotch, there is no way you would not have come across it. Johnnie Walker Blue remains a go to, especially when I am traveling internationally, and the watering hole of ... read more
Posted Dec. 16, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Hitler’s Monsters: A supernatural history Yale University Press Now, this is an interesting one on a subject that has been explored in manifold approaches of both serious and amateurish manners. The occult nature of the national socialism movement. No matter is you think it is nonsense or if you ... read more
Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 10 a.m.
Logic: The Laws of Truth Nicholas J.J. Smith Princeton University Press It was Arthur Schopenhauer who claimed that logic, should be capable of being deduced from self-evident premises. The focus of Logic: The Laws of Truth is not such on the necessity of evidential substantiation but on Socratic and ... read more
Posted Dec. 14, 2018, 10:07 a.m.
MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Contemporary and Modern Art National Gallery of Victoria New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s incarnation at the National Gallery of Victoria was a tremendously successful exposition that allowed Australian to experience such greats as Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Marcel ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2018, 8:48 a.m.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Prince University Press Toward the end of the nineteenth century, a Victorian algebraist wrote a fairy tale the influence and standing of which would only enhance in the years to come, which is partly due to the underpinning, subtle merging of philosophical, scientific ... read more
Posted Dec. 9, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897 Vivien Greene Guggenheim Museum Publications Wow. Now this is one is a beauty amongst quite a few I hold in high esteem when it comes to well made publications on Symbolist art. It starts with the tactile experience that ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2018, 9:58 p.m.
Wu Tang Clan Opera House Sydney, Australia December 8, 2018 Good god, I don’t even recall how many times I was supposed to witness incarnations of Wu Tang Clan, parts thereof or individual constituents performing their songs. Needless to say that some shows never eventuated, others did and were “interesting” ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2018, 9:02 p.m.
Limeburners I came across Limeburners at a recent whisky tasting. Given that the other drops on offer were nothing to write home about, it not difficult for Limeburners’ expression stand out, however, it stood out in epic measures. Situated in Western Australia, Limeburners have continuously upped their game – be ... read more
Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 8:04 p.m.
Caldera Festival Eveleigh Works Sydney, Australia December 1, 2018 Going by its etymological roots, “caldera” is a volcanic crater. The lava that is produced by the boutique-y new festival that goes by the same name is an eclectic melange of emerging underground artists channelling their alchemy via a literal athanor ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Bloc Party Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia November 30, 2018 No matter how you cut it, if you like good music it proves to be hard to not acknowledge that Bloc Party has created an instant classic with their album Silent Alarm. Period. That was in 2005 and the interim has ... read more
Posted Nov. 29, 2018, 7:32 p.m.
Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei Yale University Press This tome is an ode to The National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei exhibition. An exhibition that epitomized the confabulation between two greats that through osmosis, synergy and juxtaposition added not only additional levels and dimensions to their ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2018, 1:34 p.m.
Water of Life - Bushmills Irish Whisky degustation at nel. Restaurant, Sydney, Australia Full disclosure: Bushmills Irish Whiskey had not been on my radar, neither had been Sydney’s restaurant nel. which hosted this six-course whiskey inspired degustation, the pairings of which were carefully orchestrated by Chef Nelly Robinson – ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2018, 7:21 p.m.
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences Sydney, Australia Now, Star Wars – there are fan-related events and exhibitions aplenty in all shapes and forms. The opening night 2018 incarnation of Star Wars Identities was an exercise is stylishly curated events that generated the excitement that an ... read more
Posted Nov. 25, 2018, 9:31 a.m.
Polo in the City Centennial Parklands Sydney, Australia November 17, 2018 What originated to ensure the fitness of mounted cavalry nearly three millennia ago in the region of Persia, slowly spread via the Middle East and Asia via a myriad of incarnations with a range of hoofed animals, e.g. camels, ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2018, 10:40 a.m.
Reggie Watts Opera House Sydney, Australia November 23, 2018 Virtuous musician. Entertainer par excellence. Comedian…and, well everything in between. The does not even remotely come close to a depiction of what makes Reggie Watts the immensely enjoyable artist he is. You would have encountered him in some form on TV ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Amenra Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia November 16, 2018 Slow and doomy build-ups that cascade and are eventually unleashed not unlike a ton of bricks: Amenra have taken the DNA of what made Neurosis the ground-breaking, envelope pushing mavericks they were at the height of their powers, condensed it to its ... read more
Posted Nov. 17, 2018, 9:32 a.m.
Henry David Thoreau: A Life Laura Dassow Walls University of Chicago Press Henry David Thoreau. A luminary of American literature canon. A Life is more than a mere biography – Dr Laura Dassow Walls integrates Thoreau's life with his writings and thereby highlights his naturalistic and scientific interests in ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2018, 8:21 p.m.
Starward Distillery out of Melbourne: If you remotely follow this series, our previous coverage of Starward, its excellent outlet and its liquid emissions would and should have left more than a mere blip on your whiskey radar. Now, never a distillery to rest on their laurels, Starward Distillery have very ... read more
Posted Nov. 11, 2018, 11:26 a.m.
Haruki Murakami – Killing Commendatore Penguin Classic Murakami has been a constant source of joy for me over the last decade. His Kafka-esque, surreal, multi-dimensional story telling scattered with allusions and references is like a tonic for your brain as he invites you into a world beyond the mundane ... read more
Posted Nov. 10, 2018, 12:18 p.m.
Bill Murray and Jan Vogler Opera House Sydney, Australia November 9, 2018 Bill Murray. Actor. Entertainer. Comedian. I have yet to meet somebody who dislikes the man and it is certainly a hard feat giving the decades of laughter and bemusement his career has bestowed on us. His collaboration with ... read more
Posted Nov. 9, 2018, 5:12 p.m.
Aight, we are about to enter realm of Wild Turkey. Now, what we got here is the lovechild of poteen aficionado, Oscar Award decorated and public face of Wild Turkey Matthew Mc Conaughey teaming up with the grand olde dame of distilling Eddie Russell, who channelled his alchemy to create ... read more
Posted Nov. 8, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out Yale University Press Mark Rothko. Chances are that if you have a remote interest in art related matters and visited modern galleries within the last two decades, you would have had the mesmerizing experience that only unfolds its full grandeur in the third ... read more
Posted Nov. 7, 2018, 8:59 p.m.
Cheers Fest Sydney, Australia November 3, 2018 Cheers Fest is a new beer-centric festival, focusing on the finer craft and independently owned Australian breweries as well as artisanal liquid emissions from New Zealand. The triumvirate of offering the opportunity to sample exquisite beers, enjoy a wide variety of great sustenance ... read more
Posted Nov. 5, 2018, 7:10 p.m.
What's Sumatra with You? Coffee Style Prestel Publishing As Madonna put it ever so eloquently: Espresso yourself. Tadum-tsh! Better latte than never. Ahhh, coffee and procaffeinating, I never grow bored from how the world changes after you ingest it – the one liquid that only leads to exhaustion if ... read more
Posted Nov. 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
There is certainly no shortage of distilleries in this day and age. They come in all sizes and specializations. Every now and then you stumble across one whose liquid emissions have not yet been absorbed and praised by the mainstream, which is always a rewarding and gratifying experience. Then ... read more
Posted Nov. 3, 2018, 11:02 a.m.
Taylor Swift ANZ Stadium Sydney, Australia November 2, 2018 Truth be told - Taylor Swift is a pop phenomenon that has so far by passed me. Sure, I am familiar with the omnipresence of her in mainstream media, but I would not have been able to describe the DNA that ... read more
Posted Nov. 2, 2018, 10:37 p.m.
Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style Yale University Press MMXVIII – fashion, labels, advertisement, and connectivity - access all areas. When it comes to the creation of couture these days, there is hardly anything that cannot be gained access to in nearly real time. Rewind to the end of ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2018, 10 p.m.
The Art of Brutalism: Rescuing Hope from Catastrophe in 1950s Britain Yale University Press Black is the new black, beautiful the new ugly, ugly the new . . . et cetera, et cetera. Brutalism as an architectural movement is an interesting one – what was etymologically derived from French ... read more
Posted Oct. 28, 2018, 2:25 p.m.
27 October 2018 Julius Caesar is not merely a tale of one political transition where the attempt to resolve upheaval serves as the cataclysm to cause the very outcome Caesar’s assassinators tried to prevent. Shakespeare’s closest and most overt equivalent to a political thriller is a timeless story that has ... read more
Posted Oct. 28, 2018, 2:23 p.m.
Cultivate Folk is a fairly new initiative in Sydney with the main tenet being the provision of a forum to allow for Australia’s talented and passionate artists, educators and thought leaders to teach workshops in their Surry Hills classroom. Having evolved from the brand engagement agency Our Friends Electric, Cultivate ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2018, 7:02 p.m.
Mind Over Matter -- Floating If you are into Matt Groening’s satirical depiction of working-class life, you might have come across the Simpsons episodes that has Homer taking Lisa to a New Age store, where both of them are introduced to a water-filled sensory deprivation tank. What ensues in a ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2018, 10:32 a.m.
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto Opera House Sydney, Australia October 21, 2018 The collaboration between Japanese composer, maverick and constituent of the synth pop outfit Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and experimental electronic cosmonaut Alva Noto, i.e. German minimalist par excellence Carsten Nicolai, may only appear curious on the ... read more
Posted Oct. 20, 2018, 4:06 p.m.
Water of Life Sake and Cocktails In essence Kid Kyoto is a themed, dimly lit exposed brick lined Japanese restaurant whose ambience catapults you back into the throes of 90ies grunge and punk rock and when I say “themed”, I mean it: Every facet of the operation is a less than ... read more
Posted Oct. 17, 2018, 9:19 p.m.
An Enemy of the People Belvoir Theatre Sydney, AU October 11, 2018 Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s prominent position on the forefront of the firmament of contemporary drama has never wavered as his artistic struggle against what he perceived to be the pig-headed middle class and political cowardice has found a ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2018, 9:03 p.m.
Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma Yale University Press Dislocation, borders, political oppression are themes that are omnipresent and reverberate through Mona Hatoum’s oeuvre, which now spans over four decades. In recent years, the illumination of the implications and contradictions of globalization has become part of her approach via either depicting ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2018, 8:02 p.m.
Jersey Boys Capitol Theatre Sydney, Australia October 4, 2018 The 2018 staging of Jersey Boys at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre opened its proceedings with a bit of a surprise: A hip hop version “Ces Soirées-La”, i.e. the French equivalent to “Oh, what a night” set the tone for the performance, ... read more
Posted Oct. 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
The Merchant of Venice Pop-up Globe Sydney, Australia September 28, 2018 The Buckingham’s Company's comedic take on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is an exuberant exercise in engaging theatre. Set in a three-story local pop-up equivalent to the second Globe Theatre built by Shakespeare’s company in 1613-14 under the open ... read more
Posted Oct. 13, 2018, 11:32 a.m.
Water of Life Bruichladdich The Isle of Islay is the mecca for whisky connoisseurs, specifically for ones into the smoky and peaty variants. Bruichladdich is a distillery that reopened its doors shortly after the millennium and one that has first come across my radar with their curiously turquoise coloured Classic Laddie ... read more
Posted Oct. 12, 2018, 7:38 p.m.
The Good, the Tasty, the Sustainable Show me a human being that does not like snacking. No matter if you are a health nut or a couch potato, devour leftover pizza hopped up on devil’s lettuce or green, celery smoothies as part of your diet to tide you over – ... read more
Posted Oct. 11, 2018, 7:21 p.m.
Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave Thames and Hudson Japan and art is not one but a myriad of chapters for themselves. One of Japan’s preeminent artists is Hokusai, a maestro that achieved the heights of his oeuvre towards the final years of his life and mainstream pop cultural success ... read more
Posted Oct. 9, 2018, 8:41 p.m.
Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living Art Institute of Chicago Georg Jensen and his creations are credited with having left an immense imprint on the landscape that defines modern living. This book gives more than a few answers as to the why. With an idiosyncratic approach and a focus ... read more
Posted Oct. 8, 2018, 8:23 p.m.
Thus let us drink cider... Ah, the ripened extract of pears and apples, which is particularly popular in the United Kingdom and the rest of the Commonwealth, i.e. the ancient libation commonly known as Cider. There is no shortage of cider varieties: From arid to luscious, sparkling, and opaque with ... read more
Posted Oct. 7, 2018, 9:59 p.m.
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015 Exhibition and Book by Prestel Publishing Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Australia Ah, the Weather Girls. Their oeuvre and specifically their song “Reigning Men” has left its imprint on popular culture and in this case the fashion industry as it inspired Sharon Takeda to modify ... read more
Posted Oct. 6, 2018, 3 p.m.
Radio Birdman Manning Bar Sydney, Australia October 5, 2018 Outlining the impact the brilliant and notoriously volatile Radio Birdman has had on the evolution of punk rock and the independent music scene at large would necessitate a flip chart. Yes, people go on about The Saints. Rightly so. The “I’m ... read more
Posted Oct. 6, 2018, 11:11 a.m.
A Midnight Visit Sydney, Australia October 3, 2018 Immersive theatre is a genre for itself. Forget sitting in seat and merely losing yourself in the world it presents by engaging the imagination. Then again it does neither imply that interaction and participation is an integral component or that the site ... read more
Posted Oct. 5, 2018, 7:12 p.m.
Plants with Bite Royal Botanic Garden Sydney September 27, 2018 We have had a chance to get an exclusive preview of The Calyx, the inner sanctum in Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens being transformed by Venus flytraps, Sarracenians as well as many other fascinating carnivorous plant species for the new exhibition ... read more
Posted Oct. 4, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
1-2-3-4 Anton Corbijn Prestel Publishing It is not exactly the best-kept secret that I harbor a weak spot for Depeche Mode, a band that has accompanied me ever since I started listening to music. Now, Depeche Mode is an example par excellence for a band where the total is ... read more
Posted Oct. 1, 2018, 8:22 p.m.
What’s Sumatra with You? Killer Coffee and Sip4Sip The fact that I love coffee is not exactly a well-guarded secret. A passion I shared with a mob of good people I have recently come across. A local favourite that shall soon hit the new world is Killer Coffee Co. Industrial strength ... read more
Posted Sept. 30, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
Water of Life Buffalo Trace Distillery: Neat – screening and tasting Golden Age Cinema and Bar Sydney, Australia September 24, 2018 We have covered quite a few whiskey-centric events within the confines of the Water of Life series, yet every now and then there is one that stands out. Whiskey ... read more
Posted Sept. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.
Whiskey! The Show Sir Stamford Plaza Sydney, Australia September 21, 2018 If you are not averse to enjoying a good dram, visiting a well-curated whiskey festival is a delight as a potpourri of open bottles with the old faithful present themselves with new expressions one has not had the opportunity ... read more
Posted Sept. 26, 2018, 9:46 p.m.
Big Poppa’s Cheese Club September 23, 2018 Sydney, Australia Equilibrium. Balance. Yin and yang. Ebony and ivory. The fusion of seemingly different components merge their features to something bigger than the sum of its parts would suggest. Musings on the need to be aside, pairing artisanal cheese with a decent ... read more
Posted Sept. 24, 2018, 6:53 p.m.
Delacroix Barthelemy Jobert. Princeton University Press Alright – Eugene Delacroix. To describe this French craftsman as “prolific” would be an understatement par excellence. His oeuvre is expansive and very diverse and it is not for a lack of trying to cover all aspects of it, as there is a ... read more
Posted Sept. 22, 2018, 9:47 a.m.
Sydney Contemporary Opening Night Carriageworks Sydney, Australia September 12, 2018 Basics first: If you zone in on Australasia’s Art Fair, Sydney Contemporary is a brightly shining beacon that attracts an eclectic melange of renowned and upcoming artists, local and international galleries, collectors, connoisseurs, aficionados, industry professionals and art loving public ... read more
Posted Sept. 21, 2018, 11:23 a.m.
Mark Lanegan Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia September 18, 2018 Mark Lanegan. The Screaming Trees. Queens of the Stone Age. If you are remotely into the darker realms of music and do not mind digging a bit deeper, chances are that you familiar, if not enamoured with not only his high ... read more
Posted Sept. 17, 2018, 10:11 a.m.
Sydney Underground Film Festival 2018 Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia September 13-16, 2018 Constantly growing, the 2018 Sydney Underground Film Festival marked the twelfth edition of an extravaganza that has established itself as one of “the” events on the calendar of film enthusiasts. With a dedicated hands-on team of directors and ... read more
Posted Sept. 16, 2018, 9:50 a.m.
David Baddiel Seymour Centre Sydney, Australia September 14, 2018 Full disclosure: I had no idea who David Baddiel was prior to attending his Sydney incarnation with his unvarnished one-man stage show My Family: Not The Sitcom, which is thematically cantered around (the loss of) memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral ... read more
Posted Sept. 13, 2018, 8:17 p.m.
Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History Princeton University Press Mathematics is dreaded by many, while the arts at large enjoy a better rep. However, the pursuit and adherence to patterns, formulas and ratios is more often than not the DNA of some of the most significant pieces of art. ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2018, 8:52 p.m.
Frank Gehry Prestel Publishing Frank Gehry is an artist. Frank Gehry is a creator. Not unlike one of his most prominent works, i.e. the Bilbao Guggenheim, which triggered a phenomenon known as the “Bilbao effort”, his bespoke emissions are usually a spectacle – to the extent where critics claim ... read more
Posted Sept. 11, 2018, 8:41 p.m.
Time Out Sydney Food Awards Sydney, Australia August 27, 2018 You are familiar with Time Out, a media company publishing magazines and travel guidebooks covering events, entertainment and culture in cities around the world. Now, when it comes to bringing people together for an extravaganza of good-feel fun the people ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Time Out - Old Mate’s Place Bar Opening Sydney, Australia August 23, 2018 Sydney has a new bar in its central business district that instantaneously makes it on the must-visit list both for locals as well as visitors: The triumvirate Dre Walters (ex-Lobo Plantation and Kittyhawk), Gabrielle Walters and Dan ... read more
Posted Sept. 9, 2018, 7:57 a.m.
Giselle State Theatre Melbourne, Australia September 3, 2018 For the uninitiated: Giselle is a romantic ballet in two contrasting acts, which was first performed in the first half of the nineteenth century in France. In essence, Giselle’s storyline is comprised of the passions and dramas that make humans tick, i.e. ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Japanese Water of Life Sake – Toji Sake and Four Fox Sake If you have read a couple of my previous articles, you would know that I harbour quite a few spot for Japan, its culture and its culinary emissions - Sake being only one of them. While I was ... read more
Posted Sept. 6, 2018, 8:25 a.m.
Water of Life The Whisky Club There is no shortage when it comes to curated whisky services catering to the consumer’s every whim. Services that proffer samples, ones that send you bottles of different expressions in a bid to educate your palate and enable a deeper appreciation of the water ... read more
Posted Sept. 4, 2018, 3:55 p.m.
Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art Nelson Atkins Spirituality, huh? There is a case to be made for it being essential for existence not unlike a fire is for a candle. Some would claim the same for art and even go a step further claiming that art is not ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2018, 1:44 p.m.
Blasted Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, Australia August 31, 2018 Artist provocateur Sarah Kane’s polarising play has been described as being one of the more shocking and provocative ones. Dysfunctional, alcohol addled tabloid journalist meets trouble young woman in Leeds, England. The act of seduction goes awry, gets out of hand and ... read more
Posted Aug. 31, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Gene Simmons Festival Hall Melbourne, Australia August 30, 2018 Gene Simmons. Ace Frehley. Spearheads of KISS. Outworn labels like “legendary” are not inappropriate in this context as it would prove to be difficult to find anyone who grew up in the 1970s/80s that has not at least been partly impacted ... read more
Posted Aug. 30, 2018, 8:45 p.m.
Expo Liaison Festival Experience Luna Park Sydney, Australia August 25, 2018 For the unitiated: Client Liaison is a two-man performance operation and a dedicated homage to Australian tackiness and the hedonism of the corporate world of the late 1980ies running the gamut from fashion, demeanour, corporate greed, vanity and the ... read more
Posted Aug. 29, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Andrew WK Manning Bar Sydney, Australia August 26, 2018 While Andrew WK himself might not have changed, the way his oeuvre has evolved and come a long way since he had what seemed like “everyone” singing along to what became a bona fide synth metal anthem “Party hard” – a ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2018, 5:35 p.m.
The Good, The Tasty, The Sustainable Loving Earth What did they say? All you need is love? Well, a lil’ chocolate every then thrown in for good measure certainly does not hurt. Who does not like good chocolate? I am talking the good stuff, ideally raw organic one like the ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2018, 11:24 a.m.
School of Life Food for Thoughts Now, here’s an interesting one: The School of Life. An organisation that devoted itself to developing emotional intelligence. Sounds a bit esoteric? Fret not. They offer a wider variety of surprisingly sensible programmes and services with the focus being on how to live thoughtfully, ... read more
Posted Aug. 25, 2018, 10:11 a.m.
Denfair Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia August 16-18, 2018 Over the last three years, Denfair has established itself as a yearly curated design destination event in Melbourne for professionals in the realms of architecture, interior styling and art. Showcasing hundreds of design related brands is has become a hub not only ... read more
Posted Aug. 24, 2018, 8:12 a.m.
Courtney Barnett Opera House Sydney, Australia August 23, 2018 Going to Melbourne is never not a delight. Apart from culinary discoveries, its arts and music scene always produces something new and original or at least emissions that add an idiosyncratic twist on the tried and tested and infuse it with ... read more
Posted Aug. 22, 2018, 8:49 p.m.
Big Poppa’s Cheese Club Big Poppa’s Sydney, Australia August 19, 2018 The result of separating the curd of milk from the whey. C2H5OH. Recurring, insistent beat patterns providing both the foundation and counterpoint for boastful rhyming patterns intoned by a vocalist. In layman’s terms “cheese”, “drinks” and “rap music” - ... read more
Posted Aug. 21, 2018, 9:29 p.m.
Gerhard Richter: Abstractions Prestel Publishing With its telling title, there is not a whole left to the imagination as to what this beautifully illustrated and curated book zeros in on: Gerhard Richter’s abstract emissions from the mid 1960ies to the current day with a well-balanced mix of prominent works ... read more
Posted Aug. 19, 2018, 11:09 a.m.
Rembrandt's Roughness Nicola Suthor Princeton University Press Ah, roughness. It was not only Benoit Mandelbrot who discovered that there is at least some roughness everywhere. Now, focussing merely on it is not what makes art but the holistic melange of seemingly diametrically opposed extremes, e.g. tenderness and roughness – ... read more
Posted Aug. 18, 2018, 3:16 p.m.
High Adventures in the Great Outdoors Performance Enhancing Gear, Digestive Health and Moisturisation Alight, are you firmly in touch with your feminine side? Gird your loins, alpha males – this instalment of “High adventures in the great outdoor” will deal with leggings. Leggings for the male persuasion, i.e. “Meggings.” Now, Kapow ... read more
Posted Aug. 17, 2018, 7:54 p.m.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Fundamental Political Writings Broadview Press A philosopher – both in the realms of politics as well as morality and psychology. The influence Rousseau has exerted cannot possibly be overstated. What has always made him an interesting figure to me and more of an authority amidst the myriad ... read more
Posted Aug. 16, 2018, 8:18 p.m.
Spirit of the Wild - Wild Turkey Pop-up Sydney, Australia There are pop-ups abound. There is hardly a multi-national brand that has not at least dabbled in providing an experience to win new audiences over and extend what they are known for with some sort of engaging incarnation. With Wild ... read more
Posted Aug. 15, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Grape, Grain and Graze. Showgrounds Sydney, Australia August 11, 2018 What a beautiful alliteration that not only rolls off the tongue well but clearly portrays what one of Australia’s most prestigious wine shows is all about. The shindig is essentially based on the annual completion that is the KPMG Sydney ... read more
Posted Aug. 14, 2018, 9:57 p.m.
Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Yale University Press Based on an exhibition at the Met, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination is one opulently curated thing of beauty that in essence displays extremely beautiful artefacts, objects and designs, most of which find their origin in the Vatican ... read more
Posted Aug. 11, 2018, 9:38 a.m.
An evening with Dale DeGroff Kittyhawk Sydney, Australia August 3, 2018 There is no shortage of accolades that cocktail innovator, veteran bartender and envelope pushing coryphée Dale DeGroff has been decorated with over fifty years of being active in the realm of serving alcoholic quality concoctions with a twist, which ... read more
Posted Aug. 10, 2018, 9:52 p.m.
Rev-Ale-ation – A Symphony of the Senses Mosman Art Gallery Sydney, Australia August 5, 2018 Changing perceptions. Expanding horizons. Reimagining stories. Inspiring enthusiasm. Diminish stereotypes. This and more what the entity known as Beer Diva has set out to accomplish fuelled by her passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for all things ... read more
Posted Aug. 6, 2018, 7:22 p.m.
Speed Rack Australia competition Marble Bar Sydney, Australia July 29, 2018 Speed Rack, huh? What comes to mind? Sports? Rollerderby? A completion of sorts? Speed Rack provides a forum to showcase female talent in a male-bro dominated bartender domain: Per definitionem it is an “Olympic speed bartending event”, i.e. a ... read more
Posted Aug. 5, 2018, 10:33 a.m.
Water of Life Glenmorangie and Modus Operandi Boilermaker Dinner Webster’s Bar Sydney, Australia August 1, 2018 Zanzibar, the ole faithful Newtown institution and after hour haunt, was a reliable drinking hall that had its doors wide open for the remnants of late nights. Its site has been taken over by ... read more
Posted Aug. 4, 2018, 9:56 a.m.
Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica (The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts) T.J. Clark Princeton University Press Unsurprisingly enough, there is no shortage of books and view on the one of the most prominent artists of the modern art era. However, an art historian like ... read more
Posted July 30, 2018, 8:54 p.m.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - In concert with the SSO ICC Theatre Sydney, Australia July 27, 2018 Given the immense attention to detail and curation of the Star Wars soundtracks, presenting screenings of the classic incarnations along with the power, nuances and intensity that only a symphony orchestra ... read more
Posted July 28, 2018, 9:28 a.m.
Men's Society Guide to Social Protocol, Necessary Skills, Superior Style, and Everything Else That Will Set You Apart From The Pack Murdoch Books Men’s Society, founded by Hugo and Bella Middleton in 2012 in London, is an accolade-decorated product design brand from the United Kingdom whose focus it is ... read more
Posted July 27, 2018, 8:23 p.m.
Sonos House 40 Queen St Sydney, Australia July 10-21, 2018 Music. Sounds. Sonic pleasures. High-fidelity. How do you listen to music? Why would you want to invest in gear to enjoy music at a different plain? The people behind Sonos beseelt with the tenet to take a different approach to ... read more
Posted July 22, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
ADWA tasting event The Oak Barrel Sydney, Australia July 13, 2018 Glass ceilings. Those unseen, yet unbreakable barrier that keep minorities and women from rising to the upper echelons of the realm of their professions and crafts, regardless of their expertise and qualifications. A phenomenon that not surprisingly, does not ... read more
Posted July 16, 2018, 7:02 p.m.
Water of Life Sullivans Cove If you are remotely anything whisky related, the name Sullivans Cove alone will probably give you goose bumps make your hair raise in the best way possible with the World Whisky Awards having awarded the distillery an array of well-deserved accolades Sullivans Cove's French Oak variety ... read more
Posted July 15, 2018, 2:37 p.m.
Water of Life Lark Distillery Over the last seven years, Tasmania, i.e. antipodean Hobart, has become a home away from home. What started with a flirt with the last stop before Antarctica and then morphed into a full blown love affair with everything remotely connected to what emerged the Museum ... read more
Posted July 14, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Smash Brothers Kogarah, Australia “Break room” in a nine-to-five existence might be limited to the confines where lunch and coffee is had and the latest office gossip is spread. Smash Brothers took it more literally: A room where one breaks things to release stress, let off steam and unleash the beast ... read more
Posted July 13, 2018, 6:56 p.m.
Brew A Batch Christopher Sidwa Murdoch Books Unless you are a teetotaller, who does not like a good brew, be it a regional Lager, Pale Ale or a Craft Beer with more exotic ingredients? Right –so how about taking it one step further, i.e. brewing it at home and ... read more
Posted July 9, 2018, 8:32 p.m.
The Architecture Concept Book An Inspirational Guide to Creative Ideas, Strategies and Practices James Tait Thames & Hudson Ah Architecture – visual art at best and the ultimate yearning for timelessness. Architecture can give one a real sense of the place you are in as we might shape our ... read more
Posted July 8, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
The Essential Goethe Princeton University Press Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. German writer, statesman and one of the most virtuous pioneers of the Sturm und Drang literary movement, whose influence not just on the literary landscape cannot be done justice enough. Apart from what he is mainly known for, i.e. ... read more
Posted July 7, 2018, 10:31 a.m.
Eames – Beautiful Details Ammo Books One might question that need for frivolous ornamentation and luxury furniture, that is until you have planted yourself in an original Eames lounge chair, which was originally created in 1956 – a pleasure I’ve recently had in Helsinki. With its initial molded plywood ... read more
Posted July 5, 2018, 5:42 p.m.
Open Frame: Room 40 Carriageworks Sydney, Australia June 28-29, 2018 2018 saw the third place Carriageworks bringing back the biannual Room 40: Open Frame Festival, centred around curated offerings rooted in experimental, avant-garde and electronic boundary pushing music and, more interestingly, noise. Two evenings brought established senior artists alongside young, ... read more
Posted July 1, 2018, 7:18 p.m.
Swimming and How to Layer Up in Style If you swim more regularly, you will be aware that the materials your gear is constructed with can greatly improve not only comfort but also your performance and of course the longevity of your swimwear. As far as fabrics are concerned, nylon ... read more
Posted June 30, 2018, 11:29 a.m.
Hearing protection EarPeace Music. Enjoyment. Loud amps in your face. Regular exposure to loud noises might have catastrophic consequences if hearing is not protected proactively. With hearing being a complex system, there are a myriad of complications that can arise from constantly turning the amps to 11, preventable permanent ... read more
Posted June 25, 2018, 6:06 p.m.
Sydney Film Festival 2018 Winter in Sydney is not devoid of event highlights: ViViD Festival is blossoming in all its glory illuminating the Sydney in all its glory literally and with a high calibre of an eclectic international festival line-up. Then there is the Sydney Film Fest for the cinema-philes. ... read more
Posted June 24, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Protein Yup. Need to get it in, especially when being on the road in places less traveled. Let’s look at the basics. Aight, protein is one of the pillars of your humanly vessel, being an integral component of literally every cell you are made of with extensions like hair and ... read more
Posted June 22, 2018, 8:22 p.m.
Kandinsky Random House For me, the art compositions of Kandinsky has always had a connection to music, not just due to the names of his paintings which are pervaded by musical terminology and, from a distance, could be interpreted to add to a holistic, seamless symphony and conglomerate. This ... read more
Posted June 21, 2018, 7:35 p.m.
Art and Design -- Part 2 Circada Books Hidden Museum Shaun Parr Museum can be spiritual places. They certainly are for me. A place where I can lose my head, going from void to void to be filled. There is obviously an array of museums with their own ... read more
Posted June 19, 2018, 10:10 p.m.
What’s Sumatra With You? -- Part 3 Black, hot liquid gold makes the world go round. Most like it hot but does it always have to be? Ever tried cold extracted coffee? I had not until I came across the liquid emissions of First Press Coffee, a company based out ... read more
Posted June 18, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
Visit to Starward Distillery What’s constitutes a “good whisky? There are a myriad of distilling methods and tweaked processes that go into bottling the water of life, the quality of casks, with local contexts and climates adding their very own distinct coleur. Whisky certainly is a libation that has a ... read more
Posted June 17, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
The Spirit of Bauhaus Thames & Hudson Walter Gropius declared in his Bauhaus manifesto, which he penned in 1919 in Weimar and which forms the genesis of one of the twentieth century’s most influential schools of art and design, that all architects, sculptors and painters must return to their crafts. ... read more
Posted June 13, 2018, 8:28 p.m.
Mazzy Star Opera House Sydney, Australia June 11, 2018 Despite exerting a massive influence and having created their own lane, with crooners like Lana del Ray only being one of the more obvious epigones, Californian dream pop darlings Mazzy Star rarely incarnate on stages. If they do, as they did ... read more
Posted June 12, 2018, 8:08 a.m.
German Film Festival May 22 – June 10, 2018 Sydney, Australia. Not unlike the American Essentials Festival, the German Film Festival showcase new Teutonic cinematic talent from the ole world with exclusive Australian premieres. In collaboration with German Films, the task of which is to promote German films and culture ... read more
Posted June 11, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Water of Life Part 3 Ardbeg Day 2018 Sydney, Australia Miss Peaches June 2, 2018 Ardbeg. Where shall we start? Ardbeg’s ten year old, non-chill-filtered; uncoloured variety is as good as smokey, soft peated single malts come. Ardbeg is rich. Strong. Dry. A complex cosmos of subtle notes. In essence ... read more
Posted June 10, 2018, 10 a.m.
Brian Jonestown Massacre Sydney, Metro Theatre June 9, 2018 With seventeen albums under their belt, the collective known as the Brian Jonestown Massacre has been going since 1990. Early on they firmly established themselves on the firmament of both the pantheon of psychedelic rock as well as the forefront of ... read more
Posted June 8, 2018, 9:19 p.m.
Thus, let us drink beer! – Australian special, part 2 If you have ever been to Sydney, chances are that you passed through The Rocks, a neighborhood of quaint laneways against the backdrop of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge. It is fabled that The Rocks harbour the city’s first and oldest ... read more
Posted June 7, 2018, 8:36 p.m.
American Essentials Film Festival May 8-20, 2018 Sydney, Australia American Essentials is not your typical new world film festival with the saccharine blockbusters crowding the market. The focus is firmly on curating a program that sheds light on the independent productions of the last year, covering quite a bit of ... read more
Posted June 6, 2018, 8:06 p.m.
Aleksandr Zhitomirsky Photomontage as a Weapon of World War II and the Cold War Yale University Press As one might have noticed, I am an aficionado of German artist John Heartfield’s photomontages and the impact it has had on popular and underground cultures, e.g. Sakevi from G.I.S.M. Aleksandr Zhitomirsky ... read more
Posted June 5, 2018, 7:36 p.m.
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art Jeff Koons is perceived to be a controversial artist – an iconic one that proves to be hard to by-pass. This retrospective zeros in on the thirty-five year spanning career that is firmly based on the reconceptualisation and reimagination of ... read more
Posted June 4, 2018, 4:55 p.m.
Good Design Australia showcase Overseas Passengers Terminal Sydney, Australia May 25, 2018 Design. Good Design, huh? What constitutes “good design”? When there is nothing left to add or nothing left to take away? The jealousy of other designers? Simplicity and clarity? Does content precede design? Good Design Australia is an ... read more
Posted June 3, 2018, 10:33 a.m.
Raekwon Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia June 2, 2018 When Aristotle coined the phrase that a collective is bigger than the sum of its individual constituents to signify the concept of synergy, he formulated something that become particularly true for the entity known as Wu Tang Clan. Despite each individual member ... read more
Posted June 2, 2018, 11 a.m.
DREAMS Opera House Sydney, Australia May 29, 2018 DREAMS is Luke Steele’s (Empire of the Sun) and Daniel Johns' (Silverchair) and while it has been tinkered on for nearly a decade, it only recently came to fruition with tonight’s show as part of Sydney’s Vivid Festival marking the Australian debut ... read more
Posted May 20, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Going Down Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, Australia May 19, 2018 A migrant story. Feminism. Cultural identity. Sense of belonging. Racism. Rebellion. Sexism. Individualism. Stereotyping. Labeling. Lightheartedness. Egotism. Perseverance. True north. Self-righteousness. Prudence. Sex positivism. Provocation. Liberation. Transgressiveness. These are merely a few terms that come to mind when trying to determine ... read more
Posted May 12, 2018, 4:28 p.m.
Erwin Wurm. Prestel Publishing A humorous and playful artist heavily influenced by the all too familiar trivialities and banal objects of the daily humdrum, which he extends or manipulates to distort reality as we know it and thereby subtly questions the antics of Western civilization. A central tenet of his ... read more
Posted May 10, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Talisker - Made by the Sea Neighbourhood Bondi Sydney, Australia May 3, 2018 Talisker. One of the triumvirates of whiskies that Robert Louis Stevenson claimed to be the king of drinks. A classic Scotch whisky distillery located on the Isle of Skye, with the H2O for their single malts being ... read more
Posted May 5, 2018, 9:48 a.m.
Whisky and Cheese Tasting Stamford Plaza Circular Quay Sydney, Australia April 25, 2018 Wine and cheese. Sure. Natural companions whose strengths of flavors cross-pollinate and complement each other. Now, sommeliers might recoil but pairing Whisky and food pairing is on the up. A contradiction per se? Au contraire. A recent ... read more
Posted May 3, 2018, 8:59 p.m.
Portugal. The Man Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia May 1, 2018 Portugal. The Man Psychedelic glam rock. Bombastic self-indulgent EDM brats? One hit wonder? Could a band care less about your futile attempt at labeling? Going by Portugal. The Man’s live incarnation at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, the band seems to be ... read more
Posted April 30, 2018, 6:04 p.m.
Hit The Road Vans, Nomads and Roadside Adventures Gestalten Verlag Wanderlust. Getaways. Roadtrips. Traveling. Everyday can be a journey. Your own. No nomadic traits needed. Trails, streets, roads and the vehicles that traverse them along – from sports cars via 4x4s and campervans to Bullis - with portraits of ... read more
Posted April 25, 2018, 10:11 p.m.
Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait Michael Peppiatt YUP Francis Bacon was one hell of a complex artist. Contradictions. Enigmas. Affairs. Debauchery. The works. Then there was his art. Grand. Deep. Evocative. Studies for a Portrait was penned by the man who not only was responsible for Bacon’s biography, but ... read more
Posted April 23, 2018, 8:01 p.m.
Real Bodies Exhibition Byron Hall Sydney, Australia April 22, 2018 I bumped into Gunter von Hagens with his dog Bella, the pioneer of the technique of plastination that forms the basis of the Real Bodies Exhibition, in early 2012 on the top of the Emipre State Building in New York ... read more
Posted April 21, 2018, 12:11 p.m.
Humanity Ai Weiwei Princeton University Press Ai Weiwei. Chances are that you either are familiar with him and what he does or you would have heard of the impact of his oeuvre – be it within or outside the confines of China. What Weiwei does is always political – ... read more
Posted April 20, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Weathering the Elements In the previous instalment of this series I touched on my recent hiking excursions in the neither regions of Norway. At the region where according to Nick Cave the sun shines, i.e. Oceania, arduous hiking trails can be conveniently broken up by indulging in what the paddle-able ... read more
Posted April 17, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Principles of Archaeology T. Douglas Price / Kelly Knudson An introduction to archaeology that helps students think like archaeologists Thames & Hudson T. Douglas Price. Professor and life-long learner. An undisputed, distinguished Koryphäe and preeminent in the realm of archeology with a profound pedigree and academic background that could ... read more
Posted April 16, 2018, 9:02 p.m.
The Art of Living Alone and Loving It Your inspirational toolkit for a whole and happy life Jane Mathews www.murdochbooks.com.au Slow living. Solo living. Conscious living. When did these things become labeled and a lifestyle? Making a virtue out of a necessity? Getting your inner self an airing? The ... read more
Posted April 15, 2018, 10:47 a.m.
Sam Knee Music nerd. Vintage design and postwar fashion aficionado Youth culture connoisseur. Photographer. Author. Sam Knee. Grown up in the rural South of England, Knee grew up on a diet of punk – his sisters introduced bands like The Fall and Swell Maps to him, and the Mod ... read more
Posted April 14, 2018, 11:10 a.m.
Gin – the Show Stamford Plaza Hotel Sydney, Australia April 7, 2018 Apparently the only time Phyllis Diller enjoyed ironing, was the day she accidentally put gin in her iron. She would have had a ball at Gin – The Show: Sydney’s brand-new inaugural specialty gin extravaganza, orchestrated and ... read more
Posted April 13, 2018, 7:09 p.m.
Ten Principles for Good Design: Dieter Rams Cees W. de Jong (Editor) Prestel Publishing / Random House Familiar with the German brand Braun? Ever wondered what made it the successful brand it came to be? Braun’s designs are renowned the world over and Dieter Rams has been the driver and ... read more
Posted April 12, 2018, 8:08 p.m.
Anselm Kiefer Notebooks, Volume 1, 1998-99 Seagull Books Now truth be told – I am in awe of Anselm Kiefer. I have traveled far and wide to see his artworks in person and his emissions have yet to disappoint. While art critics have their way of putting into words ... read more
Posted April 10, 2018, 5:19 p.m.
Lodestars Anthology Issue 9 – France Traveling is never without an appeal. For the downtime between my excursions when time allows, I indulge in paper and ink. While literature on travel is not necessarily high on the agenda, Lodestars Anthology travel magazine is a welcome exception. Beautifully illustrated and crafted, ... read more
Posted April 9, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
Juan Montoya The Monacelli Press Juan Montoya made a name for himself by pushing boundaries and exerting a dominant influence on design in the contemporary world– a feat that he achieved with attention to details and his idiosyncratic play with abutment and the use of seemingly opposite or adverse ... read more
Posted April 8, 2018, 10:32 a.m.
High Adventure in the Great Outdoors - Nopeet Suomi. Finland. Nokia. Plywood. Free people. Free education. A region where you can drive for hours without encountering a signle soul. A national mentality that resonates with me. Outworn stereotypical approaches to the country label its people as reserved and taciturn ... read more
Posted April 6, 2018, 8:06 p.m.
Australian Beer Special Thus, Let Us Drink Beer! Part 2 The people behind Kaiju! Beer love their hops. As in, they like to wade in it knee deep and max it out when it comes to brewing their beers. As the name “Kaiju” suggests, they also harbour a weak spot ... read more
Posted April 5, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
The Daily Grind What's Sumatra With You? -- Part 2 Hello from where the cold things are, i.e. the neither regions of arctic Norway. I quite like hiking as it is the ultimate way to explore the countryside of new territory and immerse yourself in the local culture. It ... read more
Posted April 2, 2018, 12:37 p.m.
The Moulin Rouge experience Féerie! Paris, France March 24, 2018 (Photo by Francis TheBlueRoom) Well, well – even if you are not familiar with the real thing, chances are that even your mother is familiar with Baz Luhrmann’s musical romantic comedy Moulin Rouge from 2001, which is based on the French ... read more
Posted March 24, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Casper David Friedrich Johannes Grave Prestel One would not be far off the mark by claiming that Casper David Friedrich’s oeuvre encapsulates the DNA of German romanticism. While his paintings are inextricably hardwired to the German psyche and books on CDF are manifold, Johannes Grave’s tackles the theme from ... read more
Posted March 23, 2018, 8:11 a.m.
Wim Wenders Instant Stories Thames & Hudson Publishing Neues deutsches Kino on the world stage has more or less become synonymous with the filmmaker Wim Wenders, who is also a prolific photographer whose exhibitions have graced galleries the world over, from Paris to New York, Shanghai to Sydney. If ... read more
Posted March 22, 2018, 12:16 p.m.
Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition An Empire's Legacy Margaret Kelly Trombly Thames & Hudson Publishing You dabble in arts but decorative art of the Russian kind is not on your radar? That should change and an appropriate introduction is this encompassing tome, which revolves around an exposition at ... read more
Posted March 19, 2018, 5:13 p.m.
High Adventure in the Great Outdoors – Outdoor watches Living in the southern hemisphere, it is mildly difficulty to not get into and enjoy water sports to at least some degree. We are talking surfing, diving, snorkeling, swimming in the ocean and not the sexual kink variant – get your ... read more
Posted March 18, 2018, 10:31 a.m.
Wanderlust Hiking on Legendary Trails Gestalten Verlag Into traveling? Inhabited by that innate, unexplainably strong desire to roam and impetus to go wandering? I hear you. Does your traveling culminate in booking packages and tours? Or are you into exploring per pedes? No matter where I have roamed on ... read more
Posted March 15, 2018, 8:24 p.m.
The Aints play The Saints part 2. Manning Bar Sydney, Australia March 9, 2018 We have clarified before that The Saints have left an imprint on the music scene that make some sandwich them in between the Ramones and Sex Pistols when it comes to relevance in the realm of ... read more
Posted March 14, 2018, 6:02 p.m.
Quicksand / Thursday Metro Theatre Sydney Australia March 7, 2018 Stating that one Walter Schreifels with the myriad of his musical incarnations has had a significant impact on my musical evolution during my early formative years would be an understatement par excellence. One would need a flipchart to outline his ... read more
Posted March 11, 2018, 10:34 a.m.
Bar Patrón by Neil Perry Sydney, Australia Now, in theory this should be an easy one. Guilty as charged – I do harbour a weak spot for the distilled emissions of the blue agave plant from the state of Jalisco – be it the sharper blanco, joven or the ... read more
Posted March 9, 2018, 9:01 p.m.
The Modern Cook’s Year By Anna Jones Harper Collins Cannot be bothered to cook? In need of some inspiration? Bored by the limitations of your cooking skills? The Modern Cook's Year is aimed at showcasing the usage of seasonal produce throughout the year and how to make the most ... read more
Posted March 6, 2018, 6:04 p.m.
The Mind-Gut Connection By Emeran Mayer Harper Collins Ah, the body. Your corpse. A powerful intuitive communicator. Are you listening, possibly entering and influencing the dialogue? “Gut feeling”. Your innate inner compass. Devoid of conscious reasoning, your gut instinct will make you know. Just “know”, no thoughts involved. More ... read more
Posted March 5, 2018, 7:38 p.m.
Time Out Sydney Bar Awards 2018 Marquee Club Sydney, Australia February 25, 2018 Sometimes bad weather can be a blessing in disguise. Sure, it would have been delightful to celebrate the 2018 Time Out Sydney on the Sky Terrace of the Star Casino as it was originally planned. However, the ... read more
Posted March 4, 2018, 9:50 a.m.
Hunter S. Thompson loved it. Herb Kelleher thought along with Philip Morris cigarettes that it was essential to the maintenance of human life. Steven King fell prey to it. Bourbon. It is whisky. But whisky ain’t necessarily bourbon. Bourbon is usually stronger and sweeter than its whisky equivalents because of ... read more
Posted March 3, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Sydney City Limits Centennial Park Sydney, Australia February 24, 2018 Austin City Limits Festival has found its worthy equivalent in the Southern hemisphere: With the name being more than a subtle hint to its big sister, Sydney City Limit incarnated the first time in 2018 against the lush backdrop of ... read more
Posted March 1, 2018, 8:17 a.m.
Tropfest 2018 Parramatta, Australia February 17, 2018 Tropfest first incarnated in 1993 in a bid to establish a foundation and a forum for filmmakers to blossom and bloom. Since its humble beginnings within a café in Sydney’s inner west, it has organically grown to become a veritable big player in ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2018, 8:15 a.m.
Surrealism, Art, and Modern Science Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Epistemology Yale University Press The interim between the two World Wars. Worlds in upheaval. Technological advancements. Progress in the world of physics. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity superseding Newton’s two hundred years old theories on mechanics. The art movement known as ... read more
Posted Feb. 26, 2018, 8:40 p.m.
Futurism: An Anthology Yale University Press Now, this one is a no-brainer. As in, for anyone remotely into what happened in the twentieth century in the realms of design, architecture, social movements and freethinking, this tome is a must-have. The facts: 1909. Italy. Industrialization. Speed. Youth. Technological advancement. Throw ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2018, 12:38 p.m.
Fragrance. Punk rock and fragrance, huh? An oxymoron? What would a punk rock perfume smell like? Super glue, urinal stones, stale beer, dogs and a hint of patchouli? A fragrant equivalent to Zoolander’s fashion line “Derelicte” sold at Hot Topic? Too clichéd? Growing up there was a time when ... read more
Posted Feb. 24, 2018, 11:03 a.m.
Interested in what terra australis has to offer in terms of libations and tipples? Look no further. The first instalment of this series shall shed light on Starward. Have you ever longed for a place where you can partake in something of unique taste that resonates with our inner E-chord ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2018, 7:23 p.m.
Wine Selector’s 50 Best The Old Rum Store Sydney, Australia February 15, 2018 Wine Selector is the authority and when it comes to the finer things of all things pertaining to the fermented juice of grapes in all of its varieties. Wine Selector’s tasting committee of industry experts is comprised of ... read more
Posted Feb. 22, 2018, 5:35 p.m.
Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980 Metropolitan Museum of Art www.footprint.com.au 1950 until 1980 was certainly an interesting era: The implications of post-second world war sentiments paired with the omnipresence of violence and brutality that has been witnessed first-hand on one side, and the extraordinarily fast development ... read more
Posted Feb. 21, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Craft beer. To thrive in today’s day and age of fleeting sensations and flavours du jour, establishing oneself in the the crowded craft alcoholic beverage arena is no mean feat that demands a clear vision, passion, a melange of heart and brains to create something truly special. Craft has always ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Death: A Graveside Companion Thames and Hudson Not sure if you concur with Socrates in that death may the greatest of all human blessings but it is certainly a topic that is relevant to every mortal and has been explored in a myriad of ways. With over one thousand ... read more
Posted Feb. 19, 2018, 11:55 a.m.
Degas: A Passion for Perfection by Jane Munro Yale University Press Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is heralded as one of the founders and masters of the impressionist movement, with the core of his oeuvre focusing on the life in Paris (think belle arts, ballet, café and theater) – nudes, lots ... read more
Posted Feb. 18, 2018, 10:40 a.m.
The Ivory Mirror The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe Yale University Press www.footprint.com.au Renaissance - what associations does the term invoke with you? An age of achievement, “eureka” being shouted and enlightenment? Progress in a range of fields? The creation and celebration of both artistic and technical accomplishments? ... read more
Posted Feb. 17, 2018, 2:10 p.m.
Cattle Decapitation Bald Faced Stag Hotel Sydney, Australia February 16, 2018 First and last time I came across Cattle Decapitation was with the release of their “Ten Torments of the Damned” 7” in the mid-'90s. Fast-forward a more twenty years, and their mélange of grindcore, power violence and metal ... read more
Posted Feb. 16, 2018, 8:17 a.m.
Sunnyboys Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia February 10, 2018 Oh goody! The Sunnyboys. One of the most influential Australian bands with a back catalogue that is hard to f with no matter where you personal preferences on the spectrum of alternative music are benchmarked. They call and the audience beckons enthusiastically ... read more
Posted Feb. 15, 2018, 8:29 a.m.
Evanescence Opera House Sydney, Australia February 14, 2018 Evanescence incarnated on terra australis to celebrate their forth album, i.e. Synthesis, via a collaboration with local Symphony Orchestras, which makes sense as the album does exactly that – reimagining their back catalogue backed by a full orchestra and electronica adding a subtle ... read more
Posted Feb. 14, 2018, 8:16 a.m.
Champagne Champagne: A Secret History Roger Walters Allen & Unwin Publishers I harbour more than one weak spots for all things sparkling – be it water or wine. Champagne is one of those adult beverages that go down well at any time of the day, no matter if it ... read more
Posted Feb. 13, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Hieronymus Bosch, Painter and Draughtsman: Catalogue Raisonné Yale University Press What a thing of beauty! Hieronymus Bosch – Painter and Draughtsman Catalogue Raisonné is a comprehensive, opulently illustrated tome curated and put together by the heads behind the Hieronymus Bosch Research and Conservation Project. It was originally published on ... read more
Posted Feb. 12, 2018, 8:14 a.m.
Riesling Riot Town Hall Sydney, Australia February 7, 2018 A riot in realm of vino – The roots of what has become known as the Riot of the Riesling kind hark back to what was back then the “biennial Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting” in the Western periphery of Australia. ... read more
Posted Feb. 11, 2018, 8:45 p.m.
The Stranglers Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia February 8, 2018 As a teenage delinquent in his early stages of punk socialization searching for the next kick in the local record store, I came across The Stranglers and was impressed by the band name. Expecting an assault along the lines of The ... read more
Posted Feb. 11, 2018, 10:12 a.m.
Footpath Guides Architectural Walking Guides Footpath Guides, the headquarters of which are situated in a Bauhaus inspired building of epic brutalist proportions, is a conglomerate of three creative heads with backgrounds in film making and academics with a shared interest in architecture. Eventually they decided to honour the architectural heritage ... read more
Posted Feb. 10, 2018, 10:32 a.m.
How To Be Chap The Surprisingly Sophisticated Habits, Drinks and Clothes of the Modern Gentleman Gestalten Verlag Dandyism. Being a gentleman. A man of taste. Taking care of yourself. Worldliness. Wit. Humour. A modern day equivalent to someone Oscar Wilde would not have minded to have in tow. Is ... read more
Posted Feb. 4, 2018, 10:07 a.m.
Savile Row Thames and Hudson Not sure if you are into what is referred to as classic gentlemen style and its intricacies, but if you like a well-fitted great looking suit, getting it tailored at Savile Row is not the worst address – one that comes inextrivably linked with the ... read more
Posted Feb. 3, 2018, 10:08 a.m.
Wim Delvoye Introspective Yale University Press If you have ever read any of our features on the Museum of Old and New Art and the artworks it harbours that were specifically created by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye and focusing on the body and its functions, you would have gotten ... read more
Posted Jan. 30, 2018, 8:31 p.m.
Chances are you have come across them. Ray-Ban. Classics. Style. Worn the world over by rebels as well as the establishment and jetset and hence leaving an imprint on all facets of popular culture. Wayfarer and Aviator being the staple models that never seem to go out of fashion. Bet ... read more
Posted Jan. 28, 2018, 12:01 p.m.
Electric Gardens Centennial Park Sydney, Australia January 27, 2018 We have covered the festival known as Electric Gardens since it first debuted in 2016. What was a success in every aspect and a welcome addition to the festival circuit topped its offerings with its sophomore incarnation last year. The 2018 shindig ... read more
Posted Jan. 27, 2018, 10:01 a.m.
Albert Speer Architecture 1932-1942 Written by Leon Krier, Preface by Robert A. M. Stern The Monacelli Press The Robert Johnson dilemma. Making a deal with the devil for your own greater goods. Once the decision at the crossroads is made, there is no turning back. Albert Speer did it. ... read more
Posted Jan. 26, 2018, 10:01 p.m.
Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Footprint.com.au Alexander McQueen might be known to you as a fashion designer. Quintessentially he is exactly that, yet it you zero in closer into his work, it becomes an intricate fabric of concepts, expertly drafted plots and storyboards that culminate in a story that his ... read more
Posted Jan. 25, 2018, 9:53 p.m.
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White by Lelia Packer and Jennifer Sliwka National Gallery London As the title suggests, a book based on the absence of colour and a focus on black, white and shades of grey captured through an array of media. Starting in the fifteenth century, the ... read more
Posted Jan. 23, 2018, 9:01 p.m.
Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer by Carmen Bambach METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni is widely appreciated as one of the most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance as he did not limit his work to one discipline but pursued a holistic approach to the arts tackling ... read more
Posted Jan. 20, 2018, 1:38 p.m.
There Will Be A Climax Old Fitzroy Theatre Sydney, Australia January 12, 2018 I do not subscribe to the notion of guilty pleasures or liking something “ironically”. Either you like something or not. Period. I love the song “You spin me round (like a record)”. I guess it also helps that ... read more
Posted Jan. 19, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Parkway Drive Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia January 18, 2018 Let’s delve into physics and its underpinning laws, shall we? In a nutshell, the law of Boyle-Mariotte captures the concept of gas pressure tending to increase proportionally as the container volume decreases in size. Aight. Still with me? A Frenchman going ... read more
Posted Jan. 17, 2018, 10:34 p.m.
American Idiot – The Musical Opera House Sydney, Australia January 11, 2018 The first time and only time I saw Green Day live was in 1991 during their first European tour in front of 20 people at AJZ Stinkdrüse. The band was on Lookout Records at the time, which is ... read more
Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 9:06 p.m.
NYE in the Park Victoria Park Sydney, Australia December 31, 2017 There is no shortage of iconic locations that New Years Eve can be celebrated at in Sydney. The boutique-y NYE in the Park Festival, curated by the creative heads behind Falcona / Hot Dub Time Machine, descended on the green ... read more
Posted Jan. 7, 2018, 6:16 p.m.
Run the Jewels Big Top, Luna Park Sydney, Australia January 5, 2018 Given their respective careers and pedigree, I could not help but be intrigued when I was first introduced to the lyricist with a social conscience and political activist Michael Render aka Killer Mike, who first gained major exposure ... read more
Posted Dec. 23, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
The Unbelievables Concert Hall, Opera House Sydney, Australia December 20, 2017 In medias res: With a name that suggests a band of superheroes out of the Marvel universe, The Unbelievables is an entertainment extravaganza curated by and set in scene the producer of The Illusionists and Circus 1903. With mind-bending illusion, death-defying stunts, ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
The Beautiful Girls Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia December 16, 2017 Founded in 2002, Australian trio The Beautiful Girls started their career based on a sound foundation of reggae and surf rock, with cemented via their debut release Morning Sun became their signature style. Their first full-length album, Learn Yourself, followed ... read more
Posted Dec. 18, 2017, 10:44 a.m.
Paradise Lost Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia December 15, 2017 “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” -Aristotle A band with such longevity as Paradise Lost while consistently maintaining relevance for a scene they become originators for, as well as a line-up that has remained ... read more
Posted Dec. 17, 2017, 10:53 a.m.
The Easybeats Sydney, Australia Enmore Theatre December 15, 2017 Let’s start with the basics for the uninitiated: To claim that the Easybeats, who first incarnated in Sydney in 1964, were one of very first realrock and roll bands in the Southern hemisphere is a statement that would be hard to ... read more
Posted Dec. 14, 2017, 12:11 p.m.
I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass. - David Lee Roth One day, out of the blue I started to run. Simply because I wanted to. The passion that I have developed for running, the homemade void, the silence and long-distance running ... read more
Posted Dec. 13, 2017, 8:20 a.m.
Sydney Burlesque Gala 2017 Sydney, Australia Aight, let’s tick off the basics and history lesson first: As per definitionem, “burlesque”, derived from Italian “burlesco”, is a work of art meant to elicit a joyful atmosphere by either mocking the inherent ideas behind more serious works or treating their sujets and ... read more
Posted Dec. 12, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Mesdames et messieurs – welcome to the second installment of our feature on Germany’s Gestalten Verlag: Let’s ease in with a beauty: Best of German Interior Design Eds. Christian Boros, Florian Langenscheidt, Olaf Salié, Axel Schramm German / English 464 pages, 652 color and b/w images Best of German Interior ... read more
Posted Dec. 11, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum Art Gallery of NSW Sydney, Australia Before the dawn of the 18th century, the territory that was to become known as Netherlands was the epitome of a wealthy nation that provided fertile ground for painters whose influences still reverberate today. The ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2017, 5:04 p.m.
Super Food Family Classics Jamie Oliver Penguin Books Australia Jamie's Super Food Family Classics is the healthy-eating companion book to the new TV series of Jamie's Super Food. Illustrations exemplify what the end result is supposed to look like and list all relevant information in terms of nutrition and the individual ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2017, 8:06 a.m.
Locust HouseAdam GnadeThree One G / Pioneer Press This one is short, immersive, dense, turbulent and poignant. A novella-length rumination on a time, a place, and a culture. Less a story and more of an experience – the literary equivalent of an intense, noisy and hectic live show that ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Men without Women Haruki Murakami Penguin Books Australia Men Without Women is a 2014 collection of short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, which was recently translated in English in a fluent and colloquial manner by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen. In essence the stories are about men who have ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Die Gestalten Verlag is a publisher and creative agency mostly known for their 600 books on art, architecture, design, photography and typography. The company has 30 staff members through offices in Berlin, London, New York and Tokyo. What makes a good publisher? Let’s see… A passion for books is a good ... read more
Posted Dec. 4, 2017, 8:11 a.m.
British Artists – Francis Bacon by Andrew Brighton Tate Publishing Comprehensive and holistic in nature, The British Artist Series books employ the insights of art luminaries to illuminate the most renowned artists in the history of Britannica. This time the focus is on one of my eternal favourites: Francis ... read more
Posted Dec. 3, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
High Adventure in the Great Outdorrs – Topo Designs One does not have to be a hardcore outdoorsman to have an appreciation for reliable quality outdoor gear that despite enabling you to brave the elements and unwelcoming terrain still looks fly. Depending on your climatic context, the change of ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
John Heartfield – Laughter Is A Devastating Weapon Tate Publishing John Heartfield (born Helmut Herzfeld; 19 June 1891 – 26 April 1968) was an artist and a pioneer in the use of art as a political weapon. He is held in high esteemed as a pioneer in the world of photomontage ... read more
Posted Dec. 1, 2017, 2:49 p.m.
No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life Chris Jericho Da Capo Press The basics: Chris Jericho portrays himself as a bit of a Renaissance Man wearing the hats of a bestselling author and juggling a veritable wrestling career. The book compiles his wisdom ... read more
Posted Nov. 30, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between Andrew Bolton Yale University Press If you are into design, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons will ring a couple of bells as she has been heralded as one of the most influential luminaries in her field. Ever since she debuted in ... read more
Posted Nov. 29, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg Manning Bar Sydney, Australia November 23, 2017 Tonight heralded the return of Marky Ramone to Australian shores, whose tenure handling skin duties for the Ramones lasted for a total of 15 year, from May 1978 until February 1983, and August 1987 until August 1996, has also played ... read more
Posted Nov. 28, 2017, 12:38 p.m.
UB 40 Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia November 24, 2017 As infectious and happy the UK’s biggest reggae export’s emissions sound, disputes had riddled the band’s legacy and resulted in a feud between the two resulting camps of founding members, with both still touring the globe under the same moniker, the ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2017, 8:41 a.m.
The Aints play The Saints Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia November 24, 2017 According to Sir Bob Geldorf, rock music in the seventies was changed by three bands—the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and The Saints. Having seen Glen Matlock and Marky Ramone within the last eight days, the missing component of ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Perturbator Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia November 21, 2017 Producing dark and retro futuristic music with a strong 80’s feeling, James Kent AKA Perturbator is the considered to be the spearhead of the new synthwave revival (along with Danger, Lazerhawk, Kavinsky, and Dan Terminus). Since the project’s inception in 2012, Perturbator’s music has launched ... read more
Posted Nov. 25, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Italy on a Spoon Doltone House Sydney, Australia November 20, 2017 World Week of Italian Cuisine? is a global event in its second edition?, which last year was celebrated ?in 105 ?countries with more than 1000 events?.? To celebrate the occasion, Sample Food Event arranged for a sophisticated get together ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
We’re All Going to Die Festival Commune Sydney, Australia November 17, 2017 The We're All Going To Die festival was born out of Founder, Artist and Filmmaker and Director Stefan Hunt's experience.You see, he had anxiety, and it sucked.Two years ago it was really bad and he was so afraid ... read more
Posted Nov. 22, 2017, 8:51 a.m.
Skepticon Recital Hall Sydney, Australia November 18-19, 2017 Think Inc. is a telling name: Dedicated to nurturing rational discourse, the bright heads behind the organisation organise Q&A sessions, forums and other events with luminaries and subject matter experts from a range of areas to make specialist knowledge accessible for both ... read more
Posted Nov. 19, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
The Scientists Factory Theatre Sydney, AU November 18, 2017 The Scientists became a much more influential post-punk band than their minimal commercial success would indicate, lending their influence to what would ultimately become what became labeled as “grunge”, i.e. artists such Mudhoney and NYC’s indie scene of the early 1990s. ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2017, 9:48 a.m.
Glen Matlock Landowne Hotel Sydney, Australia November 16, 2017 Chances are that if you are on this website, you know who Glen Matlock is, as he is not only known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up and co-author of the better known ditties of the Sex Pistols, but ... read more
Posted Nov. 16, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
5 Ingredients – Quick Easy Food by Jamie Oliver Penguin Books As the title suggest, the premise is by stripping down your shopping list and using merely five ingredients, arranged and put together in a creative manner to cook up a storm of enticing chow – and pronto, whether it's ... read more
Posted Nov. 15, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Gault & Millau Restaurant Guide Launch The Cannery, Rosebery Sydney, Australia For the uninitiated: Gault et Millau incarnated first in 1965 as a collaboration between restaurant critics, Henri Gault and Christian Millau in in 1965. Tonight’s launch of the latest Australian edition saw chefs, sommeliers, industry folk and friends convene ... read more
Posted Nov. 13, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Ecca Vandal Oxford Art Factory Sydney, AustraliaN November 11, 2017 To some the South African born Ecca Vandal might appear to be a riddle, which might be due to her giving a toss about label and categories and instead confidently channelling a maelstrom of influences into a mélange of her own. ... read more
Posted Nov. 12, 2017, 10:40 a.m.
Goose Island Thanksgiving Dinner National Art School Sydney, Australia November 10, 2017 Let us start off with the basics for the uninitiated: Goose Island Brewery is a brewery based in Chicago, Illinois. It started its operations in 1995 and was originally named after a nearby island. Goose Island produces a number ... read more
Posted Nov. 9, 2017, 8:16 a.m.
United Cellars Champagne Tasting Hudson House Sydney, Australia November 9, 2017 Alright, guilty as charged. Me likey bubbles. A lot. Sparkling – be it water or wine. Especially Champagne. I have traveled the region of just to hit the cellar doors and more upmarket offering to indulge – guilty as ... read more
Posted Nov. 8, 2017, 8:21 a.m.
Night Nation Run Sydney The Doman November 4, 2017 The Night Nation Run is the World’s first Running Music Festival. What’s that? Well, a running event embedded in the context of a Dance festival and all the shebang that comes with it, e.g. lasers, music, etc. A musical voyage filled ... read more
Posted Nov. 7, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Miguel Migs Café del Mar Sydney, Australia November 4, 2017 Café del Mar is quite a versatile venue as it serves for Sydneysiders a place to eat, drink and listen. Close to the water at Darling Harbour, and equipped with a rooftop terrace it occupies prime real estate and strikes ... read more
Posted Nov. 3, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Banksia Sustainability Awards 2017 Doltone House Sydney, Australia November 1, 2017 The yearly Banksia Sustainability Awards recognise and reward achievements made by Australian Individuals; Community Groups; Primary and Secondary Schools; Not-for-profit organisations; Small, Medium and Large Businesses; Tertiary Institutions and Government. This year’s awards covered a wide, diverse range to ... read more
Posted Nov. 2, 2017, 11:07 a.m.
Design-Made. Sunstudios Alexandria, Sydney October 27-29, 017 Milton Glaser claimed that there are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no and WOW! Design-Made. definitely aims for the latter as. Founded by Kobe Johns of FACTORY DESIGN DISTRICT and JP Finsbury Bespoke Joiners (left) and AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE director Anne-Maree Sargeant, Design-Made. is a three-day celebration of design for Australia and proved that design is ... read more
Posted Nov. 1, 2017, 8:16 a.m.
The Bronx Oxford Art Factory Sydney, Australia October 30, 2017 Tonight was a side-show from The Bronx’ current Australia tour with Pennywise and how great it was to see incarnate them within the intimate confines of the sold out Oxford Art Factory. Devoted to punk rock with rough edges ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Jewish Film Festival Opening Night Cinema Bondi Jumction Sydney, AU October 26, 2017 A jam-packed Event Cinema Bondi Junction played host to Jewish International Film Festival Opening Night, as the 2017 Jewish Film Festival was kicked off in style with a Premiere screening of the extraordinary Yiddish feature, Menashe, with jazz and klezmer tunes from Marcello Maio and ... read more
Posted Oct. 30, 2017, 10:16 a.m.
Time Out Sydney Hop Up – Young Henrys World Square Sydney, Australia 23 October 2017 Ah, Young Henrys. Young Henrys is the household name of Sydney craft breweries, an impressive feat for the staunchly independent brew house that has only been operating for four years. These guys went from being ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2017, 8:02 p.m.
Burn City: Melbourne’s Painted Streets Lou Chamberlain Hardie Grant Travel I dig Melbourne– aka ‘Burn City’ – and paying a visit is always something to look forward to, not just because it is internationally renowned for its street art that is often rooted in provocation and controversy. Burn City, curated ... read more
Posted Oct. 28, 2017, 10:29 a.m.
The Festival of Nonna 107 Project Redfern, Sydney, AU October 23, 2017 The fine people behind Sandhurst Fine Foods are behind the operation of The Festival of Nonna: The concept bases around a dreamteam of Italian celebrity chefs and their Nonnas to share recipes and food inside knowledge that serves as the inspiration for ... read more
Posted Oct. 25, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Redfern, Sydney, AUS 20 October 2017 The Youth Food Movement Australia don’t believe in telling people what to do, but educating and arming young folks with the skills, knowledge and experience to make them "food literate." Their approach is based on the belief that peer-to-peer learning is the most powerful ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions Russell Brand Published by Pan Mac Millan You would have crossed paths with the man known as Russell Edward Brand somewhere in the world of popular culture – be it via his incarnation as an English comedian, actor, radio host, author or activist. His latest ... read more
Posted Oct. 23, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
The Kinfolk Entrepreneur – Ideas for meaningful work By Nathan Williams Workman Encouraging its readers to live a self-contained, slow lifestyle, reconnect with the earth, shun technology where possible and drive a bit less – Kinfolk fast became a bible for an alternative aspirationalism based around distressed furnishing, the ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Alice Cooper Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AU October 21, 2017 Alright. If we have to start off by dancing out that Alice Cooper is the architect of not merely shock-rock by introducing horror elements but theatrics in rock’n roll in general and the massive impact he most likely had on informing ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Toruk – the First Flight Cirque du Soleil Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney October 19, 2017 Toruk - the First Flight, a stage show by Cirque de Soleil, is based on James Cameron's Avatar films, located on the planet moon of Pandora, where the blue skinned Na'vi with long tails live together ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2017, 8:36 a.m.
What Rhymes with Cars and Girls Riverside Theatre Parramatta October 14, 2017 What Rhymes with Cars and Girls was You Am I’s frontman Tim Rogers’ first solo effort released toward the end of last millennium, a lyrically rich and emotionally raw one at that, which has been morphed into a lively ... read more
Posted Oct. 13, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Napalm Death Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia October 11, 2017 Finally after more than 25 years, I got to witness the herb drenched Brujeria storm a stage. A band that has always had an intriguing edge both musically and aesthetically with their very own melange of death and grindcore. Napalm Death has always been ... read more
Posted Oct. 12, 2017, 9:04 p.m.
Greek Film Festival Palace Cinemas Leichhardt October 10-22, 2017 The 2017 Sydney incarnation of the Greek Film Fest was launched with the premiere screening of Roza Of Smyrna, based on the novel Ismael and Roza by Giannis Giannellis and featuring two original songs by Haris Alexiou, it was nominated for the Orpheus Award for ... read more
Posted Oct. 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Pinot Palooza - A Touring Pinot Noir Festival Sydney Carriageworks October 8, 2017 Looking for a near perfectly orchestrated and curated, traveling and rocking Pinot Noir experience without pretentious bullshit and a focus on taste? Look no further. The minds behind Revel / Bottle Shop Concepts plotted to "get you hip ... read more
Posted Oct. 8, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
Underbelly Arts FestivalNational Art SchoolDarlinghurstOctober 7-8, 2017 Proceedings of the Underbelly Arts Festivals were opened with a shindig serenaded with sad Goth party jams, visceral electronic beats and roaming performances by Bhenji Ra and Angela Goh to celebrate the opening night of Underbelly Arts Festival, featuring Melbourne’s HABITS, Gussy and Jikuroux. A peek behind-the-scenes ... read more
Posted Oct. 7, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
OZ Comic Con ICC Sydney September 30 – October 1, 2017 The Sydney incarnation of the OZ Comic-Con is a lot to take in. It might be a cliché, but the plethora of costumes on display throughout Comic-Con easily make the entry to the convention worth it. Fan-favorite characters from ... read more
Posted Oct. 6, 2017, 8:33 a.m.
Time Out Magazine Sydney Food Awards Porteño Restaurant and Bar Sydney, Australia September 25, 2017 If you do not live under a rock, you are familiar with Time Out Magazine. In essence, Time Out employs a team of expert critics to deliver a credible guide to city life on the ... read more
Posted Oct. 5, 2017, 8:09 a.m.
Peter Hook and the Light Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia October 2, 2017 An Evening with Peter Hook & The Light performing the legendary Factory Record’s albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer. Both albums were performed sequentially and in their entirety. For the uninitiated among you, Joy Division was a grand yet tormented ... read more
Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
Dan Sultan Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia September 30, 2017 Dan Sultan’s fourth, more personal, reflective and mature album, Killer, which he recorded with producer and long-time collaborator Jan Skubiszewski in Melbourne, exemplifies that the singer-songwriter has evolved, putting with a broader weighing of life’s ups and downs and introducing synthesizers and drum ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Forever Crazy State Theatre Sydney, Australia September 28, 2017 Mesdames et messieurs - Le Crazy Horse de Paris!Probably world’s best known cabaret, renowned for its diverse range of varietè shows and female performers.It is not for nothing one of the iconic locations that Mötley Crüe referenced in their anthemic song ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2017, 7:31 p.m.
Dune Rats Big Top, Luna Park Sydney, Australia October 1, 2017 Dune Rats are an Australian outfit from Brisbane, originally formed by Danny Beausa and BC Michaels as a duet with Beausa on guitar/vocals and Michaels on drums. The band later became a three-piece with Brett Jansch of Bleeding Knees Club ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2017, 8:10 a.m.
At the Drive In Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia September 29, 2017 At the Drive In are back at it. Had previous incarnations of the El Paso quintet its up and downs, most notably what was perceived to be phoned in performances during 2012s half-hearted brief reunion, tonight’s show was impressive ... read more
Posted Sept. 27, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
The Daily Grind What's Sumatra With You? T.S. Eliot had measured his life out with coffee spoons. Some claim coffee is the most valuable trading commodity after oil. A lot of folks have come up with their odes to coffee - Australia is obsessed with it and it comes ... read more
Posted Sept. 24, 2017, 12:44 p.m.
Australia and New Zealand have a history of winemaking that harks back to the late Nineteenth Century, but it was not until the 1970s that the region became known for making quality wines, which is when the advent and recognition of wines from Oceania gained traction and eventually secured them a ... read more
Posted Sept. 23, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
New Philosopher Womankind Feel like there is a gaping hole for content that is intellectually stimulating among existing print media, underestimating their readers’ capacity to reason and their curiosity about the world around them? Look no further. Seneca, speaking on the shortness of life says: “It is not that we ... read more
Posted Sept. 20, 2017, 10:03 p.m.
Motionless in White Metro Theatre Sydney, AU September 19, 2017 Motionless in White embarked on their first national headline Australia tour this September in support of their new album Graveyard Shift. With their unique djenty chuggs, intricate riffing, guttural breakdowns, haunting pop melodies, the occasional blast beat and over the top ... read more
Posted Sept. 18, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Exploded View Sam McPheeters Talos Publishing Born Against. Vermiform Records. Error Fanzine. Men’s Recovery Project. Wrangler Brutes. Punk Planet. On-air disputes with Sick of it All. Touring Europe with Articles of Faith. To accurately fathom the influence Sam McPheeters has had on your humble narrator during his formative years, one ... read more
Posted Sept. 14, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Italian Film Festival 2017 Palace Cinemas Sydney, AU September 12, 2017 The Opening Night of the Italian Film Festival, which was a lavish affair with live entertainment, Italian themed food and drinks and was graced with a screening of Let Yourself Go! (“Lasciati andare”), the winner of the 2017 Italian Golden ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
MEW Manning Bar Sydney, AU September 12, 2017 MEW are a Danish alternative, experimental outfit pivoting between styles with a career spanning more than twenty years, across seven acclaimed studio albums, that classifies itself as “indie stadium” and has been described by others as possessing the musical grandiosity that leads people to ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2017, 9:07 a.m.
Placebo Qudos Bank Arena Sydney, AU September 9, 2017 Last in the country for Soundwave Festival and a pair of sideshows back in 2014, the Placebo returned to Australia for a 20th anniversary tour, the Sydney incarnation of which saw them perform hits, revisit early material and more obscure offerings from ... read more
Posted Sept. 9, 2017, 10:37 a.m.
Sydney Contemporary Carriageworks Sydney, AU September 7-10, 2017 The term “third place” was coined by Ray Oldenburg, an American urban sociologist. The “first place” denotes "home where we place to role of son, daughter, mum, dad, etc. The “second place” is work where the role is whatever position one represents.” The ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Italian Wine and Food Festival 2017 The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve Sydney, AU August 28, 2017 The origin of the festival goes back to Lara Caraturo, a sommelier who in 2013 thought that an occasion needed to be created to shed light on Italian wine and food culture in Australia. It is produced by Lara and ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2017, 8:58 a.m.
Vera Blue Metro Theatre Sydney, AU September 2, 2017 Celia Pavey, known in muso circles under the moniker Vera Blue, is a Sydney-based singer-songwriter that managed to transition from reality show credit, i.e. via an interpretation of Simon and Garfunkel’s Scarborough Fair, and reinvent herself as somewhat of a darling indie ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
You Am I & Hoodoo Gurus Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU August 31, 2017 If you paid an iota of attention over the last couple of years, it would not have gone unnoticed that when it comes to artists on terra australis, Tex Perkins and his various incarnations are held in ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2017, 10:14 a.m.
Stone Sour Hordern Pavillion Sydney, AU August 26, 2017 Touring in support of their latest album, the groove-heavy Hydrograd, Stone Sour descended upon Australia via a stint in New Zealand to an enthusiastic crowd in Sydney. For the uninitiated: Stone Sour was Corey Taylor’s original band, predating his Slipknot incarnation, ... read more
Posted Aug. 21, 2017, 6:37 p.m.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Lifeby Mark MansonPan Macmillan Australia It is only after you have lost everything that you are free to do anything.Nothing is static.Everything is appalling.Everything is falling apart.You have to realize that some day you will ... read more
Posted Aug. 20, 2017, 8:13 p.m.
Psychosis 4:48 Old Fitz Theatre Sydney, AU August 19, 2017 Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis is essentially a 60 minute long stare into the abyss of darkness and struggle of mental illness, walking the thin line between life and death detailing states en route to suicide. Succinctly distilling the imprisoning and isolating ... read more
Posted Aug. 13, 2017, 11:25 a.m.
Vin Diemen “Best of Tassie” National Art School, Cell Block Theatre Sydney, AU August 12, 2017 I sure hope that my recent features on Tasmania and MONA have tickled your interest in one of Australia’s most underrated territories, its wine, outstanding produce and boutique beverages. If you have not yet ... read more
Posted Aug. 12, 2017, 10:45 p.m.
Montaigne Metro Theatre Sydney, AU August 12, 2017 Michel de Montaigne was one of the most significant philosophers on the French Renaissance known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. He is also know for posthumously inspiring Jessica Cerro, a Sydney-based singer-songwriter graced with a powerful vocals range to ... read more
Posted Aug. 6, 2017, 10:35 a.m.
“…thus, let us drink beer!” – Belgium special Waffles. Friterie. Chocolate. A royal palace bigger than Buckingham palace. The first country to legalise euthanasia and ban cluster bombs. Three official languages. Belgium. One of the many good things coming out of the small European country is beer: 800 ... read more
Posted Aug. 2, 2017, 9:11 p.m.
Always going upstream against the current – part 1 Pescatarians listen up. Salmon. How do I love thee? I cannot possibly count the ways. This series shall follow my travels to salmon relevant territories, shedding light on quality producers, restaurants and products. Salmon. The common name for several species of ... read more
Posted Aug. 1, 2017, 8:45 p.m.
Man cannot live by bread along – he must have peanut butter, or, as the wise philosopher Sylvester Gardenzio “Rimbaud” Stallone once proclaimed: “If you try to change the taste of peanut butter, you’re in trouble.” Even the Methuselah of and elder of rock music, i.e. Iggy Pop, wondered after ... read more
Posted July 31, 2017, 8:24 a.m.
Oceania Burger Special Ah, the humble burger – a product loved by Popeye’s sidekick J. Wellington Wimpy that came about to meet the culinary needs of a society rapidly changing due to industrialization, the emergence of the working and middle classes as well as the demand for mass-produced, affordable ... read more
Posted July 30, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
Pete Murray Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU July 29, 2017 Byron Bay singer-songwriter Pete Murray is back with his trademark smooth and inviting vocal delivery to promote his sixth studio album, Camacho. While he mainly stuck to his guns with his most recent opus, his latest emission also afforded him room ... read more
Posted July 25, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Zoo Brew Taronga Zoo Sydney, AU July 22, 2017 Tastings that offer a chance to sample hop-and-grain-based beverages are legion. They tend to follow the same formula, leaving center stage to the brews and the alcohol. In essence, Zoo Brew did neither reinvent the wheel nor deviate far from the tested ... read more
Posted July 24, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Ásgeir Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU July 21, 2017 Iceland is largely an arctic desert punctuated by mountains, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes and waterfalls. It is one of the most beautiful places on this earthround. A lot of its musical exports seem quite exotic and at times quirky outside ... read more
Posted July 23, 2017, 7:49 p.m.
Living life well Fête/Life magazine is an Australian publication that connects with readers in a personal way. Its mission is to inspire them to love the life they have, engage in positive and meaningful relationships with those around them and to make time and space for all the good things around ... read more
Posted July 17, 2017, 5:32 p.m.
2017 Scandinavian Film Festival Sydney July 11-August 2 We are currently in the fourth season of the year in Sydney, which is mild compared to the harsh haunting wintertide that seems to be at home in Nordic countries, so a bit of escapism aka an escape from the chill ... read more
Posted July 16, 2017, 9:43 a.m.
Japandroids Factory Theatre Sydney, AU July, 14 2017 Japandroids are a two-piece band from Vancouver, BC, which began in 2006 and consists of Brian King and David Prowse. One guitar, one set of drums, and two vocalizers sounds minimal on paper but in a live context, Japandroids are maximal in their delivery; a two-piece band ... read more
Posted July 14, 2017, 10:33 p.m.
The Undertones Metro Theatre Sydney, AU July 8, 2017 The Undertones are legendary. If you are remotely interested in punk rock yet not familiar with their oeuvre due to the curse of late birth, chances are you found yourself at some stage of your musical journey singing along to your ... read more
Posted July 11, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
Grinspoon Enmore Theatre Sydney July 7, 2017 Grinspoon emerged in 1995 from sleepy Lismore in New South Wales and with the juvenile delinquents behind the operation harbouring a weak spot for sticky icky, they named themselves after an Associate Professor advocating the medicinal use of marijuana. The following two decades ... read more
Posted July 10, 2017, 8:07 p.m.
Good Food and Drink Show Sydney, Australia June 24, 2017 The Good Food and Drink show is all about familiarise it’s audience with emerging trends in the hospitality industry before and behind the scenes, running the gamut from high to low brow and everything in between. Samples are product Federer ... read more
Posted July 9, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Open Frame: Room 40 Festival Carriageworks Sydney June 30. 2017 Carriageworks, Sydney’s largest and one of its more eclective multi-arts centres, is stoically following its ambitious mission which is informed by a commitment to reflect social and cultural diversity by presenting the 2017 incarnation of Open Frame: Room40. Being a ... read more
Posted June 19, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
Boy George Café del Mar Sydney, AU June 12, 2017 Despite the focus being on his recent stint as a judge on one of those castings shows down under, Boy George is still universally recognised from his time as the androgynous lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award winning ... read more
Posted June 11, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
Fantastic Food and Drink and Naturally Good Shows ICC Exhibition Centre Sydney, AU June 4-5 Premium. Gourmet. Handcrafted. Delicious. Unique. Extraordinary. Fantastic – a few adjectives and superlatives that came your way did you choose to familiarize with the The Fantastic Food and Drink Show, which is a new ... read more
Posted June 10, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Hot Brown Honey Opera House Sydney, AU June 9, 2017 Sass, empowerment and politics rooted in hip hop culture are the pillars that form the foundation of Hot Brown Honey – a platform the posse of unapologetically fierce women use to fight the power, weaponize comedy and question stereotypes, remix the ... read more
Posted June 5, 2017, 8:14 a.m.
Hidden Sydney "The Nevada" at The World Bar Sydney, AU 25 May - 18 June 2017 Kings Cross is an inner-city locality of Sydney. The Cross, as it is known by localites, was once the epicentre of organised crime figures and a booming red-light district.. Despite the recent gentrification and lock out laws ... read more
Posted June 4, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
Body Count Luna Park Sydney, AU June 3, 2017 Body Count is quintessentially a heavy metal band with a rap mentality with their material focusing on various social and political issues, along with the credo of gang life. Fronted by Ice-T who co-founded the group with musical mastermind Ernie C, the ... read more
Posted June 2, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker) Opera House Sydney, AU June 1, 2017 Nicholas "Nick" James Murphy, better known by his former stage name Chet Faker – a pseudonym he abandoned in September 2016 - is an Australian singer and songwriter. A prolific and accomplished one at that. The ... read more
Posted May 30, 2017, 9:57 a.m.
GABS Festival The Dome Sydney, AU May 28, 2017 The inaugural GABS fest, which was listed as one of the top 20 beer festivals in the world by the American magazine The Beer Connoisseur in 2015, caters to both - converted craft beer fans and the uninitiated by showcasing the Australian and New Zealand ... read more
Posted May 29, 2017, 10:21 a.m.
Village People State Theatre Sydney, AU May 25, 2017 Countless times, the Village People depicting stereotypes of the masculine kind and framed in catchy pop tunes with mass appeal have been referenced, imitated or parodied in TV series, movies, video games and music. Having been warmed up by the pitch ... read more
Posted May 25, 2017, 9:11 p.m.
Time Out Pub Awards 2017 Bank’s Hotel Sydney, AU May 24, 2017 Founded at the end of the swinging sixties in Londontown, Time Out eventually became the global player it is known for today by giving recommendations about what to see, eat and visit in more than one hundred cities ... read more
Posted May 24, 2017, 8:05 a.m.
Devin Townsend Project Enmore Theater Sydney, AU May 22, 2017 If you are familiar with Devin Townsend’s incarnation as the frontman of the musically more aggressive Strapping Young Lad with their mélange of death, thrash and black metal, Devin Townsend Project marks a turning point and a step or two ... read more
Posted May 18, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
Living Colour Metro Theatre Sydney, AU May 13, 2017 Living Colour is the embodiment of creatively fusioning, funk, jazz, hip hop, country, exploratative, and alternative rock with lyrics ranging from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America. Having risen to fame at the end of ... read more
Posted May 17, 2017, 9:36 p.m.
Nashville Pussy Bald Faced Stag Hotel Sydney, AU May 12, 2017 Nashville Pussy. What a band. Having emerged out of the ashes of the great Nine Pound Hammer, who already incorporated blue collar motifs and themes running the gamut from drug abuse to violence that later on became trademarks for ... read more
Posted May 16, 2017, 9:20 p.m.
Meatstock Festival 2017 Olympic Park Sydney May 6-7, 2017 Vegans and vegetarians avert your eyes: Meatstock 2017’s two-day meat filled extravaganza at the Sydney Showgrounds featured bands, barbecues, beards, butchers, bourbon, barbers, beer and much more. Unique to the festival were the Cutthroat Barber Wars, which took place against a ... read more
Posted May 14, 2017, 9:26 a.m.
American Essentials Sydney, AU 09 May – 24 May 2017 Founded in 2016 as a way to fill select Aussie cinemas with the kind of US titles that don't usually make it to down under, the touring American Essentials festival returns for its second run with a lineup of noteworthy inclusions — 31 ... read more
Posted May 13, 2017, 9:49 a.m.
Entombed AD Manning Bar Sydney, AU May 10, 2017 One would need more than one flipchart to scratch the surface of how influential Entombed have been throughout the nearly three decades of their existence. Emerged under the moniker Nihilist in the mid-80ies and coining what eventually became trademark Scandinavian ... read more
Posted May 12, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Snakehips Metro Theatre Sydney, AU May 8, 2017 The London-based electronic chill duo Snakehips with their hypnotic, trap-inflected songs that are reminiscent of Odesza, Kelala and Cashmere Cat are the incarnation of the post-party cool-down with a jazzy flow and their funky sound mixed with hip hop beats clearly indicated ... read more
Posted May 8, 2017, 8:20 a.m.
Botanica Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, AU May 06 – 28, 2017 Botanica 2017, focused on the nexus between the disciplines of art and science, is Australia’s premier annual botanical art exhibition promoting and protecting Australia’s rich diversity of plant life, features works by some of its leading botanical and natural science ... read more
Posted May 7, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Manning Bar Sydney, AU May 6, 2017 After their last tour in 2014, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus returned to the land down under for a headline tour that resembles a victory lap to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their debut album Don’t you fake it ... read more
Posted May 6, 2017, 2:32 p.m.
$uicideboy$ Manning Bar Sydney, AU May 4, 2017 Having joined forces in 2014, the prolific $uicideboy$, a.k.a. Ruby da Cherry, a gentleman with punk rock roots, and $lick $loth, former DJ and songwriter, they have become a staple in the spheres of horrorcore glitch-trap bubbling with booming bass, ominous atmospherics, ... read more
Posted May 4, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
Spanish Film Festival Palace Cinema Sara Baras: All Her Voices Sydney, AU April 29, 2017 With food, live performances, films and drinks the 20th edition of the Spanish Film Festival in Australia was welcomed at Palace Norton Street under the ambassadorship of Spanish celebrity chef Miguel Maestre. Program highlights included ... read more
Posted May 1, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Amongst Ruins (Snake Eggs Hatch) Old Fitzroy Sydney, AU Presented by Poor Tom's Gin & Mark Blumer, and supported by Playwriting Australia and ambassador Louis Nowra, Michael McStay’s short play Amongst Ruins (Snake Eggs Hatch) takes place in a post-apocalyptic, famine and poverty stricken environment and sheds light on ... read more
Posted April 30, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
Helmet Manning Bar Sydney, AU April 29, 2017 Helmet finally returned to Australia in 2017 to celebrate their third and was is considered to be their most experimental album Betty from start to finish, which was originally released by Amphetamine Reptile Records as a double 10”. Betty is built on ... read more
Posted April 27, 2017, 8:44 a.m.
The Hodgetwins Factory Theatre Marrickville, AU April 25, 2017 The Hodgetwins, Virginia-bred identical siblings Kevin and Keith Hodge, are “social media personalities” and operate a variety of YouTube channels, where they mainly dish out solicited, unadulterated, improvised, on the cuff advice in comically altered voices on sex, love and life ... read more
Posted April 26, 2017, 8:09 a.m.
Sex Object Depot Theatre Marrickville April 23, 3017 As per its mission statement, Depot Theatre, nestled in the vibrant Addison Road Centre and the arts scene of Sydney suburb Marrickville, aims to entertain, challenge and inspire audiences with performances that are accessible, affordable and – most importantly – a ... read more
Posted April 25, 2017, 8:02 p.m.
Tash Sultana Ivy Courtyard Sydney, AU April 16, 2017 Courtyard’s annual Easter party at Sydney’s Ivy stepped it up this year with easily one of the biggest lineups in the history of the event. Leading the charge is one of the hottest artists in Australia right now: Tash Sultana. Following ... read more
Posted April 24, 2017, 8:01 a.m.
Peking Duk Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 22, 2017 Formed in Australia’s capital Canberra, Peking Duk are an electronic music duo made up of disc jockeys and music producers Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, formerly of Rubycon. Armed with a string of platinum-minted singles, such as 'High', 'Take Me Over', ... read more
Posted April 23, 2017, 11:01 a.m.
The Tea Party Star City Sydney, AU April 21, 2017 Since the Canadian three piece’s inception in the early-‘90s, the Tea Party has pursued a singular epic sound melding middle-eastern influences with cacophonous power for what has become widely dubbed as ‘Moroccan roll’. Their eight album spanning catalogue defiant of ... read more
Posted April 20, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 19, 2017 In Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music, Graham McPherson, the frontman of the seven-piece ska pop ensemble Madness and sometime DJ and television host, takes to the stage in an amusing, and a ... read more
Posted April 19, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
Cool for Summer Festival Olympic Park Sports Centre Sydney, AU April 15, 2017 Ah, social media. Rooted in the broader Web 2.0 landscape, it helped engineers, entrepreneurs, and everyday people reimagine the role that technology could play in information dissemination, community development, and communication. While the technologies invoked by ... read more
Posted April 18, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
Bad Friday Festival Block Party Railway Parade Marrickville, AU April 14, 2017 The etymology of the term “good” in the context of Good Friday is contested: Some claim it is meant to simply mean pious or holy, i.e. of a day or season observed as holy by the church, while ... read more
Posted April 13, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Drift Magazine Not sure how you roll but in my world and that of Drift Magazine, coffee inhabits not an unimportant role, which is why Drift is relevant to my interests. Its central themes revolve around all things coffee, the people involved with it and their spatial contexts. It sheds light on a ... read more
Posted April 11, 2017, 8:08 a.m.
Ambrosia Magazine Ambrosia, the food or drink of the Greek gods which was often depicted as conferring longevitiy or immortality, is closely connected to nectar, both of which where were often used by the semi-legendary author Homer in his poems. Ambrosia Magazine is a beautifully executed haute culinary food porn magazine. ... read more
Posted April 10, 2017, 8:10 a.m.
Alter Bridge Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 4, 2017 After several runs as openers, the Orlando, Florida-based melodic metal outfit toured Alter Bridge returned to Australia on the back of their fifth album, The Last Hero, for a headline tour. Drawing from a five album catalogue, Alter Bridge delivered their ... read more
Posted April 9, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
Illy Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 7, 2017 The Melbourne MC Illy, born Alasdair Murray and former member of the Crooked Eye Crew along with heads like M-Phazes, has been active since 2009 and has established himself firmly in the echelons of the Australian and international hip hop scenes – ... read more
Posted April 2, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
Tash Sultana Metro Theatre Sydney, AU April 1, 2017 Let me introduce you to Natasha, known professionally as Tash Sultana, a Australian one-woman band that takes multitasking to the next level with her seemingly endless musical range of guitar playing, looping, percussion via a range of means, mandolin, piano, flute, ... read more
Posted April 1, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Brian Greene: A Time Traveller's Tale International Convention Centre Sydney, AU March 30, 2017 Cosmologist, string theorist, professor of science and mathematics Brian Greene is an academic rock star whose mass appeal, which might be partly owed to his upbringing as the son of a vaudevillian showman, and ability to present ... read more
Posted March 28, 2017, 8:16 a.m.
Adman: Warhol before Pop Art Galley of NSW Sydney, AU Feb 25-May 28, 2017 Soon after graduating having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Pictorial Design, a young chap who still went under his original name Andrew Warhola, moved to New York City to pursue a career as ... read more
Posted March 26, 2017, 5:01 p.m.
Hang Massive Max Watts Melbourne, AU March 22, 2017 Shaped much like a spaceship, the Hang’s ( a musical instrument of the idiophone class) equally ethereal sounds created by Danny Cudd (UK) and Markus Offbeat (Sweden) delighted the audience at Melbourne’s Max Watts, where the due was promoting their latest studio ... read more
Posted March 25, 2017, 9:22 a.m.
Violent Femmes Factory Theatre Sydney, AU March 20, 2017 In its heyday, the Folk rock band, or shall we go with “Midwestern acoustic punk gateway drug to experimental music,” Violent Femmes have captured the zeitgeist and existential dilemmas coming with the burden of the need to be – not only ... read more
Posted March 24, 2017, 10:07 a.m.
MDLSX by MOTUS Carriageworks Sydney AU March 16, 2017 Interdisciplinary entity MOTUS was founded by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò and over the last twenty-five years has established itself firmly on the firmament of performance arts with boundary pushing productions, theatre shows, installations, seminars and workshops focusing on the contradictions of ... read more
Posted March 21, 2017, 8:51 p.m.
Spiderbait Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU March 18,2017 In case you are burdened with the mercy of late birth and hence unfamiliar, Spiderbait are an Australian alternative rock band formed in Finley, a small rural town in New South Wales. What made them special and made them the face of Australian ... read more
Posted March 21, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
Taking Back Sunday 170 Russell Street Melbourne, AU March 21, 2017 Taking Back Sunday have come a long way and I don’t necessarily mean the distance between terra australis and Northern America. Starting out as a melodic hardcore band with a sound akin to a conglomerate of the best moments ... read more
Posted March 20, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
Chain & the Gang Newtown Social Club Sydney, AU March 15, 2017 It is going to be difficult to keep this review objective as Ian Svenonius’ emissions and incarnations have had a massive influence on your humble narrator during his formative years. His first band, Nation of Ulysses (and Cupid ... read more
Posted March 19, 2017, 7:05 p.m.
Taste of Sydney Centennial Park Sydney, AU March 9-12, 2017 Now, who does not love an opportunity to sample vittles and enjoy carefully selected libations? While the common denominators for a willing culinary inclined audience are easily defined, demonstrating creativity and innovation when it comes to offering tasty and interactive ... read more
Posted March 19, 2017, 10:12 a.m.
Australian Tattoo Expo 2017 International Convention Centre Sydney, AU March 10-12, 2017 With over 45,000 visitors annually, the celebration of creativity and art The Australian International Tattoo Expo proudly represents, has become the biggest in the Southern hemisphere. Boasting over 300 local and international talented exhibitors from a myriad of ... read more
Posted March 18, 2017, 10:39 a.m.
Meshuggah Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU March 12, 2017 It has been twelve years since I last saw Meshuggah and while their performance at Cleveland’s Peabody’s Downunder was tight and technically impressive, it pales compared to the relentless force of nature Meshuggah has matured to as a live band. With so ... read more
Posted March 16, 2017, 7:43 p.m.
Twelve Foot Ninja Manning Bar Sydney, AU March 10, 2017 The genre blending breed of metal of Melbourne’s Twelve Foot Ninja might best be described as “fusion”. A versatile, charismatic frontman effortlessly transitioning from crooning to vicious screaming, polyrhythmic djent riffage, at times bright melodies, catchy grooving, funky basslines and ... read more
Posted March 15, 2017, 9:15 p.m.
Mardi GrasSydney, AUMarch 4, 2017 With a longstanding history of almost four decades, Sydney’s Mardi Gras builds on a strong foundation from which they champion LGBTQI individuals and communities. 2017 seed then celebrating their achievements but also sheds light on new ways to work for LGBTQI diversity and highlight blind ... read more
Posted March 13, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
The DamnedMetro TheatreSydney, AUMarch 10, 2017 Musically and artistically, The Damned has always been one of the most accomplished and versatile forefathers of punk and alumni of the class of 1976, both shaping and enriching the formula that was coined by The Clash and Sex Pistols with their own gothic, ... read more
Posted March 12, 2017, 6:59 p.m.
KasabianSydney Opera HouseSydney, AUMarch 8, 2017 Kasabian from Leicester, UK are disciples of the Angel of the North, the contemporary landmark of North East England and are quintessentially the embodiment of ladcore, channeling equal parts of Primal Scream, Stone Roses and Oasis-esque snotty attitude in such a refined manner that tin ... read more
Posted March 8, 2017, 3:35 p.m.
Pixies Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AU March 7, 2017 The Pixies have always appeared to be an odd band to me, which admittedly was part of the appeal: The pop sensibility, lack of political ideology, counterintuitive songwriting structure, stoic rhythms, quirky hooks and Black Francis’ rollercoaster vocal exercises paired with a ... read more
Posted March 7, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
T2 TrainspottingNow at cinemas Making a great movie is difficult. Standing out against the myriad of mediocre big budget offerings is no mean feat. Stars need to align. Lightening is to be caught in a bottle. Once accomplished, the sequel needs to be even more original while lacking ... read more
Posted March 5, 2017, 2:03 p.m.
MarshmelloEnmore TheatreSydney, AUMarch 2, 2017 This was the first ever-Australian show for the man with the LED enhanced marshmellow mask and boy, did he get a reception: The Mellogang (yup, that’s how his followers refer to themselves) got all amped up chanting football songs in anticipation of the man in white ... read more
Posted March 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
VaultAustralasian Art and Culture Vault encapsulates a quadruple thrEat: An elegant, extravagant, eloquent and engaging Art and Culture Magazine with particular emphasis on Australasian contemporary art. Vault embodies the common denominator when it comes to the preeminent designers, artists, collectors and enthusiasts in New Zealand, Australia and beyond – while most ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2017, 7:39 p.m.
Barbu by Cirque AlfonseSydney Opera House StudioSydney, AUFebruary 26, 2017 Needless to say that the mélange the troupe of Cirque Alfonse, with all its Québécois folklore, brings to the table as a collective is much bigger than its individual parts added up. Barbu (which translates to “bearded” or “bearded man” ... read more
Posted Feb. 27, 2017, 8:03 a.m.
La BohèmeJoan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseSydney, AUSFebruary 24, 2017 Giacomo Puccini.One of the greatest exponents of operatic realism, id est “verismo”, who is fabled to have uttered that art is a kind of “illness”.One of the symptoms of Puccini’s ailment is La Bohème, an opera in Four Acts, which ... read more
Posted Feb. 26, 2017, 10:12 a.m.
WarpaintSydney Opera HouseSydney, AUSFebruary 25, 2017 In Greek mythology, sirens were dangerous creatures who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Their song is fabled to be irresistibly sweet with equal measures of sadness and melancholy, which lapped both ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2017, 10:26 p.m.
Smith Journal Magazines. An easily forgotten medium in a world with an attention span of a goldfish obsessed with blogs and spoon-fed easy to digest hors d’oeuvre of information. A magazine can be so much more than merely a collection of writings and much bigger than the sum of its ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
The Judas Kiss by playwright David HareOld Fitzroy TheatreSydney, AUSFebruary 15 – March 11, 2017 Sydney’s Old Fitzroy and its theatre operation is a cultural touchstone that uniquely links generations in a town slavishly fixated to the latest fad. A bar without posturing that holds its history and popularity. Nightlife ... read more
Posted Feb. 22, 2017, 9:03 p.m.
Julian Assange: No More Secrets, No More LiesThink Inc.Seymour CentreSydney, AUSFebruary 18, 2017 Julian Assange. A controversial figure and divisive subject. For some, an intense, driven and valiant campaigner for transparency, the equal access to information and constitutionality when it comes to what executive arm of our political practice ... read more
Posted Feb. 21, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Wil WagnerOxford Art FactorySydney, AUSFebruary 19, 2017 As the frontman, singer, lyricist, guitarist and keyboardist of The Smith Street Band -- an allusion to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band –- the name meaning to encapsulate an iconic Melbourne street, which also happened to be along an iconic Melbourne ... read more
Posted Feb. 19, 2017, 9:06 a.m.
Acid Haus by United CellarsAustralian Design CentreSydney, AUSFebruary 16, 2017 The wines the sturdy, late-ripening white grape Riesling, at times referred to as the “king of grapes” and one of the most aromatic wine varieties in the world, are based on, is very high in acid often not seldomly likened ... read more
Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 10:25 a.m.
TEDxSydneySalon International Towers, BarangarooFebruary 15, 2017 TEDxSydneySalons are the smaller, smart relatives of the TedX events offering intimate, evening events combining talks, films and music. Designed to spark discussion and debate, TEDxSydneySalons are a great forum to exchange ideas and kickstart collaborations. The February 2017 incarnation investigated the theme of ... read more
Posted Feb. 17, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Why I Sued the U.S. Government Factory Theatre Sydney, AUSFebruary 12, 2017 In October 2000, Zack de la Rocha walked out of Rage Against The Machine. I am not implying that there is any connection, but there is a gentleman and environmental activist that goes by the name ... read more
Posted Feb. 12, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
A Strategic PlanGriffin Theatre CompanySydney, AUSUntil March 11, 2017 Griffin Theatre Company’s main tenet if the fostering and support of new writing in Sydney ever since it was founded in 1982. Fast forward almost four decades, with funding to the arts sector facing devastating cuts, subsequently causing Griffin Theatre’s scaling ... read more
Posted Feb. 7, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Killing HeidiTaronga ZooSydney, AUSFebruary 4, 2017 Twilight at Taronga is an annual concert series set amongst the environment of Taronga Zoo, in a natural amphitheatre with fully licensed bars and gourmet antipasto hampers on offer – cue cheese and wine - overlooking the picturesque Sydney harbour backdrop, with each stunning ... read more
Posted Feb. 6, 2017, 10:10 p.m.
DJ Z Trip Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 28, 2017 Turntablism is an art form. Period. An art form that more often than not has been diluted by applying a simple formula and reducing it to the lowest common denominator to make it appealing to the mainstream palate in a ... read more
Posted Feb. 5, 2017, 11:47 a.m.
PeripheryMetro TheatreSydney, AUSFebruary 3, 2017 “Periphery” denotes the external boundary of a body. If the body in question is modern and progressive metal, the name of the band would be quite inadequate. With their signature triple-guitar attack, which lends their oeuvre a particular rhythmic dexterity, mathematical cacophony and complex grooves, Periphery’s ... read more
Posted Feb. 2, 2017, 8:28 a.m.
Electric Gardens Festival Centennial Park Sydney, AUS January, 28 2017 The second installment of Sydney’s electro bash festival descended again in the lush surrounds of Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, an idyllic location and arguably one of the best inner-city festival sites in New South Wales, featuring formal gardens, ponds, grand avenues, ... read more
Posted Jan. 30, 2017, 7:51 a.m.
Peter Garrett and the Alter EgosTaronga ZooSydney, AUSJanuary 27, 2017 Some people say Peter Garrett got his inimitable, signature whirling dervish dance steps and refreshingly nonsensical, jerky thrusting of hand gestures from Radio Birdman’s Rob Younger, whose early live performances have left a lasting imprint on him during his formative ... read more
Posted Jan. 29, 2017, 10:45 a.m.
AuroraMetro TheatreSydney, AUSJanuary 25, 2017 There is something magical and otherworldly about the young Norwegian lady that goes by the name of Aurora Aksnes, known mononymously as Aurora. Angelic, unpretentious and innocent on one hand, yet immensely charismatic, completely at ease with her own artistry and effortlessly powerful with her ... read more
Posted Jan. 23, 2017, 8:01 p.m.
Jimmy Eat WorldEnmore TheatreSydney, AUSJanuary 18, 2017 Non-fanatics might mistake Jimmy Eat World for one of those emo-alternative bands that had one major hit song in the 1990s and then stopped recording or touring, ignorant to the fact that what has now evolved to a five piece live band that ... read more
Posted Jan. 18, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
Siro-AThe ConcourseChatswood, AUSJanuary 14, 2017 Siro-A are from Sendai, Japan, and their name apparently translates to something along the lines of “difficult to pin down” – a telling name as their show would prove. Touted as multi-media “digital techno circus,” the seven constituents that make the performance group Siro-A have ... read more
Posted Jan. 12, 2017, 2:57 p.m.
Richard III Schauspielbühne Berlin Guest performance at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre December 30, 2016 Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s earliest works, first believed to be performed around 1593 and as it is often the case with villains, the title character’s allure lies first and foremost in ... read more
Posted Dec. 23, 2016, 8:22 a.m.
Dancer Film review premiereLeichhardt Norton TheatreNovember 25, 2016 Palace Norton Cinema proved to be an adequate forum for Dancer - a 2016 French biographical musical drama film offering an intimate look into the life and journey of Sergei Polunin, who became the world’s youngest ever principal dancer at the Royal Ballet School. ... read more
Posted Dec. 22, 2016, 8:25 a.m.
Soundscape Festival SydneyFactory TheatreSydney, AUSDecember 17, 2016 After a successful debut in 2015, Soundscape Festival was back for the second time in 2016, serving up a massive day of tunes and chills in Sydney’s inner west. After debuting as an intimate festival at the Greenwood Hotel in North Sydney, Soundscape ... read more
Posted Dec. 17, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
DZ DeathraysFactory TheatreSydney, AUSDecember 15, 2016 DZ Deathrays are essentially a duo. An Australian “dance-punk” duo that is, that emerged from the ashes of the band Velociraptor. The fact that their debut EP Ruined my Life from 2009 was recorded live at a house party gives an accurate impression of ... read more
Posted Dec. 14, 2016, 11:01 p.m.
Craig Robinson and the Nasty DeliciousMetro TheatreSydney, AUSDecember 14, 2016 If you don’t mind the American version of The Office, or goofball comedies like Hot Tub Time Machine franchise, Pineapple Express and most importantly This is the End, Craig Robinson won’t be an unknown constituent to you. Robinson has a pedigree and longstanding career as a stand up comedian, ... read more
Posted Dec. 13, 2016, 8:12 p.m.
Nude: Art from the Tate CollectionArt Gallery of New South WalesSydney, AUSNovember 5, 2016 – February 5, 2017 It was the invention of clothes and certainly not nature’s imperative, that made “private parts” private. The things we do not usually see. The Nude: Art from the Tate Collection follows the ... read more
Posted Dec. 12, 2016, 9:18 p.m.
PeachesMetro Theatre Sydney, AUSDecember 9, 2016 Peaches shows are somewhat of an orchestrated parallel universe – an equal opportunity, body positive, shame-free and deliberately absurd cosmos with gender-bending pan-sexuality in all its variations at its centre. Despite the focus on sexuality and an abundance of suggestive poses, titillation is not ... read more
Posted Dec. 11, 2016, 4:14 p.m.
Electronic Music ConferenceNov 28 – Dec 02, 2016Sydney, Australia Founded in 2012, Sydney’s annual Electronic Music Conference has established itself as Asia Pacific’s premier industry event. The two day 2016 incarnation of the Electronic Music Conference presented a wide variety of work shops, master classes and presentations that covered everything from ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2016, 11:24 a.m.
German Film Fest Goethe Institut Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra) November 15-30, 2016 The 15th year incarnation of the the German Film Fest in Australia is going to be the last one for a while. Four film industry guests and filmmakers were invited to attend the Australian premieres of their ... read more
Posted Dec. 9, 2016, 8:26 a.m.
Bill Bailey State Theatre Sydney, AUS November 30, 2016 Rare it is that you turn up to a show expecting so little and end up loving it so much. Bill Bailey, to most people probably known for his starring role in award-winning sitcom Black Books and as a panel show ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2016, 8:27 p.m.
The Cult Enmore Theatre Sydney, AUS November 25, 2016 It has been more than three decades years since The Cult settled on their current moniker. What started off inspired and spawned by the wake of punk rock as a psychedelic goth band, met morphed and broke mainstream in the late ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2016, 11:42 a.m.
ThinkInc: An evening with Dr. Lisa Randall Seymour Center Sydney, Australia November 19, 2016 What is science about?What is it meant for?Advancing information?Advancing understanding?A way of thinking?A body of knowledge?How did we end up here?Why are we here?Who is to blame? Opinions. Truths. Subjective and objective.Facts.Uncertainties.From an incandescent mass we have ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2016, 10:05 a.m.
20th Japanese Film Festival Sydney, AUS November 17-27 The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. The JFF started in 1997, 100 years after the first foreign cameraman arrived in Japan, with three free film screenings by former Festival Director Masafumi Konomi, and has become the ... read more
Posted Nov. 15, 2016, 9:57 p.m.
Deftones Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AUS November 12, 2016 The ever evolving entity known as “Deftones” has been largely intact for close to three decades and is heralded as one of the most experimental groups to have come from the alternative metal music scene, with their sound having been tagged with a ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 7:05 p.m.
Made Fashion show Carriageworks Sydney, AUS November 11-13, 2016 In essence MADE is a community and creative hub that originated in New York City. It was incarnated with guidance and oversight from the mayor’s office and lives within the city’s Economic Development Corporation. In collaboration with the private sector: it develops, ... read more
Posted Nov. 13, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
Destroyer 666 Max Watts Sydney, AUS November 5, 2016 Max Watts, the name of the venue of tonight’s black and thrash metal proceedings, is a play of the term “maximum wattage,” which seemed appropriate given that Destroyer 666 were holding court. It was a homecoming or sorts as the ... read more
Posted Nov. 6, 2016, 11:23 a.m.
Dandy Warhols Luna Park Sydney, AUS November 4, 2016 “Detached garage rock cool with effervescent pop melodies” sounds like a pretty astute description of the Dandy Warhols’ sound. Touring Australia on the back of their recently released album Distortland, the set list did not only include next songs of the ... read more
Posted Oct. 18, 2016, 9:59 p.m.
Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival Olympic Park Sydney, AUS October 14-16, 2016 While it is questionable if getting a tattoo these days is based on such a spiritual superstructure as a “rite of passage, i.e. cutting yourself away from society, as was once was considered taboo and scrutinized has become recognized and ... read more
Posted Oct. 11, 2016, 9:07 p.m.
Kooza, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Quarter Sydney, AUS October 6, 2016 Kooza first premiered in 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where circus conglomerate Cirque du Soleil, the largest theatrical producer on this earthround, was founded in 1983 as part of the 450th anniversary celebrations of Jacques Cariter’s voyage to Canada. Defining ... read more
Posted Oct. 1, 2016, 11:12 a.m.
Totally Unicorn Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS September 29, 2016 Do not let the name deter you: You want to see Totally Unicorn in all of their unbridled beauty before they blow up and no longer grace the confines of small clubs with their sweaty, nude, booze-soaked presence. It has ... read more
Posted Sept. 28, 2016, 9:45 p.m.
Sounds of the Suburbs Festival Wilbar Lane Cronulla, Sydney September 25, 2016 Cronulla, the “place of the pink seashells," is a beachside suburb, about 30 kilometers south of the Sydney central business district in the Sutherland Shire, an area serving as the backdrop for the classic 1981 coming of age ... read more
Posted Sept. 27, 2016, 10:24 p.m.
Apocalyptica, We Lost the Sea Metro Theatre Australia, AUS September 24,2016 Rumor has it that Ritchie Blackmore tried to get into mastering the cello, the attention-getter among instruments – try to ignore a woman lugging one around, at some point of his career. He came to the conclusion that one ... read more
Posted Sept. 4, 2016, 3:28 p.m.
An evening with Steve Wozniak Australian Technology Park Sydney, Australia August 28, 2016 Think Inc. is a boundary pushing, Australia-based initiative dedicated to the promotion of intellectual discourse by bringing forward thinkers like Maajid Nawaz, Edward Snowden, Dr. Neil deGrasse, et alia down under. Tonight ‘twas Stephen Wozniak’s turn – ... read more
Posted July 6, 2016, 9:59 p.m.
The Beards Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia July 2, 2016 The concept of The Beards is simple – an Australian self-proclaimed “novelty band” from Adelaide that exclusively performs songs around the subject matter of beards. Variations of their monothematicism spans across five albums and their pro-beard agenda has been propagated ... read more
Posted July 4, 2016, 2:42 p.m.
Parkway Drive Entertainment Centre Sutherland, Australia June 26, 2016 Parkway Drive is glam metalcore. “Metal” as in classic metal and anthemic choruses. “Core” as in simple, direct, angry, to the point and crowd-participation inducing. Glam metalcore that marries both camps successfully and thereby creating their own distinctive mélange. Over the ... read more
Posted June 30, 2016, 2:22 p.m.
We Lost The Sea Oxford Art Factory Sydney, Australia June 25, 2016 Vita contemplativa. The beauty of reveling in sadness. Saudade. A fond remembrance and the hope to retrieve what is lost by creation of something that provides consolation. The longing for something that is gone but might return ... read more
Posted June 29, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
Dark Mofo 2016 Hobart, Tasmania Australia June 2016 Dark Mofo is the winter equivalent to MONA FOMA Festival – an outdoor extension of David Walsh’s subversive Disneyland, the home of sex and death, the Museum of Old and New Art, meant to celebrate the winter solstice and wash away the dust ... read more
Posted June 27, 2016, 8:48 a.m.
Steel Panther Luna Park Sydney, Australia June 17, 2016 They are the biggest glam rock band that never was from 1985, in 2016. Steel Panther has become bigger than any act that served as their source material. Histrionic comedy rock? Metal cabaret? Subversion of the entertainment industry? Performance art? ... read more
Posted June 9, 2016, 9:49 p.m.
Björk Digital Carriageworks Sydney, Australia June 4, 2016 The term “third place” was coined by Ray Oldenburg, an American urban sociologist, most prominently known for his elaborations on the importance of informal gathering places for a functioning civil society, democracy, and civic engagement. In short, where we meet our social ... read more
Posted May 30, 2016, 9:45 p.m.
An evening with Edward Snowden Big Top, Luna Park Sydney, Australia May 28, 2016 Moral ambiguity. Conflicting values. The need to keep people safe versus concerns about privacy. The boundaries of law. The transparent citizen. What constitutes a “good citizen”? Edward Snowden. Did his act of civil disobedience do his ... read more
Posted May 30, 2016, 7:39 a.m.
This is Hip Hop Festival Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia May 27, 2016 Hot tub hip-hop time machine: Featuring a nostalgic ‘90s focused line-up with all protagonists having had a substantial impact on all facets of American hip-hop culture throughout the years, the Australian mini-festival “This is Hip Hop” offered ... read more
Posted May 17, 2016, 8:51 p.m.
Royal Headache at Reverse Charges festival Bald Face Stag Hotel Sydney, Australia May 13, 2016 The monolithic water tower among the mainly Portuguese commercial offerings and vis-à-vis from the Masonic Temple in Petersham, one of Sydney’s inner west suburbs 6km south of its CBD, that graces the cover of Royal ... read more
Posted May 4, 2016, 12:06 p.m.
Kadavar Manning Bar Sydney, Australia April 29, 2016 Kadavar are a Teutonic Teestubenrock band from the Grandfatherland, Berlin. Accomplished retro in sound, appearance, and vintage equipment – Kadavar looks like they were trapped in amber in 1972. The trio combines the filet pieces of the ‘70ies groovy, pompous hard rock, tinges ... read more
Posted April 24, 2016, 10:42 a.m.
Brian Posehn Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia April 19, 2016 Humour and comedy is subjective. What one person finds funny another might cringe at. Cue E.B. White. Analysing comedy is like dissecting a frog: You might understand it better at the end but the frog dies as a result of ... read more
Posted March 21, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Madonna Allphones Arena Sydney, AUS March 19, 2016 Clickbait is a disease. A virus spreading from self-professed arbiters of taste under the veneer of information. According to the narrative of the latest headlines pertaining to Madonna’s Australian performances, M has become a “self-degrading alcoholic clown” because of an experimental, improvised ... read more
Posted March 16, 2016, 9 p.m.
Sunn O))) Manning Bar Sydney, AUS March 15, 2016 Byron J. Scullin's bass bath performance installation, which was staged in steel structured, cold storage rooms at the Tasmanian port at Dark MOFO last year, was an enjoyable experience of sound and light: A large array of double 18" 2100-horsepower monolithic ... read more
Posted March 8, 2016, 7:22 p.m.
The Jesus and the Mary Chain Spectrum Now festival Sydney, AUS March 5, 2016 Blasphemous name - check! Leather-clad insolence - check! Tumultuous, short live performances - check! The power of myth - check! Distortion and swagger - check! Paying homage yet simultaneously opposing traditional Californian ‘60s pop melodies ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2016, 9:24 p.m.
High on Fire Manning Bar Sydney, AUS February 21, 2016 The Swiss label Off the Disk Records was founded by Thomas Mölch and Erich Keller (Fear of God fame, breaker of Henry Rollins’ microphone, and now renowned academic) in 1988, which is when they released Infest’s classic Slave LP (“Youth ... read more
Posted Jan. 28, 2016, 6:32 p.m.
Electric Gardens Festival (feat. Fatboy Slim) Centennial Park Sydney, AUS January 23, 2016 The 2016 large scale, multi-stage Down Under incarnation of Electric Gardens took place in the lush lap of a subtropical botanical garden in the heart of Sydney: Centennial Park on lands that were traditionally in the custody ... read more
Posted Jan. 5, 2016, 5:11 p.m.
Agent Orange Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 3, 2016 Mike Palm and his two partners in crime held court in the confines of the intimate performance space downstairs, which proved to be a suitable forum for their reverb-drenched, fuzzy, angst-ridden pop-punk. When Agent Orange started out, they were ahead ... read more
Posted Dec. 26, 2015, 12:51 p.m.
El Vez Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS December 26, 2015 1977. The Germs play their first show ever opening for The Zeros, followed by The Weirdos. A wet dream come alive for any KBD-style punk rock aficionado. A 17 year-old young hopeful named Robert ... read more
Posted Dec. 13, 2015, 10:16 a.m.
The Misfits Manning Bar Sydney, AUS December 12, 2015 The Misfits. One of the most iconic punk bands. These days they are fronted by bassist Jerry Only, framed by Jerry Junior and Eric "Chupacabra" Arce on drums. For this tour, the trio was digging up two of their most ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2015, 8:47 a.m.
With the full line-ups unveiled for Soundwave 2016 in Australia, Scene Point Blank has put together a quick primer to help prepare. Without further adeiu, SPB's Bands to See at Soundwave 2016: Refused Saw them the first time in the early 1990s, when they were another youth crew SxE band from ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2015, 3:48 p.m.
MONO Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS December 7, 2015 "Mesmerizing" and "cinematic" are the adjectives that come to mind when one is asked to describe the epic, vast instrumental landscapes MONO from Japan weaves. Drawn out crescendos, cascading and repeating, slowly building up until a shrill and thunderous wave ... read more
Posted Oct. 18, 2015, 4:45 p.m.
Sick Of It All Manning Bar Sydney October 10, 2015 In this very real world, good does not drive out evil. Evil does not drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive. Sick Of It All. The quintessential live hardcore band. In a live environment, it does not ... read more
Posted Aug. 9, 2015, 2:54 p.m.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Manning Bar Sydney August 7, 2015 As Karl Marx said, the relationship between a band and the context it is playing in is metabolic. Both are changed by the process of interaction. Actually, Karl Marx did not say that. If he did, he certainly was ... read more
Posted July 22, 2015, 1:19 p.m.
Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses Oxford Art Factory Sydney, AUS July 19, 2015 Pizzazz. Omph. Charisma. If your music depends entirely on that, the dependency is too great. Tex Perkins has been in the game for 27 years. He oozes the aforementioned qualities, yet his music stands for ... read more
Posted June 4, 2015, 6:09 p.m.
Boris Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS May 29, 2015 And then there was Boris. The Japanese unikum named after a Melvins song. Cue labels that span the spectrum from “doom metal,” “My Bloody Valentine-style dream pop,” and “experimental” via “psychedelic,” “post-modern,” and “citation-heavy rock.” Add smoke machines, a ... read more
Posted May 10, 2015, 2:18 p.m.
Fuckface Unstoppable Manning Bar Sydney, AUS May 7, 2015 Not far from Cambodia’s Tonlé Sap, an enormous river / lake system, whose flow changes direction twice a year, I am heavily affected by Golden Muscle Liquor, which was shared the night before with locals at a Cold Noodle restaurant. ... read more
Posted March 31, 2015, 4:16 p.m.
Mastodon Big Top Luna Park Sydney, AUS March 28, 2015 The red volcanic soil in the surrounding region of the city of Tequila is particularly well suited to the growing of the blue agave – and the juice of the algave was what heralded a balmy Saturday evening. While ... read more
Posted March 18, 2015, 10:13 a.m.
Steel Panther, Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AUS February 24, 2015 Satire is a lesson, parody is a game: Steel Panther are seasoned performers who parlayed Spinal Tap-ness into a full-time career. Their show celebrates everything that is both praiseworthy and ridiculous about rock ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 5:32 p.m.
Shonen Knife @ The Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 24, 2015 Grin-inducing Japanese energetic, upbeat and catchy all-girl pop punk entertainment with the ingredients of a classic rock show: Shonen Knife are an infectiously enthusiastic trio and a lot of fun to watch. Songs with Descendents-esque novelty value about what food and ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 3:13 p.m.
Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses @ The Enmore Theatre Sydney, AUS November 23, 2014 The Newtown area was part of the land of the Cadigal band of the Eora people, who ranged across the entire area from the southern shores of Sydney Harbour to Botany Bay. It was through the land management methods of ... read more
Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 7:41 p.m.
The Dwarves @ The Bald Faced Stag Hotel Sydney, AUS October 8, 2015 Parramatta Road is the east-west artery of metropolitan Sydney. On its 23 kilometers long strip, the road is filled with pubs, shops, car yards and over 100 abandoned and derelict stores. Owing to this and its abrasively noisy traffic, it has rarely been considered beautiful. A local mayor ... read more
Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 5:26 p.m.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds State Theatre Sydney, AUS December 11, 2014 "All that has dark sounds has duende, that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher can explain." Frederico Garcia Lorca mused on the inexplicable sadness that lives at the heart of certain works of art. ... read more
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