Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Exotic Erotic

Saturday, November 27, 2010

DJ Fail

I'm writing this as a way to debrief and talk through my dj failure tonight and hopefully improve.

Should of done more research as to what was to be played. This could of been done by visiting the club before hand & running buy a mix with someone to see what they think, if it will fit in.

Second problem was not being familiar with the equipment. This place was using a set of pioneer cdj 1000, which are the latest model compared to my older cdj 200, and Pioneer DJM 800 4 Channel Mixer. The mixer I wasn't 100% with, and would prob need more time and experience with one to feel more comfortable using it. Also another way of conquered this would be to do a dj course, this would also help with mixing of tracks as this was a fail. Martin who was djing after was giving me some good tips with fading, consistent volume levels, and suggested to keep the tempo up, more party tunes.

The third and major dilemma for the night was my nerves. The gradual build up to this got my gut turning. This is so stupid as I've been in front of a crowd before, and with all those exhibition openings i had in the past, but this is something different. I was this nervous going back to when I dj'd at high vibes in front of a large crowd. Basically as soon as I started my legs were shaking and my sight started getting fuzzy, if that all makes sense, luckily Martin came to save my failure. I think pressure that was built up during the week, wanting to please and not wanting to fail all got to me and made me freeze up. How I could overcome this would be having one or a few friends around for support, I definitely shouldn't of gone by myself, and as perviously mentioned more confident with the hardware and suitable music would build up my confidence, which was lacking tonight.

I think this has been a great help writing this down straight after coming home. Hopefully I can improve my skills and get over my nerves.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Benefit for Mr. Peach

This Sunday at Section 8 (some call it container bar) there will be a benefit for PBSfm 106.7 Soul Time Vince Peach, to help him get back on his feet after a recent accident. The benefit will have Miss Goldie and Pierre Baroni spinning tunes from 3pm.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Yellow Magic Orchestra - Rydeen

I found out about this band via fauxpas(recent album Noiseworks has been nominated for a Independent Music Award) iamfauxpas.com/2010/09/rydeens/. Yellow Magic Orchestra is a three piece Japanese electro group formed back in 1978 (wiki). If you like Daft Punk this will float your boat. Also this is a great video.

Yellow Magic Orchestra Usa & Yellow MagiUc Ymo: Ultimate Collection of Yellow Magic Orch 

Tried and Tested. The Julian Wu Life Project

Exciting today this I was advised of an exciting new Melbourne Music blog 'Tried and Tested. The Julian Wu Life Project.'.
One Sunday afternoon in 2009, I was sitting with a cross generational group of mates at The Brunswick Green. One had decided to go to Canada for a year, and was reminiscing about Melbourne life. She talked about the food, the gigs, and then Julian Wu came up. Julian Wu as a fixture on the Melbourne Music scene for as long as anyone could remember. Not a band member, but a fan. It was at that point when 5 out of 6 all had encountered Julian Wu at some stage of their gig going lives. Rather curiously, no-one actually knew him personally.
 The posts are more of a journal about the live music scene in Melbourne and can offer some insight into what new bands are playing. Gig's are number and this blogger is up to their 204.5th gig for 2010.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Die Antwoord

The answer to whatever. Die Antwoord (means 'The Answer') straight outa South Africa. They are Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek.

This is the type of band they would play in a movie depicting the music while a time traveler would be bombarded by these crazy futuristic band.

check out the awesome doco on this band vimeo.com/15196261

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S PIEL from Die Antwoord on Vimeo.

This is also a wicked track

Welcome to the Future

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sometimes I forget

Going through my pictures, I found this one, not a great photo, taken back on the 25th of April 2010, at The Old Bar, band unknown.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Musical Chairs

Thursday 19th of August saw Gareth and I take on Musical Chairs, a segment on PBSfm Breakfast Spread. We had to ask five questions

Question 1: What song changed your life?
'Being Boiled' The Human League
Gareth and I both picked a Human League song, Gareth picked 'Being Boiled', this song summed up what was happening in music in the early 80's.

Question 2: What's your perfect Saturday night song?
'Circus of Horrors' Quiet Village from the Album Silent Movie.
I picked this track and it starts off with this deep base line that's gets you pumped. Silent Movie is a stand out album, with many great tracks.
 Silent Movie

Question 3: And Sunday morning?
'Bones' A Mountain of One from Album Institute of Joy
I picked this track from a great Psychedelic Rock album. Mountain of One reminds me of 70's band, even a touch of Fleetwood Mac, and is perfect to relax and kick back to.
 Institute of Joy

Question 4: Your ultimate desert island tune.
'Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free' Zombie Zombie
I also picked this one, if I was on a Island I'd probably go crazy and would need some suitable soundtrack, plus Zombie Zombie tracks are long. Check out the video on Youtube, a homage to John Carpenters 'The Thing' done with GI Joe toys.
Land for Renegades 

Question 5: The song you wish would start playing when you enter the room.
 'Love's a Real Thing' by Super Eagles
Last track Gareth picked, Love's a Real Thing by Gambian band Super Eagles, something that we played at the Northcote High Vibes festival 2009. Gareth would be happy to walk into a room with these cool African beats being played.
Senegambian Sensation

Recommended Albums

Crazy for You


Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Birmingham new band room

Saturday August 14th, The Birmingham, $8
Heavy Yolks, Joseph liddy and the Skeleton horse (QLD), Quoabe (Syd), Marf Loaf (Syd)
Marf Loaf
Joseph Liddy and the Skeleton Horse
The new band room is very cosy, although there there was trouble with the smell and sweat. The aircon was turned on but the window was still fogged up. Maybe this room could be on the nose come summer. However no poll in the middle of the room was great.

Marf Loaf two peice, great voice and excellent guitarist. Quoabe played some Gothic folk rock, guitar I could hear but his voice was a little muffled. Joseph Liddy and the Skeleton Horse, young band, had some loud rocking tunes mixed in with some quieter moments.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Late Night Black and White

Under St Kilda Road Bridge, Federation Square
Looking at Flinders Street Station, Flinders and Elizabeth Street
These pictures were taken on the 16th of April 2010. The first one was taken while having a drink with work mates at the Riverland Bar and the Second was taken in a apartments common area balcony. 

You can get a print of The Bridge here at Redbubble.and Flinders Street Station here at Redbubble.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Youtube Intro / Outro

The TV belong to my Great Aunt, but now resides at my Mum and Dad's, soon to be replaced by a flat screen TV. The Music in this video is by Youtube user VortexProducer, check his other tracks out at http://www.youtube.com/user/VortexProducer.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Iphone 4 release in Melbourne CBD 11.30pm

Direct link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSuOFl_zZAU

Footage from the Iphone 4 release in Melbourne CBD, Bourke Street, around 11.30pm, before these crazy customers get there Iphone 4.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Builders Arms Coaster

I've been going through my pictures and found this one of a coaster from the Builders Arms Hotel, probably with a pot of Carlton, taken on the 11th of April 2010.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Lost Weekend

Last weekend at the Old Bar. Can't remember the name of the band on the top picture, but we were lucky to see a couple of band play at the end of the night.

Friday, July 2, 2010

MCG # 1

New print up at Redbubble. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) a couple of weeks ago during an Australian Rules match Geelong v St Kilda. If you’re not from Australia you may of seen Aussie Rules on the TV show Dark Angel set it the future where everyone in the world is watching it.

These nine shots were taken with an Iphone, using the Hipstamatic App.

You can get a copy of the print here at Redbubble.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sunday Run

Mara's Picks

Caringbush - Jodie Galvin and the Tenderhearts 4pm

Bertha Brown - Adventures in Paradise 6.30

Labour in Vain - Chelsea Drugstore 5pm
The Standard - The Mini Bikes 7pm
The Old Bar - The Toot Toot Toots + Assassinantion Collective + Mikelangelo & St Clare 7pm $5

Edinburgh Castle - Kira Puru and The Verygeordi Malones, Jess Ribeiro & The John Fox Band 8.30 $10
Retreat Hotel - THe Sand Pebbles



Sunday, June 6, 2010

Northcote (So Hungover) - The Bedroom Philosopher

From the Album 'Songs from the 86 Tram'

I'm not a fan of The Bedroom Philosopher, but I find this funny as I could imagine someone talking like this on the tram around the Fitzroy area.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

King Khan at The Corner

Wednesday 2nd of June, $35, $4 pots of Draught.

Woollen Kits
As you can see in the above picture the Corner now has a security fence.

Royal Headache

Last time King Khan came to Australia it was King Khan & the Shrines, which I would assume was bigger than the two piece that was playing tonight. Did enjoy the covers at the start then I got a little bored towards the end. Great to see Melbournians are still packing out wid week gigs.