Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Playlist: Grimes



Grimes's newest album, Art Angels, juxtaposes the most ethereal and upbeat fairy-princess pop songs the singer can make ('California', 'Belly of the Beat' and 'Artangels') with her scariest growly stuff ('SCREAM' featuring Taiwanese rapper, Aristophanes), and it's great. 

The intro – 'laughing and not being normal' – is all luxuriant strings and orchestral textures, with Grimes's idiosyncratic high-pitched voice soaring over the top. 

Other highlights on the album include 'Kill V. Maim' and 'Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream', which made it into the Triple J Hottest 100 (#71) this year.

Grimes plays Enmore Theatre in Sydney on 10 February 2016. Visit: www.grimesmusic.com











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Sunday, 24 January 2016

What if you could have a 'Netflix' for live music? Now you can: enter, GiggedIn Infinite...

Gigged In Netflix for live music, Sydney


Have you ever wished there was something like Netflix for live music? That you could pay one, small monthly fee for as many gigs as you like without having to spend hours trying to find the next best live events before signing up to several websites to get hold of tickets?

Now you can. Enter, GiggedIn Infinite. Dubbed 'the best investment any person can make for their social life' due to its power to give members the ability to attend an unlimited number of live music events every week, GiggedIn works just like Netflix and Spotify.

How GiggedIn Infinite works


• You pay $35 per month
• New gigs are dropped on GiggedIn's website at 12pm every day with two day's notice
• If you want to attend an event, click the RSVP button and you'll automatically be placed on the guest list for that event – there's no need to book tickets separately 
• On the day, give your name and ID at the door, and say you're on the GiggedIn guest list, and you're in!

Easy.

GiggedIn Infinite is the latest offering from entrepreneur Edwin Onggo's Sydney-based company GiggedIn. Founded in 2012, GiggedIn was born of Onggo's desire to get more people out of their homes and experiencing live music. It was founded as a crowdfunding platform for music fans and musicians to get more live shows put on and sold out, and has worked with the likes of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and George Said Management to put on events. The company expanded to GiggedIn Infinite five months ago and the service is currently only available in Sydney, with plans to extend to other cities in Australia. You can get tickets to events at Metro Theatre, Oxford Art Factory, Plan B Small Club (formerly Goodgod), The Vanguard, Newtown Social Club and many more venues in Sydney.





Why you should subscribe to GiggedIn Infinite


It's so easy – you pay one monthly fee and have unlimited access to events at over 20 venues in Sydney. There are no nasty hidden costs, complications or catches.
It's great value – for $35 a month ($8.75 a week) you can go to a different gig every day. Think about it, most gigs ordinarily cost around $20, so as a gig-goer you are saving a huge amount while seeing more music than ever.
You will discover lots of new music – if you're going to a gig every day for the price of peanuts, you won't think twice ever again about going to a performance by an artist you don't know because you're only paying a couple of dollars for it. Imagine all the fantastic new music you will find!
You will be supporting musicians and venues – there is nothing worse than playing to an empty room, and by signing up to Infinite, you are helping to guarantee artists an audience to play to. Plus, while venues are closing all around us, GiggedIn is doing important work in keeping the scene vibrant and getting music fans to fantastic events. Who wouldn't want to be part of that?





So, you want in? I have a special offer for all my blog readers looking to get the most out of Sydney's music scene.

How you can sign up to GiggedIn Infinite (and get $15 off your first month of membership, on me)


• Enter PRROSIE and click 'claim' 
• You will have a seven-day free trial, starting from the first event you want to attend
• If you decide to stay a member, you will get $15 off your first month's fee

Visit infinite.giggedin.com or GiggedIn's FAQ page to find out more. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave a comment below, email me or find me on Twitter.

Happy listening!

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Playlist: The Drones



Australian alt-rock band The Drones dropped the world premiere of 'To Think That I Once Loved You' yesterday (Monday 18 January). I heard it on Triple J and was completely blown away by how visceral and raw and beautiful the track is. Frontman Garreth Liddiard strains his low voice through reflection and pain and hate in the most affecting way, and the homorhythmic treatment of the backing vocals in the chorus makes it all the more poignant. It's powerful stuff.

The Drones formed way back in 1997 in Perth, an outlet for Liddiard's experimental music that has seen different members come and go over the years. The more permanent fixtures include bass guitarist and vocalist Fiona Kitschin, who joined in 2002, and guitarist and vocalist Dan Luscombe, who joined in 2007. The project is now based in Melbourne.

'To Think That I Once Loved You' features Melbourne-based band Harmony, which adds an extra layer of richness to the single. We are on the cusp of The Drone's seventh studio album release – Feeling Kinda Free is out on 18 March 2016 – and I can't wait to see what else they do.

Visit: thedrones.com.au









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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Adventures in medium format photography

Photo © Rosie Pentreath


This Christmas, I was spoilt to a beautiful 1970s Seagull Twin Lens Reflex camera. A medium format camera produced by the Shanghai General Camera Factory from the 1950s onwards, the original Seagull was based on Franke & Heidecke's iconic Rolleiflex and exists in several models that take varied film types, although most are designed for 120 format film.

As the name suggests, a Twin Lex Reflex (TLR) camera has two lenses – one for the viewfinder and one that takes the shot – with  a large viewfinder at the top for the user to look down into. TLRs seem to have first emerged in the 1870s to facilitate focusing while shooting and were later defined by the use of an internal reflex mirror to allow viewing from above.

For a modern user it can be quite confusing because everything is flipped in the viewfinder: move the camera to the right, for example, and the image in the viewfinder will jump quite abruptly left. It is quite tricky to get used to steadying the camera to line up with horizons and verticals too, but once you get a feel for it, the 12 exposures come out satisfyingly crisp and bright. Using a fully-manual camera is a fantastic way to learn about which aperture stop (which controls how much light is let into the lens to expose the film) and shutter speed (which controls how long light is let into the lens for) to use in certain light conditions too.

I own the 4-A-I 03 model Seagull and recently trotted along to Sydney Super 8 on King Street, Newtown to pick up my first set of developed 120 negatives. All 12 exposures came out, with none over-exposed and none under-exposed, so I am pleased as punch. I just took a few snaps of furniture in my garden and views of a nearby park to practice, but next time hope to be a bit bolder and try some action shots. And I am still taking plenty of photos on my Pentax MV1, which I often publish on my travel photography blog, The Explorer.

Visit: microsites.lomography.com/seagull

Photo © Rosie Pentreath


Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath

Photo © Rosie Pentreath

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Hello 2016



The turn of the year was an unusual one for me. I was flung out of space over in Australia, upside-down; down-under; on the other side of the world. I finished 2015 labouring on a farm in the outback and, although I was afforded a break over Christmas, began 2016 in an anticlimax back on the farm.

So the first week of 2016 was as strange as the last quarter of 2015, but we are a week into the year and I am finally back in Sydney for good. And how wonderful it is to be back! The end of 2015, spent thousands of miles from the people and places I know and love, was a time of reflection while the beginning of 2016 has already been filled with brand new memories: of stunning firework displays at Sydney Harbour, of photowalks with my new medium format camera, of meals from sushi trains, of long late-night discussions, of wonderful open air cinema experiences.

Being back in Sydney has made me determined to make 2016 a year of creativity. I want to take all the things I learned from the remoteness of the Australian landscape and put them into how I write, how I see and how I photograph. I will continue to travel, visiting new parts of Australia including Tasmania and Uluru, and I would love to make it to Japan this year as well.

It's an exciting year for all of us. We more interconnected across the world than ever before and social movements, including those for gender equality, LGBT rights and gun control, are gaining more and more momentum as the internet exposes people to issues that they may have not thought about before; movements that will have a positive impact even on populations that think these issues have nothing to do with them.

New Year's Resolutions? I probably wouldn't tell you even if I did have some. And besides, any day of the year is as good as any other to change so it's as likely to be the middle of May that I make up my mind to do something in my life differently as it is now.

I am a little late saying it, but Happy New Year! R x













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