20 August

Soundwave announces a killer 2015 lineup

soundwave-2014

When AJ Maddah said goodbye to the Big Day Out and announced that his original Soundwave Festival would extend to two days in 2015, we expected that the bill might be bigger than usual.

We didn’t expect it to be this big. Topping the incredible lineup is Faith No More, as well as Soundgarden, Slipknot, Slash and Marilyn Manson. And the list of metal, punk and hardcore bands goes on: there’s Incubus, Lamb of God, Fall Out Boy, Gerard Way and Judas Priest.

The best part? Since the bill is split over two days, it means that there’ll be way fewer timetable clashes, longer sets, shorter queues, and better staging. Plus, the ticket price hasn’t even increased from $185.

Full lineup…

Day one:
Faith No More, Soundgarden, Incubus, Lamb Of God, Ministry, Antemasque, Gerard Way. Mayhem, New Found Glory, Fear Factory, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, the Aquabats, Area 7, Godflesh, Crown The Empire, the Interrupters, Icon For Hire, Emily’s Army, Patent Pending, Fireworks, the Bennies, the Color Morale, Monuments, Nothing More, Deathstars, Ne Obliviscaris, the Treatment.… Read more

19 August

Huxtaburgers and beers can now be delivered direct your couch

Huxtaburger

Beer (and now burgers) direct to your door. Even at 2am

What if we told you, you could get a six pack of frosty beers and a round of Huxtaburgers delivered direct to your couch?

Liquorun came along last December to save our lives (legs) with its booze-delivery service. It’s a simple system: you order your beers, wine, vodka or smokes online and they’ll deliver it within an hour for a fee of $7.50 or $12.50 before or after 11pm respectively. But now they’re also doing sweet mercy dashes on the food front too, serving up Huxtaburgers, Mr Burger burgers, and tacos from Fonda.

The booze range isn’t bad either. They’re stocking mostly the big domestic brands and imports like Carlton, Asahi and Budweiser, but there’s the odd craft number like Brooklyn Lager, and there’s a decent grab bag of local wines.

They have a minimum order of $30, a maximum van capacity of ten cases, and, of course, you’ll need to show some valid ID.… Read more

19 August

Food Awards winners announced

Time Out Melbourne Food Awards

What is Melbourne’s best restaurant? Which chefs rule them all? Where’s the nicest place to eat where tracksuit pants are OK? All was revealed at the second annual Time Out Melbourne Food Awards.

Over 240 of the city’s top chefs, professional eaters and Time Out readers took the dark stumble down ACDC lane to Pastuso (the new Peruvian cevicheria, pisco bar and grill by the San Telmo team), where the city’s best chefs and restaurants for 2014 were recognised.

It came as a surprise to no-one that chef Dan Hunter’s epic restaurant Brae took the top award for Restaurant of the Year. Likewise that chef Dave Verheul scored the Hot Talent award for putting the Town Mouse on the map. It was industry legend Philippa Sibley of Prix Fixe who claimed the inaugural Chef of the Year award while Saint Crispin restaurant on Smith Street just scraped into the New Restaurant category as a one-year-old and took out the gong.… Read more

18 August

Melbourne gets miniaturised in People Make Places

Since 2009, identical twins and visual artists Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki have been building tiny cities out of cardboard and perspex. The duo may usually reside in Bondi but since taking on their most expansive installation to date, they haven’t had much time to hang around in the sunny suburb. People Make Places is their synchronised brainchild, a convoluted yet carefully curated participatory medium that exists whenever the twins are together in the same city.

The project began in Melbourne in 2009 during a separate art project called ‘Match Box Gallery’. With an excess of materials, the duo began handing out matchboxes on trams and on the street, asking people to use their creativity to illustrate inside the box what their city means to them, planting the seeds for this latest concept. “From our time in Melbourne, we have then gradually developed the project where wherever we’re going about our daily life together, we invite people to contribute… that’s where it started,” says Leanne.… Read more

18 August

New web series on How to Talk Australians

Posted by in Cool stuff, News, TV

Have you ever wondered what Australian culture looks like through the eyes of someone completely unfamiliar with the way of life down under? You’d probably skirt away from the stereotypes that we’ve all endured in grimy backpacker bars around the world; of throwing a shrimp on the barbie, Foster’s lager and the ever-present threat of drop bears. Maybe you’d want to look at our culture for its contemporary notions of multiculturalism, our ability to laugh at ourselves and of the mesh of ideas and identities that makes defining Australia in absolutes an impossible task.

Well, new web series How To Talk Australians promises to undo all the hard work of you recreational foreign diplomats out there in the best possible way. The 8-part series presents Australia through the lens of educational videos in an Indian call centre training college, the Delhi School of Linguistics. If the premise sounds familiar, you might be thinking of short lived series Outsourced which ran for one season in 2010 before its exploration of American culture through the eyes of Indian workers was panned for its reliance on caricatures and obvious observations of cultural divides. How To Talk Australians looks to step the absurdity up a level or two from there with call centre trainees cracking tinnies, piling barbecues with meat and flipping steaks with boomerangs.… Read more