Local five-Piece Snakadaktal announced this morning that they are calling it a day….
It saddens us to share with you that Snakadaktal has come to an end.
Since we were 15, we have been sharing our passion for music together. Today, collectively, we feel that it is time to move onto different pursuits that we each individually wish to explore.
Our goal has always been to create music that exists timelessly. We hope that what we have released will accompany you and be there for as long as you need it. It is yours to keep.
We are proud of ourselves and feel fulfilled.
It has been a journey we will treasure forever.
Sad face. The band first came to attention through Triple J’s Unearthed High comp with their ethereal indie-pop tracks. They also delivered energetic live shows and dreamy film clips to boot. You’ll have just one more chance to see them when they hit the Northcote Social Club for their very last gig. In the meantime check out our five of our favourite tracks by the talented troop.
The Sun II
Fall Underneath (Kilter remix)
Hung On Tight
Hopefully, it looks like this
You’ve only got two more months in which enjoy Stokehouse: Shed Edition. Four architects have been chosen by the Van Haandel group to
go head to head in a cage match submit designs for the new restaurant, to be built on the charred remains of the original Stokehouse which burnt down earlier this year.
In one corner you have Robert Simeoni of Robert Simeoni Architects who has the clean beachy beauty of the Seaford Lifesaving Club under his belt, taking on Sean Godsell of Sean Godsell Architects whose work includes the environmentally goal-kicking Connect Four-esque RMIT Design Hub. You’ve also got Graham Burrows of Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (Frankston Yacht Club) and John Denton of Denton Corker Marshall – the firm which put that nice big ramp-to-the-skies on top of the Melbourne Museum. The point being, whoever wins, we’re looking at a very sodding fancy place to eat by the sea.
On the 11th of May, the quick fix pop-up that the Van Haandel group erected as a relief shelter for their forlorn diners, will be closed and the formal rebuild will begin. Get in while you can.
You’re walking into the Princess Theatre, ticket in hand. But instead of being led to your seat, you’re taken right up onto the stage, handed a beer, and warmly welcomed to a late-night lock-in at an Irish pub by a group of improvising musicians.
This is Once: A New Musical, and it’s one of the biggest new productions coming to Melbourne this year. After its 2012 debut, the musical became an instant blockbuster on Broadway and London’s West End, sweeping up eight Tony awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. As of Monday March 17, tickets are on sale for its first-ever Australian season.
Once is based on John Carney’s 2006 film of the same name, and follows the achingly romantic tale of a struggling Dublin busker who finds love and inspiration when he meets an immigrant flower seller. Creating music is central to the story, as the two characters use their art to express love and longing.
In adapting the film to musical theatre, UK director John Tiffany (who is also directing the Australian production) felt that he needed to do away with the traditional separation of the band from the actors on stage. As a result, all the actors – including the two romantic leads – play their own instruments.… Read more
Dear the Internet,
Hayley Mary from the Jezabels isn’t fond of critics.
“Get a real job!” she opined to Music Feeds before complaining how no-one gets her or her music, specifically with regard to the less-than-stellar critical reception afforded to the band’s second album The Brink.
As someone who has been employed for the last 20 years almost entirely as a music critic, I’d like to point out that it is, in fact, a real job. And it’s a pretty great one, especially if you plan on dying of tinnitus and liver failure.
It’s odd that she cares about critics since she also claims in the interview that she never reads reviews – although that, of course, is a lie. It’s like writers saying they never read the comments. You’re fooling nobody.
But that’s a side issue. Here’s where Mary needs a little bit of straight talk:
“I just think there is too much hatred in the world to have a job that is based on writing off what other people try and do, unless that person is in a serious position of power. I don’t mind when people criticise politicians, or like the army or something.”
Now, leaving aside her difficult-to-support position that criticism of people is justified provided that they aren’t specifically her, there’s something that she – and every other person who has ever bitched and moaned about negative reviews – should keep in mind going forward.… Read more
Cats and the internets. Best of friends, forever
London’s first café is now open. Portland in the US is about to get all feline friendly too. And here in Melbourne, we’re awaiting the opening of our own cat café with white-knuckled anticipation.
If this is the first you’ve heard of it, allow us to explain: it’s a café, with cats. You pet them and drink tea. And soon, Melbourne couple Anita and Myles Loughran will be opening one. But where are we at now? How long must we wait for our cats and coffees and the joy that they’ll bring for ever and ever?
Not long, apparently. For the past few months, the Loughrans have been raising money through crowd funding campaigns on indiegogo.com, and now that they’re done with their second campaign, it’s go time.
According to Anita, the physical site applications are in (they’ve applied for a few spots, all in the CBD) and the council has given them a big cat-loving thumbs up.
We’ve got a few months to go – all of the building and cat selecting is still ahead – but it is definitely a happening thing. In the meantime, this:
After a Facebook announcement, a banner hanging inside GPO and a whole lot of waiting, Australia’s first H&M store is almost here. Yep – by the end of April we’ll no longer need passports to buy the chic-yet-affordable attire that the Swedish fashion giant is famous for.
In anticipation of next month’s opening, H&M have just launched a dedicated Australian website. Divided into women’s, men’s and kid’s fashion, the site displays the full range available to buy in store and includes Australian prices. There’s also the Home section, where you’ll find enough pretty printed duvet sets and quirky decorations to make IKEA jealous.
Make sure you also check out H&M Life: the brand’s fashion and lifestyle blog. Even if you followed it before, no longer will you lament that the ‘featured products’ listed in each trend report are half a world away.
Buying online isn’t an option on the website, but that’s just fine with us. For now, we’re happy to click ‘View all’, start scrolling and imagine the moment when we step into 5,000 square metres of pure H&M glory.… Read more
If you’re the type to take a Sharpie into a toilet to scrawl something philosophical, this one’s not for you. Darebin City Council want their toilet block decorated and they’re thinking of something more stylish.
The block in question is on the corner of Westgarth and High Sts in Northcote, and at present is a rather unlovely, squat brick building. The council wants artists to submit designs to spruce it up. Themes might include:
* The Westgarth view of city skyline from Ruckers Hill
* Significant features of High Street Northcote
The two walls to be decorated are north and west facing, and around 33m2. Submissions should include a colour sketch, examples of previous work and a breakdown of expenses (which should include artist wages).
We’re not going to pretend: we love Megan Washington around these parts, and we’re pretty damn in love with her first new release since 2011′s heartbreaking Insomnia mini-album: the single ‘Who Are You’.
It heralds the arrival of album #2 later this year, which we’re very much looking forward to, and so we asked her if she’d like to write us something – an open letter, say? And this is what we received:
Sometimes Nothing’s The Worst Thing You Can Say (An Open Letter To Silence)
Some people tell me that you’re golden, but frankly, I’ve got some concerns.
I know we aren’t close – It’s not like I spend long hours with you, staring at my phone, willing it to ring… And I’m not naturally attracted to you, I don’t enjoy taciturn deliberation over things – I’m definitely an ‘out-loud’ thinker. I mean, we don’t even sleep together. (I’ve fallen sleep listening to Stars Of The Lid on my iPod since 2006.)
Perhaps you’re welcome when you turn up in other people’s lives, but you’re not welcome when you turn up in mine. You are Unwelcome, Silence. Unwelcome.
I mean I understand your power, Silence. Sometimes the loudest way to win an argument is to be silent.
We interrupt this week of Food and Wine Festival-focused mayhem to alert you to an even bigger food-based happening. This afternoon, the folks from Jafflechutes will be taking their sandwich orders from 3pm for a scheduled drop date of Sunday. If you’re late on that cursor, you’ll have a snowball’s chance in hell of having a sandwich fall from the sky with your name on it, so get ready to get someone to cover you while you do it during work time.
Fire it up!
Melbourne bartender Fred Siggins (Black Pearl) is on his way to Russia thanks to his winning cocktail, the Empire of Dreams. Thirty-two-year-old Siggins impressed the panel of judges with his coffee-flavoured daiquiri at the site of Sydney’s very own rum hospital the Mint on Tuesday March 4.
His winning combination of Bacardi Superior rum, pineapple and lime, apricot brandy and Orgeat syrup shaken with espresso beans – “organic and fair trade,” said Siggins in a cheeky reference to its Fitzroy origins – made Siggins Australia’s first ever Bacardi Legacy Cocktail winner. And the barman will go on to represent Australia at the international final in Moscow on May 8.
Competitors were given ten minutes to tell the story behind their creation, share the success of their individual marketing campaigns and to prepare their drink for the panel of judges – including Mark “Dr Rum” Wyatt (from Rum Bar, Airlie Beach), former contestant Hayden Lambert (head barman at Melbourne’s Bar Americano) and Simon Difford, of Diffordsguide Cocktails fame.
Difford, who flew in from the UK to judge on the night, said the winning cocktail should be “a true legacy cocktail… one that tastes great and is easily replicated by both bartenders and consumers around the world.” The drink had to satisfy judges that it could become a future classic and sit alongside mixes like the mojito or Cuba Libre.… Read more