22 May

St Kilda: Can our cradle of bohemia make a comeback? New issue out now!

Issue 29

With our St Kilda cover story we hark back to an era when blood flowed in the streets, not frozen yoghurt, and music rang out of every delapidated mansion. But lest you think we’re condemning what was once called “Berlin-by-the-Sea” to being a ’burb of lost bohemia, we’ve found plenty to celebrate, with all sorts of movers and shakers fighting to keep St Kilda a creative refuge.

So what are you waiting for? You can grab a copy at any of these places.… Read more

9 May

Stats life: What makes up Eurovision?

Posted by in Music, TV

With the 2014 grand final on Sunday, we thought we would take a look at what actually makes up Eurovision.

Eurovision stats

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final, Sun May 11, 7.30pm, SBS1.Read more

24 April

Melbourne’s best high teas tested. New issue out now!

Issue 28

We thought you might need heating up, so we bring you ornate tea sets issuing curling steam; warming whisky in twinkling bars; and the fire-stoking smile of Kat Stewart. Autumn’s advance also means Melbourne gets extra cultural – and I do believe there is a correlation. It’s the more frostbitten cities that make the most of their cosy libraries, museums and literary centres.

So what are you waiting for? You can grab a copy at any of these places.… Read more

10 April

Game of Cones at Gelato Messina

It’s a pretty good match-up: the show that people can’t stop talking about and the gelato people can’t stop lining up for. Yes, to celebrate season four Gelato Messina have launched a range of five gelato flavours based on characters from HBO’s Game of Thrones series and the novels by George RR Martin.

There’s the Khaleesi – “Yoghurt mango gelato with dragon fruit purée. Sweet mother of all dragons, a real ‘melt in your mouth’ flavour.”

messina-khalees
Hmm, I can see the resemblance.

Then there’s the Tyrion – “Raspberry custard gelato smashed with raspberry SHORTbread. The only thing short about this flavour is the bread . . . and the character it was inspired by.”

messina-tyrion
A cheap shot at the Imp’s height there, guys. Be careful: a Lannister always pays his debts. And if the raspberry custard turns to ashes in your mouth, you’ll know the debt has been paid.… Read more

17 March

Local five-piece Snakadaktal call it a day

Posted by in Music, News

Snakadaktal

Local five-Piece Snakadaktal announced this morning that they are calling it a day….

Dearest friends,

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.

Thank you.
Always.
Love Snakadaktal.

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.… Read more

7 March

Sometimes Nothing’s The Worst Thing You Can Say (An Open Letter To Silence by Megan Washington)

Posted by in Music

megan2

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)

Dear 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.

Read more

6 March

Fred Siggins wins Australia’s Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition

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.… Read more

25 February

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom screens at Melbourne Cinémathèque

Posted by in TV

The Melbourne Cinémathèque will be hosting an exclusive screening of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s controversial Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. The film has been banned several times in Australia, courtesy of graphic depictions of rape, abhorrent torture and coprophagia. The Melbourne Cinémathèque have side-stepped the ban by obtaining screening approval, which will see the Cinematheque presenting contextual introductory materials to the film and its director from 3.30pm, with the screening kicking off at 7pm. This one is for hardcore cinephiles keen to see something they’d never have a chance to see in a cinema (let alone at home!), and if you’re squeamish or sensitive, maybe consider researching the film a bit first.

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Melbourne Cinémathèque, Wed 26 Feb at 3.30pm.Read more

23 February

Photos: White Night Melbourne 2014

Melburnians are divided on this year’s White Night, with many taking to the official Facebook page to share horror stories of being stuck in a CBD crush and others proclaiming it a spellbinding night out. Photographer Roberto Seba managed to get these fantastic pictures while in the thick of it.

Photos by Roberto SebaRead more

21 February

Quiz: Which Real Housewife of Melbourne are you?

Posted by in TV

Real Housewives of Melbourne

The all-singing, all-bitching televised glitter bomb that is the Real Housewives of Melbourne is almost here. But whose side are you on? Whose random acts of fashion will you defend to the death or take to the social medias to scorn? If we know anything at all about surviving endless work conversations about reality TV,  it’s that you need to pick your horse early on. And so, behold: our nifty guide to determining which RHM dame could be your BFF.

1. What’s your naughtiest shopping addiction?
a. Sparkly jewellery
b. Low-cut frocks
c. Homewares
d. Plastic surgery
e. Makeup
f. Darling, I love it all!

2. Who’s your ideal man?
a. A sophisticated man who appreciates beauty
b. A regular guy who follows his creative passion
c. A bon vivant who knows his way around a kitchen
d. A sexy younger man who can keep up with me
e. A smart guy who’s not threatened by an assertive woman
f.… Read more