With figures on track for attendance of Melbourne’s Night Noodle Markets to exceed that of Sydney’s version (which they’ve had for 12 years to our one!), we have good news: the markets will return to Melbourne in 2014. Almost 300,000 punters went to the Sydney markets this year, with figures yet to be released for Melbourne.
The Night Noodle Markets bring authentic Asian aromas and flavours to Alexandra Gardens for Good Food Month. For two weeks Asian hawker-style street food line the grassy lawns, with dishes from the likes of Longrain and Mamak. Think freshly made fluffy roti, sneaky Peking duck pancakes, Shanghai-style soupy dumplings, and mango pancakes for dessert. The markets open at 5pm, and we recommend you get down early to avoid queues.… Read more
Dear The Internet,
With the ARIAs just around the corner excitement about the Australian music industry generally has shot feverishly up to “lukewarm” – a level of tepid passion that will reach its climax on Sunday at the biz’s night of nights, when the nation’s brightest musical stars come out to shine on digital television.
Since the ARIAs are financially supported an industry who’ve mainly survived the lsat few years by trading promo CDs for packets of ramen, the 2013 budget has been necessarily tight – but fortunately they’ve gotten some actual Australian dollars via the support of government and industry in the creation of a handful of exciting new awards which will be making their debut this weekend.
The Spotify Award for Greatest Online Royalty Earnings
In a celebration of the New Musical Income Model, in which old-economy things like “records” and “touring” are considered loss leaders for the lucrative possibilities of “exposure” and “buzz”, this award will eventually be given to first Australian artist to receive a three-figure royalty cheque from streaming services. The $60 prize voucher is expected to accumulate each year until that threshold is reached, meaning that the eventual winner will take home an estimated $6,000.
The Department of Immigration Award for [Redacted]
When asked who was nominated for this mysterious new award, immigration minister Scott Morrison angrily insisted that the nominations were an operational matter and therefore classified.… Read more
Much to our delight, Chris Lilley brought back the queen of quiche, Ja’mie, to our TV screens this year with Ja’mie Private School Girl. During the past week the ABC has teased us with several trailers on different Lilley characters, one set to have their own show that will screen in early 2014.
Puck you haters, it’s now confirmed that Jonah Takalua is back. Last time we saw Jonah he was expelled from Summer Heights High and dragged out of Gumnut Cottage, which made our eyes leak. This time round Jonah will be punking people in Tonga after being sent to live with his uncle to sort himself out. But island life won’t be easy for this breakdancer who still has a penchant for dicktation. And if you don’t like it? Get a sense of humour, don’t you even know what fun is?
Also on the ABC 2014 line up…
Miniseries Anzac Girls is based on a Peter Rees novel and follows five military nurses working with soldiers in Gallipoli and the Western Front. For politics nerds who love getting obsessed with a new series, The Code is an Australian thriller that looks set to hook us in. Next, the ABC has again teamed up with Matchbox pictures, who brought us The Slap, to produce Old School.… Read more
One of the bright sparks behind Jafflechutes – the service that allows you to purchase a jaffle by Paypal and then get it airdropped to you by parachute from atop a tall building, has launched SelfieSketchup.
Send Adam a selfie and you’ll get a sketch back for free – it’s his effort to inject some magic into our narcissism, as the addition of a flying cat to this writer’s selfie illustrates.
“I intend to keep the site going in its current form until: a) I get sick of it, or b) it gets completely out of hand,” says Adam, who also has a blog and the rather excellent project Giftidear, in which he reads an email you send him that’s been sent to you (confidentially, of course), and dreams up the perfect gift for that person.
While Adam is currently the ‘artist in residence’ of SelfieSketchup, he’s interested in creating a seven-day roster of artists from different timezones, “kind of like a virtual sketch sweat shop… but a happy one.”
In the spirit of the project, the artists would need to work for free, but Adam took approximately three minutes out of his day job to knock this sketch up, so it needn’t be time consuming.… Read more
Melbourne Music Week went out with a 12-hour bang on Sunday, wrapping up one hell of a (nine day) week of live music and events.
Red Bull Music Academy proves it still knows how to party, loading up three trams with music fans from Howler, the Corner Hotel and the Espy for an hour of DJs and dancing as the trams bee-lined through the city before the final stop off at the Residence.
For 12 solid hours, the Music Week hub was taken over by the ultimate wrap up party, Discolypse, with afro-beats and funk from international acts Awesome Tapes From Africa, Tako, Invisible City Soundsystem and homegrown locals Andras Fox, Jamie Bennett, Kano Hollamby, Ennio Styles and Elvix Aljus.… Read more
If you thought Toronto had it rough with a crack-smoking mayor, Geelong is entering the race for most colourful character in charge.
Darryn Lyons, aka Mr Paparazzi, took to the throne on Monday, ditching his signature blue mohawk for a more demure white-blond do. After a 20-year foray into the world of celebrity photography in London establishing his company Big Pictures, Lyons has returned to his pimped out pad in his hometown of Geelong, where he owns local nightclubs Eureka and Home House.
Never far from controversy, newly engaged Lyons is already in strife on day two in office, with alleged links to dodgy strip club owners and bars, though that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been following the former Big Brother contestant, who’s far from shy when it comes to talking about his party boy past.
From covering the Bosnian War to chasing celebrities as a photographer, including snapping friend Princess Di, Lyons is no doubt at home on either side of the camera. After securing 30 per cent of the vote, is seems almost a third of Geelong citizens don’t mind seeing a bit more of him, and his sculptured gut surgically-enhanced abs, postered round town.… Read more
You can stream Britney’s audaciously AutoTuned new album – Britney Jean – on iTunes ahead of its release this week. First track, ‘Alien’, was leaked a week ago, but that’s no big dealio since you can actually listen to the whole thing. Second track ‘Work Bitch’ sees Brit channelling Keith from the Prodigy (although the effect she was going for may have been Rihanna), so make sure you persevere that far. Britney’s been working with will-i.am and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia, so unsurprisingly it’s an album aimed at club dance-floors – check out massive tunes ‘It Should Be Easy’ and ‘Tik Tik Boom’ (not to be confused with Chk Chk Boom). Good cheesy fun.… Read more
Ahhh… we do not like reporting more bad news for local music festivals, but there’s been two big hits in about as many days. First Blur announced they were pulling out of the Big Day Out, writing on their Facebook page: “Only 8 weeks to go, the band feels that with the constantly shifting goalposts and challenging conditions of the organisers, they can’t let it drag on any longer and want to make this announcement, to be clear to Blur fans that they won’t be there. We’ve done our very best to work with the organisers and considered every option to make it happen, but they’ve let us down and let everyone else down too.”
And now Dog Blood will no longer be performing at Stereosonic, after one half of the duo – DJ Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex – pulled out. According to a statement from Stereosonic: “Sonny Moore of Dog Blood has expressed his regret towards the announcement: ‘Due to unfortunate circumstances that are beyond my control, I won’t be able to make the Dog Blood Stereosonic dates this year. For the record, I love the Stereosonic team and the One Love crew who puts on these events and this has nothing to do with them on their side.’”
In ‘Some Solace’ news: Dog Blood’s other half, Alex Ridha, will perform as Boys Noize at the festival.… Read more
We’re just going to leave this here…
The latest music venue under threat from local residents (or, in this case, resident) is the Bendigo Hotel. Beloved pitstop of punk bands the country over, it’s on the receiving end of an official complaint.
Says a representative: “The Bendigo Hotel is under threat of being closed down because of one new resident complaining to the City of Yarra. The Council has decided to take the Bendigo Hotel to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and try to stop live music at the venue from Wednesday 27 November 2013. This will have a devastating affect to the local live music scene, community and economy.
We request the City of Yarra recognise the importance of the Bendigo Hotel and help protect live music venues in the area.”
The Bendy folk are meeting VCAT this afternoon to see what gives, but in the meantime they need your signature.