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

How to Talk Australians – new web series

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

18 August

The Falls Festival lineup has been announced… and we love it

Falls Festival

What’s that about the festival circuit in Australia being on life support? A look at the cracker lineup for the Falls Music & Arts Festival, announced this morning, should have any serious music lover considering a New Year’s Eve holiday in Lorne, Marion Bay or Byron Bay, the locales where the gathering will take place.

The lineup features some beloved Australian favourites (Bluejuice, John Butler Trio, the Presets, Spiderbait), a return swing from the boys of Alt-J, EDM boundary busters like Todd Terje and the long-awaited announcement that Röyksopp and Robyn will finally – FINALLY! – bring their hugely anticipated live show (now playing dates around Europe and North America) to our shores.

Here is the full Falls Music & Arts Festival lineup for 2014:
Alt-J, Big Freedia, The Black Lips, Bluejuice, Cold War Kids, DMAs, Glass Animals, George Ezra, Jagwar Ma, Jamie XX, Joey Bada$$, John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill, The Kite String Tangle, Milky Chance, Movement, The Presets, Remi, Röyksopp & Robyn, Run the Jewels, Safia, SBTRKT (live), Spiderbait, Sticky Fingers, The Temper Trap, Tensnake, Tkay Maidza, Todd Terje (live), Tycho, Vance Joy, Wolf Alice.… Read more

15 August

Dan Kelly’s new single is Melbourne vs Sydney

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Dan Kelly: Melbourne vs Sydney

When Dan Kelly adds his smooth vocals to the age-old ‘Melbourne vs Sydney’ fracas with his new single, he’s striking a few chords that can’t be managed on a guitar. Of course, if you’re reading this then you’ll agree that Melbourne has the goods.  Who wouldn’t prefer an easy-to-navigate grid, fine coffee and those slender AFL bodies?

Kelly sits comfortably on the fence, but gives you the chance to ‘pick your own sides’. He’s neither Sydney, nor Melbourne, you see: “I’m not a model, no coffee connoisseur, I’m just a bumpkin lost amongst the great auteurs”.

The release doubles up as an announcement of his in-the-works fourth album, which should be ready early next year.  And we’ve missed him. It’s great to hear his trippy guitar again and the sort of production that feels like this:

The song itself is aptly anthemic – sporting rivalries considered – and features Dan Kelly’s Dream Band, who will be joining him for a special show in each city to launch the single.… Read more

14 August

Gin in gaol and rum on a boat. Appropriately thematic pop-up bars are coming!

Gaol pop up

So it turns out the good folks at the National Trust like to party. Following on from a few shindigs they threw at the Old Melbourne Gaol last year they’re holding three pop-ups in the coming months.

The first two are back at the gaol – in September it’s a night revolving around vodka cocktails, live music and running around defunct prison. In October, its the same deal, only this time, the bar will be slinging gin. Which seems appropriate.

And who wants to drink rum on the Polly Woodside (without breaking and entering – which we’ve all considered)?

Tickets get you two drinks on entry and access-all-areas rights to the historical venue of your choice. There’s also a cash bar, and beer and wine for anyone not into hard liquor. And food, for anyone not into getting loose – and then possibly lost in prison.

Fun ahoy!

Melbourne gaol pop-up bar, Fri Sep 5; Pop-up rum bar on the Polly Woodside, Fri Nov 21.Read more