10 October

Brown Brothers bag cask: oh so wrong, or oh so awesome?

We have no words. You decide.

Not quite sunshine in a bag, but it's close.

Not quite sunshine in a bag, but it’s close.

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10 October

The Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

Posted by in Music, News

Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

Kensington’s Revolt was turned into a music industry hidey-hole last night. The cavernous theatre space was filled with a who’s who of every genre of the Australian independent scene as it played host to the eighth Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. It’s a joint initiative between Carlton Dry and AIR – the non-profit Australian Independent Records Association.

HG Nelson kicked off proceedings, noting “the ARIAs have been rubbish for a long time” and underlining the fact that AIR recognises the achievements independent artists. HG introduced Harry Angus of the Cat Empire, who gave a heartfelt speech about the fact that everyone from his careers counsellor to his bank manager advised him that being a musician wasn’t a viable path in life. The bar charts representing the decline in record sales that you see in newspapers, he said, missed the point about music’s purpose.

Musicians, he said, are practitioners of an ancient craft (along with prostitutes, priests and politicians).… Read more

9 October

What’s new in Melbourne shopping

Pickings and Parry

A round-up of four very different stores, offering everything from Japanese cute-quirk, to glamourpuss plus-size dresses, to hip-hop streetwear and gentlemen’s attire…

Daiso: QV Building
Good news if you’ve a yen for bargains: Japanese discount variety chain Daiso has expanded its Melbourne presence to seven stores. The new QV store opened in September, joining Daiso outlets at Abbotsford, Bourke/Swanston Streets, Highpoint, Chadstone, Doncaster and Caroline Springs. Everything at Daiso is a flat $2.80. Head there for adorable and ingenious homewares, beauty and personal care items, stationery and craft supplies, and Japanese foods and drinks.

Daiso: QV Building, 221 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Husband-and-wife team Kerry and Angelo Pietrobon founded their niche fashion label Harlow nearly a year ago – and it’s as glam as the name suggests. They specialise in plus-size clothes that do away with frumpery. We talk to Kerry about the ideas behind her designs.

Harlow, 420 Victoria St, Brunswick

Pickings and Parry
Ever wondered how working-class guys in old photos managed to look so dapper?… Read more

8 October

This week’s hot and shiny new eateries

Posted by in Food & Drink

Adriano Zumbo

If you’re a fiend for chasing the next hot thing when it comes to restaurants and bars, you’ll have noticed it’s been tumbleweed city out there of late. And now all of a sudden we’ve had a crash landing of three serious mega stars in one week.

Lee Ho Fook
Of all the millions of eateries that have burst onto Smith Street to light up our lives this year, none has been more hotly anticipated than Lee Ho Fook. The name comes from a Soho takeaway popularised by Warren Zevon’s song ‘Werewolves of London’ – but this joint ain’t about beef chow mein. Heading up the restaurant is Chinese-Australian chef Victor Liong, and the guy has moves. A Sydney import, he’s worked under Mark Best at the legendary Marque restaurant making ethereal science-y snacks, and he was last seen deep-frying the chilli crabs at the Merivale Group’s fancy Canto joint Mr Wong.… Read more

7 October

The Australian Garden at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne awarded Landscape of the Year

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

The Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, has been named ‘Landscape of the Year’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards. Designers Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) and Paul Thompson took out the competition from a shortlist of nine other entries from Thailand, the UK, Lebanon, Sweden and China to claim victory. The festival has been dubbed the ‘Olympics of Architecture’ – so winning the award is a pretty awesome achievement for Melbourne as a city, and of course, the designers.

The jury judging the competition commended the project for its brilliant use of Australian flora, originality and strong evocation of Australian identity. With Melbourne’s definitive artistic flare it doesn’t come as a surprise that the city has won another award for its unique architecture and innovative design. Opened in 2012, the Australian Garden is located in the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne and showcases 170,000 Australian native plants across 1,700 species.… Read more